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  • Adorable kids sing the National Anthem into fans at Wal-Mart [video]

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    Josh Urich
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Who says patriotism is dead? And who says kids are growing up too fast? This video is an adorable reminder that kids still get to be kids, and patriotism is still alive in America. The post Adorable kids sing the National Anthem into fans at Wal-Mart [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Sleepy clouded leopard kitten already bored by the spotlight

    Tricia Gilbride
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    If you are not already following the story of the precious clouded leopard born at the Tampa Bay Zoo, get on board immediately. The currently unnamed cub, born in March, has been spotted taking a bath, expressing himself and now sleeping See also: Survival of the laziest: 15 animals catching a ride on other animals The little guy is very serious about finding the exact right nap time position, which can be challenging, but exceedingly rewarding. His dedication pursuing exactly what he wants indicates a bright future for the little big cat. Sleepy Little Leopard Adorable Alert: You are getting…
  • Northwestern Mutual Buys Finance Startup LearnVest For $250 Million

    Fast Company
    John Paul Titlow
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The site launched to help women manage their money. Now it's part of a financial giant.Alexa von Tobel, whose startup LearnVest was featured on our list of the world's Most Innovative Companies, has sold her company to Northwestern Mutual for $250 million, according to Fortune. Not bad for a personal-finance startup.Read Full Story
  • Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

    Jordan Crook
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
     Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money. Magic lets users text a single number to get anything* delivered on demand. For an extra fee, of course. The… Read More
  • Active listening

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The kind of listening we're trained to do in school and at work is passive listening. Sit still. Get through it. Figure out what's going to be on the test and ignore the rest. Your eyes can glaze over, but don't let it show. Try not to nod off. People are talking, and they'd like the illusion of listening to accompany that. Don't interrupt.  Passive listening is letting the other person talk. Active listening, on the other hand, requires that you interrupt when you need a clarification, and it requires that you ask a truly difficult question when the speaker is finished. If it's worth…
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  • Adorable kids sing the National Anthem into fans at Wal-Mart [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Who says patriotism is dead? And who says kids are growing up too fast? This video is an adorable reminder that kids still get to be kids, and patriotism is still alive in America. The post Adorable kids sing the National Anthem into fans at Wal-Mart [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Life before getting in shape vs after [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    There's a life before you start working out, and then there's a life after you start working out. This video points out eight major changes that will happen (or have happened) when you get on the ol' exercise bike, or hit the trails. The post Life before getting in shape vs after [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Drone footage of Malta will have you buying plane tickets [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You're going to have two reactions when you watch this video. The first will be, "Holy Kaw! This is gorgeous!" The second will be, "How much to go to Malta?" The answer to that question is, well over a thousand bucks for airfare, depending on where you're flying from. But as you can see, it's worth every penny. The post Drone footage of Malta will have you buying plane tickets [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • A compilation of films featuring Elon Musk [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Elon Musk is one of the most influential and powerful men in the world. So what does he do with his fame? What would anyone do, for that matter? Get onto the big screen, of course! Here's a compilation of his cameos. The post A compilation of films featuring Elon Musk [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Watch a top spin in a vacuum chamber and have your mind blown [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When you were a kid, you probably spun your fair share of tops. It's a few seconds of enjoyment, and then it's over. When the top is in a vacuum chamber, though, it just keepings spinning and spinning. The post Watch a top spin in a vacuum chamber and have your mind blown [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Sleepy clouded leopard kitten already bored by the spotlight

    Tricia Gilbride
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    If you are not already following the story of the precious clouded leopard born at the Tampa Bay Zoo, get on board immediately. The currently unnamed cub, born in March, has been spotted taking a bath, expressing himself and now sleeping See also: Survival of the laziest: 15 animals catching a ride on other animals The little guy is very serious about finding the exact right nap time position, which can be challenging, but exceedingly rewarding. His dedication pursuing exactly what he wants indicates a bright future for the little big cat. Sleepy Little Leopard Adorable Alert: You are getting…
  • Google to pay new CFO $70 million in next two years

    Seth Fiegerman
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Ruth Porat has at least 70 million reasons to leave her job on Wall Street. Google has agreed to pay Porat, its new CFO, about $70 million in total compensation as of next year, according to an SEC filing on Thursday. That includes a $5 million signing bonus, a $25 million new hire grant that begins vesting at the end of this year and a $40 million biennial grant beginning in 2016. Porat will also get a modest $7,500 to relocate to Google's Mountain View headquarters. See also: Google CFO retires with a candid memo about work/life balance Her base salary at Google is $650,000, according to…
  • Photographer shares candid moments with celebrities in the '90s

    Laura Vitto
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Entertainment photographer Dave Benett has been a mainstay on the London party scene for most of his 30-year career Among more than 300,000 photographs are images of the world's biggest names, from entertainers like Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey to royals like the late Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II. See also: Movies to look forward to in 2015 After years of keeping his photos relatively off limits to the public, Benett is sharing his extensive collection of photographs on Instagram. He credits the move to his daughter and creative director Camille, who encouraged him to create an…
  • Apple may soon expand iPhone trade-in program to China

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Apple is reportedly eyeing an expansion of its iPhone trade-in program in China. According to a Bloomberg report, the Cupertino, California-based tech company is in talks with its manufacturer, Foxconn, to roll out a trade-in program to iPhone owners in exchange for store credit. See also: Facebook's drone prototype has wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 The move, if true, wouldn't come as a complete surprise, considering its popularity in the U.S. and how important of a market China is to AppleDemand for the iPhone 6 resulted in a 70% revenue year-over-year for Apple in China. The trade-in…
  • Never eat ramen noodles alone again

    Tricia Gilbride
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    If your routine of grabbing a cup of instant noodles from the cabinet, microwaving some water and enjoying a dinner lit by the glow of your computer screen is getting lonely, look no further A new website from Japanese instant noodle purveyors Nissin Foods sets you up with a virtual date with Japanese actor Takumi Saitoh while you're preparing your dinner. See also: 10 Basic Ingredients Every College Kid Needs in Their Dorm The date starts as soon as your hot water is ready to be poured over the noodles. Press "start," and Saitoh, who accompanies you at a picnic table in a field, will set a…
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  • Northwestern Mutual Buys Finance Startup LearnVest For $250 Million

    John Paul Titlow
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The site launched to help women manage their money. Now it's part of a financial giant.Alexa von Tobel, whose startup LearnVest was featured on our list of the world's Most Innovative Companies, has sold her company to Northwestern Mutual for $250 million, according to Fortune. Not bad for a personal-finance startup.Read Full Story
  • Salesforce CEO Boycotts Indiana's Anti-Gay Law, Urges Others To Follow Suit

    John Paul Titlow
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The new "religious freedom" law would open up Salesforce employees and customers to discrimination, says CEO Marc Benioff.Marc Benioff is pissed. It didn't take long after the passage of Indiana's new "religious freedom" law for the Salesforce CEO and founder to take a stand. "We are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination," he wrote today.Read Full Story
  • The Big Way Apple's Upcoming Streaming Music Service Will Differ From Spotify

    David Lumb
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    There will be no free version of Apple's streaming service, which should make it more appealing to artists.After long speculation about how Apple will swing back to the front of the music game after ceding territory to streaming music upstarts, today we learned firmer details about the tech company's own forthcoming streaming service, thanks to sources speaking to The New York Times. Unlike the popular streaming music service Spotify, Apple's product will not include a free tier.Read Full Story
  • The Hospitality Secrets Of Airbnb's Six-Figure Superhosts

    Michael Grothaus
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Two Airbnb experts offer tips to make your property rain money.There is perhaps no greater example of how lucrative the sharing economy can be than Airbnb. In the six years since its launch the website that lets anyone rent out their homes has propelled its founders—Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Joe Gebbia—onto this year's Forbes billionaires list with estimated fortunes of $1.9 billion each. That's to say nothing of the company's rumored $20 billion valuation, partly due to the fact that Airbnb now has over one million listings in 190 countries.Read Full Story
  • Olio's Connected Watch Envisions A World Beyond Apps

    Harry McCracken
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    A startup joins the smartwatch fray with a model whose hardware and software are both handcrafted. But it's skipping the whole app thing.It's an interesting—and possibly dangerous—time to be introducing a new smartwatch.Read Full Story
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  • Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

    Jordan Crook
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
     Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money. Magic lets users text a single number to get anything* delivered on demand. For an extra fee, of course. The… Read More
  • Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er

    John Biggs
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
     Fanatical Fantastical users rejoice! The app, which makes adding appointments to your calendar as easy as clicking a button on top of your Mac menu bar and typing “Eat pork with Alex at 5pm on Wednesday,” has completely revamped its scheduling system and now supports complex requests (“Eat pork with Alex every Tuesday”) and reminders (“Remind me to eat pork with… Read More
  • Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

    Matt Burns
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
     The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that. The accelerator program, called Seamless, targets early-stage hardware companies and gives them access… Read More
  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    Alex Wilhelm,John Biggs
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
     Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself, as well as the firm’s recent deal with Neteller. Read More
  • Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    John Biggs
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
     It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different. The brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs, he wanted a watch that was rugged, usable, and easy to read. While he was aware of… Read More
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  • Active listening

    Seth Godin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The kind of listening we're trained to do in school and at work is passive listening. Sit still. Get through it. Figure out what's going to be on the test and ignore the rest. Your eyes can glaze over, but don't let it show. Try not to nod off. People are talking, and they'd like the illusion of listening to accompany that. Don't interrupt.  Passive listening is letting the other person talk. Active listening, on the other hand, requires that you interrupt when you need a clarification, and it requires that you ask a truly difficult question when the speaker is finished. If it's worth…
  • What is customer service for?

    Seth Godin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:04 am
    Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it's a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or bad. A company might spend almost nothing on customer service but still succeed in reaching its goals. Customer service succeeds when it accomplishes what the organization sets out to accomplish. Google doesn't have a phone number, doesn't want to engage with most users. McDonald's doesn't give you a linen napkin. Fedex used to answer the phone on one ring, now it takes 81 seconds for them to answer a call. None of these things are necessarily…
  • Of course it's difficult...

    Seth Godin
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Students choose to attend expensive colleges but don't major in engineering because the courses are killer. Doing more than the customary amount of customer service is expensive, time-consuming and hard to sustain. Raising money for short-term urgent projects is easier than finding support for the long, difficult work of changing the culture and the infrastructure. Finding a new path up the mountain is far more difficult than hiring a sherpa and following the tried and true path. Of course it is. That's precisely why it's scarce and valuable.  The word economy comes from the Greek…
  • Things we don't see that much any more

    Seth Godin
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Wine coolers, Julia Roberts movies, fondue, Geocities pages, baby on board signs, a line at the Krispy Kreme... Ubiquitous doesn't mean forever, and popular isn't permanent. Someone is going to fade, and someone is going to be next to take their place.        
  • The tyranny of random numbers

    Seth Godin
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Is that iPhone game really conspiring to put blue squares up at the last minute, just to foil your attempt at a perfect score? Human beings are story-making engines, and when we're confronted with randomness, we make up an egocentric version of what happened, and it involves us. So when things randomly go well, we give ourselves a pat on the back, a reminder of why we deserved it. And when they don't, we seek out the ghost in whatever machine did us wrong and come up with a reason. Here's the truth: There is no reason. That's why we define it as random. All the time we spend inventing reasons…
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  • Dragonflies: Masters of Air and Water

    Gwen Pearson
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    A new book on dragonflies showcases photos of these flying predators. The post Dragonflies: Masters of Air and Water appeared first on WIRED.
  • Privacy Critics Go 0-2 With Congress’ Cybersecurity Bills

    Andy Greenberg
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Over the last month, privacy advocates have slammed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, arguing that it’s surveillance legislation hidden in a security bill’s clothing. But those protests didn’t stop a Senate committee from passing the bill by a vote of 14-1. And now they haven’t stopped the House’s intelligence committee from following in the Senate’s […] The post Privacy Critics Go 0-2 With Congress’ Cybersecurity Bills appeared first on WIRED.
  • Top Gear Shouldn’t Go on Without Jeremy Clarkson

    Jordan Golson
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Jeremy Clarkson was fired from Top Gear. Here's what we think the BBC should do now that he's gone. The post Top Gear Shouldn’t Go on Without Jeremy Clarkson appeared first on WIRED.
  • It’s Remarkably Easy to Lock a Pilot Out of the Cockpit

    Alex Davies
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The cockpit door appears to have worked exactly as it was designed. The post It’s Remarkably Easy to Lock a Pilot Out of the Cockpit appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium

    Nick Stockton
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    The US Navy has developed a prototype diving device that could cut down on helium costs, and enable more salvage operations. The post A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 3 Secret Weapons I Used to Launch My Fulltime Blogging Career

    Guest Blogger
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    This is a guest post by Jeff Goins of Goins, Writer. “I’d like to be a writer,” I told my friend one day when he asked what my dream was. “But that’ll never happen.” And I quickly went back to moping around, waiting for my big break. At the time, I was working for a nonprofit as a marketing director, secretly wondering what it might be like to write for a living. Little did I know how close I was to my goal. My was staring me right in the face the whole time. I was just blind to it. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman once said. “Always remember, you…
  • 7 Commonsense Tips to Improve Your Next Expert Roundup

    Guest Blogger
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    This is a guest contribution from Neil. Are you wondering why your expert roundups are not living up to your expectations? Why you are never getting the level of response some other people are getting? After all, the idea behind creating an expert roundup sounds foolproof on paper. Get eminent experts to answer a question for you. Gather the responses and publish the ultimate answer to that question. Get your experts to share the content and then leverage their audience to get a viral post. There is no way you can fail! But the reality is a bit different. My first expert roundup (January,…
  • Grab Your Ticket for the 2015 ProBlogger Training Event

    Darren Rowse
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Yesterday we released tickets to the 2015 ProBlogger Training Event on 14-15 August here in Australia on the Gold Coast. As I write this post 560 bloggers, speakers and team have grabbed their tickets (400 of those went in the first 10 minutes) and under 150 tickets remain. This year we’ve got attendees coming from all states and territories in Australia as well as attendees flying in from the USA, New Zealand, India and Fiji. Attendees not only come from all over the place but come from a wide spectrum of niches (everything from bloggers blogging about Fashion, to Health, to Travel, to…
  • Where to Find Free Images Online

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In a perfect world, we could all take amazing photos, edit them scrupulously, and somehow manage to have enough props and stylish flair to snap the exact image you need to illustrate your post. In the real world, we have access to other talented people who do that instead! I’ve lost count of the posts I’ve pinned, sent to Evernote, or emailed to myself that round up great places to find free images on the internet. To save myself that headache (and hopefully you too!) here they all are, finally, in one place. Pin it for yourself! Tweet this: 27 Places to Find Free Images Online:…
  • Building Your Audience From Zero to Traction

    Guest Blogger
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    This is a guest contribution from Brian Casel. If there’s one common thread among many of those who build successful businesses online, it’s this: They’ve been able to build an audience, which has helped them gain traction and spread value with a farther reach. But what if you have no audience yet? Zero subscribers. Little to no traffic. How can you get started, when nobody knows who you are? I was there about 18 months ago. My blog received less than 20 visitors a day. My newsletter did not exist. I had been blogging for years, but couldn’t connect with an audience, let alone create…
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  • Tracks Your Uber and Lyft Spending, Miles, and Travel Time

    Patrick Allan
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Uber and Lyft are pretty convenient when it comes to driving services . So convenient that you might not realize how much you're actually spending on rides. collects your Uber and Lyft receipts to give you a visualization of how much you're really spending, along with how far you've traveled and for how long.Read more...
  • "Leave Yourself Wanting More"

    Patrick Allan
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    You might like to push yourself in different aspects of your life, but sometimes less really is more. Whether it's exercise, work, or just a nice place to eat, you might be a much happier person if you always leave yourself wanting to come back to things later.Read more...
  • Gawker What We Know About the Germanwings Flight and Its Pilot, Andreas Lubitz | io9 8 Things People

    Jane-Claire Quigley
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Gawker What We Know About the Germanwings Flight and Its Pilot, Andreas Lubitz | io9 8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck | Jalopnik Clarkson: 'Leave Oisin Alone, None Of This Is His Fault' | Kotaku My Time In Police Cars | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • How to Improve Your Running After a Bad Marathon

    Jason Fitzgerald
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The marathon is a fickle beast: at 26.2 miles, the potential for bad luck is huge. That uncharted territory can bring all sorts of unforeseen issues, reducing your goal pace to a shuffle or worse, but it's from these problems that you learn to improve. Read more...
  • Discuss Your Intent Before Content When Disagreeing with Your Boss

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Disagreeing with you boss is difficult territory to wander through. To keep things civil, Harvard Business Review suggests you frame your intent as a mutual goal before you get into the details. Read more...
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  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
  • The Art of Keeping Things Simple

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurs face hundreds of decisions when they start a company, and there’s often a temptation to optimize each one of them—sometimes by breaking new ground. However, it’s best to focus one’s energy and attention on milestone issues. My experience and expertise is with US companies, but these are generally accepted startup practices: Corporate structure. Every country has different commercial entities, such as corporations, partnerships, limited-liability corporations, and cooperatives. You want a corporate structure with three characteristics: one that is familiar, if not…
  • Step aside Vince, here comes GuyStockphoto

    Guy Kawasaki
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    Awestruck by the Vince-Vaughn series of stock photos, I was inspired to try my hand at this at SXSW. I’m not sure they’re worth buying, but we sure had fun doing this–as the last few pictures show! The post Step aside Vince, here comes GuyStockphoto appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • My Love of Meerkat and a Hope That Another Company Will Embrace It Too

    Guy Kawasaki
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Since SXSW my first reaction when I see something worth sharing is to meercast it. I love Meerkat’s ease of use, immediacy, and visual feedback of seeing who’s watching and reading their comments. The gratification of meercasting is amazingly high. I have a couple of concerns about Meerkat. First, for the widespread adoption of Meerkat is that when most people use it, they will not get viewers. As one data point, the most people who have watched my meercasts is 148, and I have 1.4 million followers. (I did not buy any of these followers, and Twitter never “suggested” that new users…
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  • Apple Watch Apps Begin Showing Up in the App Store Ahead of Apple Watch Launch

    Juli Clover
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Ahead of the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch, apps that include Apple Watch support are beginning to be released in the App Store. As of today, several popular iOS apps have been updated with built-in Apple Watch apps, including Evernote, Dark Sky, Things, and Target. Additional apps with Apple Watch support will be rolling out over the course of the day, giving us a first look at how many of the apps on the device will function. We'll be updating this post with a list of Apple Watch apps that are available as they come out in the App Store. According to Evernote's app description, for…
  • Amazon Cloud Drive Now Includes Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

    Joe Rossignol
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Amazon on Thursday announced two new unlimited cloud storage plans for Amazon Cloud Drive, enabling users to store an endless amount of photos, videos, movies, music, and files. Amazon users can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan for $11.99 per year or the Unlimited Everything Plan for $59.99 per year, with a free three-month trial available for each plan for customers that want to try the service. The lower-tier Unlimited Photos Plan allows for an unlimited number of photos to be stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, alongside up to 5GB of additional storage for videos, documents and…
  • Tim Cook Named 'World's Greatest Leader,' Reflects on Leading Post-Jobs Era at Apple

    Joe Rossignol
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Following the release of Becoming Steve Jobs, an acclaimed biography of the late Apple co-founder, Fortune has named Tim Cook the "world's greatest leader," accompanied by an in-depth profile that reflects on the chief executive in the post-Jobs era. The interesting article provides a closer look at Cook's transition from a soft-spoken operations manager to a high-profile leader at Apple, and reveals how Cook has managed the pressure that comes with his new role. Apple CEO Tim Cook (Image Credit: Joe Pugliese) Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others…
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and 4-Inch iPhone 6c Rumored for 2015 Release

    Husain Sumra
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Apple is planning on releasing three new iPhone models in the second half of 2015, according to a new report from DigiTimes. The site claims that a 4-inch iPhone model will join the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Apple will release three different iPhones in the second half of 2015, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a 4-inch device currently being referred to as iPhone 6C, according to industry sources.A new 4-inch iPhone was also rumored in December 2014, with a report claiming that the device would be aimed toward female users. However, even if a new 4-inch iPhone isn't…
  • Facebook Turns Messenger Into a Platform, Allows Third-Party iOS App Integration

    Juli Clover
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    At today's F8 Facebook Developer Conference, Facebook debuted its new Messenger Platform, a major update to the Messenger service that allows users to send content like GIFs, photos, videos, and more from third-party apps within the Facebook Messenger app for iOS. Beginning today, iOS app developers can build Facebook Messenger support into their apps, making them directly accessible within the Facebook Messenger app. Facebook has already worked with more than 40 developers, so apps with Messenger support are already available in the iOS App Store. Apps can be accessed in the Facebook…
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  • Content Will Never Be King

    Chris Brogan
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Yesterday, I had the pleasure to sit down with my friends Darren Rowse and Brian Clark. The last time the three of us sat quietly was in 2008 or 2009 when we launched the Third Tribe group (ah, memories). I joked that I wanted to bring that back and we could call it Sixth Tribe. You know, Third Tribe 2.0. Alas. Content Will Never Be King The conversation was brief, fun, and sprinkled with some melancholy about the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Darren is thriving with his Problogger events and his Digital Photography School. Brian is running Copyblogger Media,…
  • Content Marketing as a Food Truck: Rethinking Content Marketing In A World of Splintered Attention

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    With well over a billion users, Facebook must easily rank as most people’s “where I see interesting stories and click” tool of choice. Sure, us nerds might point to Feedly or Flipboard, but that’s not “most people.” That’s the enlightened. Some of us get our favorite sites to our inbox. But that’s more rare than not. What seems most true, however, is that hardly anyone stops by someone’s actual blog any more (or say “site” in case you bristle at the word “blog.”) If people aren’t visiting blogs directly any…
  • Are You Going to Social Media Marketing World? SMMW15

    Chris Brogan
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    I’m going to Social Media Marketing World in San Diego next Tuesday through Thursday. I’m doing two OFFICIAL things that I’ll stop explaining because I keep getting it wrong. Beyond that, most of my time is my own (I’ve got two other formal obligations and a few friend obligations). I thought I’d write out what my hopes are for the event, in case you and I have some shared interests we should cover. First and Foremost I’m definitely there to meet and connect. If you SEE me somewhere and find some dumb reason NOT to connect with me, stop it. Go the hell up…
  • How a $200 Chromebook Earned my Company $28,000 in Ten Days

    Chris Brogan
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    This is the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670. It’s about the size of a Macbook Air, kinda. It runs the Google Chrome OS, which means it’s pretty much like a browser-only deal. All the apps you use are web-based. And this device helped me make $28,000 in ten days. Could a Chromebook Make You More Money? I suspect you already know the real answer to how this worked. This Chromebook isn’t the most powerful computer in the universe. If you have a lot of tabs open, it doesn’t work well. So, I don’t have many tabs open. (hint one) Continue ReadingThe post How a $200…
  • What Writing A Great Sales Letter Taught Me About Everything

    Chris Brogan
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    I can count on one hand the number of times that something I’ve tried to sell has been well-received by the people I serve. You know how some kids are a late bloomer? That’s me with most of the things I sell. People buy them years later sometimes. But this time, I really struck gold. How We Write Our Sales Letter Sequence I learned a lot while putting together the now-defunct webinar version of Online Course Maker. (Let me reiterate: the WEBINAR VERSION IS GONE). First, I learned that there’s such a thing as too much information for a format. I tried to cram way too much…
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  • The Single Word that Can Cripple Any Online Entrepreneur

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Fear is one of the dirtiest words in the English language — and something that every one of us faces. No Sidebar host Brian Gardner has been an online entrepreneur for eight years now, and he has said “I am afraid” an infinite number of times. You’d think that working on the Internet, where it’s easy to hide and take shots without really being known, would lessen the pain. In 2007, Brian faced his greatest leap of faith when he left a cushy job as a project manager for an architectural firm to become a freelance web designer. At the time, he didn’t know…
  • The Critical Importance of the Pre-Sell

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    What stops people from buying from you? Why do some launches fall flat? In this episode of The Mainframe, join hosts Chris Garrett and Tony Clark as they reveal the key strategy that will allow you to not only sell more of your products and services to more people, but will also reduce refunds and improve your audience’s relationship with you. In this episode of The Mainframe, hosts Chris Garrett and Tony Clark discuss: The key reason that launches fail How people really buy The best way to communicate your launch narrative What marketers can learn from Star Wars Why you need a waiting…
  • How to Write Headlines that Get Results

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Headline writing is probably the first and most important skill you need to learn as a web writer. John Caples called it the most important part of an advertisement. That’s why he dedicates four out of 18 chapters to headline writing in his book Tested Advertising Methods. And you can sum up those four chapters in one hyphenated word. In this 11-minute episode of Rough Draft with Demian Farnworth, you’ll discover: What that hyphenated word is A simple process for writing headlines that get results The most successful headline ever written for college men A sleazy tactic (you…
  • How to Structure and Sell Your Natural Expertise

    Pamela Wilson
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Way back in late 2009, I was getting antsy, on both a personal and a professional level. I had run my own design studio for almost 20 years. And I’d created just about anything a designer could create, from business cards to billboards — even a glossy, full-color national magazine. But despite my success, I started to feel like there was “more” that I wanted to do with my career. And one day, in a quiet moment, I heard a question: Where will you grow from here? I needed to answer that question. But how? Around that time, I found someone who promised to help me build an…
  • Is ‘Choose Yourself’ Good Advice … or New-Age Phooey?

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Seth Godin says “pick yourself.” Choose yourself. Select yourself. It’s a refrain we hear across the web. But what does it really mean? On the latest episode of The Lede, the second in the “Hero versus Villain” series, Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth debate this question. Before you listen, see if you can guess which side of the debate each of them is on. And, as Jerod and Demian did in the last episode, they bring in one of their Copyblogger colleagues to help settle the debate. Click Here to Listen to The Lede on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM…
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  • Court throws out lawsuit over storage on iPhones, iPads

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple over the amount of storage available in mobile devices that come with iOS 8.The district court in San Jose, California, threw out the proposed class-action suit on Wednesday after Apple filed a motion saying the plaintiffs failed to back up their arguments. The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning the plaintiffs can’t sue Apple again for the same thing.In the suit, filed last December, Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara charged that Apple misled consumers about how much of the storage on iPhones and iPads was taken up by the OS.
  • Oculus's chief scientist: VR will succeed because your vision sucks

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Virtual reality has been just beyond our grasp for decades. The parts to build VR headsets were too expensive, the technology too rudimentary to convince anyone that what they were seeing was real. Virtual reality has become more accessible and less expensive, thanks to Oculus. Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is now on sale for $200, and Oculus Rift is expected to finally hit store shelves this year for somewhere in the $200-$400 range. But the technology has also improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to Oculus’s exploitation of your terible vision.To read this article in full or…
  • How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp coexist under Facebook

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp last year raised some eyebrows. Facebook already has a popular messaging app, the in-house Facebook Messenger, not to mention a popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. Why did it need to bring yet another app into the fold? Wouldn’t the three apps end up cannibalizing each other? But as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram continue to grow, with monthly active user numbers swelling to 700 million, 600 million, and 300 million respectively, Facebook has proved that naysayers know nothing about what people want from the apps…
  • Private I: Trust and verify for network certificate roots

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    In a post on March 23, Google’s security team explained that it had discovered that someone was delivering digital certificates to users for Google domains that weren’t authorized by Google. A quick investigation discovered that a Chinese certificate authority (CA), CNNIC, had improperly given a reseller enough power to create verifiable certificates for any domain in the world. With a verifiable certificate, any seemingly secured web connection can be intercepted by a party that can insert a tap into a network point between the browser and the server. It’s bad.To read this article in…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors take a crack at designing cases

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors take a crack at designing casesThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you stunning designs from the runway, plus ultra-protective cases from OtterBox and Lifeproof.Diane von FurstenbergIf you're looking for some travel-inspired fashion, the Hologram (iPhone 6; $48) features a simple hologram airplane pattern that changes to reveal a warm hidden message. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Assessing Mobile Usability With Google Webmaster Tools

    Tim Jensen
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Back in 2013, Google officially announced1 that it would begin to penalize websites that provide a faulty user experience on mobile devices. Specific examples included redirecting inner URLs to a home page when viewed in a mobile version of a website, as well as showing 404 errors to people attempting to access pages on mobile. Toward the end of 2014, a Google spokesperson hinted that the mobile user experience would become a ranking factor2. In January 2015, a number of website owners received messages warning about mobile usability issues on their websites, linking to a section of Webmaster…
  • Help Your Content Go Anywhere With A Mobile Content Strategy

    Kerry Crawford
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    You’ve put a lot of thought, time and effort into creating great content, and you want users to have a great experience with your content. While you might have created the best content in the world, you don’t get to choose how users access it. That’s why it’s important to make sure your content works beautifully on every platform and device, desktop, mobile or something else entirely. Before you panic, I’m not advocating that you create individual content strategies for each device or network that your content is published to. That would be crazy, and it wouldn’t necessarily work…
  • Browser Input Events: Can We Do Better Than The Click?

    Dustan Kasten
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Responding to user input is arguably the core of what we do as interface developers. In order to build responsive web products, understanding how touch, mouse, pointer and keyboard actions and the browser work together is key. You have likely experienced the 300-millisecond delay1 in mobile browsers or wrestled with touchmove2 versus scrolling3. In this article we will introduce the event cascade and use this knowledge to implement a demo of a tap event that supports the many input methods while not breaking in proxy browsers such as Opera Mini. Overview Three primary input methods are used…
  • Freebie: Swifticons Icon Set (92×3 Icons, AI, Sketch, PNG, SVG, EPS, PDF)

    The Smashing Editorial
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    A good freebie is always good to have. Today, we’re happy to release a quite unique icon set. The goodie contains 92 icons in three editable variants: outlined, filled & colored, covering 15 wide categories: Science, Medical, Tech, Kitchen, Activities, Care, Weather, Marketing, Transport, Holidays, Formats, Interface, Interaction, Photo, Brands. Using a precise grid of 60px to guarantee sharpness and consistency, unlimited possibilities are unlocked when your creativity applies to this awesome set. Multiple formats available : AI, Sketch, PNG, SVG, EPS, PDF. This icon set is…
  • A Few Different Ways To Use SVG Sprites In Animation

    Sarah Drasner
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    There are some things we know and like about SVGs. First, SVGs have smooth, clean edges on any display, so using SVGs can reduce the number of HTTP requests for image replacement. Second, it’s easy to make an SVG scalable to its container for responsive development. In this article we’ll cover a few ways of using SVG sprites to describe motion on the web. I’ll show some techniques for using SVG sprites in complex animation that takes advantage of these factors. All examples shown will assume the use of an auto-prefixer and some basic knowledge of CSS animations. Technique #1: Complex…
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Moose Peterson’s Safari Adventure Moose goes on safari! With a career studying and photographing wildlife for over three decades, Moose has his first African safari and you’ve got a front row seat. Join Moose as he encounters the wide array of wildlife that calls the Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa home. Moose shares his take on the gear he brought along with his tips and techniques for capturing images that help tell the story of your trip.KelbyOne Live Want to learn from Scott Kelby or Joel Grimes live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Tom Bol!

    Brad Moore
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    NEW FRONTIERSAll photographers have familiar subject matter. Maybe you are wedding photographer, a sports shooter or a headshot specialist. You cover similar events and subjects year after year. The natural progression is you start asking yourself, ‘is there a different way to photograph this familiar subject?’ Sometimes unique perspectives or new locations prompt spikes in creativity and original ideas. Sometimes new lighting or post processing creates fresh looks. And other times new gear comes along that lets you realize new possibilities.I’ve been photographing adventure sports for…
  • My Favorite Football Shots From The 2014 Season

    Scott Kelby
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    OK, I am WAY behind on posting this, especially since we’re just about to start cranking up the 2015 NFL season, but it’s one of those better-late-than-never things (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). :)A 60-Second Recap: I wound up shooting about the same number of games this year as I did last year, but I still missed quite a few games overall due to my travel schedule and family vacations (I have the opportunity to shoot about 21 games total per season if I shoot every single week, including preseason).  I shot most of the Bucs home games, and I picked up a…
  • This Weekend Only – 25% OFF Prints from MPIX!

    Brad Moore
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    THIS WEEKEND ONLY – 25% OFF ALL PRINTS! Our friends at Mpix are here to help you clean out your camera just in time for spring with a 25% off all prints sale you can’t afford to miss. From now, Friday March 20, through Sunday March 22, fill up your cart with whatever prints you’d like to purchase, then enter the promo code kelbyspringcleaning at checkout to receive the discount!Maybe it’s time to freshen up your home with some new photos for your walls, give that special someone a way to remember that amazing day you shared recently, or it’s just time you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Trailblazers Series with Elsa Garrison Elsa Garrison has carved out a career capturing breathtaking moments at the peak of sports action for nearly twenty years. Shooting for Getty images, Elsa’s photographs have appeared in every major sports publication, and she’s covered everything from the NFL to the Olympics. A self-described shy person, Elsa’s determination and nose-to-the grindstone work ethic has earned her spots on the sidelines of an incredible array of sporting events and her photographs have earned her the respect of her peers and colleagues.Next Level 3D with Corey…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Create a Simple Slideshow in Lightroom

    Andrew S. Gibson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you’re over a “certain” age, you remember creating slideshows for friends or family members to see. The viewing process required a projector and a screen, plus a darkened room to enable people to see the projected slides properly. Thankfully, things have moved on since then and it’s now much easier to show your photos to an audience. The advent of laptop computers, social media, blogs and photo sharing websites has rendered the old style of slideshow redundant. However, there’s still a place for the new style of slideshow – one viewed on a computer monitor,…
  • Finding the Best Quality of Light During the Day

    Barry J Brady
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Light is the main ingredient in any photograph. Without light, you cannot make an image. Photography is all about drawing or painting with light. One book I read on the subject said that light IS the subject in photography, in many ways, this is true. Light is a difficult phenomenon to quantify. Most of the time, we don’t really think about light in our day to day lives. Shoot for the light… As a photographer however, light is your currency. Without it, you cannot create an image. If you were in a lightproof room, with no light entering the room at all, it would be nearly…
  • Tips for Creating Landscape Photos during the Golden Hour

    Tim Gilbreath
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    The golden hour. Even if you haven’t been involved in photography for very long, you undoubtedly have heard the term thrown around. As photographers we are in the business of capturing light, and there is no better light to have cast on our subjects, than sun light that is low on the horizon. The golden hour is defined as periods of time; specifically, the hour after sunrise, and the hour before sunset. The length and time of these occurrences depends on your location on our planet, and time of the year. Regardless of the type of photography you do, natural light generally falls into…
  • 4 Tips for Creating Portraits with Impact

    Andrew Faulk
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Since the birth of the camera, an overwhelming number of photographers have concentrated on portraiture. Capturing the personality, mood, or expression of a fellow human is sublimely beautiful. Because of this, many of us have thousands of portraits saved on hard drives, and eagerly await the next portrait contest. Honestly, how many of these portraits actually have visual impact? How many of our portraits are powerful enough to hold a viewer’s attention longer than a couple of seconds? We can continue to produce countless portraits that are stale and void of visual power, or we can step…
  • A Beginners Guide to Light Modifiers

    Gina Milicia
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Regardless of the light source you use (daylight, continuous or flash) it’s really easy to use light modifiers or shapers to train the light in any direction you want. ***A quick note about costs Every kind of light modifier will have a top of the line version and a really cheap version. The main difference between the options is that the cheaper ones won’t be as durable. This becomes important when you’re using them every single day. When you’re learning how to use them however, I recommend choosing cheap versions. You’ll figure out how they work and save yourself a lot of money. I…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Google brings data compression from mobile Chrome to PCs

    Richard Lawler
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Google has offered an option to reduce the amount of data Chrome uses on Android and iOS for a while, and now it's rolled out an extension to do the same for desktop users. Just like the mobile option, it works by compressing the data on Google's ser...
  • Amazon Cloud Drive now stores unlimited files for $60 per year

    Jon Fingas
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Amazon thinks it has a way to entice you away from the likes of Dropbox or Google Drive: real, honest-to-goodness unlimited internet storage. It just launched two Cloud Drive plans that let you upload as much as you like, with the primary difference ...
  • Google will fix Chrome's scrolling with Microsoft's help

    Aaron Souppouris
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Smoother scrolling is coming to Chrome, as Google will integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into a future version of the browser. To say that Google and Microsoft haven't had the best working relationship would be an understatement. The companies...
  • Nine indie developers on the secret to making multiplayer magic

    Anthony John Agnello
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ten years ago, multiplayer-only games went through a severe identity crisis. More people than ever were gaming together, but they were increasingly playing online only. The small-stakes joy of twitchy experiences like Street Fighter II and Super Off ...
  • Beatport's streaming service for dance music arrives on iOS and Android

    Mona Lalwani
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    There are more music streaming apps than the world needs. But there hasn't really been a streamlined experience for electronic dance music listeners until now. Most of the popular apps -– Spotify, 8tracks and Pandora -– have a plethora of dance music...
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  • 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 »
  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    For those of you following along with The Traveling Photographer series, Lynda has just posted the New York City episode.This is a city I have visited many times, so we tried to distill this visit down to a small collection of very cool photo experiences. I hope you like it.Lastly, NYC completes the series—for now, anyway. Whether or not it continues will be determined solely by how many views it gets. So thanks in advance for your support.-DH
  • Now Live on The Traveling Photographer_LONDON

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

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

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

  • Manfrotto launches miniature Lumie LED lights

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Accessories manufacturer Manfrotto has announced a new series of consumer LED lights that offer portable continuous output for stills and video photographers. The Lumie Art, Play and Muse lights are powered by a USB rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that is said to deliver over an hour’s worth of continuous lighting. While the Art and Play models come with a hotshoe adapter and a tripod mount, the Muse additionally has a ball and socket head that makes angling the light easy. Read more
  • Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    The Samsung NX500 takes some of the best bits of the NX1, including the same 28MP APS-C format sensor and still imaging pipeline, and wraps them up in a smaller, less expensive body. We recently had the opportunity to shoot with an NX500 on the beautiful island of Hawaii. We've already published a couple of samples galleries, but click through to read about how we got on with Samsung's newest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
  • Amazon launches unlimited cloud photo storage for $11.99 per year

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Amazon has announced two new 'unlimited' storage plans as part of its Cloud Drive service. The Unlimited Photos plan costs $11.99 per year and an 'Unlimited Everything' plan allows users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, documents and music for $59.99 per year. Both services can be tried out for free for three months, starting now. Click through for more information 
  • Reikan announces major update to FoCal AF tuning software

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Reikan has announced a major update to its AF tuning software, FoCal. FoCal automates the process of calibrating your lens to your DSLR camera body, important - if not absolutely necessary - for critical focus when using fast lenses that yield shallow depth-of-field. Version 2 introduces the ability to check your copy of a lens against other users' test results. Read more
  • Impossible launches B&W 2.0 quick-process instant film for 600 series cameras

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Instant film manufacturer Impossible has launched what it calls a Generation 2.0 film called B&W 2.0. The company claims it's not only sharper and clearer than previous Impossible products, but also develops much quicker. The new film is the result of a new chemical formula for Impossible that has been developed by former Polaroid research chemist Stephen Herchen. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Adding Color (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Original Image One of the great things about the adjustment tools is that you can add color to the affect. Heck it could be the only setting you applied to that tool. I rely heavily on Photoshop’s color picker/eyedropper to help me choose colors since I have been known to have some color issues. But if you use a track pad or tablet device such as a Wacom Intous in Lightroom and you click on the color swatch to choose a color… as soon as you move your mouse out of the color palette, and try to sample a color in the image… the cursor changes to a regular one and you…
  • I’m Giving Away 10-Copies of My “Photoshop For Lightroom Users” Book (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi everybody — to help shake off yesterday’s “No Comment Monday” (save for a last-minute comment or two by Lyle) today I’m giving away TEN signed print copies of my book, “Photoshop for Lightroom Users.”  To enter, just leave me a comment here, and you’re entered. I’ll pick 10 winners on Friday end of day; I’ll sign each one and get ‘em out to you no matter where you are in the world. Good luck everybody! Here’s a video (below) that explains the book (that way, at least you’ll know what you might win). Good luck everybody! (Note: in case you…
  • Printing a Multi-Photo Layout? Consider “Draft Mode” (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
      When I’m printing a multi-photo layout (like the one you see here) I turn on “Draft Mode Printing” (shown circled here in red) which sends a low-res preview version of each image to the printer, instead of making you wait for each high-resolution image to render, so the print comes out MUCH faster, but the quality is still great because the size of each image is so small. Give this “Draft Mode Printing” a try next time you’re doing a multi-photo layout and you’ll be amazed at how great those images look even though they’re just the low…
  • It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #6 with Scott & RC (Matt Kloskowski)
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    It’s Friday — you know what that means: It’s time for another episode of “The Lightroom Show.” We’ve been using your questions as the outline for the show, so I hope you find it helpful. I just got back from Dubai last night, so I’m keeping this short and sweet — hope you enjoy the show and here’s wishing you a great weekend. Best, -Scott The post It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #6 with Scott & RC appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • Sharpening is all in the Details (Matt Kloskowski)
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
      Original file with no sharpening Sharpening is one of those things that we all do, but we are never really sure if we are doing too much or too little. This tip helps you have a little more control. Full sharpening (so you can see it) I have cranked the sharpening all the way up so you can see it… but you will want to probably not be this heavy handed. Most of us can kind of figure out what Radius and Detail sliders do under Sharpening by moving the sliders back and forth, but Masking seems a little sneaky and hard to see. If you use The Option/Alt key while moving the masking…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Watch Learns Runners' Strides Over Time, Becoming More Independent From iPhone

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    After talking with Tim Cook onstage at the March 9 "Spring Forward" media event, model Christy Turlington Burns has kept a weekly blog on Apple's official website with updates on her preparations for the London Marathon next month. In this week's post, Burns mentions in passing that the Watch will not only learn a user's stride after a few exercises when paired with an iPhone, after a while the Watch will be able to act independently in tracking fitness-related stats without needing to be tethered to an iPhone at all (via MacObserver). Burns shows off the ease of exchanging Apple Watch bands…
  • Twitter Launches Live-Streaming iOS App 'Periscope'

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    After acquiring live-streaming video service Periscope back in January, Twitter today officially launched the Periscope app, which aims to compete with newly popular apps like Meerkat in allowing users to instantly live-stream right from an iPhone (via The Verge). In development for over a year, once a user syncs their Twitter account with Periscope, they can view a list of curated live feeds on the app's homepage and even replay streams that have since ended. Streams can be replayed up to 24 hours after ending, and broadcasters can opt-out of allowing users to view their stream after it's…
  • PowerDrive Slim Video Review: An External Battery and Hard Drive Combo for iPhone

    Juli Clover
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    We went hands-on with Mazzo's PowerDrive Slim, which combines an external battery with a hard drive, to give you extra storage and extra battery life for your iPhone. There's 32GB of storage space for storing files, photos, and videos, plus a 3,000 mAh battery that translates to approximately one full charge for an iPhone 6 Plus. Files can be transferred to the PowerDrive Slim using the accompanying PowerDrive iOS app, and at the same time, it can charge your iPhone. You'll need to supply a Lightning cable for transferring files and for charging your iPhone from the PowerDrive Slim. Size…
  • Apple Continues to Tweak Emojis in Latest iOS 8.3 Beta

    Joe Rossignol
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    After introducing all new emoji with skin tone modifiers in iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple continues to make minor tweaks to the emoji library in subsequent beta releases. iOS 8.3 beta 4 released through Apple's public beta testing program on Tuesday now separates default emoji from modified ones when holding them down on the keyboard, and emojis with yellow skin tone now have a matching blond or gold hair color. The emoji keyboard also shows the "Recently Added" view as default again, making it easier to select from the emojis that you use most often for messaging. iOS 8.3 beta 4 also gains iMessage…
  • Video Review: Element Case's Solace Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    Juli Clover
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Element Case is a company known for making cases from premium materials, often with a premium price tag. We went hands-on with the company's Solace case for the iPhone 6 Plus in our latest video review, which is part of Element Case's LUXE Collection. Priced at $99, the Solace is a three-piece case that consists of a polycarbonate body with a foam insert to protect the iPhone, an aluminum top and bottom, and aluminum buttons. It comes in several colors, including gold, white, black, and turquoise. We thought the Solace offered good protection, but it adds a decent amount of bulk to the…
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    CNN Travel

  • 7 delicious reasons to visit Italy's culinary capital

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    From the 'King of Cheese' to the world's finest balsamic vinegar, many of Italy's gourmet greats were born hereTags: Culinary JourneysItalian cuisine
  • Man kicked off flight over language on shirt

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
    A New York college student was reportedly booted from a Southwest flight for wearing an offensive shirtTags: flight disputeflight regulations
  • Keong Saik Road: The coolest new block in Singapore

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:12 pm
    The former red light district has a library with a secret bar, chic restaurants and a reputation for being super-hip. Here's whyCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. In the old days, a cab driver might give you a greasy look if you told him you wanted to go to Chinatown's Keong Saik Road.  Once a gangster-filled red light district, Chinatown’s Keong Saik Road is now one of Singapore’s hottest hoods, full of trendy hotels, bistros,…
  • Meals on the go: Shanghai's vanishing street food

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Its gleaming architecture may be reaching for the sky, but Shanghai's cuisine doesn't get better than at street levelTags: street food
  • Drive from Europe to the U.S.? Russia proposes massive superhighway

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:22 pm
    The plan includes a road that would connect Russia's eastern border with the U.S. state of Alaska, while linking with existing roads in Western Europe and AsiaTags: Trans Siberian ExpressRussiasuper highways
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