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  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Smashing Magazine
    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • Bodies and Black Boxes From Malaysia Flight Arrive in Ukraine City

    NYT > Home Page
    By ANDREW HIGGINS and RICK GLADSTONE
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    The bodies were met by forensic experts and other representatives of countries that had citizens on the jet downed last week in territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
  • Suicides decrease when cigarette tax goes up

    Holy Kaw!
    Futurity
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    n states that enacted higher taxes on cigarettes and stricter policies on smoking in public places, suicide rates declined up to 15 percent compared to the national average, a new study shows. “Our analysis showed that each dollar increase in cigarette taxes was associated with a 10 percent decrease in suicide risk,” says Richard A. Grucza, associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. “Indoor smoking bans also were associated with risk reductions.” “We really need to look more closely at the effects of smoking and nicotine, not only on physical health…
  • Chinese Town on Lockdown After Bubonic Plague Death

    Mashable
    Kari Paul
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Officials have blocked off a city in northern China and placed 151 people in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague last week, Agence France Presse reports The 38-year-old victim in the city of Yumen was infected after feeding his dog a dead marmot, a large squirrel-like creature, earlier this month. He developed a fever later that same day and died last Wednesday. Officials are now barricading the city of 30,000, blocking motorists from entering or leaving. State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported "local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable conditon,"…
  • Why Yahoo Acquired Flurry, In Plain Speak

    Fast Company
    Mark Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Spoiler: China has something to do with it.Yesterday evening, news broke that Yahoo will be acquiring mobile analytics company Flurry for an estimated $200 million to $300 million. But what does that mean? Why does that matter? And wtf is a "flurry" anyway? Allow me give you a play-by-play of the insider baseball.Read Full Story
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  • Suicides decrease when cigarette tax goes up

    Futurity
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    n states that enacted higher taxes on cigarettes and stricter policies on smoking in public places, suicide rates declined up to 15 percent compared to the national average, a new study shows. “Our analysis showed that each dollar increase in cigarette taxes was associated with a 10 percent decrease in suicide risk,” says Richard A. Grucza, associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. “Indoor smoking bans also were associated with risk reductions.” “We really need to look more closely at the effects of smoking and nicotine, not only on physical health…
  • Amazing documentary about 1980s high school fashion [video]

    Josh Urich
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wow. Just wow. After you watch this documentary from the ’80s about high schoolers fashion tastes (that is, if you can can see it through the hand with which you’ll inevitably cover your eyes), you’ll be glad that the ’80s, however great the music was, are over. Take a look, and prepare to cringe: Full story at Uproxx. More great fashion advice (?). Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 shocking facts about IKEA [video]

    Josh Urich
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Did you know that in Sweden it’s illegal to name your kid IKEA? Not only is it illegal, but it is pretty stupid. That’s not the only surprising thing you’ll learn about IKEA in this video. Take a look and see how MIT is involved with IKEA. Full story at Buzzfeed. More great trivia. Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 things not to do or say at a tattoo parlor

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and get inked. Now what? To start, check out this list of annoying things not to do at the tattoo parlor, so as not to annoy the very person or people who are about to make permanent marks on your skin, submitted to Buzzfeed by a person who’s been there, heard that, and is trying to steer you in the right direction. 1. Tattoo gun The thing we use to create tattoos is called a tattoo machine. There are 2 main types of tattoo machine we use. One being the coil machine which is run by electromagnetic coils. These are the machines that make the…
  • Leadership around the world [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Worldwide corporations are common in today’s economy, yet that doesn’t mean predominant management styles are all cut from the same cloth. Whether you’re planning a new location overseas, doing business with foreign partners or just curious as to how the management game is played other places, this infographic from Brighton School of Business and Management provides an interesting overview of some major differences. Via Brighton School of Business and Management. Mix up your management style with infographics.
 
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    Mashable

  • Chinese Town on Lockdown After Bubonic Plague Death

    Kari Paul
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Officials have blocked off a city in northern China and placed 151 people in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague last week, Agence France Presse reports The 38-year-old victim in the city of Yumen was infected after feeding his dog a dead marmot, a large squirrel-like creature, earlier this month. He developed a fever later that same day and died last Wednesday. Officials are now barricading the city of 30,000, blocking motorists from entering or leaving. State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported "local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable conditon,"…
  • Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War

    Colin Daileda
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    The picture from Gaza seemed like so many other conflict zone photos — until you began to notice the details. The lifeless arm of a Palestinian boy cradled by an adult running across the beach. The sand studded with what looks like brush, but is really pieces of something shattered. A small child lies face down in the sand, legs jutting out at odd angles, seemingly struck dead. See also: In Pictures, Worldwide Protests Against Israeli Military Action in Gaza Tyler Hicks/@nytimes pic.twitter.com/KMRP8YzGRz — Carlos Saul Duque (@saulduque) July 17, 2014 The picture, shot by the New…
  • The Yo Copycats Are Here and Not All of Them Are Joking

    Seth Fiegerman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Jon Brod was surrounded by some of the most influential people in tech at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Aspen, Colorado, last week when he received a message from his wife: "AHOY." Then he received another: "AHOY." And then another. "She was AHOY-ing me, 'I'm at the pool. I'm at the hotel. I'm at the meatball shop,'" Brod says. Except she wasn't actually typing any of that out. She was just checking in with Brod using AHOY, an app that lets users — or, really, members of Brod's circle — fire off quick notifications that say "AHOY" along with the person's location at that…
  • 5 Biggest Moments in Comic-Con History

    Eric Larson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Comic-Con 2014 kicks off in San Diego on July 24 And, if there's one thing Tony Stark taught us, the power of research goes a long way See also: How Much Does It Cost to Be Batman in Real Life? To make sure you're schooled for the big event, we broke down our five favorite moments of Comic-Con's modest history. Have you attended one before? Tell us your favorite memories — none too geeky, we promise — in the comments below BONUS: The Plight of the Geek - Nature Documentary Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Videos, Film, and San Diego Comic Con
  • Amazon Debuts Wallet App for Rewards and Gift Cards

    Karissa Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Amazon's Fire Phone doesn't go on sale for a few more days but the company has already begun to quietly roll out new apps for its first smartphone. The company launched Amazon Wallet, its first mobile wallet application, on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play See also: Hands On: Amazon's Fire Phone Is More Than Meets the Eye While Amazon is calling it a wallet, you can't actually make purchases using the app. Instead, Amazon Wallet functions as a vault to store rewards and gift cards. Users enter their card information manually or by scanning them with their device's camera. Once stored, the…
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    Fast Company

  • Why Yahoo Acquired Flurry, In Plain Speak

    Mark Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Spoiler: China has something to do with it.Yesterday evening, news broke that Yahoo will be acquiring mobile analytics company Flurry for an estimated $200 million to $300 million. But what does that mean? Why does that matter? And wtf is a "flurry" anyway? Allow me give you a play-by-play of the insider baseball.Read Full Story
  • Banksy, Bitcoin, And The Winklevoss Twins: An Online Art World Love Story

    Neal Ungerleider
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are backing online auction house Paddle8--and peddling Banksy, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol this week.Somewhere Andy Warhol is smiling a crooked smile.Read Full Story
  • The Environmental Protection Agency Is Just Like Us, Can't Quit "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood"

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Who among us can really cast the first stone?"Changing your look and buying nice clothes can get you noticed by the media." Read Full Story
  • Delta Cancels All Flights to Israel

    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Reports cite a rocket attack near Tel Aviv's airport.Delta has canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely with reports of a rocket near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, according to the Associated Press.Read Full Story
  • Saudi Arabia's $530 Billion Stock Market Will Open to Foreign Investors

    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Starting next year, foreigners can tap into the Kingdom's flush bourse.Saudi Arabia is opening its $530 billion stock market to foreign investors for the first time in a move meant to shift its economy away from dependence on oil revenue. News of this expansion, slated for the first half of 2015, sparked a nearly 3% uptick in the Tadawul at close yesterday.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Some Brief Thoughts About Apple’s MacBook Air ‘Stickers’ Ad

    Matthew Panzarino
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
     Yesterday Apple released a new ‘Stickers’ ad for the MacBook Air. I found it interesting for a few reasons. Read More
  • BoardRounds Helps Hospitals Follow Up With Patients After They Leave The Emergency Room

    Anthony Ha
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
     BoardRounds is a startup helping hospitals stay connected with patients after they leave the emergency room — co-founder and CEO Benjamin Jack said the approach is “much like Google Now, but for healthcare.” Jack comes from the medical world — he recently received his M.D. from Cornell. He told me via email that normally, when a patient leaves the emergency room… Read More
  • Timehop, The App That Works As A Digital Time Capsule, Raises $10M Led By Shasta Ventures

    Colleen Taylor
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
     Timehop, the app that serves as a personal “today in history” memo by surfacing your social networking photos and posts from a year ago or more, has raised $10 million in new funding. The funding, which is Timehop’s Series B, was led by Shasta Ventures with the participation of previous investors Spark and O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures and angel investors including… Read More
  • Nootrobox Launches Its “Smart Drugs” Subscription Service

    Sarah Perez
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
     Subscription-based “box of the month” services have been fairly hit-or-miss so far. While some like Birchbox are still going strong, elsewhere, smaller startups – and even experiments from the world’s largest retailer, Walmart – have faded away. But a new company called Nootrobox is giving the subscription biz a shot anyway by targeting those interested… Read More
  • Apple’s Cash Machine Is Back

    Romain Dillet
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
     Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for Q3 2014. For the past couple of years, the April-to-June quarter has been the slowest quarter of the year for the company. Before that, Apple used to refresh its iPad lineup in the spring. Now, it seems like nothing is happening during the Q3 quarter. But gross margin is on the rise and should make this quarter more impressive than… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
  • Two new videos

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    No content online is 'rare', but here are two presentations you might not have seen before: ...from the Maker Faire, and here's a speech I did last year at Nearly Impossible in Brooklyn: Seth Godin | Nearly Impossible 2013 from Nearly Impossible on Vimeo.        
  • Weight thrown and the slippery slope

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sometimes it's fun or profitable to throw your weight around, to get customers or partners or students or the media or even local government agencies to do what you need them to do. Inevitably, weight throwers come to a fork in the road: Are you doing this to get people to do what's good for them or what's good for you When a teacher uses her power to get students to study (not in their short-term interest, at least not right now), she's doing them a service. When a retailer or manufacturer uses purchasing power and scale to bring a product to market that people weren't expecting, it's…
 
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  • 10 Ways to Exponentially Grow Your Traffic in 30 Days

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Marcus Taylor of Venture Harbour. In Western cultures, there is a prevailing belief that you ‘work your way to the top’, ‘climb the ladder’, and make slow and steady efforts to achieve success. This way of thinking is undoubtedly a smart approach, particularly for bloggers. However, there is an equally smart, yet opposing, belief that’s more common in certain Eastern cultures: leapfrogging straight to the top. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to get smart about my blogging. By concentrating on the things that made the biggest difference, I…
  • Top Tips to Help You Nail That Blogging Job Application

    Guest Blogger
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Image via flazingo.com This is a guest contribution from Steff Green, of WorkflowMax. Recently I wrote a post about my experiences as a company looking to hire another blogger for our team. Today I’m putting on my blogger hat and I’m looking at what the experience taught me about how a blogger can improve his/her chances of landing a blogging job at a company. Who am I? I’m Steff. I used to be a freelance blogger, but one of my clients, WorkflowMax – a cloud-based project management software for service businesses – offered me a full-time position as a blogger, I jumped at…
  • Script Video Marketing Success with the Right Content

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    This is a guest contribution from Amy Brown of Wordprax.com. Videos don’t have a magic wand, as believed by certain marketeers (both amateurs and seasoned ones).  Threading video marketing success is hard work, and requires a fair bit of creativity. While it’s true that video content can enhance engagement at a much greater rate than its more static counterparts, if quality  is being compromised, your video marketing endeavor isn’t going to get as far as it could. And the reason is simple enough – as opposed to the other forms of advertising, video marketing is…
  • 5 Key Elements for a Successful Women’s Blog

    Guest Blogger
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Image via Flickr user Liquine This is a guest contribution by Renee from Beautifille.com This year marks 10 years of my blogging career, and after starting several women’s blogs (some successful, some not), and being an avid reader of them myself, I’ve learn the key elements in what makes a blog “make it” or not. Here they are. Key #1: Make Sure Your Blog is Visually Great I usually try not to generalize, but let’s face it: women like pretty things. We notice, pay attention and are attracted by how something looks. Having a good blog design is vital because at the end of the day,…
  • 2 Simple Ways to Customise Your Facebook Updates

    Darren Rowse
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Today I want to share a Facebook tip that I’m sure many ProBlogger readers will already know, but which I am sure some have not heard about. Every single time I share it, I get “wow, I never knew that!” comments. It’s all to do with how Facebook lets you customise your status updates when sharing links on your Facebook page. OK – so here’s what happens when you add a link into the status update on your Facebook page before you hit ‘post’. You can see Facebook has found an image that it thinks that you should use, has pulled in the page title…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Turn Your Grill into a Pizza Oven with This $20 DIY Kettle Pizza Clone

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    In our recent discussion on ways to hack your grill , Lifehacker reader torchbearer2 recommended the Kettle Pizza—an interesting accessory that turns your grill into a pizza oven. At $150, however, it's not cheap. You can make your own version for about $20.Read more...
  • Study Shows the Most Informed Consumers Choose Store Brands

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    A recent study of users' shopping habits reveals that the more informed you are about a type of product, the more likely you are to choose a generic store brand over the pricier national brand.Read more...
  • How Can Precision Actually Be a Bias?

    Esther Inglis-Arkell on io9, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Let's say you've got a set of studies on the same subject, and they all yield very similar results. They must be showing an accurate answer, right? Nope. Precision and accuracy are not anywhere near the same thing. Mixing them up could get you in real trouble.Read more...
  • Bypass Your ISP's Throttling of Netflix or Other Videos with a VPN

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Verizon has been caught throttling Netflix streaming (much like Comcast was before Netflix paid the cable company for a "fast lane" access). If you're having speed or quality issues with Verizon or any other ISP—and with any kind of streaming service—try using a VPN.Read more...
  • Be Careful What You Kickstart: This Game Lost Half a Million Dollars

    Whitson Gordon
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Kickstarter can be a useful way to fund projects you really like, but our friends over at Kotaku show us exactly why you should be careful and vet the project first : not all projects are created equal.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Questionable Claim of 30% Slimmer 'iPad Mini Air' Launching in Late 2014

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    According to a new report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple's third-generation iPad mini will be an "Air"-like model, featuring a design that shaves 30 percent off the thickness of the device. This thinness along with a powerful new A8 processor will be among the main selling points for the next generation iPad mini, claims the Asian sources (via GforGames). Mockups of the next generation iPhone, iPad Mini, and iPad Air from Apple.club.tw While the sources of the rumor are given only as from the supply chain, the claim of a 30 percent thinner iPad mini seems to be an overly optimistic…
  • Apple Outlines Smart Wristband with Phone Connectivity and Gesture Control in New Patent

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent that describes a wrist-worn device containing sensors and wireless radios that allow it to communicate with other devices such as the iPhone, iPad or Mac (Via AppleInsider). It is a comprehensive patent that describes some of the core features of Apple's rumored iWatch device. Front view of a device similar to a sixth-generation iPod nano docked into wristband The invention details a modular device, identified in the patent as the "iTime", that features a wrist-worn, sensor-laden strap and potentially removable modules. The…
  • Apple Preparing Between 70 and 80 Million 4.7 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Units to Meet High Consumer Demand

    Juli Clover
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture a massive number of 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones in anticipation of high consumer demand, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is seeking between 70 and 80 million units combined of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by December, its largest order to date and a major jump from last year, where it ordered between 50 and 60 million iPhone 5s and 5c models.Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C--which had a…
  • Apple Launches New 'The Notebook People Love' MacBook Air Ad

    Juli Clover
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Apple has launched a new television ad for the MacBook Air, "Stickers," showing off an array of customizable decals placed over the Apple symbol on the back of the notebook. Decals shown include various sunglasses, hats, and headphones, along with nods to Breaking Bad, Peanuts, Ice Age, Snow White, Pac Man, Chi the Cat, The Simpsons, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Tasmanian Devil, Hello Kitty, Catwoman, and Mickey Mouse. There are also cameras, record players, trees, faces, cityscapes, planets, scuba divers, 8-bit games, a variety of abstract designs and patterns, and more, plus a Beats logo. The…
  • Intel Launches New Core i5, i7 Haswell Processors Possibly Slated for Retina MacBook Pro Refresh

    Juli Clover
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Intel yesterday launched new Haswell processors designed for high-end notebooks, which could be slated for use in an upcoming refresh of the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. As detailed by CPU World, Intel has released three new Core i5 chips and three new Core i7 chips that are all successors to the chips currently used in the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. The new processors provide a modest 200 MHz speed boost over existing Haswell chips. The Core i7-4770HQ chip at 2.2 GHz is a direct replacement for the Core i7-4750 used in the lower-end 2.0 GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro,…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Experimental Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, etc. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
  • Pamela Wilson Is Now Working With the Copyblogger Team

    Sonia Simone
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am so pleased to announce that Pamela Wilson is going to be working with the Copyblogger Media team on some cool new projects. You may know Pamela from her many Copyblogger posts, or from her business, Big Brand System, where she gives out lots of great business and design advice to help business owners look more professional, cohesive, and successful. She’s an award-winning graphic designer and marketing consultant who’s been helping small businesses and large organizations create “big brands” since 1987. Pamela also has a real gift for taking complex marketing tasks and…
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    Macworld

  • Apple gets patent on iTime smartwatch

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office served up further evidence on Tuesday that Apple is designing a smartwatch when it awarded the company a patent for a wrist-worn gadget with a touchscreen and ability to communicate with a smartphone. “The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch,” wrote Apple in the filing for U.S. Patent 8,787,006, which was submitted in July 2011 but made public on Tuesday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Live analysis: Apple Q3 FY14 financial results

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Macworld's live coverage of Apple's financial results for the third quarter. How many iPads, iPhones, and Macs did the company sell? How healthy were its profits? We'll have all the details right here.  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple responds to troubling allegations of iOS 'backdoor'

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Information security has never been a more sensitive subject than it is these days, so it’s little surprise that allegations from a security researcher that iOS contains a “backdoor” permitting access to users’ information provoked a strong response from Apple. Those accusations came from security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, who was presenting at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference earlier this week. In his talk, “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,” Zdziarski claimed to have found systems within iOS that could be used to access…
  • Dating app Wyldfire tries to avoid creeps by letting women take the lead

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Men have to request access or be invited to join
  • The Week in Mac Apps: A canvas for developers

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    A canvas for developersThis week’s app roundup brings you an app that can paint with code—and one that can tell you just how sharp you’ll look in that brand new blazer.Dress Assistant 5.1Software de Arte’s $20 Dress Assistant (Mac App Store Link) is the answer to that eternal question: Will my shoes go well with this shirt?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Why Is Internet Still So Slow And Expensive In The U.S.?

    David Sobotta
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Most people in the United States can't get a decent Internet connection.That seems like a simple enough problem, but there is no easy solution. To make matters more confusing, most information floating around about broadband availability is confusing and contradictory. A lot needs to be sorted out before we get decent connections at an affordable price. Take the National Broadband Map. Many of us in the industry define true broadband as a symmetric connection with at least 100Mbps.  If you believe the National Broadband map, 97% of North Carolina (where I live) has access…
  • The Mobile App Developer Middle Class Doesn't Exist

    Dan Rowinski
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.The middle class of mobile app developers is completely non-existent.According to a research survey from market research firm VisionMobile, there are 2.9 million app developers in the world who have built about two million apps. Most of those app developers are making next to nothing in revenue while the very top of the market make nearly all the profits. Essentially, the app economy has become a mirror of Wall…
  • An Ode To Jim Rockford's Answering Machine

    Helen A.S. Popkin
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    No respectable obituary for James Garner is complete without a reference to the answering machine gag that opened each episode of the iconic actor’s equally iconic, tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek detective series, The Rockford Files, which ran from 1974 to 1980. Eulogizing Garner, 86, who died Saturday in Los Angeles, the New York Times recalled The Rockford Files opening in pitch-perfect tone that make Gen-Xers and Boomers alike misty, the "distinctive theme song featuring a synthesizer and a blues harmonica and a message coming in on a newfangled gadget—Rockford’s telephone…
  • Soylent's Secret Ingredient Isn't People—It's Excuses

    Selena Larson
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    You’ve made a huge mistake ...... is what people usually say whenever I tell them I’ve ordered the would-be food substitute Soylent. I’m starting to believe them.The smoothie-like nutritional drink made waves last year when its founder claimed the vitamin-rich potion could replace eating by providing powdered versions of the nutrients their body needs to survive. In November, I decided to give it a try.Soylent has since become an object of fascination among the tech community, with reviews of the substance ranging from semen-like to a "great reminder of why food is awesome."If you…
  • Facebook Save Lets You Bookmark For Later

    Selena Larson
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Since you're not spending enough time on Facebook, you can now save things to read or view later ... on Facebook.On Monday, the company announced the Save feature, which allows users to bookmark things like links, photos or videos to view when they actually have time to sit down and enjoy them. It's Facebook's answer to Pocket and Evernote—sort of.Unlike these other services, stuff saved on Facebook can only be saved and viewed while using Facebook mobile and Web services. Though the feature lets you bookmark things like pictures, it's clear this is geared more towards news and…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • The Mystery Is Resolved: Chirpy Birds, Lost Numbers and Pretty Slow Wheels

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
  • Useful Adobe Fireworks Resources: Extensions (Part 1)

    Michel Bozgounov
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze1 it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily. For those of you who are searching for a similar tool, Sketch 3.02 seems to be a pretty good alternative to Fireworks, but it’s still not quite there yet; it’s Mac-only, and while its vector tools are very good and it…
  • Scaling Down The BEM Methodology For Small Projects

    Maxim Shirshin
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Front-end development is no longer about individual frameworks. Tools are available — we merely have to choose. To make the right choices for your project, you need to start with a general approach, or methodology. But most methodologies have been created by big companies? Are they still useful for small companies, or do we need to reinvent them at a small scale? You probably already know of BEM121, one of those methodologies developed by a big company — namely, Yandex2. BEM posits that three basic entities (blocks, elements and modifiers) are enough to define how to author HTML…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Opinion: Kerry will need lots of help

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Woody Allen famously said that 80% of success in life is about just showing up. He's wrong. Success in life -- as in diplomacy -- is about showing up at the right time. So Is John Kerry coming to the Israeli-Hamas crisis too early, too late or just at the right time?
  • Perry, call off your National Guard

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Jeronimo Saldana and Malik Burnett say Gov. Perry's plan to send National Guard to the border won't solve the escalating immigration problem. At its core is the longstanding drug war the U.S. in Central and South America.
  • Fruit recall at Walmart, Costco

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.
  • Rocket landed near Tel Aviv airport

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The FAA told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours after a rocket strike.
  • 'XL Love': Fat is affecting our sex lives

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    A new book, "XL Love," focuses on how obesity is "complicating" America's love life.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Announcing My New Book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s official — the latest book in my series is headed to bookstores in just a few weeks, and the video above tells you what makes this new addition, called “Part 5 — Photo Recipes” different than the rest.You can preorder the book right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or direct from us and be the first to receive the book when it ships in a couple of weeks. It’s only around $17 street price, which is an awesomely low price (it’s about impossible to find something for photography that only costs $17 bucks, right? This puppy is a steal).I’m…
  • Five Photography Workshops I Would Love to Attend (and you might, too!)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I absolutely LOVE to learn new stuff, and if I get a chance to sit in another photographer’s class, or spend a day in their workshop, I jump at the chance. Here are five (in no particular order) that are coming up that I would really love to attend (and I’m hoping to get to at least a few of these as a student myself).(1) Frank Doorhof’s Ultimate Workshop Weekend I remember the first time I saw Frank teach in person. I caught his first class, and then went back three more times, taking notes every time. Frank is one of the people I’ve learned the most from about…
  • My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile

    Scott Kelby
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    When I posted this behind-the-scenes iPhone pic yesterday on FB and Twitter, and mentioned I was using Lightroom Mobile (that it running on my iPad), I had lots of questions of how and why we used so I thought I’d tackle that here today on the blog.Why Lightroom Mobile? First, I know there are lots of apps (OK, at least a few) that will let you transfer your images from your camera over into your iPad so you can see them during a shoot. In fact, Terry White had a great article on shooting straight from an Eye-fi Wireless SD card, through an App, right over to your iPad (here’s the…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Win A FREE Pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas! Submit your best photos to this contest for your chance to win a FREE pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas! The big winner will also have their photo published in Photoshop User magazine AND get a free year of KelbyOne! The winner will be chosen by a panel including Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Peter Hurley, Tamara Lackey, and Erik Valind. The deadline to submit is August 2, so click here and share your best work!Behind The Lens: In-Depth Portfolio Reviews with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby Join Joe McNally and Scott Kelby for an evening of…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gilmar Smith!

    Brad Moore
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When I received an email from Brad asking me if I wanted to write a guest post for Scott I was psyched. I screamed some colorful words like the ones coming out of the Master Jay Maisel’s mouth and I quickly wrote back saying YES! I was honored to even be considered to write on Scott’s blog. But then I panicked…. What could I possibly write about?Well, I have been shooting for only 3 years, I’ve had my up and downs, I’ve tried several photography genres, and I kicked and whined just to think about specializing in just one thing. Then I realized what I enjoyed the most was…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Overcoming the Fear – Creating Better Travel Photography Portraits

    Oded Wagenstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pick up Oded’s new Snapn Guide (a dPS sister company) Snapn Travel here for only $7. A lifetime of travel memories in a Snap. Traveling is fun and rewarding, but sharing memories of your journeys with friends, family and the world through your own beautiful images can be even better. Especially rewarding are images of the interesting people you meet along the way, because creating travel photography portraits can be an amazing addition to your portfolio. But, if taking pictures of strangers while interacting with them makes you uneasy, maybe even feeling a bit of fear? GOOD! Then…
  • How To Photograph Shy Adults

    Annie Tao
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Some people are not as comfortable in front of the camera as others. Perhaps they are shy, or perhaps they believe they have physical “imperfections”, so they aren’t at ease when it comes to having their photo taken. (I put quotes around that term because often these are not imperfections at all, but rather, beautiful parts of their body that they over-think.) Unless they are a professional model, most people fall into this category to some degree. If they don’t feel comfortable, it will show in the photos. Luckily, there are things you can do that may help. Give your…
  • Creating Abstract Images in Nature

    Bruce Wunderlich
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is a working definition of “abstract” nature photography? Nature so easily lends itself to subjects realistic and dream-like, but what about abstract? You may have heard it said “If it is recognizable as an object – it is not an abstract,” but let’s challenge that notion. There are no clear rules to abstract photography. The object of the photo may or may not be recognizable. Abstract images may contain a small portion of an object or multiple objects. An abstract will often concentrate on a limited area of a subject that reveals a shape, pattern, form, color…
  • Seeing More Creatively with Bryan Peterson

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Bryan Peterson is well known for his photography books and workshops. He’s also now one of the featured photography teachers on Adorama TV. You can get his book Learning to See Creatively on Adorama.com. In these three videos Bryan gives us a few tips on doing just that. Seeing Creatively This first video is a quick tip on using Selective Focus: In this second video Bryan is leading a workshop, ironically on the Oregon coast where I was just two weeks ago. This video shows how to get creative shooting things on the beach. Make note they are shooting a starfish but they did not harm it…
  • How to Create a Vintage Look using Lightroom

    Andrew S. Gibson
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before you create a vintage look using Lightroom, you have to decide what characteristics you think that look should have. It may mean different things to other people, but here’s my version. Photos with the vintage look are nostalgic, evoking the look of faded photos taken decades ago. There may be a colour cast or faded blacks, and they should look as if they may have been taken with film. What is your definition of the vintage look? Whatever it is, once you have arrived at it, you can think about how you can achieve that look in Lightroom. Using Lightroom Develop Presets The easiest…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Daily Deals for July 22, 2014, featuring Drive Hands Free Car Mount

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • Bicolor proves simple doesn't mean boring

    Mike Wehner
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Two colors and a single shape -- apparently that's all it takes to create a fantastic iOS puzzle game. That's all Bicolor really is, but I absolutely can't stop playing it. It's the kind of game you'll beat your head on the wall over, simply because...
  • TUAW liveblog of Apple Q3 2014 earnings call at 5 PM ET

    Steven Sande
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Just a reminder to TUAW readers that today at 5 PM ET, we will be liveblogging the Apple Q3 2014 earnings call. Come back a little bit before 5 PM ET to settle into the liveblog, and you can listen to the call on Apple's live stream of the event....
  • RollWorld lets you create your own little planet on iOS

    Mel Martin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    You may have seen photos with the 'little' or 'tiny' planet effect. There are quite a few iOS apps that will render this effect for you, but most have a cost associated with them while RollWorld is free and works quite well. Import a photo from your...
  • Kenu Airframe+ now case-friendly, designed for the future

    Steven Sande
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    A little over a year ago, TUAW reviewed the Kenu Airframe, a tiny but very effective air vent mount for the iPhone. Today, Kenu made the Airframe future-proof by announcing the larger Airframe+ (US$29.95). What do I mean by future-proof? Well,...
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shiny object: Leica T Shooting Experience

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    It's not a surprise that Leica's first autofocus mirrorless system camera is a thing of beauty - or that it's wildly expensive. The Leica T (Typ 701) uses a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor, and its operation is almost entirely dependent on a couple of dials and a large touchscreen. It may be beautiful, but a camera can't get by on its looks alone. See how it fared in our field testing. Read more
  • Registration Now Open for PhotoPlus Expo 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Registration is now open for PhotoPlus Expo 2014, the annual photographic tradeshow that takes place in New York City, every autumn. This year's show runs from October 29 - November 1 2014 in the Javits Convention Center, and the theme of the event (aside from photography of course) is Halloween. Click through for more details. 
  • Xiaomi unveils Mi 4 high-end phone with 8MP front camera

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Chinese device manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, today. With a metal frame and a distinctly iPhone-esque design the Mi 4 looks like a premium product and its specification sheet confirms this initial impression, boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB RAM. Main camera specs appear standard for current-generation Android phones, with a 13MP rear camera but an unusually high-resolution 8MP at the front. Click through for more details.
  • Ready for its close-up: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    If the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 premium superzoom was a game-changer, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 changed the game yet again when it was introduced last month. With its 1"-type 20.1MP CMOS sensor and 25-400mm equiv. F2.8-4.0 lens it's an ideal candidate for travel, offering a larger-than-average sensor and generous zoom range. With 4K video recording and a lower MSRP, it gave the already-impressive RX10 a run for the money. Read more
  • Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    What makes a compact tripod a good traveling companion? We've collected 5 aluminum 'travel' tripod and head combinations that are compact, but are also comfortably tall and hold up a reasonable amount of gear. In this roundup we cover their features, functions and finish quality, and we put them to work in the studio and in the field. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

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

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

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

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
  • 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There’s been speculation for a while now, but it’s confirmed. Apple is stopping future development of Aperture. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now. Aperture actually came out right around the time when Lightroom did (even a little before). But it’s been stagnant on version 3 for a while now, and Lightroom has continually pulled ahead. Anyway, all the debates over which is/was better don’t matter much now. If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Kenu Prepares for Larger iPhones with Lightweight Airframe+ Car Vent Mount

    Eric Slivka
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Kenu's Airframe smartphone car mount has proven popular with MacRumors readers, and with Apple all but certain to release larger iPhone models later this year Kenu has just released a new Airframe+ mount that accommodates thicker cases and devices with screen sizes up to six inches. Airframe+ with iPhone 5s in Apple case Like the original Airframe, much of the appeal of the Airframe+ comes from its simplicity and light weight, consisting of a simple spring-loaded clip to grip the device on the sides and a cone-shaped clip to attach to louvers of car vents. Weighing under an ounce and easily…
  • Hearthstone Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Now Available on iOS and Mac

    Juli Clover
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Curse of Naxxramas, the first expansion for Blizzard's popular Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft collectible card game, is now available for download on PCs, Macs, and iPads. Like Naxxramas in World of Warcraft, Curse of Naxxramas in Hearthstone is a floating necropolis organized into five different wings, including the Arachnid Quarter, Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair. Blizzard's Curse of Naxxramas launch event will see one new wing opening each week for approximately a month, beginning with the Arachnid Quarter. Every wing contains enemies and bosses…
  • Hands-On With Apple's New Tips App in iOS 8 Beta 4

    Juli Clover
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    iOS 8 beta 4, released earlier today, included a new app called Tips, which is designed to offer iOS 8 users information about all of the new features in the operating system. Tips was first hinted at during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, shown briefly on a display that rounded up dozens of unmentioned iOS 8 features, but it was missing from the iOS 8 betas until today. It was unclear what would be included in the Tips app, but it turns out Tips is a simple tutorial-style app that gives users a look at some of the various features in iOS 8, using text, images, and brief animations.
  • Facebook Debuts New Read-It-Later 'Save' Feature for iOS and Desktop

    Juli Clover
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Facebook today introduced a new read-it-later "Save" feature that allows users to save items on Facebook to view at a later time in both the desktop version of Facebook and the Facebook app for iOS.. Users can save links, places, movies, TV shows, music, and more. Items can be saved by tapping the small arrow in the upper right corner of any post, which also has tools for unfollowing content and removing content from the Facebook feed. You can view the items you saved at any time by going to your saved items in the "More" tab on mobile or by clicking the link on the left hand side of Facebook…
  • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More

    Juli Clover
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Along with several Mac deals and an array of iPhone discounts from Best Buy, multiple companies are offering discounts on various iOS accessories, including the Mini Jambox, Griffin Survivor cases, the Sony QX10 iPhone camera accessory, and Apple Smart Covers and cables. Jawbone's newest Mini Jambox can be purchased for $99 via Groupon, which is $30 off the standard price from Jawbone. It's available in Blue Diamond, Silver Dot, and Graphite Facet. The standard sized Jambox is also available at a discounted price of $89 on Groupon. Apple Smart Covers for the iPad 2, 3, and 4 can…
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    CNN Travel

  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

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

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

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wimbledon isn’t just a tournament, it’s a village. Here’s what to do when you’re not wondering who's going to win it allFor the thousands of fans who descend upon the All England Club every summer, Wimbledon means one thing: tennis, namely The Championships, where the world’s top stars slug it out on the lawns of the All England Club (June 23-July 6). But few realize that the charms of this chic southwest London “village” extend beyond the ball courts. What’s there to do in Wimbledon when you’re not watching tennis? Plenty. 1. Cannizaro House Cannizaro House: scene of a…
  • CNNGo in Amsterdam: Windmill beer, tulip vases and picnics in the park

    hiufu
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An amazing photography museum, a classic cinema experience and the city's best street food feature in our monthly TV showCruising the canals of AmsterdamThe artistic side of AmsterdamAmsterdam's mouth-watering street foodThis month CNNGo cruises the canals of Amsterdam. Olympic field hockey player Floris Evers shares his perfect Saturday with a stroll through the Noodermarkt, a giant slice of Winkel's handmade apple pie and a picnic in scenic Vondelpark. We explore an artistic side of the city with gallery owners Diana Stigter, David Van Doesburg and Lilian Driessen, who show us the best…
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