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  • Dog loves to go down slide [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Who knew that dogs could be adrenaline junkies? This guy, for example, loves to climb a tall slide and ride it into a lake. The post Dog loves to go down slide [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here's a totally believable video of Tom Brady destroying his phone

    Mashable
    Jeff Leeson
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Sometimes fake footage is better than the real thing. With the NFL recently upholding its four-game suspension on Tom Brady and claiming he destroyed his cellphone so it couldn't be used as evidence against him, many are wondering what actually happened to the phone. One person at Grantland, who has watched way too much Breaking Bad, seemed to have a theory on how it all went down. His parody stars Tom Brady as Mike Ehrmantraut and gave us all an inside look at the destruction of Brady's phone. Tread lightly, Brady. Tread lightly. 'Adultz Bop' is just like 'Kidz Bop,' except it's for sad…
  • Uber To Lease Cars Directly To UberX Drivers

    Fast Company
    Pavithra Mohan
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    The ride-sharing service makes it easier for prospective UberX drivers to lease cars for short stints.Uber has all but cornered the ride-hailing business, clocking 1 million rides a day in some markets. The demand is clear, and the next natural step for the company, announced Wednesday, is to reduce the barrier to entry for prospective Uber drivers by rejiggering its leasing program.Read Full Story
  • A Silly Look Inside The Mario Maker Level Hackathon At Facebook HQ

    TechCrunch
    Josh Constine
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    The latest perk of working at Facebook: getting to play the new Nintendo game Super Mario Maker a month before it comes out. Yesterday, Facebook hosted a hackathon where 100 employees built their own levels using Mario Maker. The game lets you make your own obstacle courses for the plumber using elements from Mario 1, 3, and Super Mario World. Teams competed for whose level was best. We saw… Read More
  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Dog loves to go down slide [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Who knew that dogs could be adrenaline junkies? This guy, for example, loves to climb a tall slide and ride it into a lake. The post Dog loves to go down slide [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Top apps for car owners [infographics]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Looking for a helping hand from technology to make your ride smoother? Here are some great car apps to add to your collection, from mileage trackers to service locators, courtesy of First Aid Wheels. The post Top apps for car owners [infographics] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why were medieval paintings of babies so ugly? [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that paintings of babies during the medieval period were...disconcerting, to say the least? Well, there's a very simple bit of art history that accounts for that. The post Why were medieval paintings of babies so ugly? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The massive Pit Bull called Hulk had puppies…very expensive puppies [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Awhile ago we introduced you to a massive, 175 pound Pit Bull called Hulk. Well, Hulk is back, and this time he's got puppies. But, as the Dodo points out, this may not be a good thing. In fact, it might be downright bad for Pit Bulls across the nation. The post The massive Pit Bull called Hulk had puppies…very expensive puppies [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Pet rats show off impressive array of tricks [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Rats get the short end of the stick when it comes to pet reputations, though this video created by Abby Roeser could convince you they're just the companion for you. The post Pet rats show off impressive array of tricks [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Here's a totally believable video of Tom Brady destroying his phone

    Jeff Leeson
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Sometimes fake footage is better than the real thing. With the NFL recently upholding its four-game suspension on Tom Brady and claiming he destroyed his cellphone so it couldn't be used as evidence against him, many are wondering what actually happened to the phone. One person at Grantland, who has watched way too much Breaking Bad, seemed to have a theory on how it all went down. His parody stars Tom Brady as Mike Ehrmantraut and gave us all an inside look at the destruction of Brady's phone. Tread lightly, Brady. Tread lightly. 'Adultz Bop' is just like 'Kidz Bop,' except it's for sad…
  • 'Adultz Bop' is just like 'Kidz Bop,' except it's for sad parents

    Chloe Bryan
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Ever wanted to blast "BBHMM" in your minivan, but didn't want your toddler to hear the swear words? Adultz Bop is here to fix that problem. Loose Silverware has created a series of hip hop covers "for parents, by parents." Highlights include "Going Out for Milk" (a gentler version of Flo Rida's "GDFR"), a rendition of "CoCo" dedicated to frozen yogurt and, of course, "Rich, Can You Pass That Honey?" Unfortunately, you can't find these hot tracks in stores. Unless Fetty Wap wants to record "Dairy Queen" himself. That would be fine with us. 'Plonker' drives 3-wheeled car onto railway crossing…
  • Jimmy Kimmel's tears about Cecil the Lion raise $150,000 for wildlife research

    Matt Petronzio
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had one hope when he heard about the hunter who killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe: "please don't be an American." When it turned out that the big-game hunter who committed the "disgusting tragedy" was indeed an American — Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota — Kimmel ended his emotional monologue with another hope: "Let's show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole." Americans have responded by giving a leading wildlife conservation group more than $150,000 in under 24 hours. Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit…
  • An iPhone that sat on the ocean floor for 2 months worked when the owner got it back

    Brian Koerber
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    After dropping your phone into the ocean, it's safe to assume you've lost all hope of recovering your precious gadget. But after nearly two months, one lucky kayaker who dropped his phone into the water off the coast Santa Cruz had his phone returned, in working order. Imgur user ehtnaerokyug, first name Sam, posted his phone recovery story to the website on Wednesday. According to his post, Sam and his friend were Kayaking in Monterey Bay on March 13, and he was wearing a new waterproof case around his neck, snapping photos of their journey. See also: Farmer's Lost iPhone Survives 9-Month,…
  • Understand what the hell is happening on 'Game of Thrones' with this app

    Max Knoblauch
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    The ever-increasing cast of characters, allegiances and rivalries on Game of Thrones can get confusing, especially for the show-only variety of Westeros fans. Not to worry, a new app is going to help you sort everything out, without picking up those pesky books. See also: 6 Blunt Character Changes HBO Made to 'Game of Thrones' A Game of Thrones: Get into the Books, available for free on iTunes as of July 30, promises to provide "specially-written introductions and maps to help you find your way around the story." The app includes 40 extracts from the books, a sort of training-wheels A Song Of…
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    Fast Company

  • Uber To Lease Cars Directly To UberX Drivers

    Pavithra Mohan
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    The ride-sharing service makes it easier for prospective UberX drivers to lease cars for short stints.Uber has all but cornered the ride-hailing business, clocking 1 million rides a day in some markets. The demand is clear, and the next natural step for the company, announced Wednesday, is to reduce the barrier to entry for prospective Uber drivers by rejiggering its leasing program.Read Full Story
  • IBM And CVS Health Want Watson To Manage Your Diabetes

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    IBM and CVS Health think big data will help make you healthier.If IBM and the recently rebranded CVS Health have their way, you'll be using the Watson supercomputer to manage obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. The two companies are announcing a new partnership to develop custom care management services for CVS customers with chronic illnesses, and to then license the new technologies to insurance companies.Read Full Story
  • Doing Your Errands, For Free, Is Now Someone's Job

    Sarah Kessler
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    GoButler's "Heroes" spend their days booking your doctor appointments, sending your mother flowers, and planning your dates, gratis."Have a date tomorrow. Any ideas of what to do?"Read Full Story
  • This Guerrilla Mattress Turns Evil Anti-Homeless Spikes Into A Force For Good

    Charlie Sorrel
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    The anti anti-homeless spikes project reclaims public spaces for anyone who wants to sit down where they goddamn please.Cities can be pretty hostile to the average person. Benches are scarce and public toilets are often unavailable or disgusting. Imagine now you're a homeless person looking for a place to sleep, and the street architecture is specifically conspiring to stop you.Read Full Story
  • Hot On Hello Barbie's Plastic Heels, ToyTalk Now Lets Kids Chat With Thomas The Tank Engine

    Evie Nagy
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    A new app, Thomas and Friends Talk to You, is for youngsters who are down with the very useful train and his pals.If you've ever spent even a few minutes with a toddler, you are likely familiar with the global juggernaut that is Thomas and Friends.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • A Silly Look Inside The Mario Maker Level Hackathon At Facebook HQ

    Josh Constine
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    The latest perk of working at Facebook: getting to play the new Nintendo game Super Mario Maker a month before it comes out. Yesterday, Facebook hosted a hackathon where 100 employees built their own levels using Mario Maker. The game lets you make your own obstacle courses for the plumber using elements from Mario 1, 3, and Super Mario World. Teams competed for whose level was best. We saw… Read More
  • Google Adds 8 Carriers To Its Android For Work Partner Ecosystem

    Frederic Lardinois
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
     When Google officially launched its Android for Work program earlier this year, it had already signed up a wide range of partners to help bring Android for Work to market. Today, it is expanding this program by adding a new device manufacturer and — for the first time — carriers to its partner ecosystem. Read More
  • Pinterest Is Working With A Startup Called Paradigm To Foster Diversity

    Megan Rose Dickey
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
     Diversity is a hot-button issue, and an issue that many tech companies can’t seem to figure out how to solve. That’s where Paradigm comes in. Paradigm works with fast-growing companies like Slack and Pinterest to help them identify where the biggest barriers to diversity are coming into play, Paradigm Founder and CEO Joelle Emerson tells me. It does this through both quantitative… Read More
  • The Argument For Investing In True Fan Engagement

    Harrison Shih
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
     Following the launches of brand-centric services on sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+, social media was the place for businesses to acquire new users and engage their fans. This seemed like an efficient way to get exposure: Businesses could essentially “rent” a spot on Facebook, much like a small shoe brand could rent a store in the mall to take advantage of… Read More
  • YC-Backed Captain401 Wants To Make Creating A 401k Easier For Businesses

    Matthew Lynley
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
     Captain401, a service that helps small businesses set up a 401k, is launching out of Y Combinator today. The goal of Captain401 is basically to make managing 401ks as simple as other services have done for other functions within companies — and in a more digitally focused manner like Zenefits or Zenpayroll. Captain401 seeks to create a process that avoids funds that have higher fees and… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
  • Notes, not received

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    An expected apology rarely makes things better. But an expected apology that never arrives can make things worse. An expected thank you note rarely satifies. But an expected thank you that never arrives can make things worse. On the other hand, the unexpected praise or apology, the one that comes out of the blue, can change everything. It's easier than ever to reach out and speak up. Sad, then, how rarely we do it when it's not expected.        
  • Predicting the future isn't easy

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    The best plans are based on trends, not specific events. Here's a hopeless task: There are 18 candidates in the GOP race. If you can rank them in the order they're going to drop out, I'll give you a signed copy of my new book or $10,000, your choice. The chances of being correct are 1:18!, or about one in six quadrillion, so I think the prize is safe. On the other hand, this blog's twitter account is consistently creeping toward 500,000 followers. If you can guess the date, I'll send you a signed book. Your odds are a lot better on this one. When in doubt, pick projects where the factors you…
  • What is your art?

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting. Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen. Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection. You can be perfect or you can make art. You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.  The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and…
  • Thoughts for the consigliere

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The marketer, the sales rep, the CFO. These are the indispensable levers that help creative work get to the world. When you're part of a project but not the driving creative force, when you work to lever the work of a team of mad scientists and brilliant designers, consider a blend of three roles: Generous skeptic: When the new idea is on the table, when things are being discussed, hashed out and workshopped, are you able to ask the useful and difficult questions? Someone needs to be the trusted critic, asking not with fear, but with confidence. Your question is useful when it exposes…
 
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    WIRED

  • With an NSFW Name, This Tech Makes Coding Pure Torture

    Tim Moynihan
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    What if a gesture-control system was purposely built to be as inconvenient and exasperating as possible? Meet Bodyfuck. The post With an NSFW Name, This Tech Makes Coding Pure Torture appeared first on WIRED.
  • ICYMI: July’s #maketechhuman Debate Featured Tech Solutions for Global Inequality

    #maketechhuman
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    So there’s bad news and good news, judging from our mix of #maketechhuman stories in July. The bad news is that tech-fueled inequality is on the rise, a fact we highlighted in our interviews this month. The good news is that experts have some fascinating ideas on how to best bridge the widening gap between rich […] The post ICYMI: July’s #maketechhuman Debate Featured Tech Solutions for Global Inequality appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Top Gear Crew Is Headed to Amazon Prime

    Alex Davies
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    “I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship." The post The Top Gear Crew Is Headed to Amazon Prime appeared first on WIRED.
  • Twitter’s Biggest Problem? Its Flawed Design

    Brian Barrett
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    To attract the kind of mass user base it seeks, Twitter may need a total overhaul. The post Twitter’s Biggest Problem? Its Flawed Design appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Figure Out Where That Plane Wreckage Really Comes From

    Wired Staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    If investigators verify the piece of wing is from a Boeing 777, they’ll still need to confirm it spent the requisite time at sea, and will want to get a better idea of how it made its way from wherever MH370 went down (still a mystery) to Réunion. The post How to Figure Out Where That Plane Wreckage Really Comes From appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • The ProBlogger Podcast: Digging into Statistics

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost the last day! While yesterday we looked to the future to build a plan to find readers, today we’re going to dig into our stats to find out what kind of effect the last 29 days have had on our sites. What can you see is different after the changes you’ve made? Some of you will be seasoned pros at looking at your stats, but if you’re newer to blogging and want some starting points, these are the metrics I recommend you keep track of regularly as you go on with your blogging. In the show notes I also link to a post I published recently that gives you an overview of how I…
  • How to Develop the Right Plan to Grow Your Blog’s Readership

    Darren Rowse
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We’re getting to the end of our time together, and in these last few days I like to look to the future and see how we can use what we’ve learned over the last few weeks on our blogs. Today’s challenge is a simple one, although it might take you a bit of time, but it shouldn’t be skipped. We’re going to switch from creating content and the day-to-day of building community with our readers, and do things that are a little more long-term and strategic. Today is all about growing your readership. I’ll discuss some of the drawbacks of focusing solely on content…
  • 31DBBB Day 28 Writing Challenge: Write a Review Post

    Darren Rowse
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s writing challenge day! For some of you, this will be “business as usual”, as review posts are already part of your repertoire. For others, it will be something quite new. In today’s episode we discuss why review posts are even something to consider. They can be useful for many reasons, not just for the reader who may be researching a decision, but also for you and your blog too – not the least of which could lead to monetization. I built my first commercial blog 100% around reviews! We’ll also discuss the reasons for and against having reviews on your…
  • Update Your Blog’s Archive Pages (including Broken Links)

    Darren Rowse
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’re going on a link hunt, we’re going to catch a big one! Today’s the day to check everything that might be turning readers away from your blog, but don’t be overwhelmed – it’s not as onerous as it sounds. Over time, you’re bound to have some broken links. The sites you link to shut down, change their link structure, move their URLs… anything can happen. It can be bad for readability, but also for SEO. In this episode I will explain how best to find the links that are broken, whether you are a beginner or have an established blog. Small steps…
  • How Improving Another Blog will Help You Improve Yours

    Darren Rowse
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Today I want to challenge you to help another blogger to achieve their goals in some way – and I’ll explain in the podcast how it has a knock-on effect of helping you improve yours. There are many ways you can help another blogger along their path, and I outline quite a few in today’s episode. Some are big and some are small, but perhaps the easiest way to identify one is to work out how you would like to be helped, and offer that to someone else. There’s really no limit to what you can do. Click here to listen to day 26 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series on…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Windows 10 Uses Your Bandwidth to Distribute Updates, Disable It Here

    Eric Ravenscraft
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, its servers get slammed. To help alleviate this burden, Windows 10 can download updates from other users’ computers. The problem is, it can use up your bandwidth and data caps to do so. Here’s how to turn it off.Read more...
  • Price Mistake! Grab a 6600mAh USB Battery Pack for $5, While You Can.

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    OLALA emailed us this deal for a 6600mAh battery pack, but they said it was supposed to be $10. At least for now, I’m seeing it at $5, so go grab one before they fix it. [OLALA G2 Power Bank 6600mAh, $5]http://www.ebay.com/itm/OLALA-G2-P...Read more...
  • Install a Whole-House Fan as a Cheaper Alternative to Air Conditioning

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    If your air conditioning is costing too much this summer, look into a whole-house fan. They cool your home by removing the hot air and exhausting it through windows or soffits in the attic. Read more...
  • The Best Windows 10 Features You Probably Haven’t Heard About

    Eric Ravenscraft
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Windows 10 has arrived. Whether you’re jumping the line or still trying to decide if you should upgrade , chances are you’ve heard about some of the best new features of Windows 10 . Here are some of the really awesome ones you might not have heard about.Read more...
  • Paribus Tracks Your Purchases to Automatically Refund Price Drops

    Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you buy an item and it drops in price, some retailers will refund you the difference. But most of us don’t have time to track everything we buy to see how prices fluctuate. Paribus will do the tracking for you, and, more importantly, it’ll automatically request refunds so you can get your money back without having to do a thing.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • More 'iPhone 6s' Part Photos Surface as Production Ramps Up

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    With less than two months before Apple is expected to launch the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," new photos of leaked components for the next-generation smartphones continue to surface from within the supply chain. The images support rumors that claim the next iPhones will have minimal design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The main part shared by French website Nowhereelse.fr is a purported iPhone 6s single flex cable that houses the volume rocker, mute switch, power button and LED flash. The blog also shared photos of the device's Lightning connector and…
  • First Volkswagen Cars With CarPlay Support Arriving at Dealerships

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Volkswagen today announced that its first 2016 cars with CarPlay support are arriving at dealerships this week, equipped with the company's next-generation CarPlay-enabled MIB-II infotainment system. In addition to supporting CarPlay, the MIB-II system also includes support for Android Auto and it comes equipped with Volkswagen's own Car-Net apps, enabling features like remote lock control, remote honk and flash, parking info, stolen vehicle location, automatic crash notifications, diagnostics, and vehicle monitoring. While CarPlay and the MIB-II system don't carry a subscription fee, the…
  • Apple Releases Third OS X El Capitan Public Beta

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes. The third public beta follows the launch of the fifth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers late on Monday afternoon. No outward-facing changes were introduced with the beta, suggesting it's an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the…
  • iPad Market Share Falls Below 25% as Tablet Market Continues to Decline

    Joe Rossignol
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    The latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker show that Apple remains the largest vendor in a declining tablet market, shipping 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter of 2015. While the iPad continues to be the best-selling tablet, its worldwide market share fell below 25% as Apple faced increased competition from low-cost rivals Lenovo, Huawei and LG. Samsung continued to be the second largest tablet vendor with 7.6 million tablets shipped in the second quarter and 17% market share, a 12% year-over-year unit decline. Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics…
  • AT&T Urges FCC to Drop $100 Million Fine, Says Data Throttling Doesn't Harm Customers

    Husain Sumra
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Last month the United States Federal Communications Commission announced that it would fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited data plans and not adequately warning customers about throttling their data speeds. AT&T has since responded, arguing that data throttling doesn't harm customers, the company is being prejudged and that its First Amendment rights are being violated in a response first found by The Hill (via Ars Technica). The Commission’s findings that consumers and competition were harmed are devoid of factual support and wholly…
 
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  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

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

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

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

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

  • The Dangerous Myth of the Magical Tool

    Pamela Wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When we’re starting out, we want to know the best tools to use. What platform should I build my website on? What’s the best tool for writing? What should I use to create images for my site? What social media platforms should I invest time in? These thoughts can swirl around and around and keep us firmly planted in analysis paralysis. Don’t get me wrong: It makes sense to look for solid tools from the very beginning. You want to get your business off to a good start. You want to build it on a reliable platform and avoid having to make a painful switch to a different platform…
  • From Projects to Products: How to Stop Selling Your Time

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Are you interested in developing and selling products? Seems almost silly to ask, right? Everyone Brian Clark talks to wants to make a product and leave the world of client work behind. Designers, writers, and other freelancers, but also lawyers, realtors, consultants … you name it. Even those who love working with clients wouldn’t mind that more passive revenue stream. Who wouldn’t want to supplement income and pick and choose from among the best clients and projects? So what’s the secret? Well, it’s no secret at all. In this 13-minute episode of Unemployable with Brian Clark,…
  • A Behind the Scenes Look at The Missing Link (They Bare It All)

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In this episode of The Missing Link, you’ll learn why the podcast was created with its specific style and personality. Jon Nastor joins The Missing Link host Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia to share how to run a podcast and the three critical elements to becoming your own showrunner. Content marketing has all of the same elements that it always has, but you can learn more about creating powerful content through audio — and how to get started. In this episode of The Missing Link, host Sean Jackson, Jon Nastor, and Mica Gadhia talk about how The Missing Link Podcast came to be.
  • Getting the Most Out of a Conference When You’re There to Promote, Part 1

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Conference season is quickly approaching. If you want to get the most out of your conference attendance, you need to be prepared. In Part One of this two-part series on The Lede, Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth offer advice on how to approach a conference when you are there with a primary goal of promoting your product or service. The conversation begins with a caveat: nothing is more important than networking at a conference. That must be understood. Assuming you are meeting people and making connections and contacts, there are several steps you can take to ensure that you promote your…
  • How Long Will It Take for My Business to Start Making Money? And Other Impossible Questions

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sonia Simone gets this question all the time (natural, Sonia guesses, since she teaches people how to start or grow businesses): How long will it take before my business starts to take off and make money? And there are two parts to the answer. One part is nuts and bolts — the processes of building an audience, uncovering market opportunities, crafting your marketing message, creating products and services. But the other part is all the “fluffy” mindset stuff — the mental game that lets you take action on those nuts and bolts. And in Sonia’s experience and…
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    Macworld

  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Video today, virtual reality tomorrow

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    When people grow tired of posting photos and videos on social media, what then? Virtual-reality posts, according to Mark Zuckerberg. We’re entering into an era in which people’s posts increasingly will revolve around video, “but that’s not the end of the line,” according to Facebook’s CEO. After video, he said, “I think immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing.” “There’s always a richer way that people want to share and consume thoughts and ideas,” Zuckerberg said. The Facebook chief made his comments in response to a question during the company’s earnings call…
  • Angry Birds 2 is the 'sequel' you've been waiting for

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Well it’s about time. Nearly six years after the original Angry Birds burst onto the mobile gaming scene Rovio is back with its official sequel, Angry Birds 2. Yes, if Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars I and II, Angry Birds Transformers, a green piggies spin-off, a Mario Kart rip-off, and a bunch of other games weren’t enough to tide you over since 2009, you can now play Angry Birds 2.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Pebble Time Steel will be missing some metal for a while

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Pebble has run into a couple more roadblocks as it tries to get the Pebble Time Steel smartwatch out the door. Originally, Pebble had planned to begin shipping the Time Steel to Kickstarter backers in July, but the company now says shipping has slipped to the first week of August. The company still plans to complete all Pebble Time Steel shipments by the end of the month. The bigger problem relates to the Time Steel’s metal band, which is included alongside a leather band for Kickstarter backers. (At retail, the metal band will be sold separately.) Pebble now says most Time Steel shipments…
  • Flawsome software: Making educated platform choices

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The internecine warfare between Android and iOS continues to rage, leaving no one unscathed. This week brings another volley as researchers discovered a Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text.Are you ready for some of the Macalope’s patented faux surprise? Well, too bad, because here it comes.Ahem.Surely this can’t be right. The Macalope distinctly remembers being told by The Huffington Post that Tim Cook’s talk about iOS’s security superiority was nothing but “inaccuracies” because Business Insider’s Jim Edwards said Google had “demolished”…
  • Accessibility and Apple Watch apps

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    MG Siegler shares his thoughts on Apple Watch “three months in.” He writes: Here’s what I do know: I almost never explicitly tap an app to open it on the Apple Watch. Hell, I almost never visit the app screen. To me, the Apple Watch remains all about the push notifications, and a few of the Glances. I suspect truly native Apple Watch apps will change this slightly, as one issue I have with the apps is that they’re entirely too slow. But I still believe there will be only a handful of apps that are worth having installed on the watch. And the majority of those will still be for richer…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • How Amazon's Drone Superhighway Would Work

    David Nield
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    How do we make personal and commercial drones safe? Some of the biggest names in technology put their heads together at a NASA convention in California to address that issue, and Amazon is the first to step up with a detailed proposal. Its idea: build a drone highway in the air. Action of some sort is most definitely needed. Drones flown by the public have been getting too close to airports, interfering with firefighting operations, and even crashing into national landmarks. See also: Facebook's First Drone Is Broader Than A 737Amazon's plan involves two…
  • Here’s Why I Really Bought ReadWrite

    Redg Snodgrass
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Hi! It’s time for me to speak up and introduce myself. I’m the CEO of Wearable World, the company that bought ReadWrite back in February. To the many who have loved this site for more than 12 years, I’d like to say “Thank you.” Thank you for sticking around and believing in ReadWrite. Like you, I’ve been a reader. I’ve also been a sponsor of ReadWrite. I’m now its owner, and after this post goes live … I’ll be a writer, too.Having participated in all aspects of this business, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to contribute to a publication that matters to the 5 million…
  • The Secret Of DevOps: It's Always Been About People, Not Technology

    Adam Jacob
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Adam Jacob is a cofounder and CTO of Chef, an IT-automation company that helps enterprises use DevOps to build and deliver quality software quickly.I have had the privilege of being either physically present or near many of the seminal moments in the evolution of DevOps. My friend and cofounder at Chef, Jesse Robbins, was the conference chair for the operations track at O'Reilly's Velocity conference. It was there in 2009 that John Allspaw and Paul Hammond gave their seminal talk, "10 Deploys Per Day, Dev And Ops Cooperation At Flickr." In it they outlined all the ways they worked…
  • Amazon's Marketplace For Startups Looks Great—If You Can Get In

    David Nield
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Amazon has opened up a new streamlined sales channel for startups called LaunchPad. If you've got something to sell—a recently Kickstarted invention, say—then LaunchPad lets you put it in front of millions of Amazon customers and distribute it through the e-commerce giant's massive pipeline. Your new product can even get Amazon Prime eligibility too. Sounds like a win-win situation. Amazon gets intriguing new products to sell that aren't widely available elsewhere, while inventors and startups benefit from retail expertise and access to infrastructure they might not otherwise…
  • The Best Place For Tech Startups: Still Silicon Valley … For Now

    Gregory Ferenstein
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinThere’s a new global ranking of startup ecosystems, with the top three spots all from America—Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and New York, according to tech company benchmarking firm Compass Startup Genome. The company ranks global regions based on how well they foster top tech talent, host profitable businesses and expand into foreign markets. Tech startups looking for a place to call home may be deeply…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published CSS Secrets, a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work as…
  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
  • Making Time: Redesigning A Calendar Experience For Android

    Günther Beyer & Nino Rapin
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
      In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calenda tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes. Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful…
  • Finally: Smashing Book #5 Is Here, And It’s Hot Like Smoking Barrels.

    Vitaly Friedman
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
      The waiting is over. Smashing Book #5 is here, it's smashing, and it's shipping worldwide — in fact, all pre-orders have just been dispatched. Think of it as a reliable playbook to master all the tricky hurdles of responsive design, well-tested in real-life projects by respected designers and developers. Ah, sure, you can get the book right away. Now, a standalone release post would be boring and predictable, so how about bringing another perspective to the magazine instead? Below you'll find some insights about the writing process by one of the authors of the book, Sara…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBook Giveaway! You saw it announced here earlier this week… Now it’s time to give some away! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBooks from Scott Kelby! What’s that? We have three free The Headshot by Peter Hurley eBooks as well? Great! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these too! Photoshop World Photoshop World is right around the corner! If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to swing on by, we’d love to see you. You can still get FREE Expo Only passes by…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Not Every Shoot Is A Winner Here’s the scenario: You go do a shoot, download the images, go through the take, pick the keepers, do your editing, and deliver the shots. The client loves them… But you don’t. They’re okay, but they don’t quite send you to your happy place. Sound familiar? If it does, I have some good news for you. You’re not alone. Is there anything wrong with this shot? Not technically, but it’s not winning any awards. I would guess that most photographers go through this, even the best ones. No matter how much we try to make the best possible images we…
  • My New Lightroom Book Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • If you were only allowed to have 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would they be?

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    …that was a question posted on my Facebook page by Are Knudsen, a photographer from Norway. Why the question? Well, I kicked off a new monthly Q&A column in Shutterbug magazine a few months ago (they named it “Ask a Pro”), but essentially I answer questions posed by Shutterbug’s readers along with questions I get throughout the month on my blog or social media, and the column has been a lot of fun for me (and I’ve been a reader of Shutterbug for many years, so it’s also really a kick to be in their pages). As I was working on the latest installment, I…
  • Travel Photography Tips & Tricks

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: If you missed “The Grid” this week, our topic was travel photography, and I showed image, and talked tips and tricks based on my trip last week to London and Paris. Lots of helpful little nuggets, and we answered lots of questions from viewers. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the episode (below): In case you missed it — I posted my favorite images from the trip over at exposure.co (along with the story and more tips there, too). There’s that link: http://bit.ly/1Ds4ssN Lastly, if you’ve got a sec, I was featured this over at shotkit with a look at…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to do Milky Way Photography – A Comprehensive Tutorial

    Gavin Hardcastle
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’re spinning through our solar system on a gorgeous blue marble which offers jaw dropping views of an astronomical phenomenon we call The Milky Way. Wait for our marble to line up just right, and you’ll have a perfect opportunity to create awe inspiring images that harness that galactic chandelier hovering over your head. My students are often delighted to learn that capturing spectacular images of The Milky Way is easy, once you know a few essential tips. Planning when and where to do Milky Way photography is just as important as the techniques and equipment you’ll be…
  • 5 Incredible Storm Photographers and Their Best Images

    James Brandon
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve been a landscape and travel photographer for nearly six years now. While I will always love standing in front of an amazing landscape at sunset, nothing on earth can compare to the feeling I get when standing in front of a massive supercell with 40-50mph winds at my back, watching it twist and churn, as it tries to lower itself to the ground. It’s the most intense and pure mixture of awe, fear and respect for mother nature that I’ve been able to find to this day. © James Brandon. Henrietta, TX Supercell © James Brandon. Ranger, TX Supercell I’m just now…
  • The Secret to Great Photography Portfolio

    John McIntire
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    If you’ve been around the photography world for a short time, you probably have at least a basic grasp of the technical skills. You know how to manipulate depth of field with aperture, where to focus in a portrait, and how to compensate your exposure for extremes in shadows and highlights. Even knowing things like that, you’ve probably stumbled across some incredible portfolios or magazine spreads and asked, “How did they do that?” Or even “What’s their secret?” The secret to a great photography portfolio is simple. It isn’t even a secret at…
  • 8 Factors to Look at Before You Choose a New DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

    Chris Corradino
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Not too long ago, the path to choosing your gear was very clear. If you wanted to take professional quality images, the DSLR reigned supreme. Yet, the landscape of available camera gear is constantly evolving, and today there are more options than ever before. Instead of just one or two dominant companies, you now have outstanding systems from no less than seven manufacturers. Mirrorless cameras have matured from a niche product to a complete solution, while DSLRs have been further refined. This may sound daunting at first, but with a bit of research, it’s possible to find a…
  • 10 Items You Need for Your Night Photography Kit

    Jim Hamel
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    Buckingham Fountain, Chicago (Shutter Speed: 10 seconds; Aperture f/18; ISO 100; focal length 21 mm) Louis Pasteur famously said that “chance favors the prepared mind.” This statement definitely applies to photography, as there is always an element of chance, with the odds of success growing with preparation. The quote seems particularly applicable to night photography, which has unique requirements for exposure and stability. Preparation is everything. Your odds of getting a great night photograph are greatly improved if you have taken the time make sure you have the tools…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Formula 1 driver joins video game racing team

    Nick Summers
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Project Cars and other racing games offer a surprisingly realistic depiction of motorsport. It should come as no surprise then to hear that professional drivers are starting to use these virtual depictions as training ...
  • 'Mr. Robot' creator on the evils of Facebook and hackers in Hollywood

    Devindra Hardawar
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    You'd be forgiven for being skeptical about Mr. Robot, USA's new hacker thriller starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater. In general, movies and TV shows haven't done a great job of portraying hackers, and really, technology of any sort. Even the ki...
  • Luxury smartwatch maker Olio adds 24k gold to its repertoire

    Nicole Lee
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Back in March, Olio introduced a new kind of smartwatch to the world: the Model One. Olio aimed to set itself apart from other smartwatches by going premium; really premium. We're talking surgical grade stainless steel, precision forged housing, leat...
  • Prince is still using Spotify to promote new music, one song at a time

    Billy Steele
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Prince may have pulled his music from nearly every streaming service, but that's not stopping the artist from using them for promotional purposes. He has a new single, titled "Stare," that's available for streaming as a Spotify exclusive. Don't get y...
  • US backpedals on plan to regulate hacking software

    Steve Dent
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    After a huge outcry from the security community, the US government will re-write proposed regulations on software used to hack smartphones and computers, according to Reuters. The Department of Commerce wants to heavily restrict the development and t...
 
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    Strobist

  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

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

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

  • What's in a name? Zeiss provides details on lens partnerships and production

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lens maker Zeiss has written a blog post about its relationships with other manufacturers - specifically its partnership with Sony. The post sheds some light on exactly what that little blue logo on your lens can mean. The blog post itself appears to have been written by the marketing department, but reading between the lines gives us a better idea of how its relationship with Sony works. Read more
  • Canon's multi-purpose ME20F-SH camera reaches ISO 4 million

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Canon has introduced its ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera - a black cube with an EF mount and the ability to capture video in near-darkness. With the ability to capture Full HD color video in light levels as low as 0.0005 lux and a top ISO of over 4 million, the ME20F-SH is well suited for surveillance and security as well as wildlife applications. Learn more
  • Adobe Camera Raw 9.1.1 now available

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Adobe has released Camera Raw version 9.1.1, adding Raw support for the Canon PowerShot G3 X, Leica Q (Typ 119) and Sony A7R II among others. Per a separate announcement yesterday, this will be the last update for CS6 users. Read more
  • LumoPro LP742 LightSwitch Speedlight Case doubles as light modifier

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    LumoPro has announced the LP742 LightSwitch Speedlight Case and Modifier. The case is made from padded ballistic nylon and is able to accommodate most speedlights on the market. LightSwitch can also be transformed into three types of light modifiers: a reflector, bounce card, and flag. The case features a double-zipper design and a velcro strap on the back. Read more
  • Intel and Micron create 3D XPoint: a smaller, faster, more secure memory technology

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Chip makers Micron and Intel have announced a new form of computer memory that promises faster, more reliable storage than current technologies, in a smaller space and at similar prices. The technology could reduce the distinction between memory and storage within computers and provide a faster, more stable way of storing large Raw and video files. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • A Quick before and after

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    So I thought I would walk you through a quick edit and let you in on my thoughts. Starting image… reset to just the RAW image for you to see all the steps. (I have a preset that is applied on import usually.) The first step that sets the tone for the image and helps clarify the editing is getting the crop and composition how I like it. I crop to the image, not to a set ratio, but some folks prefer to keep certain ratios for printing… it is up to you. Since the main story of the image is the boy and his bike, there is a lot of extraneous area that can be cropped. For action…
  • My New Lightroom Book (just announced today) Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
  • Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday everybody. Here’s a tip on how to bring your logo into Lightroom (so you can use it in slideshows, or as an identity plate, or for the title of a slideshow, or whatever), but with a transparent background behind it (that’s the cool part). Here’s how it’s done: STEP ONE: We have start over in Photoshop (any ol’ version will do). Open a new document, and then use the Place command (under the File menu) to bring in your logo, so it appears on its own layer above the background layer (as shown here). STEP TWO: Now, go to the Layers panel and drag the…
  • Shortcut for Keyboard shortcuts

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    If you are like me, you love keyboard shortcuts but often forget that cool one that you only use every now and then. The good news is that you can press Command -/  (slash) or (PC Ctrl -/) to bring up all of the keyboard shortcuts for that module. Now if you can just remember that one shortcut you are all set.   The post Shortcut for Keyboard shortcuts appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Dashlane Launches One-Tap Password Changer for iPhone and Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Dashlane today announced an update to its existing iPhone app alongside the launch of an all-new Apple Watch experience, both of which bring the service's one-tap password changing feature from desktop to Apple's mobile and wearable devices. Dashlane unveiled the Password Changer feature late last year for the desktop, which allowed users to change multiple passwords at once so they can more easily update their password info if any of their data is ever breached. Today's updates extend that sense of security for Dashlane users to iPhone and Apple Watch, which the company says is completely…
  • Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

    Husain Sumra
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future. The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1's Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London…
  • 'Fantastical 2' for iPhone Gains Drafts, Japanese Localization

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Popular calendar app Fantastical 2 for iPhone was today updated to version 2.4, adding a useful new feature that allows users to create event drafts. With drafts, it's possible to start creating an event or Reminder and then swipe downwards to save it as a draft, setting it aside to multitask and access other events on the calendar. For example, if you start scheduling a lunch meeting but need to pause in the middle to check your afternoon schedule, there's no need to discard what you've written entirely -- you can save it as a draft, check the calendar, and come back to it. Draft posts are…
  • Apple Music Exclusively Debuts Keith Richards 'Trouble' Video

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Continuing on with its stream of exclusive content, Apple Music is today premiering the video for Keith Richards' latest single, "Trouble." The video is exclusively available through Apple Music Connect on Keith Richards' page on the artist-focused social networking site. Because the video is shared on Apple Music Connect, it does not require an Apple Music subscription to watch. Designed to let fans connect with artists, Apple Music Connect's content is all available for free and will continue to be free after people's three-month free trials expire. Exclusive video premiere of “Trouble”…
  • Apple to Expand Retail Presence in India With 500 Authorized Mobility Resellers

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Following a focus on expanding its presence in the greater China area, sources speaking with NDTV Gadgets have confirmed Apple is looking to increase its foothold in India as well through the launch of a new retail store program. The new initiative -- dubbed the Authorized Mobility Resellers program -- will reportedly see the company open 500 retail store locations across 12 cities in India. The stores will showcase a heavier focus on Apple's mobile offerings, like the iPhone and iPad, along with "related third-party accessories." Apple has already signed up over 100 partners it wants to work…
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