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  • How people eat eggs around the world [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Forget soggy cereal, eggs are the breakfast of champions. In fact, they’re the breakfast of champions around the world. Take a look at this video to see how people eat their eggs, like deep fried, battered eggs from the Philippines. Full story at Buzzfeed. More great food facts. Photo credit: Canva
  • Tesla's Battery Gigafactory Is One Step Closer To Reality

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    The company has secured an agreement with Panasonic, which will produce the lithium-ion batteries powering its electric vehicles.If the dominoes fall correctly, pretty soon, Tesla Motors will be able to produce affordable electric vehicles like the $35,000 Model 3 en masse. First, though, it needs a way to produce large quantities of the lithium-ion batteries that power its cars. Enter the Gigafactory.Read Full Story
  • Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Perez
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
     Personal styling service for men, Trunk Club, has been acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed amount. The five-year old Chicago-based startup offers a subscription-based service that’s like having your own personal stylist on demand who picks out top designer labels for you and ships them to your home for free. After signing up, men are interviewed by a stylist about their own… Read More
  • Trading favors

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Those people who owe you—because you mowed their lawn, drove carpool, promoted their site, gave them advice, listened to you in the middle of the night—they will probably let you down. Favors aren't for trading, they wear out, they fade away, they are valued differently by the giver and the receiver. No, the best favors are worth doing for the doing, not because we'll ever get paid back appropriately.        
  • Monitors Reach Flight 17 Crash Site in Ukraine After Days of Delays

    NYT > Home Page
    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    The Ukrainian government said it had suspended operations against pro-Russia rebels in the area to allow the monitors safe passage, Reuters reported.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • How people eat eggs around the world [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Forget soggy cereal, eggs are the breakfast of champions. In fact, they’re the breakfast of champions around the world. Take a look at this video to see how people eat their eggs, like deep fried, battered eggs from the Philippines. Full story at Buzzfeed. More great food facts. Photo credit: Canva
  • Should you pee on the compost pile?

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    So, you’re working outside in the yard, and suddenly, nature calls; do you run inside to use the bathroom or make a quick trip to the compost pile? Sounds like a no-brainer to most people, especially those whose compost piles reside under the neighbor’s kitchen window or other visible spot in the yard, but taking a leak on your future fertilizer isn’t as strange an idea as it sounds. According to the research of Care2′s Eve Fox: [A] study done by the University of Kuopio in Finland found that greenhouse tomatoes fertilized with a mixture of human urine and ash…
  • The aging of Queen Elizabeth in banknotes

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    When you spend your entire life in the spotlight as Queen Elizabeth II has done, particularly in her unique position of power, you have the privilege of having your image at every stage immortalized on your realm’s most valuable possession: money. Mental_Floss offers up this most unique photo album of the second-longest reigning monarch from the ages of eight to eighty-five, and we must say, the old girl’s lookin’ good. CANADA, 20 DOLLARS, AGE 8 CAYMAN ISLANDS, 100 DOLLARS, AGE 34 GIBRALTAR, 50 POUNDS, AGE 66 JERSEY, 100 POUNDS, AGE 78 Full story at Mental_Floss via…
  • The world’s biggest family tree: And family reunion!

    Deanne Mayall
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    I first heard about this on a podcast (Freakonomics, I think it was). AJ Jacobs talking about building the world’s biggest family tree that will map all 7 billion of us. He’s really entertaining as well as a font of information. From the article, this is my favourite quote, and then I’ll tell you about his pros and cons list of undertaking such an undertaking. It’s an incredibly ambitious project, requiring countless hours online, billions of obscure records, and unprecedented numbers of DNA tests. And frankly, we’ve got a long way to go. But at least we’ve made a…
  • How often should I clean my … sheets, purse, etc.?

    Deanne Mayall
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Fail. I knew right from the beginning of this article that I would prove to be among the Worst Housekeepers Ever and sure enough, the very long list of what to clean and how often has proved me at least right about that title. This list began when the website AllYou.com conducted a survey asking how often you wash your sheets. The answers varied between 10 and 14 days, and even a month or beyond. Supposedly the real answer should be, “I clean my sheets once a week in hot water and in a hot dryer”. Alrighty then. I at least do the hot water thing. Next on the list is cars. Varies…
 
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  • Tesla's Battery Gigafactory Is One Step Closer To Reality

    Chris Gayomali
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    The company has secured an agreement with Panasonic, which will produce the lithium-ion batteries powering its electric vehicles.If the dominoes fall correctly, pretty soon, Tesla Motors will be able to produce affordable electric vehicles like the $35,000 Model 3 en masse. First, though, it needs a way to produce large quantities of the lithium-ion batteries that power its cars. Enter the Gigafactory.Read Full Story
  • After Disappointing Quarter, Samsung Execs Return 25% Of Their Bonuses

    Chris Gayomali
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Its mobile and IT division, typically Samsung's biggest revenue driver, saw operating profit fall by 31%.Just a few quarters ago, Samsung Electronics was riding a tidal wave of momentum to the top of the smartphone world, quashing the Android competition and, yes, even Apple. Its business is simply enormous.Read Full Story
  • This Could Be The Last Calendar App You Ever Install

    Tyler Hayes
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Timeful learns your schedule and builds in time to eat, sleep, study or work out. This article contains an interview with Timeful CEO Jacob Bank and chairman Yoav Shoham.Read Full Story
  • The NFL Announces It's Tracking RFID Chips On Every Player For 2014

    Matt Hartigan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    The stats fans obsess over tomorrow may not even exist today. Here's how big data is changing America's big game. This article includes interviews with Vishal Shah, NFL vice president of media strategy and Jill Stelfox, vice president & general manager, location solutions at Zebra TechnologiesRead Full Story
  • Yet Another Fitness Band? Runtastic Launches 24-Hour Tracker: Orbit

    Alice Truong
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Orbit seems like any other wearable, but Runtastic says new insights, such as the effect of sleep on running pace, are on their way.As if there weren't enough fitness bands on the market, Runtastic on Thursday introduced one of its own--along with a new app to analyze physical activity and sleep cycles.Read Full Story
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  • Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

    Sarah Perez
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
     Personal styling service for men, Trunk Club, has been acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed amount. The five-year old Chicago-based startup offers a subscription-based service that’s like having your own personal stylist on demand who picks out top designer labels for you and ships them to your home for free. After signing up, men are interviewed by a stylist about their own… Read More
  • Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

    Anthony Ha
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
     In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any company, but as noted in Fortune, it’s particularly unusual for Palantir, a data analysis company that has only made one other acquisition, email startup VoiceGem (or at least, that’s the… Read More
  • Crowdtilt Changes Its Name To Tilt As It Looks Beyond The Crowdfunding Niche

    Colleen Taylor
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
     San Francisco-based startup Crowdtilt announced today it has changed its name to Tilt as part of a “broader vision” as a general platform for funding all types of projects. In an interview this week, Tilt’s founder and CEO James Beshara said that the name change is accompanied by a slight redesign of its website and tools that’s meant to make the user experience more… Read More
  • Resy, The App That Lets You Buy A Reservation, Eats Up $2 Million In Seed Funding

    Jordan Crook
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
     Resy, a New York-based restaurant reservations app looking to go up against OpenTable, has just announced that it has secured $2 million in seed funding to make sure you don’t have to wait to sit in the best restaurants in the city. The round was led by Vayner/RSE and Lerer Ventures, with participation from TomsCapital/Panarea Capital, A-Grade Holdings, Slow Ventures, Ken Austin, and a… Read More
  • Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO Pulled From The App Store

    Sarah Perez
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
     Yo, the simplified messaging app backed by an optimistic $1.5 million in funding, has apparently had it with the clones. The company is now trying to get the parody app YOLO removed from the App Store by filing a complaint with Apple, claiming copyright and trademark infringement. Yo…YOLO? Surely you can see the potential consumer confusion? According to the complaint, Yo founder Or… Read More
 
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  • Trading favors

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Those people who owe you—because you mowed their lawn, drove carpool, promoted their site, gave them advice, listened to you in the middle of the night—they will probably let you down. Favors aren't for trading, they wear out, they fade away, they are valued differently by the giver and the receiver. No, the best favors are worth doing for the doing, not because we'll ever get paid back appropriately.        
  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

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

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

  • Scientists Uncover a Surprising World of Microbes in Cheese Rind

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    The rind of good cheese is a thriving microbial community. A single gram—a tiny crumb—contains 10 billion microbial cells, a mix of bacteria and fungi that contribute delicious and sometimes funky flavors. But even though humans have been making cheese for thousands of years, we know very little about what all those bugs are and […]
  • What’s Your Post-Apocalypse Gameplan?

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch is the product of the imagination of astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell, years of research, and several science fiction novels. Written as a manual for survival after doomsday has hit, it compiles information required to restart society, ranging from agriculture to making a radio. Over lattes at a […]
  • Hackers Can Control Your Phone Using a Tool That’s Already Built Into It

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    A lot of concern about the NSA’s seemingly omnipresent surveillance over the last year has focused on the agency’s efforts to install back doors in software and hardware. Those efforts are greatly aided, however, if the agency can piggyback on embedded software already on a system that can be exploited. Two researchers have uncovered such […]
  • The Gadgets and Gear We Couldn’t Get Enough of This Month

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    This is the stuff from our lives that we either own and never want to let go, or that we’ve been testing and are totally enamored with. This is July's most loved gear.
  • Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they’re going to be called: the Touchscreen Generation. For these kids, who learned to walk and talk as smartphones and tablets were saturating the cultural landscape, a computer with a physical keyboard is archaic and distant, a […]
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  • ProBlogger in Perth: 10 Things Darren Wishes He Knew About Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from blogger Jenish Pandya. What happens when ProBlogger legend Darren Rowse comes to your city for the first time ever? You and everyone around you go crazy and act like teenagers at a Justin Bieber concert and start taking heaps of photos every time he makes a move. Then what do you do with all the photos you have taken? Well, you write a blog post. Darren came down to Perth for the first ever mini PBevent and in his presentation gave us a taste of what happens at the main event happening this year on Gold Coast from 29-30 August. Darren Rowse’s 10…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

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

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

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

  • ​Create a Refill Station to Keep Outdoor Party Guests Out of the House

    Mark Wilson
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    When you have people over for a garden party, the last thing you want your guests to do is run inside every time they need flatware, drinks, or napkins. Create a refill station and you can save time and effort.Read more...
  • This Video Explains the Difference Between Confidence and Arrogance

    Alan Henry
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Confidence can take you a long way, but don't mistake confidence for arrogance—one seeks to lift others up from a place of satisfaction with yourself, and the other seeks to diminish others because of insecurity. In this video, Aaron from I Am Alpha M describes the difference beautifully. Read more...
  • Unclouded Finds Out What's Eating Your Google Drive and Dropbox Space

    Mihir Patkar
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Android: What's taking up all the space in your Dropbox? Are there multiple copies of the same file in your Google Drive? Get control of your cloud storage with Unclouded for Android.Read more...
  • Tons of Transcend Storage is On Sale Today, Including MacBook Upgrades

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Amazon's back with another solid Gold Box full of Transcend flash storage, but this one has a twist: Huge discounts on Transcend's relatively new JetDrive storage upgrade products for MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. Read more...
  • Shazam for OS X Identifies Songs Playing Around You

    Mihir Patkar
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mac: Popular song identification app Shazam has now landed on Mac OS X. It runs unobtrusively in the background to tell you which songs are playing in your vicinity, using the built-in microphone. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • iPhone 6 Said to Launch on Tuesday, October 14, Part of 'Incredibly Busy' Month for Apple

    Richard Padilla
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Apple may be planning to launch the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, October 14 as the month itself will be an incredibly busy one for the company, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors citing an internal Apple Retail Store meeting. The source notes that a senior Store Leader mentioned October 14th as being an "immense" day for Apple, adding that the whole month of October would be very busy for stores and the company itself. Apple is also said to planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, coming a month ahead of the device's launch. 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups compared to iPhone 5s…
  • Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App

    Eric Slivka
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Music recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac. Running as a menu bar item, Shazam for Mac quietly monitors audio around the user's Mac and provides not only pop-up notifications of the content being played but also easy access to supplemental content such as lyrics, additional tracks from the album, purchasing options such as the iTunes Store, music videos, social sharing options, and more.
  • FCC Questions Verizon Plan to Throttle Some Unlimited Data Customers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today sent a letter [PDF via Gigaom] to Verizon Wireless, questioning its plan to throttle customers that have unlimited data plans during peak usage times. Verizon first announced its intention to throttle high-usage customers on grandfathered unlimited LTE plans last week. In the letter, Wheeler says that he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon's decision to throttle its unlimited users, as the company described its efforts as necessary for "Network Optimization." Wheeler stated that he does not believe slowing the data speeds for select…
  • Apple Seeds First OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Apple today seeded the first build of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, one month after releasing OS X 10.9.4 to the public. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. The beta has a build number of 13F7. OS X 10.9.5 follows new seeds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion, which were released to developers last night. It is unclear what improvements the 10.9.5 update will bring to Mavericks, but it is likely to include bug fixes and stability enhancements. Apple is asking developers to focus on USB, USB…
  • Revamped Apple TV Debut Likely Delayed Until 2015 Due to Negotiation Difficulties

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    For several months now, rumors have continually suggested Apple is working on a revamped Apple TV, which may include capabilities like support for games and apps and expanded access to television content. Every rumored release date has come and gone thus far, and according to a new report from The Information, an updated Apple TV is not likely to appear until 2015. A source that spoke to The Information has suggested that Apple engineers who are working on the device have been informed that the product will not launch in 2014, largely due to ongoing contractual issues with cable companies and…
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  • Experimental Life

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

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

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

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

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

    Brian Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do. It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point,…
  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

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

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

  • Obsolete arguments

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hey, remember when the New York Times accused Apple of deliberately obsoleting iPhones? Let’s do that again.“Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum” (tip o’ the antlers to Ellyn MacNamara).Writing for the Times, Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan notes that Laura Trucco, a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard, checked Google results for “iPhone slow” searches and found they correlated with launches of new phones. This is apparently a thing you can do to get credit toward a Harvard Ph.D.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Master your windows with Moom and Zooom

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re still fiddling with title bars and thin window edges to move and resize windows, Moom and Zooom can make window management easier and more convenient. In this week’s video, I show you how each of these utilities can improve your windowing workflows.Transcript OS X has changed dramatically over the years, but working with windows in OS X hasn’t. You still move windows around by their title bar, and you resize windows by dragging a tiny area along the edge.If these actions still feel like a hassle to you, you’ll want to check out a couple fantastic utilities, Moom and Zooom/2,…
  • Runtastic Orbit review: The activity tracker that only a Runtastic fanatic could love

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's not pretty or even cheap, but this serviceable activity-tracking wristband offers special data-syncing with the Runtastic Pro mobile app.
  • Notifier Pro for Gmail review: You've got Gmail notifications on your Mac's menu bar

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Google has been cleaning house of services and features over the last year or so, with Google Reader and iGoogle among the most notable casualties. While not so widely mourned, the recent scrapping of Google Notifier was also disappointing, as the app had been a rather helpful way to stay on top of incoming Gmail messages on Mac. Notifier Pro for Gmail (Mac App Store link) effectively picks up where Google left off, as the third-party option puts a tally of unread emails on the menu bar, letting you click to drop down a preview of the last ten inbox messages with sender name and subject…
  • InDesign CC 2014 review: Better e-book tools, easier workflows

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    In reviews of previous versions of InDesign, the looming question was always, “Is this version worth the cost of the upgrade or can I skip it?” But with Adobe’s switch to the Creative Cloud subscription model, this question is meaningless. Every subscriber receives the latest version as soon as it’s available. Based on the quality of updates released since Creative Cloud was launched a little over a year ago, the result of Adobe’s subscription model seems to be good for customers. Bolstered by the confidence that they’ll receive your ongoing upgrade dollars, Adobe is spending less…
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    ReadWrite

  • How 3D Technology Will Transform Business

    Sanjay Patel
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Sanjay Patel is CEO and co-founder of Personify, an immersive video technology company.Before long, 3D imaging—which requires a 3D camera to capture the 3D nature of the world—will be a core component of laptops, tablets and smartphones. While it’s easy to imagine how this technology might impact consumers, especially with Amazon’s Fire Phone, Google Tango, Microsoft Kinect and Oculus Rift making headlines, its usefulness for business isn't quite as straightforward.See also: Google's Project Tango: 5 Things You Need To KnowBut 3D imaging will have a significant impact on…
  • How Java Kept Its Groove On

    Matt Asay
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is not your grandmother's Java. Despite hanging around since 1995, Java is the programming language that keeps on giving. In fact, in a recent jobs report, Dice.com named Java one of the top five languages to know if you want a programming job in 2015.How has Java remained king of the programming mountain for so long?Taking Popularity Contests By StormGo has been taking off with the rise of cloud computing, Scala has been helping companies scale for 10 years, and other languages like PHP and Python have also seen significant adoption.But Java continues to reign supreme by pretty much any…
  • The Runtastic Orbit Is A Fitness Tracker With All The Right Moves

    Owen Thomas
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'll admit that all these wearables are starting to wear on me. Every time I roll up my sleeves, I roll my eyes.Yet I've found a new wearable device that may be a keeper, from an unexpected entrant. It's the Runtastic Orbit, which goes on sale Thursday morning for $119.99.The Runtastic Orbit tracks steps, like other fitness bands, but it also tracks minutes of activity in a way that avid exercisers will appreciate.Enter The OrbitThe Orbit is a tiny pod with a small screen and a silver button that slips either into a wristband or a belt clip and tracks your steps, sleep, calories burned, and…
  • Sprint’s Cheap Facebook-Only Cell Plan Will Cost Us Plenty

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Some people think all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Others have no problem propping up certain services. To no one's real surprise, cellular carriers are increasingly in the latter camp. On Wednesday, Sprint’s prepaid Virgin Mobile division announced a dirt cheap prepaid plan that lets customers pay a paltry $5 for uncapped usage of Facebook or other social networks, instead of a broader and pricier data plan.See also: Why Net Neutrality Became A Thing For The Internet GenerationThis follows similar announcements by T-Mobile, which offers unlimited music…
  • Why You Should Get Mad About AOL’s New Terms Of Service

    Selena Larson
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    AOL is making some changes to its terms of service, the legal documents that Internet users almost never read yet that bind them with restrictive agreements.On September 15, AOL is implementing new terms of service, which include an arbitration clause which allows AOL to avoid class action lawsuits. AOL is also giving itself the right to call users with automated, prerecorded messages:When you sign up for Services and provide us with your telephone number or mobile phone number, you agree that we may contact you from time-to-time about the Services.YOU GIVE US CONSENT TO USE AUTODIALED AND…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for six years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for August 2014. Both…
  • Declarative Programming And The Web

    Scott Reynen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Like most web developers, I spend my days giving instructions to computers. These instructions generally involve some input (a request for a web page), some logic (get the right content from a database) and some output (send the content to the requesting browser). This process of telling a computer how to perform a task, such as generating a web page, is what we commonly call “programming,” but it’s only a subset of programming: imperative programming. There’s another type of programming, declarative programming, that most web developers also use every day but don’t often recognize…
  • Selling The Value Of The Web To Small-Town Clients

    Trevan Hetzel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling your services as a freelancer or a small shop is tough enough as it is. Selling to a small-town business that might not even see the need for a website adds an extra level of difficulty in turning a profit. I’ve provided web design services to small-town businesses for the past few years, having had many happy outcomes, but also a lot of negative experiences from which I’ve learned hard lessons. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to sell the value of the web. Many of my clients needed to be convinced that a website would actually be good for their business. A…
  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

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

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

  • Beloved police dog poisoned

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    A Massachusetts detective wants justice for the person who poisoned his dog. WPRI's Steven Nielsen reports.
  • Is THIS 2,000 miles of the impossible?

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    CNN's Ed Lavandera explains what it might take to actually secure the border ... and why it's basically impossible.
  • Native tribes cataloged in photos

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and hit the road on a cross-country journey.
  • Charge man, 80, with killing intruder?

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Tom Greer is an 80-year-old crime victim who had the absolute right to use deadly force to defend himself when a pair of burglars -- a man and a woman -- broke into his home in Long Beach, California, and began assaulting him. And yet, if there is any justice, the 80-year-old should spend the remainder of his golden years in prison.
  • Men steal pricey hair extensions

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Eight men broke into a store and stole thousands of dollars worth of hair extensions. CNN affiliate KHOU has more.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes It’s here!! Scott’s newest book, The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes, has started shipping and hitting bookstore shelves. I know he talked about it here the other day, but today we’re going to give away FIVE FREE COPIES to some lucky commenters! Just leave a comment letting us know you want the book and why, and we’ll pick five of you next week.Photographing Motion Outdoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera. Join Joe McNally for a day of…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Blake Rudis!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I cannot begin to start writing this post without saying thank you for this opportunity to both Brad and Scott. I threw my seat back when I saw the email come in from Brad asking if I could share my story, I think I ran around my basement (my office) holding my head pinching myself asking over and over if this was even real. After reading this post you will understand completely!Tuesday, March 18th 2014, we were sitting on the edge of the bed having a discussion about time and just how limited it was.“Babe, I have 3 things going on in my life right now that stretch me in every direction. I…
  • It’s Here! My New Book “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes” is in stock!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It arrived in bookstores sooner than we thought (yay!), and it’s here now, complete with bonus selective color image no one was expecting (and at no extra cost).Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com (both Print and Kindle version are in stock) and the Nook eBook version is available now at  Barnes & Noble.com and the print edition should be available there any minute.What’s the book all about? Check out the video below. :)Thanks to everybody around the world who has supported this book series from the start, and who enabled me to bring you this fifth part to the series.
  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

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

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

  • How to Improve Your Portrait Photography in Five Minutes

    Annie Tao
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    People often ask me for tips on taking better photos of their friends and family. After much thought on photography tips that can apply to various experience levels and equipment — from DSLRs to smart phones — I present to you a short article with tips you can learn in five minutes to help you improve your portrait photography. If you have more time and would like more specifics, I’ve noted additional articles on each tip that may interest you. Tips that will instantly improve your portraits: 1. Don’t put everyone in the center That person may be the center of your life, but…
  • Tips for Photographing in Different Weather Conditions

    Monica Day
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You’ve figured out that photography is awesome. You have your equipment. You’ve got the basics down. You know all about the “triangle” of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Now, you’re ready to put them to use. You’re ready to go outside and experiment. But wait. You haven’t yet considered the weather. This is a little side note to photography that we often forget about. If you’re not shooting in a studio, then the weather will definitely be a factor to consider when going out on a shoot. There are a few basic weather scenarios that you will…
  • 4 Steps to Less Stressful and Easier Photo Editing

    Simon Ringsmuth
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever returned to your computer with a memory card full of photos and become overwhelmed at the idea of going through all of them? The thought of sorting and analyzing so many pictures can seem so daunting it’s sometimes hard to even know where to start! Often we find ourselves copying the contents of our cameras to our computers and letting our precious memories collect digital dust, though we promise ourselves we will get around to organizing them – someday. Modern technology has made this task easier, with various software and cloud-based services even promising to find…
  • Step-by-step Guide to Long Exposure Photography

    Francesco Gola
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the past few years, thanks to the diffusion of useful accessories and photographic filters with good quality and low prices, the technique of long exposure has become increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts. Even if this technique can be used both in studio and in a urban environment, the perfect playground of long exposures is landscape photography. Unfortunately often it happens that the result we get is far from our expectations, and we end up classifying the long exposure as a demoniacal technique. However, following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography,…
  • Capturing Busy Little Ones: Forget the Perfect Pose and Get Photos You Truly Love

    Melinda Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have ever tried to get a three year old to sit still for longer than a nanosecond you know what a challenge it can be to get that “perfect” photo. Well, I’m going to be real here, who wants that perfect photo anyway? Okay, I know you may, but maybe I can convince you to let that go. My favorite photos are always the true ones; the ones that make you smile when you look at them, or maybe even cry a tear or two. Sure, it’s nice to get that beautiful portrait, but which photo is going to help you truly remember the fiery three year old who gave you…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Ember for Mac gains 'hugely-requested' screen recording feature

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Popular web clipper and digital scrapbooking app Ember was updated today with a killer new feature -- the ability to make a video recording of your screen. No longer limited by only static images, Ember now allows you to capture your screen as you...
  • Rumor Roundup: Gin it up for pageviews

    Chris Rawson
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Apple unlikely to release the 5.5-inch iPhone and iWatch in December as rumored (9to5 Mac) A post on a Chinese social network claims the products earlier rumored to launch next year will instead be launched in December. As 9to5 Mac correctly points...
  • Percentage Calculator does the math so you don't have to

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Percentage Calculator is one of those utility apps that you don't realize you need until you need it. The app is not your typical calculator with a numeric keypad and operators. Instead, it's a forumla tool that lets you calculate interest,...
  • Emergency app triggers panic after false alarm warns of impending quake

    Mike Wehner
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Just after noon on Monday, thousands of Mexico City residents evacuated their office buildings and filled the streets thanks to a warning from the SkyAlert emergency app. The alert warned of a "strong earthquake" that was just seconds away from...
  • The Great Photo App is not all that great

    Mel Martin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With so many folks using iPhone and iPad cameras, there is a desperate need to teach people the fundamentals of photography. I've looked at several apps that provide tutorials and some are excellent, while others are just not that helpful. The Great...
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hollywood studios strike deal to keep Kodak movie film in production

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A group of big name Hollywood directors has nudged studio executives into talks with Kodak, negotiating a deal that would keep the company's movie film in production. With support from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, the deal would see studios commit to buying a certain amount of film from Kodak for the next few years. Read more
  • With greater clarity: Nikon D810 Shooting Experience

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The Nikon D810 represents a consolidation of its two predecessors, the D800 and D800E. The 36MP full frame DSLR lacks an anti-aliasing filter to make the absolute most of its high resolution sensor and provides a number of meaningful updates over the previous generation. After some extensive shooting in the field we've updated our First Impressions Review with a shooting experience. Read more
  • Real-world samples added to Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Sony SLT-A77 II is that company's latest DSLR using translucent mirror technology. With a 24MP CMOS sensor, it has a newly-designed 79-point AF system and offers 12fps continuous shooting with autofocus. That's all very impressive on paper, but what's it like in the real world? We've pulled together a sample gallery and added it to our a77 II First Impressions Review. See gallery
  • Flickr launches image marketplace initiative

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Flickr has announced that it is expanding its photo licensing opportunities for users. Alongside its partnership with Getty Images, Flickr will now allow users to opt in to an 'image curation' initiative called Marketplace. Participating members may have their images featured across Yahoo's network of sites along with other media outlets including the New York Times and the BBC. Read more
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We've been out taking advantage of Seattle's sunny July days and have just published a gallery of real-world samples from Canon's new 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 10-22mm zoom that precedes it in Canon's lineup, the 10-18mm gives a 16-29mm equivalent range on the APS-C bodies it's designed for. See gallery
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

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

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

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

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

  • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Nomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack. While there are hundreds of different portable battery options for the iPhone, the NomadPlus is unique because it functions with an existing Apple charger. The NomadPlus plugs into an Apple wall charger, transforming it into a 1500 mAh portable battery with enough juice to recharge an iPhone to 70 percent. One of the most cumbersome aspects of most battery packs is the recharging of the battery itself, but the NomadPlus allows…
  • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Instagram today soft-launched its new Snapchat competitor Bolt in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. First hinted at last week, Bolt is a one tap photo and video messaging app that allows users to send ephemeral images to friends, much like Snapchat. As described by The Verge, Bolt is a "carbon copy" of Taptalk, another ephemeral messaging app. Users tap on a friend's profile photo to send a photo, or use a long tap to send a video. As with Taptalk, Bolt focuses on sharing with only a few friends -- users can only communicate with one person at a time, while in Snapchat mass snaps can…
  • 'Signal' for iOS Lets Users Make Encrypted Voice Calls for Free

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Open source software group Open Whisper Systems today released a new encrypted phone app called Signal, which is designed to allow its users to make secure calls on the iPhone at no cost. Using end-to-end encryption, Signal secures iPhone conversations so third-parties cannot listen in. Signal uses a caller's standard phone number to make and receive calls, and all Signal calls function like a normal phone call using WiFi or data connections. According to a blog post on the Open Whisper Systems site, Signal uses ZRTP, a widely-used secure voice communication protocol and sends push…
  • Kindle for iOS Updated With Syncing and Navigation Improvements

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Amazon today updated its Kindle for iOS app to version 4.4, adding several features that have been requested by Amazon customers to make both sync and navigation within the app easier. Books will now sync to the most recent page read across all Kindle devices and Kindle apps that are registered to a single Amazon account, making it easier for users to swap between various Kindle devices. A feature in the navigation menu continues to allow customers to manually sync to the furthest page read if desired. Kindle Placeholders have also been implemented, letting customers jump to different areas…
  • Apple Expands AppleCare+ to Cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden

    Richard Padilla
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    Apple today expanded its AppleCare+ program to two new countries, bringing the program to cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden. In Mexico, AppleCare+ coverage for the iPhone and iPad are priced at 1,599 pesos. Meanwhile, AppleCare+ for the iPhone and iPad in Sweden are priced at 799 kronor. Apple last expanded its AppleCare+ program in September 2013, raising service fees for accidental damage, adding iPods, and expanding avaliability to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. Thanks, Steve!
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

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

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

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