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  • A haunting, beautiful rendition of “Mad World” on classical guitar [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Mad World," written by Tears For Fears and popularly rebooted by Gary Jules for the film Donnie Darko, is a haunting song at the best of times. When you listen to this version on classical guitar, though, it will send chills down your spine. The post A haunting, beautiful rendition of “Mad World” on classical guitar [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • World's first cuddling convention is so Portland

    Mashable
    Kathleen Wong
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    With Valentine's Day coming around the bend, people across the globe are gearing up to snuggle in pairs. Or are they? Not according to professional cuddler Samantha Hess, who calls 2015 the year of taking back the cuddle. The affectionate act has gone commercial thanks to Hess, who has hosted hundreds of these nuzzling sessions. As the owner of Portland, Oregon's first snuggling storefront Cuddle Up To Me, she's bringing attention to platonic cuddling by helping to host the world's only cuddling convention — aptly named Cuddle Con. See also: 21 Inspirational Yearbook Quotes That Prove…
  • The Quantified Player Comes To Super Bowl XLIX

    Fast Company
    Matt Hartigan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Along with adding a whole new layer of quant nerdiness to the Big Game, the technology could help the NFL figure out how to make football safer.When the Seattle Seahawks take to the field against the New England Patriots this Sunday, the players' every move will be quantified like never before. That's because their shoulder pads will have sensors embedded inside that beam statistics—including field position, speed, distance traveled, acceleration and relative proximity to other players—to "receiver tags" placed around the stadium. The data, which is gathered in real time, will then be…
  • Along With Departures Of Dropcam Founder And Engineering Head, Nest Sees Bigger Reorg [Memos]

    TechCrunch
    Ingrid Lunden
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
     Nest, the connected home company acquired by Google last year, made the news yesterday with the departure of two of its key executives: founding VP of technology Yoky Matsuoka and the Greg Duffy, who had come to Nest as the CEO of acquired company Dropcam. In the wake of that, we’ve been passed (anonymously) two different memos from Nest co-founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers,… Read More
  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
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  • A haunting, beautiful rendition of “Mad World” on classical guitar [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Mad World," written by Tears For Fears and popularly rebooted by Gary Jules for the film Donnie Darko, is a haunting song at the best of times. When you listen to this version on classical guitar, though, it will send chills down your spine. The post A haunting, beautiful rendition of “Mad World” on classical guitar [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 19 secrets of UPS drivers

    Deanne Mayall
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    My goodness there is something interesting stuff out there on the Internet. This again via Mental Floss, and this time in an article they call “19 Secrets of UPS Drivers”. I’ll summarize the first point, They’re Always Being Watched, with some factoids that illustrate the internal workings of the UPS bean counters. The author writes: … The post 19 secrets of UPS drivers appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Hugh Hefner’s son describes growing up in the Playboy Mansion [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You might imagine that growing up in the Playboy Mansion would mess a kid up. Badly. But, when you see Cooper Hefner in this video, you'll see that he's surprisingly normal. Plus you get a tour of the Mansion. The post Hugh Hefner’s son describes growing up in the Playboy Mansion [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The Israel-Palestine conflict for dummies (an unbiased view, seriously) [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Unless you live in a cave, you know there is some kind of conflict between Israel and Palestine. Unless you've studied history or political science, though, you're probably confused about the exact nature of that conflict. Here's a historical, objective "crash course." The post The Israel-Palestine conflict for dummies (an unbiased view, seriously) [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How to have the perfect workday [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Whether we admit it or not, the most productive workday in many of our minds consists of hours behind a computer or desk, plugging away until the wee hours and taking minimal breaks. If you're body is telling you this plan isn't working, though, it's right. The post How to have the perfect workday [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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  • World's first cuddling convention is so Portland

    Kathleen Wong
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    With Valentine's Day coming around the bend, people across the globe are gearing up to snuggle in pairs. Or are they? Not according to professional cuddler Samantha Hess, who calls 2015 the year of taking back the cuddle. The affectionate act has gone commercial thanks to Hess, who has hosted hundreds of these nuzzling sessions. As the owner of Portland, Oregon's first snuggling storefront Cuddle Up To Me, she's bringing attention to platonic cuddling by helping to host the world's only cuddling convention — aptly named Cuddle Con. See also: 21 Inspirational Yearbook Quotes That Prove…
  • African Union agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria

    The Associated Press
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    DDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday. The move came after the council urged heads of state to endorse the deployment of troops from five West African countries to fight the extremist group, according to Samil Chergui, head of the African Union's Peace and Security Council. See also: Is Robert Mugabe fit for African Union leadership? African leaders, who are members of the 54-nation African Union, are meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for a…
  • 10 simple ways to make time for reading in 2015

    Laura Vitto
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Are unread books piling up on the nightstand? It might be time to rethink your approach to reading. It can be tough to get back to regular reading when the rest of one's day is stretched thin with responsibility. In early 2014, Pew Research Center reported that nearly a quarter of Americans hadn't cracked open a book in the previous year — and those who did read, on average, only five books See also: 13 wintry books to keep you cozy during a snowstorm For those who'd like to increase their book consumption in 2015, small changes to one's schedule can make a noticeable difference.
  • Rhino poaching curbed by drones and satellite data

    The Conversation
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    In 2014, 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns, which end up in Asia as supposed cures for a variety of ailments. An estimated 30,000 African elephants were slaughtered last year for their tusks to be turned into trinkets. The world loses three rhinos a day and an elephant every 15 minutes. Simply stated, this is an unsustainable situation. Our team at the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies has created a new multifaceted approach to combat poaching in Africa and Asia. We devise analytical models of how animals, poachers and rangers…
  • 8 lip-smacking chicken wing recipes

    Laura Vitto
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Whether your team triumphs or falls during Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX , at the very least, you'll have chicken wings to keep your spirits high Buffalo sauce may be the go-to when it comes to flavoring wings, but there are more interesting ways to entice your palate. Think wings fried with dried chilies and garlic or coated in Sriracha and honey. Is your mouth watering yet? See also: What your Super Bowl party will look like in 2025 Wipe off that drool, and check out these game-day wing recipes that will surely score with the crowd Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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    Fast Company

  • The Quantified Player Comes To Super Bowl XLIX

    Matt Hartigan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Along with adding a whole new layer of quant nerdiness to the Big Game, the technology could help the NFL figure out how to make football safer.When the Seattle Seahawks take to the field against the New England Patriots this Sunday, the players' every move will be quantified like never before. That's because their shoulder pads will have sensors embedded inside that beam statistics—including field position, speed, distance traveled, acceleration and relative proximity to other players—to "receiver tags" placed around the stadium. The data, which is gathered in real time, will then be…
  • Snapchat's First In-App Web Series Is Coming Tomorrow

    John Paul Titlow
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Eager to erect a profitable business model, Snapchat is taking a page from Netflix's playbook.Snapchat is about to start feeling a bit more like Netflix. At least, that's what the company is aiming for with the arrival of its first in-app episodic video series. If the gamble works, you (or your teenage kids) will soon be spending a lot more time staring into the app.Read Full Story
  • Google Now Will Finally Pull In Data From Your Other Apps

    Luke Dormehl
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    With services like Airbnb, Lyft, and Pandora, Google Now just got a lot better.Google's various services have long been more partner-friendly than those of Apple and others, but today the company announced that Google Now—its smart personal assistant—will now support close to 40 different third-party apps.Read Full Story
  • Vine Launches New Video Service Aimed At Kids

    Luke Dormehl
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    To ease parental concerns, there will be a curation process for "appropriate" content.No matter which business you're in, if you can hook your audience young, you've got it made! So is the case with Vine, which has just launched a junior version of its looping video app.Read Full Story
  • Newly Decoded Tattoos Show Ancient Mummy Was Clearly A Goth

    Sophie Weiner
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Ötzi, the 5,000-year-old mummy, has 61 tattoos all over his body. Marco Samadeli/EURAC via io9 A team of anthropologists was finally able to decode the 61 tattoos on the body of Ötzi, the Iceman, a mummy who died around 3,300 BC. Ötzi was found in the Alps on the border of Austria and Italy 1991, but until now, scientists haven't been able to make out his tattoos, due in part to his age-darkened skin. These tattoos are among the oldest ever found on humans.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Along With Departures Of Dropcam Founder And Engineering Head, Nest Sees Bigger Reorg [Memos]

    Ingrid Lunden
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
     Nest, the connected home company acquired by Google last year, made the news yesterday with the departure of two of its key executives: founding VP of technology Yoky Matsuoka and the Greg Duffy, who had come to Nest as the CEO of acquired company Dropcam. In the wake of that, we’ve been passed (anonymously) two different memos from Nest co-founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers,… Read More
  • Three Reasons Why Your Software Is So Far Behind Schedule

    Jon Evans
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
     When not opining here on TechCrunch I’m a software engineer for the fine folks at HappyFunCorp (1) and I’m occasionally called on to diagnose and fix projects that have gone horribly wrong (2). The more I do this, the more I notice commonalities among problem projects–“antipatterns,” if you will. Here I give you three more of my ongoing list of such. Names have… Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Apple’s Huge Quarter, Snapchat Discover, And Newsweek’s Cover Fail

    Kyle Russell,Colleen Taylor,Alexia Tsotsis
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
     Today’s episode of CrunchWeek is a very special milestone for us here at TechCrunch, marking the 100th time we’ve met up to casually talk about the week’s most interesting news. Read More
  • Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

    Robbie Goffin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
     Uber just completed a $1.6 billion, six-year convertible debt raise via Goldman’s private wealth group. “But Robbie,” you say, “how do you even put a value on a convertible bond if there isn’t any stock to convert the bond into?” A great question, and one that has a number of significant implications. Since we’re all friends here, let’s go ahead… Read More
  • Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

    Ryan Lawler
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
     Uber today released the results of a review of its privacy policies, which it had commissioned from independent law firm Hogan Lovells. The firm found that Uber had appropriate policies and disclosures in place and that it had invested significantly to enforce those policies. However, it made some recommendations into how the company could improve the way it handles user data. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
  • What do you want?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The industrialist and the one in power would like you to choose from a list, multiple choice. To interview with the companies that come to the placement office, to select from what's on offer, to ask, 'what do you have?' This is the world of "If we don't sell it, you don't want it." But in revolutionary times, when the number of options is exploding, the opportunities go to someone who can describe something that's not in stock, that perhaps has never even been described before. Custom-made does you no good if you don't know what you want.        
  • Various updates

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Late in 2014, I invited IOS app developers to submit information for a lightweight list for people seeking professional help. Thanks to Jessica and the generous folks at New York Tech Meetup, it's free and ready for you to use or share. There's a worldwide list and one focused on New York as well. Go make something. The Your Turn Challenge just finished, and it was a phenomenon. More than 4,500 posts came in from nearly a thousand people getting in the habit of shipping daily. Plus tweets. Well done, Winnie. What To Do When It's Your Turn continues to spread, inspiring stories like this…
  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
  • The best laid plans

    Seth Godin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like? Even more important, though, is being able to describe what you're going to do when the plan doesn't work. Because it won't. Not the way you expect, certainly. Things will break, be late, miss the spec. People will let you down, surprise you or change their minds. Sales won't get made, promises will be broken, formulas will change. All part of the plan that includes…
 
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    WIRED

  • The White House 2016 Budget Includes Big Funding for Antibiotic Resistance

    Maryn McKenna
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    The President's 2016 budget asks for ambitious funding to fight antibiotic resistance, and combatting that healthcare peril may be the one thing both parties can agree on. The post The White House 2016 Budget Includes Big Funding for Antibiotic Resistance appeared first on WIRED.
  • While You Were Offline: Taylor Swift Gets Hacked and Comcast Enrages the Internet

    Graeme McMillan
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week, the Internet abounded with important questions: How can someone who's trademarking a random phrase not look like a villain in these days of information wants to be free? Why shouldn't you piss off Comcast? Why are error pages the hot new thing on a certain website? The answers to all of these (and more) await you here, as we round up what you need to know about the last seven days on this wild wooly web. The post While You Were Offline: Taylor Swift Gets Hacked and Comcast Enrages the Internet appeared first on WIRED.
  • What Went Wrong With the Spider-Man Musical

    Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, playwright Glen Berger discusses his time on the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The post What Went Wrong With the Spider-Man Musical appeared first on WIRED.
  • Tech Time Warp of the Week: Return to 1974, When a Computer Ordered a Pizza for the First Time

    Klint Finley
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Watch John Sherman use a voice synthesizer to place the first computer-assisted pizza delivery order in history. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: Return to 1974, When a Computer Ordered a Pizza for the First Time appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Evolution of the Super Bowl’s Zany Logos

    Liz Stinson
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The Super Bowl’s branding lacked consistency, which was likely the result of the NFL commissioning different firms to design it every year. The post The Evolution of the Super Bowl’s Zany Logos appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image via Flickr user Daniel Lee This is a guest contribution from Hassan Ud-deen. Your blog posts have a purpose, right? You want your readers to take a specific action after reading your post. It could be to: like, share, subscribe, comment or just think about something. Either way, you’re aiming to elicit a response. And It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a sale letter, a blog post, or an email. If you aim to evoke any kind of response or action… you’re writing copy. Funnily enough, most of the content marketing style writing you read now, is heavily influenced by…
  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from Owen Andrew. Since mobile internet began to overtake desktop internet usage in January 2014, there have been major innovations in website design in light of this trend. In general, websites have been opting for a simpler, mobile-friendly design. Maintaining a blog in such a fast-paced environment can be a huge challenge, but staying on top of trends is required for success. In order to keep your blog interesting and relevant in the upcoming year, there are five design trends to keep in mind when continuing your work in 2015. Image via shutterstock.com…
  • Going from a Blog to a Vlog: What the Big Companies Can Teach Us

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    This is a guest contribution from social media analyst Matthew Yeoman. The move online from only having a blog for your online marketing is, of course, one which has long since been abandoned. Brands now have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on and on to promote their website and the blogs themselves. A trend towards video, with YouTube leading the way, has lead to the rise of the vlog as the next big thing in content marketing. Many of the biggest brands in the world are on YouTube. They are killing it with views, subscribers (there’s a familiar term for bloggers), and brand exposure.
  • Blogging and Privacy: How to Blog Authentically Without Losing Your Voice

    Stacey Roberts
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Laura Tremaine’s blog is called Hollywood Housewife because she is just that – married to a movie producer and living in LA. A longtime blogger, she’s learned how to balance honest storytelling with keeping her husband, her family, and their life together somewhat incognito. Always only a Google search away from film fans, Laura has erred on the side of caution when it comes to sharing her tales, but manages never to lose the heart of them. She is a gifted writer with an interesting story to tell, and I have no doubt you’ll take away lots to think about if you’ve…
  • The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
 
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  • Third-Party Tesla App Provides Look at Opportunities and Limitations of Apple Watch Development

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Apple made its WatchKit SDK available alongside the release of iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta in November, enabling developers to begin creating apps and software for the wrist-worn device. Looking beyond mockups and conceptual apps, however, a new third-party Tesla app designed by Eleks Labs offers insight into both the opportunities and limitations that developers face with the first-generation Apple Watch. According to Eleks Lab mobility business developer Markiyan Matsekh, the technical capabilities of WatchKit do not match the expectations set during the Apple Watch keynote. In developing a…
  • Apple Asking Some Developers to Have Apple Watch Apps Ready by Mid-February

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Apple appears to be asking some high profile app developers and partners to have their Apple Watch-compatible iPhone apps prepared and ready to launch in the App Store in mid-February. According to a source that spoke to MacRumors, Apple has asked its one of its biggest Apple Pay partners to prepare an iOS application with WatchKit support that's ready to launch in the App Store by February 12. It is unclear if Apple asking the same of other developers, but it is possible the company is hoping to test some third-party Apple Watch apps with employees ahead of the device's launch to get a…
  • Apple Watch Sightings Picking Up Ahead of Official Launch

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    With just three months to go until the Apple Watch's April release, Apple is hard at work field testing the device, and hundreds of Apple engineers, employees, and testers are wearing the Apple Watch on a regular basis to help Apple iron out last minute bugs and issues. Due to the large number of employees testing the device, Apple Watch sightings in the wild have become more common over the course of the last few weeks. On the MacRumors forums, readers are aggregating photos and stories of device sightings, giving us an in-use look at the device that will be attached to many of our wrists in…
  • AOL Reportedly Shutting Down TUAW Next Week in Larger Restructuring Move

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    AOL will soon be shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a long-running Apple blog better known as TUAW, according to The Verge. TUAW will reportedly close next Monday, February 2, just a few months after celebrating its tenth anniversary. The website currently has 11 staff on its editorial team. TUAW has been providing Apple news, reviews, how-tos and other content about the Cupertino-based company since December 2004. AOL gained ownership of the website through its acquisition of Weblogs Inc. in 2005. The company has three other flagship media properties in The Huffington Post,…
  • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Yosemite Notification Center Widget

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it's possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and favorite. When listening to iTunes Radio, there's an option to purchase the song that's being played, right within the widget. Today's update also includes performance improvements when syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes. iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store. This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. See…
 
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Lately, I’m finding lots of interaction and fun on Facebook. I once wrote a post about how I was leaving Facebook for Google+ because whoa, that’s the future. Until Google decided it wasn’t. And I’m reasonably well known for loving Twitter and being an early adopter of it. Which social network is right for you? The real answer? The one you like. I like Instagram plenty. I like Facebook more than I ever did before (no real idea why). I even spent a half hour today in LinkedIn (which I usually complain about). Continue ReadingThe post I Like Facebook More Than Twitter…
  • What is Content Marketing?

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Content marketing is the art of using content of any kind (blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and much more) to reach prospects and customers and influencers, and warm them up for the potential of a purchase. You can have an offline business and use content marketing. You can promote yourself, a book, a store, a church, or whatever it is you need to do. The art of content marketing is to create information that entertains, informs, and then CONNECTS a potential buyer with what you do/offer.Continue ReadingThe post What is Content Marketing? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • What a Long Time Friendship and Partnership Looks Like

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I started stalking Brian Clark of Copyblogger back in 2006. Hard to imagine that I’d already been blogging for eight years when he showed up, but I knew from the start that Brian was smarter at a lot of things than I was, and that he’d go far. He, on the other hand, thought I was a weirdo and wouldn’t amount to anything. (Long time joke, but true story.) Brian and I Have Collaborated In Many Ways Brian was faster to the idea of helping people learn what they needed to know about the business side of the web in a more formalized way. And he created years of content that…
  • Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m working through a few ideas, but I’m a little bit stuck. And as I haven’t been invited to speak at a conference this week or next (where I get a lot of thoughts and ideas), I decided to put on a conference in my living room. The content doesn’t quite matter, because it’s my conference. People ask me all the time which conferences are the ones to attend? My answer: your own.Continue ReadingThe post Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Measure Your Wealth in Options

    Chris Brogan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was lamenting the fact that business has been slow over the last handful of weeks (end of the year and first of the year aren’t exactly the roaring seasons for keynote speakers and professional development experts), but a little change of perspective really turned me around. Because there’s a lesson in it that would be useful to an owner like you, I wanted to share it with you. Measure Your Wealth in Options The last few weeks have been slow, yes. But that means that I can accept the following truths to go along with it:Continue ReadingThe post Measure Your Wealth in Options…
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  • Do Lower Prices Lead to More Sales?

    Sean D'Souza
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Let’s say you’re choosing between three photography courses covering similar topics. The prices are stacked like this: $200 $250 $2,000 What’s going through your mind right now? Curiosity floods your brain. Even if you’re not sure you can afford the $2,000 course, you want to know why it’s so expensive, compared to the other photography courses. If we were truly happy with lower prices, we would simply snap up the $200 workshop, right? We wouldn’t so much as take a glance at the rest. But that’s not how we’re built as human beings. Many years…
  • 5 Traffic Strategies That Build Your Curation Audience

    Brian Clark
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the third of three core lessons related to content curation based on a case study of my new email newsletter Further. You can listen to the initial two episodes here: Position Your Content Curation for Success 3 Ways to Grow Your Curated Email Newsletter Faster Now we tackle the eternal question: how do you get traffic to your curation site so you can build an email list? Should we start building a war chest for advertising? Not yet. First we’re going to apply some creativity and sweat into driving traffic. Some of these methods are tried and true, but need to be executed…
  • Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Talk is cheap. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to content marketing strategy, simply talking about it is not enough. That is the big takeaway from the 2015 benchmarks, budgets, and trends study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, sponsored by our own Rainmaker Platform. According to the study, only 39 percent of B2B small business marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. The rest either have a strategy that they have only talked about (47 percent), have no strategy at all (12 percent), or are unsure (1 percent). Here’s why this matters…
  • How to Learn From Your Mistakes

    Jerod Morris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everybody makes mistakes. And everybody should make mistakes. They are unavoidable when we step outside of our comfort zones. Avoiding mistakes means avoiding growth. But we can’t repeat our mistakes. We need to learn from them. When we do, we turn negatives into positives and move forward. When we don’t, we simply run in place. In this episode of The Lede, Demian and I share personal stories of mistakes we’ve made — some big and some small — and how we learned from them, and we describe the thought process necessary to do so consistently. We discuss: Recovering…
  • Trolls, Unkind Words, and How to Know You’re on the Right Track

    Sonia Simone
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    At the end of the day, I just find your persona incredibly grating. Funny that I can still remember that comment word-for-word. It’s from an unsubscribe note to my email list dating back at least seven years now. I heard lots of good things back then, too. I was helping people, sharing what I knew in a way that was useful to my (then tiny) audience. But I don’t remember any of the good comments verbatim. Even back then, though, the note made me laugh. (Ruefully.) Because I knew that it was a signpost. A signal that I was headed in the right direction. The Internet is full of…
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    Macworld

  • Improve your game of Go (or just keep playing) with this collection of apps

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been playing Go, a grid-based strategy game that dates back thousands of years, for more than three decades, and it’s a game I enjoy a great deal. Unlike chess, which is often an all-or-nothing game of attack and defense, Go is about slowly-evolving strategies to surround the largest territory on the board. Each player, black and white, alternates placing stones on a board with a 19-by-19 grid. Building up territory, where the opposing player cannot get a foothold, each player attempts to enlarge his or her territory, and thwart advances and invasions by the opponent.It’s easy to…
  • Apple's missing out on X: Where X is whatever isn't shipping yet

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The world of technology moves quickly and to stay ahead, one must constantly ride the waves of whatever’s coming next. This is why Apple is always behind and perpetually chastised for failing to deliver tomorrow’s technology today. Wait, what? “Right Now, Apple Risks Missing Out On The Next Big Thing In Technology” (tip o’ the antlers to @mylestaylor) What is that big thing? The big thing that is coming oh-so-soon to a Radio Shack near you? HOLOGRAMS, Y’ALL. The initial reactions to the HoloLens have been overwhelmingly positive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,…
  • Twitter's Vine Kids app is amusing for grownups too

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Twitter’s Vine video service has released a cute new app for kids, but let’s get real: This is a gateway drug. Vine Kids, released Friday on iOS, is marketed by Vine as a fun way for young children to watch Vine videos. Six-second, looped Vine videos have gained a huge following, especially among teenagers. These Vine Kid videos are quite fun. Scanning through I found creative animations and artwork, and tons of pets engaging in humorous behavior. Tons. There was a cat playing with an iPad and then doing a back-flip. In another, a cat descended from the ceiling on a string to grab a…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax reminds you about tax season, and more

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Be more productive!This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in there as well.Adobe PaintCanThe folks at Adobe want you to know that this experimental app for iPad is not just for placing a paint-effect overlay on your photographs—rather, it lets you paint using photographs as a base. The developers explain: “PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on.” Take pictures of your real world and make them a little…
  • Facebook edges into Foursquare territory with place tips on iOS

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Foursquare transformed itself last year into a hyper-local concierge always running in the background of your phone—and your life. Now Facebook is taking a cue from the recommendation app with a new location-based place tips feature for iOS. Facebook will soon start showing you tips about places at the top of your News Feed. Unlike Foursquare, Facebook won’t show you tips about places in the neighborhood, just the spot you’re at. The new feature won’t clog up your feed—the option to view tips appears in an unintrusive bar at the top, and you have to tap through to see more…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: February 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for February…
  • Prototyping iOS And Android Apps With Sketch (With A Freebie!)

    Joshua Mauldin
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    After the untimely (and still kind of sad) demise of Fireworks1, I found myself looking for other ways to design apps and websites. I also had the desire to produce something more interactive for when I talk about my work with stakeholders. It turned out that Sketch2, when paired with some other neat tools, would be a big part of this workflow. In this article, I’ll talk you through why you should prototype and how you can do it with Sketch and prototyping tools such as Flinto and InVision. You’ll also get a nicely documented freebie Sketch file to help you. Before we get started, here…
  • Five Characteristics Of An Innovation

    Victor Yocco
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    The “diffusion of innovations” theory of communications expert and rural sociologist Everett Rogers attempts to identify and explain the factors that lead to people and groups adopting innovations (new ideas and technologies). Design teams that account for both usability and how people adopt innovation stand a much greater chance of having users accept and use their products. The diffusion of innovations is a complex process; design teams can use their knowledge of the theory to create a road map for how they will address critical factors in the design and marketing of their product. I…
  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    You didn’t really think we’d wrap up our endless1, mischievous2 mystery3 riddles4 just like that, did you? Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of the SmashingConf NYC 20155, we’ve prepared a new mystery riddle, and this one will be an exercise in patience and stubborness. No, it’s not going to be an easy one this time either, but the reward is definitely worth the effort. How does it work? Well, you know how it works. Below you’ll find the first of a few animated GIFs that contain a hidden Twitter hashtag. Your job is to discover those hashtags as fast…
  • “When Great Just Isn’t Good Enough” Smashing Conference NYC 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    SmashingConf NYC 20151 will challenge you to rethink how you design and build websites today — and how to touch someone’s heart with design. 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 16 excellent speakers and just 400 available tickets. With the main focus on practical takeaways from real-life projects, you might never be the same again. To the tickets.2 About The Conference You’ve been around for quite some time, haven’t you? You know your way around front-end, or UX methodologies, or mobile patterns, or even the obscure dark matter of responsive web design. But you might not…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Record balloon flight nears end

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    They didn't go around the world, but then again it didn't take them close to 80 days. Regardless, it's likely Jules Verne would be very proud of American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, who together broke records crossing the Pacific together in a balloon.
  • Measles cases in California soar

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Last Wednesday, the number was 59. Nine days later, there are 91 cases of measles in California.
  • Bush outmaneuvered Romney

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Many of Mitt Romney former financial supporters and staffers were not only moving to Jeb Bush, but also to other candidates vying for mainstream Republican support.
  • Hagel: I felt WH pressure on Gitmo

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    White House officials pressured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to increase the pace of detainee transfers from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, the outgoing secretary acknowledged to CNN's Barbara Starr in an interview Friday.
  • Obama, Dalai Lama to meet

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    President Barack Obama will appear at a public event next week that the Dalai Lama is also attending, a move that is likely to anger Chinese officials.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Friday Stuff for Photographers

    Scott Kelby
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Happy Friday, everybody!. Here’s what’s up:One minute and 41-seconds of brilliant advice for photographers We do an “Inspire Me Monday” piece each week on our KelbyOne Facebook page and this week it’s a short 1-minute and 41-second clip taken from our business interview with Dave Black, and his advice to someone who asked him how to handle a portrait shoot with an athlete is just brilliant. Simple, yet so smart. You’ve got it watch it. It’ll be the best minute forty-one you spend today on your photography.If you’re a Wedding or Portrait…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    New Lightroom Classes from Scott Kelby Over on KelbyOne, we just released four brand new Lightroom courses from Scott Kelby! Whether you’re wondering why you should start using Lightroom and are curious what the advantages of it are over just using Bridge and Photoshop, a current user who wants to know more about sharpening, a sports photographer looking for the best way to integrate Lightroom into your workflow, or are just looking for some cool layout ideas, Scott has you covered.Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Scott’s Lightroom 5 Book for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Molnar!

    Brad Moore
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve been afraid to admit this for a while… afraid to say this out loud.But this is a safe place right?For years I felt like a fake. I would be so nervous the night before a shoot that I felt like tomorrow was the day that I was going to come undone.Tomorrow the world will discover that I’m faking this. I’m not really a good photographer. They really shouldn’t pay me for this. I’m not worth anything.I’m pretending to know what I’m doing. When really, I’m scared as hell.You may or may not know this, but I’m a celebrity, music and advertising photographer in Nashville. I…
  • Frozen (the tour)

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    I was born and raised in Florida. I was 24-years-old before I ever saw snow in person. Now I’m in Columbus, Ohio where I did my seminar yesterday and I’m making up for lost time. It’s “snow city.” Brrrrrrr!!!!This is Brad. He’s from Knoxville, Tennessee so he’s used to cold weather, and even likes it, but it’s really not fair because his beard generates it’s own heat (just ask the ladies in Columbus).Luckily, we hunkered down indoors yesterday, and we had an awesome group of photographers (over 300+ photographers braved the cold and the…
  • A 2nd Look at Project Luca — The App for Photo Storytelling is Moving Forward

    Scott Kelby
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s not actually a “Photo storytelling app” — it’s a Storytelling app that just happens to be really good for photo-storytelling When I did a “First look” at Project Luca, back in December (here’s the link) there were things I really liked about it (like professionally designed themes, different fonts, a decent level of customization, that it’s app-based, there’s motion options and dissolves, and lots of stuff that makes it great for photographers who want to tell a story).There was also some key stuff I felt was missing… …and I…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Are Mirrorless Cameras Here to Stay?

    Tomas Haran
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the late 2000s a new segment formed in the photography industry. This segment goes by many names, but the most common nowadays is “Mirrorless”. These cameras fall between the generic point and shoot cameras and the professional full frame DSLR systems. By Zhao ! So what is Mirrorless all about? The first mirrorless cameras came out with a traditional rangefinder design. They were small, had many manual settings, and were geared more towards street photographers who wanted great image quality in a small body. From these first cameras it became evident that a smaller camera with great…
  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Long Exposures

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    In this collection of long exposure photographs you can see some great examples of how you can use this technique to produce stunning images. By Stewart Ayrey I teach a night photography class and many times I’ve seen a whole new world of exciting things open up for my students when they learn about long exposures. Of course you can use this technique in the daytime as well, but it is often associated with night photography. On a weekend workshop I lead we go out and photograph the sunset and I MAKE them use tripods, amid much grumbling. Then after the sun goes down they start to pack…
  • 37 Ethereal Almost Supernatural Long Exposure Photographs

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Landscape photographers use a technique involving long exposures to create those milky smooth waterfalls, and misty images of coastlines. But what other ways are long exposures used? Here are a few long exposure photographs that seem almost otherworldly or supernatural in their appearance for you to ponder and enjoy: Smoking Jungle by Karim Nafatni on 500px Snake on a Train by Brian Donovan on 500px Skipping Rocks by Michael Shainblum on 500px Autumn Swirl by Andrew Kumler on 500px 49 Shades of Grey by Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim on 500px The Proposal by Ryan Buchanan on 500px Children of…
  • The Contest Winners of the Three Tamron Lenses Are…

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    A VERY BIG Thank You to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three lenses from our friends and site sponsors at Tamron. Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro and Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD This was not actually a photography competition, per se, but so many of you shared your beautiful photographs, we encourage you all to go back and scroll the comments section for some wonderful photographs and links to reader pages/sites. The response was absolutely AMAZING with over 1,000 entries! In fact, it was so great that we here at Digital Photography School decided, again, to add…
  • 11 Tips for Creating Stunning Photographs of Cities at Dawn

    Anthony Epes
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    We’ve all seen hundreds of gorgeous photos of sunrises over beaches and beautiful landscapes. Of course they have the capacity to wow and inspire, but I would argue that it’s far more interesting to photographs cities at dawn. You have so much more to work with – buildings, graffiti, debris, rivers, glass, the odd person, roads, and greenery in the midst of all of this urban-ness. The possibilities to create unique photos are endless. So, if you combine all this intense city landscape with the wonderful and quickly-changing light of dawn, you have an amazing combination.
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Here's how to stream the Super Bowl on your Apple devices

    John-Michael Bond
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX featuring the Seahawks, the Patriots, and, hopefully, properly inflated balls. You can watch the big game on your TV if you can pick up a signal, but what about if you've cut the cord to cable or don't have a solid digi...
  • Vine has released a special version of the app specifically for kids

    John-Michael Bond
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Vine is a wonderful world of content -- adorable pets, occasionally brilliant sketch comedy, the odd heartfelt message of hope -- but it isn't one you'd want your children using unsupervised. Vine apparently agreed, and today launched Vine for Kids, ...
  • Folderol: An amazingly useful OS X utility by one of TUAW's finest

    Steven Sande
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    While we're busy closing down shop here at TUAW, I thought that I'd write one final app review. It's fitting that it's an app by Aunt TUAW herself, Erica Sadun. Folderol (US$2.99) is a surprisingly useful and fun utility that does one thing very well...
  • Pressur is a simple barometer app

    Andy J. Williams Affleck
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The iPhone 6, 6 plus and the iPad Air 2 added a barometer sensor. Obstensibly it is supposed to help the device better track your steps for the health app by knowing when you've gone up and down stairs. But there is no reason it can't also be used fo...
  • Apple releases iTunes 12.1

    John-Michael Bond
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Apple has released the iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, which introduces a new iTunes control widget for Notification Center. Using the widget, users can see which song is currently playing and pause, skip, or favorite a track. If you regularly use the...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    New pricing for the Canon EOS-1D C will go into effect in North America February 1st, taking the retail price from $11,999 down to $7,999. The camera is coming up on its third birthday, introduced in April 2012. The 18MP full-frame sensor is capable of 4K video. Read more
  • Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The Slow Mo Guys do just what their name implies - record slow motion videos. In a new episode they use a Phantom Flex to capture the Canon 7D's mirror box and shutter mechanism being triggered at a variety of shutter speeds. The results are pretty darn cool. See video
  • Phottix launches Indra 500 TTL mains or battery powered studio heads

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Phottix has introduced a new studio flash head that can be powered via the mains in a studio environment or through a portable battery pack when flash is needed in the field. The Phottix Indra 500TTL offers 500 watts of output across eight settings from full power to 1/128th power and, according to Phottix, it can be synchronised with shutter durations as short as 1/8000sec. Read more
  • Last Chance to vote! 2014 Readers' Polls - best product of 2014

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    VOTING ENDS MIDNIGHT JAN 31st (Pacific) Late last year we asked you to vote for your favorite products of the 2014 in four categories: best lens, best high-end compact camera, best enthusiast ILC and best high-end ILC. Voting ran through January 20th and the results are in! Click through to see the results of our 2014 readers' polls, and for a chance to vote on the overall winner, which we'll announce next month. 
  • Perfectly Clear App for Android updated to version 4, iOS update to follow

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Athentech has released the latest version of its auto-enhancement photo editor Perfectly Clear App for Android, bringing it up to version 4. With the latest update users are given several new features for further improving their photographs, as well as new detection algorithms for the Next Generation Beautify feature specifically. Click through for more details
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #3

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Welcome back, everybody and we’re here with #3 in my 10-part series. Just a friendly reminder: if you missed, didn’t read or forgot my official disclaimer for this series posted at the beginning of #1, please give it a quick read, so we all stay on the same page. OK, here’s #3: (3) Store all your original photos inside one main folder That folder doesn’t have to be on your computer — it can be on an external hard drive — no problem, and you can have as many sub-folders inside that one main folder as you want, but if you want to have peace, calm, and order in your…
  • Three Things To Use the Option (Alt) Key for In Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hey everyone – wanted to offer a little tidbit that can make your use in Lightroom a little better when it comes to correcting images.  Should take you all of two minutes. Hold the Option Key and Drag Highlights If you would like a quick way to check out which portions of the image are going to blow out in the highlights area, simply hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while dragging the highlight slider.  This will show a black overlay of the image – the areas that show up as white are the blown out areas. Option Drag the Shadow Slider When you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key…
  • Applying a preset to your Importing workflow

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Mike Rodriguez polled his students to see what they would like to see in Scott and RC’s upcoming podcasts and I decided to steal one of his ideas… sort of. This is one of those tips that if you have never heard of it may make you curse because of how it can save you a lot of time from doing the same steps over and over again. Screen grab of Mark’s comment to Scott about what to cover of Lightroom Podcast As I was working on this blog post Arnaldo from video who is a good shooter and really working on taking his photography to the next level came in to my office to bug…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #2

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi folks – I’m back with #2, but before we head into this, I just wanted to thank everybody yesterday for heeding the disclaimer warning before they posted comments. We had some good discussions and everybody was civil, so even though I’m not reprinting the entire disclaimer here again today, I hope you’ll still honor it as you did yesterday. Without further ado (yes, that was some “ado”), here’s the 2nd thing I would tell NEW Lightroom users:  #2) Just Use One Catalog Can you create multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Yes. As a new user should you? I…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #1

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi gang: I’m starting a 10-part series here today where I share some basic advice I would give to new users on how to make their Lightroom life easier. Tip of the hat to my buddy Rob Sylvan who inspired me to write my first version of this concept on my blog back in 2009. SADLY NECESSARY DISCLAIMER: This series is NOT for more advanced users, it’s for new users, so if you’re an advanced user reading this, it will only make you mad because you probably do things very differently than I’m going to suggest. The way you’re doing stuff probably works great for you,…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Apple has never shown much interest in styluses, even as companies like Samsung and Microsoft have embraced them as major selling points for smartphones and tablets. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs even went as far as saying "If you see a stylus, they blew it," on one occasion, and at Macworld in 2007, he asked "Who wants a stylus? Nobody wants a stylus." Apple's focus on the fingertip as the best input method doesn't mean styluses are entirely pointless -- they can be useful for taking notes, making sketches, creating artwork, and in dozens of other situations. Luckily, Apple's disinterest in…
  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More

    Juli Clover
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Deals have been a bit sparse in recent weeks following the holidays, but we expect things to pick up somewhat in February and March now that we're solidly into the new year. There are a few deals to be had this week on the non-Retina iMac, older now-discontinued iPad Air and iPad mini 2 models, and the Retina MacBook Pro. We've also got some discounted Apple-related accessories and a selection of discounted apps. Retina iMac There are no particularly good deals on the Retina iMac from third-party resellers this week, but prospective buyers can get a good deal from Apple's online refurbished…
  • 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Six-second video sharing service Vine today announced Vine Kids, an app that skews towards a younger generation and is meant to act as a hub for kid-friendly content that may be harder to discover on the original app. In the announcement, Carolyn Penner, Head of Communications and Marketing at Vine, states the idea for the app came from a colleague's daughter and her infatuation with the video-clip sharing service. The idea came to her during Vine's "Hack Week," a period where the company encourages employees to set aside normal duties and begin brainstorming and working on brand-new ideas.
  • Apple Launches 'Get Productive' Promotion for iOS and Mac With Discounted Productivity Apps

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Apple's iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new "Get Productive" sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs. In the iOS App Store, the 19 discounted apps include Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad, Workflow, Clear, Duet Display, Calendars 5, and more. Apps are available for up to 60 percent off their regular prices. In the Mac App Store, there are 20 apps available at discounted prices up to 75 percent off, including popular offerings like Day One, Byword, iA Writer Pro, iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more.
  • Elgato Recalls Some Smart Power Battery Packs Due to Overheating

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Elgato recently announced that it is recalling some of its Smart Power 6000 mAh battery packs, as they can overheat while recharging. The company sent out notices to app users today, letting them know about the recall. For those unfamiliar, the $99 Elgato Smart Power battery pack is a compact 6000 mAh external battery that integrated with an iOS app, a neat feature that allowed users to wireless monitor the charge level of the device and receive notifications when the battery was low or needed recharging. MacRumors went hands-on with the Smart Power back in December and found it's app…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • 'Avgeeks' pursue flights on North Korea's Air Koryo

    barry.neild
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Aviation enthusiasts geek out over a 1980s Soviet-built Ilyushin IL-62 and other planes operated by North Korea's national carrierTags: aviationairplanes
  • World's most visited cities are ...

    Guessy1
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    A new list ranks the world's top 100 cities for tourist arrivals. This gallery shows the top 25Tags: most visited citiestop tourist destinationsworld capitals
  • Delta pilot locked out of cockpit during landing

    barry.neild
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    Co-pilot safely lands passenger plane in Las Vegas as door malfunction keeps captain out of the cockpit Tags: aviationDeltalandings
  • Fully occupied? Hong Kong's protest hotel

    laurama
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    The face of Hong Kong's chief executive covers the toilet paper and China's leader lingers next to you in the shower. This hotel is a shrine to the Umbrella RevolutionTags: occupy centralHong Kong hotelsHong Kong protests
  • Ecuador first foreign country to advertise during Super Bowl

    Guessy1
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    The small South American nation till pay $3.8 million to promote tourism during the broadcastTags: advertisingadvertising campaignstourism marketing
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