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  • Meet the only eagle huntress of Mongolia

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    For 2000 years, the Kazakh eagle hunters of western Mongolia have been trained to brave the harsh winter elements and master their intimidation of the mighty golden eagles with which they hunt, a tantalizing photo opportunity any way you look at it. Travel writer and photographer Asher Svidensky found an even brighter gem while documenting this ancient practice, though: thirteen-year-old Ashol-Pan, the eagle huntress. As he remarked to the BBC regarding this shy, sweet daughter of a renowned hunter: “To see her with the eagle was amazing,” he recalls. She was a lot more…
  • Donetsk Donuts: Insurgents Take a Joyride in Ukraine APC

    Mashable
    Brian Ries
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Tensions may be simmering in eastern Ukraine, but that doesn't mean they can't have a little fun. After reporters there spotted a column of armored personnel carriers rolling into the city of Slovyansk on Wednesday, which is occupied by pro-Russian insurgents, one of them was filmed doing donuts in the streets. A man sits on top of the military vehicle holding his gun like a cowboy riding a bull. See also: My Escape From Eastern Ukraine Reporters say the vehicles entered the city flying Russian flags, and some of the troops said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had defected for the…
  • 7 Ways To Build Your Courage Against Impossible Odds

    Fast Company
    Faisal Hoque
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Conquering fear is about self-awareness, wisdom, and understanding your strengths--often in the face of adversity. Luckily these are personality traits that you can practice.Fear has a place in our emotional life, and it shows up daily. Everything causes it: finding new work, dealing with financial uncertainty, creating something new, contemplating failure. By necessity, our minds are designed to let fear in--without it, we'd never survive.Read Full Story
  • Wayra U.K. Adds Six More Startups To Its 2014 Mentoring Program

    TechCrunch
    Natasha Lomas
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
     Back in January the Telefonica-backed accelerator Academy, Wayra U.K., announced the intake for its 2014 accelerator program -- naming 13 startups that would be put through their paces during the nine-month mentoring program. Today it's topped up that number with six more startups which will be joining the existing teams in its London-based Academy in May. Read More
  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
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  • Meet the only eagle huntress of Mongolia

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    For 2000 years, the Kazakh eagle hunters of western Mongolia have been trained to brave the harsh winter elements and master their intimidation of the mighty golden eagles with which they hunt, a tantalizing photo opportunity any way you look at it. Travel writer and photographer Asher Svidensky found an even brighter gem while documenting this ancient practice, though: thirteen-year-old Ashol-Pan, the eagle huntress. As he remarked to the BBC regarding this shy, sweet daughter of a renowned hunter: “To see her with the eagle was amazing,” he recalls. She was a lot more…
  • 12 post-divorce dating mistakes to avoid

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Getting back in the dating game after a divorce isn’t easy, to say the least, and while you want to let down enough walls to let love in, it doesn’t hurt to take a few precautionary measures now that you’re back on the battlefield that is finding love. Bernice McDonald at 12Most provides a few well-intentioned pointers to ease the transition back into dating. 1. Don’t jump at the first compliment someone gives you “Hi there, beautiful lady,” were the words that did it. I had not been called “beautiful” for so many years that they hit me like a truck. I was a goner.
  • The inside scoop on Tax Day discounts and freebies

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    If you’re feeling blue about writing out a check to Uncle Sam, perk right up thanks to these discounts being offered at stores and restaurants around the country. Your wallet might be a little lighter, but in this case, the private sector is willing to work with that fact. - Arby’s For the fourth year in a row, customers can get a free snack-sized order of curly fries today only by visiting coupon.arbys.com/taxday for a coupon. - Boston Market Today only, get two Boston Market Tax Meal Chicken Deals for $10.40, no coupon needed. Guests receive two individual meals, each…
  • The mighty masks of Spider-Man [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The amazing Spider-Man has worn many masks since his debut in 1962, and now you can take a swing through his history thanks to this infographic from Printster. Via Printster. Infographics to the rescue!  
  • How to impress your best customers

    Josh Urich
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every customer deserves great service, this is true. But frankly, your team doesn’t have infinite energy. In terms of energy and therefore effectiveness, customer service is a zero sum game. Time and energy devoted to one customer is time and energy lost on another. So why not pull back a bit from your fly-by-night customers and devote more time to your elite customers. Open Forum offers four ways to do this. Start simple, with real small talk. Instead of having your customer service reps ask “how are you” and power through the script, have them ask it and then actually…
 
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  • Donetsk Donuts: Insurgents Take a Joyride in Ukraine APC

    Brian Ries
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Tensions may be simmering in eastern Ukraine, but that doesn't mean they can't have a little fun. After reporters there spotted a column of armored personnel carriers rolling into the city of Slovyansk on Wednesday, which is occupied by pro-Russian insurgents, one of them was filmed doing donuts in the streets. A man sits on top of the military vehicle holding his gun like a cowboy riding a bull. See also: My Escape From Eastern Ukraine Reporters say the vehicles entered the city flying Russian flags, and some of the troops said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had defected for the…
  • 8 Google Easter Eggs Worth the Extra Peep

    Yohana Desta
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    Don't have the time for a real Easter egg hunt this Sunday? Turn to Google instead. The search engine has been hiding Easter eggs — hidden features and tricks — inside its site for years. Sometimes they're elaborate, like the entire video game hidden in Google Images, and sometimes they're as simple as a quirky search result. See also: 12 YouTube Easter Eggs Worth the Distraction From the nerdy to the nostalgic, here are eight silly Google Easter eggs Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Google, Features, Easter, Easter Eggs, and…
  • Young Girls Depict History's Most Influential Women

    Andrea Romano
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Photographer Eunique Jones Gibson began the "Because of Them, We Can" series in February 2013 as a month-long art campaign for Black History Month. From the start, Gibson set out to empower young kids — kids like her two sons, Chase and Amari "[The] campaign was inspired by my own two sons ... and the desire to create imagery for them and children like them that would refute stereotypes and build their self-esteem by connecting them to heroes past and present who have and continue to pave the way," Gibson told Mashable. See also: 'We Are Just Humans': Portrait Project Highlights Ethnic…
  • 10 Weird Things to Do With Peeps So You Don't Have to Eat Them

    Brian Koerber
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Where my Peeps at? It's finally spring, which means Easter candies are filling our baskets stomachs once again. Every holiday has its own signature seasonal treat. Christmas rocks candy canes, Halloween reluctantly has candy corn, but Easter owns the strangest treat of them all — Peeps. See also: 5 Peeps Meet Their Violent Demise These freaky fluorescent critters are odd to say the least. In fact, many of us don't even eat the marshmallow-y snack. So what do you do with them? To celebrate this strange treat, here are a few of the weird things you can do with your Peeps after you've…
  • Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year

    Stan Schroeder
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. It will be followed by a mid-range device, which will launch at an unspecified date See also: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo: Hands On Samsung was slated to launch a Tizen-based phone as early as 2013, but the device was delayed On the wearables front, even though Samsung's Gear…
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  • 7 Ways To Build Your Courage Against Impossible Odds

    Faisal Hoque
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Conquering fear is about self-awareness, wisdom, and understanding your strengths--often in the face of adversity. Luckily these are personality traits that you can practice.Fear has a place in our emotional life, and it shows up daily. Everything causes it: finding new work, dealing with financial uncertainty, creating something new, contemplating failure. By necessity, our minds are designed to let fear in--without it, we'd never survive.Read Full Story
  • Winning As A Woman In A Male-Dominated Field

    Gwen Moran
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    After facing sexism, Erin Sarofsky rewrote the rules--and is winning clients like Verizon, Coke, and Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Erin Sarofsky knew that she was entering a male-dominated field when she decided to work in live action and video production, but that didn't protect her from some rude awakenings.Read Full Story
  • How To Make Self-Appraisals Less Painful

    Samantha Cole
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    Self-appraisals don't have to be stressful if you know what your boss is after and how to toot your own horn in the right way.Taking stock of your own professional worth is no easy task. Studies show that we're poor judges of our own performance; underachievers often believe themselves to be all-stars, and overachievers are their own worst critics.Read Full Story
  • How Do I Get The Press To Cover My Company?

    Maryam Banikarim and Maxine Bédat
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    Sure, you are in love with your company, but you won't be successful unless you get noticed by the rest of the world--and that starts with getting some coverage in the media. CMO of Gannett Maryam Banikarim and cofounder of fashion site Zady, Maxine Bédat answer this week's reader question.It's not enough to have a great business if no one knows your company exists, but getting the media to pay attention to your startup can be tricky.Read Full Story
  • These Tribeca Film Festival Vines Are Six Seconds Of Pure Art

    Rebecca Greenfield
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Check out the honored submissions to @TribecaFilmFest #6SecFilms.For the second year in a row, the Tribeca Film Festival is honoring the creativity on looping-video platform Vine through the #6SecFilms challenge. This year's winners once again prove that it's possible to create art even within the constraints of a six-second social media platform, which has also been known for less high-brow endeavors.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Wayra U.K. Adds Six More Startups To Its 2014 Mentoring Program

    Natasha Lomas
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
     Back in January the Telefonica-backed accelerator Academy, Wayra U.K., announced the intake for its 2014 accelerator program -- naming 13 startups that would be put through their paces during the nine-month mentoring program. Today it's topped up that number with six more startups which will be joining the existing teams in its London-based Academy in May. Read More
  • The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

    Mike Butcher
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
     Slowly but surely a revolution has been taking place in financial technology, or fintech as we call it these days. These days fintech’s hottest sphere is not in Bloomberg terminals but in disruptive cloud startups, using the Internet as a route around the dedicated lines of the past. Globally, fintech investment has more than tripled over the past three years, according to a recent study by… Read More
  • Finnish Startup HeiaHeia Raises €1.5M To Expand Its Corporate Wellness Platform

    Steve O'Hear
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
     HeiaHeia, a Finnish startup offering a social and corporate wellness platform that helps employees live a healthier lifestyle -- and, presumably, perform better at work -- has raised €1.5 million in funding led by Finland's Wallstreet Financial Services. Read More
  • Mt.Gox Will Reportedly File For Liquidation Instead Of Bankruptcy

    Catherine Shu
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
     Mt.Gox has filed for liquidation in a Tokyo court instead of going forward with its plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper's sources said that Mt.Gox decided to abandon its previous plan for rehabilitation because it was too complex and unrealistic, but that it still hopes a buyer for the exchange can be found. Read More
  • India’s Snapdeal Acquires Fashion Discovery Site Doozton, As Battle For Online Fashion Heats Up

    Pankaj Mishra
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
     Online fashion retail is fast becoming the next battlefront for India’s growing e-commerce startups. With two of the biggest Indian e-commerce companies — Flipkart and Myntra — preparing to merge as part of $330 million deal, rival Snapdeal is now pushing aggressively to get its piece of action in the online fashion retailing space. Less than two months after eBay invested… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Connecting dots (or collecting dots)

    Seth Godin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before. Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it. Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?        
  • Trust and attention, the endless dance

    Seth Godin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The two scarce elements of our economy are trust and attention. Trust is scarce because it's not a simple instinct and it's incredibly fragile, disappearing often in the face of greed, shortcuts or ignorance. And attention is scarce because it doesn't scale. We can't do more than one thing at a time, and the number of organizations and ideas that are competing for our attention grows daily. The dance happens because often, it seems as though we need to trade trust in exchange for attention. We have to rely on gimmicks, or overpromise and hype in order to get people to, "look at me!" And of…
  • The right moment

    Seth Godin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive. Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever. As long as whenever is now.        
  • Steal, don't invent

    Seth Godin
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Steal your business model. We don't have a shortage of business models, it's okay if you pick one that's already working for someone else. Steal your web design. There will always be enough people brave enough to invent whole new ways of interacting online. But unless you're an interaction designer or your business model depends on something new, do us all a favor and use something that already works. Steal your tools. You probably don't need to build a new email delivery engine, a new overnight shipping method or a new way to run payroll. Once someone has a reliable, cost-effective building…
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • 6 Lessons for Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines

    Guest Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This is a guest contribution from Matthew Capala of SearchDecoder.com Many newbie (and sometimes even veteran) bloggers erroneously spend 95% of their time creating blog content and only 5% pondering titles. Unfortunately for these bloggers, most readers’ attention spans expire in seconds. Unless you reel in your readers instantly, your well-crafted content goes largely unnoticed and going viral becomes impossible. Set aside at least 15 to 30 minutes for choosing a magnetic title after crafting your post. List three to five intriguing titles guaranteed to increase your CTR and page views.
  • How to Convince Someone to Be Interviewed on Your Blog

    Darren Rowse
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This question was submitted recently via the ProBlogger Facebook page. How do I get an established blogger like yourself to do an interview with me? or How can I get an established blogger like yourself to do a guest post for me on my blog? – from Sandra Tillman Good questions. I think you’re much more likely to get a popular blogger to do an interview with you than to write a guest post for you. I can only speak for myself really but writing a guest post for someone else’s blog is low on my list of priorities when I already have a blog to create content for. The exception…
  • The Benefits of Making a Business Blog Available in Multiple Languages

    Stacey Roberts
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Your company blog: while often neglected due to its perceived lack of purpose (and the commitment it requires), it is also a personal way to convey a message to a client base that isn’t possible with different forms of social media. Far too many business owners forget that a comprehensive blogging strategy is essential for a company’s greater marketing plan: a company blog puts a face and personality to what appears to potential customers everywhere as a faceless entity offering a product or service. In short, it’s a cost-effective and simple way to connect to an audience and receive…
  • Top Tips to Let Go of Fear

    Stacey Roberts
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Image via Flickr user audiolucistore This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Louden.  What I’m about to tell you is the most overlooked key to being a successful teacher – as well as a successful business owner, parent, writer, athlete, and all around happy human being. It’s the precursor to more sales, to repeat business, to turning customers into raving fans, to your ideas having a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of your students, readers, and clients. It’s also how you unlock your own potential to thrive. Really it can do all that, and more. The secret?
  • Getty Images vs Creative Commons and Privacy: What Bloggers Need to Know

    Stacey Roberts
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest post written by Simon Schmid of iubenda. Getty Images recently announced a new image embed feature that allows bloggers (and others) to access and use their vast library of images for non-commercial purposes. This rather remarkable change in policy by Getty Images shows that it’s ready to work with content creators and adapt to the times we live in. Even WordPress also published an announcement post in which they share the details of Getty’s new offering and how easy it is to embed an image into your blog. There’s now a “</>” below…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Best, Actually Useful, Phone Accessories

    Thorin Klosowski
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It seems like pretty much everyone makes a smartphone accessory of some kind. Most of them are terrible and don't work. But some of them are actually awesome. Let's cut through the junk and make a list of the best.Read more...
  • The Expand Home Screen

    Eric Ravenscraft
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Android: Themer has a ton of neat home screen themes , and Expand is no exception. This design features four collapsible sections with all the links, shortcuts, and widgets you'll ever need.Read more...
  • Deckset Creates Great Looking Presentations from Any Markdown File

    Thorin Klosowski
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mac: PowerPoint and Keynote have been the main presentation tools for most people for a long while, but if you're looking for a simpler alternative, Deckset makes things a bit simpler by building presentations based on Markdown files. Read more...
  • How Ovulation Affects Your Creativity (Even If You're a Guy)

    Melanie Pinola on Lifehacker After Hours, shared by Melanie Pinola to Lifehacker
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    A women's menstrual cycle can affect more than just the way she feels physically and emotionally. The hormone changes might also influence creativity, with research suggesting the phases before and during ovulation can spur creativity—in both women and the men around them.Read more...
  • Gawker New Photos Reveal True Purpose of Mysterious Boston Marathon Roof Man | Jalopnik This Is What

    Jessica Smith on io9, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Gawker New Photos Reveal True Purpose of Mysterious Boston Marathon Roof Man | Jalopnik This Is What It Looks Like When You Drive Through A Building | Jezebel Your Partner Knows When You're Faking That Orgasm | Kotaku Everything Wrong With The Matrix? This Could Take A While. | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Another Alleged iPhone 6 Case Surfaces with Cutouts for Moved Power Button, New Volume Controls

    Richard Padilla
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case's exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday. The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with design drawings said to be for the iPhone 6. Like other cases and in line with…
  • Apple and Other Smartphone Makers Back Global Anti-Theft Measures

    Jordan Golson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have announced a voluntary agreement to include anti-theft technology on all smartphones beginning next year, according to a report by Re/code. The pledge has device makers agreeing that all devices going on sale after July of 2015 will have capabilities to remotely wipe data and to prevent the device from being reactivated without the owner's permission. A number of state and local lawmakers praised the agreement, though it was panned as inadequate by California state Sen. Mark Leno, who has proposed a mandatory kill-switch…
  • iPhone 6 Mockups and Case Designs on Display at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

    Juli Clover
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    As we progress further into 2014, iPhone 6 rumors have begun to pick up, with case designs, schematics, molds, and alleged iPhone parts surfacing over the past few weeks to give hints at what Apple's larger iPhone might look like. Today Japanese site Mac Otakara [Google Translation] (via 9to5Mac) has shared some additional images of iPhone 6 mockups and accessories being displayed in several different booths at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. One image shows a physical iPhone 6 mockup that has allegedly been used to create cases for the next version of the iPhone next to an iPhone case made…
  • Microsoft Launches 'Office 365 Personal' Plan for One Mac and One iPad at $69/Year

    Kelly Hodgkins
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Microsoft today started selling its Office 365 Personal subscription, a less expensive version of Office 365 that targets individual users. The cloud-based subscription service provides access to online versions of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, online storage in OneDrive and a block of Skype calling minutes. The new personal option allows subscribers to connect one PC or Mac desktop computer and one tablet, including the iPad, to the online service. It will cost $69 per year or $6.99 per month. Customers who require more connections can sign up for the Office 365 Home plan,…
  • Amazon's Smartphone with 3D Capabilities Revealed in New Photos

    Kelly Hodgkins
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Recent reports suggest Amazon may be preparing a smartphone with 3D capabilities to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handsets. New details from BGR and TechCrunch shed some light on this 3D feature and possibly provide us with our first look at the phone, which is partially hidden inside a case. According to BGR, multiple sources claim the phone will include a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, which is lower than the 1080p HD display in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 and less than the projected 1334x750 display that Apple may use in the iPhone 6. Under the hood, the Amazon…
 
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  • 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.
  • Five More Freaks Event Opportunities

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Wow! So, Wiley had to push the book back a few weeks to deal with some last minute stuff (probably my fault), and so that gives me just a little more time to lay some groundwork. For YOU, that means if you’re thinking of having an event and if you want to take advantage of the absolutely most affordable way to have me speak live and in person to your community and event, there’s still time. Hire Me to Speak for Only 300 Books Not bucks. Let’s not be crazy. But books. The deal is this: hire me for an event in this or the next calendar year for the cost of your purchasing of…
  • Sort Out Who Matters to You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    I can tell you without a doubt that people who participated in (not attended) my last live event in Boston with Rob Hatch and Jacqueline Carly would go to the mat for anyone else in that room. There’s a guest room available for anyone who participated in whatever cities people came from (Philadelphia, Miami, East Hampton, etc). There are buyers and promoters now for each other’s works. Heck, we invested in one artist right then and there on the spot (note: his prices will go up in a few days. Buy now!) In working on how I will make Owner Media Group a successful business in 2014…
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    Copyblogger

  • Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community. It’s confusing marketers, it’s misleading clients, and it’s causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere. It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer. And Merriam-Webster isn’t much help when it comes to defining this person. A “writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc.” Or even more vague, a writer is “someone who has written something.” And as Sonia Simone recently pointed out here at Copyblogger, there are even some…
  • 12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

    Demian Farnworth
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite all the hype, native advertising remains a fuzzy concept for most marketers. According to our 2014 status report: 49 percent of respondents don’t know what native advertising is 24 percent are hardly familiar with it Another 24 percent are somewhat familiar Only 3 percent are very knowledgeable So, given the lack of awareness (and people mistaking it for other things, like sponsorship), we thought it would be a good idea to walk you through about a dozen examples of native advertising — and why they work. Let’s get going. 1. Print advertorials … starting with…
  • Removing Blog Comments: The View So Far

    Jerod Morris
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shockwaves. That’s what this post by Sonia Simone sent through the Copyblogger community. The post, you’ll recall, announced our decision to remove blog comments and gave the reasoning for why we decided to do so — reasoning that some accepted at face value, others parsed for hidden meaning, and the rest ignored before ZOMG’ing to their social account of choice to share the headline. Agree or disagree, trust or question, the one constant was that everyone had a reaction. Now almost three weeks later, it’s time for us to react to the reaction. In this episode,…
  • Agile Content Marketing: How to Attract an Audience That Builds Your Business

    Brian Clark
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the question I get more than any other, and it’s one of the most important questions you’ll answer in marketing your business: How do I create a content marketing strategy that actually works? That will take several thousand words to answer, and then you’ll have to create your own strategy. Yep, ultimately it’s up to you. To help, I’ll be writing a few articles over the next several weeks, starting with this one. Each will progress from general to more specific at each step, to provide a blueprint for you to work from. The first step is to get your head right.
  • Why Parallax Design Doesn’t Have to Tank Your SEO

    Jerod Morris
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Can parallax design be bad for a website’s SEO? Absolutely. Hence the chatter. But this shouldn’t deter you from considering parallax effects for your site, because any design style can be bad for SEO if it causes a site to load slowly or reduces it to a single URL. But those are issues of execution and architecture, not blights on the parallax style of design itself. Parallax effects on websites are hypnotic. That’s why you are seeing parallax effects pop up all over the web. And parallax can actually help, not hurt, your SEO. Here’s how. Parallax pulls your audience…
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    Macworld

  • How to remotely log out of Gmail

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you've left Gmail logged in on another computer, there's a quick and easy fix.
  • When iPhoto isn't enough: Four reasons to upgrade your software

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    iPhoto is an excellent tool for basic photo management and editing, but if your library’s getting too big to handle or you need advanced editing options, it might be time to look into alternatives. Adobe’s Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture provide better management and image tools, while Photoshop and Photoshop Elements can augment iPhoto’s basic editing software with more powerful options. If you’re starting to feel like your library is getting out of control, here are some of the best reasons to upgrade.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • 10 ways Apple could make iOS's Notification Center great

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    When Notification Center arrived in iOS 5, we greeted it with a sigh of relief. No more alerts lost to the ravages of time, easy access to all of our notifications in a single place, and even a handy way to get a look at the weather or stock info. But as the years have passed, our enthusiasm for Notification Center has dimmed as we’ve realized that most of its original limitations are still around. Even some of iOS 7’s updates to Notification Center served only to increase our frustration, adding less-than-useful features while avoiding fixing its most glaring annoyances.To read this…
  • Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router review: Faster than anything we’ve tested

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Don’t let the retro design fool you: This puppy’s a speed demon.
  • Cellular industry makes concession on kill switch

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Carriers, phone makers, and a lobbying group announce a voluntary agreement, but it might not be enough
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    f you're not a developer, you're not going to understand Atlassian's success. Atlassian employs no salespeople, yet it's doing over $200 million in annual sales, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. While enterprise software companies struggle to make their wares more consumer-friendly, Atlassian builds software that only a developer could love: It's geeky, not super intuitive and frankly somewhat unpleasant to use for a business user like myself. Yet it's now worth $3.3 billion. How's that? Of The Developer, For The Developer Atlassian co-founder…
  • With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Gnip was once a neutral provider of social data, but now that neutrality is gone, and it's in the hands of Twitter. Twitter on Tuesday announced the acquisition of social data analytics startup Gnip, which is one of the only companies with access to Twitter’s firehose of data—all the tweets and activity streams on Twitter since the platform launched in 2006. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Twitter will bring both the revenue and data streams from Gnip in-house, exerting full control over our tweets and how they’re used.  Gnip has worked with Twitter…
  • After Heartbleed, "Forward Secrecy" Is More Important Than Ever

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Internet users have spent the last week changing their passwords and checking their online accounts for potential hacks resulting from Heartbleed, a bug in the open-source security software OpenSSL that left nearly two-thirds of the Web vulnerable to malicious attacks.  See Also: Protect Yourself Against Heartbleed, The Web's Security Disaster Heartbleed has caused security nightmares for dozens of websites, especially since companies initially thought it was impossible to steal private certificate keys from servers. That assessment was quickly debunked—just ask the 900…
  • Developers, Check Your Amazon Bills For Bitcoin Miners

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Amazon Web Services gives developers access to massive computing capability. Now hackers have found ways to hijack some accounts and use that power to make money on someone else's dime. Joe Moreno’s bill for Amazon Web Services is usually about $5 a month. But last Thursday, he learned his AWS credentials had been compromised. An unknown person started renting computing power from Amazon on his account, racking up more than $5,300 in charges on servers in Amazon data centers as far away as Tokyo, São Paulo, Sydney, and Singapore. It appeared that he was running processes that "mined"…
  • Why Pinterest Is The Google Competitor You Weren't Expecting

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    There are now nearly one billion "Place Pins" on Pinterest, the company said in an email Monday. And with that announcement, Pinterest moves one step closer to becoming a true search engine alternative to Google. See also: Pinterest 'Place Pins' Put Travelers On The Map Now, Pinterest's Place Pins aren't going to replace Google Maps anytime soon—or ever. But for users that would rather graze than pinpoint one exact spot, Place Pins are great for browsing various locales around the globe. Place Pins are enhanced Pinterest images, better known as “pins,” with the addition of location…
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    Smashing Magazine Feed

  • 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…
  • A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments

    Grace Ng
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
       You probably know by now that you should speak with customers and test your idea before building a product. What you probably don’t know is that you might be making some of the most common mistakes when running your experiments. Mistakes include testing the wrong aspect of your business, asking the wrong questions and neglecting to define a criterion for success. This article is your guide to designing quick, effective, low-cost experiments. A Product With No Users After 180 Days Four years ago, I had a great idea. What if there was a more visual way to learn about our world?
  • Building The Web App For Unicef’s Tap Campaign: A Case Study

    Nick Jonas, Francis Villanueva
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       Since a smartphone landed in almost everyone’s pocket, developers have been faced with the question of whether to go with a mobile website or a native app. Native applications offer the smoothest and most feature-rich user experience in almost every case. They have direct access to the GPU, making layer compositions and pixel movements buttery-smooth. They provide native UI frameworks that end users are familiar with, and they take care of the low-level aspects of UI development that developers don’t have time to deal with. When eschewing an app in favor of a mobile website,…
  • How To Build A Ruby Gem With Bundler, Test-Driven Development, Travis CI And Coveralls, Oh My!

    Mark McDonnell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
       Ruby is a great language. It was designed to foster happiness and productivity in developers, all the while providing tools that are effective and yet focused on simplicity. One of the tools available to the Rubyist is the RubyGems package manager. It enables us both to include “gems” (i.e. packaged code) that we can reuse in our own applications and to package our own code as a gem to share with the Ruby community. We’ll be focusing on the latter in this article. I’ve written an open-source gem named Sinderella (available on GitHub), and in this article I’ll go through…
  • Involving Clients In Your Mobile Workflow

    Thomas Joos
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       A lot of mobile-minded talented folks across the globe produce great work, but yet sometimes you still hear many of them complain about their relationships with their clients. They often mention feeling isolated and not truly understanding what the client really needed. This lack of personal interaction often leads to misunderstanding, as well as less awareness of and appreciation for all your hard work. While involving clients in your mobile workflow can be challenging, really working together will make a big difference. In this article, I’ll share some important things I’ve…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Hot salsa moves stun talent judges

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    Paddy Jones showed off her salsa moves on "Britain's Got Talent." She is also a Guinness World Record holder.
  • Students among hundreds missing

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    A ferry carrying about 459 people, including 325 students, sank off South Korea. Four bodies have been found and 164 people have been rescued. "The water was so cold and I wanted to live," a student says.
  • Horse takes carriage on wild ride

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    This horse slammed into cars in Savannah, Georgia. Its five carriage passengers jumped out. HLN's Robin Meade has more.
  • Can they really keep 26.2 miles safe?

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    The Boston Marathon on Monday will span eight cities and towns and 26.2 miles. How can police prevent every suspicious item from slipping through?
  • Ferry sinking

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled to pluck passengers, most of them high school students, from a ferry as it slowly sank off the southwest coast of South Korea early Wednesday.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Douglas Sonders!

    Brad Moore
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In many of my workshops, photography career articles, and classes, I’ll often share with my students the one amazing tool that will revolutionize their work, help attract new clients, and keep their spirits positive all at once. It’s personal work. Sure, maybe you’ve heard this before, but maybe you haven’t heard the true significance of why doing ongoing personal photoshoots are so important for you. For me, doing this has made my entire career.The past year has thankfully been very good business-wise (I’m a commercial photographer and video producer), but as we all know, we…
  • Big App News: Your “most requested” feature is now here And so is our Android Version (finally!)

    Scott Kelby
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Big, big App news today for KelbyOne subscribers as we’ve just released a major update to the KelbyOne App for IOS, and it includes the #1 most-requested feature by our members: the ability to take a class “off-line” so you can watch it on a flight, or during a commute, or any time you don’t have access to wireless.This new version has already been released (along with a bunch of other happy new features), and it’s available free to KelbyOne Subscribers from App Store for iPad.Oh I can’t believe this day is finally here — we have an Android version!
  • Perhaps my most revealing interview ever

    Scott Kelby
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Last week, while we were all at Photoshop World, the always amazing Karen Hutton released an interview she did with me on her show “The Chat” and of all the interviews I’ve ever done, a lot of folks have told me this was the most revealing. I wouldn’t’ know, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the interview because of something that happened to me during the interview as it went to a place I was not expecting, or prepared to go.Anyway, I shared it on social last week when she posted it, but I wanted to share it here with my readers who have…
  • Thanks So Much Atlanta (and see you all in Vegas in the Fall!)

    Scott Kelby
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (Above: That’s Peter Hurley above and below on-stage delivering a funny, engaging, and throughly inspiring talk to close out the amazing week in Atlanta. Photos here by Brad Moore).What an incredible week! One of our best Photoshop World’s ever (and that’s saying something), partially thanks to the Galleria Center in Atlanta which turned out to be the best location ever for hosting a large event like Photoshop World, and partially because the people who came were so engaging, fun and ready to learn that it just set the instructor team on fire!!!!Each year we close Photoshop…
  • Interested In Coming to Photoshop World Next Time? Here Are Some Reasons You Should!

    Brad Moore
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We don’t want to try to convince you that you should come to Photoshop World, really. Just listen to these people who have attended the conference and they’ll tell you why they’ve come back to Photoshop World time and time again. Whether it’s the one-on-one time they get with instructors, networking with other creatives, or learning the latest skills in the creative field, there’s more than one reason that they love it!
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    Digital Photography School

  • Guide to Creative White Balance for Landscape Photography

    Alex Morrison
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’ve been using a digital camera for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about White Balance. You may still be wondering exactly what it is, and how to use it; or you may be using it right now and be wondering how it can possibly be something “creative”. Different white balance settings create different looks I’m going to show you some of my techniques for using White Balance to creatively enhance your landscape photography and with a few simple steps you can unlock the remarkable power of creative White Balance. Don’t worry, this is not a…
  • 5 Reasons for Doing Natural Light Portraits

    Andrew S. Gibson
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    With all the attention given to the art and craft of shooting portraits using flash, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the only way to take a portrait. The truth is that while fashionable Speedlites get all the attention, there are photographers working almost entirely in natural light and creating beautiful portraits without a softbox or light stand in sight. One of the most prolific is Eduardo Izq, a photographer based in the United States who has built an impressive portfolio of natural light portraits taken using local models and dancers. Eduardo takes natural light…
  • A Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing

    Darren Rowse
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Today is an exciting day at dPS HQ because we’re releasing an eBook that has been asked for many times by readers – LOVING Landscapes, a Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing by Todd and Sarah Sisson. Early in 2013 we looked at our growing library of photography eBooks and realised that we had a big hole to fill – we were yet to publish a Landscape Photography eBook. We began the hunt for a photographer to create a guide. After much searching we came across the photography of husband and wife team Todd and Sarah Sisson and fell in love with their…
  • How to Get Super Sharp Landscape Photography Images

    Gavin Hardcastle
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The most common question I get asked by my workshop students is ‘how do you get such sharp images?’. It’s actually really simple. Basically, avoid movement of any kind while the shutter is open, focus well and choose the right aperture for your creative vision. Mostly it’s just plain old common sense with a couple of technical elements thrown in, so if you want to learn how to get super sharp landscape photography images, here’s my list of top tips. Top tips for sharper landscape photography 1 – Use a good tripod with a sturdy ball head and make sure…
  • A New Photographer’s Guide to Composition

    James Maher
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Recently I wrote a New Photographer’s Guide to Camera Settings. Once you become comfortable with your camera settings, the next step is to learn the rules of good composition and design for your photography. So here are the 10 most important tips to take into account when framing your scene. Your guide to composition. Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building, NYC #1 How will the viewer’s eyes flow through the scene? I prefer to think about composition as if it is a game to please the eyes, and if you want to please the eyes, they need something to do and somewhere to go. When…
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    Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

  • Data swiped from LaCIe and other news from April 15, 2014

    Megan Lavey-Heaton
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    News from Tuesday afternoon includes: LaCie is notifying customers that malware was used to gain access to customer transactions between March 27, 2013, and March 10, 2014. Customers who have shopped through LaCie's site during this time might...
  • Power Grounds is punishing and playful

    Mike Wehner
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I love mobile games that present a streamlined way to play while not sacrificing the difficulty or nature of the experience. Power Grounds is a role-playing game that you can control with a single finger, with a roguelike one-death difficulty curve...
  • Using a Lego robot to defeat freemium game roadblocks

    John-Michael Bond
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If current trends are any indication, freemium gaming isn't going anywhere, leaving players to make some personal choices in their gaming. Do you bite the bullet and pay premiums for in-game currency that's usually necessary to play the game...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 15, 2014

    Steven Sande
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 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...
  • Review and giveaway: Moshi VersaKeyboard for iPad Air

    Steven Sande
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In the seemingly endless parade of iPad keyboard cases, there's one thing that is usually missing -- the ability to separate the keyboard from the case. The new Moshi VersaKeyboard for iPad Air (US$100) not only takes a different method to hold up...
 
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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)

  • Fuji adds grips, grip strap, and extended eye-cup accessories for X-T1

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Fujifilm UK has announced a host of accessories for its X-T1 mirrorless cameras. These include two extra accessory grips for the X-T1, which build on the features offered by the MHG-style grips already available for the X-series cameras. The MHG-XT Small and Large offer a choice grip sizes and include integrated Arca-Swiss compatible flanges, as well as full-time access to the battery port. Other accessories include a deeper viewfinder eye-cup and a handgrip-style strap that's compatible across the X-mount range. Pricing and availability dates have not yet…
  • Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fujifilm has formally announced the TCL-X100, a 1.4x teleconverter for the X100 and X100S that was first shown at CP+ back in February. The converter brings the focal length up to 33mm (50mm equiv.) and features an HT-EBC coating to reduce flare. Owners of the X100 and X100S will need to update their firmware in order to take advantage of the TCL-X100. The teleconverter will be available this May in your choice of black or silver for a price to be announced later.
  • Google applies for contact lens camera patent

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you are the kind of person who gets uncomfortable at the thought of somebody recording you on Google Glass, the search company's latest patent application will probably make you feel even more uneasy. In January Google announced its smart contact lens project and now has filed a patent application for a micro camera module to go with the smart lenses. Learn more
  • Sony releases update for QX10 and QX100 lens modules

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sony has released a firmware update for its QX10 and QX100 camera modules that bring a couple of improvements. The shutter button can now be used to pre-focus with a half-press which allows you to focus and recompose with the QX modules just like you would do with any digital camera. Learn more
  • Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We all know the situation just too well. You're out shooting with your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you decide to swap lenses and have no idea where you've put the lens cap for the lens that's mounted on your camera body. Usually it's in the very last place you look for it. In the worst case scenario you never find it at all. Two Canadian designers have a solution to this problem. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • Can You Apply Multiple Presets in Lightroom?

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    I get the question all the time… Can you stack multiple presets in Lightroom? The answer? You “kinda” can, but it’s not really stacking. See, each preset let’s you record a certain adjustment (Exposure, Highlights, vignetting, etc…) and it’s settings. So if I have my Exposure set to +1.00 when I create a preset, it’ll record that +1.00 as the Exposure setting as long as I check the Exposure checkbox in the Preset dialog (see below). Once I apply the preset to another photo it’ll set that photo’s Exposure setting to +1.00. No matter…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in Six More Countries

    Richard Padilla
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    Following a brief maintenance period worldwide, Apple's Online Stores in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic are now selling the 8 GB iPhone 5c. The device was spotted in these online stores by 9to5Mac. The 8 GB version of the phone was launched last month in a few of Apple's Online Stores alongside the relaunched 16 GB iPad 4. Apple revealed in a statement to Re/code that its strategy with the 8 GB iPhone 5c is to offer a low-cost option that is compatible with the growing number of developing LTE networks in certain countries. The report also noted that…
  • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved'

    Husain Sumra
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    In his first report to US District Judge Denise Cote, external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich says that his relationship with Apple has "significantly improved" since Apple was ordered to hire him to ensure the company complies with antitrust requirements in the wake of the e-book antitrust case, reports the Wall Street Journal. After the Second Circuit panel issued its decision in early February, we took steps to reestablish contact and to attempt to “reset” our relationship with Apple, as this Court had directed during the January 13, 2014 proceedings and in its January 16, 2014…
  • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow

    Kelly Hodgkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    T-Mobile is kicking off a new campaign targeting overage fees as part of its ongoing Uncarrier initiative that aims to disrupt the wireless industry in the U.S. Starting in May, the U.S. carrier is eliminating overage charges for all its customers regardless of their cellular plan. The wireless carrier also challenges its competitors to do the same. With this move, T-Mobile is abolishing those additional charges that are levied when a customer exceeds their available minutes or allotted data for their cellular plan. These extra calling minutes or gigabytes of data are charged at a much higher…
  • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

    Richard Padilla
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    Microsoft and Japanese gaming firm KLab Inc. have revealed Age of Empires: World Domination, the first title based on the popular PC strategy franchise for iOS devices. The game features a revamped real-time battle system optimized for mobile devices, as players choose between the Celts, Vikings, Franks, or Huns to build the ultimate army for use in online multiplayer combat. The game's unveiling comes a year after a report by Japanese business newspaper Nikkei indicated that Microsoft would be bringing a number of its Xbox and Windows games to the iPhone in a collaborative effort with KLab.
  • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad

    Jordan Golson
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    TinyCo and FOX have released their new free-to-play iOS game based on the popular TV show Family Guy. The game, called Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, has gameplay similar to EA's freemium The Simpsons: Tapped Out, released in 2012. In the Family Guy game, the town of Quahog has been trashed by a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken, and gamers must help Peter rebuild the town, collecting many of the characters from the game along the way. The game features original content from the voice actors along with stories and jokes from writers at Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door…
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    CNN Travel

  • 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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