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  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

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    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
  • Photographer hits #1 on Reddit with Mt Fuji picture, and quickly regrets it

    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    British photographer Kris Boorman summited Mount Fuji in 2012 and took a photograph from the top, showing the shadow cast by the giant mountain at sunrise. The image has since been used as a background for the Bing search engine and last year won a competition held by Gettty Images. A couple of days ago he posted the photo at low resolution on Reddit, and within a few hours it had garnered more than 6000 upvotes. Although this might sound like good news, Boorman quickly came to regret posting the picture. Click through to learn why. 
  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

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    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you…
  • 10 worst communicable diseases currently threatening humans

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    Deanne Mayall
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This is not a cheery article. From the Independent in Britain, an article discussing the 10 worst communicable diseases and what’s being done to stop them. They are all considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a serious threat to humans. Including on-going outbreaks of The Plague, which recently had a small city in China on lock-down. Ebola is grabbing the headlines of course, but MERS continues to be a threat as does the measles and an avian flu. A scary read, that’s for sure. Full article and discussion at link below. Full story here: The Independent. More stories…
  • 'Supernatural' Star Misha Collins Wants You to Beat William Shatner for Charity

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    Sandra Gonzalez
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's a special year for Supernatural star Misha Collins' worldwide charity scavenger hunt, GISHWHES. (Short for the modest title, Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.) It's their fourth year, they're looking to add three more world records to their existing five, and this is the first year the event features celebrity-led teams The latter point is arguably the most thrilling, because no longer are the teams competing against fellow fans — they're up against the likes of William Shatner See also: William Shatner: My Problem With Twitter's Verified Accounts…
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  • 10 worst communicable diseases currently threatening humans

    Deanne Mayall
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This is not a cheery article. From the Independent in Britain, an article discussing the 10 worst communicable diseases and what’s being done to stop them. They are all considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a serious threat to humans. Including on-going outbreaks of The Plague, which recently had a small city in China on lock-down. Ebola is grabbing the headlines of course, but MERS continues to be a threat as does the measles and an avian flu. A scary read, that’s for sure. Full article and discussion at link below. Full story here: The Independent. More stories…
  • 6 sex hacks to spice up your sex life [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Want to enjoy your bedroom time more thoroughly? Follow some of these sex hacks. Watch the video to find out why you should drink more water, skip the booze, and ditch the high heels. Full story at Buzzfeed. More sex advice. Photo credit: Canva
  • Weird Al almost tears up when surprised with his #1 Billboard results

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    To put a cherry on top of the love we all feel for “Weird Al” Yankovic, here’s a video of him getting all teary eyed when Tom Green surprised him with the news that Yankovic’s new album, “Mandatory Fun,” was number one on Billboard. Full story at Uproxx. More great music moments. Photo credit: Canva
  • Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate national debt

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Whatever you think of Donald Trump, you’ll probably give him props for his plan to eliminate national debt. The plan is simple: tax the hyper rich one time and use the money to pay the national debt, which currently stands at a whopping $5.66 trillion dollars. According to his calculations, Trump says that a 14.25% levy on individuals and trusts worth $10 million or more. This will raise a stunning $5.7 trillion dollars, which would more than cover the national debt. Without this debt, the government saves $200 billion a year in interest alone. If you like this idea, you might have…
  • Signs you suffer from crippling social anxiety

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The blog “Anxiety Bitch,” tongue-in-cheek title aside, gives precious insight into the world of social anxiety. Some of you will identify with some of her insights; others will start to understand what people with social anxiety suffer every day. For example, the author writes, “You order a drink or meal you didn’t really want at a restaurant, because you didn’t want to inconvenience anyone by looking at the menu properly.” Have you done this? Or seen someone do it? Social anxiety applies to social media, too. If you get no “likes” or replies within a…
 
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    Mashable

  • 'Supernatural' Star Misha Collins Wants You to Beat William Shatner for Charity

    Sandra Gonzalez
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's a special year for Supernatural star Misha Collins' worldwide charity scavenger hunt, GISHWHES. (Short for the modest title, Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.) It's their fourth year, they're looking to add three more world records to their existing five, and this is the first year the event features celebrity-led teams The latter point is arguably the most thrilling, because no longer are the teams competing against fellow fans — they're up against the likes of William Shatner See also: William Shatner: My Problem With Twitter's Verified Accounts…
  • Horrifying 'River Of Blood' Appears in China

    Katie Sola
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Locals in the Chinese city of Wenzhou woke up to a mysteriously blood-red river Thursday morning According to China Radio International, the river began to redden at 6 a.m. local time, baffling residents who have spent their entire lives in the town of Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province See also: Chinese Town on Lockdown After Bubonic Plague Death Locals complained that they could no longer fish in the river, though, even if they could, it's hard to imagine eating the catch River In China Mysteriously Turns Bloody Red Overnight..http://t.co/ZXeHdrSmwJ — DRUDGE REPORT…
  • Animated 'Garden State' Gifs Will Make You Come of Age All Over Again

    Max Knoblauch
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    After 10 years, Zach Braff's cult hit Garden State still holds up with audiences. From the film's universal messages about going home again, to its hilarious scenes about fast food knights, its tenth anniversary is definitely one worth celebrating. See also: 14 Things We Were Freakin' Obsessed With in 'Napoleon Dynamite' The best scenes really have it all; there's a good mixture of subtle-yet-hilarious scenes and over-the-top emotional sequences. We've animated five of our favorite Garden State moments, below. For best results, watch them while listening to the The Shins. Have something to…
  • Should Russia Still Get to Host the 2018 World Cup?

    Sam Laird
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Vladimir Putin's 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were conducted on a massively inflated budget during the open repression of gay people and political activists. Now — amid widespread suspicion about the Kremlin's role in the escalating political crisis in Ukraine that led to the recent downing of a Malaysian passenger jet — some say Putin and Russia should not be allowed to host the 2018 World Cup as planned if the geopolitical shenanigans continue But FIFA, world soccer's governing body, has a simple message for those who want the 2018 World Cup moved: Nyet. See also: This…
  • Viral Video Recap: Naked Dancers Take L.A., Walter White Gets High and More

    Katie Nelson
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Many hope the future Earth will look somewhat like Star Wars, spaceships and shiny outfits included. But most of Star Wars culture is based around the fantasies of geeky guys. So where does that leave the women of the future? That's the question Neko Case, Ellie Kemper and Kelly Hogan attempt to answer in their song "These Aren't the Droids," the first video on this week's recap See also: Viral Video Recap: Soccer Cats, Drone Fireworks and More On a high note, Breaking Bad's Walter White took a little trip to outer space, or at least his bobble-head self did. The handlebar-mustachioed science…
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  • Why Automakers Want 4G Inside Cars

    Neal Ungerleider
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Here's what automakers can do when cars have built-in smartphone capabilities. This article contains an interview with Phil Abram, GM chief infotainment officer.Read Full Story
  • Lyft's Ride-Sharing Service Gets A New York City Greenlight, Will Hit The Streets At 7 O'Clock Tonight

    KC Ifeanyi
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    We finally have lyft-off for the pink mustachioed cars in NYC.After getting off to a rocky start in New York City, Lyft finally has the greenlight to launch in all five boroughs starting tonight at 7 p.m.Read Full Story
  • McLiterary McCups? McDonald's Is Rebranding To Take On Chipotle

    Alice Truong
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    The fast-food giant is undertaking an 18-month effort to change its image in consumers' minds. But don't expect a new logo.Chipotle may have transformed the fast food industry, but McDonald's isn't going to stand on the sidelines as consumers flock to the Mexican restaurant chain's vegan tofu burritos, literary cups, and brilliant ad campaigns against factory farms.Read Full Story
  • This Cruel Pavlok Bracelet Shocks You To Exercise

    Mark Wilson
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Hate exercising? ZAP! Still hate exercising?The fitness bands we know today have all been built around positive reinforcement. From glowing animations to congratulatory messaging when you hit goals and milestones, Fitbits, Nike+ Fuelbands, and the Jawbone Up are drenched in cheerful celebration of your accomplishments. I'm severely ADHD and if left to my own devices I tend to achieve nothing.Read Full Story
  • Dronies Are The New Selfies

    Evie Nagy
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Make way in your Instagram feed for flying-camera panoramas.Squishing yourself into a cameraphone frame with your bestie is so early 2014. Why rely on your outstretched arm when you can include a sweeping vista and aerial approach to your selfie?Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

    Tadhg Kelly
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
     In the second of a three-part series exploring the constants of game design, we delve into talking about elegance, naturalism and the role of time. Read More
  • Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    Jonathan Shieber
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
     After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better). Their mission: to explore new ways of organizing data, to seek out new models for efficiency and security for… Read More
  • The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

    Ryan Lawler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
     For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number of organizations. What has changed, however, is how users first find and connect with those applications. Read More
  • #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    Jordan Crook,David Cotrone
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
     If you look closely at what I’ve built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you’ll see it all right there: what’s in my head. I’m 23, and my idea of love isn’t far from the chorus of “In Your Eyes”. I’m living in the memory of John Cusack standing outside a window. I’m in the… Read More
  • Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

    Kyle Russell
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
     Released earlier this month, TechCrunch Disrupt alum Hammer & Chisel’s Fates Forever is a well-executed attempt to bring the MOBA to tablets. It doesn’t bring every feature in League of Legends to your iPad, but as you play you realize that most of what’s missing is fat trimmed to make for a better handheld experience. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
  • Back to the drawing board

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
 
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  • Lightning Kills One and Injures 13 in Southern California

    By ASHLEY SOUTHALL
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    A strike at Venice Beach hit 13 people, including a man who died, and another man was struck on Santa Catalina Island.
  • Even Gaza Truce Is Hard to Win, Kerry Is Finding

    By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Israel and Hamas both see reasons to continue fighting, and Israeli officials appear dismissive of Mr. Kerry’s aims in a way that few American secretaries of state have faced.
  • Fast-Food Workers Intensify Fight for $15 an Hour

    By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    About 1,200 workers from around the country gathered in Illinois at an event largely underwritten by the Service Employees International Union, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is dubious of the union’s intentions.
  • Can Reddit Grow Up?

    By MIKE ISAAC
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Efforts by the freewheeling online community to monetize without driving away its 114 million monthly users will require appealing to advertisers without sacrificing values like personal data privacy.
  • Israel Says Its Forces Did Not Kill Palestinians Sheltering at U.N. School

    By ISABEL KERSHNER and BEN HUBBARD
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Israel and Hamas went back and forth on cease-fire proposals as Israel sought to bolster its claim that it was not responsible for deaths at a United Nations school on Thursday.
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  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Image via Flickr user Andrew Pescod This is a guest contribution from Poulami Ghosh of PPC Ads Management. If conversion rates really matter to you, you should be aware that every marketing campaign has to have a dedicated landing page. This is particularly true with regard to PPC where you have to pay for every single click. Ask any PPC company and it will tell you the same thing. However, it is not enough to know that you should use a landing page. You also have to know how to craft one, so that your marketing efforts rise above the average and become exceptional. There are seven steps to…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is!

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
 
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  • ​Try "Tabless Thursdays" for Better Single Tasking

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Tabs are a great way to keep many browser windows open at once. The Atlantic recommends going tabless one day a week to stay focused.Read more...
  • All the Places You Can Get a Military Discount

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We're always grateful to our women and men in the armed forces for keeping us safe. Our country shows its gratitude by giving some discounts to former and current members of the armed forces. Rather Be Shopping has compiled a list of all the discounts military families can get.Read more...
  • Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How can I prevent an end-user from changing Google contacts on multiple devices? How can I listen to my iPhone audio through my car speakers? What can I do to prevent soggy pizza? Where can I find a tutorial on Android contact management? How can I sync my Google information with Outlook Read more...
  • Know the Warning Signs of a Job Scam

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you've been looking for a job, you've seen ads that offer great pay for entry level positions. Lots of scams exist out there, and one way to detect a scammer is by paying attention to who does the talking at a job interview.Read more...
  • ​Use Your Audience to Prove Your Point Instead of a Slide

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Often, when giving a presentation, we have to show statistics to illustrate our point. Instead of using a slide, consider getting the audience involved to help them understand the numbers.Read more...
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  • Chart Suggests Speed-Bumped 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pros with 16GB of RAM Standard Coming Soon

    Richard Padilla
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Apple may be planning to launch a slightly refreshed line of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros complete with faster Haswell processors and 16GB of RAM standard, according to a photo said to have come from the company's Chongqing, China store (via BBS Feng, Google Translate). The purported pricing chart shows two standard configurations priced at 14,288 yuan and 18,688 yuan, which is the same as Apple's current pricing for its 15-inch notebook line in China. If real, this pricing chart would indicate that Apple would keep its current pricing instead of offering each new model for less as done for…
  • Bare iPhone 6 Logic Board Surfaces, Claimed to Support NFC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi

    Eric Slivka
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Claimed internal components for the iPhone 6 are beginning to surface with increasing frequency as it is now likely less than two months until launch. In line with those developments, a new set of photos [Google Translate] shared by Nowhereelse.fr reveal what appears to be the bare logic board of the iPhone 6, likely the 4.7-inch model. According to Nowehereelse.fr, the source who shared the photos of the parts claims the iPhone 6 will include support for both near field communication (NFC) and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, although neither of those claims can be confirmed from the photos…
  • Apple Acquired 'Pandora for Books' Startup BookLamp In April

    Juli Clover
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Apple has acquired BookLamp, a "Pandora for books" startup that aimed to provide personalized book recommendations to readers via specialized algorithms, reports TechCrunch. BookLamp first shut down in April. BookLamp was known for its Book Genome project, a book discovery engine that analyzed the text of books to break them down by various themes and variables to let readers search for books similar to books they liked. For example, analyzing The Da Vinci Code, the search engine would break it down to elements of 18.6% Religion and Religions Institutions, 9.4% Police & Murder…
  • U.S. House Approves Bill Making Smartphone Unlocking Legal, Obama Pledges to Sign it Into Law

    Juli Clover
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    We're one step closer to being able to legally unlock smartphones again, as the United States House of Representatives today passed legislation that legalizes cell phone unlocking, unanimously voting in favor of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The Act was approved by the Senate last week, which means the final step is presidential approval. Obama has long supported making cell phone unlocking legal again, and today pledged to sign the bill into law. I applaud Members of Congress for passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Last year, in…
  • Bose Sues Beats for Patent Infringement Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Juli Clover
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics, accusing Beats of infringing on a number of patents related to noise cancellation and other audio technologies (via TechCrunch). The lawsuit accuses Beats Studio and Studio Wireless branded headphones, which advertise "Adaptive Noise Cancellation," of violating five separate Bose patents in the United States. In the filing, Bose points towards the 50 years of research, engineering, and development of noise cancellation techniques that went into the creation of its QuietComfort line of noise-cancelling headphones, which use the technology…
 
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, et cetera. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iPad Cases: A distinguished teacup

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A distinguished teacupThere’s a cup with a monocle in this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, alongside a few cats and some amazing plastic bubbles. And did we mention the monocle-wearing cup?Apple and MintThe Pink Fairy (all iPad models; $25) envelops your child’s tablet in a fully padded case with a water-resistant exterior that helps your little ones keep their electronics safe.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Things might get ontological

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do people know that words have meanings? It’s starting to seem like they don’t. First a pundit has trouble realizing “people” are the “people” he works with. Then we look at what you can say if you provide the qualifier that it “could” be true (practically anything). Finally, has anyone seen this thing we made up?Zzzzzzzzzz The Macalope is coming to the conclusion that Business Insider’s Jay Yarow is possibly just tired of his job. “Apple Delivers A Snooze Of An Earnings Report” (no link but tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody). Why so sleepy, Jay?To read this article…
  • Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.
  • Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a $3 billion dollar deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones infringes on five of its patents that relate to digital audio processing, compression and noise cancellation technology. They are U.S. patents 6,717,537; 8,073,150; 8,073,151; 8,054,992; and 8,345,888. In addition to the suit, which was filed in Delaware, the company also lodged a complaint with the U.S.
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Fixing a flat

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fixing a flatThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features lots of gemstone—both real and printed—and a pouch that lies flat whenever you need to fix a flat.AdoptedThe Lens (iPhone 5 and 5s; $30) features a hard shell finished with a high-gloss protective coating.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Interns Tell Us What They Would Change At Silicon Valley's Top Companies

    Stephanie Chan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I saw the massive line of interns long before I could see the venue. The young crowd waiting outside Broadway Studios in San Francisco on Tuesday chatted with friends and checked their phones, eagerly awaiting to get inside. Interns line up outside of Internapalooza Approximately 2,000 interns from around the Bay Area signed up to attend Internapalooza, an industry-sponsored event for Silicon Valley’s interns to meet each other, chat up potential employers, and hear some of the tech industry’s finest give advice and share experiences from their younger, soul-searching years.
  • Amazon Web Services: It's Big, Getting Bigger And Not Slowing Down

    Matt Asay
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Amazon Web Services is already the 800-pound gorilla in cloud. It offers five times the utilized compute capacity of its next 14 competitors combined and is arguably the fastest-growing software business in history. According to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, however, this isn't nearly ambitious enough. AWS aims to become an 800,000-pound gorilla. That's because Amazon isn't in the business of "infrastructure as a service," as the process of setting data services such as storage and computation is dubbed in a jargony way. According to Vogels, Amazon is in "the business of…
  • StackOverflow Readers Are Not Your Average Web Developers

    Matt Asay
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    We knew StackOverflow was different. Turns out it's, well, really different.The technical Q&A site looks like your standard Web developer hangout. But according to new data from IEEE Spectrum, its community has some unusual technical tastes. For instance, its readers evince a serious interest in the niche-y area of embedded hardware development—that is, programmable systems that typically live inside other gadgets and don't expose a user interface to the average person.On the other hand, this data doesn't necessarily mean researchers have uncovered unexpected pockets…
  • Quantum Computing And The Value Of Storytelling In Science

    Dan Rowinski
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.In Santa Barbara, Microsoft is working on the future of computing. Station Q is a Microsoft Research post staffed with some of the brightest mathematicians and researchers on the planet, working to solve the basic questions of quantum computing.It makes for an interesting story.On Thursday, Microsoft published an compelling tale on how its researchers and scientists are forging ahead in the race to answer the…
  • Congress Passes Mobile Device Unlocking Bill

    Selena Larson
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Soon, you'll once again be able to switch mobile carriers without needing to buy a new device.The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to make it legal for people to unlock their mobile devices in order to use them on a different carrier without breaking copyright laws. Though the legislation applies to cellphones, it requires the Librarian of Congress to consider including wireless devices like tablets as well. It also allows the owner of a phone to authorize a third party to unlock it, thus legalizing businesses who perform that service for consumers.See also: The…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design

    Victor Yocco
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature. Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers…
  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

    Vitaly Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with…
  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • The Mystery Is Resolved: Chirpy Birds, Lost Numbers and Pretty Slow Wheels

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Missing teen is home; case is murky

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    A search for clues. A grainy sketch of a man's face. A teen reunited with her family but struggling to eat.
  • Israel rejects blame for deaths

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The Israeli military say it wasn't responsible for anyone being killed last week when a mortar hit the courtyard of a U.N. school that was shelter to Gaza residents.
  • Cease-fire will allow for 'needed assistance'

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The call for a cease-fire came after Hamas and Israel began firing again at each other Sunday after a temporary cease-fire failed.
  • Fighting rages in Ukraine town

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Malaysia has secured an agreement with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to allow a group of international police to enter the MH17 crash area to provide protection for international crash investigators, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's office said Sunday.
  • Lightning kills 1, hurts 12 on beach

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Up to seven people were injured Sunday afternoon after a rare lightning strike at California's Venice Beach.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Did you miss Thursday’s “Photoshop World-a-thon?” If you missed Thursday you missed out on a ton of Photoshop and Photography tips. Besides what “The Photoshop Guys” did live on the air (including my live shoot with a “Big ‘ol soft box”) a bunch of our instructors shared video clips of tips to air on the show, and it was literally packed-full of cool stuff (the idea of course, being we’d give you a sample of the stuff we’re teaching in our classes at Photoshop World Las Vegas and that you give you some idea of what we do for three…
  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wedding Photography Systems with Justin Wojtczak Take your wedding photography business to the next level with Justin Wojtczak’s systematic approach to building and running a successful wedding photography business. At the end of the day it is about the level of service you give your bride and groom, and Justin takes you through every step in the process of completing a successful wedding shoot, from the engagement session to the consultation, and from the wedding day itself to the delivery of treasured photographs. All along the way Justin shares pro-level tips, tricks, and techniques for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mia McCormick!

    Brad Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Let me start by saying, I don’t take photos professionally. But wait, don’t stop reading! Hear me out. My name is Mia McCormick and before I took a position at KelbyOne, I spent a decade telling stories and interviewing some of the most influential people in the world in the name of TV News. Now I’ve spent the last two years interviewing the very best photographers on the planet, for KelbyOne. I’ve grilled them about technique and business plans. I’ve asked them about gear and studio decisions. But some of the most important conversations, often get the least amount of attention,…
  • Announcing My New Book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s official — the latest book in my series is headed to bookstores in just a few weeks, and the video above tells you what makes this new addition, called “Part 5 — Photo Recipes” different than the rest.You can preorder the book right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or direct from us and be the first to receive the book when it ships in a couple of weeks. It’s only around $17 street price, which is an awesomely low price (it’s about impossible to find something for photography that only costs $17 bucks, right? This puppy is a steal).I’m…
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    Digital Photography School

  • When to Trick Your Camera to get a Good Exposure

    Mike Newton
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought the Sony A7 camera recently and have been taking it out quite a bit to get a feel for it. My wife is starting a fashion blog so I thought I would take her out for a fashion shoot at the beach. I was shooting a high-contrast scene and realized. . . The camera doesn’t always know what’s best Your camera always has the best intentions, but it doesn’t always get it right. Sometimes the sensor will think you want to expose a scene one way when you actually want it to expose it another. I’ll show you an example. I put the camera on aperture priority and shot this:…
  • How to Photograph Beverages – Video Tips

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Earlier I shared a collection of some great images of beverages. If you want to know more about how they may have been created, check out these video tutorials. I offer you another drink! by Ivan Gevaerd on 500px This first video by Phlearn features photographer Rob Grimm, and walks you through how to photograph a beer bottle and glass of beer. I used to do food photography and beverages were part of that. It’s a very specialized, and highly detailed area of commercial photography that requires a lot of lights, reflectors, and patience. A shoot like this might take several hours to get…
  • Three Tips to Help you Capture Beauty in the Everyday Moments

    Meredith Clark
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to creating family photo albums, there can be a tendency to create a book filled with your family’s “greatest hits”, the best moments of the year, if you will. Of course, those special moments like birthdays, vacations, and that one perfect Christmas card photo are important to include, but for most of us, they really don’t do a good job of capturing the little moments that make up the majority of our lives. The other day, I was looking through a photo album with my four-year-old daughter Lizzy. As usual she skipped right past all the formal photos of her…
  • Finding New Photography Locations Just Got Easier With ShotHotspot

    John Davenport
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are many ways to go about finding photography locations, but if you’re struggling to find new locations I’d suggest giving ShotHotspot a try. Five Reasons to check out ShotHotspot? #1 Great search functionality Search locations, keywords, and type of photography The standout feature of ShotHotspot has got to be the search functionality that they have built into the site. Much like Stuck on Earth the photographs they are using come from Flickr and Panoramio, but unlike Stuck on Earth and other outlets ShotHotspot allows you to search based on keywords, style of photography,…
  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Beverages

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier I selected and shared some photos of different beverages. There are many ways to photograph beverages and drinks including in the studio, in a restaurant, or outdoors on location. Your photography challenge this week is to photograph a beverage or drink of your choice, in a way that makes it appealing to the viewer. Make us want to taste that drink. Make us thirsty! Here are a few more to give you some ideas: By Thomas Hawk By Giuseppe Milo By Dennis Wilkinson By sakshi sharma By darwin Bell By Alyson Hurt By Roadsidepictures By Jonathan Cohen By Kirti Poddar By Jeremy Brooks Need…
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you have never done it before, lighting a group shot outdoors in full sun can be daunting. After all, sun is pretty bright. And your subject is pretty big and thus harder to light at a high level.But with a leaf-shutter camera and a couple of battery powered monoblocs, you can easily own the sun and just about anything you can put under it.Read more »
  • Avatar

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My last head shot had been getting a little long in the tooth. So on a whim the other day, I redid it.Gotta keep things fresh, I always say. So I try to redo my head shot every seven years, whether it needs it or not.As photographers, we only get to see one side of the equation—and that does not involve looking down the barrel of the gun, either. So being on the receiving end is always a learning experience. Even more so when you are on the shooting and receiving end. Read more »
  • On Assignment: Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I love shooting at mix. Especially when there are epic clouds on the move. And even more so while monitoring my Dark Skies app to know exactly when the rain will start falling on a OMGHowMuchDidThatThingCost? cello.Just keeps things interesting, you know?Read more »
  • Do This: Sara Lando in US for Workshops in August

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Whatcha doing in mid/late August? If you are within striking distance of Baltimore or Atlanta, you have a one-off chance to do something cool and fun that will change the way you approach your photography: spend a day (or two) with Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando.After spending a couple years convincing her to come to the US, Zack Arias and I are this summer hosting Sara for two weekends of seminars and workshops in Atlanta and Baltimore. We are doing this because A) it's an awesome experience (trust us on that) and B) it's a lot easier than getting all you guys…
  • On Traveling With Your Camera

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    In January Strobist was restructured from a standard, 2x/week blog into a core knowledge archive. Rather than publishing all of the time, we made the 2,000-post archive more organized and accessible. Now, Strobist only updates when there is something meaningful to say. I did this to flip the signal to noise ratio (seriously, who needs to read that many photoblog posts every day) and to create some time for two significant projects. The first of which, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Readers' showcase: Landscape photography

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    In all the talk about new gear, and which brands are best it's easy to overlook the end result of our shared passion - the pursuit of stunning images. Among our large community there are some incredibly talented photographers who share their work in our forums, galleries and photo challenges. From time to time we like to showcase some of the best work on our homepage. This week we challenged users of the landscape photography forum to submit their strongest shots, and the results were impressive. Click through to see more.
  • Photographer hits #1 on Reddit with Mt Fuji picture, and quickly regrets it

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    British photographer Kris Boorman summited Mount Fuji in 2012 and took a photograph from the top, showing the shadow cast by the giant mountain at sunrise. The image has since been used as a background for the Bing search engine and last year won a competition held by Gettty Images. A couple of days ago he posted the photo at low resolution on Reddit, and within a few hours it had garnered more than 6000 upvotes. Although this might sound like good news, Boorman quickly came to regret posting the picture. Click through to learn why. 
  • Vanguard releases new Alta CA tripod kits with pistol-grip head

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tripod and bag manufacturer Vanguard has launched a new range of tripods that are fitted with the company’s latest pistol grip style GH-30 head. The aluminium Alta CA leg-set comes in three or four-section options to achieve maximum heights of either 1565mm (61.6in) or 1550mm (61in) though both models are designed to carry a payload of up to 11lbs (5kg). Click through for more information.
  • What The Duck #1285

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.
  • Lastolite 'Out of Focus' backgrounds bring beautiful bokeh to your home studio

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Everyone loves the look of a nice out of focus background, but it's hard to achieve in a home studio. Accessory manufacturer Lastolite believes it might have the solution, with two new reversible backgrounds printed with out of focus images of the ocean / autumn foliage and summer foliage / city lights. Measuring 1.5 x 1.2m, the backgrounds are big enough for almost full-length portraits of most adults, and weigh in at 3kg (6.6lb) each. Click through for more details.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Catalogs and photo storage is always one of the most popular topics whenever I’m out there teaching Lightroom. So I thought I’d do a quick post on one of the core concepts of the Lightroom catalog: Referenced photos vs. Managed Photos. This especially comes to light with Aperture not being developed anymore, but it’s still something good to know about when it comes to Lightroom. It sounds really techie but it’s not that bad. If you’re just a casual Lightroom user, you really don’t have to worry about what the difference is and what Lightroom does. Most…
  • The Secret News About Lightroom 5.5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Okay, maybe the news isn’t so secret anymore, but I wanted to post this quick video that Scott and I did because I think it’s addressing a concern of a lot of photographers out there. See, a bunch of people are jumping on the Adobe Photography Bundle where you get Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month. Since then, there’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately and Adobe’s done something pretty cool to answer it. The question comes in two ways: 1) I just signed up for the photography bundle and I’m using Lightroom. But what happens if I decide I…
  • 3 Ways To Zoom In On Your Photos in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
  • 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There’s been speculation for a while now, but it’s confirmed. Apple is stopping future development of Aperture. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now. Aperture actually came out right around the time when Lightroom did (even a little before). But it’s been stagnant on version 3 for a while now, and Lightroom has continually pulled ahead. Anyway, all the debates over which is/was better don’t matter much now. If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Stores to Allow Customers to Purchase iPhone Through U.S. Carriers' Early Upgrade Programs

    Richard Padilla
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Apple Retail Stores will soon allow customers to purchase an iPhone through U.S. carrier early upgrade programs including AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and T-Mobile Jump, reports 9to5Mac. Apple is aiming to implement the new initiative right before the launch of the iPhone 6 this fall, as both Genius Bar workers and store employees will receive training on the program from Sunday, August 10 to Thursday, August 28. Currently, Apple Store customers are only limited to purchasing an iPhone through a regular two-year contract at subsidized pricing or unlocked at full-price. All three early upgrade…
  • Verizon to Begin Spot Throttling of High-Usage Customers on Unlimited LTE Plans

    Eric Slivka
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Following a report by Droid Life yesterday, Verizon has now confirmed to Gigaom that starting October 1 the carrier will begin spot throttling of certain high-usage customers connecting to carrier's LTE network. The policy affects users on grandfathered unlimited data plans that are no longer offered and who rank in the top five percent of data users at Verizon. While Verizon has had a similar policy in place for its 3G network for several years, the extension of it to the LTE network that now handles 76 percent of the carrier's data traffic will be noticeable for a number of users.On October…
  • Sense Sleep Monitor Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Environment

    Richard Padilla
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Inc's new Kickstarter project Sense is an iOS-compatible sleep tracking system that allows users to monitor their sleep patterns and bedroom environments without the need for intrusive hardware. The primary Sense device is a glow-in-the-dark polycarbonate orb that derives data from factors such as noise, light, temperature, humidity, and air particles to measure sleep quality. Sense also comes with the Sleep Pill, which is a small sensor that clips onto a pillow to track movement with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. Sense works with its own companion app for iOS to provide users a…
  • Gmail for iOS Updated With Improved Google Drive Integration

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Google today updated its Gmail for iOS app to version 3.14159, adding improved integration with its Google Drive storage solution. It's now possible to save email attachments directly to Google Drive, making them accessible everywhere and saving storage space. Users are also able to insert Google Drive files directly into messages. Google has also included new account management options and the ability to change a profile picture in the Settings menu.- Save attachments directly to Google Drive so you can access them anywhere while saving space and bandwidth on your device - Insert Google…
  • Apple's iWatch Already a Hit, Even When It's a $20 Casio Watch

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel covered Apple's upcoming smart watch on last night's show, airing a humorous segment that featured the team showing pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard a $20 Casio watch with an Apple sticker on the back. The people were told the cheap watch was Apple's new smart watch and predictably, Kimmel's team received some hilarious reactions. "It's very lightweight and it's kind of like old school, but still in style, you know?" said one woman, and a man complimented its rubber wrist band and the big numbers, which are "easy to see." Featured interviewees were…
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    CNN Travel

  • 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…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

    hiufu
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The canals from different angles and seasons, the flower market, the Skinny Bridge and more favorite scenes from AmsterdamiReporter Anahita Valakche sums up the reasons to love Amsterdam pretty well: "Not only is Amsterdam full of amazing museums, the whole city feels like you are living in a painting. "My other favorite aspect of Amsterdam is its high standards of living and the quality of life -- even though it is one of the most crowded tourist spots in the world. "Also the people in Amsterdam are very friendly. Amsterdam is diverse in its culinary offerings and you can eat delicious…
  • Wimbledon without tennis: 10 things to do

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wimbledon isn’t just a tournament, it’s a village. Here’s what to do when you’re not wondering who's going to win it allFor the thousands of fans who descend upon the All England Club every summer, Wimbledon means one thing: tennis, namely The Championships, where the world’s top stars slug it out on the lawns of the All England Club (June 23-July 6). But few realize that the charms of this chic southwest London “village” extend beyond the ball courts. What’s there to do in Wimbledon when you’re not watching tennis? Plenty. 1. Cannizaro House Cannizaro House: scene of a…
  • CNNGo in Amsterdam: Windmill beer, tulip vases and picnics in the park

    hiufu
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An amazing photography museum, a classic cinema experience and the city's best street food feature in our monthly TV showCruising the canals of AmsterdamThe artistic side of AmsterdamAmsterdam's mouth-watering street foodThis month CNNGo cruises the canals of Amsterdam. Olympic field hockey player Floris Evers shares his perfect Saturday with a stroll through the Noodermarkt, a giant slice of Winkel's handmade apple pie and a picnic in scenic Vondelpark. We explore an artistic side of the city with gallery owners Diana Stigter, David Van Doesburg and Lilian Driessen, who show us the best…
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