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  • How to get a Rubik’s Cube in a bottle [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Looking for that perfect retro '80s piece to accent your decor? Then a Rubik's Cube in a bottle is the way to go. The post How to get a Rubik’s Cube in a bottle [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Jack Sparrow took a break from piracy to visit sick children at a hospital

    Jeff Leeson
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Jack Sparrow may be a traitorous drunkard on set, but he has a heart of gold when he's off. Johnny Depp took a break from filming the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Tuesday to visit children in treatment at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. See also: Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow reveal juicy tidbits in 'Never Have I Ever' game The actor showed up in full Jack Sparrow garb, delighting the youths with hugs as well as posing for selfies. Depp then did an interview for Juiced TV — a show made by the children in treatment Lady Cilento…
  • Amazon To Face Lawsuit Over Questionable Search Results

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    Pavithra Mohan
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    An appeals court has ruled in favor of a watch company that claims Amazon's search results could be misleading customers.Ever been stumped by the breadth of brands displayed in Amazon's search results? An appeals court thinks you might have reason to be: On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled in favor of a Los Angeles-based watch company that claims the e-commerce company is confusing customers with its search results, according to Reuters.Read Full Story
  • US-Indian Big Data Firm Axtria Lands $30M To Help Businesses Make Better Decisions

    Jon Russell
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
     Axtria, a big data company that helps business make better, more informed decisions, has closed a $30 million Series C funding round to expand its services into new verticals and grow its global customer base. Read More
  • Templates for organic and viral growth

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    Each of these examples is different, but they all share common traits. Invent a connection venue or format, but give up some control. Show it can be done, but don't insist that it be done precisely the same way you did it. Establish a cultural norm. Get out of the way... Crossfit EDM shows Do Lectures The Girl Scouts Airbnb listings No kill shelters Vertical TEDx's Meetup events Night basketball Farmers' markets Rock climbing gyms Alcoholics Anonymous Ultimate frisbee leagues Independent record stores Grateful Dead cover bands True Value hardware stores Habitat for Humanity chapters…
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  • How to get a Rubik’s Cube in a bottle [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Looking for that perfect retro '80s piece to accent your decor? Then a Rubik's Cube in a bottle is the way to go. The post How to get a Rubik’s Cube in a bottle [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Japan has answered America’s giant robot duel challenge [video]

    Josh Urich
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A few weeks ago, we showed you a video challenge issued by some American engineers to Japanese engineers: the Americans challenged the Japanese to a giant robot duel. Here's the Japanese response. The post Japan has answered America’s giant robot duel challenge [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The anatomy of a perfect checkout page [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    There's no point in selling your wares on the Internet unless the buying process is easy for customers to navigate. The post The anatomy of a perfect checkout page [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why the lightsaber fights in Star Wars I-III were so bad [video]

    Josh Urich
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Star Wars prequels went down in the annals of movie history as embarrassments. One reason for this was the terrible fight scenes. Why were they so bad? This video breaks it down. The post Why the lightsaber fights in Star Wars I-III were so bad [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Italian grandmas try Olive Garden [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you're a big fan of Olive Garden, you may want to think twice before watching this video. If you're dubious about the OG, though, you'll enjoy these Italian grandmas criticisms. There is some foul language, so be warned. The post Italian grandmas try Olive Garden [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Jack Sparrow took a break from piracy to visit sick children at a hospital

    Jeff Leeson
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Jack Sparrow may be a traitorous drunkard on set, but he has a heart of gold when he's off. Johnny Depp took a break from filming the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Tuesday to visit children in treatment at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. See also: Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow reveal juicy tidbits in 'Never Have I Ever' game The actor showed up in full Jack Sparrow garb, delighting the youths with hugs as well as posing for selfies. Depp then did an interview for Juiced TV — a show made by the children in treatment Lady Cilento…
  • Elon Musk: rocket failure was a 'huge blow' to SpaceX

    Miriam Kramer
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    BOSTON, Mass. — SpaceX engineers still aren't exactly sure what caused the company's Falcon 9 rocket to disintegrate minutes after it launched on an uncrewed mission to the International Space Station on June 28, Elon Musk, the company's founder, said Tuesday. This failure marks Falcon 9's first major accident in 19 total launches. This disintegration has caused some people to question SpaceX's ability to accomplish some of the hugely ambitious goals — like creating a fleet of reusable rockets and going to Mars — that are integral to the company's long-term plans to make…
  • F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collide in midair in South Carolina

    Brian Ries
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Federal officials say an F-16 fighter jet and a small plane have collided in midair in South Carolina. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday that the fighter jet collided with a Cessna C150 around 11 a.m. The collision happened about 11 miles north of Charleston. See also: Can an onboard hacker really make a plane fly sideways? Defense officials tell ABC News that fighter jet is Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. and the pilot ejected safely. Witnesses who saw the crash described seeing a "ball of fire" after the collision, which sent pieces…
  • Someone found a hilarious list of BBC 'matters of taste' regulations from the 1940s

    Charlie Mock
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    LONDON — A filmmaker has shared a hilarious insight into life at the BBC in the 1940s. Samantha Horley found what appears to be a list of guidelines given to producers and writers of light entertainment in 1948 amongst her dad's personal belongings. The document once belonged to Horley's aunt who worked for the BBC for a number of years. The "matters of taste" memo she posted on Twitter, apparently from the BBC archives, covers company policy on vulgarity, and informs contributors that there is "an absolute ban" on jokes about lavatories or "effeminacy in men", and well as references to…
  • Guitar signed by Grateful Dead raises $526,000 for charity

    Matt Petronzio
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    Bill Rathburn of Dallas, Texas, walked away with a piece of music history last weekend. Rathburn, a devoted fan of the Grateful Dead, scored something that most Deadheads dream of. At a charity auction during the set break for the Grateful Dead's final "Fare Thee Well" show in Chicago on Sunday, Rathburn purchased a one-of-a-kind D'Angelico EX-DC electric guitar signed by original band members Rob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman. The guitar's back featured the band's iconic skull logo with the number 50, and the words "Fare Thee Well." See also: Love, unity and Jerry Garcia:…
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  • Amazon To Face Lawsuit Over Questionable Search Results

    Pavithra Mohan
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    An appeals court has ruled in favor of a watch company that claims Amazon's search results could be misleading customers.Ever been stumped by the breadth of brands displayed in Amazon's search results? An appeals court thinks you might have reason to be: On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled in favor of a Los Angeles-based watch company that claims the e-commerce company is confusing customers with its search results, according to Reuters.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Wants To Celebrate Your Birthday Too

    Pavithra Mohan
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    With balloons. Lots and lots of balloons (and targeted ads). #HBDToday in Twitter wants to be the new Facebook: The microblogging platform would like to help ring in your birthday.Read Full Story
  • Behold: Shake Shack Unveils The ChickenShack

    Sarah Lawson
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    And a happy Tuesday to you.After months of rumors that Danny Meyer's burger empire would unveil a new chicken sandwich, Shake Shack finally confirmed the mouthwatering details: The ChickenShack goes on sale today at Shake Shack's three Brooklyn locations.Read Full Story
  • The App Economy's Newest Challenge: Making Parking Less Painful

    Glenn Fleishman
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Services that help drivers stow their cars more easily—and often more cheaply—are expanding like mad.If there's anything in the world all right-thinking people can agree on, it's that death is inevitable, and finding and paying for parking is horrible—so horrible, we may long for the former in search of the latter. While there are an estimated 100 to 200 million commercial parking spots in the U.S., plus about 10% to 20% of that number in on-street metered spaces, fitting cars that need a space into available slots seems intractable, like a physics experiment gone awry.Read Full Story
  • Artist Olafur Eliasson On How Urban Design Impacts Our Psyche

    Diana Budds
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    "City planning has been way too pragmatic for a long time."From a distance Cirkelbroen (circle bridge) on Christianshavns canal in Copenhagen, Denmark, takes on the guise of illuminated ships. Created by artist Olafur Eliasson and set to open on August 22, the bridge is the last link needed to make the entire perimeter of the city's harbor accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. We are coming to the end of an era where pragmatics govern the organization of public space. Read Full Story
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  • US-Indian Big Data Firm Axtria Lands $30M To Help Businesses Make Better Decisions

    Jon Russell
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
     Axtria, a big data company that helps business make better, more informed decisions, has closed a $30 million Series C funding round to expand its services into new verticals and grow its global customer base. Read More
  • GoPro And Red Bull Should Merge And Become A Full-Time Media Company

    Romain Dillet
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
     Yesterday, GoPro unveiled its latest flagship action camera, the GoPro Hero4 Session. As always, the company released a long video packed with great shots of extreme sports. But two things struck me — nearly every athlete in this video features a Red Bull logo on their gear, and producing videos like this one could become a lucrative business. The two companies should consider merging… Read More
  • Rocket Internet’s GFC Backs Yet-To-Launch Real Estate Investment Platform BrickVest

    Steve O'Hear
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
     In a move that feels fairly unusual, Global Founders Capital (GFC), the venture capital arm of German startup factory and e-commerce behemoth Rocket Internet, has invested in a startup before it’s even launched. Read More
  • Showtime’s Over-The-Top Streaming Service Goes Live

    Sarah Perez
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
     Showtime’s recently announced over-the-top streaming service aimed at cord cutters has now gone live. The service, which provides on-demand access to the network’s content as well as live TV feeds, is priced at $10.99 for those who purchase a subscription directly for use on Apple mobile devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, as well as Apple TV, Roku and PlayStation Vue. Read More
  • LANDR Drums Up $6.2 Million To Master Music With Big Data

    Christine Magee
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
     For every musician who’s ever wanted their SoundCloud track to sound like it was produced by Timbaland, LANDR, a startup applying big data analytics to music mastering, has raised $6.2 million to build just the tool. Warner Music Group led the Series A round, joined by previous investors Real Ventures and YUL Ventures. Rapper and record producer Nas, Plus Eight Private Equity (a… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Templates for organic and viral growth

    Seth Godin
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    Each of these examples is different, but they all share common traits. Invent a connection venue or format, but give up some control. Show it can be done, but don't insist that it be done precisely the same way you did it. Establish a cultural norm. Get out of the way... Crossfit EDM shows Do Lectures The Girl Scouts Airbnb listings No kill shelters Vertical TEDx's Meetup events Night basketball Farmers' markets Rock climbing gyms Alcoholics Anonymous Ultimate frisbee leagues Independent record stores Grateful Dead cover bands True Value hardware stores Habitat for Humanity chapters…
  • Comparison, escalation and the golf clap

    Seth Godin
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    We've all encountered a tepid group, an audience that won't make noise, a bunch of disaffected students, or perhaps the distracted masses. Cat taught me this trick, which gives great insight into human nature. "Can everyone give me a golf clap, a level one clap, a quiet, polite amount of applause?" Of course, everyone can do this. This is risk-free, enthusiasm-free and easier to do than not. "Okay, what does level two sound like? Can you take it up a notch?" And within a minute, she's created a level-ten tsunami of sound. Comparison and escalation are at the heart of what makes our culture…
  • Interesting

    Seth Godin
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    If you think about it, there's generally no correlation between how much something cost to make and how interesting it is. There are boring movies that bomb... and that cost $100mm to make. And the sound of a crying infant in the next room costs nothing at all, but it certainly gains your attention. A video made for free can go viral, and we'll happily ignore an ad campaign that cost a million or more to make. So, if money isn't related to interestingness, why do we worry so much about spending more on the media we create? Over-the-top production values are sometimes a place to hide. It's…
  • Embellishments

    Seth Godin
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    What are they for? Absolutely nothing. Well, that's not true. The fact that they aren't directly related to what you're trying to deliver is precisely why they exist. The 'nothingness' of their value is why they are valuable. An embellishment, a garnish, a filligree... it exists because it means you took a little extra time, you cared enough to add some beauty or rhythm to the thing you brought me. As soon as we can afford it, as soon as we care, we pay extra for beauty.        
  • "All other difficulties are of minor importance"

    Seth Godin
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:48 am
    The Wright Brothers decided to solve the hardest problem of flight first. It's so tempting to work on the fun, the urgent or even the controversial parts of a problem.  There are really good reasons to do the hard part first, though. In addition to not wasting time in meetings about logos, you'll end up getting the rest of your design right if you do the easy parts last.        
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  • Volvo Kills the Passenger Seat to Make Room for Baby

    Jordan Golson
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    In a new concept, Volvo has ripped out the front passenger seat in favor of a permanent child seat. The post Volvo Kills the Passenger Seat to Make Room for Baby appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Bit of Barf Can Teach Us Lots About Self-Driving Cars

    Alex Davies
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The great design challenge for autonomous driving is not making the seats super cushy or finding new ways to use touchscreens. The post A Bit of Barf Can Teach Us Lots About Self-Driving Cars appeared first on WIRED.
  • How Brazil Designed Its Shapeshifting Olympic Torch

    Liz Stinson
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In 2016, Rio will host the Olympics, and its torch will be carried by 12,000 people. The post How Brazil Designed Its Shapeshifting Olympic Torch appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Life of an Internet Catfish Is Rough These Days

    Molly McHugh
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Really, watching the progression of the reality TV show Catfish is like watching the progression of the Internet. We’re all less naive. The post The Life of an Internet Catfish Is Rough These Days appeared first on WIRED.
  • Inside the Nuclear Bunker Where America Preserves Its Movie History

    Bryan Gardiner
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    With well over a million visual recordings in its collection and tens of thousands more coming in every week, the Packard Institute is a hoarder's dream. The post Inside the Nuclear Bunker Where America Preserves Its Movie History appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 31DBBB Podcast Challenge: Write a Link Post (And Why You Should!)

    Darren Rowse
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is it! Day Seven of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog podcast series – you made it through the first week! If you missed an episode here they are: Welcome to the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge Day 1: Create An Elevator Pitch For Your Blog Day 2: Write a List Post Day 3: Promote Your Blog Day 4: Analyse another Blog Day 5: Email one of Your Readers Day 6: Get Your Blog Mobile Friendly But back to today which is another writing challenge, which by the end of the month, should help you define what kinds of posts you like to write and what appeals to your readers.
  • ProBlogger Podcast: The Benefits of Your Blog Being Mobile-Friendly

    Darren Rowse
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Today is Day 6 in our 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge There’s no denying it – the time has come where you’re going to lose traffic if your blog is not optimised for mobile viewing. Whether that dip in traffic is due to Google penalising non-mobile-friendly sites by not featuring their content in mobile search results thanks to their “Mobile Friendly Update” (otherwise known as Mobilegeddon), or because your reader isn’t having a pleasant reading experience and will click away to another blog where they do, you may never know. But the time is now to…
  • 31DBBB Day Five Challenge: Email a Blog Reader

    Darren Rowse
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Welcome to day 5 in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge. You can find today’s challenge here. There’s nothing like a personal touch in any kind of business, and that includes blogging. When service goes above and beyond, or when a blogger takes the time to notice and acknowledge their readers, it can result in ongoing loyalty and goodwill. In the early days of my blog I would always email readers who left a comment to thank them and let them know I’d responded. It was always met with surprise and gratitude, and I know to this day some of those commenters still…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Reading other Blogs like This

    Darren Rowse
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It’s day 4 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog where today’s challenge is to take a little time to do something that I wrote about last year that has the potential to transform your blogging! And what is it, you ask? Today you’re going to be analysing another blog It’s as simple as that, and it really only takes 10-15 minutes, if that’s all you have to spare. It really does help you see what’s happening in your niche, where your blog fits, and maybe where you can fill a gap or do something better based on what others are doing or not doing. In today’s…
  • Blog Promotion Strategies: How to Think Outside the Square

    Darren Rowse
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    It’s day three of our thirty one day challenge! How are you feeling? Pumped? Motivated? Ready to shake up your blog and your routine during these 31 days? We’ve already covered nailing your elevator pitch and how to create a super-shareable list post, and today it’s all about getting yourself off your blog to promote it and find some readers. “Build it and they will come“, you think? That is really not the case with blogging. You need to put your blog where people will read it. In today’s podcast we discuss doing just that – how, where, and why to…
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  • Start Your Day Off Right with the SAVERS Morning Routine

    Melanie Pinola
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    The way you start your morning can make or break the rest of your day . The SAVERS acronymn reminds us of six habits or rituals that can improve our morning routines.Read more...
  • This DIY Wall-Mounted Swing Arm Keeps Your TV or Monitor Off the Bench

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Most modern workshops already have tons of tools, and space is at a premium. If you like to keep a computer monitor or TV in your workshop, build this swing-out monitor arm to raise your display away from the dirt and dust on your work table.Read more...
  • I often hear from car consumers who think they have resolved their legal problems on their own but a

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    I often hear from car consumers who think they have resolved their legal problems on their own but are stuck on one last detail: The manufacturer or dealer won’t pay up. The problem? If the settlement offer isn’t in writing, it probably isn’t real [Jalopnik ]. Read more...
  • How to Configure Windows 10 to Protect Your Privacy

    Eric Ravenscraft
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    When you first get a new Windows computer (or set up an old one), you might be focused on downloading your favorite apps and transferring your files. This is also a good time to configure your machine to protect your privacy.Read more...
  • Take One of These One-Tank Road Trips from 13 Major US Cities

    Kristin Wong
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    A road trip can be a decent alternative to an expensive vacation. But gas prices can make your trip surprisingly expensive, depending on how far away your destination city is. Smarter Travel put together a list of road trips from 13 major cities that’ll only cost you one tank of gas.Read more...
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  • Apple Watch Demand Slides Significantly in June as Launch Momentum Wanes

    Joe Rossignol
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Apple Watch sales in the United States appear to have slowed down significantly in June based on new data that research firm Slice Intelligence shared with MarketWatch. Following a steep decline in the days after Apple Watch pre-orders commenced, which is to be expected of any product, daily U.S. sales remained relatively stable through May before experiencing a large drop-off last month as launch momentum begins to wane. The report claims that Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 watches per day in the United States, and fewer than 10,000 on certain days, while the logarithmic chart above…
  • Tim Cook Named to Duke University's Board of Trustees on Six-Year Term

    Joe Rossignol
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of eight new board of trustee members at his alma mater Duke University, where he earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988, the school announced today. Cook began serving his six-year term on July 1 and will assist the governing body in determining Duke University's educational mission and fiscal policies. Tim Cook speaking at Duke University in April 2013 The other new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben.
  • Apple's First Retail Store in Queens, New York Opens July 11

    Joe Rossignol
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    Apple has announced that its first retail store in Queens, New York, located at the Queens Center shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood, will have its grand opening on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM local time. The new Apple Store at 90-15 Queens Boulevard will be open between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM on Monday-Saturday and between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Sunday. Apple's first retail store in Queens will mark its eighth location in New York City, with six existing locations in Manhattan and one in Staten Island. Apple is also planning to open its first retail store in Brooklyn, having signed…
  • 'Hacking Team' Data Breach Confirms Firm's Ability to Infiltrate Jailbroken iPhones

    Husain Sumra
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team experienced a data breach earlier today, resulting in 400 GB of its documents being leaked onto the Internet, reports The Guardian. The documents confirm Hacking Team's ability to infiltrate and monitor jailbroken iPhones on behalf of government law enforcement agencies like the NSA, as noted by Macworld. Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals…
  • Apple Working to Add Home Sharing for Music in iOS 9

    Juli Clover
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    With the release of iOS 8.4 and the new built-in Apple Music service, Apple removed Home Sharing for music on iOS devices, a move that many Home Sharing users have been upset about. It was unclear if Home Sharing for music would be re-added in the future, but according to iTunes chief Eddy Cue, Apple is planning to add Home Sharing to iOS 9. In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." Wording in the release notes for the last iOS 8.4 beta suggested that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently…
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  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • 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…
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  • How to Price Your Product so Your Prospect Says Yes (Yes!)

    Sean D'Souza
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    It was the year 2003. I was in Australia speaking at my first marketing conference. Well, not quite. It was billed as a marketing conference, but it was really a pitch-fest. The speakers delivered their speeches, and then sold their products from the podium. And there was one speaker who literally got people pushing and shoving each other to get his product. So what caused all the pushing and shoving? The “yes-yes” system It’s a concept called the “yes-yes” system. When you’re selling anything to your audience, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve got a…
  • Darren Rowse on the Intersection of Blogging and Digital Commerce

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We know about the power of content marketing to build audiences, inform what products and services to develop, and ultimately connect the two together. And whether you call it blogging or not, text remains a cornerstone of the online content mix. Darren Rowse is one of Brian Clark’s favorite people. Darren has been an inspiration to Brian, they’ve been business partners, and the two remain good friends. At Digital Photography School, Darren’s built what amounts to a case study in digital commerce and community — and it brings in seven figures in revenue, as well. Nothing happens…
  • A Productive, 3-Step Path to Follow When an Editor Rejects Your Writing

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    When a publication does not want to publish your writing, what is the best way to proceed? This week on Editor-in-Chief, you’ll learn a productive way to take action after an editor rejects your writing. Here is yet another way to become the Editor-in-Chief of the content you produce. In this 18-minute episode of Editor-in-Chief, host Stefanie Flaxman discusses: Trusting an editor and trusting yourself Why the nicest, hard-working people still get rejected Why we love stories of perseverance How to move past Fantasy Land and become responsive to reality How unproductive it is to take…
  • All Great Writing Boils Down to These 4 Emotional Appeals

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Great writers write to the emotions of their readers. And they focus on just four emotional appeals. The appeal is the reason you give the reader to read, subscribe, donate, share, or buy. And the appeal is almost always expressed in the headline. John Caples, in his book Tested Advertising Methods (a must-read for any copywriter), says that all effective advertising boils down to an effective appeal. In this 6-minute episode of Rough Draft with Demian Farnworth, you’ll discover the top four: Appeal one is for people who don’t want to be lonely, want to get married, and want their…
  • 5 Ways a Penalty Can Dramatically Improve Your Call To Action

    Demian Farnworth
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the best ways to ruin a truly great sales letter is to not ask for action. The second best way is to include a call to action without a penalty. Indeed, not all calls to action are the same, but a strong call to action is typically: singular visible promising clear about what happens next brimming with trust elements It also has: a distinct button to click a trial period a guarantee When it comes to getting people to do what you want them to do, there are two ways to ensure this will happen. First, make the offer so irresistible your prospect feels like a fool for saying no. Second,…
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  • Expect your local Apple Store's accessory selection to get smaller

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover—literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.Expect accessories to appear in new packaging as soon as next week. 9to5Mac reports that Apple just notified its retail employees about the overhaul. Products from partner companies will appear in Apple’s signature clean, white boxes with higher-quality product photos, Apple’s preferred fonts, and clearer compatibility…
  • Apple confirms it's trying to fix Home Sharing for iOS 9

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    iOS 8.4 users who’ve relied on Home Sharing to stream their music from a Mac will have to wait until at least iOS 9 to get the feature working again.Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. While Apple flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue,” the company didn’t say when it might bring the feature back.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please…
  • The expectation game: Subjectively dismissing the Apple Watch

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Thinking of writing a piece about how the Apple Watch has let us all down? It’s easy! Just type up your opinions as fact.Writing for the Forbes contributor network and broken-down animatronic bear jamboree, Chander Chawla explains “Why Apple Watch And Fitbit Will Not Meet Expectations” (no link, but a tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody)Whose expectations? These and many other questions — such as “What did we do to deserve reading this?” — will never get answered. A lot of activity has taken place in the wearable devices (wearables) world in the last few weeks… Apple Watch…
  • Shazam and SoundCloud release big updates to take on Apple Music

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Spotify may have been the one company caught in Cupertino’s crosshairs with Apple Music, but other music services haven’t been playing it safe. Following the launch of Apple Music on June 30, SoundCloud and Shazam updated their iOS apps with social and listening features to better compete in the increasingly crowded mobile music market. Meanwhile, other services like SoundHound opted for creating a seamless integration with Apple Music. Last week the SoundCloud app added a “play related tracks” option to boost its music discovery efforts. SoundCloud users can now create a stream of…
  • How Apple Music could launch the iPod's comeback

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    The iPod was Apple’s original rock star. Back before the iPhone became a global sensation and the iPad led the post-PC revolution, the iPod was the device generating long lines and record-breaking sales. Apple’s annual music event–where the latest in iPod technology was unveiled to much fanfare–created enough buzz to sustain sales for the next 12 months, and its popularity was such that it created a so-called halo effect that spurred sales of Apple’s other products, namely iMacs and iBooks. Even when its would-be assassin was announced at Macworld San Francisco, Steve Jobs stressed…
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  • What Google Got Right With Its Carpooling Service

    Gregory Ferenstein
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Google is reportedly jumping into the ride-sharing business. According to Haaretzthe search giant is launching a pilot carpooling service in three Israeli cities on top of Waze, its popular driving directions app. The service, RideWith, allows passengers to join fellow residents on their commutes. Google is expected to take a small 15% fee. Google is careful not to bill it as a competitor to Uber, which has run afoul of protesters in places like France and South Africa, not to mention major American cities. Unlike Uber, Google limits trips to two per day, so drivers don't make a living…
  • Amazon's New Cloud Drive Apps Want Your Photos And Files

    David Nield
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Amazon just added Cloud Drive apps for iOS to accompany the Android versions it released at the end of June. Users can now view files and folders from mobile devices, just like they can from the desktop, putting Amazon's service more in line with the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. It's all part of an increasingly frenetic land grab to store consumers' data online—the big names are cutting prices and expanding services to get photos, music, video and more into their respective "clouds" and off people's devices. See also: The Cloud Wars Are Great For Consumers But A…
  • Google’s Project Jacquard Aims To Make "Activewear" A Reality

    Brian P. Rubin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Most wearable devices are passive. They read data, then spit it back out at you with a buzz on your wrist, or—if they’re really good—via an app that can actually interpret what that data means. But aside from a few simple controls for music or answering a connected phone, wearables have yet to truly make the leap from absorbing data to providing meaningful ways for users to control the world around them.That problem is especially pronounced for wearables made of fabric rather than plastic, says Nick Langston, head of the Wearables Lab at TE Connectivity. “Today, what’s been going on…
  • Peter Thiel’s Advice For Entrepreneurs And Investors In 2 Quotes

    Gregory Ferenstein
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Early Facebook investor and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel revealed two key pieces of advice he tends to give aspiring entrepreneurs and investors this week at the Atlantic Aspen Ideas Festival. They can be distilled into two simple concepts, starting with this tip for investors : Watch out for  buzzwords. If there are too many buzzwords in a presentation, that’s always a warning sign … Big data,…
  • Rust Never Sleeps: How Mozilla Could Become Cool Again

    Matt Asay
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Mozilla has seen better days. Once it offered a serious competitive threat to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Today, Mozilla's Firefox squeaks into third place with just 12% market share of desktop browsers, according to NetMarketShare, and is worse than a rounding error among mobile browsers. Other projects, like Mozilla Thunderbird, are even less relevant. See also: What Mozilla's WebAssembly Means: More Powerful Web AppsWhich is why the group's Rust programming language is so surprising—and potentially industry changing. Hatched by Mozilla employee Graydon Hoare…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Beyond The Boring: The Hunt For The Web’s Lost Soul

    Joshua Johnson
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    Has web design lost its soul? And is responsive design to blame? These questions, posed by my friend and colleague Noah Stokes1, are provocative to say the least. After all, the responsive web has made browsing on our ever increasing collection of Internet-connected screens not only possible, but enjoyable. Our priority as designers must be to solve problems; perhaps more than anything else, this is what we do. Responsive web design is a fantastic solution to the problem of creating virtual experiences that adapt to different devices. There are other problems out there that we’re called…
  • Freebie: Smashicons Icon Set (500 Icons, 4 Styles, AI, PSD, Sketch)

    The Smashing Editorial
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Today, we’re happy to release a very large icon set: the freebie contains 500 icons in four editable variants: outlined, solid, webby and flat, covering all sorts of various categories. The icons allow you to customize the stroke width and style, not to mention that you can change the color of the elements. They’re carefully crafted on a 60px grid which gives each icon consistency and crispness on all displays. Smashicons come in several styles. The AI and Sketch formats come in four styles: outline for mobile use; solid for hover state; webby for web; and flat for any creative…
  • Think Fast! Using Heuristics To Increase Use Of Your Product

    Victor Yocco
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    People have many tough decisions to make; whether they should use your application or website to accomplish a task shouldn’t be one of them. Your design team can take advantage of our knowledge of the human mind and human behavior by accounting for a number of heuristics, or mental shortcuts, that researchers have identified. You might be familiar with the term “heuristic” from the UX research method of heuristic evaluation. A heuristic evaluation involves experts evaluating the interface and interactions of a system based on accepted usability best practices. Forget about that for now.
  • 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…
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Field Report on Canon’s New 11-24mm f/4 Zoom

    Brad Moore
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Ever since I first heard this lens was coming (and that seems like forever ago), I have just dying to get my hands on it. For past year or so I had been relying on my 16-35mm, but then I got a Canon 14mm prime lens and fell in love with it, but the thought of having a zoom that goes all the way out to 11mm, yet not being a fisheye, made it (at least on paper) my dream lens (photo above courtesy of B&H Photo)  We took a family vacation just a couple of weeks ago and I got Canon to loan me one for the trip so I could do a field test, and see if it was all it was cracked up to be. Right…
  • Firework, Friends and a Forgotten Camera

    Scott Kelby
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, I had planned to swing by the office and pick up a camera body, a lens, my tripod and a cable release, but we were having a busy family day and we wound up at my brother’s condo (a 4th of July family tradition) without a camera. His condo overlooks the bridge leading to Clearwater Beach, Florida and his balcony has a great view of the fireworks, and since this was Clearwater’s 100th anniversary, they promised the Bay Areas biggest fireworks display. All the more reason why I should have made sure I had time to swing by the office and pick up my gear. Sadly, I did not. Luckily,…
  • How to Make Awesome Fireworks Photos!

    Scott Kelby
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    s Hi Gang, and happy Friday: Tomorrow (July 4th) is a big holiday for us here in the US — it’s Independence Day — a day where all Americans celebrate their independence from Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton (shown pictured with me above. They both serve as Beefeaters in service to Her Majesty The Queen as Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary, but they are shown here in the regular street clothes, but you know and I know, those clothes are anything but regular). If…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Taming Natural Light with Erik Valind Natural light is all around us, but it is up to the photographer to control it in order to make a beautiful portrait. Join Erik Valind as he shows you how to tame that natural light, from direct noontime sun to overcast and shadowless days, and capture killer portraits with little more than just your camera and a reflector. No speedlights or strobes are required for this class. Erik teaches you about the factors that you can control, and then walks you various techniques you can use through a series of real world demonstrations, each one building on the…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gisela Calitz!

    Brad Moore
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    OBJECTIFY YOURSELF Enter my world cautiously, for all is not what it seems, and behind every image, there is always more than a single truth. We’re living in a world consumed by fear of the truth—but is there really such a thing as “the truth” anymore—especially in visual terms? It is fear of the unknown that causes people to judge and criticize—fear of an illusion created by our own experiences and teachings. One individual’s perspective may not be the same as another’s, because we process and interpret visual stimuli in a variety of ways. Thus, what is reality, if not a…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Adding an Off-Camera Flash to Create a Winning Image

    Bruce Wunderlich
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This image, titled “Star Gazers”, won Grand Prizes at the 2015 Shoot the Hills photo competition. Held in the Hocking Hills region near Logan, Ohio, this competition takes place the 3rd weekend every April. 160 photographers from several states participated this year. I initially came up with the idea for this shot over a year earlier, but my first attempt at the image failed miserably. (see below) What mistakes did I make? If I had checked the histogram I would have noticed that the image was extremely under-exposed with all the data pushed up against the left side of…
  • Deal: Portraits eBooks $7 Each [or $21 for the Whole Set of 5 eBooks]

    Darren Rowse
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Wow, we’re already up to our final offer of the sale — how the week has flown! You’re going to love this lucky last deal, it’s BIG… Our best-selling Portraits ebooks by the amazing Gina Milicia only $7 each! Covering all aspects of portrait photography, the ebooks on offer are: Portraits: Making the Shot Portraits: Lighting the Shot Portraits: Striking the Pose Portraits: After the Shot (plus 12 FREE Lightroom presets) And at just $7 each, you save an incredible 65%! Can’t stop at one? You can pick up each Portraits ebook separately for $7, or… Grab the whole set for an…
  • 7 Street Photography Rules That Should Be Broken

    James Maher
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    There is an all-too-common path that many people follow when they begin to practice street photography. They grab their camera, go to the busiest place they can find, and capture people head-on over and over again. While this is certainly something that you should do, it is not the only thing. I want to dispel a few myths about street photography to help broaden the content that you photograph. There is a wide range of ways to capture interesting street photographs for you to try. Plant, Chase Bank 1. People need to be present in the image Street photography is about people, but it does…
  • The First 3 Photoshop Blend Modes You Need to Understand

    John Davenport
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photoshop can be extremely intimidating to learn, but once you start to get a grasp on some of the tools it has to offer, you’ll wonder how you ever processed photographs without it. If there’s one area of Photoshop that is both extremely confusing, and yet, extremely powerful when harnessed properly, it’s got to be the collection of blend modes. While this article won’t cover all of the options available within Photoshop, it should give you a good place to start your journey into using Photoshop blend modes. Photoshop blend modes: a few basics to get you started…
  • Discover the Secrets to Perfectly Focused Photos [Save 50% on Jay & Varina Patel’s Focus Collection]

    Darren Rowse
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    It’s deal #6 in our mid year sale and this one is courtesy of two of our favourite photography teachers, Jay & Varina Patel. For the next 24 hours, you can save 50% off their Focus Collection — In Sharp Focus & Hyperfocal Distance! The $44.50 discount will be automatically applied when you click ‘Add to the Cart’ here. These two in-depth courses will help master your focusing techniques. You’ll learn the best practices and camera settings for getting sharp focus every time, and gain the confidence to get in close using a wide angle lens. With 15 video lessons, over 80…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Future 'Dragon Age Inquisition' add-ons are only for newer systems

    Jon Fingas
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    You know that you need the latest game consoles (or a good PC) to get better graphics and special features, but it now looks like you'll need them if you want to see a game's extended storyline, too. BioWare has quietly posted word that "all future" ...
  • Tinder adds verified profiles for people way out of your league

    Devindra Hardawar
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    Just like Twitter and Facebook, Tinder is stepping into verified profiles for "notable public figures." Those semi-celebrities will get a blue check mark on their profiles and, consequently, perhaps more attention than they'd like. Tinder announced l...
  • Sony's 1TB PS4 priced at £350 in the UK

    Nick Summers
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Sony will soon launch its 1TB PS4 in Europe and now, we've got a price-tag for the UK: £349.99. That's the same price as Microsoft's 1TB Xbox One, which should make an interesting head-to-head this autumn. To sweeten the deal, Sony will be bundling i...
  • Jolla hopes to 'focus' its mobile plans by splitting in two

    Jon Fingas
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Jolla's mobile efforts have barely begun, but it's already shaking things up by splitting into two companies. From now on, Jolla Ltd. is focused solely on developing and licensing Sailfish OS, its custom mobile platform. It's forming a new, as yet un...
  • Wave generator supplies US electrical grid for the first time

    Steve Dent
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    A prototype wave generator called Azura is supplying grid power to Hawaii, the first time such a feat has been officially verified, according to the US Department of Energy (DoE). Though it can only produce 20 kilowatts, the DoE said that similar dev...
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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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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We first became acquainted with Adam Woodworth when we featured his portfolio earlier this year. His photos capture the interplay between the earthly and the celestial, often framing the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in alignment with landscape formations. Recently, he's been trying out Nikon's D810A, the world's first full frame camera dedicated to astrophotography. See some of his photos and find out his impressions on using it. Read more
  • Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:22 pm
    We've just added some more images to our Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery. While we're working through our extensive Canon lens catalog, for this update we stuck to telephoto and portrait lenses. Check out the gallery for some portraits (including samples from the Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4) and vintage race car shots. See gallery
  • Samyang 100mm macro lenses for stills and video photographers

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Korean lens manufacturer Samyang has announced two versions of a new 100mm macro lens. The 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro is designed for stills photographers, while the 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro is aimed at those shooting video. The lenses are essentially the same internally, using 15 elements in 12 groups but the VDSLR version is fitted with an uncoupled aperture ring and gears around both aperture and focus controls. Read more
  • GoPro HERO4 Session waterproof cube-shaped camera announced

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    GoPro has introduced the HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped waterproof camera that is half the size of and 40% lighter than its other HERO4 cameras. The HERO4 Session is waterproof to a depth of 33ft/10m without requiring a separate housing and features one-button operation. Read more
  • Instagram stores higher resolution images

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    After its recent app update it seems Instagram has further improvements up its sleeve - the mobile image sharing platform has started storing higher resolution images on its servers. In the app and on the web interface images are still displayed at the smaller 640 x 640 pixel size, but a look at the website source code reveals that images are now actually stored at 1080 x 1080 pixels. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Getting a B&W Before/After of Your B&W Editing (Matt Kloskowski)
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    If you started with a color photo (which we normally would), and you converted that image to black and white, and then you edited your black and white image so it’s better than the default black and white conversion (still with me?) if you press the \ (backslash) key to see your before image it will show you the original color image. But when we’re tweaking a black and white image, what we might want (well, I always want), is to see a “before” image of the default black and white versus our tweaks, not jumping all the way back to the color image, which is kinda…
  • Revisit the past (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    So my wife was wanting me to print out some of our family pictures to hang on the wall, and so when she had made her selection of images that she wanted, I had a few of them that were just small files for display on the web, and when I went looking for the large jpeg, I could only find the RAW image. So, I had to re-edit them using the latest version of Lightroom. The difference in the two images is pretty cool when you look at the detail in the clouds and the more precise way I could brighten the faces etc… And so my tip for today is to go back to some of your favorite images or even…
  • 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…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands

    Joe Rossignol
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Tech21 today announced that its Evo Mesh Sport and Evo Elite case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available exclusively through the Apple Store and Apple Online Store. The new Evo Mesh Sport is the first iPhone case to identically match the Apple Watch sport band colors, in blue, green, pink, smokey black and white, while the new Evo Elite has a scratch-resistant aluminum finish. Both of the new Evo cases for iPhone feature Tech21's impact-absorbing material FlexShock, which is capable of withstanding drops up to 6.6 feet and is both thinner and lighter than many competing…
  • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month

    Mitchel Broussard
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Showtime today confirmed that its self-titled standalone streaming service will be released today for the Apple TV, allowing viewers to pay for Showtime's exclusive series directly without needing a cable subscription (via Re/code). First announced just over a month ago, the service will cost those interested $10.99 per month and everyone can sign up for a 30-day free trial to test the experience before subscribing. The service will cost users a few dollars less than HBO NOW's $15 streaming cost, which debuted exclusively on Apple TV earlier in the Spring. Showtime's launch today…
  • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone

    Juli Clover
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner recently revealed in an interview with Concord Monitor (via Yahoo) that he suffered from tennis elbow during the 2014-2015 NBA season, a condition that he theorized was caused by Apple's larger-screened iPhones and led to a lower-than-normal 3-point shot success rate. "Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here's my theory on how I got it," he said. "When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly…
  • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

    Mitchel Broussard
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    In the days and weeks after its launch last April, one of the biggest curiosities surrounding the Apple Watch was its tolerance to water. Thanks to a few initial tests -- from showers to high dive pools -- we now know that the Apple Watch is indeed a bit more waterproof than Apple promises, and with that in mind a few London-based iOS developers have created the "World's first swim app on the Apple Watch," and put it through its paces in a new video. Having designed a similar app for the Pebble, Ted Bradley and his team decided to take that idea -- a lapping, time, and heart rate monitoring…
  • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch

    Lory Gil
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Apple has separated its three time-based categories into separate apps on Apple Watch. This allows you to quickly access the specific feature of the timer, alarm, and stopwatch you want with just a few taps. While most of it is self-explanatory, we've got some tips for how to get the most out of each of these apps so they work the way you want, when you want. Timer The Timer app on Apple watch makes it possible for you to set a timer right from your wrist so you don't have to search out your iPhone to activate or even turn off the alert when time is up. Tap the Timer app icon on Apple Watch…
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