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  • How to win any argument [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We all get into arguments from time to time. Whether with friends or with strangers, it's just part of life. This video challenges you to rethink what "winning" an argument means, and helps you do it. The post How to win any argument [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • China tightens grip on the Internet, but it didn't block all the tools to get around censorship

    Mashable
    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what's popularly known as the "Great Firewall of China." Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked services like Gmail, Flickr or Twitter See also: Can an Android App Defeat China's Internet Censors?
  • The Quantified Player Comes To Super Bowl XLIX

    Fast Company
    Matt Hartigan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Along with adding a whole new layer of quant nerdiness to the Big Game, the technology could help the NFL figure out how to make football safer.When the Seattle Seahawks take to the field against the New England Patriots this Sunday, the players' every move will be quantified like never before. That's because their shoulder pads will have sensors embedded inside that beam statistics—including field position, speed, distance traveled, acceleration and relative proximity to other players—to "receiver tags" placed around the stadium. The data, which is gathered in real time, will then be…
  • Hockey And Big Data

    TechCrunch
    Nick Rojas,John Siegel
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
     Hockey is a naturally aggressive sport, and the casual fan has learned to associate it with violence, the kind that makes the daily sports highlight segment on the news. But like other sports, there are subtle nuances to the game that are lost in between the bare-knuckle brawls and bone-jarring hits. Hockey is the ultimate team sport in the regard that players are more than willing to… Read More
  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • How to win any argument [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We all get into arguments from time to time. Whether with friends or with strangers, it's just part of life. This video challenges you to rethink what "winning" an argument means, and helps you do it. The post How to win any argument [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • NYC as seen from a stroller

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Little Ignacio López likely won't remember much from his first visit to New York City, but -- fortunately -- he won't have to thanks to his Dad's idea to set up a GoPro inside his stroller. The post NYC as seen from a stroller appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Kitten no match for duckling horde [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    In the grand scheme of things, felines will generally beat out fowl, but not when they're outnumbered like this. The post Kitten no match for duckling horde [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 22 movies Roger Ebert hated

    Deanne Mayall
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Ah, Roger Ebert. His movie reviews were awesome. Stacy Conradt has an article at Mental Floss that outlines 22 movies that he loathed, and gives us some of his comments. Really, some are a hoot. I’m going to give you a couple of his quotes. Sure isn’t easy to pick which. How about starting with … The post 22 movies Roger Ebert hated appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Cubitat: House that measures 10 x 10 x 10. Feet.

    Deanne Mayall
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    If you’re feeling priced out of your local real estate market then Cubitat may be a solution for you. Unveiled at an exhibition in Toronto, it’s a 10 foot pre-fab box that just needs a shell, some electricity and of course plumbing, and it’s complete. It has a full kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, storage. I love … The post Cubitat: House that measures 10 x 10 x 10. Feet. appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • China tightens grip on the Internet, but it didn't block all the tools to get around censorship

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what's popularly known as the "Great Firewall of China." Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked services like Gmail, Flickr or Twitter See also: Can an Android App Defeat China's Internet Censors?
  • Carl Djerassi, father of the birth control pill, dies at 91

    The Associated Press
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91. Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill. See also: Walgreens now lets women refill birth control prescriptions via smartphones "The pill" as it came to be…
  • RIP Bonne Bell: Lip Smacker manufacturer set to close

    Karissa Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    It's the end of an era. Bonne Belle, the cosmetics company behind the iconic Lip Smacker flavored lip gloss, is slated to close its factory and lay off the vast majority of its employees. See also: In memoriam of SkyMall products: A lost national treasure Mawkins International, a California-based cosmetics company, which owns brands like Wet N Wild and Physicians Formula, is acquiring Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker, the two companies announced. As a result, Bonne Bell will soon be "permanently laying off" most of its employees and closing down its factory, according to a report on Cleveland.com.
  • 'Community' star's documentary spotlights female tech pioneer

    Sandra Gonzalez
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Gillian Jacobs might be best known for her inspiring laughs on NBC's Community, but for the past few months the actress has been zig-zagging across the west coast to find out more about female computer science pioneer Grace Hopper for a new documentary The result? Jacobs far from Britta'd it. See also: 'Community' lives on: Season 6 will debut on Yahoo Screen in March Released this week, The Queen of Code, which is part of FiveThirtyEight’s “Signals” series, explores the accomplishments and impact of Hopper's work on the first computer, Harvard Mark 1, which led to the…
  • Google Now updated with support for third-party apps on Android

    Karissa Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Google's Android app just got a lot smarter. Google Now will be updated with support for 40 third-party apps, the company revealed Friday. See also: Google's epic space documentary hits YouTube Google Now, launched in 2012, provides personalized search results — in the form of "cards" — automatically based on a user's previous actions. For example, as you leave work the app may surface a Google Now card alerting you to an accident on your way home and provide an alternate route via Google Maps But these cards largely relied on Google's own services: Maps, Calendar, Gmail, Search…
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  • The Quantified Player Comes To Super Bowl XLIX

    Matt Hartigan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Along with adding a whole new layer of quant nerdiness to the Big Game, the technology could help the NFL figure out how to make football safer.When the Seattle Seahawks take to the field against the New England Patriots this Sunday, the players' every move will be quantified like never before. That's because their shoulder pads will have sensors embedded inside that beam statistics—including field position, speed, distance traveled, acceleration and relative proximity to other players—to "receiver tags" placed around the stadium. The data, which is gathered in real time, will then be…
  • Snapchat's First In-App Web Series Is Coming Tomorrow

    John Paul Titlow
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Eager to erect a profitable business model, Snapchat is taking a page from Netflix's playbook.Snapchat is about to start feeling a bit more like Netflix. At least, that's what the company is aiming for with the arrival of its first in-app episodic video series. If the gamble works, you (or your teenage kids) will soon be spending a lot more time staring into the app.Read Full Story
  • Google Now Will Finally Pull In Data From Your Other Apps

    Luke Dormehl
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    With services like Airbnb, Lyft, and Pandora, Google Now just got a lot better.Google's various services have long been more partner-friendly than those of Apple and others, but today the company announced that Google Now—its smart personal assistant—will now support close to 40 different third-party apps.Read Full Story
  • Vine Launches New Video Service Aimed At Kids

    Luke Dormehl
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    To ease parental concerns, there will be a curation process for "appropriate" content.No matter which business you're in, if you can hook your audience young, you've got it made! So is the case with Vine, which has just launched a junior version of its looping video app.Read Full Story
  • Newly Decoded Tattoos Show Ancient Mummy Was Clearly A Goth

    Sophie Weiner
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Ötzi, the 5,000-year-old mummy, has 61 tattoos all over his body. Marco Samadeli/EURAC via io9 A team of anthropologists was finally able to decode the 61 tattoos on the body of Ötzi, the Iceman, a mummy who died around 3,300 BC. Ötzi was found in the Alps on the border of Austria and Italy 1991, but until now, scientists haven't been able to make out his tattoos, due in part to his age-darkened skin. These tattoos are among the oldest ever found on humans.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Hockey And Big Data

    Nick Rojas,John Siegel
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
     Hockey is a naturally aggressive sport, and the casual fan has learned to associate it with violence, the kind that makes the daily sports highlight segment on the news. But like other sports, there are subtle nuances to the game that are lost in between the bare-knuckle brawls and bone-jarring hits. Hockey is the ultimate team sport in the regard that players are more than willing to… Read More
  • How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

    Jahangir Mohammed
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
     Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and… Read More
  • The Ongoing Quest For The ‘Brain’ Chip

    Philippe Lambinet
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
     To others they are another in a long list of interesting but unpractical ideas not too dissimilar to the ubiquitous flying car. They’re called neuromorphic chips and the truth about them lies somewhere in the middle.  The main force driving interest in neural network technology is an inconvenient truth: the architecture that drove the information age, created by famed physicist… Read More
  • The PERI Duo Battery Case Does Double Duty As A Wi-Fi Speaker

    Kyle Russell
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
     The PERI Duo is an iPhone battery case for the frequent entertainer — those who go out with friends and find that they’re the one stuck hooking their phone up to a speaker and doing some impromptu DJing. Read More
  • Smarking Drives Big Data To Parking Industry

    Ron Miller
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
     Y Combinator-backed Smarking found a technology gap in parking industry, and the three founders decided to fill it with a smart parking solution. Designed for parking garages, the Smarking service, making use of big data, analytics and the cloud, to help parking managers maximize pricing and availability based on usage patterns and other factors that could affect demand like weather,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
  • What do you want?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The industrialist and the one in power would like you to choose from a list, multiple choice. To interview with the companies that come to the placement office, to select from what's on offer, to ask, 'what do you have?' This is the world of "If we don't sell it, you don't want it." But in revolutionary times, when the number of options is exploding, the opportunities go to someone who can describe something that's not in stock, that perhaps has never even been described before. Custom-made does you no good if you don't know what you want.        
  • Various updates

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Late in 2014, I invited IOS app developers to submit information for a lightweight list for people seeking professional help. Thanks to Jessica and the generous folks at New York Tech Meetup, it's free and ready for you to use or share. There's a worldwide list and one focused on New York as well. Go make something. The Your Turn Challenge just finished, and it was a phenomenon. More than 4,500 posts came in from nearly a thousand people getting in the habit of shipping daily. Plus tweets. Well done, Winnie. What To Do When It's Your Turn continues to spread, inspiring stories like this…
  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
  • The best laid plans

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

  • A New Satellite Will Watch the Western Drought from Space

    Marcus Woo
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    The launch of a small satellite won’t fix the the drought in the American West—now entering its fourth year—and it won’t change the fact that January was the driest month in recorded California history. But the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission might at least tell scientists and farmers something new about that drought, and maybe how much […] The post A New Satellite Will Watch the Western Drought from Space appeared first on WIRED.
  • The White House 2016 Budget Includes Big Funding for Antibiotic Resistance

    Maryn McKenna
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    The President's 2016 budget asks for ambitious funding to fight antibiotic resistance, and combatting that healthcare peril may be the one thing both parties can agree on. The post The White House 2016 Budget Includes Big Funding for Antibiotic Resistance appeared first on WIRED.
  • While You Were Offline: Taylor Swift Gets Hacked and Comcast Enrages the Internet

    Graeme McMillan
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week, the Internet abounded with important questions: How can someone who's trademarking a random phrase not look like a villain in these days of information wants to be free? Why shouldn't you piss off Comcast? Why are error pages the hot new thing on a certain website? The answers to all of these (and more) await you here, as we round up what you need to know about the last seven days on this wild wooly web. The post While You Were Offline: Taylor Swift Gets Hacked and Comcast Enrages the Internet appeared first on WIRED.
  • What Went Wrong With the Spider-Man Musical

    Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, playwright Glen Berger discusses his time on the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The post What Went Wrong With the Spider-Man Musical appeared first on WIRED.
  • Tech Time Warp of the Week: Return to 1974, When a Computer Ordered a Pizza for the First Time

    Klint Finley
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Watch John Sherman use a voice synthesizer to place the first computer-assisted pizza delivery order in history. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: Return to 1974, When a Computer Ordered a Pizza for the First Time appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image via Flickr user Daniel Lee This is a guest contribution from Hassan Ud-deen. Your blog posts have a purpose, right? You want your readers to take a specific action after reading your post. It could be to: like, share, subscribe, comment or just think about something. Either way, you’re aiming to elicit a response. And It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a sale letter, a blog post, or an email. If you aim to evoke any kind of response or action… you’re writing copy. Funnily enough, most of the content marketing style writing you read now, is heavily influenced by…
  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

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

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • This Week's Top Downloads

    Dave Greenbaum
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.Read more...
  • Ask For a Resident Discount at Local Museums

    Dave Greenbaum
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If your state has a popular museum, they may charge admission. If you're a local, though, some museums have a policy of giving state residents a free or reduced admission.Read more...
  • Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

    Dave Greenbaum
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Lots of us have problems organizing our day productively. We never seem to have the time. Keeping a list of "10-Minute Tasks" lets you get stuff done without feeling overwhelmed. Read more...
  • Reflector Mirrors your iOS Screen to a Mac, PC or Android device

    Dave Greenbaum
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Windows/Mac/Android: If you want to show off your iPhone or iPad screen, typically you need an Apple TV. Reflector puts your iOS screen on a Mac, PC or Android device by acting as an AirPlay receiver.Read more...
  • Timex's Popular "Weekender" Watches Are In Impulse Buy Range Today

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Timex's Weekender Watches are the most popular we've ever listed in our Commerce segments. They're extremely versatile and come in a variety of colors, and today they're marked down to the $30 range, plus an additional 30% off with code WEEKEND30. [Amazon]Read more...
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  • Third-Party Tesla App Provides Look at Opportunities and Limitations of Apple Watch Development

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Apple made its WatchKit SDK available alongside the release of iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta in November, enabling developers to begin creating apps and software for the wrist-worn device. Looking beyond mockups and conceptual apps, however, a new third-party Tesla app designed by Eleks Labs offers insight into both the opportunities and limitations that developers face with the first-generation Apple Watch. According to Eleks Lab mobility business developer Markiyan Matsekh, the technical capabilities of WatchKit do not match the expectations set during the Apple Watch keynote. In developing a…
  • Apple Asking Some Developers to Have Apple Watch Apps Ready by Mid-February

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Apple appears to be asking some high profile app developers and partners to have their Apple Watch-compatible iPhone apps prepared and ready to launch in the App Store in mid-February. According to a source that spoke to MacRumors, Apple has asked its one of its biggest Apple Pay partners to prepare an iOS application with WatchKit support that's ready to launch in the App Store by February 12. It is unclear if Apple asking the same of other developers, but it is possible the company is hoping to test some third-party Apple Watch apps with employees ahead of the device's launch to get a…
  • Apple Watch Sightings Picking Up Ahead of Official Launch

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    With just three months to go until the Apple Watch's April release, Apple is hard at work field testing the device, and hundreds of Apple engineers, employees, and testers are wearing the Apple Watch on a regular basis to help Apple iron out last minute bugs and issues. Due to the large number of employees testing the device, Apple Watch sightings in the wild have become more common over the course of the last few weeks. On the MacRumors forums, readers are aggregating photos and stories of device sightings, giving us an in-use look at the device that will be attached to many of our wrists in…
  • AOL Reportedly Shutting Down TUAW Next Week in Larger Restructuring Move

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    AOL will soon be shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a long-running Apple blog better known as TUAW, according to The Verge. TUAW will reportedly close next Monday, February 2, just a few months after celebrating its tenth anniversary. The website currently has 11 staff on its editorial team. TUAW has been providing Apple news, reviews, how-tos and other content about the Cupertino-based company since December 2004. AOL gained ownership of the website through its acquisition of Weblogs Inc. in 2005. The company has three other flagship media properties in The Huffington Post,…
  • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Yosemite Notification Center Widget

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it's possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and favorite. When listening to iTunes Radio, there's an option to purchase the song that's being played, right within the widget. Today's update also includes performance improvements when syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes. iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store. This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. See…
 
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

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

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

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

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

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

    Sean D'Souza
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Let’s say you’re choosing between three photography courses covering similar topics. The prices are stacked like this: $200 $250 $2,000 What’s going through your mind right now? Curiosity floods your brain. Even if you’re not sure you can afford the $2,000 course, you want to know why it’s so expensive, compared to the other photography courses. If we were truly happy with lower prices, we would simply snap up the $200 workshop, right? We wouldn’t so much as take a glance at the rest. But that’s not how we’re built as human beings. Many years…
  • 5 Traffic Strategies That Build Your Curation Audience

    Brian Clark
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the third of three core lessons related to content curation based on a case study of my new email newsletter Further. You can listen to the initial two episodes here: Position Your Content Curation for Success 3 Ways to Grow Your Curated Email Newsletter Faster Now we tackle the eternal question: how do you get traffic to your curation site so you can build an email list? Should we start building a war chest for advertising? Not yet. First we’re going to apply some creativity and sweat into driving traffic. Some of these methods are tried and true, but need to be executed…
  • Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy

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

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

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

  • The Week in iPad Cases: Backpacks from Spigen and iSkin, an OtterBox screen protector, and more

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Backpacks, screen protectors, and sleevesThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases is chock full of options, from carry-all backpacks to simple yet effective sleeves.IncaseThe Icon Sleeve (iPad Air; $60) offers lightweight, durable protection in a slim package that won't weigh your iPad down.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Improve your game of Go (or just keep playing) with this collection of apps

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been playing Go, a grid-based strategy game that dates back thousands of years, for more than three decades, and it’s a game I enjoy a great deal. Unlike chess, which is often an all-or-nothing game of attack and defense, Go is about slowly-evolving strategies to surround the largest territory on the board. Each player, black and white, alternates placing stones on a board with a 19-by-19 grid. Building up territory, where the opposing player cannot get a foothold, each player attempts to enlarge his or her territory, and thwart advances and invasions by the opponent.It’s easy to…
  • Apple's missing out on X: Where X is whatever isn't shipping yet

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The world of technology moves quickly and to stay ahead, one must constantly ride the waves of whatever’s coming next. This is why Apple is always behind and perpetually chastised for failing to deliver tomorrow’s technology today. Wait, what? “Right Now, Apple Risks Missing Out On The Next Big Thing In Technology” (tip o’ the antlers to @mylestaylor) What is that big thing? The big thing that is coming oh-so-soon to a Radio Shack near you? HOLOGRAMS, Y’ALL. The initial reactions to the HoloLens have been overwhelmingly positive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,…
  • Twitter's Vine Kids app is amusing for grownups too

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Twitter’s Vine video service has released a cute new app for kids, but let’s get real: This is a gateway drug. Vine Kids, released Friday on iOS, is marketed by Vine as a fun way for young children to watch Vine videos. Six-second, looped Vine videos have gained a huge following, especially among teenagers. These Vine Kid videos are quite fun. Scanning through I found creative animations and artwork, and tons of pets engaging in humorous behavior. Tons. There was a cat playing with an iPad and then doing a back-flip. In another, a cat descended from the ceiling on a string to grab a…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax reminds you about tax season, and more

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Be more productive!This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in there as well.Adobe PaintCanThe folks at Adobe want you to know that this experimental app for iPad is not just for placing a paint-effect overlay on your photographs—rather, it lets you paint using photographs as a base. The developers explain: “PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on.” Take pictures of your real world and make them a little…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: February 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:29 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 almost seven 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 February…
  • Prototyping iOS And Android Apps With Sketch (With A Freebie!)

    Joshua Mauldin
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    After the untimely (and still kind of sad) demise of Fireworks1, I found myself looking for other ways to design apps and websites. I also had the desire to produce something more interactive for when I talk about my work with stakeholders. It turned out that Sketch2, when paired with some other neat tools, would be a big part of this workflow. In this article, I’ll talk you through why you should prototype and how you can do it with Sketch and prototyping tools such as Flinto and InVision. You’ll also get a nicely documented freebie Sketch file to help you. Before we get started, here…
  • Five Characteristics Of An Innovation

    Victor Yocco
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    The “diffusion of innovations” theory of communications expert and rural sociologist Everett Rogers attempts to identify and explain the factors that lead to people and groups adopting innovations (new ideas and technologies). Design teams that account for both usability and how people adopt innovation stand a much greater chance of having users accept and use their products. The diffusion of innovations is a complex process; design teams can use their knowledge of the theory to create a road map for how they will address critical factors in the design and marketing of their product. I…
  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

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

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

  • Friday Stuff for Photographers

    Scott Kelby
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Happy Friday, everybody!. Here’s what’s up:One minute and 41-seconds of brilliant advice for photographers We do an “Inspire Me Monday” piece each week on our KelbyOne Facebook page and this week it’s a short 1-minute and 41-second clip taken from our business interview with Dave Black, and his advice to someone who asked him how to handle a portrait shoot with an athlete is just brilliant. Simple, yet so smart. You’ve got it watch it. It’ll be the best minute forty-one you spend today on your photography.If you’re a Wedding or Portrait…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    New Lightroom Classes from Scott Kelby Over on KelbyOne, we just released four brand new Lightroom courses from Scott Kelby! Whether you’re wondering why you should start using Lightroom and are curious what the advantages of it are over just using Bridge and Photoshop, a current user who wants to know more about sharpening, a sports photographer looking for the best way to integrate Lightroom into your workflow, or are just looking for some cool layout ideas, Scott has you covered.Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Scott’s Lightroom 5 Book for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Molnar!

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

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

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

  • 3 Principles of Light Behaviour Every Photographer Needs to Know

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    In this short video by Ed Vorosky he covers three rules about the behaviour of light. When you understand these principles you can then use them better in your photography. Light travels in straight lines The subject receives less light as the distance to the light source is increased The larger the light source relative to the subject, the softer the light source Watch the video for a more detailed description and demonstration of each: So what does that mean for your photography? How can you use this information in practice? The post 3 Principles of Light Behaviour Every Photographer Needs…
  • Are Mirrorless Cameras Here to Stay?

    Tomas Haran
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the late 2000s a new segment formed in the photography industry. This segment goes by many names, but the most common nowadays is “Mirrorless”. These cameras fall between the generic point and shoot cameras and the professional full frame DSLR systems. By Zhao ! So what is Mirrorless all about? The first mirrorless cameras came out with a traditional rangefinder design. They were small, had many manual settings, and were geared more towards street photographers who wanted great image quality in a small body. From these first cameras it became evident that a smaller camera with great…
  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Long Exposures

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    In this collection of long exposure photographs you can see some great examples of how you can use this technique to produce stunning images. By Stewart Ayrey I teach a night photography class and many times I’ve seen a whole new world of exciting things open up for my students when they learn about long exposures. Of course you can use this technique in the daytime as well, but it is often associated with night photography. On a weekend workshop I lead we go out and photograph the sunset and I MAKE them use tripods, amid much grumbling. Then after the sun goes down they start to pack…
  • 37 Ethereal Almost Supernatural Long Exposure Photographs

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Landscape photographers use a technique involving long exposures to create those milky smooth waterfalls, and misty images of coastlines. But what other ways are long exposures used? Here are a few long exposure photographs that seem almost otherworldly or supernatural in their appearance for you to ponder and enjoy: Smoking Jungle by Karim Nafatni on 500px Snake on a Train by Brian Donovan on 500px Skipping Rocks by Michael Shainblum on 500px Autumn Swirl by Andrew Kumler on 500px 49 Shades of Grey by Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim on 500px The Proposal by Ryan Buchanan on 500px Children of…
  • The Contest Winners of the Three Tamron Lenses Are…

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    A VERY BIG Thank You to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three lenses from our friends and site sponsors at Tamron. Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro and Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD This was not actually a photography competition, per se, but so many of you shared your beautiful photographs, we encourage you all to go back and scroll the comments section for some wonderful photographs and links to reader pages/sites. The response was absolutely AMAZING with over 1,000 entries! In fact, it was so great that we here at Digital Photography School decided, again, to add…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • TUAW ceasing publication on February 3, 2015

    Steven Sande
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We're probably the last tech site to report on our own demise, but we ask your forgiveness -- it's been a rough couple of days. Yes, TUAW will be ceasing publication this week. Expect to see our last posts sometime on Tuesday, February 3. You'll pro...
  • BitTorrent Sync gives you the flexibility to sync anything

    TJ Luoma
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Several months ago I started replacing Dropbox with BitTorrent Sync ("BTS" for short) for my file-syncing needs, and I couldn't be happier with the results. One study showed BTS was up to 16 times faster than syncing to the cloud. Let me walk you th...
  • Hocus Focus hides inactive apps automatically

    TJ Luoma
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There are two kinds of people in the world: people who like a nice, clean virtual workspace, and John Siracusa. If you're closer to the former than the latter, check out Hocus Focus - a Mac menu bar app which automatically hides inactive apps. At fi...
  • This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 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 Axe in Face [iPhone; No...
  • The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News Apple R&D spending ...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    New pricing for the Canon EOS-1D C will go into effect in North America February 1st, taking the retail price from $11,999 down to $7,999. The camera is coming up on its third birthday, introduced in April 2012. The 18MP full-frame sensor is capable of 4K video. Read more
  • Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The Slow Mo Guys do just what their name implies - record slow motion videos. In a new episode they use a Phantom Flex to capture the Canon 7D's mirror box and shutter mechanism being triggered at a variety of shutter speeds. The results are pretty darn cool. See video
  • Phottix launches Indra 500 TTL mains or battery powered studio heads

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Phottix has introduced a new studio flash head that can be powered via the mains in a studio environment or through a portable battery pack when flash is needed in the field. The Phottix Indra 500TTL offers 500 watts of output across eight settings from full power to 1/128th power and, according to Phottix, it can be synchronised with shutter durations as short as 1/8000sec. Read more
  • Last Chance to vote! 2014 Readers' Polls - best product of 2014

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    VOTING ENDS MIDNIGHT JAN 31st (Pacific) Late last year we asked you to vote for your favorite products of the 2014 in four categories: best lens, best high-end compact camera, best enthusiast ILC and best high-end ILC. Voting ran through January 20th and the results are in! Click through to see the results of our 2014 readers' polls, and for a chance to vote on the overall winner, which we'll announce next month. 
  • Perfectly Clear App for Android updated to version 4, iOS update to follow

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Athentech has released the latest version of its auto-enhancement photo editor Perfectly Clear App for Android, bringing it up to version 4. With the latest update users are given several new features for further improving their photographs, as well as new detection algorithms for the Next Generation Beautify feature specifically. Click through for more details
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #3

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Welcome back, everybody and we’re here with #3 in my 10-part series. Just a friendly reminder: if you missed, didn’t read or forgot my official disclaimer for this series posted at the beginning of #1, please give it a quick read, so we all stay on the same page. OK, here’s #3: (3) Store all your original photos inside one main folder That folder doesn’t have to be on your computer — it can be on an external hard drive — no problem, and you can have as many sub-folders inside that one main folder as you want, but if you want to have peace, calm, and order in your…
  • Three Things To Use the Option (Alt) Key for In Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hey everyone – wanted to offer a little tidbit that can make your use in Lightroom a little better when it comes to correcting images.  Should take you all of two minutes. Hold the Option Key and Drag Highlights If you would like a quick way to check out which portions of the image are going to blow out in the highlights area, simply hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while dragging the highlight slider.  This will show a black overlay of the image – the areas that show up as white are the blown out areas. Option Drag the Shadow Slider When you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key…
  • Applying a preset to your Importing workflow

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

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

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

  • Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Apple has never shown much interest in styluses, even as companies like Samsung and Microsoft have embraced them as major selling points for smartphones and tablets. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs even went as far as saying "If you see a stylus, they blew it," on one occasion, and at Macworld in 2007, he asked "Who wants a stylus? Nobody wants a stylus." Apple's focus on the fingertip as the best input method doesn't mean styluses are entirely pointless -- they can be useful for taking notes, making sketches, creating artwork, and in dozens of other situations. Luckily, Apple's disinterest in…
  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Deals have been a bit sparse in recent weeks following the holidays, but we expect things to pick up somewhat in February and March now that we're solidly into the new year. There are a few deals to be had this week on the non-Retina iMac, older now-discontinued iPad Air and iPad mini 2 models, and the Retina MacBook Pro. We've also got some discounted Apple-related accessories and a selection of discounted apps. Retina iMac There are no particularly good deals on the Retina iMac from third-party resellers this week, but prospective buyers can get a good deal from Apple's online refurbished…
  • 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Six-second video sharing service Vine today announced Vine Kids, an app that skews towards a younger generation and is meant to act as a hub for kid-friendly content that may be harder to discover on the original app. In the announcement, Carolyn Penner, Head of Communications and Marketing at Vine, states the idea for the app came from a colleague's daughter and her infatuation with the video-clip sharing service. The idea came to her during Vine's "Hack Week," a period where the company encourages employees to set aside normal duties and begin brainstorming and working on brand-new ideas.
  • Apple Launches 'Get Productive' Promotion for iOS and Mac With Discounted Productivity Apps

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Apple's iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new "Get Productive" sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs. In the iOS App Store, the 19 discounted apps include Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad, Workflow, Clear, Duet Display, Calendars 5, and more. Apps are available for up to 60 percent off their regular prices. In the Mac App Store, there are 20 apps available at discounted prices up to 75 percent off, including popular offerings like Day One, Byword, iA Writer Pro, iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more.
  • Elgato Recalls Some Smart Power Battery Packs Due to Overheating

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Elgato recently announced that it is recalling some of its Smart Power 6000 mAh battery packs, as they can overheat while recharging. The company sent out notices to app users today, letting them know about the recall. For those unfamiliar, the $99 Elgato Smart Power battery pack is a compact 6000 mAh external battery that integrated with an iOS app, a neat feature that allowed users to wireless monitor the charge level of the device and receive notifications when the battery was low or needed recharging. MacRumors went hands-on with the Smart Power back in December and found it's app…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • 'Avgeeks' pursue flights on North Korea's Air Koryo

    barry.neild
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Aviation enthusiasts geek out over a 1980s Soviet-built Ilyushin IL-62 and other planes operated by North Korea's national carrierTags: aviationairplanes
  • World's most visited cities are ...

    Guessy1
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    A new list ranks the world's top 100 cities for tourist arrivals. This gallery shows the top 25Tags: most visited citiestop tourist destinationsworld capitals
  • Delta pilot locked out of cockpit during landing

    barry.neild
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    Co-pilot safely lands passenger plane in Las Vegas as door malfunction keeps captain out of the cockpit Tags: aviationDeltalandings
  • Fully occupied? Hong Kong's protest hotel

    laurama
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    The face of Hong Kong's chief executive covers the toilet paper and China's leader lingers next to you in the shower. This hotel is a shrine to the Umbrella RevolutionTags: occupy centralHong Kong hotelsHong Kong protests
  • Ecuador first foreign country to advertise during Super Bowl

    Guessy1
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    The small South American nation till pay $3.8 million to promote tourism during the broadcastTags: advertisingadvertising campaignstourism marketing
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