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  • Helping children one print at a time

    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    National Geometric is a social enterprise that brings a personal touch to charitable giving. Through the sales of single-edition, 10x15 prints of a person with a specific need, National Geometric helps provide food, water, medical care, tuition for school, and other basic necessities. The cost of each photograph reflects the amount needed to help the person in the photograph. Learn more
  • 12 sex myths you probably believe [infographic]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There’s a lot of myths about the birds and the bees. Let’s just start with that phrase. What the heck do birds and bees have to do with sex? Nothing! Maybe that’s why there are so many myths about sex, because we can’t even talk about it without making mistakes. For example, people tend to think that once they couple up they’ll, well, couple up every day. Actually, most couples only do it a couple times a week or even a month. Full story at Tricity Psychology. More great infographics. Photo credit: Canva
  • Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

    Mashable
    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading "rumors" online. Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to news reports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last year See also: Is Turkey Really Going to 'Pixelate' Tweets It Doesn't Like? Qin, 30, was arrested in August and accused of…
  • Criminals Are Using Drones To Find And Rob Marijuana Farms

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The drones are equipped with infrared cameras to spot the lights used in grow operations.Borrowing a tactic from the police, some criminals in the U.K. are using drones equipped with infrared cameras to steal or extort from marijuana grow operations.Read Full Story
  • Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Their Smartphone App For The First Time

    TechCrunch
    Jordan Crook
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
     Canary has had a big year. After smashing through their Indiegogo campaign goal and picking up an extra $10 million in VC funding, the company is nearly ready to ship its home security product. Due to a couple hurdles, Canary units won't arrive until "this summer," but to tide us over, the team has given us our first real look at the complimentary smartphone application. Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 12 sex myths you probably believe [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There’s a lot of myths about the birds and the bees. Let’s just start with that phrase. What the heck do birds and bees have to do with sex? Nothing! Maybe that’s why there are so many myths about sex, because we can’t even talk about it without making mistakes. For example, people tend to think that once they couple up they’ll, well, couple up every day. Actually, most couples only do it a couple times a week or even a month. Full story at Tricity Psychology. More great infographics. Photo credit: Canva
  • Behold, the amazing glass treehouse

    Josh Urich
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Remember when you were a kid and used to play in a treehouse? I do. I used to say that, when I grew up, I’d live in a treehouse forever. But that’d be crazy, right? …Right? Behold, the grown up’s treehouse! Amazing. And this sucker is actually going to be built in Kazakhstan, thanks to designer A. Masow. Full story at Toxel. More incredible design. Photo credit: Toxel and Canva
  • 9 incredible beauty videos from old Hollywood [video]

    Josh Urich
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Looking to get into retro beauty styling? These videos give you everything you need to know. Want to learn how to accent your eyes? Bam, here you go. Want to give your face that nice oval shape? That’s there, too. Or, if you need to start from the beginning, there’s plenty of advice on the basics of makeup application at the full story. Full story at Mental Floss. More interesting beauty tips. Photo credit: Canva
  • Anti-seizure drug may treat alcoholism

    Futurity
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    The anti-seizure drug ezogabine may be a way to reduce excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study with rats. Alcoholism is one of the leading causes of illness and death in the US, and has significant negative economic impact by limiting worker productivity and spiking health care costs. “This finding is of importance because ezogabine acts by opening a particular type of potassium channel in the brain, called the Kv7 channel, which regulates activity in areas of the brain that are believed to regulate the rewarding effects of alcohol,” says lead author Clifford Knapp,…
  • 5 reasons you should never take a job in a small town

    Josh Urich
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Despite the gains in the job market, there’s still a lot of competition out there. That’s why you’re more likely to take a job you probably shouldn’t…like a job in a crumby small town. This Cracked article will make you think twice before taking a job in a teeny town. Just think of the commutes, for example. In the midwest, especially, commutes are long. Gas is expensive. That means your paycheck is even smaller than it appears. And you can’t afford that, since small towns tend to take advantage of their employees by hiring only part time, meaning no…
 
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    Mashable

  • Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading "rumors" online. Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to news reports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last year See also: Is Turkey Really Going to 'Pixelate' Tweets It Doesn't Like? Qin, 30, was arrested in August and accused of…
  • NBA Fan's 'Mount Spursmore' Haircut Belongs in the Louvre

    Sam Laird
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Here's an abbreviated list of art masters: Picasso, Rembrandt ... now Joe the barber. The haircut you see below is called "Mount Spursmore" and it's just the latest masterpiece from San Antonio barber Joe Barajas. Featuring San Antonio stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, it comes just in time for the Spurs' NBA playoff push, which begins Sunday. See also: NBA Playoffs: 9 Reasons to Get Pumped for Highest-Level Hoops Barajas shared his creation — the head reportedly belongs to friend Mike Bazan — in a Facebook post on Thursday: Post by Joe Barajas.
  • Airbnb Closes Funding Round at $10 Billion Valuation

    Seth Fiegerman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Airbnb has closed a large round of funding at an 11-figure valuation, according to multiple reports The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from sources that Airbnb has sealed a deal to raise $450 million led by TPG, a private equity firm, while TechCrunch reported that the round was for $500 million. Both publications put the valuation at $10 billion. Reps for Airbnb did not immediately respond to our request for comment See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 The current valuation for the room rental service is higher than the market cap of some large hotel chains like Hyatt Hotels and puts…
  • Watch Live: SpaceX Launches Rocket to International Space Station

    Brian Ries
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    If everything goes to plan, SpaceX will be launching a rocket bound for the International Space Station at 3:25 p.m. ET on Friday — and you can watch live on Mashable. It will be the most important thing SpaceX has accomplished to date, CEO Elon Musk tells Mashable, as long as he can pull it off. See also: Elon Musk: How SpaceX Saved the Dragon Spacecraft from Certain Doom Musk has already made two of 12 slated cargo deliveries to the ISS as part of his $1.6 billion contract with NASA, and that is this launch’s primary goal. But Musk has been working behind the curtain to test out…
  • The Internet According to Bill Clinton's White House

    Brian Ries
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Let the record show: Bill Clinton's White House was one of the first to warn us that not everything we read on the Internet is true — way back in 1995. Approximately 7,500 pages of records from Bill Clinton’s time in the White House were released today, including one that caught our fancy: “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce.” See also: Bill Clinton Sings 'Blurred Lines' With Swagger The 1995 report states that the Internet was a mode of communication "employed by the right wing" used to "convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage by…
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    Fast Company

  • Criminals Are Using Drones To Find And Rob Marijuana Farms

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The drones are equipped with infrared cameras to spot the lights used in grow operations.Borrowing a tactic from the police, some criminals in the U.K. are using drones equipped with infrared cameras to steal or extort from marijuana grow operations.Read Full Story
  • New Laser Communication System Could Speed Up Communication Between Astronauts And Earthlings, Thanks To SpaceX and NASA

    Neal Ungerleider
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    If a new SpaceX and NASA pilot program succeeds, astronauts will communicate with Mission Control via lasers... and the results could change how the Internet works.This afternoon, beneath a cloudy sky in Cape Canaveral, a rocket is scheduled to launch with some unusual cargo: a laser communications system for astronauts, the space equivalent of upgrading from dial-up to DSL. NASA's optical laser communications (known as opticom) technology could make it much easier for the International Space Station to share data with Mission Control-and it could change the way our own earthly Internet works…
  • Nest Expects To Make More From Its Data Than Selling Thermostats

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    A thermostat is a one-time purchase for consumers, but Nest can continue to make money off partnerships with utility companies.Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion earlier this year, but it turns out the company's most valuable asset isn't its hardware, but rather its data.Read Full Story
  • Food Delivery App Eat24 Sponsors Its Own Strains Of Weed

    Evie Nagy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    The food delivery app partners with San Francisco dispensary the Vapor Room to name 10 flavors of pot in honor of 4/20.As weed legalization spreads, there's a new story almost every day on the evolution of the business of marijuana. Now, enterprising brands are getting in the pot partnership game--in honor of 4/20, food delivery app Eat24 now has 10 branded strains at the Vapor Room, a San Francisco delivery-based medical marijuana dispensary. The flavors on the Vapor Room's menu range from Eat24 Silver Sour Chicken to Eat24 Blackberry Ice Cream Kush.Read Full Story
  • Here's What Pharrell's "Happy" Sounds Like Without Music

    Chris Gayomali
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Spoiler: It's not very happy.It's amazing that Pharrell's "Happy" still has traction, especially since it was released in November. The music video in particular has inspired more than its fair share of fan tributes, at one point causing the 41-year-old superstar to cry happy tears on Oprah. (Said Pharrell, reflectively, "Why am I crying on Oprah?")Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Their Smartphone App For The First Time

    Jordan Crook
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
     Canary has had a big year. After smashing through their Indiegogo campaign goal and picking up an extra $10 million in VC funding, the company is nearly ready to ship its home security product. Due to a couple hurdles, Canary units won't arrive until "this summer," but to tide us over, the team has given us our first real look at the complimentary smartphone application. Read More
  • Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

    Josh Constine
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
     Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users, and with it I discovered a new “Location History” setting that must be left on to use… Read More
  • In Just A Few Minutes, SpaceX Will Attempt To Launch A Reusable Rocket — Watch Now! (Update: It’s Over)

    Greg Kumparak
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Quick! Tune in! SpaceX is about to attempt something pretty historic: launching a rocket in such a way that much of it can be reused in later launches. If the launch is successful, the rocket will spend a few days cruising to the International Space Station, drop off a bunch of supplies, then a controlled fall will bring it back to earth with a set of extendable landing legs deployed. Even if the… Read More
  • Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

    Sarah Perez
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
     There's no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience - for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Siri Hack, Amazon Smartphone, And Galaxy Gear

    Jordan Crook
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
     Siri was hacked! But don't panic — it's apparently a really fun hack that gives Siri access to your other apps. Meanwhile, rumors are swirling over Amazon's forthcoming smartphone with 3D-gesture features. Plus, we're taking a good hard look at the Galaxy Gear smartwatch equipment from Samsung. Or, more accurately, we diverge into talking about the Galaxy S5. Also, it's Good Friday. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • All the same

    Seth Godin
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's forty degrees out and there's a guy standing in front of the office building, shivering, indulging in his nicotine addiction. I can't possibly empathize with what he's thinking or feeling. As I walk down the street, I pass an elderly woman in an electric wheelchair. Again, I have no idea what it is to be her. And there, whipping around the corner in a fancy car, is an industrialist I recognize, someone with more employees, power and money than most of us would know what to do with. It's easy to lump people together into categories, easier still to say, "I know how you feel." But we…
  • The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers

    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Connecting dots (or collecting dots)

    Seth Godin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before. Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it. Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?        
  • Trust and attention, the endless dance

    Seth Godin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The two scarce elements of our economy are trust and attention. Trust is scarce because it's not a simple instinct and it's incredibly fragile, disappearing often in the face of greed, shortcuts or ignorance. And attention is scarce because it doesn't scale. We can't do more than one thing at a time, and the number of organizations and ideas that are competing for our attention grows daily. The dance happens because often, it seems as though we need to trade trust in exchange for attention. We have to rely on gimmicks, or overpromise and hype in order to get people to, "look at me!" And of…
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • 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…
  • Canvassing ProBlogger Readers: How Have You Built Your Readership?

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    As you might be aware, each month this year we are running a themed week – delving in deep the topics that are of the most interest to you. We started with creating content, moved on to resources for newbie bloggers just starting out, and this month we had an epic drilldown into creating products to sell. Our next themed week is all about building readership and creating community on blogs. We are looking for people with success stories in different niches – have you build a great readership? Or know of someone who has? If you are interested in sharing your story here on…
  • When Journalism and Blogging Collide: 7 Reporters’ Tactics to Make You a Better Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Image via Flickr user Binuri Ranasinghe. This is a guest contribution from journalist and blogger Christian Toto. Journalism appears to be a dirty word in 2014. Some people blast reporters for their perceived biases. Others say journalists simply protect the status quo rather than speaking truth to power. Everyone else is is fed up by reporters paying more attention to a twerking Miley Cyrus than the deficit or health care. None of this means journalism skills aren’t a great way to separate your blog from the competition. In fact, blogging with Cronkite-colored glasses can help your site…
  • 6 Lessons for Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines

    Guest Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This is a guest contribution from Matthew Capala of SearchDecoder.com Many newbie (and sometimes even veteran) bloggers erroneously spend 95% of their time creating blog content and only 5% pondering titles. Unfortunately for these bloggers, most readers’ attention spans expire in seconds. Unless you reel in your readers instantly, your well-crafted content goes largely unnoticed and going viral becomes impossible. Set aside at least 15 to 30 minutes for choosing a magnetic title after crafting your post. List three to five intriguing titles guaranteed to increase your CTR and page views.
  • How to Convince Someone to Be Interviewed on Your Blog

    Darren Rowse
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This question was submitted recently via the ProBlogger Facebook page. How do I get an established blogger like yourself to do an interview with me? or How can I get an established blogger like yourself to do a guest post for me on my blog? – from Sandra Tillman Good questions. I think you’re much more likely to get a popular blogger to do an interview with you than to write a guest post for you. I can only speak for myself really but writing a guest post for someone else’s blog is low on my list of priorities when I already have a blog to create content for. The exception…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • New Tax Fraud Scam Reminds Us: Protect Your Social Security Number

    Dave Greenbaum
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    While Heartbleed and credit card breaches at Target and Michael's have us all on the watch for our security, the most secure number in your inventory isn't your credit card number: It's your Social Security number. Here are a few tips for protecting it.Read more...
  • Get a Rare $25 Discount on the Nest Learning Thermostat

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Gizmodo, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    There have been a few promo code tricks or gift card offers to get the price of the Nest Learning Thermostat down, but today we've got a straight $25 off. This is the best cash discount we've seen, and the best overall deal since Black Friday, so get it before it's gone. [Amazon]Read more...
  • This Week's Most Popular Posts: April 11th to 18th

    Whitson Gordon
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This week we explained why your clever password tricks don't work anymore , discovered who expects a tip , overcame the biggest relationship challenges , and added cool stuff to our calendars . Here's a look back.Read more...
  • The Proper Way to Wash an Electric Blanket

    Dave Greenbaum
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    When it's time to put away the electric blanket for the season (or starts to smell funky), it's time to clean it. Clean an electric blanket using a washing machine and a few simple steps.Read more...
  • A Cord Cutter's Starter Kit, Nest Thermostat, True HEPA Purifiers

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    If you're ready to cut the cord, Newegg will sell you everything you need to get started today for under $100. The Mohu Leaf is the most popular indoor antenna out there , and the Roku 3 is an excellent media player without a hidden agenda . Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Alleged iPad Air 2 Front Panel with Integrated Display Shown in New Photos

    Eric Slivka
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Following the leak of an alleged iPhone 6 front panel earlier this week, the iPad is now getting its turn with a pair of photos showing what is said to be a front panel for the next-generation iPad Air, shared by Dutch site One More Thing [Google Translate]. Notably, the part appears to include an integrated display in contrast to the separate panel and display parts used on the current model. A move to an integrated front panel/display would reduce overall thickness, potentially allowing Apple to further slim down the iPad Air or make room for other components such as a slightly larger…
  • Analysts Predict Q2 2014 Decline in iPad Sales, Slight Increase in iPhone Sales

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Sales of Apple's iPad and iPhone remained strong during the holiday season with record quarterly sales reported in Q1 2014. Analyst predictions for Apple's second quarter of its fiscal year suggest iPhone sales may rise slightly, while iPad sales may decline slightly, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog. The consensus estimate from 21 Wall Street professionals and 13 amateur analysts predict iPad sales of 19.3 million, a 0.7 percent decline in Q2 2014. This is a significant change from Q2 2013, which saw a 55 percent year-over-year increase. The consensus estimate, at 19.3…
  • New iPhone 6 Renderings Based on Recent Info Show Design Changes

    Richard Padilla
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    After showing off a concept for a sapphire-glass backed “iPhone Air” earlier this month, French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and graphic designer Martin Hajek have teamed up once again to create a set renders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and accompanying cases in a variety of colors, which are based on leaked schematics posted by Japanese magazine MacFan and the dimensions of an alleged case that surfaced earlier this week. The renderings depict the iPhone 6 as a thin device with rounded corners, with the power button located along the upper right side of the device and…
  • FaceTime Not Working for Many iOS 6 Users

    Juli Clover
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Apple's FaceTime appears to be malfunctioning for iPhone and iPad users with devices running iOS 6, according to multiple tips received by MacRumors as well as a MacRumors forum post and a thread on the Apple Support Communities. It appears that users who are running iOS 6 are unable to place or receive FaceTime calls, with reports of problems dating back to yesterday. Devices running iOS 7 appear to be functioning as normal, and Apple's System Status page is not reporting any outages. One user mentioned being able to FaceTime with a device running iOS 6.1.6, while a device with iOS 6.0.1 was…
  • Angela Ahrendts May Delay Apple Start Until Mid-Year

    Kelly Hodgkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts resigned last October from the British luxury fashion house to join Apple as the head of its retail division. According to The Guardian, Ahrendts is free to leave Burberry this month, having fulfilled her six-month notice period, but her actual exit date is not yet known. Ahrendts may be staying longer at Burberry to help smooth the transition over to her successor Christopher Bailey, who is currently serving as the company's chief creative officer. Money also may be a factor in Ahrendts leaving as she is slated to receive a two million pound bonus in…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • 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.
  • Five More Freaks Event Opportunities

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Wow! So, Wiley had to push the book back a few weeks to deal with some last minute stuff (probably my fault), and so that gives me just a little more time to lay some groundwork. For YOU, that means if you’re thinking of having an event and if you want to take advantage of the absolutely most affordable way to have me speak live and in person to your community and event, there’s still time. Hire Me to Speak for Only 300 Books Not bucks. Let’s not be crazy. But books. The deal is this: hire me for an event in this or the next calendar year for the cost of your purchasing of…
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    Copyblogger

  • 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…
  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
  • The Simple Truth People Forget When Trying to Grow a Business

    Sean Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You want to grow your business, right? You want downloads of your app, people buying your products, readers on your blog, and evangelists on social media, don’t you? Fair enough, that’s what we all want. But you’re missing something essential. People won’t ever know you, hear from you, understand you, follow you, or engage with you because of one simple flaw. Your target isn’t small enough. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it? It isn’t. Building an audience online should be born the same way it is offline: from person-to-person. First, define who you are…
  • Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community. It’s confusing marketers, it’s misleading clients, and it’s causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere. It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer. And Merriam-Webster isn’t much help when it comes to defining this person. A “writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc.” Or even more vague, a writer is “someone who has written something.” And as Sonia Simone recently pointed out here at Copyblogger, there are even some…
  • 12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

    Demian Farnworth
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite all the hype, native advertising remains a fuzzy concept for most marketers. According to our 2014 status report: 49 percent of respondents don’t know what native advertising is 24 percent are hardly familiar with it Another 24 percent are somewhat familiar Only 3 percent are very knowledgeable So, given the lack of awareness (and people mistaking it for other things, like sponsorship), we thought it would be a good idea to walk you through about a dozen examples of native advertising — and why they work. Let’s get going. 1. Print advertorials … starting with…
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    Macworld

  • Comic: IMAP incantations

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: IMAP incantations. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls review: Expansion to popular adventure game checks all of the boxes on your wishlist

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Diablo III () was a good-but-not-great dungeon crawler that managed to infuriate old fans and failed to satisfy critics clamoring for Blizzard to once again raise the bar. The game demonstrated the well-worn formula of dungeon crawling: you kill dozens of increasingly exotic enemies, find loot, sell it in town, and then repeat. Diablo III disappointed many because it didn’t push the genre in any new directions; it simply kept to its formula but did it very well.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Mac Pro shipping delays won't sink Apple profits

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Even four months after the Mac Pro’s initial release, Apple appears to be having problems making enough of the high-end cylindrical desktop computer. The company’s store currently shows shipping times of 4-5 weeks for all Mac Pro models, even the stock versions without additional customizations.Computerworld (which, like Macworld, is owned by IDG) points out that the supply constraints for the new Mac Pro are now worse than that of the iMac back in late 2012 and early 2013, which Apple CEO Tim Cook described as one major cause of the 22-percent decline in Mac revenue the company…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Space and nature

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Space and natureOne of the cases in this week’s roundup celebrates the upcoming Earth Day in collaboration with a famous Mouse, while another has enough space-age materials to launch into space.BrandoThe Superman 3D Protective Case (iPhone 5 and 5s; $39) features a sculpted body—just like the Man of Steel, but (presumably) sans the X-ray vision.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Build a custom lock screen to save your iPhone, your iPad, or even your life

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    If someone finds your lost iPhone or iPad, the first thing they’ll do is turn it on. If you’re in an accident, or you have a medical emergency, first responders often look for your phone or tablet to identify you and learn important information such as allergies and blood type. In this video tip, we show you how to easily create a custom lock-screen image that can save your device—or you.Transcript I’m Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes. iCloud’s Find My iPhone or iPad feature is handy for tracking down your device if it’s lost; for sending a message to someone who might have it;…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Americans Are Bullish On Technology's Distant Future, Less So Its Present

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Despite the number of popular dystopian novels written over the years, Americans have continually been optimistic when it comes to the future of technology. At least, the distant future of technology. We're far less sanguine about the technology that threatens to upend our lives today or tomorrow, as a new Pew Research survey suggests. In 1988, the Los Angeles Times took a break from crushing traffic (no, not really) to anticipate they'd have robotic maids and holographic conference calls in just 25 years. That prediction didn't come to fruition, but it hasn't stopped people from…
  • 5 Important Things To Consider If You're Still Running Windows XP

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Microsoft has finally tied its good old dog, Windows XP, to a tree ... and bashed its head in with a shovel. After 13 years of loyal service, Microsoft has finally cut off support for Windows XP, which means the company won't be issuing further security updates for it. But plenty of people are going to keep using Windows XP anyway; it's still operating in machines everywhere, from ATMs and point-of-sale systems to computers at government agency and large corporations. Fortunately, there are still several ways to stay protected now that XP is vulnerable to new attacks and zero day bugs…
  • The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Guest author Matthew Brian Beck is a journalist and advertising strategist based in New York City. The next big thing is getting smaller and smaller. Historically, our social media experience has been chained to the first-screen browser and the one News Feed to rule them all. We've been saturated with bloated content from overpopulated streams. We've been bombarded with updates and notifications from friends and family we love, pages we Like, accounts we follow, colleagues we connect with, and acquaintances that can't even remember where we knew them from—we just couldn't keep up.
  • How Technology Is Making It Great To Be A Music Fan

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    I’m a music junkie. Like many of you, my life is often accompanied by a soundtrack. I’ve got playlists for working out, and just plain working. Music for when I’m feeling on top of the world, and music for when I'm down in the gutter. Songs that make me think, and songs that bring back memories. Music is important to me—and probably to you as well. But despite the importance of music, technology is really what allows it to be such a huge part of our lives. So how is tech going to shape the future for music fans like me and you? I needed to find out. I connected with the band…
  • Read All About It (On Your Wrist)

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Every time ReadWrite publishes a story, I get a jolt. Literally. And I don’t mind, because that good vibration may point us toward the news industry’s wearable future. Even when I’m away at a conference or traveling on business, I want to stay on top of ReadWrite’s newsroom. So when I joined the publication a year ago, I signed up to get a text message when we tweeted a story. Soon afterwards, I turned off my phone’s vibrate feature: There were just too many notifications for me to get shaken up every time one came in. See also: Pebble's Eric Migicovsky On How To Build A Smartwatch…
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    Smashing Magazine Feed

  • Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

    Rick Sloboda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
       Globalization, low-cost technologies and saturated markets are making products and services interchangeable and barely distinguishable. As a result, today’s brands must go beyond face value and tap into consumers’ deepest subconscious emotions to win the marketplace. The Role Of Brands Is Changing In recent decades, the economic base has shifted from production to consumption, from needs to wants, from objective to subjective. We’re moving away from the functional and technical characteristics of the industrial era, into a time when consumers are making buying decisions…
  • A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments

    Grace Ng
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
       You probably know by now that you should speak with customers and test your idea before building a product. What you probably don’t know is that you might be making some of the most common mistakes when running your experiments. Mistakes include testing the wrong aspect of your business, asking the wrong questions and neglecting to define a criterion for success. This article is your guide to designing quick, effective, low-cost experiments. A Product With No Users After 180 Days Four years ago, I had a great idea. What if there was a more visual way to learn about our world?
  • Building The Web App For Unicef’s Tap Campaign: A Case Study

    Nick Jonas, Francis Villanueva
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       Since a smartphone landed in almost everyone’s pocket, developers have been faced with the question of whether to go with a mobile website or a native app. Native applications offer the smoothest and most feature-rich user experience in almost every case. They have direct access to the GPU, making layer compositions and pixel movements buttery-smooth. They provide native UI frameworks that end users are familiar with, and they take care of the low-level aspects of UI development that developers don’t have time to deal with. When eschewing an app in favor of a mobile website,…
  • How To Build A Ruby Gem With Bundler, Test-Driven Development, Travis CI And Coveralls, Oh My!

    Mark McDonnell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
       Ruby is a great language. It was designed to foster happiness and productivity in developers, all the while providing tools that are effective and yet focused on simplicity. One of the tools available to the Rubyist is the RubyGems package manager. It enables us both to include “gems” (i.e. packaged code) that we can reuse in our own applications and to package our own code as a gem to share with the Ruby community. We’ll be focusing on the latter in this article. I’ve written an open-source gem named Sinderella (available on GitHub), and in this article I’ll go through…
  • Involving Clients In Your Mobile Workflow

    Thomas Joos
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       A lot of mobile-minded talented folks across the globe produce great work, but yet sometimes you still hear many of them complain about their relationships with their clients. They often mention feeling isolated and not truly understanding what the client really needed. This lack of personal interaction often leads to misunderstanding, as well as less awareness of and appreciation for all your hard work. While involving clients in your mobile workflow can be challenging, really working together will make a big difference. In this article, I’ll share some important things I’ve…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Neat! Ice sculptures in your drink

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Stunningly detailed miniature ice carvings made for a Japanese whiskey firm.
  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As Easter comes into view, the thoughts of billions of Christians turn to Jerusalem, to a sacred weekend that includes the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Of course, people regard these events with various degrees of literalness. But Easter retains its power.
  • State gun laws not enough

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Jill Koyama says Michael Bloomberg is right to tackle gun violence, but we need to go beyond piecemeal state legislation.
  • Drone makes 5th dive in MH370 search

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    An underwater drone dipped into the ocean Friday for its fifth trip to search for traces of the missing Malaysian plane as relatives of those aboard maintained their demand for answers.
  • The week in 33 photos

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • 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…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photoshop for Lightroom Users eBook – $12.99 Have you been on the fence about picking up Scott’s latest book, Photoshop for Lightroom Users? Now’s the time to grab it! It’s this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, and it can be yours for just $12.99! It’s on sale until Saturday, so get it before it’s too late. And leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of the eBook!Picture Perfect Beach Portraits with Tamara Lackey Join Tamara Lackey on the beach in her latest KelbyOne class, Picture Perfect Beach Portraits, to learn how to create…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Douglas Sonders!

    Brad Moore
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In many of my workshops, photography career articles, and classes, I’ll often share with my students the one amazing tool that will revolutionize their work, help attract new clients, and keep their spirits positive all at once. It’s personal work. Sure, maybe you’ve heard this before, but maybe you haven’t heard the true significance of why doing ongoing personal photoshoots are so important for you. For me, doing this has made my entire career.The past year has thankfully been very good business-wise (I’m a commercial photographer and video producer), but as we all know, we…
  • Big App News: Your “most requested” feature is now here And so is our Android Version (finally!)

    Scott Kelby
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Big, big App news today for KelbyOne subscribers as we’ve just released a major update to the KelbyOne App for IOS, and it includes the #1 most-requested feature by our members: the ability to take a class “off-line” so you can watch it on a flight, or during a commute, or any time you don’t have access to wireless.This new version has already been released (along with a bunch of other happy new features), and it’s available free to KelbyOne Subscribers from App Store for iPad.Oh I can’t believe this day is finally here — we have an Android version!
  • Perhaps my most revealing interview ever

    Scott Kelby
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Last week, while we were all at Photoshop World, the always amazing Karen Hutton released an interview she did with me on her show “The Chat” and of all the interviews I’ve ever done, a lot of folks have told me this was the most revealing. I wouldn’t’ know, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the interview because of something that happened to me during the interview as it went to a place I was not expecting, or prepared to go.Anyway, I shared it on social last week when she posted it, but I wanted to share it here with my readers who have…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge Waterfalls

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier today I shared a collection of waterfall photographs to get your weekend going, and earlier this week we launched our latest dPS eBook  - Loving Landscapes A guide to landscape photography workflow and post-production. So in keep with the theme of landscape and nature photography the weekly photography challenge will be waterfalls. By paul bica Even if you live in the city you can probably find some manmade waterfalls or fountains nearby. Think outside the box. Is there a park with a stream? Perhaps a babbling brook? Do some digging and find some running water and go photograph…
  • A Collection of Waterfall Photos to Spruce up your Weekend

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A couple weeks ago I shared some stunning landscape photos and you had a weekly challenge of the same theme. Today I’m going to get more specific and focus in on one element of nature that’s super popular with landscape photographers. Waterfalls! I think this is one of those things that when you can master taking photos of a waterfall, ones that make you and your friends go “oh wow” then your photography has stepped up a notch to the next level. Come with me on this journey, and if you’re not there yet I’ll leave you with a few articles on waterfall photos…
  • How to do Dreamy Landscape Photography with a Neutral Density Filter

    John Barbiaux
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    16mm lens, ISO 100, f/13, 2 second exposure Perhaps one of the most overlooked and undervalued tools you can own as a photographer is a Neutral Density filter (ND Filter) or Graduated ND Filter. In fact, if photography is considered painting with light then a ND filter would be considered the brush tip. You see, different paint brush tips can be used to regulate, if you will, the amount of paint you apply with each stroke – just like different Neutral Density or Graduated ND filters can be used to regulate the amount of light you allow to enter your camera. What is a Neutral Density…
  • Exposure Blending Using Luminosity Masks Tutorial

    Jimmy McIntyre
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    There will be a time when the wizards behind your camera technology conjure up a sensor so powerful they will swallow up any scene and spit it out just as it was – no over, or underexposed areas. Until then, in order to produce an image with a high dynamic range of light, you have to work with the sensors available to you and create your own post-processing magic. Image created by blending two exposure with luminosity masks, one for the sky and one for the foreground. While you, and many photographers, may have relied heavily on HDR programs in your exposure blending quest, many more are…
  • Finding and Working with Available Light

    Michael Walker-Toye
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I don’t use a flash for my photography, it’s a personal preference. Available light, in its many forms, is both challenging and rewarding so I rarely find a need to turn to creative lighting. Natural light, golden hour What is ‘available light’? Let’s be clear on definitions first. As a street photographer my preferred source of light is sunlight, more specifically, natural light. Available and ambient light refer to any and all light sources the photographer did not introduce for their photograph; light bulbs, candles, fire, neon, to name a few. The available light…
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    Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

  • Jobs, directed by Michael Bay

    Mike Wehner
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is going through some growing pains, with would-be director David Fincher no longer on board to guide the project. We've already taken a look at what the flick could look like, depending on which director ends up taking...
  • Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro lets me sync notes from Mac to iPad

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I often find that I need to record snippets of information -- the link to this new app, the name of that updated app and so on. These are small items that I need for a specific purpose and usually only for a short amount of time. I often try to...
  • Analysts chime in on Apple's Q2 2014 iPhone sales figures

    Yoni Heisler
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    With Apple's earnings report slated for next Wednesday, all eyes will be focused on how many iPhones the company sold during the quarter gone by. As the prime source of Apple's quarterly revenue and profits, iPhone sales are often looked at as a...
  • Sketch 3 makes a great design tool even better

    Brett Terpstra
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you're a designer type, you've probably heard about Sketch. It's an ambitious attempt (by a team of just four people) to produce a vector drawing application that can make the Adobe Creative Suite a moot point for most designers. That's not their...
  • John Sculley regrets ousting Steve Jobs and other news for April 18, 2014

    Dave Caolo
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    It's Friday! Slip on a pair of loafers and browse today's Apple news in a leisurely fashion. Because it's Friday. And you're a boss. In an interview with Times of India, former Apple CEO John Sculley admitted that ousting Steve Jobs was a mistake....
 
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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)

  • Olympus Stylus SH-1 real-world samples gallery

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Olympus Stylus SH-1 brings the manufacturer's well-regarded 5-axis image stabilization to a fixed lens compact for the first time. The SH-1 looks the part too with its Pen-inspired styling, and offers a substantial 25-600mm equivalent zoom. Who could resist taking it for a spin? That's exactly what we did, and we've come back with a gallery of real-world samples to prove it. See photos
  • Pixels.com licensing service promises full control of images

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pixels.com is a new image licensing marketplace that aims to give photographers more control than competing services. Users can set their own prices for images and manage the type of licenses they want to offer. There is even an option to create custom licenses with your own terms and conditions. Learn more
  • Helping children one print at a time

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    National Geometric is a social enterprise that brings a personal touch to charitable giving. Through the sales of single-edition, 10x15 prints of a person with a specific need, National Geometric helps provide food, water, medical care, tuition for school, and other basic necessities. The cost of each photograph reflects the amount needed to help the person in the photograph. Learn more
  • Google Camera app now on Kitkat and adds Lytro-like effect

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    So far Google's in-house camera app has only been available on Nexus devices but now a new version of the app is available to anyone in the Google Play Store. The app only works on devices running Android Kitkat 4.4 but Google is planning to make it work on older versions too. It comes with a minimalist design and a brand new feature called Lens Blur to simulate shallow depth-of-field. Learn more
  • 1991 Nikon-Kodak hack was first DSLR in space

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    What was the first digital camera in space? It turns out in 1991 NASA sent a modified Nikon F3 with small Kodak CCD sensor and external processing unit on a shuttle mission. Called the Hawkeye II, this system used an RS-232 serial port to connect to its external gear. Kodak would use this platform as the basis for the DCS system, the first commercially available digital camera. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • 5 Random Little Things In Lightroom That Throw People Off

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    I’m on the plane to Indianapolis right now, heading to teach my Lightroom seminar tomorrow (well, today when you read this). As I’m reviewing my notes, I realized there’s a bunch of little random things that people will come up and ask about throughout the day. Things that throw people off, have them searching around needlessly for settings, or simply things/settings that were just accidentally clicked on. So I thought I’d recap the top 5 I hear about. 1) Info Display – By default, Lightroom wants to put your photo “info” over the photo. Personally I hate…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Samsung and Globalfoundries announced yesterday that the two companies will adopt the same chip production process as they upgrade their manufacturing facilities in preparation for the next generation mobile devices. (Via Wall Street Journal) This announcement adds credence to an earlier rumor that Apple was negotiating with GlobalFoundries to start making the A-Series chip in the company's Malta, New York Fab 8 facility, with Samsung helping in the early stages of production. As part of the agreement, Globalfoundries has agreed to drop its current 14 nanometer circuit technology and will…
  • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

    Jordan Golson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Beginning tomorrow, Radio Shack will be selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $99 with two-year contract on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. This is $100 off the standard $199 price and one of the lowest prices we've seen for a new iPhone 5s. It's unclear if the price drop will be permanent or just a temporary price, but a source at Radio Shack says the promotion does not currently have an end date. For many, the discount will matter less with the new pay-by-the-month phone financing plans offered by AT&T and Verizon, but for customers still on a two-year contract plan, the $100 discount…
  • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording

    Juli Clover
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Yahoo today updated its Flickr photo sharing app to version 3.0, introducing a major design overhaul that revamps the look and feel of the app. Aiming to make capturing and editing photos easier, the app features 14 live filters for the app's camera, allowing users to see what edits will look like before an image is captured. The app also has a cleaner, better organized grid-style gallery view for browsing through photos and its camera capture and filter menu now resembles Instagram's successful image editing layout. Searching for captured photos is easier, with a revamped "intelligent"…
  • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c

    Arnold Kim
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Last week we posted renderings of what the iPhone 6 might look like based on leaked design drawings of the unreleased device. Since that time, we've seen early cases and possible design molds for the device. Ferry Passchier, the designer we commissioned for the original designs, has rethought the design as if it was modeled after the iPhone 5c with colorful plastic backings. Passchier produced these renderings with that in mind: The original renderings assumed it followed Apple's aluminum design of the iPhone 5s, though an all-aluminum design would introduce issues with Apple's antenna…
  • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card trading game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for iPad is now available for download worldwide after soft-launching in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in early April. The game initially launched for the Mac in March. The free-to-play collectible card game is set in the Warcraft universe, allowing players to compete with Magic the Gathering-style decks in one-on-one fights via Battle.net or against the computer. The iPad version of the game is able to connect to a Battle.net account, syncing with the PC/Mac version. JUMP RIGHT IN: Fun introductory…
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  • 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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