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  • 5 tricks to put your brand in the spotlight

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Once you’ve established a solid brand, the trick is how to make it stand out from the thousands of others crowding the field. Having a great blog is good, maintaining a consistent social media presence will keep your name out there, but what do the truly stellar brands do? Check out this Canva article by Anna Guerrero to discover the secret to finding the spotlight and basking in brand glory. 1. Build social media campaigns around new features and products. Benjamin Franklin wrote about the value of engaging content: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth…
  • A bigger logo?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. "We made this," says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, though, brands have evolved into something we want other people to see, not just us. "I bought this," says the person who wears or drinks or drives something with status. The essence of a brand with social juice, of one that matters as a label, isn't how big the logo is. No, what matters is that the buyer thinks the brand is important, and that the logo is a signifier that they're paying for. So no one complains that the logo on the…
  • The 15 most valuable brands in the world [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some of the brands on this list of the fifteen most valuable brands will surprise you, like Marlboro. Others won’t, like Amazon. Take a look at the video to see where these brands fall on the list and to find out the number one spot. Full story at YouTube. More great facts about branding. Photo credit: Canva
  • Google Says People Are Submitting False Information In "Right To Be Forgotten" Forms

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    In an open letter to European agencies, Google highlights some of the problems it is facing handling 91,000 submission requests.In an open letter to European data protection agencies, Google catalogs the major challenges it is facing with the European Union's controversial "right to be forgotten law," which allows EU citizens to request that specific links be removed from Google search results in order to preserve their privacy. Google began complying with the decision in June when it unveiled an official submission website, where users can fill out a detailed form to request the deletion of…
  • Saffron Fix Will Deliver You Indian Food Ingredients, Recipes

    TechCrunch
    Julian Chokkattu
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
     If you ever thought cooking Indian food was a daunting task or wanted to give it a go, Saffron Fix is trying to help. Read More
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  • The 15 most valuable brands in the world [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some of the brands on this list of the fifteen most valuable brands will surprise you, like Marlboro. Others won’t, like Amazon. Take a look at the video to see where these brands fall on the list and to find out the number one spot. Full story at YouTube. More great facts about branding. Photo credit: Canva
  • And then they went and sexed up the fruit…

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Every God-fearing, peach-loving Georgia native is about to have a conniption fit, because you just can’t wash the filth off this fruit…but you can remove its panties. In anticipation of the Qixi Festival, which is apparently much like Valentine’s Day, Chinese vendors are stocking up on these less-than-pure peaches dubbed “Ripe Fruit.” A box of nine costs an mind-boggling $80, and you can’t even use reuse the tiny pairs of lingerie for anything other than trying to sex up apples, and there’s really nothing sexy about apples, as anyone other than Adam…
  • Pug and goat are not friends [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Pugs have already been stripped of so many of the cool things that make a dog a dog that it almost seems unfair to put them in the ring with a less humiliatingly domesticated animal such as a goat. Then again, it’s also kind of funny. Full story at YouTube via Boing Boing. Run, pug, run! Graphics credit: Canva
  • 5 tricks to put your brand in the spotlight

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Once you’ve established a solid brand, the trick is how to make it stand out from the thousands of others crowding the field. Having a great blog is good, maintaining a consistent social media presence will keep your name out there, but what do the truly stellar brands do? Check out this Canva article by Anna Guerrero to discover the secret to finding the spotlight and basking in brand glory. 1. Build social media campaigns around new features and products. Benjamin Franklin wrote about the value of engaging content: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth…
  • Finally, a hair accessory for the practical gal

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Credit card-sized multi-tools are pretty handy, but what girl wants to have to dig through a purse to find a screwdriver in a pinch? Forget the fuss and get the only hair accessory that satisfies your inner MacGalver, the barrette multi-tool. Unfortunately, the link to where you can buy this must-have hair doodad appears to be down, but we hope whoever out there is responsible for this dose of awesome understands how many of us covet this invaluable tool. Full story at Gizmodo. What’s hiding in your hair. Graphics credit: Canva
 
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  • Google Says People Are Submitting False Information In "Right To Be Forgotten" Forms

    Chris Gayomali
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    In an open letter to European agencies, Google highlights some of the problems it is facing handling 91,000 submission requests.In an open letter to European data protection agencies, Google catalogs the major challenges it is facing with the European Union's controversial "right to be forgotten law," which allows EU citizens to request that specific links be removed from Google search results in order to preserve their privacy. Google began complying with the decision in June when it unveiled an official submission website, where users can fill out a detailed form to request the deletion of…
  • The Top 10 Pope-Approved Secrets To Happiness

    Samantha Cole
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Chances are your office is nothing like Vatican, but these tips for happiness are universal.The group-selfie shooting, totally tweetable @Pontifex must be reading Fast Company, because he's come up with a list of his own happiness secrets.Read Full Story
  • How Male Allies Help The Gender Equality Movement

    Melanne Verveer
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    These men put their feminist words into action, and show that "gender equality is smart economics."Since the Seneca Falls Convention launched the women's rights movement in the United States 166 years ago, wise men have aided women in their pursuit of legal and economic inclusion.Read Full Story
  • The New Habit Challenge: Wake Up Insanely Early

    Rachel Gillett
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Suggesting you rise before the sun is even up may seem a little mean. So we'll wake our groggy selves up, too, for some extra motivation.There are so many proponents out there for starting your day early, it's kind of hard to ignore this advice--though for my entire life I've always preferred shrugging the idea off and hitting the snooze button more times than I can count.Read Full Story
  • Debunking The Myth That Jerk Bosses Get Results

    Rachel Gillett
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    There are plenty of notoriously mean bosses out there that get results, but are their attitudes hurting the business in the long haul?Over the years we've seen some shining examples of notorious brutes pretty much killing it. From examining their managerial style and their success, one might correlate the two and conclude that being a jerk is the best way to get stuff done.Read Full Story
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  • Saffron Fix Will Deliver You Indian Food Ingredients, Recipes

    Julian Chokkattu
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
     If you ever thought cooking Indian food was a daunting task or wanted to give it a go, Saffron Fix is trying to help. Read More
  • Google Barge Sold For Scrap

    Sarah Perez
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
     Portland’s Google barge is no more, it seems. Remember the Google mystery barges? Toward the end of last year, the tech world was abuzz with curiosity about why Google had anchored barges in Portland, Maine and San Francisco. Floating data centers? Secret projects? The search giant finally clued us in: the company was planning to use the barges as interactive spaces to teach people… Read More
  • Apple Officially Welcomes Beats As It Gets U.S. Regulatory Approval For The Deal

    Darrell Etherington
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
     Apple has a new splash page welcoming Beats to its family, with a declaration expressing excitement that both Beats Music and Beats Electronics have joined the Cupertino-based company. The page includes a brief one-paragraph explainer about why the company was a good fit, and expressing optimism for what the companies can do together in the future. A link on the page, which features a… Read More
  • Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

    Jordan Crook
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
     As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is one interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school. That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most interesting finding was that 91 percent of college students prefer to take notes by hand. Almost all… Read More
  • HP’s Gilt-Exclusive Smartwatch Puts Fashion FIrst

    Darrell Etherington
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
     What would it take to get people actually buying smartwatches in droves? Could FASHION be the answer? A new odd trio aims to find out, with HP teaming up with fashion flash sales site Gilt and designer Michael Bastian (via Fashionista) to create a smartwatch that looks smart, too, if you’ll permit me to use some slightly archaic language for the sake of a pun. The tech behind the new… Read More
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • A bigger logo?

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. "We made this," says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, though, brands have evolved into something we want other people to see, not just us. "I bought this," says the person who wears or drinks or drives something with status. The essence of a brand with social juice, of one that matters as a label, isn't how big the logo is. No, what matters is that the buyer thinks the brand is important, and that the logo is a signifier that they're paying for. So no one complains that the logo on the…
  • Trading favors

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Those people who owe you—because you mowed their lawn, drove carpool, promoted their site, gave them advice, listened to you in the middle of the night—they will probably let you down. Favors aren't for trading, they wear out, they fade away, they are valued differently by the giver and the receiver. No, the best favors are worth doing for the doing, not because we'll ever get paid back appropriately.        
  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
 
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    WIRED

  • Rosetta Meets a Comet and You Get Homework

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Rosetta spacecraft is getting close to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (which I will just refer to as 67P from now on). If you think about it, this is pretty exciting. A spacecraft will not only make a close approach to a comet, but it will also drop a small lander on the comet’s surface. That’s […]
  • ExoMars’ Organic Sniffing Spectrometer

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Lewis Dartnell spent the better part of two years researching and field-testing methods to re-boot society in his best-selling book The Knowledge. But his day job is arguably even cooler: as an astrobiologist at the University of Leicester, he’s developing ways to look for life on Mars through the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission. Here, […]
  • WTF Just Happened: My New HDTV Makes Movies Look Unnaturally Smooth

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    You just bought a brand-new TV and now all your movies look overly smoothed out and artificial. WTF?
  • Take a Tour of Safari’s Best New Features in OS X Yosemite

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    For those who’ve just started using the OS X Yosemite public beta, or are just anticipating its launch later this year, we’ve got some tips on how to best take advantage of the redesigned OS. First up, a tour of Apple’s web browser, Safari.
  • Why a Simple To-Do List Tool Is Winning Over Legions of Fans

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Think of it as the Pinterest of to-do lists. Trello is an online tool for managing projects and personal tasks. That may sounds rather prosaic. But this increasingly popular app often inspires the sort of passion usually reserved for consumer apps like Pinterest or Instagram. It’s the kind of business software that slips into businesses […]
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  • 10 Steps To Help Turn Your Blog Into A Number 1 Bestselling Book

    Guest Blogger
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Image via Flickr user triedandtruetutoring This is a guest contribution from entrepreneur and author Niall Harbison. Although not everybody wants to make money from their blog, it is undoubtedly the goal for many. To make a living from writing at home often features high on the list of dream jobs! I’m lucky enough to have just published a book which got to number one in the charts, sold a business, as well as running a couple of businesses today, and most of the success can be put down to blogging. I wanted to share some of the tips that helped me first of all get the book published,…
  • Increase Your SEO By Appearing on Google News

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    This is a guest contribution from business/tech writer Nick Chowdrey. Getting on Google News Everybody knows that the world of SEO is changing. As Google’s algorithms get ever more efficient at filtering out good content from bad, more and more companies are turning to content marketing and guest posting to increase their Google page rank and appear higher up searches. In the world of content marketing, creating high quality posts is just part of the story. You could write the most fascinating and informative article, but with so many other companies now employing writers to do the same,…
  • ProBlogger in Perth: 10 Things Darren Wishes He Knew About Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from blogger Jenish Pandya. What happens when ProBlogger legend Darren Rowse comes to your city for the first time ever? You and everyone around you go crazy and act like teenagers at a Justin Bieber concert and start taking heaps of photos every time he makes a move. Then what do you do with all the photos you have taken? Well, you write a blog post. Darren came down to Perth for the first ever mini PBevent and in his presentation gave us a taste of what happens at the main event happening this year on Gold Coast from 29-30 August. Darren Rowse’s 10…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Image via Flickr user Andrew Pescod This is a guest contribution from Poulami Ghosh of PPC Ads Management. If conversion rates really matter to you, you should be aware that every marketing campaign has to have a dedicated landing page. This is particularly true with regard to PPC where you have to pay for every single click. Ask any PPC company and it will tell you the same thing. However, it is not enough to know that you should use a landing page. You also have to know how to craft one, so that your marketing efforts rise above the average and become exceptional. There are seven steps to…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • How to Pick (and Manage) Credit Cards for the Best Travel Rewards

    Max Milhan on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everybody loves to visit foreign countries and exotic lands, but it can be tough to save up for the travel that you'd like to do. Luckily, credit card miles are a great way to find your way to Europe for the trip you've always wanted.Read more...
  • Deadspin Phillies GM Explains Why Terrible Team Didn't Get Better | Jalopnik Could You Do $11,500 Fo

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Deadspin Phillies GM Explains Why Terrible Team Didn't Get Better | Jalopnik Could You Do $11,500 For This Supercharged 3.8 1988 Pontiac Fiero? | Jezebel Woman Sues Plastic Surgeon for Posting Her Pics as 'Cocaine Nose' | Kotaku Ed, Edd n Eddy, All Grown Up Read more...
  • If You're Not Satisfied with a Project, Leave it Out of Your Portfolio

    Eric Ravenscraft
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Building experience isn't an easy thing to do, and it's tempting to shortcut your way to a full resumé by including everything you've ever done. If you're not proud of some work you've done, however, don't flaunt it to a potential employer.Read more...
  • Use Canned Responses to Create Multiple Email Signatures in Gmail

    Eric Ravenscraft
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the downsides to a default email signature is that you have to manually change it each time. Give yourself a little more flexibility with canned responses instead.Read more...
  • Build Your Own Backyard DIY Dunk Bucket

    Alan Henry
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Building your own dunk tank is a huge endeavor, but if you want a similar backyard attraction without breaking the bank, this dunk "bucket" (or "drench tank," whichever) is easy to make, affordable, and still plenty of fun to use. Check out the video above to see it in action. Read more...
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  • Apple Welcomes Beats to the Family as Beats Electronics Closes Its Online Store

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Apple today updated its website with a new page celebrating its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music.Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t…
  • Home Button and Sensor Flex Cables From 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Shown in New Photos

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has published several high-resolution images purportedly showing flex cables from both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. These latest images add to the growing number of flex cables and other internal components for the iPhone 6 that have surfaced in the past few months. These images include a possible look at the home button cables from both iPhone 6 models. The photos show two different designs for the part, each with a square section for the Touch ID sensor but distinct from the iPhone 5s part. While Apple's iPads are also rumored to be gaining Touch…
  • Initial iWatch Shipments May Be Limited Due to Sapphire Issues, Half of Devices May Use Glass Displays

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Echoing his earlier iWatch predictions, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today suggested (via AppleInsider) that Apple's iWatch will be available in limited quantities in 2014, with only three million devices hitting store shelves before the end of the year. Kuo says that while market predictions point towards shipments between 5 and 10 million smart watches before the end of 2014, his own prediction based on supply chain checks is at three million units due to the iWatch's late production date. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor Balogh Earlier this month, Kuo released a…
  • Microsoft's Office for iPad Apps Gain New Picture Tools, Third-Party Fonts, and Ability to Send Files as PDFs

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Microsoft's Office for iPad apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint received a major update today that adds several new user-requested features to each app. All three apps have gained the ability to export files as PDFs, and each one has also gained new Picture Tools that let users crop to focus on the right part of an image. Third-party fonts have also been added to each app. Excel now includes improved external keyboard support to make the experience of using Excel on the iPad more like a desktop usage experience. There are more print options available, and a new "Flick to Select"…
  • Apple's Content Delivery Network Now Live, Making Faster OS X/iOS Downloads Possible

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Apple's content delivery network is now live in the US and Europe, reports analyst Dan Rayburn of Frost & Sullivan (Via ArsTechnica). The CDN may deliver multiple terabits of data per second, allowing Apple to more efficiently to distribute software updates and other content to its customers. Apple's CDN apparently went live recently as current trace routes provided by Rayburn show that OS X downloads are piped directly from Apple to internet service providers, such as Comcast. Apple is paying for this direct route in order to avoid congestion and other issues during times of high volume…
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
 
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  • How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training)

    Brian Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do. It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point,…
  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
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    Macworld

  • Comic: Nothing old can stay

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: Not everyone is singing the praises of the Yosemite Beta. Previously on Multitouch Theater: I'm worried about the Mac mini.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Icons and symbols

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Icons and SymbolsThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases brings you beautiful 3-D printing, a wavy case inspired by sports, and see-through protection.3DLTThe 3D Printed Diamonds (iPhone 5 and 5s; $31) features a 3-D-printed diamond pattern that covers the back of your phone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Message to IT from Mac users: Tread lightly

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Anthony Lanier wishes to have a cordial conversation with his IT department. He writes:The division I work in uses Macs but we’ve recently been told that our computers and devices will soon be run by the company IT department, which is very Microsoft and Windows-centric. They’ve solicited our feedback before proceeding but I honestly don’t know what to suggest. Any ideas? Before I embark on what may appear to be attacks on IT, let me say from the outset that working in IT is a thankless job. They hear from the people they’re trying to help only when those people have a problem,…
  • Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let’s say living can be reasonably counted among them) there’s a tendency to take the long view—we have some notion of where we’ve been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.Divine digital Unfair though it may be to compare yesterday’s picture-snapping process to…
  • Light Up review: Put a spotlight on your photos and slide presentations

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words—and that’s why creative professionals of all stripes like to communicate their ideas in the form of an image. As it turns out, however, a thousand words can be a few too many when you’re trying to draw attention to a small detail. Light Up 1.0.3 solves this problem by allowing you to load up an image from a file and blocking it out with a mask whose darkness you can customize to your heart’s content. You can then selectively “carve” sections out of the mask, allowing specific portions of the underlying image to be…
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    ReadWrite

  • The Future Of Shopping: When Apps Shop With—Or For—You

    Stephanie Chan
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    ReadWriteShop is an occasional series about the intersection of technology and commerce.E-commerce is already pretty much woven into our daily lives, but only in a limited, one-way sort of interaction between user and website. Which has some future-of-shopping types wondering: What happens when your shopping apps stop waiting for you and instead come to you with offers? Or stop just taking orders and start proactively making suggestions or giving you advice?In fact, they're not just wondering. Let's take a quick tour of some alternative shopping interfaces and interactive physical…
  • Zambia Gets Free Facebook Access! (And Internet, Sort Of)

    Selena Larson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Facebook wants to make sure everyone on the planet can access knowledge, job opportunities—and, of course, create Facebook accounts—through Internet access provided by the social network.The company announced the Internet.org app on Thursday, a way for people in developing countries to use free data and access Facebook, Google search and other online resources. Through a partnership with telecom provider Airtel, the Internet.org app will be available for free, initially rolling out in Zambia.The app is part of Facebook’s larger Internet.org initiative to help bring Internet connectivity…
  • Why I Switched To Adblock Plus (And You Should, Too)

    Matt Asay
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's been years since I last saw a Google ad. I know they're supposed to fill the white space to the right of my search results, but for years I've used two different ad-blocking extensions to my browsers: Adblock and Adblock Plus. While both do an excellent job of de-cluttering my browsing experience, only one seems to be committed to doing so in an open fashion.Why Block?It may seem obvious why blocking ads is a very good thing, at least for users. (And, as an aside, it may seem ironic that I'm suggesting people should use ad-blocking software at all, given that ReadWrite, as with most…
  • LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A "Follow" Button To Millions Of Members

    Owen Thomas
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A gigantic change is quietly sweeping through LinkedIn. Millions of members now have a "Follow" button, a feature that promises to transform how we think about our interactions on the professional network.ReadWrite has found, and LinkedIn has confirmed to us, that a far broader set of users can now broadcast their activity to followers who don't need to formally connect with them to see what they're doing.This shift is more profound than it may first sound. It makes LinkedIn less like a work-oriented Facebook and more like a professionally oriented Twitter or Tumblr, minus the sports chatter…
  • Why Download One Facebook App When Eight Will Do?

    Selena Larson
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's now officially a trend. Big social-media companies are now so dead-set on getting you to use their apps that they're taking a sledgehammer to them, busting up perfectly serviceable software into collections of mini-apps they hope will have a better chance of catching your eye.Foursquare, Facebook and LinkedIn are just a few of the companies that have recently pulled apart their main apps in order to spin off once-core features as standalone offerings. The standby Foursquare service is now two apps, Foursquare and Swarm; LinkedIn is now six. As befits the king of social media, Facebook is…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Build A Blog With Jekyll And GitHub Pages

    Barry Clark
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    I recently migrated my blog from WordPress to Jekyll, a fantastic website generator that’s designed for building minimal, static blogs to be hosted on GitHub Pages. The simplicity of Jekyll’s theming layer and writing workflow is fantastic; however, setting up my website took a lot longer than expected. In this article we’ll walk through the following: the quickest way to set up a Jekyll powered blog; how to avoid common problems with using Jekyll; how to import your content from WordPress, use your own domain name, and blog in your favorite editor; how to theme in Jekyll, with Liquid…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:18 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 six 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 August 2014. Both…
  • Declarative Programming And The Web

    Scott Reynen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Like most web developers, I spend my days giving instructions to computers. These instructions generally involve some input (a request for a web page), some logic (get the right content from a database) and some output (send the content to the requesting browser). This process of telling a computer how to perform a task, such as generating a web page, is what we commonly call “programming,” but it’s only a subset of programming: imperative programming. There’s another type of programming, declarative programming, that most web developers also use every day but don’t often recognize…
  • Selling The Value Of The Web To Small-Town Clients

    Trevan Hetzel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling your services as a freelancer or a small shop is tough enough as it is. Selling to a small-town business that might not even see the need for a website adds an extra level of difficulty in turning a profit. I’ve provided web design services to small-town businesses for the past few years, having had many happy outcomes, but also a lot of negative experiences from which I’ve learned hard lessons. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to sell the value of the web. Many of my clients needed to be convinced that a website would actually be good for their business. A…
  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

    Ben Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process. Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Israeli soldier is captured

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    With the soldier's capture, the conflict in Gaza edged closer to escalation than to reconciliation.
  • Gas blasts: Streets now trenches, 26 die

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    A downtown district of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung was ripped apart just before midnight Thursday by a series of explosions that killed at least 25 people and injured hundreds more, state news agency CNA reported.
  • Israel-Gaza conflict

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    After weeks of fighting and more than 1,500 deaths, a humanitarian cease-fire began Friday between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
  • Lack of power fuels Gaza chaos

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    CNN's John Vause reports on how the lack of power has exacerbated the suffering of those in Gaza.
  • Viewpoints: Israel

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    A spokesman for the Israeli prime minister says that their troops were attacked in Gaza amid a cease-fire.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes It’s here!! Scott’s newest book, The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes, has started shipping and hitting bookstore shelves. I know he talked about it here the other day, but today we’re going to give away FIVE FREE COPIES to some lucky commenters! Just leave a comment letting us know you want the book and why, and we’ll pick five of you next week.Photographing Motion Outdoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera. Join Joe McNally for a day of…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Blake Rudis!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I cannot begin to start writing this post without saying thank you for this opportunity to both Brad and Scott. I threw my seat back when I saw the email come in from Brad asking if I could share my story, I think I ran around my basement (my office) holding my head pinching myself asking over and over if this was even real. After reading this post you will understand completely!Tuesday, March 18th 2014, we were sitting on the edge of the bed having a discussion about time and just how limited it was.“Babe, I have 3 things going on in my life right now that stretch me in every direction. I…
  • It’s Here! My New Book “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes” is in stock!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It arrived in bookstores sooner than we thought (yay!), and it’s here now, complete with bonus selective color image no one was expecting (and at no extra cost).Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com (both Print and Kindle version are in stock) and the Nook eBook version is available now at  Barnes & Noble.com and the print edition should be available there any minute.What’s the book all about? Check out the video below. :)Thanks to everybody around the world who has supported this book series from the start, and who enabled me to bring you this fifth part to the series.
  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Did you miss Thursday’s “Photoshop World-a-thon?” If you missed Thursday you missed out on a ton of Photoshop and Photography tips. Besides what “The Photoshop Guys” did live on the air (including my live shoot with a “Big ‘ol soft box”) a bunch of our instructors shared video clips of tips to air on the show, and it was literally packed-full of cool stuff (the idea of course, being we’d give you a sample of the stuff we’re teaching in our classes at Photoshop World Las Vegas and that you give you some idea of what we do for three…
  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you…
 
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    Digital Photography School

  • A Collection of Golden Images for Your Viewing Pleasure

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time again for me to find some great images for you to see and get inspired by. I have to say that this is one of my favorite parts of this role as Editor as I get to troll through dozens of outstanding images to curate the best for you. Really, it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it, right?! Without further ado, here is a set of golden images for you to enjoy. I’ll leave the “golden” part open for your interpretation. Yellow by Milad Haghighi on 500px Yellow by Mariia Kudriashova on 500px Panning.. by Selycan on 500px Canola by Yusuf YAMAN on 500px…
  • Top 5 Tips for Wildlife Photography

    Will Nicholls
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Wildlife photography is continually growing in popularity, thanks to the accessibility of digital cameras nowadays. I’ve been a wildlife photographer for almost seven years now, and a professional for the last few of them. Over time I have picked up some really valuable techniques and tips, specific to wildlife photography, gained from either experience or learning from others in my field. Here are some the top tips for wildlife photography. #1 Get to Know Your Subject I cannot stress this enough – wildlife photography is all about time and patience, much of which should be spent…
  • How to Improve Your Portrait Photography in Five Minutes

    Annie Tao
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    People often ask me for tips on taking better photos of their friends and family. After much thought on photography tips that can apply to various experience levels and equipment — from DSLRs to smart phones — I present to you a short article with tips you can learn in five minutes to help you improve your portrait photography. If you have more time and would like more specifics, I’ve noted additional articles on each tip that may interest you. Tips that will instantly improve your portraits: 1. Don’t put everyone in the center That person may be the center of your life, but…
  • Tips for Photographing in Different Weather Conditions

    Monica Day
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You’ve figured out that photography is awesome. You have your equipment. You’ve got the basics down. You know all about the “triangle” of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Now, you’re ready to put them to use. You’re ready to go outside and experiment. But wait. You haven’t yet considered the weather. This is a little side note to photography that we often forget about. If you’re not shooting in a studio, then the weather will definitely be a factor to consider when going out on a shoot. There are a few basic weather scenarios that you will…
  • 4 Steps to Less Stressful and Easier Photo Editing

    Simon Ringsmuth
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever returned to your computer with a memory card full of photos and become overwhelmed at the idea of going through all of them? The thought of sorting and analyzing so many pictures can seem so daunting it’s sometimes hard to even know where to start! Often we find ourselves copying the contents of our cameras to our computers and letting our precious memories collect digital dust, though we promise ourselves we will get around to organizing them – someday. Modern technology has made this task easier, with various software and cloud-based services even promising to find…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Apple gives Beats a big ol' public hug

    Mike Wehner
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Anyone with even a casual interest in the tech world, Apple products, or personal audio knows that Apple and Beats are BFFs now, but for everyone else, Tim Cook and company have now made it official with what the kids would call a public display of...
  • Tonality for Mac is a powerful black and white image editor

    Mel Martin
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I used to think that my photos needed color to be compelling, but a good black-and-white image can be very powerful. Of course, producing a monochrome image from a color one is not as simple as removing the color information. Talented photographers...
  • Russian government requests Apple source code

    John-Michael Bond
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The recent revelations that Apple has included backdoors into iOS devices may have lead to an interesting development in the company's relationship with Russia. According to Reuters the Russian government has asked Apple Inc to turn over its source...
  • Timeful is a new calendar app that reinvents how you organize your time

    Mel Martin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Timeful (free) has launched today after a long development and beta phase. The app tries to capture everything that vies for your precious time and stores it in one place. It can import and sync your current calendars from iCloud, Google, Yahoo or...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Cooking Academy 2:...
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you have never done it before, lighting a group shot outdoors in full sun can be daunting. After all, sun is pretty bright. And your subject is pretty big and thus harder to light at a high level.But with a leaf-shutter camera and a couple of battery powered monoblocs, you can easily own the sun and just about anything you can put under it.Read more »
  • Avatar

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My last head shot had been getting a little long in the tooth. So on a whim the other day, I redid it.Gotta keep things fresh, I always say. So I try to redo my head shot every seven years, whether it needs it or not.As photographers, we only get to see one side of the equation—and that does not involve looking down the barrel of the gun, either. So being on the receiving end is always a learning experience. Even more so when you are on the shooting and receiving end. Read more »
  • On Assignment: Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I love shooting at mix. Especially when there are epic clouds on the move. And even more so while monitoring my Dark Skies app to know exactly when the rain will start falling on a OMGHowMuchDidThatThingCost? cello.Just keeps things interesting, you know?Read more »
  • Do This: Sara Lando in US for Workshops in August

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Whatcha doing in mid/late August? If you are within striking distance of Baltimore or Atlanta, you have a one-off chance to do something cool and fun that will change the way you approach your photography: spend a day (or two) with Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando.After spending a couple years convincing her to come to the US, Zack Arias and I are this summer hosting Sara for two weekends of seminars and workshops in Atlanta and Baltimore. We are doing this because A) it's an awesome experience (trust us on that) and B) it's a lot easier than getting all you guys…
  • On Traveling With Your Camera

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    In January Strobist was restructured from a standard, 2x/week blog into a core knowledge archive. Rather than publishing all of the time, we made the 2,000-post archive more organized and accessible. Now, Strobist only updates when there is something meaningful to say. I did this to flip the signal to noise ratio (seriously, who needs to read that many photoblog posts every day) and to create some time for two significant projects. The first of which, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped.Read more »
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Samsung NX Mini real-world gallery updated with 17mm F1.8 samples

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    You'd know just by looking at it that the Samsung NX Mini is the slimmest and lightest interchangeable lens camera on the market. Tucked inside is a 1"-type, 20MP CMOS sensor along with Wi-Fi with NFC and 1080/30p video. The aptly named Mini also introduces a new NX-M lens mount. We've updated our existing NX Mini samples gallery with images from the 17mm F1.8 prime. See gallery
  • Lens Rentals Canada halts service citing 'serious issues' with Canada Post

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lens Rentals Canada has announced that it is temporarily not accepting new orders. A brief notice on lensrentalscanada.com cites 'serious issues' with Canada Post Corporation, and states that current orders will be shipped using Purolator Courier. An email that a reddit user claims was sent to him by Lens Rentals Canada is more to the point, stating that a Canada Post employee has stolen equipment in transit. No estimated timeframe has been given as to when orders will be accepted again. Read more
  • Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 now available

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Adobe has made final release versions of Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 available. This update adds support for the Nikon D810, Panasonic Lumix AG-GH4 (GH4 with interface unit) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, as well as several bug fixes. Color profiles are added for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, A7S and Alpha SLT-A77 II. Also included are a number of new lens profiles. Learn more
  • Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Canon India has posted a teaser on its Facebook page showing a 1-series DSLR alongside the words 'Get your camera ready, something BIG is coming'. Being a teaser rather than a leak, the meaning of the post is open to interpretation, although 'get your camera ready' suggests that the new product might be a lens. With Photokina just around the corner, the time is right for new product announcements. Click through for a look at the teaser.
  • Sony brings Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 and W810 to the US

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 and W810, which have been available in certain markets for several months, are making their way onto US shores in August and September. The WX220 features an 18.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor, Bionz X processor, 25-250mm equiv. lens, 1080/60p video, and Wi-Fi with NFC. The W810 offers a 20MP CCD, 26-156mm equiv. lens, and 720p video. The cameras are priced at $200 and $100, respectively. Click through for details.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Catalogs and photo storage is always one of the most popular topics whenever I’m out there teaching Lightroom. So I thought I’d do a quick post on one of the core concepts of the Lightroom catalog: Referenced photos vs. Managed Photos. This especially comes to light with Aperture not being developed anymore, but it’s still something good to know about when it comes to Lightroom. It sounds really techie but it’s not that bad. If you’re just a casual Lightroom user, you really don’t have to worry about what the difference is and what Lightroom does. Most…
  • The Secret News About Lightroom 5.5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Okay, maybe the news isn’t so secret anymore, but I wanted to post this quick video that Scott and I did because I think it’s addressing a concern of a lot of photographers out there. See, a bunch of people are jumping on the Adobe Photography Bundle where you get Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month. Since then, there’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately and Adobe’s done something pretty cool to answer it. The question comes in two ways: 1) I just signed up for the photography bundle and I’m using Lightroom. But what happens if I decide I…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps

    Richard Padilla
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    Delta Airlines today updated its Fly Delta apps for the iPhone and iPad, allowing customers to access free in-flight entertainment through its new Delta Studio initiative. Avaliable on all domestic and two-cabin aircrafts, the app will allow access to a number of TV shows and movies including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Frozen through on-board Wi-Fi. The updated Fly Delta app also allows access to past and current issues of Delta's Sky Magazine, as well as the Glass Bottom Jet feature which provides tracking information for a current flight. The airline is also allowing users of the Gogo Video…
  • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Timeful, described as "the first intelligent time manager" for mobile devices, is a new iOS app designed to help users manage their lives by combining a time management app with a calendar, a to-do list, and habits. Timeful aims to provide a personalized experience that encourages people to commit to various self-improvement activities and complete goals. The app connects to the calendar on an iOS device, importing already existing events into a daily view that includes all tasks that must be completed. It also incorporates to-do functionality, allowing users to create tasks and file them…
  • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Apple will soon be able to offer display repairs on the iPhone 5s directly within its retail stores, alleviating the need to send the devices to an off-site repair center. As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple Stores are currently accepting large deliveries of iPhone 5s screens for the repair program and in-store repairs are set to begin on Monday, August 4. The in-store repairs are part of an effort to lower repair costs. Apple first began offering in-store phone repairs for the iPhone 5 back in June of 2013, and expanded to iPhone 5c repairs in January of this year. Users with a cracked or damaged…
  • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Nomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack. While there are hundreds of different portable battery options for the iPhone, the NomadPlus is unique because it functions with an existing Apple charger. The NomadPlus plugs into an Apple wall charger, transforming it into a 1500 mAh portable battery with enough juice to recharge an iPhone to 70 percent. One of the most cumbersome aspects of most battery packs is the recharging of the battery itself, but the NomadPlus allows…
  • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Instagram today soft-launched its new Snapchat competitor Bolt in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. First hinted at last week, Bolt is a one tap photo and video messaging app that allows users to send ephemeral images to friends, much like Snapchat. As described by The Verge, Bolt is a "carbon copy" of Taptalk, another ephemeral messaging app. Users tap on a friend's profile photo to send a photo, or use a long tap to send a video. As with Taptalk, Bolt focuses on sharing with only a few friends -- users can only communicate with one person at a time, while in Snapchat mass snaps can…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

    hiufu
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The canals from different angles and seasons, the flower market, the Skinny Bridge and more favorite scenes from AmsterdamiReporter Anahita Valakche sums up the reasons to love Amsterdam pretty well: "Not only is Amsterdam full of amazing museums, the whole city feels like you are living in a painting. "My other favorite aspect of Amsterdam is its high standards of living and the quality of life -- even though it is one of the most crowded tourist spots in the world. "Also the people in Amsterdam are very friendly. Amsterdam is diverse in its culinary offerings and you can eat delicious…
  • Wimbledon without tennis: 10 things to do

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wimbledon isn’t just a tournament, it’s a village. Here’s what to do when you’re not wondering who's going to win it allFor the thousands of fans who descend upon the All England Club every summer, Wimbledon means one thing: tennis, namely The Championships, where the world’s top stars slug it out on the lawns of the All England Club (June 23-July 6). But few realize that the charms of this chic southwest London “village” extend beyond the ball courts. What’s there to do in Wimbledon when you’re not watching tennis? Plenty. 1. Cannizaro House Cannizaro House: scene of a…
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