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  • Navy baseball players nail “Frozen” [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Close the book on the Frozen lip sync contest because these Navy baseball players just hit it out of the park. Seriously, we didn’t even realize anyone listened to that song. Full story at YouTube via CafeMom. Dudes singing showtunes. Graphics credit: Canva
  • Pinterest Adds Smarter Search Tool

    Mashable
    Kurt Wagner
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Pinterest is adding new search features to help users better navigate the 30 billion pins on the site. The company just announced Guided Search, a new product that lets users filter their search by adding specific filters relevant to the original search term See also: How To Plan Your Summer Vacation on Pinterest For example, searching for "hairstyles" will now provide filters like "wedding," "round face," or "short hair." Users searching for "burgers" may see filters like "vegan" or "easy recipes." The filters can be added or removed without leaving the search results page, and appear on…
  • Famatic: An Intentionally Low-Tech Picture Frame For Grandparents

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    A new Kickstarter looks to close the generation divide, bringing you closer to your technology-averse loved ones."It started with my mother-in-law," said Thijs Suijten, a developer from the Netherlands. "She's sick, and unable to get out of bed."Read Full Story
  • Pinterest Launches Exploration-Focused Guided Search And Reveals Custom Categories For Mobile

    TechCrunch
    Josh Constine
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
     Today Pinterest announced two new mobile products: Guided Search to lead you on chains of explorations, and a third one that will be unveiled in a few minutes, and Custom Categories for making it easier to browse your way to cool stuff through a dynamic interface. Guided Search is now available on iOS and Android. Custom Categories will slowly roll out across devices in the next few months. Read More
  • Is digital the end of luxury brands?

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    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Luxury goods as we know them were invented/amplified/regulated by Colbert in the 1600s. At the beginning, luxury goods were better goods--better made, better leather, etc. This was actually a huge insight, and one that generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years. Over time, as others figured out how to make things just as well as the 'luxury' brands could (the triumph of industrialism), the label on the item, the brand, became at least as important as what was made. The brand is a tribal signifier, a way of demonstrating good taste and a membership in the elite. People pay extra…
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  • Navy baseball players nail “Frozen” [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Close the book on the Frozen lip sync contest because these Navy baseball players just hit it out of the park. Seriously, we didn’t even realize anyone listened to that song. Full story at YouTube via CafeMom. Dudes singing showtunes. Graphics credit: Canva
  • 20 twisted hearse license plates

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    It takes a certain dark sense of humor to bring back an old hearse from the dead, so to speak, but a big part of the fun appears to be picking the licence plate. The DMV office has to love getting these requests… Image Source: Walkabout Wolf Image Source: Nerd Groupie Image Source: stevenbr549 Image Source: Lisa Rogak Full story at Simply Show Plates. Dark humor.
  • Picturing 200 calories of different foods

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When the daily calorie recommendation for adults is only 2000, 200 calorie portions can add up fast, especially when we’re is trying to cut calories but still get all the nutrients we need to survive another day. To get a better idea of what this sized portion looks like, the staff at wiseGEEK raided their pantry and grabbed a scale  to take pictures, not worth a thousand words, just a couple hundred calories. Mini Peppers, 740 grams = 200 Calories Sliced Smoked Turkey, 204 grams = 200 Calories Jack in the Box Cheeseburger, 75 grams = 200 Calories Apples, 385 grams = 200 Calories…
  • New airline seat design solves shared armrest problem

    Deanne Mayall
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    This is very cool. A designer’s take on airline seats of the future (I hope). All sorts of nooks and crannies and well-thought out and well-placed holders for cups, earphones, plugs and best of all, a two-tiered arm rest where someone can get the top level and the seat mate gets the bottom. Addresses one of my perennial peeves, that of the seat-recliner-in-your-face issue, also. Check out the site, it’s great, link below. Full story here: PaperClipDesign. More stories about Design. Photo credit: Canva.com
  • The humble pea finally gets its place in the sun…and everything you eat

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    With demand for non-animal protein booming, peas have suddenly become the “It” girl of the vegetable world, so much so that global demand for all things pea is causing shortages. “Why peas?” you might ask, wondering why Mom’s favorite go-to vegetable is now popping up in foods everywhere. The answer is the demand for protein that doesn’t come with the baggage animal protein brings, and it isn’t just peas; the category of food known as “pulses” also includes beans, chickpeas, and lentils, but it’s the relatively innocuous taste of…
 
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  • Pinterest Adds Smarter Search Tool

    Kurt Wagner
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Pinterest is adding new search features to help users better navigate the 30 billion pins on the site. The company just announced Guided Search, a new product that lets users filter their search by adding specific filters relevant to the original search term See also: How To Plan Your Summer Vacation on Pinterest For example, searching for "hairstyles" will now provide filters like "wedding," "round face," or "short hair." Users searching for "burgers" may see filters like "vegan" or "easy recipes." The filters can be added or removed without leaving the search results page, and appear on…
  • Never Suffer Second-Hand Smells Again With Poo-Pourri

    Andrea Romano
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Those second hand bathroom smells are the worst, amirite ladies? Luckily, Poo-pourri is back with video number two to help you get rid of the dreaded bathroom stink. The bathroom product's last video, "Girls Don't Poop", went viral last September. It has 26.5 million YouTube views at time of writing. See also: YouTube's 10 Most-Shared Ads in September This time, the brand's elegant spokeswoman returns promising to "trap embarrassing odors at the source and save your relationship." Despite the edgy approach, Poo-pourri is a real product that is designed to be used prophylactically rather than…
  • Porn Service Sues Amazon Over 'FireTV' Name

    Kurt Wagner
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    A pornography service is suing Amazon over FireTV, the set top box the company unveiled earlier this month Florida-based WREAL is a video streaming company that owns and operates FyreTV.com, a service that enables users to download and watch porn videos. (Naturally, the site is extremely NSFW.) The company also sells a set-top box of its own, also branded FyreTV See also: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix WREAL filed a formal complaint in District Court in Florida last week, claiming that Amazon is infringing upon the FyreTV trademark, which was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark…
  • How Much Is the Average Facebook User Worth?

    Matt Petronzio
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Facebook released its first quarter 2014 earnings report on Wednesday, beating Wall Street's estimates with posted revenues of $2.5 billion. The average revenue per user (ARPU) around the world increased over the past year as well, according to the report. Worldwide ARPU (measured by payments and advertising) reached $2 in the first quarter — up from $1.35 in Q1 2013, but down from $2.14 in Q4 2013. In the United States and Canada, the ARPU reached $5.85, up from $3.50 in Q1 2013. See also: 10 Tips and Tricks for the Facebook iPhone App The following chart, created by Statista, breaks…
  • This Could Be the Smartest Coffee Mug in Your Kitchen

    Dennis Green
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This smart coffee mug has a surprise with every cup To jazz up your morning routine, the mug comes equipped with an e-Ink display, which shows a new photo every time you fill it with a hot liquid. The image can then be uploaded to social media, be it an inspirational quote or a sweet picture. Users control the cup with an app, and the heat from the hot liquid powers the display. See also: 10 'His and Hers' Coffee Mugs for You and Your Boo The mug is a collaboration between Paulig, a small Finnish coffee roaster, and TBWA\Helsinki, the Finnish arm of the international advertising agency. As…
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  • Famatic: An Intentionally Low-Tech Picture Frame For Grandparents

    Chris Gayomali
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    A new Kickstarter looks to close the generation divide, bringing you closer to your technology-averse loved ones."It started with my mother-in-law," said Thijs Suijten, a developer from the Netherlands. "She's sick, and unable to get out of bed."Read Full Story
  • Have We Reached Peak Pharrell With This Bizarre Bic Sponsorship?

    Rebecca Greenfield
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Where did this bear come from? Why didn't Pharrell keep an extra copy of his "book" on his computer? Why is he selling Wite-Out?It's a bit of an understatement to say that Pharrell is having a moment. He put out an Oscar-nominated radio hit ("Happy"); he cried on Oprah; and of course, he graced the cover of Fast Company, along with his productivity tips. He has even proven that he can pull off goofy headwear. By all measures he is killing it.Read Full Story
  • PayPal Is Piloting A Wireless Smartwatch Payment System

    Evie Nagy
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    The beacon-enabled system, being tested at PayPal's on-campus cafe, lets users buy their lattes simply by walking into the store with a Samsung Galaxy wearable.From parking apps to Square, one of the key elements in the growth of the mobile industry is finding ways to make it easier for people to part with their money. Now PayPal is piloting a new program to enable wireless payments with smartwatches.Read Full Story
  • Watch A Murderer Use Snapchat To Commit The Perfect Crime In This 6-Minute Film

    Evie Nagy
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    In Murder On Snapchat, the message-deleting app, along with other social media, becomes the platform of your worst nightmares.It's normal to be anxious about the digital permanence of your activity on social media, but according to this film, we might have a lot more to fear from Snapchat messages that disappear forever.Read Full Story
  • Taco Bell's Fancy Upscale Offshoot Will Soon Serve You Philly Cheesesteak Tacos

    Chris Gayomali
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    It is called U.S. Taco Co., and it will open for business in Orange County later this year.Taco Bell is taking its hybrid Frankenfood mission to the next level. Thursday, the chain announced a new "fast-casual" concept restaurant for the perpetually boardshorted dude-bros of Huntington Beach, Calif. According to Ad Age, the new spin-off restaurant is called U.S. Taco Co., and it will serve slightly upscale fare but with a Taco Bell twist. Think: A taco that tastes like a Philly cheesesteak. Or, if you prefer, Southern fried chicken stuffed into a tortilla. And as it goes in Southern…
 
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  • Pinterest Launches Exploration-Focused Guided Search And Reveals Custom Categories For Mobile

    Josh Constine
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
     Today Pinterest announced two new mobile products: Guided Search to lead you on chains of explorations, and a third one that will be unveiled in a few minutes, and Custom Categories for making it easier to browse your way to cool stuff through a dynamic interface. Guided Search is now available on iOS and Android. Custom Categories will slowly roll out across devices in the next few months. Read More
  • Pinterest Hits 30 Billion Total Pins, Up 50% In 6 Months

    Ryan Lawler,Josh Constine
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
     Tonight at an event in the company's San Francisco headquarters, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann announced that users had contributed more than 30 billion Pins since being founded, a number that has grown by nearly 50 percent in the past six months alone. Users have also created more than 750 million boards in that time. Read More
  • Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Is Raising $30 Million In New Funding

    Leena Rao,Alexia Tsotsis
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
     Slack, a collaboration platform founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, is raising $30 million-plus in new funding, we’ve learned. For background, Butterfield left Yahoo and started TinySpeck (and a multiplayer game called Glitch) but then decided to take a different turn, tackling the enterprise market. Thus Slack was born as a collaboration platform that lets users port in… Read More
  • Mozilla Names Firefox OS Co-Founder Andreas Gal As Its New CTO

    Frederic Lardinois
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
     When Mozilla named JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich as its new (and short-lived) CEO, it left the CTO position Eich previously occupied unfilled. Today, Mozilla announced that Andreas Gal will become its new CTO. Most recently, he was Mozilla's Director of Research and later VP of Mobile and Research. Read More
  • Storyful’s Verification Tech Could Stop Fake News From Spreading On Facebook

    Josh Constine
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
     Twitter is the king of real time news, but people's eagerness to retweet juicy stories sometimes outweighs their willingness to verify the facts, leading them to parrot misinformation. That's why the most intersting thing about Facebook partnering with Storyful to create a Newswire isn't about refferals or helping journalists find things to cover. It's about making the Internet more truthful. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Is digital the end of luxury brands?

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Luxury goods as we know them were invented/amplified/regulated by Colbert in the 1600s. At the beginning, luxury goods were better goods--better made, better leather, etc. This was actually a huge insight, and one that generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years. Over time, as others figured out how to make things just as well as the 'luxury' brands could (the triumph of industrialism), the label on the item, the brand, became at least as important as what was made. The brand is a tribal signifier, a way of demonstrating good taste and a membership in the elite. People pay extra…
  • How big is your shortcut budget?

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    All of us are willing to spend a little time and a little money looking for a shortcut now and then. A quicker, more effective way to lose weight, make friends, earn money and get clean, fresh breath. Sometimes, one of those shortcuts pays off and it reinforces our belief that there might just be a better way. It seems, though, that those that spend the most effort in search of shortcuts are often the most disappointed and the least successful.        
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
 
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  • Want to Market Better? Think Like a Consumer

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Image via Newton Free Library on Flickr This is a guest contribution from Moazzam Kamran. Consumer centricity is a hot topic in marketing circles. Organizations across the globe are trying to “get in touch” with the consumer through multiple methodologies. We employ consumer audits, focus groups, in-house visits, in-depth interviews, and various other techniques to try and understand the consumer’s mind. But in doing all of that, we as organizations are dehumanizing ourselves. We focus so much on getting to know the customer that we slowly and surely distance ourselves…
  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of hostoople.com. As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Green Bubble Desktop

    Alan Henry
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Matt Pollard's desktop has a color scheme after our own heart—green and black, and packed with tools as well as room to work. Here's how he set it all up, and how you can too.Read more...
  • Instantly Find Space Hogs on Your Mac with a Spotlight Filter

    Dave Greenbaum
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We've covered programs dedicated to analyzing what files are taking up the most space on your Mac, but if you want a quick and instant way to find those large files, Apple's Spotlight is the answer. Read more...
  • Gawker Here's What Seth Rogen Looks Like Nude | Jalopnik Humongous Column Of 'Ukrainian Militia' Hea

    Jessica Smith on io9, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Gawker Here's What Seth Rogen Looks Like Nude | Jalopnik Humongous Column Of 'Ukrainian Militia' Heads To Ukrainian Border | Jezebel Red Alert: Dudes Are Now Hiring PUAs to Run Their Dating Profiles | Kotaku Ask Dr. Nerdlove: Am I Going To Be Forever Alone? | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Don't Worry About Screen Cleaning Solutions: Water Is All You Need

    Dave Greenbaum
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Cleaning kits for your laptop, TV and other electronics are nice, but the Wall Street Journal tested and found that water and a microfiber cloth are just as effective at cleaning your screen.Read more...
  • Refund an Unauthorized In-App Purchase from the iTunes Store

    Dave Greenbaum
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If one of your kids accidentally made an in-app purchase without your consent, you can get a refund from Apple pretty easily—but time is limited. Here's what you need to do. Read more...
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  • California Rejects 'Kill Switch' Requirement Legislation for Smartphones

    Husain Sumra
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    California legislators narrowly rejected a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers like Apple to preload and automatically enable antitheft "kill switch" in their phones, according to CNET. The law was backed by California State Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. Failing to reach a minimum of 21 votes in favor, the final tally was 19 yes's to 17 no's, with one senator not voting. Leno told CNET that he plans to take the bill up again next week. "The game is not yet over," he said. Gascon accused opposition of the bill of protecting the interest of…
  • Apple, Google Settle Class-Action Anti-Poaching Lawsuit

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have settled the lawsuit levied against them for their anti-poaching agreements, reports Reuters. The settlement was revealed in a court filing, but the terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. The no-hire agreements between the companies first came to light in 2011, after tech workers filed a class action lawsuit alleging the companies had conspired not to poach employees from one another in an effort to keep salaries lower. No-solicitation agreements dated back to 2005 and in addition to Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe, involved Intuit, Lucasfilm, and…
  • iOS 6 Users on Devices Able to Run iOS 7 Must Upgrade to Fix FaceTime

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Apple today released a new support document, detailing the issue behind the recent problems some iOS 6 users have been experiencing with FaceTime. According to Apple, a bug resulting from an expired device certificate has rendered FaceTime unusable on older versions of iOS and the only solution to the problem is to update to the latest version of the operating system. Devices capable of running iOS 7 must be upgraded to iOS 7.0.4 or later, while devices unable to run iOS 7, such as the fourth-generation iPod touch, must upgrade to iOS 6.1.6.If you started to have issues making or receiving…
  • Apple's Future OS X Names May Include Yosemite, Mammoth, Big Sur, Redwood, Pacific, and More

    Eric Slivka
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Following recent trademark investigations related to the iWatch, French site Consomac has discovered [Google Translate] that Apple may also be using a pair of shell companies to protect various California-related names in anticipation of future OS X releases. Apple's Craig Federighi announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference that the company would be shifting gears on OS X naming, moving from big cats to "places that inspire us in California". The current OS X Mavericks was the first to adopt the new naming pattern, taking its name from a popular surfing spot known for its…
  • Tim Cook Auctions Charity Lunch Meeting at Apple HQ

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Charity auction site CharityBuzz is hosting a second listing to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, this time offering a lunch meeting. The auction is the second Cook has volunteered his time for, with last year's coffee auction raising $610,000 for the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights. The 2014 auction benefits the same cause, which aims to achieve a "just and peaceful world by partnering with human rights leaders, teaching social justice and advancing corporate responsibility." Two people can meet with Cook for lunch, for approximately one…
 
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
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  • Which Email Marketing Strategy Should You Choose: Full Meal or Just the Aroma?

    Sean D'Souza
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let’s say you’re at Alfredo’s. Alfredo’s is your favorite Italian restaurant and you’ve been yearning all week for this lasagna. You sit down, chomp a mouthful, then another mouthful. The flavors explode in your mouth. Then Alfredo steps in and takes the plate away before you get the third bite in. It’s enough to make you choke, right? You were into the meal, but Alfredo says you have to get up from your table and continue your meal in the next room. Email newsletters can make you boiling mad like that too, you know … You open the newsletter,…
  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done

    Sonia Simone
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    So if you clicked through to read this post, I’m going to make a couple of educated guesses about you. Maybe you’re smart and motivated and passionate. With all kinds of cool things you’d like to get done. But somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t. Maybe you’re great at ideas but lousy at execution. Talk a good game but don’t get the results you want. Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there. You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a…
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
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    Macworld

  • Apple, Samsung bicker over jury verdict form

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    As the second jury trial between Apple and Samsung approaches its conclusion, the companies are sparring over the precise questions the jury will be asked to consider.On Thursday morning, Judge Lucy Koh published a tentative verdict form with 15 questions, each broken into multiple parts. A count through the document reveals 245 decisions and calculations the jury will be asked to make.For example, a question about whether Samsung infringed Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent must be considered for six accused phones and two accused companies—Samsung Electronics and Samsung Telecommunications…
  • Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel agree to settle Silicon Valley hiring case

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The four remaining defendants in Silicon Valley’s closely watched employee hiring case—Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel—have agreed to a settlement, according to a new court filing. The plaintiffs and the companies have reached an agreement to settle all individual and class claims alleged in the class-action suit, according to a letter sent Thursday to Judge Lucy Koh and signed by the attorneys for the plaintiffs and the defendants. The letter was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The amount of the settlement is confidential until it is filed with…
  • Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Apple exposed iOS users to security threats by taking three weeks longer to patch the same vulnerabilities in the mobile OS that it previously fixed in Safari on OS X, a former Apple security engineer said. Security researcher Kristin Paget, who left Apple at the end of January for a position at Tesla Motors, strongly criticized her former employer’s software patching practices in a blog post Wednesday. The researcher pointed out that many of the vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 7.1.1, which was released by Apple Tuesday, were the same ones the company had patched in Safari 6.1.3 and 7.0.3 for…
  • Hands on: Opera Coast iPhone browser offers a different way to view the Web

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    To delete sites from your home screen, tap on an icon and hold, then drag to the top. Safari is the go-to browser for the vast majority of iPhone users—it’s the default, after all. But there are a few third-party browsers vying for your attention, and the latest is Opera Coast from the folks at Opera Software. Opera Coast is actually at version 3.0—the iPad version has been out since last fall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • This Week in iOS Apps: Unlimited coffee!

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Unlimited coffee!This week’s roundup of apps includes ways to buy coffee, plant your garden, plan your tasks, and call a cab. Oh, and everybody’s favorite web-slinger makes an appearance, too.The Amazing Spider-Man 2This is one of those apps that kind of sells itself: The $5 Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iPhone and iPad features the latest adventures of everybody’s favorite web-slinger. The game, though, goes beyond the story of the new film and includes new characters like Black Cat and Screwball. (You’ll also take on six “legendary villains” from the Marvel universe.) Best of all?
 
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    ReadWrite

  • In Challenge To Google, Pinterest Launches Guided Search

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Pinterest confirmed our suspicions that the visual social network is ready to take on Google when it comes to search.  See also: Why Pinterest Is The Google Competitor You Weren't Expecting At an event at Pinterest headquarters Thursday evening, CEO Ben Silbermann announced Guided Search, a new visual way to explore Pinterest’s more than 30 billion pins—links or images chosen by users and assigned by them to topical collections. Unlike most search engines, where you must choose a precisely constructed string of keywords for what you want to find, Guided Search offers suggestions as…
  • Turns Out Galaxy Users Don't Much Care For Samsung Bloatware

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Remember all those sort of wild-sounding software features that Samsung insists on stuffing into phones like its Galaxy S3 and S4? The ones you never use? Turns out, no one else does, either. See also: Samsung Galaxy S4—Sometimes More Is Less [Review] A recent survey by Strategy Analytics found that Galaxy S3 and S4 users spend a mere six to 18 seconds a month on pre-installed Samsung apps such as ChatON, Group Play, Samsung Hub, and Samsung Link. Engadget reports that users spend larger amounts of on-device usage on popular apps like Instagram and Facebook—151 minutes and 11 hours…
  • Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Is Out, Leaving Its "Social Spine" Wobbly

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Google+ is still figuring out where it fits among other social identity managers like Facebook and Twitter since it launched in 2011. But Vic Gundotra, head of Google+ since its inception, will not be there to see its eventual epiphany. Today Gundotra, who has spent eight years at Google, announced he is leaving the company with, predictably, a post on Google+.  "I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else," he wrote. "And I'm overwhelmed when I think about…
  • Fitness Wearables Must Smarten Up Or Die—Just Ask Nike's Fuelband

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. The first age of wearable devices is coming to an end—and the next generation will either be considerably smarter, or will disappear into our smartphones entirely. Consider the news that Nike is drastically cutting back on its FuelBand hardware efforts, while Facebook is buying Moves, a smartphone app that tracks your steps and other activities. Death To The Glorified Pedometer I've long called devices like the FuelBand "glorified pedometers." Simple wristbands with accelerometers,…
  • How GitHub Could Restore A Woman-Friendly Environment

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    GitHub may have thought it cleaned up its recent internal kerfuffle this week when it published the results of its third-party investigation into allegations of gender discrimination—and found no evidence of gender-based discrimination.  However, the situation is not as neatly resolved as Github would hope. While the company says there was no gender-based discrimination to be found, the language in the statement did not specify other types of discrimination. It’s also unlikely that Julie Ann Horvath, a prominent female developer, left Github for no good reason.  The…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Rebuilding An HTML5 Game In Unity

    Martin Kool
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    When our HTML5 game Numolition was nearly done, we decided to throw it all away and rebuild it in Unity. That turned out to be an exciting and valuable experience, and one that I thought would be worth sharing with other Web developers. Come in, the water’s warm! Last year, we released a mobile game named Quento. It was written entirely in HTML5, wrapped in our proprietary PhoneGap alternative and launched in many app stores with mild success. The game caused me to jot down a few spinoff ideas. One that I particularly liked was a game with a stack of numbered tiles in which the player has…
  • Cache Invalidation Strategies With Varnish Cache

    Per Buer
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” This article is about the harder of these two: cache invalidation. It’s directed at readers who already work with Varnish Cache. To learn more about it, you’ll find background information in “Speed Up Your Mobile Website With Varnish.” 10 microseconds (or 250 milliseconds): That’s the difference between delivering a cache hit and delivering a cache miss. How often you get the latter will depend on the efficiency of the cache — this is known as the…
  • Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

    Theresa Neil, Rich Malley
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me to speak with its mobile team. I spoke at a high level about the value of patterns across industries (fashion, architecture, software and others) and how they are a useful teaching tool. Alissa Briggs, a senior UX…
  • After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

    Paul Lloyd
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow…
  • What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

    Tyler Longren
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPress 3.9. Improved Widget Interface While the old widget interface set the standard for drag-and-drop UI when it was introduced, it was time for an overhaul. The developer…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • North Korea ready for nuke test?

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    North Korea has completed all of the preliminary steps required to conduct a nuclear test, a South Korean government official said.
  • A totally new kind of golf, dude

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    George Plimpton, in the 1973 nonfiction book "Mad Ducks and Bears," describes a charity golf tournament. One of its organizers was Alex Karras, a pro football player with a sense of humor every bit as absurd as his big scene in the Mel Brooks cowboy spoof "Blazing Saddles," in which Karras' character, Mongo, punches a horse.
  • Why didn't emergency beacon work?

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Why didn't the beacon send a distress signal to satellites overhead? And why, if the beacon is designed to activate on impact, should we believe there was an impact? Could Flight 370 have landed intact?
  • What if it is never found?

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    More than a month and a half into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the murmurs are growing louder. What if the plane is never found?
  • Photos

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • A Little Girl Needs Our Help (and four quick things to take us into the weekend)

    Scott Kelby
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (1) A little girl really needs our help If you saw “The Grid” this week, you heard us talk about SavingEliza.com — a site where photographers have banded together to sell prints of their work to help raise money to save a darling little 4-year-old girl who is suffering from a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. It’s a heartbreaking story but take a moment to watch this video about Eliza and her disease (there is a cure, but it is incredibly expensive).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0IY8qG7J-IMy friend, UK-based photographer and teacher Glyn…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The HDR Book, 2nd Edition by RC Concepcion Congratulations to RC Concepcion on the second edition of his book, The HDR Book, making it as high as #663 in the Amazon Best Sellers list for ALL books!! To celebrate, we’re going to give away free signed copies to three lucky people. Leave a comment for your chance to win, and you can also go buy your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or pick up a signed copy from the KelbyOne Store!The Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Joe McNally for an inspirational hour of conversation that spans…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Beno Saradzic!

    Brad Moore
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m originally from Slovenia but I’ve lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 1991.My background is in architectural visualization and illustration. For almost 2 decades, I worked in the Emirates, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and work was never scarce. I specialized in the creation of photo-realistic, computer generated renderings of master developments, buildings and interiors. Examples of the 3D CG architectural visualization workflow, 2007Somewhere around 2005, many real estate developers started to outsource architectural renderings and…
  • Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

    Scott Kelby
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign…
  • The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.I shared a couple of these on…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 11 Accessories for Long Exposure Photography

    Scott Wyden Kivowitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every so often I get an email from a blog reader asking “if there is one accessory that you would recommend for long exposure photography, what would it be?” I wish the answer was a simple one, but of course it is not. There are so many accessories that I carry every time I go making long exposure photographs. There are also many accessories I carry on a regular basis no matter what, and some I carry here and there depending on the location. So with that all said, here are some of my favorite items, and must have accessories for long exposure photography. #1 Comfortable Shoes It…
  • 7 Street Photography Tips and Exercises to Try This Season

    James Maher
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can currently pick up 2 eBooks on Street Photography by James on sale now at SnapnDeals! Windswept Hair, Prince and Broadway, SoHo If you live near me, the birds are starting to chirp, it no longer hurts your face to walk out the door, and everyone sheds their all black winter outfits and puts on their most interesting attire. If you live in the southern hemisphere, it’s beginning to cool off nicely. Spring and fall are the best times of the year to capture people and focus on street photography. If ever there’s a time to do it, it’s now. So here is a list of street photography tips…
  • Finding Gold in Your Image Archives

    Rowan Sims
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    No doubt like many other photographers, so many of my images have never seen the light of day. This is mostly for good reason; they are out of focus, poorly composed, badly timed, they just don’t make the cut. Often these images may be good, just not the BEST. I have learned though, that there can be gold hiding in your archives, just waiting to be rediscovered, taken into the develop module and shared with the world. I have found that spending some time digging through old shoots can yield some very positive results. Make it part of your workflow to revisit your image archives Maybe…
  • Win a $1500 of Camera Gear with Loving Landscapes

    Darren Rowse
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Last week we announced a brand new dPS eBook – Loving Landscapes: a Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing with the early bird discount of 33% off what will be its normal price. We’re really pleased both with the eBook and how it helps readers improve their Landscape Photography Post Processing – but also the feedback it is already getting. Here’s what one of our readers – Belinda said: “Thanks for this ebook. I downloaded it at 11pm last night moments after getting your email and was up until 3am reading it and practicing the…
  • How to get Motivated to do more Photography

    Gavin Hardcastle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography? You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to. There are a few things you can do however, that ought to…
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Updated: Creating the Leica T

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    No one will deny that Leica cameras are expensive. But there's more to the cost than just that red dot on the front. Each of the company's new 'T' mirrorless cameras are built by hand in Germany with incredible precision. View the transformation from aluminum brick to finished product. We've just updated this slideshow with some insights from Leica's head of product management, Stefan Daniel. Click through to see (and read) more. 
  • All teed up: Leica T First Impressions Review

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leica's new T (Typ 701) is the company's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with autofocus. While its 'guts' aren't much different than other cameras in its class, the hand-built body is all Leica. We've been able to spend some quality time with the German manufacturer's latest baby, and have put together our first impressions of it. Find out what we think of it thus far.
  • Leica T and lenses herald arrival of mirrorless T-system

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leica has announced the T-System, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system with autofocus. The first camera in the system, the Leica T, features a 16MP APS-C sensor. Two lenses - an 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 and a 23mm F2 prime have been announced alongside the camera, with the promise of an 11-23mm F3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom and 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 telezoom to follow. The camera is milled from a solid billet of aluminum and features a touchscreen that the company says uses a user-friendly operating concept. An optional electronic viewfinder provides an alternative to the 3.7" LCD.
  • Behind the photo: Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    About a week prior to Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, and a year after the bombing at the 2013 marathon, photographer Gregory Heisler addressed a crowd of thousands gathered at the finish line. The group included runners, first responders and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, all ready to pose for Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover photo. Directing the crowd through a megaphone and standing on a raised platform, Heisler captured a portrait of 3,000 proud, resilient Bostonians. Take a peek behind the scenes of this large scale photo shoot. Learn more
  • Lensbaby adds Android option for its selective focus lens

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Lensbaby launched the  Kickstarter project for its 'Sweet Spot' selective focus lens at the beginning of April it was initially iPhone only. Now the company has added a pledge level for Android users, too. For $50 you can pre-order the Sweet Spot lens and the Android application for your device. Delivery is expected in October. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Q&A: Snapshots Vs. Virtual Copies

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A common question I get is what the difference between Lightroom’s Snapshots and Virtual Copies. While you could use them interchangeably in some ways, they really have two separate uses. Here goes: What’s a Snapshot? Think of a snapshot as something you’d use when editing a photo and you have a few different paths, editing ideas, or effects you want to try on the photo. It’d be silly to keep hitting the reset button and start over again each time. And if you found a good point where you liked how the photo looked, but wanted to try something difference just in case,…
  • Super-Fast Browsing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anyone that’s ever been to one of my smaller workshops or editing photos next to me knows that, while I do most of my work in Lightroom, I usually look at my photos in Photo Mechanic first. Why? Mainly because Photo Mechanic is lightning fast at showing you your thumbnails and even higher quality photos than Lightroom. Now, I don’t do this all the time. When I have a few extra minutes, it’s actually much easier to import in to Lightroom and choose the Standard Previews option. As long as I give it a few minutes before looking through my photos, I can browse through them…
  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Creation of Original iPhone Browser Detailed by Former Apple Engineer

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Countless details on the development of the original iPhone have been shared by various Apple employees in several different publications, but a new story on the creation of the phone's first web browser has surfaced courtesy of Francisco Tolmasky, an early iPhone engineer who interviewed with The New York Times. Tolmasky joined Apple when he was just 20 years old, working under Steve Jobs to create a mobile web browser for the original iPhone. Jobs regularly gave him feedback on his project, often sending Tolmasky back to the drawing board because his creation wasn't "magical" enough."Steve…
  • Facebook Expands Mobile App Portfolio with 'Moves' Fitness App Acquisition

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Facebook today announced that it is acquiring mobile fitness app developer ProtoGeo Oy, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Helsinki-based company was founded in January 2012 and launched its first and only app, Moves [iTunes] one year later. The fitness tracking app debuted first for the iPhone and was made available for Android in August of 2013. It is popular, accruing 4 million downloads across both mobile platforms. In a post on its website, ProtoGeo confirms Moves will continue to operate as a standalone app and adds that the company has no plans to share its fitness data with…
  • 'Beats Music' Tops App Store Music Chart as In-App Subscriptions Spark Interest

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As noted by Billboard, the Beats Music app [iTunes] for the iPhone climbed to the top of the iOS Music charts on Wednesday, amid grumblings that the streaming music service is struggling to attract customers. Founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Beats Music launched its streaming music service earlier this year, entering a crowded market that is dominated by Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Spotify. Beats has aggressively marketed its service, spending millions of dollars for a splashy Superbowl ad featuring Ellen Degeneres and recently partnering with AT&T Mobility to offer its…
  • 'Opera Coast' WebKit-Based Browser Now Available for iPhone

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back in September, Opera Software released its Coast WebKit-based browser for the iPad and now the company is debuting a new version of the browser designed for Apple's iPhones. Like the iPad version of the app, Opera Coast for iPhone has been optimized for the touchscreen. Initiating a search is as simple as pulling down on the home screen, which brings up an input interface with an icon-based autofill that allows users to tap the site they want to visit. Made for thumbs: The iPhone was made for having all screen real estate within a thumb's reach, and Opera Coast takes this idea one step…
  • Prong Debuts iPhone 'PWR Case' With Built-In Plug and Backup Battery

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Prong, the company behind the iPhone case with a built-in plug for easy charging, today announced an expansion to its product line up, debuting the Prong PWR case. Like its existing PocketPlug combo cases, the PWR case includes an integrated plug for charging the iPhone, but it also comes equipped with a 1500 mAh detachable backup battery that can be used to charge the iPhone when it is away from a power source. The backup battery itself can also be detached and recharged via its built-in plug. The Prong PWR Case includes a detachable backup battery and integrated plugs for charging in any…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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