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  • How a physicist makes a snowflake [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even hardcore scientists like to get into the Christmas spirits. Here's how a physicist makes a snowflake. All you need is a few beakers, a cat, and a box to put the cat in. Wait, what?! The post How a physicist makes a snowflake [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Fallon's #ChristmasFails can knock out your holiday spirit

    Mashable
    Laura Vitto
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Jimmy Fallon loves a good #ChristmasFail On Thursday night's Tonight Show, Fallon shared a few of his favorite tales of bad gifts, toppled trees and evil Santas, courtesy of the honest souls on Twitter. Consider this a lesson in how not to Christmas. 10 weirdest things that have been pulled out of people's bums Marcel the Shell sings a haunting rendition of 'Landslide' 'Starbucks lovers' and other catchy misheard lyrics of 2014 'Jingle Bells' kid knows how we all truly feel about the holidays Read more... More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Entertainment, Tv, and Twitter
  • The Genetic Ancestry Of The United States, According To 23andMe

    Fast Company
    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
  • Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Capitulation May Prevent Further Leaks, Imply New Hacker Emails

    TechCrunch
    Darrell Etherington
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
     Sony Pictures might be spared further embarrassment resulting from future data dumps, according to emails received by Sony executives today. CNN reports that Sony execs got a new email that matches the pattern, language and email list of previous threats and demands, but this one apparently praises Sony for its “very wise” choice in cancelling the release of The Interview. While… Read More
  • This or that vs. yes or no

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    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.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • How a physicist makes a snowflake [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even hardcore scientists like to get into the Christmas spirits. Here's how a physicist makes a snowflake. All you need is a few beakers, a cat, and a box to put the cat in. Wait, what?! The post How a physicist makes a snowflake [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How the kitten stole Christmas [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Have a pet in the house that doesn't have share your holiday spirit? With any luck, your story will end like this one with a little Christmas miracle, but just in case it doesn't, stow away the breakable ornaments until Fluffy comes around. The post How the kitten stole Christmas [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why we love eating spoiled, rotten food [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you handed someone a rotting apple, you'd be the jerk of the century. Hand someone a nice bottle of apple cider and you're a hero. What's the difference? Bacteria, of course. Watch this video to see why so many of your favorite foods and drinks––like wine, chocolate, and cheese just to name a few––are actually spoiled. The post Why we love eating spoiled, rotten food [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 2014 Bowl Games ranked by price [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    Which is the hottest Bowl Game this season? Probably the one your team is playing in, but if you're going by ticket price, TicketCity has the official rankings right here. The post 2014 Bowl Games ranked by price [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Amputee makes history with robotic arms [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    If you want to see just how far medicine has come, look no farther than the incredible prosthetic limbs of double shoulder-down amputee, Les Baugh. The post Amputee makes history with robotic arms [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Fallon's #ChristmasFails can knock out your holiday spirit

    Laura Vitto
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Jimmy Fallon loves a good #ChristmasFail On Thursday night's Tonight Show, Fallon shared a few of his favorite tales of bad gifts, toppled trees and evil Santas, courtesy of the honest souls on Twitter. Consider this a lesson in how not to Christmas. 10 weirdest things that have been pulled out of people's bums Marcel the Shell sings a haunting rendition of 'Landslide' 'Starbucks lovers' and other catchy misheard lyrics of 2014 'Jingle Bells' kid knows how we all truly feel about the holidays Read more... More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Entertainment, Tv, and Twitter
  • George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can't tell us what to do

    Stan Schroeder
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    There has been no shortage of Hollywood A-listers voicing their unhappiness with the media's coverage of the Sony hack — and George Clooney has joined the ranks. But he's not just mad at the media; he's pissed at Hollywood. See also: Sony ends 'The Interview' and hands hackers a terrifying new script According to an interview with Deadline, Clooney sent a petition of support to the most powerful people in the film and TV business, asking them not to yield to hackers' demands — but nobody would sign it. He refused to name specific names, but claimed a "fairly large number" of…
  • Sony hackers reportedly praise executives for pulling 'The Interview'

    Christina Warren
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    According to a new report, individuals behind the massive Sony hack have contacted executives at Sony Pictures, praising their decision to cancel The Interview and offering to stop leaking corporate data if the movie stays shelved. See also: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you According to CNN, Sony executives received an email Thursday night believed to be from the hackers. The message called the decision to pull The Interview "very wise," adding, "Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or…
  • Colorado theater shooter's parents: Please don't execute our son

    Brian Ries
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    The parents of James Holmes, who killed 12 and injured 70 in a July 2012 Colorado theater shooting, say their son is "not a monster" and he should not be executed. See also: 7 Essential Questions About the Death Penalty, Answered "We do not know how many victims of the theater shooting would like to see our son killed. But we are aware of people's sentiments," Robert and Arlene Holmes write in a letter published in The Denver Post on Friday "We have read postings on the Internet that have likened him to a monster. He is not a monster. He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness,"…
  • 15 beautiful ways to use the new Instagram filters

    Andrea Romano
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    It's time to move beyond #nofilter. This week, Instagram added new filters — Crema, Perpetua, Ludwig, Slumber and Aden — for the first time since 2012. According to Instagram's blog, the massive update was inspired by new smartphone technology and evolving photography trends See also: 10 DIY Photo Filters to Think Outside the App While snap-happy smartphone photographers still have the ability to play with customization controls on Instagram, the five new filters subtly shift colors and contrast for stylish photos with one tap. However, not every filter is perfect for every…
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  • 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
  • Nike Lawsuit: How 3 Top Designers Allegedly Stole IP And Left For Adidas

    Mark Wilson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Co.Design acquired Nike's lawsuit against three former designers who left to found an Adidas design studio. Here are the highlights.There are no two bigger rivals in business than Nike and Adidas. Nike owns a 17% share of the global sportswear market, Adidas owns 12%. Nike has leveraged cutting-edge design to increase its foothold, while Adidas has watched sales plummet, even following its $150 million World Cup sponsorship.Read Full Story
  • Why Uber Needs Baidu

    Julie Makinen
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    On Wednesday, Uber announced a "strategic partnership" and investment with Baidu, China's search giant. The potential is huge.Beijing cabbies have a penchant for screechy Peking Opera and a habit of hacking up phlegm. When they're not puffing away on cigarettes, they roll the windows down, filling the car with the Chinese capital's notorious smog. But with 66,000 taxis serving the sprawling city of 21 million people, the laws of supply and demand are on the drivers' side.Read Full Story
  • How The Deepest, Darkest Secrets Of Moms Shape The Products In Aisle 6

    Rebecca Greenfield
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    Moms don't want what you think they want, which is why product developers at some of the biggest brands turn to The Mom Complex.To hear Katherine Wintsch describe it, the most important people at some of the biggest retail companies know nothing about one of their biggest demographics: moms. "When I sit in meetings, the way people talk about mothers, it's like it's the 1950s," said the founder of The Mom Complex, which works with the likes of PlaySkool and Unilever on product development and marketing research specifically geared toward America's 80 million moms. "They think we're all June…
  • These Cheap, Invisible Solar Cells Can Be Spray-Painted On Anything

    Adele Peters
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The solar cells can be rolled up like wallpaper and then unrolled onto any surface.Most solar panels, made of expensive electronics encased in glass, are awkward to use anywhere other than a rooftop or solar farm. But in the near future, spray-on solar cells will be able to turn almost anything—from cars, to patio furniture, to airplane wings—into mini power plants.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Capitulation May Prevent Further Leaks, Imply New Hacker Emails

    Darrell Etherington
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
     Sony Pictures might be spared further embarrassment resulting from future data dumps, according to emails received by Sony executives today. CNN reports that Sony execs got a new email that matches the pattern, language and email list of previous threats and demands, but this one apparently praises Sony for its “very wise” choice in cancelling the release of The Interview. While… Read More
  • Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

    Josh Constine
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
     “2015 will be the year of virtual reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups. The two-year-old fund that’s ranked amongst the… Read More
  • Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

    Christine Magee
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
     As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community. Not surprisingly, venture capitalists had taken a (puff puff) pass on investments in cannabis startups – until now. Recently, all signs point to a revolution budding in the cannabis tech industry. Read More
  • Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools

    Anthony Ha
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
     Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that’s really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney told me the company’s goal is to “legitimize web voting,” and its approach is to bring those polls to social media: “Think about what Gallup or SurveyMonkey would look like if they were… Read More
  • Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

    John Biggs
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
     It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. The results aren’t quite staggering as he still has limited control over the… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • 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.        
  • Retribution

    Seth Godin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    "He deserved it," is usually the explanation we hear for behavior that strikes us as unproductive, inhumane or counter-productive. The bully is always happy to point a finger at the person he hurt, to cast blame for his inexcusable actions. Retribution is a habit, usually a learned one. It's tit for tat, the instinct to punish. That's a very different posture than the one the productive professional takes. She says, "I choose to take actions that are effective." She chooses a response designed to produce the outcome she seeks, actions that work. We can react or respond, as my friend Zig used…
 
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    WIRED

  • Review: Leveraxe Vipukirves 2

    Timothy A. Gruneisen
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The new Leveraxe Vipukirves 2 has a wonky, cherry-red axe head that's not only bizarrely shaped, but gives it the power to tear a log a new one. The post Review: Leveraxe Vipukirves 2 appeared first on WIRED.
  • 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year: Nominations Open!

    Erik Klemetti
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    The nominations are open for the 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year! The post 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year: Nominations Open! appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Trippy Orchestra Made Entirely From Lamps and Electricity

    Liz Stinson
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    The set up is effectively giving lamps a voice, which is an interesting idea to ponder. The post A Trippy Orchestra Made Entirely From Lamps and Electricity appeared first on WIRED.
  • Book Review: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Rhett Allain
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Here is a book review of Randall Munroe's What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions. Overall, a great book. I recommend it. The post Book Review: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions appeared first on WIRED.
  • MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters

    Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean Yang
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    "Ask us anything!" we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: “Why does it matter that you're female?” “Why should your gender matter if you’re talking about research?” Dozens of questions like these were interspersed with marriage proposals and requests to "make me a sandwich." The post MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters 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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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • 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,…
  • BBC Documentary Claims Apple Fails to Protect Chinese Factory Workers

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Earlier this week, BBC One announced plans to air a documentary called Apple's Broken Promises, detailing the factory conditions of the overseas workers who are creating components and assembling the company's iPhones. Apple's Broken Promises is set to air tonight, but ahead of the documentary's launch, BBC News has published a story outlining what they discovered when they visited Pegatron factories in China and mines in Indonesia. During the visit, the BBC found that workers at Pegatron factories were forced to put in long hours assembling Apple devices, and that there were violations with…
  • Apple Seeds Third iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, just over a week after seeding the second beta and one month after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta. The beta, Build 12D5452a, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today's update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 3 with WatchKit. According to the release notes, iOS 8 beta 3 fixes several bugs including an issue that caused opening Messages conversations to take a long time and a missing emoji button in iOS Simulator. It also includes two…
 
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  • 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

  • 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…
  • BrandPost: Today's Hot Deals: Dell Inspiron 300 for $450, ASUS Celeron Laptop for $199, and more

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Before you fly home for Christmas or lock down your holiday plans, why not pick up a sweet new Samsung HDTV for $198, or an Alienware Gaming Console for $499?
  • How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Michael Downend is having difficulty ridding his Mac of a utility he no longer desires. He writes: How do I get rid of MacKeeper? I won’t go into why you’d want to. Some people have found MacKeeper useful, others not. But many people I’ve encountered are confused about how to delete it. Versions of MacKeeper made in the last couple of years are actually pretty easy to uninstall, but the process isn’t entirely straightforward. If you click on the MacKeeper menu in the Mac’s menu bar you won’t find a Quit command, which might lead you to believe that it can’t be quit. Force…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Multi-functional and elegant designs for everyone

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multi-functional and elegant designs for everyoneThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has a focus on versatility. These cases can carry your credit cards, provide a comfortable way to watch movies, and more. Plus, of course, we included a selection of classy cases for everyday use.AppleAlthough this isn't a new case, it's worth a mention—especially as we approach the holidays. Apple's Leather Case (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $45 to $49) is a hard-shell case with a premium leather upgrade. The case features a soft microfiber lining that cushions your iPhone, and sports a raised bezel 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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    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 of mine at Adobe turned me onto this new iPad-based free photo storytelling app called Project Luca (it’s still…
  • 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

  • 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…
  • Deal 7: Save 60% On our ‘Going Pro’ eBook

    Darren Rowse
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    I can’t believe we’re at day 7 in our 12 days of Christmas! Deal 7 this year is perfect for those of you who secretly dream of making money from their photography. If that’s you – today we’re offering a 60% saving on our ‘Going Pro’ kit. Bundled in this kit are: Going Pro: How To Make Money From Your Photography, 91 pages of first-hand experience to help you sell your images the way you want, by experienced magazine photo editor Kelly Kingman. 2 hours of Audio downloads of interviews with pro photography experts Susannah Conway, Charles Borst, Suzanne…
  • 7 Things You’ll Want to Know Before Turning Pro

    Laura Babb
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Seven Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Turning Pro Do you remember your first job? Your first, proper, grown up full-time job. You probably walked in on your first day, not really having much of a clue about what was expected from you. Your manager probably sighed to themselves at the thought of moulding your young, inexperienced self into a viable member of the workforce. It probably took time but with some guidance, a bit of a learning curve, and probably a few mistakes along the way, you made it. Now replicate that situation, but imagine you don’t have a manager, or any…
  • Why Manual Exposure is Better for Winter Wildlife Photography?

    Martin Bailey
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    My winter wildlife photography tours and workshops put us in locations with lots of snow on the ground, which presents a new issue for most people – how to get good exposure without continuously messing around with exposure compensation. You have to tell the camera to brighten your images by up to two stops of exposure to make whites white, because the meter in your camera wants everything to be a mid-tone gray. For example, here is a photograph of one of our main subjects, the Japanese Red-Crowned Crane (above, left). It’s a predominantly white bird on a snowy white background.
  • Get Access to Hundreds of Photography Courses for Just 55 Cents per Day

    Darren Rowse
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Todays deal is epic. It gives you access to the teaching of some of the world’s best photography educators for a whole year for just a few cents per day. What better way to head into 2015! In a nutshell today’s deal is that we’ll give you access to KelbyOne for a full year for $189 – $60 off the regular price. This works out to a be a full year of photography training for just 55 cents per day. KelbyOne was founded by best selling author, online personality and pro photographer Scott Kelby and it brings together 80 photography instructors who have put together hundreds…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • CalDigit announces Thunderbolt Station 2

    Steven Sande
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    CalDigit makes some amazingly fast disk drives and arrays, usually featuring fast Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connections to speed your data back and forth. Today the company announced the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (US$199.99, pre-order for $16...
  • Rumor Roundup: The awful iPhone 7 concepts have begun

    Chris Rawson
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some Genius Bars are being repurposed for the holidays, but other changes loom (9to5 Mac) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: 100 percent 9to5 Mac hasn't had very many BREAKING EXCLUSIVES since Apple's product launches a co...
  • EyeEm's new Open Edit feature shows you how photos get edited

    John-Michael Bond
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to photo sharing apps there are plenty of options available that will allow you to filter and modify your images. Companies have to set themselves apart. EyeEm's new 5.0 update for its mobile app isn't just looking to give you options f...
  • Best last minute holiday deals on Apple gear

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, which means it is crunch time for shoppers who still have people left on their list. If you have an Apple fan or two among your friends or family, here are the best remaining deals on Apple gear tha...
  • ClipDis: Letting movie clips do your messaging for you

    Mel Martin
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ClipDis for iOS (free) is about as different from the typical messaging app as you can imagine. You type your text, and the app replaces every word you type with a clip from a popular movie. You can then save the clip to your camera roll, send to Fac...
 
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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)

  • 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
  • Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Despite using the same name as its predecessor, the new Moto X is a very different device. Its 5.2-inch 1080p OLED screen, thin bezels and aluminum body give it a premium feel. In the camera department it offers a 13MP sensor and F2.25 aperture, 4K-video and a dual-LED ring flash. We put it through our comprehensive testing - see if the 2014 edition is a better choice for mobile photographers than the original Moto X. Read review
  • Think Tank launches Airport Helipak for Phantom Quadcopter

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Camera bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has announced a backpack designed specifically for photographers using Phantom Quadcopters paired with GoPro cameras. The Airport Helipak is said to accommodate DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or similar quadcopters with their accessories, along with a 15-inch laptop, small cameras such as GoPros, and personal effects. Read more
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guides

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Stumped for a gift for your favorite photographer? Or maybe you came in under budget on your holiday shopping and you have just enough left over for a little something for yourself? Either way, we've got some suggestions. Our holiday gift guides cover gifts in three price categories - $25-100, $100-500, $500 and up - to help you find the right present at the right price. Click through for links to all three guides
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • My Workflow For Using Lightroom Mobile In The Studio

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Morning everybody (and sorry for the late post. I had some technical issues this morning). Anyway, here’s a short video from a live shoot on how I use Lightroom Mobile in my workflow, and in particular (during this live shoot), I show how to set up Lightroom Mobile to not only get the images from your live shoot direct to an iPad (so a client, art director or assistant in the studio can see your best shots as they come in), but I also show how to set it up to where anyone anywhere can follow your shoot live as it happens. It’s really a pretty cool little set-up. Right after I…
  • Adobe Releases Update to Lightroom (mostly new lens profiles)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    Adobe has released Lightroom Version 5.7.1 which includes mostly new lens profiles, and support for the new Sony A7 Mark II, plus a minor bug fix. You can download the update here: Mac: (download link) PC: (download link) Best, -Scott The post Adobe Releases Update to Lightroom (mostly new lens profiles) appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • 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…
  • Jimmy Fallon Gives Each 'The Tonight Show' Audience Member a Free iPad Air 2

    Mitchel Broussard
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Audience members at the taping of Wednesday night's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episode were treated to an early Christmas present in the form of a free iPad Air 2 for each person. "I'm in the spirit of giving," Fallon remarked before revealing the giveaway in last night's version of the "Tonight Show Stocking Stuffers" segment Fallon has been running all week. On Monday, Fallon gave away Bose Soundlink Mini-Bluetooth Speakers, and Tuesday saw the gifting of a Vitamix S30 personal blender. Fallon is known to be an avid fan of tech and gaming and Apple in particular, repeatedly…
  • Apple Reminds Developers About February 64-Bit Support Deadline for Newly Submitted iOS Apps

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Apple today began sending out emails to developers, reminding them that as of February 1, 2015, all apps submitted to the App Store need to be built with the iOS 8 software development kit and include 64-bit support. Developers were first informed of the upcoming rules back in October, after the release of iOS 8 and the iPhone 6/6 Plus. The email also states that as of June 1, 2015, all app updates submitted to the App Store will need to adhere to the same requirements, giving the company a way to make sure all current apps take advantage of 64-bit support and are iOS 8 compliant. The shift…
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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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