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  • Turn any tie into a bow tie [video]

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    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a pinch and need a bow tie? If you're in a pinch, that probably means your local haberdashery is closed. Never fear, you can turn any old tie into a bow tie, here's how. The post Turn any tie into a bow tie [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Daredevil climbs a decrepit 919-foot chimney without any equipment

    Brian Koerber
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Not even Santa would brave this chimney. Daredevil Flaviu Cernescu released a video on his YouTube page in which he climbs a massive 919-foot chimney in Pitesti, Romania, using a sketchy cable and old, rusty ladders hanging off the side. Once Cernescu makes it to the top of the structure, he walks across the open chimney on a metal beam — twice According to a website dedicated to skyscrapers, the chimney was intended to be used for a coal-fired power plant that was never completed, but there are apparently plans to turn the structure into an observation tower Post by Flaviu Cernescu.
  • Visualizing The Political Battle Over Ferguson On Twitter

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    Carey Dunne
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Statistician Emma Pierson visualizes the way conservatives and liberals interacted—or didn't—in the aftermath of the Ferguson decision.The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown sparked widespread protests, looting, and fire in the streets, as well as outpourings of grief and conflict on social media platforms like Twitter.Read Full Story
  • Social Marketing Startup Tiger Pistol Raises $3.1M As It Plans For US Growth

    Anthony Ha
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
     Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding. The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testing. Since then, Tiger Pistol (named after the tiger pistol shrimp) has moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, though it retains an office in Melbourne. Read More
  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
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  • Turn any tie into a bow tie [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a pinch and need a bow tie? If you're in a pinch, that probably means your local haberdashery is closed. Never fear, you can turn any old tie into a bow tie, here's how. The post Turn any tie into a bow tie [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 9 cool facts about snowflakes

    Deanne Mayall
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    And from SnowBrains we have 9 cool facts about snowflakes including a Montana snowflake that’s on record as having been the world’s largest. It supposedly measured 15 inches across and 8 inches thick and was sighted in 1887. Now, this website pre-dates the epic snowfall last week in Buffalo, but until then the most snow … The post 9 cool facts about snowflakes appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • An epic surfing video that’ll sweep you right out of winter [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's only November, and landlubbers across the Northern Hemisphere are already tired of the grey and the chill, so what better way to sweep the clouds away than to take a ride in the surf with this gorgeous short film from One Palm Media? The post An epic surfing video that’ll sweep you right out of winter [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • What not to think about on a date [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you or someone you know suffer from OTDS? That is, "Overthinking a Date Syndrome." If so, please be a friend and send them this video. If you're the victim, please watch it yourself. And please, stop overthinking your dates. The post What not to think about on a date [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How Saudi Arabia (via OPEC) plans to hurt US oil on Thanksgiving Day

    Deanne Mayall
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    I just saw a really interesting interview with Marin Katusa, an energy investment strategist, on Business News Network during which he said that OPEC is meeting tomorrow (US Thanksgiving for those of us outside the borders) and that this meeting will have (his words) Saudi Arabia “declaring war” on US oil production. Disclaimer: I have … The post How Saudi Arabia (via OPEC) plans to hurt US oil on Thanksgiving Day appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Daredevil climbs a decrepit 919-foot chimney without any equipment

    Brian Koerber
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Not even Santa would brave this chimney. Daredevil Flaviu Cernescu released a video on his YouTube page in which he climbs a massive 919-foot chimney in Pitesti, Romania, using a sketchy cable and old, rusty ladders hanging off the side. Once Cernescu makes it to the top of the structure, he walks across the open chimney on a metal beam — twice According to a website dedicated to skyscrapers, the chimney was intended to be used for a coal-fired power plant that was never completed, but there are apparently plans to turn the structure into an observation tower Post by Flaviu Cernescu.
  • Drown out family arguments at dinner with these Thanksgiving carols

    Laura Vitto
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    For those precious Thanksgiving moments spent sleeping in airports, dodging your relatives' political commentary or catching up on family gossip, Meghan Trainor has the holiday carols for you. The singer dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to lend her vocals to holiday carols that channel Thanksgiving in all its gravy-coated glory. German Shepherd does not care for his owner's singing in the shower Hundreds pour into New York's Union Square in solidarity with Ferguson Jennifer Aniston pranks reporter into thinking she's a terrible person 'Love Actually' is actually a huge bummer Read more... More…
  • Obama administration sets stricter smog standards

    The Associated Press
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. In a long-awaited announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency said it prefers a new, lower threshold for ozone pollution of 65 to 70 parts per billion, but said it would take public comments on an even lower standard of 60 parts per billion sought by environmental groups. The current standard…
  • Woolly mammoth skeleton to fetch up to £250,000 at auction

    Blathnaid Healy
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    LONDON — It's not an item you would usually expect to find in an auction house, but someone will walk away Wednesday as the new owner of a woolly mammoth skeleton Lot 92 in the Evolution sale — the second of its kind — taking place at Summers Place Auctions in West Sussex, is a 5-metre-high (18-foot), three-metre-wide (11-foot) rare skeleton of an ice age woolly mammoth named Monty. See also: 10 Wildlife Adventures You Must See Before They Go Extinct Almost 90% of the mammoth's skeleton, which is between 30,000 to 50,000 years old, is still intact. Auctioneers have put a…
  • Taylor Swift performs on 'The Voice' and a much-loved singer says goodbye

    Lindsay Rothfeld
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Taylor Swift returned to The Voice on Tuesday night to perform "Blank Space," and she was as spectacular and crazy as ever. Two things we loved during the performance: She walked over to Blake Shelton's chair and gave him a little kick, and she grabbed a man in the audience, and sang to him as he stood in complete awe. Then there was this beautiful interaction: "You're scaring me," Carson Daly said."I scare myself," Swift responded. Swift's return was by far the biggest event of the night See also: Christina Aguilera returns as top ten battle it out on 'The Voice' To no one's surprise, Adam…
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  • Visualizing The Political Battle Over Ferguson On Twitter

    Carey Dunne
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Statistician Emma Pierson visualizes the way conservatives and liberals interacted—or didn't—in the aftermath of the Ferguson decision.The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown sparked widespread protests, looting, and fire in the streets, as well as outpourings of grief and conflict on social media platforms like Twitter.Read Full Story
  • How To Break It To Your Parents That You're Ditching Med School To Become A Startup Guy

    Chris Gayomali
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Step 1: Have parents that really, really love you. Step 2: Come prepared.As far back as he can remember, Nikhil Kundra was going to become a doctor. Both his parents were physicians in Florida, and medicine wasn't just in his future, it was his future.Read Full Story
  • $230 Million Still Can't Buy A Startup Original Design?

    Mark Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do these two designs look the same to you? Because they sure do to us.You've heard it before. Two startups, with vastly different amounts of funding, each do ostensibly the same thing. In the left corner, you have HelloSign, with $3.5 million in funding, which allows you to sign documents electronically. In the right corner, you have DocuSign, with $230 million in funding, which also allows you to sign documents electronically.Read Full Story
  • Everything You Can Make With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Lily Tidhar
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fried stuffing bites? Turkey ramen? Let our exclusive infographic guide you through getting creative with your excess holiday foodstuffs. Lily Tidhar for Fast Company The aftermath of any decent Thanksgiving meal is replete with more than enough uneaten food for a second (or third, or fourth) meal. This year, get a little more innovative with your Thanksgiving leftovers than open-faced turkey sandwiches. Snap yourself out of your post-feast foodie haze and check out some of the more ambitious culinary projects you could be undertaking with that half-eaten poultry leg and the huge bowl of…
  • "I'm Addicted To Decay": What It's Like To Be A Ruin-Porn Photographer

    Shaunacy Ferro
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Urban explorer Andre Govia talks to Co.Design about the risks and rewards behind the scenes of his latest book, Abandoned Planet.Andre Govia describes himself as "addicted to decay." The U.K.-based urban explorer's book of photography, Abandoned Planet, is an extensive tribute to that addiction, which has taken Govia and his camera to more than 22 countries over the past 15 years. Govia, who mainly makes his living as a freelance cinematographer for television, elicits a certain ethereal drama from the remains of old manor houses, decrepit prisons, hospitals, and mental institutions, and even…
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  • Social Marketing Startup Tiger Pistol Raises $3.1M As It Plans For US Growth

    Anthony Ha
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
     Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding. The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testing. Since then, Tiger Pistol (named after the tiger pistol shrimp) has moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, though it retains an office in Melbourne. Read More
  • Microsoft-Backed Inlope Is An Interest-Based Local Social Network

    Natasha Lomas
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
     Is there room for another social network in your life? Inlope, a Munich, Germany-based startup which was founded last year and has just launched its app reckons so. And it’s not alone — having persuaded Microsoft to cover its costs for a year while it seeks to scale its idea into a living and breathing local social network. Read More
  • Canopy Brings A Curated Amazon Shopping Experience To The iPhone

    Sarah Perez
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
     A company called Canopy launched last year to bring a more curated and community-driven experience to shopping Amazon products, with an organized catalog of recommended items, and a number of tools for finding and saving favorites. Today, Canopy is bringing that same experience to mobile with the launch of the Canopy iOS application. Like its web-based counterpart, the iOS app offers a… Read More
  • Apple Co-Founder Ron Wayne Puts Apple-1 Manual Proofs, Apple II Blueprints And More Up For Auction

    Darrell Etherington
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
     Apple has made a lot of people varying degrees of rich, but original third co-founder Ronald Wayne isn’t one of them. The lesser known member of theApple founding trio that also includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold his 10% stock in the company for $800 U.S. under two weeks after formalizing their original partnership, and then a later check for $1,500 to forfeit any future claims… Read More
  • Amazon Fire Phone Gets Another Fire Sale: $199 Unlocked

    Darrell Etherington
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
     Amazon has already admitted that it priced its Fire Phone much higher than consumers anticipated, and now it’s making a significant adjustment to the device’s price tag: A fully unlocked Fire Phone now retails for $199.00, instead of $449.00. The GSM device is still U.S.-only, which means it’ll work with AT&T and T-Mobile, though not Verizon and Sprint. The $250 price… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
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  • A Horse Mask That’s Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not

    Tim Moynihan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Horse Head Squirrel Feeder makes squirrels look ridiculous and breathes new life into mythology in the process. The post A Horse Mask That’s Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not appeared first on WIRED.
  • Sony’s New Full-Frame Camera Has Super-Stabilization Powers

    Tim Moynihan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Sony Alpha A7 II keeps its full-frame sensor and XAVC S video steady with a five-axis stabilization system. The post Sony’s New Full-Frame Camera Has Super-Stabilization Powers appeared first on WIRED.
  • Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds

    Samuel Arbesman
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Monty Hall problem is a rare mathematical problem that confounds our intuition is a most vexing way, even for probabilistic experts. The post Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds appeared first on WIRED.
  • How a Beauty Startup Turned Instagram Comments Into a Product Line

    Margaret Rhodes
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Emily Weiss decided to create a cosmetics line from scratch, she just created a new Instagram account and started taking notes. The post How a Beauty Startup Turned Instagram Comments Into a Product Line appeared first on WIRED.
  • What’s Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies

    Nick Stockton
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is turkey to blame for your food coma, or could there be another reason Thanksgiving always leaves you as a crumpled mess on the couch? The post What’s Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

    Darren Rowse
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On a recent webinar over at I was asked by John: “Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?” It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog. Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas. 1. Questions from Readers Perhaps the #1 place I get inspiration for blog posts is the inspiration for this one – a question from a reader. As I look back at the most popular posts here on…
  • How to Use Google in the Most Unusual Way to Make Your Self-Editing Faster, and Better

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first and second post in this mini series here and here.… “[...] then the evening came and she found herself sitting by the drawing board again, trying to [...]“ Um … wait a minute, is it “sitting by the drawing board” or “sitting at the drawing board”? Damn it, I never remember, and both sound okay to me! How do I check this?! … Oh, the struggles of every blogger attempting to edit their own work. There are thousands of expressions just like the one above, causing us problems on…
  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
  • Google Introducing ‘Mobile Friendly’ Tags in Search Results and Signal It Will Start Impacting Search Rankings

    Darren Rowse
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Over the last couple of years any blogger who has paid attention to their analytics will know that how people are reading blogs is changing. No longer are people simply arriving on your blog on their desktop computer or laptop but on tablets, mobile phones and more. Today I took a look at the change in how people arrive on my blog (Digital Photography School) over last 3 years. I doubt the results will surprise anyone. The growth in mobile/tablet traffic has been remarkable. When I look at the last period in the chart in more detail and look at just this month (November) the trend continues…
  • Making The Impossible Possible: How I Created A Full Time Blogging Income With No Qualifications

    Guest Blogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Image via Flickr user Susy Morris This is a guest contribution from freelance writer Stacey Corrin. It was a dark day in November 2012 when I first began to blog. Rain lashed the windows of the home we’d just moved into. Removal boxes lay strewn across the floor and the cries of my newborn twins rang shrill in my ears. I felt trapped, with no escape plan. Being a new parent can do that to you. It can make you feel like the only person in the room. It can sap your energy, your personality, your identity. Yet it can also put you on a path you might never consider possible. Today I want to…
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  • Be a Better Host with This Quick Checklist

    Herbert Lui
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Having people over can be a wonderful, festive, occasion if you prepare for it properly. These quick checklists are useful reminders for what to clean, buy, and write if you have friends and family coming to town.Read more...
  • Grab Headphones, Monitors, and More in Monoprice's Black Friday Sale

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Monoprice makes some of the best cheap peripherals on the market, and their early Black Friday sale has brought several of our favorites to new price lows.Read more...
  • The Right Way to Use a Chinese Chef’s Knife

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many chefs agree that you really only need three knives in your kitchen: chef's, paring, and bread. You may want to add the Chinese chef's knife to that list. In this video Chef Martin Yan shows you the right way to use a Chinese chef's knife.Read more...
  • Deadspin Say Goodbye To RGIII In Washington | io9 All The Clues And WTF Moments In The New Jurassic

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Deadspin Say Goodbye To RGIII In Washington | io9 All The Clues And WTF Moments In The New Jurassic World Trailer | Jalopnik This Is The Army's New Pocket Drone | JezebelDefying Court Order, Canadian Paper Publishes Rehtaeh Parsons' Name Read more...
  • The Best Black Friday App Deals

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    We'll update this list throughout the Thanksgiving weekend as we find new deals. Let us know in the comments if you spot anything that we missed.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple to Reportedly Stop Production of iPhone 5c in 2015

    Richard Padilla
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c next year, according to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans. Originally released as a lower-cost option last year, the iPhone 5c is currently available in a single 8GB configuration alongside the…
  • Yahoo and Microsoft Court Apple as Google's Safari Search Engine Deal Expires in 2015

    Kelly Hodgkins
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Apple renewed its maps and search partnership with Google in 2010, but with that contract reportedly set to end in 2015, both Yahoo and Microsoft are actively vying to be the next default search provider for Apple's Safari products, reports The Information. Both Microsoft and Yahoo have existing relationships with Apple, with Yahoo providing stock data to iOS and Microsoft supplying Siri with Bing search results. Executives from both companies have reportedly already approached Eddy Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, about a potential agreement that could…
  • Apple's Market Capitalization Hits Record $700 Billion

    Eric Slivka
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Apple's stock continues its strong recent performance, hitting another milestone today with a market capitalization of $700 billion and once again setting a new standard as the highest market cap in history before pulling back slightly. The mark comes less than two weeks after Apple's market cap passed $660 billion to set its first new high in two years. The company's market capitalization has doubled since Tim Cook was named CEO in August 2011. Apple's stock is up nearly 60 percent over the past year and up 24 percent since the company's October 16 media event, which was followed…
  • Universal Studios Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie, Michael Fassbender to Star

    Husain Sumra
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Just under a week after Sony Pictures dropped the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, Universal Studios has picked it up, according to The Wrap. X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is also now attached to star as Jobs. Universal Pictures has picked up the Steve Jobs biopic less than a week after it was dropped by Sony, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.Sony suddenly dropped the film last Wednesday after it had developed it for two years. One report indicated the studio dropped the movie because of the shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle wanted to start…
  • Apple Releases Two New iPhone 6 Ads: 'Reservations' and 'Gamers'

    Juli Clover
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Apple today launched two new ads featuring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are once again voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and highlight features like the iPhone 6's gaming capabilities and its ability to relay phone calls to Macs and iPads. In the first humorous ad, entitled "Gamers," the focus is on the A8 chip in the iPhone 6, with the ad showing off the recently released multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory. "The A8 chip is so powerful it brings gaming to the next level. I mean if you're into that kind of thing," says Fallon, before bantering with Timberlake…
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  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
  • Look Beyond the Sniper Rifle

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on
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  • Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

    Demian Farnworth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline. Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too … Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark. But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark. Might not be one of the Manhattan variety. But it’s attention, no less. Be…
  • Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

    Brian Clark
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it. In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio. I asked Jay to be the first in a series of…
  • Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

    Yael Grauer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing. Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states. But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance. In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility. The dangers of overstating the problem If you really know your readers, you know their pain points.
  • The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

    Steven Lowe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter. Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season. See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy. And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online. So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages? An infographic that visually depicts each rhyme! Landing page rhyme time The ultra-creative Lauren Mancke designed this handy guide to…
  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
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  • How to protect your Mac's most secret stuff

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Given the countless reports of our data being exploited, many of us are increasingly concerned about protecting that data. In this movie I’m going to show you how to protect a collection of data on your Mac. Launch Disk Utility and choose File > New > New Disk Image. In the New Blank Image window that appears name your image—something like My Secret Stuff. From the size menu choose a maximum size for the image—the absolute most you think it will hold rather than what it will currently hold. Choose an encryption type—either 128- or 256-bit AES (256-bit is more secure but takes…
  • How to deal with obnoxious ads on your iOS device

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Al Young has had it with the cruft that appears on his iPad. He writes: I spend a lot of time surfing the web on my iPad. In the last couple of years it’s become more frustrating because of all the pop-up ads that hide the stuff I want to read. Is there some way to get rid of it? Let me begin by saying that a lot of the websites you enjoy rely on ad revenue to stay in business—this one included. The tradeoff for you getting “free” content are the ads that are placed before you. That said, I’m sympathetic in those cases where pop-up ads obscure what you’re trying to read and…
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Vintage iPad stands and an iPhone scavenger hunt

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Talk about steampunk!This week's accessory roundup includes a tablet stand made of old railroad rails from 100 years ago. Plus: Cables, mounts, batteries, and more.AdonitThe $75 Jot Script Evernote Edition is a fine-tipped stylus optimized for iOS and made to work especially well with both Evernote and its companion app, Penultimate. The latter app’s developers say: “The new Penultimate 6.0 gives your Jot Script better control and accuracy, so that it works even more like your favorite pen.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Verizon offers free Wi-Fi, mobile data, and more to weary Thanksgiving travelers

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    Verizon appears to be taking a page out of Google’s playbook by handing out free digital treats that can make your holiday trip on the busiest travel day of the year less painful. The mobile carrier has paired with numerous partners to declare the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 26) “Connection Day” in the U.S. Verizon’s first big giveaway is free Wi-Fi in partnership with Boingo, Gogo, and Jet Blue. If you’re on a Jet Blue flight you can get a free Wi-Fi session between November 24 and December 24, while Boingo and Gogo are each offering one-time 30 minute free Wi-Fi…
  • Never miss a credit card reward again with Wallaby for iOS

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Have you ever held up the checkout line at Target because you couldn’t remember which of your credit cards offered a special cash-back boost at megastores?No? Just me? That can’t be true. Wallaby looks at where you're shopping and tells you the best card to use. I have three credit cards, and each has its own set of rewards and rules. One of them changes said rewards every quarter—pretty much just when I’ve memorized what last quarter’s special boost was. I picked these cards based on rewards, and had a sinking feeling that I wasn’t always maximizing what they had to offer. So…
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  • “California, Here We Come…” Introducing SmashingConf Los Angeles 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Great conferences are the ones where you learn, connect and get inspired. We know that, and we put our hearts into crafting events that aren’t just great, but go way beyond expectations. Ready for the next one? With SmashingConf LA 20151, we’ve got a full package: our new US conference with two days packed with quality content, lots of networking and a few mysterious surprises. We thought you might want to join in, too. 2 About The Conference When preparing a conference, we care deeply about how practical and valuable it will be. We look into things that have or haven’t…
  • Freebie: Christmas Icon Set (24, Icons, AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, PNG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Christmas is only a month away, and it’s time to add a few festive icons to your projects, or just freshen up your good ‘ol Christmas cards which you may be planning to give out to your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we’re happy to release the Christmas Icon Set, a set of 24 icons that are all available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. This icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella151 and is free to be used in private as well as commercial projects. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is…
  • How To Create Your Own Front-End Website Testing Plan

    Lawrence Howlett
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    So, your designers and developers have created a fantastic front-end design, which the client is delighted with, and your job now is to test it. Your heart begins to sink: Think of all the browsers, all the devices and all of these web pages you’ve got to test, not to mention the iterations and bug fixes. You need a front-end testing plan. This article shows you what to consider when creating a front-end testing plan and how to test efficiently accross browsers, devices and web pages. Benefits Of A Front-End Testing Plan Clarity on project’s scope Knowing which browsers and devices are…
  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
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  • Son's character 'crucified,' he says

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Michael Brown's father says a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed his son changes his view of America.
  • Rand Paul blames politicians

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Sen. Rand Paul is blaming politicians for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that the criminal justice system fuels racial tension by disproportionately targeting African-Americans.
  • Ferguson, race and Obama

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    President Barack Obama -- who once famously declared "there is not a black America and a white America" -- is again feeling his way through a volatile debate over race that offers fresh evidence of the nation's enduring divisions.
  • Rare Shakespeare's First Folio discovered

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    A librarian in northern France made what may be the discovery of his lifetime when he uncovered a rare Shakespeare's First Folio in his library's collection.
  • Demonstrations in 170 U.S. cities

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    The sparks of outrage that started in Ferguson have ignited a firestorm of dissatisfaction and protests across the country.
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  • Our Best Cyber Weekend Deals EVER Start Today (this is seriously big!)

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    OK, our Cyber weekend deals start today, and yes it’s our best pricing of the year, hands down, on all sorts of stuff, but dig this…When you sign up for a KelbyOne Annual Membership deal during Cyber Weekend….You get the entire Google/Nik Software Collection included with your membership.That’s right — The entire Nik Collection (it’s usually $149 by itself) included with your membership bundle, and our membership prices are the lowest ever!The collection includes: Silver Efex Pro (the ultimate B&W conversion plug-in) Color Efex Pro (my personal favorite…
  • My 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide

    Scott Kelby
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to my “9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (yes, last year I brought the “Gonzo” back after a brief break because just calling it a “Holiday Gear Guide” lacked that certain, I dunno, “gonzoness.”) So, I now bring you the blog-version of my “Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (which appears in the current issue of Photoshop User magazine, seen above) whose light burns brighter than a thousand suns (insert dramatic pause here), featuring an unbridled collection of 100% absolutely necessary gear that there’s no way we can see clear to live another minute of our…
  • This Photographer Did Something I Just Love!

    Scott Kelby
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).Thanks so…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cyber Weekend with KelbyOne Cyber Weekend is just around the corner and you can be amongst the first to gain early access to limited edition prints, commemorative DVDs, and some of the deepest discounts ever during our exclusive preview event, kicking off November 21!Doors open for this massive discount frenzy to everyone on November 26th. Sign up now for 5 days of early access to our biggest and best offers yet!Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hanging with Queeny last month in London after the Shoot Like A Pro seminarThis past weekend I was able to shoot hip-hop artist Lecrae’s sold-out concert at House of Blues in Orlando. He’s out on tour supporting his latest album, Anomaly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it released in September. Thankfully, I have some friends who have been working with Lecrae and his label, Reach Records, for a while now and were able to hook me up with an all-access pass to cover the show! I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the shots with you, along…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

    Diego Lapetina
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, in my opinion, landscape photographers are a unique breed. I’m sure that only a hand full of people are willing to hike 10 miles with 25 pounds of photography gear on their back, just because they hope to seize the perfect moment. Generally, in photography, practice leads to improvement. However, practicing landscape photography is a bit trickier since you don’t have control over the light setup, the weather, or the subject.
  • Is Being a Photographer Synonymous With Being an Artist?

    Will G. MacNeil
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sure, the concept of photography falls under the realm of one the arts, but can you strictly label someone an artist based on their job or hobby? Photographers are everywhere nowadays. Beyond the thousands upon thousands of photographers who have businesses and make a living taking pictures, there are also all the families with cameras and anyone who halfway knows how to use a camera phone. Every single one of you who calls yourself a photographer has the opportunity, in my opinion, to call yourself an artist. The term artist has a powerful meaning that is non-discriminatory. You, as an…
  • How to get more from your printer – besides good quality prints!

    Sarah Hipwell
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Canon Pixma MG6350 All-in-one-printer If you like to print hard copies of your photos at home, how do you decide which inkjet printer to buy? With such a myriad of printers on the market it can be daunting which one to choose. However, similar to buying a camera, one main consideration will be how much do you want to spend. I bought a Canon PIXMA MG6350 a little over a year ago. As luck would have it, my local computer shop had the white version in stock for nearly 50 Euros ($62USD) less than the black one. The white one was my first choice. This is a high-end, multifunction, inkjet printer.
  • Getting to Know Your New Camera

    Andrew S. Gibson
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    With my new camera I can set Film Simulation to black and white and the camera gives me a black and white view in the electronic viewfinder. I can also select the square format and see a square image. This is a great aid to composition. Finding and using helpful features like this is part of getting to know your new camera. I recently purchased a new camera and the process of learning to use it has been a good reminder of just how long the process can take. My new Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is a very different machine from the Canon EOS digital SLRs I’m accustomed to using, and it’s taken me a…
  • F-Stop Tilopa BC Backpack Review

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have to shamelessly admit that I, as are many other photographers, am a camera bag junkie. Maybe the reason behind it is that I was never able to find the perfect fit for my needs. Granted, different situations or travel circumstances may require different type of bags. It’s not the same to go out for a walk in your neighborhood as it is to go on an overseas trip. As I mentioned in one of my prior posts, I am a big believer in going light. During the years I have purchased, used, tested, abused and torn apart all kinds of bags. But only up until now, as I believe I have found my perfect…
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  • The right way to take a product image with an iPhone

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I sell a lot of items on eBay, so I'm always taking product photos for my listings. The iPhone is my camera of choice as the eBay iPhone app makes it easy to upload photos to an auction's description. Though convenient, the iPhone doesn't take great ...
  • Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on the iPhone

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While not as plentiful as the iPad, there still are a handful of discounts available for the iPhone this Black Friday. Discounts primarily apply to either the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6 with the iPhone 6 Plus noticeably absent from most holiday promot...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free PDF PROvider [iOS Unive...
  • Play 2048 in your iPhone Today view with new iOS app

    Erica Sadun
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Some things exist solely because they can. The new 2048 game (US$0.99) for your iOS Today view isn't a particularly impressive implementation of the game or a great step forward in technology, but darned if we weren't excited to see someone do someth...
  • Jon Taffer's BarHQ app wants to increase your profits

    Victor Agreda Jr
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Jon Taffer took the business of bar consulting to a new level when SpikeTV decided to run the show Bar Rescue, featuring Taffer as the irascible host. Since then he's had season after season of showing the public how sharp he is at turning around eve...
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  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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  • Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sony Electronics has announced US pricing and availability for its recently announced Alpha 7 II camera. The a7 II is the world's first full-frame camera with in-body image stabilization (5-axis, no less), and also offers improved controls, focusing performance, and video specs. It will be available on December 9th for $1700 body only and $2000 with the 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE lens. We'll be getting our hands on a beta version shortly and will post samples as soon as possible. Read more
  • Not dead yet: Sony announces three A-mount lenses

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Among all of the excitement around the a7 II, Sony quietly announced a new A-mount lens last week. The 70-300mm F4.5 – F5.6 G SSM II lens for A-mount offers faster AF tracking, a new Nano AR coating, and weatherproofing, and will be available in February for $1150. The company also announced the development of Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II A-mount lenses, which will arrive next Spring with similar improvements. Read more
  • Updated: Enthusiast compact camera roundup

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We're updating our 'What to buy and why' camera roundups to include new models introduced in 2014, and first up is the enthusiast compact camera class. These cameras may be a bit too big to fit in your pocket but most are compact enough to be considered appealing alternatives to heavier, bulkier, interchangeable lens camera systems. Read more
  • Hasselblad introduces Stellar II luxury enthusiast compact

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Hasselblad has announced the Stellar II, an enthusiast compact 'not intended to be judged against other cameras'. According to Hasselbad. the Stellar II has been 'conceived and crafted exclusively for aficionados, collectors, and connoisseurs'. Like other recent Hasselblads, the Stellar II is essentially a rebadged Sony camera - the Cyber-shot RX100 II in this case. Available grip finishes include olive, walnut, padouk, and carbon fiber. You can pick one up for yourself at an MSRP of $2395/€1650. Click through to feast your eyes (just don't judge)
  • Nikon D750 shooting experience published

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    The Nikon D750 is a full-frame DSLR that mates features from the D810 with a 24MP sensor, providing a faster frame-rate than any non-pro full-frame Nikon DSLR since the D700. Its comprehensive still and video photography specifications are aimed directly at enthusiasts and full-frame upgraders. We've made a significant update to our D750 first impressions review including a shooting experience and studio scene analysis. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • TIP: What To Do If You’ve Lost The Original Image File… (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is pretty strong case for creating Smart Previews when you import your images into Lightroom, because even though the Smart Preview is smaller than the original, it’s actually larger than you’d think (it’s 2,540 pixels on the longest edge). That way, if you get in a bind and lose the original image (for whatever reason), you can Export the Smart Preview as a DNG file so you will have a physical file that you can actually print around letter size at 240 ppi — that’s ain’t bad. So while it won’t have the same full resolution as the original, at least…
  • My “Magic Number” for Nice Subtle Edge Vignetting (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Adding a vignette (darkening the edges all the way around the image to focus the attention on your subject) is definitely one of those things you either love with the passion of a thousand burning suns, or you hate it with every fiber of your being. Most folks fall on one side or the other (kind of like people feel about HDR), but I think one reason is that, like HDR, people tend to greatly overdue their vignettes making them really obvious and over the top. Personally, I’m a fan of adding a very subtle vignette — one that you wouldn’t really even notice was there (a kind of…
  • Multi-Photo Poster Layout in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Earlier today I posted this shot of me holding a poster I made with a photo I had taken of all 32 NFL teams (it took me literally seven years to shoot all 32, and I finally got there by shooting the last one just a few weeks back — it was the Baltimore Ravens that I still hadn’t shot). The poster is just for me — something to hang in my home office. Anyway, as soon as I posted it, some folks started asking how I did the layout. Luckily, last year I had done a shot Lightroom 5 tutorial using the same technique, but it was for an Audi R8 shoot I did. So, different photos, same…
  • TIP: You Can Custom The Crop Tool’s Print Aspect Ratio Sizes (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    You know those Custom Crop Tool Print Overlays that talked about in a earlier post? I showed overlays for 5×7 and 2×3, right? Well,  you’re not stuck with the Print Size ratios Adobe chose for you — you can choose the ratios you want to see by going to the Develop Module, click on the Crop tool; then go under the Tools menu, then under the Crop Guide Overlay and select “Choose Aspect Ratios” to bring up a dialog (Seen below) where you can choose which of the preset sizes you’d like displayed. The post TIP: You Can Custom The Crop Tool’s Print Aspect Ratio Sizes…
  • Lightroom 5.7 Update: More Camera Support & New LR Mobile Features (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Just in case you missed it — Adobe has released a free update to Lightroom — version 5.7 with lots of new cameras supported (including the Canon 7D Mark II and the Nikon D750) and some new features for Lightroom Mobile (including one that helps for client feedback), and an integrated Aperture/iPhoto importer. Check out the quick video from Adobe’s own Terry “T-Bone” White (below) on the new client feedback feature (it’s actually pretty cool).     The post Lightroom 5.7 Update: More Camera Support & New LR Mobile Features appeared first on…
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  • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline

    Mitchel Broussard
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The worldwide tablet tablet market is expected to see a significant decline for 2014, according to reports from the International Data Corporation. The tablet market's year-over-year growth is expected to be 7.2% this year, down from 52.5% in 2013. According to the analysts, one of the central reasons for the market slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will be the first year Apple will see a decline in iPad shipments. IDC expects Apple to ship 64.9 million iPads this calendar year, a decline of 12.7 percent from 2013. Capturing 67.7 percent market share and shipping 159.5 million devices,…
  • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program

    Mitchel Broussard
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Seeking to attract iPhone users to its new Passport smartphone, BlackBerry yesterday announced a new Blackberry Trade-Up Program offering customers up to $550 (CA$600) to trade in an iPhone 4s or higher towards the purchase of a BlackBerry Passport. The program begins December 1 and offers the full $550 only when trading in an excellent condition iPhone 6, or presumably an iPhone 6 Plus, as that device isn't explicitly mentioned in the program's terms and conditions. Other iPhone models accepted include the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c, with all eligible iPhones receiving a…
  • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces

    Mitchel Broussard
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    As smartwatches based on Android Wear and other operating systems continue to proliferate, users have been increasingly looking to download digital likenesses of high-end watch faces onto their favorite wearable tech devices. The luxury watchmakers behind the real-world design of the digital "fake" versions are now attempting to put an end to those creating smartwatch clones of their products, according to TorrentFreak. Last week, Apple released its WatchKit developer tools, allowing developers to begin creating apps for the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Those developer tools do not…
  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More

    Juli Clover
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As we head into Thanksgiving and its accompanying Black Friday shopping holiday, retailers are beginning to offer significant discounts on products in an attempt to lure shoppers ahead of the Black Friday event. Walmart and Best Buy, for example, are offering pre-Black Friday deals, and several retailers are also offering some decent discounts on Macs and older iPads. iPhone Walmart is selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 with a two-year contract, which is $20 off Apple's standard price, but it will also include a $75 Walmart gift card. A similar $75 gift card deal is available…
  • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    Jordan Golson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Magpul has released updated versions of its popular Field Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Field Case is a minimalist shell case made from flexible thermoplastic, similar to the company's popular PMAG rifle magazines. The Magpul Field Case for the iPhone 6 is a semi-rigid cover designed to provide basic protection in the field. Made from a flexible thermoplastic, the Field Case features PMAG®-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging.Made in the USA, the Field Case is available in black and olive…
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