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  • Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As astronomers gaze deep into the universe looking for planets that could sustain life, is it possible the answer's been in our own solar system the whole time? The post Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Protestors at several Ferguson stores call for Black Friday boycott

    Mashable
    Blathnaid Healy
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:27 am
    Protesters went to Walmart and Target stores in Ferguson, and surrounding areas in Missouri, late Thursday calling for a boycott against Black Friday. See also: Michael Brown's family leaves empty seat at dinner table for Thanksgiving The group, which was protesting a grand jury's verdict not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, managed to get into some stores, but police guarded the entrances to others. This video show's protestors outside a Walmart shouting the refrain "shut it down." Protesters also sang “Back away from the Walmart, back away." Elsewhere, protestors…
  • Internet Dads: On Having "The Talk" In The Digital Age

    Fast Company
    Bijan Stephen
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The birds and the bees and...the Internet.No one knows for sure where the phrase "the birds and the bees" came from, or when exactly it became the foremost euphemism for the sex talk. (There are theories.) Consensus, though, dates the phrase to February 21, 1825, when Samuel Taylor Coleridge composed his famous poem Work Without Hope. An excerpt: All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair— The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing— And Winter slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring! And I the while, the sole unbusy thing, Nor honey make, nor pair,…
  • Restaurant Guide Zomato Launches Mobile Ads And Prepares To Move Into Payments

    TechCrunch
    Jon Russell
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
     Global restaurant discovery service Zomato pulled in $60 million in fresh funding just ten days ago, and now it’s time to ramp up its monetization efforts after the India-headquartered company introduced advertising within its mobile apps. Read More
  • The fear of freedom

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    What will you do next? What can you learn tomorrow? Where will you live, who will you connect with, who will you trust? Are questions better than answers? Maybe it's easier to get a dummies book, a tweet or a checklist than it is to think hard about what's next... It's certainly easier to go shopping. And easier still to buy what everyone else is buying. We live in an extraordinary moment, with countless degrees of freedom. The instant and effortless connection to a billion people changes everything, but instead, we're paralyzed with fear, a fear so widespread that you might not even notice…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As astronomers gaze deep into the universe looking for planets that could sustain life, is it possible the answer's been in our own solar system the whole time? The post Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Do not do this if your car starts sliding on ice [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When the Polar Vortex hits, the roads are going to freeze. Watch this video for a lesson of what not to do if your car skids on ice. Notice how, when the two people try to bail, only one successfully makes it out of the car. The post Do not do this if your car starts sliding on ice [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s a Golden Retriever playing in the snow with her puppies [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Snow's here, which is a bummer. But to cheer you up, here's a Golden Retriever momma playing with her puppies in the snow. So the snow still sucks, but this is really cute. The post Here’s a Golden Retriever playing in the snow with her puppies [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Jimmy Fallon’s SNL audition will make you understand why he’s a star [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Not that Jimmy Fallon is a big ol' star, we tend to forget that he comes from pretty humble beginnings. Even the great Jimmy Fallon had to audition for SNL. Also, look how slender he was. The post Jimmy Fallon’s SNL audition will make you understand why he’s a star [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How to peel lots of potatoes with your bare hands [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner, here's a quick way to peel lots of potatoes with your bare hands. Simply boil potatoes until cooked, dump in an ice bath, then bam! Skin pops right off. The post How to peel lots of potatoes with your bare hands [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Protestors at several Ferguson stores call for Black Friday boycott

    Blathnaid Healy
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:27 am
    Protesters went to Walmart and Target stores in Ferguson, and surrounding areas in Missouri, late Thursday calling for a boycott against Black Friday. See also: Michael Brown's family leaves empty seat at dinner table for Thanksgiving The group, which was protesting a grand jury's verdict not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, managed to get into some stores, but police guarded the entrances to others. This video show's protestors outside a Walmart shouting the refrain "shut it down." Protesters also sang “Back away from the Walmart, back away." Elsewhere, protestors…
  • Google slashes price of LG G Watch to $99 for Black Friday

    Stan Schroeder
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Looking to buy a smartwatch? Google has two Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers which sweeten the deal considerably, especially if you don't mind getting a slightly older device The first one is very straightforward: Google slashed $130 of the price of LG G Watch, bringing it to $99. Though that device, originally unveiled in March, is showing signs of aging (LG launched a new smartwatch, the LG G Watch R, in September), it's still a nice entry into the fast-growing smartwatch world See also: LG G Watch R: Sharp looks, dull performance Those looking to buy a different smartwatch, a Nest…
  • Police called to stores across UK as Black Friday attracts big crowds

    Blathnaid Healy
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    LONDON — Police were called to several stores across Britain as Black Friday crowds gathered in large numbers hoping to get their hands on a bargain Synonymous with the promise of cut-priced goods and long queues, more British retailers are partaking this year in Black Friday than ever before with a host of deals advertised in advance of it. See also: Shop 'til you drop: Big British retailers bringing it this Black Friday Police in Manchester appealed for calm and said that two people had been arrested. A Tesco store in Trafford was closed shortly after the sale began at 12:01 AM Tesco…
  • Volunteers save 108 suffering dogs from breeding farm

    Laura Vitto
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Thanks to the ambition and big hearts of a small group of women, 108 dogs will have new, fulfilling lives far from the puppy mills where they were once trapped. A small group of eight volunteers rescued dogs from a puppy mill auction held Nov. 22 after managing to raise $200,000 in 11 days for the cause. Dubbed "Operation Rescue Cavalier," the mission saved 96 Cavalier King Charles spaniels, seven shiba inus, one French bulldog, two cocker spaniels, one shih tzu and one Yorkshire terrier. The dogs have been transported to vet clinics for check-ups and are safely on their ways to better…
  • Apple Store unveils Black Friday gift card offers

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    27 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    At the stroke of midnight, Apple went live with its Black Friday deals in the Apple Store These deals will balance your guilt of spending too much money on consumer goods with doing something positive for the world See also: 3 great smartphones to look for on Black Friday With a splash of the color red, Apple is offering gift cards up to $100 when you purchase your new, shiny product. The good bit? The company will make a donation to an AIDS charity organization, Red. The Apple Store update, which was unveiled after a few hours of downtime and speculation, came with the following note:…
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    Fast Company

  • Internet Dads: On Having "The Talk" In The Digital Age

    Bijan Stephen
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The birds and the bees and...the Internet.No one knows for sure where the phrase "the birds and the bees" came from, or when exactly it became the foremost euphemism for the sex talk. (There are theories.) Consensus, though, dates the phrase to February 21, 1825, when Samuel Taylor Coleridge composed his famous poem Work Without Hope. An excerpt: All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair— The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing— And Winter slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring! And I the while, the sole unbusy thing, Nor honey make, nor pair,…
  • I Hated Keeping A Gratitude Journal--Here's What Worked Instead

    Allison Jones
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Keeping a gratitude journal is a nice idea, but it can actually backfire and make things worse. Here's what to do instead.I profoundly believe in the importance and power of gratitude.Read Full Story
  • A Huge Store With Nothing For Sale, A "Girls Only" Mall, And The Future Of Physical Retailing

    Martin Lindstrom
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    Offline shopping is ready for its Uber moment.Imagine a mall that caters only to teenaged girls. How about a mall where every second storefront is a restaurant, bar, or café? Or imagine a mall that's just a gigantic display room, where you can't actually buy anything.Read Full Story
  • The Most Difficult Conversations You Have Ever Had At Work

    Rose Pastore
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Readers share stories of weird, scary, and embarrassing office conversations.This week at Fast Company, we've been talking about challenging conversations, from "Your performance sucks" to "Hey boss, I'm pregnant." We learned the common mistakes managers make when delivering bad news, and what to do when a coworker has a meltdown in the office.Read Full Story
  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

    Peter Wade
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Lyft says it had a record number of rides last week, while Uber's rumored to get record financing.It would be an understatement to say last week was not a good one for Uber. Its CEO made callous remarks about customer privacy, sparking a firestorm of bad publicity and reports on the company's "frat house ideology" and trust problem. Then one of its execs was loose-lipped about plans to dig up dirt on Uber critics, prompting a user-generated campaign to delete the app. Not surprisingly, bad news for Uber appears to be good news for competitor Lyft, which claims it gave a record number of rides…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Restaurant Guide Zomato Launches Mobile Ads And Prepares To Move Into Payments

    Jon Russell
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
     Global restaurant discovery service Zomato pulled in $60 million in fresh funding just ten days ago, and now it’s time to ramp up its monetization efforts after the India-headquartered company introduced advertising within its mobile apps. Read More
  • From The Farm To The Head Of Web Summit’s Table

    Ping Wong
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Earlier this month I was at Dublin’s Web Summit, one of the largest global technology conferences in the world. That’s a remarkable feat, considering only four years ago the same event drew only 400 participants – while this year I joined more than 22,000 attendees for what is the fastest growing tech conference in history. Read More
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackFriday!

    John Biggs
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    We’re bringing this podcast to you a little early so you can arm yourself before going into Black Friday! Join Greg Kumparak, Matt Burns, and Darrell Etherington as we skewer Zelda and talk about the best laptops for your money! We invite you to enjoy our weekly podcasts every Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern and noon Pacific. And feel free to check out the TechCrunch Gadgets Flipboard… Read More
  • MOCAheart Makes Keeping Track Of Your Heart’s Vital Signs Easy

    Catherine Shu
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
     MOCAheart wants to make keeping track of your cardiovascular health as easy as pressing a button. The device, which is currently on Kickstarter, was developed by a team led by Naama Stauber and Dr. Daniel Hong, who was a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, one of the country’s top teaching hospitals, before becoming an entrepreneur. Read More
  • The Uber Supper

    Alexia Tsotsis
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
     As we in the US sit down to holiday dinner tonight, we are reminded that we have oodles to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful that the news cycle is now slow enough that I can post Bryce Durbin’s stunning image of the infamous Uber “influentials” dinner, depicted as Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” In addition to Emil Michael, Ben Smith, Michael… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The fear of freedom

    Seth Godin
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    What will you do next? What can you learn tomorrow? Where will you live, who will you connect with, who will you trust? Are questions better than answers? Maybe it's easier to get a dummies book, a tweet or a checklist than it is to think hard about what's next... It's certainly easier to go shopping. And easier still to buy what everyone else is buying. We live in an extraordinary moment, with countless degrees of freedom. The instant and effortless connection to a billion people changes everything, but instead, we're paralyzed with fear, a fear so widespread that you might not even notice…
  • The problem with problems

    Seth Godin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    We have limits. There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you. Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down. We have opportunities. There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced. You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions. How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the…
  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
 
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    WIRED

  • Gift Guide: 10 Sweet Gifts That’ll Make Hard-Core Gamers Swoon

    Chris Kohler
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Here are some gamer gift ideas that go beyond the mundane. Maybe they make marathon sessions more enjoyable. Maybe they keep your stuff clean and tidy. Maybe they're grapes. The post Gift Guide: 10 Sweet Gifts That’ll Make Hard-Core Gamers Swoon appeared first on WIRED.
  • WIRED’s Top 50 Black Friday Deals

    Nick Stockton
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s Black Friday, and sweet deals abound. But chasing them down without proper guidance is going to land you in a lot of unnecessary lines. No worries, WIRED put in the extra legwork so you can spend less time on your feet and more time wiggling your toes by the fireplace. Good luck! One note: […] The post WIRED’s Top 50 Black Friday Deals appeared first on WIRED.
  • Eruptions from Japan’s Aso Becoming More Intense

    Erik Klemetti
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    New eruptions at Japan’s Aso have become intense enough to cause some flight cancellations in and out of Kumamoto. The Asosan caldera is one of the Japan’s more active volcanic cluster and since 2003, the Nakadake crater in Aso have been producing small explosive eruptions. However, the tenor of the activity has increased since the […] The post Eruptions from Japan’s Aso Becoming More Intense appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism

    Christian Jarrett
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Neuroscientists scanned the brains of teenagers while they listened to criticism from their Moms. Areas of the teens' brains involved emotional regulation and taking other people's perspective appeared to shut down while they listened to the criticism. The post The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism appeared first on WIRED.
  • 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving

    Laura Hudson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and hey, since being kind of contrary is the American way, why not celebrate this most delicious of holidays by watching some of the best TV from the country so many of those early settlers were fleeing? Yes, everybody knows about Sherlock and The Office, but there's a whole cornucopia of excellent and lesser-known British series ripe for the streaming on Netflix. Here's what you should be watching on Turkey Day. The post 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • How to Calculate the Value of Your Blog

    Guest Blogger
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Tom Fanelli. For most businesses, blogs are marketing tools. And while most take the time to measure their ROI from other marketing avenues, I’m surprised by how many don’t truly understand how their blog is (or is not) benefiting their bottom line. Understanding your blog’s value can help you determine if you want to invest more on its development, adjust your blogging strategy to make it more effective, or simply cut back on your investment entirely. Sound good? Here’s a guide on how to figure out your blog’s value. Track the cost of content…
  • Man Vs. Machine: Get Better Sales by Keeping Marketing Automation Human

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Image via Flickr user Peyri Herrera This is a guest contribution from Veronica Taylor. Marketing automation without a human element is just a robot on autopilot. Before, during and after each automated campaign it is essential for real people to plan, edit and review. When campaigns aren’t working, they need to be tested and updated. Most people think of marketing automation as efficient yet impersonal. When used correctly, however, most automated marketing solutions now provide the possibility for highly targeted messages based on each customer’s personal interests, preferences…
  • 5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

    Darren Rowse
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On a recent webinar over at ProBlogger.com I was asked by John: “Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?” It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog. Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas. 1. Questions from Readers Perhaps the #1 place I get inspiration for blog posts is the inspiration for this one – a question from a reader. As I look back at the most popular posts here on…
  • How to Use Google in the Most Unusual Way to Make Your Self-Editing Faster, and Better

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first and second post in this mini series here and here.… “[...] then the evening came and she found herself sitting by the drawing board again, trying to [...]“ Um … wait a minute, is it “sitting by the drawing board” or “sitting at the drawing board”? Damn it, I never remember, and both sound okay to me! How do I check this?! … Oh, the struggles of every blogger attempting to edit their own work. There are thousands of expressions just like the one above, causing us problems on…
  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Choose From Two Great Pairs of Over-Ears at All-Time Low Prices

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:17 am
    We were hoping Amazon had another surprise up their sleeve for Black Friday, and they didn't disappoint with these headphone deals.Read more...
  • Almost 30 of Your Favorite Logitech Peripherals Discounted

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    We love Logitech, you love Logitech, here are an insane amount of discounted Logitech peripherals.Read more...
  • Stock Up on iTunes Credit for 25% Off

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We see iTunes credit at 15-20% discounts every now and then, but the deals almost never get better than that. Today though, eBay is selling $100 iTunes cards for 25% off, so you should absolutely stock up for the year ahead. [eBay]Read more...
  • Quirky's Black Friday Sale is Full of Great Gift Ideas

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 pm
    You might not have had any items from Quirky on your Black Friday wish list, but if you need some cool gift ideas for your discerning friends and family members, they have some seriously great stuff on sale right now.Read more...
  • This Video Explains What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much

    Patrick Allan
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you've just had a really big meal, there's a lot of things going on in your body . Between the stomach stretching and the chemical reactions taking place, here's an explanation of what's going on in there.Read more...
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  • Apple Kicks Off Black Friday Sale With iTunes Gift Card Deals

    Juli Clover
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Apple has just kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and as previously announced, the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below: - iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c - iPad…
  • Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apps, and Apple Accessories

    Juli Clover
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies. Some of the deals won't be available until Black Friday actually rolls around, and details on exact sale times can be found in the roundup. iPhone Sam's Club is currently offering a $100 discount on the iPhone 6 in all capacities, which is one of the best deals available on the device. Best…
  • Apple Releases New iPhone 6 Ad: 'Voice Text'

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Just a couple days after releasing the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Apple has released a seventh called "Voice Text". The new ad focuses on one of the new features introduced to iMessage in iOS 8, the ability to instantly send audio messages quickly and easily. The ad humorously highlights how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends, with examples pointing out how voice messages are good for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them. Apple, so far, has released two new iPhone 6 ads at…
  • Apple Watch Marketing Page Updated With 'Timekeeping', 'New Ways to Connect', 'Health and Fitness' Pages

    Jordan Golson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The marketing website for the Apple Watch has been updated (via 9to5Mac) with additional details about how it functions as a watch, new ways that wearers will communicate, as well as more about the watch's health and fitness features. Apple's marketing team has also added new animations to the site, showing how the Apple Watch will move between screens and how some of the apps will work. Much of the basic information was already located on the Apple Watch site, but lots of it has been broken out with more information and detail. The new Timekeeping page reveals more about some of the watch…
  • MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28. MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120…
 
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  • Become a Bigger You

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

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

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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  • Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

    Demian Farnworth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline. Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too … Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark. But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark. Might not be one of the Manhattan variety. But it’s attention, no less. Be…
  • Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

    Brian Clark
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it. In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio. I asked Jay to be the first in a series of…
  • Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

    Yael Grauer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing. Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states. But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance. In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility. The dangers of overstating the problem If you really know your readers, you know their pain points.
  • The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

    Steven Lowe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter. Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season. See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy. And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online. So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages? An infographic that visually depicts each rhyme! Landing page rhyme time The ultra-creative Lauren Mancke designed this handy guide to…
  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
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    Macworld

  • Apple's Black Friday offer: iTunes Store gift cards with purchase, to benefit (RED)

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Buy a gift, get a gift, and Apple will give a gift to the Global Fund—the Black Friday sale is on at the Apple Store. Apple’s one-day-only deals don’t save you any cash, but you do get a PRODUCT(RED) iTunes gift card with purchase, and Apple makes a donation too. Buying an iPad or iPhone gets you a $50 gift card, while iPods and the Apple TV come with $25 gift cards—and so do Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and speakers. Mac buyers can get a $100 gift card when purchasing an iMac, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro. It’s worth noting that these are iTunes Store gift cards, not Apple Store gift…
  • 10 excellent movies to stream on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.Addams Family Values To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • YubiKeys by Yubico provide two-factor authentication by USB

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    I’ve written a few times about two-factor authentication (2FA), where a password (something you know) is paired with a second item, like a device-generated token or one-time code sent via SMS (something you have). A password can be stolen or sometimes extracted, so a second factor makes it substantially more difficult for someone who lacks physical access to you or your stuff to break into one of your accounts. This restricts attackers from accomplishing wholesale attacks across thousands or millions of accounts, unless 2FA is badly implemented or attackers find an exploit. While Apple has…
  • Insecurity blanket: iOS has antivirus makers feeling left out

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you hear the one about the antivirus company CEO who got to opine on TechCrunch about how Apple should open up iOS? Oh, it’s not a joke. Well, maybe it is, actually. “It’s Time For Apple To Open Up” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to Daring Fireball) The writer, John Prisco, is identified thusly: John Prisco is president and CEO of Triumfant. Oh. Huh. You might wonder what Triumfant is other than another charming tech misspelling of an actual word. Pff. They put the link in, dummy. What, does TechCrunch have to spoon feed you someone’s laughable biases or something?
  • The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in stores and online

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal. If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “California, Here We Come…” Introducing SmashingConf Los Angeles 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Great conferences are the ones where you learn, connect and get inspired. We know that, and we put our hearts into crafting events that aren’t just great, but go way beyond expectations. Ready for the next one? With SmashingConf LA 20151, we’ve got a full package: our new US conference with two days packed with quality content, lots of networking and a few mysterious surprises. We thought you might want to join in, too. 2 About The Conference When preparing a conference, we care deeply about how practical and valuable it will be. We look into things that have or haven’t…
  • Freebie: Christmas Icon Set (24, Icons, AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, PNG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Christmas is only a month away, and it’s time to add a few festive icons to your projects, or just freshen up your good ‘ol Christmas cards which you may be planning to give out to your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we’re happy to release the Christmas Icon Set, a set of 24 icons that are all available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. This icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella151 and is free to be used in private as well as commercial projects. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is…
  • How To Create Your Own Front-End Website Testing Plan

    Lawrence Howlett
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    So, your designers and developers have created a fantastic front-end design, which the client is delighted with, and your job now is to test it. Your heart begins to sink: Think of all the browsers, all the devices and all of these web pages you’ve got to test, not to mention the iterations and bug fixes. You need a front-end testing plan. This article shows you what to consider when creating a front-end testing plan and how to test efficiently accross browsers, devices and web pages. Benefits Of A Front-End Testing Plan Clarity on project’s scope Knowing which browsers and devices are…
  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • How Kim's aunt reportedly died

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suffered a fatal stroke while she was on the phone with him, arguing about her husband's execution, according to a defector from the secretive nation.
  • From crime life to kitchen knife

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    When Benny Se Teo was released from prison it was impossible to find a job. So he decided to start his own chain of restaurants, Eighteen chefs. Now he gives ex-offenders the chance he never had and gives them a job.
  • Can Mexico stop corruption?

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mexico's leader proposed a series of reforms Thursday that he hopes will help combat widespread crime and corruption.
  • Bill Cosby

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:58 am
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst and its alumnus Bill Cosby have split ways amid allegations of sexual assault and rape.
  • Weather

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:58 am
    Storm-related power outages hit across the Northeast, leaving some chopping breadcrumbs by flashlight, cooking turkeys on the grill and watching Netflix on phones.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Cyber Weekend Deals from KelbyOne!

    Brad Moore
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Check out these AMAZING DEALS from KelbyOne!Learning Bundles First off, if you want the most bang for your buck, you’ve gotta check out these Learning Bundles! Choose from any of the three bundles, and you’ll get a KelbyOne membership, the Nik Collection by Google, a subscription to Photoshop User Magazine, online access to both the Lightroom Learning Library Vol 1-10 and Light It Learning Libraries Vol 1-10, and the KelbyOne Creative Presets Bundle starting at just $299. Go up from there and you can get great deals on Photoshop World tickets, the Photoshop CC Book for Digital…
  • The Worldwide Photo Walk Leader Competition Winner Announced!

    Scott Kelby
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    This was another really tough one. In fact, I’d say this year’s Leader Competition had the best images submitted of any year yet, and that makes picking one winner a really tough decision. Really tough. I’m announcing the winning image, and three honorable mentions that were all in the running (and any one could have easily have been the winning image — it was that close!).THE WINNER Congratulations to our 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk Leader Competition, Israel Zapata from Spain. I just loved this shot — I love the sense of movement, the expression on the subjects face,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Traditionally this is a day  where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day. Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (known as Black Friday).In the meantime, please enjoy the stock image above…
  • Our Best Cyber Weekend Deals EVER Start Today (this is seriously big!)

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    OK, our Cyber weekend deals start today, and yes it’s our best pricing of the year, hands down, on all sorts of stuff, but dig this…When you sign up for a KelbyOne Annual Membership deal during Cyber Weekend….You get the entire Google/Nik Software Collection included with your membership.That’s right — The entire Nik Collection (it’s usually $149 by itself) included with your membership bundle, and our membership prices are the lowest ever!The collection includes: Silver Efex Pro (the ultimate B&W conversion plug-in) Color Efex Pro (my personal favorite…
  • My 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide

    Scott Kelby
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to my “9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (yes, last year I brought the “Gonzo” back after a brief break because just calling it a “Holiday Gear Guide” lacked that certain, I dunno, “gonzoness.”) So, I now bring you the blog-version of my “Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (which appears in the current issue of Photoshop User magazine, seen above) whose light burns brighter than a thousand suns (insert dramatic pause here), featuring an unbridled collection of 100% absolutely necessary gear that there’s no way we can see clear to live another minute of our…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Create a Unique Bokeh Portrait for Under $10

    Nick Fancher
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This shot was lit with one light on the subject along with the Christmas lights. You can have a luxurious bokeh in any of your images for the low cost of $4.99. Yes, you heard me right, just $4.99. How, you ask? I’ll tell you, but you won’t believe me – Christmas lights. Just a single strand of Christmas lights and a couple of flash units are all you need to immerse your subject in full-blown bokeh bliss. This isn’t a double exposure or a Photoshop trick. It can all be done in camera in a single exposure. I bought a strand of cheap Christmas lights from the store,…
  • A Practical Review of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

    Barry J Brady
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Lens You will hear this from many photographers – “invest in your lenses”. Camera bodies will come and go, but a good lens can last a very long time. This was the advice that I first received when I started taking my photography seriously. Initially, I thought it was a bit hyped. I bought a cheap 70-300mm lens and used it at the first wedding I shot. I thought the images were fantastic until I bought a better lens a year later. I then realized how much difference a good lens can make. This review is not going to be a technical review of the lens. You…
  • The Easy Way to Make Your Own Custom Photoshop Brushes

    Alex Morrison
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’ve never heard about the creative use of brushes in Photoshop, this article is for you. If you already know about using brushes, you’ll be able to ramp up your creativity once you learn this easy skill – making your own brushes. What are Photoshop brushes and why you’d want to learn how to make your own? Photoshop brushes are tools that are mostly used just like regular paint brushes to add strokes of color to your images. Most often people will use them as part of their dodging and burning workflow. Some people also use them in digital painting. The built-in…
  • 3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

    Diego Lapetina
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, in my opinion, landscape photographers are a unique breed. I’m sure that only a hand full of people are willing to hike 10 miles with 25 pounds of photography gear on their back, just because they hope to seize the perfect moment. Generally, in photography, practice leads to improvement. However, practicing landscape photography is a bit trickier since you don’t have control over the light setup, the weather, or the subject.
  • Is Being a Photographer Synonymous With Being an Artist?

    Will G. MacNeil
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sure, the concept of photography falls under the realm of one the arts, but can you strictly label someone an artist based on their job or hobby? Photographers are everywhere nowadays. Beyond the thousands upon thousands of photographers who have businesses and make a living taking pictures, there are also all the families with cameras and anyone who halfway knows how to use a camera phone. Every single one of you who calls yourself a photographer has the opportunity, in my opinion, to call yourself an artist. The term artist has a powerful meaning that is non-discriminatory. You, as an…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Rumor Roundup: 'Reportedly'

    Chris Rawson
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the country I live in, but I figured I'd deliver some turkeys to your doorstep anyway... including, unfortunately, some that were stuffed and baked right here at TUAW. Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change a...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 Instagrab - your Instag...
  • Daily Deals for November 26, 2014, featuring the Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 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....
  • MacTech Conference special this weekend

    Victor Agreda Jr
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you've never been, MacTech Conference is an event for IT Pros, consultants, and techs. This annual event has been fantastic each year since its 2010 inception - and I and others on the TUAW team have been a part of it first hand as media, attendee...
  • Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning off early Apple documents

    John-Michael Bond
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company's life, and then forfeited any future claims tow...
 
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    Strobist

  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

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

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

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • 2014 Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The enthusiast camera category is small, but mighty. These cameras offer more high-end features and controls than their consumer-level counterparts, many doubling as excellent video and still cameras. Expect fast burst rates, strong image quality, solid AF performance and in several cases, 4k video capture. Read our 2014 enthusiast mirrorless roundup and see how the cameras in this category compare
  • 2014 High-end Pocketable Compact Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Optical zooms with fast glass, the ability to capture in Raw, large sensors (compared to those in smartphones), and even EVFs are finding their way into this class of camera. And while they may lack the controls of bulkier enthusiast compacts, many of them offer comparable image quality in a sleeker package 2014 Enthusiast Pocketable Compact Roundup
  • 2014 Enthusiast DSLR Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    There's a lot of action in the enthusiast DSLR segment at the moment, and this category in our seasonal roundup includes the top-performing APS-C DSLRs from each manufacturers. These cameras may not have full frame sensors, but what they do have is pro-level controls and features, borrowed from their high-end cousins. Read more in our 2014 enthusiast DSLR roundup
  • Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014)

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    As a keen enthusiast photographer, which mirrorless camera should I buy?
  • 2014 Mid-range Mirrorless Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    2014 saw the addition of numerous consumer-oriented mirrorless cameras, many borrowing high-end features from their enthusiast-level counterparts. These cameras make for excellent second cameras to a DSLR and great standalone cameras for anyone craving controls, good image quality and a compact size. Find out which we recommend in our 2014 Mid-level mirrorless roundup
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Happy Thanksgiving Lightroom Lovers!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving (whoo hoo!) as traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a massive Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day. If it’s not Thanksgiving where you live today, I wish you and your family a wonderful “Thursday” (and it’s totally cool to have a turkey feast today either way.
  • Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Just came across this article over at Lightstalking.com called “3 Lightroom Tweaks to Get Your Landscape Photographs to Sing” written by British travel photographer Jason Row. Worth checking out (here’s the link).     The post Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • TIP: What To Do If You’ve Lost The Original Image File…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is pretty strong case for creating Smart Previews when you import your images into Lightroom, because even though the Smart Preview is smaller than the original, it’s actually larger than you’d think (it’s 2,540 pixels on the longest edge). That way, if you get in a bind and lose the original image (for whatever reason), you can Export the Smart Preview as a DNG file so you will have a physical file that you can actually print around letter size at 240 ppi — that’s ain’t bad. So while it won’t have the same full resolution as the original, at least…
  • If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik Collection of LR Plug-ins, Now’s Your Chance

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Today we kicked off our “Cyber Weekend” deals at KelbyOne, and well…check this out. When you buy an annual KelbyOne membership (as low as $149) you get the full Nik software collection of LR/PS plug-ins included with your membership. The full collection! Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, the new Analog Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro — all of it (heck, the collection itself sells for $149). Anyway, pretty incredible deals on memberships and a whole bunch of other stuff. Our “Cyber Weekend Deal Page” is at this link.    The post If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik…
  • My “Magic Number” for Nice Subtle Edge Vignetting

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Adding a vignette (darkening the edges all the way around the image to focus the attention on your subject) is definitely one of those things you either love with the passion of a thousand burning suns, or you hate it with every fiber of your being. Most folks fall on one side or the other (kind of like people feel about HDR), but I think one reason is that, like HDR, people tend to greatly overdue their vignettes making them really obvious and over the top. Personally, I’m a fan of adding a very subtle vignette — one that you wouldn’t really even notice was there (a kind of…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices

    Richard Padilla
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Earlier this year, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced the E-Label Act, which would allow for companies to meet the FCC's demands for certification labels by placing digital stamps on a device's software as opposed to etching information on hardware. The senators argued that the changes would allow manufacturers to save money and pass savings onto consumers. This was followed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) loosening its rules for labeling, stating that manufacturers could bypass etching FCC labels on their devices in favor of labeling by…
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Earlier this week, news hit that the teaser for the much-anticipated movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be shown in a selection of theaters on Friday, November 28, and but it turns out the trailer will also be featured online, on Apple's iTunes Trailers website, on the Apple TV, and through the iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS. According to tweets from both the iTunes Trailers and Star Wars Twitter accounts, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser will be shared online by Apple this Friday, on November 28, at an unspecified time.The Force will be with @iTunesTrailers this Friday.
  • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

    Roman Loyola
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You've made your list, you've checked it twice. Now it's time to get gifts for the folks on that list. But what should you buy, especially for the tech-savvy people? You can turn to many of the gift guides on the web, but our guide is for the devoted Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. Pick up one of our suggestions, or use them as inspiration to figure out a gift on your own. Mac Gifts Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor: HD is passé. It's all about Ultra HD now, also known as 4K video. The PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. At a $649 list price and frequently…
  • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    With Black Friday quickly approaching, retailers and app developers alike are beginning to offer deep discounts on their products. Flexibits has decided to kick off its holiday sales a bit early, and is now offering its popular Fantastical line of apps at ultra low prices. Fantastical 2 for the iPad has been discounted from $14.99 to $4.99, which is 65 percent off. That's the lowest price Flexibits has ever offered on the iPad version of the app. [Direct Link] Fantastical 2 for the iPhone is available for $1.99, down from $4.99, which is 60 percent off. [Direct Link]…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Since their September launch, Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have produced record-setting revenue and sales for Apple, but looking beyond financials, the handset also is radically changing the reading habits of those who own the large-sized devices, according to news-reading service Pocket. Pocket recently analyzed 2 million article and video opens and examined the reading behavior of readers both before and after the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In particular, the study compared how iPhone and iPad usage changed after the recent iPhone launch. According to the results, customers with an…
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    CNN Travel

  • Japan as you've never seen it before

    laurama
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Asako Narahashi's seemingly semi-submerged photographs frame water and land as if they were taken by a castaway catching sight of shoreTags: art photographytravel photography
  • The importance of darshinis: A guide to southern India's ubiquitous roadside cafes

    hiufu
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Indian city of Bangalore is home to more than 5,000 darshini cafes. Here's a handful to tryThe traveler in India will encounter endless places to eat -- but more and more often, especially in the southern part of the country, the humble "darshini" is where they'll wind up.  Darshinis are small, roadside cafes associated especially with the city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), identified by high steel tables, open kitchens and limited menus. For legions of loyal customers -- from office drones to day laborers -- they're prized for quick, affordable, self-serve meals. Hot…
  • The real 'Grand Budapest Hotel' and other great day trips from Berlin

    laurama
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    The tiny town of Goerlitz has become a star in movies like Wes Anderson's latest production, while Potsdam and Leipzig ooze charm and historyTags: day tripsBerlin WallDestination BerlinEurope travel
  • Nasty U.S. storm clears just in time for Thanksgiving

    laurama
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    It's a holiday travel miracle! The storms are leaving and conditions expected return to normal following huge delaysTags: winter weathercancel flightstravel delays
  • How do you empty an A380's toilets?

    laurama
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
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