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  • Spare the rod, spoil the child? The science of corporal punishment [infographic]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Bring up the topic of spanking in a room full of people, and many will say that's one childhood experience they haven't forgotten, yet is that really a good thing? The post Spare the rod, spoil the child? The science of corporal punishment [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 6 inspiring mantras to help you master work-life balance

    Mashable
    Fred Mouawad
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    As CEO of eight different companies, it’s become a conscious decision for me to maintain a positive work-life balance. Over the last 20 years of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned that the key to maintaining this balance is managing my time efficiently; to help myself and my fellow entrepreneurs achieve this, I created Taskworld, an online task management program See also: 4 tips to lift employee morale during the busy holiday season To further help balance work and my personal life, I abide by the following six mantras, which I encourage everyone to follow. These simple tips have…
  • BitTorrent's Offer To Sony: Release "The Interview" Safely Online With Us And Make Money

    Fast Company
    Evie Nagy
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    "What better way to take back the Internet than to use technology Hollywood has so been scared to use?"In the days after Sony canceled the theatrical release of the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy The Interview, the studio has so far failed to make any alternative distribution arrangements, in part because crucial Video On Demand partners are unwilling to assume the risk of a potential new cyberattack. But San Francisco-based BitTorrent, whose Bundle service enables large media file sharing with a paygate that protects and monetizes downloadable content, says it will happily step up if Sony…
  • Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems

    TechCrunch
    Catherine Tucker
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
     In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
  • Who let the air out of the balloon?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to have left. Where did it go? It turns out that the air didn't get let out, the balloon disappeared. Balloons have pressure because there's only one tiny opening. Scarce shelf space. Only room for one newspaper. Only forty titles on the Billboard chart. It's that opening that creates the environment that allows pressure to exist, that pulls…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Spare the rod, spoil the child? The science of corporal punishment [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Bring up the topic of spanking in a room full of people, and many will say that's one childhood experience they haven't forgotten, yet is that really a good thing? The post Spare the rod, spoil the child? The science of corporal punishment [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s the fantastic musical finale in the “Colbert Report” [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As you hopefully already know, the "Colbert Report" ended last night. In case you missed it––or in case you want to relive that glorious last segment––here's the epic musical finale to the show. The post Here’s the fantastic musical finale in the “Colbert Report” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Nick Offerman’s updated rendition of the “Night Before Christmas” is perfect [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Nick Offerman does not mess around. Instead of the usual frou-frou version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," enjoy his updated, more concise version of the holiday classic. The post Nick Offerman’s updated rendition of the “Night Before Christmas” is perfect [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The most epic Jenga move ever performed [video]

    Josh Urich
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Heroes are made, not born. This heroine, forged in the Jenga jungle, is the hero the internet deserves. Watch as she nails the most ridiculously dangerous Jenga move possible. The post The most epic Jenga move ever performed [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • An international Photoshop challenge with a plus-sized twist

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    How does the rest of the world perceive the beauty of a plus-sized woman? Marie Southard Ospina decided to find out. The post An international Photoshop challenge with a plus-sized twist appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • 6 inspiring mantras to help you master work-life balance

    Fred Mouawad
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    As CEO of eight different companies, it’s become a conscious decision for me to maintain a positive work-life balance. Over the last 20 years of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned that the key to maintaining this balance is managing my time efficiently; to help myself and my fellow entrepreneurs achieve this, I created Taskworld, an online task management program See also: 4 tips to lift employee morale during the busy holiday season To further help balance work and my personal life, I abide by the following six mantras, which I encourage everyone to follow. These simple tips have…
  • Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014

    Adario Strange
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Every year, the tech industry brings us unexpected surprises and long-predicted changes, and among those ups and downs are usually a few endings to some of our favorite technology products. This year was no different, with some of the biggest names in tech shuttering products and services beloved by many, and even a few successful upstarts deciding to call it a career and close up shop. See also: 9 Nearly Worthless Gadgets You're Hanging Onto for Dear Life Perhaps the biggest ending of the year, and maybe even the decade, was Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP. The move…
  • Aussie comedian brilliantly parodies 'Humans of New York'

    Neha Prakash
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    "Humans of New York" took the world by storm for showcasing captivating stories about, well, the humans of New York But not everyone who wants to be on the popular blog gets their wish See also: The Human Behind 'Humans of New York' Enter Australian comedian and TV personality Hamish Blake who, on a recent trip to New York City, was forced to take matters into his own hands when he couldn't grab the attention of the official HONY photographer. F this BS. I've been waiting on this street corner for about 6 hours now trying to get photographed by the @humansofny guy and I've got NOTHING. I'm…
  • Woman, 37, charged with murder of eight children in Cairns suburb

    Brittany Levine
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    A 37-year-old woman has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing and killing eight children in a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday, local time. The woman, who was not identified by police in a statement released Sunday afternoon, was charged with eight counts of murder See also: Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns suburb D/Insp Asnicar: Post mortoms are still being conducted, around 100 statements have been taken#Manoora — QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 20, 2014 She is the mother of seven of the eight children, who range in age from 18 months and 15 years…
  • Hundreds of police brutality protesters disrupt holiday mall shoppers

    Patrick Kulp
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday, forcing parts of the building to close and ignoring the mall's warnings that the protest could result in arrests. At the height of holiday shopping season, similar demonstrations were planned at malls across the country Saturday, including Philadelphia's King of Prussia Mall and shopping centers in Cleveland, Atlanta and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The events are part of the protests that have swept the nation in response to a spate of police killings of unarmed black males. See also: Public defenders…
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    Fast Company

  • BitTorrent's Offer To Sony: Release "The Interview" Safely Online With Us And Make Money

    Evie Nagy
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    "What better way to take back the Internet than to use technology Hollywood has so been scared to use?"In the days after Sony canceled the theatrical release of the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy The Interview, the studio has so far failed to make any alternative distribution arrangements, in part because crucial Video On Demand partners are unwilling to assume the risk of a potential new cyberattack. But San Francisco-based BitTorrent, whose Bundle service enables large media file sharing with a paygate that protects and monetizes downloadable content, says it will happily step up if Sony…
  • Staples Says 1.16 Million Credit Cards Compromised By Hackers

    Chris Gayomali
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The attacks took place between July and October.In October, Staples said it was looking into a potential security breach involving its point-of-sales systems. Now the results are in, and it's ugly.Read Full Story
  • Sad CEOs, Instagram Drama, And The Year's Top Searches: Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Rose Pastore
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    Show how much you know! Here's our quiz for December 19, 2014.What the heck happened this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
  • Inside The Chinese Town That Makes Your Christmas Ornaments

    John Brownlee
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Hell on Earth, good will to men.What does the inside of Santa's Christmas Workshop look like? Like a sequin-covered slaughterhouse. The ornaments you hang on your tree and the stocking you sling near the chimney aren't made at the North Pole by elves: as explained by the Guardian, they're made in sweatshops in the Chinese city of Yiwu, about 180 miles from Shanghai.Read Full Story
  • The Genetic Ancestry Of The United States, According To 23andMe

    Chris Gayomali
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Immigration, slavery, and frontier life are written into Americans' DNA.The United States was built by immigrants. Now for the first time, a large-scale study published using genetic data voluntarily submitted to biotechnology company 23andMe sheds light into the ancestry of three groups—African-Americans, European Americans, and Latinos—and how they are woven into the country's history.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems

    Catherine Tucker
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
     In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
  • How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data

    Thomas Stein
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
     As the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration tests new rockets for its manned space program, planetary scientists are already working with reams of data to determine what the next generation of astronauts may encounter. For the past 25 years, NASA has been working to make the data it collects from all of its planetary missions open to the public and the research community. Read More
  • The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

    Marc Canter
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
     The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing. Each of these industries sees a way of taking advantage of tiny low-power intelligent devices or sensors and they’ve baked the IoT into their future product strategies. Read More
  • Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

    John Biggs
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
     It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More
  • How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation

    Anne Altman
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
     Editor’s note: Anne Altman is the general manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries. Applications that simply deliver information can be useful, but government agencies are now pushing user engagement to new heights. With 173 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, citizens are continuously equipped with an Internet connection, GPS functionality and a digital… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Who let the air out of the balloon?

    Seth Godin
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to have left. Where did it go? It turns out that the air didn't get let out, the balloon disappeared. Balloons have pressure because there's only one tiny opening. Scarce shelf space. Only room for one newspaper. Only forty titles on the Billboard chart. It's that opening that creates the environment that allows pressure to exist, that pulls…
  • This or that vs. yes or no

    Seth Godin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    It's much easier to persuade a philanthropist to fund your project than it is to persuade a rich person to become a philanthropist. Encouraging someone to shift slightly, to pick this instead of that, is a totally different endeavor than working to turn a no into a yes, to change an entire pattern of behavior. When looking to grow, start with people who already believe that they have a problem you can help them solve.        
  • Clear language and respect

    Seth Godin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our connection economy thrives when people understand what to expect from one another. We're more likely than ever to engage in interactions that involve an exchange, something that deserves a specific clarification. I'll do this and you'll do that. More and more agreements are being made, because more and more transactions happen outside or between organizations. The question then: What does good drafting look like? If the agreement starts with "whereas" and continues along with, "notwithstanding the foregoing," and when it must be decoded by a lawyer on the other side, something has gone…
  • End of year book and audio roundup

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just in time for the last-minute frenzy (of reading, listening or giving): My favorite fun novel of the year was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I listened to it on audio and loved every moment. On Immunity was another audio favorite. An even-handed meditation on why people believe what they believe, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, this book is almost literary at times. Eastern Standard Tribe is a great introdution to the books of Cory Doctorow. The later stuff is even better, but all of it is thought provoking. The Diamond Age was so far ahead of its time that most of you haven't read it.
  • Where to start

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Start your first business this way: Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it's worth and more than it costs you. Repeat. You don't have to wait for perfect or large or revered or amazing. You can start.        
 
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    WIRED

  • Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962)

    David S. F. Portree
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough […] The post Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962) appeared first on WIRED.
  • Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

    Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything. The post Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future appeared first on WIRED.
  • While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview

    Graeme McMillan
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    From the reactions to Sony pulling The Interview to the end of the beloved Serial, a lot happened on the Internet last week. Catch up here. The post While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview appeared first on WIRED.
  • Every Serial-Related Google Image Search You’ve Been Afraid to Do

    Emily Dreyfuss
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Finished the Serial podcast and want to know what all those people and places looked like without just using your imagination? Here's every Google image search you were scared to do until it was over. The post Every Serial-Related Google Image Search You’ve Been Afraid to Do appeared first on WIRED.
  • Google and Hollywood Return to Bickering Over SOPA

    Davey Alba
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    On Friday, Google filed a lawsuit in federal court against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. The post Google and Hollywood Return to Bickering Over SOPA appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: General Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week we’ve covered the five most popular posts in the areas of monetization, content, social media, and writing tips. Today we bring you the top 5 general tips that readers found most useful. I hope they do to you too! Read it now, or pin for later. 1. 5 Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Downloadable Cheat Sheet A super-handy overview of apostrophes, when to use that/which/who, when to use “everyday” vs. “every day”, commas, and capitalization. The cheat sheet is perfect for printing out and leaving it in your workspace so…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Writing Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    So useful content is king, and we need to provide it consistently. But how? And what if writing isn’t our strong suit? I always find that writing tips, guides, and productivity hacks score high in the interest scale of ProBlogger readers. These were the five most-read posts this year. 1. 6 Lessons in Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines We all know headlines are what can make or break your post: if your headline sucks, people just won’t read. This post has six ways to nail it, every time. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson 2. 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Social Media

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Social media and how to navigate it was, again, a big issue in 2014. Which platform is best? How do we use it effectively? Are we still using Google Plus? Where did everyone on Twitter go? These are the answers we found…   1. 5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic As Darren has said before, putting all your eggs in the Google basket can be risky (and devastating – he almost lost his business). We learned how to boost our traffic without relying on the Google fallback. 2. How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect What’s the point of promoting…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Creating Content

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Content is King, as they say (or is it?!) so it’s no wonder that this topic was one of the most popular this year. Write great, useful content and promote it well – it’s the baseline for a successful blog. Which of these top five posts resonates with you? 1. How to Consistently Come up with Great Post Ideas for Your Blog Part of our Creating Content Theme Week, a behemoth post of advice that will mean you will never be stuck for a post idea again. 2. How to Promote Your Blog with Content that Will Grow Your Traffic, Links, and Shares It’s everything you want in one…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Monetization

    Stacey Roberts
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’ve covered so much ground here on ProBlogger this year, and much of it about monetization – here are the top five posts this year in that category. Have you made the changes you read about in these posts? Which ones did you miss? Take this chance now to catch up – or pin it for future reference. Image via Flickr user Susy Morris 1. Making the Impossible Possible: How I Created a Full-Time Blogging Income with No Qualifications It seems like Stacey Corrin’s story of turning her passion into profit in just three months was a hit with you guys. And who can blame it…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • This Week's Top Downloads

    Dave Greenbaum
    20 Dec 2014 | 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...
  • The Happiest Companies to Work For, According to CareerBliss Reviews

    Dave Greenbaum
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While workplace happiness partially depends on you , some companies have the right mix of culture and benefits to make them superior places to work. A recent survey ranks the best places to work in the US.Read more...
  • Patch My PC Updates Tons of Windows Programs At Once

    Dave Greenbaum
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Windows: Program updates keep Windows computers safe and secure. If you aren't sure which programs need updating, Patch My PC checks your computer for you and runs just the updates you need. Read more...
  • Your Partner's Likes and Dislikes Change Over Time, So Keep Up

    Dave Greenbaum
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Even if you've been with someone a long time, you don't know everything about their wants, needs and desires. Those thoughts and feelings change over time. Keeping your "love map" updated helps you understand your partner better.Read more...
  • Try An Oil Alternative for Tastier (or at Least Different) Brownies

    Dave Greenbaum
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you make brownies in the microwave waffle iron or the oven , they're always a treat. If you're looking for a different recipe, try swapping out the oil without changing the flavor too much.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Pay Responsible for 1% of Digital Payment Dollars in November, Most Popular at Whole Foods

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Apple Pay is seeing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch), which suggests Apple's new payment service was responsible for a total of 1 percent of digital payment dollars during the month of November. Apple still trails industry leaders like Square and PayPal, which captured 18 and 78 percent of digital payment dollars in November, respectively, but ITG analysts suggest Apple Pay is showing strong momentum given that it's available only to customers with the newest hardware and supported by a limited number of…
  • Kate Winslet May Take on Lead Female Role in Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations to play the lead female role in the upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Winslet, aged 39, is best known for dramatic movies like Titanic, Divergent, All the King's Men, and Finding Neverland. It remains unclear what role Winslet will play, but female parts in the movie are rumored to include Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Natalie Portman was formerly in talks to play a major female role in the film, but she pulled out of negotiations in early December. Actress Jessica Chastain, of The…
  • Hands-On With Alpine's iLX-007 In-Dash CarPlay Entertainment System

    Eric Slivka
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    While car manufacturers have been slower than anticipated to roll out support for Apple's in-vehicle CarPlay system, Pioneer and Alpine have delivered aftermarket options in the form of in-dash systems with CarPlay compatibility and large touch screens. MacRumors has had a chance to spend some time with Alpine's iLX-007, which carries a suggested retail price of $800 but commonly sells for $600 and offers a 7-inch capacitive touch screen that dominates the unit's front. The only other physical features come as a thin row of buttons along the bottom edge, including a pair for…
  • Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is deeply offended by allegations that Apple permits the mistreatment of workers in its supplier factories and mines, reports The Telegraph. The accusations were levied by the BBC news program Panorama, which sent undercover reporters to work in Chinese factories and Indonesian mines. The BBC aired the documentary titled "Apple's Broken Promises" last night on its BBC One channel. Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams relayed Tim Cook's message in an email sent to its UK staff. Cook and Williams both stated they were "deeply offended by the…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 Business Day for 16 and 64GB Models

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    As the Christmas holiday approaches, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers in all colors and in 16 and 64GB capacities have now improved to just 1 business day in the United States, bringing the company close to reaching a supply/demand balance on those devices. The larger-capacity 128GB devices remain somewhat more constrained than the lower-capacity models, and ship in 3 to 5 business days. Shipping estimates are similarly improved in many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand,…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Who is Chris Brogan

    Chris Brogan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    You know, sometimes I take it for granted that you know who I am. I thought I’d share. Continue ReadingThe post Who is Chris Brogan appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Shine Your Own Bat Signal

    Chris Brogan
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    It’s our job to be storytellers of what we do for the world, and who we seek, and how we’ll help them. If you’re not taking your opportunity to help, to connect, to build the storyline that will guide people to understand what you have that can help them, you’re missing your chance. Shine Your Own Bat Signal Think of the immense opportunity. We used to have to beg or buy our way into the newspaper. Can you imagine doing that these days? And yet, when you’re given the chance to address the world, to tell an interesting story, to do anything that will build some…
  • Best Apps and Software of 2014

    Chris Brogan
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you know me, you know that this list won’t be your typical. I don’t care which software most people use. But I do have some thoughts on the matter as it applies to doing business. See, that’s always been the angle. I’m not into the tech. I’m into what the tech helps us DO. And to that end, I do have some opinions on what you should fire up on your phone and tablet and laptop and use more often. Continue ReadingThe post Best Apps and Software of 2014 appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Become a Bigger You

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

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

  • 5 Steps to Revising Your Content Marketing Strategy to Attract and Retain Future Customers

    Joe Pulizzi
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is not a how-to post; this is a how-to-think post. What troubles me about the majority of current content creation activities from companies is the sheer lack of strategy and purpose. I see a lot of activities — tweets, posts, articles, infographics, and more — that don’t support a real business goal. Content Marketing Institute’s latest research even found that only 38 percent of all marketers believe they are effective at content marketing. Your business goal that drives your particular content creation strategy should be to build an audience. With a loyal…
  • How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

    Mike Davenport and Henneke
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post? You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet. Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists. What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online? Sound far-fetched? Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required.
  • Seth Godin on Stepping Up and Making it Happen

    Brian Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet. But if you had to sum Seth up in one word, it might well be impresario. The classical definition of that word refers to a promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company. The modern definition, set forth by Seth himself when he’s teaching others about the prime entrepreneurial role of the connection economy,…
  • Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

    Jerod Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business. Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock. So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to? Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor. Well guess what?
  • Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level at Authority Rainmaker (And Save)

    Brian Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The “what” and “why” phases of the content marketing revolution are over. To effectively gain and maintain your competitive advantage, you need a clear and concise strategy with the exact tactics to effectively execute. More than that, you need the best talent you can get. You’re tasked with finding and assessing the right strategic partners, content production pros, and technical resources to optimize the audience experience that builds your business. Enter Authority Rainmaker. Happening again this year in Denver, Colorado, it’s live content marketing training and networking…
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    Macworld

  • White elephant: There's a reason they give this advice away

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just like that tacky sweater your mom got you in 1997 that everyone keeps re-gifting, Forbes is the gift that keeps on giving. And speaking of giving, Eric Jackson doesn’t think Apple should be giving money back to shareholders. “Apple Returns Cash To Shareholders Because It’s Out Of Ideas On How To Invest It” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to weid1) Jackson, you may recall (if you keep up to date on each outlandish piece of advice for how Apple should light its money on fire), has long suggested that Apple should have bought Twitter. Because social mumble mumble. So, when he…
  • BrandPost: How to design an environmentally friendly website

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Your website could be doing a lot more harm to the planet than you think. It might seem like a flash on a screen couldn’t cause much damage, but every small feature of your site has a discernible impact on the environment, with more complex features requiring greater resources to maintain. Over time and in great quantities, it adds up. Many factors - from the color palette you choose to where you host your site - can influence your site’s carbon footprint.Designing more environmentally friendly site for your business lets your customers know you have an ethical stance that reaches beyond…
  • BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese iPhone factory, but is it all Apple's fault?

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    I’ve worked at a lot of different jobs in my life, but there are a few I’d never like to try: picking crops on a farm, working in a chicken processing plant, and working in any kind of factory. The relentless assembly lines and the noise of the machines would be hard to deal with. Even those factories without deafening machines still seem like harsh places to work, if only because of the cadence they impose on employees. Whatever device you’re reading this article on was built in a factory, most likely in China. In this country, not known for its pleasant working conditions, all the…
  • Instagram's spam purge reveals high-profile accounts with fake followers

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Instagram made good on its promise to delete spam accounts that have plagued the service and other social networks like Twitter. Sounds like a positive move, right? Well, the sudden evaporation of millions of fake users is enraging Instagram fans who care about things like high follower counts. Millions of accounts vanished in the Great InstaPurge of 2014, also dubbed the “Instagram Rapture,” and the Instagrammers whose follower counts declined the most were the ones with the highest number of followers. Celebs like Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé saw millions of followers…
  • Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing ringtones and explicit radio

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Another iOS update, another round of bugs. This time, a recent update to iOS 8 deleted ringtones and alert tones. I explain how to get them back. I also look at using multiple Apple IDs in the iTunes Store and App Store, discuss not being able to block iTunes Radio, and look at a question about moving an iTunes library to a new Mac while retaining metadata.Lost ringtones Q: All my ringtones are missing from my iPhone and I can’t find any way to re-download them. What can I do? None of my devices were affected by this issue, and the iTunes Store tells me so.To read this article in full or to…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • A Frank Lloyd Wright Approach To Digital Design

    Kent Eisenhuth
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Frank Lloyd Wright was a century ahead of his time. He was a pioneer, an avant-garde architect who broke free of the traditions of his era. His views on materials, form, function, space and environment define his iconic works. These ideals and principles are still used in architecture today, and his buildings have stood the test of time, remaining relevant even in today’s digital age. I find a lot of inspiration in Wright’s timeless work. As designers, we’re frequently asked to create digital experiences (especially in software) that will have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years. This is an…
  • Freebie: Responsive And Mobile Icon Set (100 Icons, PNG, PSD)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    This responsive and mobile-themed icon set, designed by the folks behind Iconshock91 and Designshock102, consists of 100 individual icons merging outlined as well as flat styles, all vectors built in Photoshop, in four transparent PNG image sizes and available in two color versions: a limited cold palette and a warm colorful one. The vector editable source files are included. Please note that this icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported3. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles or individual…
  • Chartist.js, An Open-Source Library For Responsive Charts

    Gion Kunz
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    The list of charting libraries for the web is already quite long, and you might ask yourself why we would need to make it any longer. Whenever you need to develop an application’s dashboard, embed some usage statistics or simply visualize some data, you will find yourself looking for a charting library that fits your needs. Chartist was developed for a very particular need: to create simple responsive charts. While other charting libraries do a great job of visualizing data, something is always missing to satisfy this simple yet demanding need. In this article, we’ll show you how to use…
  • Understanding Mobile Back End As A Service

    David Tucker
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    What if you could create an entire back end for your mobile applications that was feature-complete in data synchronization, push-notification support, user management and file-handling before you even started building the mobile experience? What if it was architected in such a way that you could easily create new cross-platform native and web applications seamlessly on this back end? While this might sound like a fairy tale, it is exactly what providers of mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) are aiming to give app developers. It is up to you to determine whether that is true for the…
  • Design Principles: Visual Weight And Direction

    Steven Bradley
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Every element on a web page exerts a visual force that attracts the eye of the viewer. The greater the force, the more the eye is attracted. These forces also appear to act on other elements, imparting a visual direction to their potential movement and suggesting where you should look next. We refer to this force as visual weight1 and to the perceived direction of visual forces as visual direction. Both are important concepts to understand if you want to create hierarchy, flow, rhythm and balance in your composition. Note: This is the fourth post in a series on design principles. You can find…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • 4 from Gitmo sent to Afghanistan

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    The U.S. government has repatriated four more detainees from its military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, moving them to Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Saturday.
  • ISIS repulsed; refugee corridor open

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Kurdish Peshmerga fighters claimed to take control Saturday of Sinjar, the northern Iraqi town that ISIS militants stormed this summer causing minority Yazidis to flee into nearby mountains and spawning a humanitarian crisis.
  • Key Taliban commander killed

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Pakistani security forces said they killed several Taliban insurgents in clashes in and around Peshawar on Saturday.
  • Pacific storm: Early holiday woe

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Another Pacific storm is expected to pound the West Coast this weekend and could unleash flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows, just a week after similar rains left widespread devastation.
  • 2 NYPD officers killed in ambush

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:57 pm
    The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and took a shooting stance, witnesses told police. He opened fire several times, striking both officers in the head.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • My Photo Essay: “A Little Bit of London” (and a first-look at the free photo storytelling App “Project Luca”)

    Scott Kelby
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    Morning gang (it’s still morning, right?) Sorry for the late post (putting this together took way longer than expected).Those of you who follow me regularly here on the blog have seen the photographic stories I’ve posted over on my exposure.co account, which I think is an absolutely marvelous way to tell a story with both pictures and words (here’s a link to my exposure page and you can see what I mean). Far better than any blog post.Meet Project Luca A buddy turned me onto this new iPad-based free photo storytelling app called Project Luca (it’s still in Beta at this…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    8 Krazy Deals Today is day 7 of our 8 Krazy Deals, and for today’s deal we’re offering a KelbyOne Annual Membership Plan with Bonus! In addition to your full year of all access to KelbyOne online training and all of the things that come with it, you’ll also get a free portfolio review from industry professionals! For more info, check it out right here.Photographing Groups: Small to Large with Tony Corbell Our newest class is by none other than Tony Corbell! Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 World Leaders, 65 Nigerian Heads of State, about 600 brides and…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bill Fortney!

    Brad Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Season For Giving Since it is approaching Christmas, you may think this is an blog entry about Christmas gift giving, but it’s actually not!Let me start with a funny story! You may have heard Scott Kelby refer to me as “Bill Fortney – A Man Barely Alive!”  and wondered what that is all about? Well let me give you the back story. I met Scott about a dozen years ago when I worked for Nikon and called on him as a client. We went on to become great friends! My father died at age 66 and I was in my mid to late fifties when I met Scott. I guess I thought with heredity and all I…
  • Help Us Welcome “The New Guy” at KelbyOne, Julio Aguilar

    Scott Kelby
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hi gang, meet Julio. He’s a little shy in the video above (after all, it’s just his first day), but he’s an awesome guy (we’ve been working with him for about a year – he helps out on complex shoots and assists the instructors that come here with location shoots and stuff while they’re taping classes for KelbyOne). He’s an event/portrait photographer himself, and he’s joining our team full-time as chief editor, fancy-pants blog specialist, and big kahuna of content on the just-launched KelbyOne blog, where you’ll find him every day…
  • Dear “Twitter Clause” – Can I Please Get These Four Things For Christmas? (or at least for 2015)

    Scott Kelby
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    I really like Twitter a bunch. I do. Super Dig it! That being  said, I could totally and utterly “love” Twitter…if somehow for Christmas (or maybe just for 2015) Twitter added these four things that I believe would revolutionize, re-engerize, and just do a lot of awful lot of good all around. Here goes:(1) Stop penalizing me for including a photo with my Tweets You send me emails telling me how awesome it is to add images to my tweets. You show me stats which show that each tweet with a photo is likely to get so many more retweets and favorites, it’s just crazy. But then…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Writer’s Favorite Lens – The Canon 24-105mm f/4

    Jim Hamel
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    I like shooting all manner of outdoor scenes. I am a sucker for landscapes and seascapes, which almost always require a wide-angle lens. I really enjoy exploring new cities with my camera, which also requires a wide-angle lens but can also be helped by a little zoom to capture details. And, of course, I like taking pictures of my family while we are out, which requires portrait focal lengths. My favorite lens, the Canon 24-105mm f/4 does all these things, and does them remarkably well. A wide angle allows you to get right behind your subject and also get the background. Shot at 24 mm (1/100,…
  • 6 Tips for Better Portraits on Location

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whew it’s been a while since I actually wrote a tutorial here on dPS so I thought it was time. Some of my most popular articles are about portrait lighting patterns and other aspects of creating great portraits. In this article I want to give you a few tips to help you take better portraits on location, flatter your subjects and make sure you are all happy with the final results. My models for this article are my Nicaraguan friend Luis and his fiancé Sonia. He’s been a great help to us on our tours here and has become a good friend so this was win/win for us as they get a nice…
  • Deal 8: 70% off Photoshop Artistry: Fine Art Grunge Composition Course

    Darren Rowse
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Today’s deal is perfect for those of you wanting to awaken your creative genius and create some art with your images. It is 70% off the Photoshop Artistry: Fine Art Grunge Composition course. We offered this course on our sister site – SnapnDeals – earlier this year and it ended up being our most popular deal of the year, so we convinced it’s creator – Sebastian Michaels – to bring it back for dPS readers today. The best thing you can do to learn what this course is about is to head over to the sales page where Sebastian has created a great video run down…
  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Festive Food

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Well it’s that time of the year again. We spend days cooking and preparing for the big feast, then we stuff ourselves and retire to the sofa. Yup it’s holiday time. By Grant Frederiksen Whichever religion or faith you practice, and wherever you live – there is likely some sort of festivities going on this month. I’m spending the holidays in Nicaragua so it will be very different that back home in Canada with my family. I’m sure we’ll have a big meal but it may not be the traditional turkey with all the trimmings – it could look like grilled meat of…
  • 25 Mouthwatering Holiday Food Photos to Wet Your Appetite

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    With the holiday season upon us that also means big family gatherings and festive meals. Food photography is a great way to capture some of the festivities and color of the season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Omisoka or something else – likely it involves food. Enjoy this set of holiday food photos to help you get in the mood or maybe even get some menu or photo ideas or both! Dream House by Siggi B on 500px Christmas tiramisu by Darius Dzinnik on 500px Untitled by Julia Hernandez on 500px x mas cocktail by Peter Harasty on 500px Hot drink with whipped…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Need to crop or add zoom to a video after the fact? Try Video Zoom

    Mel Martin
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Video Zoom (US$1.99) is a just released app that will let you take an existing video and crop it, or add a smooth zoom. The app also lets you record a new video from within the app. Give the app access to your camera roll, and you will see thumbnail...
  • Caturday: Steve's a classic! (Updated)

    Steven Sande
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Perhaps that headline should say, Steve is in front of a Mac Classic. He's a cute new kitten belonging to TUAW reader Adam Gray of Manchester, UK. Adam says: Please find attached my submission for Caturday. Meet my new kitten, Steve who seems to be...
  • Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

    George Tinari
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap "Send" before you get ...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 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 Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
  • Apple bought back $56 billion of its own stock in 2014

    John-Michael Bond
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Apple is no stranger to stock buybacks so its no surprise that the trend continued in the 2014 fiscal year. And how much stock did Apple buy back this year? According to a new report for FactSet, Apple spent over $56 billion buying back stock this ye...
 
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    Strobist

  • Now Live on Lynda.com: The Traveling Photographer_LONDON

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for Lynda.com, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

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

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

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

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

  • National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 winners announced

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Winners of the National Geographic's 2014 Photo Contest have been announced, with first place winners in three categories bringing in cash prizes. The overall Grand Prize winning photo (above) has earned a total of $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters. Take a look at some of the winning images. See gallery
  • Gold Standard: Nikon D750 review posted

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    The D750 is Nikon's newest FX-format camera, offering a number of features from the D810 in combination with a 24MP sensor. It also boasts a faster frame rate than any non-professional full-frame Nikon DSLR since the D700. Aimed squarely at enthusiasts and full-frame upgraders the D750 boasts a comprehensive video and still photography specification - see how it performed in the field and in our extensive studio tests. Read review
  • Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Flickr has apologized to users upset over its Creative Commons-licensed print options. Effective immediately, all CC images have been removed from its Wall Art printing service. Users are still able to order prints of their own images, photos provided by Flickr’s own licensed artists and photographers who have requested their images be included. Read more
  • Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Leica has released firmware version 1.3 for its T mirrorless camera (Typ 701). The latest update promises a collection of performance improvements for the unit's startup time and image quality, along with general bug fixes. Learn more
  • Fujifilm announces macro tubes, tethering software and X-series firmware availability

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    Update: Firmware updates are now available - click through for a download link. Fujifilm has unveiled two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, as well as a launch date for the previously-promised Fujifilm X-T1 firmware. More firmware updates are also announced for the X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X-30, as well as the introduction of tethering software for PC. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Simple, Yet Smart ‘Color Labels’ Idea From One of My Readers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    After taking my survey yesterday, Andy Ramsay, posted a comment with the very simple, clever, and effective way he uses Color Labels in Lightroom. Here’s what he wrote: “I use traffic-light-style colour labels to identify ‘Needs Work in Photoshop’ [Red], ‘Been worked in Photoshop, Needs final LR adjustments’ [Amber], and ‘Ready for Release’ [Green]. …My portfolio smart collection is built to only use photos that are coloured Green and tagged ‘portfolio’.” This is the type of stuff we all tend to over-think. Love the…
  • Results from Yesterday’s Lightroom “Tagging” Survey

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Thanks to 1,800+ of you who were kind enough to take the survey yesterday (much appreciated). I was surprised to see… …that nearly 40% of the respondents use Color Labels as part of their workflow, especially since Lightroom Mobile doesn’t yet support Color Labels (a feature that’s been in the desktop version of Lightroom since 1.0). It supports Pick Flags and Star Ratings, but not Color Labels. Maybe if the LR team at Adobe sees that enough people use Color Labels they’ll add it to a future Lightroom Mobile update. So, thanks again to all of you who participated.
  • Follow Up: Insetting One Photo On Top of Another In Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Hi Gang: This is just a quick follow-up to my post earlier this week on Back-screening an image. At the end, I showed an example with an inset photo overlapping a full bleed photo and I offered to show how it’s done (because it’s not super obvious. Well, it wasn’t to me the first time I tried it anyway). A few folks asked me to show it, so here’s one way to get it done: STEP ONE: While you can do this from scratch using the “Custom Package” Layout Style (in the Layout Styles panel) and then use the Cells panel to create it, I think it’s quicker to…
  • Will You Take a Quick One-Question Lightroom Survey?

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    My buddy Terry White (from Adobe Systems) posted a survey yesterday on the use of different ways to tag your images in Lightroom (Pick Flags, Star Ratings and Color Labels), and I wanted to do the same thing here today with my audience (don’t go look at Terry’s — I don’t want it to taint your answers). So, if you wouldn’t mind, can you just take this quick one-question survey and let me know which of these three methods you use (you can choose all of them, or just one or two — choose as many as you use in your own workflow). I’ll post the results shortly.
  • Follow-up to Yesterday’s Lightroom Mobile Post From Lightroom Guru Rob Sylvan

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    [Hi Gang: Yesterday when I did my Lightroom Mobile post, Rob was kind enough to drop in with answers to some questions folks had about how Lightroom Mobile handles the transfer of files, in particular Raw files, and his answers were so helpful that I invited him to dig in a little deeper today with a follow-up post of his own. Many thanks to Rob for taking the time, and for being such an awesome part of the overall Lightroom community. -Scott] Greetings! Scott was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to do a follow up to his post from yesterday where he demonstrated his [link=  for…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • T-Mobile to Pay $90M to Settle With FTC Over Cramming Accusation

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Earlier this year, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against T-Mobile, accusing the carrier of "cramming" or charging customers for unauthorized SMS subscriptions that delivered information like horoscopes for prices up to $9.99 per month. Though T-Mobile initially called the FTC's complaint "unfounded and without merit," it today reached a settlement [PDF] that will see it paying out more than $90 million to consumers that were affected by its practices. The carrier will also be required to inform all current and former customers who paid the illicit…
  • Flyover for Apple Maps Expanded to Include New Cities in France, Sweden, Italy and Netherlands

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    As noted by Dutch website iCulture and reported by iGen.fr, Apple has recently added several new European locations to its Flyover feature for Maps, including Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Malmö in Sweden, Strasbourg and Dijon in France, and Turin in Italy. This expansion follows a similar update earlier this month that added Flyover to cities in France, Sweden and the US. HSB Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden iOS and OS X users can now take advantage of the Flyover feature, which first debuted in iOS 6 and OS X Yosemite. Flyover provides a detailed 3D look at a location, allowing users to…
  • Photo Editing App 'Brushstroke' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Popular photo editing app Brushstroke has been named Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, it is available to download for free for the first time since its March 2014 launch. Normally, the app is priced at $2.99, prior to today, it's lowest price was $0.99. Brushstroke, as the name implies, is designed to transform photographs into paintings using a variety of photo filters. There are dozens of different brush options that produce different paint effects, and each brush option can be customized using on-screen touch gestures to enhance the effect. There are also various color…
  • Bank of America Promoting Apple Pay in New Shopping-Focused TV Commercial

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bank of America this week released a new advertisement promoting Apple Pay, joining a growing number of financial institutions including Chase and Wells Fargo that are advertising Apple's recently launched mobile payments service. The thirty-second video follows a businesswoman as she shops for her family and herself, buying a shirt, a dog bone, and some lipstick all with her iPhone. She then is seen leaving the store via an elevator, winking as the camera fades away. Similar to previous commercials, the Bank of America ad focuses on the convenience of using Apple Pay to make payments with a…
  • Apple Researching Enhanced Touch ID Security Using Finger Motion Tracking

    Mitchel Broussard
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    In a newly published Apple patent application credited to Dale Setlak, co-founder of AuthenTec, the company reveals its interest in enhanced security capabilities for the iPhone home button and Touch ID. The patent application describes how the Touch ID sensor could be paired with an on-screen combination lock or other secondary security feature, requiring the user to move his or her finger in certain directions to fully unlock a device. As noted by Patently Apple, the June 2013 application shows off a few possibilities for the new technology, including a traditional combination lock-style…
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    CNN Travel

  • 11 hotels opening in 2015 we can't wait to check into

    karlac1
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These fabulous new properties will make you want to rethink your upcoming holiday plansTags: new hotelsPassport 2015year ahead
  • 10 top destinations to visit in 2015

    laurama
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Global events, new attractions and anniversary celebrations will put these destinations on travel radars next year. Question is, which one(s) to visit?Tags: 2015best destinationsexpo eventseventsanniversary party
  • 15 cool gifts for travelers

    jasonkwok
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Journals, luggage tags, Panama hats? Yawn. We've got a selection of gifts travelers will actually useTags: shoppingtechnologygadgetsCosmetics
  • Strange ice pancakes found on Scottish river

    barry.neild
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Scotland can now add a strange frozen phenomenon to mysteries including the Loch Ness Monster and Mel Gibson's accent in "Braveheart"Tags: weather
  • Air rage and emergency exits: Two weeks in Chinese aviation

    hiufu
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    Yesterday's news? Nope, just another spate of bizarre dramas from the world of China air travelTags: air ragechinese touristsemergency exit
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