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  • Creative music video / way to trick your kids into thinking you’re magic [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Want to trick your kids into thinking you're magic? Broadcast this music video onto your TV and "press the button." Or, just enjoy a creative music video. The post Creative music video / way to trick your kids into thinking you’re magic [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Rejoice: Facebook gets GIF support. Here's everything you need to know

    Mashable
    Christina Warren
    29 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Prepare yourselves: Facebook now has serviceable GIF support. That's right children, you can now post GIFs to Facebook and have them display not only inline, but in the mobile app as well. See also: Beep boop beep: An interactive, animated droid encyclopedia Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs on the newsfeed had on the product.
  • Snapchat And Twitter Can Also Transmit The iPhone Text Crash Bug

    Fast Company
    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Apple has yet to release a software update to protect iPhones from a malicious string of characters.Earlier this week, a string of characters in Chinese, Marathi, and Arabic, sent via text message, began crashing iPhones around the world. Apple released a temporary fix for getting the Messages app back up and removing the offending message, but it has yet to release a software update that will keep your phone from crashing next time the string of characters pops up on your phone.Read Full Story
  • Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard Wants To Weave Sensors Into Your Clothes

    TechCrunch
    Frederic Lardinois
    29 May 2015 | 9:47 am
     Google’s ATAP unit today debuted Project Jacquard, the group’s effort to develop the technology that could soon make interactive textiles not just a novelty, but something that the global fashion industry could adopt. Read More
  • Do-able

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    Lean entrepreneurs can talk about the minimum viable product, but far more important is the maximum do-able project. Given the resources you have (your assets, your time, your patience), what's the biggest thing it's quite likely you can pull off? Our culture is organized around the people who get on base, who reliably keep their promises, who deliver. "Quite likely," is a comforting story indeed. [HT to Bernadette.] Domino's could have offered five-minute pizza delivery, and sometimes, without a doubt, they could have pulled that off. But promising something they could do virtually every…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Creative music video / way to trick your kids into thinking you’re magic [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Want to trick your kids into thinking you're magic? Broadcast this music video onto your TV and "press the button." Or, just enjoy a creative music video. The post Creative music video / way to trick your kids into thinking you’re magic [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Setting the record straight about Disney [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    With a company as legendary as Disney, rumors are bound to fly, so Mental_Floss decided to set the record straight. The post Setting the record straight about Disney [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • “Nerdy” boy band kills it on “America’s Got Talent” [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    These three guys don't match up with the typical boy band stereotypes. But this is a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. These three "nerds" absolutely kill the song and bring the entire audience to their feet. The post “Nerdy” boy band kills it on “America’s Got Talent” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Social media image size cheat sheet [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Social media is all about image and images, and in this case, size does matter. Get the latest on optimal social media image sizes along with valuable design tips in this infographic from Canva Design School. The post Social media image size cheat sheet [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 20 daily questions for parents to ask themselves

    Kate Rinsema
    29 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    First off, did your kids get through the day in one piece and relatively unscathed? Pat yourself on the back because we know that's half the challenge, often more. The post 20 daily questions for parents to ask themselves appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Rejoice: Facebook gets GIF support. Here's everything you need to know

    Christina Warren
    29 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Prepare yourselves: Facebook now has serviceable GIF support. That's right children, you can now post GIFs to Facebook and have them display not only inline, but in the mobile app as well. See also: Beep boop beep: An interactive, animated droid encyclopedia Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs on the newsfeed had on the product.
  • Resident ‘Full House’ heartthrob Uncle Jesse is low-key loser

    Kelsey Weekman
    29 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Turns out Uncle Jesse, the smoldering bad boy with a heart of gold from Full House, is kind of a loser. CollegeHumor mocked the character by pointing out that the quirks we thought were cool actually make him seem like a free-loading, bat-like attic dweller. Only a face like young John Stamos's could deceive an entire generation into thinking leather vests are cool. An all-new dino dominates the latest 'Lego Jurassic World' trailer 'Kung Fury' is the insane '80s parody you need to watch right now Divers capture video of Mount Shindake eruption in Japan Supercut of 101 one-armed saves…
  • U.S. officially removes Cuba from terrorism blacklist

    The Associated Press
    29 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Secretary of State John Kerry signed off on rescinding Cuba's "state sponsor of terrorism" designation exactly 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so on April 14. See also: Riding Cuba's railroad, one of the oldest in the world Lawmakers had that amount of time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so. "The 45-day congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the…
  • Taylor Swift's face is on a race car, because there's nothing she can't win

    Tricia Gilbride
    29 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    On Saturday, former Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kannan will drive a car with Taylor Swift's face on it in the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix The special paint job is to honor Swift's stop in Detroit for her 1989 world tour that night. Plus, TSwift is really good at winning things, so her likeness painted on a vehicle can only help See also: Fan-made Lego portrait of Taylor Swift took 2 days and 35,840 bricks to make The No. 10 Taylor Swift Chevrolet is part of a promotion with her label, Big Machine Records, which will probably eventually dip its toes into politics to help TayTay officially…
  • Blattermouth strikes again: Sepp Blatter's most ridiculous quotes

    Tim Chester
    29 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    It's been quite a week for FIFA. When a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, was raided on Wednesday and the U.S. Department of Justice announced indictments of 14 people, including top executives, FIFA President Sepp Blatter was missing from the list. See also: FIFA scandal highlights its scorn for women's soccer And while several senior FIFA executives were clobbered this week, Blatter has remained largely untouched, save for a resurfaced clip of him falling over a few years ago — and, of course, the damage Blatter has done to himself in the form of spectacular quotes. Image:…
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    Fast Company

  • Snapchat And Twitter Can Also Transmit The iPhone Text Crash Bug

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Apple has yet to release a software update to protect iPhones from a malicious string of characters.Earlier this week, a string of characters in Chinese, Marathi, and Arabic, sent via text message, began crashing iPhones around the world. Apple released a temporary fix for getting the Messages app back up and removing the offending message, but it has yet to release a software update that will keep your phone from crashing next time the string of characters pops up on your phone.Read Full Story
  • Your iPhone Now Has Virtual Reality, Compliments of Google

    Mark Wilson
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Cardboard is the first major VR platform to arrive on the iPhone. But will it be the one that matters most?Yesterday at the Google I/O conference, Google brought the app store for Cardboard—the sub $5 cardboard adapter that turns a smartphone into a virtual reality headset—to the iPhone. In the process, Google beat Apple to the punch in offering a VR platform on the iPhone.Read Full Story
  • Is This The E-Bike That Finally Gets Commuters Out Of Cars?

    Adele Peters
    29 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    With lighter batteries, lower prices, and sleeker designs, the latest e-bikes might finally turn more people on to a commute on two wheels. The Karmic Koben is a good place to start.I live at the bottom of a hill so steep that some cars have trouble making it up, and local cyclists call it the "death ride." I'm not in particularly good shape. But the other day I started cruising up on a bike, pedaling easily past a spandex-clad guy on a bike with enormous calf muscles. I had a secret weapon to thank: my bike's electric motor.Read Full Story
  • 5 Free Apps for Getting Your Morning Started

    Doug Aamoth
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sleep better, get caught up on the news, beat traffic, and more.The work day waits for nobody, least of all the non-morning people. These apps may not guarantee that you'll get up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but they can help you ease into your day a little more easily.Read Full Story
  • The State Of The American Entrepreneur In 2015

    Lydia Dishman
    29 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    The 2015 Kauffman Index reveals startups may be driven by gender, race, and opportunity, too.Five years ago, startup activity was in a slump. But things are looking up, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index. Last year the downward trend reversed, meaning more entrepreneurs launched their own businesses in what is the largest year-over-year increase in the past 20 years.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard Wants To Weave Sensors Into Your Clothes

    Frederic Lardinois
    29 May 2015 | 9:47 am
     Google’s ATAP unit today debuted Project Jacquard, the group’s effort to develop the technology that could soon make interactive textiles not just a novelty, but something that the global fashion industry could adopt. Read More
  • Levi’s Is The First Official Partner For Google ATAP’s Jacquard Connected Fabric

    Darrell Etherington
    29 May 2015 | 9:47 am
     Google was showing off its Project Jacquard at I/O 2015, a connected fabric tech that lets you build connected surfaces right into your clothes, in a way that makes it easy to connect to devices and power, while letting clothes makers make stuff that actually looks good. It seems promising, especially because they’ve already signed on Levi’s as a first partner. Levi’s, the… Read More
  • ATAP’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Gesture Control Could Be The Perfect Wearable Interface

    Darrell Etherington
    29 May 2015 | 9:30 am
     Google’s ATAP Project Soli is an attempt to harness the power of the hand and finger manipulation to make it easier to interact with ever-smaller devices and screens. It posits that instead of using tools, we should use our “hand motion vocabulary” to control devices, even when the devices aren’t present. What it does is let you control devices using natural hand… Read More
  • TwoDots Tops 30 Million Downloads, 5 Billion Games Played

    Jordan Crook
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
     Crossing 4.8 billion TwoDots games played, the creators of both Dots and its successor have admitted they are working on new games. CEO Paul Murphy told TechCrunch that the company has shelved around six different games while continuing to build out new worlds on TwoDots, but that the company does intend to release at least one new game in 2015. For those of you who are not yet familiar… Read More
  • Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think

    Michael Linse,Zach Barasz
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
     Think of the vehicle that will change urban transportation. If the image in your mind is not an electric bus, you’re thinking of the wrong vehicle. The electrification of the passenger vehicle has made headlines for good reason. Vehicles like the Tesla Model S and BMW i8 are beautiful and fast, and cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf offer compelling value to commuters. But… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Do-able

    Seth Godin
    29 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    Lean entrepreneurs can talk about the minimum viable product, but far more important is the maximum do-able project. Given the resources you have (your assets, your time, your patience), what's the biggest thing it's quite likely you can pull off? Our culture is organized around the people who get on base, who reliably keep their promises, who deliver. "Quite likely," is a comforting story indeed. [HT to Bernadette.] Domino's could have offered five-minute pizza delivery, and sometimes, without a doubt, they could have pulled that off. But promising something they could do virtually every…
  • Taking names

    Seth Godin
    28 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Should you keep track of the people who say you're going to fail, who actively work against you, who troll your best work? Should you try to win over the haters and those that so cruelly root against you? I wonder if it makes more sense to spend as much (or even more) time with the fans and supporters and sneezers who work so hard to help you succeed. It seems to me that this is more productive, more fun and likely to make more change happen... Yes, take names. Of the good guys.        
  • What is a sale for? (48 hours)

    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    When things go on sale, (while supplies last, our annual savings event, end-of-season markdowns) it is a combination of scarcity and abundance. Abundance because there's more here for the person who takes action. More variety, more for your money. And scarcity, because sales never last forever. We can get a lot of mileage out of telling ourselves and our friends that we bought it on sale. Sales are effective for two kinds of mindsets: The person who is wired to enjoy the sport of the sale. You'll find people clipping grocery coupons who charge an hourly rate far higher than the money they're…
  • Degrees of freedom

    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Does a college degree confer the ability to choose, to open the door to find a way to matter? Three years ago I gave this TEDx talk about the future of education. And the students who graduated from college this month each have an average of $35,000 in debt. For many people, this debt is debilitating. Instead of opening doors, it slams them shut. Talented teachers and passionate students are the victims of an industrialized educational system, one that cares a great deal about standardized tests and famous brand-name institutions. It's time to ask why. And to keep asking why until we figure…
  • The do over

    Seth Godin
    26 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Our culture places a huge premium on choosing the right answer, as if we're all on some sort of game show. Much less credit is given to people brave enough to realize that they've made a mistake who go ahead and choose a new direction, a new strategy or a new set of tactics. When we find ourselves in a deep hole, it's rarely because we encountered a single terrible glitch. Usually, it's the result of compounding, of doubling down on a worldview or a stand or a habit that just doesn't pay. Given a choice between changing tactics based on data and staying on the road in the wrong direction, I…
 
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    WIRED

  • Google Wants to Turn Everything Into a Wearable

    David Pierce
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Project Jacquard wants to replace gadgets when high-tech, conducive fabrics. The post Google Wants to Turn Everything Into a Wearable appeared first on WIRED.
  • Can Google Fix Gesture Tech With Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?

    David Pierce
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    These chips are so powerful, they can read the tiniest of movements. It's as amazing as it is terrifying. The post Can Google Fix Gesture Tech With Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors? appeared first on WIRED.
  • Rally Drivers Are Completely Crazy—And Stupid Skillful

    Sam Smith
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Rally racing is a glorious, lovely thing, all noise and violence and sliding sideways between trees at 100 mph. There is real, palpable risk and skill on display. The post Rally Drivers Are Completely Crazy—And Stupid Skillful appeared first on WIRED.
  • Watch Google’s Futuristic ATAP Keynote Right Here

    David Pierce
    29 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Google's far-future laboratory takes the stage this morning---and you can stream it right here. The post Watch Google’s Futuristic ATAP Keynote Right Here appeared first on WIRED.
  • Does Tech Need a Culture Shock?

    maketechhuman
    29 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    Leading scientists and designers are pushing for more racial, gender and geographic diversity in tech research and development. Only then will we create technology that reflects who we all are. Stanford’s Fei-Fei Li observes, “On the path to create better and better AI, this is actually an opportunity for us to understand humanity and ourselves […] The post Does Tech Need a Culture Shock? appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Anchorman-Inspired Tips to Help you Blog Your Way to the Top

    Guest Blogger
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Kirsty Sharman. There are a million and one articles online that talk about how to earn money blogging. They all have the same tips, talk about the same things and usually just teach us things we already know. The truth is: people like you and me (I’m assuming you’re a blogger if you’re reading this) didn’t start blogging because we wanted to be bac link experts, banner ad salesmen or tech gurus. We had a passion for a topic, and we wanted to talk about it. A lot. All the articles online educate us to become masters of everything in order to succeed…
  • Google’s Mobilegeddon: The Best Excuse to Repurpose Old Content

    Guest Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Mike Canarelli. For bloggers looking to refresh or repurpose old content, after the April 21 release of Google’s “mobile-friendly” update comes at the perfect time and offers tremendous benefits. Gloomier prognosticators have nicknamed the update “MOBILEGEDDON” (yes, typically in all caps) because of its potential to disrupt 40% of all online searches—specifically those queried from mobile devices. What these doom-and-gloomers have forgotten to consider, however, is that because the update applies to individual web pages, as opposed to entire…
  • Four Blogging Tools to Make your Content Go Further

    Guest Blogger
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Chris Crawfurd of sovrn. You put in countless hours to create the highest quality content possible week after week. Maybe you even spend money on hiring a graphic designer to make your work look even better. But what good is a solid piece of content if it’s not being put in front of the right audience? These four blogger tools are must-haves for any publisher looking to increase the reach of their online content: 1. Use Visual.ly to increase your content distribution Visual.ly is the world’s marketplace for visual content. Whether it’s an…
  • 5 Basics to Having Your Post go Viral

    Stacey Roberts
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The longer I blog, the more I hear of bloggers trying to go viral. I’m sure on top of posting consistently, using social media strategically, and generally providing interesting, useful, and inspiring content on the internet, it would be a little help if that content was seen by as many people as possible. Even better if those people hang around and provide ongoing traffic. Going viral wouldn’t hurt, right? While it won’t happen to everyone, and it’s almost impossible to force, there’s no doubt going viral can be useful when you can get it. Viral posts usually…
  • Hey Bloggers! Is it Time to Focus a little Less on Your Blog and A Little More on YOU?

    Darren Rowse
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Blogging has been very good to me over the last twelve and a half years, but it’s come at a personal cost that I’m sure many can relate to. Gradually over that time I’ve allowed myself to become more and more inactive. Gradually over time I became less and less fit and gained more and more weight. Along with the weight gain and loss of fitness came a loss of energy and mental alertness. If I’m honest it also began to impact my mental health which in turn impacted numerous other areas of my life from relationships to my personal confidence and even through into my…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • All the Settings on Your Camera's Mode Dial, Explained in Three Minutes

    Whitson Gordon
    29 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    A nice camera can make your photos a lot better, but knowing how to use it is even better. If you’ve always been afraid to switch out of Auto, our friends at Gizmodo have a video that explains what each of those mode dial settings does.Read more...
  • Turn a Mason Jar into a Weatherproof Match Container

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    A soggy matchbox with wet matches will put a damper on any campfire experience. Make this weatherproof match container from a mason jar and light strike-anywhere matches whenever you want, regardless of the weather.Read more...
  • Today's Best Deals: Summer Grilling, Fresh Leftovers, New 3DS XL

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    29 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.Read more...
  • 15 Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker

    Melanie Pinola
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Despite its name, the rice cooker is not a single-minded kitchen unitasker. Sure, it is the easiest way to make perfect rice, but it’s also a convenient way to cook a wide variety of foods. Here are a few examples that might just convince you to invest in a rice cooker or use yours more often.Read more...
  • PSA: Make Sure You Have a Good Ice Pack in Your Freezer

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’re spending more time outdoors as the weather warms up, a good ice pack can come in handy, whether you use it to soothe burns or injuries, or just want to keep cool. Now’s the time to put a good one in your freezer, and the Paradice P500 is a great option. Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Continues to Provide Top-Rated Tech Support on Strength of Genius Bar

    Joe Rossignol
    29 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Apple had the highest overall customer satisfaction for tech support among more than 3,200 computer owners surveyed by Consumer Reports, unsurprising given the company has been top-rated for tech support since the not-for-profit organization first surveyed customers about the topic in 2007. Apple has also routinely topped multiple J.D. Power and Associates studies for customer satisfaction over the past decade. Apple earned high marks for the Genius Bar located at the back of most Apple retail stores, where customers can book an appointment to receive face-to-face technical support and…
  • Apple Offers Temporary Fix for iOS Text Bug, Says Update's Coming Soon

    Husain Sumra
    28 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    A couple days after a new iOS bug was discovered, allowing a select string of characters sent in an iMessage or text to reset iPhones and crash the Messages app, Apple has created a new support document to address the problem. The Cupertino company acknowledges the problem and says that it's working on a fix, offering temporary solutions in the mean time. Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app. 1. Ask…
  • Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service Now Available on iOS and Web

    Juli Clover
    28 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    At its I/O developer event this morning, Google announced a new Google Photos platform that's designed to compete with both photo sharing sites like Flickr and cloud services like iCloud Photo Library. Google Photos is cross platform and available on iOS, Android, and the web. Both the iOS app and the web service are now live, letting those in Apple's ecosystem make full use of Google Photos. The service is free for high-quality photos and it lets users upload an unlimited number of photos (up to 16 megapixels) and videos (up to 1080p). Photos with resolutions that exceed 16-megapixels will…
  • Apple Purchases Augmented Reality Startup Metaio

    Juli Clover
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Apple recently acquired augmented reality startup Metaio, reports TechCrunch. According to the company's website, Metaio is a "pioneer in augmented reality and computer vision" that built the Metaio Creator, an augmented reality authoring tool. With the Creator, users could create augmented reality scenarios "within minutes." Metaio has stopped taking new customers and a shareholder document concerning the transferring of shares has confirmed that it was purchased by Apple. Apple also provided TechCrunch with its standard acquisition confirmation statement: "Apple buys smaller technology…
  • Google Announces Android 'M' Developer Preview, Android Pay and Free Unlimited Photo Storage

    Joe Rossignol
    28 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Google today previewed Android "M," the next major version of its mobile operating system featuring Android Pay for mobile payments, app permissions, an improved web experience with Chrome Custom Tabs, app linking, Doze power management, USB-C support, direct sharing, simplified volume controls and a handful of other incremental improvements and bug fixes. Google also announced free unlimited high-quality photo (16MP) and video (1080p) photo storage through a new service aptly named Google Photos for iOS, Android and the web, contextual information and a new "Now on Tap" feature for Google…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
  • The Value of Data Velocity in Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m working on some interesting stuff as it relates to both bigger businesses as well as small businesses. I’m interested in how better use of data could open up a whole big slice of not-yet-tapped economic value for companies (again both bigger and smaller). It’s times like this where I feel bad for people who think I’m the “social media guy.” I’m thinking about velocity as it applies to marketing. Meaning, if we knew something faster, could we add more value and help someone better? Velocity as a Marketing Tool I was in Atlanta the other day for 20…
  • The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me)

    Chris Brogan
    12 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I started blogging back in 1998. I had no idea what it was going to turn into. But over the last handful of years, I’ve known more and more what this all CAN do together. A Peek Into How This All Threads Together for ME I’m sharing MY personal setup. You can do yours any which way you want. But There’s some method to the madness, and it’s all contained in that picture above. I wanted to show you how it works for me.Continue ReadingThe post The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me) appeared first on…
  • How My Mom and Dad Became Drug Dealers and Why You Should Switch to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    6 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    My mom (and sometimes my dad) blog quite regularly on a site called Mom Pop Pow. I can’t post the link, because it’s thrashed with spam right now. The site was hacked. Last time Mom checked, there were many WordPress plugins that needed updating. Those might be the culprit, too. WordPress maintenance can be a part time job, I swear. And even if everything were 100% buttoned up, there are still malicious people out there looking to take over your site. It’s happened to me. Twice. Expensively. So Now My Mom and Dad are Drug Dealers You’d think that if you visited their…
  • Are You A Business or a White Truck?

    Chris Brogan
    5 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A friend recently emailed me and said she was having a crisis of faith, that her attempts to work with people weren’t going especially well, that she felt a bit lost in it all. I gave her some fairly harsh feedback, but all in the service of love. The shortest version of my response to her? “You have a white truck, not a business.” Define Your Business As Clearly As You Can When I talk about a “white truck” business, here’s the thing: if you buy a white truck like the one in the picture above, you CAN do pretty much anything with it. You could be a…
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  • The Free Content Trap Writers Always Fall Into

    Demian Farnworth
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The other day I was walking to our neighbor’s house to let his dog out. It was noon, bright, and hot. No wind, my hands in my pockets, my thoughts somewhere else. As I rounded the corner, I ran into another neighbor — a thick, weathered man with short black hair. He was rolling a lawnmower to the end of his driveway. He said, “You know anyone who wants a free lawnmower?” I stopped and contemplated his offer. A free lawnmower? “Does it work?” I said. “Yep,” he said. I don’t need a lawnmower — mine is less than a year old — but…
  • Rapid-Fire Takeaways from Authority Rainmaker

    Rainmaker.FM
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Authority Rainmaker came and went two weeks ago, but its impact is still being felt. In this episode of The Lede, Demian Farnworth and Jerod Morris go back and forth delivering quick-hit takeaways from the conference that stuck with them once they left Denver. Among the speakers Jerod and Demian discuss: Dan Pink Scott Brinker Pamela Wilson Sonia Simone Ann Handley Bernadette Jiwa Chris Brogan Sally Hogshead Danny Sullivan Michael King Joe Pulizzi Sean D’Souza Joanna Lord Scott Stratten and Ryan Deiss And, of course, Henry Rollins — though they save the majority of the Rollins…
  • The 3 Types of Trolls You Meet Online (and How to Deal with Them)

    Rainmaker.FM
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Internet trolls: the cockroaches of the web. They’re gross, they’re unsettling, but sometimes, there they are, scurrying across the floor in front of you. If you spend any time online, and especially if you establish authority in your topic, you’ll eventually have to deal with a troll. Most of them are minor pests, and some of them can be a real problem. But any variety of troll can temporarily put you off your game and cause you to second-guess yourself. Here’s what to do about it … In this episode of Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer, host Sonia Simone…
  • The Princess of Profanity on Finding Your Voice as a Writer

    Rainmaker.FM
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Are you comfortable in your own skin? Or do you feel awkward and out of place? If the latter, then today’s episode of Rough Draft is for you. Whenever host Demian Farnworth talks about authenticity or finding your voice, Erika Napoletano is always his go-to person for someone who’s owned her personality with an unapologetic, straightforward flair. Don’t let her blunt approach and love of swear words drive you away, though. She is utterly human — full of compassion, humor, and business wisdom. But she wasn’t always that way. Her story of getting there is one of…
  • The Bobby McFerrin Plan for Creating a Remarkable Business

    Pamela Wilson
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: This article was Pamela Wilson’s first guest post on Copyblogger, published on March 25, 2010 — well before she joined our team as VP of Educational Content. Pamela had just completed Copyblogger’s flagship course, Teaching Sells, and was ready to expand her successful offline design business into new online territory. I just returned from a Bobby McFerrin concert, and now I know how to run my new business. No, this post isn’t about “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Bobby McFerrin is much more than that. You see, I’m a little nervous. For 23 years,…
 
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  • Siri will save you when the Messages bug strikes, Apple says

    29 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    The only real fix for the Messages bug that allows a string of Unicode characters to crash your iPhone is a software update, and Apple has promised that one is coming soon. Until then, the company said, there’s a workaround you can use to get back into Messages. Siri saves the day when a bug locks you out of Messages. Siri to the rescue! According to a new support document Apple added on Thursday, the best way to regain access to your messages is by asking Siri to do it for you. First, ask her to read your unread messages, then have her reply to the offending message. Your reply can be…
  • How Google took a page from Apple to secure Android Pay

    29 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    In case you missed it, Google launched a new mobile payment service at its annual I/O developers conference Thursday. It’s called Android Pay. But didn’t Google already have a mobile payment service? Yes, yes, Google Wallet. That’s not going away—in fact, it’s getting a reboot as a peer-to-peer payment service—but Android Pay works a lot more like Apple Pay than Google’s last attempt.That’s a good thing. Google Wallet required you to wake your phone, open the Wallet app, and enter a pin number if you decided to protect the app with a passcode, all before waving your phone near…
  • How to make Apple Watch battery last longer

    29 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    Keep on tickingOn our first day with Apple Watch, the iPhone battery ran out by the early evening, followed by Watch just a half an hour later. Perhaps our first day’s use had been a little excessive with app usage and messing around with settings, but it’s not as if we had run a marathon. Apple says that Watch offers “all day battery life.” We made it to almost 11 hours on Watch.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Google Photos' algorithm makes the manual sorting of images a quaint pastime

    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Think of Google Photos as Gmail for pictures, said Google vice president Bradley Horowitz. Before Gmail existed, Horowitz recalled, he’d obsessively file away every email. But as the emails started to pile up, that practice became unsustainable. “E-mail would have been all I did if that model had stuck,” Horowitz said Thursday, during a press event at the Google I/O developers conference. Google Photos is an attempt to apply the Gmail model to still images and videos. Instead of expecting you to manage every photo, Google Photos wants you to surrender to the power of search and…
  • How to set up family sharing in Photos

    29 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    If more than one Mac- or iOS device-using person lives under your roof—or if you share your Mac with one or more people—using Photos in a family situation can be a complicated affair. Because you can’t share Photos libraries across a network, you quickly end up with multiple libraries (one for each Mac user account) and nobody remembers which pictures live where. It’s a nightmare; but fortunately, Apple has a solution.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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  • How To Use Autoloading And A Plugin Container In WordPress Plugins

    Nico Amarilla
    29 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Building and maintaining1 a WordPress plugin can be a daunting task. The bigger the codebase, the harder it is to keep track of all the working parts and their relationship to one another. And you can add to that the limitations imposed by working in an antiquated version of PHP, 5.2. In this article we will explore an alternative way of developing WordPress plugins, using the lessons learned from the greater PHP community, the world outside WordPress. We will walk through the steps of creating a plugin and investigate the use of autoloading and a plugin container. Let’s Begin The first…
  • Benton Modern, A Case Study On Art-Directed Responsive Web Typography

    Marko Dugonjić
    27 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Having the ability to set legible body copy is an absolute must, and we’ve come a long way with web typography since the dawn of web design. However, I feel like we have allowed the lack of variety prior to the rise of web fonts to dampen our creativity now that thousands of web fonts are at our disposal. Have usability conventions and the web’s universality steered us away from proper art direction? Have we forgotten about art direction altogether? I believe so. As designers, we can achieve much more with type, and with just a little more thought and creativity, we can finally start to…
  • The Art Of The SVG Filter And Why It Is Awesome

    Dirk Weber
    26 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    After almost 20 years of evolution, today’s web typography, with its high-density displays and support for OpenType features, is just a step away from the typographic quality of the offline world. But there’s still one field of graphic design where we still constantly fall back to bitmap replacements instead of using native text: display typography, the art of staging letters in illustrative, gorgeous, dramatic, playful, experimental or unexpected ways. 1 Liquid type effect (demo2) A Case For Display Text In HTML Sure, we’re able choose from thousands of web fonts and use…
  • Designing For Explicit Choice

    Colleen Roller
    25 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    If you’re a UX designer, you’ve probably designed a lot of forms and web (or app) pages in which the user needs to choose between options. And as a designer, you’re likely familiar with best practices for designing forms. Certainly, much has been written and discussed about this topic. So, you probably know all about how best to label and position form fields and so on for optimal usability. But have you thought about how the design of a form affects the user’s decision-making? Have you ever considered to what extent the design itself affects the choices people make? As always in…
  • Rekindling Your Passion For Web Design

    Jeremy Girard
    22 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Burnout is a very real challenge that we face as web professionals. The same processes that help us complete projects successfully can also contribute to us falling into a…
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Lindsay Lohan is off probation after 7 years

    29 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    The actress completed her community service for a reckless-driving conviction, closing the book on a series of criminal cases that had derailed her career.
  • Brooke Shields is HOW old?

    29 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    View pictures of celebrities turning 50 in 2015.
  • Cuba taken off U.S. terror list

    29 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    The United States officially removed Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism on Friday, setting the two nations up for a full renewal of diplomatic ties.
  • Feminist yearbook quote goes viral

    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    A lesbian California teenager used the gender pay gap as the basis for her yearbook quote, and a tweet of it has been retweeted more than 10,000 times.
  • Climber's scary fall caught on camera

    29 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Mike Libecki is a first ascent addict. He has 60 expeditions under his belt -- all of them to places where very few humans have ever set foot.
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  • Some Images (and behind-the-scenes shots) from my Fashion Shoot at the Howey Mansion

    Scott Kelby
    29 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    One of the great things about always working on another book or another online class is — you get to shoot a lot for these projects, and I just wrapped up a location fashion shoot a few weeks ago at an incredible location — the Howey Mansion in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida (about 2-hours from the KelbyOne Headquarters). I learned about the location from RC, and our friend Kathy Porupski had a contact there and so we put an all-day shoot together with a very ambitious schedule. First, some of the final images:   Planning Stages Once we got close to locking down the location, I asked my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Photographing Your Sense of Humor with Joe McNally Do you file away fun photo shoot ideas in your head? Join Joe McNally on location at Weeki Wachee Springs where he gets to finally realize a fantastic photo shoot idea he’s had in mind for a long time. In true Joe McNally fashion he pulls out all the stops to ensure he has the lighting, the crew, and the location to pull off his vision. From preparations the day before to the early morning arrival time, and through the end of the shoot, Joe talks through his concept, the setup, and all of the problems that need to be solved to pull off the…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography!

    Brad Moore
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Sam Haddix Hi! I’m Kaylee. And I’m going to tell you something that will knock your socks right off. Ready? I love dogs. And oh my gosh, I wish I could say this in a sort of casual, non-chalant, “Yeah I think dogs are pretty cool, no big deal,” sort of way. But you guys… I mean it. I mean like, in a totally and completely bonafide ‘crazy dog lady’ kind of way. So, it’s kind of embarrassing when I walk down the street and audibly and uncontrollably squeal with delight over every little wiggling, passing pup I see. My friends actually try and deter…
  • It’s “Reprocess Your Old Images” Tuesday

    Scott Kelby
    26 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hope you had a really relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I had a lot of fun going back and doing something this weekend I’ve wanted to do for a while, and that is to go back to some of my original files, and reprocess them from scratch to make new versions that: (a) Reflect what I like today, as my tastes on post-processing have changed (b) Let me use the latest tools and plug-ins (c) Let me experiment more than I had the time to do, probably because I was on a tight deadline …and I’m delighted with the results. Above: Here’s the one I did back in 2012 — note the HDR…
  • A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers

    Scott Kelby
    25 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died seven years ago in combat in Afghanistan. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.
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    Digital Photography School

  • 26 Imaginative Images of Inanimate Objects

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you’re just learning photography non-living or inanimate objects make great subjects because they have infinite patience and don’t move. You can take your time getting your shot just right, checking the lighting, and composing the perfect image. These images of objects, table top products, still lives, are great examples of what you can do with such subjects. See if you don’t get some ideas for your own photography. Farewell, dear friend! by Victoria Ivanova on 500px Outsider by Gert Lavsen on 500px Love… by Tiziano Giumelli on 500px pedal organ by Mills Brock on…
  • Understanding Light for Better Portrait Photography

    Gary Lun
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A solid understanding of light can make you stand out from an average photographer. In fact, in portrait photography, light is even more important than the subject and location. This is because without the proper use of light, you can ruin the shot, even with the best looking subject, at the most awesome location in the world! In this article, I’m going to break down the understanding of Light for you into six simple terms. Once you understand and apply these concepts, you will immediately notice the improvement of quality in your portrait photographs. The six principles of light are:…
  • Learn How to Setup Studio Lighting in 15 Minutes

    John McIntire
    28 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Do you find studio lighting daunting? Understandable. When I got my first set of lights I played with it for half an hour. Intimidated and confused, I shoved it back in the box where it stayed for six months. Don’t worry though, mastering exposure with studio strobes is easy; in fact it’s probably one of the easiest of the photographic skill sets. By following this tutorial, you can go from no experience with studio lighting, to getting a correct exposure on your first frame, without the aid of expensive and unnecessary light meters. This isn’t a crash course in complicated…
  • 5 Great Ways to Learn Photography

    Gina Milicia
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    All images ©Gina Milicia “Every Artist was first an Amateur”- Ralph Waldo Emerson If you’re just starting out as a photographer, congratulations! There’s never been a more exciting, or easier time to learn the art of photography. Today’s market is flooded with tertiary courses, books, workshops, websites, podcasts and online courses that didn’t exist as little as ten years ago. When I began my career 25 years ago, there were only a few options. You could learn photography at a university or technical college, you could complete an apprenticeship or internship with…
  • 4 Ways to Make Your Photos Stand Out with the Clarity Slider

    Jim Hamel
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    You want your photos to be as sharp as possible. Of course, there is no substitute for good technique in the capture phase, but you would like to add something in the post-processing to make the pictures clearer and sharper. You may already be adding sharpening, but how to add that extra crispness to make your pictures pop? The answer is clarity. This article will show you how to add that to your photos. What Exactly Is Clarity? What is clarity? Clarity is a local contrast increase that focuses on the mi-tones of the image. If differs from sharpness, because whereas increasing sharpness…
 
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  • These seven climate science projects could save the world

    Daniel Cooper
    29 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    The human race is doomed, and it's all our own fault. With the quantity of carbon in our atmosphere now well beyond the safe limit, it's almost certain the planet's temperature will continue to rise. Climate change is causing natural disasters of bib...
  • Turn Instagram food posts into meals with recipe app Handpick

    Jessica Conditt
    29 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Handpick, a recipe app that helps users craft meals using ingredients they have on-hand, now scours the filtered seas of Instagram for delicious-looking dishes and their accompanying recipes. This means the next time you're searching (or drooling) th...
  • The best kitchen scale

    The Sweethome
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home. Read the full article at TheSweethome.com If you need an all-purpose digital kitchen scale for baking, cooking by ratio, or even measuring beans to brew cof...
  • A look at two alternatives to those $200 Beats headphones

    Timothy J. Seppala
    29 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Thanks to Beats, there's no shortage of $200 headphones on the market. But what about cans coming from folks known for their speakers rather than their rhymes? Given their heritage in the audio space, I had high hopes for both the Klipsch Reference O...
  • The producer of 'Splatoon' on how to make a Nintendo original

    Anthony John Agnello
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
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    Strobist

  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to another city each year. 2013 was in London. 2014 was in Singapore.And 2015 will be in Seattle, Washington in the US. And I am really happy about this. Okay, so technically it's greater…
  • Your Basic Lighting Kit: A Spin Around the Block

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So you bit the bullet and spent ~$100 for the stuff needed to turn your hot shoe flash into a mini portable studio lighting system. What do you with the box of stuff the UPS guy just dropped onto your dorstep? Where do you start?That is exactly the gap we explore whenever I teach a beginner's lighting class. So today we are going to walk through a "first steps" exercise. Read more »
  • On Assignment: I Got Rhythm

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I have been photographing dancers for several years now as part of my affiliation with the local arts council. The results were catch-as-catch-can, mostly because of the limitations of flash recycle time, timing, and my not really knowing what to expect from them nor when to expect it. But a little trick I tried last week changed everything. Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    For those of you following along with The Traveling Photographer series, Lynda has just posted the New York City episode.This is a city I have visited many times, so we tried to distill this visit down to a small collection of very cool photo experiences. I hope you like it.Lastly, NYC completes the series—for now, anyway. Whether or not it continues will be determined solely by how many views it gets. So thanks in advance for your support.-DH
  • 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.
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Google rolls out standalone Photos app with unlimited free storage

    28 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Confirming rumors from earlier in the week, Google has announced its new Photos app - a standalone service that separates the photo component of its Google Plus app. It's available now for Google and iOS and comes with unlimited free storage of 16MP or smaller images. Read more
  • Samsung working on slimmer RWB camera sensors

    28 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Photos from a Samsung presentation have emerged online, providing some insight about the company's upcoming image sensors for mobile devices. It appears Samsung is working on chips that use a RWB (red, white, blue) color filter instead of the conventional RGB pattern. This allegedly improves color fidelity and light sensitivity, allowing for smaller pixels. In turn, this could mean smaller camera modules in future smartphones. Read more
  • Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens launched on Kickstarter

    28 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Lomography has launched its new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens, the second lens it has introduced based on the Petzval optic invented by Joseph Petzval in 1840. This newest Petzval lens features Russian glass optics, is constructed by hand, and is offered in a brass finish. The lens results in photographs with a 'swirly bokeh,' and the strength of the effect can be controlled via a Bokeh Control Ring, a feature not available in Lomography's existing 85mm Petzval. Read more
  • f-stop gear introduces four additions to its Mountain Series of tough terrain bags

    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    f-stop gear, maker of rugged camera bags, has introduced three new models and a refreshed existing model to its Mountain Series. The Ajna, Sukha, Shinn and Tilopa offer increased durability and ripstop Nylon shells for weather-proofing. Read more
  • Leica introduces its first ever F1.4 aperture 28mm lens for the M system

    27 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Leica has announced the forthcoming availability of its fastest ever 28mm lens for the M-system of rangefinder cameras. The Leica Summilux-M 28mm F1.4 ASPH will arrive in stores from June 22nd, and will be priced at £3975/$5950. Read more
 
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  • My Favorites From Your Ideas For New Stuff To Add/Fix Next in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    You all totally rocked it! I read every single idea you submitted, and I gotta tell, there’s some absolute GOLD in there (and man would I be thrilled if Adobe implemented your ideas!!). Here are my favorites from the ideas you all posted here as comments: What I’d like to see in Lightroom is “content aware” fill to go along with photo merge for panoramas. —Keith Z Two small easy (?) tweaks – I would like to be able to highlight folders or collections with a colored label – just to make one stand out to get to it quicker. But the big one is a ‘Cancel’ button when I…
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 7

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    I was going to do 10 of these, but I realized I could do a whole bunch more, so I’m just going to cut my series off here at Part 7. Then on Friday, I’ll compile and list my favorites from your suggestions (and it’s going to be hard to narrow those down, because you guys have come up with some great ideas!). OK, on to the last in my series: #7: We need a better way to import graphics If you can think of a program that makes it clunkier to work with an imported graphic, I’d like to know what it is, because importing a graphic using The Identity Plate Editor, where you…
  • A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day. All my best, -Scott The post A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday, everybody. OK, this one is a simple fix, but I think it would speed a lot of folks workflow who use the Lens Connection panel (I use it almost daily, and numerous times a day — for me, this is one super-important panel). Here we go for #6 on my list: #6: Simplify the Lens Correction Panel Don’t take stuff away. Don’t hide it. Just don’t make us toggle back and forth between FOUR different tabs within one panel. With that many tabs it’s like its own mini-program within a program. There’s no reason these can’t be simplified into just two…
  • Playing around in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    One of the best ways to learn about something is to play around with it. Lightroom CC has added some new features including merge to panorama. Now we will probably all try out how it works the regular way, but I like to ask the “what if” questions and see what kind of trouble I can get into. This is often where I can find out how far I can push a feature or get unexpected results that lead me in new directions of inspiration. So I have three pictures that were taken in the same place as folks walked by and I wanted to see how Lightroom would handle them if I tried to merge them as…
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  • iOS Text Bug Also Affects Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Other Apps

    Mitchel Broussard
    29 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    The iOS bug that was discovered earlier in the week and causes an iPhone to crash after receiving a specific string of symbols and characters, today expanded to both the Twitter and Snapchat iOS apps (via The Guardian). The bug not only crashes an iPhone, but causes the Messages app to repeatedly crash after being opened to anything other than the conversation in which the string of characters was located in. Although the issue was known to be routed in banner notifications when it was discovered, thus opening a wide range of apps that could be hit by the malicious text, today's news confirms…
  • 'Inbox by Gmail' Now Open to Everyone, Updated With Trip Bundles and More

    Joe Rossignol
    28 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Google has announced that Inbox by Gmail can now be used by everyone with no invitation required, and the search company has also updated the email app with Trip Bundles, Undo Send functionality on mobile, the option to select "Delete" as the default swiping action, custom signatures, suggested reminders and more. Trip Bundles combine all of your emails about a trip, such as flight times and hotel reservation numbers, enabling you to view them instantly after opening Inbox. Google's screenshots below, for example, show a Trip Bundle for London that displays information for a flight from…
  • Google Brings 'Cardboard' Virtual Reality Headset to iOS With New SDK, iPhone App

    Juli Clover
    28 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Google last year debuted Google Cardboard, an inexpensive virtual reality platform that combined a cardboard mount and lens with a smartphone to create a virtual reality headset. Up until today, Google Cardboard has only been available for Android users, but at its Google I/O event, Google announced a new Google Cardboard app for iOS. The new app lets the Cardboard system work with Apple's iPhones for the first time. With a Cardboard viewer and an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus, the Cardboard app can be used to explore virtual environments, use a virtual kaleidoscope, view 3D objects in a…
  • Force Touch Now Planned for Both 'iPhone 6s' Display Sizes

    Mitchel Broussard
    28 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    A new report out of Apple's supply chain in Taiwan today claims that the next generation of iPhones - tentatively designated as the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" - will both receive a version of Force Touch this year, according to Economic Daily News (via GforGames). The supply chain source claimed to confirm that previous rumors regarding Force Touch's exclusivity on the iPhone 6s Plus were in fact true, for a time, before Apple scrapped the plan and decided to move forward with installing the haptic feedback technology on both 6s models this year. Taiwanese manufacturing and R&D company…
  • Todoist for Apple Watch Released With Glance View, Task Notifications and More

    Joe Rossignol
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Todoist today announced the imminent release of Todoist for Apple Watch, which should be going live shortly pending App Store approval, after nearly four months of extensive testing and development. The new app brings several task management features of Todoist for iPhone, iPad and Mac to the wrist, with a Glance view for quickly viewing tasks and a Main view that provides access to your Inbox, Today view, Projects, Filters and Labels. Firmly pressing using Force Touch brings up an option to add tasks using the Apple Watch's built-in Voice Command dictation, and tasks can be categorized into…
 
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