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  • 5 questions to ask when you need a big change in your life

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The thing about ruts is this: you get stuck in them. Seems obvious, but it’s worth pondering. When we get in tough positions at work or in our personal lives, we tend to get stuck in that bad position, and it’s nearly impossible to get out of that position. These five questions might help galvanize you into change. Try this question: Are you willing to change? Really willing to change? Think about this question hard. If you’re not willing to change deep down, that explains why you’re stuck. But there’s good news, too. If you find that you’re secretly…
  • Gawker I Can't Stop Staring at These Vape Trick Videos | Gizmodo What Your Poop Is Trying to Tell Yo

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    Jessica Smith on io9, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Gawker I Can't Stop Staring at These Vape Trick Videos | Gizmodo What Your Poop Is Trying to Tell You | Jezebel Women Think Men Sound Like Idiots When They Put on Flirty Voices | Kotaku The Game About Being A Jew That I Needed In High School | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Apple Fixes Heartbleed Bug in AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule

    Mashable
    Stan Schroeder
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:26 am
    Back in early April Apple had told us its key web-based services aren't affected by the Heartbleed security vulnerability, but it forgot to mention that some of its hardware — namely, the 2013 AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule — are vulnerable Now, the company has released a firmware update that fixes the issue for both products. See also: The Comparative Anatomy of the Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 Apple describes the bug as follows: "An out-of-bounds read issue existed in the OpenSSL library when handling TLS heartbeat extension packets. An attacker in a privileged network position…
  • New York City's Version Of The Cat Cafe: Strays On The Bowery, "Cat'achinos"

    Fast Company
    Rebecca Greenfield
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Purina is opening a pop-up cat cafe in lower Manhattan--but it won't look much like the ones popular in Japan.Starting this Thursday, you can hang out with New York's finest stray cats while sipping "cat'achino." Doesn't that sound delightful?Read Full Story
  • Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games

    TechCrunch
    Greg Kumparak
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
     Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird. What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly... fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014. Read More
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  • 5 questions to ask when you need a big change in your life

    Josh Urich
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The thing about ruts is this: you get stuck in them. Seems obvious, but it’s worth pondering. When we get in tough positions at work or in our personal lives, we tend to get stuck in that bad position, and it’s nearly impossible to get out of that position. These five questions might help galvanize you into change. Try this question: Are you willing to change? Really willing to change? Think about this question hard. If you’re not willing to change deep down, that explains why you’re stuck. But there’s good news, too. If you find that you’re secretly…
  • Miracle tree rises from the dead [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s a miracle! When Paul Firbas’ friend thought all that he had to do was cut up a fallen tree in his backyard and haul away the pieces, he never imagined the tree itself had other plans in mind. Which just goes to show, kids, that you can’t keep a good tree down. Full story at YouTube via Laughing Squid. Natural wonders. Graphics credit: Canva
  • Let the good times roll! City intersection with no traffic light [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    It’s hard for most Americans to imagine a world without traffic lights, unless you happen to be stuck behind the fool who hasn’t learned to enter the intersection while waiting to make a left hand turn (and in those cases, we more often wish for weaponry than a world without the familiar red, yellow, and green guidance). Though we can’t attest to the statistics showing the lack of traffic signals in Meskel Square of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa leads to fewer accidents, we’ll bet you anything this video will haunt you every time you’re late for work over the next…
  • How technology affects sleep [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Losing sleep can lead to a whole host of health problems, but stressing about that isn’t helping you get any zzzz’s. Good thing the solution could be as simple as skipping the tech fix before bed, or using just the right tech to send you to dreamland. Oh fuzzy little sheepies, here we come! Via BigBrandBeds. Sleep tight with infographics.
  • 5 tips for selling your ideas

    Josh Urich
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the business world, selling your ideas is crucial to your success. Easy to say, hard to do––especially when those ideas aren’t universally popular. If you’re convinced of the correctness of your ideas, then you need to know how to convince people. This article offers five ways to do that. Try being honest, for example. Don’t sugarcoat the truth, instead, be upfront about the potential upsides and downsides of your pitch. That’s a good start to building trust. At the same time, be ready to compromise––that’s the risk of admitting your idea has…
 
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    Mashable

  • Apple Fixes Heartbleed Bug in AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule

    Stan Schroeder
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:26 am
    Back in early April Apple had told us its key web-based services aren't affected by the Heartbleed security vulnerability, but it forgot to mention that some of its hardware — namely, the 2013 AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule — are vulnerable Now, the company has released a firmware update that fixes the issue for both products. See also: The Comparative Anatomy of the Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 Apple describes the bug as follows: "An out-of-bounds read issue existed in the OpenSSL library when handling TLS heartbeat extension packets. An attacker in a privileged network position…
  • Jamaica Soccer Team's World Cup Dreams Need Huge Crowdfunding Save

    Sam Laird
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    If the Jamaica women's national soccer team can finish in the top three of its group in a qualifying campaign beginning this year, it books itself a trip to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. If the money doesn't dry up first. Their qualifying campaign is currently threatened by something more fearsome than any opposing goalie, defense or striker: A lack of funding that might nullify the squad's World Cup chances, no matter how well the players perform. See also: World Cup: Ecuador Must Press on After Death of Star Striker Without a serious fund-raising drive, the Jamaican women's team…
  • Photographer Shows the Sweet Side of Pit Bulls

    Andrea Romano
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dogs bring joy, tail wags and companionship to their humans — no matter the breed Pit bulls' muscular strength have earned them a label as being aggressive or dangerous, but as thousands of dogs endure abuse and end up locked away in shelters, there has been a push to help these animals overhaul their reputation. Photographer Douglas Sonders began his photography series, Not a Bully, in 2012 to help dogs in need — specifically ones who are labeled as "bully breeds," a term used for 14 dog breeds including French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers See also: 21 Big Dogs That Just Want to…
  • The NFL Playoffs Are Coming to Cable TV, Finally

    Sam Laird
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    When ESPN airs an NFL Wild Card matchup in January 2015, you'll hardly notice the big distinction: It'll be the first NFL playoff game to ever air on cable, period. It's a huge moment for cable TV, though, which has spent decades building up this kind of clout: ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will work the playoff game for ESPN, according to its Thursday announcement. See also: A Soccer Star's Transition From the Pitch to YouTube The move comes thanks to an eight-year extension the league and sports TV…
  • Microsoft Hotline Helps Entrepreneurs in India Build Tech Startups

    Bloomberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Microsoft has offered tech support by phone for decades, from guiding business customers through a tricky Windows installation to making sure grandmas successfully locate Solitaire on the Start menu. But this month, the company launched a new kind of hotline in India to help entrepreneurs navigate the minefield of starting their own business. In a novel move, Microsoft Ventures, the company's startup investment and accelerator arm, opened JumpStart, a toll-free number where support specialists will field calls from Indian entrepreneurs. Microsoft insists there are no restrictions on the type…
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    Fast Company

  • New York City's Version Of The Cat Cafe: Strays On The Bowery, "Cat'achinos"

    Rebecca Greenfield
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Purina is opening a pop-up cat cafe in lower Manhattan--but it won't look much like the ones popular in Japan.Starting this Thursday, you can hang out with New York's finest stray cats while sipping "cat'achino." Doesn't that sound delightful?Read Full Story
  • AT&T And Chernin Group Will Invest $500 Million In Online Video Streaming Venture

    Alice Truong
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    The two companies previously placed an unsuccessful bid for Hulu.AT&T and the Chernin Group announced Tuesday they are jointly investing $500 million to create a venture to invest, acquire, and launch over-the-top streaming services to take on Netflix.Read Full Story
  • Uber's Misguided Weekend Promotion Tapped The Boston Marathon Bombings

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    "This weekend, people will come together from all over the globe to celebrate human perseverance in the city of champions," wrote Uber.Uber's PR woes are well-documented, but this might be the most misguided yet. As pointed out by Valleywag, Uber's big promotion over the weekend tapped into the atrocity of last year's Boston Marathon bombing. It was called "BostonX."Read Full Story
  • This "Real Beauty" Parody Featuring Gorillas Shows How Condescending Dove Is To Women

    Rebecca Greenfield
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    As Dove's tactics for convincing women they look good get nuttier--a "beauty patch," anyone?--the backlash gets smarter and funnier.Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign has seen its fair share of backlash for condescending to and manipulating women. But mockery of the most recent ad, "Patches," most perfectly encapsulates everything that is irritating about Dove's award-winning efforts.Read Full Story
  • DARPA Is Developing The Ultimate Autopilot System

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    It can do the jobs of five crew members.One of the problems the military faces with several decades of working aircraft is that the command interfaces are all slightly different, therefore requiring them to be manned by different people. But now, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will soon debut a new "ultimate auto-pilot program" that, with any luck, will allow a single pilot to do the jobs of five crew members on a given mission.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games

    Greg Kumparak
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
     Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird. What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly... fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014. Read More
  • Codasip Secures $2.8M Funding Led By Credo Ventures

    Mike Butcher
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Codasip is an ‘application specific processor design tool’ and IP provider. Today it’s closed its first round of public funding totalling $2.8 million to push its technology product forward. The funding is being led by Credo Ventures, a VC based in the Czech Republic, and includes additional funds from multiple private investors. In case you’re wondering, an… Read More
  • Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Catherine Shu
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
     Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I'd feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertained while spying on them from afar. Read More
  • Apple Sells iPhones To Reanimate The Pixies

    Matthew Panzarino
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
     One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More
  • What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

    Alexia Tsotsis
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
     “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
  • Saying 'thank you' in public, three times

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare: One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business and the other is for marketers of all kinds. I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far... But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with. Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and…
  • They're your words, choose them

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    You've seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There's no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there's an ATM next door. Careful! We'd like to watch your stuff for you, but we're busy making coffee. Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there's a public bathroom in the library…
 
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  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of hostoople.com. As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
  • Canvassing ProBlogger Readers: How Have You Built Your Readership?

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    As you might be aware, each month this year we are running a themed week – delving in deep the topics that are of the most interest to you. We started with creating content, moved on to resources for newbie bloggers just starting out, and this month we had an epic drilldown into creating products to sell. Our next themed week is all about building readership and creating community on blogs. We are looking for people with success stories in different niches – have you build a great readership? Or know of someone who has? If you are interested in sharing your story here on…
 
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  • The Darkside Home Screen

    Eric Ravenscraft
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Android: While it's neither tempting Skywalkers nor battling Superman, this Darkside theme is not only attention grabbing, but neat to use. It uses a distinct dial-style interface to place everything in one place.Read more...
  • TodoTxtMac Manages Your Plain Text To-Do List

    Whitson Gordon
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    OS X: Putting your to-do list in a plain text file has a ton of advantages, but it helps to have an app that makes things easier to manage. If you're on a Mac, TodoTxtMac is a great option.Read more...
  • Gawker I Can't Stop Staring at These Vape Trick Videos | Gizmodo What Your Poop Is Trying to Tell Yo

    Jessica Smith on io9, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Gawker I Can't Stop Staring at These Vape Trick Videos | Gizmodo What Your Poop Is Trying to Tell You | Jezebel Women Think Men Sound Like Idiots When They Put on Flirty Voices | Kotaku The Game About Being A Jew That I Needed In High School | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Optimizing Your Wi-Fi in One Video

    Whitson Gordon
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Getting crappy Wi-Fi reception on one side of your house? This video details a number of ways to boost your reception, both simple and complex—in only 5 minutes.Read more...
  • What's Next Collects Together Coding Resources, Projects, and More

    Thorin Klosowski
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    You've got a ton of options for learning how to code , but if you're looking for a bit of direction, What's Next is a resource that collects together resources for beginners and experts, popular projects, and a list of interview questions you should have answers for. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Fixes FaceTime on Older Versions of OS X, iOS 6 Still Not Working

    Richard Padilla
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Apple tonight released an update for FaceTime on OS X [Direct Link], which resolves connections issues and is recommended for all FaceTime users currently running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The connection issues are presumably related to the problems reported last week which affected both older versions of OS X and iOS 6 versions of FaceTime. Apple, however, has not yet addressed the problems with FaceTime that are in iOS 6. While it is encouraging that Apple released an update for FaceTime for OS X 10.6, Apple support's recommendations for iOS 6 users has been to upgrade to iOS 7. One user has…
  • Apple Debuts New 'Powerful' TV Ad Focusing on iPhone 5s [Updated]

    Husain Sumra
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Apple has debuted a new TV ad alongside Marvel's Agents of SHIELD tonight on ABC called "Powerful". The ad, which was first spotted by 9to5Mac, showcases iPhone 5s owners using the device to enhance their lives in multiple ways. With "Gigantic" by the Pixies [iTunes] playing in the background, the app has users using the iPhone 5s to check their health, check for directions, create short monster movies, record videos, create art installations and more, including the Pixies preparing to play their song. The ad ends with the tagline "You're more powerful than you think". Apple has not aired an…
  • iWatch May Ultimately Replace iPod, No iPod Updates Expected in 2014

    Jordan Golson
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    A research note (via Barrons) from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, reiterates previous analyst reporting about the iWatch, saying Apple is looking to enter production with a pair of screen sizes in the fourth quarter of 2014. Caso says Apple has production targets of 5-6 million units, but believes the iWatch will "essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of AAPL's product lineup" and will see lowered iPod sales as a result of customers choosing the iWatch instead. The note says the iPod is not expected to be updated this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook…
  • Google Covering Defense Costs and Damage Awards for Four Patents in Apple/Samsung Case

    Jordan Golson
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Google is covering lawyer fees and potential damage awards with regards to four patents in the ongoing Apple/Samsung patent case, according to a report from Re/code, quoting deposition testimony from a Google attorney that Apple introduced in court today. Google's contractual obligations to defend Samsung relate to a "Mobile Application Distribution Agreement" between the two companies related to the distribution of Google applications, including Gmail on Samsung's Android devices. Samsung called several Google employees as witnesses as part of its defense. The case between Apple and Samsung…
  • Apple Allowing Non-Developers to Apply for OS X Beta Program

    Juli Clover
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program that will see non-developers given an opportunity to download OS X betas before they are released to the public. Previously, participating in OS X betas required a developer account, priced at $99 per year. Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement. Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.Users can apply to join the beta program on Apple's new Appleseed Beta website, which…
 
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
  • The Simple Truth People Forget When Trying to Grow a Business

    Sean Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You want to grow your business, right? You want downloads of your app, people buying your products, readers on your blog, and evangelists on social media, don’t you? Fair enough, that’s what we all want. But you’re missing something essential. People won’t ever know you, hear from you, understand you, follow you, or engage with you because of one simple flaw. Your target isn’t small enough. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it? It isn’t. Building an audience online should be born the same way it is offline: from person-to-person. First, define who you are…
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    Macworld

  • Apple-loyal sales reps get updated CRM in Daylite

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Marketcircle’s Daylite CRM application for Macs, iPhones and iPads has been overhauled with the goal of providing a cleaner user experience and better ways to quickly bring up and view important customer data. “We’ve noticed certain patterns with our customers,” said Marketcircle CEO Alykhan Jetha. “One of them is reports. Everybody wants reports.” While Daylite has a reporting engine it requires some programming skills that Marketcircle’s small-business customers may not readily possess. To bridge that skills gap, there’s a new feature in Daylite 5 called Insight View that…
  • Google had secret pact with Samsung over some Apple patent claims

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Google agreed to take over some of Samsung’s defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday. The pact between Google and Samsung was revealed in a video-taped deposition played to the eight-person jury hearing Apple’s patent infringement case against the Korean firm, in which the iPhone maker is seeking more than $2 billion in damages. In the video, Google counsel James Maccoun is shown a series of emails between Google and Samsung in which the agreement was hammered out. In the emails, Google offers to indemnify…
  • Apple launches Beta Seed for OS X program for end users

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Ever dreamed of an opportunity to try out new versions of OS X before they’re released, but without having to pony up the $99 to become a registered developer? Well, that opportunity’s here: On Tuesday, Apple announced a new initiative, the OS X Beta Seed Program. As part of the Beta Seed Program, users can register to receive pre-release versions of OS X, starting with OS X 10.9.3, which is available beginning on Tuesday. By trying out the new software and providing feedback to Apple, users can help shape the direction of the company’s desktop computer OS. The company recommends making…
  • Apple releases Heartbleed fix for AirPort Base Stations

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Apple on Tuesday patched a bug in its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models related to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability discovered earlier this month. The update, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3, is only for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac, introduced in June 2013, and fixes a vulnerability that existed only when the Back to My Mac feature was turned on.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Why Apple is like a movie studio

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    How so? Because, Walt Mossberg says, the company releases one big blockbuster every couple of years, then a bunch of sequels. And this fall it's blockbuster time.(recode.net)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • How Yahoo Could Get Back In The Search Game

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Google is the clear winner in Web search, but Yahoo still thinks it can make a dent in the market—even though Yahoo Web search technically doesn't exist since the company handed over its search technologies to Microsoft in 2009.  As Kara Swisher at Recode reported last week Yahoo wants to convince Apple to make Yahoo Search the default search engine on iPhones, iPads, and other iOS devices. The strategy takes advantage of an ongoing rift between Apple and Google: Apple booted Google Maps and YouTube from iPhones' homescreens in 2012. There’s a logic to the push—if only…
  • Google Has New Targeted Ads That Encourage You Dive Into Apps

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    You’ll soon be seeing mobile ads from Google that can take you directly into an app. These ads will appear in Google’s mobile search, on YouTube, and on third-party websites that use Google’s ad network. Today the company announced it will offer ads that display a button that will open up the advertiser's app for more information. If users don't have the app installed, it will prompt them to download it. Known as deep linking, this technique will take you directly to specific information in an app. Similar to other advertisements Google offers, these deep linked ads will use your…
  • Tough Realities Persist In Mobile Payments

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:12 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. Welcome to The Platform, a new column by ReadWrite mobile editor and senior writer Dan Rowinski on how ubiquitous computing, pervasive networks and the power of the cloud are fundamentally changing everything. Extraordinary power is found in people’s pockets these days. The ability to tap any piece of information, contextualize any act or help make a decision is just a swipe away. Human behaviors, industry…
  • ReadWrite At 11: Mapping The Future

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Eleven years ago, on April 20, 2003, ReadWrite founder Richard MacManus wrote this site’s first post, declaring that “[o]rdinary people should be able to write to the Web, just as easily as they can browse and read it." In the decade that followed, ReadWrite has lived up to that mission. And as MacManus’s vision came to fruition, something magical happened: The Web became the world, and the world became the Web. This One Goes To Eleven Since I joined ReadWrite a year ago, I’ve led a team devoted to mapping the programmable world, finding every darkened corner and shedding light so we…
  • Are Tech-Savvy Countries Happier?

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Guest author Kim Gaskins is the director of content development and lead writer for Latitude, an international research consultancy. In the developed world, even the most passionate technology proponents sometimes find themselves wondering if being constantly "plugged in" means leading a less fulfilling existence. The verdict is still out on that one. But for most of the world,  the relationship between happiness and technology is highly positive. That's not utopian tech evangelism—it's the result of a cross-referencing of a survey on national happiness with the state of each country's…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

    Theresa Neil
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me to speak with its mobile team. I spoke at a high level about the value of patterns across industries (fashion, architecture, software and others) and how they are a useful teaching tool. Alissa Briggs, a senior UX…
  • After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

    Paul Lloyd
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow…
  • What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

    tylerlongren2
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPress 3.9. Improved Widget Interface While the old widget interface set the standard for drag-and-drop UI when it was introduced, it was time for an overhaul. The developer…
  • Understanding CSS Timing Functions

    Stephen Greig
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    People of the world, strap yourself in and hold on tight, for you are about to experience truly hair-raising excitement as you get to grips with the intricacies of the hugely interesting CSS timing function! OK, so the subject matter of this article probably hasn’t sent your blood racing, but all jokes aside, the timing function is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to CSS animation, and you could well be surprised by just how much you can do with it. First of all, let’s set the scene and ensure we’re all familiar with the scenarios in which the timing function is relevant. As alluded…
  • Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

    Rick Sloboda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Globalization, low-cost technologies and saturated markets are making products and services interchangeable and barely distinguishable. As a result, today’s brands must go beyond face value and tap into consumers’ deepest subconscious emotions to win the marketplace. The Role Of Brands Is Changing In recent decades, the economic base has shifted from production to consumption, from needs to wants, from objective to subjective. We’re moving away from the functional and technical characteristics of the industrial era, into a time when consumers are making buying decisions based on how…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • American survives Everest avalanche

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    To set foot on Mount Everest is to risk death. Mountaineering tourists and their native Nepali guides both have this on their minds, as they straddle cavernous ravines in the ice. But the inner posture did not prepare them for the deadliest accident in the history of the world's highest peak last week, American climber Jon Reiter said Wednesday.
  • Flight 370 search: Inside black box lab

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    At first glance, it doesn't look like much. Hidden behind an unmarked door, in a nondescript government office building in the Australian capital, it could be mistaken for a high school science classroom with work benches, slightly outdated computer monitors, and the odd microscope sitting in the corner.
  • Officials plan long-term MH370 strategy

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    It's a determined effort, but there have been few headlines so far.
  • Holding out hope

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:27 am
    Amid a huge bank of white flowers, their young faces stare out from the photos. Plaques underneath each picture give their names.
  • He wanted to see his mother

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    The boy, who survived a California to Hawaii flight by riding in the plane's wheel well, told authorities he lost consciousness when the plane took off.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Beno Saradzic!

    Brad Moore
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m originally from Slovenia but I’ve lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 1991.My background is in architectural visualization and illustration. For almost 2 decades, I worked in the Emirates, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and work was never scarce. I specialized in the creation of photo-realistic, computer generated renderings of master developments, buildings and interiors. Examples of the 3D CG architectural visualization workflow, 2007Somewhere around 2005, many real estate developers started to outsource architectural renderings and…
  • Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

    Scott Kelby
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign…
  • The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.I shared a couple of these on…
  • Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photoshop for Lightroom Users eBook – $12.99 Have you been on the fence about picking up Scott’s latest book, Photoshop for Lightroom Users? Now’s the time to grab it! It’s this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, and it can be yours for just $12.99! It’s on sale until Saturday, so get it before it’s too late. And leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of the eBook!Picture Perfect Beach Portraits with Tamara Lackey Join Tamara Lackey on the beach in her latest KelbyOne class, Picture Perfect Beach Portraits, to learn how to create…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Contest – Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun!

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun! Every photo entrant receives a prize!!! Over the last several years here at dPS, we’ve run some very popular competitions. This week, we are very happy to bring you our latest photo contest, “Get Outside and Shoot” from Macphun, makers of award winning photo apps for Mac OS! EVERYONE is a WINNER! For this competition, Macphun is giving away a Grand Prize of an Olympus E-M10 Camera, photo submissions published on canvas, and Macphun photo apps of your choosing! Plus, EVERY entrant will receive a complimentary copy of ColorStrokes for…
  • Finding the Time to do Photography Part 1- Business Trip to Las Vegas

    Rick Berk
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park.Exposure: ISO 160, 4 minutes, at f/16. EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35 f/2.8L II. About a month ago, a question was posed on the DPS Facebook Page, “What is the number one obstacle to you taking better photos?” While some answered that they were unsure how to set exposure in Manual mode, and others thought their gear might be limiting them, the overwhelming number one answer was TIME.  In this day and age of being always on, always connected, and always on the go, it can be difficult to find time to do photography.  Like many, my day job,…
  • How to Plan the Perfect Portrait Shoot

    Andrew S. Gibson
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In my last article I gave you five reasons to use natural light for portraiture. The next step in creating the perfect portrait shoot is planning. The more details you figure out in advance, the more likely you are to come away from the shoot with some beautiful portraits to make you proud. Generating ideas The creative side of portrait photography is something that some photographers seem to find easy, and others really challenging. One approach to generating ideas is to look at the work of others and let their portraits inspire you. You’re probably familiar with the main photo sharing…
  • Improve Your Backgrounds – Improve Your Photography

    Piper Mackay
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The background in your image can quickly reveal your skill level as a photographer. Learning to see past an exotic or exciting subject, to catch the details in the background, is what will distinguish you from a beginning, hobbyist photographer to an experienced professional. The background in your image immediately stands out to a trained eye. Learning just this skill can very quickly elevate and improve your photography. Most times, the difference between a snapshot and a strong, compelling image can be as simple as one small step, slightly changing your perspective, or blurring out a…
  • Waterfall Photography Video Tips

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To help you out with this week’s photography challenge of waterfalls, I found a few video tutorials to walk you through how to photograph a waterfall. I also shared a collection of stunning waterfall images to get you inspired, if you missed it you can see those here. This first video shows you the two choices you have when photographing a waterfall. You can either freeze or blur the water. Watch as he walks you through the camera settings for both options. In this quick tip Tony Northrup goes over such tips as using a sturdy tripod, using shutter priority mode, and using a Neutral…
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    Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

  • Viva Mavericks: OS X Beta Seed program now live

    Michael Rose
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Really, who among us hasn't wanted to run a presumptively unstable operating system? Until today, the delights of beta releases of OS X were reserved to those who signed up for Apple's developer program (and paid the $99 fee to enroll). That fun and...
  • Before Macintosh there was Lisa and its incredible demo video

    John-Michael Bond
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sitting in the shadow of the revolutionary Apple Macintosh is the Mac's lesser known sibling, the Lisa. The Pete Best of the Apple world, Lisa was released in 1983 and discontinued three years later, left behind in the dust of the Macintosh's...
  • The case that turns your iPhone into an iDroid

    Mike Wehner
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Leave it to a game designer to dream up the bulkiest, most awkward iPhone case ever: This is the iDroid. Made to mimic the look of an in-game communicator in the game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the case has a bunch of goofy...
  • A second look at the Dock-It Pro iPad keyboard case ... and a giveaway

    Steven Sande
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last month, one of my fellow bloggers took a quick look at Parle Innovation's Dock-It Pro, a US$159 (introductory price of $129 still available) iPad keyboard case that's quite different from any other case on the market. I met the CEO of Parle...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 22, 2014

    Steven Sande
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    These days shots from a flying drone are a dime a dozen - when engagement shoots are being covered from a hovering photographic robot you know that the technology is ubiquitous. It's getting increasingly hard to impress someone with images or video from drones. So it's lucky that privately-owned SpaceX happens to own its own rockets because it gives them the ability to capture stunning video, like this launch and landing test of its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket. See video
  • NYC Department of Records archives showcase city's history

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the 900,000 plus images available online through the NYC Department of Records archives. Some are photographs of well-known icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, while others are Wee Gee-esque in their grit or as mundane as photos documenting local school buildings. Many of the images date back to the late 1800s. Learn more
  • Nikon Coolpix P340 real-world samples gallery

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The Coolpix P340 is Nikon's latest pocket enthusiast camera, featuring a large 1/1.7", 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and Raw image capture. The P340 has a versatile 5x (24-120mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom and a fast F1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization. We've spent a few days shooting with it to see if these specs add up to impressive performance. See gallery
  • Nokia device division may become 'Microsoft Mobile'

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services division, and in March both companies confirmed the $7.2 billion deal would be closed by the end of April. Now Windows Mobile Power User got hold of a leaked letter which Nokia supposedly had sent out to its suppliers in Finland. In the letter it says that the name of Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Learn more
  • Lytro announces Illum light field camera

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Lytro has unveiled the Illum light field camera, its first new hardware since the original Lytro launched more than two years ago. Like its predecessor, the Illum captures information about the angle from which light has arrived, allowing it to calculate images with different perspective and focus. The biggest change is the use of a much larger sensor: now a 1" type, rather than 1/3" type usually found in smartphones. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Super-Fast Browsing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anyone that’s ever been to one of my smaller workshops or editing photos next to me knows that, while I do most of my work in Lightroom, I usually look at my photos in Photo Mechanic first. Why? Mainly because Photo Mechanic is lightning fast at showing you your thumbnails and even higher quality photos than Lightroom. Now, I don’t do this all the time. When I have a few extra minutes, it’s actually much easier to import in to Lightroom and choose the Standard Previews option. As long as I give it a few minutes before looking through my photos, I can browse through them…
  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
  • 5 Random Little Things In Lightroom That Throw People Off

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    I’m on the plane to Indianapolis right now, heading to teach my Lightroom seminar tomorrow (well, today when you read this). As I’m reviewing my notes, I realized there’s a bunch of little random things that people will come up and ask about throughout the day. Things that throw people off, have them searching around needlessly for settings, or simply things/settings that were just accidentally clicked on. So I thought I’d recap the top 5 I hear about. 1) Info Display – By default, Lightroom wants to put your photo “info” over the photo. Personally I hate…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • New Renders Show Off 'iPhone 6s' and 'iPhone 6c' Concepts

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Following a concept that showed off a possible look at the iPhone 6 based on recent leaked info, French website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and graphic designer Martin Hajek have once again teamed up to showcase renders for an "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6c", which are based off of Apple's current iPhones and alleged iPhone 6 design drawings posted by Japanese magazine MacFan. The renderings show iPhone 6s devices in gold and space grey colors, which retain the same tint as seen in the corresponding iPhone 5s models but adopt the thin, rounded profile that has been rumored for the iPhone 6.
  • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases

    Juli Clover
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Logitech today announced a new version of its Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover for the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display, offering a new design that includes a flexible multi-angle slot that allows the iPad to be adjusted to different viewing angles. The Logitech Ultrathin improves the flexibility and design of its predecessor with an even thinner and lighter keyboard cover and new flexible multi-angle slot that allows you to magnetically clip your iPad into the perfect viewing angle.Like previous versions of the keyboard, the new Logitech Ultrathin is just a fraction of…
  • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Nike is said to be trimming its Fuelband team as the company moves its efforts away from hardware in order to focus on its NikeFuel and Nike+ software. What is next for Nike for may be a partnership with Apple to produce a Nike fitness app that could pair with Apple's iWatch hardware, theorizes GigaOm.If Nike exits the physical wearable market, as now seems likely, Apple will be the primary sensor maker for Nike’s future wearable apps given the length and depth of the two companies’ close ties. Although there are a handful of Nike apps available for Android, there is no app (on any other…
  • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Apple today was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider) that describes technology to partially disable a phone when the user is driving. The patent details several different lockout mechanisms that block functions like texting and SMS in order to reduce distracted driving. U.S. Patent No. 8,706,143 describes two main methods to block select iPhone features. The first method requires no input from the car and uses the iPhone's accelerometer and other on-board sensors to determine when a user is driving. Another method uses direct input from a car, which…
  • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Apple is expected to introduce a large-screened iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch model arriving this fall and a 5.5-inch version debuting early next year. Though this large iPhone may cannibalize iPad mini sales, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster does not believe this shift in sales will have a net effect on Apple, reports CNET. In a Monday note to investors, Munster argues that many iPhone owners will accelerate their upgrade to buy the iPhone 6 instead of the iPad mini, while other customers will purchase a bigger iPhone and pair it with an iPad Air. The net effect on Apple is an equal amount of…
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  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark 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 March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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