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  • Beyoncé inspired a skyscraper because she runs the world

    Jessye McGarry
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    As if we needed more justification that Queen Bey is the perfect nickname for Beyoncé: Her body inspired the design of an Australian skyscraper. The design firm behind the building, Elenberg Fraser, said in a press release that the skyscraper pays homage to "the music video for Beyoncé's Ghost." "Ghost" makes up the first part of the song "Haunted" on the singer's 2013 self-titled album, but has its own music video that shows off Beyoncé's curves See also: 15 badass lady music videos before there was 'Bad Blood' Image: BEYONCEVEVOThe building is set to feature retail…
  • Italian grandmas try Olive Garden [video]

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    Josh Urich
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you're a big fan of Olive Garden, you may want to think twice before watching this video. If you're dubious about the OG, though, you'll enjoy these Italian grandmas criticisms. There is some foul language, so be warned. The post Italian grandmas try Olive Garden [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Newest Pluto photos show tiny world may be another red planet

    Miriam Kramer
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Well, Pluto looks like a brain NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has just snapped another image of the dwarf planet, and, strangely some of Pluto's blurry formations give it an odd, wrinkly appearance. The photo shows the tiny red planet's south pole as a series of dark and light areas on July 3 See also: A probe zooming to Pluto just sent home a mesmerizing timelapse gif As New Horizons gets closer to its historic flyby with Pluto on July 14, those still blurry features should begin to resolve, revealing what the formations could be "This object is unlike any other that we have observed," New…
  • This Foldable Office Helps You Get Into Work Mode Anywhere

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    Sophie Weiner
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Devide folds out to signal when it's time to get in the work groove.Whether due to freelancing or open office plans, more and more American employees are going without a traditional office space. Working from home also is becoming more common—in 2013, Forbes reported that one in five Americans worked from home, a number that was expected to increase sharply in the coming years. But how does one focus on work when surrounded with the temptations of television and food and, often, without a real desk?Read Full Story
  • Harry’s Raises $75.6 Million In Series C, Valued At $750 Million Post Money

    Jordan Crook
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
     Harry’s, the direct-to-consumer mens’ razor company, has just announced the close of a $75.6 million Series C funding round led by Wellington Management. A source confirmed with TechCrunch that the company is valued at $750 million after money. The Harry’s business might seem simple on the surface. The company sells razors over the internet, both on a one-off basis and as… Read More
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  • Italian grandmas try Olive Garden [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you're a big fan of Olive Garden, you may want to think twice before watching this video. If you're dubious about the OG, though, you'll enjoy these Italian grandmas criticisms. There is some foul language, so be warned. The post Italian grandmas try Olive Garden [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 8 foods that could kill you [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Tapioca pudding is a classic dessert that many of us remember from our childhoods. Who knew, though, that this ingredient could actually be deadly? Watch the video to find out what other foods could mean your doom. The post 8 foods that could kill you [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Woman posts pics of herself without makeup, gets cruel comments on social media [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The woman in this video decided to post pictures of herself without makeup on social media. The results, shared in this video, reveal the darker side of humanity. What might surprise you even more, though, are the negative comments she received when she wears a lot of makeup. Take a look at the video and join the conversation she's trying to start. The post Woman posts pics of herself without makeup, gets cruel comments on social media [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How pearls form [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    You probably thought pearls formed from sand, right? Wrong. It's a parasite. Next time you see some pearl jewelry, you can compliment the wearer on their beautiful encapsulated parasite they're wearing. The post How pearls form [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Time to correct common misconceptions about U.S. history [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Now that you're all red, white, and blued out, it's a great time to correct some of those common misconceptions many of us have about the history of the good, old U.S. of A. The post Time to correct common misconceptions about U.S. history [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Newest Pluto photos show tiny world may be another red planet

    Miriam Kramer
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Well, Pluto looks like a brain NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has just snapped another image of the dwarf planet, and, strangely some of Pluto's blurry formations give it an odd, wrinkly appearance. The photo shows the tiny red planet's south pole as a series of dark and light areas on July 3 See also: A probe zooming to Pluto just sent home a mesmerizing timelapse gif As New Horizons gets closer to its historic flyby with Pluto on July 14, those still blurry features should begin to resolve, revealing what the formations could be "This object is unlike any other that we have observed," New…
  • 50 songs to celebrate 50 years of the Grateful Dead

    Connor Finnegan
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    The Grateful Dead held their final three shows ever this past weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago, concluding a remarkable 50-year career See also: Confessions of a Deadhead as the trip comes to an end To celebrate, we compiled this Music Monday playlist full of 50 of the Grateful Dead's best songs. Press play and enjoy the end to a long, strange trip. Don't see your favorite summer song on the playlist? Share it with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it in. How to share your song with us 1. To follow Mashable on Spotify, click here. If a popup window asks you to launch…
  • These people are protesting the running of the bulls in Spain

    Elizabeth Pierson
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Monday was the first day of the famous San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain. It is more commonly known as the running of the bulls. This tradition dates back to 1591, when men would rush their cattle to be the first to the marketplace. Each morning this week, people will gather to run with the bulls as they race down the street, from pen to bullring, where there will be bullfights the rest of the day. Though the festival is beloved by many — and glorified in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises — some people are hoping that the sun will set on this tradition. On Saturday, animal…
  • 'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

    Kimberly Truong
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Producer and three-time Emmy winner Jerry Weintraub, best known for his work on The Karate Kid and Ocean's Eleven, has died at 77, according to multiple reports. He died at 77 in Santa Barbara, California, his representatives told The Associated Press. Before his success as a producer for film and television, Weintraub was a music management talent agent who started out at MCA Records and went on to work with music hitmakers, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. After segueing into film production with Robert Altman's musical, Nashville, Weintraub set his sights on the…
  • Beyoncé inspired a skyscraper because she runs the world

    Jessye McGarry
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    As if we needed more justification that Queen Bey is the perfect nickname for Beyoncé: Her body inspired the design of an Australian skyscraper. The design firm behind the building, Elenberg Fraser, said in a press release that the skyscraper pays homage to "the music video for Beyoncé's Ghost." "Ghost" makes up the first part of the song "Haunted" on the singer's 2013 self-titled album, but has its own music video that shows off Beyoncé's curves See also: 15 badass lady music videos before there was 'Bad Blood' Image: BEYONCEVEVOThe building is set to feature retail…
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  • This Foldable Office Helps You Get Into Work Mode Anywhere

    Sophie Weiner
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Devide folds out to signal when it's time to get in the work groove.Whether due to freelancing or open office plans, more and more American employees are going without a traditional office space. Working from home also is becoming more common—in 2013, Forbes reported that one in five Americans worked from home, a number that was expected to increase sharply in the coming years. But how does one focus on work when surrounded with the temptations of television and food and, often, without a real desk?Read Full Story
  • In Cuba, An Underground Network Armed With USB Drives Does The Work Of Google And YouTube

    Sarah Kessler
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    In a country nearly devoid of Internet access, the weekly distributors of El Paquete create a window to online content.Huddled around a laptop at the bottom of a stairwell in Havana, a group of three teenage boys banter as they skip between video clips and music. A fourth arrives with some ice cream, which completes a scene reminiscent of teenagers killing time on YouTube. They play an amateur music video in which the singer, looking for a laugh, periodically bangs his head against the wall. Then Beyoncé. Chris Brown.Read Full Story
  • Oreo Cookies Get A Blasphemous Slimmer Design

    Diana Budds
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Doomed to fail?Your eyes aren't deceiving you. What you see is a thinner, slimmer, more "sophisticated" Oreo, says Mondelez International Inc., the famed sandwich cookie's manufacturer. Starting next week, Oreo Thins take to store shelves in the United States. The Thins have a similar cookie to filling ratio to the original version, but are about half as thick at 7.5 millimeters per piece. Pure blasphemy to baked goods, if we say so.Read Full Story
  • Google's Waze Launches Ride-Sharing App In Israel

    Neal Ungerleider
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The app will pair Waze users with commuters looking for a ride in Tel Aviv.Google-owned traffic app Waze is beta-testing a new ride-share initiative in its home city of Tel Aviv.Read Full Story
  • Nothing Is Untraceable: How The HackingTeam Got Busted

    Sean Captain
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    A company that offers "untraceable" surveillance services is hit by a hack that reveals its own security flaws."Here in HackingTeam we believe that fighting crime should be easy," promises the Italian company that offers surveillance services to national governments and law enforcement.Read Full Story
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  • Harry’s Raises $75.6 Million In Series C, Valued At $750 Million Post Money

    Jordan Crook
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
     Harry’s, the direct-to-consumer mens’ razor company, has just announced the close of a $75.6 million Series C funding round led by Wellington Management. A source confirmed with TechCrunch that the company is valued at $750 million after money. The Harry’s business might seem simple on the surface. The company sells razors over the internet, both on a one-off basis and as… Read More
  • Doppler Labs Lands $17 Million In Series B

    Jordan Crook
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
     Doppler Labs, the same team that brought you the Dubs mechanical ear plug and the Here Active Listening system, is today announcing the close of a $17 million Series B funding round, led by The Chernin Group, Wildcat Capital Management and Acequia Capital. Live National Entertainment, Universal Music Group and WME also participated in the round. Doppler Labs was first founded by Noah Kraft… Read More
  • Mobile Maker Jolla Splits In Two, With Sailfish OS Its First Order Of Business

    Natasha Lomas
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
     Software or hardware? Finnish mobile device and Sailfish OS maker Jolla has always intended doing both. But that could be changing. Today the company announced it’s forking itself, splitting its business into two. One of those businesses will be fully focused on pushing its Sailfish software platform forward. Read More
  • Athens-founded Transifex Raises $4M In Series A, Led by Toba Capital

    Mike Butcher
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
     Amid the craziness of Greece right now, at least some startups are still ‘keeping on keeping on’. To that end, localisation software startup Transifex has secured $4 million in Series A funding, led by Toba Capital with participation from seed VC investors NEA, Arafura Ventures and angels including Parse founder and CEO, Ilya Sukhar. The amount raised to date is $6.5 million.… Read More
  • Dmgi, The Daily Mail’s VC Arm, Invests $5M In Indian Property Analytics Firm Liases Foras

    Jon Russell
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
     Dmgi, the venture capital arm of British tabloid newspaper — yes, even the Daily Mail does tech investment — has continued its spree in data-centric startups India after putting $5 million into real estate research and analytics firm Liases Foras. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Templates for organic and viral growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Gardiner
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    With well over a million visual recordings in its collection and tens of thousands more coming in every week, the Packard Institute is a hoarder's dream. The post Inside the Nuclear Bunker Where America Preserves Its Movie History appeared first on WIRED.
  • Carnivorous Glowworms Turn Caves Into Stunning Starscapes

    Jakob Schiller
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Deep in the heart of caves in New Zealand, a tiny, slimy worm puts on a fantastic show. The post Carnivorous Glowworms Turn Caves Into Stunning Starscapes appeared first on WIRED.
  • Sorry, But the Perfect Lego Brick May Never Be Eco-Friendly

    Katie M. Palmer
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lego will be launching a center devoted to finding an eco-friendly replacement for oil-based plastic. The post Sorry, But the Perfect Lego Brick May Never Be Eco-Friendly appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 31DBBB Podcast Challenge: Write a Link Post (And Why You Should!)

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

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

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

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

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

    Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Amassing a fragrant graveyard of strawberry stems is an inevitable part of eating strawberries. You can cut or hull as carefully as you like , but there’s almost always going to be a bit of strawberry flesh hanging on to the green. Don’t toss those tops in the trash.Read more...
  • $5 Lightning Cables, Solar Batteries, and More Gadget Charging Deals

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    There’s no such thing as owning too many Lightning cables, and this extra long 5’ model from Spigen is only $5 today with promo code SPIGENCS [5’ MFi-Certified Lightning Cable, $5 with code SPIGENCS] more...
  • Nutrition Information Isn’t 100% Accurate...but Don't Worry About It

    Stephanie Lee on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most people, when trying to lose weight, obsessively count the calories from foods they eat throughout the day. Although calorie information is easy to find and many people depend on it, it turns out that calorie information posted in restaurants and even on the back of food packages are not even accurate . Read more...
  • What Your Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Might Not Cover

    Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    You can save a decent amount on your car rental by skipping the insurance. If you paid for your rental with your credit card, you’re most likely already covered. But it’s important to know the specifics of what that card does and doesn’t cover, and how it works.Read more...
  • Try a Lifestyle Change for a Month to Determine If It Works For You

    Eric Ravenscraft
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Making a change to your life—whether it’s how you eat, work, or play—is always going to be hard. If you’re going to try to form a new habit, aim to do it for a month. That will give you enough time to determine how well the change fits with your life.Read more...
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  • Tim Cook Named to Duke University's Board of Trustees on Six-Year Term

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

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

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

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

    Juli Clover
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Apple is planning to introduce new co-designed packaging for many of the third-party accessories that it sells in its stores, according to retail store information shared by 9to5Mac. Apple has reportedly been working with several third-party accessory manufacturers on packaging design, helping to create a new look for boxes to better fit in with the packaging that's used for Apple's own products. Companies participating in Apple's revamped packaging efforts include Tech21, Sena, Incase, Mophie, Logitech, and Life Proof. When these products are sold in Apple Stores, they'll be sold with…
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  • Customer Service is Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). Angry Birds Space showed that Rovio could do more than simply dress up its tried-and-true series formula with new visual themes, altering the pull-and-fling design in an inspired, entertaining fashion. Sadly, the creative well ran dry shortly after…
  • How to find cellular access when traveling (without international roaming)

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    My wife, two kids, and I just took a three-day trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, from our home in Seattle. Joining us were three laptops, two iPod touches, three Kindles, and two iPhones. We remembered to bring clothes and sunscreen, too. Traveling to Canada is just like going to another country—they have different currency and units of measurement, they spell “center” as “centre,” and they have different telecommunications companies. The variety of potato chips almost makes up for it. Before we left, I did my usual research into how we’d keep online. We knew the Airbnb rental…
  • Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't jailbreak your iPhone

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    An Italian firm with the appropriate name Hacking Team suffered a massive breach in its company data Sunday, and 400GB of internal documents so far have been released and are being analyzed by reporters and security researchers. Hacking Team’s customers are government agencies, including both law enforcement and national security, and the ostensibly legal software it sells to help them intercept communications includes not-yet-exploited vulnerabilities, known as zero-days. Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA)…
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  • What Google Got Right With Its Carpooling Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Deal: Portraits eBooks $7 Each [or $21 for the Whole Set of 5 eBooks]

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

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

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

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

    Kav Dadfar
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photographing people in their natural environment can produce amazing photos, and tell a story. But it can also be incredibly challenging, as you will have to work fast and adapt to the location. Follow these simple steps and you should capture some great environmental portrait photos: Use a wide-angle lens The nature of this type of photography is that you need to capture the person’s surroundings, and to do that you will need a wide-angle lens such as 24mm, 28mm or 35mm lens. This will allow you to get close enough to avoid things coming between you and your subject, but at the same time…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • FBI director says he's 'not a maniac' about backdoor cellphone access

    Steve Dent
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect ...
  • ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

    Kerry Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-137378{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-137378, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-137378{width:570px;display:block;} Today on In Case You Missed It: The giant robot...
  • How the BBC's Micro:bit came to be

    Matt Brian
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster's ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten...
  • Facebook tests 'floating' videos in your News Feed

    Aaron Souppouris
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Pop-Up Video: it's not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it's also Facebook's latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed, just lik...
  • EE's Rook is a £49 4G smartphone for pay-as-you-go punters

    Jamie Rigg
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    It seems like we can't get through a single month these days without one UK carrier or another launching an own-brand device. And, since the last device bearing a network provider's name came from Vodafone, it's only fitting that its own-brand nemesi...
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  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

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

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

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

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I have been photographing dancers for several years now as part of my affiliation with the local arts council. The results were catch-as-catch-can, mostly because of the limitations of flash recycle time, timing, and my not really knowing what to expect from them nor when to expect it. But a little trick I tried last week changed everything. Read more »
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  • Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective

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

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

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

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

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

  • Getting a B&W Before/After of Your B&W Editing (Matt Kloskowski)
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    If you started with a color photo (which we normally would), and you converted that image to black and white, and then you edited your black and white image so it’s better than the default black and white conversion (still with me?) if you press the \ (backslash) key to see your before image it will show you the original color image. But when we’re tweaking a black and white image, what we might want (well, I always want), is to see a “before” image of the default black and white versus our tweaks, not jumping all the way back to the color image, which is kinda…
  • Revisit the past (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    So my wife was wanting me to print out some of our family pictures to hang on the wall, and so when she had made her selection of images that she wanted, I had a few of them that were just small files for display on the web, and when I went looking for the large jpeg, I could only find the RAW image. So, I had to re-edit them using the latest version of Lightroom. The difference in the two images is pretty cool when you look at the detail in the clouds and the more precise way I could brighten the faces etc… And so my tip for today is to go back to some of your favorite images or even…
  • Using the new Dehaze slider on Fireworks (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    This tip comes courtesy of one of our readers (thanks Randy F.) who pointed out in a comment here last Friday that the new Dehaze slider just added to Lightroom CC works pretty darn well for removing haze from Fireworks, and with July 4th coming up, I thought it was a perfect tip for today. I have noticed that the slider is much more effective (no pun intended) on images still in RAW format, versus those in JPEG (I did a comparison on the same file in RAW vs an exported JPEG and it’s a pretty wide difference). So, keep this up your sleeve for the Independence Day post-processing. Hope…
  • Results from Friday’s “Lightroom Mobile Use” Survey (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Here’s the results from Friday’s one-question survey about your use of Lightroom on your mobile devices. I’m saw some comments here, and over on my Facebook page and Twitter where some folks didn’t realize that it’s now available on Android tablets and phones, so if you didn’t realize it, it’s time to go download it and give it a whirl. Interesting to note: A margin of only 8% separates the “You bet!” response from “Not interested at all” crowd, which I thought was a bit surprising, until I read some of the comments here about…
  • Got a Quick Sec For a One-Question Lightroom Survey? (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – I’m back from vacation (took some time off for a trip with the family before my son heads off for college). Would you mind taking a quick survey about your use (or non-use) of the Mobile version of Lightroom? Aww, thanks…you are awesome (and here’s the link): Lightroom Mobile Survey Hope you all have an awesome Lightroom-infused weekend (I’m doing a fashion shoot today for a KelbyOne online class, and I’ll be tethering into Lightroom and using Lightroom mobile so the Art Director can see my shots live on an iPad during the shoot). Best, -Scott…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone

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

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

    Lory Gil
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Apple has separated its three time-based categories into separate apps on Apple Watch. This allows you to quickly access the specific feature of the timer, alarm, and stopwatch you want with just a few taps. While most of it is self-explanatory, we've got some tips for how to get the most out of each of these apps so they work the way you want, when you want. Timer The Timer app on Apple watch makes it possible for you to set a timer right from your wrist so you don't have to search out your iPhone to activate or even turn off the alert when time is up. Tap the Timer app icon on Apple Watch…
  • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show

    Husain Sumra
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    In late June, it was revealed that Apple had rounded up celebrity partners to host radio shows on its Beats 1 programming schedule, including Elton John, Pharrell and Dr. Dre. Today, the company announced that Dre's show, The Pharmacy, will premiere Saturday, July 4 at 3 PM PST and will broadcast every week thereafter at the same time. The hour-long show will be co-hosted by Dre and Eddie Francis and feature recording artists Wyann Vaughn and DJ Pooh with music from DJ Jus Incredible, according to Billboard. Apple debuted the premiere date with a trailer for the program on Twitter.
  • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates

    Juli Clover
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    In January, WayTools announced the TextBlade, a compact, collapsible keyboard for iOS devices and Macs that's quite unlike anything else that's available on the market. It replaces a full keyboard with eight large smart keys that take advantage of multilayering, giving users access to a complete set of keys and commands on a keyboard that fits into a pocket. WayTools began accepting pre-orders for the TextBlade at that time, garnering a huge amount of interest from people who were excited about the promise of a better mobile keyboard. The company initially planned to ship in February, but as…
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