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  • How the Japanese pulled the Swedes into the pet furniture biz

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Swedish company IKEA thought they were marketing the $20 Duktig as a doll bed, but their Japanese consumers had another use in mind: adorable places for their pets to snooze. The post How the Japanese pulled the Swedes into the pet furniture biz appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 'Mockingjay' box office is best of the year, worst of the franchise

    Josh Dickey
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    LOS ANGELES — A little Hunger Games fatigue was to be expected, but a 23 percent slide? That was not. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 bullseyed the biggest U.S. box office opening of 2014, with the June 27 release Transformers: Age of Extinction trailing safely behind at an even $100 million. By any measure, Mockingjay was a hit — except one. SEE ALSO: Listen to Jennifer Lawrence sing a haunting tune from 'Mockingjay' That would be The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, which streaked to $158 million last year, and still stands as the 6th largest U.S. opening weekend of all time.
  • 5 Difficult Conversations Managers Hate To Have

    Fast Company
    Lisa Evans
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    No employee wants to hear "you're fired" or "you're not getting a raise," but it's no picnic for the manager either.From delivering poor performance reviews to telling someone that their coworkers have been complaining about them, no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but as a manager, it's likely that you'll face at least a few instances where you're required to confront an employee.Read Full Story
  • SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t

    Steve O'Hear
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
     SendMyBag has come a long way since being unceremoniously rejected by investors on the BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Shortly after, the Northern Irish startup, which offers a shipping service that picks up the slack left by airlines who no longer want to take your luggage, raised a modest seed round. Meanwhile, in the last 18 months, the company has transported over 100,000 pieces of… Read More
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
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  • How the Japanese pulled the Swedes into the pet furniture biz

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Swedish company IKEA thought they were marketing the $20 Duktig as a doll bed, but their Japanese consumers had another use in mind: adorable places for their pets to snooze. The post How the Japanese pulled the Swedes into the pet furniture biz appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Just in time for Thanksgiving! Advice on crisis negotiation from the FBI

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Are the sounds of your holidays past fraught with stress and conflict? Do your shoulders start to stiffen somewhere around mid-October in anticipation of all the family time to come? We hear you, and while we might not be able to put the "fun" in your dysfunctional holiday, what we can do is point you in the direction of some quality crisis management advice from the New York Times and the pros they interviewed, namely Frederick J. Lanceley, the F.B.I.’s former senior negotiator and his colleagues. The post Just in time for Thanksgiving! Advice on crisis negotiation from the FBI appeared…
  • 14 Celebrities stuck in traffic (impressions, not real celebs) [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This lady has some serious impressions chops. She absolutely nails Lois Griffin from "Family Guy," Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie and many more. She even kind of looks like them, which is weird. The post 14 Celebrities stuck in traffic (impressions, not real celebs) [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Swept away surfing the streets of New York [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    New York love stories are a dime a dozen, so Raul X Mihai decided to put a twist on the typical tale of boy meets girl. The post Swept away surfing the streets of New York [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • An adorable little girl and her horse Cinnamon, whose name she can’t pronounce at all [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Little girl: Cute. Horse: Cute. Little girl who can't pronounce her horse's name, Cinnamon: SUPER CUTE. It's also adorable how loving the horse is towards the little girl. Ugh, this video is a cute overload. The post An adorable little girl and her horse Cinnamon, whose name she can’t pronounce at all [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • 'Mockingjay' box office is best of the year, worst of the franchise

    Josh Dickey
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    LOS ANGELES — A little Hunger Games fatigue was to be expected, but a 23 percent slide? That was not. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 bullseyed the biggest U.S. box office opening of 2014, with the June 27 release Transformers: Age of Extinction trailing safely behind at an even $100 million. By any measure, Mockingjay was a hit — except one. SEE ALSO: Listen to Jennifer Lawrence sing a haunting tune from 'Mockingjay' That would be The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, which streaked to $158 million last year, and still stands as the 6th largest U.S. opening weekend of all time.
  • Scary black seadevil fish caught on video at depth of 1,900 feet

    Stan Schroeder
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    One of the scariest-looking fish around, the black seadevil, has been caught on video at 580m (1,900 feet) deep — probably for the first time The video, posted on YouTube on Nov. 21 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), shows the scary-looking fish (you might remember it from a chase scene in Pixar's Finding Nemo) swimming in the dark depths of the Monterey Canyon See also: A Fish Is Playing Pokemon on Twitch, and 20,000 People Are Watching The aptly named seadevil — more precisely, a female deep-sea anglerfish from the genus Melanocetus — looks like…
  • Boy with fake gun dies after police shoot him in Cleveland

    The Associated Press
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings. The boy, identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner as Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground. See also: Who's Liable for Crimes Committed With 3D-Printed Guns? Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the…
  • 7 tips for writing cold emails to prospective employers

    Jillian Kumagai
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    A cold email is like a handshake: We do it all the time, but we're not always sure if ours is strong enough. Despite the gray area of a cold email's effectiveness, it's still one of the most helpful ways to get the job you want. Like most job advice, the key to the cold email is to own it like you've been doing it your whole life, just like Elle Woods getting into Harvard Law School. See also: 10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From That is, you need confidence in your tone, even if you've failed before. Check out these seven tips to find out how you can write the most effective cold…
  • UK insurance firms to be banned from covering terrorist ransoms

    Blathnaid Healy
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    LONDON — Insurance companies based in the UK are to be banned from paying ransoms to terrorists to free British citizens The new measures, expected to be announced today in a speech by Home Secretary Theresa May, will be introduced to parliament this week as part of a wider Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. See also: How the Islamic State Lures Child Recruits to Fight in Syria and Iraq Yesterday, May announced other changes that will force internet service providers to hand over information about people's IP addresses. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, May said it was a step…
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  • 5 Difficult Conversations Managers Hate To Have

    Lisa Evans
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    No employee wants to hear "you're fired" or "you're not getting a raise," but it's no picnic for the manager either.From delivering poor performance reviews to telling someone that their coworkers have been complaining about them, no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but as a manager, it's likely that you'll face at least a few instances where you're required to confront an employee.Read Full Story
  • Can This Bracelet Help The Blind Better Understand Their Surroundings?

    Elizabeth Segran
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ustraap, a wearable technology startup, helps the blind more effectively sense their surroundings.While technology helps the visually impaired better access the digital world (making it easy for them to quickly dictate emails or speak instructions into smartphones, for instance), trying to get around in the real world can be somewhat more challenging. Many of the more than 6 million blind people in America rely on a trusty guide dog or a white cane to sense what is in front of them. Ustraap, a startup founded by three Mexican entrepreneurs, is hoping to improve the tools blind people can use…
  • Dyson Plans To Launch 100 New Products In The Next Four Years

    Alice Truong
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A $2.35 billion innovation investment will help spur their development.Dyson plans to invest $2.35 billion into new technologies—$1.56 billion of that into its research-and-development efforts—and launch at least 100 new products in the coming four years.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Claudia Rojas Sees Numbers In Color

    Robbie Jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The three best things on the Internet each week, as recommended by Fast Company team members. Claudia RojasPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Claudia Rojas Role at Fast Company: Director of Web Projects. "I make sure the marketing team, developers, and editors are happy with each other and the website." Twitter: @panterita Titillating Fact: Claudia is graphic, web, UX, and UI designer, but she's also classically trained as a printmaker— working mostly with etchings. Claudia also has synesthesia, meaning that she can experience simultaneous sensations from one stimulus. "I can see…
  • Uber's Emil Michael Probably Won't Be Fired, Says Report

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    The executive lit an enormous media firestorm this week. So why is he still with the company?Uber senior vice president of business Emil Michael triggered a firestorm this week when his dinner comments about snooping on reporters with "opposition researchers" were published by BuzzFeed. Michael soon offered a mea culpa to the journalist targeted, PandoDaily founder Sarah Lacy, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continued the apology tour with a 14-part tweetstorm (see our video rendition of Kalanick's Twitter apology below).Read Full Story
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  • SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t

    Steve O'Hear
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
     SendMyBag has come a long way since being unceremoniously rejected by investors on the BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Shortly after, the Northern Irish startup, which offers a shipping service that picks up the slack left by airlines who no longer want to take your luggage, raised a modest seed round. Meanwhile, in the last 18 months, the company has transported over 100,000 pieces of… Read More
  • Real Estate Joins Brazil’s Big Startup Industries

    Julie Ruvolo
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
     Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of and  Add real estate to the industries that have captured the attention of venture investors in Brazil. Real estate marketplace VivaReal recently raised a $41.3 million Series C with Spark Capital and Lead Edge Capital. The raise is one of the largest venture capital investments in Brazil… Read More
  • Open-Source Chat Platform Scrollback Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Catherine Shu
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
     Scrollback, a free open-source chat platform for online communities, has raised $500,000 Singaporean dollars (about $400,000) led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Crystal Horse Investments, Singapore Angel Network, Roland Turner, and other angel investors. Read More
  • Convergence Accel Launches $25M Fund Focused On Indonesian Startups

    Catherine Shu
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:57 am
     Despite a very promising market opportunity, Indonesian startups still have to deal with many drawbacks, including lack of venture capital funding and mentorship. Convergence Accel wants to change that. The Jakarta-based VC firm just announced a $25 million fund that will focus on early stage startups in Indonesia. Read More
  • Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs

    Josh Constine
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
     Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story, and Snapchat confirms to me that it was paid by Samsung for the promotion. The AMA Our Story intersplices “Sponsored”-tagged Samsung photos and videos from behind the scenes at the… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
  • The tragedy of the last 10%

    Seth Godin
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    In a competitive market, if you do the work to lower your price by 10%, your market share grows. If you dig in deep, analyze, reengineer and make thoughtful changes, you can lower your price another 10%. This leads to an even bigger jump in market share. The third time (or maybe the fourth, or even before then), you only achieve a 10% savings by cutting safety, or quality, or reliability. You cut corners, certainly. The last 10% costs your workers the chance to make a decent living, it costs your suppliers the opportunity to treat their people with dignity, and it costs you your reputation.
  • Inventing a tribe

    Seth Godin
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    I can't think of a single time that an individual or an organization has created a brand-new worldview, spread it and then led that tribe. There were Harley-type renegades before there was Harley Davidson. There were digital nomads before there was Apple. There were pop music fans before there were the Beatles and Rastafarians before Marley. Without a doubt, a new technology creates new experiences. But the early adopters who gravitate to it were early adopters before we got there. Our job is to find the disconnected and connect them, to find people eager to pursue a goal and give them the…
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  • This App Lets You Say Hello to an Astronaut in Real Time

    Liz Stinson
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Samantha Cristoforetti is a new breed of social media-savvy astronaut. The post This App Lets You Say Hello to an Astronaut in Real Time appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Tool That Helps You Search Every Page You’ve Ever Visited

    Klint Finley
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am caches every single web page you visit, creating your own personal search engine consisting only of your own browsing history The post The Tool That Helps You Search Every Page You’ve Ever Visited appeared first on WIRED.
  • Henrik Fisker Is Back With a Ferocious $100K Custom Mustang

    Alex Davies
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    A great-looking muscle car from the hands of one of the industry’s greatest designers. The post Henrik Fisker Is Back With a Ferocious $100K Custom Mustang appeared first on WIRED.
  • Take a Tour of Facebook’s Giant Corporate Art Lab

    Cade Metz
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Drew Bennett was enjoying Dolores Park one weekend, hanging out with some friends, when his phone rang. Mark Zuckerberg, the caller told him, would be at his studio that afternoon. So Bennett left his friends, hopped on his bike, and pedaled across San Francisco to the Dogpatch, down near the bay. He didn’t expect the […] The post Take a Tour of Facebook’s Giant Corporate Art Lab appeared first on WIRED.
  • 15 Gifts That Will Definitively Prove You Love Your Dog

    Bryan Gardiner
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Do you love your dog? Then you should probably buy him more stuff. The post 15 Gifts That Will Definitively Prove You Love Your Dog appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
  • Google Introducing ‘Mobile Friendly’ Tags in Search Results and Signal It Will Start Impacting Search Rankings

    Darren Rowse
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Over the last couple of years any blogger who has paid attention to their analytics will know that how people are reading blogs is changing. No longer are people simply arriving on your blog on their desktop computer or laptop but on tablets, mobile phones and more. Today I took a look at the change in how people arrive on my blog (Digital Photography School) over last 3 years. I doubt the results will surprise anyone. The growth in mobile/tablet traffic has been remarkable. When I look at the last period in the chart in more detail and look at just this month (November) the trend continues…
  • Making The Impossible Possible: How I Created A Full Time Blogging Income With No Qualifications

    Guest Blogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Image via Flickr user Susy Morris This is a guest contribution from freelance writer Stacey Corrin. It was a dark day in November 2012 when I first began to blog. Rain lashed the windows of the home we’d just moved into. Removal boxes lay strewn across the floor and the cries of my newborn twins rang shrill in my ears. I felt trapped, with no escape plan. Being a new parent can do that to you. It can make you feel like the only person in the room. It can sap your energy, your personality, your identity. Yet it can also put you on a path you might never consider possible. Today I want to…
  • Where I’ll be Speaking in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I’ve had a few people asking in the last few weeks where I’ll be speaking in 2015 – I can’t believe the end of the year is so close! I love speaking and am excited by some of the opportunities next year. I hope you’ll consider joining me both here in Australia and Internationally. World Domination Summit 2013: Photo by Joshua Seaman Next year I’ll be speaking twice internationally (so far): 1. March 25-26: Social Media Marketing World in San Diego. I’m really excited to get to Social Media Marketing World this year. I’ve jealously watched it…
  • How Bloggers Can Make The Best Use Of Their 24 Hours

    Guest Blogger
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Image via Flickr user Thomas R Stegelmann This is a guest contribution from entrepreneur Charles Crawford. Whether your parents believe you or not, there are ways to make a living off of being a blogger. And with as many benefits that come with blogging, who wouldn’t want to at least check out this lifestyle? After all, you get to be your own boss for the most part, so you don’t have to worry about a lot of the hindrances that come with a typical 9-5. However, being a blogger isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Instead, it’s a job where you’ll have to work hard if you expect to get…
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  • How to Prevent People from Knowing When You've Seen a Message In Apps

    Thorin Klosowski
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    It seems like every messaging app these days, from iMessage to Facebook, insists on sending "read receipts" letting people know that you've seen their message. This can be annoying. Here's how to turn off the feature in some of the most popular apps.Read more...
  • Manage Someone You Don’t Like By Working Closely With Them

    Dave Greenbaum
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you've been in a management position, you've possibly had to supervise someone who just rubs you the wrong way. Instead of avoiding them, try working with that person directly and they might annoy you less.Read more...
  • Skipping COBRA for Health Insurance Can Save You Money, But Not Always

    Dave Greenbaum
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you leave your job, federal law requires your employer to let you stay on your existing health insurance. You'll pay full price for that insurance without an employer subsidy. You might consider buying your own insurance on the marketplace instead.Read more...
  • Here Are Your Once-A-Year Sonos Discounts

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Amazon has kicked off their now-annual SONOS promotion, no need to wait for Black Friday.Read more...
  • Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

    Dave Greenbaum
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How can I open up a striped screw on an Apple Trackpad? Where can I find a good lock screen widget for Android Lollipop? What advice can you give someone trying a completely new career field? How can I run Orange Box on a Hackintosh? Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipments Expected to Rise to 71.5 Million Units in Q4 2014, Drop to 49.4 Million Units in Q1 2015

    Richard Padilla
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    Shipments of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are expected to surge to 71.5 million units in Q4 2014 before the company decreases shipments to an estimated 49.4 million units in Q1 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also estimates that the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S will experience quarter-over-quarter growth in Q1 2015 before Apple ceases production of both phones during the year. Kuo also notes that he expects shipments of the iPhone 6 to outnumber shipments of the iPhone 6 Plus by a 2:1 ratio: We attribute the shortage of iPhone 6 Plus…
  • Apple Announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (Product) RED Featuring 'Apps for (RED)' Section in App Store

    Richard Padilla
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Apple today announced its campaign for World AIDS Day 2014 done in collaboration with (Product) RED, noting that it will offer a special Apps for (RED) section in the App Store that will contain 25 apps with exclusive new content that will benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition to these special apps, Apple will also donate a portion of its retail and online sales on Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1. “Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For eight years,…
  • A8 Chip in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Capable of Playing 4K Video

    Juli Clover
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The dual-core A8 chip powering Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively. 4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that's designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback, and reported by TUAW. The discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their…
  • OS X Yosemite Users Experiencing Issues With YouTube Videos in Safari [Updated]

    Juli Clover
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The latest update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1, appears to be causing some users to be unable to play YouTube videos in Safari. According to threads on the Apple Support forums and Google's Product forums, some users that attempt to play YouTube videos are seeing only black screens with audio clipping or are experiencing problems loading videos. Other users are able to play videos, but are seeing a brief error message before a video begins to play, and still other users are getting complete browser crashes when attempting to watch a video. For some users, the problems just started a few hours…
  • Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Ad Showcasing Contextual Reminders, Traffic Alerts

    Juli Clover
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Microsoft today launched a new video advertisement that compares its Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's own digital assistant, Siri, showcasing Cortana's contextual reminders and traffic alerts, two functions that Siri does not have. In the ad, entitled "Siri vs. Cortana: Bigger," Cortana and Siri have a "conversation" where Cortana queries Siri about her new abilities in the iPhone 6 and Siri continually responds that she just "got bigger." Cortana: Hi Siri, looks like you're in a new phone. Congratulations. Siri: Yes, I got bigger. Cortana: Oh, are you more like me now? Can you give…
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  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
  • Look Beyond the Sniper Rifle

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on
  • Follow the Value

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My business is to equip owners. I know that sounds fluffy. The current way I do that is through courses and other educational experiences. But, if tomorrow, I could create some other method to deliver the same kind of value (or better), would I abandon courses? Sure. The courses aren’t the big goal. Delivering value to owners is the goal. Follow the Value I’m obsessed with delivering value. What’s cool about that obsession is that I spend a lot of my time noodling with one question: “what else do owners need to succeed?” This gives me a strong mission to follow,…
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  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
  • Can You Help Us Out? Take Our 2015 Online Business Survey

    Demian Farnworth
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here at Copyblogger Media, it’s safe to say that we’ve been in your shoes. As freelancers, consultants, content publishers, and small business owners … It’s in our DNA. Our founder, Brian Clark, was a recovering attorney in the mid 90s when he discovered the Internet and just knew he could make a living from it. In less than a decade, he went on to build several businesses before he grew Copyblogger Media into a $10 million a year company — started, mind you, from nothing more than a blog that published two articles a week. And just about every other employee…
  • How We Built Our Careers Online (And What You Can Learn From It)

    Jerod Morris
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The two biggest concerns for the average blogger are obscurity and sustainability. In other words … for the vast majority of us who set sail creating content online, we want to first develop an audience; and then, once we have an audience, we want to find a way to earn a living from our content. The first concern can feel daunting enough, because building an audience isn’t easy. The second concern can feel damn near impossible — because despite countless examples of people who have done it, sometimes we struggle to see ourselves succeeding in the same way. Which is silly. So…
  • What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now

    Demian Farnworth
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The average blogger only has two concerns. The first is obscurity. She is a total stranger in a vast world loaded with people — unknown, inconspicuous, and insignificant. Odd, considering there are so many people online. But it’s a simple law: We all start at the bottom. One recent study discovered that the average British blogger had only 285 subscribers, received 18 comments a day, and earned about $120 a month. That’s the reward for someone who’d been blogging for two years and eight months. Yes, those surveyed also worked full-time jobs. In an informal poll,…
  • 7 Ways to Find a Topical Market that Will Fuel Your Digital Commerce Business

    Robert Bruce
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before you get down to business online, you need to find the topic(s) and market(s) that can support that business. And, after answering your questions on digital sharecropping and content curation, that’s exactly what Brian and I get into on this week’s episode of Rainmaker FM. Listen in and check out the seven-part process for finding the topic market that can fuel your online business … In this 43-minute episode we discuss: Why you need to “be the market” you’re serving The innovative power of the traditional magazine rack How to achieve niche positioning within a big topic…
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  • 7 apps for hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and for many of us, that means entertaining family and cooking up a storm. This can be a recipe for stress, which is the last thing you need leading up to a long holiday weekend. Luckily, a little planning can make Turkey Day much more manageable—all you need is your iPhone or iPad and a few strategically downloaded apps. From party planning and invites to recipes and wine pairings, we’ve got you covered.Party Planner Pro  If part of your Thanksgiving tradition is hosting a dinner party for a large group, Party Planner Pro ($5) is just the ticket to…
  • How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    BitTorrent Sync is free software, available for all major platforms, that keeps folders in sync across your devices and enables you to share them securely with other people. That may sound suspiciously like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and dozens of other cloud storage services—and indeed, the end result is much the same. The big difference is that BitTorrent Sync uses peer-to-peer networking rather than relying on cloud servers. This approach has several significant advantages. You can have as much storage as you like (limited only by your local disk space) without paying a penny, and because…
  • You Should Play: Monster Strike is a delightful mashup of monster battles and pinball

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.Until the Pokémon Company actually releases the kind of Pokémon game for iOS that fans have been begging for, other developers will keep making games that try to approximate the addictive qualities of the massive monster-battling franchise on the mobile platform.Monster Strike obviously owes a great deal to the Japanese franchise: the game tasks you with…
  • The Week in iPad Cases: Extra storage, ultra rugged, and everything in between

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Extra storage, ultra rugged, and everything in betweenThis week's roundup of new iPad cases comes with a collection of great options for those who want ruggedized protection—and a few classic alternatives for everyday use.EncaseThe Leather-Style Doodle (iPad Air 2; $27) makes your tablet stand out with a trendy doodle design engraved right on its cover.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    A federal judge in New York has given final approval to a settlement in which Apple will pay $450 million for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for ebooks. Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan called the settlement “fair and reasonable.” It requires Apple to pay $400 million to consumers who bought certain books between 2010 and 2012, as well as $50 million in attorneys’ fees. Although the settlement is final, Apple only has to pay that amount if it loses its appeal of a 2013 price-fixing ruling. If the appeal is successful, Apple will pay only $50 million to…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
  • The State Of Animation 2014

    Rachel Nabors
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    The post-Flash era is hardly free of animation. CSS animation is quickly becoming a cornerstone of user-friendly interfaces on mobile and desktop, and JavaScript libraries already exist to handle complex interactive animations. In the wake of so much “CSS versus JavaScript animation” infighting, a new API specifically for web animation is coming out that might just unite both camps. It’s an exciting time for web animation, and also a time of grave miscommunication and misinformation. In 2014, I had the chance to travel the world to talk about using animation in user interfaces and…
  • Creating A “Save For Later” Chrome Extension With Modern Web Tools

    Daniel Sternlicht
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Creating an extension for the Chrome browser is a great way to take a small and useful idea and distribute it to millions of people through the Chrome Web Store. This article walks you through the development process of a Chrome extension with modern web tools and libraries. It all begins with an idea. Mine was formed while reading an interesting (and long) article about new front-end technologies. I was concentrating on reading the article when suddenly my wife called me to kick out a poor baby pigeon that got stuck on our balcony. When I finally got back to the article, it was too late…
  • How A Designer Can Find A Job They Will Truly Love

    Susie Pollasky
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    There comes a time in nearly everyone’s career when changing jobs is the natural next step. As a designer, you might start looking for a new job when you feel you have hit a wall with your current employer or when greater opportunities are present at other companies. After taking the necessary steps to prepare for a job search, like updating your resume and nurturing a small savings account to provide a little cushion, think about what you want in your next job. Planning for job requirements, salary and perhaps location before applying is obvious, but many people forget to set criteria for…
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  • Dog's habit makes owner laugh

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    Unhinged by doorways, pit bull enters BACKWARDS. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the butt-first way Queso conquers his fear.
  • Reporter: Uber's apology rings false

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Brian Stelter speaks with PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy, who says that Uber is targeting her because of her critical reporting.
  • Is Ferguson grand jury close?

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    A grand jury will reconvene Monday to continue weighing evidence in its investigation of the Michael Brown shooting.
  • No deal; Iran nuclear talks go on

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    The clock is ticking down for a nuclear deal with Iran, and so far it looks like no agreement will be reached in time.
  • New worries over bird flu

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Europeans are worried about a possible continent-wide bird flu epidemic after a duck tested positive for the H5N8 virus.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • This Photographer Did Something I Just Love!

    Scott Kelby
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).Thanks so…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cyber Weekend with KelbyOne Cyber Weekend is just around the corner and you can be amongst the first to gain early access to limited edition prints, commemorative DVDs, and some of the deepest discounts ever during our exclusive preview event, kicking off November 21!Doors open for this massive discount frenzy to everyone on November 26th. Sign up now for 5 days of early access to our biggest and best offers yet!Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hanging with Queeny last month in London after the Shoot Like A Pro seminarThis past weekend I was able to shoot hip-hop artist Lecrae’s sold-out concert at House of Blues in Orlando. He’s out on tour supporting his latest album, Anomaly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it released in September. Thankfully, I have some friends who have been working with Lecrae and his label, Reach Records, for a while now and were able to hook me up with an all-access pass to cover the show! I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the shots with you, along…
  • Honorable Mentions from my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    Scott Kelby
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Although we’ve already announced the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize Winner from this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk, there are some other images that, while they didn’t wind up being a finalist or Grand Prize Winner, were still so good that I thought they needed some recognition.Any of these could have been a finalist (in fact, all of these were in the running and on my short list at one point to make the final cut — and this gives you an idea of how hard it is making the final decisions. There’s just so many wonderful images).Congratulations to all these…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Scott Kelby’s Photoshop CC Book for Photographers Yes, Scott already mentioned that his new book, The Photoshop CC Book for Photographers, is hitting bookstores soon, but… Today we’re giving away a free copy of it to three lucky commenters! Just leave a comment for your chance to win, or you can go ahead and order yours right here. If you want to check it out first, you can get a free excerpt from the book right here.Cyber Weekend Yes.. It’s that time again… Time for Cyber Weekend! This year we have a number of great deals and discounts AND some very special,…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Using a 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter to add Drama to the Sky

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this Adorama video Bryan Peterson shows you how he uses a 10 stop neutral density filter to take an image from average, to dynamic. The filter basically just blocks light allowing you to make longer exposures. In this city skyline shot it changes how the clouds appear in the final image. Filter mentioned in the video: B+W 10 stop neutral density filter Other dPS articles about using ND filters: Polarizing and Neutral Density Filters: Essentials for Landscape Photography High Speed Sync Versus a Neutral Density Filter to Overcome Bright Sunlight in Portraits How to do Dreamy Landscape…
  • How to Make Freckles POP or Disappear using Lightroom

    Phillip VanNostrand
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editing Freckles in Lightroom One photo, edited completely in Lightroom I recently photographed a model in New York City. As I was communicating with her leading up to the shoot I noticed in some of her pictures that she had freckles. I personally am a big fan of freckles and wanted to do a shoot that highlighted her skin rather than hide it behind makeup or photoshop tricks. One of my favorite photos that came out of the shoot was this one, cropped close to highlight her eyes and skin: After I posted the photo above on Instagram I was emailed by someone asking me what process I used to get…
  • Tips for Using Shutter Speed Creatively

    Jim Hamel
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Shutter speed is one of those things that is initially a problem to be solved, but once you do that it becomes a tool that allows you to take better and more creative photos. First you should understand how shutter speed works and how to change it. You will need to make sure it is fast enough that your pictures turn out crisp. But once you’ve mastered those things, you can start using shutter speed to your advantage. You can slow it down to create a sense of movement, or speed it up to stop the action. Grey Whale Cove: 1/4 second at f/16, ISO 100 This article will show you the basics of…
  • How to Buy Used Camera Gear

    Suzi Pratt
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Even though the prices of digital photography equipment continue to fall significantly, it can be a tough to dole out a thousand plus dollars on a brand new camera or lens. On the positive side, camera gear (especially lenses) retains its value really well. As a result, there’s almost always a surplus of used camera bodies, lenses, and accessories. Before you take the plunge and buy used gear, be sure to understand that used equipment can be a bit tricky to assess in terms of quality and price. As a photographer who shamelessly has about 50% used gear in her collection, here are some…
  • Weekly Photography Challenge Bird’s Eye View

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Earlier I shared a collection of photos shot from above using a bird’s eye view. In the photography challenge last week you were assigned to photograph from a worm’s eye view or low down. This week you will be looking down, using the bird’s eye view to create your images. Bird’s eye view Bird’s are usually flying overhead or sitting up high on a wire looking down on us. So try something to get that kind of perspective in your image this week. Get up high and look down. That could mean: Climb to a roof or the top of a hill and look down Stand on a chair to…
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  • This weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Fotograf [iPhone; Now...
  • The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News Square to accept...
  • A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: Mr. iPhone, meet Mr. Coffee XVIDA iPhone/iPad...
  • All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...
  • Mr. iPhone, meet Mr. Coffee

    Steven Sande
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You know what's been missing in our lives? An Internet-connected, app-controlled coffeemaker. And that's why the good folks at Belkin and appliance manufacturer Jarden Corporation have teamed up to bring the world the Mr. Coffee 10-cup Smart Optimal...
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  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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  • Readers' Showcase: Portraits and People

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    DPReview members are a talented group and we've been highlighting their photography in a series of readers' showcases. Recently we asked the Portrait & People Photography forum to share their favorite shots. They responded with excellent work both in and out of the studio, and we've picked a few of our favorites to share. See gallery
  • Flickr Wall Art expands to include Creative Commons images

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Flickr Wall Art now allows users to order prints from more than 50 million photographs, the service has announced. This follows Wall Art's arrival in October, and moves to include all applicable freely-licensed Creative Commons images, licensed artists images, and a curated selection of content from NASA. Read more
  • Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In this article, nature photographer Erez Marom shares the story of his panoramic shot 'Clouds over Skagsanden', taken earlier this year in the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway. His article covers everything from preparing to shoot at the location, to the shoot itself through to final post-processing of the resulting image. Click through to read Erez Marom's article 'Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden'
  • Google Nexus 6 DxOMark Mobile Report

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The Nexus 6 is Google's showcase phone for Android 5.0 'Lollipop' and the first Nexus device made by Motorola. It comes with a dual-LED ring flash, a 13MP sensor with a fast F2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and 4K video recording. DxOMark Mobile put the Nexus 6 through its image quality tests and has just published the results. Read more
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II shooting experience added to first impressions review

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Canon's successor to the EOS 7D was a long time coming, but the 7D Mark II appears to have all the makings of a DSLR worth the wait. Offering a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Dual Pixel AF with 65 phase-detect points and more robust weather-resistance, the 7D II is a formidable follow-up indeed. Our full review is well underway and we've just updated our first impressions with a detailed shooting experience. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Top 10 Rumors on Why Matt Left KelbyOne (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Hey everyone. I wanted to formally announce that I will no longer be at Kelby Media Group. It’s a small industry and I’ve seen first hand how rumors get around, so I figured I’d make a post about it myself. First let’s go over the top 10 rumors about why I left 10. They don’t have crushed ice in the ice dispenser. 9. The Magic 8-ball told me to. 8. I felt me leaving would help end the Buccaneers pro football team losing streak 7. They only had Coke and not Pepsi products in the vending machines 6. The Photoshop TV “Steam” episode was removed from the archives and deleted forever…
  • My Favorite Plug-ins from OnOne Just Got Better (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Lightroom and Photoshop plug-ins are huge these days. Just about every person I run in to uses at least one (if not several). Well, one of my favorites from onOne Software, just got even better. Today they announced their Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available for download. They announced the new version last month at Photoshop World in Vegas, but it’s actually shipping (or downloading) today So what’s new? I’ll run down the list of my favorite features: • They’ve really overhauled their Browse module. I’ve spoken many times to the engineers and folks at onOne…
  • Adobe Releases the Aperture Importer (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week Adobe released a plug-in for Lightroom 5.6 (obviously Mac only) that let’s you migrate your Aperture (and iPhoto) libraries over to Lightroom. Probably one of the big questions is what exactly does it import. Well, here’s the list: • Flags • Star Ratings • Keywords • GPS Data • Rejects • Hidden Files • Color Labels* • Stacks* • Face Tags* *Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords. Another big question is what happens to the adjustments made to your photos in Aperture or iPhoto. Well, those adjustment scan’t be…
  • Making the Move from Aperture to Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey everyone! I’m just getting back from my Lightroom seminar in Colorado Springs yesterday. So first off, a big thanks to everyone that came out. I’m continually fortunate to have awesome crowds at every city, and yesterday was no exception. Really engaged, and just a really great group of people. Next… if you’re an Aperture user looking to make the switch to Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a brand new class up on It’s called “Making the Switch from Aperture to Lightroom”. It covers how to use the new plug-in…
  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
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  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More

    Juli Clover
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As we head into Thanksgiving and its accompanying Black Friday shopping holiday, retailers are beginning to offer significant discounts on products in an attempt to lure shoppers ahead of the Black Friday event. Walmart and Best Buy, for example, are offering pre-Black Friday deals, and several retailers are also offering some decent discounts on Macs and older iPads. iPhone Walmart is selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 with a two-year contract, which is $20 off Apple's standard price, but it will also include a $75 Walmart gift card. A similar $75 gift card deal is available…
  • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    Jordan Golson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Magpul has released updated versions of its popular Field Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Field Case is a minimalist shell case made from flexible thermoplastic, similar to the company's popular PMAG rifle magazines. The Magpul Field Case for the iPhone 6 is a semi-rigid cover designed to provide basic protection in the field. Made from a flexible thermoplastic, the Field Case features PMAG®-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging.Made in the USA, the Field Case is available in black and olive…
  • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

    Juli Clover
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Back in October, Olloclip announced a new 4-in-1 Photo Lens designed to fit the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. While it was available for pre-order at the time, the new lens has now begun shipping out to customers and will arrive in stores shortly, ahead of the Black Friday shopping holiday. Like its previous products, Olloclip's 4-in-1 Photo Lens adds four lens attachments to the iPhone's camera, offering two lenses that extend the field of view -- wide angle and fisheye -- and two that capture up-close macro shots. The new Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens is the company's most unique product offering…
  • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week'

    Kelly Hodgkins
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    Cultured Code's popular task management app, Things, is now free for a limited time. The productivity app is being discounted as part of Apple's week-long "Free App of the Week" promotion and is the first time the app has ever been offered for free. The sale extends to both the iPhone and iPad version of the app, offering a combined savings of $30 on the two iOS apps. Things for iOS normally is priced at $9.99 for the iPhone version and $19.99 for the iPad version. To celebrate this promotion, Cultured Code also is lowering its price on Things for the Mac ($34.99), taking 30…
  • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers

    Husain Sumra
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Apple has continued its efforts to improve its Maps app with the addition of ten new data providers, according to a new report from Apple Maps Marketing (via 9to5Mac). The new providers specialize in providing Apple with business listings. Apple Maps Marketing came upon the information when inquiring about Apple Maps Connect and its Business Portal, which allows businesses with over 1,000 locations to add their listings to Apple Maps. Apple responded to the inquiry by pointing the site to a group of data providers that supplied Apple with information on businesses with less than 1,000…
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