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  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

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    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • 44 slow cooker recipes with 4 ingredients or less

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    As school ramps up again, and the family is thrown into the tight schedule of a new school year, nothing is more inviting at the end of the day than a meal that’s already cooked. Not everyone has time to chop up ten ingredients in those hurried mornings, but at four ingredients or less, these forty-four meals collected by Homemaking Hacks are the perfect way to start — and end — every day. Slow Cooker Recipes with Chicken Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken from Homemaking Hacks Spicy Buffalo Chicken from Tammilee Tips Southwest Chicken Dinner from Tammilee Tips Slow Cooker…
  • Report: Snapchat to Get Ads, News

    Mashable
    Todd Wasserman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Snapchat is planning to broaden its offerings this fall with ads, TV and movie clips and news articles, according to a report. The popular app, which famously rebuffed a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook last year, is in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery that would display such content, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new offering would launch in November, according to the report. See also: Sorry, Facebook: Snapchat Still More Popular Among Undergrads Reps from Snapchat could not be reached for comment. Though several media…
  • New Data Visualization Tool Helps You Fight The Man

    Fast Company
    Ainsley O'Connell
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Annotate socioeconomic snapshots of America, block by block, with Justice MapDeep-pocketed political activists have no problem marshaling the resources to pull together sophisticated data analyses and compelling visuals, often leaving ordinary citizens and community organizations at a disadvantage when seeking the support of elected officials. Aaron Kreider, in an effort to put those less privileged voters on equal footing, spent the last year developing Justice Map, a data visualization tool that he hopes will offer a solution.Read Full Story
  • European Investor Admits He Pestered Woman Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

    TechCrunch
    Mike Butcher
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
     Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “Deal” could be struck. While he has apologised, it’s since emerged that he sent the same email to another woman at the event. The… Read More
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  • 44 slow cooker recipes with 4 ingredients or less

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    As school ramps up again, and the family is thrown into the tight schedule of a new school year, nothing is more inviting at the end of the day than a meal that’s already cooked. Not everyone has time to chop up ten ingredients in those hurried mornings, but at four ingredients or less, these forty-four meals collected by Homemaking Hacks are the perfect way to start — and end — every day. Slow Cooker Recipes with Chicken Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken from Homemaking Hacks Spicy Buffalo Chicken from Tammilee Tips Southwest Chicken Dinner from Tammilee Tips Slow Cooker…
  • 9 reasons to eat more chocolate [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Next time that little voice tells you not to eat chocolate because you’re on a diet, you tell that little voice to cram it! Here are nine reasons you can use to convince yourself to reach for a candy bar: Full story at Buzzfeed. More great health tips. Photo credit: Canva
  • 5 tips on how not to get screwed by a car salesman (from a car salesman)

    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Buying a car is the worst thing ever. OK, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’ve ever had to deal with haggling and fighting with a pushy car salesman, you know just how bad it is. But if you follow these five tips, your life will be a lot easier. For example, instead of just showing up at a dealership to look at cars, start emailing multiple dealerships. That puts you in the position of power, since they all know you’re in touch with their competitors. Likewise, use Edmunds.com! It’s got a huge wealth of information about car prices in your area.
  • Disney princesses Steve Buscemi-fied

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    There’s pretty much no end to the fun we can have at the expense of Disney princesses, and these fabulous mashups of the Happily Ever After girls with Steve Buscemi eyes adds another hilarious chapter to their tales. You know, the one where they go out on a week-long bender and realize they never got Prince Charming’s real name? Yeah, that chapter. Full story at The Soup via The Roosevelts. Destroying the Disney fantasy. Graphics credit: Canva
  • David Letterman dedicates ten minutes of his show to longtime friend, Robin Williams [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    David Letterman knew Robin Williams for nearly forty years, developing a friendship going back to their comedy club days and continuing until Williams’s death. Letterman dedicate ten minutes of his show to a tribute to Williams, including a heartbreaking montage at the end that might make you laugh-cry. Full story at Uproxx. More ways to keep the laughs alive. Photo credit: Canva
 
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    Mashable

  • Report: Snapchat to Get Ads, News

    Todd Wasserman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Snapchat is planning to broaden its offerings this fall with ads, TV and movie clips and news articles, according to a report. The popular app, which famously rebuffed a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook last year, is in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery that would display such content, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new offering would launch in November, according to the report. See also: Sorry, Facebook: Snapchat Still More Popular Among Undergrads Reps from Snapchat could not be reached for comment. Though several media…
  • Photo Series Captures the Ageless Beauty of Senior Women at the Salon

    Andrea Romano
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    There's nothing more beautiful than growing old gracefully, especially when it comes with a fair amount of wisdom. Robbie Kaye was a few months away from turning 50 when she began a photojournalistic study of women in their 70s and older. It turned into Beauty and Wisdom, a full-fledged crusade against beauty double standards and ageism See also: 20 People Reveal What Makes Them Feel Beautiful "I saw the faces of women who have weathered many storms and supported many people through trials and tribulations," Kaye said in an interview with Mashable. "They fought for all of us, to expand our…
  • 20 Shameless Purchases From That Glorious First Paycheck

    Dennis Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    That sweet, sweet first paycheck — when you have more money in your life than you've ever had before. Let's be honest: You probably did something stupid with your first paycheck. Whether it was a bag of Cheetos or something a little more ... illegal, you probably didn't invest it like you should have. See also: 25 Apps to Save You Money Secret-sharing app Whisper collected the things people bought with their first paycheck, from the weird to the mundane. For more first paycheck confessions, check out Whisper. Read more...More about Lists, Money, Watercooler, Pics, and Conversations
  • Endangered Dragonfly Could Be Saved by Lower Speed Limits

    LiveScience
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Slow down, drivers. You could save America's rarest dragonfly. The Hine's emerald dragonfly is the only dragonfly on the federal endangered species list. The insect's largest remaining population lives in Door County, Wisconsin, where sandy beaches and cherry and apple orchards draw tourists from Green Bay and beyond. A 2003 study found these summer drivers kill about 3,300 Hine's emerald dragonflies each year, said Amber Furness, a University of South Dakota graduate student. No one knows exactly how many Hine's emerald dragonflies are left, but there are at least 10,000 in Door County and…
  • Hackers Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed Bug to Steal 4.5 Million Patient Records

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    The hackers who stole 4.5 million patient records from an American hospital network might have exploited the infamous Heartbleed bug to carry out the hack — the first time the bug has been reported to be at the center of a high-profile breach. The attackers, who are suspected to be Chinese hackers, took advantage of a device that had not been patched to fix the Heartbleed bug to steal user credentials. They later used the login information to get into the network of Community Health Systems (CHS), where they siphoned off patients' information such as names, addresses, birth dates,…
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  • New Data Visualization Tool Helps You Fight The Man

    Ainsley O'Connell
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Annotate socioeconomic snapshots of America, block by block, with Justice MapDeep-pocketed political activists have no problem marshaling the resources to pull together sophisticated data analyses and compelling visuals, often leaving ordinary citizens and community organizations at a disadvantage when seeking the support of elected officials. Aaron Kreider, in an effort to put those less privileged voters on equal footing, spent the last year developing Justice Map, a data visualization tool that he hopes will offer a solution.Read Full Story
  • Grab Me A Fresh-Brewed Artisanal Coffee--From The Vending Machine?

    Danielle Sacks
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Automatic coffee gets a bad rap, but the Texas startup Briggo aims to bring smart coffee to the masses.Imagine if every time you walked into Starbucks, the barista already knew you wanted a dry skim vanilla latte with an extra shot of vanilla. Starbucks would be a smart coffee retailer in the same way Nest is a smart thermostat, so that it not only read your tired, uncaffeinated mind, but also had a customized, steaming cup waiting for you by the time you park your car and arrive at the barista counter.Read Full Story
  • How To Work For A Manager You Never See

    Cynthia Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    When your boss isn't in the office, it's easy to let communication slip down the priorities list. Here's how to stay in touch and on task.The workplace today is much different from the workplace of 30, 20, and even 10 years ago. Open office designs, in-house baristas, and for many organizations bosses managing from across the country are now the norm. Between video conferencing, email, and instant messaging, physical proximity to the office is no longer a requirement. Companies are hiring based on talent and fit, not if someone can be in their chair 24/7. This change has led to entire teams…
  • Dolby Is Bringing Its Atmos Movie Sound Technology Home

    Harry McCracken
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The home-theater and mobile versions aren't as immersive as the theater system--but still sound pretty darn good.Dolby has done a solid job of convincing Hollywood to embrace Atmos, its two-year-old system for creating sound effects which come at the audience from every which way. For instance, such blockbusters and would-be blockbusters as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers: Age of Extinction have all been released in Atmos mixes.Read Full Story
  • Humans Of New York Takes On The World

    Ainsley O'Connell
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the insanely popular Humans of New York website, leaves the five boroughs behind.At first glance, some of the faces look familiar: a proud father with his daughters; rambunctious boys out for a swim; a shopkeeper with his wares. But the captions, in the words of the subjects, make clear that Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton has left the five boroughs behind.Read Full Story
 
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  • European Investor Admits He Pestered Woman Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

    Mike Butcher
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
     Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “Deal” could be struck. While he has apologised, it’s since emerged that he sent the same email to another woman at the event. The… Read More
  • Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Matt Burns
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
     Tweet a graphic image relating to the alleged beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company’s actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, several hours after the shocking video appeared on YouTube and suddenly went viral. Costolo also noted that Twitter has already deleted… Read More
  • Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    John Biggs
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
     In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support “It’s the first ever… Read More
  • Uber Launches An Open API With 11 Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines

    Ryan Lawler
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
     Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps. And today, the company is announcing an API will become available to app developers, with 11 launch partners already signed up. Read More
  • Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    Darrell Etherington
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
     A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final ruling, as a result of a complaints by users harmed by rumors spread via the app,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
  • Squidthanks

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nine years ago last month, a few of us sat down in my office and started working on Squidoo. Since then, there have been billions of visits to our site, and many of you have clicked, written, and contributed to what we've built. We've been able to pay people from around the world for great content and donate to dozens of charities. Thanks. Squidoo was launched before Pinterest, Twitter and Medium were the platforms of the day. It arrived just in time to remind people that in fact they could share what they cared about with people who were interested in hearing about it. Last week, we…
  • Slacktivism

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support…
  • Who named the colors?

    Seth Godin
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    We did. It's not a silly question. It has a lot to do with culture and crowds and the way we decide, as a group, what's right and what's not. A quick look at some colors confirms that there is no algorithm, no accepted pattern for color names. They range from short and obscure (puce) to long and obvious references, like cotton candy. No color has a name until a significant group accepts that name. You can start calling the sky, "gluten," but it's not going to be useful until others do as well. That's what mass, cultural-shifting marketing does. It creates an idea or a label or a habit…
  • Escalators, elevators and the ferry

    Seth Godin
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Escalators make people happy. They're ready when you are, there is almost never a line, and you can see progress happening the entire time. Elevators are faster, particularly for long distances, but we get frustrated when we just miss one, and we often wonder when the next one is coming, even after a few seconds. (That's why lobbies have mirrors, to give you something to do when you're waiting). The ferry schedule, invented by Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a third way to deal with transport. Instead of having each boat turn around the minute it arrived, he guaranteed when it would leave. We can…
 
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  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Flickr user Freddie Peña. This is a guest contribution from writer Ali Luke. Do you ever think about guest posting but worry you’re not ready? You probably already know that guest posting is one of the most effective ways to build relationships in the blogging world, get writing credits, and grow your audience …  … yet you might worry that no-one will take your posts, because you’re too new to blogging, your own audience is too small, or you’re not (yet) a great writer. Maybe you’ve heard bloggers say that they get dozens, even hundreds, of guest post pitches…
  • Stop Writing for Free and Launch Your Own Profitable Blog

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    You’ve spent countless hours crafting article after article. Your articles have generated thousands of page views. You feel pretty successful in terms of exposure, but large media companies are not knocking down your door to hire you. That paying gig you have been dreaming of still seems just as far away as it always has. Your writing hasn’t earned you a dime, and your exposure hasn’t done anything but bring you momentary comfort. Sound familiar? There has been a long-raging debating about the merits of writing for free. Some have spoken out heavily in opposition of doing…
  • How to Make Friends and Influence People at the ProBlogger Event

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a guest contribution by blogger Johanna Castro. Day one of the ProBlogger conference dawns, and butterflies are probably winging around your stomach as if making a bid for freedom. For many of us this day has been eagerly anticipated for about 6 months, and it represents one of two days in which you’ll meet some of the biggest names in blogging: Presenters, bloggers, media celebrities and a heap of new friends. But first. You walk in, you register at the front desk, and then you face a sea of people. That sea of people seems to be undulating like a wave mingling effortlessly with…
  • How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing

    Darren Rowse
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Earlier in the week I co-hosted the popular #BlogChat Twitter chat. The topic was ‘How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing’ – a massive topic. The hour-long Twitter chat was one of the fastest moving Twitter chats I’ve been involved in (and the biggest BlogChat ever according to it’s founder Mack Collier). We covered heaps of ground but I thought I’d pull out some of my most RT’d and commented upon tweets from the hour here as a blog post. I hope you find these helpful! Foundational Advice I was asked to prepare some advice for those about to start a…
  • 5 Tips From a Bestselling Author (and Former Luddite) on Overcoming Blog Phobia

    Guest Blogger
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    This is a guest contribution from author Eileen Goudge. There’s no such term as “blog phobia” as far as I know, but the condition is very real, I assure you. I know authors who quake at the mention of blogging, as I once did before I got a handle on it. My professional writing career began in an era when authors were expected to do only one thing: write a kickass book. And maybe go on tour if there was a marketing budget for said book. My first novel, Garden of Lies, was a New York Times bestseller and my publisher sent me on a cross-country tour that was a blur of TV appearances,…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Remember Win Tracks Achievements and Motivates You with Reminders

    Mihir Patkar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    iOS: Remember Win is a good-looking app with a single purpose: to make you feel good about yourself. You can track all your wins, small or big, and then be reminded about them for some inspiration.Read more...
  • Bundle a Car Charger and Dash Mount Today for Just $13

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In 2014, every car on the road should probably have two USB charging ports at the very minimum, and a good cradle to hold your phone at eye level when you use it as a GPS. If any of your vehicles don't meet these criteria, you can kill two birds with one stone for just $13 today.Read more...
  • Identify What You Are Shy About to Build Your Personal Brand

    Mihir Patkar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shyness might be a habit you can get over , and you need to do that to build your personal brand. But first, you need to understand what you are shy about and then stick to areas of comfort.Read more...
  • Build Your Own Sawhorse Desk for More Work Space

    Kit Stansley on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's great to have an excuse to break out the power tools, and even better if you find a project that will give you more storage or work space. These sawhorse desk plans, which are available for a variety of skill levels, offer both. Read more...
  • Make a "No Guilt Agreement" with Friends When You're Too Busy to Meet

    Mihir Patkar
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Trapped in a "cult of busy" , you tell your friends you can't meet up, and they've probably said the same thing to you. It happens. But to maintain that strong bond, you need to stop guilt-tripping each other.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Alleged Schematic Shows Protruding Camera Ring on 4.7-Inch iPhone 6

    Richard Padilla
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Throughout the past few months, a number of design drawings, physical mockups, and component leaks have hinted at a protruding camera ring camera on the iPhone 6. Initial rumors indicated that the physical feature would be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, however recent photos of the 4.7-inch version's rear shell may indicate that it will also include a protruding camera ring. Now, an alleged schematic shared by Apple.club.tw (Google Translate, via G for Games) once again shows a protruding camera ring on the back of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is measured at 0.67-0.77 millimeters.
  • Apple Reportedly Building 'World's Largest' Apple Store in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Richard Padilla
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Last week, Apple posted retail job listings for a future retail store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, hinting that the company will soon open its first store in the Middle East. Now, Middle East website EDGARDaily.com reports that the store will be located at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, and will be Apple's biggest retail location to date. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates Our undisclosed source said that the store – which will be the biggest Apple has ever built – was originally planned to replace the current cinema complex. The timing of the recent job adverts suggest the store…
  • Parallels Desktop 10 with OS X Yosemite and iCloud Drive Support Launches for Existing Customers

    Husain Sumra
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Parallels today announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, the latest version of the company's software for running alternate operating systems like Windows in virtual environments on the Mac. The new version is available today as an upgrade for existing customers, and it will launch on August 26 for new customers. Parallels Desktop 10 offers a bevy of new features and enhancements, including OS X Yosemite support, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support and battery life and performance speed optimizations. The main new features of Desktop 10 include: - Mac OS X Yosemite…
  • 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New 1472 x 828 Resolution Emerges

    Eric Slivka
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current "2x" Retina display move to an even sharper "3x" display. A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960. The photograph posted…
  • New iPhone 6 Images Depict Rear Shell and Front Panel Together for the First Time

    Juli Clover
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    With the iPhone 6 launch less than a month away, we've been seeing new images of leaked parts on a near daily basis. Multiple images of both the front panel and the rear shell of the 4.7-inch device have surfaced, but for the first time, the two parts have been photographed together, giving us our clearest look yet at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel's slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve. Top view of…
 
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  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • You’re Not Freaky Enough

    Chris Brogan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jacq was watching a rerun of Shark Tank last night with her mom and she came across Steve Gadling, who pitched his business to the Shark Tank. What was he doing? Drawing cats. Not very well, mind you. And just with paper and a Sharpie. And he wanted ten thousand dollars. Part of his pitch was a little dance, and a “song.” Watch this video: Can’t see the video? Click HereContinue Reading
  • How Do I Reach My Audience?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    People ask me that often. “How do I reach my audience?” First, I tell them gently, it’s not your audience. Second, I tell them that reach is only part of it. Once they’ve seen you, they have to care enough that they’ll take a next step. From there, it only gets more difficult. But that’s okay. Challenge is good. Let me give you some thoughts. Before You Try to “Reach Your Audience” Let’s convert that to “reach out to people who might care” or just “reach out.” But before you want to do that, you’ll want your…
  • Is It Really So Weird That I Want to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic?

    Chris Brogan
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’ve been working to support a 90 Day Health Challenge that works at two purposes: to help YOU deal with losing weight and at the same time, help kids battle obesity. Some people have asked me what THAT’s all about. Let me tell you! MOST Everyone We Know Needs To Get Healthier Continue Reading
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    Copyblogger

  • 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

    Henneke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are your blog posts helping you win clients? Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. But are your blog posts working for your business? Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads. Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I stumbled upon this four-step formula, and how you can apply this method to your business. Ready to start winning new clients? Step 1: Forget about generating leads Running a…
  • 3 Lessons Learned From a Titan of Copywriting

    Brian Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on the phone earlier this week with copywriting legend John Carlton and we were ranting about all sorts of topics. (You know, like you do when you’re on the phone with John Carlton.) He made the observation that the next “big thing” in marketing may not be in the areas of whiz-bang technology, but rather in the blocking and tackling techniques of adept career direct marketers.

 That’s not to say that technology won’t continue to move at the speed of light. But certain methods just don’t change. Great writing still rules. As they say here at…
  • New Book Excerpt: Keep It Simple, But Not Simplistic

    Ann Handley
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, coming this fall from Ann Handley and Wiley Publishing. More about Ann’s new book and some sweet free prizes below. Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie Business, like life, can be complicated. Products can be intricate and concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood. It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak. It conveys ideas in concise, economic, human, and accessible terms.
  • A Complete Guide to Crawling Inside Your Customer’s Head With Empathy Maps

    Demian Farnworth
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jack Ungulate is a strange bird. When he drinks beer, he licks his index and middle finger, swipes the bottle opening, and then pauses, with the bottle raised to his mouth, before turning it upside down. Each time, every time. He also has a routine with his steel-toe boots. The left one must go on first, then the right. But he takes them off in reverse. And then there’s his ritual when buying large ticket items like a car: he sends his wife to the lot while he sits in the garage, waiting for her to call. When people talk to him about saving for his children’s college fund, he…
  • 3 Invisible Elements Your Sales Page Needs to Convert (One is Truly Unique)

    Sean D'Souza
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most people think music is about the notes. But think about the silence between the notes for a second. Doesn’t the absence of sound complete the composition? Without the silence, you only hear dozens of notes jostling madly into each other, causing a cacophony. Copywriting is a bit like writing a concerto. You may believe that copywriting is only about words. If so, you are forgetting about critical, invisible elements that affect whether or not you make a sale. Most readers skim madly through a sales page. They read the headline, a bit of the first paragraph, and then continue down…
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    Macworld

  • Upgrading your Mac: Moving hard drives from a Mac Pro to iMac

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Reader Ruben Diaz is trading up, but would like to take his existing gear with him. He writes: I’ve been using a Mac Pro for many years but it’s time to upgrade my computer. I’m not ready for the investment that comes with a new Mac Pro so I’ve settled on a 27-inch iMac. The problem is that I want to use the four hard drives that are in my current Mac (set up as four separate volumes) with the new iMac. What do you suggest? If I were in this position I’d strongly consider a 4-bay drive enclosure. This allows you to plant all your drives in a single box and connect them to your iMac…
  • Power Adapter Alarm review: Hey, your MagSafe adapter is unplugged!

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    If you’ve ever wanted your MacBook to audibly notify you when you accidentally knocked the MagSafe power adapter from its socket, Eduardo N Hering’s Power Adapter Alarm (Mac App Store link) may be what you’ve been dreaming of. Power Adapter Alarm doesn’t try to perform every power-related function ever for your Apple notebook, but once the program has been enabled, it does achieve its goal of audibly squawking should you disconnect the MagSafe power adapter. The end result is either the default alarm noise or an audio file of your choice (in my case, the classic Bill Paxton “Game…
  • Five ways to keep your student's digital life safe

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As students return to school, technology goes with them. That technology—and the data generated by it—is valuable not simply as a means for getting school work done, but also as entertainment for those brief hours between one assignment and the next. It’s for this reason that it pays to plan for disaster. With a single massive power burst, storage media that suddenly heads south, or interaction with a light-fingered ne’er-do-well, the technology your student depends on can vanish. Take these five tips to heart, however, and the loss of a device or data need not be catastrophic.Insure…
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Rockin' docks

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rockin' docksThis week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes several docks for charging and syncing -- and maybe even for putting it at the center of your home-entertainment system.AlgoriddimThe $100 DJ Connect lets you pre-cue music on any iOS device or any Mac running OS X 10.6 or higher. It comes with a Lightning-connector cable, a 30-pin dock-connector cable, and a USB cable for cueing with the Djay app on your Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • iBetterCharge review: Track your iOS device's battery life while using your Mac

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    iBetterCharge menu bar access I’ve done it, you know you’ve done it and that’s because it’s such an easy thing to do, but iBetterCharge has got your back. Your iPhone or iPad sits in your bag or on your desk, unplugged and not charging. Not a big deal, until you realize late in the day and right before you head out for the night, that you’ve got less that 20 percent of battery life left and and several hours ahead before you can charge your phone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Now You, Too, Can Obsess Over Your Dropbox File Permissions

    Adriana Lee
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Dropbox CEO Drew HoustonLast month, Dropbox gave business users in its early access program the ability to rule their corporate accounts with an iron fist. Now the cloud storage company has opened the gate, allowing all business customers to obsess over their folder and file permissions too. See also: Dropbox For Business Gives Control Freaks What They WantThe July announcement granted administrators highly requested features covering view-only permissions for shared folders, and passwords and expirations for shared links.This move is undoubtedly Dropbox’s way of answering critics who…
  • Just How Creepy Can Targeted Ads Get? New Tool Promises To Tell You

    Selena Larson
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Ever find yourself scrolling through a website and seeing an advertisement that’s a little too well-targeted? You know, as if the advertiser knew you recently twisted your ankle and need to buy some sturdier shoes? Columbia University researchers are working on XRay, a tool to help innocent Internet users make sense of those ads that stalk us, sometimes in ways that are worse than creepy.Climbing In Your Inbox, Snatching Your Searches UpAs most people know by now, your personal data is the price you pay for "free" services such as Facebook and Google. When it comes to targeted ads,…
  • PayPal Wants You To Never Pull Out Your Credit Card Again

    Owen Thomas
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A year ago, Bill Ready was gunning for PayPal, bragging about how his company, Braintree Payments, was winning customers like TaskRabbit away from the eBay-owned payments giant. Though Braintree was small, it was popular with mobile-app developers like Uber and HotelTonight—and he was using his edge with them to cook up a plan for a mobile wallet that could squeeze PayPal out of the world of mobile commerce.See also: Braintree's Reverse Takeover Of PayPal Has BegunNow Ready is working for PayPal, which bought his company last year for $800 million—and he's putting his PayPal-killer…
  • With Mailbox For Desktop, We May All Live At The Post Office Again

    Owen Thomas
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    After years of grieving Eudora, my beloved but long-lost desktop-email client, I've found a replacement. It's called Mailbox.Starting Tuesday, more people will be able to get their hands on it. Dropbox, which bought Mailbox last year, is opening up its beta program a little wider.See also: How Mailbox Scaled To One Million Users In Six WeeksI'll tell you more about how you can get an invite in a bit. But first, let me tell you a story of love and loss.Eudora: A Love StoryIn 1995, when I was an intern at Mother Jones magazine, my then-boss, Joel Truher, introduced me to Eudora. For the…
  • Why Robot Workers Aren't A Bad Thing For Jobs

    Lauren Orsini
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Robot usage in the global manufacturing industry has been climbing steadily since 2009, the MIT Technology Review reports.Sourcing World Robotics, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the OECD, MIT found that robotic worker purchases increase every year. However, a closer look at the numbers indicates that robots aren’t taking jobs directly from human counterparts.In Europe (except Germany), the numbers show that robot usage is up and human employment is down. In America, Germany, and South Korea, however, robot usage and human employment are up. It’s less an indication that robots…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

    Alok Jain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well. Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each…
  • Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

    Mattan Griffel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Since first hearing of spaced repetition a few years back, I’ve used it for a wide range of things, from learning people’s names to memorizing poetry to increasing my retention of books. Today, I’ll share best practices that I’ve discovered from using spaced repetition to learn and master a programming language. Some great articles on this topic are already out there, including “Memorizing a Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition Software1” by Derek Sivers and “Janki Method2” by Jack Kinsella. But because you’re busy, I’ll quickly summarize some of the best practices…
  • The Current State Of E-Commerce Search

    Christian Holst
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well. On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website. That’s why we at Baymard Institute have invested months conducting a large-scale usability study, testing the e-commerce search experience of 19 major e-commerce websites with real-world end users. We’ve boiled our findings down to…
  • How To Plan And Run A Great Conference Experience

    Zach Inglis
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    Our industry is a great one. It’s filled with a lot of awesome people building a lot of inspiring things and constantly seeking out ways to express just how much they love doing so. We’ve had blogs and podcasts, and right now hosting conferences is the big thing. Ever more people are organizing conferences, arranging meetups and creating memorable experiences. It’s fantastic to see. Nothing compares to a good conference: the atmosphere of being immersed in a crowd of people who share the same passion as you, the lessons you learn and advice you take in, and the friends you get to meet…
  • Targeting Mobile Users Through Google AdWords

    Tim Jensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Know your audience” has stood as a fundamental marketing principle since long before the web. When advertising online, you need to take into account one of the most basic factors of the audience you are reaching: what devices they are using. The most popular online advertising platform, in use by marketers of all sizes, is Google AdWords. Up until early 2013, AdWords allowed advertisers to set up separate campaigns to target mobile devices. Best practice generally entailed targeting mobile, desktop and sometimes tablet users in unique campaigns. Then, in a bold move to push the…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jason Groupp!

    Brad Moore
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photos by Peter HurleyHowdy folks! I hope you’re having a great summer! Here in NYC I feel like we’ve had a bit more rain than in the past, but all in all it’s been a very pleasant season, albeit a fast one! I feel like we were just celebrating Memorial Day, and now I’m suddenly busy preparing for Photoshop World in just a few weeks! Yikes! If you come see me speak, I promise to fill your head with loads of information about OCF (Off Camera Flash) geekiness, but today I’m going to talk to you about that moving target we call the work/life balance. So if you’re here today to learn…
  • Why Isn’t There a Photo Walk In My City?

    Scott Kelby
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s our “Week One” update (the official launch was just one week ago):So far we have 564 walks already planned all around the world. (you can see some of the cities that created walks just this weekend, listed above). What an amazing start!!! Also, a big high-five to everyone who has been kicking in the requested $1 donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They’ve never needed your help more, and we’re indebted to you for helping (especially to those who have kicked in $50 to make sure everyone in your local walk was covered — how cool is…
  • How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Videos Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it not, just Photoshop)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is a short clip from an episode of “The Grid” (hosted by RC and me) that has gotten a ton of buzz, mostly because so many Photoshop users had no idea that Photoshop could even do this (I think it’s the best-kept secret in Photoshop).We start a five minute timer, and even with me messing up the first step and literally having to close and restart Photoshop and start over, we still comfortably got all seven steps completed in five minutes. You’ll be stunned at how easy this is, because we’re using a photography application that lets us create video, instead…
  • A Recipe for Creating an Epic-Looking Shot

    Scott Kelby
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Above: Here’s the final image. Click on it so you can see it larger (it makes it much more epic). Now, you’ll notice I didn’t see “the” recipe — I said “a” recipe (because there are many), but this is one I use again and again, in lots of different situations, that’s surprisingly quick and easy to pull off. But first, a behind-the-scenes shot (below).Above: Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot. My camera is down low on a Gitzo tripod with the legs splayed out wide about as far as they can go. I’m shooting tethered into the laptop…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hacking Photoshop and Hidden & Hard To Find Features in Photoshop with Ben Willmore Hacking Photoshop means changing existing features to make them do things they weren’t originally designed to do, finding little hidden gems that can be used in different ways, and discovering new ways to think about Photoshop. Photoshop is jam packed with features and functionality that most people only scratch the surface on discovering.Join Photoshop Hall of Famer Ben Willmore in his two latest classes, Hacking Photoshop and Hidden & Hard To Find Features in Photoshop, as he reveals his…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Review of The Promote Control for Time Lapse and Focus Stacking

    Gavin Hardcastle
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Want to take super sharp “focus stacked” photographs that boast corner to corner sharpness with perfect focus? Want to shoot spectacular ‘holy grail’ time lapse sequences that capture the change from day to night? How about advanced bracketing for HDR shooting? Do you fancy getting shots like this? The Promote Control from Promote Systems delivers very precise control over DSLR cameras to open up new creative possibilities. Here’s a list of things that the Promote Control can do: Hyperfocal Distance Calculator Remote Shutter (One Shot) Time Lapse Intervalometer…
  • Shooting Details to Tell a Visual Story

    Dylan Goldby
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The bride’s most prized possession for the wedding day A visual story, although no longer used as frequently in magazines or media, is a powerful way to give your viewer a taste of a situation without having to be there. It’s also a great way to challenge yourself to produce a coherent body of work. A collection of images, or picture story, can be engrossing and tell a story far beyond what a single image could do. Think back to a recent trip you took, a night out with your significant other, a favourite book or film. Try to describe it to an audience using only overarching…
  • How to Photograph People: 7 Tips for Photographers Who Never Photograph People

    Lynsey Mattingly
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    No matter what type of photography you specialize in or prefer, at some point you will find yourself having to photograph a human, or multiple humans. For favor, for fun, or because they share your genetic make-up or home address. If you own a fancy camera, there you will be at least once in your photographic life (but probably many more) where you will find yourself taking a portrait. Taking pictures of people is much different than beautiful mountains, scenic oceanscapes, historic architecture, butterflies, plates of food, or whatever it is that you usually photograph. Here are some basic…
  • Another 15 Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers

    Julia May
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s note: Last week we shared a list of some great resources for photographers. It was so popular we thought we’d bring you another set compiled for dPS by Julia May, enjoy. More Photography Tech and Creative Process The basics every photographer must know. Click the links to see the original article and source. Continued from #15 from last weeks: 15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers #16 Digital Macro and Close-Up Photography for Dummies (click the link to read the full summary and see the whole sheet) #17 Quick Guide Natural Light…
  • 8 Tips for Photographing the Perfect Headshot – for Yourself

    Monica Day
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Having an awesome headshot is a great way to express yourself to your potential clients. You want your headshot to show a bit of your personality or something else special about you. The great thing about being a photographer is that you can create your own headshot. This article will give you some tips to create a headshot that’s perfect for you! You want to approach creating your own headshot like you would approach any shoot. You need to make sure you have great lighting and great focus. I created this headshot on my own. You can do this too. Here are my top tips for photographing…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • NodeBeat's stunning visual music creation will blow you away

    George Tinari
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    NodeBeat describes itself as "the intuitive and fun visual music app for all ages." The app, available on iPhone for US$0.99 and separately on iPad as NodeBeat HD for $2.99, uses visual "nodes" to build rhythms. Generator nodes send a pulse to its...
  • Timeful Helps You Make Time for the Things You Want to Do

    Andy J. Williams Affleck
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Timeful for iOS is an innovative app for managing your time, tasks lists, and habits in one place. Where most apps tackle one of the three or provide a task list feature within a calendar app, Timeful actively works to integrate the three in a way...
  • Google's Photo Sphere app now on iOS and not just Android

    Mel Martin
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Photo Sphere is no longer an Android exclusive. Google released the app for iOS users today, calling it Photo Sphere Camera. It's free, and a nice way to create immersive 360 degree photos. The app is pretty simple to use. Press the start button and...
  • Sentinel 4: Dark Star is a tower defense star

    Jessica Buchanan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Strategy and upgrades are at the forefront in Sentinel 4: Dark Star, a tower defense game that challenges players to think on their feet in campaigns. There are 26 maps in the game, each with their own interesting challenges. Some of these challenges...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 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 FrameMagic Premium [iOS...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Samsung NX3000 real-world samples

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Samsung NX3000 is a rangefinder-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that sports a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3" flip-up LCD, 5 fps continuous shooting, and Wi-Fi with NFC. We took delivery of an NX3000 recently and we've been out shooting with it and the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens to see how it performs in the real world. Click through for a link to our gallery. 
  • Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 flagship flash unit gets US announcement and pricing

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Previously introduced on its European website, Metz has announced its new flagship model the Mecablitz 64 AF-1 in the US market. It's the most powerful flash in that manufacturer's lineup with a guide number of 64 at ISO 100 and a zoom range covering 24-200mm focal lengths, and will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax cameras. Read more
  • HTC introduces One M8 for Windows Phone

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Two years after HTC launched its Windows Phone flagship model 8X, the Taiwanese manufacturer now offers another high-end model with the Microsoft OS. Today HTC has revealed a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8, originally launched with Google's Android OS in March this year. This means the One M8's unique Duo Cam features are now available in a Windows phone environment. Read more
  • Canon offers three new wireless Pixma inkjet photo printers

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Canon has announced three new Pixma All-in-One inkjet printers, the Canon Pixma MG7520, MG6620 and MG5620 (MG7550, MG6650 and MG5650 in Europe). They all offer wireless support with Apple AirPrint connectivity, as well as compatibility with Canon's Easy-PhotoPrint+ web application and Pixma Printing Solutions. Read more
  • Nikon announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots'

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Nikon has announced a service advisory for the Nikon D810, in response to reports of 'bright spots' in images taken at long shutter speeds and in 1.2X crop mode. According to an announcement on Nikon's website, affected cameras will be serviced free of charge. Apparently, the issue only affects cameras within a certain serial number range, and if you're lucky enough to have got hold of a D810 already, you can check the serial number of your camera against Nikon's database via the company's service and support pages. Click through for a link. 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

    Juli Clover
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Apple has added two new locations to its Maps Flyover feature in iOS, including Yosemite National Park in California and Wellington, New Zealand. The new additions to Flyover allow users to take a close 3D look at the areas, zooming in on important buildings and landmarks. Flyover data for Yosemite National Park comes as Apple prepares to launch OS X Yosemite, the newest version of its Mac operating system. As of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple began naming its operating system updates after major California landmarks and with OS X Yosemite set to be released to the public later this year, it…
  • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    According to supply chain sources, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 handset. As relayed by G 4 Games, the Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier group. The original Feng.com report does not provide details on the number of panels…
  • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday

    Juli Clover
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is preparing to launch a new iOS game in the near future, called Swing Copters. Previewed exclusively by our sister site TouchArcade, Swing Copters adopts the ultra tough Flappy Bird-style gameplay, adding new mechanics and a fresh skin. In Swing Copters, players are tasked with navigating platforms with swinging hammers while climbing upwards towards the sky, a deviation from the original side-scrolling gameplay in Flappy Bird. According to TouchArcade editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp, Swing Copters emulates the "one more try" gameplay of Flappy Bird while being…
  • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Television Academy this weekend announced the winners for the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, recognizing the technical side of television in honoring the outstanding "behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production." Apple was among the winners announced during a ceremony held Saturday night in Los Angeles. Apple, along with Park Pictures production company and TBWA\Media Arts Lab ad agency, was awarded an Outstanding Commercial Emmy for its holiday "Misunderstood" advertisement. In the commercial, a family participates in a traditional Christmas celebration while a younger…
  • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad

    Husain Sumra
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Some attendees of the Pokemon World Championships, which is slated to begin this weekend in Washington, D.C. are being shown a version of the trading card game that will be released on iPad, according to Polygon. Video personality Josh Wittenkeller took a photo of the game running on an iPad. The Pokemon Company confirmed Polygon that the game is real, but it does not yet have a timetable for release. The Pokemon Company has already released many apps for iOS, including the Pokedex for iOS app, however this would be the first full game the company will release for iOS.
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
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