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  • This video perfectly mocks all crowdfunding videos [video]

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    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    It might take you a minute to realize where you've seen this video before. That's because you've seen it everywhere. The lines, the music, the shots are all straight out of other crowdfunding videos. Well done, Celery. The post This video perfectly mocks all crowdfunding videos [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Screaming marmot isn't intimidating anybody

    Mashable
    Lindsey Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Some hikers stumbled upon a chubby marmot while trekking up Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia — and the little marmot did NOT understand why his human intruders were not cowering in fear Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that his "scream" sounds more like a teeny-tiny tea kettle than a ferocious roar. He may think he's tough, but in fact, the only thing his fearsome cry elicits is giggles It's okay, little marmot. You just stick to what you're good at: being fuzzy and adorable. The past is catching up with Carrie in action-packed 'Homeland' Season 5 trailer…
  • Apple Announces Next iPhone Event: September 9

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Expect new iPhones from Apple on September 9, but no miniature iPhone 6c.Apple's upcoming iPhone event is taking place on September 9, and the press blitz is coming fast. While Apple itself has kept mum about what its latest set of announcements will focus on, there are already a few hints.Read Full Story
  • Chrome Starts Telling Autoplaying Videos To STFU

    TechCrunch
    Greg Kumparak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
     We’ve all been there: you’re exploring the vast interwebs, opening tabs rapid fire like the middle-clickin’ master you are. Suddenly one of the zillion tabs you’ve got open in the background starts autoplaying some terrible ad — now your laptop is yelling to your entire office about man part pills or free ipads or something. Google wants to end this. Read More
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • This video perfectly mocks all crowdfunding videos [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    It might take you a minute to realize where you've seen this video before. That's because you've seen it everywhere. The lines, the music, the shots are all straight out of other crowdfunding videos. Well done, Celery. The post This video perfectly mocks all crowdfunding videos [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • North Dakota cops arming drones to fight crime

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Remember the nightmare you had when word of drones first spread where the police were hunting you down with an ominously buzzing machine? Yeah, that's a thing now, at least if there's a chance you're breaking the law in North Dakota. The post North Dakota cops arming drones to fight crime appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Cute kid reacts to finding out that he’s going to be a brother [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    No here's a reaction video you're actually going to enjoy. This five-year-old British child finds out that he's going to be a brother and his reaction––and his questions––are priceless. The post Cute kid reacts to finding out that he’s going to be a brother [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Twin toddlers pretend to be asleep when they hear Momma [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sometimes it seems like toddlers act dumber than they are. Thanks to technology, though, we can definitively catch them in the act. Look at these two little troublemakers pretend to be asleep the moment they hear their mom on the nanny cam. The post Twin toddlers pretend to be asleep when they hear Momma [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Actions driving your coworkers crazy

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    No one sets out to be the annoying coworker, yet even when our intentions are good, we can start unknowingly stepping on toes, leading to tension. The post Actions driving your coworkers crazy appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Screaming marmot isn't intimidating anybody

    Lindsey Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Some hikers stumbled upon a chubby marmot while trekking up Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia — and the little marmot did NOT understand why his human intruders were not cowering in fear Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that his "scream" sounds more like a teeny-tiny tea kettle than a ferocious roar. He may think he's tough, but in fact, the only thing his fearsome cry elicits is giggles It's okay, little marmot. You just stick to what you're good at: being fuzzy and adorable. The past is catching up with Carrie in action-packed 'Homeland' Season 5 trailer…
  • 'The Mindy Project' cast loses it in Season 3 gag reel

    Laura Vitto
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Fox may have pulled the plug on The Mindy Project after the end of season 3, but Hulu swooped in to save the show at the last moment. And thank god for that, because last season's gag reel has us itching for more of Mindy Kaling and the cast's antics Moment of note: Kaling and Ike Barinholtz just barely keeping it together during a scene detailing Mindy's emoji budget. Even professionals have their off days. Season 4 of The Mindy Project premieres September 15 on Hulu. The past is catching up with Carrie in action-packed 'Homeland' Season 5 trailer 'Mythbusters' tests Walter White's machine…
  • Report: Apple discontinuing iPhone 5C, keeping 5S and 6

    Chris Perkins
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    With the glorious birth of a new iPhone comes the inevitable death of an old model. This time it could be the iPhone 5C, but not the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apple is planning on discontinuing the iPhone 5C with the launch of the 6S and 6S plus, keeping the 5S, 6 and 6 Plus, reports 9to5Mac's typically reliable Mark Gurman. The report also says if there is a 4-inch iPhone 6C, it won't be launched at Apple's recently announced Sept. 9 event. See also: Siri definitely will not give you a hint about the new iPhone If this rumor proves to be true, Apple would have a five-iPhone lineup, with the iPhone…
  • NASA scientists warn of accelerating sea level rise as ice sheets melt

    Andrew Freedman
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    As the world's ice sheets melt in response to warming air and ocean temperatures, global sea level is increasing. This is already putting cities from New York to Shanghai at risk of almost routine flooding from even relatively minor storms The question facing scientists and policy makers is how much sea level rise they need to plan for in the coming decades, and recent findings are concerning. On Wednesday, NASA scientists said they expect several feet of global sea level rise by the end of the century, with an increasing likelihood that conservative projections will turn out to be too low.
  • What the Republican presidential candidates really think about abortion

    Huizhong Wu
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Hillary Clinton likened the "extreme views" of Republicans on women's health issues to those held by terrorist and extremist groups, prompting calls by Republicans for her to apologize. The Clinton campaign, however, doubled down. A spokesperson said Republican presidential candidates should "stop pushing extreme policies that would limit women's reproductive healthcare choices." But are Clinton's comments just sharp rhetoric or does she have a point? Mashable took a look at the position of each of the 17 Republican presidential candidates on one women's health issue: abortion See also:…
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    Fast Company

  • Apple Announces Next iPhone Event: September 9

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Expect new iPhones from Apple on September 9, but no miniature iPhone 6c.Apple's upcoming iPhone event is taking place on September 9, and the press blitz is coming fast. While Apple itself has kept mum about what its latest set of announcements will focus on, there are already a few hints.Read Full Story
  • At Long Last, Instagram Ends The Tyranny Of The Square

    Harry McCracken
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The image-sharing service now lets you go wide—or tall—for photos and videos that don't fit into its iconic square frame.In its own way, it's been as defining a restriction as Twitter's 140-character limit. Instagram photos (and videos) come in one format: square. It forces the service's photographers into choosing thoughtful compositions, and provides an aesthetic link to the square snapshots that folks once took with Instamatics and Polaroids.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Dismisses "Dozens" Of Engineers Who Worked On Failed Fire Phone

    Pavithra Mohan
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    The e-commerce company is also cutting back on other projects from Lab126, its hardware research and development division.Amazon has sent packing "dozens" of engineers who worked on its ill-fated Fire phone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The e-commerce giant is also making other changes to Lab126, its consumer electronics R&D division, including putting the brakes on some of its more lofty hardware objectives.Read Full Story
  • Yes, Anti-Facial-Recognition Glasses Are Coming

    Victor Kotsev
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The perfect gift for that person in your life who wants to take their privacy protection offline, too. But is it just window dressing?Has the encroachment of facial-recognition software made you a little uneasy? Are you concerned that cameras are tracking your every movement in public? Are you not ready to commit to makeup-based camouflage? Well, the National Institute of Informatics (NII) of Japan is rolling out a first-of-its-kind commercial product next year that might be for you.Read Full Story
  • Airbnb Is The Latest Tech Company To Hire Big-Name Political Talent

    Sarah Kessler
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Former Bill Clinton advisor Chris Lehane is Airbnb's new head of global policy and public affairs.Airbnb announced on Thursday that it had hired Chris Lehane, a former advisor to President Clinton, as its new head of global policy and public affairs.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Chrome Starts Telling Autoplaying Videos To STFU

    Greg Kumparak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
     We’ve all been there: you’re exploring the vast interwebs, opening tabs rapid fire like the middle-clickin’ master you are. Suddenly one of the zillion tabs you’ve got open in the background starts autoplaying some terrible ad — now your laptop is yelling to your entire office about man part pills or free ipads or something. Google wants to end this. Read More
  • Facebook Finally Cracks Down On Video Piracy

    Lucas Matney
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
     Facebook didn’t get to be one of the largest video streamers on the web without making a few enemies. Unfortunately, up to this point, a lot of those enemies were the people actually creating cool video content for the site. Today, Facebook is trying to rectify its poor management of controlling video piracy on its site and appease video creators who have been getting kind of pissed off… Read More
  • INNOVATE2016: Shining A Light On Political Fundraising

    Andrew Keen
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
     When it comes to politics, the Internet, it seems, has been a great disappointment. Read More
  • The Psychology Of Insecurity

    Simon Crosby
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
     The latest data breach victim to make the headlines is a big one — deeply personal and private information of more than 21.5 million current and former federal employees and over a million unique fingerprint scans, were leaked in an attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that is believed to be the work of the Chinese. Government officials said longtime security lapses left… Read More
  • Study: 42% Of Americans Check Their Email In The Loo

    Frederic Lardinois
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
     Need a quiet spot to check your email? Looks like for many people, that’s the bathroom. According to a new study from Adobe, 42 percent of Americans use their time there to check their email. This result is part of a wider study Adobe did to look at trends in email usage — something the company obviously cares about given the email marketing services it offers. Read More
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  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
  • Embarrassed

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    It’s a tool or a curse, and it comes down to the sentence, “I’d be embarrassed to do that.” If you’re using it to mean, “I would feel the emotion of embarrassment,” you’re recognizing one of the most powerful forces of our culture, a basic human emotion, the fear of which allows groups to control outliers, and those in power to shame those that aren’t. The stress that comes from merely anticipating the feeling of embarrassment is enough to cause many people to hold back, to sit quietly, to go along. And this anticipation rarely leads to much of anything positive. On the…
  • The one thing that will change everything

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    That introduction you need. The capital that your organization is trying to raise. The breakthrough in what you're building... Have you noticed that as soon as you get that one thing, everything doesn't change? In fact, the only thing that changes is that you realize that you don't need that one thing as much as you thought you did. Most likely, this speech, or that inspection or this review won't materially change things overnight. Companies that raise hundreds of millions of dollars don't seem to have an effortless time in changing user behavior, and well connected agents still have trouble…
  • Sooner or later, the critics move on

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle. Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices. Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself. Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are.        
  • Looking for change in all the wrong places

    Seth Godin
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    If you're doing something important, you're working to make change happen. But change is difficult, often impossible. Are you trying to change your employees? A entire market? The attitude of a user? The more clear you can be about the specific change you're hoping for (and why the people you're trying to change will respond to your actions) the more likely it is you'll actually achieve it. Here are two tempting dead ends: a. Try to change people who are easy to change, because they show up for clickbait, easy come ons, get rich quick schemes, fringe candidates... the problem is that they're…
 
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  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Workflow Adds a Today Widget for Instant Automation on iOS

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    iOS: Workflow is an incredibly powerful app for iOS that allows you to create your own miniature extensions to make working with multiple apps easy on iOS. Today, it gets an update that adds a new Today Widget so you can run those workflows without ever unlocking your device.http://lifehacker.com/how-to-create-... Read more...
  • The Best and Worst Things to Buy at Walmart

    Melanie Pinola
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Walmart is well-known for its low prices, but it’s not always the most inexpensive option (in some cases, Amazon is ). Go Banking looked to experts at deal hunting sites to find the best and worst deals at Walmart. Good news: LEGO sales abound.Read more...
  • What to Do If You Think You Have Food Poisoning

    Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    The worst food poisoning I ever had was a few days after returning from a weekend vacation with friends. When I finally dragged myself out of the bathroom, an email was waiting for me: “Is everybody else feeling okay? I know our dinner together was a few days ago so I’m sure it’s not that, but I just wanted to check.”http://lifehacker.com/5861452/how-do... Read more...
  • Perform Quick Calculations and Conversions in Windows 10's Taskbar

    Melanie Pinola
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Quick: How many grams are in an ounce? How many Euros is $1 worth? What’s the square root of 65? Windows 10’s search in the taskbar can answer these and similar questions.Read more...
  • Instagram Finally Allows Landscape and Portrait Photos

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Android/iPhone: Instagram has rolled out an update to its app that allows you post landscape or portrait photos and videos, finally ditching the requirement to make photos square.Read more...
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  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • 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.
 
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  • Apple Invites Media to September 9 Event: 'Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint'

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    As predicted in August, Apple is planning to hold a media event on Wednesday, September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites were sent out today, with Yahoo's Alyssa Bereznak sharing a look at the artwork and tagline for the invitations: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." This year's iPhone-centric event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which, according to rumors, will include a reinforced body constructed from stronger 7000 Series aluminum, Force Touch, an A9 processor, 2GB RAM, and an improved camera.
  • Confirmed: Apple Retiring 'One to One' to Focus on Free Workshops

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    MacRumors recently learned that Apple's One to One training program for Mac, iPhone and iPad may be coming to an end soon, and we can now confirm that Apple Stores are holding meetings with retail employees about phasing out the membership-based service, which has been available under its current name since May 2007. One to One members should be informed about the changes in the near future. Apple is retiring One to One to focus on free public workshops such as Mac Basics, Personalize Your Mac, iPhone and iPad Basics, iCloud Basics and iPhone Photography. Group Training and Open Training will…
  • 'iPhone 6s' to Feature Apple Watch-Like Motion Wallpapers

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    A new feature of the upcoming "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be a collection of improved animated wallpapers for the smartphones' lock screen, according to a few sources speaking with 9to5Mac. The designs of the wallpapers will be similar to the "Motion" watch faces seen on the Apple Watch, with the suggested hint that each animation will dynamically change and animate every time the user wakes their phone to interact with it. The new themes will range from fish in a koi pond to different color smoke clouds, the latter of which are suggested as becoming animated versions of the static…
  • 'iPhone 6s' Display Panel With Mystery Chip Is Slightly Heavier and Thicker Than iPhone 6 Version

    Eric Slivka
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Following our look at a partially functioning "iPhone 6s" built from parts earlier this week, we're now getting some more details on the iPhone 6s display assembly itself. While the part has been seen in a few leaks over the past several weeks, a source has now provided us with some new information and high-quality photos of the part. Display assemblies from iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6s (right) Numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface…
  • IDC Estimates Apple Watch Sales Totaled 3.6 Million in Second Quarter

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.6 million worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device during the three-month period ending June 30. Apple was within striking distance of market leader Fitbit, which sold an estimated 4.4 million fitness trackers in the second quarter. IDC estimates that Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi trailed in third place with 3.1 million wearables shipped in the quarter, representing 17.1% market share. Garmin and Samsung rounded off the top five with 700,000 (3.9%) and…
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  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site, chrisbrogan.com, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
  • The Next Event I Might Run

    Chris Brogan
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though. The Next Event I Might Run I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the…
  • Are You Outsourcing Your Thinking

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    It’s interesting how I hear the same words from many mouths. Over and over. Someone will have an idea, and then others will echo that idea. In the process, I have this feeling that people are outsourcing their thinking. Outsourcing your thinking? My son told me that most of the people he followed on Tumblr didn’t like the Minions movie. (This was an hour before we were to sit in a theater somewhere and watch it.) I asked him if he was going to let those people judge the movie or if he would judge it for himself. On the way out of the theater, he said, “I think Tumblr was…
  • Thoughts Thought after Periscope

    Chris Brogan
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It was an interesting experience, having a bunch of negative people show up to see what I’d talk about. They were mostly mad that I said I didn’t like a piece of software that they like. It’s really funny to me. Just because I have an opinion that’s counter to their opinion about a software that neither of us created, I’m a jerk. That’s my first takeaway. People are pretty passionate about Periscope. My Position Remains Unchanged My point is that it’s kind of a messy way to build your business. It is effective for what it does. It’s helpful…
  • Is This Interesting?

    Chris Brogan
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    INSTEAD of watching me do dumb things live on Periscope, why not engage me where we can talk back and forth, where I can help, where I can add value. Here’s the Thing If you sign up after reading what I just wrote, please hit REPLY when you get your confirmation and say “Periscope sent me.” Continue ReadingThe post Is This Interesting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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    Copyblogger

  • What Craft Beer and Food Trucks Can Teach Us About the Power of Collaboration

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your fellow Showrunners, even those serving the very same niche(s) that you’re serving, are not your enemies. 95 percent of the world has no idea what you’re doing as “podcaster,” so don’t turn a cold shoulder to the few who do. This week’s episode of The Showrunner begins with a discussion about the value of meeting your listeners in person when you get the opportunity to do so. Hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor offer up a few actionable ideas on how to bring the topic up with your audience. Then, for the final time, they harken back to their experience at Podcast Movement for…
  • The Zen of Measurement, Optimization, and Focus

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    In this new series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss the importance of the right metrics in growing your business, and why you should not be paralyzed by math. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark discuss: How you can determine the correct metrics for your business Where to start, and what you need to focus on Why the big Silicon Valley tech companies are not the right businesses to model Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital…
  • The Problem with the ‘Hell-For-Leather’ Writing Movement

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As of late, it’s fashionable to write hell for leather. In fact, there’s a hot cottage industry in the writing culture. But is it good for the writing community? Or detrimental? For lack of better terms, let’s call this trend the “The Hell-For-Leather Writing Movement.” Or HFLWM. You see HFLWM in titles like “How to Write Fast,” “Write an Article in 20 Minutes,” and “How Fast Can You Write?” Growing content demands and aggressive editorial schedules shove this thinking into our faces. But it gets empirical with 5 Personal Writing Metrics Every Content Marketer Should…
  • 3 Easy Ways to Expand Your Creativity

    Chris Garrett
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein Remember when you were little and the best gift of all was a large cardboard box? That box could be anything from a small family home to the vanguard of an intergalactic attack fleet. With a few hastily drawn lines in permanent marker — and a wild imagination — we could go anywhere and be anything. If you were given an empty box to play with today, would you find as many fascinating uses as you could back then? As adults we tend to keep our imaginations locked in tightly controlled boxes — in case of emergency…
  • How to Effectively Publish on LinkedIn, Part 3

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In this final episode about publishing to the Pulse Network, you’ll hear directly from special guest Katie Carroll, Social Media Editor at LinkedIn Pulse. The Missing Link hosts Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia ask Katie the burning questions sent in by audience members. In this episode of The Missing Link, hosts Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia — along with special guest Katie Carroll — discuss: Why LinkedIn Pulse is where you want to be How to understand content duplication How to build traffic on LinkedIn Best practices for self promotion (you’ll definitely want to hear this again)…
 
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    Macworld

  • Instagram steps out of the box, allows posts in landscape and portrait orientation

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Your already-packed Instagram feed is about to get a little bit taller. Or wider. Or both. On Thursday, Instagram announced that everyone’s favorite photo-sharing app will now support posts in both landscape and portrait orientation, stepping away from the perfectly square limit that has defined Instagram since its launch. This expanded posting option will apply to both photos and videos, and you’ll select which orientation you’d like to use during the formatting process—similarly to how you choose a filter, you’ll now be able to choose to post in landscape, portrait, or the…
  • iPhone 6s rumors: Overhauled camera with 12-megapixel sensor and 4K video support

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we’ll collect every rumor that surfaces about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as try to discern the plausibly of the rumor. It’s been a long, rumor-packed summer, but Apple will finally…
  • Apple Sept. 9 event: We asked Siri to give us a hint. The answers will amuse you

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Hey Siri...Apple’s invitation to its September 9 event features the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” So what happens when you ask Siri for a hint? Here are some of the answers.Playing coyGot it. But we’re going to ask again.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Hey Siri, give us a hint: Apple's iPhone event is Sept. 9

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Apple just sent out press invitations to its annual iPhone event, to no one’s surprise. The date: Sept. 9. Time: 10 a.m. Pacific. Location: The spacious Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Cupertino continues its tradition of teasing what’s to come in its event invites, this time with the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” As usual, the phrasing is coy and vague, but based on Apple events of yore, we know a few things: There will be new iPhones, and we will see final updates to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which will be released in the fall.To read this article in full or…
  • Ex-Apple CEO Sculley's new firm preps stylish budget phones for Asia

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    A company founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley has launched a set of low-cost yet stylish smartphones aimed for emerging wireless markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 models both start at under $199 but offer capabilities found in more expensive smartphones. The phones use a customized interface, called Obi Lifespeed, which runs on the Android operating system, version Lollipop. With these phones, Obi wants to reach the billion or so users who market analyst firm Creative Strategies predicts will upgrade in the next three years from low-end smartphones…
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  • The Wearables Market Is Exploding, And Apple Is Stealing The Show

    David Nield
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    A new report published by IDC paints an intriguing picture of the wearables market as it looks in the middle of 2015. The market grew 223% over the course of the previous year, and Apple—new to the sector and with only one wearable to its name—was bested only by Fitbit, in terms of devices sold during the last three months.That puts reports of rather underwhelming Apple Watch sales into perspective. (Apple hasn't released official figures of its own, of course.) While the smartwatch has yet to make an iPhone-like splash so far, with nearly 20% of the market, but it's already…
  • The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

    Stephen Moyers
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Stephen Moyers is the Web marketing manager at SPINX Digital Agency, a designer and a blogger who writes about Web design, and online and social marketing. The success of digital marketing depends on a number of factors: understanding your marketing history, knowing what's being said about your brand, and meeting the needs of your consumers in a valuable way.Unfortunately, with all those factors, nascent entrepreneurs often make mistakes that hinder early growth. These can range from failing to plan effectively or measure results, to overlooking the entire mobile category.
  • Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.

    Gregory Ferenstein
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinLegislation around drone use is of paramount importance for their hardware and software developers, as well as businesses hoping to make use of them for deliveries, security surveillance and other purposes. Laws governing their use not determine the scope of their use, and can even shape public perception of these compact flying machines.What will the public think now that drones in the U.S. are now legally…
  • Yahoo Courts Developers With Tumblr In-App Sharing And Native Video Ads

    David Nield
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    At the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in New York Wednesday, the company announced the arrival of in-app sharing. The new framework aims to make it easier to share photos, videos, links and other media to Tumblr with one tap. The update, integrated into the Flurry software development kit, follows reports earlier this year that Yahoo would focus more on its Tumblr social arm, which it acquired in 2013 for $1.1 billion. With this change, users will be able to send a photo, video, link or any type of content to Tumblr from whatever app they happen to be running at the…
  • You’re Managing Your Customer Journeys All Wrong

    Pini Yakuel
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Pini Yakuel is the founder and CEO of Optimove, a provider of automated retention marketing services for customer-centric businesses. Marketers have a veritable arsenal of tools to help them understand and manage their customer relationships. One that has become de rigueur these days is the customer journey map, which is essentially a flowchart that lays out the customer's experience of dealing with your company. They can be very helpful, acting like visual aids for marketers who want to understand the customer experience and ensure they're engaged every step along…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Responsive Upscaling: Large-Screen E-Commerce Design

    Christian Holst
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
      The responsive design revolution is truly upon us (if it hasn’t already happened!), and even though e-commerce websites haven’t picked up responsive design quite as aggressively as in other industries, it’s becoming increasingly popular. So far, most of the responsive design thinking has revolved around covering the range of experiences from mobile to desktop. Yet little attention has been paid to the opportunities for expanding that range beyond the standard desktop screen, to create an experience optimized for modern large-scale displays.The post Responsive Upscaling:…
  • Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design

    Anna Yeaman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
      Last year I read Jan Constantin’s post “Typographic Design Patterns and Current Practices” and straightaway wanted to do something similar with email. At the time I was studying responsive typography on the web, trying to break down the websites I liked in order to understand what made the typography work so well, then attempting to apply those findings to email design. After seeing Constantin’s work, I also wanted to explore how other email designers were handling responsive typography. So, I amassed 50 emails across various industries that I think do a good job with…
  • Web Development Reading List #100

    Anselm Hannemann
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything so you don't have to. The result is a carefully collected list of articles that popped up over the last week and which might interest you. Starting from today, we are happy and honored to feature a bi-monthly web development reading list here on Smashing Magazine. Now it should be a bit easier to stay up to date. — Ed. Welcome to the one hundredth edition of the Web…
  • What A/B Testing Taught Us About App Store Optimization

    Anna Pratskevich
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:24 am
      1.5 million apps in Apple’s App Store and another 1.5 million in Google’s Play store. That’s a lot of apps, and for a growing number of mobile users. An average user in the US will download only three new apps per month (at best), according to comScore’s “US Mobile App Report.” Competition in the App Store is fierce, and if an indie app developer wants to get noticed, having an amazing product is no longer enough.The post What A/B Testing Taught Us About App Store Optimization appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
  • From Russia With Love: Behind The Responsive Redesign Of Kremlin.ru

    Vitaly Friedman
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
      Relaunching a large-scale website is always quite an undertaking, especially if the task involves a huge political entity with content accumulated over a dozen years. In this article, we look behind the scenes of the responsive redesign of Kremlin.ru, Russia’s most prominent government website. We had an opportunity to talk with Artyom Geller, one of the creative minds responsible for the design and UX of the project. We talked about the design process, the challenges and constraints, creative front-end solutions, as well as unusual budgets and stakeholders. —Ed.The post…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Lightroom CC Power Tour with RC Concepcion It’s time to harness the power of the new Lightroom CC with RC Concepcion’s newest tour. You’ll walk through everything you need to get up to speed in Lightroom CC – from start to finish. If you are a new user, you will leave finally understanding how to best use Lightroom CC like a pro. If you are already using Lightroom – RC will give you some key strategies to get you organized, prepare you for larger collections, and help you work your images as fast as possible. You’ll also master the latest features found in the newest release…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Frank Doorhof!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Take control One of the things I encounter a lot during talks with attendees to my workshops or seminars is that a lot of photographers struggle with their light. Now I don’t want to generalize, but I think for a lot of shooters out there this is a reoccurring problem. One could almost say, “Most photographers are controlled by their lighting, while a photographer should be in control of their lighting.” In photography light is our language, so it’s of vital importance to learn to speak that language. I hear you thinking, “But I don’t have expensive gear to fight the sun, or to…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:”  (1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!). (2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks: Egucigalpa, Honduras Clinton, Tennessee San Antonio, Columbia Elora, Ontario, Canada Tyler, Texas Marikina, Philippines Tooele, Utah Meridian Charter Township, Michigan Cairo, Egypt Ogunquit, Maine Manila, Philippines Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur Karmiel, Israel Paris, France Canon City, Colorado Sydney, Australia How cool is that!
  • Announcing My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
      I’m very excited to invite you to be a part of my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (it’s a worldwide phenomenon with walks in over 1,000 cities last year). Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details: Q. When is the official Photo Walk day? A.The official date is Saturday, October 3, 2015 Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk? A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat…
  • Could it be? Yes…it is…Another Photoshop Down & Dirty Trick!

    Scott Kelby
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    Here’s a really popular, super simple, technique for creating ad backgrounds (you see this look a lot in print ads and online banners. The one we’re going to recreate is a print ad I saw for the Modern Shoe Hospital), but there’s an added super-handy trick inside of this, and it’s how to keep the original drop shadow from a placed product shot on a white background. It’s cooler than it sounds. Here goes: STEP ONE: Open a new document and fill the background with a solid color. This doc is around 8″x10″ at 72 ppi resolution. STEP TWO: Create a new…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 5 Ways to Change Your Composition For Better Photos

    Barry J Brady
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If there is one thing in photography that every photographer can work on, it’s composition. Like many of the other techniques in photography, your composition will improve the more you practice. Very often, photographers seem to go to their comfort zone of the rule of thirds. I personally like the rule of thirds as a starting point, not every photograph however, needs to be composed on the rule of thirds. In fact, it is a good idea to shoot the same scene in a few different compositions, even depth of field can be used as a compositional tool. A good way to work on your composition is…
  • 10 Common Mistakes in Long Exposure photography

    Francesco Gola
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On all the 2015 Workshop I held here in Italy, I introduced a little game, where at the end of the workshop the attendees had to write down on a paper three mistakes that they used to make before taking the workshop. So I decided to collect all these lessons learned papers and make a list of the 10 most common errors in long exposure photography so you can learn from this also: Mistake #1 – Vibration reduction system is set to ON There are some lovely technologies that can help get much sharper images minimizing the blur caused by camera shake, which are extremely useful in low-light…
  • Why Every Photographer Should Use a Manual Focus Lens

    Dustin Abbott
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your camera is smart. It has processors that are able to run algorithms, for near instantaneous adjustments to compensate for lighting conditions and changing environments. I’m a professional lens reviewer, and tend to complain if a lens/camera combination takes more than a split second to achieve accurate autofocus. But the reality is that most modern camera/lens combinations achieve accurate autofocus remarkably fast. Modern DSLRs can pretty much see in the dark, and still focus reasonably well with a near absence of light, and their performance at extremely high ISO settings is…
  • How to Use Figure to Ground Art Theory in Photography

    Adam Marelli
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Light figure on a dark ground, Florence, Italy © Adam Marelli What is figure to ground? Why can you recognize an amazing photograph but struggle to produce one? Sure there are better cameras, advanced lighting techniques, and endless theories on composition, but very often the root of the problem lies in a simple concept that is often missed. In three words, we can sum up almost every cover of Vogue, National Geographic, and the New York Times – Figure to ground. What is this term, what does it mean, and where does it come from? Figure to ground is one of the most important, and easily…
  • How to Be Respectful and Safe Photographing Wildlife

    Bruce Wunderlich
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photographing large, dangerous wildlife can be extremely fun to do, but there are some unique factors to consider when your subjects are wild animals, in their natural habitat. Your adrenaline may be pumping, but you must keep your wits about you at all times, and not get caught up in the excitement! Here are a few things to consider when photographing dangerous animals in the wild. Safety first When photographing wild animals (such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as featured throughout this article), naturally the most important factor is safety, both yours and the…
 
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  • Compare the new Moto 360 against its larger predecessor

    Billy Steele
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    We've heard rumblings about Motorola's new version of the Moto 360 arriving in two sizes, and now we've seen some supporting evidence. In the latest round of supposed leaked images, we get a glimpse of the smaller version of the smartwatch alongsid...
  • The Big Picture: A nebula with the grace of a butterfly

    Jon Fingas
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Nebulae tend to be stunning by their very nature, but the Twin Jet Nebula might just take the cake. The Hubble Space Telescope team has captured an updated image of the dying binary star system (the last shot was from 1997), and its namesake twin...
  • Samsung Pay beta arrives on every major carrier but Verizon

    Andrew Tarantola
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Samsung has opened the public beta of its new phone-based Pay service ahead of its official launch late next month. Beta participants will need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ (unrooted, mind you) as well as a credit or debit card...
  • Instagram no longer thinks it's hip to be square

    Sean Buckley
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Ask any photographer: good composition is essential to capturing a great image. Ask that same photographer the most frustrating thing about Instagram, and they'll probably say "aspect ratio." Since its launch, every image or video uploaded to the s...
  • Evernote shutting down its Food apps for iOS and Android

    Edgar Alvarez
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Evernote Food has been around since 2011, but it looks like its days are numbered. In a blog post today, Evernote announced that the service's apps for iOS and Android, which allowed people to share recipes and book restaurant reservations, will no...
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    Strobist

  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Black and White preference

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Creating Contact Sheets With a ‘Slide Mount Look’ in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was looking online this week and saw an old sheet of color slides in those plastic sleeves where we used to store them in folders, and it made me start thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that in Lightroom where you could just click a button or two and it be there, so I set out to figure out how, and it’s easier than you’d think. It takes a little Photoshop up front (simple stuff), but once you’re done, you don’t have to go back to Photoshop at all again for this effect — it will live inside of Lightroom from here on out, just one click…
  • You’re Invited To Be a Part of My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – everybody that comes to this blog is a photographer, so I wanted to be sure to personally invite you to my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ which is coming Saturday, Oct 3rd all over the world. I’m leading a local walk in Sydney, Australia (my first time every in Australia, and I’m totally psyched!). All the details about the walk are over on my daily blog at scottkelby.com where I did a “Photo Walk Q&A” today so I hope you’ll pop over and check it out. It answers a lot of questions. If you’ve been on a photo walk before and you want…
  • How to get the new “Dehaze” slider on a brush

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we get into this, just a heads up: this isn’t a hidden feature — it’s a workaround for people who have Lightroom and Photoshop, but at least it works. First, the problem — as awesome as the new Dehaze slider is (it’s found in Lightroom CC’s “fx” menu), the problem with it is that it applies the effect to the entire image. For example, in the shot of Hong Kong above left, the background buildings (in Kowloon) are really hazy, but as you can see from the image on the right, while the Dehaze slider pretty much cuts the haze, it also makes the sky…
  • Try multiple shots

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    You are out shooting, and something catches your eye… you set up for the shot and take the picture… and then move on to the next spot. How often do you zoom in or out at that spot or take a different angle to cover your bases? I am slowly learning (That could be my life’s motto) to take a couple of extra shots. I tried to get the web domain hyperphoto, since I tend to already be heading to my next picture before I finish the one I am taking. But, when I actually slow down and take a few different angles or at least zoom in, I tend to have better results back in Lightroom.
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Belkin Launches MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain Chargers

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Belkin announced today that it has introduced a new lineup of Lightning to USB clip-on fashion accessories in time for the back to school season. The new MIXIT charging cables for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available now in three designs: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip and a metallic keychain. The MIXIT Lightning to USB Tassel has a chic design made from natural leather and clips onto a bag, purse or luggage for on-the-go use. The accessory is designed to hide the Lightning and USB connectors behind the tassel cords, available in four different colors: fog, camel, coral and black.
  • Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren't in the square format, so today's decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user's "visual story" first and the format second. Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple…
  • Apple Partners With PayAnywhere for Universal Apple Pay Card Reader

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Apple today announced the company is partnering with PayAnywhere for a new mobile NFC card reader that will be able to attach to iOS devices and support Apple Pay transactions in any retail location, in addition to traditional credit card support (via CNBC). The reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores beginning in September, with the chance for merchants signing up with a new PayAnywhere account to get the first $5,000 in Apple Pay transaction fees for free. "We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country," said Marc Gardner, CEO of…
  • 'Workflow' for iOS Gains Today Widget, Syncing Feature

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Popular automation app Workflow is being updated today with two highly useful, much-desired features: a Notification Center widget and a new syncing feature that lets workflows be synced across several devices. For those of you who are not familiar with Workflow, it's an automation tool that lets users create a variety of workflows to accomplish tasks like creating GIFs from a series of photos, pulling images from a web page, translating an article, calculating a tip, and more. Users can create their own workflows or download them from the Workflow gallery and other third-party sites. With…
  • 'Astropad Graphics Tablet' App for iPad Expands to iPhone With New 'Astropad Mini' App

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Earlier this year, a team of ex-Apple engineers released Astropad, an app designed to turn the iPad into a graphics tablet for the Mac. Following rave reviews, the team behind Astropad decided to expand to the iPhone, and is today debuting a new Astropad Mini app. Like the iPad version of the app, Astropad Mini transforms the iPhone into a miniaturized professional graphics tablet that can be used with the Mac after installing the accompanying Astropad Mac app. With the Astropad Mac app installed, the Mac's display is mirrored to the iPhone, allowing the iPhone's touch controls to be used for…
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    CNN Travel

  • La Tomatina: The world's biggest food fight

    maureenohare
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    20,000 people have gathered in Bunol, Spain for La Tomatina -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one anotherTags: La Tomatinafood fightsfood festivals
  • Back from the brink: Lemurs of Madagascar

    maureenohare
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    On the trail of impossibly cute creatures in one of the world's most amazing wildlife hotspotsTags: african wildlifeendangered animalsendangered speciesrainforestenvironment
  • Last Sumatran rhino in U.S. seeks mate

    maureenohare
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    What to do when you want to settle down and raise a family but you're the last remaining member of your species in the country?Tags: zoosrhinoanimalsendangered speciesendangered animals
  • Goodbye to Elmo and the topless ladies?

    karlac1
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    New York creates task force to deal with tourist complaints of harassment from topless women, costumed characters in Times Square
  • Wine tour apologizes for kicking book club off train

    maureenohare
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    The top executive of Napa Valley Wine Train apologized to members of a book club who said they were humiliated when staff booted them from the luxury rail car for disturbing passengers with their laughter.Tags: California winesalternative toursracism
 
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