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  • 15 photography projects to break you out of a rut

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Feeling like you're in a rut when it comes to your photography, whether it's a fatigue born of too many similar gigs or habits that have taken the excitement out of your art? The post 15 photography projects to break you out of a rut appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • That time Belgium's prime minister was pelted with French fries

    Megan Specia
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Anti-austerity activists hurled French fries at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Monday, who interrupted a press conference to pelt him with fast food. During a press conference, female protesters dressed in black interrupted the leader's speech, shouting "Austerity out! Michel out!" while showering the leader in fries and dousing him with a bottle of mayonnaise. (French fries served with mayonnaise are a Belgian staple.) See also: Battle of the Foods: The Belgium-USA World Cup Chowdown The protesters were part of the activist group LitihS, according to local reports, formerly the…
  • Before Bed, Switch Off The E-Reader And Pick Up A Paperback

    Fast Company
    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    A new study suggests that blue light from the popular devices interferes with circadian rhythms—and leaves us drowsier.Researchers have recommended that couples banish cellphones from the bedroom, thanks to the dark allure of their constant dings and alerts. Now add another item to that list of forbidden devices: the humble e-reader.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Users Can Now Track Tweet Impressions, Engagement Numbers Right In The iOS App

    Sarah Perez
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
     Twitter has once again expanded access to its analytics data, today introducing the ability to view your “tweet activity” on mobile. In the latest version of Twitter’s iOS application, a new feature allows users to tap on a “View Analytics Details” option from any tweet’s detail page in order to see data related to that post, including total impressions… Read More
  • Right of way

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    It started with boats, but over the centuries, it is practiced everywhere... we establish cultural rights of way, a hierarchy of precedence about who gets to go first. We need a default because we can't always have a discussion about who goes next in the moment. Motorboats, for example, are generally expected to veer out of the way of a sailboat (instead of the other way around). This makes sense, of course, because they have more options and can recover more easily. That's one way to prioritize who gets to go first: the small over the big, the one who needs it over the one would could handle…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 15 photography projects to break you out of a rut

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Feeling like you're in a rut when it comes to your photography, whether it's a fatigue born of too many similar gigs or habits that have taken the excitement out of your art? The post 15 photography projects to break you out of a rut appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 7 recipes that’ll make you want a waffle iron [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    A waffle iron is one of those gifts Santa doesn't get a lot of requests for but all that could change after seeing these seven mouthwatering recipes from Howdini. The post 7 recipes that’ll make you want a waffle iron [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Puppy does happy dance when it sees its owner [video]

    Josh Urich
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Puppies aren't known for dancing, but this little guy has got some serious movies. In fact, he looks kind of like Homer Simpson when he does his own happy dance. The post Puppy does happy dance when it sees its owner [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Adorable pig struggles to eat a lemon [video]

    Josh Urich
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Pigs are notorious for their willingness to eat anything. Adorable Opie, though, has a heck of a time trying to eat this sour lemon. It's strangely entertaining watching this video, so enjoy. The post Adorable pig struggles to eat a lemon [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • “Missing Mrs. Claus” is the most touching holiday short film you’ll see [video]

    Josh Urich
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Get some tissues out, you're going to need them after you watch this touching short holiday film. Warning, though, it is really sad, after all the concept is about the loss and depression we all feel during the holiday season. The post “Missing Mrs. Claus” is the most touching holiday short film you’ll see [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • That time Belgium's prime minister was pelted with French fries

    Megan Specia
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Anti-austerity activists hurled French fries at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Monday, who interrupted a press conference to pelt him with fast food. During a press conference, female protesters dressed in black interrupted the leader's speech, shouting "Austerity out! Michel out!" while showering the leader in fries and dousing him with a bottle of mayonnaise. (French fries served with mayonnaise are a Belgian staple.) See also: Battle of the Foods: The Belgium-USA World Cup Chowdown The protesters were part of the activist group LitihS, according to local reports, formerly the…
  • BlackBerry is working with Boeing on a self-destructing 'Black' phone

    Rex Santus
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    BlackBerry is collaborating with Boeing on its self-destructing Black phone. Boeing — yes, the same Boeing that builds airplanes and aerospace technology — is developing the privacy-friendly Black phone that will permanently erase all software and data stored on it if tampered with. The phone also encrypts phone calls and any data transmitted; it is designed specifically for government agencies that need to protect highly sensitive data. See also: 11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance So where does BlackBerry come in? BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced…
  • Golden retrievers bring comfort and joy to holiday travelers at the airport

    Jessica Plautz
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There are few things more reliably stressful than braving the airport during the holiday travel season. In the hopes of combating some of that stress, United Airlines has organized visits from comfort dogs at its terminals in Chicago's O'Hare airport and Houston's George Bush airport, beginning Saturday. See also: The worst things people do on airplanes, ranked "I'm glad that our flight isn't delayed, but if it was, this would be so uplifting," one passenger told ABC13 in Houston. "They're so sweet!" Our golden friends will be spreading #HolidaySpirit starting this weekend at ORD and IAH.
  • When you go on vacation you're going to sleep in like this bulldog

    Brian Koerber
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Nothing tops a good night's sleep. Nothing. A bulldog named Gaia, a.k.a. "The Pillow Queen," started her holiday early, inciting jealousy in those who watch her slumber. Your days off are coming soon enough, Internet. The reality of bringing your significant other home for the holidays Everything that happened in 2014 in a 2-minute sing-along No creature in the world is happier than this dancing dog How to 'stay off the naughty list' if you get a drone for Christmas Read more... More about Viral Videos, Dogs, Cute, Funny, and Sleep
  • Italy fines TripAdvisor $600,000 for not preventing false reviews

    The Associated Press
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    MILAN — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency. The antitrust authority said in a statement Monday that TripAdvisor had failed to adopt controls to prevent false reviews, while at the same time promoting the site's content as "authentic and genuine." It has given TripAdvisor 90 days to present a remedy. See also: Hotels Are Making Record Profits From Extra Fees on Stuff You Don't Use The Federalberghi…
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  • Before Bed, Switch Off The E-Reader And Pick Up A Paperback

    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    A new study suggests that blue light from the popular devices interferes with circadian rhythms—and leaves us drowsier.Researchers have recommended that couples banish cellphones from the bedroom, thanks to the dark allure of their constant dings and alerts. Now add another item to that list of forbidden devices: the humble e-reader.Read Full Story
  • Experts Skeptical North Korea Hacked Sony

    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A chorus of cyber experts question the FBI's evidence.The FBI declared last Friday that the North Korean government was responsible for hacking Sony—but for many security experts and hackers, the case is far from closed.Read Full Story
  • In PR Tailspin, Sony Hires Real-Life Olivia Pope

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Judy Smith's list of Scandal-esque clients include Monica Lewsinky, NFL quarterback Michael Vick, and the World Health Organization.Sony Entertainment is still reeling from cyber-attacks that leaked hundreds of gigabytes of private emails and other internal documents for the public to comb through. Now to deal with PR nightmare, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio has hired Judy Smith—George H.W. Bush's former press secretary and the inspiration behind one of TV's most iconic characters.Read Full Story
  • Are Ride-Hailing Apps Safe For Drivers?

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    More questions are raised about Uber and Lyft—this time it's about distracted driver syndrome.In most states you aren't allowed to send a text or answer your phone without the right kinds of hands-free gadgetry. In fact, just glancing at your phone is likely to earn you a ticket, which sounds about right: Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that texting while driving is the leading cause of death for teen drivers.Read Full Story
  • The Most Controversial Productivity Hack: Getting High At Work

    Elianna Lev
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    People have been consuming illicit substances on the job since time immemorial. But, in an era of legal pot, is this okay?Inspiration, they say, can come from anywhere. When creative director Richard Hatter wants to finish an 80-hour illustration, he doesn't restrict himself to a strong cup of coffee.Read Full Story
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  • Twitter Users Can Now Track Tweet Impressions, Engagement Numbers Right In The iOS App

    Sarah Perez
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
     Twitter has once again expanded access to its analytics data, today introducing the ability to view your “tweet activity” on mobile. In the latest version of Twitter’s iOS application, a new feature allows users to tap on a “View Analytics Details” option from any tweet’s detail page in order to see data related to that post, including total impressions… Read More
  • Twitter Rallies On CEO Rumors, Positive Analyst Attention

    Alex Wilhelm
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
     Twitter had a strong day in the market, spiking more than 4 percent in midday trading before ending the day up a slightly more modest 3.67 percent. The company’s shares benefited from a positive ‘buy’ rating from Argus that included a $44 per-share price target. The company’s shares closed the day at $38.44 per share. More dramatically, SunTrust’s Bob Peck,… Read More
  • Datanyze Acquires LeadLedger, A Sales Tool That Tracks Tech Product Marketshare

    Anthony Ha
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
     Sales startup Datanyze is announcing its first acquisition — it’s buying a similar service, LeadLedger. On a broad level, Datanyze and LeadLedger basically promise customers the same thing — they’re trying to help salespeople find new leads, particularly by tracking which websites are using competitors’ products, as well as overall marketshare. Read More
  • Influencer Marketing Is Killing Santa

    Danny Crichton
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
     It’s the final week of the Christmas season, and the holiday shopping advertisements are flowing through my inbox faster than startup pitches. While endorsements from celebrities occasionally show up, there is one uber-influencer that seems to appear more than any other. Jolly St. Nick, the rotund and red-clothed Santa character partially popularized by Coca-Cola, has traditionally been… Read More
  • Yahoo Aviate Can Now Search For Apps, Contacts And The Web – Without Launching A Browser

    Sarah Perez
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
     Aviate, the mobile homescreen application Yahoo acquired at the beginning of the year, has today received a notable update that will allow Android smartphone owners to search for contacts or apps installed on their device, or search across the web, all from a single interface. The web search is powered by Yahoo, the company notes – which means that Aviate users will be connected to… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Right of way

    Seth Godin
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    It started with boats, but over the centuries, it is practiced everywhere... we establish cultural rights of way, a hierarchy of precedence about who gets to go first. We need a default because we can't always have a discussion about who goes next in the moment. Motorboats, for example, are generally expected to veer out of the way of a sailboat (instead of the other way around). This makes sense, of course, because they have more options and can recover more easily. That's one way to prioritize who gets to go first: the small over the big, the one who needs it over the one would could handle…
  • Daily

    Seth Godin
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.        
  • Who let the air out of the balloon?

    Seth Godin
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to have left. Where did it go? It turns out that the air didn't get let out, the balloon disappeared. Balloons have pressure because there's only one tiny opening. Scarce shelf space. Only room for one newspaper. Only forty titles on the Billboard chart. It's that opening that creates the environment that allows pressure to exist, that pulls…
  • This or that vs. yes or no

    Seth Godin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    It's much easier to persuade a philanthropist to fund your project than it is to persuade a rich person to become a philanthropist. Encouraging someone to shift slightly, to pick this instead of that, is a totally different endeavor than working to turn a no into a yes, to change an entire pattern of behavior. When looking to grow, start with people who already believe that they have a problem you can help them solve.        
  • Clear language and respect

    Seth Godin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our connection economy thrives when people understand what to expect from one another. We're more likely than ever to engage in interactions that involve an exchange, something that deserves a specific clarification. I'll do this and you'll do that. More and more agreements are being made, because more and more transactions happen outside or between organizations. The question then: What does good drafting look like? If the agreement starts with "whereas" and continues along with, "notwithstanding the foregoing," and when it must be decoded by a lawyer on the other side, something has gone…
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  • An Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights, Argentine Court Rules

    Brandon Keim
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    An orangutan named Sandra has become the first non-human animal recognized as a person in a court of law. An Argentine appeals court declared on Friday that the 28-year-old great ape, who is owned by the Buenos Aires Zoo, is a "non-human person" who has been wrongfully deprived of her freedom. The post An Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights, Argentine Court Rules appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Business of Security Is Business

    Dan Holden, ASERT
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Today’s security landscape feels more like a James Bond movie than normal life. International intrigue is now a standard equation for any large-scale cyber-attack, as we’ve seen recently with the Sony breach and the potential for North Korea being behind it all. Events like this are great fodder for politicos and make for glib and […] The post The Business of Security Is Business appeared first on WIRED.
  • Oracle Buys the Company Facebook Uses to Track Your Offline Purchases

    Davey Alba
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    On Monday, Oracle announced it bought Datalogix, a data collection outfit that collects information from retailers in the physical world and partners with sites like Facebook and Twitter to give them consumer insights. The post Oracle Buys the Company Facebook Uses to Track Your Offline Purchases appeared first on WIRED.
  • Mercury Once Oozed With Lava—Until the Planet Shrank

    Marcus Woo
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Mercury's shrinking may have abruptly squeezed off volcanic activity that once oozed lava across the planet more than 3.8 billion years ago. The post Mercury Once Oozed With Lava—Until the Planet Shrank appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Internet of Anything: An Accelerator That’ll Churn Out Startups for VR’s Bright Future

    Klint Finley
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Now there's a startup incubator just for virtual reality companies. The post The Internet of Anything: An Accelerator That’ll Churn Out Startups for VR’s Bright Future appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Say Goodbye to Bad Habits: Five You Should Ditch in the New Year

    Stacey Roberts
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    I don’t know about you, but it’s around this time of year when I start thinking about all the things that didn’t quite work out over the last 12 months in my blogging efforts. Things I got wrong, things I didn’t try hard enough on, things I know I should do better. In short, it’s time to re-evaluate how I blog, so I can blog better. And what I know for sure is: Next year, I want to blog smarter, not harder. I want to slow down and focus on the priorities and make sure they’re being done properly. I’ve developed a few bad habits over the years, and…
  • Care to Share? What Was YOUR Most Popular Post of 2014?

    Stacey Roberts
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    So last week we went right through the top five posts on ProBlogger 2014 in each of the categories of monetization, creating content, social media, writing, and general tips. Some of them were surprising, but most weren’t – good advice is good advice, after all! I know a lot of you have seen real results from making these changes to the way you work. So what we wanted to know was – what is the most popular post on your blog this year? Can you see why it was popular? And more importantly – what can you learn from it that will help you for your content next year? Is it a…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: General Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week we’ve covered the five most popular posts in the areas of monetization, content, social media, and writing tips. Today we bring you the top 5 general tips that readers found most useful. I hope they do to you too! Read it now, or pin for later. 1. 5 Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Downloadable Cheat Sheet A super-handy overview of apostrophes, when to use that/which/who, when to use “everyday” vs. “every day”, commas, and capitalization. The cheat sheet is perfect for printing out and leaving it in your workspace so…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Writing Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    So useful content is king, and we need to provide it consistently. But how? And what if writing isn’t our strong suit? I always find that writing tips, guides, and productivity hacks score high in the interest scale of ProBlogger readers. These were the five most-read posts this year. 1. 6 Lessons in Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines We all know headlines are what can make or break your post: if your headline sucks, people just won’t read. This post has six ways to nail it, every time. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson 2. 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Social Media

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Social media and how to navigate it was, again, a big issue in 2014. Which platform is best? How do we use it effectively? Are we still using Google Plus? Where did everyone on Twitter go? These are the answers we found…   1. 5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic As Darren has said before, putting all your eggs in the Google basket can be risky (and devastating – he almost lost his business). We learned how to boost our traffic without relying on the Google fallback. 2. How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect What’s the point of promoting…
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  • Google Search Now Displays Lyrics Right In Search Results

    Thorin Klosowski
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you're searching for lyrics for a song on Google, you'll now get instant results right at the top of the results page. All you need to do is type in "[song title] lyrics."Read more...
  • Check Your Chromecast App Regularly for Free Offers

    Eric Ravenscraft
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Regular readers may remember that we've featured Chromecast deals before . If you're not checking your app every so often, though, you may want to start. The deals refresh periodically and you could score some sweet stuff.Read more...
  • The Student's Guide to Acquiring Free Food (and Networking)

    Whitson Gordon
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Are you a student? Have you had a free meal yet today? If not, you're missing out. On just about any college campus, there's free food all over the place ripe for the picking. Reader Theteapotparty put together a guide on how to find and devour this free food, while squeezing in a bit of networking at the same time.Read more...
  • Seek Out a Support System Before Making Difficult Life Changes

    Tori Reid
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sometimes life throws big changes our way by surprise, and other times we can plan for them. Either way those changes are tough to handle alone. If you can, make sure you have a group of family and friends to support you along the way.Read more...
  • The 14 Most Popular Products of 2014, as Purchased By You

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Another year in Deals, great products, user-voted Co-Ops, and gift guides has come to an end. Last year we had such a great time putting together a list of 2013's most popular products, that we've decided to make it an annual feature.Read more...
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  • Apple Launches New iTunes Tumblr Site Focusing on 'Best of 2014'

    Mitchel Broussard
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Apple today launched a new Tumblr page highlighting the touchstones of pop culture across 2014. Mirroring the album art layout of iTunes itself, the company's Tumblr site lists the best music, movies, television, and books of the past year by showcasing various images and GIFs related to the content. As with any Tumblr blog, users can like a post, share the content on Facebook and Twitter, and reblog it to their own tumblr page. A "See All" button allows users to delve even further into each category, highlighting a more extensive list for each of the four main mediums beyond the central hub.
  • Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015

    Richard Padilla
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch are expected to enter mass production in 2015 as the company's supply partners have accelerated component production for both products, reports Digitimes. Supply chain sources note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will feature Intel's Broadwell processors and a new ultra-thin design. The new notebook is also expected to be available in limited supply when it launches due to yield issues with components, and will be primarily manufactured by Quanta Computer. This information about the 12-inch MacBook Air provided by Digitimes lines up with previous…
  • Apple Pay Responsible for 1% of Digital Payment Dollars in November, Most Popular at Whole Foods

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Apple Pay is seeing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch), which suggests Apple's new payment service was responsible for a total of 1 percent of digital payment dollars during the month of November. Apple still trails industry leaders like Square and PayPal, which captured 18 and 78 percent of digital payment dollars in November, respectively, but ITG analysts suggest Apple Pay is showing strong momentum given that it's available only to customers with the newest hardware and supported by a limited number of…
  • Kate Winslet May Take on Lead Female Role in Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations to play the lead female role in the upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Winslet, aged 39, is best known for dramatic movies like Titanic, Divergent, All the King's Men, and Finding Neverland. It remains unclear what role Winslet will play, but female parts in the movie are rumored to include Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Natalie Portman was formerly in talks to play a major female role in the film, but she pulled out of negotiations in early December. Actress Jessica Chastain, of The…
  • Hands-On With Alpine's iLX-007 In-Dash CarPlay Entertainment System

    Eric Slivka
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    While car manufacturers have been slower than anticipated to roll out support for Apple's in-vehicle CarPlay system, Pioneer and Alpine have delivered aftermarket options in the form of in-dash systems with CarPlay compatibility and large touch screens. MacRumors has had a chance to spend some time with Alpine's iLX-007, which carries a suggested retail price of $800 but commonly sells for $600 and offers a 7-inch capacitive touch screen that dominates the unit's front. The only other physical features come as a thin row of buttons along the bottom edge, including a pair for…
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  • Who is Chris Brogan

    Chris Brogan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    You know, sometimes I take it for granted that you know who I am. I thought I’d share. Continue ReadingThe post Who is Chris Brogan appeared first on
  • Shine Your Own Bat Signal

    Chris Brogan
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    It’s our job to be storytellers of what we do for the world, and who we seek, and how we’ll help them. If you’re not taking your opportunity to help, to connect, to build the storyline that will guide people to understand what you have that can help them, you’re missing your chance. Shine Your Own Bat Signal Think of the immense opportunity. We used to have to beg or buy our way into the newspaper. Can you imagine doing that these days? And yet, when you’re given the chance to address the world, to tell an interesting story, to do anything that will build some…
  • Best Apps and Software of 2014

    Chris Brogan
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you know me, you know that this list won’t be your typical. I don’t care which software most people use. But I do have some thoughts on the matter as it applies to doing business. See, that’s always been the angle. I’m not into the tech. I’m into what the tech helps us DO. And to that end, I do have some opinions on what you should fire up on your phone and tablet and laptop and use more often. Continue ReadingThe post Best Apps and Software of 2014 appeared first on
  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
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  • An Easy Fix for 5 Website Woes That Can Threaten Your Business

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s something that hangs heavy over your head every day. You’ve got traffic flowing to your site. You’ve built an audience and overcome the obscurity problem. The number of links pointing to your site grows every day, social shares to your content rise with each passing moment, and you’ve recently started creating products and services your audience loves and buys. It’s safe to say you’ve reached your hockey stick moment and handily solved the sustainability question, too. You are finally making money as a blogger (the impresario), which has allowed you to…
  • 5 Steps to Revising Your Content Marketing Strategy to Attract and Retain Future Customers

    Joe Pulizzi
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is not a how-to post; this is a how-to-think post. What troubles me about the majority of current content creation activities from companies is the sheer lack of strategy and purpose. I see a lot of activities — tweets, posts, articles, infographics, and more — that don’t support a real business goal. Content Marketing Institute’s latest research even found that only 38 percent of all marketers believe they are effective at content marketing. Your business goal that drives your particular content creation strategy should be to build an audience. With a loyal…
  • How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

    Mike Davenport and Henneke
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post? You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet. Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists. What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online? Sound far-fetched? Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required.
  • Seth Godin on Stepping Up and Making it Happen

    Brian Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet. But if you had to sum Seth up in one word, it might well be impresario. The classical definition of that word refers to a promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company. The modern definition, set forth by Seth himself when he’s teaching others about the prime entrepreneurial role of the connection economy,…
  • Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

    Jerod Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business. Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock. So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to? Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor. Well guess what?
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  • Jawbone and Big Ass Fans harness the Internet of Things to give a better night's sleep

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The appeal of the Internet of Things is more than just being able to control gadgets and home appliances from the cloud. The bigger benefit comes when the devices interact and share information with each other. Today’s joint announcement from Jawbone and Big Ass Fans is a case in point. Jawbone manufactures wearable fitness trackers, and Big Ass Fans builds high-end ceiling fans. Jawbone’s UP-series fitness trackers have a built-in accelerometer that helps the wearer measure their quality of sleep. You can measure the amount of time you slept as well as how often you tossed and turned.To…
  • How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently provided instructions for removing the MacKeeper app from your Mac, along with its component parts. But for some, that’s only a piece of the puzzle. This question is typical of the follow-up email: But how do I stop MacKeeper notifications from popping up in the Safari and Chrome browsers and asking me to install it? The first thing I’d suggest you do is remove any MacKeeper-related cookies in your browser. In Safari this means opening Safari’s preferences, clicking the Privacy tab, and in the Cookies and Other Website Data area clicking the Details button. Search for…
  • How to avoid taking lousy iPhone holiday photos

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    There’s an old wheeze that’s routinely bandied about in regard to digital photography: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Ask a qualified photographer about the value of this advice, however, and you might get a less-than-enthusiastic reply along the lines of “Why represent a great moment (and potentially great memory) with a terrible image?” Fair enough. A bad image can taint a precious memory, but the truth is that sometimes wonderful things happen before your eyes—a child experiences the joys of the holidays, a disconnected relative rejoins the fold, dad nearly…
  • How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    It’s not your imagination: your Mac’s overall performance can slow down over time. Most often this happens because we gradually add more apps and background processes, have more and more documents and browser tabs open, and don’t restart very often. All these things take a cumulative toll on your Mac’s performance. Cutting back on the number of things you have open is therefore one of the easiest strategies for putting some zip back into your Mac. Adding RAM (if your Mac supports it), switching from a hard drive to an SSD, and keeping your software up to date are also effective quick…
  • White elephant: There's a reason they give this advice away

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just like that tacky sweater your mom got you in 1997 that everyone keeps re-gifting, Forbes is the gift that keeps on giving. And speaking of giving, Eric Jackson doesn’t think Apple should be giving money back to shareholders. “Apple Returns Cash To Shareholders Because It’s Out Of Ideas On How To Invest It” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to weid1) Jackson, you may recall (if you keep up to date on each outlandish piece of advice for how Apple should light its money on fire), has long suggested that Apple should have bought Twitter. Because social mumble mumble. So, when he…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • The Good, The Bad And The Great Examples Of Web Typography

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Choosing typefaces is an integral part of every web design project. With thousands of typefaces available from hosting services such as Typekit, as well an ever-improving collection of free fonts1 available, there has never been a better time to be a typography-obsessed web designer. One could easily argue that nothing affects a design more than typography. And good typography starts with choosing an appropriate typeface. But can having too much choice be a bad thing? With more choices, we have more opportunities to make bad decisions. In this article, we’ll review a collection of beautiful…
  • A Frank Lloyd Wright Approach To Digital Design

    Kent Eisenhuth
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Frank Lloyd Wright was a century ahead of his time. He was a pioneer, an avant-garde architect who broke free of the traditions of his era. His views on materials, form, function, space and environment define his iconic works. These ideals and principles are still used in architecture today, and his buildings have stood the test of time, remaining relevant even in today’s digital age. I find a lot of inspiration in Wright’s timeless work. As designers, we’re frequently asked to create digital experiences (especially in software) that will have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years. This is an…
  • Freebie: Responsive And Mobile Icon Set (100 Icons, PNG, PSD)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    This responsive and mobile-themed icon set, designed by the folks behind Iconshock91 and Designshock102, consists of 100 individual icons merging outlined as well as flat styles, all vectors built in Photoshop, in four transparent PNG image sizes and available in two color versions: a limited cold palette and a warm colorful one. The vector editable source files are included. Please note that this icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported3. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles or individual…
  • Chartist.js, An Open-Source Library For Responsive Charts

    Gion Kunz
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    The list of charting libraries for the web is already quite long, and you might ask yourself why we would need to make it any longer. Whenever you need to develop an application’s dashboard, embed some usage statistics or simply visualize some data, you will find yourself looking for a charting library that fits your needs. Chartist was developed for a very particular need: to create simple responsive charts. While other charting libraries do a great job of visualizing data, something is always missing to satisfy this simple yet demanding need. In this article, we’ll show you how to use…
  • Understanding Mobile Back End As A Service

    David Tucker
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    What if you could create an entire back end for your mobile applications that was feature-complete in data synchronization, push-notification support, user management and file-handling before you even started building the mobile experience? What if it was architected in such a way that you could easily create new cross-platform native and web applications seamlessly on this back end? While this might sound like a fairy tale, it is exactly what providers of mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) are aiming to give app developers. It is up to you to determine whether that is true for the…
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  • North Korea's Internet disrupted?

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    North Korea's Internet is experiencing a major disruption and could be the target of an attack, according to a company that monitors Internet performance.
  • Airbus A350 XWB ready for fliers

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The wait is finally over for aviation fanatics wanting to book a flight aboard the Airbus A350 XWB.
  • Pope attacks 'diseases' of Vatican

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Pope Francis has unleashed a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy -- or Curia -- criticizing its "illnesses" ranging from the "disease of feeling immortal" to vainglory and excessive planning.
  • Singer Joe Cockerdead at 70

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    From Woodstock into the digital-music era, the raspy voice of British blues-rock singer Joe Cocker added soul to hits like "You Are So Beautiful" for nearly five decades.
  • NYC mayor beset by critics after shootings

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The shootings of two police officers in Brooklyn shine a harsh spotlight on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Sing to the tune of “I’ll be home for Christmas” (by Bing Crosby)

    Scott Kelby
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    To kick off this Christmas week, please join in and sing the following to the tune of “I’ll be home for Christmas” by Bing Crosby.“I’m laming out for the Holidays You can count on it. There won’t be posts, or anything new… It’s a present just for me. Christmas Eve will find me Far away from this blog But I’ll be back again next week I’m off to watch TV”That’s right folks, I am totally “laming out” (laming rhymes with flaming) and kicking back and relaxing with the family. I’m not working, blogging,…
  • My Photo Essay: “A Little Bit of London” (and a first-look at the free photo storytelling App “Project Luca”)

    Scott Kelby
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    Morning gang (it’s still morning, right?) Sorry for the late post (putting this together took way longer than expected).Those of you who follow me regularly here on the blog have seen the photographic stories I’ve posted over on my account, which I think is an absolutely marvelous way to tell a story with both pictures and words (here’s a link to my exposure page and you can see what I mean). Far better than any blog post.Meet Project Luca A buddy turned me onto this new iPad-based free photo storytelling app called Project Luca (it’s still in Beta at this…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    8 Krazy Deals Today is day 7 of our 8 Krazy Deals, and for today’s deal we’re offering a KelbyOne Annual Membership Plan with Bonus! In addition to your full year of all access to KelbyOne online training and all of the things that come with it, you’ll also get a free portfolio review from industry professionals! For more info, check it out right here.Photographing Groups: Small to Large with Tony Corbell Our newest class is by none other than Tony Corbell! Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 World Leaders, 65 Nigerian Heads of State, about 600 brides and…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bill Fortney!

    Brad Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Season For Giving Since it is approaching Christmas, you may think this is an blog entry about Christmas gift giving, but it’s actually not!Let me start with a funny story! You may have heard Scott Kelby refer to me as “Bill Fortney – A Man Barely Alive!”  and wondered what that is all about? Well let me give you the back story. I met Scott about a dozen years ago when I worked for Nikon and called on him as a client. We went on to become great friends! My father died at age 66 and I was in my mid to late fifties when I met Scott. I guess I thought with heredity and all I…
  • Help Us Welcome “The New Guy” at KelbyOne, Julio Aguilar

    Scott Kelby
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hi gang, meet Julio. He’s a little shy in the video above (after all, it’s just his first day), but he’s an awesome guy (we’ve been working with him for about a year – he helps out on complex shoots and assists the instructors that come here with location shoots and stuff while they’re taping classes for KelbyOne). He’s an event/portrait photographer himself, and he’s joining our team full-time as chief editor, fancy-pants blog specialist, and big kahuna of content on the just-launched KelbyOne blog, where you’ll find him every day…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Using Graduated Neutral Density filters for Landscape Photography

    Barry J Brady
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    You can see the effect a graduated neutral density filter has on the scene One of the biggest challenges in photography is managing the light in your scene. It is for this reason that many landscape photographers love to be out shooting during the golden hours or blue hour when the light is beautiful and the contrast is manageable. Contrast is tough to manage on bright days and in certain scenes, but there are a few ways to work around this. In this article we are going to look at the usefulness of using neutral density gradient filters (aka ND grads). These filters have been around for a…
  • How to Learn Your Camera’s Light Meter and Master Manual Mode

    Simon Ringsmuth
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Most cameras have a few different shooting modes such as Automatic, Aperture Priority (A or Av), Shutter Priority (S or Tv), and Program. It’s not uncommon for people to take a majority of their photos in Automatic mode since it generally does a good job of getting decent results, though more advanced photographers will often use Aperture or Shutter Priority. Shooting in Manual, however, might seem intimidating and highly complex but once you understand a few basics it starts to make a lot more sense. Certainly you should have a working understanding of the three components of the…
  • Deal 10: 50% Off the Portrait Lighting On Location Course

    Darren Rowse
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    Today is day 10 in our 12 days of Christmas and we’ve got a deal that is really special to us because it is from our very own Managing Editor – Darlene Hildebrandt. It’s 50% off her Portrait Lighting on Location Course! (Note: you need to use the coupon code of 12days2014 during the checkout to get the 50% off). Darlene started writing for us as a regular contributor several years ago and to this day some of her posts are among our all time most popular ones. We liked her so much that we made her the editor! While working with us Darlene has also been working with pro…
  • Restaurant Menu Food Photography Using Natural Light

    Suzi Pratt
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are many ways to approach food and drink photography, from big budget shoots with food stylists and complicated lighting setups, to low budget natural lighting setups. For a formal restaurant photo shoot, which setup would you choose? I’ve had successes doing both types of photo shoots, but in this particular example, I’ll show you super low budget ways to pull off professional, tasty-looking food photos appropriate for a menu. Client Brief Based in Seattle, this client is an American restaurant going in a new direction with the hiring of a new chef and his decision to…
  • Tips for Retouching a Night Photograph using Lightroom

    Serge Ramelli
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I will show you an experience I had of shooting in the middle of the night after sunset without a tripod. Many monuments don’t allow you to shoot with a tripod but you still want to take a photo. The nicer light in my opinion is usually after sunset or before sunrise, so I will show you how to take and process a photo without a tripod at night. If you have a nice high vantage point to take a beautiful photo but cannot put down your tripod you will see that there is something we can do about it. The trick is you must put your camera on a timer, (use the built-in 2-second timer) meaning when…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Thunderbolt vulnerability leaves Macs at risk, researcher finds

    Mike Wehner
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A known flaw in Mac firmware could leave it open to attacks via Thunderbolt devices, security researcher Trammel Hudson has found. This unpatched hole has been known for at least two years, though it remains completely unaddressed thus far. "It is p...
  • Hive launches a free social cloud storage platform

    Mel Martin
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    While there are a lot of great cloud solutions out there, Hive is offering something different that many people may find compelling. The "different" is free unlimited storage for documents, photos, music and videos. The service is focused on social u...
  • Apple Pay support coming to Disney World this week

    Yoni Heisler
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    With 2015 just around the corner, the rollout of Apple Pay continues to expand slowly but surely. The most recent addition to the Apple Pay mix is Walt Disney World, not to be confused with Disney Stores that already accept Apple Pay. According to a...
  • Logoist 2: Designing logos and more on your Mac

    Steven Sande
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Small business owners, website developers, and others often have a need to design logos, business cards, and more, but can't afford to hire a professional designer to do the work. While designers are your best bet for getting a logo or other artwork ...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free The Hit List [iPhone; N...
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  • Now Live on The Traveling Photographer_LONDON

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

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

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    It's been a busy few weeks around the DPReview office. Alongside full-length reviews, we've been busy making sure our camera roundups are up to date as well as preparing seasonal content like our holiday gift guides. We know you've been busy too, and you might have missed some of the most recent additions to our studio test scene. Read more
  • Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photographer Adam Woodworth has been taking photos in one way or another for as long as he can remember. Over the past few years one of his many areas of focus has been landscape astrophotography, specifically imagery that captures perfect alignments of the galactic center of our Milky Way Galaxy over haunting New England locations. Take a look at his work and read our Q&A. See gallery
  • National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 winners announced

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Winners of the National Geographic's 2014 Photo Contest have been announced, with first place winners in three categories bringing in cash prizes. The overall Grand Prize winning photo (above) has earned a total of $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters. Take a look at some of the winning images. See gallery
  • Gold Standard: Nikon D750 review posted

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    The D750 is Nikon's newest FX-format camera, offering a number of features from the D810 in combination with a 24MP sensor. It also boasts a faster frame rate than any non-professional full-frame Nikon DSLR since the D700. Aimed squarely at enthusiasts and full-frame upgraders the D750 boasts a comprehensive video and still photography specification - see how it performed in the field and in our extensive studio tests. Read review
  • Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Flickr has apologized to users upset over its Creative Commons-licensed print options. Effective immediately, all CC images have been removed from its Wall Art printing service. Users are still able to order prints of their own images, photos provided by Flickr’s own licensed artists and photographers who have requested their images be included. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Sing to the Tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hi Folks: To get you ready for Christmas week, please join with me and sing this next part (out loud if you’re really in the Christmas spirit) to the tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee. Laming out on Christmas Week at the Lightroom Killer Tips Blog Here is something you won’t see Any tips or Lightroom stuff I’m taking off all week long To let the Christmas Spirit ring Later I’ll have some pumpkin pie and not do any posting You will get a sentimental feeling When you see… This same stinkin’ graphic all week long Come back next week, and…
  • Simple, Yet Smart ‘Color Labels’ Idea From One of My Readers (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    After taking my survey yesterday, Andy Ramsay, posted a comment with the very simple, clever, and effective way he uses Color Labels in Lightroom. Here’s what he wrote: “I use traffic-light-style colour labels to identify ‘Needs Work in Photoshop’ [Red], ‘Been worked in Photoshop, Needs final LR adjustments’ [Amber], and ‘Ready for Release’ [Green]. …My portfolio smart collection is built to only use photos that are coloured Green and tagged ‘portfolio’.” This is the type of stuff we all tend to over-think. Love the…
  • Results from Yesterday’s Lightroom “Tagging” Survey (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Thanks to 1,800+ of you who were kind enough to take the survey yesterday (much appreciated). I was surprised to see… …that nearly 40% of the respondents use Color Labels as part of their workflow, especially since Lightroom Mobile doesn’t yet support Color Labels (a feature that’s been in the desktop version of Lightroom since 1.0). It supports Pick Flags and Star Ratings, but not Color Labels. Maybe if the LR team at Adobe sees that enough people use Color Labels they’ll add it to a future Lightroom Mobile update. So, thanks again to all of you who participated.
  • Follow Up: Insetting One Photo On Top of Another In Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Hi Gang: This is just a quick follow-up to my post earlier this week on Back-screening an image. At the end, I showed an example with an inset photo overlapping a full bleed photo and I offered to show how it’s done (because it’s not super obvious. Well, it wasn’t to me the first time I tried it anyway). A few folks asked me to show it, so here’s one way to get it done: STEP ONE: While you can do this from scratch using the “Custom Package” Layout Style (in the Layout Styles panel) and then use the Cells panel to create it, I think it’s quicker to…
  • Will You Take a Quick One-Question Lightroom Survey? (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    My buddy Terry White (from Adobe Systems) posted a survey yesterday on the use of different ways to tag your images in Lightroom (Pick Flags, Star Ratings and Color Labels), and I wanted to do the same thing here today with my audience (don’t go look at Terry’s — I don’t want it to taint your answers). So, if you wouldn’t mind, can you just take this quick one-question survey and let me know which of these three methods you use (you can choose all of them, or just one or two — choose as many as you use in your own workflow). I’ll post the results shortly.
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Ticketmaster Adds Support for Apple Pay to its iOS App

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Ticketmaster today announced it has added support for Apple Pay to its iOS app. Available now, version 1.7.1 of the Ticketmaster app allows customers to purchase tickets for music, sporting events, and more with a single touch. "We work hard to deliver simple and secure ways for fans to purchase tickets to the events they love, and offering Apple Pay makes our industry-leading app the most convenient, flexible and secure way to buy," said Jared Smith, president of Ticketmaster North America. Ticketmaster joins Walt Disney World among the newest Apple Pay members. According to WDWMagic, Walt…
  • Walt Disney World to Begin Accepting Apple Pay Starting December 24

    Richard Padilla
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Walt Disney World will officially begin accepting Apple Pay starting this Wednesday, December 24, reports WDWMagic (via iMore). The inclusion of Apple Pay will allow users to make purchases at the theme park with an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, and is a part of Disney's initiative to accept more contactless payment methods rolled out with its MyMagic+ program. Leveraging the RFID infrastructure deployed as part of MyMagic+, Walt Disney World will also accept other contactless payments, such as Google Wallet and contactless RFID credit cards. Initially, most stores, quick service restaurants,…
  • T-Mobile to Pay $90M to Settle With FTC Over Cramming Accusation

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Earlier this year, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against T-Mobile, accusing the carrier of "cramming" or charging customers for unauthorized SMS subscriptions that delivered information like horoscopes for prices up to $9.99 per month. Though T-Mobile initially called the FTC's complaint "unfounded and without merit," it today reached a settlement [PDF] that will see it paying out more than $90 million to consumers that were affected by its practices. The carrier will also be required to inform all current and former customers who paid the illicit…
  • Flyover for Apple Maps Expanded to Include New Cities in France, Sweden, Italy and Netherlands

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    As noted by Dutch website iCulture and reported by, Apple has recently added several new European locations to its Flyover feature for Maps, including Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Malmö in Sweden, Strasbourg and Dijon in France, and Turin in Italy. This expansion follows a similar update earlier this month that added Flyover to cities in France, Sweden and the US. HSB Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden iOS and OS X users can now take advantage of the Flyover feature, which first debuted in iOS 6 and OS X Yosemite. Flyover provides a detailed 3D look at a location, allowing users to…
  • Photo Editing App 'Brushstroke' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Popular photo editing app Brushstroke has been named Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, it is available to download for free for the first time since its March 2014 launch. Normally, the app is priced at $2.99, prior to today, it's lowest price was $0.99. Brushstroke, as the name implies, is designed to transform photographs into paintings using a variety of photo filters. There are dozens of different brush options that produce different paint effects, and each brush option can be customized using on-screen touch gestures to enhance the effect. There are also various color…
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