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  • These two guitarists are going to blow you away [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Every now and then you need to sit back, kick your feet up, and listen to some beautiful music. Do that with this video––let Rodrigo and Gabriela take you to a happy place. The post These two guitarists are going to blow you away [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Stanford football walk-on gets scholarship, reaction melts your heart

    Mashable
    Sam Laird
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Walk-ons are the unheralded heroes of college sports, players who bust their tails in practice every day just like the big stars but never play any meaningful minutes and have to pay their own way through school This even holds true at Stanford, where undergraduate tuition alone (not counting living expenses) costs more than $45,000 per school year See also: College football returns: 7 dramatic storylines to suck you in Those two facts combined are what make the video below so special. Watch as David Shaw, coach of the 21st-ranked Cardinal, surprises senior walk-on Craig Jones — a 6…
  • Staff Recommender: Zacqary Adam Xeper, Who Makes This Website Pretty

    Fast Company
    Fast Company Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Zacqary Adam XeperPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Zacqary Adam Xeper Role at Fast Company: I'm a web developer, specializing in front-end—that means the stuff that happens on your device, as opposed to the stuff that happens on our servers. I make things look pretty for you. Ever looked at one of our slideshows on your phone? Aren't those spinning 3-D cards cool? You're welcome. Twitter: @XerxesQados Titillating Fact: In my spare time, I am a purple fox named Xerxes. If you're in downtown Pittsburgh…
  • The Math Behind SaaS Startup Valuation

    TechCrunch
    Tomasz Tunguz
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
     One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars. Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to measure LTV, because they haven’t been around very long and, consequently… Read More
  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • These two guitarists are going to blow you away [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Every now and then you need to sit back, kick your feet up, and listen to some beautiful music. Do that with this video––let Rodrigo and Gabriela take you to a happy place. The post These two guitarists are going to blow you away [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Scream of the marmot [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    In reality, the scream of this mighty marmot in British Columbia sounds like this... The post Scream of the marmot [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Comedian pretends to be chef, fools morning show hosts [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Looks like some producer is getting fired. Watch this comedian pretend to be a chef on local news and make the most disgusting, hilarious looking meals. The post Comedian pretends to be chef, fools morning show hosts [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Create a DIY bionic hand [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Here's the perfect project for everyone looking for some cool DIY Halloween costume ideas. The post Create a DIY bionic hand [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Huge octopus suckers BBC reporter [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is probably more up close and personal than this BBC reporter wanted to get, but the octopus wouldn't be turned down. Watch as this huge octopus tries to satiate its curiosity. The post Huge octopus suckers BBC reporter [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Stanford football walk-on gets scholarship, reaction melts your heart

    Sam Laird
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Walk-ons are the unheralded heroes of college sports, players who bust their tails in practice every day just like the big stars but never play any meaningful minutes and have to pay their own way through school This even holds true at Stanford, where undergraduate tuition alone (not counting living expenses) costs more than $45,000 per school year See also: College football returns: 7 dramatic storylines to suck you in Those two facts combined are what make the video below so special. Watch as David Shaw, coach of the 21st-ranked Cardinal, surprises senior walk-on Craig Jones — a 6…
  • Antonio Banderas, fashion designer? We'll bite.

    Hayley Wilbur
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:23 pm
    You are never to old to start a career in fashion Antonio Banderas, 55, announced on his Instagram that he has started studying at Central St. Martins, a prestigious design school in London See also: New fashion museum to show off gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gowns The Zorro actor is enrolled in a short courses program that fits his schedule and ends before students begin in October, Jo Ortmans, the college's press officer, told the New York Times. The 2nd week of studies at Central St Martin begins. Intense, exciting, serious and fun all the same time. Comienza la segunda semana de estudios en…
  • Behold, a cyst draining so intense it startles the doctor

    Chloe Bryan
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Doctors have seen a lot of gross stuff. So when one jumps back in surprise during a procedure, we should all take note. This cyst had been growing for three months on a patient's leg before he went in to have it drained. As is customary, the doctor cleans the growth and prepares to puncture it — but the cyst just can't wait to get started! If you love the thrill and satisfaction of popping lesions, this is the video for you. If not, please move on to cuter horizons. Raccoon is very nervous for his swimming brother Bride and groom (and 250 guests) shoot a baller wedding music video…
  • Uber hires the Jeep Cherokee hackers

    Chris Perkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The hack of a Jeep Cherokee was the most significant car hacking story to break recently. Now the guys responsible will work for Uber. Uber snatched up Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the hackers who exposed a serious security vulnerability in Fiat Chrysler (FCA) vehicles, which resulted in the first ever recall for potential car hacking, on Friday, reports Reuters. An engineer at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh announced on Twitter that Miller and Valasek would be joining him there, in a tweet. This comes two days after the company announced a partnership with the…
  • New Horizons may have a new target, and it's 1 billion miles past Pluto

    Miriam Kramer
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which made its famous flyby of Pluto in July, has a new place to go Scientists working with the mission have picked their first-choice destination for New Horizons' post-Pluto existence See also: Hello, Pluto: The 9-year journey to a new horizon The tiny object, now known as 2014 MU69, orbits the sun nearly 1 billion miles past Pluto in the Kuiper Belt — a group of icy objects in Pluto's part of space “There’s so much that we can learn from close-up spacecraft observations that we’ll never learn from Earth, as the Pluto flyby…
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  • Staff Recommender: Zacqary Adam Xeper, Who Makes This Website Pretty

    Fast Company Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Zacqary Adam XeperPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Zacqary Adam Xeper Role at Fast Company: I'm a web developer, specializing in front-end—that means the stuff that happens on your device, as opposed to the stuff that happens on our servers. I make things look pretty for you. Ever looked at one of our slideshows on your phone? Aren't those spinning 3-D cards cool? You're welcome. Twitter: @XerxesQados Titillating Fact: In my spare time, I am a purple fox named Xerxes. If you're in downtown Pittsburgh…
  • Twitter Made Its Diversity Goals Public, But They Aren't Very Drastic

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The company's hiring goals are not exactly ambitious when compared against its existing diversity numbers.Last month, Pinterest came forward with its proposed plan to increase diversity in 2016. Twitter matched Pinterest's effort on Friday, when it announced its own goals to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities at the company.Read Full Story
  • Report: $1.9 Billion Invested In Space Travel Startups Since 2014

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Space travel, virtual reality, and drones are all fertile territory for investors.A new report says space travel startups have raised a staggering $1.9 billion since 2014. Venture capital database CB Insights released the report, titled "Future of Frontier Tech," which also says that drone startups have raised $285 million since 2014 and virtual/augmented reality companies $1 billion.Read Full Story
  • Obama Administration To Open Wearable Tech R&D Center In Silicon Valley

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The White House and the Department of Defense are working with the private sector to build flexible, wearable electronics.The Obama administration and the Pentagon are giving the wearables industry a big push. On Friday, defense secretary Ash Carter will announce that the Department of Defense is investing $75 million in a "flexible hybrid electronics" innovation center in Silicon Valley; in addition to the Pentagon's contribution, the new institute will receive more than $90 million in funding from academia, corporate interests, and local governments for a total of about $171 million.Read…
  • Apple Music Exec Ian Rogers Steps Down

    Pavithra Mohan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple's Beats 1 radio station and nudging the company to take on Spotify.Ian Rogers, a key music executive at Apple, has resigned from the company, the Financial Times reports. The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station and helping the company move into the Spotify-dominated streaming music market.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • The Math Behind SaaS Startup Valuation

    Tomasz Tunguz
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
     One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars. Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to measure LTV, because they haven’t been around very long and, consequently… Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Tech Stocks Fumble, Facebook Announces ‘M,’ And YouTube Takes On Twitch

    Alex Wilhelm
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
     Welcome back to another episode of CrunchWeek. We’re very glad that you are here. This time ’round, our fearless Matthew Lynley headed the ship, while our own Josh Constine and your humble servant were on hand to help out along the way. We dug into the very turbulent global markets, and what that means for technology shares, along with a dive into the latest from Facebook, and,… Read More
  • Judge’s Order To Shut Down NSA Phone Surveillance Reversed By Federal Appeals Court

    Lucas Matney
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
     A federal appeals court has just ruled against a 2013 decision ordering the NSA to stop its bulk metadata collection program. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Friday, contending that conservative privacy activist Larry Klayman had not adequately argued the likeliness that his own data had been collected as a part of the metadata collection program. Judge Stephen Williams wrote… Read More
  • SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    Anthony Ha
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
     Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete. The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More
  • Google’s App Search Results Now Look More Like An App Store

    Sarah Perez
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
     Google has been working for some time to improve how it highlights mobile apps, and the data they contain, in its search results. And now, Android users performing Google searches for apps outside the Play Store will notice a big change in how apps are being presented in search results. Where before, apps were listed one-by-one with each app on its own line followed by a link to see… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
  • Embarrassed

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    It’s a tool or a curse, and it comes down to the sentence, “I’d be embarrassed to do that.” If you’re using it to mean, “I would feel the emotion of embarrassment,” you’re recognizing one of the most powerful forces of our culture, a basic human emotion, the fear of which allows groups to control outliers, and those in power to shame those that aren’t. The stress that comes from merely anticipating the feeling of embarrassment is enough to cause many people to hold back, to sit quietly, to go along. And this anticipation rarely leads to much of anything positive. On the…
  • The one thing that will change everything

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    That introduction you need. The capital that your organization is trying to raise. The breakthrough in what you're building... Have you noticed that as soon as you get that one thing, everything doesn't change? In fact, the only thing that changes is that you realize that you don't need that one thing as much as you thought you did. Most likely, this speech, or that inspection or this review won't materially change things overnight. Companies that raise hundreds of millions of dollars don't seem to have an effortless time in changing user behavior, and well connected agents still have trouble…
  • Sooner or later, the critics move on

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle. Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices. Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself. Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are.        
 
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    WIRED

  • If You Only See One Mad Max-on-BMX Movie Today, Make It Turbo Kid

    Jordan Crucchiola
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    If you have a thirst for one more dystopian action flick this summer, we have a suggestion for you. The post If You Only See One Mad Max-on-BMX Movie Today, Make It Turbo Kid appeared first on WIRED.
  • Uber Hires the Hackers Who Wirelessly Hijacked a Jeep

    Andy Greenberg
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The two researchers will apparently be working on securing Uber's self-driving car of the future. The post Uber Hires the Hackers Who Wirelessly Hijacked a Jeep appeared first on WIRED.
  • NASA Finally Picked New Horizons’ Next Destination

    Sarah Zhang
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    New Horizons' next stop will be a Kuiper Belt object named 2014 MU69 nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. The post NASA Finally Picked New Horizons’ Next Destination appeared first on WIRED.
  • NYC’s Taxis Finally Launch an App to Compete With Uber

    Davey Alba
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    New York finally gets Uber for taxis by letting you hail a cab from your phone. The post NYC’s Taxis Finally Launch an App to Compete With Uber appeared first on WIRED.
  • Twitter Wants to Be (Slightly) More Diverse by 2016

    Julia Greenberg
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Twitter announced its latest diversity goals today. But the company's goals aren't that far off from, well, right now. The post Twitter Wants to Be (Slightly) More Diverse by 2016 appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Get More Out of Boring Lectures by Imagining You're the Teacher

    Patrick Allan
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With lectures, you only get out of them what you’re willing to put in. You might be bored by the slides, but that information is still important. If you spend that time thinking from the teacher’s perspective, you might get a better grasp of the material.Read more...
  • Balloon Sends a Link for Anyone to Add Files to Your Dropbox

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    When you’re trying to collect together a lot of files, it’s a pain to everyone on the same page. If you’re a Dropbox user, Balloon is a web app that lets you create a single link you can send to people so they can add files to your Dropbox without needing a Dropbox account themselves.Read more...
  • Add AirPlay Mirroring to Any TV with a Raspberry Pi

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    AirPlay Mirroring, the tech that allows you to display your iOS device’s screen on your Apple TV, it great, but you need an Apple TV to use it. Instructables user edyboy12 shows how to use a Raspberry Pi instead. Read more...
  • F.lux for Mac Adds "Backwards Alarm Clock" to Show How Much Sleep You're Missing

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Mac: F.lux is a great app for changing the temperature of your display when you’re working late at night , but working late at night also tends to mean you’re skipping sleep. The Mac version of the app now has a new “Backwards alarm clock” that counts down the time until your alarm goes off. http://lifehacker.com/5899079/how-ca... Read more...
  • Raw Milk’s “Health Benefits” Are Mostly Imaginary

    Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Maybe you like the taste of raw milk. (That’s more likely because it’s grass-fed than because it’s raw, but okay.) But if you’re chasing after health benefits in raw milk, think again.Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple TV Said to Have Motion Sensitive Remote Control Targeted at Casual Gamers

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    In a report corroborating several oft-rumored features of the next-generation Apple TV, including an A8 chip and a native SDK for creating apps, TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino has revealed that the set-top box will also have a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri. Panzarino claims the redesigned remote control will likely be targeted at casual gamers:A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While…
  • Currys and PC World Gearing Up to Sell Apple Watch in UK

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    MacRumors has learned that British electronics retailer Currys, which co-brands some locations as Currys and PC World, has added the Apple Watch to its internal inventory system as it gears up to begin selling the wrist-worn device. Currys and PC World has a large presence throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a combined 295 superstores and 73 high street stores in both countries. It remains unclear how many of those locations will be carrying the Apple Watch. When searching for the Apple Watch on the Currys website, a banner informs customers that the device is "currently not…
  • Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for Retina MacBook Revealed

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Following a closer look at Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup for the MacBook Air, CPU World has shared new details about sixth-generation Core M chips appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel reportedly may brand the low-power Skylake-Y chips as Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 based on performance. The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook…
  • iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug Is Far From Perfect, But It's a Cheap Way to Give HomeKit a Try

    Eric Slivka
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug is one of the first five HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and it's the most affordable option for Apple users who are looking to try out the company's home automation platform. The SmartPlug is a simple device that plugs right into any outlet, transforming any appliance - from lights to fans - into an iPhone-controlled Siri-compatible smart product using WiFi. We tested out three of iHome's SmartPlugs, simulating what it might be like to control lights and fans across multiple rooms to turn an ordinary home with ordinary outlets into a smart home with a…
  • Beats 1 Lead Executive Ian Rogers Leaves Apple

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Apple Music senior director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers has resigned from Apple nearly two months after the launch of the streaming music service, the company confirmed to the Financial Times today. Rogers was among a group of executives that joined Apple last year when the iPhone maker acquired Beats for $3 billion. Rogers's official title was Senior Director of Apple Music, a position he held since August 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. Rogers, who served as Beats Music CEO between January 2013 and August 2014, departed Apple to join an undisclosed "Europe-based…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The tech world is awash with excitement because Instagram (over 300 million users) now supports photos and video uploaded in traditional landscape and portrait mode, instead of just square. Oddly, I think Instagram did the mobile web a favor by pushing for us to upload in the square format. In Praise of Square Photos Photographers and artists are already grumbling at me, I’m sure. But hear me out. Continue ReadingThe post In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Thinking about podcasting?

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You don’t want to miss the Podcasting Workflows I put together over on OwnerFUEL. That is all.Continue ReadingThe post Thinking about podcasting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site, chrisbrogan.com, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
  • The Next Event I Might Run

    Chris Brogan
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though. The Next Event I Might Run I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the…
  • Are You Outsourcing Your Thinking

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    It’s interesting how I hear the same words from many mouths. Over and over. Someone will have an idea, and then others will echo that idea. In the process, I have this feeling that people are outsourcing their thinking. Outsourcing your thinking? My son told me that most of the people he followed on Tumblr didn’t like the Minions movie. (This was an hour before we were to sit in a theater somewhere and watch it.) I asked him if he was going to let those people judge the movie or if he would judge it for himself. On the way out of the theater, he said, “I think Tumblr was…
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Create Remarkable Visual Content

    Stefanie Flaxman
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    As someone who made an intentional decision to have a career working with words, talking to you about the importance of visual content makes me feel a little weird. But I have to tell you, when I’ve been scrolling through my Twitter timeline lately, it’s the updates with intriguing visuals that catch my eye. They’re the ones I read, and the links I click. In the current digital marketing landscape, the strategic use of visual content — whether it accompanies text or stands alone — is a smart move as you strive to produce the best experience for your audience. This week’s…
  • Why Don’t Some Online Courses Sell?

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Online courses are a great way to build a business. They’re also a great way to get better-qualified clients, or build an additional revenue stream by providing an alternative to your services. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Your course isn’t selling as much as you’d like, or worse, it’s not selling at all. There’s a methodical analysis you can perform to see if you can spot the problem. Of course, this is the same analysis you should perform before you create a course. In this episode of Unemployable with Brian Clark, Brian discusses: How to be absolutely sure what…
  • Two Ways to Turn Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Jon Loomer has been using Facebook for business since 2007. And despite the ever-changing landscape, Jon has continued to thrive by marketing on the platform. Jon is now a leading Facebook marketing expert, and in this episode of Technology Translated, it’ll be clear why. When host Scott Ellis asked Jon to come on his show, he had no idea what a treat his listeners were in for. By the middle of this episode, listeners will recognize the gold mine of information Jon is sharing, including how he executed one campaign that converted Facebook fans to email subscribers at the whopping rate…
  • What Craft Beer and Food Trucks Can Teach Us About the Power of Collaboration

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your fellow Showrunners, even those serving the very same niche(s) that you’re serving, are not your enemies. 95 percent of the world has no idea what you’re doing as “podcaster,” so don’t turn a cold shoulder to the few who do. This week’s episode of The Showrunner begins with a discussion about the value of meeting your listeners in person when you get the opportunity to do so. Hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor offer up a few actionable ideas on how to bring the topic up with your audience. Then, for the final time, they harken back to their experience at Podcast Movement for…
  • The Zen of Measurement, Optimization, and Focus

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    In this new series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss the importance of the right metrics in growing your business, and why you should not be paralyzed by math. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark discuss: How you can determine the correct metrics for your business Where to start, and what you need to focus on Why the big Silicon Valley tech companies are not the right businesses to model Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital…
 
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  • Rumor: Android Wear will soon work with iOS

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Android Wear may be very close to working with iOS. That’s the report from Android Police, citing multiple anonymous sources and a hint in a retracted Amazon listing for the Huawei Watch.  Android Police tends to have a pretty good track record with such rumors, which are consistent with what we’ve heard before about Google working on iOS compatibility for Android Wear.  Initially the Huawei Watch listing on Amazon said it was compatible with iOS 8.2 or greater. The listing has been taken down, but the fact it made it into the Amazon listing at all indicates someone may have jumped the…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Dispatch and Geronimo bring new features to email

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Geronimooooooooo!This week’s roundup features two email apps—one new, one with a powerful new update. Will either find a place on your iOS device? Read on and decide.DispatchThe $7 Dispatch has long let you triage your email in complex fashion, supporting interactions with more than 20 third-party apps so you can, say, put an email on your to-do list for later attention rather than let it consume you right away. Version 3.0 has launched with one big new feature: It’s now available for the iPad. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple Music loses key exec as former Beats Music CEO resigns

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers joined Apple when the company bought Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s brainchild last year. He helped Cupertino launch its own streaming service, Apple Music, and spearheaded the popular Beats 1 live radio station. Now he’s done. The Financial Times reported Friday that Rogers resigned unexpectedly just two months after helping to launch Apple Music. But he’s not leaving to work for a streaming music rival—Rogers is going to work for a European company in an entirely different industry.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple is helping the U.S. defense department develop wearable tech

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    The U.S. Department of Defense is teaming with Apple, Boeing, Harvard University and other organizations to develop flexible electronics and sensors that could be placed in uniforms or inside ships and aircraft. Under the plan, a consortium called the Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute will work on using 3D printing to build bendable, thin electronics that could match the contours of a person's body or a military vehicle, a defense department official told Reuters.  The technology could find its way into soldiers' uniforms as health monitors or placed in the cramped compartments of a ship…
  • iPhone 6s rumors: Hello rose gold, goodbye iPhone 5c

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we've collected every rumor that has surfaced about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as tried to discern the plausibly of the rumor. It’s been a long, rumor-packed summer, but Apple will…
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  • The Wait For HTC's Vive VR Headset Just Got Longer

    Adriana Lee
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    From the beginning, HTC’s promise of delivering a consumer-ready virtual-reality headset by the end of the year seemed fantastical (in all senses of the word). How is the Taiwanese company, which announced the Vive early this year, going to release its VR system so quickly?The answer: It’s not. While a few devices will make their way to the public, the broader launch apparently will get pushed back to 2016. In a statement given to Engadget Thursday, HTC said, "We'll have a limited number of units by the end of the year, with more to come in Q1 2016.” See also: 6 Ways The HTC Vive…
  • The Top 5 Technologies That Have Changed Sports

    ReadWrite Sponsors
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    This post is sponsored by The Wearable Tech In Sport Summit, an event taking place in San Francisco on September 9–10. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite's editors.Athletes today use increasingly complex technologies to enhance performance.We have seen considerable leaps forward in sporting performance as a direct result of technology either used during competition or in training. The big question is which technology has had the biggest impact on its respective sport?Attend The Wearable Tech In Sport Summit, September 9-10 in San Francisco, California—use discount…
  • Taxicab Industry Has A New App To Compete With Uber

    Gregory Ferenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:47 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 FerensteinThe tech sector has shaken up innumerable industries, and whenever that happens, some enterprising types wonder if there's some opportunity in helping established players stave off the inevitable. But beating back the forces that threaten to destabilize their businesses is even harder than it looks, and few succeed. The taxi industry is no different. Would-be tech partners and investors sometimes ask me…
  • 4 Tools To Strengthen The Bond Between You And Your Customers

    Yoav Vilner
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Yoav Vilner is a cofounder of Ranky. Launching a startup is no easy task. While there's certainly tremendous hype about the tech sector, the truth is that the overwhelming majority of startups fail—mostly because of a lack of market and resources. Solidifying your market can be particularly difficult in an overcrowded landscape. Simply getting the word out and attaining loyal users can be a challenge, but they're critical for your business success. See also: The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs MakeTo earn loyal users, you must actively seek…
  • The Internet of Reps: GymGroups Wants To Network Your Gym

    Owen Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Grou.ps, a company known for its social community tools, is adding hardware and a focus on fitness to the mix with the launch of GymGroups, a service targeted at health clubs. See also: Under Armour's New "Record" App: A Potential Social Revolution In FitnessIt's a big shift in strategy, and there's a lot that's interesting about Grou.ps' approach. An early Web 2.0 social service is now embracing hardware and tying a cloud-based service together with mobile apps. It's an intriguing example of how the Internet of Things can force a dramatic rethink of a product. Survival Of The…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Web Development Reading List #101

    Anselm Hannemann
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The reaction on the first post last week was quite overwhelming, so we moved from a bi-monthly frequency to a weekly frequency (for now). — Ed. Welcome back to the Web Development Reading List (WDRL) for this week. Instead of the previously announced biweekly schedule here on Smashing Magazine, I will post it in sync…
  • How We Designed And Built Our First Apple Watch App

    Alex Komarov
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
      One sunny morning in the summer of 2014, I was sitting in a café having just finished an hour-long call with my remote team. Scheduling that call had been a messy exercise: we live in different time zones and it was hard to find a time that worked for everyone. I wanted to make dealing with time zone differences less painful. I had some free time on my hands, so I pulled my notebook out and started playing around with an iWatch app idea. Yeah, you read that right — 2014 and iWatch, before a watch had ever been announced.The post How We Designed And Built Our First Apple…
  • Responsive Upscaling: Large-Screen E-Commerce Design

    Christian Holst
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
      The responsive design revolution is truly upon us (if it hasn’t already happened!), and even though e-commerce websites haven’t picked up responsive design quite as aggressively as in other industries, it’s becoming increasingly popular. So far, most of the responsive design thinking has revolved around covering the range of experiences from mobile to desktop. Yet little attention has been paid to the opportunities for expanding that range beyond the standard desktop screen, to create an experience optimized for modern large-scale displays.The post Responsive Upscaling:…
  • Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design

    Anna Yeaman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
      Last year I read Jan Constantin’s post “Typographic Design Patterns and Current Practices” and straightaway wanted to do something similar with email. At the time I was studying responsive typography on the web, trying to break down the websites I liked in order to understand what made the typography work so well, then attempting to apply those findings to email design. After seeing Constantin’s work, I also wanted to explore how other email designers were handling responsive typography. So, I amassed 50 emails across various industries that I think do a good job with…
  • Web Development Reading List #100

    Anselm Hannemann
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything so you don't have to. The result is a carefully collected list of articles that popped up over the last week and which might interest you. Starting from today, we are happy and honored to feature a bi-monthly web development reading list here on Smashing Magazine. Now it should be a bit easier to stay up to date. — Ed. Welcome to the one hundredth edition of the Web…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s official – I’m making every Friday here on my blog, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday” where I’ll share a simple, hopefully helpful, and certainly fun Photoshop special effect — the type of effects you see in ads, on the Web, in banners, etc. This one I’m showing you today I especially like because I’m showing how I created a perspective text effect for the Facebook promos I did for my last seminar tour (my “Shoot like a Pro Tour”), but I’m using the date of the next stop in my “all new” tour (my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Lightroom CC Power Tour with RC Concepcion It’s time to harness the power of the new Lightroom CC with RC Concepcion’s newest tour. You’ll walk through everything you need to get up to speed in Lightroom CC – from start to finish. If you are a new user, you will leave finally understanding how to best use Lightroom CC like a pro. If you are already using Lightroom – RC will give you some key strategies to get you organized, prepare you for larger collections, and help you work your images as fast as possible. You’ll also master the latest features found in the newest release…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Frank Doorhof!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Take control One of the things I encounter a lot during talks with attendees to my workshops or seminars is that a lot of photographers struggle with their light. Now I don’t want to generalize, but I think for a lot of shooters out there this is a reoccurring problem. One could almost say, “Most photographers are controlled by their lighting, while a photographer should be in control of their lighting.” In photography light is our language, so it’s of vital importance to learn to speak that language. I hear you thinking, “But I don’t have expensive gear to fight the sun, or to…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:”  (1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!). (2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks: Egucigalpa, Honduras Clinton, Tennessee San Antonio, Columbia Elora, Ontario, Canada Tyler, Texas Marikina, Philippines Tooele, Utah Meridian Charter Township, Michigan Cairo, Egypt Ogunquit, Maine Manila, Philippines Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur Karmiel, Israel Paris, France Canon City, Colorado Sydney, Australia How cool is that!
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Fish

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photographing seemingly unattractive objects like fish can be difficult – or maybe just a challenge. By ePi.Longo Weekly Photography Challenge – Fish A hard photo subject can help you grow as a photographer, push you out of your comfort zone. So now’s a great time to practice. Find a fish (at the market, store, dead or alive – whatever you can come up with) and try photographing it to make a compelling image. By J J By Jason Mrachina By Zoe Share your images below: Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus…
  • 27 Shimmering Fish Photos

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fish are slippery, slimy and scaly. They can also be shiny, silvery, shimmery and photogenic. They come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Here are a few images captured by photographers of these interesting creatures: Deep-sea by Tamás Balogh on 500px RGB fishing an improved version by Victoria Ivanova on 500px Seeks 6 differences by Jordi Gallego on 500px Habitat by Sedef ISIK on 500px After fishing by taty-eremeeva on 500px Dust… (????…) by Vladimir Shipulin on 500px After fishing by Svetlana Dikhtyareva on 500px Fish..:) by Alla Lora on 500px pesce d’aprile d’autore…
  • 5 Ways to Change Your Composition For Better Photos

    Barry J Brady
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If there is one thing in photography that every photographer can work on, it’s composition. Like many of the other techniques in photography, your composition will improve the more you practice. Very often, photographers seem to go to their comfort zone of the rule of thirds. I personally like the rule of thirds as a starting point, not every photograph however, needs to be composed on the rule of thirds. In fact, it is a good idea to shoot the same scene in a few different compositions, even depth of field can be used as a compositional tool. A good way to work on your composition is…
  • 10 Common Mistakes in Long Exposure photography

    Francesco Gola
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On all the 2015 Workshop I held here in Italy, I introduced a little game, where at the end of the workshop the attendees had to write down on a paper three mistakes that they used to make before taking the workshop. So I decided to collect all these lessons learned papers and make a list of the 10 most common errors in long exposure photography so you can learn from this also: Mistake #1 – Vibration reduction system is set to ON There are some lovely technologies that can help get much sharper images minimizing the blur caused by camera shake, which are extremely useful in low-light…
  • Why Every Photographer Should Use a Manual Focus Lens

    Dustin Abbott
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your camera is smart. It has processors that are able to run algorithms, for near instantaneous adjustments to compensate for lighting conditions and changing environments. I’m a professional lens reviewer, and tend to complain if a lens/camera combination takes more than a split second to achieve accurate autofocus. But the reality is that most modern camera/lens combinations achieve accurate autofocus remarkably fast. Modern DSLRs can pretty much see in the dark, and still focus reasonably well with a near absence of light, and their performance at extremely high ISO settings is…
 
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  • Jeep hackers get new jobs at Uber's autonomous-car lab

    Roberto Baldwin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have made a habit of getting the attention of the automotive world with their vehicle hacks. This year, the team showed an exploit that would allow hackers to remotely hijack a Jeep. That hack r...
  • Playdate: Exploring a galaxy far, far away in 'Disney Infinity 3.0'

    Sean Buckley
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If you wondered what would become of Lucasfilm after 'ol George sold the firm back in 2012, you're looking at it: Disney Infinity 3.0. Yes, that game -- the best possible example of just how many of the franchises you know and love belong to Mickey...
  • Netflix for the Wii U adds new features like individual profiles

    Richard Lawler
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    While the Wii U is among our favorite ways to game, its Netflix experience has been lagging behind a bit. New features like (optional) autoplaying episodes, switching between individual profiles and easy resuming just never came to the console, unt...
  • FAA starts testing its drone safety app

    Billy Steele
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Back in May, the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to test an app for drone hobbyists that'll ensure they're flying in approved airspace. The mobile software appears to be on schedule as B4UFLY is now in closed beta for iOS. Up to 1,0...
  • Kraftwerk takes techno pop into the third dimension

    Amber Bouman
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Not to be undone by bands that release artwork via fax machine or by albums released in sheet music form, German electronic mainstay Kraftwerk's next record will be available in a 3D format. It's a fairly unusual approach to making music as you can...
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    Strobist

  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee 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…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • 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…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Fujifilm firmware updates add Windows 10 support to 7 cameras

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    Fujifilm has released firmware updates for seven of its X-series cameras, providing them with support for Microsoft's Windows 10. Read more
  • Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    The makers of the Astropad iPad app have launched a version for the iPhone, aptly called Astropad Mini. Like the iPad version, the new app allows you to use your Apple device as a graphics tablet when working with imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom using Astropad's LIQUID technology for communication with the Mac. Read more
  • The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Canon recently announced an update to the wildly popular 35mm F1.4L lens, originally released in 1998 and undoubtedly designed back in the day for film. The original was always a favorite of our technical editor Rishi Sanyal, so join him as he takes a stroll down memory lane and recounts his favorite aspects of that lens, and what he looks forward to in the update. Read more
  • Is it the smartphone or lack of fun that's killing the camera?

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Camera companies are struggling to sell cameras - that much is widely known. But analyst Heino Hilbig says that it's not smartphones, market saturation or the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis that's caused this. Instead he argues that it's the fun-factor and easy operation that the iPhone brought that have made cameras seem less attractive. We think he's on to something. Read more
  • NASA employs 150-year-old photography technique to measure shock waves from supersonic flight

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    NASA has turned to a process devised in 1864 to help it measure shockwaves created by supersonic aircraft flight. The method, schlieren photography, was invented by German scientist August Toepler to observe the effect of objects moving through transparent media, such as water or air. Read more
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Black and White preference

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Creating Contact Sheets With a ‘Slide Mount Look’ in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was looking online this week and saw an old sheet of color slides in those plastic sleeves where we used to store them in folders, and it made me start thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that in Lightroom where you could just click a button or two and it be there, so I set out to figure out how, and it’s easier than you’d think. It takes a little Photoshop up front (simple stuff), but once you’re done, you don’t have to go back to Photoshop at all again for this effect — it will live inside of Lightroom from here on out, just one click…
  • You’re Invited To Be a Part of My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – everybody that comes to this blog is a photographer, so I wanted to be sure to personally invite you to my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ which is coming Saturday, Oct 3rd all over the world. I’m leading a local walk in Sydney, Australia (my first time every in Australia, and I’m totally psyched!). All the details about the walk are over on my daily blog at scottkelby.com where I did a “Photo Walk Q&A” today so I hope you’ll pop over and check it out. It answers a lot of questions. If you’ve been on a photo walk before and you want…
  • How to get the new “Dehaze” slider on a brush

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we get into this, just a heads up: this isn’t a hidden feature — it’s a workaround for people who have Lightroom and Photoshop, but at least it works. First, the problem — as awesome as the new Dehaze slider is (it’s found in Lightroom CC’s “fx” menu), the problem with it is that it applies the effect to the entire image. For example, in the shot of Hong Kong above left, the background buildings (in Kowloon) are really hazy, but as you can see from the image on the right, while the Dehaze slider pretty much cuts the haze, it also makes the sky…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Stilo Review: This Stylus and Screen Protector Duo Aims to Emulate the Feel of Writing on Paper

    Juli Clover
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    There are hundreds of different stylus options available for the iPhone and the iPad, but that hasn't stopped new company Stilo Co. from introducing a fresh take on the stylus. The battery-powered Stilo is a fine-tipped stylus designed to pair with a Precision Film to replicate the feel of writing on paper with a pen. According to the company, the purpose behind the Stilo is to create a more "complete and organic" iPhone and iPad writing experience with a writing utensil that's universally compatible with existing sketching and drawing apps in the App Store. It also works with all different…
  • Boostcase Review: Bloc Power Bank for Apple Watch Has Unique Built-In Battery, but Isn't Portable Enough

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Just months after the Apple Watch was released, there are dozens if not hundreds of different stand options available on the market. The Bloc Power Bank from Boostcase stands out due to its unique long, flat shape and the fact that it has a built-in battery pack that can charge the Apple Watch while on the go. Made from solid aluminum, the Bloc Power Bank comes in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold, Wood, and Stainless Steel, to match all of the different Apple Watch options that are available. I went hands-on with the silver aluminum model to see how it measures up to other available stands…
  • Belkin Launches MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain Chargers

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Belkin announced today that it has introduced a new lineup of Lightning to USB clip-on fashion accessories in time for the back to school season. The new MIXIT charging cables for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available now in three designs: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip and a metallic keychain. The MIXIT Lightning to USB Tassel has a chic design made from natural leather and clips onto a bag, purse or luggage for on-the-go use. The accessory is designed to hide the Lightning and USB connectors behind the tassel cords, available in four different colors: fog, camel, coral and black.
  • Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren't in the square format, so today's decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user's "visual story" first and the format second. Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple…
  • Apple Partners With PayAnywhere for Universal Apple Pay Card Reader

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Apple today announced the company is partnering with PayAnywhere for a new mobile NFC card reader that will be able to attach to iOS devices and support Apple Pay transactions in any retail location, in addition to traditional credit card support (via CNBC). The reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores beginning in September, with the chance for merchants signing up with a new PayAnywhere account to get the first $5,000 in Apple Pay transaction fees for free. "We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country," said Marc Gardner, CEO of…
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  • How to fly cross-country without using airports

    maureenohare
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    Commercial airplanes that hover, take off and land like helicopters are coming soonTags: aviation innovation
  • Would you risk your life for $4,500?

    maureenohare
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:16 am
    Mount Everest's crack team of route setters earns just $4,500 per season to keep climbers safeTags: Everestmountain climbing
  • La Tomatina: The world's biggest food fight

    maureenohare
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    20,000 people have gathered in Bunol, Spain for La Tomatina -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one anotherTags: La Tomatinafood fightsfood festivals
  • Back from the brink: Lemurs of Madagascar

    maureenohare
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    On the trail of impossibly cute creatures in one of the world's most amazing wildlife hotspotsTags: african wildlifeendangered animalsendangered speciesrainforestenvironment
  • 5 spectacular new structures in Singapore

    hiufu
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Something crazy, something colorful and something from Jackie Chan, the tiny island city is welcoming a marvelous fleet of new modern constructionTags: architecturebuildingsNational Gallery
 
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