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  • What if Wes Anderson made “Forrest Gump”? [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like if Wes Anderson made classic movies? Of course you do, everyone does, Wes Anderson is incredible. Here’s what the opening titles of Forrest Gump would look like in the style of Wes Anderson: Full story at Uproxx. More fun movie stuff. Photo credit: Canva
  • A Triumphant Stephen Colbert Crashes 'The Daily Show'

    Mashable
    Andrea Romano
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Stephen Colbert has won television, according to Stephen Colbert After nearly nine years hosting The Colbert Report, he is moving on to greener pastures — also know as network television. Colbert dropped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to officially "announce" the end of The Colbert Report, saying "it's become clear to me that I've won television." Colbert's departure comes as no surprise, of course; CBS announced earlier this month that Colbert would succeed David Letterman as host of the Late Show in 2015. See also: Grumpy Cat Auditions to Replace David Letterman The Daily ShowGet…
  • Facebook Courts Journalists With Its "FB Newswire"

    Fast Company
    Jessica Hullinger
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The social network partners with Storyful in an effort to become a news resource for journalists.On Thursday, Facebook announced FB Newswire, a tool aimed at helping journalists "find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce."Read Full Story
  • FinancialForce Gets $50M Cash Infusion

    TechCrunch
    Ron Miller
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
     FinancialForce.com, the ERP provider built on top of Salesforce.com, announced today they have received $50M from private equity investors, Advent International. The investment is actually part of a broader investment in UNIT4, FinancialForce.com’s majority investor. Salesforce.com is also a minority investor. UNIT4 remains the majority stakeholder, even after this investment from Advent.… Read More
  • How big is your shortcut budget?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    All of us are willing to spend a little time and a little money looking for a shortcut now and then. A quicker, more effective way to lose weight, make friends, earn money and get clean, fresh breath. Sometimes, one of those shortcuts pays off and it reinforces our belief that there might just be a better way. It seems, though, that those that spend the most effort in search of shortcuts are often the most disappointed and the least successful.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • What if Wes Anderson made “Forrest Gump”? [video]

    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like if Wes Anderson made classic movies? Of course you do, everyone does, Wes Anderson is incredible. Here’s what the opening titles of Forrest Gump would look like in the style of Wes Anderson: Full story at Uproxx. More fun movie stuff. Photo credit: Canva
  • Alcohol brands in song lyrics may encourage teens to binge

    Futurity
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Binge drinking by teenagers and young adults is strongly associated with liking, owning, and correctly identifying music that references alcohol by brand name. Based on a national, randomized survey of more than 2,500 people ages 15 to 23, the findings suggest that policy and educational interventions designed to limit the influence of alcohol-brand references in popular music could be important in reducing alcohol consumption in teens and young adults. “Brand references may serve as advertising, even if they are not paid for by the industry,” says James Sargent, professor of pediatrics…
  • How Google Earth images could help save Amazonian tribes

    Futurity
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Monitoring the populations of “uncontacted” tribes via Google Earth satellite images may be a noninvasive way help insure the survival of indigenous Brazilian villages. Lowland South America, including the Amazon Basin, harbors most of the last indigenous societies that have limited contact with the outside world. Studying these tribes, located deep within Amazonian rainforests, gives scientists a glimpse at what tribal cultures may have been like before the arrival of Europeans. “We found that the estimated population of the village is no more than 40 people,” says Rob…
  • 23 surprising facts about Shakespeare

    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chew on this: according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Shakespeare wrote nearly a tenth of the most frequently quoted phrases in English. He also introduced nearly 3,000 words to the language. But maybe literature isn’t your thing. If you’re more of a science person, you might be interested in knowing that the moons of Uranus are named after Shakespeare characters. There’s plenty more to learn about Shakespeare at the full article. It’s probably easer to read it there than anywhere else––there are over eighty ways to spell the guy’s name. Full story…
  • A day in the life of an AT-AT [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    What does a playful AT-AT do when it’s not hunting down rebel forces with a vengeance? A run in the park? A frolic with the local dogs? Leaving a Jabba the Poo or two on the path? The world is an AT-AT’s playground when let off the leash of Imperial control. Full story at YouTube. Star Wars humor.
 
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  • A Triumphant Stephen Colbert Crashes 'The Daily Show'

    Andrea Romano
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Stephen Colbert has won television, according to Stephen Colbert After nearly nine years hosting The Colbert Report, he is moving on to greener pastures — also know as network television. Colbert dropped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to officially "announce" the end of The Colbert Report, saying "it's become clear to me that I've won television." Colbert's departure comes as no surprise, of course; CBS announced earlier this month that Colbert would succeed David Letterman as host of the Late Show in 2015. See also: Grumpy Cat Auditions to Replace David Letterman The Daily ShowGet…
  • The Dictionary Has Been Wrong About Siphons for 99 Years

    Geekosystem
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dictionaries are pretty solid authorities about what words mean, but they overextended themselves when reaching a bit in the definition for the word siphon. The Oxford English Dictionary and many others have erroneously claimed that atmospheric pressure makes siphons work for 99 years, so Dr. Stephen Hughes did some research to set them straight. Dr. Hughes noticed that the OED misidentified atmospheric pressure as the thing that makes siphons work back in 2010. Really, it’s gravity that causes liquid to flow up the short side of a siphon and down the long side, but the original…
  • Silicon Valley Now at Epicenter of Worst California Drought in Decades

    Andrew Freedman
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor is out, and the statistics are exceptionally grim for California and parts of the Southwest For the first time in the 15-year history of the monitor, 100% of California is experiencing "moderate" to "exceptional" drought. A majority of the state (77%) is experiencing "extreme" to "exceptional" drought, which are the two most severe categories. That was up nearly 10 percentage points compared to just one week ago. The worst drought category now extends across all of Silicon Valley and Monterrey County, where water managers are announcing cutbacks to summertime…
  • Lost Collection of Andy Warhol Art Recovered From Floppy Disks

    Stan Schroeder
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Art historians have recovered a collection of lost Andy Warhol paintings, which were never turned into physical prints, from 30-year-old Amiga floppy disks. In 1985, computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore International commissioned Andy Warhol to create art using the company’s Amiga 1000 computer. Warhol saved many of his experimental images to Amiga floppy disks. See also: 14 Machines That Were Brilliant in 1985 The Andy Warhol Museum added those disks to its collection in 1994, but it wasn’t until last year that historians realized the disks held undiscovered works of…
  • Brutal Allergy Season May Be the Result of the 'Polar Vortex'

    LiveScience
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year's long, brutal winter may mean the country's headed for pollen eruption and a harsh allergy season in the spring, doctors say. The freezing temperatures of the prolonged winter may have delayed the blooming of trees, and now that it's finally warming up, trees are expected to bloom at the same time as grasses, causing a dramatic rise in pollen, allergy experts said. "People who may have both tree allergies and grass allergies are probably going be doubly impacted, because both of those things are going to be blooming at the same time," said Dr. Lolita McDavid, a pediatrician at…
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    Fast Company

  • Facebook Courts Journalists With Its "FB Newswire"

    Jessica Hullinger
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The social network partners with Storyful in an effort to become a news resource for journalists.On Thursday, Facebook announced FB Newswire, a tool aimed at helping journalists "find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce."Read Full Story
  • After Much Anticipation, IFTTT Launches App For Android

    Alice Truong
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The company still has plenty on its to-do list: a monetization strategy, a channel platform for third-party developers, recommendation tools, and apps for even smaller screens.Android fans of automation service IFTTT have had to wait patiently. When the company--short for "If This, Then That"--debuted an iPhone app last summer, it said an Android version was on the way. "The second we launched iOS, users of IFTTT haven't let us forget about Android," cofounder and CEO Linden Tibbets told Fast Company.Read Full Story
  • Google, Amazon, And Facebook Join Initiative To Prevent The Next Heartbleed

    Chris Gayomali
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Core Infrastructure Initiative's goal is to make the web's open source tools more secure.If the Heartbleed scare taught us anything, it's that everyone is vulnerable, and there are more cracks out there waiting to be discovered. Facebook, Google, and the Internet's other Goliaths aren't immune to something as seemingly benign as a sloppy string of code.Read Full Story
  • FCC Refutes The Claim That Net Neutrality Is Dead

    Chris Gayomali
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    "There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong."On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will roll out new rules that opponents are calling the death knell of net neutrality, which is the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated the same, regardless of the kind of content delivered.Read Full Story
  • Code.org Partners With 30 School Districts To Bring Computer Science To Classrooms

    Ainsley O'Connell
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    "Learning the capitals of different states and countries is not going to make your life better," says Code.org's cofounder and CEO Hadi Partovi. "But learning to make a website or an app is going to have an impact."Did you make a New Year's resolution to "learn to code" last year? Many public school students did, too--and probably like you, many of them failed to follow through. It's hard to blame them when offline support is hard to find. Only 13 states count computer science courses toward high school graduation, and less than 5% of schools offer Computer Science AP.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • FinancialForce Gets $50M Cash Infusion

    Ron Miller
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
     FinancialForce.com, the ERP provider built on top of Salesforce.com, announced today they have received $50M from private equity investors, Advent International. The investment is actually part of a broader investment in UNIT4, FinancialForce.com’s majority investor. Salesforce.com is also a minority investor. UNIT4 remains the majority stakeholder, even after this investment from Advent.… Read More
  • Duolingo Launches In Asia, Updates Its iOS App

    Frederic Lardinois
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Duolingo, the popular language learning service, launched the latest update of its iOS app today. Version 4.0 includes a number of new features, but maybe most importantly, this update marks Duolingo's entry into Asia. Read More
  • Now You Can Craft Your Selfie For Maximum Likes – With Science

    Darrell Etherington
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
     Selfies are so hot that they might already be over (if I’m aware of something being cool it usually isn’t anymore) but you don’t have to just crank out pictures of your mug taken at arm’s length indiscriminately in hopes of finding an angle that plays well on social media. Thanks to MIT PhD student Aditya Khosla (via CSAIL), you’ll save yourself some arm strain with… Read More
  • Internet Glue Service IFTTT Launches On Android With Deeper Integration Than iOS

    Matthew Panzarino
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
     The Internet connection and automation service IFTTT is launching on Android today, and it offers a deeper set of integrations with the OS than their iOS offering. This, of course, is due to Android’s more laissez-faire attitude when it comes to allowing apps to extend their tentacles into core OS functions. The arrival of IFTTT on Android comes after a longish period of waiting, during… Read More
  • Xapo Now Offers The First Credit Card Linked To Your Bitcoin Wallet

    John Biggs
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
     Bitcoin vault Xapo the made news in March after launching an insured, secure repository for big BTC investors. The service, which has gone so far as to bury paper bitcoin keys in underground vaults, has become a big finance darling. Now it's going after the average user by offering MasterCard credit cards directly linked to a Xapo bitcoin wallet. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • How big is your shortcut budget?

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    All of us are willing to spend a little time and a little money looking for a shortcut now and then. A quicker, more effective way to lose weight, make friends, earn money and get clean, fresh breath. Sometimes, one of those shortcuts pays off and it reinforces our belief that there might just be a better way. It seems, though, that those that spend the most effort in search of shortcuts are often the most disappointed and the least successful.        
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
 
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    WIRED

  • The World’s First Bitcoin Debit Card Is Almost Here

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Xapo, a company that offers online bitcoin wallets, says it's two months away from introducing the first debit card that will let you spend your bitcoins at any place that takes Visa or MasterCard.
  • Build Your Own Mini Mars Rover With These Brilliant, NASA-Approved Blocks

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Space Kit is a little box filled with Lego-eque components that allow anyone to conduct NASA-approved experiments.
  • Leica Celebrates 100 Years With a Gorgeously Minimalist Shooter

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Leica is celebrating its 100th birthday by launching an entirely new camera system. Born out of a design partnership with Audi, the unibody Leica T is an APS-C-sensored minimalistic masterpiece.
  • Can You Slow Down a Day Using Angular Momentum?

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Check out this great (as always) comic from xkcd. So? Could you do this? Could a spinning human slow down the Earth? Theoretically, yes. It’s all about angular momentum In an introductory physics course, there are three big ideas. There is the work-energy principle, the momentum principle and then the angular momentum principle. I’ll skip […]
  • Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Stop Another Heartbleed

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are teaming up to prevent another Heartbleed. Going undetected for a good two years, the Heartbleed bug threatened to reveal some of our most sensitive information. After researchers finally identified the bug earlier this month, most major websites have patched this flaw in a popular form of online encryption, but one […]
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  • Want to Market Better? Think Like a Consumer

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Image via Newton Free Library on Flickr This is a guest contribution from Moazzam Kamran. Consumer centricity is a hot topic in marketing circles. Organizations across the globe are trying to “get in touch” with the consumer through multiple methodologies. We employ consumer audits, focus groups, in-house visits, in-depth interviews, and various other techniques to try and understand the consumer’s mind. But in doing all of that, we as organizations are dehumanizing ourselves. We focus so much on getting to know the customer that we slowly and surely distance ourselves…
  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of hostoople.com. As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • How to Ditch Tourist Spots and Build Your Own Kickass Vacation Plan

    Thorin Klosowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes, a vacation plan is pretty obvious: hit the hotel, relax, and wander around. But other times, you want to push things to the next level. With that in mind, here's everything you'll need to make a solid itinerary, hit off-the-beaten path locations, and find interesting things to do on your next vacation.Read more...
  • ReminderBaba Sends Follow Up Reminders with a Custom Email Address

    Eric Ravenscraft
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The best reminders are the ones that you don't have to go too far out of your way to set. To that end, ReminderBaba makes it dead simple to remind future you to do something. Simply add one of the service's many custom email addresses and automatically get a reminder later.Read more...
  • Watch Out for These Closing Costs When Buying a Home

    Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    On average, closing costs make up two to five percent of the purchase price of a home. Two percent doesn't seem like a high number, until you remember that houses are pretty expensive. With the average home price at $152,000, that means you can expect to pay an extra $3,000 to $7,600. And that's just on average. This can be quite a surprise to new homeowners, so here's a round-up of closing costs to watch out for.Read more...
  • Lifehacker UK Is Here!

    Whitson Gordon
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    If you're in the UK, you're in for a treat today: the UK-specific version of Lifehacker is officially live.Read more...
  • Why Your Brain Needs Its Own "Inbox Zero"

    Eric Ravenscraft
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most of us are familiar with the concept of "inbox zero," the state (and long-term goal) of having and keeping an empty inbox. Productivity blog Johnny Moneyseed explains why it's even more important to apply this concept to your mind.Read more...
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  • Pioneer Talks CarPlay: Working with Apple, Pricing, and the Future

    Eric Slivka
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Following last month's formal introduction of Apple's CarPlay system for integrating iPhones with in-dash vehicle systems, there were some questions about whether the feature would be able to make its way to aftermarket products or if it would be limited to auto manufacturers putting it into brand-new vehicles. That question was answered earlier this month, with both Alpine and Pioneer announcing their plans to launch CarPlay-compatible systems. Pioneer appears to be in the best position to move quickly with CarPlay, as its latest NEX systems already include CarPlay-compatible hardware, which…
  • Apple Researching Temperature, Pressure, and Humidity Sensors for Mobile Devices

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    A pair of patent applications published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by AppleInsider describes how an electronic device such as an iPhone, iPad or even a wristwatch could be used to detect ambient conditions such as temperature, pressure, humidity and sound. The applications appear just as Apple has been rumored to be incorporating such functionality into the iPhone 6, and the company's rumored iWatch has also been said to include an array of sensors. Cutaway view showing environmental sensors inside a mesh-covered recess in a device's body The first patent,…
  • Updated 11-Inch and 13-Inch MacBook Airs Reportedly Coming Next Week

    Richard Padilla
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Apple may be planning to update its MacBook Air line next week, according to a new report from MacGeneration [Google Translate]. Citing reliable sources, the website notes that references have been made towards new devices featuring screens of 11-inches and 13-inches, which are the current display sizes for the MacBook Air. Apple last updated the MacBook Air in June 2013, which featured Intel's energy-efficient Haswell processors, faster PCI Express-based storage, and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi. If the claims turn out to be true, it is likely that a new MacBook Air at this point in time would…
  • Report Claims iPhone 6 Will Feature Curved Display, All-Aluminum Rear Shell

    Richard Padilla
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    Apple's next-generation iPhone may feature rounded edges and a curved glass display, according to a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate]. The Squair Curvaceous Bumper Citing "reliable sources", the publication notes that the iPhone 6's cover glass will sit flush with the device's rounded corners, departing from the straight edges seen on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5s. The report likens the device's profile to the Squair Curvaceous Bumper, a Japan-made aluminum bumper for the iPhone that features a rounded housing. The report also claims that Apple will do away with the rear glass…
  • iPhone 6 Size Compared to Galaxy S5 and Other Android Phones

    Husain Sumra
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    With a large bulk of the rumors for the iPhone 6 revolving around its purported increased screen size, there have been a healthy amount of iPhone 6 renderings exploring what the phone could look like and how big it would be compared to the current iPhone 5s. MacRumors forum member deuxani decided to take it a step further and compared the 4.7" iPhone 6 to its Android-based competition. If the rumors are true, at least one model of the iPhone 6 will contain a 16:9 4.7” screen. When you think about it realistically the iPhone 6 will have a home button with a finger print scanner the same size…
 
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
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  • Which Email Marketing Strategy Should You Choose: Full Meal or Just the Aroma?

    Sean D'Souza
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let’s say you’re at Alfredo’s. Alfredo’s is your favorite Italian restaurant and you’ve been yearning all week for this lasagna. You sit down, chomp a mouthful, then another mouthful. The flavors explode in your mouth. Then Alfredo steps in and takes the plate away before you get the third bite in. It’s enough to make you choke, right? You were into the meal, but Alfredo says you have to get up from your table and continue your meal in the next room. Email newsletters can make you boiling mad like that too, you know … You open the newsletter,…
  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done

    Sonia Simone
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    So if you clicked through to read this post, I’m going to make a couple of educated guesses about you. Maybe you’re smart and motivated and passionate. With all kinds of cool things you’d like to get done. But somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t. Maybe you’re great at ideas but lousy at execution. Talk a good game but don’t get the results you want. Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there. You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a…
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
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    Macworld

  • Apple's Cook on new products: 'Take the time to get it right'

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is closer than it has ever been to releasing products in an entirely new category.(blogs.wsj.com)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Stop freaking out: The iPad isn't dying

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    By any normal measure, it was a good quarter for Apple: Revenues and earnings beat analyst estimates handily, iPhone sales were robust, even the good old Mac eked out a nice little gain. But CEO Tim Cook still seemed to be on the defensive from the get-go, all because of the iPad.Second-quarter sales of the tablet, Cook preemptively pointed out at the beginning of the earnings call, were at the high end of Apple’s forecast. So who cares, he seemed to be saying, if those sales were at the low end of analysts’ projections?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Facebook, the fitness tracker: The social network buys Moves to see your activity

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook just bought a popular app. Continuing the spending spree that started with messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality headset makers Oculus VR, Facebook added Moves, a popular activity-tracking app for iOS and Android, to its portfolio.Facebook didn’t say how much it paid for the app, but indicated it was far, far less than the $19 billion and $2 billion it paid for WhatsApp and Oculus, respectively. But what on Earth will Facebook do with a fitness app?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Look at me!

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Macalope feels just terrible, you guys. Apparently, we haven’t been paying enough attention to The Street’s Rocco Pendola.“A Horribly Embarrassing Image For Tim Cook and Apple” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).Yes, Rocco. We see you, honey. That’s very nice.[never looks up from Danielle Steel novel]So, what is the atrocity du jour that Pendola believes is so terribly embarrassing for Apple?Well, first, are you sitting down? Because some atrocities are so atrocious that their sheer atrocitude could cause you to go weak in the knees and fall and hit your head on the …To…
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Wireless wonders

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wireless wondersThis week's round up of new accessories for your iPhone and iPad is flush with wireless functionality, including everything from speakers to alarms to utilizing Siri in a brand-new way.AdessoThe $80 Campagno Air Blueooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard & Folio “includes a standard 64-key layout with iPad and Multimedia Hotkeys to easily access iPad shortcuts with one touch.” It weighs 1.3 pounds, and offers up to 100 hours of continuous use on a single charge of its battery.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Build Your Own Mars Rover With LittleBits And NASA

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Mars Rover. The discovery of inhabitable planets. Space experiments.  Amazing breakthroughs are happening at NASA all the time, but most of us on Earth are resigned to watching from the sidelines. After all, you need to already be an astronaut to understand the first thing about space, or so we thought.  DIY electronics company littleBits is bringing NASA-approved hardware hacking to the masses. The littleBits Space Kit, announced Thursday, is the result of a year-and-a-half long partnership between NASA and littleBits to make the complicated field of space exploration a…
  • Facebook Pushes Privacy—Well, Private Messaging, At Least

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Facebook's mobile ambitions clearly aren't suffering. Over one billion people use Facebook on their mobile devices each month, the social network announced Wednesday, and mobile ads account for almost 60 percent of Facebook’s advertising revenue. But some of the company's biggest growth isn’t on Facebook proper, but in private messaging. More than 200 million people use Facebook Messenger each month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during Wednesday's first quarter earnings call. This is the first time the social network has released numbers describing just how popular the messaging…
  • Google Hangouts May Be Ready To Eat Videoconferencing

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Video conferencing is about to get commoditized. While the video conferencing and telepresence was a $3.2 billion market in 2013, according to Infonetics, the market seems set to shrink as individuals and companies turn to free options like Skype and Google Hangouts. Skype stole an early march on this low-end video market, but my money is on Google to win it long term. The reason is clear: Convenience. Video Conferencing Takes A Beating The video conferencing market has been growing at a 5% clip each year. But things are starting to get dicey. See also: Why Teleconference Technology…
  • Open Source Gets A Security Patch, With A Little Help From Its Friends

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Internet may not agree on much. But if there’s one idea its citizens can get behind, it’s that nothing like the Heartbleed bug should ever happen again. And so the Linux Foundation—backed by Google, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace and VMware—is launching a new Core Infrastructure Initiative that aims to bolster open-source projects critical to the Internet and other crucial information systems. Many such projects are starved for funding and development resources, despite their importance to Internet communications…
  • Why Apple's iPad May Have Peaked

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    Even though Apple’s Q2 2014 earnings on Wednesday broke all previous company records for the January-March quarter—with growth across nearly all product lines in all markets—one product was left behind. And that product was the iPad. Apple sold just 16.4 million iPad units in the quarter, a 16% drop-off from roughly 19.5 million units in the same quarter a year earlier. Strong iPhones sales more than made up for the poor showing from the iPad, as expected; Apple sold more iPhone models through more carriers than ever this year, particularly in Greater China. But that doesn't…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Rebuilding An HTML5 Game In Unity

    Martin Kool
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    When our HTML5 game Numolition was nearly done, we decided to throw it all away and rebuild it in Unity. That turned out to be an exciting and valuable experience, and one that I thought would be worth sharing with other Web developers. Come in, the water’s warm! Last year, we released a mobile game named Quento. It was written entirely in HTML5, wrapped in our proprietary PhoneGap alternative and launched in many app stores with mild success. The game caused me to jot down a few spinoff ideas. One that I particularly liked was a game with a stack of numbered tiles in which the player has…
  • Cache Invalidation Strategies With Varnish Cache

    Per Buer
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” This article is about the harder of these two: cache invalidation. It’s directed at readers who already work with Varnish Cache. To learn more about it, you’ll find background information in “Speed Up Your Mobile Website With Varnish.” 10 microseconds (or 250 milliseconds): That’s the difference between delivering a cache hit and delivering a cache miss. How often you get the latter will depend on the efficiency of the cache — this is known as the…
  • Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

    Theresa Neil, Rich Malley
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me to speak with its mobile team. I spoke at a high level about the value of patterns across industries (fashion, architecture, software and others) and how they are a useful teaching tool. Alissa Briggs, a senior UX…
  • After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

    Paul Lloyd
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow…
  • What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

    Tyler Longren
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPress 3.9. Improved Widget Interface While the old widget interface set the standard for drag-and-drop UI when it was introduced, it was time for an overhaul. The developer…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The HDR Book, 2nd Edition by RC Concepcion Congratulations to RC Concepcion on the second edition of his book, The HDR Book, making it as high as #663 in the Amazon Best Sellers list for ALL books!! To celebrate, we’re going to give away free signed copies to three lucky people. Leave a comment for your chance to win, and you can also go buy your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or pick up a signed copy from the KelbyOne Store!The Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Joe McNally for an inspirational hour of conversation that spans…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Beno Saradzic!

    Brad Moore
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m originally from Slovenia but I’ve lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 1991.My background is in architectural visualization and illustration. For almost 2 decades, I worked in the Emirates, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and work was never scarce. I specialized in the creation of photo-realistic, computer generated renderings of master developments, buildings and interiors. Examples of the 3D CG architectural visualization workflow, 2007Somewhere around 2005, many real estate developers started to outsource architectural renderings and…
  • Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

    Scott Kelby
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign…
  • The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.I shared a couple of these on…
  • Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 7 Street Photography Tips and Exercises to Try This Season

    James Maher
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can currently pick up 2 eBooks on Street Photography by James on sale now at SnapnDeals! Windswept Hair, Prince and Broadway, SoHo If you live near me, the birds are starting to chirp, it no longer hurts your face to walk out the door, and everyone sheds their all black winter outfits and puts on their most interesting attire. If you live in the southern hemisphere, it’s beginning to cool off nicely. Spring and fall are the best times of the year to capture people and focus on street photography. If ever there’s a time to do it, it’s now. So here is a list of street photography tips…
  • Finding Gold in Your Image Archives

    Rowan Sims
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    No doubt like many other photographers, so many of my images have never seen the light of day. This is mostly for good reason; they are out of focus, poorly composed, badly timed, they just don’t make the cut. Often these images may be good, just not the BEST. I have learned though, that there can be gold hiding in your archives, just waiting to be rediscovered, taken into the develop module and shared with the world. I have found that spending some time digging through old shoots can yield some very positive results. Make it part of your workflow to revisit your image archives Maybe…
  • Win a $1500 of Camera Gear with Loving Landscapes

    Darren Rowse
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Last week we announced a brand new dPS eBook – Loving Landscapes: a Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing with the early bird discount of 33% off what will be its normal price. We’re really pleased both with the eBook and how it helps readers improve their Landscape Photography Post Processing – but also the feedback it is already getting. Here’s what one of our readers – Belinda said: “Thanks for this ebook. I downloaded it at 11pm last night moments after getting your email and was up until 3am reading it and practicing the…
  • How to get Motivated to do more Photography

    Gavin Hardcastle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography? You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to. There are a few things you can do however, that ought to…
  • Contest – Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun!

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun! Every photo entrant receives a prize!!! Over the last several years here at dPS, we’ve run some very popular competitions. This week, we are very happy to bring you our latest photo contest, “Get Outside and Shoot” from Macphun, makers of award winning photo apps for Mac OS! EVERYONE is a WINNER! For this competition, Macphun is giving away a Grand Prize of an Olympus E-M10 Camera, photo submissions published on canvas, and Macphun photo apps of your choosing! Plus, EVERY entrant will receive a complimentary copy of ColorStrokes for…
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • All teed up: Leica T First Impressions Review

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leica's new T (Typ 701) is the company's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with autofocus. While its 'guts' aren't much different than other cameras in its class, the hand-built body is all Leica. We've been able to spend some quality time with the German manufacturer's latest baby, and have put together our first impressions of it. Find out what we think of it thus far.
  • Leica T and lenses herald arrival of mirrorless T-system

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leica has announced the T-System, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system with autofocus. The first camera in the system, the Leica T, features a 16MP APS-C sensor. Two lenses - an 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 and a 23mm F2 prime have been announced alongside the camera, with the promise of an 11-23mm F3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom and 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 telezoom to follow. The camera is milled from a solid billet of aluminum and features a touchscreen that the company says uses a user-friendly operating concept. An optional electronic viewfinder provides an alternative to the 3.7" LCD.
  • Solid metal: Creating the Leica T

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    No one will argue that Leica cameras are expensive. But there's more to the cost than just that red dot on the front. Each of the company's new 'T' mirrorless cameras are built by hand in Germany with incredible precision. View the transformation from aluminum brick to finished product.
  • Behind the photo: Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    About a week prior to Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, and a year after the bombing at the 2013 marathon, photographer Gregory Heisler addressed a crowd of thousands gathered at the finish line. The group included runners, first responders and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, all ready to pose for Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover photo. Directing the crowd through a megaphone and standing on a raised platform, Heisler captured a portrait of 3,000 proud, resilient Bostonians. Take a peek behind the scenes of this large scale photo shoot. Learn more
  • Lensbaby adds Android option for its selective focus lens

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Lensbaby launched the  Kickstarter project for its 'Sweet Spot' selective focus lens at the beginning of April it was initially iPhone only. Now the company has added a pledge level for Android users, too. For $50 you can pre-order the Sweet Spot lens and the Android application for your device. Delivery is expected in October. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Q&A: Snapshots Vs. Virtual Copies

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A common question I get is what the difference between Lightroom’s Snapshots and Virtual Copies. While you could use them interchangeably in some ways, they really have two separate uses. Here goes: What’s a Snapshot? Think of a snapshot as something you’d use when editing a photo and you have a few different paths, editing ideas, or effects you want to try on the photo. It’d be silly to keep hitting the reset button and start over again each time. And if you found a good point where you liked how the photo looked, but wanted to try something difference just in case,…
  • Super-Fast Browsing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anyone that’s ever been to one of my smaller workshops or editing photos next to me knows that, while I do most of my work in Lightroom, I usually look at my photos in Photo Mechanic first. Why? Mainly because Photo Mechanic is lightning fast at showing you your thumbnails and even higher quality photos than Lightroom. Now, I don’t do this all the time. When I have a few extra minutes, it’s actually much easier to import in to Lightroom and choose the Standard Previews option. As long as I give it a few minutes before looking through my photos, I can browse through them…
  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Facebook Expands Mobile App Portfolio with 'Moves' Fitness App Acquisition

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Facebook today announced that it is acquiring mobile fitness app developer ProtoGeo Oy, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Helsinki-based company was founded in January 2012 and launched its first and only app, Moves [iTunes] one year later. The fitness tracking app debuted first for the iPhone and was made available for Android in August of 2013. It is popular, accruing 4 million downloads across both mobile platforms. In a post on its website, ProtoGeo confirms Moves will continue to operate as a standalone app and adds that the company has no plans to share its fitness data with…
  • 'Beats Music' Tops App Store Music Chart as In-App Subscriptions Spark Interest

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As noted by Billboard, the Beats Music app [iTunes] for the iPhone climbed to the top of the iOS Music charts on Wednesday, amid grumblings that the streaming music service is struggling to attract customers. Founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Beats Music launched its streaming music service earlier this year, entering a crowded market that is dominated by Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Spotify. Beats has aggressively marketed its service, spending millions of dollars for a splashy Superbowl ad featuring Ellen Degeneres and recently partnering with AT&T Mobility to offer its…
  • 'Opera Coast' WebKit-Based Browser Now Available for iPhone

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back in September, Opera Software released its Coast WebKit-based browser for the iPad and now the company is debuting a new version of the browser designed for Apple's iPhones. Like the iPad version of the app, Opera Coast for iPhone has been optimized for the touchscreen. Initiating a search is as simple as pulling down on the home screen, which brings up an input interface with an icon-based autofill that allows users to tap the site they want to visit. Made for thumbs: The iPhone was made for having all screen real estate within a thumb's reach, and Opera Coast takes this idea one step…
  • Prong Debuts iPhone 'PWR Case' With Built-In Plug and Backup Battery

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Prong, the company behind the iPhone case with a built-in plug for easy charging, today announced an expansion to its product line up, debuting the Prong PWR case. Like its existing PocketPlug combo cases, the PWR case includes an integrated plug for charging the iPhone, but it also comes equipped with a 1500 mAh detachable backup battery that can be used to charge the iPhone when it is away from a power source. The backup battery itself can also be detached and recharged via its built-in plug. The Prong PWR Case includes a detachable backup battery and integrated plugs for charging in any…
  • Apple: iPad Sales at High End of 'Internal Expectations', 2/3 of Users New to Device

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    During Apple's earnings call today, Apple shared new details on the state of the iPad, including information on sales expectations, the launch of Microsoft Office for the device, the education market, and the use of the tablet compared to competitors. While the company's 16.35 million in iPad sales fell short of analyst expectations, Apple notes that sales came in at the high end of its internal expectations. Company executives cited two main factors: an increase in iPad channel inventory in the March 2013 quarter which artificially increased sales and that was "significantly" reduced this…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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