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  • A peek at Walt Disney’s timeless corporate strategy

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    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    You don't have to look farther than Disney to find a company with a magic corporate formula that keeps on churning out success after success. The post A peek at Walt Disney’s timeless corporate strategy appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 17-year-old dies of Ebola in Liberia, 52 days after country declared free of the virus

    Mashable
    Brian Ries
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    The body of a 17-year-old Liberian boy tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday, 52 days after the country was declared free of the disease by the World Health Organization. "Liberia has got a re-infection of Ebola," deputy health minister and head of Liberia's Ebola response team, Tolbert Nyenswah, told the Associated Press, adding that the boy died at his home and was buried safely to avoid spreading the virus See also: 'Ebola eats at my soul every day': Stories of survival from Sierra Leone Nyenswah said teams are investigating how the boy became infected. The area is not near the borders with…
  • Jaunt Unveils First Pro 360-Degree VR Camera Built From The Ground Up

    Fast Company
    Daniel Terdiman
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most VR cameras have been made using commodity components. Jaunt wants to mix high design and an end-to-end production pipeline.Attention professionals interested in making virtual-reality films: The first camera purpose-built from scratch to do the job may finally be here.Read Full Story
  • Rooomy Lets Your Decorate Your Room in 3D

    TechCrunch
    Fitz Tepper
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
     Launching today, Rooomy is an iPad app which lets you turn 2D images of a room into a 3D space. You can also decorate these 3D rooms with over 500 pieces of virtual 3D furniture from popular brands like Design Within Reach and All Modern. Built by Loft-NedSense, a European company listed on the NYSE Euronext, the app is mainly designed to be as a virtual staging solution for the real… Read More
  • What happens when things go wrong?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • A peek at Walt Disney’s timeless corporate strategy

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    You don't have to look farther than Disney to find a company with a magic corporate formula that keeps on churning out success after success. The post A peek at Walt Disney’s timeless corporate strategy appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • An honest fast food commercial [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is one of those "preaching to the choir" type jokes, but it's oh-so funny. Especially if you're leery of fast food, which you probably should be. If you're pro-fast food, watch this anyway and see if it changes your mind. The post An honest fast food commercial [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 places where tourists are banned

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    Love to go that extra mile drawing up a vacation bucket list? Save yourself some frustration and cross the following ten places off your list because -- with very rare exceptions -- you won't be seeing them in real life unless it happens to be from a distance. The post 10 places where tourists are banned appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • This taser sword will definitely fend off attackers [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you were a mugger and you heard the sound this taser-sword makes, you'd run screaming. Plus, you can actually see the electricity coursing along the blade. The post This taser sword will definitely fend off attackers [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Sitting too much isn’t good for mental health either

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Tried to sit back and ease your anxiety only to find it made things worse? You're not alone. The post Sitting too much isn’t good for mental health either appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • 17-year-old dies of Ebola in Liberia, 52 days after country declared free of the virus

    Brian Ries
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    The body of a 17-year-old Liberian boy tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday, 52 days after the country was declared free of the disease by the World Health Organization. "Liberia has got a re-infection of Ebola," deputy health minister and head of Liberia's Ebola response team, Tolbert Nyenswah, told the Associated Press, adding that the boy died at his home and was buried safely to avoid spreading the virus See also: 'Ebola eats at my soul every day': Stories of survival from Sierra Leone Nyenswah said teams are investigating how the boy became infected. The area is not near the borders with…
  • Listen to a detailed analysis of the Apple Music-Taylor Swift saga

    Connor Finnegan
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    Now that Apple Music is finally here, let's take a look at everything that's happened since Apple first announced the service at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. On the latest episode of MashTalk, we took a detailed look at the back-and-forth between Taylor Swift and Apple that resulted in Swift agreeing to put 1989 on the music service. We also debated the legitimacy of Lexus' claim that it created a working hoverboard and broke down what Microsoft meant when it said Windows 10 is "free." See also: Apple Music first look: It's all about curation, curation, curation You…
  • Jersey boy Chris Christie becomes GOP candidate No. 14

    Megan Specia
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    LIVINGSTON, New Jersey — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the infamous straight-talker and outspoken Republican, threw his hat into the ring as the party's 14th official presidential candidate on Tuesday in front of a crowd of supporters in his hometown "Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the republican nomination for president of the United States," he said, accompanied by his wife, four kids and a crowd of supporters packed into his high school's small gymnasium. .@chrischristie his wife and three kids just took to the stage for campaign announcement…
  • iOS 8.4 is here: How to download Apple Music now

    Pete Pachal
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    The show is about to begin. Apple released iOS 8.4, which includes Apple Music, to iPhone and iPad owners at about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. To get the update, users need only go to Settings > General > Software Update and select "Download and Install." See also: How Apple Music could save the music industry without even trying Apple Music is new streaming music service, which competes directly with Spotify, Rdio and others. Until now, the only way to listen to songs on demand through iTunes was to pay for tracks individually. Although Apple added streaming songs as an option with iTunes…
  • 'I Am Chris Farley' trailer takes you on an emotional journey down memory lane

    Hillary Busis
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Matt Foley. The Chippendale dancer. Cindy the Gap Girl. El Niño — which, as we all know, is Spanish for "the niño." All were brought to life by Chris Farley, who remains one of Saturday Night Live's best-loved cast members among both viewers and his peersMr. Show and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk calls him the "funniest guy ever" in the first trailer for a new documentary about Farley. Christina Applegate, who appeared in the very first Matt Foley sketch, says that the comedian was "infectious, and kind, and a puppy dog." SNL czar Lorne Michaels takes things even farther,…
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    Fast Company

  • Jaunt Unveils First Pro 360-Degree VR Camera Built From The Ground Up

    Daniel Terdiman
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most VR cameras have been made using commodity components. Jaunt wants to mix high design and an end-to-end production pipeline.Attention professionals interested in making virtual-reality films: The first camera purpose-built from scratch to do the job may finally be here.Read Full Story
  • The Stories Behind 15 Of Vivienne Westwood's Signature Punk Fashion Designs

    Diana Budds
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Pharrell has her to thank for his hat—you know the one.The look of punk rock owes a great deal to Vivienne Westwood, the rule-breaking fashion designer who brought a subculture's style into the mainstream. In the 1970s, she and her partner Malcolm McLaren ran a London boutique called Sex that became a hub of the punk movement and defined its aesthetic.Read Full Story
  • Dave Eggers Wants To Help Low-Income Students Discover Their Dream Schools

    Ainsley O'Connell
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:06 am
    With ScholarMatcher, students can search for colleges with strong academics and fair financial aid.Author Dave Eggers taught a high school course on "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" (also a popular anthology) for over a decade. Each year, the same pattern would repeat: He'd write college letters of recommendation, watch as students were accepted to well-regarded schools, and then hear stories of their struggles with overwhelming levels of debt. Opaque language, predatory practices—"They'd figure it out too late," he says.Read Full Story
  • The Upside Of Living In The Cities With The Worst Commutes

    Lydia Dishman
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:54 am
    Seven out of 10 states that have the worst metro area commutes also have plenty of work for telecommuters.How much do you hate your commute to work?Read Full Story
  • How To Turn Your Smartphone Into Your Personal Therapist

    Jane Porter
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:21 am
    Could the technology that causes so much of our stress and anxiety also be the cure?Last spring, Paul Ford was sick of the self-sabotaging, disparaging voice in his head, so he decided to do something about it. He'd been living with anxiety all his life, but it was getting in the way of his professional career. So Ford, a longtime tech tinkerer, decided to turn his anxiety into a bot that he named AnxietyBox.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Rooomy Lets Your Decorate Your Room in 3D

    Fitz Tepper
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
     Launching today, Rooomy is an iPad app which lets you turn 2D images of a room into a 3D space. You can also decorate these 3D rooms with over 500 pieces of virtual 3D furniture from popular brands like Design Within Reach and All Modern. Built by Loft-NedSense, a European company listed on the NYSE Euronext, the app is mainly designed to be as a virtual staging solution for the real… Read More
  • Blogging Site Medium Rolls Out Password-Free Email Logins

    Sarah Perez
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
     Online blogging platform Medium announced this week a new way to log into its website, without having to use a password. Instead, users will be able to enter in an email address, then click a link sent to them in order to sign in to the site. Previously, the company allowed its users to sign in using their Twitter or Facebook credentials, but it received feedback from many who said they wanted… Read More
  • Eaze Is Giving Out Medical Marijuana Cards Over The Phone

    Sarah Buhr
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
     Marijuana delivery startup Eaze will now let you get a medical marijuana card via smartphone. Rival service Meadow claims to Uber over a doctor (mine actually came on a skateboard), but seems to be the first dooby delivery startup able to hand out a legal cannabis card through EazeMD, its new video phone conference service. “You need to actually send a driver to deliver consumer goods,… Read More
  • Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital

    Mark Siegel
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
     This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More
  • Apple Music And iOS 8.4 Now Available

    Darrell Etherington
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
     Apple has finally entered the streaming music game, with the launch today of Apple Music. The new service is available as a built-in part of its iOS 8.4 Music app for iPhone and iPad devices, and offers a huge catalog of on-demand tracks for streaming playback for just $9.99 per month, or $14.99 for a family plan that allows sharing with up to six users. The service is free for three months… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • What happens when things go wrong?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
  • The rejectionists

    Seth Godin
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    We can choose to define ourselves (our smarts, our brand, our character) on who rejects us. Or we can choose to focus on those that care enough to think we matter. Carrying around a list of everyone who thinks you're not good enough is exhausting.        
  • Buzzer management

    Seth Godin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    I started the quiz team at my high school. Alas, I didn't do so well at the tryouts, so I ended up as the coach, but we still made it to the finals. It took me thirty years to figure out the secret of getting in ahead of the others who also knew the answer (because the right answer is no good if someone else gets the buzz): You need to press the buzzer before you know the answer. As soon as you realize that you probably will be able to identify the answer by the time you're asked, buzz. Between the time you buzz and the time you're supposed to speak, the answer will come to you. And if it…
  • A corollary to 'Too big to fail'

    Seth Godin
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    "Too big to listen." Great organizations listen to our frustrations, our hopes and our dreams. Alas, when a company gets big enough, it starts to listen to the requirements of its shareholders and its best-paid executives instead. Too big to listen is just a nanometer away from "Too big to care."        
  • Pugilists

    Seth Godin
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Fighters and pugilists are different. The fighter fights when she has to, when she's cornered, when someone or something she truly believes in is threatened. It's urgent and it's personal. The pugilist, on the other hand, skirmishes for fun. The pugilist has a hobby, and the hobby is being oppositional. The pugilist can turn any statement, quote or event into an opportunity to have an urgent argument, one that pins you to the ground and makes you question just about anything. Instead of playing chess, the pugilist is playing you. Pugilists make great TV commentators. And they even seem like…
 
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    WIRED

  • The Chinese Ride-Hailing Startup That’s Out-Ubering Uber

    Davey Alba
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    Didi Kuaidi looks ready to do everything Uber's doing to get ahead. Which in China at least, could wind up leaving Uber behind. The post The Chinese Ride-Hailing Startup That’s Out-Ubering Uber appeared first on WIRED.
  • An Infamous E-Waste Slum Needed Us. It Got Razed Instead

    Kyle Wiens
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    We in the Western media inadvertently helped condemn workers and their families to forcible eviction. The post An Infamous E-Waste Slum Needed Us. It Got Razed Instead appeared first on WIRED.
  • Barry French: ‘Technology May Actually Enable Humans to Survive’

    #maketechhuman
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    Technology may change in the wink of an eye, but the core values upon which a company is built can keep the turbulence of constant transformation manageable. Nokia, the Finland-based mobile technology company, is more familiar with that continuum than anyone: It just celebrated its 150th year in business. “We’re here to understand people and […] The post Barry French: ‘Technology May Actually Enable Humans to Survive’ appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Nintendo ‘Outsider’ Isn’t Making the Metroid You Expect

    Chris Kohler
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    "I see myself, within Nintendo, as sort of an outsider," says Kensuke Tanabe. The post This Nintendo ‘Outsider’ Isn’t Making the Metroid You Expect appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Wild Camera Rig That Could Finally Crack VR Filmmaking

    Peter Rubin
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The past few years have seen a race to create the perfect VR video-capture solution; now, an early frontrunner is offering its solution to filmmakers. The post The Wild Camera Rig That Could Finally Crack VR Filmmaking appeared first on WIRED.
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  • The ProBlogger Podcast Is Live and We’re Kicking Off with a Challenge!

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    Today I have great pleasure in introducing you to the brand new ProBlogger Podcast and the next incarnation of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Over the last couple of years I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said ‘Darren you really should start a podcast’. I’d always nodded my head but quietly list in my mind a long list of excuses not to including ‘I don’t know how…’ to ‘I’m so busy…’ to ‘what if nobody listens…’ But earlier this year something changed when people suggested I start a…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Tell How They Stay Motivated

    Stacey Roberts
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    All secrets are being revealed on ProBlogger this week! We’ve had the morning routines of superstar bloggers and online entrepreneurs, and also their number one life hack (especially for time management). Today, they share how they keep going when the going gets tough. HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce One, I am the sole provider for my children. Keeping them housed, clothed, fed and happy is the highest priority in my life. Two, I love where I am in my life and cherish the experiences that have brought me here to do what I do. I stay motivated so that I can…
  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve seen so much good content lately on the subject of blogging – I always love a downloadable schedule that someone else has taken the time to create, and sneaking a peek into how others make money is such an eye-opener! I’ve curated a couple of links you might find helpful as we try to kick ass on the internet this week. 6 Social Media Templates to Save You Hours of Work // Hootsuite There’s everything from a template to help you create a social media strategy to guide you in your daily online activities, to audit checklists, content calendars, and image size cheat…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Reveal their #1 Life Hack

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Following on from the earlier post about what our speakers get up to in the mornings, we also asked them to give us their number-one time management or life hack – how DO they get everything done?! HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce Delegating. I used to have the hardest time asking for help, but now it’s a basic part of survival. One example: I have a babysitter for two hours in the afternoon so that I can get in a full work day, and if I’m running behind on anything in the house she lends a helping hand.   Heather will be presenting the keynote…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Share their Morning Routine

    Stacey Roberts
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    There’s a real buzz in the air now that the ProBlogger Training Event schedule has been released. Everywhere, people are chatting about where they’re going to be when, sessions are being highlighted, and bloggers are stalking the guest list, wondering who they’re going to meet. We have some exceptional speakers this year, presenting on some of the most sought-after and useful topics. We grilled them about some of their habits and practices to let you peek behind the scenes of how they do it all. Keep an eye out for the other posts in the series that detail their secrets to…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • How to File a Complaint Against Your ISP and Finally Solve Your Problems

    Eric Ravenscraft
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nearly everyone hates their internet provider. If you have a problem with your ISP and calling customer service fails, you now have another option: filing a complaint with the FCC. Now, more than ever, this can be an effective way to get your problem resolved. Here’s how to do it.Read more...
  • iOS 8.4 and Apple Music Are Now Available

    Thorin Klosowski
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    Apple just released iOS 8.4, which comes packed with Apple Music alongside a few bug fixes. The Apple Music service is also now live and ready to go. iTunes for Windows and Mac also get an update to bring in the new service.Read more...
  • AppleCare Will Now Replace Any Battery Below 80% Health

    Whitson Gordon
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Whether you have a Mac laptop, an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch, that Applecare+ is starting to look like a better deal: Apple will now replace any battery that’s worn down to 80% capacity.Read more...
  • Look for Kid-Friendly Tours Near Your Next Vacation to Engage Your Kids

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Keeping your kids interested while you’re sightseeing or relaxing on vacation can be tough. When you plan your dream trip, seek out guides and activities that specialize in family friendly tours to make the trip you want to take engaging for your kids , too.Read more...
  • Take Your Summer Lemonade to the Next Level with Vanilla Bean

    Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Alan Henry to Lifehacker
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Lemonade is summer staple that doesn’t need much improving, but if you want to take the classic beverage to a more refined and fancy place, try incorporating vanilla bean syrup. This secret ingredient rounds out lemon’s natural harshness and tempers its acidity without detracting from the flavor we so firmly associate with summer.Read more...
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  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
 
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  • Apple Releases OS X 10.10.4 With 'Discoveryd' Process Removal

    Juli Clover
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, an under-the-hood update that introduces several bug fixes and performance improvements. Most notably, 10.10.4 includes the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process, which has caused multiple networking issues for some users in OS X Yosemite. The OS X 10.10.4 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Unlike 10.10.3, which brought Yosemite's first outward-facing changes including the Photos for OS X app and new emoji features, OS X 10.10.4 is a behind-the-scenes update that focuses primarily on fixing…
  • Apple Releases iOS 8.4 With Apple Music, Beats 1, and Revamped Music App

    Juli Clover
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    Apple today released iOS 8.4, the fourth major update to iOS 8. First seeded to developers in April, iOS 8.4 includes a newly revamped Music app and Apple's long-awaited on-demand streaming music service, Apple Music. iOS 8.4 is available immediately as an over-the-air download, and the new Apple Music service is located within the Music app. Apple Music will be available immediately after iOS 8.4 is installed, while the Beats 1 radio service will kick off at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Introduced at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Music is an on-demand streaming music service…
  • Apple Music First Impressions: Convenient All-in-One Experience With Overwhelming Design

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    As Apple Music gears up to launch in the next few hours this morning -- 9 AM Pacific to be exact, following iOS 8.4 at around 8 AM Pacific -- a few publications have posted some detailed first impressions of the the music streaming service. Getting to mess around with the app for the first time, Mashable, Re/code, The Loop and Rolling Stone came away with largely positive reactions to Apple's first foray into the music streaming game, although the large consensus hanging over it all was a tentative negativity regarding the app's overwhelming amount of content and the somewhat confusing UI…
  • Apple Retail Announces 2015 Interactive Summer Camps for Kids

    Joe Rossignol
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Apple has opened registration for its annual Apple Camp three-day workshops where kids aged 8 to 12 can visit a retail store and learn how to make movies or create interactive books using software such as GarageBand, iBooks Author and iMovie on iPad and Mac. This year's two free workshops are called "Stories in Motion with iMovie" and "Interactive Storytelling with iBooks." Apple's summer workshops will be hosted between 11 AM and 12:30 PM local time, on various dates from July 20 to August 7, in the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain,…
  • AppleCare for Mac Now Covers Batteries Retaining Less Than 80% Capacity

    Joe Rossignol
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Just a few days after updating the terms of its AppleCare+ Protection Plan for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch to cover batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, Apple has extended the same policy to the AppleCare Protection Plan for the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Apple previously only replaced defective batteries under the old terms of the AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac, but a support page updated today now outlines that the company will also replace a MacBook's battery at no charge if it retains less than 80% of its…
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  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
  • The Value of Data Velocity in Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m working on some interesting stuff as it relates to both bigger businesses as well as small businesses. I’m interested in how better use of data could open up a whole big slice of not-yet-tapped economic value for companies (again both bigger and smaller). It’s times like this where I feel bad for people who think I’m the “social media guy.” I’m thinking about velocity as it applies to marketing. Meaning, if we knew something faster, could we add more value and help someone better? Velocity as a Marketing Tool I was in Atlanta the other day for 20…
  • The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me)

    Chris Brogan
    12 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I started blogging back in 1998. I had no idea what it was going to turn into. But over the last handful of years, I’ve known more and more what this all CAN do together. A Peek Into How This All Threads Together for ME I’m sharing MY personal setup. You can do yours any which way you want. But There’s some method to the madness, and it’s all contained in that picture above. I wanted to show you how it works for me.Continue ReadingThe post The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me) appeared first on…
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    Copyblogger

  • Steal This Trick: What Confident Content Marketers All Have in Common

    Sonia Simone
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on October 23, 2012. There are a million techniques that make your content better and more popular. (Probably a half-million just here on Copyblogger.) Strong headlines, smart copywriting techniques, storytelling, humor, etc. But there’s one insider trick that makes the rest of it easy. It starts from the very beginning, when you’re figuring out what type of content you want to produce. Start by picking a crowded topic Copywriter Gary Halbert famously advised copywriters to look for a “starving crowd.” In…
  • How Steve Scott Makes $30,000 Per Month Publishing Kindle Books

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Most Authorpreneurs earn their living from speaking gigs, consulting businesses, and other indirect sources. Rarely does one make the vast majority of their income directly from the sale of their books. Steve Scott is different. Steve earns a great living selling digital books on Amazon’s Kindle platform … to the tune of $30,000 per month. With more than 58 titles in his catalog, this self-publishing mega-star has rewritten the rules of success for authors who want to earn a living writing books. In this episode of Authorpreneur, host Jim Kukral and Steve Scott discuss: How Steve…
  • What it Takes to Leave the Corporate World (and Not Look Back)

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, which offers breaking news and advice for small business owners. She is a former corporate attorney that left that corporate life and founded her own company in 2003. She is considered an authoritative voice on small business issues and has been noted and quoted in respected publications (such as the Wall Street Journal). Her name has appeared in multiple “top” lists, and she was featured as one of Hubspot’s 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter.
  • 7 Common Mistakes Writers Make When Pitching to Editors

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you have pet peeves about human interactions? What types of behavior absolutely drive you nuts? You could hate when someone doesn’t say “thank you” when you hold a door open for him or become extremely irritated when someone chews gum too loudly. Editors are humans with pet peeves, as well, so if you’d like an editor to review — and possibly publish — your writing, there are certain actions you should avoid. In this 32-minute episode of Editor-in-Chief, host Stefanie Flaxman discusses: A common grammar mistake Stefanie recently made 7 common mistakes writers make when…
  • Do Millennials (Really) Hate Long Copy?

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Allow Demian Farnworth to tell you a story. A story that you will probably be able to relate to in some sense. It’s about a stout, whiskered man who thinks sound decisions can come only from a cool head. And that copy should always be short. “I would never read this. It’s too long.” That’s a pervasive sentiment that will never die. Demian runs into it all the time, most recently with a young man asking for studies, who was suggesting Millennials would not read long copy. That they all have ADHD. That thought is baloney. Here’s why … In this 10-minute episode of…
 
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    Macworld

  • Medium stays firmly anti-password with radical e-mail-based logins

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Medium is doing its best to stay password-free by letting users log in with a secure email link. The blogging platform had previously required a Facebook or Twitter account to sign in, but realized that not everyone uses those networks or wants to tie their social network account to a new service they’re just trying out. As an alternative, users can get a sign-in link by email that works only once and expires after 15 minutes. “Passwords are neither secure nor simple,” Medium wrote in a blog post. “They’re hard to remember or easy to guess, everyone re-uses them (even though they…
  • Sprint's new 'All In' unlimited plans limit video to 3G speeds

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Sprint says it’s simplifying wireless service with a new “All In” plan that includes the cost of a smartphone, but its rules on throttling are making things more complicated. For $80 per month, the plans include a high-end phone like the iPhone 6 (16GB) or Galaxy S6 (32GB), along with unlimited talk, text, and data. While the price you pay hasn’t really changed from Sprint’s older plans—and is actually $10 pricier than the iPhone-only plan Sprint used to offer—it’s supposed to be simpler by building the phone price into the advertised rate.To read this article in full or to…
  • Apple Music makes its debut with iOS 8.4, out now

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Apple Music has dominated headlines since it was announced earlier this month at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but despite all the hype and controversy, few people have actually used Apple’s new streaming music service. That changes right now. iOS 8.4 just rolled out as an over-the-air update for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. You can upgrade now by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple Music comes preinstalled when you upgrade your devices, and if you update to 8.4 right away, you’ll be one of the first to hear the service’s Beats 1 live radio station when it…
  • AC/DC finally embraces streaming music with Spotify, Apple Music, and Rdio

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For those music streaming fans about to rock, we salute you. Three years after the group made its digital debut on the iTunes Store, Australian rock legends AC/DC are now streaming. At this writing, AC/DC’s catalog was live on Rdio and Spotify. The band is expected to show up on Apple Music when it launches later Tuesday, according to The New York Times. Prior to 2012, AC/DC was one of the few major holdouts from the digital music revolution. The band opposed the notion of selling their music as singles instead of whole albums, as guitarist Angus Young told The Telegraph in 2008.To read…
  • Survey fever: Don’t catch it

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    True story: If you go to your dictionary app right now and look up “gullible”, there’s a picture of a tech reporter.The Macalope has railed against the ridiculous use of surveys since the dawn of time. Or, well, at least 2006. And somehow it never seems to stop. A new survey comes out and it doesn’t matter if it’s of 11 people, it’ll be used to predict Apple doom. And when the Macalope says 11 people, he mean exactly 11 people. Pretty soon we’re going to get down to a report noting that “Earl and Karl hanging out in front of the Tastee Freeze do not plan on buying an Apple…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:10 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for July 2015.
  • Design Principles: Compositional Balance, Symmetry And Asymmetry

    Steven Bradley
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A balanced composition feels right. It feels stable and aesthetically pleasing. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition draws your eye so much that you can’t see the other areas. Balancing a composition1 involves arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas. Everything works together and fits together in a seamless whole. The individual parts contribute to their sum but don’t try to become the sum. An unbalanced composition can lead to tension. When a…
  • Rapid Front-End Prototyping With WordPress

    Daniel Pataki
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    Prototyping is one of the best things that can happen within a project, yet it is extremely underutilized. Prototyping makes a project better suited to users, elevates user experience, increases the quality of your final code, and keeps clients happy. The problem is that developers often see prototyping as a waste of time, since high-quality prototypes take considerable effort to make. I want to show you that by using WordPress, highly interactive prototypes with great visuals are not at all that difficult to make. 1 (Image credit: Jeff Sheldon via Unsplash2) (View large version3) First,…
  • Efficient Image Resizing With ImageMagick

    Dave Newton
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Responsive1 images2 have been keeping us on our toes for quite some time, and now that they are getting traction in browsers, they come with a scary problem: the need to efficiently resize all our image assets. The way responsive images work is that an appropriately sized image is sent to each user — small versions for users on small screens, big versions for users on big screens. It’s fantastic for web performance, but we have to face the grim reality that serving different sizes of images to different users means that we first need to create all of those different files, and that…
  • Effective Logo Design, Part 3: How Geometry Influences Logo Design

    Maggie Macnab
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    Galileo knew it. Every ancient culture that left traces of knowledge in their art knew it. Basic shapes compose the fundamental geometry of the universe. We can take credit for a lot of things, but human beings did not invent geometric shapes. We discovered them through the observation of nature1. Understanding basic shapes and their functions have taught us to mark time and space in a variety of ways inspiring mathematics, technology, language and ever-evolving civilization. “The universe cannot be read until we learn the language in which it is written. It is written in mathematics, and…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Bill Clinton: Help me fight this

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    In the early 1990s, fried foods, carbohydrates and desserts dominated Marybelle's high school lunch choices. Vending machines lined the school hallways, offering sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks. With limited healthy options, Marybelle unsurprisingly developed habits that led to high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  • Christie begins 2016 bid

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    Gov. Chris Christie is about to find out whether the tough-talking style that's so popular at home in New Jersey will resonate on the presidential campaign trail.
  • The men were in charge when killers escaped

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Photos | Opinion: Cops did things right | FBI probes prison | Timeline of prison break
  • Plane crashes into Indonesia city

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    At least five people have been killed after a military transport plane crashed in an Indonesian city shortly after takeoff, authorities said Tuesday.
  • What a shot! 38 amazing sports photos

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • A Quick Portrait Checklist

    Scott Kelby
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: Once a month on “The Grid” RC and I do our “Blind Photo Critiques” episode where we ask our viewers to submit images for a live critique on the air. When the submitted images are portraits, we often see the same type of problems again and again, so I thought today I’d share a few hopefully helpful things to ask yourself about a portrait image to see if you’re on the right track — kind of a checklist to mentally take your image through to see if it’s working. This checklist is short and simple, and certainly not complete, but at least if…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Active Lifestyle Photography with Erik Valind Get up and moving with Erik Valind in his latest class on active lifestyle photography! Lifestyle photography is all about capturing believable moments and showing that ideal reality in an image. When done right it should make you want to jump into the photograph and join the people in the picture. In this class Erik takes you through the basics of planning for your shoot, doing your research, and selecting your gear, and then moves through a variety of locations and activities to demonstrate how it works in the real world. Working with natural…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Courtney Dailey!

    Brad Moore
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hey, I’m Courtney and I’m a commercial beauty photographer located in Los Angeles. I was pretty excited when Brad asked me to do a guest blog, simply because I respect the Kelby Blog and its audience so much. A bit about me: I’m originally from The Detroit Suburbs. I started my photo business in 2004, in Pontiac, Michigan. After about two years of fighting my way in a small competitive market, I set my eyes on a bigger prize. I had to move to a bigger market! NYC or LA? My sole determining factor of choosing LA, was its zillion sunny days and lack of snow. I know SO many of…
  • Old Car City… potential bucket list

    Pete Collins
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Pete Collins here filling in for Scott… I don’t know about you, but when another photographer says to me… “You have to go there!” I tend to nod politely while internally I am thinking… yeah right, it can’t be that good. So for a couple of years now I have heard about Old Car City outside of Atlanta, and how great it was, but I was secretly like “it can’t be as good as they say.” Well, I am here to admit that Old Car City is definitely worth putting on your bucket list. According to the Internet, which only tells the truth, this place…
  • The Legacy of the Guru Award

    Corey Barker
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Hi everyone and happy Monday! Corey Barker here filling in for Scott today because he is on vacation and Brad “The Beard” Moore asked us to post a little something. With Photoshop World coming up in a few weeks I wanted to share my thoughts around what used to be one of my most favorite parts of the event and that is the Guru Award competition. (I say used to because I can no longer enter, I actually help judge them now.) Anyway in case you are unaware, the Guru Awards is a contest open to all Photoshop World attendees who can submit images in a number of categories like…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Writer’s Favorite Lens: Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8

    Chris Corradino
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the primary reasons I built my mirrorless kit with Olympus gear, was their wide array of high quality lenses. From fast primes to convenient zooms, they have all of the important focal lengths covered. It wasn’t until I picked up the Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 however that I really experienced the true potential of this micro four thirds system. Since purchasing the lens a few months ago, it has rarely left my camera body. Not only are the optics incredible, but it features many surprising benefits. Here are some of the main reasons it has become my favorite lens. Image Quality…
  • 7 Tips for Better Skyline Photography

    Richard Schneider
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Reminder: now until July 7th (AUS EST) the Landscapes, Cityscapes & Photography Tricks eBook is on 50% off at Snapndeals. When we talk about cityscape photography, one of the most basic and trademark shots is the full skyline; the artificial horizon, made of buildings and towers jutting up and down into the sky above. Skylines can be jagged and coarse, or faint and smooth, often depending on the nature of the city itself. Follow these tips for better skyline photography: 1. Find a Good Vantage Point Outside the City To find the city, escape it. One surefire way to capture a city skyline…
  • How to Watermark Your Images Using Lightroom and Photoshop CC

    Leanne Cole
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watermarks, love them or hate them, are a way of protecting your images. Although, just because you have one on your image doesn’t mean it won’t be stolen. If you are like me, I do it as a deterrent. There are many ways to watermark your images. In this article I’m going to show you how to add a watermark to your images using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Lightroom (6) CC Lightroom makes watermarking your images very easy, there are a couple of ways of doing it. Once you have processed your images and are ready to export them, then it is also time to watermark them.
  • Making the Mundane Magnificent: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Objects

    Justin Varuzzo
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Chances are you have a tourist attraction in your town. Each day people crowd around and line up to take photographs of it. If you think of the most photographed tourist spots in the United States, you probably come up with the Statue of Liberty, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, or Grand Canyon. Thousands of pictures a year are taken at these destinations, however despite all of the mundane images some people can still produce incredibly unique and breathtaking photographs of these attractions. If you study the most impressive photos you will find consistent aspects that make the mundane…
  • Do You Really Need the Latest Greatest Gear?

    Bobby Baker
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’re like me, you enjoy reading and learning about the latest photography gear as soon as it comes out. Looking each month at popular photo magazines and online sites, reading the reviews, product articles, and ads, it’s hard not to head to your local camera shop and start spending money! But, really needing that new gear can be a very different issue. Let’s take a look at what you may, or may not, truly need as tools to create your art. Caught up in Marketing, or do you have a true need? Yes, those big number megapixel camera bodies can be very sexy, and every month it…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Arrested Uber France executives will stand trial on September 30th

    Daniel Cooper
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    The two Uber executives who were arrested yesterday will stand trial on September 30th, according to Reuters. Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and European GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty stand accused of running an illegal ride-sharing service, as well a...
  • AMC's 'Humans' is an android story that's really about us

    Devindra Hardawar
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Early on in AMC's newest sci-fi show, Humans, a teenager wonders aloud if there's any point in going to college and spending years training to be a neurosurgeon. After all, why invest all that time and work when an advanced android, which are commonp...
  • Engadget giveaway: win an iPhone 6 and BOX courtesy of Bitdefender!

    Jon Turi
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are more internet-facing devices are scattered throughout our homes than ever before and that warrants some thought on security. Bitdefender's Box can help keep your data safe and network malware free when connected to your router and running l...
  • Apple Music is now available on iOS and the desktop

    Billy Steele
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Apple's entry into the music streaming fray has arrived. Apple Music is now available for download via the iOS 8.4 update for mobile devices, and you'll be able use it on the desktop on both Mac and Windows machines, too. In addition to iTunes' libra...
  • 'Loogun' uses a water jet to make toilet cleaning less crappy

    Steve Dent
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    Not all of us can afford $6,000 for a self-cleaning toilet, so scrubbing one usually revolves around a yucky toilet brush. However, a product coming to Kickstarter may make the chore marginally more pleasant. Called Loogun, it's like a big dental Wat...
 
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    Strobist

  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
  • Your Basic Lighting Kit: A Spin Around the Block

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So you bit the bullet and spent ~$100 for the stuff needed to turn your hot shoe flash into a mini portable studio lighting system. What do you with the box of stuff the UPS guy just dropped onto your dorstep? Where do you start?That is exactly the gap we explore whenever I teach a beginner's lighting class. So today we are going to walk through a "first steps" exercise. Read more »
  • On Assignment: I Got Rhythm

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I have been photographing dancers for several years now as part of my affiliation with the local arts council. The results were catch-as-catch-can, mostly because of the limitations of flash recycle time, timing, and my not really knowing what to expect from them nor when to expect it. But a little trick I tried last week changed everything. Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    As capable cameras get smaller, photographers and camera bags have adapted to hold these systems. Camera supports have evolved as well - enter the mini tripod, a class of legs and head that can hold up tiny cameras and flashes, but is also strong enough to support full-sized gear. In this group test we look at five such tripods. Which one should you take on your next hike? Read more
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV added to studio test scene comparison

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    UPDATED: We've added low light results to our studio test for the RX100 IV. Sony's latest RX100, the Cyber-shot RX100 IV, brings the manufacturer's stacked CMOS sensor design to the 1"-type sensor size for the first time. The 20MP chip, also in the Cyber-shot RX10 II, pushes all the pixel circuitry onto a separate layer, creating room for high-speed processing within the chip. See how it performs in our studio test scene. Read more
  • Moon video recorded with 83x zoom Nikon Coolpix P900 shows Earth's rotation

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    With a 2000mm equivalent zoom range, the Nikon Coolpix P900 leads the current ultrazoom class in terms of reach. While there's no question that the camera has an impressive zoom range, a nature photographer based in Germany has made it ever-so-obvious just how powerful this little ultrazoom is. His YouTube video of the moon shows that at 83x optical zoom the magnification is so powerful, the rotation of the Earth is easily seen as the subject drifts through the frame. Read more
  • Meyer Optik to bring back soap-bubble-bokeh Trioplan lens via Kickstarter

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Following a successful Kickstar campaign, German optical manufacturer Meyer Optik is set to reintroduce a lens from 1916 that was famous for its unique 'soap-bubble' bokeh. The company hoped to raise $50,000 to fund production of a new Trioplan 100mm F2.8 lens, but at the time of writing pledges have reached $124,000 with the best part of a month still to go. Read more
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV real-world sample gallery posted

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Announced earlier this month, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is the latest in that manufacturer's line of popular enthusiast compacts. It ushers into the lineup a new sensor design, offering a stacked 1" type 20MP CMOS sensor, and carries over from its predecessor a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. See what the camera's capable of in the real world. See gallery
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Using the new Dehaze slider on Fireworks

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    This tip comes courtesy of one of our readers (thanks Randy F.) who pointed out in a comment here last Friday that the new Dehaze slider just added to Lightroom CC works pretty darn well for removing haze from Fireworks, and with July 4th coming up, I thought it was a perfect tip for today. I have noticed that the slider is much more effective (no pun intended) on images still in RAW format, versus those in JPEG (I did a comparison on the same file in RAW vs an exported JPEG and it’s a pretty wide difference). So, keep this up your sleeve for the Independence Day post-processing. Hope…
  • Results from Friday’s “Lightroom Mobile Use” Survey

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Here’s the results from Friday’s one-question survey about your use of Lightroom on your mobile devices. I’m saw some comments here, and over on my Facebook page and Twitter where some folks didn’t realize that it’s now available on Android tablets and phones, so if you didn’t realize it, it’s time to go download it and give it a whirl. Interesting to note: A margin of only 8% separates the “You bet!” response from “Not interested at all” crowd, which I thought was a bit surprising, until I read some of the comments here about…
  • Got a Quick Sec For a One-Question Lightroom Survey?

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – I’m back from vacation (took some time off for a trip with the family before my son heads off for college). Would you mind taking a quick survey about your use (or non-use) of the Mobile version of Lightroom? Aww, thanks…you are awesome (and here’s the link): Lightroom Mobile Survey Hope you all have an awesome Lightroom-infused weekend (I’m doing a fashion shoot today for a KelbyOne online class, and I’ll be tethering into Lightroom and using Lightroom mobile so the Art Director can see my shots live on an iPad during the shoot). Best, -Scott…
  • Quick workflow tip

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I like to have as much room for images in my Lightroom panels, and so I will hide my side panels, but sometimes you want to jump from one folder to another in either the Library or Develop module. You can easily do that if you have the Filmstrip open at the bottom. Simple Right-click on the black bar of the Filmstrip to bring up a new menu that has a list of your recent folders amongst other things. Right click brings up more options menu Now the key is to click on the black bar, not the dark gray one just above it. That won’t do anything for you. Remember black bar will go far……
  • Dual Monitor Conundrum

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So I thought I would share with you a little snag I ran into with Lightroom in the hopes that it can save you some embarrassment in the future. Here is the scenario… I am in Lightroom going through my grid of images and I need to update a couple of images so I right click on the little Exclamation Icon in the upper right. I happen to notice in the drop down menu one of the options is “Lock to Second Monitor.” Well, since I had my Macbook hooked up to my Wacom Cintiq, I thought “sure, let’s see what happens.” Curiosity can be dangerous. :D It did just about…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Getting Started With Apple Music and Beats 1 on iOS, Mac and PC

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    Today marks the official worldwide launch of Apple Music, a subscription-based streaming music service and Spotify rival for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and, later this year, Apple TV and Android. Apple Music, arguably the company's biggest music initiative since opening the iTunes Store in 2003, requires updating to iOS 8.4 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or downloading iTunes 12.2 for Mac and PC. Apple Music Apple Music is an all-in-one streaming music service, live global radio station and social platform for artists to connect with fans. The service costs $9.99 per month, the…
  • Review: Casetify's $70 Apple Watch Bands Can Be Customized With Any Design

    Juli Clover
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Casetify, a company that makes customizable iPhone, iPad, and MacBook cases, has also begun selling Apple Watch bands, which can be printed with any design. Available for both the 38 and 42mm Apple Watches and in two finishes, bands can be customized with photographs or artwork or ordered from Casetify's pre-designed artist collection. Fit Casetify's Apple Watch bands are made from polycarbonate and are closest in nature to the Apple Watch Sport bands. I've been wearing a 38mm Casetify Apple Watch band for just over a week and while it is comfortable, the material of the band is not as soft,…
  • Disney Launches 'Disney GIF' Keyboard on iOS for Easy GIF Sharing

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Disney today announced the launch of its own GIF app, called Disney GIF, that will act as a keyboard extension and allow users to share a huge back catalogue of Disney- and Pixar-themed GIFs in Message, email, and various social networks (via TechCrunch). With today's launch, the app includes over 200 GIFs, with the company promising more to be added as time goes by. GIFs ready at launch include moments from films like Frozen, The Lion King, and the newly-released Pixar feature Inside Out. The app will also feature content from studios owned under the Disney corporate umbrella, with GIFs from…
  • Reserve Strap to Offer 30 Hours of Extra Apple Watch Battery Life, Launching in November

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Reserve Strap this week released the official design specifications of its battery-charging Apple Watch band accessory, confirming a shipping date for the $249.99 strap to be November 3, 2015. Since its debut in early March, the Reserve Strap has gone through two design iterations, with developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow attempting to get the look -- and functionality -- just right. The strap's finalized design comes in with a width of 25mm, a thickness of 3-9mm, and a total weight of 65g. The designers have also ditched the rubber and metallic combination design of the Reserve…
  • Troubleshoot Issues on Apple Watch by Backing Up and Restoring

    Lory Gil
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    No matter how much research and testing goes into ensuring the Apple Watch runs smoothly with no problems, there's always a chance that you will have to perform a few IT-style actions in order to fix a minor issue with your device. The best way to troubleshoot a problem on Apple Watch is to backup the data and restore it. We've got a guide for backing up your Apple Watch to your iPhone and then restoring data from a backup. Backups include most data collection, like system settings, language, Mail, Calendar, Stocks, app-specific data, and health and fitness data (if you are using iCloud or an…
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