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  • A literally shocking video of people being tazed [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    It takes a special kind of photographer to think of tazing people in order to capture an interesting portrait, but that’s the way Patrick Hall worked his magic, the process of which he videotaped and photographed so we could all get the full effect. As he noted: Like many photographers, I have a ton of ideas floating around that I think would be great to explore.  This idea for a photo series showing people the second they are hit with a taser or stun gun has been something I have wanted to photograph for almost a year now.  Despite all the barriers it presented and the countless…
  • Before and After: The West Has Lost 63 Trillion Gallons of Water During Drought

    Mashable
    Andrew Freedman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The West has been suffering from a severe drought since 2013 and, in some cases, much longer than that. Conditions are particularly acute in California, where close to 60% of the state is experiencing "exceptional" drought after three years of below average rainfall. This is the worst category according to the U.S. Drought Monitor According to a new study published in the journal Science, the regional drought has cost the West about 240 gigatons of surface to near-surface water, or about 63 trillion gallons of water. This is equivalent to covering the entire western U.S. with a four-inch…
  • Survey Confirms: Most Trolls Would Shut Up If Forced To Use Their Real Identities

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    About 5% of people who comment online anonymously reported doing so to bully others.Take away a troll's source of power--anonymity--and the online commenter will think twice before posting on a blog or forum.Read Full Story
  • How Many People See Your Tweets? Twitter Opens Its Nifty Analytics Dashboard To Everyone

    TechCrunch
    Greg Kumparak
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
     Back in July, Twitter launched a really nifty analytics dashboard. A bit like Google Analytics for tweets, it allows you to gauge the performance of each and every tweet you sent. How many people saw it? How many of those actually clicked your links? There was one catch, though: it was only open to advertisers and verified users. No longer! Read More
  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
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  • A literally shocking video of people being tazed [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    It takes a special kind of photographer to think of tazing people in order to capture an interesting portrait, but that’s the way Patrick Hall worked his magic, the process of which he videotaped and photographed so we could all get the full effect. As he noted: Like many photographers, I have a ton of ideas floating around that I think would be great to explore.  This idea for a photo series showing people the second they are hit with a taser or stun gun has been something I have wanted to photograph for almost a year now.  Despite all the barriers it presented and the countless…
  • Amazing pumpkin stop-motion film will get you psyched for Fall [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Believe it or not, Fall is just around the corner. If you’re not in the mood yet, get pumped by watching this stop-motion video: Full story at YouTube. More great videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • A rock concert from a drummer’s POV [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You may think the front row of a concert are the best seats in the house, but after you watch this video you might change your mind. In it, you’ll see the drummer for the rock band Forevermore wearing a GoPro. And it’s pretty awesome. Full story at Forevermore’s YouTube page. More epic music. Photo credit: Canva
  • An idiot’s guide to becoming a computer hacker [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ever wanted to be a hacker? Of course you have, everyone on the internet wants to be a hacker, especially because those ’80s movies make hacking look so cool. The problem is, hacking is hard. It takes work. But, with the help of this video, you can look super pro in five minutes! Full story at ProTutorials YT. More computer techniques. Photo credit: Canva
  • An underwater view of poaching an egg [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ever wonder what it looks like when you poach an egg? Usually a chef only gets a top-down view, but thanks to the hero who boiled his own GoPro, we can now see what it looks like from the egg’s perspective. Full story at YouTube. Mm, food. Photo credit: Canva
 
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    Mashable

  • Before and After: The West Has Lost 63 Trillion Gallons of Water During Drought

    Andrew Freedman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The West has been suffering from a severe drought since 2013 and, in some cases, much longer than that. Conditions are particularly acute in California, where close to 60% of the state is experiencing "exceptional" drought after three years of below average rainfall. This is the worst category according to the U.S. Drought Monitor According to a new study published in the journal Science, the regional drought has cost the West about 240 gigatons of surface to near-surface water, or about 63 trillion gallons of water. This is equivalent to covering the entire western U.S. with a four-inch…
  • 8 Cocktail Recipes for One Last Summer Buzz

    Laura Vitto
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Once Labor Day weekend is over, you might as well throw on a sweater and boots, because summer 2014 is dead. Ok, so we're being a little overdramatic. Yes, it will likely still be 80 degrees for another three weeks until the real end of the season. But that doesn't mean we can't drink like it's the end of something big See also: What Songs Did You Overplay Most This Summer? Take advantage of the last of your farmers' market summer produce and mix cocktails that taste as fresh as they look. Mashable asked Brooklyn-based bartender and blogger Mallory Lance of Mallory's Kitchen to share her…
  • Mother of Captured American Journalist Makes a Video Plea For His Life

    Colin Daileda
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The mother of an American journalist held by Islamic State militants has issued a video plea to the group's leader, asking that he spare her son's life In a video obtained by the New York Times, Shirley Sotloff directs her message to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, whom she addresses with his self-proclaimed title, caliph See also: Why the Islamic State Is Scarier Than al-Qaeda in Iraq "I ask you please to release my child," Stoloff says. "I ask you to use your authority to spare his life." Later she adds: "I want what every mother wants, to live to see her…
  • The Trailer for Amazon's 'Transparent' Is Ridiculously Good

    Sandra Gonzalez
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Like the trailer for a really good indie movie, Amazon's Transparent might give you an existential crisis. But it's worth it On the show, debuting Sept. 26 on Amazon Prime Instant Video, Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor stars as Maura, a woman who has spent her life living as Mort, the patriarch of a seemingly normal suburban family. When Maura decides to live her life as a woman full-time, the family is stunned and secrets they've all been keeping for years begin to spill out See also: Three Shows to Check Out on DirecTV, Hulu and Amazon Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass play…
  • J. Lo Teases Her 'Booty' Remix Music Video With Iggy Azalea

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    LOS ANGELES — It was undoubtedly the Year of the Booty at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday with Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea shaking it up onstage Not wanting to be left out, Jennifer Lopez delivered some bum-related news: J. Lo's "Booty" song with Pitbull has been remixed to include the "Fancy" and "Black Widow" rapper See also: Oops! Iggy Azalea Falls Off Stage During 'Fancy' at Pre-VMAs Concert On the red carpet, J. Lo gave Mashable a tease of the Azalea-infused music video. She said they filmed it on Saturday with Hype Williams at the helm (watch the video, above) Williams is the…
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  • Survey Confirms: Most Trolls Would Shut Up If Forced To Use Their Real Identities

    Alice Truong
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    About 5% of people who comment online anonymously reported doing so to bully others.Take away a troll's source of power--anonymity--and the online commenter will think twice before posting on a blog or forum.Read Full Story
  • Would You Eat This Buffalo Crunch Donut From Tim Hortons?

    Chris Gayomali
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    The newest denizen of the Burger King kingdom will be selling Buffalo-sauce donuts at the New York State Fair through Monday.Yesterday we scaled Arby's "Meat Mountain" sandwich. And today, we learned that Tim Hortons is rolling out a "Buffalo Crunch Donut" that encases tangy Buffalo sauce in a glazed-donut jacuzzi. Let's take a dip!Read Full Story
  • Meet The Chinese Entrepreneur Gunning For Pixar And DreamWorks

    Evie Nagy
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    This early (and adorable) clip from Light Chaser Animation, which aims to rival Hollywood CGI in quality and reach, looks promising.Gary Wang's first entrepreneurial endeavor was a video-sharing site called Tudou that launched shortly before YouTube, got huge in China, and made him a fortune. Now he has thrown himself into the business of world-class computer animation currently dominated by U.S. companies like Pixar and DreamWorks.Read Full Story
  • Full-Screen Ads Are Coming To The iPhone

    Chris Gayomali
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Pre-roll video ads, too.It looks like Apple is going big: huge iPhones, huge iPads. And now this week, we learned that Apple is working on new ways for "freemium" app makers to eke out revenue, one of which falls in line with its strategy to go bigger everything: full-screen banner ads.Read Full Story
  • How Apple Thinks About Smart Homes

    Michael Grothaus
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The features of Apple's new HomeKit framework for app developers show where Cupertino is placing its bets. This story contains interviews with Chris Allen, CEO of iDevices; Carlos Raventos, lead mobile developer for Netatmo; and Mike Watson, vice president of product strategy at Cree.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • How Many People See Your Tweets? Twitter Opens Its Nifty Analytics Dashboard To Everyone

    Greg Kumparak
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
     Back in July, Twitter launched a really nifty analytics dashboard. A bit like Google Analytics for tweets, it allows you to gauge the performance of each and every tweet you sent. How many people saw it? How many of those actually clicked your links? There was one catch, though: it was only open to advertisers and verified users. No longer! Read More
  • Ruben Bolling Talks About Cartooning As A Career In The Internet Age

    John Biggs
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It’s back to school time and we decided to share some insight and advice from some amazing people. The first victim participant in our BTS school series of interviews is Ruben Bolling (pictured here), a lawyer-turned-cartoonist who moved from print to a primarily online presence thanks to his poignant, pithy, and hilarious art. TC: Hi, Ruben! You’re my favorite! How did you get… Read More
  • LendingClub Files For $500M IPO

    Alex Wilhelm
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
     LendingClub, a company that provides an online loan marketplace, filed today to go public. According to its S-1 document, the company intends to raise up to $500 million in its flotation. LendingClub, as with many technology companies currently seeking the public markets, has quickly growing revenues but isn’t profitable. Read More
  • MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    John Biggs
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
     Watchmaker MB&F aka Maximilian Büsser & Friends is well known for its dedication to the sci-fi cause. Many of the watches – some costing over $100,000 – are reminiscent of robots, steampunk engines, and alien heads. Now, however, you and yours can own a handmade music box that looks like a weird USS Enterprise and plays, oddly enough, the Superman theme. Read More
  • Microsoft’s Visual Studio Online Now Lets Developers Add Unlimited Stakeholders For Free

    Frederic Lardinois
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
     Microsoft says it now has over 1.5 million users on Visual Studio Online, its hosted application lifecycle management service. Today, it is launching a new (and free) license for the service that makes it easier for developers to add extra stakeholders to a project who don’t need full access to the code but need to keep up to date with a project. Read More
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  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
  • The idea is not the (only) hard part

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 1989, I created and launched a new idea: videotapes of people playing video games. It was ridiculed by the hipsters of the day, and my publisher later admitted that they hadn't even bothered to bring it to market beyond a few stores. A copycat product went on to sell a few million copies. Today, Amazon paid a billion dollars for Twitch, which is precisely the same idea, used by millions of people every day. More than a billion hours have been spent/wasted on Twitch to date, I'm guessing. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a commission check. No, the hard part isn't merely thinking…
  • You could wreck this (if you want to)

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Which is more satisfying: Breaking something or watching someone else break it? When we sense a job is going wrong, it's easy to act out and make things worse... in the moment, it might feel like it's better to get fired for something we did than to get laid off. When a partnership hits some bumps, it might be tempting to keep score, push back on everything and get ready to fight... actually causing the change that you fear. A challenging project, employee or situation sometimes is easier to avoid than it is to work on. Leaning in is really difficult when you sense that there's nothing to…
  • Why drafting works

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    The other day, a speedster on a bike passed me as I rode along the bike path. For the next ten minutes, I rode right behind him, drafting his progress. Sure, there's an aerodynamic reason that this works--there's less wind resistance when you ride closely. But the real reason is mental, not based on physics. Drafting works because, right in front of you is proof that you can go faster. Without knowing it, you do this at work every day. We set our pace based on what competitors or co-workers are doing. One secret to making more of an impact, then, is figuring out who you intend to follow.
 
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    WIRED

  • Vote for Eruptions in the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I’m not usually great with self promotion, but my post “So You Think Yellowstone Is Going to Erupt” was nominated (with 85 science articles from all over the spectrum) for the 2014 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize. If you have a moment, head over a cast a vote for my post to move onto the […]
  • How We Can Get Submarines to Travel at Supersonic Speed

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Chinese researchers say they are developing technology that would allow submarines to travel more than 750 mph. That’s faster than commercial aircraft fly, and yes, it is possible. The technology is called supercavitation, and it’s been around for decades. The idea is to increase the speed of an object like, say, a submarine or torpedo […]
  • Predictive Analytics: Potential Cure for What Ails the American Economy?

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    The way we hire and manage employees in America is fundamentally broken. Not only are unemployment rates still high in most cities, but approximately 32 percent of the current unemployed population has been unemployed for seven months or longer. Many people believe these long term unemployed workers no longer fit in today’s workplace, but they […]
  • Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    The flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia tullbergi) earned its moniker for a reason. Like many cephalopods, this cuttlefish can change its appearance with remarkable flexibility and speed. Sometimes it displays bright colors; other times, it camouflages itself to seamlessly blend into the background. In a new study, Gilles Laurent, Michael Kuba, Tamar Gutnick, and Andres Laan of […]
  • Scientists Turn Bad Memories Into Good Inside the Brains of Mice

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Neuroscientists have devised a technique for switching the emotional association of a memory from bad to good by directly manipulating the neurons that encode it.
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution by Greg Whelan of RankExperts. 5. Relying on Backlinks Alone The use of SEO has been on the rise for a long time, especially for people who venture in online business. However, while SEO is considered a core tool in enhancing online businesses, the same trend can trigger adverse effects if not implemented in the right way. There are certain limits that you must observe when employing SEO for your business – in other words, SEO for business should never be used blindly. A great number of online businesses are established each day with most of them turning…
  • How to Create Massive Value Content & Blow Your Readers’ Minds

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Let’s face it. Your readers are selfish. The moment they land on your blog, they look for “what’s in it for me?”. And that’s not such a bad thing after all. Knowledge is power. Once you know what they are looking for, you can serve it to them. At the time of writing this, there are 152,000,000 blogs on the Net. That means every half a second, a new blog is created somewhere in the world. It’s getting harder and harder to be found in the blogosphere and this is not changing in the future. If you’re passionate about your topic,…
  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Balance Visualizes How Much Time You Spend at Work

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    iPhone: Work-life balance is an important part of healthy living, but it's difficult sometimes to know exactly how much time you're spending at work. Balance uses data from Moves to visualize where you're spending your time. Read more...
  • I'm Angelo Sotira, Co-Founder of DeviantArt, and This Is How I Work

    Andy Orin
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the context of contemporary internet companies, DeviantArt is venerably ancient. The site began in 2000 as a means of sharing media player skins, and has grown into a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for artists of all sorts. And behind the site is Angelo Sotira.Read more...
  • What's The Best Solid State Drive For The Money?

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kinja Co-Op, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    A solid-state drive (SSD) is the best upgrade you can make to your computer, if not your life. Today we're not looking for the SSD with the most storage or the the very fastest speeds, but instead the one that's the best bang for your buck. Where's the happy medium between speed, size, reliability, and price? Tell us in the comments.Read more...
  • Cloud Storage Showdown: Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and More Compared

    Mario Aguilar on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud storage bigwig Dropbox just slashed the price of its plans, offering 1TB of storage for $10 per month. And it's not alone. Over the last year, most of the major players have been cutting prices and upping sizes. So what's the best option today?Read more...
  • Scientific Study Reveals How to Make Perfectly Browned Pizza Cheese

    Melanie Pinola
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Want to bake a perfect-looking pizza—with uniform, golden brown cheese—with a unique flavor kick? Leave it to scientists to detail pizza's "cheese functionality" and how to get good browning.Read more...
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  • Apple to Unveil Wearable Device on September 9 Alongside iPhone 6

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Apple has plans to unveil its upcoming wearable device in September, alongside the iPhone 6, reports Re/code. The site previously suggested Apple had planned to debut the device during an October event, but now says that plans have changed. Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped to schedule a special event in October to show off a new wearable device? Remember how I also said this: "Could things change between now and fall? That's certainly possible." Turns out that was a prescient hedge, because things have changed. Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two…
  • More Evidence of NFC Support for Both iPhone 6 Models

    Eric Slivka
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Last week, Chinese repair firm GeekBar shared a claimed schematic for the iPhone 6 showing what was claimed to be the pinning diagram for the device's rumored near field communications (NFC) chip. The part addressed on the schematic, PN65V, was thought to be a version of NXP's PN65 NFC package currently used in several Android devices. The leak is one of several schematics shared by GeekBar over the past week and a half, and while some of the components have been misidentified, it is looking increasingly likely that the schematics themselves are legitimate. Seen in that light, it is worth…
  • Apple to Reportedly Launch Thinner MacBook by End of 2015

    Richard Padilla
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    Apple will launch a thinner MacBook near the end of this year or sometime next year, according to a new report from Digitimes. Citing supply chain sources in Taiwan, the report notes that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014. A report last month claimed that Intel's continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either…
  • Hands On With QuickBoard, a Quick Text Insertion Keyboard Coming to iOS 8

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    When iOS 8 is released to the public in the fall, iOS users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including system wide third-party keyboards, which will bring fresh functionality to the default iOS keyboard. Third-party keyboards are available on Android devices and have been long-desired on iOS, so several popular keyboard developers announced plans to bring their software to iOS shortly after third-party keyboard integration was announced at WWDC. After iOS 8 launches, we'll be seeing new keyboards from well-known developers like Fleksy, Swype, SwiftKey,…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: Drop in iPad Sales Just a 'Speed Bump'

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Just before news of Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro was reported by Bloomberg, Re/Code's Walt Mossberg shared a snippet of an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook commenting on the recent state of the tablet market, which has been on the decline. According to Cook, the dip in iPad sales over the past two quarters is just a "speed bump" for Apple.In a brief interview about tablets I had this week with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he said, "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," and added that, "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen…
 
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  • How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole – or What Separates Me From Most People

    Chris Brogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Jacq and I work well together. She has this uncanny ability to point me towards interesting things that end up being passions of mine. She decides to get back into lifting weights, and then I rush out and get fanatical about it. She decides to work promoting Visalus, and then I go nuts. Jacq’s given me lots of ideas over the past few years. In talking about this, we both realized there something that separates me from lots of other people. I love to fail. How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole I should probably rephrase that. I don’t love to fail. Who does? Last place? Yay! No, not…
  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved chrisbrogan.com to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
  • Buy The Right Thing

    Chris Brogan
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In case you don’t already get my podcast, I thought I’d stick a copy of it here to check out. I recorded a short little conversation about choices and price and value and how we sometimes make really silly choices that don’t make any sense whatsoever. Also, in this recording, I mentioned a webinar I’m hosting. If that’s interesting, check it out. It will be the right thing. Continue Reading
  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
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  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
  • Save $100 on SMX East in New York

    Jerod Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search Marketing Expo is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference, and this fall SMX East will take place in the nation’s most populous city. And if you’re planning on heading to New York City for SMX East (September 30 – October 2), we’ve got a way for you to save $100. Just use the code smx100copy at checkout to save $100. You’ll get to hear keynote speaker Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed Founder & CEO, provide insight on leveraging viral content, as well as other sessions like: Defining & Mapping The Native Advertising Landscape Automation…
  • Clueless About Technical Writing? Get Started With These Essential Tips

    Nick Chowdrey
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Technical writing is like copywriting’s old, boring uncle. In the communicative garden party that is online content, Copywriting gets everyone a drink and socializes, while Technical Writing runs the grill and feeds all the guests. Copywriters may think technical writing is simple, but it actually presents a number of challenges unique to the discipline. If you receive a technical writing assignment, will you know how to handle it? Whether you’re a freelance copywriter or work in-house at an agency, at some point it’s likely you’ll be asked to produce a piece of technical…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • An Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge.

    Brian Clark
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to discover the smartest ways to mix social media, content marketing, and SEO for lead generation? Want to convert those leads to customers and clients? We’ve got you covered with Internet Marketing for Smart People. And there’s absolutely no charge. These 16 high-impact ebooks plus our 20-installment email course deliver the techniques and strategies you need to know to become a much smarter marketer online. Find out more and sign up (free) right here. About the authorBrian Clark Brian Clark is founder and CEO of Copyblogger, and uncompromising evangelist for the Rainmaker…
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    Macworld

  • Report: Apple wearable on track for September debut

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    The big reveal for Apple’s first wearable device may be just a couple weeks away, according to one reporter with a strong track record for Apple product timing.Quoting no one in particular—not even unnamed sources—John Paczkowski at Re/code reports that Apple will announce the wearable on September 9, reportedly the same day that it’ll announce two new iPhones. Paczkowski previously claimed that Apple would reveal the device in October, but had warned that the company’s plans could change. In this case, it appears Apple has moved the reveal date forward. To read this article in…
  • Gear We Love: Rickshaw Commuter line takes the mess out of messenger bags

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    There’s a lot of gear out there for your Apple devices, but how do you know which are worth your time and what’s not worth your money? In our Gear We Love column, Macworld’s editors tell you about the products we’re personally using—and loving.As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of messenger-style bags—I’m a backpack guy. Besides preferring the ergonomics of a good backpack, I find that many a messenger bag is too floppy (that’s a technical term, folks), which makes it a hassle to access the bag’s contents, and the bag falls over when you set it down. Some leather…
  • The Week in IOS Accessories: Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Rock and Roll, Hoochie KooThis week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes new ways to play both guitar and drums, as well as the usual array of cables, chargers, and more.BiteMyAppleYou know the tilt-shift effect on Instagram? The $70 Lensbaby lens for iPhone creates kind of an extreme version of that effect, letting you create dreamy pictures with a single point of focus, and surreal twisted lightscapes surrounding that point.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • You won't believe what we talk about on this week's podcast!!!

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Things have been a little quiet in Cupertino in the last week but that doesn’t mean the technology world has stopped spinning. In this week’s podcast we address issues including iPhone 5 battery replacements, John Gruber’s number crunching, Facebook as arbiter of worthy headlines, why Microsoft’s Surface 2 may be under water, and what TiVo is doing for cable cutters.Show notes Apple launches free iPhone 5 battery replacement program for defective units Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays (Daring Fireball) You’ll never believe how Facebook plans to fight click-bait Microsoft…
  • How to free up space on a packed hard drive

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Reader Donna Vincent has a lot of files and little remaining storage space. She writes: I’ve been a Mac user for a long time and am accustomed to having space for a lot of files. That’s changed now that my MacBook Air uses an SSD drive. I find that I’m running low on storage but don’t have a plan on how to free up space. Any advice? There are tried and true means for going about this. These techniques should help.Seek out large files In the old days the Finder didn’t allow you to search for files by size. Recent versions of the Mac OS make this possible. In the Finder just press…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Dropbox Antes Up In The Cloud-Storage Price War

    Stephanie Chan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Cloud storage platform Dropbox announced today that it is offering a terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month, the same terabyte storage price set by competitors Google Drive and Microsoft’s One Drive. This is just the latest move in the great cloud computing war of 2014, as these three heavy hitters engage in a race to the bottom for the consumer’s storage gigabyte. In March, Google announced a terabyte for $10 a month and 10 terabytes or more for $100 a monthApple, meanwhile, plans to release its iCloud Drive later this year, which will offer 5GB for free, 20GB for a dollar a month or…
  • The Truth About DevOps: "IT Isn't Dead; It's Not Even Dying"

    Matt Asay
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    With the rise of the modern developer, traditional IT operations is dead, right? Not even close, says Puppet Labs founder Luke Kanies. And he should know. Puppet is one of the technologies at the heart of the DevOps phenomenon, a merger of traditional IT and app development in which developers take on more responsibility for running the infrastructure that hosts their apps—in part, by automating it.See also: DevOps: The Future Of DIY IT?Yet Kanies believes that while there are "plenty of environments that can survive without ops for a while," they almost certainly don't look like the…
  • Why We Self-Censor On Social Media

    Selena Larson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Have you ever caught yourself deleting a Facebook status update even before you post it, because you anticipate the negative backlash it will receive from your online friends?I know I have, and according to a study by Pew Research, you probably have, too.Twitter and Facebook can be useful tools for distributing news and information, but when it comes to sharing controversial news, America can be reluctant to share things on social media if they know friends might disagree with it.To study the effect social media has on debate and discourse of polarizing public issues, researchers surveyed…
  • Comcast Data Caps Aren't Data Caps, Says Comcast

    Lauren Orsini
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Comcast, already less than loved, once again has some explaining to do.For years, the company has made sure policy makers and journalists know that it doesn’t apply “data caps.” Despite that, in some cities, Comcast imposes data limits on customers and, if they surpass that amount, issues them fines. This is what is generally known as a data cap virtually everywhere else, but Comcast has even submitted an article correction emphasizing that while it may have "data thresholds" or "flexible data consumption plans,” it is allergic to calling them data caps. Why does it matter what…
  • Why VMware Will Struggle To Embrace The Future

    Matt Asay
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Most enterprises would love to embrace the future. The problem is they're so heavily saddled with the past. This is as true for customers as it is for vendors. Nowhere was this more evident than at VMworld this past week, where VMware, beset on all sides by containers, public clouds and other existential threats, embraced them all. Every single one of them.See also: Docker Promises A Standard Way To Package Apps To Run Virtually AnywhereGiven its obvious conflict of interest—VMware's crown-jewel virtualization tech pays the bills even if containers and cloud draw the developer…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Customizing WordPress Archives For Categories, Tags And Other Taxonomies

    Josh Pollock
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Most WordPress users are familiar with tags and categories and with how to use them to organize their blog posts. If you use custom post types in WordPress, you might need to organize them like categories and tags. Categories and tags are examples of taxonomies, and WordPress allows you to create as many custom taxonomies as you want. These custom taxonomies operate like categories or tags, but are separate. In this tutorial, we’ll explain custom taxonomies and how to create them. We’ll also go over which template files in a WordPress theme control the archives of built-in and custom…
  • A Quick Tour Of WordPress 4.0

    Daniel Pataki
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Today, WordPress has released the first release candidate1 (RC) for the upcoming 4.0 version. According to the official version numbering2, WordPress 4.0 is no more or less significant than 3.9 was or 4.1 will be. That being said, a new major release is always a cause for excitement! Let’s take a look at the new features the team at WordPress has been working on for us. Installation Language Since I’ve always used WordPress in English, it took me a while to realize how important internationalization is. 29% of all WordPress.com installations3 use a non-English language which is…
  • Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 1)

    Chris Bank
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. By focusing on an integral set of core functionality and corresponding features for product development, these companies can efficiently launch and build on new products. While the concepts are relatively easy to grasp, the many trade-offs considered and decisions made in execution are seldom easy and are often highly debated. This two-part series, looks into the product…
  • How I Built The One Page Scroll Plugin

    Pete Rojwongsuriya
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Scrolling effects have been around in web design for years now, and while many plugins are available to choose from, only a few have the simplicity and light weight that most developers and designers are looking for. Most plugins I’ve seen try to do too many things, which makes it difficult for designers and developers to integrate them in their projects. Not long ago, Apple introduced the iPhone 5S, which was accompanied by a presentation website1 on which visitors were guided down sections of a page and whose messaging was reduced to one key function per section. I found this to be a…
  • Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Users: Lessons Learned From My High-School Teachers

    Jon Bernbach
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    High school. I won’t lie: I did not have the highest grades in my graduating class. Some classes and lessons were so poorly designed and delivered that I would frequently become frustrated and fatigued and would ultimately shut down. The contents of the lessons would just wash over me. The experience wasn’t pleasant, and the results were obvious from my transcripts. But I did well in a few classes. The major difference was the teaching style. Currently, I am a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designer of mobile and web applications. In a way, like a teacher, I need to present…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Uzi death

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.
  • Holocaust shirts

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling a striped T-shirt bearing a yellow star that drew criticism for its resemblance to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates.
  • F-15 crash

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A pilot is missing after an Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Virginia's Augusta County, authorities said.
  • Instructor killed at shooting range

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The submachine gun -- used by the Israeli military -- recoiled over the girl's shoulder, Arizona authorities say. The incident raises questions about whether a child should handle such a weapon.
  • Opinion: What were they thinking?

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Mel Robbins says to prevent senseless tragedies like the one at an Arizona shooting range, it should be illegal for anyone to place a submachine gun in the hands of a child
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone…
  • Some Quick Tuesday Stuff

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!Anyway, here’s what’s up:Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom…
  • I’m Bringing My “Shoot Like a Pro” Seminar to Swingin’ London Baby, Yeah!

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Greetings from the Airport (well, I’m already on the plane, so “greetings from the Tarmac — I’m on my way to New York to shoot the US Open Tennis Tournament, which kicks off today. But first….I’m heading to London!!! When: Friday, 10, October Where: Conference Centre Westminster Tickets: Only 99£ at http://kelbyone.com/live/uk/ Earlybird Discount: Use the code Live10″ you save £10 — enough to buy me a pint. Why: Because I love Swingin’ London baby, yeah!PLUS: If you sign up now, you get my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” full tour…
  • OK, Are You Ready for a Really Cool Contest?

    Scott Kelby
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s called “Expose Yourself With Scott Kelby” (I didn’t name it. I would have named it “Get nudie-nude naked and naughty with DJ Scott-Scotty K and the fully clothed nudists” but they voted it down).Anyway, if you are picked as the winner, you win a Sony RX-100 Camera, so if you can get past the whole thing of having nothing on, this is awesome.The contest is for photographers who want to share what they’ve learned with other photographer through a blog post, article, photo submission, etc. on InMyBag.net —-(in their words: “InMyBag.net…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Free Expo Pass for Photoshop World Las Vegas If you can’t attend the full three-day training conference, you can still take part in the Free Expo that’s headed for Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Check out the show floor, packed with free classes, product demos, and exclusive show specials from the hottest names in the industry. The Expo hits Vegas September 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Register now for your free pass! Photographing Motion Indoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera in an indoor…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Which Three Lenses do You Need for Photography?

    Andrew S. Gibson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I used an 85mm lens fitted with a 500D close-up lens to create this photo of a Chinese Water Dragon. Two things occurred to me When I read Phillip VanNostrand’s article The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography. One, is that his choice of lenses would not be my choice. Two, is that you cannot recommend three lenses for every photographer to use, as everybody’s requirements are different. Imagine if you went to a showroom to buy a new car and the salesperson said “Sir, the only car for you is a Ford Focus”. Fine, if that’s the car you happen to want. But how…
  • Tips on How to Get New Photography Clients

    Monica Day
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Aaaaghhhh!!!! Why aren’t people knocking down my door to get me to photograph their most precious moments?! We’ve all said this. We’ve all had those moments where we just don’t understand where the people are, or the ones that will pay us are. Or you’ve finally built a business and now it’s time to move. I get it. I’m a military spouse. I move…a lot. I have to rebuild my business every two to four years. But I’ve done it, and so can you. You don’t have to be a military spouse to benefit from these tips. They can be applied to a new business, a new market, a new city, or a…
  • What’s Really Missing from Your Photographs?

    Olivier Duong
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ever felt that your images are missing a certain je-ne-sais-quoi? I remember when I was a proud young shooter, I showed my images to my photography 101 teacher, ready for him to crown me the next best photographer he’s ever seen (Hey I was young). He looked at them, and politely said “They are coming along”. What. The. Heck dude!? I looked at him in disbelief. I tried some Jedi mind tricks on him; trying to juice some positive note out of him. After a while, it was evident he didn’t want to offend me, I tried pressing him a last time and he gave me the same…
  • Luminosity Masks Versus HDR Software For Creating Natural Looking HDR Images

    Jimmy McIntyre
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jimmy’s Luminosity Masks Tutorials – Art of Digital Blending Course For Photoshop is on sale now at 15% off over at SnapnDeals. Only until September 6th, grab it now! If you type the term ‘HDR’ into google images you’ll very quickly see why HDR photography has a bad reputation. While we all differ in our tastes, in recent years, those strongly saturated, blurry and noisy HDRs have fallen out of fashion, even amongst HDR photographers. Luminosity Masks Versus HDR Software For Creating Natural Looking HDR Images The goal, among many, is now a clean HDR look. HDR…
  • Three Types of Light: Diffused, Backlight and Reflected – What are They and When to use Them

    Natasha Cadman
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Light: it is the main component for every image that you will take. It does however come in many different forms, producing very different results. Some of these types of light are diffused, backlit and reflected. There will be times when each of these types of light is more readily available than another, or even in some cases multiple types of light at once. Some people create their full photographic style by using a certain type more, or less, exclusively in their work. But, knowing how to first spot the different light forms will allow you to take full of advantage of every scenario and…
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Samyang announces 50mm f/1.4 UMC still and 50mm T1.5AS UMC video lenses

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Korean lens brand Samyang has announced that it will use the Photokina show next month to introduce a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for stills photographers and the same lens designed for videographers using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Both the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 50mm T1.5 AS UMC are designed to cover a full frame sensor and will each come in 10 mounts. Read more
  • Part two: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 / Sony Alpha 7S Comparative Review

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Our comparative review of the Panasonic GH4 and Sony Alpha 7S started with a look at their designs, handling and video spec. They've set new benchmarks for the sophistication of their video capabilities, but they're both potentially very capable stills cameras as well. That brings us to part two of our review, which adds six pages including analysis of image quality and dynamic range. We've also expanded our look at the video modes on each camera. Read more
  • Instagram Hyperlapse app creates smooth time-lapse video

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Last week Microsoft announced development of a technology that turns shaky first-person video into smooth, stabilized hyperlapse videos. Now it appears that Instagram has beaten them to market with a similar product. They've announced Hyperlapse, an app that converts videos of up to 45 minutes into smooth and stable time-lapses with a speed of up to 12x faster than the original. Read more
  • Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30?

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the camera industry moved on somewhat since the birth of the Fuji X series compact, is there still room for a 12 million pixel compact in a less-than compact body? In this opinion piece, senior contributing writer Damien Demolder ponders the very existence of Fujifim's newest X-series camera. Read more
  • X-Trans excellence? Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fujifilm's new X30 premium compact is an intriguing piece of kit, with a larger-than-average sensor and reasonably fast lens. While not a revolutionary upgrade to the X20, it still provides some nice improvements. After some play time, we've put together a First Impressions Review that spells out what's new and what's not.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    After a long delay, the August Smart Lock is finally shipping out to preorder customers beginning today. First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based iPhone-compatible locking system designed by Jason Johnson and notable designer Yves Béhar. At August, our mission is to make beautiful products that allow your physical environment to seamlessly respond to you. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. We are excited to announce that the August Smart Lock has begun shipping in limited quantities.The August Smart Lock, which allows users to unlock…
  • PayPal Offers 25% Off iTunes Gift Cards in the UK

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    PayPal is currently offering 25 percent off digital iTunes cards in the United Kingdom, allowing users to purchase iTunes codes for the App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store at a discount. Under the terms of the deal, an £15 iTunes card drops to £11.25, while a £25 card drops to £18.75. Larger denomination iTunes cards of £50 and £100 are available for £37.50 and £75. Cards are only redeemable in the UK iTunes Store. The offer lasts until Thursday, August 28 at 11:59 BST, but as with all PayPal iTunes discounts, there are a limited number of codes available and…
  • Instagram Launches Time Lapse 'Hyperlapse' Video App

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Instagram today launched a new standalone video app called Hyperlapse, which is designed to allow users to capture high-quality time lapse videos enhanced with built-in stabilization features. According to the app's description, the image stabilization allows users to create "polished" time lapse videos that would normally only be possible with the use of a tripod. In an interview with Wired, Instagram reveals that its image stabilization feature uses the iPhone's gyroscope to measure the camera's movement, which allows video to be stabilized with a simple algorithm. Hyperlapse mimics the…
  • Likely Fake iPhone 6 Box Insert Surfaces

    Juli Clover
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    While we've seen dozens of images depicting iPhone 6 elements that are likely to be real versions of parts that will make their way into the finished device, we've also been seeing quite a few iPhone 6 mockups, iPhone 6 clones, and other fake iPhone 6 parts as we creep closer to the device's launch date. French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has today shared what it believes may be a genuine iPhone 6 box insert (or quick start guide) that "confirms" the launch date of the iPhone 6 as Tuesday, September 9, but MacRumors believes the insert to be fake based on several different design…
  • Google Launches New 'Slides' iOS App, Updates Docs and Sheets With Microsoft Support

    Juli Clover
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Google today launched a new Google Slides app for the iPhone to complement both Google Docs and Google Sheets, putting it in a position to better compete with business-oriented iOS software suites from both Apple and Microsoft. With Slides, Google now offers apps for creating word-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations directly on the iPhone. Slides is designed to allow users to create, edit, and collaborate with other users on presentations from the iPhone, iPad, or desktop. The app allows users to create new presentations or edit existing presentations, and it's possible to share…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark 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 July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
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