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  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    Strobist
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
  • How to attack your to-do list with a vengeance

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Generally, the most vicious thing we do to a to-do list is rip it into shreds because the sheer length is too much for a rational mind to contemplate knowing there are only twenty-four hours in a day. All that is about to change for the better thanks to these tips on how to battle those endless obligations and come out on top for once.
  • Chili's Cook Fired for Posting Shirtless Photos on Facebook

    Mashable
    Brian Koerber
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    We'll have the Triple Dipper with a side of chest hair. (At least we hope that's just chest hair.) Chili's Grill & Bar fired a cook after he posted topless photos of himself posing inside the restaurant's kitchen, ABC Action News reports See also: Pro Tip for Online Daters: Don't Sneak Into Your Ex's House by Chimney The photos were originally publicly posted to Facebook and featured Justin Speekz posing shirtless inside the restaurant in Valrico, Florida (though he was wearing an apron). The pictures have since been removed or made private Two of the sexy pics show Speekz laying on a…
  • Battle Of The Blades: The Best Juicer For Your Dollar

    Fast Company
    Lesley Stockton, The Sweethome
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Sweethome juiced 25 pounds of fruit in a quest to discover the ultimate juicing machine.After pushing almost 25 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we think the Tribest Slowstar ($380) is the best and most versatile juicer for the home. Its single vertical auger turns at a slow 47 rpm, making it one of the slowest juicers available--key for getting maximum nutrients and enzymes from produce--and it still yielded more juice than nearly every other model we tested, meaning there's less going to waste. It comes with a 10-year warranty on parts and the motor, so…
  • App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36% Over Last Year

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Perez
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
     Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. For additional context, at Apple’s… Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • How to attack your to-do list with a vengeance

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Generally, the most vicious thing we do to a to-do list is rip it into shreds because the sheer length is too much for a rational mind to contemplate knowing there are only twenty-four hours in a day. All that is about to change for the better thanks to these tips on how to battle those endless obligations and come out on top for once.
  • A look into the venture capital industry [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If there are two phrases that get an entrepreneur's adrenaline pumping, they're "venture capitalists" and "angel investors," so this infographic all about this industry is guaranteed to give those small businesses with big dreams a rush.
  • What happens when you shoot drops of water with a laser beam [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    If kids knew that being a scientist meant that you could shoot laser beams at stuff, we might have higher math and science scores. So forward this video of scientists blasting drops of water with laser beams to all the kids you know. There's some intense science happening in this video, but there's also some intense "stuff-getting-blowed-up." In other words, there's something for everyone.
  • Meet the girl who holds up the ocean

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Holding up the ocean is no small task, and neither is saving the coral reefs from too much tourist lovin', but this young lady appears up the challenge.
  • 15 little things that are big annoyances [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    That feeling you get when you're trapped behind slow walkers. Or when your toothpaste tube looks like the victim of some kind of weird dental crime. The shame you feel when you drop your phone on your own chest while reading lying down. These are a few of the fifteen little things that will drive anyone nuts.
 
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    Mashable

  • Chili's Cook Fired for Posting Shirtless Photos on Facebook

    Brian Koerber
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    We'll have the Triple Dipper with a side of chest hair. (At least we hope that's just chest hair.) Chili's Grill & Bar fired a cook after he posted topless photos of himself posing inside the restaurant's kitchen, ABC Action News reports See also: Pro Tip for Online Daters: Don't Sneak Into Your Ex's House by Chimney The photos were originally publicly posted to Facebook and featured Justin Speekz posing shirtless inside the restaurant in Valrico, Florida (though he was wearing an apron). The pictures have since been removed or made private Two of the sexy pics show Speekz laying on a…
  • NCAA Mascots Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake It Off

    Eitan Levine
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    NCAA mascots totally understand that haters are gonna hate, hate, hate. The friendly — or in the case of “Purdue Pete,” horrifying — mascots of the Big Ten NCAA conference decided to throw aside their team allegiances and band together to make their own “Shake It Off” video. Watch as Sparty, Lil’ Red, Herky the Hawk and other Big Ten royalty pay homage to T-Swizzle herself. Seriously, though — what’s the deal with Purdue Pete? Monica Lewinsky: 'I Was Periodically Suicidal' Delightful Twerking Turtle Will Wiggle Its Way Into Your Heart…
  • Monica Lewinsky: 'I Was Periodically Suicidal'

    Megan Specia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Monica Lewinsky made her first public appearance in over 10 years at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on Monday, speaking out against the "reputation-shredding power of the internet." Now 41, the former White House intern spoke out against cyber bullying, saying that she hoped to help others by sharing her experience. Lewinsky spoke about Tyler Clementi's death after his college roommate streamed a video of the Rutgers student kissing another man Lewinsky said Clementi's story inspired her to speak out. "That tragedy is one of the principal reasons I am standing up here today," Lewinsky said.
  • Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York' Sounds a Lot Like a Robyn Song

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Push play. No, this is not a dance hit from Swedish singer Robyn you're hearing It's Taylor Swift's new single "Welcome to New York," the third released track from her upcoming pop album 1989. But it sounds like Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." Here's Robyn's electropop hit "Call Your Girlfriend" to refresh your eardrums and memory: Though the lyrics have nothing in common, there's no denying the similarities between the dance-ready beats and dramatic bridges Swift sings about the allure of New York City, where she now lives after having left Los Angeles in March to call the Big Apple her new…
  • Naked Russian Artist Cuts Off His Ear in Protest

    Christopher Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Editor's Note: This story contains graphic images. KIEV, Ukraine — The controversial Russian performance artist and political activist who nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Moscow’s Red Square last year sliced off his earlobe in his latest protest against the return of repressive Soviet-era policies. Naked and sitting atop a wall at Moscow’s Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry, Pyotr Pavlensky, a St. Petersburg native, severed his right earlobe with a large kitchen knife on Sunday in a performance aptly titled "Separation." See also:…
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  • Battle Of The Blades: The Best Juicer For Your Dollar

    Lesley Stockton, The Sweethome
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Sweethome juiced 25 pounds of fruit in a quest to discover the ultimate juicing machine.After pushing almost 25 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we think the Tribest Slowstar ($380) is the best and most versatile juicer for the home. Its single vertical auger turns at a slow 47 rpm, making it one of the slowest juicers available--key for getting maximum nutrients and enzymes from produce--and it still yielded more juice than nearly every other model we tested, meaning there's less going to waste. It comes with a 10-year warranty on parts and the motor, so…
  • Social Media Actually Reduces Political Extremism, Study Says

    Peter Wade
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Social media users are exposed to more political diversity than they expect, and that has an important and unexpected effect.Conventional wisdom says that social media leads to groupthink, as users can tune out anyone they don't agree with. But a new study says that social media isn't as much of an "echo-chamber" as it's accused of being--and the effect can make people more politically moderate.Read Full Story
  • Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter--To Fight Cyberbullying

    Chris Gayomali
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Internet's first mass-scale victim is pushing back.As part of a campaign to raise awareness in the fight against online bullying, Vanity Fair contributor (and, yes, former White House intern) Monica Lewinsky has decided to jump headfirst into one of the grouchiest, most inhospitable echo chambers on the Internet: Twitter.Read Full Story
  • Vote for America's Next Top Office Dog

    Fast Company Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who will be #TOPDOG?For the past few weeks, Fast Company has been collecting entries for America's Next Top Office Dog (ANTOD)--#TopDog, for short. Over 300 amazing dogs were entered; we love all of them, although some cuts had to be made for space reasons (or duplicate submissions from the same office or obvious PR pitches appended to #topdog pictures).Read Full Story
  • China Launches Cyber Attack As New iPhones Arrive

    Peter Wade
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Attack gives government access to usernames, passwords, and emails.To coincide with the newest iPhones hitting China's market today, the Chinese government is staging a large-scale attack on Apple and its Chinese customers that could place iCloud usernames and passwords into government hands.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36% Over Last Year

    Sarah Perez
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
     Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. For additional context, at Apple’s… Read More
  • We Tried Out Apple Pay In The Real World

    Kyle Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
     Apple released iOS 8.1 today, and with it comes the ability to use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. We decided to try it out by going to two nearby businesses that already accept Apple’s NFC-powered mobile payments: Walgreens and McDonald’s. Read More
  • Apple’s Huge Q4: $42.1 Billion In Revenue, $8.5 Billion In Profit

    Alex Wilhelm,Greg Kumparak
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
     Today after the bell, Apple reported its fiscal fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $42.1 billion, and earnings per share of $1.42. Analysts had expected Apple to report profit of $1.31 per share, on revenue for the period of $39.85 billion. During the fiscal quarter, Apple had net profit of $8.5 billion, up 13.3% from $7.5 Billion in the same quarter last year. Compared… Read More
  • Apple Sold 39.3M iPhones During The iPhone 6 Launch Quarter, 12.3M iPads And 5.5M Macs

    Darrell Etherington
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
     Apple’s earnings for the final quarter of its fiscal 2014 year are out, and boy did they sell a lot of iPhones. The hardware quarter saw 39.3 million iPhones sold, along with 12.3 million iPads and a very respectable 5.5 million Macs, with the fading iPod category bringing up the rear with 2.6 million sales. iPhone growth year-over-year is the most impressive stat here, and it’s… Read More
  • Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Event

    Alex Wilhelm
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
     Today in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenant Scott Guthrie detailed the status of their company’s cloud efforts, breaking out a few growth metrics, and announcing several new features that they hope will spur growth. Microsoft is hellbent to be a winner in the cloud space. With self-claimed $4.4 billion in yearly cloud run rate  — expect a… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • "Desire is full of endless distances"

    Seth Godin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just one more level on this game, she says. Once I get to level 68, I'll be done. Just one more tweak to the car, they beg. Once we bump up the mileage, we'll be done. Just one more lotion, she asks. Once I put that on, my skin will be perfect and I'll be done. Of course, the result isn't the point. The mileage or the ranking or slightly more alabaster or ebony isn't the point. The point is the longing. Desire can't be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we've failed, because desire is the state we seek. We've expanded our desire for ever more human connection into a…
  • "Google it!"

    Seth Godin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for ourselves.  When you introduce a concept, or a speaker, or an opportunity, skip the reading of facts. Instead, make a passionate pitch that drives inquiry. In the audience, in your employees, in your customers... The only reason people don't look it up is that they don't care, not that they're unable. So, your job is to get them to care enough. [You can even send them…
  • Famous to the family

    Seth Godin
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    There is famous and there is famous to the family. Cousin Aaron is famous to my family. Or, to be less literal, the family of people like us might understand that Satya the milliner or perhaps Sarma Melngailis or Peter Olotka are famous. And famous to the family is precisely the goal of just about all marketing now. You don't need to be Nike or Apple or GE. You need to be famous to the small circle of people you are hoping will admire and trust you. Your shoe store needs to be famous to the 300 shoe shoppers in your town. Your retail consulting practice needs to be famous to 100 people at ten…
  • "Let's go around the room"

    Seth Godin
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    If you say that in a meeting, you've failed. You've abdicated responsibility and just multiplied the time wasted by the number of people in the room. When we go around the room, everyone in the room spends the entire time before their turn thinking about what to say, and working to say something fairly unmemorable. And of course, this endless litany of 'saying' leads to little in the way of listening or response or interaction or action of any kind. The worst example I ever saw of this was when Barry Diller did it in a meeting with 220 attendees. More than two hours later, everyone in the…
  • No one to say no

    Seth Godin
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    In a world that lacks so many traditional gatekeepers, there are fewer people than ever to say no to your project, your idea, your song. If you want to put it out there, go ahead. On the other hand, that also means that there are fewer people who can say yes. That's now your job too. If you work in an organization, the underlying rule is simple: People are not afraid of failure, they’re afraid of blame. Avoid looking in the mirror and saying no. More challenging: practice looking in the mirror and saying yes.        
 
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    WIRED

  • IBM Stock Plummets as Company Abandons Chip Business

    Klint Finley
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    IBM’s stock price is on the decline, after the company agreed to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take on its ailing chipmaking business and abandoned its controversial “2015 Roadmap” to deliver $20 earnings per share by next year. News of the Global Foundries deal arrived on Sunday, via Bloomberg, and IBM CEO Ginni Rommety confirmed […] The post IBM Stock Plummets as Company Abandons Chip Business appeared first on WIRED.
  • Microsoft Offers Cloud Device to Battle Google and Amazon

    Cade Metz
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Microsoft will soon offer a hardware appliance that will let businesses run something akin to its Azure cloud computing service inside their own data centers. At a press event in San Francisco on Monday, Scott Guthrie, who oversees Microsoft’s cloud business, said the appliance is based on hardware from Texas-based computer-server-seller Dell, and that it […] The post Microsoft Offers Cloud Device to Battle Google and Amazon appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Stop Apple From Snooping on Your OS X Yosemite Searches

    Andy Greenberg
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Apple's latest operating system OS X Yosemite pushes the limits of data collection tolerance: its desktop search tool Spotlight uploads your search terms in real time to Apple's remote servers, by default. Fortunately for Apple's angry users, however, this is one privacy invasion that's easy to cut short. The post How to Stop Apple From Snooping on Your OS X Yosemite Searches appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Amazon Fire Phone Could Transform Customer Service

    Raul Sfat and Bobby Penn, B2X
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Amazon, ever the customer-centric company, recently released its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone. With it, the world’s largest online retailer and creator of the highly successful Kindle e-readers and tablets, took on the challenge to redefine the way people interact with their smartphone. Instead of tapping and touching, users are able to experience gesture […] The post How the Amazon Fire Phone Could Transform Customer Service appeared first on WIRED.
  • Are Digital Magazines Dead?

    Ryan Jones, Pixbi
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    When pondering the future of digital magazines, the “I’m not dead yet” scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail may come to mind. Is the digital magazine industry ready to be carted off with the rest of the dead? Gregg Hano, CEO of MAG+, wrote a great piece pointing out the fact that we […] The post Are Digital Magazines Dead? appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
  • Top Five Things to Learn from the Greggs vs Google Twitter Debacle

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Mark Potter. Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery chain, famed for its sausage rolls and steak bakes. They have always enjoyed a strong social media presence, winning a Digital Impact Award in 2013 for a ‘Sandwich Maker’ Facebook app. As a relatively low-budget food chain, they are a popular target for online abuse. As a result, they have already developed a robust strategy for dealing with complaints and controversy: Things turned particularly sour in August, when the Google algorithm accidentally replaced the official Greggs logo with a highly offensive…
  • How Blogging In College Got Me My First Job

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This is a guest contribution from PR specialist Caitlin Dodds. I remember sitting alone in the airport with three hours to kill before my flight to Madrid. Squirming on the hard plastic chairs at my boarding gate with my laptop perched on my knees, I typed my first post on my new study abroad blog. You know the saying, “the rest is history”? Well, that cold January day is a big part of where I am today because my little study abroad blog helped determine my career and land my first job. Here’s how I did it. Getting Started with my Travel Blog All my friends that had spent time in Europe…
  • Your Blog as Part of an Overarching Business Strategy

    Guest Blogger
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    This is a guest contribution from Sabina Stoiciu. So you have a business blog (you DO have a blog for your business, yes?). Well it’s a great decision, and a decision that is growing in popularity. In a 2012 HubSpot study, 62% of respondents claimed to run a company blog. A number which has consistently grown from 52% back in 2009. Today is also not the first time somebody tells you a blog will bring several advantages to your business. You’ve heard professionals tell you that writing blog posts gives you the opportunity to leverage the human side of your business. Or to showcase…
  • How to Write Successful Emails (and Improve Open Rates)

    Guest Blogger
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from Luke Guy. Email is the key to a strong online presence. Like a binder to a book, so is the email list to blog/website. If used incorrectly, email marketing can destroy your business or it can build it into an empire. Strategy combined with creativity creates amazing profits and engagement. What’s the best way to write successful emails? You must think as if you’re the receiving email user. What would you hope to see? As an email user I look for emails that do one of the three if not all three:   Connect with me Add value to my life Helps me reach my…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Rethread a Drawstring with a Safety Pin

    Patrick Allan
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Losing the drawstring in your sweatpants, hoodie, or gym shorts is frustrating because getting it back in—and all the way through—is a pain. With a safety pin, and a little patience, you can once again ensure that your sweatpants will stay on.Read more...
  • How to Uncover Blurred Information in Photographs

    Dheera Venkatraman
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It's a common practice to blur or pixelate sensitive information like account numbers when you share an image online, but your info might not be as secure as you think. It takes some work, but there are ways to uncover that sensitive text.Read more...
  • Gizmodo The Sad, Weird World of Unseen YouTube Videos | io9 How Nigeria Stopped Ebola "Dead In Its T

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Gizmodo The Sad, Weird World of Unseen YouTube Videos | io9 How Nigeria Stopped Ebola "Dead In Its Tracks" | Jalopnik Here’s The Data From Ed Bolian’s Record-Setting Cross-Country Run | Jezebel Why Egg Freezing Benefits Aren't Even Close to Enough | KinjaPopular Posts Read more...
  • Easily Batch Rename Files in Yosemite

    Thorin Klosowski
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Mac: Yosemite has a bunch of cool hidden features and iDownloadBlog points to another nice little feature in a new batch renamer.Read more...
  • What's the Worst Advice You've Ever Received?

    Thorin Klosowski
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Not everyone's great at giving advice. Sometimes, you'll ask a friend for help and they'll give you the most harebrained response imaginable. So, we want to hear it, what's the worst advice you've ever received?Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Acquired 20 Companies Across 2014, 7 In Fiscal Fourth Quarter

    Juli Clover
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    During today's fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple purchased 20 companies over the course of 2014, including seven companies during the fiscal fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies purchased, some remain known, but many remain unknown. Apple's biggest purchase of fiscal 2014 was Beats Electronics, which the company bought for $3 billion in May. With the acquisition, it gained Beats popular line of headphones, the Beats Music music service, and it took on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, as executives. Other recent known acquisitions in fiscal 2014…
  • Apple Reports Q4 2014 Year-End Results: $8.5 Billion Profit on $42.1 Billion in Revenue [Earnings Call Liveblog In Progress]

    Jordan Golson
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2014. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $42.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $37.5 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.01 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 60 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of…
  • Apple Pay With iPhone 6 Demoed in McDonald's Purchase

    Juli Clover
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    With Apple Pay enabled through an update to iOS 8.1 earlier today, users are now able to use Apple's payments service in a variety of retail locations. Apple's Apple Pay launch partner McDonald's is one location that's already accepting Apple Pay payments, as demoed in the video below. Making an Apple Pay purchase is so simple that giving a food order becomes the most lengthy part of the ordering process. As seen in the video created by YouTube user John Ross, McDonald's payment systems are set up to accept contactless payments. Ross, who is using an iPhone 6 with iOS 8.1 installed, makes his…
  • Apple to Continue Offering Public Beta Versions of OS X Software

    Juli Clover
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    With the release of Yosemite, Apple introduced a public beta test for the first time, allowing more than a million consumers to sign up for and participate in the Yosemite beta. In past years, beta testing new Mac software has been left up to developers and a select number of Apple Seed members. It appears that Apple found Yosemite's public beta testing to be successful, as the company today sent out an email that suggests it will continue to offer public beta tests for OS X software in the future. In an email that thanks Yosemite testers, Apple says that members of the OS X Beta Program will…
  • List of Stores and Apps That Accept Apple Pay Payments

    Juli Clover
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    While Apple Pay will work in any store that accepts contactless payments, Apple has partnered up with several retailers for the launch of Apple Pay, to ensure the mobile payment service will work smoothly in those locations. In retail stores, only iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of Apple Pay, as payments require NFC. Retail partners that will begin accepting Apple Pay payments today or in the immediate future include Aeropostale, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Bloomingdales, Champs, Chevron, DuaneReade, Foot Locker (including Lady Footlocker, Run by Footlocker, Kids…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
  • My Take on Inbound Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m presenting at Hubspot’s Inbound conference today, which marks my second time there with about six years distance in between. Has anything changed? No. Yes. But it would depend who you ask. There have been some really smart posts about the future of inbound marketing. I want to give you a simpler take than all that. The Value of Inbound Marketing Jacqueline and I completed our first Spartan race in August of 2014. Note that I say “first.” This is your first clue that the organization is doing something right. My friend, Chad, just completed what’s called a…
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    Copyblogger

  • Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

    Stefanie Flaxman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list. Five years later, I achieved my goal. So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger? Rigorously practicing my writing, of course. Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success. Ironically, it also led me to my current…
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
  • 5 Ways to Prevent Business Burnout When Your Inspiration Starts to Flicker

    Amy Harrison
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a space as fast-paced as the Internet, you know there are many tasks you “should” perform to reach more people with your story. You’re well-aware of other businesses with meteoric rises to fame and companies thrown into the spotlight seemingly overnight. In order to seize opportunities, you know you have to stay ahead of the game with relentless focus. So when it comes to creating content, there is palpable pressure and stress to get everything right. If you feel a little frazzled by all of your content marketing duties, here are five ways to keep your cool and stay on…
  • Want to Hook Your Readers? Apply These 10 Principles to Create Captivating News Stories

    Julia Ogden
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Writing well-structured articles that inform, educate, and entertain is not as easy as it looks. There are billions of webpages out there that contain poorly written, unimaginative, boring content. But those aren’t the descriptions you want associated with the media you produce, right? As all content marketers who want to grow their digital media platforms know, audiences reward websites that offer special resources, whether they’re up-to-date blogs, in-depth ebooks, smart podcasts, or evergreen whitepapers. There is, of course, a definite knack to writing well, especially about a…
  • 25 Ideas to Transform Ho-Hum Infographics into Something Extraordinary

    Barry Feldman
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago here on Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth presented the infographic as the Salvador Dalí of content marketing — the most interesting person at the cocktail party. More than just a superficial presence, an infographic is a significant asset pillar with diverse possibilities that help you grow your media empire. Today, let’s equate the Internet to the world of pop music. In this case, infographics are The Beatles. They’re irresistible. They create massive hits. At their best, they balance style and substance. They can be relentlessly imaginative. And like John,…
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    Macworld

  • IPhones dial in larger Apple profit in fourth quarter

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Apple’s iPad shipments declined, but strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales buoyed the company’s profit in its fourth quarter for fiscal 2014. Apple’s net profit was US$8.5 billion during the quarter, up from $7.5 billion in the same quarter one year ago, the company said on Monday. Revenue was $42.1 billion for the quarter ending on Sept. 27, growing from $37.5 billion in the same quarter last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected revenue of $39.88 billion for the quarter. IPhone shipments were 39.27 million units in the fourth quarter, increasing from 33.8 million units in same…
  • iOS 8.1 arrives, which means Apple Pay is live

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Forget minor updates like iOS 8.01 and 8.02. We were waiting for 8.1, which is packed with major features like Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and support for Continuity so your phone and your Mac will work in perfect harmony. Now it’s ready to install. So far, there have been no reports of major issues downloading 8.1, but it’s always safe to wait before upgrading (especially if you haven’t backed up your device). What you can expect: If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, Apple Pay will function as your wallet at participating retail stores. Simply store your credit or debit card…
  • Apple, Spotify aim to push streaming prices down

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Spotify’s new family plan gives you two premium accounts for $15 a month. Apple reportedly has a cheaper service in the works, which indicates the market for $9.99-a-month music streaming subscriptions isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Apple reportedly wants to relaunch a cheaper Beats Music, if record labels play along. The company bought Beats Electronics, best known for its stylish (and ubiquitous) headphones, back in May for a cool $3 billion, but hasn’t done anything with its Beats Music streaming service. In the aftermath of the acquisition, it seemed like the subscription music…
  • Podcast: Evolutionary iPads and stunning iMac

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last Thursday Apple unveiled new products—the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and the iMac with Retina 5K display. Susie was on hand to witness that event and chats with Chris about it.Show notes Apple debuts iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3: Thinner, faster, gold, and with Touch ID Apple unveils 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina, the 'world's highest resolution display' Apple's Mac mini finally updated, starting price dropped by $100 Apple makes iPad Air 2 carrier-agnostic with new bespoke SIM card Hands on: The new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display shows stunning detail iPad Air 2: The only three things…
  • Meet Flic, the iOS photo manager for lazy people

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    In September, when everyone was freaking out about making room on their phones for the iOS 8 install, I knew exactly what my storage issue was without even having to look at my iPhone’s usage stats: Photos. I never clean out my Camera Roll. I automatically sync my photos with iCloud and Dropbox’s Carousel, so I rarely ever think about my photos once they’ve been snapped and shared. Swipe left to trash, swipe right to keep, and watch your space clear out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

    Pierre Croft
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing just that. We’ll go through some practical tips for running a card-sorting session, and also cover some examples. What Is Information Architecture? One of the great things about modern web design is the way it considers users’ needs from…
  • Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant

    Alexander Charchar
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    I can’t imagine any other industry in which so much change happens so quickly. If you stop paying attention for a week, it can feel like you’ve not been listening for a year. There’s so much to learn. Falling behind is easy, too. We might be in the middle of a major project, so we put off learning about this newfangled thing called Sass or Node.js or even quickly experimenting with the new Bootstrap or Foundation that everyone is raving about. Before we know it, we have these elephants of missing knowledge wandering around our minds, reminding us of what we should know and do but…
  • Freebie: Touristic Icons (100 Icons, PNG, SVG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Icons are a lot like real monuments — they can both be easily recognized. Today’s icon set consists of a set of vector icons that represent monuments across the globe, so they can be literally used anywhere. This colorful set was carefully designed by Freepik131 and is completely free to use for commercial as well as your personal projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. This icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported2. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles…
  • CSS-Only Solution For UI Tracking

    Krasimir Tsonev
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    The web is growing up. We are building applications that work entirely in the browser. They are responsive; they have tons of features and work under many devices. We enjoy providing high-quality code that is well structured and tested. But what matters in the end is the impact for clients. Are they getting more products sold or are there more visitors for their campaign sites? The final results usually show if our project is successful. And we rely on statistics as a measuring tool. We all use instruments like Google Analytics1. It is a powerful way to collect data. In this article, we will…
  • Ready For Retina HD: Create Pixel-Perfect Assets For Multiple Scale Factors

    Karsten Bruns
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The 6 Plus is the first iPhone that sports a “Retina HD” display — the sharpest display Apple has ever made. It forces designers to provide an additional set of image resources to developers to match that sharpness. We needed only one set of assets for the original iPhone up to iPhone 3GS. And when iPhone 4 came out with the Retina display, we also needed 2x assets — images twice as detailed. Now, with the display of the 6 Plus being even more detailed than that of the iPhone 4, we will also need to provide 3x assets. The numbers 1x, 2x and 3x are also called “scale…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Sweden hunts for mystery sub

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    There are fears of Russians and it is October, but it is not a Tom Clancy novel. It is a case of international naval intrigue off the Swedish coast that brings back memories of the Cold War.
  • Hannah Graham suspect indicted

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Sgt. Dale Terry of the Chesterfield Sheriff's Department and his small search team were finishing up for the day when they made the discovery.
  • Deadliest strike targets Mosul Dam

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Militants launched attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq in what officials said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. Fighters defending Kobani, meanwhile, are getting more help.
  • Suspects sought in pumpkin melee

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The police department in Keene, New Hampshire, is setting up a task force to identify and prosecute people who caused a long-running disturbance Saturday and Sunday at the city's annual Pumpkin Festival, the Keene city government said in Monday a press release.
  • Why some survive Ebola, some don't

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    There's no cure for Ebola. So why have some patients walked away healthy while others died?
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Yes…it’s come down to this…

    Scott Kelby
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know if the Monday after the game I post a Demotivational Poster, I probably didn’t have a great shoot. I know that generally as the season progresses you’re supposed to get better and better,right? And I was really feeling like I was “in the zone” two weeks ago at the Falcons/Giants game at the Meadlowlands, but dang I just do not know what happened yesterday but I just had a real clunker!It seemed like I was always in the wrong position, and I missed some stuff I definitely should have caught, and I was just generally to the point that I wanted to chuck my gear…
  • Way Cool Little-Known Lightroom Mobile Feature (Plus Lots of Photo Walk Stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    If you missed “The Grid” this week, we started right off with a short tutorial on a little-known feature in Lightroom Mobile that is just too cool (we start the show, posted above, with the demo), and then after the demo I talk about how at the Adobe Max conference last week they added one new thing that made it tremendously better. Really worth checking out.We also cover lots of Worldwide Photo Walk stuff, and the fact that my buddy Bill Fortney just launched a new series of eBooks on a bunch of photography categories, and we take lots of questions and (wait for it…wait for…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Trailblazers: Powerful Women of Photography with Erika Larsen Erika Larsen is a contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, but it is her dedication to immersing herself in the cultures that she is seeking to understand that is so inspiring. Erika literally lives and breathes the cultures she photographs, and sets out not as an outsider seeking to tell the story of another culture to the world, but rather as an individual seeking to deeply understand the people and their way of life. She sees her…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mykii Liu!

    Brad Moore
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Melissa NiuI am passionate about photography. By that I mean, photography bugs the living crap out of me and nags at me when I don’t end up having the time to satisfy the craving that I have for it. It drives me crazy. It keeps me up at night. Frustrated. Photography frustrates to the point that I become helpless and want to lash out at the world for the inability to properly express what I envision in my mind, my heart, or my eyes.And I love it: this calming expression when you’re at peace with it. I love it so much that I strive to continually exercise the part of my lungs that…
  • My Local Walk in London (and being a walker in Bath)

    Scott Kelby
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    When I woke up Saturday morning in London, I opened the drapes in my hotel room and all I could hear was rain and it was dark gray as far as I could see. When Brad and I got to my walk’s meeting spot, the weather had cleared for what would turn out to be an absolutely beautiful day, with a group of really lovely people.Above: Here’s the map of my walk route. Well, the starting points and ending points are correct, and several of the red routes are correct at times. I like to think we “modified” the walk rather than hitting an expected dead-end and locked gates that…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 7 Tips for Doing More Meaningful Street Photography

    James Maher
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Donut, American Apparel, NYC. Yes, someone thought this was a good idea. While it takes time to master the technical skills needed to excel at street photography, I think the most difficult aspect of the genre is trying to figure out what you are trying to capture. I get this question a lot, “What should I be looking for?” This is why street photography is a genre where experience is second to none. You can get comfortable capturing strangers candidly, you can learn to technically capture your images perfectly, but finding your voice is something that takes years of experience,…
  • How Connecting with Vendors Can Help Skyrocket Your Wedding Photography Business

    Esther deBoer
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I started out as a photographer, I had a lot of fun and luck with connecting with vendors to boost my business. Here are a few tips to help you start or boost your wedding photography business. No portfolio yet? Reach out to vendors in your area I was very active on Twitter when I just started out and noticed some rather under-lit and over-exposed pictures of beautiful cakes from a cake designer. I offered to create better images for her to make her website look better and to create a portfolio for me. She turned out to be very active on social media and in the press, so she landed lots…
  • 10 Common Mistakes Made by New Photographers

    James Maher
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Whenever I teach, I get a lot of requests to review images. Over time, I’ve started to notice that a majority of the mistakes I see come from the same small group of errors that are repeated constantly, particularly by less experienced photographers. Please keep in mind that all of these common mistakes can also be advantages when done well and with purpose. This article is not about those times, but is an observation about how often I see them done the wrong way. As a photographer, you need to build the right foundation of skills before you can successfully veer away from them. The Most…
  • How to Reduce Noise with Photo Ninja

    Suzi Pratt
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reducing noise in a digital photo is a hot topic, particularly for photographers who frequently shoot at high ISOs. Even if you’re not a typical low light shooter, the temptation may arise with some of the newer digital cameras that offer incredibly high ISO speeds which still produce pretty pleasing images, even with noise. There are many factors that can produce noise in your images, and there are many ways to reduce or sometimes even avoid noise all together. This article in particular will highlight one post-processing trick to reduce noise using a third party plugin called…
  • How to Find and Use Hyperfocal Distance for Sharp Backgrounds

    Jim Hamel
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    You are out photographing a landscape. You have a nice foreground and background in the frame, and you want as much as possible in focus. You set a small aperture to get a nice wide depth of field. But still, you know that not everything in your frame will be sharp. The fact is that lenses just cannot keep everything – from what is right in front of you all the way to the horizon – acceptably sharp at the same time. You can focus on something very close at the risk of blurring the background. Or you can focus on something far away and risk blurring your foreground elements. So…
 
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    Strobist

  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    For those following The Traveling Photographer project (more info on the whole project here) the Dubai episode has just been posted.-30-
  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
  • Choosing Cases and Carts

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    You can't exactly put this stuff in your pocket. And what you get to carry it around will be largely driven by, well, what you care carrying around.Most of you will end up using two small lights with stands and mods and a modest bag of camera gear. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You can do a ton of cool stuff with two speedlights. I have gone far past that level of gear in the past, and often to my regret.If that's you, grab the shoulder-slung camera bag of your choice. Then augment it with this:The LumoPro Padded Lighting Case is cheap ($30), lightweight, protective and perfect…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    With all the talk about new equipment at this time of year it's worth remembering why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Documentary And Street photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. Click through to take a look at our favorites
  • Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nature photographer Erez Marom captures a wide range of subjects, from macro shots of insects to some of the world's most dramatic landscapes. In this article, he shares images from a very unusual location - the ghost town of Kolmanskop, in Namibia. Abandoned over fifty years ago, Kolmanskop was a diamond-mining town, and is currently being reclaimed by the desert. Click through to take a look at Erez Marom's images and learn about his process
  • Fotodiox creates 'Tough E-Mount' for Sony E & FE-mount cameras

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sony's NEX and Alpha range of E and FE-mount cameras have a lot going for them, but some users have reported a 'wiggle' in the lensmount, especially when heavier lenses, or third-party optics via adapters are used. Fotodiox thinks it has the answer with its new 'Tough E-Mount' - literally a replacement lensmount for E and FE-mount cameras. With a single metal ring replacing the two (one metal, one plastic) originally attached to the camera, the Tough E-Mount should (according to the manufacturer) eliminate any movement between camera and lens. Click through for more details
  • Lee Filters introduces Landscape Polariser with built-in warm-up

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    British filter manufacturer Lee Filters has announced a new polarising filter that features a built-in warm-up effect that it says is aimed at landscape photographers. The 105mm Landscape Polariser has been designed with a shallow mount and with a 105mm diameter so that it will be useful for wide angle views, with the company suggesting it will be compatible with focal lengths as wide as 16mm on full frame SLRs. Read more
  • Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Delkin has introduced a new trio of rugged SD cards suitable for photographers who shoot in harsh environments, reducing the odds of losing photographs because of card damage. Delkin's new 'Black' SD cards are designed to handle extreme temperatures, as well as exposure to dust, water, and crushing forces. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
  • Lightroom 5 Presets: Fall/Autumn Color Boost

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. I taught a Lightroom seminar in Michigan last week, and as I drove around I saw people raking leaves (yuck!), and the trees starting to change color (cool!). So I figured it was time to release my Fall Color Presets again for Lightroom 5. TIP: If you’re looking for some Fall Photography tips, I posted some last week over on my personal landscape photography blog at www.mattk.com. These presets were created when I first started processing a lot of my fall photos years ago. As I processed my the photos I realized that I usually make the same tweaks to a…
  • TIP: Saving Prints and an Awesome Printing Deal for This Weekend

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Hey everyone and Happy Friday! My friends over at Mpix.com have an incredible 20% off (site wide) deal this weekend (see bottom of post for more details) and I thought I’d pass along a cool printing tip that goes along with Lightroom if you’re printing from a Photo Lab. See, the Print module in Lightroom is by far one of the easiest places to lay out a print. The layers, and masks, etc… that you’d need in Photoshop would take much longer than doing it in Lightroom. In Lightroom it’s basically drag-and-drop. But the question always pops up after people see this:…
  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone. I’m a little late on this one, as it happened last week. I had a post ready to go, but then forgot to turn it live (ooops!) Anyway, I know from my Lightroom seminars that a lot of people use Photoshop Elements along with Lightroom. Well, following the last few years trends in late September, Adobe has released a new version of Elements. Now they’re up to Elements 13 (Wow! I started when it was Elements 2). Here’s a link to Adobe’s website for more info. And don’t forget to stop by the Photo Elements Techniques website to check out their videos that…
  • Thanks Michigan! Next Stop – Adobe Max and Colorado Springs

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Hey there! I just got back from teaching my Lightroom seminar in Livonia, Michigan yesterday, and had an awesome crowd of about 300 photographers. A big thanks if you came out to the seminar, and it was great to meet so many of you and get such a warm welcome. Next month (well, next week actually) I’m off to teach some more Lightroom at Adobe Max in LA. I’ve got two classes there and you can find out more about them right here. Later in the month I’ll be in Colorado Springs on October 22nd and then on to Philadelphia in November and San Antonio in December. So if…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads

    Juli Clover
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    During its financial results call covering the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter of 2014), Apple shared details on the success of its iTunes Store, which has become an increasingly important revenue source for the company in recent years, mainly due to the ever-growing popularity of the App Store. $4.6 billion in revenue marks Apple's most successful iTunes quarter ever, up $2 billion from last year, and its $18 billion in revenue for 2014 is $2b higher than last year's $16 billion in total iTunes revenue. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple hit an all time…
  • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row

    Richard Padilla
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Apple's iPad sales are down for the third straight quarter according to the company's earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, selling a total of 12.3 iPads which is down from 14.1 million units in the year-ago quarter. The company has sold 68 million iPads in 2014 and has sold 237.5 million iPads total. The news comes after the company announced its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 last week at its special media event. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented that the drop in iPad sales over the past two quarters was just a "speed bump" for Apple. In the company's third-quarter…
  • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support

    Juli Clover
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Apple today updated its Apple Store app, adding support for Apple Pay, which was enabled with the recently released iOS 8.1 update. Following the update, users will be able to use their iPhones to make purchases in the Apple Store app that are verified with a simple finger on Touch ID. In-app Apple Pay purchases are available for iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users. When the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 are available, those devices will also be able to use Apple Pay within apps thanks to the addition of Touch ID. While all devices with Touch ID can app purchases for physical goods using Apple…
  • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site

    Kelly Hodgkins
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Chinese authorities allegedly are using a man-in-the-middle attack to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users visiting Apple's iCloud service, reports web censorship blog Great Fire (via The Verge). A similar attack reportedly targets Microsoft's login.live.com website. According to Great Fire, Chinese users trying to access iCloud.com are redirected to a fake site that resembles Apple's iCloud website. While some browsers will issue a warning, popular Chinese browser Qihoo gives no indication users are entering their Apple credentials into a dummy site. Users fooled by the site may…
  • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support

    Richard Padilla
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    File-sharing service Dropbox has updated its official iOS app with a number of new features, including full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as integration with Touch ID for more convenient unlocking. The app also includes a fix for previewing rich text format files and general stability and performance improvements. Dropbox saw its last major update last month after the release of iOS 8 which brought a new Notification Center widget, a new Share extension that allows files from other apps to be opened and saved, and the ability to manage shared folders in the app. A number of…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

    hiufu
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    From exquisite tempura to perfect noodles, this culinary journey hits the hot spots in a land bursting with flavorA taste of delicious TokyoMaking the purest sakeBuying the freshest fish in JapanWarning: This episode of CNNGo may cause intense hunger pangs followed by a sudden urge to book a flight to Japan. We've been to Japan before, but with our latest episode, CNNGo dishes up the finest food the country has to offer.  Starting in the whimsical Tokyo kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, we then travel south to a Wagyu cattle farm that raises the country's famous Kobe…
  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    hiufu
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    The locals show us there's more to Indonesia's top tourist island than those world-famous beaches Bali's best beach clubSurfers' paradiseThe mellow side of BaliWith its gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine, beautiful Bali is undeniably Indonesia's travel hotspot.  But what's happening beyond the tourist grind? This September, CNNGo hits up some of the island's locals to share their favorite Bali hangouts and the stories behind them.  Legendary Indonesian surfer Rizal Tanjung shows us where he first fell in love with the waves. Sunglasses designer Suki takes us to the…
  • No more using Uber in Germany?

    Guessy1
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A court moves to end the ride for the U.S.-based online chauffeur and ride-sharing service in GermanyIn the ongoing fight between chauffeur and ride-sharing app Uber and taxi drivers around the world, score one for the taxi drivers … for now. A regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, this week issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the San Francisco-based Uber from operating in Germany. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Germany’s national union of taxi drivers. The court said that Uber violated German law by working with a network of drivers that lack commercial licenses.
  • 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…
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