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  • Photographer hits #1 on Reddit with Mt Fuji picture, and quickly regrets it

    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    British photographer Kris Boorman summited Mount Fuji in 2012 and took a photograph from the top, showing the shadow cast by the giant mountain at sunrise. The image has since been used as a background for the Bing search engine and last year won a competition held by Gettty Images. A couple of days ago he posted the photo at low resolution on Reddit, and within a few hours it had garnered more than 6000 upvotes. Although this might sound like good news, Boorman quickly came to regret posting the picture. Click through to learn why. 
  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider
    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you…
  • Where 31 forgotten child stars are now

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Remember that young girl from Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards? After doing a bit more acting, including appearing in Ben Fold’s Five “Brick” music video, Richards became an award-winning impressionist painter. Noah Hathaway from The NeverEnding Story likewise set out on a totally new career––motorcycle design and racing. One of the best “where are they now” stories belongs to Jeff Cohen, better known as Chunk from The Goonies. Not only did he lose weight and get incredibly good-looking, but also he runs a successful law practice. Full story at Hollywood.
  • Fans Storm Pitch to Nab Selfie With Soccer Star Mario Balotelli

    Mashable
    Sam Laird
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Fan storming the pitch during soccer matches isn't all that uncommon an occurrence in the beautiful game — usually it's a way for spectators to illegally pay homage to their favorite stars. But no one's captured the ol' zeitgeist better than two AC Milan supporters who stormed the field during a friendly on Sunday in Pittsburg, then nabbed a selfie with Milan star and based soccer god Mario Balotelli. See also: Should Russia Still Get to Host the 2018 World Cup? Here's the result of their moment of derring do. #milan#selfie#Balotelli#me#ManCityVsMilan pic.twitter.com/17fQ1OJ1ob —…
  • Amid Meat Scandal, McDonald's Pulls Big Mac From Menus In China

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Some Chinese customers will have to wait until early August for their Big Macs and chicken nuggets. For now, there's Filet-O-Fish.McDonald's patrons in China will have to wait for their next Big Mac. The fast food chain is facing a beef and chicken shortage in Beijing and Shanghai following allegations its meat supplier intentionally reprocessed and sold expired meat to restaurants.Read Full Story
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  • Where 31 forgotten child stars are now

    Josh Urich
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Remember that young girl from Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards? After doing a bit more acting, including appearing in Ben Fold’s Five “Brick” music video, Richards became an award-winning impressionist painter. Noah Hathaway from The NeverEnding Story likewise set out on a totally new career––motorcycle design and racing. One of the best “where are they now” stories belongs to Jeff Cohen, better known as Chunk from The Goonies. Not only did he lose weight and get incredibly good-looking, but also he runs a successful law practice. Full story at Hollywood.
  • 15 true stories that prove Karma is real

    Sam Sexton
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Well, sort of.  They prove that the very simple “My Name is Earl,” good things cause good things/bad things cause bad things, Westernized definition of Karma is true.  The much more complicated religious concept remains up for discussion. Don’t fret, though! The list is still super cool! It’s got classic stories of unintended consequences, like the warlord who decapitated his enemy, but died an infection from the dead man’s tooth cutting him as he rode, and some really interesting obscure ones to boot.  A Texan radio station may have thought they were doing…
  • 20 quick fixes & repairs

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    It’s tough to argue that we don’t live in a throw-away culture, yet if you’ve committed to making your possessions stretch farther and last longer, it helps to know how to fix them using something other than duct tape. Care2 has compiled a collection of twenty tutorials focusing on fixes and repairs on everything from shoes to deck chairs to mannequins (because who doesn’t have a few of those sitting around?) to satisfy your handyman urges. 1. Repair a Separated Pocket – Does your favorite dress or hoodie have a pocket that’s pulling away at the corners? Here’s…
  • MMA fighter takes down a group of thieves [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    This group of thieve had no idea what they were in for when they tried to Mayura Dissanayake’s friend. When Dissanayake saw his friend get jumped, he charged out of the Huston, TX gas station at which he works. Watch the video and see how he proceeds to kick the living crap out of the robbers, preventing one of them to get away. Full story at Uproxx. More MMA moments. Photo credit: Canva
  • Steampunk Presidents, Sith Lords, and more at SDCC

    Sam Sexton
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    San Diego Comic-Con is a strange beast.  Despite the name, SDCC spans far beyond comic books.  Its gravitational pull has grown and grown, sucking movies, television, and video games deep into its vortex.  And with new content, come new fans, and with new fans, come new costumes The Escapists’ layout for their cosplay gallery could be better (having to click to an entirely new page for each image is pretty dang tedious) but the insane variety and attention-to-detail of the costumes make it worth it.  Game of Thrones characters stand side-by-side with Tarantino characters,…
 
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    Mashable

  • Fans Storm Pitch to Nab Selfie With Soccer Star Mario Balotelli

    Sam Laird
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Fan storming the pitch during soccer matches isn't all that uncommon an occurrence in the beautiful game — usually it's a way for spectators to illegally pay homage to their favorite stars. But no one's captured the ol' zeitgeist better than two AC Milan supporters who stormed the field during a friendly on Sunday in Pittsburg, then nabbed a selfie with Milan star and based soccer god Mario Balotelli. See also: Should Russia Still Get to Host the 2018 World Cup? Here's the result of their moment of derring do. #milan#selfie#Balotelli#me#ManCityVsMilan pic.twitter.com/17fQ1OJ1ob —…
  • What Are Successful Strategies for Establishing a Career in Management?

    Quora
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    This question originally appeared on Quora.I'm looking to eventually make my way into management, and looking for general strategies. Is it more important to network, find mentors, stay at a company long-term, build technical skills, do something spectacular or be a career-hopping nomad?Answer by Corrie Hausman, human resources specialist and historian. A few important questions to ask yourself now: Why do you want to move into management? Do you want a higher salary? A better benefits package? Different duties? More responsibility or autonomy? A better title? More prestige? Knowing the…
  • Italy's Newest Theme Park Crams Every Classic Film on One Surreal Lot

    The Associated Press
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecittá Studios — still in operation — were known as "Hollywood on the Tiber." Cinecittá is Italian for "Cinema City." "Here, the idea is that people will also enter not only sets, but the confusion of a place where we are shooting movie. Everything will be illusion," said Emmanuel Gout, president of Cinecittá Parks. "The visitor will become a protagonist of the day, becoming a star, becoming involved in some fake…
  • Amazon Jumps Into 3D Printing Game With On-Demand Store

    Lance Ulanoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Amazon has always been an on-demand marketplace of sorts; it can ship virtually anything in two days. But now, the online retail giant is taking "on demand" to a new level with its first 3D printing product marketplace. As its name suggests, the 3D Printing Store is a place where you can select and customize products that are then 3D printed and delivered to you. The store, which launched on Monday, features dozens of items, including jewelry and trinkets, iPhone cases, bobblehead dolls (even ones that, with a little customization, can look like you), home decor and accessories, toys and art…
  • 'Orange Is the New Black': How Much Do You Really Know?

    Andrea Romano
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    How much do you really know about the inmates of Litchfield? Diehard Orange Is the New Black fans are familiar with each character's quirks, from Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren's affinity for pie to Red's obsession with an elusive chicken See also: Keep Frenemies Close With These 10 Tips From 'Orange is the New Black' Printing company Pixaprints and designer Claire Stokoe created some clues to test your OITNB expertise by having you guess which cell belongs to which popular character on the show. Image: Claire Stokoe PixaprintsBONUS: 9 'Orange Is the New Black' Actresses In and Out of Character…
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    Fast Company

  • Amid Meat Scandal, McDonald's Pulls Big Mac From Menus In China

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Some Chinese customers will have to wait until early August for their Big Macs and chicken nuggets. For now, there's Filet-O-Fish.McDonald's patrons in China will have to wait for their next Big Mac. The fast food chain is facing a beef and chicken shortage in Beijing and Shanghai following allegations its meat supplier intentionally reprocessed and sold expired meat to restaurants.Read Full Story
  • Barbie Sales Are Down For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter, Because Monsters

    Chris Gayomali
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    It's been a rough last few years for Mattel's flagship doll brand.Barbie, the iconic plastic doll with the proportions of a desiccated hot dog, is having a rough time staying culturally relevant. Mattel's latest sales figures paint a grim picture for the 55-year-old polymath, whose career has included stints as an aerobics instructor, dentist, POTUS, and mermaid. She even has her own LinkedIn profile.Read Full Story
  • In Boston, The Internet of Things Is Already in Front Of Your Face

    Liz Taurasi
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If the vast network of sensors that experts say will be a trillion-dollar business sector can seem hard to imagine, consider Beantown.If you want to think about what the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) will look like, walk along Boston's 400-year-old streets. With its deep elite academic and tech connections, the city is a natural place to experiment and see how people react to--or fail to notice--the network of sensors that experts say will be a trillion-dollar business sector by the end of the decade.Read Full Story
  • Your Brain On 6 Hours Of Sleep A Night

    Ainsley O'Connell
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Might as well just get drunk.You've heard it before, probably from your mom: Make sure you get enough sleep.Read Full Story
  • Luxury Counterfeits In China Get Sophisticated

    Ainsley O'Connell
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    You love your "tong kuan"--because you don't have a Prada backpackCopycat products manufactured in China have long been a headache for luxury brands. But now policing purse designs is getting harder than ever, thanks to a trend toward "tong kuan" or "look-alike" products that mimic the shape of their high-end counterparts but feature phony Western-sounding brand names.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Favr.tt Brings On CEO To Raise Funding For Its Social Shopping App

    Mike Butcher
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
     Back in 2012, London and New York based Shopa launched as a “social marketplace” where users were rewarded for promoting products they like. The company raised $1.4 million from Notion Capital and Octopus. Another in the arena is Shopcade, which has raised $4 million, or Nuji which raised $2 million. There’s something about these social shopping startups that European… Read More
  • Thinknum Raises $1M Seed Round To Give Financial Analysts Better Tools

    Catherine Shu
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
     Thinknum, a financial tech startup that develops tools for analysts, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Pejman Mar Ventures (an investment firm that has also seeded companies like Dropbox, Zoosk, and Lending Club), with participation from Signatures Capital; Green Visor Capital; 500 Startups; 645 Angels; and HKB Capital. The funding will be used to add more… Read More
  • Senate Expected To Unveil Broad NSA Reform Bill Tomorrow

    Alex Wilhelm
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
     U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is expected to introduce a version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) tomorrow that is far stronger than what the enfeebled House of Representatives managed to pass earlier this year. According to the New York Times, the bill not only curtails the bulk surveillance of American’s call metadata — the first NSA program detailed by the Edward Snowden leaks —… Read More
  • Tango Teases “Music Pix,” A Social App For Making Instant Photo Slideshows

    Sarah Perez
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
     Tango, the mobile messaging platform that raised a massive $280 million from Alibaba earlier this year, has quietly rolled out a new photo-sharing application called Tango Music Pix. The app lets you share your photos along with a song, in order to create 30-second customized slideshows. [UPDATED, see below]. In the app’s description on iTunes, Tango notes that you won’t need… Read More
  • ClassWallet Is Bringing Classroom Money Management To A School Near You

    Sam O'Keefe
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
     When it comes to keeping track of money for classroom expenses, collecting cash for field trips is just the tip of the iceberg. There are several common issues that every teacher faces when it comes to money, or lack of money, in the classroom. And most stem from how it’s managed. Today, ClassWallet is launching out of private beta to offer up a better way for teachers to collect,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
  • Back to the drawing board

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
 
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  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Image via Flickr user Andrew Pescod This is a guest contribution from Poulami Ghosh of PPC Ads Management. If conversion rates really matter to you, you should be aware that every marketing campaign has to have a dedicated landing page. This is particularly true with regard to PPC where you have to pay for every single click. Ask any PPC company and it will tell you the same thing. However, it is not enough to know that you should use a landing page. You also have to know how to craft one, so that your marketing efforts rise above the average and become exceptional. There are seven steps to…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is!

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • ​Check Your Restaurant Bill On Vacation to Avoid Double-Tipping

    Mark Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    It's great to travel to other countries, but different cultures handle tipping slightly differently . Double-check your bill to make sure you don't unwittingly tip your waiter twice.Read more...
  • How to Be More Interesting When Meeting New People

    Alan Henry
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    You might think that being interesting is an innate talent, or that it means you have to be the "life of the party." Neither of those things are necessarily true. If you want to leave a good impression, you don't have to make sure all eyes are on you. Here are some tips anyone can use in any social setting.Read more...
  • Deals: $10 off $40 at Target, Optoma Projector, Ergonomic Keyboard

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    If you don't mind running to your nearest Target store, you can take $10 off a $40 order today when you buy online, but pick up in-store. You can use this deal four times per account, giving you up to $40 in savings on video games, electronics, groceries, or anything else in stock at Target. [Get $10 off a $40 In-Store Pickup Order at Target]Read more...
  • ​Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies Cards Break Down Creative Blocks

    Mark Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    We all encounter creative blocks from time to time. Writers suffer with writers' block, but people in all fields of work hit a wall every now and then. Oblique Strategies is a set of cards that offer a little creative inspiration when you need it most.Read more...
  • ​Paint Grass to Avoid Crazy Homeowners Associations' "Brown Lawn" Fees

    Mark Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Everyone wants a great-looking lawn, but things like the weather and a lack of time can get in the way. You can avoid fees from an overzealous homeowner's association with a quick paint job until you have time to deal with things properly.Read more...
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  • Bare Logic Boards for 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Compared in New Photos

    Eric Slivka
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Following the publication of several photos over the weekend showing what was claimed to be the bare logic board for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Nowherelse.fr now shares [Google Translate] a new set of photos showing the same part reportedly from the even larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. The photos include side-by-side comparisons of the part from both iPhone 6 models and the iPhone 5s, and while it does not appear to be confirmed which iPhone 6 logic board is for which device size, there are now clearly two distinct parts larger than the current iPhone 5s logic board. Logic board fronts…
  • Retina MacBook Pro Updates Reportedly Due Tuesday, July 29

    Eric Slivka
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Following yesterday's reported spotting of in-store digital signage from an Apple retail store in China showing upgraded specs for the Retina MacBook Pro, MacG.co now claims [Google Translate] the update is set to arrive tomorrow, July 29. The information comes from a reliable source who has accurately predicted MacBook Air, iMac, and iPod touch updates in recent months, although the source was off by a few days on the iPod touch update timing. Few details on the new Retina MacBook Pros are available from the source other than that the update will include both 13-inch and 15-inch models and…
  • Microsoft Launches New Cortana vs. Siri Ad Showing Off Context-Aware Reminders

    Richard Padilla
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Microsoft today launched a new commercial comparing its new Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's virtual assistant Siri, demonstrating how the former is able to perform contextually-aware tasks using a number of services. Titled "Happy Anniversary", the commercial shows Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 635 as the narrator makes commands related around a wedding anniversary. First, the narrator asks Cortana to remind him to wish his wife a happy birthday he next time she calls, as the voice assistant schedules a reminder around the call. Meanwhile, Siri does not comply…
  • Apple Close to Acquiring Radio Streaming Service Swell for $30 Million

    Richard Padilla
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Apple is close to acquiring talk radio curation service Swell for about $30 million, reports Re/code. Swell's iOS app launched last year and allows users to listen to streaming audio from iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN and others through a design that emphasizes simplicity. As a part of the acquisition, Swell will shut down its iOS app this week as its CEO Ram Ramkumar and other members of its development team will join Apple. Apple will likely look to use Swell's technology to improve its own Podcasts app, which holds a 1.5 star rating and has been widely criticized for performance issues. Users…
  • Chart Suggests Speed-Bumped 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pros with 16GB of RAM Standard Coming Soon

    Richard Padilla
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Apple may be planning to launch a slightly refreshed line of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros complete with faster Haswell processors and 16GB of RAM standard, according to a photo said to have come from the company's Chongqing, China store (via BBS Feng, Google Translate). The purported pricing chart shows two standard configurations priced at 14,288 yuan and 18,688 yuan, which is the same as Apple's current pricing for its 15-inch notebook line in China. If real, this pricing chart would indicate that Apple would keep its current pricing instead of offering each new model for less as done for…
 
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, et cetera. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
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    Macworld

  • How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Jason Enns would like to streamline his media acquisition workflow. He writes: I know you’re a fan of the Mac mini media center and I’ve tried to follow your example. The problem is, the computer I use to rip DVDs is in my basement office and my media center Mac is upstairs. I know I can copy files from one to the other via file sharing but I’d love a way for movies I rip to be automatically added to the mini’s iTunes library. Any suggestions? Do as I do and follow along. On the Mac mini media server, launch System Preferences, select Sharing, and enable both Screen Sharing and…
  • Photoshop CC 2014 review: Image editor gets new time-saving features

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Adobe added some incredibly practical features to Photoshop CC 2014, especially where productivity is concerned. Time-savers include smarter smart guides and smart objects, updatable Layer Comps, a color picker that stays open, full Typekit integration, a searchable font menu with instant font previews on existing text, better blending with Content-Aware tools, the ability to sync more settings to Creative Cloud, and more. There are other slick new features: a command that automatically selects the in-focus areas in an image, two new motion blur filters, a Package command for corralling…
  • Staff Picks: Revolution 60 is the most ambitious iOS game you'll play this year

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, it takes a very specific kind of iOS game to grab my interest. I’m not a huge fan of first person shooters or clunky free-to-play titles; multi-touch puzzle games and the occasional 2D RPG are my bread and butter. It was luck and a random connection that led me to try Giant Spacekat’s Revolution 60, a 3D hybrid that’s part RPG, part chess game, and—surprisingly—part compelling animation film. And I am so very glad I did. I had the privilege of being on a podcast with Giant Spacekat co-founder Brianna Wu a few months ago, and it was…
  • LogViewer for Time Machine review: Find Time Machine info in OS X system logs

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    OS X’s built-in Time Machine feature makes backing up your important data a relatively painless process: You just connect a drive to your Mac, tell the OS to use that drive for Time Machine, and then, to quote a famous Apple ad, “There is no Step 3.” As long as Time Machine doesn’t run into any problems, it works great. But when Time Machine does experience a glitch, it’s not always clear what went wrong. The Time Machine pane of System Preferences provides a red Info (i) button that can sometimes fill you in on the details, but not always, and if Time Machine should face multiple…
  • Why you should care about CloudKit

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you’ve probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple’s cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it’s great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages. Apple has worked hard over the last couple years to make iCloud more stable and reliable, and it has largely succeeded, to the point where the grumblings about it have, at least anecdotally, subsided…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • CloudFlare’s Matthew Prince: Building A Better Internet

    Jodi Mardesich
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.For a 100-person company founded in 2009, the tech firm Cloudflare certainly seems to have an outsized impact on the Internet.Shortly after the Heartbleed bug became public knowledge on April 9, Cloudflare decided to revoke all the digital-encryption SSL certificates it managed—a move that would prevent hackers from stealing digital identities from Web servers by exploiting  Heartbleed. When it did so, it caused a dramatic spike in such revocations. Similarly,…
  • 8 Soaring Videos That Reach the Edges of Earth

    Nicole Nguyen
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Space-Flight-Videos-27687922">PopSugar Tech</a>.For a seventh-grade science project, 12-year-old Lauren Rojas reached for the stars—literally. Lauren sent a silver rocket bearing Hello Kitty and a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon high up into the Earth's atmosphere. After the mission's successful completion, she analyzed the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature and will present her findings on Feb. 12 at her school's science fair.In honor of Lauren's…
  • The Battle Of The Block: How LinkedIn Finally Stopped The Stalkers

    Selena Larson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    When a San Francisco-based tech recruiter—we'll call her "Sally," a pseudonym—filed a restraining order against an ex-boyfriend, the court documents listed Facebook, Pinterest, and even Etsy as no-go zones for him. But it was LinkedIn that Sally was worried about. “He started following what I was doing on LinkedIn,” Sally told me. “Who I was connecting with. He was trying to track what I was doing professionally. Every day I was seeing his face on my profile."LinkedIn's basic features for connecting people became ways for Sally's stalker to remind her of his presence. "He…
  • Interns Tell Us What They Would Change At Silicon Valley's Top Companies

    Stephanie Chan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I saw the massive line of interns long before I could see the venue. The young crowd waiting outside Broadway Studios in San Francisco on Tuesday chatted with friends and checked their phones, eagerly awaiting to get inside. Interns line up outside of Internapalooza&nbsp;Approximately 2,000 interns from around the Bay Area signed up to attend Internapalooza, an industry-sponsored event for Silicon Valley’s interns to meet each other, chat up potential employers, and hear some of the tech industry’s finest give advice and share experiences from their younger, soul-searching years.
  • Amazon Web Services: It's Big, Getting Bigger And Not Slowing Down

    Matt Asay
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Amazon Web Services is already the 800-pound gorilla in cloud. It offers five times the utilized compute capacity of its next 14 competitors combined and is arguably the fastest-growing software business in history. According to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, however, this isn't nearly ambitious enough. AWS aims to become an 800,000-pound gorilla. That's because Amazon isn't in the business of "infrastructure as a service," as the process of setting data services such as storage and computation is dubbed in a jargony way. According to Vogels, Amazon is in "the business of…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

    Ben Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process. Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how…
  • Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design

    Victor Yocco
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature. Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers…
  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

    Vitaly Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with…
  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Liberia closes its borders

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague West Africa as leaders scramble to stop the virus from spreading.
  • Dogs vacation in lap of luxury

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    More and more animal lovers who aren't opposed to splurging on their furry friends are choosing overnight stays at resort-style retreats that offer services fit for royalty.
  • Plane kills man walking on beach

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    A father was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when an airplane struck them as they walked along a Florida beach.
  • Palin launching online news channel

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Sarah Palin is again going rogue -- this time to the digital world, with the creation of her own online news channel.
  • Hospital hit; Israel, Hamas trade blame

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    The U.N. Security Council wants an "unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza." Israel says it's abiding by "an unlimited humanitarian cease-fire" but will fire back if attacked by Hamas.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Did you miss Thursday’s “Photoshop World-a-thon?” If you missed Thursday you missed out on a ton of Photoshop and Photography tips. Besides what “The Photoshop Guys” did live on the air (including my live shoot with a “Big ‘ol soft box”) a bunch of our instructors shared video clips of tips to air on the show, and it was literally packed-full of cool stuff (the idea of course, being we’d give you a sample of the stuff we’re teaching in our classes at Photoshop World Las Vegas and that you give you some idea of what we do for three…
  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wedding Photography Systems with Justin Wojtczak Take your wedding photography business to the next level with Justin Wojtczak’s systematic approach to building and running a successful wedding photography business. At the end of the day it is about the level of service you give your bride and groom, and Justin takes you through every step in the process of completing a successful wedding shoot, from the engagement session to the consultation, and from the wedding day itself to the delivery of treasured photographs. All along the way Justin shares pro-level tips, tricks, and techniques for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mia McCormick!

    Brad Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Let me start by saying, I don’t take photos professionally. But wait, don’t stop reading! Hear me out. My name is Mia McCormick and before I took a position at KelbyOne, I spent a decade telling stories and interviewing some of the most influential people in the world in the name of TV News. Now I’ve spent the last two years interviewing the very best photographers on the planet, for KelbyOne. I’ve grilled them about technique and business plans. I’ve asked them about gear and studio decisions. But some of the most important conversations, often get the least amount of attention,…
  • Announcing My New Book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s official — the latest book in my series is headed to bookstores in just a few weeks, and the video above tells you what makes this new addition, called “Part 5 — Photo Recipes” different than the rest.You can preorder the book right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or direct from us and be the first to receive the book when it ships in a couple of weeks. It’s only around $17 street price, which is an awesomely low price (it’s about impossible to find something for photography that only costs $17 bucks, right? This puppy is a steal).I’m…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Ten Go-to Editing Tips for Using Photoshop

    Sarah Hipwell
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The recent release of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) 2014 (which is the 15th release of the product) got me thinking about my own workflow. Photoshop is an amazing piece of software. I have been using it commercially since version 5. However, I don’t necessarily think the latest version is the best one. I’ve just recently upgraded to CS6 and I’m loving it but I can’t see myself going the CC route just yet, as it doesn’t suit my business model. The beauty of this software is the power that it can bring to your images, but it is a complex piece of software and…
  • When to Trick Your Camera to get a Good Exposure

    Mike Newton
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought the Sony A7 camera recently and have been taking it out quite a bit to get a feel for it. My wife is starting a fashion blog so I thought I would take her out for a fashion shoot at the beach. I was shooting a high-contrast scene and realized. . . The camera doesn’t always know what’s best Your camera always has the best intentions, but it doesn’t always get it right. Sometimes the sensor will think you want to expose a scene one way when you actually want it to expose it another. I’ll show you an example. I put the camera on aperture priority and shot this:…
  • How to Photograph Beverages – Video Tips

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Earlier I shared a collection of some great images of beverages. If you want to know more about how they may have been created, check out these video tutorials. I offer you another drink! by Ivan Gevaerd on 500px This first video by Phlearn features photographer Rob Grimm, and walks you through how to photograph a beer bottle and glass of beer. I used to do food photography and beverages were part of that. It’s a very specialized, and highly detailed area of commercial photography that requires a lot of lights, reflectors, and patience. A shoot like this might take several hours to get…
  • Three Tips to Help you Capture Beauty in the Everyday Moments

    Meredith Clark
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to creating family photo albums, there can be a tendency to create a book filled with your family’s “greatest hits”, the best moments of the year, if you will. Of course, those special moments like birthdays, vacations, and that one perfect Christmas card photo are important to include, but for most of us, they really don’t do a good job of capturing the little moments that make up the majority of our lives. The other day, I was looking through a photo album with my four-year-old daughter Lizzy. As usual she skipped right past all the formal photos of her…
  • Finding New Photography Locations Just Got Easier With ShotHotspot

    John Davenport
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are many ways to go about finding photography locations, but if you’re struggling to find new locations I’d suggest giving ShotHotspot a try. Five Reasons to check out ShotHotspot? #1 Great search functionality Search locations, keywords, and type of photography The standout feature of ShotHotspot has got to be the search functionality that they have built into the site. Much like Stuck on Earth the photographs they are using come from Flickr and Panoramio, but unlike Stuck on Earth and other outlets ShotHotspot allows you to search based on keywords, style of photography,…
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you have never done it before, lighting a group shot outdoors in full sun can be daunting. After all, sun is pretty bright. And your subject is pretty big and thus harder to light at a high level.But with a leaf-shutter camera and a couple of battery powered monoblocs, you can easily own the sun and just about anything you can put under it.Read more »
  • Avatar

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My last head shot had been getting a little long in the tooth. So on a whim the other day, I redid it.Gotta keep things fresh, I always say. So I try to redo my head shot every seven years, whether it needs it or not.As photographers, we only get to see one side of the equation—and that does not involve looking down the barrel of the gun, either. So being on the receiving end is always a learning experience. Even more so when you are on the shooting and receiving end. Read more »
  • On Assignment: Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I love shooting at mix. Especially when there are epic clouds on the move. And even more so while monitoring my Dark Skies app to know exactly when the rain will start falling on a OMGHowMuchDidThatThingCost? cello.Just keeps things interesting, you know?Read more »
  • Do This: Sara Lando in US for Workshops in August

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Whatcha doing in mid/late August? If you are within striking distance of Baltimore or Atlanta, you have a one-off chance to do something cool and fun that will change the way you approach your photography: spend a day (or two) with Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando.After spending a couple years convincing her to come to the US, Zack Arias and I are this summer hosting Sara for two weekends of seminars and workshops in Atlanta and Baltimore. We are doing this because A) it's an awesome experience (trust us on that) and B) it's a lot easier than getting all you guys…
  • On Traveling With Your Camera

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    In January Strobist was restructured from a standard, 2x/week blog into a core knowledge archive. Rather than publishing all of the time, we made the 2,000-post archive more organized and accessible. Now, Strobist only updates when there is something meaningful to say. I did this to flip the signal to noise ratio (seriously, who needs to read that many photoblog posts every day) and to create some time for two significant projects. The first of which, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • In pictures: Restoration of Boeing's first 747 'jumbo jet'

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    The Boeing 747 - or the 'jumbo jet' as it is commonly known, changed the world. The 747 first flew in 1969, and transformed modern air travel with its ability to carry more people - and more cargo - across the globe than any previous airliner, shrinking it in the process. Seattle's Museum of Flight houses RA001 - the very first 747, which flew as a test airframe from its inaugural liftoff in 1969 through until the early 1990s. The museum is currently restoring RA001 both inside and out. Click through for pictures. 
  • Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    What makes a tripod a good travel companion? We test out five carbon fiber 'travel' tripods that while compact and light, are also comfortably tall and capable of supporting a reasonable amount of gear. This review covers five models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use both in the studio and out in the field. Click through to read the roundup.
  • Readers' showcase: Landscape photography

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    In all the talk about new gear, and which brands are best it's easy to overlook the end result of our shared passion - the pursuit of stunning images. Among our large community there are some incredibly talented photographers who share their work in our forums, galleries and photo challenges. From time to time we like to showcase some of the best work on our homepage. This week we challenged users of the landscape photography forum to submit their strongest shots, and the results were impressive. Click through to see more.
  • Photographer hits #1 on Reddit with Mt Fuji picture, and quickly regrets it

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    British photographer Kris Boorman summited Mount Fuji in 2012 and took a photograph from the top, showing the shadow cast by the giant mountain at sunrise. The image has since been used as a background for the Bing search engine and last year won a competition held by Gettty Images. A couple of days ago he posted the photo at low resolution on Reddit, and within a few hours it had garnered more than 6000 upvotes. Although this might sound like good news, Boorman quickly came to regret posting the picture. Click through to learn why. 
  • Vanguard releases new Alta CA tripod kits with pistol-grip head

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tripod and bag manufacturer Vanguard has launched a new range of tripods that are fitted with the company’s latest pistol grip style GH-30 head. The aluminium Alta CA leg-set comes in three or four-section options to achieve maximum heights of either 1565mm (61.6in) or 1550mm (61in) though both models are designed to carry a payload of up to 11lbs (5kg). Click through for more information.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Catalogs and photo storage is always one of the most popular topics whenever I’m out there teaching Lightroom. So I thought I’d do a quick post on one of the core concepts of the Lightroom catalog: Referenced photos vs. Managed Photos. This especially comes to light with Aperture not being developed anymore, but it’s still something good to know about when it comes to Lightroom. It sounds really techie but it’s not that bad. If you’re just a casual Lightroom user, you really don’t have to worry about what the difference is and what Lightroom does. Most…
  • The Secret News About Lightroom 5.5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Okay, maybe the news isn’t so secret anymore, but I wanted to post this quick video that Scott and I did because I think it’s addressing a concern of a lot of photographers out there. See, a bunch of people are jumping on the Adobe Photography Bundle where you get Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month. Since then, there’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately and Adobe’s done something pretty cool to answer it. The question comes in two ways: 1) I just signed up for the photography bundle and I’m using Lightroom. But what happens if I decide I…
  • 3 Ways To Zoom In On Your Photos in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Supply Chain Sources Claim December Launch for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 and iWatch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Reports from within Apple's Asian supply chain (via GforGames) again suggest the company is planning to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone separately from the 5.5-inch model, with the latter model entering mass production in September. This staggered launch would allow Apple to debut the highly-anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 early this fall and then follow with the iWatch and the larger iPhone model later this year. The report claims a December launch for both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iWatch, which would be unusual timing for Apple given the holiday shopping season. The company generally prefers to…
  • Apple Stores to Allow Customers to Purchase iPhone Through U.S. Carriers' Early Upgrade Programs

    Richard Padilla
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Apple Retail Stores will soon allow customers to purchase an iPhone through U.S. carrier early upgrade programs including AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and T-Mobile Jump, reports 9to5Mac. Apple is aiming to implement the new initiative right before the launch of the iPhone 6 this fall, as both Genius Bar workers and store employees will receive training on the program from Sunday, August 10 to Thursday, August 28. Currently, Apple Store customers are only limited to purchasing an iPhone through a regular two-year contract at subsidized pricing or unlocked at full-price. All three early upgrade…
  • Verizon to Begin Spot Throttling of High-Usage Customers on Unlimited LTE Plans

    Eric Slivka
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Following a report by Droid Life yesterday, Verizon has now confirmed to Gigaom that starting October 1 the carrier will begin spot throttling of certain high-usage customers connecting to carrier's LTE network. The policy affects users on grandfathered unlimited data plans that are no longer offered and who rank in the top five percent of data users at Verizon. While Verizon has had a similar policy in place for its 3G network for several years, the extension of it to the LTE network that now handles 76 percent of the carrier's data traffic will be noticeable for a number of users.On October…
  • Sense Sleep Monitor Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Environment

    Richard Padilla
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Inc's new Kickstarter project Sense is an iOS-compatible sleep tracking system that allows users to monitor their sleep patterns and bedroom environments without the need for intrusive hardware. The primary Sense device is a glow-in-the-dark polycarbonate orb that derives data from factors such as noise, light, temperature, humidity, and air particles to measure sleep quality. Sense also comes with the Sleep Pill, which is a small sensor that clips onto a pillow to track movement with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. Sense works with its own companion app for iOS to provide users a…
  • Gmail for iOS Updated With Improved Google Drive Integration

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Google today updated its Gmail for iOS app to version 3.14159, adding improved integration with its Google Drive storage solution. It's now possible to save email attachments directly to Google Drive, making them accessible everywhere and saving storage space. Users are also able to insert Google Drive files directly into messages. Google has also included new account management options and the ability to change a profile picture in the Settings menu.- Save attachments directly to Google Drive so you can access them anywhere while saving space and bandwidth on your device - Insert Google…
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    CNN Travel

  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

    hiufu
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The canals from different angles and seasons, the flower market, the Skinny Bridge and more favorite scenes from AmsterdamiReporter Anahita Valakche sums up the reasons to love Amsterdam pretty well: "Not only is Amsterdam full of amazing museums, the whole city feels like you are living in a painting. "My other favorite aspect of Amsterdam is its high standards of living and the quality of life -- even though it is one of the most crowded tourist spots in the world. "Also the people in Amsterdam are very friendly. Amsterdam is diverse in its culinary offerings and you can eat delicious…
  • Wimbledon without tennis: 10 things to do

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wimbledon isn’t just a tournament, it’s a village. Here’s what to do when you’re not wondering who's going to win it allFor the thousands of fans who descend upon the All England Club every summer, Wimbledon means one thing: tennis, namely The Championships, where the world’s top stars slug it out on the lawns of the All England Club (June 23-July 6). But few realize that the charms of this chic southwest London “village” extend beyond the ball courts. What’s there to do in Wimbledon when you’re not watching tennis? Plenty. 1. Cannizaro House Cannizaro House: scene of a…
  • CNNGo in Amsterdam: Windmill beer, tulip vases and picnics in the park

    hiufu
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An amazing photography museum, a classic cinema experience and the city's best street food feature in our monthly TV showCruising the canals of AmsterdamThe artistic side of AmsterdamAmsterdam's mouth-watering street foodThis month CNNGo cruises the canals of Amsterdam. Olympic field hockey player Floris Evers shares his perfect Saturday with a stroll through the Noodermarkt, a giant slice of Winkel's handmade apple pie and a picnic in scenic Vondelpark. We explore an artistic side of the city with gallery owners Diana Stigter, David Van Doesburg and Lilian Driessen, who show us the best…
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