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  • Why leap seconds are bad for computers [video]

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    Josh Urich
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In case you missed it, tonight you're going to be blessed with an additional second. It's called a leap second, and it happens when the earth's rotation is just wonky enough to screw up our time keeping. But it's just one second, it's no big deal––right? Wrong. Here's why. The post Why leap seconds are bad for computers [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Stan Lee wants Spider-Man to 'stay as he is': white and straight

    Kimberly Truong
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Amid recent casting news for the newest film adaptation of Spider-Man, Stan Lee has come forward to reaffirm that he'd like his Marvel characters to stay exactly as they are. Though that's not to say that he's necessarily opposed to diverse representation — just not in his own creations. See also: 5 things to know about your new Spider-Man: Tom Holland On the red carpet of the Ant-Man premiere in Hollywood on Monday night, the comic book creator told E! News, "I'd like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who's homosexual. I have no problem…
  • Uber Rallies To Protest Legislation That Would Limit Its Growth In New York

    Fast Company
    Ainsley O'Connell
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Six months after losing its legal battle over sharing New York trip data, Uber is again gearing up for a regulatory fight.The ads are plastered on the back of hundreds of New York City buses, at driver's eye-level: Join Uber, and make $35,000 in fares over the next six months. The on-demand taxi service is averaging 120,000 rides per day, and bent on increasing that tally by recruiting new drivers and customers. Indeed, for new drivers to make their monthly quotas and earn that $35,000 payout, that daily ride average will have to keep climbing.Read Full Story
  • Sony Launches A Crowdfunding Site For Projects From Its Employees In Japan

    Jon Russell
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:37 pm
     Sony has dabbled in crowdfunding in the past — an e-ink watch and mesh sensor kit — but now the Japanese company is making a big play in the space after launching its own site for crowdfunded projects. Read More
  • What happens when things go wrong?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
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  • Why leap seconds are bad for computers [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In case you missed it, tonight you're going to be blessed with an additional second. It's called a leap second, and it happens when the earth's rotation is just wonky enough to screw up our time keeping. But it's just one second, it's no big deal––right? Wrong. Here's why. The post Why leap seconds are bad for computers [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Game facts that will blow your mind [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    You may not be a gamer, but even so these facts are going to blow your mind. The sheer number of people on the planet who play games, for example, is staggering. The post Game facts that will blow your mind [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 difficult skills it pays to master

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:33 pm
    It's tough for many of us to see the worth in the years we spent learning foreign languages in high school that, to this day, we can still only swear in, yet there are other difficult lessons that do pay off no matter where you go or what you do. The post 10 difficult skills it pays to master appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Solo a cappella cover of Eric Clapton’s “Change the Word” [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This guy is an absolute beast. Only a master could perform all parts to an Eric Clapton song, let alone the masterpiece "Change the World." The post Solo a cappella cover of Eric Clapton’s “Change the Word” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 100 years of beauty goes to Russia [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Ready for another strut down the runway of fashion history? The post 100 years of beauty goes to Russia [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Stan Lee wants Spider-Man to 'stay as he is': white and straight

    Kimberly Truong
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Amid recent casting news for the newest film adaptation of Spider-Man, Stan Lee has come forward to reaffirm that he'd like his Marvel characters to stay exactly as they are. Though that's not to say that he's necessarily opposed to diverse representation — just not in his own creations. See also: 5 things to know about your new Spider-Man: Tom Holland On the red carpet of the Ant-Man premiere in Hollywood on Monday night, the comic book creator told E! News, "I'd like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who's homosexual. I have no problem…
  • Mystery woman with English accent and Australian memories turns up in San Diego

    Jenni Ryall
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Authorities are trying to identify a woman who appeared in Carlsbad, California in February, with apparently no memory of who she is or how she arrived there. Speaking with an English accent mixed with unknown tones, the woman who calls herself "Sam," was discovered by firefighters on a street corner in the beach community of San Diego in February. She had no belongings on her person, and could not recall personal informationNBC San Diego reported she was found in a dishevelled state, and in a bad way mentally and physically. See also: A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two…
  • Apple's new iTunes update arrives for some and not others

    Ariel Bogle
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    On the same day Apple released its much anticipated new streaming service, Apple Music, the company also offered users a new iTunes update that frustrated more than a few Apple fans. iTunes 12.2 was meant to be available Tuesday, but the roll out was not without hiccups. For one thing, many users could not immediately access the update and took to social media to share their irritation. See also: Apple Music first look: It's all about curation, curation, curation Beats 1 radio on iTunes.Image: Screenshot/Apple Hey Apple? It would be really nice if I could get that iTunes update. — Chad…
  • Gmail boosts its emoji game, adds themes you can edit

    Adario Strange
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Google is constantly tweaking usability features on Gmail, but a new update focuses on fun — emoji style Now, when you compose a Gmail message you'll have an even larger array of whimsical and descriptive emoji to accent your text-based missive See also: How to make your Gmail address public without going nuts Gmail has offered an emoji option for several years, but the expanded number of emoji characters puts the software, which is often used on desktops, more on par with the kind of mobile communications most texters are familiar with. In addition to the emoji upgrade, Google has also…
  • Hillary Clinton emails from 2009 released by State Department

    The Associated Press
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:13 pm
    WASHINGTON — The State Department has released roughly 3,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's correspondence from 2009, her first year as the nation's top diplomat. The emails, covering March through December of that year, were posted online Tuesday evening, as part of a court mandate that the agency release batches of Clinton's private correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30. See also: You've Never Seen a Thunderstorm Move Like This Clinton's emails have become a major issue in her early presidential campaign, as Republicans accuse her of…
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  • Uber Rallies To Protest Legislation That Would Limit Its Growth In New York

    Ainsley O'Connell
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Six months after losing its legal battle over sharing New York trip data, Uber is again gearing up for a regulatory fight.The ads are plastered on the back of hundreds of New York City buses, at driver's eye-level: Join Uber, and make $35,000 in fares over the next six months. The on-demand taxi service is averaging 120,000 rides per day, and bent on increasing that tally by recruiting new drivers and customers. Indeed, for new drivers to make their monthly quotas and earn that $35,000 payout, that daily ride average will have to keep climbing.Read Full Story
  • Mark Zuckerberg: The Future Of Facebook Is Sharing Thoughts

    Rose Pastore
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    "I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology."During a Q&A on Facebook today, Mark Zuckerberg revealed his dream for the future of social media: mind-to-mind thought sharing.Read Full Story
  • New Rules For Overtime Pay: Blessing Or Curse For Business?

    Lydia Dishman
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Increasing the salary threshold for overtime benefits will help workers, but will it undercut businesses' bottom lines?If you earn more than $23,660 as a full-time salaried worker, it doesn't matter how many hours you put in above and beyond the standard 40 per week: You cannot collect the "time and a half" overtime pay, a crucial benefit for low-income workers struggling to make ends meet, or those just starting their careers with a mountain of college debt.Read Full Story
  • Facebook Offers Option Of Paying For Video Ads After 10 Seconds

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The social network looks to make itself more attractive to advertisers.Facebook is now giving advertisers the opportunity to only pay for video ads after they have been viewed by users for a minimum of 10 seconds. The new option debuted Tuesday and will be presented alongside Facebook's standard video ad packages, making the social network more attractive to advertisers who may not want to shell out the big bucks for three seconds of screen time.Read Full Story
  • Photos Of People Taking Photos With Selfie Sticks: Meta Or Most Meta?

    Sophie Weiner
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    The selfie stick crazed are documented in Alexander Short's photo series.It's said that you can get used to anything, but it's hard to imagine ever looking out on a crowd of selfie stick users without at least giggling. And due to the obvious safety concerns that come with waving a metal stick in the middle of a crowd, they've even been banned at music festivals and theme parks.Read Full Story
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  • Sony Launches A Crowdfunding Site For Projects From Its Employees In Japan

    Jon Russell
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:37 pm
     Sony has dabbled in crowdfunding in the past — an e-ink watch and mesh sensor kit — but now the Japanese company is making a big play in the space after launching its own site for crowdfunded projects. Read More
  • A Former Stanford Dean On The Danger Of Overparenting By Parents – And Startups

    Connie Loizos
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:11 pm
     In her new book, “How to Raise an Adult,” former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims argues that overparenting has grown to worrying extremes over the last decade-plus and that unchecked, it will be the ruin of society as we know it. She noticed it in her own parenting, in fact. “There was a time when I was a finger-wagging dean, then realized:… Read More
  • YouTube Brings 60fps Video Streams To Its Android And iOS Apps

    Frederic Lardinois
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
     Over the last few months, Google’s YouTube launched both 60fps video on the desktop and — later — for live video streams. Starting today, you can also watch the service’s smooth 60fps videos in its iOS and Android apps. Read More
  • Unikrn Picks Up $7M To Bring Betting To Esports

    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:41 pm
     Unikrn, a startup focused on esports betting, has raised a fresh $7 million, bringing its total capital acquired to $10 million. Binary Capital led the infusion. Previously, Mark Cuban invested in the company. The startup, whose name is pronounced ‘unicorn,’ helps people place bets on upcoming video game matches. Competitive gaming, commonly known as ‘esports,’ is a… Read More
  • Founder Stories: Webflow’s Y Combinator Journey

    Julian Shapiro
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
     Watch Sergie Magdalin, the co-founder and creative director of the visual website building toolkit for professionals, Webflow, discuss some of his harrowing early days as an entrepreneur. Since raising funding at Y Combinator’s demo day, Webflow has acquired over 275,000 users, including Groupon, The New York Times, MasterCard, and others. But things weren’t always so easy for… Read More
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  • What happens when things go wrong?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
  • The rejectionists

    Seth Godin
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    We can choose to define ourselves (our smarts, our brand, our character) on who rejects us. Or we can choose to focus on those that care enough to think we matter. Carrying around a list of everyone who thinks you're not good enough is exhausting.        
  • Buzzer management

    Seth Godin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    I started the quiz team at my high school. Alas, I didn't do so well at the tryouts, so I ended up as the coach, but we still made it to the finals. It took me thirty years to figure out the secret of getting in ahead of the others who also knew the answer (because the right answer is no good if someone else gets the buzz): You need to press the buzzer before you know the answer. As soon as you realize that you probably will be able to identify the answer by the time you're asked, buzz. Between the time you buzz and the time you're supposed to speak, the answer will come to you. And if it…
  • A corollary to 'Too big to fail'

    Seth Godin
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    "Too big to listen." Great organizations listen to our frustrations, our hopes and our dreams. Alas, when a company gets big enough, it starts to listen to the requirements of its shareholders and its best-paid executives instead. Too big to listen is just a nanometer away from "Too big to care."        
  • Pugilists

    Seth Godin
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Fighters and pugilists are different. The fighter fights when she has to, when she's cornered, when someone or something she truly believes in is threatened. It's urgent and it's personal. The pugilist, on the other hand, skirmishes for fun. The pugilist has a hobby, and the hobby is being oppositional. The pugilist can turn any statement, quote or event into an opportunity to have an urgent argument, one that pins you to the ground and makes you question just about anything. Instead of playing chess, the pugilist is playing you. Pugilists make great TV commentators. And they even seem like…
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  • Greece’s Empty ATMs Show the Surprising Power of Cash—Even in 2015

    Brian Barrett
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As economies break down, so does trust in the digital ways we pay. Cash inspires confidence---at least until the ATMs dry up. The post Greece’s Empty ATMs Show the Surprising Power of Cash—Even in 2015 appeared first on WIRED.
  • Solar-Powered Plane Begins a Risky Trip Across the Pacific

    Alex Davies
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    After a couple of false starts, Solar Impulse 2 is finally crossing the Pacific, the hardest part of its around-the-world journey. The post Solar-Powered Plane Begins a Risky Trip Across the Pacific appeared first on WIRED.
  • If You Paid for Beats, Apple Music Is a Broken Promise

    Marcus Wohlsen
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Dear Apple: You booted me off Beats with the promise my music would follow me. So where is it? The post If You Paid for Beats, Apple Music Is a Broken Promise appeared first on WIRED.
  • California Is Now the Perfect Test Lab for Vaccine Laws

    Katie M. Palmer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Jerry Brown just passed a law banning religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccines, turning California into a huge public health laboratory. The post California Is Now the Perfect Test Lab for Vaccine Laws appeared first on WIRED.
  • Sensors Reveal How Bad Outside Air Invades Our Cubicles

    Klint Finley
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    It's easy to feel like your office building is an isolated pod disconnected from the natural environment. The post Sensors Reveal How Bad Outside Air Invades Our Cubicles appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 31DBBB Day One: What Makes a Great Elevator Pitch?

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Welcome to day one of building a better blog! The ProBlogger podcast is off and running with a new episode every day this month with a theme designed to help boost your blogging skills and todays podcast episode is now live for you to listen to. The original 31 Days to Build a Better Blog helped so many people both when it was released, and across the years since then, and it’s exciting to be able to change it up with updated information, new challenges and a supporting podcast. Day one is all about encapsulating the purpose and spirit of your blog. What is it about? Who is it for?
  • The ProBlogger Podcast Is Live and We’re Kicking Off with a Challenge!

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    Today I have great pleasure in introducing you to the brand new ProBlogger Podcast and the next incarnation of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Over the last couple of years I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said ‘Darren you really should start a podcast’. I’d always nodded my head but quietly list in my mind a long list of excuses not to including ‘I don’t know how…’ to ‘I’m so busy…’ to ‘what if nobody listens…’ But earlier this year something changed when people suggested I start a…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Tell How They Stay Motivated

    Stacey Roberts
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    All secrets are being revealed on ProBlogger this week! We’ve had the morning routines of superstar bloggers and online entrepreneurs, and also their number one life hack (especially for time management). Today, they share how they keep going when the going gets tough. HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce One, I am the sole provider for my children. Keeping them housed, clothed, fed and happy is the highest priority in my life. Two, I love where I am in my life and cherish the experiences that have brought me here to do what I do. I stay motivated so that I can…
  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve seen so much good content lately on the subject of blogging – I always love a downloadable schedule that someone else has taken the time to create, and sneaking a peek into how others make money is such an eye-opener! I’ve curated a couple of links you might find helpful as we try to kick ass on the internet this week. 6 Social Media Templates to Save You Hours of Work // Hootsuite There’s everything from a template to help you create a social media strategy to guide you in your daily online activities, to audit checklists, content calendars, and image size cheat…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Reveal their #1 Life Hack

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Following on from the earlier post about what our speakers get up to in the mornings, we also asked them to give us their number-one time management or life hack – how DO they get everything done?! HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce Delegating. I used to have the hardest time asking for help, but now it’s a basic part of survival. One example: I have a babysitter for two hours in the afternoon so that I can get in a full work day, and if I’m running behind on anything in the house she lends a helping hand.   Heather will be presenting the keynote…
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  • The Stairdesk Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We’ve seen workspaces placed under the stairs and ones at the top of the stairs , but this workspace takes the combination further, with a desk literally build into and around the stairs.Read more...
  • This Video Explains the Sneakiest Way to Hide Screws In Wood

    Patrick Allan
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you like to do any woodworking, you’re probably aware of the eyesore that screws can be . This method lets you attach wood together with screws, but keeps the screw head hidden from sight.Read more...
  • Waste Less of Your Time in Meetings with the 10-30-50-90 Method

    Patrick Allan
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you’re someone that automatically schedules your meetings to be an hour long, this method of timing meetings could net you more time to get other things done.Read more...
  • Most Popular Cheap Travel Booking Site: Google Flights

    Alan Henry
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If you’re looking to save money of plan a trip but want the flexibility to check lots of flights, dates, and destinations, you have tons of options. We asked you for the best last week , then rounded up the five best travel booking sites , and now we’re back to highlight your overall favorite pick when it comes to booking travel.Read more...
  • Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Diplomat

    Andy Orin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I imagine diplomats travel the world in James Bond-like attire while swilling martinis, but the truth is they probably spend more time looking for a cell phone charger that works with the local power outlets than they do mingling with the elite. Advocating for international cooperation in far-flung places is difficult and often unsung work.Read more...
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  • 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.
  • The Art of the Panel

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

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
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  • List of Countries Where Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio Are Now Available

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Apple has posted a list of over 115 countries where some combination of Apple Music, Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 Radio and iTunes Match are available per the iPhone in Canada blog. Apple Music and Apple Music Radio are available in 110 countries as of today's launch, while Angola, Puerto Rico, Israel, Taiwan, and Turkey are five countries where the streaming music service has yet to launch. Apple Music's "For You" section for curated playlists and music recommendations Beats 1 Radio is currently unavailable in select countries, including the Bahamas, Bahrain, Burkina-Faso, Egypt, Hungary,…
  • Hands-On Walkthrough of Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio

    Juli Clover
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Apple's much-anticipated music service, Apple Music, launched this morning as part of iOS 8.4, bringing on-demand streaming music, the Beats 1 radio station, and Apple Connect, Apple's new social network aimed at letting artists connect with fans in new and unique ways. We went hands-on with Apple Music in iOS 8.4 to give you a look at how the new service works, what it looks like, what it costs, and how to use it. Check out the video below to get a thorough overview of all three Apple Music components. Apple Music's main streaming feature is a "For You" section within the Music app that…
  • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 With Apple Music and Beats 1 Support

    Juli Clover
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Apple today released iTunes 12.2 for OS X Yosemite users, introducing desktop support for the new Apple Music service. Launched today as part of iOS 8.4, Apple Music lets iTunes users to listen to on-demand music, create playlists, find music suitable for every activity, and more. Apple Music is also accompanied by Apple Music Connect, Apple's new artist-centric social network, and the Beats 1 24/7 live worldwide radio station. iTunes 12.2 can be downloaded immediately through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12.2 for Windows…
  • Leaked Photos of Next-Generation 'iPhone 6s' Show Only Minor Internal Differences

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The next-generation iPhone, often referred to as the "iPhone 6s," will likely retain the same exterior design as the iPhone 6, based on purported images of the device's rear shell obtained by 9to5Mac. The report claims the rear shell is identical to the iPhone 6 on the outside, including the same thickness and width, with only minor internal differences. The leaked photos of the "iPhone 6s" reveal that the Lightning connector, speakers, microphones, headphone jack, volume rocker, mute button, sleep/wake button, SIM card slot, antenna lines and cutout for the rear-facing camera and LED flash…
  • Apple SIM Cellular Data Plans Now Available in Over 90 Countries

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Apple has reached a partnership with mobile connectivity company GigSky to expand Apple SIM cellular data plans to over 90 countries and territories around the world. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users that have Apple SIM installed can now purchase short-term data plans while traveling in a long list of countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and other regions worldwide. Apple SIM is now available for purchase at Apple Retail Stores in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

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

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

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

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” by The Atlantic magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files to chat about creativity and the writing life. Austin is the author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!. They’re guides The Writer Files host Kelton Reid recommends to all writers seeking insights for tapping into your endless reserves of creativity and innovation. In addition to being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS’s Newshour, and…
  • A Simple Way to Boost the Credibility of Your Website

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s not enough today to merely be trustworthy in your digital business, you have to prove it. Whether you sell products or services, customers have to trust you before they’ll want to do business with you, and building trust online can be a challenge. People are much more skeptical and cynical these days about the promises made to them. Unscrupulous organizations have eroded consumer trust, so people are much more wary when believing the claims made by a business. Especially if that business is actually trying to sell them something. So when you have something valuable to offer,…
  • How to Determine if Your Business Idea Sucks

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of multiple successful businesses, including and Delinquent Distribution. Most recently — and alongside Dan “Punkass” Caldwell (the founder of Tapout clothing) — she has created, which offers a six-week course on how to run a successful t-shirt business. She skipped college and started her first business, Rhythm Sticks, at age 23. She also appeared in season five of The Apprentice and won two tasks as project manager, before being fired by Donald Trump in week nine. Now,…
  • How Every Creative Must Think about Marketing and Advertising

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Albert Lasker. Mel Martin. Eugene Schwartz. Robert Collier. Victor Schwab. David Ogilvy. John Caples. Maxwell Sackheim. Bill Jayme. Copywriters who wrote beautiful copy. Ads that drove results. As David Ogilvy said, “We sell or else.” This is the point. Advertising comes in two flavors: artistic and mechanical. One obscures the message and is judged by its originality. It conforms to the principles of art. The other clarifies the message and is judged by performance. It conforms to principles of copywriting, of advertising. One is a monument. The other is a tool. One is meant to attract…
  • Steal This Trick: What Confident Content Marketers All Have in Common

    Sonia Simone
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on October 23, 2009. There are a million techniques that make your content better and more popular. (Probably a half-million just here on Copyblogger.) Strong headlines, smart copywriting techniques, storytelling, humor, etc. But there’s one insider trick that makes the rest of it easy. It starts from the very beginning, when you’re figuring out what type of content you want to produce. Start by picking a crowded topic Copywriter Gary Halbert famously advised copywriters to look for a “starving crowd.” In…
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  • First look at Apple Music: Siri and Beats 1 turn streaming on its ear

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Apple Music was worth the wait. Amidst a marketing frenzy and controversy over royalty payments and Taylor Swift’s feelings, it was easy to forget that few people had actually used Apple’s new streaming service. Apple finally launched Music on June 30, and it was everything we expected it to be (plus a few surprises thrown in for good measure). Whether you’re giving streaming a try for the first time or just weighing the pros and cons of Apple’s service against rivals like Spotify, Rdio, Tidal, and Pandora, there’s nothing to lose by taking Apple Music for a spin. Let’s get…
  • iTunes 12.2 update available with Apple Music support

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Apple Music made its debut earlier today though an iOS 8.4 update. Now you can enjoy Apple Music on your Mac, too. All you need is the 12.2 update for iTunes. To get the update, launch the App Store (in your Applications folder) and click on the Updates button at the top of the app. You can also launch iTunes, click on the iTunes menu, and select Check for Updates. (As of this writing, the iTunes download website says that the 12.2 update is “coming soon.”)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple releases tons of security updates for recent flaws and exploits

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:16 pm
    While the world’s focus on Apple today might be on the release of its new streaming music service, the company also pushed out a host of security fixes for exploits, flaws, and—shall we say—politically difficult situations of the last few months. iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 should make users safer, pending testing by outside researchers. You can find the full list of security issues on pages for iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4, which also includes items in Security Update 2015-005 for older OS X releases.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • The Week in Mac Apps: Blinks helps you combat eye fatigue from heavy Mac use

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    An eye on all thingsThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a Gmail client for your desktop, a quick refresher on the periodic table of elements, and a little something that keeps an eye out for uninvited guests.Blinks 1.0Close your eyes! Developer Elena Drozhzhina’s $3 Blinks (Mac App Store Link) makes sure that you never forget to flutter your shutters to help prevent fatigue.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • GarageBand update lets artists publish directly to Apple Music Connect

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Apple on Tuesday announced updates to its consumer music author app, GarageBand. One of the new features ties directly to the release of Apple Music: Artists on Apple Music Connect can publish directly to the service from GarageBand for iOS. Apple Music Connect was unveiled on Tuesday as part of the Apple Music service. It’s a social aspect that gives artist a venue for interacting with fans. Apple Music Connect artists can, say, create a sample of a melody that they just thought of and make it available on Connect to get feedback from fans. Or an artist can offer previews of new singles…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:10 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for July 2015.
  • Design Principles: Compositional Balance, Symmetry And Asymmetry

    Steven Bradley
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A balanced composition feels right. It feels stable and aesthetically pleasing. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition draws your eye so much that you can’t see the other areas. Balancing a composition1 involves arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas. Everything works together and fits together in a seamless whole. The individual parts contribute to their sum but don’t try to become the sum. An unbalanced composition can lead to tension. When a…
  • Rapid Front-End Prototyping With WordPress

    Daniel Pataki
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    Prototyping is one of the best things that can happen within a project, yet it is extremely underutilized. Prototyping makes a project better suited to users, elevates user experience, increases the quality of your final code, and keeps clients happy. The problem is that developers often see prototyping as a waste of time, since high-quality prototypes take considerable effort to make. I want to show you that by using WordPress, highly interactive prototypes with great visuals are not at all that difficult to make. 1 (Image credit: Jeff Sheldon via Unsplash2) (View large version3) First,…
  • Efficient Image Resizing With ImageMagick

    Dave Newton
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Responsive1 images2 have been keeping us on our toes for quite some time, and now that they are getting traction in browsers, they come with a scary problem: the need to efficiently resize all our image assets. The way responsive images work is that an appropriately sized image is sent to each user — small versions for users on small screens, big versions for users on big screens. It’s fantastic for web performance, but we have to face the grim reality that serving different sizes of images to different users means that we first need to create all of those different files, and that…
  • Effective Logo Design, Part 3: How Geometry Influences Logo Design

    Maggie Macnab
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    Galileo knew it. Every ancient culture that left traces of knowledge in their art knew it. Basic shapes compose the fundamental geometry of the universe. We can take credit for a lot of things, but human beings did not invent geometric shapes. We discovered them through the observation of nature1. Understanding basic shapes and their functions have taught us to mark time and space in a variety of ways inspiring mathematics, technology, language and ever-evolving civilization. “The universe cannot be read until we learn the language in which it is written. It is written in mathematics, and…
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  • 50,000 honeybees removed from home

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Honey leaks down the brick wall of a home where about 50,000 honeybees are living. CNN affiliate CBC News reports how a beekeeper is removing the insects.
  • Escapee's mother speaks out after son's capture

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:21 pm
    CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to David Sweat's mother, Pamela Sweat, about her son's escape from Clinton Correctional Facility and his capture 23 days later.
  • Fire breaks out at S.C. church

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    A fire broke out at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Up to 50 firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze, a fire official said.
  • Clinton emails: What Obama aides knew

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    President Barack Obama's top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show.
  • Wonders of the universe

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • A Quick Portrait Checklist

    Scott Kelby
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: Once a month on “The Grid” RC and I do our “Blind Photo Critiques” episode where we ask our viewers to submit images for a live critique on the air. When the submitted images are portraits, we often see the same type of problems again and again, so I thought today I’d share a few hopefully helpful things to ask yourself about a portrait image to see if you’re on the right track — kind of a checklist to mentally take your image through to see if it’s working. This checklist is short and simple, and certainly not complete, but at least if…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Active Lifestyle Photography with Erik Valind Get up and moving with Erik Valind in his latest class on active lifestyle photography! Lifestyle photography is all about capturing believable moments and showing that ideal reality in an image. When done right it should make you want to jump into the photograph and join the people in the picture. In this class Erik takes you through the basics of planning for your shoot, doing your research, and selecting your gear, and then moves through a variety of locations and activities to demonstrate how it works in the real world. Working with natural…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Courtney Dailey!

    Brad Moore
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hey, I’m Courtney and I’m a commercial beauty photographer located in Los Angeles. I was pretty excited when Brad asked me to do a guest blog, simply because I respect the Kelby Blog and its audience so much. A bit about me: I’m originally from The Detroit Suburbs. I started my photo business in 2004, in Pontiac, Michigan. After about two years of fighting my way in a small competitive market, I set my eyes on a bigger prize. I had to move to a bigger market! NYC or LA? My sole determining factor of choosing LA, was its zillion sunny days and lack of snow. I know SO many of…
  • Old Car City… potential bucket list

    Pete Collins
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Pete Collins here filling in for Scott… I don’t know about you, but when another photographer says to me… “You have to go there!” I tend to nod politely while internally I am thinking… yeah right, it can’t be that good. So for a couple of years now I have heard about Old Car City outside of Atlanta, and how great it was, but I was secretly like “it can’t be as good as they say.” Well, I am here to admit that Old Car City is definitely worth putting on your bucket list. According to the Internet, which only tells the truth, this place…
  • The Legacy of the Guru Award

    Corey Barker
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Hi everyone and happy Monday! Corey Barker here filling in for Scott today because he is on vacation and Brad “The Beard” Moore asked us to post a little something. With Photoshop World coming up in a few weeks I wanted to share my thoughts around what used to be one of my most favorite parts of the event and that is the Guru Award competition. (I say used to because I can no longer enter, I actually help judge them now.) Anyway in case you are unaware, the Guru Awards is a contest open to all Photoshop World attendees who can submit images in a number of categories like…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 5 Tips That Will Make Your Food Photos Stand out from the Crowd

    Nicole Branan
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Food photography may be more popular now than ever before. The blogosphere is exploding with pictures of food, and social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram are flooding you with never-ending streams of food photos 24/7. Creating food images that stand out in this massive sea of content is a difficult task. Here are five tips to help you get your food photos noticed. #1 Don’t be afraid of shadows Shadows make a scene look realistic, give your food texture, and create mood, so don’t hesitate to make them part of your food photo. To create nice, dark shadows let your light fall onto…
  • Writer’s Favorite Lens: Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8

    Chris Corradino
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the primary reasons I built my mirrorless kit with Olympus gear, was their wide array of high quality lenses. From fast primes to convenient zooms, they have all of the important focal lengths covered. It wasn’t until I picked up the Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 however that I really experienced the true potential of this micro four thirds system. Since purchasing the lens a few months ago, it has rarely left my camera body. Not only are the optics incredible, but it features many surprising benefits. Here are some of the main reasons it has become my favorite lens. Image Quality…
  • 7 Tips for Better Skyline Photography

    Richard Schneider
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Reminder: now until July 7th (AUS EST) the Landscapes, Cityscapes & Photography Tricks eBook is on 50% off at Snapndeals. When we talk about cityscape photography, one of the most basic and trademark shots is the full skyline; the artificial horizon, made of buildings and towers jutting up and down into the sky above. Skylines can be jagged and coarse, or faint and smooth, often depending on the nature of the city itself. Follow these tips for better skyline photography: 1. Find a Good Vantage Point Outside the City To find the city, escape it. One surefire way to capture a city skyline…
  • How to Watermark Your Images Using Lightroom and Photoshop CC

    Leanne Cole
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watermarks, love them or hate them, are a way of protecting your images. Although, just because you have one on your image doesn’t mean it won’t be stolen. If you are like me, I do it as a deterrent. There are many ways to watermark your images. In this article I’m going to show you how to add a watermark to your images using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Lightroom (6) CC Lightroom makes watermarking your images very easy, there are a couple of ways of doing it. Once you have processed your images and are ready to export them, then it is also time to watermark them.
  • Making the Mundane Magnificent: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Objects

    Justin Varuzzo
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Chances are you have a tourist attraction in your town. Each day people crowd around and line up to take photographs of it. If you think of the most photographed tourist spots in the United States, you probably come up with the Statue of Liberty, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, or Grand Canyon. Thousands of pictures a year are taken at these destinations, however despite all of the mundane images some people can still produce incredibly unique and breathtaking photographs of these attractions. If you study the most impressive photos you will find consistent aspects that make the mundane…
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  • Apple's GarageBand uses trackpad pressure to control your tunes

    Jon Fingas
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Apple's Force Touch trackpads haven't done a whole lot in official apps besides fast scrolling and shortcuts, but they'll do considerably more if you grab the latest version of GarageBand. As of the 10.1 update, you can use the pressure-sensitive pad...
  • Sprint (almost) fixed the low video cap on its new 'All-in' plan

    Richard Lawler
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:45 pm
    This morning Sprint announced it planned to "end consumer confusion and frustration" with an "All-in" pricing plan that combined unlimited data with a two-year phone lease for $80 total. The only problem? An absurd limit capping video streams at 600K...
  • Smart software fixes bugs by 'borrowing' from other apps

    Jon Fingas
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    The days of waiting anxiously for bug fixes (assuming they come at all) might soon be over. MIT developers have built a system, CodePhage, that automatically patches flaws by borrowing features from other apps. The tool scans apps to see how they per...
  • YouTube app for Android and iOS now supports 60 FPS playback

    Andrew Tarantola
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Google's been systematically rolling out high frame rate (HFR) video -- that's 60 frames per second -- across its YouTube ecosystem for a couple of months now. HFR debuted on standard videos last October. It hit YT's live streaming service in May and...
  • The Olympus Air lens camera can be yours for $300

    Edgar Alvarez
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Nearly five months after introducing its Air lens camera in Japan, Olympus is finally ready to bring it to the US. The AIR A01, as it's officially named, is a shooter that attaches to and pairs with your smartphone or tablet -- in similar fashion to ...
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  • 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…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
  • Your Basic Lighting Kit: A Spin Around the Block

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I have been photographing dancers for several years now as part of my affiliation with the local arts council. The results were catch-as-catch-can, mostly because of the limitations of flash recycle time, timing, and my not really knowing what to expect from them nor when to expect it. But a little trick I tried last week changed everything. Read more »
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  • Atomos releases AtomOS6.4 firmware upgrade for Shogun recorder

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Video production tool maker Atomos has announced the release of AtomOS6.4, a significant firmware update for its Shogun video monitor and recorder. The update includes a number of useful features, including anamorphic de-squeezing that supports the Panasonic GH4's new anamorphic video mode. Read more
  • DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z3+

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The Xperia Z3+ is the international version of the Japan-only Xperia Z4. On paper, it's only a minor upgrade over the predecessor Xperia Z3. The 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor and F2.0 25mm equiv. lens are shared with the previous model. Despite having the same specs, camera performance is improved and nabs the Z3+ DxOMark's third place ranking. Read more
  • Olympus brings its Air lens-style connected camera to US

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Olympus is bringing its connected 'Air' camera to the US. Announced in Japan earlier this year and shown off previously in concept form, the Air consists of a 16MP Four Thirds sensor and Micro Four Thirds lens mount and uses your smartphone or tablet screen as its display. It's similar in spirit to the Sony Alpha QX1 but with a smaller body, Bluetooth connectivity and several unique shooting modes. Read more
  • Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    As capable cameras get smaller, photographers and camera bags have adapted to hold these systems. Camera supports have evolved as well - enter the mini tripod, a class of legs and head that can hold up tiny cameras and flashes, but is also strong enough to support full-sized gear. In this group test we look at five such tripods. Which one should you take on your next hike? Read more
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV added to studio test scene comparison

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    UPDATED: We've added low light results to our studio test for the RX100 IV. Sony's latest RX100, the Cyber-shot RX100 IV, brings the manufacturer's stacked CMOS sensor design to the 1"-type sensor size for the first time. The 20MP chip, also in the Cyber-shot RX10 II, pushes all the pixel circuitry onto a separate layer, creating room for high-speed processing within the chip. See how it performs in our studio test scene. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Using the new Dehaze slider on Fireworks (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    This tip comes courtesy of one of our readers (thanks Randy F.) who pointed out in a comment here last Friday that the new Dehaze slider just added to Lightroom CC works pretty darn well for removing haze from Fireworks, and with July 4th coming up, I thought it was a perfect tip for today. I have noticed that the slider is much more effective (no pun intended) on images still in RAW format, versus those in JPEG (I did a comparison on the same file in RAW vs an exported JPEG and it’s a pretty wide difference). So, keep this up your sleeve for the Independence Day post-processing. Hope…
  • Results from Friday’s “Lightroom Mobile Use” Survey (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Here’s the results from Friday’s one-question survey about your use of Lightroom on your mobile devices. I’m saw some comments here, and over on my Facebook page and Twitter where some folks didn’t realize that it’s now available on Android tablets and phones, so if you didn’t realize it, it’s time to go download it and give it a whirl. Interesting to note: A margin of only 8% separates the “You bet!” response from “Not interested at all” crowd, which I thought was a bit surprising, until I read some of the comments here about…
  • Got a Quick Sec For a One-Question Lightroom Survey? (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – I’m back from vacation (took some time off for a trip with the family before my son heads off for college). Would you mind taking a quick survey about your use (or non-use) of the Mobile version of Lightroom? Aww, thanks…you are awesome (and here’s the link): Lightroom Mobile Survey Hope you all have an awesome Lightroom-infused weekend (I’m doing a fashion shoot today for a KelbyOne online class, and I’ll be tethering into Lightroom and using Lightroom mobile so the Art Director can see my shots live on an iPad during the shoot). Best, -Scott…
  • Quick workflow tip (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I like to have as much room for images in my Lightroom panels, and so I will hide my side panels, but sometimes you want to jump from one folder to another in either the Library or Develop module. You can easily do that if you have the Filmstrip open at the bottom. Simple Right-click on the black bar of the Filmstrip to bring up a new menu that has a list of your recent folders amongst other things. Right click brings up more options menu Now the key is to click on the black bar, not the dark gray one just above it. That won’t do anything for you. Remember black bar will go far……
  • Dual Monitor Conundrum (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So I thought I would share with you a little snag I ran into with Lightroom in the hopes that it can save you some embarrassment in the future. Here is the scenario… I am in Lightroom going through my grid of images and I need to update a couple of images so I right click on the little Exclamation Icon in the upper right. I happen to notice in the drop down menu one of the options is “Lock to Second Monitor.” Well, since I had my Macbook hooked up to my Wacom Cintiq, I thought “sure, let’s see what happens.” Curiosity can be dangerous. :D It did just about…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Beats 1 Radio Accepting Song Requests from Listeners

    Juli Clover
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    One of the upcoming segments on Beats 1 radio is called "Requests," and it appears this broadcast will feature songs that have been requested from Beats 1 listeners around the world. According to a tweet from the Beats 1 Twitter account, users can request a song by calling in to the station. The Apple Music Tumblr site has a page that's dedicated to requests, listing phone numbers around the world for listeners to call to request a song. In the United States, the number for making a request is 1-310-299-8756, or 1-877-720-6293 for toll free. Hi - In a few hours we turn the show over to…
  • Getting Started With Apple Music and Beats 1 on iOS, Mac and PC

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    Today marks the official worldwide launch of Apple Music, a subscription-based streaming music service and Spotify rival for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and, later this year, Apple TV and Android. Apple Music, arguably the company's biggest music initiative since opening the iTunes Store in 2003, requires updating to iOS 8.4 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or downloading iTunes 12.2 for Mac and PC. Apple Music Apple Music is an all-in-one streaming music service, live global radio station and social platform for artists to connect with fans. The service costs $9.99 per month, the…
  • Review: Casetify's $70 Apple Watch Bands Can Be Customized With Any Design

    Juli Clover
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Casetify, a company that makes customizable iPhone, iPad, and MacBook cases, has also begun selling Apple Watch bands, which can be printed with any design. Available for both the 38 and 42mm Apple Watches and in two finishes, bands can be customized with photographs or artwork or ordered from Casetify's pre-designed artist collection. Fit Casetify's Apple Watch bands are made from polycarbonate and are closest in nature to the Apple Watch Sport bands. I've been wearing a 38mm Casetify Apple Watch band for just over a week and while it is comfortable, the material of the band is not as soft,…
  • Disney Launches 'Disney GIF' Keyboard on iOS for Easy GIF Sharing

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Disney today announced the launch of its own GIF app, called Disney GIF, that will act as a keyboard extension and allow users to share a huge back catalogue of Disney- and Pixar-themed GIFs in Message, email, and various social networks (via TechCrunch). With today's launch, the app includes over 200 GIFs, with the company promising more to be added as time goes by. GIFs ready at launch include moments from films like Frozen, The Lion King, and the newly-released Pixar feature Inside Out. The app will also feature content from studios owned under the Disney corporate umbrella, with GIFs from…
  • Reserve Strap to Offer 30 Hours of Extra Apple Watch Battery Life, Launching in November

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Reserve Strap this week released the official design specifications of its battery-charging Apple Watch band accessory, confirming a shipping date for the $249.99 strap to be November 3, 2015. Since its debut in early March, the Reserve Strap has gone through two design iterations, with developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow attempting to get the look -- and functionality -- just right. The strap's finalized design comes in with a width of 25mm, a thickness of 3-9mm, and a total weight of 65g. The designers have also ditched the rubber and metallic combination design of the Reserve…
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    CNN Travel

  • Airline fees we love to hate

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Now that JetBlue started charging for bags, Southwest Airlines will be the only major U.S. airline not tacking on additional luggage feesTags: baggageairlinesairline fees
  • Fears raised as 'one third' of China's Great Wall disappears

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Built to defend an empire, parts of the Great Wall of China are crumbling so badly they need someone to leap to their defenseTags: Great Wall of Chinahistorical travelhistorical sites
  • How to be a Hong Kong local: 10 tips for faking it

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
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