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  • Clever idea for high-functioning coat hooks

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Typical coat hooks are great and all, but it doesn't take long to overflow traditional designs and they don't offer storage for the smaller things, so Reisya Nashita at Home Decor Ideas came up with a rather ingenious solution that keeps everything within arm's (not foot's) reach. The post Clever idea for high-functioning coat hooks appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • New Hampshire town turns blizzard into a giant snowball fight

    Mashable
    Bianca Consunji
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    While many cities in the Northeast locked down its transport system and battened down the hatches during the blizzard of 2015, residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire decided to put all that snow to good use for a 45-minute snowball fight. Bravo, Portsmouth. A town-wide snowball fight is probably a better way to spend time with friends during a blizzard (unlike say, these hopeful Craigslisters looking for snowstorm cuddle buddies). Rainn Wilson hates foodies, loves octopus pastrami Farmer herds his happy cows into smiley-face formation TV news anchor says heartbreaking goodbye after ALS…
  • Uber Launches HIgh-Tech Insurance System For UberX Drivers

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Uber is hoping that UberX drivers will plug in—literally—to a new insurance policy.In a move that is sure to have repercussions for Uber's ongoing war with regulators and the taxi industry, the ride-sharing giant is rolling out specialized insurance for UberX drivers. Uber and Metromile, an insurance company that produces a special "smart dongle" for cars that tracks mileage, made the announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new insurance product will be available in California, Illinois, and Washington state in the coming months.Read Full Story
  • App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Perez
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
     Mobile analytics provider App Annie, the market leader in the app measurement business today, is out this morning with its annual report that takes a look back at the app trends that defined the past year. The report includes a look at app category growth, like the expansion of mobile messaging services, mobile video streaming, “sharing economy” apps, and more, as well as growth of… Read More
  • The best laid plans

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like? Even more important, though, is being able to describe what you're going to do when the plan doesn't work. Because it won't. Not the way you expect, certainly. Things will break, be late, miss the spec. People will let you down, surprise you or change their minds. Sales won't get made, promises will be broken, formulas will change. All part of the plan that includes…
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  • Clever idea for high-functioning coat hooks

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Typical coat hooks are great and all, but it doesn't take long to overflow traditional designs and they don't offer storage for the smaller things, so Reisya Nashita at Home Decor Ideas came up with a rather ingenious solution that keeps everything within arm's (not foot's) reach. The post Clever idea for high-functioning coat hooks appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Bill Nye explains the recent NFL “DeflateGate” [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    "DeflateGate" has been all over the news recently. Were Tom Brady's footballs intentionally deflated, could it have happened naturally? Here's Bill Nye's opinion, which may surprise you. The post Bill Nye explains the recent NFL “DeflateGate” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 18 enormous creatures of the sea

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    For centuries, sea monster lore has been brought back to shore by sailors from around the world, and while most shrugged off these fireside horror stories, the more we learn about what's down really there, the more understandable these tales become. The post 18 enormous creatures of the sea appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Red Pandas are crazy about apples [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Red Pandas, probably the most adorable critters (or is it marmots?) on the planet, sure love them some apples. Watch as they pester their their keeper to get their paws on some apples. The post Red Pandas are crazy about apples [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Should I use an exclamation point? [flowchart]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Use of an exclamation mark is a subject that's bound to get writers excited, though not in a good way. The post Should I use an exclamation point? [flowchart] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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  • New Hampshire town turns blizzard into a giant snowball fight

    Bianca Consunji
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    While many cities in the Northeast locked down its transport system and battened down the hatches during the blizzard of 2015, residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire decided to put all that snow to good use for a 45-minute snowball fight. Bravo, Portsmouth. A town-wide snowball fight is probably a better way to spend time with friends during a blizzard (unlike say, these hopeful Craigslisters looking for snowstorm cuddle buddies). Rainn Wilson hates foodies, loves octopus pastrami Farmer herds his happy cows into smiley-face formation TV news anchor says heartbreaking goodbye after ALS…
  • Jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

    The Associated Press
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    LOS ANGELES — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even St. Productions Ltd. See also: Sly and the Family Stone's 'Everyday People' Reimagined With Stock Footage "It's a good day for Sly, it's a good day for entertainers in general," said one of his attorneys, Nicholas Hornberger. "This was an important…
  • Glassdoor's list of 10 best jobs in U.S. shows health care and tech still rule

    Todd Wasserman
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Want to get in on a promising career? Think health care, tech and finance, according to a new survey from Glassdoor. The job hunting and information site compiled its inaugural list of the top 25 jobs in the U.S. The rankings and Glassdoor's "Job Score" are based on three factors: earning potential, career opportunities and the number of job openings. Unsurprisingly, the list reveals that this is a wonderful time to be a medical professional or coder Here's a list of Glassdoor's top 10 jobs, which are rated on a scale of 1 to 5. For the full list of 25, click, here. See also: So you wanna be…
  • Rainn Wilson hates foodies, loves octopus pastrami

    Molly Lynch
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Rainn Wilson stopped by Conan last night to discuss his hatred for the urbanites who fetishize food. He later went on to boast about his birthday dinner that included the most exquisite octopus pastrami. Mmmm? Wilson new show Backstrom airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox. 11-foot phallic snow sculpture brutally bulldozed, despite protests Farmer herds his happy cows into smiley-face formation 'Beat Brady' is the Super Bowl anthem for Patriots haters TV news anchor says heartbreaking goodbye after ALS diagnosis Read more... More about Conan O Brien, Rainn Wilson, Entertainment, Tv, and…
  • London department store testing out gender-neutral shopping

    Blathnaid Healy
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    LONDON — A major department store in London is preparing to experiment with the idea of gender, as part of an new eight-week-long pop-up shop across three floors. Selfridges' Agender, which is launching in March, will take up the ground, first and second floors of the the retailer's flagship Oxford Street store, as well as parts of the Manchester and Birmingham stores, Women's Wear Daily reported. See also: 10 countries where gender equality is closer to reality As part of the project, Selfridges, a high-end department store that has a reputation for trying out new concepts, will do…
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  • Uber Launches HIgh-Tech Insurance System For UberX Drivers

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Uber is hoping that UberX drivers will plug in—literally—to a new insurance policy.In a move that is sure to have repercussions for Uber's ongoing war with regulators and the taxi industry, the ride-sharing giant is rolling out specialized insurance for UberX drivers. Uber and Metromile, an insurance company that produces a special "smart dongle" for cars that tracks mileage, made the announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new insurance product will be available in California, Illinois, and Washington state in the coming months.Read Full Story
  • Taylor Swift's YouTube Channel Also--Possibly!--Hacked With Unsettling Video

    David Lumb
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A bad day for Tay.Earlier today, Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked—and now it seems her YouTube account has also fallen to hacking, as a video was posted on her official Vevo channel showing an earlier interview clearly dubbed over with a track from Phoenix, Arizona-based "music miscreants" Man-Cat.Read Full Story
  • Apple Finished 2014 On A Record High Note

    Ainsley O'Connell
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Expect the Apple Watch to ship in April, a confident Tim Cook said TuesdayRetail sales were up a scant 3%-4% overall during the 2014 holiday season, as U.S. consumers cautiously opened their wallets. But in the inviting glow of Apple stores, in the U.S. and around the world, consumers were ready to splurge, driving sales up 30% year over year. All told, Apple raked in a record-busting $74.6 billion in revenue during the last three months of 2014, due in large part to the iPhone 6's strong debut.Read Full Story
  • Yahoo Will Spin Off Alibaba Stake Into A Separate Company

    Tyler Hayes
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Yahoo announces its fourth-quarter earnings.On Tuesday, Yahoo announced mixed fourth-quarter earnings of $1.18 billion in revenue; analysts expected $1.19 billion. The company, however, beat predicted earnings per share at $0.30, compared to the expected $0.29. The more interesting news was that it would create a new investment company to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The new company is being referred to as "SpinCo."Read Full Story
  • Roadie App Wants To Help Shlep Your Stuff Faster Than UPS

    David Lumb
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By charging only a base fee and mileage, Roadie lets you task someone to shlep your stuff ASAP.Ever need something in your hands today but know a friend could get it to you cheaper and quicker than a shipping company? In Roadie CEO and founder Marc Gorlin's case, it was floor tile he had left in Birmingham, Alabama—tile he needed so his shower wouldn't flood his apartment in Perdido Key, Florida. Why, he wondered, couldn't he give someone in Birmingham already headed his way $20 to throw that tile in the back of their car?Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

    Sarah Perez
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
     Mobile analytics provider App Annie, the market leader in the app measurement business today, is out this morning with its annual report that takes a look back at the app trends that defined the past year. The report includes a look at app category growth, like the expansion of mobile messaging services, mobile video streaming, “sharing economy” apps, and more, as well as growth of… Read More
  • TL;DR, A New App From Everything.Me’s Co-Founder, Wants To Make Email More Like Messaging

    Ingrid Lunden
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
     Messaging apps and social networks have overtaken email for many consumers as their primary way of communicating with people — with some collaboration startups like Slack specifically aiming to kill email altogether. Now a new email app hopes to reverse that trend, bringing people back into the email fold by adopting messaging characteristics. TL;DR, as the app is called, lets… Read More
  • RealtyShares Now Lets Investors Put Money Into Individual Real Estate Markets

    Ryan Lawler
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
     About a year ago, RealtyShares launched as a new way for investors to put small amounts of money into real estate projects, kind of like a “LendingClub for Real Estate.” Now the company is launching a way for them to focus on investing in specific markets around the U.S. Read More
  • Uber Partners With Intuit To Help Drivers Track Earnings

    Ryan Lawler
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
     On-demand transportation company Uber is working on ways that it could make life easier for its drivers. Earlier today, that included a partnership with Metromile to offer per-mile car insurance. And now the company is announcing a partnership with Intuit that could provide more visibility to drivers about their earnings and taxes. Yesterday we wrote about how Stripe and Intuit were… Read More
  • Custom Apparel Platform Teespring Acquires London-Based Fabrily To Expand Internationally

    Sarah Perez
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
     Fast-growing custom apparel startup Teespring, which is backed by nearly $57 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, is making a move to expand its footprint globally through the strategic acquisition of European apparel platform Fabrily. Headquartered in London, Fabrily has been operating for nearly as long as Teespring, offering its mainly Western European-based… Read More
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  • The best laid plans

    Seth Godin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like? Even more important, though, is being able to describe what you're going to do when the plan doesn't work. Because it won't. Not the way you expect, certainly. Things will break, be late, miss the spec. People will let you down, surprise you or change their minds. Sales won't get made, promises will be broken, formulas will change. All part of the plan that includes…
  • Your mood vs. your reality

    Seth Godin
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Who is happy? Are rock stars, billionaires or recently-funded entrepreneurs happier? What about teenagers with clear skin? Either what happens changes our mood... or our mood changes the way we narrate what happens. This goes beyond happiness economics and the understanding that a certain baseline of health and success is needed for many people to be happy. The question worth pondering is: are you seeking out the imperfect to justify your habit of being unhappy? Does something have to happen in the outside world for you to be happy inside? Or, to put it differently, Is there a narrative…
  • Fear of public speaking

    Seth Godin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    Very few people are afraid of speaking. It's the public part that's the problem. What makes it public? After all, speaking to a waiter or someone you bump into on the street is hardly private. I think we define public speaking as any group large enough or important enough or fraught enough that we're afraid of it. And that makes the solution straightforward (but not easy). Instead of plunging into these situations under duress, once a year or once a decade, gently stretch your way there. Start with dogs. I'm not kidding. If you don't have one, go to the local animal shelter and take one for a…
  • Advice or criticism?

    Seth Godin
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    It's quite natural to be defensive in the face of criticism. After all, the critic is often someone with an agenda that's different from yours. But advice, solicited advice from a well-meaning and insightful expert? If you confuse that with criticism, you'll leave a lot of wisdom on the table. Here's a simple way to process advice: Try it on. Instead of explaining to yourself and to your advisor why an idea is wrong, impossible or merely difficult, consider acting out what it would mean. Act as if, talk it through, follow the trail. Turn the advice into a new business plan, or a presentation…
  • Two kinds of hustle

    Seth Godin
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    There's the hustle of always asking, of putting yourself out there, of looking for discounts, shortcuts and a faster way. This is the hustle of it it doesn't hurt to ask, of what you don't know won't hurt you, of the ends justifying the means. This hustler propositions, pitches and works at all times to close a sale, right now. This kind of hustler always wants more for less. This kind of hustler will cut corners if it helps in getting picked. Then there's the hustle that's actually quite difficult and effective. This is the hustle of being more generous than you need to be, of speaking…
 
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    WIRED

  • AT&T Ushers In a New Frontier in Advertising With a Snapchat Video Series

    Issie Lapowsky
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    The ad industry's big day may be just around the corner, but today, one major advertiser is hard at work on a much less traditional, and potentially revolutionary, form of advertising. The post AT&T Ushers In a New Frontier in Advertising With a Snapchat Video Series appeared first on WIRED.
  • Animal Cannibalism: Who Does It and Why

    Mary Bates
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    A recent paper reported an unusual behavior in the normally vegetarian hippopotamus: cannibalism. Leejiah Dorward of Imperial College London observed two hippos feeding on the decaying carcass on another hippo in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is only the second confirmed account of hippo cannibalism in the scientific literature. An herbivore like the […] The post Animal Cannibalism: Who Does It and Why appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why the Weather Channel’s Hype Has Lost Me for Good

    Catesby Holmes
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    When I was a kid, in the 1990s, my mom and I binge-watched The Weather Channel like it was Breaking Bad. We loved the enthusiastic, frumpy meteorologists. Local on the 8’s, with its seasonally changing elevator music. The Atlanta-centric perspective on northern climates. Monitoring storms, predicting accumulation, comparing temperatures across the country, the channel was […] The post Why the Weather Channel’s Hype Has Lost Me for Good appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Startup That Helps Companies Fix Their User Experience Problems

    Davey Alba
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    UserTesting provides a different kind of user experience platform that aims to make it easier for users to, well, test products. The post The Startup That Helps Companies Fix Their User Experience Problems appeared first on WIRED.
  • No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn

    Andy Greenberg
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn’t need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography. At the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday, US assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell discussed what […] The post No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from Owen Andrew. Since mobile internet began to overtake desktop internet usage in January 2014, there have been major innovations in website design in light of this trend. In general, websites have been opting for a simpler, mobile-friendly design. Maintaining a blog in such a fast-paced environment can be a huge challenge, but staying on top of trends is required for success. In order to keep your blog interesting and relevant in the upcoming year, there are five design trends to keep in mind when continuing your work in 2015. Image via shutterstock.com…
  • Going from a Blog to a Vlog: What the Big Companies Can Teach Us

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    This is a guest contribution from social media analyst Matthew Yeoman. The move online from only having a blog for your online marketing is, of course, one which has long since been abandoned. Brands now have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on and on to promote their website and the blogs themselves. A trend towards video, with YouTube leading the way, has lead to the rise of the vlog as the next big thing in content marketing. Many of the biggest brands in the world are on YouTube. They are killing it with views, subscribers (there’s a familiar term for bloggers), and brand exposure.
  • Blogging and Privacy: How to Blog Authentically Without Losing Your Voice

    Stacey Roberts
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Laura Tremaine’s blog is called Hollywood Housewife because she is just that – married to a movie producer and living in LA. A longtime blogger, she’s learned how to balance honest storytelling with keeping her husband, her family, and their life together somewhat incognito. Always only a Google search away from film fans, Laura has erred on the side of caution when it comes to sharing her tales, but manages never to lose the heart of them. She is a gifted writer with an interesting story to tell, and I have no doubt you’ll take away lots to think about if you’ve…
  • The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
  • How To Advertise Your New Business In Blog Posts Without Looking Too Promotional

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Image via Flickr user twicepix. This is a guest contribution from freelance writer Victor Ijidola. Sometimes we just want to advertise our new businesses in blog posts so people can quickly know the new product or service we’re selling. But then, we don’t want our readers to see us as being too promotional. So often we say little or nothing about our product, thereby making a lot of them read, get value, and leave. without ever having a glimpse of what we sell. Honestly, that doesn’t sound good for business. So how do you solve this puzzle? Here’s the truth: Millions of people visit…
 
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  • Openfolio Compares Your Portfolio With Other Investors'

    Kristin Wong
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    You don't need to keep up with the Joneses, but comparisons can sometimes be useful. Openfolio tracks your investment portfolio and shows you how you're doing compared to different groups of people.Read more...
  • The Complete Guide to Choosing (or Building) the Perfect Standing Desk

    Alan Henry
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your budget, and how to choose what's best for your needs.Read more...
  • This Simple Six-Step Routine Could Save You $30 Per Week on Groceries

    Herbert Lui
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    The technique is simple: find ingredients on sale, then build recipes around them . Although it's a bit more work than buying the same routine groceries, it could expose you to new types of food while simultaneously saving you money.Read more...
  • Create an "Emergency Lunch Kit" for Better Brown Bag Meals

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Having delicious, affordable, and healthy work lunches takes planning and commitment . Stash a meal "emergency lunch kit" in your desk to improve mediocre lunches.Read more...
  • io9 The Most Deadly And Disgusting Liquors In Science Fiction And Fantasy | Jalopnik Pantsless Woman

    Jane-Claire Quigley
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    io9 The Most Deadly And Disgusting Liquors In Science Fiction And Fantasy | Jalopnik Pantsless Woman Arrested For DUI While Sitting On A Bottle | Jezebel Gabrielle Union Says Smart Things About Ferguson, the NFL, Hollywood | Kotaku Man Plays Super Mario World with His Nose Read more...
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  • Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Would 'Welcome the Opportunity' to Become Default Safari Search Engine

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, expressed interest in Yahoo becoming the default search engine in Safari. Mayer recognized the significance that getting Yahoo in front of Mac, iPhone and iPad could have for the search engine, referring to Apple's default web browser as "one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world.""The Safari platform is basically one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world," Mayer told RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark…
  • Quad-Core 2012 Mac Mini Mysteriously Reappears on Apple's U.S. Online Store [Updated]

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Apple today has mysteriously added back a 2012 model Mac mini to the Apple Online Store for $699. The over two-year-old machine still has the same hardware specifications as it did in 2012, including a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000. The listing also shows that the computer ships with OS X Mavericks installed. It is unknown if the outdated Mac mini has mistakenly resurfaced on the Apple Online Store, or if Apple intentionally reintroduced the model on its website. One plausible reason that Apple may be making this older Mac mini available…
  • Tim Cook: Apple Watch on Schedule to Ship in April

    Juli Clover
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some new details on the prospective launch date of the Apple Watch. According to Cook, Apple Watch development is currently on schedule, and the company is planning to ship the device in April. Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping in April.When the Apple Watch was announced, Apple gave a vague "early 2015" launch date for the device, making it unclear when it would actually ship. Several rumors recently pointed towards a March launch date for the…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Brought More Android Switchers, New Customers Than Prior Models

    Juli Clover
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the sales split between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. He declined to provide specific numbers on the split, but he did confirm that the iPhone 6 was the most popular device. "Obviously to sell 74.5 million devices, they were all popular," Cook said. "Both did incredibly well. We're really proud of them, along with the iPhone 5s and 5c." According to Cook, there was some clear geographical preference for the iPhone 6 vs the iPhone 6 Plus. Some locations skewed…
  • Apple Reports Record Earnings and iPhone Sales: $18B Profit on $74.6B in Revenue for Q1 2015

    Jordan Golson
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2014. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $74.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $57.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.1 billion, or $1.98 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 65 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an…
 
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Lately, I’m finding lots of interaction and fun on Facebook. I once wrote a post about how I was leaving Facebook for Google+ because whoa, that’s the future. Until Google decided it wasn’t. And I’m reasonably well known for loving Twitter and being an early adopter of it. Which social network is right for you? The real answer? The one you like. I like Instagram plenty. I like Facebook more than I ever did before (no real idea why). I even spent a half hour today in LinkedIn (which I usually complain about). Continue ReadingThe post I Like Facebook More Than Twitter…
  • What is Content Marketing?

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Content marketing is the art of using content of any kind (blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and much more) to reach prospects and customers and influencers, and warm them up for the potential of a purchase. You can have an offline business and use content marketing. You can promote yourself, a book, a store, a church, or whatever it is you need to do. The art of content marketing is to create information that entertains, informs, and then CONNECTS a potential buyer with what you do/offer.Continue ReadingThe post What is Content Marketing? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • What a Long Time Friendship and Partnership Looks Like

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I started stalking Brian Clark of Copyblogger back in 2006. Hard to imagine that I’d already been blogging for eight years when he showed up, but I knew from the start that Brian was smarter at a lot of things than I was, and that he’d go far. He, on the other hand, thought I was a weirdo and wouldn’t amount to anything. (Long time joke, but true story.) Brian and I Have Collaborated In Many Ways Brian was faster to the idea of helping people learn what they needed to know about the business side of the web in a more formalized way. And he created years of content that…
  • Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m working through a few ideas, but I’m a little bit stuck. And as I haven’t been invited to speak at a conference this week or next (where I get a lot of thoughts and ideas), I decided to put on a conference in my living room. The content doesn’t quite matter, because it’s my conference. People ask me all the time which conferences are the ones to attend? My answer: your own.Continue ReadingThe post Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Measure Your Wealth in Options

    Chris Brogan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was lamenting the fact that business has been slow over the last handful of weeks (end of the year and first of the year aren’t exactly the roaring seasons for keynote speakers and professional development experts), but a little change of perspective really turned me around. Because there’s a lesson in it that would be useful to an owner like you, I wanted to share it with you. Measure Your Wealth in Options The last few weeks have been slow, yes. But that means that I can accept the following truths to go along with it:Continue ReadingThe post Measure Your Wealth in Options…
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  • Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Talk is cheap. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to content marketing strategy, simply talking about it is not enough. That is the big takeaway from the 2015 benchmarks, budgets, and trends study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, sponsored by our own Rainmaker Platform. According to the study, only 39 percent of B2B small business marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. The rest either have a strategy that they have only talked about (47 percent), have no strategy at all (12 percent), or are unsure (1 percent). Here’s why this matters…
  • How to Learn From Your Mistakes

    Jerod Morris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everybody makes mistakes. And everybody should make mistakes. They are unavoidable when we step outside of our comfort zones. Avoiding mistakes means avoiding growth. But we can’t repeat our mistakes. We need to learn from them. When we do, we turn negatives into positives and move forward. When we don’t, we simply run in place. In this episode of The Lede, Demian and I share personal stories of mistakes we’ve made — some big and some small — and how we learned from them, and we describe the thought process necessary to do so consistently. We discuss: Recovering…
  • Trolls, Unkind Words, and How to Know You’re on the Right Track

    Sonia Simone
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    At the end of the day, I just find your persona incredibly grating. Funny that I can still remember that comment word-for-word. It’s from an unsubscribe note to my email list dating back at least seven years now. I heard lots of good things back then, too. I was helping people, sharing what I knew in a way that was useful to my (then tiny) audience. But I don’t remember any of the good comments verbatim. Even back then, though, the note made me laugh. (Ruefully.) Because I knew that it was a signpost. A signal that I was headed in the right direction. The Internet is full of…
  • Three Ways to Grow Your Curated Email Newsletter Faster

    Brian Clark
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Note: This is the second of three core lessons related to content curation based on a case study of my new email newsletter Further. You can listen to the first episode here: Position Your Content Curation for Success With These 5 Essential Elements. A key aspect of last week’s episode was identifying the purpose of any smart content curation project – audience building. Specifically, building an audience asset in the form of an email list. This week we’re focusing exactly on that essential element. After smartly positioning your curation project, you want to do everything you can…
  • 10 Key Factors That Will Determine the Future of Google+

    Eric Enge
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Google+ seems to be the social network that people love to hate. The industry almost has an internal clock about when to print the next article about Google+ dying. So what’s the real story here? Is Google+ going to die soon? Should you invest time in it? I will outline the way I look at it in today’s post, and while I will bring in many discussion points, bear in mind that for Google it’s all about the data. Whether or not Google+ lives or dies will be determined by its utility as a data source, because data is money for Google. Read on for all the details of this story.
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Keyboards, guitars, golf, and more

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Keyboards, guitars, golf, and moreThis week's roundup shows off the versatility of your iOS hardware—for use in writing, making music, playing sports, and a whole range of life's activities. Read on.Blast MotionThe $150 Blast Golf system attaches a sensor to your golf club; fire up the app on your iOS device, and record your swing. The video view, combined with data transmitted from the sensor via Bluetooth, will tell you everything you need to know to become the next Sam Snead. And it’s social: Share your stats via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail from the app.To read this article in full…
  • How to easily print mail merged Pages documents

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not saying that reader Charlie Brown is unhappy (but honestly, isn’t Charlie Brown always unhappy?), but he would like a bit more from a solution I recently offered. He writes:I found your article about creating mail merge documents with Apple’s Pages and Numbers helpful, but I’d like to know how to print the complete set of merged documents all at once. I don’t see where to select print and number of pages within the data merge file screen. While the Pages Data Merge app I mention lets you email merged documents, there’s no print option, as you’ve noticed. That doesn’t…
  • Freemium Field Test: Candy Crush Soda Saga can get expensive fast, but its appeal is undeniable

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).I never expected to spend $25 in Candy Crush Soda Saga. Actually, I never expected to spend $25 within any mobile game, least of all something like Candy Crush Soda Saga. But here we are a couple weeks later, and now I have to collect my iTunes…
  • Where to get the perfect custom iPhone case

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Your iPhone case says a lot about you—a Speck CandyShell, for example, tells the world that you’re fun, bright, and quirky-yet-practical when it comes to protection and usability. TwelveSouth’s BookBook, on the other hand, says you love books—even fake books. So, here’s the question: If your iPhone case is a window to your soul, do you really want to settle for something mass produced and inherently un-unique, when you could spring for a custom case? If the answer is no, you’re in luck: Thanks to a myriad of custom case-makers, personalized cases are relatively inexpensive and…
  • The 6 things you need to know about Apple's best quarter ever

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Apple made all the money last quarter—its $18 billion in profit is not only the best quarter Apple’s ever had, it’s the best quarter any company has ever had, and a jaw-dropping 74.5 million iPhones sold is a big reason why. But record-shattering $74.6 billion revenues weren’t the most interesting part of Tuesday’s Q1 2015 earnings conference call, in which Tim Cook took questions from analysts about the rest of Apple’s plan for success, and how to keep this momentum going.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    You didn’t really think we’d wrap up our endless1, mischievous2 mystery3 riddles4 just like that, did you? Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of the SmashingConf NYC 20155, we’ve prepared a new mystery riddle, and this one will be an exercise in patience and stubborness. No, it’s not going to be an easy one this time either, but the reward is definitely worth the effort. How does it work? Well, you know how it works. Below you’ll find the first of a few animated GIFs that contain a hidden Twitter hashtag. Your job is to discover those hashtags as fast…
  • “When Great Just Isn’t Good Enough” Smashing Conference NYC 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    SmashingConf NYC 20151 will challenge you to rethink how you design and build websites today — and how to touch someone’s heart with design. 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 16 excellent speakers and just 400 available tickets. With the main focus on practical takeaways from real-life projects, you might never be the same again. To the tickets.2 About The Conference You’ve been around for quite some time, haven’t you? You know your way around front-end, or UX methodologies, or mobile patterns, or even the obscure dark matter of responsive web design. But you might not…
  • Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”

    Jacob Rossi
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last week, Microsoft made its biggest announcement for the web since it first introduced Internet Explorer in 1995: a new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan31.” So, what does this mean for us as designers and developers? What rendering engine will Spartan be using, and how will it affect our work? We spoke with Jacob Rossi, the senior engineer at Microsoft’s web platform team, about the new browser, the rendering engine behind it, and whether it’s going to replace Internet Explorer in the long run. This article, written by Jacob, is the result of our conversations, with a few…
  • How And Why To Make Side Projects Work At A Digital Agency

    Danny Bluestone
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    It’s no secret that the digital industry is booming. From exciting startups to global brands, companies are reaching out to digital agencies, responding to the new possibilities available. However, the industry is fast becoming overcrowded, heaving with agencies offering similar services — on the surface, at least. Producing creative, fresh projects is the key to standing out. Unique side projects are the best place to innovate, but balancing commercially and creatively lucrative work is tricky. So, this article looks at how to make side projects work and why they’re worthwhile,…
  • AngularJS’ Internals In Depth

    Nicolas Bevacqua
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    AngularJS presents a remarkable number of interesting design choices in its code base. Two particularly interesting cases are the way in which scopes work and how directives behave. The first thing anyone is taught when approaching AngularJS for the first time is that directives are meant to interact with the DOM, or whatever manipulates the DOM for you, such as jQuery (get over jQuery already1!). What immediately becomes (and remains) confusing for most, though, is the interaction between scopes, directives and controllers. After the confusion sets in, you start learning about the advanced…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Puppies? It must be Super Bowl week

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Forget about the Super Bowl, the blizzard and the woes of the world.
  • 'We Are the World' at 30: Where are they now?

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Thirty years ago Wednesday, more than three dozen stars -- many fresh from the American Music Awards -- checked their egos at the door and piled into a recording studio to record "We Are the World."
  • Storm pounds Northeast states

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    The winter storm has passed for most of the Northeast, leaving behind feet of snow, as well as these amazing photos.
  • Storm leaves parts of 4 states buried

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    The massive winter storm has petered out in most areas, but not before it dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in parts of four states. Massachusetts got hit the hardest.
  • Police: Mom cut kids' throats

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    A young mother in Washington state has been charged with attempted murder after authorities say she cut her children's throats in an attempt to keep them quiet.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Molnar!

    Brad Moore
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve been afraid to admit this for a while… afraid to say this out loud.But this is a safe place right?For years I felt like a fake. I would be so nervous the night before a shoot that I felt like tomorrow was the day that I was going to come undone.Tomorrow the world will discover that I’m faking this. I’m not really a good photographer. They really shouldn’t pay me for this. I’m not worth anything.I’m pretending to know what I’m doing. When really, I’m scared as hell.You may or may not know this, but I’m a celebrity, music and advertising photographer in Nashville. I…
  • Frozen (the tour)

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    I was born and raised in Florida. I was 24-years-old before I ever saw snow in person. Now I’m in Columbus, Ohio where I did my seminar yesterday and I’m making up for lost time. It’s “snow city.” Brrrrrrr!!!!This is Brad. He’s from Knoxville, Tennessee so he’s used to cold weather, and even likes it, but it’s really not fair because his beard generates it’s own heat (just ask the ladies in Columbus).Luckily, we hunkered down indoors yesterday, and we had an awesome group of photographers (over 300+ photographers braved the cold and the…
  • A 2nd Look at Project Luca — The App for Photo Storytelling is Moving Forward

    Scott Kelby
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s not actually a “Photo storytelling app” — it’s a Storytelling app that just happens to be really good for photo-storytelling When I did a “First look” at Project Luca, back in December (here’s the link) there were things I really liked about it (like professionally designed themes, different fonts, a decent level of customization, that it’s app-based, there’s motion options and dissolves, and lots of stuff that makes it great for photographers who want to tell a story).There was also some key stuff I felt was missing… …and I…
  • Some Lightroom Love…Some RC Love, and other Friday Stuff

    Scott Kelby
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    I’m very excited to announce that the awesome RC Concepcion has been named “Director of Content and Education” at KelbyOne RC wrote a blog post about it, called “My New Job at KelbyOne” (here’s the ink) so I want you to hear it about it in his words, but I’m so happy for him; I”m excited about what he brings to the role, and I’m just really proud of him on so many levels. Please join me in welcoming RC to this new position leading our team and helping to mold and guide our educational curriculum for the future.Yesterday We Released FOUR…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Mixer Brush Tool with Pete Collins Join Pete Collins as he takes you on a walk through of the incredibly powerful Mixer Brush Tool. The key to getting the most out of the Mixer Brush is in understanding the four key settings that determine just how your strokes will look. Pete takes you through all of the options, shows you how each option works in concert with the others, how to leverage the built-in tool presets, and how to customize them to make your own brushes. Once you get the hang of the Mixer Brush you’ll find that you can create strokes, details, and looks that you just can’t…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 5 Tips for Getting Fresh Ideas for Macro Photography

    Bruce Lovelace
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you seeking some inspiration for getting creative with some new macro photographs? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of taking close-ups of typical macro subjects like flowers and insects. Help is on the way. There is a whole world of macro photography available to you that doesn’t involve the typical subject matter so often associated with close-up photography. There are some amazing images of insects and flowers to enjoy on the web, but what about going in a different direction? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing, to challenge your imagination, and direct you…
  • 7 Photography Podcasts That are Worth a Listen

    Ken Lyons
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is no shortage of podcasts about photography. They cater for everyone from beginners to experienced amateurs, semi-pros and professionals. A quick search in Google returns so many options it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s impossible to listen to them all, so how do you decide which ones to download or subscribe to? The simplest answer is to follow recommendations from friends and colleagues. So, in no particular order, here are seven photography based podcasts that I currently subscribe to, that I think will be of interest to you as a photographer: 1. This Week in Photo This Week in…
  • How to Choose Which Version of Lightroom to Buy

    Andrew S. Gibson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Buying Lightroom used to be simple. All you had to do was buy the full version of the program, and upgrade (if you wished) every time a new version came out. But ever since Adobe announced the Creative Cloud subscription service, photographers have been faced with two choices. You can still go for the standalone version, or you can buy Lightroom as part of a Creative Cloud monthly membership. But how do you know which is the best option for you? Read on to find out. Creative Cloud is announced Adobe’s initial announcement of the Creative Cloud licensing concept was somewhat controversial as…
  • 4 Ways to Use the Warp Command in Photoshop

    Sarah Hipwell
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Warp command in Photoshop, showing the grid over a selection and the presets What is Warp? The Warp command was introduced in Photoshop CS2 along with Vanishing point feature. This meant an image, or part of one, could now be distorted or transformed into a new shape. You may have seen popular online tutorials where the warp command was used to create a realistic page curl in Photoshop? How useful is the Warp Command as a photographer? Honestly, to answer this question it will depend on the type of photography you specialize in, and to what degree you post-process your images. For a lot of…
  • Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Update: New Features

    Andrew S. Gibson
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In December 2014 Fujifilm released the latest firmware upgrade (version 3.00) for its X-T1 camera. More than a minor upgrade, the new firmware adds a number of new features that greatly enhance the camera’s capabilities. Let’s take a look at ones most likely to be of interest to X-T1 owners. By the way, if you’d like to learn more about firmware (for all makes of camera) then read our article Updating Your Camera’s Firmware – What is it and Why It’s Important. Electronic Shutter A new electronic shutter allows you to take photos at shutter speeds of up to 1/32000…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • AAPL share price hovering near all-time high

    Steven Sande
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here's a surprise -- usually the day after Apple announces record-breaking financial performance, the stock drops. Today, however, on the heels of truly astounding news and optimistic statements from Apple executives, the share price has been climbin...
  • Grow: Cuby's Quest is an intriguing space adventure game

    George Tinari
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Grow: Cuby's Quest is a new space adventure game for iOS. You control Cuby. No one's entirely sure what Cuby actually is, but at the very least it's a cube-shaped character that survives and thrives on "pecs," crystals in the game. The short version:...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    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 Don't Shoot Yourself! [...
  • Daily Deals for January 27, 2015, Save 25% On The NFC Compatible IconQ Speaker

    Kelly Hodgkins
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • Found a lost iPhone? Siri can help you find its owner

    John-Michael Bond
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Say one day you're walking down the street, enjoying a nice cup of coffee and the sun shine, when you come across an iPhone without its owner. If the device has been placed in Lost Mode already the phone will give you the needed information to contac...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Google Nexus 6 camera review

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    The latest in Google's line of showcase devices - the Nexus 6 - was designed and built in cooperation with US company Motorola. The Nexus 6 comes with the same dual-LED ring flash as the Motorola Moto X and a 13MP imaging sensor. However, at F2.0 its aperture is a touch faster and it comes with an optical image stabilization system which should make for improved low light performance. Click through to read our detailed review of its camera's performance
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium uses GoPro to create new open source research camera

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has created an open source camera system for use underwater to aid in research projects. The rig is composed of a GoPro camera and other easily sourced components, and is cheaper than commercially available oceanographic camera systems. Learn more
  • 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.
  • DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    As the calendar flipped to 2015, we asked DPReview readers to look back at their photographic year and send us their favorite shots from 2014 so we could feature some standouts on our homepage. The response was overwhelming. We've sorted through 1400+ submissions and made selections of our favorites in three categories - people, places and things. Take a look at some of our readers' best work from the last year. See galleries
  • 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Applying a preset to your Importing workflow

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Mike Rodriguez polled his students to see what they would like to see in Scott and RC’s upcoming podcasts and I decided to steal one of his ideas… sort of. This is one of those tips that if you have never heard of it may make you curse because of how it can save you a lot of time from doing the same steps over and over again. Screen grab of Mark’s comment to Scott about what to cover of Lightroom Podcast As I was working on this blog post Arnaldo from video who is a good shooter and really working on taking his photography to the next level came in to my office to bug…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #2

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi folks – I’m back with #2, but before we head into this, I just wanted to thank everybody yesterday for heeding the disclaimer warning before they posted comments. We had some good discussions and everybody was civil, so even though I’m not reprinting the entire disclaimer here again today, I hope you’ll still honor it as you did yesterday. Without further ado (yes, that was some “ado”), here’s the 2nd thing I would tell NEW Lightroom users:  #2) Just Use One Catalog Can you create multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Yes. As a new user should you? I…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #1

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi gang: I’m starting a 10-part series here today where I share some basic advice I would give to new users on how to make their Lightroom life easier. Tip of the hat to my buddy Rob Sylvan who inspired me to write my first version of this concept on my blog back in 2009. SADLY NECESSARY DISCLAIMER: This series is NOT for more advanced users, it’s for new users, so if you’re an advanced user reading this, it will only make you mad because you probably do things very differently than I’m going to suggest. The way you’re doing stuff probably works great for you,…
  • We Have Our Book Giveaway Winners!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A big congrats to these fine folks who won a copy of Jay’s new brilliant new book, “Light, Gesture & Color” (That’s Jay and me at Photo Plus Expo back in November during the book launch). If you didn’t win, you can still pick up Jay’s book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. > Robert McClymond > Chris Helms > Lisa Hall > Carrie Cleghorn > James Kuhn Winners: My assistant Lynn Miller will be contacting you directly to get your shipping details. Congrats, and thanks to everybody who entered (and thanks to everybody who included a nice comment…
  • When Lightroom’s “Shadows” Slider Isn’t Enough…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    This isn’t one of those tips that you’re going to use every day, but when you need it, it’s really an image-saver. It’s about bringing out shadow detail in a big way using a workaround that does take a few steps, but it’s super easy (after it all goes faster than you’d think). Here’s what we’re doing:   STEP ONE: Here’s the original image. The area in the foreground is pretty dark, so to open up that area, we reach for the Shadows slider. STEP TWO: Here I cranked the Shadows slider all the way to +100, and it helped a little bit, but…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • YouTube Begins Using HTML5 Instead of Flash for Default Video Playback

    Mitchel Broussard
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    YouTube yesterday announced it has begun using HTML5 video by default for all playback on its website, marking a substantial step in its gradual move away from Flash. The company states the new default will work in most popular web browsers including Safari. Richard Leider, Engineering Manager for YouTube, reiterated on the adaptability of HTML5 over Flash and the use of the former's capabilities beyond a simple web browser. With YouTube's extension to devices like gaming consoles, and even the Apple TV, the benefits of dropping Flash became far more apparent over the years. Over the last…
  • FCC Warns Hotels About Intentionally Blocking Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday issued a public enforcement advisory that warns hotel chains and other commercial establishments about intentionally blocking or interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau claims that interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal and that it will take appropriate action against violators by imposing substantial fines. The warning follows an FCC investigation in which the government agency discovered a so-called "disturbing trend" where hotels and other commercial establishments were purposefully blocking wireless customers…
  • iPod Shuffle Shipping Times Improve to 5-7 Days in Europe Following Reports of Supplier Change

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Earlier this month, the iPod shuffle's shipping estimates slipped to 7-10 days in the United States, Europe and other regions, leading to speculation as to whether the portable media player would soon be discontinued or was going through reported supplier changes. Today, we are beginning to see a clearer picture. For now, it appears that the iPod shuffle will continue to live on. iGen.fr was first to notice today that shipping times for the iPod shuffle have improved to 5-7 days on the Apple Online Store in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and some other European countries. The improved…
  • iOS 8.1.3 Fixes Exploits Used by TaiG Jailbreak

    Juli Clover
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    It appears that today's iOS 8.1.3 update fixes many of the exploits that were used for the iOS 8 TaiG jailbreak, which worked up until iOS 8.1.2. The earlier Pangu jailbreak was disabled with the iOS 8.1.1 update that was released on November 17. TaiG has not yet confirmed whether iOS 8.1.3 breaks its jailbreak tool, but reports on the MacRumors forums and on Twitter suggest that is indeed the case. Apple's support document detailing the security fixes in iOS 8.1.3 credits the TaiG jailbreak team for finding four now-patched vulnerabilities in the operating system. At the current time, Apple…
  • Tim Cook: Apple Has Sold More Than 1 Billion iOS Devices

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed on Tuesday during the company's quarterly earnings call that it has sold more than 1 billion iOS devices to date since launching the original iPhone over seven years ago. According to Cook, the impressive milestone, which accounts for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, was reached in November and was helped along by a record-breaking 74.5 million iPhones sold in Q1 2015. The milestone device was kept by Apple and is at the company's Cupertino headquarters. Cook emphasized that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand was stronger than any other iPhone it has ever released,…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • The new world's busiest international airport is ...

    laurama
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:27 pm
    London's Heathrow is no longer the world's busiest airport for international trafficTags: world's busiest airportbusiest airportsinternational tourism
  • Earning flier miles is about to get pricey

    laurama
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The trick to accumulating mileage was cheap tickets that went the distance. This year, the game's about to changeTags: aviationairline industryfrequent flyer milesfrequent flyer miles programsfrequent flier milesfrequent flier air miles
  • Magazine names best U.S. hotels for 2015

    Guessy1
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Four of the top 10 U.S. hotels are new to the list from U.S. News & World ReportTags: U.S. hotelsbest hotelshotel awards
  • Opinion: Why we need a North American passport

    Guessy1
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    The future success of North America depends partly on how the U.S., Canada and Mexico work together, say think tank scholarsTags: Tell me about itopinionpassportsNorth America relations
  • Pilot runs out of fuel, ditches plane in ocean

    Guessy1
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    The pilot of a single engine aircraft that ran out of fuel is safe after ditching his aircraft more than 200 miles northeast of Maui, HawaiiTags: aviationplane crashprivate airplanes
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