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  • The most epic dog and cat showdown you’ll ever see [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's very rare that you see a cat and dog showdown last as long as this. The dramatic music makes this video particularly entertaining. The post The most epic dog and cat showdown you’ll ever see [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The 2015 MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Every wild, wacky and sparkly look

    Mashable
    Neha Prakash
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Pasties, crop tops, sparkles and latex: It's the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards As expected, the musically-inclined youths (and a few random Vine celebs) arrived at the VMAs in appropriately risqué clothes that makes this award show worth watching See also: VMAs 2015: And the winners are... Check out all the looks from Sunday's red carpet and revel in the fact that most of these celebs will cringe at their looks five years from now Read more... More about Fashion, Pics, Red Carpet, Music, and Tv
  • What App Developers Want to See In The New Apple TV

    Fast Company
    Jared Newman
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    With a new Apple media streamer reportedly weeks away, we asked app makers what's worked for competing platforms like Roku and Chromecast.Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it's going to launch a new Apple TV in September.Read Full Story
  • Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    TechCrunch
    Josh Constine
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
     In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations.  Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on… Read More
  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • The most epic dog and cat showdown you’ll ever see [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's very rare that you see a cat and dog showdown last as long as this. The dramatic music makes this video particularly entertaining. The post The most epic dog and cat showdown you’ll ever see [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Sinkhole swallows 5 pedestrians in China [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    The lesson here appears to be not to second guess yourself if you think the ground sinking. The post Sinkhole swallows 5 pedestrians in China [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Bruce Campbell helps local weather and traffic, hilarity ensues [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Bruce Campbell is most famous for such films as Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, and such TV shows as Burn Notice. If you know his work, you know the man is hysterical. If you don't know him, prepare to become a fan after watching him on Chicago local news. The post Bruce Campbell helps local weather and traffic, hilarity ensues [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Segway driver who bowled over Bolt apologizes [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We recently brought you a video of a Segway cameraman bowling over Usain Bolt. Here's an update on that story: the camera recently apologized (very sweetly, we might add). The post Segway driver who bowled over Bolt apologizes [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Jump, jive, & whale: Belugas delight in cello music [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Looks like the cello is music to beluga ears, too. Not only does the first whale audibly delight in the playing, it calls a group of friends to join in the celebration. The post Jump, jive, & whale: Belugas delight in cello music [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • The 2015 MTV VMAs Red Carpet: Every wild, wacky and sparkly look

    Neha Prakash
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Pasties, crop tops, sparkles and latex: It's the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards As expected, the musically-inclined youths (and a few random Vine celebs) arrived at the VMAs in appropriately risqué clothes that makes this award show worth watching See also: VMAs 2015: And the winners are... Check out all the looks from Sunday's red carpet and revel in the fact that most of these celebs will cringe at their looks five years from now Read more... More about Fashion, Pics, Red Carpet, Music, and Tv
  • Miley gets naked on Instagram, pre-VMAs; no one is shocked

    Neha Prakash
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Let's just get straight to why you clicked on this story Here's a naked Miley Cyrus: See also: Miley Cyrus at the VMAs: A history of tongues and pasties When yiew da host so you gotta get to the vmas early AF!!!!! A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Aug 30, 2015 at 11:21am PDT The singer has appropriately covered her nipples — as per Instagram's standards — but the picture isn't really anything surprising, considering that Miley is nearly naked on Instagram, and in public, all the time This post also doubles as promotional material for Sunday's VMAs, which Miley's…
  • VMAs 2015: And the winners are...

    Hillary Busis
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The 2015 VMAs winners are almost here — try to contain your excitement Who will walk away from this year's Video Music Awards with coveted moonman trophies — and who will be left with nothing to console themselves but millions of dollars and hordes of screaming fans? Check back here after the show starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT to find out. In the meantime, here are all the nominees: See also: Watch 3 decades of MTV VMAs Video of the Year winners Video of the Year Beyoncé — “7/11”Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick…
  • Jefferson Davis statue removed from University of Texas campus

    Marcus Gilmer
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    After much debate and even court action, the University of Texas has removed the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from its place on the campus' Main Mall. The statue will now be located inside the university's Briscoe Center for American History building See also: Not just South Carolina: Leaders across U.S. call for removal of Confederate monuments Students get ready for removal of Jefferson Davis statue at @UTAustin#txlege #ut #confederate pic.twitter.com/iS8sStbL5Q — Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) August 30, 2015 UT-Austin President Greg Fenves decided to move the statue…
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is like the Android iPad Air you always wanted

    Lance Ulanoff
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    You might be hard-pressed to pick the new 9.7-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 out of a lineup of Apple iPad Air 2's Side by side, the similarities are striking, though upon closer examination you’ll notice the Samsung is slightly smaller, and it has a fairly prominent logo next to its camera and light sensor. Once you start looking at the edges, additional differences — and still more similarities — come into focus. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is actually slightly thinner than Apple’s iPad Air 2 (and a few noticeable grams lighter). It’s also clad in a…
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    Fast Company

  • What App Developers Want to See In The New Apple TV

    Jared Newman
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    With a new Apple media streamer reportedly weeks away, we asked app makers what's worked for competing platforms like Roku and Chromecast.Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it's going to launch a new Apple TV in September.Read Full Story
  • Staff Recommender: Zacqary Adam Xeper, Who Makes This Website Pretty

    Fast Company Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Zacqary Adam XeperPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Zacqary Adam Xeper Role at Fast Company: I'm a web developer, specializing in front-end—that means the stuff that happens on your device, as opposed to the stuff that happens on our servers. I make things look pretty for you. Ever looked at one of our slideshows on your phone? Aren't those spinning 3-D cards cool? You're welcome. Twitter: @XerxesQados Titillating Fact: In my spare time, I am a purple fox named Xerxes. If you're in downtown Pittsburgh…
  • Twitter Made Its Diversity Goals Public, But They Aren't Very Drastic

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The company's hiring goals are not exactly ambitious when compared against its existing diversity numbers.Last month, Pinterest came forward with its proposed plan to increase diversity in 2016. Twitter matched Pinterest's effort on Friday, when it announced its own goals to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities at the company.Read Full Story
  • Report: $1.9 Billion Invested In Space Travel Startups Since 2014

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Space travel, virtual reality, and drones are all fertile territory for investors.A new report says space travel startups have raised a staggering $1.9 billion since 2014. Venture capital database CB Insights released the report, titled "Future of Frontier Tech," which also says that drone startups have raised $285 million since 2014 and virtual/augmented reality companies $1 billion.Read Full Story
  • Obama Administration To Open Wearable Tech R&D Center In Silicon Valley

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The White House and the Department of Defense are working with the private sector to build flexible, wearable electronics.The Obama administration and the Pentagon are giving the wearables industry a big push. On Friday, defense secretary Ash Carter will announce that the Department of Defense is investing $75 million in a "flexible hybrid electronics" innovation center in Silicon Valley; in addition to the Pentagon's contribution, the new institute will receive more than $90 million in funding from academia, corporate interests, and local governments for a total of about $171 million.Read…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    Josh Constine
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
     In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations.  Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on… Read More
  • Your First 10 Customers Can Make Or Break You

    Sean Jacobsohn
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
     Early in a startup’s life, the main focus is building the right product for the right market. For most B2B startups, this is the period when you start winning your first 10 customers. These 10 customers are unlike any others you’ll have over the course of your company. Read More
  • Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

    Marco Nardone
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
     “Brace yourself, Marco…we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and — ironically — flinging itself into the bin beside me. But it hardly came as a surprise. Despite stellar traction at over 4 million users and 15 million flings opened per day… Read More
  • Our Lingering Questions For Hampton Creek

    Sarah Buhr
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
     Josh Tetrick, the charismatic founder of Hampton Creek, a food startup in Silicon Valley, bills it as one that uses science and technology to change the way the world eats. However, Tetrick has repeatedly found himself in trouble over company claims. The most recent accusation comes in the form of an official letter from the FDA that alleges Hampton Creek’s “Just Mayo”… Read More
  • An Insider on Switching Between Top Venture Firms — and Their Biggest Differences

    Connie Loizos
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
     Earlier this week, we sat down with venture capitalist Brian O’Malley of Accel Partners to talk about where he’s shopping now. We also asked O’Malley — who was recruited into Accel from Battery Partners in 2013 — what it was like to transition between the heavyweight firms, and what he views as the biggest differences between them. More from that candid chat… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
  • The average

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Everything you do is either going to raise your average or lower it. The next hire. The quality of the chickpeas you serve. The service experience on register 4. Each interaction is a choice. A choice to raise your average or lower it. Progress is almost always a series of choices, an inexorable move toward mediocrity, or its opposite.        
  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
  • Embarrassed

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    It’s a tool or a curse, and it comes down to the sentence, “I’d be embarrassed to do that.” If you’re using it to mean, “I would feel the emotion of embarrassment,” you’re recognizing one of the most powerful forces of our culture, a basic human emotion, the fear of which allows groups to control outliers, and those in power to shame those that aren’t. The stress that comes from merely anticipating the feeling of embarrassment is enough to cause many people to hold back, to sit quietly, to go along. And this anticipation rarely leads to much of anything positive. On the…
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Start to Finish Guide to Sharpening a Knife with a Whetstone

    Patrick Allan
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There’s no need to buy new extravagant knife sets every time your blades start to dull. Instead, you can take care of the knives you have and prolong their lifespan. This video will show you how to keep them just as sharp as when you bought them.http://lifehacker.com/dont-buy-expen... Read more...
  • Use an Old Kindle to Share Messages on the Fridge Electronically

    Thorin Klosowski
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sure, writing a note on a piece of paper and plopping a magnet on it to stick it to a refrigerator works perfectly fine. But if you have an old Kindle around and want an over-engineered, but fun new way to leave fridge messages, DIYer Pete Vojtek shows you how to display notes on a Kindle.Read more...
  • Easily Upgrade Leftovers With a Simple Pan Sauce Recipe

    Kristin Wong
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A little reimagining can make leftovers pretty tasty. Here’s a simple recipe for easily upgrading leftovers after you’ve heated them up.Read more...
  • ClearLock Blocks Your Distracting Apps For a While

    Eric Ravenscraft
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Android: Your phone would be a walking distraction machine if it were capable of walking. For the times you need to focus, ClearLock can help by blocking your most distracting apps for a set duration.Read more...
  • Five Best Universal Remote Controls

    Alan Henry
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Picking a universal remote control is pretty tricky these days. There are plenty of simple, programmable IR blasters out there, but some of the best remotes can control other devices using Bluetooth or even Wi-FI. This week, we’re looking at some of the best universal remotes, based on your nominations.Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Next-Generation Apple TV Said to Launch in October for $149 or $199

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV will be released in October with a starting price of $149 or $199, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that Apple will also continue selling the third-generation Apple TV for $69 as an entry-level device, although the set-top box is not expected to have support for an App Store or Siri. The report adds that Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service will be available "as soon as next year" through a software update for both the third-generation and fourth-generation Apple TV. The web-based TV service is expected to deliver a lightweight…
  • Apple TV Said to Have Motion Sensitive Remote Control Targeted at Casual Gamers

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    In a report corroborating several oft-rumored features of the next-generation Apple TV, including an A8 chip and a native SDK for creating apps, TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino has revealed that the set-top box will also have a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri. Panzarino claims the redesigned remote control will likely be targeted at casual gamers:A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While…
  • Currys and PC World Gearing Up to Sell Apple Watch in UK

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    MacRumors has learned that British electronics retailer Currys, which co-brands some locations as Currys and PC World, has added the Apple Watch to its internal inventory system as it gears up to begin selling the wrist-worn device. Currys and PC World has a large presence throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a combined 295 superstores and 73 high street stores in both countries. It remains unclear how many of those locations will be carrying the Apple Watch. When searching for the Apple Watch on the Currys website, a banner informs customers that the device is "currently not…
  • Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for Retina MacBook Revealed

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Following a closer look at Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup for the MacBook Air, CPU World has shared new details about sixth-generation Core M chips appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel reportedly may brand the low-power Skylake-Y chips as Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 based on performance. The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook…
  • iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug Is Far From Perfect, But It's a Cheap Way to Give HomeKit a Try

    Eric Slivka
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug is one of the first five HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and it's the most affordable option for Apple users who are looking to try out the company's home automation platform. The SmartPlug is a simple device that plugs right into any outlet, transforming any appliance - from lights to fans - into an iPhone-controlled Siri-compatible smart product using WiFi. We tested out three of iHome's SmartPlugs, simulating what it might be like to control lights and fans across multiple rooms to turn an ordinary home with ordinary outlets into a smart home with a…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform

    Chris Brogan
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    As you know, I recently launched OwnerFUEL. It’s the media portion of my company, Owner. I wanted to share with you just how simple it was to launch, and what we did to get it up and running. I’ll tell you right up front that a lot of what I recommend hinges on you choosing to build on the Rainmaker platform. But I explain all the reasons why that’s the right choice. Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform Project Time: 2 Business DaysContinue ReadingThe post Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform appeared first on…
  • In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The tech world is awash with excitement because Instagram (over 300 million users) now supports photos and video uploaded in traditional landscape and portrait mode, instead of just square. Oddly, I think Instagram did the mobile web a favor by pushing for us to upload in the square format. In Praise of Square Photos Photographers and artists are already grumbling at me, I’m sure. But hear me out. Continue ReadingThe post In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Thinking about podcasting?

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You don’t want to miss the Podcasting Workflows I put together over on OwnerFUEL. That is all.Continue ReadingThe post Thinking about podcasting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site, chrisbrogan.com, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
  • The Next Event I Might Run

    Chris Brogan
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though. The Next Event I Might Run I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the…
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Create Remarkable Visual Content

    Stefanie Flaxman
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    As someone who made an intentional decision to have a career working with words, talking to you about the importance of visual content makes me feel a little weird. But I have to tell you, when I’ve been scrolling through my Twitter timeline lately, it’s the updates with intriguing visuals that catch my eye. They’re the ones I read, and the links I click. In the current digital marketing landscape, the strategic use of visual content — whether it accompanies text or stands alone — is a smart move as you strive to produce the best experience for your audience. This week’s…
  • Why Don’t Some Online Courses Sell?

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Online courses are a great way to build a business. They’re also a great way to get better-qualified clients, or build an additional revenue stream by providing an alternative to your services. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Your course isn’t selling as much as you’d like, or worse, it’s not selling at all. There’s a methodical analysis you can perform to see if you can spot the problem. Of course, this is the same analysis you should perform before you create a course. In this episode of Unemployable with Brian Clark, Brian discusses: How to be absolutely sure what…
  • Two Ways to Turn Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Jon Loomer has been using Facebook for business since 2007. And despite the ever-changing landscape, Jon has continued to thrive by marketing on the platform. Jon is now a leading Facebook marketing expert, and in this episode of Technology Translated, it’ll be clear why. When host Scott Ellis asked Jon to come on his show, he had no idea what a treat his listeners were in for. By the middle of this episode, listeners will recognize the gold mine of information Jon is sharing, including how he executed one campaign that converted Facebook fans to email subscribers at the whopping rate…
  • What Craft Beer and Food Trucks Can Teach Us About the Power of Collaboration

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your fellow Showrunners, even those serving the very same niche(s) that you’re serving, are not your enemies. 95 percent of the world has no idea what you’re doing as “podcaster,” so don’t turn a cold shoulder to the few who do. This week’s episode of The Showrunner begins with a discussion about the value of meeting your listeners in person when you get the opportunity to do so. Hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor offer up a few actionable ideas on how to bring the topic up with your audience. Then, for the final time, they harken back to their experience at Podcast Movement for…
  • The Zen of Measurement, Optimization, and Focus

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    In this new series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss the importance of the right metrics in growing your business, and why you should not be paralyzed by math. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark discuss: How you can determine the correct metrics for your business Where to start, and what you need to focus on Why the big Silicon Valley tech companies are not the right businesses to model Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital…
 
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  • Rumors: New Apple TV to debut September 9th, ship in October

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    The Apple rumor mill is currently abuzz with chatter about a revamped Apple TV, and thanks to a new report from 9to5Mac, we’re getting a better sense of what to expect.According to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, the new Apple TV will cost either $149 or $199, depending on what Apple’s executive team settles on, and will ship sometime in October. Gurman also says the current Apple TV model will stick around as a low-end option, since the new Apple TV won’t be price-competitive with streaming devices from Roku, Amazon, and others.Previous reports indicated a seriously revamped Apple TV is on…
  • Minecraft: Story Mode hands-on: This one's for the fans

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    Telltale's new game is more for Minecraft addicts than it is for fans of The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us.
  • The Week in iPad Cases: Speck’s first backpack can fit much more than just your iPad

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    ...plus other backpacks, traditional cases, and more!In this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, you’ll also find all kinds of great protective options from Booq, Moshi, Saddleback, Solo, CODi, Belkin and rooCASE.BelkinThe Striped Cover with Stand (all iPad mini models; $40) features a folio design with an adjustable stand that supports a number of viewing and typing angles in landscape orientation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Part of the problem: Covering the fact there’s too much Apple coverage

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    If the Macalope knows one thing it’s that the way to solve the problem of people yelling “FIRE!” in crowded movie houses is to yell “TOO MANY PEOPLE YELL ‘FIRE!’ IN CROWDED MOVIE HOUSES!” in a crowded movie house. Writing for The Next Web, Mic Wright complains: “Here’s what will happen when the new iPhone is announced: Apple is too predictable.” The slug for this piece is “one-more-thing-give-us-your-money-punks”. Because Wright is shocked — SHOCKED! — to find there is capitalism going on here! Apple, how could you? Apple has… put out an invite! Smash the glass…
  • The week in Apple news: Sept. 9 event, Tim Cook speaks, Apple Watch challenging Fitbit, ‘Steve Jobs’ movie poster, and more

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 28, 2015It’s finally official: Apple will hold a product announcement event in San Francisco on September 9. The rumors says we’ll see a new iPhone and maybe an Apple TV. But the big question is, who will be the musical guest? Taylor Swift has a concert in Texas that day, so she’s out. I’ve made my prediction; do you have one? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, you can see all the important headlines here in this slideshow. Want to get more details on a story? Click on the link.To read this article in full or to leave a…
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    ReadWrite

  • The Wait For HTC's Vive VR Headset Just Got Longer

    Adriana Lee
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    From the beginning, HTC’s promise of delivering a consumer-ready virtual-reality headset by the end of the year seemed fantastical (in all senses of the word). How is the Taiwanese company, which announced the Vive early this year, going to release its VR system so quickly?The answer: It’s not. While a few devices will make their way to the public, the broader launch apparently will get pushed back to 2016. In a statement given to Engadget Thursday, HTC said, "We'll have a limited number of units by the end of the year, with more to come in Q1 2016.” See also: 6 Ways The HTC Vive…
  • The Top 5 Technologies That Have Changed Sports

    ReadWrite Sponsors
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    This post is sponsored by The Wearable Tech In Sport Summit, an event taking place in San Francisco on September 9–10. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite's editors.Athletes today use increasingly complex technologies to enhance performance.We have seen considerable leaps forward in sporting performance as a direct result of technology either used during competition or in training. The big question is which technology has had the biggest impact on its respective sport?Attend The Wearable Tech In Sport Summit, September 9-10 in San Francisco, California—use discount…
  • Taxicab Industry Has A New App To Compete With Uber

    Gregory Ferenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinThe tech sector has shaken up innumerable industries, and whenever that happens, some enterprising types wonder if there's some opportunity in helping established players stave off the inevitable. But beating back the forces that threaten to destabilize their businesses is even harder than it looks, and few succeed. The taxi industry is no different. Would-be tech partners and investors sometimes ask me…
  • 4 Tools To Strengthen The Bond Between You And Your Customers

    Yoav Vilner
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Yoav Vilner is a cofounder of Ranky. Launching a startup is no easy task. While there's certainly tremendous hype about the tech sector, the truth is that the overwhelming majority of startups fail—mostly because of a lack of market and resources. Solidifying your market can be particularly difficult in an overcrowded landscape. Simply getting the word out and attaining loyal users can be a challenge, but they're critical for your business success. See also: The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs MakeTo earn loyal users, you must actively seek…
  • The Internet of Reps: GymGroups Wants To Network Your Gym

    Owen Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Grou.ps, a company known for its social community tools, is adding hardware and a focus on fitness to the mix with the launch of GymGroups, a service targeted at health clubs. See also: Under Armour's New "Record" App: A Potential Social Revolution In FitnessIt's a big shift in strategy, and there's a lot that's interesting about Grou.ps' approach. An early Web 2.0 social service is now embracing hardware and tying a cloud-based service together with mobile apps. It's an intriguing example of how the Internet of Things can force a dramatic rethink of a product. Survival Of The…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Web Development Reading List #101

    Anselm Hannemann
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The reaction on the first post last week was quite overwhelming, so we moved from a bi-monthly frequency to a weekly frequency (for now). — Ed. Welcome back to the Web Development Reading List (WDRL) for this week. Instead of the previously announced biweekly schedule here on Smashing Magazine, I will post it in sync…
  • How We Designed And Built Our First Apple Watch App

    Alex Komarov
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
      One sunny morning in the summer of 2014, I was sitting in a café having just finished an hour-long call with my remote team. Scheduling that call had been a messy exercise: we live in different time zones and it was hard to find a time that worked for everyone. I wanted to make dealing with time zone differences less painful. I had some free time on my hands, so I pulled my notebook out and started playing around with an iWatch app idea. Yeah, you read that right — 2014 and iWatch, before a watch had ever been announced.The post How We Designed And Built Our First Apple…
  • Responsive Upscaling: Large-Screen E-Commerce Design

    Christian Holst
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
      The responsive design revolution is truly upon us (if it hasn’t already happened!), and even though e-commerce websites haven’t picked up responsive design quite as aggressively as in other industries, it’s becoming increasingly popular. So far, most of the responsive design thinking has revolved around covering the range of experiences from mobile to desktop. Yet little attention has been paid to the opportunities for expanding that range beyond the standard desktop screen, to create an experience optimized for modern large-scale displays.The post Responsive Upscaling:…
  • Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design

    Anna Yeaman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
      Last year I read Jan Constantin’s post “Typographic Design Patterns and Current Practices” and straightaway wanted to do something similar with email. At the time I was studying responsive typography on the web, trying to break down the websites I liked in order to understand what made the typography work so well, then attempting to apply those findings to email design. After seeing Constantin’s work, I also wanted to explore how other email designers were handling responsive typography. So, I amassed 50 emails across various industries that I think do a good job with…
  • Web Development Reading List #100

    Anselm Hannemann
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything so you don't have to. The result is a carefully collected list of articles that popped up over the last week and which might interest you. Starting from today, we are happy and honored to feature a bi-monthly web development reading list here on Smashing Magazine. Now it should be a bit easier to stay up to date. — Ed. Welcome to the one hundredth edition of the Web…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s official – I’m making every Friday here on my blog, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday” where I’ll share a simple, hopefully helpful, and certainly fun Photoshop special effect — the type of effects you see in ads, on the Web, in banners, etc. This one I’m showing you today I especially like because I’m showing how I created a perspective text effect for the Facebook promos I did for my last seminar tour (my “Shoot like a Pro Tour”), but I’m using the date of the next stop in my “all new” tour (my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Lightroom CC Power Tour with RC Concepcion It’s time to harness the power of the new Lightroom CC with RC Concepcion’s newest tour. You’ll walk through everything you need to get up to speed in Lightroom CC – from start to finish. If you are a new user, you will leave finally understanding how to best use Lightroom CC like a pro. If you are already using Lightroom – RC will give you some key strategies to get you organized, prepare you for larger collections, and help you work your images as fast as possible. You’ll also master the latest features found in the newest release…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Frank Doorhof!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Take control One of the things I encounter a lot during talks with attendees to my workshops or seminars is that a lot of photographers struggle with their light. Now I don’t want to generalize, but I think for a lot of shooters out there this is a reoccurring problem. One could almost say, “Most photographers are controlled by their lighting, while a photographer should be in control of their lighting.” In photography light is our language, so it’s of vital importance to learn to speak that language. I hear you thinking, “But I don’t have expensive gear to fight the sun, or to…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:”  (1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!). (2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks: Egucigalpa, Honduras Clinton, Tennessee San Antonio, Columbia Elora, Ontario, Canada Tyler, Texas Marikina, Philippines Tooele, Utah Meridian Charter Township, Michigan Cairo, Egypt Ogunquit, Maine Manila, Philippines Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur Karmiel, Israel Paris, France Canon City, Colorado Sydney, Australia How cool is that!
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    Digital Photography School

  • 2 Clumsy Mistakes To Avoid When Meeting With Potential Customers

    Mark Thackeray
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    You recently received an inquiry from someone who really likes your work, is interested in hiring you for a shoot, and wants to meet in person (or on the phone) to discuss more details. Naturally, you’re pretty excited. The thought of booking an event is something that thrills all of us. Then, as soon as the meeting starts, the two cardinal sins of salesmanship rear their ugly heads. What are they? Talking too much and not listening enough. Sure enough, once the prospect asks you a question, it’s as if you’ve suddenly been put in front of a classroom with the responsibility…
  • How to Compose Brilliant Black and White Photos

    Andrew S. Gibson
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Brilliant black and white photos are created in two steps. The second of these is post-processing, and is very important. But before you get to that stage, you have to learn how to see and compose photos in black and white. This is just as important as processing – it doesn’t matter how creative or clever you are in Lightroom or Photoshop, if the image is badly composed, or the subject just isn’t suitable for black and white, then you are going to struggle to make a half-way decent monochrome conversion, let alone a great one. I thought it would be interesting for you to look at some of…
  • Writer’s Favourite Lens – Nikon 24-70 mm F2.8

    Leanne Cole
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve had the Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens for about three years now, and it is by far my most used lens, and really my go-to when I am heading out to take photos. It is mid-range when it comes to focal length, but for shooting most landscapes and architecture, it is nearly always enough. It is not a cheap lens ($1749 USD without VR, $2396 with VR), but it was a special treat, one I have to thank subsidies for. One year after getting a special payout I was able to afford this lens, just. Nikon-24-70mm lens When I got the lens I was shooting cycling, both on the road and the track, and I was…
  • Quick Lightroom Tip Using the Graduated Filter

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This video tip is courtesy of Anthony Morganti and shows us what you can do using the Graduated Filter tool in Lightroom. What if you’ve maxed out your basic adjustments and want to go farther? This little tip might do the trick for you, check it out: Learn more about using the Graduated Filter in LR here. A very cool tip, had you thought of that or done this before? Do you have any other Lightroom tips and tricks? Please share in the comments below. The post Quick Lightroom Tip Using the Graduated Filter by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.
  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Fish

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photographing seemingly unattractive objects like fish can be difficult – or maybe just a challenge. By ePi.Longo Weekly Photography Challenge – Fish A hard photo subject can help you grow as a photographer, push you out of your comfort zone. So now’s a great time to practice. Find a fish (at the market, store, dead or alive – whatever you can come up with) and try photographing it to make a compelling image. By J J By Jason Mrachina By Zoe Share your images below: Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus…
 
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Smoother movements help robots save a lot of energy

    Jon Fingas
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Eliminating the herky-jerky movements of robots isn't just good for comforting nervous humans... it helps the robots, too. Researchers have developed smooth movement algorithms that slow the acceleration and deceleration of robots, saving as much...
  • Netflix hopes you won't mind losing access to some big movies

    Jon Fingas
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here's hoping that you weren't bent on watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or World War Z on Netflix -- if so, you don't have much time to do it. Netflix has confirmed that it won't renew its longstanding movie deal with Epix, which will lead...
  • Google's self-driving cars can't handle bicycle track stands

    Jon Fingas
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Ever performed a track stand, where you keep your bike upright at a stop without taking your feet off the pedals? If you have, you'll want to avoid trying that around Google's self-driving cars, at least for a while. One Austin-based cyclist report...
  • Europe doesn't properly recycle most of its electronic waste

    Jon Fingas
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    You probably know that you should recycle your old tech when you're done with it, but getting other people to do the same? That's quite hard, apparently. The United Nations and INTERPOL have found that only 35 percent of the European Union's electr...
  • The next Apple TV is reportedly much more expensive

    Jon Fingas
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Do you recall the early days of the Apple TV, when you could expect to pay over $100 to put an Apple-powered media hub in your living room? They might come roaring back. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that the next Apple TV should cost between $149 to...
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    Strobist

  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Readers' Showcase: Tony Eckersley

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    You may remember DPR reader Tony Eckersley by his impressive photo of the Las Vegas skyline featured recently. From the Pacific coast to the American Southwest, Tony spends his weekends in National Parks photographing desert vistas and rocky coastlines. Find out more about him and take a look at some of his work. Read more
  • Week in Review: Two by two

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Around here it was a week of 'twos' - Olympus debuted the second generation of its OM-D E-M10 camera, Canon introduced version two of its popular 35mm F1.4L lens, and we published our thoughts on shooting with Sony's RX10 II. We'll sum it all up for you just in case you missed any of the action this week. Read more
  • Fujifilm firmware updates add Windows 10 support to 7 cameras

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    Fujifilm has released firmware updates for seven of its X-series cameras, providing them with support for Microsoft's Windows 10. Read more
  • Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    The makers of the Astropad iPad app have launched a version for the iPhone, aptly called Astropad Mini. Like the iPad version, the new app allows you to use your Apple device as a graphics tablet when working with imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom using Astropad's LIQUID technology for communication with the Mac. Read more
  • The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Canon recently announced an update to the wildly popular 35mm F1.4L lens, originally released in 1998 and undoubtedly designed back in the day for film. The original was always a favorite of our technical editor Rishi Sanyal, so join him as he takes a stroll down memory lane and recounts his favorite aspects of that lens, and what he looks forward to in the update. Read more
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Black and White preference

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Creating Contact Sheets With a ‘Slide Mount Look’ in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was looking online this week and saw an old sheet of color slides in those plastic sleeves where we used to store them in folders, and it made me start thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that in Lightroom where you could just click a button or two and it be there, so I set out to figure out how, and it’s easier than you’d think. It takes a little Photoshop up front (simple stuff), but once you’re done, you don’t have to go back to Photoshop at all again for this effect — it will live inside of Lightroom from here on out, just one click…
  • You’re Invited To Be a Part of My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – everybody that comes to this blog is a photographer, so I wanted to be sure to personally invite you to my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ which is coming Saturday, Oct 3rd all over the world. I’m leading a local walk in Sydney, Australia (my first time every in Australia, and I’m totally psyched!). All the details about the walk are over on my daily blog at scottkelby.com where I did a “Photo Walk Q&A” today so I hope you’ll pop over and check it out. It answers a lot of questions. If you’ve been on a photo walk before and you want…
  • How to get the new “Dehaze” slider on a brush

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we get into this, just a heads up: this isn’t a hidden feature — it’s a workaround for people who have Lightroom and Photoshop, but at least it works. First, the problem — as awesome as the new Dehaze slider is (it’s found in Lightroom CC’s “fx” menu), the problem with it is that it applies the effect to the entire image. For example, in the shot of Hong Kong above left, the background buildings (in Kowloon) are really hazy, but as you can see from the image on the right, while the Dehaze slider pretty much cuts the haze, it also makes the sky…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Stilo Review: This Stylus and Screen Protector Duo Aims to Emulate the Feel of Writing on Paper

    Juli Clover
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    There are hundreds of different stylus options available for the iPhone and the iPad, but that hasn't stopped new company Stilo Co. from introducing a fresh take on the stylus. The battery-powered Stilo is a fine-tipped stylus designed to pair with a Precision Film to replicate the feel of writing on paper with a pen. According to the company, the purpose behind the Stilo is to create a more "complete and organic" iPhone and iPad writing experience with a writing utensil that's universally compatible with existing sketching and drawing apps in the App Store. It also works with all different…
  • Boostcase Review: Bloc Power Bank for Apple Watch Has Unique Built-In Battery, but Isn't Portable Enough

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Just months after the Apple Watch was released, there are dozens if not hundreds of different stand options available on the market. The Bloc Power Bank from Boostcase stands out due to its unique long, flat shape and the fact that it has a built-in battery pack that can charge the Apple Watch while on the go. Made from solid aluminum, the Bloc Power Bank comes in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold, Wood, and Stainless Steel, to match all of the different Apple Watch options that are available. I went hands-on with the silver aluminum model to see how it measures up to other available stands…
  • Belkin Launches MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain Chargers

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Belkin announced today that it has introduced a new lineup of Lightning to USB clip-on fashion accessories in time for the back to school season. The new MIXIT charging cables for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available now in three designs: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip and a metallic keychain. The MIXIT Lightning to USB Tassel has a chic design made from natural leather and clips onto a bag, purse or luggage for on-the-go use. The accessory is designed to hide the Lightning and USB connectors behind the tassel cords, available in four different colors: fog, camel, coral and black.
  • Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren't in the square format, so today's decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user's "visual story" first and the format second. Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple…
  • Apple Partners With PayAnywhere for Universal Apple Pay Card Reader

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Apple today announced the company is partnering with PayAnywhere for a new mobile NFC card reader that will be able to attach to iOS devices and support Apple Pay transactions in any retail location, in addition to traditional credit card support (via CNBC). The reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores beginning in September, with the chance for merchants signing up with a new PayAnywhere account to get the first $5,000 in Apple Pay transaction fees for free. "We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country," said Marc Gardner, CEO of…
 
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