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  • 5 rags-to-riches success stories

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you think of Dr. Seuss, you probably think of green eggs and ham––ew. But you should be inspired by Dr. Seuss because he started out as a failure. His first book was rejected by twenty-seven different publishers! Good thing he didn’t give up, because now he’s one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. Michael Jordan was a goofy kid who wasn’t very tall and didn’t come from an athletic family. He made it into the NBA, but his jump shot stank. So he practiced it hundreds and hundreds of times until it was perfect. See the rest of the…
  • The Top 10 Reasons Apple Rejects Apps From the App Store

    Mashable
    Karissa Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    For many developers, the most stressful part of launching a new app is waiting for Apple's approval. This critical final step can delay an otherwise precisely timed release or present other last-minute hurdles for developers who have already spent weeks or months on development. Though Apple already has a detailed set of guidelines for developers, the company explained common issues with App Store submissions in a new post on its site for developers. See also: Top 25 Free iPhone Apps of All Time The company revealed the top 10 reasons apps get rejected from the App Store during the final week…
  • Pondering The Selfie, With The Queen Of England

    Fast Company
    Sarah Kessler
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Queen of England thinks its "strange" to see a wall of cellphone cameras wherever she goes. I agree, but here's why I'm not disgusted.I realized the word "selfie" had, in some circles, all but replaced the word "photo" during the long weekend I spent entrenched in the world of YouTube fandom at VidCon. Though the mobs of mostly teenage girls would, when I asked them why they had come to the conference, say they wanted to meet their favorite YouTube celebrities, the chief prize was a collection of selfies that featured their favorite YouTube celebrities as props.Read Full Story
  • Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
     A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More
  • While you were out... (news from late August)

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Two pieces of good news you might have missed while you were away: a. I posted an opening for one or two paid internships. You still have a week to share this with a friend. b. Thanks to my wonderful readers and my colleague Bernadette Jiwa, we were able to raise more than our goal of $200,000 for charity: water. Thanks to everyone who pitched in. We missed you. Welcome back.        
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  • 5 rags-to-riches success stories

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you think of Dr. Seuss, you probably think of green eggs and ham––ew. But you should be inspired by Dr. Seuss because he started out as a failure. His first book was rejected by twenty-seven different publishers! Good thing he didn’t give up, because now he’s one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. Michael Jordan was a goofy kid who wasn’t very tall and didn’t come from an athletic family. He made it into the NBA, but his jump shot stank. So he practiced it hundreds and hundreds of times until it was perfect. See the rest of the…
  • Feeling hot, hot, hot: GoPro gets up-close footage of a rocket engine firing [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Standing at the base of a HEAT2X engine test isn’t a sight for the naked human eye to feast upon, so Copenhagen Suborbitals sent in the next best thing, a GoPro Hero3, which lived up to its name, surviving the test and getting blasted off its mount to boot. Hang in there to the end of the video to see how the camera fared. Full story at YouTube via The Blaze. Photography experiments. Graphics credit: Canva  
  • 7 employees you should fire immediately [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There are seven types of employees that you need to get put on the chopping block as soon as you have the opportunity. See this infographic to figure out who will be first against the wall when you’re in charge.   Full story at Lifehack. More business advice. Photo credit: Canva
  • 5 ways to be more efficient at college

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    University is no longer about taking your time, exploring your options, and becoming a better person. It’s about getting out as quickly as possible without being crushed by student loan debt. As sad as it is, that’s the truth. Take a look at these five tips for being more efficient at university. Start by taking courses at a community (or junior) college in order to get transfer credits and get out of that joint as quickly as possible. Also make sure you pick the right friends––a bad group can send you into a time-wasting spiral of partying and sociology (just kidding!). But…
  • Turkey’s tiny two-headed snake

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Unlike a recent post, which we prefaced with the warning that it wasn’t a two-headed snake, this one out of Turkey appears to be the real deal (and far less disturbing than a creeping horde of larvae). According to the BBC: The young snake appears to belong to the Coluber genus of thin-bodied, fast-moving snakes commonly known as racers. Cuneyt Alpguven, who works at Antalya Aquarium’s reptile house, says two-headed snakes are very rare and have little chance of surviving in the wild. “Being two-headed is a major disadvantage, because its anatomical structure makes it more…
 
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  • The Top 10 Reasons Apple Rejects Apps From the App Store

    Karissa Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    For many developers, the most stressful part of launching a new app is waiting for Apple's approval. This critical final step can delay an otherwise precisely timed release or present other last-minute hurdles for developers who have already spent weeks or months on development. Though Apple already has a detailed set of guidelines for developers, the company explained common issues with App Store submissions in a new post on its site for developers. See also: Top 25 Free iPhone Apps of All Time The company revealed the top 10 reasons apps get rejected from the App Store during the final week…
  • Could 2015 Finally Be the Wii U's Year?

    Chelsea Stark
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Let's face it, it's been a tough two years for the Wii U. But fans of the console may finally be rewarded this holiday and into 2015 — Nintendo confirmed in a tweet Monday that some of its biggest franchises would come to Wii U in 2015. The console's first year was marked with very few game releases. Die-hard fans who purchased the console at launch were rewarded with whole stretches of time with no new games. The following year was better, with standout hits like Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8, but still didn't necessarily offer a wide enough lineup of titles See also: Continue…
  • CeeLo Green's Rape Tweets Spark Backlash: 'Disgusting Piece of Trash'

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    After pleading no contest to felony drug charges on Friday for sneaking ecstasy into a woman's drink in 2012, CeeLo Green posted several controversial tweets His comments, which were replies to other Twitter users, referenced rape ("where is your plausible proof anyone was raped") and discussed consensual sex (""if someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent"). See also: Justin Bieber Arrested in Canada After ATV Collision With Minivan The singer's tweets have since been deleted, and his account was temporarily deactivated, but people took screenshots…
  • Should You Click on Those Nude Celeb Photos? A Flowchart for Everyone on the Internet

    Max Knoblauch
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    If you're not sure whether you should look at the hacked nude photos of celebrities that were exposed this weekend, let us help you: No. No you should not. If there's any question in your mind, you're probably asking yourself questions like, "Do I be a good person or do I be a not good person?" and "Do I value privacy or do I not value privacy?" Tough one. See also: The Hard Truth About Your Online Life This solid flowchart will hopefully help you figure out where you stand on this complicated issue. Image: Mashable Illustration Max KnoblauchHave something to add to this story? Share it in…
  • Reddit Users Get Remorse Over Nude Pictures, Try Donating to Charity

    Brian Koerber
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    UPDATE, September, 2, 5:32 p.m. ET: The Prostate Cancer Foundation have shut down the charity page referenced below and released the following statement. "A post appeared on Reddit late Monday afternoon, September 1, 2014. A Reddit user directed other Reddit users to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation without the Foundation’s knowledge. We would never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner. Out of respect for everyone involved and in keeping with our own standards, we are returning all donations that resulted from this post." Remorseful Redditors are…
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    Fast Company

  • Pondering The Selfie, With The Queen Of England

    Sarah Kessler
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Queen of England thinks its "strange" to see a wall of cellphone cameras wherever she goes. I agree, but here's why I'm not disgusted.I realized the word "selfie" had, in some circles, all but replaced the word "photo" during the long weekend I spent entrenched in the world of YouTube fandom at VidCon. Though the mobs of mostly teenage girls would, when I asked them why they had come to the conference, say they wanted to meet their favorite YouTube celebrities, the chief prize was a collection of selfies that featured their favorite YouTube celebrities as props.Read Full Story
  • The Celeb Photo Leak: Is Using ICloud Safe?

    Chris Gayomali
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Yes, probably. But ensuring that all your nudes and private information are protected is really goddamn complicated.Over the weekend, dozens of intimate and private photos belonging to famous women were published to the Internet, awakening a dormant kraken of horny males all flocking to their computers in chorus. Although it's unclear how the collection was obtained, the flood of images on 4chan--and, not much later, on Reddit and Twitter--sparked a smorgasbord of misogyny and victim-shaming, and called into question the security of the cloud.Read Full Story
  • Apple Says iCloud And Find My iPhone Were Not Breached In Celeb Photo Leaks

    Alice Truong
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Hackers may have stolen account information or correctly answered security questions to gain access to celebrities' iCloud accounts.In light of the hacks that resulted in the leak of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities, Apple said Tuesday its investigation finds none of these cases resulted from a breach of its iCloud or Find my iPhone services.Read Full Story
  • NASA Wants Your Tweets And Images For Its Space Time Capsule

    Alice Truong
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The capsule will travel to the asteroid Bennu and return to Earth in 2023.NASA is asking the public to submit messages and images shared via social media for a time capsule that it will launch in 2016 alongside a scientific mission to the asteroid Bennu. The capsule is scheduled to return to Earth in 2023 with a sample of the 1,760-foot-wide asteroid.Read Full Story
  • How Atlantic City's Revel Casino Lost The Urban Planning Gamble

    Miles Kohrman
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Stricken casino Revel wasn't just a place to lose your savings; it was a multibillion dollar bet to redefine a dying city.Even in its final moments, Revel couldn't catch a break: Atlantic City, New Jersey's ill-fated, multibillion dollar development project was evacuated at 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning by a fire alarm, just hours before shutting its doors after two years of unrelenting financial turmoil.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    Alex Wilhelm
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
     A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More
  • The Road To Disrupt: Bitcovery And Hammer & Chisel

    Sam O'Keefe
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    On this week’s Road To Disrupt, we’re back with Bitcovery and Hammer & Chisel and revisit their on-stage Startup Battlefield presentation at Disrupt SF 2013. Read More
  • 3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    John Biggs
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More
  • Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

    Frederic Lardinois
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
     Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team — one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Researchers in Martinis’ lab were among the first to use this technique back in 2008. Read More
  • Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

    Jeffery Bennett
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More
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  • While you were out... (news from late August)

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Two pieces of good news you might have missed while you were away: a. I posted an opening for one or two paid internships. You still have a week to share this with a friend. b. Thanks to my wonderful readers and my colleague Bernadette Jiwa, we were able to raise more than our goal of $200,000 for charity: water. Thanks to everyone who pitched in. We missed you. Welcome back.        
  • The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    "Sorry, you didn't make the team. We did the cuts today." "We did play auditions all day yesterday, and so many people turned out, there just wasn't a role for you. We picked people who were more talented." "You're on the bench until your skills improve. We want to win." Ask the well-meaning coaches and teachers running the tryouts and choosing who gets to play, ask them who gets on stage and who gets fast tracked, and they'll explain that life is a meritocracy, and it's essential to teach kids that they're about to enter a world where people get picked based on performance. Or, they might…
  • Forgive yourself

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round. Forgive yourself for being afraid. But don't let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.        
  • It's a great book, it has no typos!

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    And you really have to check out this hotel, it's dark in your room at night. And quiet, too. Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable. Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.        
  • Turning passion on its head

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Instead of, "do what you love," perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, "love what you do." If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work.        
 
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    WIRED

  • When It Comes to Innovation, Small Ideas Can Mean Big Wins

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Let’s do some word association. What’s your first thought when someone talks about “innovation” at your company? You probably think of “ground-breaking changes” and “drastic overhauls.” Gmail, the XBox, Nike Air, the Post-It Note. “We’re gonna make millions…” Yes, those certainly fit the definition of innovation. But there’s something to be said for getting the innovation ball rolling […]
  • Listen to Chubby Checker Sing About Dig Dug on a Lost Demo Tape

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Let's take a moment and listen to this song about Dig Dug, as sung by Chubby Checker.
  • The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As nude celebrity photos spilled onto the web over the weekend, blame for the scandal has rotated from the scumbag hackers who stole the images to a researcher who released a tool used to crack victims’ iCloud passwords to Apple, whose security flaws may have made that cracking exploit possible in the first place. But one […]
  • Possible Explosions North of Vatnajökull as Icelandic Eruption Continues

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Quick post today, but RUV.is is reporting that three small explosions occurred in the area just north of Vatnajökull. The nature of the explosions are unknown at this point, but from the rough translation of the article in Icelandic, they sound an awful lot like a phreatic explosion — that is, explosions driven by steam.
  • The Celebrity Photo Hacks Couldn’t Have Come at a Worse Time for Apple

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The message to the world is that if it's that easy to hack Jennifer Lawrence's iCloud account, it's probably that easy to hack mine, too.
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution by Greg Whelan of RankExperts. 5. Relying on Backlinks Alone The use of SEO has been on the rise for a long time, especially for people who venture in online business. However, while SEO is considered a core tool in enhancing online businesses, the same trend can trigger adverse effects if not implemented in the right way. There are certain limits that you must observe when employing SEO for your business – in other words, SEO for business should never be used blindly. A great number of online businesses are established each day with most of them turning…
  • How to Create Massive Value Content & Blow Your Readers’ Minds

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Let’s face it. Your readers are selfish. The moment they land on your blog, they look for “what’s in it for me?”. And that’s not such a bad thing after all. Knowledge is power. Once you know what they are looking for, you can serve it to them. At the time of writing this, there are 152,000,000 blogs on the Net. That means every half a second, a new blog is created somewhere in the world. It’s getting harder and harder to be found in the blogosphere and this is not changing in the future. If you’re passionate about your topic,…
  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Insert Citations in Multiple Formats Easily with Google Docs

    Patrick Allan
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Google Docs is a great free writing tool with a ton of great hidden features , including the research tool. You can save yourself some time and use the research sidebar to automatically insert the appropriate citations you need for your paper.Read more...
  • Cover Trampoline Springs with Pool Noodles

    Patrick Allan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Trampolines can be dangerous, especially those ugly, evil springs along the outside. You can help alleviate the danger by covering those springs with a few cuts made in basic pool noodles.Read more...
  • Four Ways to Organize Your Money Based on Your Personality

    Molly Triffin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Not all the money advice you read necessarily applies to your personality—different types of people need to utilize different strategies. Whether you're too much of a perfectionist, a procrastinator, or a stockpiler of needless paperwork, here are four strategies to deal with your money persona.Read more...
  • Gawker Walmart Workers Rant About the "Nonsense" New Dress Code | Gizmodo How to Keep Photos of Your

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Gawker Walmart Workers Rant About the "Nonsense" New Dress Code | Gizmodo How to Keep Photos of Your Naked Body Off the Internet | io9 The Disturbingly Inexact Science Of Food Expiration Dates | Kotaku Even YouTube's Most Popular Gamer Is Sick Of The Comments | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Six Factors that Explain Why You Have Off Days When Exercising

    Thorin Klosowski
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    No matter how often you exercise, we all have that weird experience where a routine will feel great one day and horrible the next. There are many factors at play, but The Wall Street Journal lists the six most common reasons for an off day.Read more...
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  • Apple Discussing Mobile Payments Partnership With Nordstrom

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Nordstrom may be one of Apple's first merchant partners when Apple launches its upcoming mobile payment initiative, reports Bank Innovation. Apple is said to be in talks with Nordstrom about its payments service, suggesting Nordstrom could be one of the first retailers to support payments via iPhone.The "talks" Nordstrom and Apple have been engaged are related to payments -- but the extent of those talks is unclear. Apple was looking for a clothing brand with a large physical reach, our source said, but also with an established and high-end brand. With a strong brick-and-mortar presence, but…
  • Pre-Launch Adoption of OS X Yosemite 33 Times Higher Than for Mavericks

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Adoption of OS X Yosemite is steadily increasing ahead of its fall launch, due to both a system-wide redesign and the introduction of a public beta for the first time. As of August, Yosemite was installed on approximately 2.6 million machines or 3.3 percent of all Macs, according to new numbers from Net Applications (via Computerworld). For August, Yosemite powered 3.3% of all Macs, according to metrics vendor Net Applications. That was 33 times the user share of its predecessor, OS X Mavericks, in September 2013, one month before its official launch, and nearly one-third of Mavericks' share…
  • Celebrity iCloud Accounts Compromised by Weak Passwords, Not iCloud Breach

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    A breach of Apple's iCloud and Find My iPhone service was not involved in the recent hacking incident that saw the private photos and videos of several celebrities leaked onto the Internet, according to a press release just issued by Apple. Instead, celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised by a targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions. We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers'…
  • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the sixth Developer Preview and three months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A343f, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. There's also a new version of Xcode 6, an OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview, and an updated version of Apple Configurator 1.7. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more.
  • Prototype 2,915 mAh Battery for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Once Again Shown in Photos

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    New photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] once again claim to show a 2,915 mAh capacity battery from the 5.5-inch model of the iPhone 6. These details follow an earlier Nowhereelse.fr report that showcased a claimed rear shell from the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. The battery in these latest photos appears identical to one detailed in a leak last month from Chinese site Apple Daily, down to the March 2014 manufacturing date. The authenticity of either part is unconfirmed, but both batteries have markings similar to other Apple batteries and appear to be sized for a larger…
 
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  • The Important Power of NEXT

    Chris Brogan
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m going through survey results as they relate to my recent webinar (now available on demand). Of the hundreds, who attended and purchased, I received surveys back from about 115. Of those, 111 people were positive to very positive, with some being effusive in their praise and kindness. Four people said fairly negative and disappointed things. They hated it. They thought it wasn’t worth it. They thought I was a bad man, whatever. Now, pop quiz: guess which feedback I’ve been thinking about for days? (Aw, you already know, because YOU do the same thing!)Continue Reading
  • Comfort is the Enemy

    Chris Brogan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    All of my work seems to be pointing to the same direction lately. People are struggling. They’re running out of time, running out of money, running out of motivation. If I’m to take everyone at their word, they’ve “tried everything” and “nothing works.” And yet, what I see, more and more, is that “good enough” or “you tried” or “why work so hard” are gaining momentum in every direction. Comfort is the Enemy The economy isn’t why people aren’t buying your product or service. Your competition isn’t…
  • How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole – or What Separates Me From Most People

    Chris Brogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Jacq and I work well together. She has this uncanny ability to point me towards interesting things that end up being passions of mine. She decides to get back into lifting weights, and then I rush out and get fanatical about it. She decides to work promoting Visalus, and then I go nuts. Jacq’s given me lots of ideas over the past few years. In talking about this, we both realized there something that separates me from lots of other people. I love to fail. How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole I should probably rephrase that. I don’t love to fail. Who does? Last place? Yay! No, not…
  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved chrisbrogan.com to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
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  • The Marketer’s Guide to Using Quizzes to Reach and Engage Your Audience

    Josh Haynam
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 5, 2014, a food blog called Food52 shared a quiz on Twitter titled, “Which cake are you?” The quiz was built to raise awareness for several new cake recipes on the site, and the results of the quiz showed each quiz taker’s “cake type,” as well as a link to check out the recipe for said cake on Food52′s blog. By the end of the day on July 7, just three days later, the quiz had been viewed more than 20,000 times — it was a hit. Food52′s quiz-success story is not the only recent one. In the last six months, quizzes have been popping up at…
  • A Quick Note About the History of Labor Day That You May Not Realize …

    Jerod Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first Monday of September is upon us, which means that it is Labor Day in the United States (and Labour Day in Canada). Have you ever wondered why North America celebrates Labor Day in September, while many parts of the rest of the world celebrate International Workers’ Day on the first day of May? Turns out, U.S. political leaders in the late 19th century probably wanted to avoid association with the violent Haymarket Massacre that served as part of the inspiration for International Workers’ Day. (It’s a remarkable story, if you don’t know it.) Yes, while we think…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • Two Important Announcements for Writers

    Sonia Simone
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, you may have seen yesterday the abrupt announcement that Google is, at least for the moment, discontinuing their Authorship functionality for search results and webmaster tools. For those in our Authority community, as well as those in our Certified Content Marketer program, we’ll be holding a special live Q&A session with Brian Clark on what this means for web writers as we move forward. Just log in to your Member Dashboard to find out how to attend. You’ll also get your usual Tuesday email with all of the instructions. And secondly, if you aren’t in one of those…
  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
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    Macworld

  • One more time: Use two-factor authentication on iCloud, even if there's a waiting period

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Celebrities probably aren’t used to proving they are who they say they are. People recognize them wherever they go. Your online accounts should not treat you like a celebrity. Forget about remembering you from last time—even just giving your username and password shouldn’t be enough to get you through the door. Two-factor authentication is the way to go, especially for cloud storage services, where you might be storing all kind of private data you don’t want hackers to find.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple says iCloud flaw not at root of celebrity photo hack

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Addressing a widespread hack of celebrities’ photos, Apple on Tuesday issued an update on its investigation into the incident and said that it was continuing to work with law enforcement on the matter. According to the company, more than 40 hours of investigation from the company’s engineers has established that the accounts that were compromised were the subjects of a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.” While previous reports suggested that a flaw in iCloud was responsible for the hack, Apple says that none of the cases it has looked into were tied…
  • Automate your Mac: The smart way to handle repetitive Mac chores

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Smart Mac users know that taking a little time to figure out a faster way to do something pays off in the long run. That’s why they take advantage of tools like Automator, AppleScript, Keyboard Maestro, TextExpander, Hazel, If This Then That, and others—tools that let you automate little tasks you perform frequently, so you make them happen with single keystrokes (or other quick triggers) instead of running through each step every time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • A City Sleeps hands-on: This musical shoot-em-up will give you nightmares

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Rock Band creator Harmonix has another new game and this time it's an ultra-hard shoot-em-up. Plus it comes out in October. We got a chance to try it out at PAX.
  • Why Apple’s mobile-payments system might actually work

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Rumors have been flying about Apple launching a payment system next week, and Dan Frommer lays out the reasons while the time may finally be ripe. (qz.com)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Google Copies ReadWrite, Dumping "Enterprise" For "Work"

    Owen Thomas
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Google is dumping the tired "enterprise" label for its business products, renaming them Google for Work.Gosh, where have we heard that one before? Oh, right—here on ReadWrite, where, two months ago, we switched our coverage of business tools from the section formerly known as Enterprise to a new section known as ... yes, Work.We can only applaud Google's change. Google has always championed bringing consumer-friendly software like Gmail and Google Docs into the work world. The Google Enterprise name is a leftover from an earlier era—a brief period in Google's infancy when the company…
  • How Big Data Reveals The Secret Life Of Cities

    Alex Salkever
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Data At Work profiles data scientists working at the cutting edge of Big Data.Suppose data scientists could track how people move through cities and towns as easily as e-commerce sites track them online?Don't answer that. It's already happening—thanks, at least in part, to a startup called StreetLight Data.StreetLight founder and CEO Laura Schewel was working on a doctorate in energy engineering at UC Berkeley when she had the “ah-ha” idea of using data from cell towers, traffic-data aggregators and GPS satellites to track people's movement patterns in cities and states across the…
  • Why So Few Women Are Studying Computer Science

    Selena Larson
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    University students around the country are packing up their cars and making the annual pilgrimage to dorm rooms or sparsely-decorated apartments to kick off the school year. They’re pounding the concrete in Ikea for last-minute bathroom accessories, and hugging their parents goodbye until fall break. The university experience prepares young adults for future careers. It teaches them required skills, and introduces them to peers who may one day become coworkers. For one field in particular, the classes, and for now, the future, look similar to the fraternity houses that line a college town's…
  • Vine Stars Are The New Boy Bands

    Stephanie Chan
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you're still reeling from the idea that YouTube stars can cultivate teen fandemonium comparable to 90's era boy bands—get ready, because it's happening again. Vine stars—the niche, digital media celebrities who have gained popularity over fleeting, six second clips—have caught on like wildfire amongst teen girls. The Jack and Jack Digitour tourbusMeet Jack and Jack. Jack Gilinsky, 17, and Jack Johnson, 18, are two teens from Omaha, Nebraska, who garnered fame by creating humorous six-second clips together on Vine. The duo, who arrived in San Francisco last week as a part of…
  • Letting Robots Make Decisions Also Makes Human Workers Happier

    Lauren Orsini
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Despite everything we've learned from science fiction, giving robotic workers more control may be the key to human happiness in the workplace, an MIT study suggests.MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) conducted a study in which three workers—two humans and a PR-2 humanoid robot (pictured above)—completing an engineering task together. There were three conditions to the study: manual, or totally human organized; autonomous, or totally managed by the robot; and semi-autonomous, in which the robot assigned tasks to one person, and the other person assigned tasks…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Building A Simple Cross-Browser Offline To-Do List With IndexedDB And WebSQL

    Matt Andrews
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Making an application work offline can be a daunting task. In this article, Matthew Andrews, a lead developer behind FT Labs, shares a few insights he had learned along the way while building the FT application. Matthew will also be running a “Making It Work Offline” workshop1 at our upcoming Smashing Conference in Freiburg in mid-September 2014. — Ed. We’re going to make a simple offline-first to-do application2 with HTML5 technology. Here is what the app will do: store data offline and load without an Internet connection; allow the user to add and delete items in the to-do…
  • Think Your App Is Beautiful? Not Without User Experience Design

    Dave Feldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Lately, every app is “beautiful”. If you read tech news, you’ve seen this pageant: Beautiful charts and graphs1. Beautiful stories2. Beautiful texting3. Beautiful notebooks4. Beautiful battery information5. Aspiring to beauty in our designs is admirable. But it doesn’t guarantee usability, nor is it a product or marketing strategy. Like “simple” and “easy” before it, “beautiful” says very little about the product. How many people, fed up with PowerPoint, cry out in frustration, “If only it were more beautiful”? At best, the problem is simple: No one has figured…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 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 September 2014.
  • Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference

    Maurizio Piacenza
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    To badge or not to badge? That is the question. Because badges — and a lot of stuff designed for conferences — often look the same. But if you have a little, different conference, you need different kinds of things. Badges included. It all started in 2013 with the first Kerning conference1. I was asked to design the official notebook: we ended up with a really typographic design for the cover and a funny pattern on the back. And an Easter egg on the cover — more on that later. It was a really funny project, so when my dear friend Cristiano Rastelli2, a member of Kerning’s…
  • Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You

    Jon Arne Sæterås and Luca Passani
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a website that is viewable on mobile devices. In the early days of responsive web design, creating breakpoints in CSS for particular screen sizes was common, like 320 pixels for iPhone and 768 pixels for iPad, and then we tested and monitored those devices. As responsive design has evolved, we now more often start with the content and then set breakpoints when the content “breaks.” This means that you might end up with quite a few…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • U.S. detainees in North Korea speak

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Will Ripley penetrates North Korea's veil of secrecy and speaks with detainees Kenneth Bae, Michael Miller & Jeffrey Fowle.
  • Somalia

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A suspected U.S. drone strike targeted senior leaders of Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, but it's not clear if the leader of the Islamic militant group was wounded or killed, a Somali official said Tuesday.
  • Should young women see 'Fifty Shades'?

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Sometimes I wonder -- am I done parenting yet? My daughters are out of the house, and (almost) out of grad school. They know all about the birds and the bees. The last thing I should be worrying about is their sex lives. When your kids are 23 and 26, the operative words are: "Butt out."          
  • Apparent killer: 'I'm back, Obama'

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The similarities are striking.
  • Terrorist group releases video

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    American journalist Steven Sotloff speaks to the camera in the ISIS video before his apparent execution.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Greetings from Vegas: It’s Photoshop World Conference Week!!!!!

    Scott Kelby
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hey everybody, sorry for the late post (it was a late night…), but anyway….greetings from Vegas!!!It’s here: Photoshop World kicks off today with the pre-conference workshops; the parties start tonight, and tomorrow we’re live-streaming Adobe’s keynote, so “it’s on.” Just a couple of quick things:First,  get the latest Attendee Newsletter Lots of important information in there for today. Here’s the link (or click on that graphic above).Also, make sure you download the Photoshop World App For iPhone and Android phones, and we’ve put every minute of the…
  • My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships

    Scott Kelby
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I just released a post over at Exposure.co (the photo story-telling site) with the story of my first time ever shooting a pro tennis tournament, and in this case it was Day One of the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York (these shots were taken last Monday).I was only able to shoot starting at the 11:00 am matches and then I had to leave by 3:30 pm to catch my flight to St. Louis for my seminar there (which was awesome! Shout out to all the folks in St. Louis who came out and in Kansas City two days later. Awesome crowds — super nice people!).Research Beforehand Really…
  • Special “This Weekend Only” Deal For My Readers on a 15″ Toshiba Laptop

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Every once in a while we’re able to snag a special deal for folks who read my blog, and this one is pretty sweet if you’re looking for a pimped-out PC laptop. Here’s the deal:The full specs are on their site, but it’s a 15.6″ Toshiba laptop with a 4K touchscreen display, and it comes with Lightroom, it runs Windows 8, it’s got 16GB of Ram, a 1-TB hard Drive and you get for just $1299The retail price is $1799, and there’s already a $200 off promo, but we have an exclusive $300 additional code so my readers get a total of $500 off (sweet!) but the deal…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Everything You Need to Know About Lightroom and Colour Space

    Andrew S. Gibson
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This diagram shows the three colour spaces that Lightroom works with. Photo from Wikipedia One of the key differences between Lightroom and Photoshop is their approach to colour management. In Photoshop, once out of Adobe Camera Raw, you can go to the Colour Settings menu option and tell Photoshop in which colour space you want it to work. How Lightroom works Lightroom works differently. When processing Raw files, Lightroom uses the ProPhotoRGB colour space the whole time, and there’s nothing you can do to change it. The benefits of this method are: Less colour information is lost during…
  • Cartier-Bresson and Stieglitz – Study the Masters of Photography to Become a Better Photographer

    Adam Welch
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is an unnervingly common trait among photographers, image makers, picture people, etc. Sometimes we forget that the reason we have access to such awesome gear and techniques, is because those who came before us in our trade figured them out, practiced them, advance them, and then left us a legacy of knowledge. The further we go back through the history of photography, the more prevalent this apathy becomes. What do you have to learn from someone who used a camera less advanced than a garage door opener? Well, as it turns out, we stand to learn a lot. Maybe not from a technological…
  • How to Secure Your First Music Gig Photo Pass

    Will Barnes
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The hardest part about gaining a photo pass for a large gig is in needing a strong portfolio of concert photos – getting a portfolio of works together when you can’t get access to shows makes things quite tricky. This article will explore how to build your first portfolio and in turn how to secure your first photo pass. While She Sleeps, shot for Brighton Noise Get the gear A lot of photographers will say it doesn’t matter which gear you have, and that it’s all about how you use what you’ve got. I completely disagree with this for music photography, you will need a…
  • 5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Travel Photos

    Kav Dadfar
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is no doubt that travel photography is an incredibly rewarding profession because you have an opportunity to tell stories through your own pictures. But it is also one of the most challenging genres to master. Besides having to be able to photograph everything from people and architecture, to food and landscapes, you are also often at the mercy of the elements. Getting a great travel photo isn’t easy and it often doesn’t come about by luck. You have to be willing to work hard to capture the shot that you want. Here are 5 simple tips to help you improve your travel photos: 1. Do your…
  • Interview: Oded Wagenstein – Author of Snapn Travel Guide and dPS Writer

    Andrew S. Gibson
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Oded Wagenstein is a travel photographer and writer. He’s built a reputation taking intimate portraits from around the world and is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler magazine (Hebrew edition). Regular readers will be familiar with Oded’s wonderful photography and articles. We’re interviewing him here at dPS because we have just published his new ebook about travel photography. It’s called Snapn Travel – A lifetime of travel memories in a snap, and it’s available from our sister site Snapn Guides. It’s a fantastic ebook that will help any photographer who is…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Inateck Portable USB 3.0 Hub with SD card reader is fast, light and versatile

    Steven Sande
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    A lot of the USB 3.0 hubs we see here at the TUAW Labs have two things in common -- they're fairly good sized and they can only be used as a USB 3.0 hub. Accessory manufacturer Inateck has released the Portable USB 3.0 Hub Model HB4008 (US$39.99, but...
  • And you wonder why Apple bought Beats...

    Yoni Heisler
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats caught almost everyone off guard. Not only was the purchase price drastically higher than what Apple typically spends for acquisitions, but Apple's interest in Beats in and of itself was the source of much...
  • Radiohead releases new music through PolyFauna app

    John-Michael Bond
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This past February, Radiohead released their first iOS app, an experimental music and art project called PolyFauna. Using music from their King of Limbs recording session as the background for abstract and evolving visuals, the app was equal parts...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 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 Red Clock - The Minimal...
  • Sims 4 hasn't made a home on OS X, and I'm OK with that

    Mike Wehner
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today's big release of Sims 4 was not celebrated by OS X devotees thanks to EA's decision to make the game a Windows-only affair, at least for the time being. An FAQ posted on the Sims 4 website makes the potential future of a Mac edition unclear,...
 
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    Strobist

  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
  • Choosing Cases and Carts

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    You can't exactly put this stuff in your pocket. And what you get to carry it around will be largely driven by, well, what you care carrying around.Most of you will end up using two small lights with stands and mods and a modest bag of camera gear. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You can do a ton of cool stuff with two speedlights. I have gone far past that level of gear in the past, and often to my regret.If that's you, grab the shoulder-slung camera bag of your choice. Then augment it with this:The LumoPro Padded Lighting Case is cheap ($30), lightweight, protective and perfect…
  • Choosing Hard and Specialty Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We tend to start out using soft light at a 45-degree angle because it is an easy fix, and it's hard to go seriously wrong doing that.But there are all kinds of light mods, and often choices other than default soft ¾ light can be more interesting. My favorites are snoots, grids and ring adapters.Snoots are like little tunnels you attach to your flash to block part of the light beam. Snoots are not rocket science -- we are just blocking some light. And cardboard works just fine to create tight zones of light that you can use to create something like the photo above.For grid spots, which work…
  • Choosing Soft Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Editor's note: In 2011 I wrote a full post on my four favorite soft modifiers. No changes since then. These are still my go-to's, for reasons explained below. So I am reprinting this in the gear selection module. -DHWith the gazillion or so soft light mods out there, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the choices available. And while I have probably shot with more of them that I would care to admit, there are four soft mods that I go back to again and again.As it happens, these four are reasonably priced, too. (Which may well be what attracted me to them in the first place, of…
  • Choosing Light Stands

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Light stands are designed to oppose gravity. Pretty simple. And the designs are, for the most part, pretty similar. I think of light stands as being in three categories: normal stands, compact stands (seen just above) and specialty stands such as C-stands. For light stands I like LumoPro for many of the same reasons I like the LumoPro LP180 speedlight. Their stands are well-built, reasonably priced and guaranteed out the wazoo. LumoPro has good service, too, should you need to replace a broken knob or bolt or whatever.Honestly, it makes me wonder why other manufacturers don't warranty their…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Canon US has confirmed multiple price drops across its range of lenses, including several L-series models. According to Canon the price reductions are in honor of reaching a milestone - the production of 100 million EF lenses. Price drops range from a modest $40 up to $1000 off the original retail price, depending on the lens. Read more 
  • Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    German optical manufacturer Zeiss has announced a new range of lenses called Loxia, designed for full frame cameras using the Sony E mount – essentially the Sony Alpha 7 series at the moment. The Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50 are based on the company's existing 35mm f/2 Biogon and 50mm f/2 Planar lenses from the ZM range. Read more
  • Canon marks 80 years since the Kwanon, its first camera

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    In the build-up to Photokina, Canon is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The seed was planted in 1934 when a company called Seiki-Kogaku Kenkyusho placed an advert for a camera called the Kwanon in the Asahi Camera magazine. The company, whose name translates as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, was formed to develop the first Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera in a world where European brands, such as Leica and Contax, dominated. Read more
  • Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Fujfilm X30 offers a 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens - both of which are retained from the X20 that precedes it. New features include a larger, tilting 3" LCD, an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a control wheel around the lens, and greatly improved battery life. We've had access to a pre-production camera for a few days now, and we've been given permission to post some images. Click through for a link to our gallery. 
  • Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1)

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ten years after the end of WWII, Germany was rebuilding. Cities like Berlin, which had been severely damaged during the war were emerging from the rubble as the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or 'economic miracle' transformed West Germany. In the immediate post-war period hundreds of thousands of allied troops were stationed in the divided country, many of them with cameras. Found recently at a flea market, the images in this article date from 1956-7 and were taken by a US Serviceman in Berlin. Click through to take a look. 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Yesterday, I wrote a post about 3 features that I’d love to see in Lightroom (but probably won’t). They’re 3 features that I think I’d use, but I’m not so sure the masses would and it would be worth the development effort on Adobe’s time. Well, as I wrote the post, I realized a way that I could sort of do one of the features I was looking for. See, I often import some photos in to Lightroom and just start editing. I know I’m supposed to go through and flag/rate them right away, but sometimes I don’t have the time or I just really want to see one…
  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • 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…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Microsoft today updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps to allow users to purchase a monthly subscription to Office 365 directly in the apps. Previously, customers were able to purchase a yearly subscription for Office 365 Home within the apps for $99.99, but it's now possible to buy a monthly subscription for Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home via in-app purchase. As we continue to bring Microsoft Office to all platforms and devices, it's important for customers to manage their Office 365 subscription--easily and on the go. You asked for more flexibility in signing up for…
  • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

    Richard Padilla
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Apple has posted a new page on its developer website (via Cult of Mac) outlining reasons why it rejects apps from the App Store, giving tips on how to better prepare an app for a review. The page also gives the top ten reasons for app rejections during the 7-day period ending last week:Top 10 reasons for app rejections during the 7‑day period ending August 28, 2014. 14%: More information needed 8%: Guideline 2.2: Apps that exhibit bugs will be rejected 6%: Did not comply with terms in the Developer Program License Agreement 6%: Guideline 10.6: Apple and our customers place a high value on…
  • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight

    Richard Padilla
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Apple has posted its final lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London, which starts tonight and now includes acts such as Placido Domingo, SBTRKT, Friend Within, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, Imelda May and The Mirror Trap. Deadmau5 will headline tonight's list of opening acts as Placido Domingo will close the show on September 30. Apple previously announced two separate expansions to its lineup throughout the past month, as artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and others will account for 30 nights of concerts The Roundhouse throughout this…
  • AT&T Offers $100 Bill Credit for New Next Line Activations

    Juli Clover
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As of today, both new customers and existing AT&T subscribers who activate a new line with a smartphone using AT&T's Next upgrade program will get a $100 bill credit. Whether you already have an AT&T account, or you're choosing AT&T for the first time, it's easy to receive a $100 bill credit: Purchase a new smartphone on AT&T Next. Activate a new qualified wireless line of service on your new smartphone. Remain active and in good standing. Receive your $100 bill credit within 3 bill cyclesAT&T's Next upgrade program allows customers to purchase a smartphone or tablet with no money…
  • 'BioShock' for iOS Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Following hints of a release earlier this summer, the iOS version of 2K Games' original first person shooter BioShock is now available in the App Store. Rumored since 2008, BioShock on iOS is a port of the full, original game first released in 2007. Set in 1960, BioShock asks players to take on the role of Jack, a plane crash survivor who finds his way into the defunct underwater city of Rapture. Jack has to fight his way out of the city, battling Big Daddies and other enemies while using an array of heavy weaponry and taking advantage of genetics-altering plasmids that grant him super…
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  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • 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…
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