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  • This bird makes the most beautiful calls you’ll ever hear [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    So not only does the Lyre Bird make beautiful music, but its sounds are also shockingly like things you've heard before. For example, some calls sound like camera shutters. Others sound like chainsaws. The post This bird makes the most beautiful calls you’ll ever hear [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Livetext app is silly fun, but no Snapchat

    Mashable
    JP Mangalindan
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Chances are your phone is chock-full of messaging apps already, whether it's Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak or something else. Even so, Yahoo is hoping you’ll give its latest app, Livetext for iOS and Android, a shot Think of Livetext as text-messaging that marries some of Snapchat’s ephemerality with some elements of Periscope and Meerkat live video. But Livetext's live video sports text without sound: You can see the other person, but communication mostly happens by text. Once the session ends, the entire conversation disappears. See also: Snapchat reportedly…
  • LinkedIn Wants To Syndicate Content From Top Influencers

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The professional social network hopes to spread its most popular content (and LinkedIn branding).LinkedIn's most popular posts are often penned by its "Influencers," who are usually notable entrepreneurs and public figures—and, in some cases, their ghostwriters. That content has thus far been republished to digital outlets manually, on a case-by-case basis, but LinkedIn's latest idea is to move those posts past the confines of its site in a more official capacity. According to Re/code, the professional networking service is looking to syndicate content from Influencers to other sites around…
  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

    TechCrunch
    Steve Gillmor
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
     The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Gang talks cars, the politics of streaming, back catalogues, discovery, demotions, the new News, and social payola. Plus, the latest G3 with Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @Fradice, @kteare, @kevinmarks Read More
  • Yes!, please and thank you

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Don't jerk people around Here's a simple marketing strategy for a smaller company trying to compete in a big-company world: Choose your customers, trust them, treat them well. Say yes. Bend the rules. Show up on time. Keep your promises. Don't exert power merely because you can. Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile. Not everyone deserves this sort of treatment, not everyone will do their part to be the kind of customer you can delight and serve. But that's okay, you don't need everyone. When in doubt, be the anti-airline.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • This bird makes the most beautiful calls you’ll ever hear [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    So not only does the Lyre Bird make beautiful music, but its sounds are also shockingly like things you've heard before. For example, some calls sound like camera shutters. Others sound like chainsaws. The post This bird makes the most beautiful calls you’ll ever hear [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Traditional Japanese attire + modern hip-hop dance = amazing [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This isn't your average hip-hop dancing video. The incongruity of the traditional Japanese attire coupled with modern dance is truly stunning. The post Traditional Japanese attire + modern hip-hop dance = amazing [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Pygmy hippo baby learning to swim [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    You'd never think a hippo could be cuter than a puppy...but here we are. This pygmy hippo baby is so darn cute you're going to die a little watching it learn to swim. The post Pygmy hippo baby learning to swim [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Attempting to do an interview after eating habaneros [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Spicy News Network found a way to make interviews less boring. Make the interviewer and the interviewee eat a spicy pepper and then proceed with the interview. It leads to both hilarity and some bad words, so beware. The post Attempting to do an interview after eating habaneros [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Take a ride on the world’s fastest train [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This insane train tops at at nearly 270 MPH. Surprisingly, this mag lev train is not in Japan. It's in Shanghai, China. This video is of a nineteen mile journey––it only took seven minutes. The post Take a ride on the world’s fastest train [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Livetext app is silly fun, but no Snapchat

    JP Mangalindan
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Chances are your phone is chock-full of messaging apps already, whether it's Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak or something else. Even so, Yahoo is hoping you’ll give its latest app, Livetext for iOS and Android, a shot Think of Livetext as text-messaging that marries some of Snapchat’s ephemerality with some elements of Periscope and Meerkat live video. But Livetext's live video sports text without sound: You can see the other person, but communication mostly happens by text. Once the session ends, the entire conversation disappears. See also: Snapchat reportedly…
  • Tourism-focused farms give Chinese city dwellers a break from urban life

    Lili Sams
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    "Rural tourism" is big business in China. In 2014, Chinese farms had more than 1.2 billion visitors, according to the China Tourism Association. That's up from more than 900 million visitors in 2013, which generated $4.7 billion in revenue. To put the popularity of farm tourism in perspective, that accounts for about a third of all holidays in the country. See also: 12 tiny settlements for getting away from the big city Farms offer residents of China's biggest metropolises a refreshing break from urban life, while giving rural populations the chance to earn a decent living. "The ultimate goal…
  • Firefighter killed in California wildfire remembered as great husband and father

    The Associated Press
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California became trapped by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was scouting an area to decide how best to attack the flames, a U.S. Forest Service official said Saturday. Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl, 38, was driving down a road in the Modoc National Forest on Thursday when the fire grew suddenly and trapped him, Forest Service spokesman Ken Sandusky said. "He was trying to develop a plan of attack," Sandusky said. Officials said they couldn't immediately say whether Ruhl had time to let others know by radio…
  • August Smart Lock app update turns Apple Watch into a door key

    Adario Strange
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Owners of an Apple Watch just got another tool to make life easier: a digital door key on their wrists The functionality comes via the August Smart Lock thanks to an update of the company's iPhone app that allows you to swipe and tap your Apple Watch to open an August Smart Lock-equipped door See also: Apple yanks Google's Nest smart thermostat from website and retail stores Image: August Smart Lock Although the Apple Watch functionality is essentially just a porting of August's iPhone app to your wrist, it immediately makes the notion of using the smart door lock a lot more practical and…
  • 7 reasons to be pumped for 'The Leftovers' Season 2

    Sandra Gonzalez
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    The Leftovers is still months away from coming back to TV, but this week's Television Critics Association press tour resulted in a fresh sneak peek at Season 2 of HBO's twisted tale of loss. In addition to a trailer — which Mashable was told should be released to the public in a week or so — executive producers Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof and the cast gathered to tease the new season and talk about some big changes we'll see Here's hoping these hints hold you over until the show premieres Oct. 4 Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about…
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  • LinkedIn Wants To Syndicate Content From Top Influencers

    Neal Ungerleider
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The professional social network hopes to spread its most popular content (and LinkedIn branding).LinkedIn's most popular posts are often penned by its "Influencers," who are usually notable entrepreneurs and public figures—and, in some cases, their ghostwriters. That content has thus far been republished to digital outlets manually, on a case-by-case basis, but LinkedIn's latest idea is to move those posts past the confines of its site in a more official capacity. According to Re/code, the professional networking service is looking to syndicate content from Influencers to other sites around…
  • Uber Is Now Worth More Than $50 Billion

    Neal Ungerleider
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Uber's valuation matches that of Facebook in 2011, the only other startup to have topped $50 billion.Five years after its launch, Uber is valued at more than $50 billion. The ride-sharing company just announced a new funding round, in which it raised nearly $1 billion.Read Full Story
  • Black Caucus To Silicon Valley: Hire More Minority Talent

    Neal Ungerleider
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    The Congressional Black Caucus is meeting with some of Silicon Valley's biggest names.The tech industry's hiring practices are attracting government attention. Next week, the Congressional Black Caucus's diversity task force is meeting with executives from Apple, Google, Bloomberg, Intel, Kapor, Pandora, and SAP to demand the companies hire more African-Americans.Read Full Story
  • Anti-Doping Regulations Come To Esports: A Q&A With Electronic Sports League's Michal Blicharz

    David Lumb
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Pro gamers will find it more difficult to seek a competitive edge...if such a thing even exists.Last week, the esports giant Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced its plan to add anti-doping regulations, making it the first international esports league to do so. Rumors about performance-enhancing drugs in competitive gaming have surfaced over the years, but the blatant admission of PED abuse by a former professional gamer earlier this month raises questions about how widespread PED abuse is in competitive gaming.Read Full Story
  • Uber Will Invest $1 Billion In India By 2016

    Pavithra Mohan
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    The move marks its expansion into yet another global market: In June, Uber said it would invest more than $1 billion in China.Last month, Uber unveiled plans to spend more than $1 billion this year on expanding in China, even calling the country its "number one priority." The ride-hailing service is now matching that investment in another lucrative market: Uber is looking to drop $1 billion in India within the next nine months, to bring its services to new cities and beat out local taxi-hailing platform Ola.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

    Steve Gillmor
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
     The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Gang talks cars, the politics of streaming, back catalogues, discovery, demotions, the new News, and social payola. Plus, the latest G3 with Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @Fradice, @kteare, @kevinmarks Read More
  • “Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries

    Todd Gisby
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
     From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of “smart” sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the application of sensors has already permeated many parts of our everyday lives. But the future of dynamic sensor applications goes beyond just measuring your heart rate through the new Apple Watch. Read More
  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 08.01.15

    Steve Gillmor
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
     Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. LIVE chat Center chatroom during LIVE broadcast HERE Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show, G3, on Facebook G3’s archives on Ustream. Find all their shows HERE Read More
  • How Businesses Are Leveraging Public Data To Reach Target Audiences

    Badri Raghavan
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
     It’s no secret that the growth of publicly available data, or open data, is more prevalent than ever. From government databases, such as those aggregated by Data.gov, to data made available via tools such as Google Places API — the public has access to an overwhelming amount of information. Read More
  • A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering

    Matthew Lynley
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
     About a year ago, Michael Lopp joined Pinterest as the company’s head of engineering — filling in the leadership of the engineering side next to co-founder Evan Sharp and CEO Ben Silbermann. Much of his role, since joining, has been to help teams at Pinterest, which consist of units of engineers, designers and product managers, mesh and work well together. Lopp comes from both… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Yes!, please and thank you

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Don't jerk people around Here's a simple marketing strategy for a smaller company trying to compete in a big-company world: Choose your customers, trust them, treat them well. Say yes. Bend the rules. Show up on time. Keep your promises. Don't exert power merely because you can. Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile. Not everyone deserves this sort of treatment, not everyone will do their part to be the kind of customer you can delight and serve. But that's okay, you don't need everyone. When in doubt, be the anti-airline.        
  • On adding a zero

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Just about everyone can imagine what it would be like to add 10% more to their output, to be 10% better or faster. Many people can envision what their world would be like if they were twice as good, if the work was twice as insightful or useful or urgent. But ten times? It's really difficult to imagine what you would do with ten times as many employees, or ten times the assets or ten times the audience. And yet imagining it is often the first step to getting there.        
  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
  • Notes, not received

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    An expected apology rarely makes things better. But an expected apology that never arrives can make things worse. An expected thank you note rarely satifies. But an expected thank you that never arrives can make things worse. On the other hand, the unexpected praise or apology, the one that comes out of the blue, can change everything. It's easier than ever to reach out and speak up. Sad, then, how rarely we do it when it's not expected.        
  • Predicting the future isn't easy

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    The best plans are based on trends, not specific events. Here's a hopeless task: There are 18 candidates in the GOP race. If you can rank them in the order they're going to drop out, I'll give you a signed copy of my new book or $10,000, your choice. The chances of being correct are 1:18!, or about one in six quadrillion, so I think the prize is safe. On the other hand, this blog's twitter account is consistently creeping toward 500,000 followers. If you can guess the date, I'll send you a signed book. Your odds are a lot better on this one. When in doubt, pick projects where the factors you…
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • 31DBBB Day 31: Next Steps

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Day 31. Hopefully you’ve found some of the challenges over this last 31 days to be useful. Thousands have completed the program over the years and I’ve heard so much great feedback, but there’s one thing I’d like to share with you today on the podcast. What’s the key to really getting the most out of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog? And how do you do that? I share all! You will need a calendar set up somewhere so make sure you have one you can use before you get going with today’s challenge. Nothing will change if you…
  • The ProBlogger Podcast: Digging into Statistics

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost the last day! While yesterday we looked to the future to build a plan to find readers, today we’re going to dig into our stats to find out what kind of effect the last 29 days have had on our sites. What can you see is different after the changes you’ve made? Some of you will be seasoned pros at looking at your stats, but if you’re newer to blogging and want some starting points, these are the metrics I recommend you keep track of regularly as you go on with your blogging. In the show notes I also link to a post I published recently that gives you an overview of how I…
  • How to Develop the Right Plan to Grow Your Blog’s Readership

    Darren Rowse
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We’re getting to the end of our time together, and in these last few days I like to look to the future and see how we can use what we’ve learned over the last few weeks on our blogs. Today’s challenge is a simple one, although it might take you a bit of time, but it shouldn’t be skipped. We’re going to switch from creating content and the day-to-day of building community with our readers, and do things that are a little more long-term and strategic. Today is all about growing your readership. I’ll discuss some of the drawbacks of focusing solely on content…
  • 31DBBB Day 28 Writing Challenge: Write a Review Post

    Darren Rowse
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s writing challenge day! For some of you, this will be “business as usual”, as review posts are already part of your repertoire. For others, it will be something quite new. In today’s episode we discuss why review posts are even something to consider. They can be useful for many reasons, not just for the reader who may be researching a decision, but also for you and your blog too – not the least of which could lead to monetization. I built my first commercial blog 100% around reviews! We’ll also discuss the reasons for and against having reviews on your…
  • Update Your Blog’s Archive Pages (including Broken Links)

    Darren Rowse
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’re going on a link hunt, we’re going to catch a big one! Today’s the day to check everything that might be turning readers away from your blog, but don’t be overwhelmed – it’s not as onerous as it sounds. Over time, you’re bound to have some broken links. The sites you link to shut down, change their link structure, move their URLs… anything can happen. It can be bad for readability, but also for SEO. In this episode I will explain how best to find the links that are broken, whether you are a beginner or have an established blog. Small steps…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • This Week's Top Downloads

    Andy Orin
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.Read more...
  • Build a Fully Functional Wooden Mouse

    Thorin Klosowski
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    When it comes to mice, you have plenty of options for plastic shells. If you’re looking for something a little more stylish, Make shows you how to build a wood case.Read more...
  • This Video Explains All the Ways You're Sleeping Wrong

    Eric Ravenscraft
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Most of us are pretty terrible at sleeping. Whether it’s hitting the snooze button too much or using screens before bed , you’re probably doing something that’s not great for your sleep. This video explains all the ways you’re sleeping wrong, and what to do instead.Read more...
  • Weather for Chrome Puts Your Local Forecast in a Chrome Toolbar Button

    Alan Henry
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Chrome: Weather is a simple Chrome extension that gives you the local forecast with a single click on the extension’s toolbar button. You’ll see the temperature and current conditions on the button itself, updated regularly, but click it for a full expanded forecast, using data from Forecast.io.Read more...
  • Find the Perfect Linux-Compatible PC with Ubuntu's Hardware Database

    Whitson Gordon
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Some PCs are more difficult to run Linux on than others—it’s all about the drivers. Some laptops are available with Linux pre-installed, but plenty aren’t—even though they may make great Linux PCs. The Ubuntu Certified Hardware database helps you find Linux-compatible PCs.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Claimed 'iPhone 6s' Display Assembly Revealed in New Photos

    Eric Slivka
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Chinese phone repair company GeekBar has shared a series of three photos today (via Nowhereelse.fr) showing what is claimed to be a display assembly for the upcoming "iPhone 6s". While the photos do not confirm that the device will be equipped with Force Touch sensing as has been rumored, they do appear slightly different from the corresponding parts for the iPhone 6. Meanwhile, M.I.C Gadget shares a few photos of what it says is a prototype version of the iPhone 6s. The device is not shown turned on and the photos themselves do not reveal any differences compared to the iPhone 6, but the…
  • Apple Supplier Numbers Suggest Apple Watch Sales Are Below Analyst Expectations

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    We're all curious about how many Apple Watches Apple has sold, but with the company opting not to break out its Apple Watch sales numbers, all we have to go on are analyst guesses, information distilled from third-party sources, and tidbits of data that Apple has provided. The latest data that hints at how the Apple Watch has fared comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing shipment information provided by analyst Mark Li from Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) most recent earnings call. ASE is the company that builds the S1 package housing the many chips and sensors used…
  • IBM to Purchase Up to 200,000 Macs Annually, With 50-75% of Employees Ultimately Switching From Lenovo

    Eric Slivka
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    A year after teaming up with Apple on an enterprise partnership to push iOS devices and apps for business users, IBM is moving forward with plans to rapidly move its own employees onto Apple's platforms, MacRumors has learned. While IBM announced in an internal memo several months ago that it was planning to purchase up to 50,000 MacBooks for employees by the end of 2015, chief information officer Jeff Smith has revealed in a new internal video released to employees yesterday that he believes IBM could actually end up purchasing 150,000-200,000 Macs annually. In the video, Smith relates a…
  • Apple, BMW Could Resume Talks Over Possible Apple Car Partnership 'At a Later Stage'

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Earlier this month, rumors suggested Apple had been in talks with BMW about potentially using the body of the electric BMW i3 as the basis for its Apple Car, but those talks did not progress into a deal. Reuters has now spoken with some inside sources at BMW, giving us more insight into what the two companies discussed and where their relationship might lead in the future. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other senior executives visited the BMW factory in Leipzig, Germany in 2014 to look into how the i3 is manufactured. According to Reuters' source, Apple left the talks without reaching a deal with BMW…
  • Elgato's 'Eve' Smart Home Accessories Are Useful, But Hampered by Buggy HomeKit Platform

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    Elgato, with its Eve line of smart home products is one of the first companies to come out with home accessories that integrate with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, and it's the very first company to produce a Bluetooth-enabled HomeKit product. The Eve system, which consists of a weather station, an indoor room monitor, a door/window sensor, and a smart outlet, is one of five HomeKit-compatible products that became available for purchase in June. With the Eve components just now shipping out to customers, Elgato invited us to review the lineup to get a feel for what's possible with…
 
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  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Create the Content that Already Exists in Your Imagination

    Stefanie Flaxman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even though it may seem like starting to write is the most difficult part of the content creation process, just starting is not good enough. As writers, we also need to have both a strong vision and unwavering confidence that enable us to complete, publish, and promote our projects. To support you as you create your next piece of content — whether it’s your website’s cornerstone content or your email autoresponder series — this week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that show you: How to identify and overcome the factors that keep you from…
  • Create Successful Products with the MVP Process

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You create a successful product when you deliver something people want to buy, simple as that. Is there a way to figure out what people want before spending a ton of time and money? There is a way, and it’s becoming more and more popular due to the lean startup movement. It’s called the minimum viable product approach. The technical definition of minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with the highest return on investment versus risk. And the way you minimize risk related to your investment of time and money is basically figuring out if people want to buy that product. Most lean…
  • The Art of Planning Before Podcasting

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Showrunners, we have a tendency to get an idea, follow our gut, and jump straight into it without planning. The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor agree that this can sometimes be necessary, but not always the best plan. Jerod and Jonny begin this episode with a quick discussion about the upcoming Podcast Movement conference and how you can join them without flying to Texas. Then they dive into the topic of the week: how much research is enough and how much is too much? As you will learn in this episode, this is more art than science,…
  • How to Let Your Business Thrive (By Getting Out of Its Way)

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has started several successful businesses, written three books, is a motivational speaker, and has consulted with companies in several different industries. He coaches teams and businesses on the actions required in order to grow. As a result, he is known as the entertainer, educator, and consultant of choice for America’s leading companies. He is the founder of Thrive 15, an online education and practical training platform for entrepreneurs, which is taught by millionaires, mentors, and everyday success stories. Now, let’s hack ……
  • The Critical Importance of Customer Onboarding

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    So many businesses focus solely on getting the sale, but as far as the customer is concerned … the sale is just the beginning. What comes next can make or break not just that one customer relationship, but the future viability of your business as a whole. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why your onboarding process is as important, or maybe more, than your sales process The impact that good and bad onboarding processes have on your business Why you should go beyond merely delivering your product to a customer, and focus on the user experience he has…
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    Macworld

  • The wheel of fortune: Sometimes you’re hot, sometimes you’re not

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let us now harken back, if you will, all the way to those heady days of the spring of 2014. Val Kilmer was the Ice Man, college dorm rooms were grooving to the sounds of Peter Gabriel’s So and the entire country was soon to be mesmerized by the baby stuck in a well.Wait, that was 1986. Sorry, it just seems so long ago that we were being told how Xiaomi was going to kill Apple in China, the United States and, eventually, the off-world colonies. Because it’s just obvious that everyone wants cheap phones and they care about literally nothing else. This much we can all agree on.To read this…
  • The week in Apple news: Apple TV, Apple Watch at Best Buy, new Apple campus, Steve Jobs photos, and more

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Apple headlines for the week ending July 31, 2015Want to see the Apple Watch in person, but the closest Apple Store is too far away? Head on over to your nearest Best Buy. That’s one of the headlines in this week’s news review. 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 comment, please click here
  • Report: Apple and BMW started talking about an iCar collaboration last year

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    The Apple Car is taking another lap on the rumor circuit, with a new report from Reuters that Apple execs visited BMW last year to find out more about how BMW makes the (very cool) i3 electric car. “Apple executives were impressed with the fact that we abandoned traditional approaches to car making and started afresh. It chimed with the way they do things too,” an unnamed source at BMW told Reuters.  According to the report, Tim Cook visited BMW’s headquarters in 2014 and asked the carmaker’s board members very detailed questions about production of its i3 electric vehicles, which…
  • Wi-Fi sensibility: Not really risky, but not really needed

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    Windows 10—bear with me—has shipped, but this column isn’t about the new operating system, which has received generally positive reviews from our friends at PCWorld and elsewhere. Rather, it’s about a feature that started receiving attention a few weeks before release and more on the ship date: Wi-Fi Sense. Wi-Fi Sense allows Windows 10 users to connect automatically to open Wi-Fi networks, as well as to share access to Wi-Fi networks for which they have passwords. The former isn’t controversial at all: iOS allows carriers to set up automatic connections to networks they run or…
  • How Apple Music can turn users into subscribers

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    According to industry sources, Apple Music has racked up 10 million users in its first month. That’s a pretty good number, as the far more established Spotify boasts somewhere in the realm of 20 million paid subscribers. Of course, we’re also just a month into a three-month free trial period, and it’s pretty easy to get people to sign up for your service when it doesn’t cost them a dime. So when September 30 rolls around and users have to decide whether Apple Music is worth $10 a month to them, what’s Apple going to have to do to convince them to stick around?To read this article in…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Amazon's Awesome Alexa Voice Tech Reaches Out To Other Devices

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Alexa, the chatty personality that makes the Amazon Echo smart speaker so fun and handy, wants to join more devices. The company announced Friday the launch of its free Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.AVS was born out of the company’s work on the Echo, which may be Amazon’s best hardware product since its Kindle e-reader. The device is a voice-controlled cylindrical appliance that can tell you the weather, give you traffic conditions on your commute, play music, control connected lights and other appliances, and—of course—buy things from Amazon. See also: Amazon…
  • Mozilla Blasts Microsoft CEO For Replacing User Defaults With Windows Apps

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Looks like Microsoft's Windows 10 debut is a hit: The new version of the operating system, which launched Wednesday, now powers more than 14 million devices, the company says.But not everyone is thrilled with the new software. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard called out Windows 10 for foisting the company’s own media-playback apps and Edge Web browser. See also: What Mozilla's WebAssembly Means: More Powerful Web AppsThe latter is obviously a sore spot for the Firefox maker, but the whole scenario could be a grave concern for other…
  • Former White House Advisor Explains Why Bitcoin Should Become Official

    Gregory Ferenstein
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    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 FerensteinBitcoin, the digital currency infamous for wild swings in value and black market transactions, could have profound implications for the future of public services. Tech optimists at the highest levels of government are exploring how the same technology that makes bitcoin anonymous could make government services less bureaucratic and more secure from hackers. I spoke with Brian Forde, MIT Media Labs' new…
  • Your Shadow IT Department Is Here To Stay

    Robert J. Moore
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guest author Robert J. Moore is the CEO of RJMetrics, a provider of business intelligence to online companies.Much of the growth in software-as-a-service companies is being driven by a “land and expand” strategy: Tools first get used by individuals, then by small teams, and so on up the organizational hierarchy. Eventually the company finds itself signing a large-scale deal, all without a competitive process or RFP. Companies like Slack and Dropbox craft their pricing models specifically to encourage this behavior—Slack knew exactly what it was doing…
  • Google Makes Beta Testing Android Apps Easier And More Open

    David Nield
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Google knows a friction-free app testing and submission process can help developers keep decent apps flowing, so it just rolled out a series of improvements to the beta testing process for Google Play apps. Overall, the changes are designed to help developers manage pre-release beta tests easily, so they can "iterate faster" to develop or improve features. See also: Google's Offering Smarter Tools For Smarter Apps And HomesConsider it part of Google's recent developer outreach, which also gives app makers more finetuned ways to promote their apps once the testing is…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
      We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for…
  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published "CSS Secrets", a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work…
  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
  • Making Time: Redesigning A Calendar Experience For Android

    Günther Beyer & Nino Rapin
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
      In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calenda tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes. Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Biden keeps eye on 2016 race

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
  • Drones fly within 100 feet of airliners coming into JFK

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
  • Italy seizes $205K from Snoop

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Snoop Dogg left Italy $205,000 lighter on Saturday after police seized money from him at an airport in Calabria.
  • Fans woo Foo Fighters with music video

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:25 pm
    A group of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans banded together to entice the rockers to play a gig in Cesena. CNN's Natalie Allen has more.
  • Before the Birkin, there was this

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    The Birkin Bag is one of the most recognizable pieces by French fashion house, Hermès. However, British actress and singer Jane Birkin was making statements of her own with a very different purse before the namesake bag was created: her very own...basket. Woven from wicker and casually slung across her arm, Jane Birkin was photographed prolifically throughout the 70's -- whether it be for afternoons by the beach or black tie dinners for Cannes Film Festival -- toting the effortlessly chic basket bag.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Roberto Valenzuela was awesome on “The Grid” (but the rest of us…well…)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Some are calling it our best episode ever. I was getting texts during the first 20 minutes or so saying the same thing, but I have to tell you, the first 20 minutes are…well…I’m not sure what it was, but there was a lot of laughing (and dating tips). I think it must have been something in the water (or in Brad’s beard) that kind of took the train off the tracks for a while, but we eventually pulled it together and Roberto shared some really great stuff — he was really awesome. Our topic was based on my blog post from Monday called “If you were only allowed 10 pieces of…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBook Giveaway! You saw it announced here earlier this week… Now it’s time to give some away! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBooks from Scott Kelby! What’s that? We have three free The Headshot by Peter Hurley eBooks as well? Great! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these too! Photoshop World Photoshop World is right around the corner! If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to swing on by, we’d love to see you. You can still get FREE Expo Only passes by…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Not Every Shoot Is A Winner Here’s the scenario: You go do a shoot, download the images, go through the take, pick the keepers, do your editing, and deliver the shots. The client loves them… But you don’t. They’re okay, but they don’t quite send you to your happy place. Sound familiar? If it does, I have some good news for you. You’re not alone. Is there anything wrong with this shot? Not technically, but it’s not winning any awards. I would guess that most photographers go through this, even the best ones. No matter how much we try to make the best possible images we…
  • My New Lightroom Book Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • If you were only allowed to have 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would they be?

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    …that was a question posted on my Facebook page by Are Knudsen, a photographer from Norway. Why the question? Well, I kicked off a new monthly Q&A column in Shutterbug magazine a few months ago (they named it “Ask a Pro”), but essentially I answer questions posed by Shutterbug’s readers along with questions I get throughout the month on my blog or social media, and the column has been a lot of fun for me (and I’ve been a reader of Shutterbug for many years, so it’s also really a kick to be in their pages). As I was working on the latest installment, I…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Think Tank Photo Sub Urban Disguise 30 Shoulder Camera Bag Review

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Packing and carrying equipment for travel adventures is always a challenge. With increasing airline restrictions and not being willing to check your gear, you need to find the best possible alternative for your needs. Like most of my peers, I covet several bags. Usually when going abroad I take a bag with all the equipment and a smaller, second bag for everyday outings once on location. As I tend to travel lighter and lighter every day, I was on the lookout for a bag that could serve dual purposes for my recent Italy trip. I wanted a bag that could carry my two Fuji X bodies, some lenses, a…
  • Photographing Starry Skies for Nocturnal Landscape Without Breaking the Bank

    Andrea Minoia
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Milky Way over the Belgian countryside – Sony RX100, 28mm equivalent f/1.8 + LPR (Light Pollution Reduction) filter, ISO 6400. Panorama composed of 12×3 frames, each frame is the image average of four different photos Photography in low-light conditions is one of the most challenging things to do with a camera. In conditions with faint, moving, distant lights it is even trickier. There is something about a starry sky that simply inspires awe in all of us. And it does so more often since light pollution is getting worst all around the world. I wonder how many children have seen The…
  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Antique Cars

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Old cars – look around you, they’re everywhere. By PoL Úbeda Hervàs Weekly Photography Challenge – Old Cars Admit it – photographers love old things. The more battered, torn, peeling, weathered, falling down, beat up, rusted, broken and just in generally poor condition an item is – the more we love to photograph it. Right?! Tell me I’m not alone on that? So your challenge this week is to go find an old car. It could be ancient and broken down like described above, or overhauled, in pristine condition, and well cared for by a car enthusiast. It’s…
  • 28 Timeless Images of Time-worn Old Cars

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Antique, old, rusted, archaic, crumbling, ancient, and time-worn – all words that could describe vintage vehicles. Some are in better condition than others, some in running order, others put out to pasture. Photographers love to shoot crumbling subjects. I hope you enjoy these images of old cars: Plymouth by Aaron J. Groen on 500px Old memories by László Gál on 500px Old Metal by Meagan V. Blazier on 500px P L Y M O U T H by Liban Yusuf on 500px Rusted Car in Flowers by Lidija Kamansky on 500px Racing through the streets of Havana by Mikko Palonkorpi on 500px Old Blue Car by…
  • Top 10 Features to Bring Your Seascape Photos to Life

    Jim Hamel
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Seascapes are awesome opportunities for photography. In fact, it will probably be your first impulse upon seeing the ocean to pull out your camera (or wish you had it with you). It takes some skill, however, to turn a beautiful coastal scene into something more than a snapshot. If you are not careful, your coastal photo can be a boring picture of sand and water. One of the keys to success for coastal photography is finding something interesting along the coastline to put in your picture. It would be great if there was an abandoned boat every 100 meters, but there isn’t. And we…
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Sling TV says Comcast/NBC doesn't want to run its ads

    Richard Lawler
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Just as Comcast dips its toe in the internet TV business, Sling TV is claiming that the giant is refusing to run ads for its service on NBC stations that it owns. According to Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch (last seen walking off with our Best of CES Ove...
  • Microsoft's HoloLens headset will reach developers within a year

    Jon Fingas
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    When Microsoft said that its HoloLens headset would arrive "in the Windows 10 time frame," what did it mean, exactly? Thanks to a BBC interview with Satya Nadella, we now have a better sense of when this augmented reality eyewear will show up. The...
  • Apple and BMW have been exploring partnerships on cars

    Jon Fingas
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Apple and BMW may eventually have more in common than just some features in your car's infotainment system. Sources for both Reuters and Manager Magazin understand that the two companies have had "exploratory talks," including a trip by Apple exec...
  • Facebook's Lollapalooza feed shows the festival you're missing

    Jon Fingas
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    If you can't make a pilgrimage to Lollapalooza but want to get a sense of what it's like to be there beyond the concert streams, Facebook might have what you're looking for. It's testing an expansion of Place Tips that lets anyone in the US see a...
  • A look back at Windows through the ages

    Nicole Lee
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    It's hard to believe that Windows is 30 years old this year. Originally a graphic shell that sat on MS-DOS, Windows has blossomed over the years to be the visually rich experience it is today. That's not to say it hasn't encountered a few pitfalls al...
 
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    Strobist

  • 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…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Readers' Showcase: Sarnim Dean

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Born and raised in New Zealand, DPR reader Sarnim Dean has been surrounded his whole life by wildlife and landscapes many of us only dream of visiting. He explores the country on his mountain bike and with his camera. Take a look at some of his images and find out more about him in our Q&A. See gallery
  • On the fly: SeattlePI.com photographer captures Blue Angels from the air

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The Blue Angels announced their arrival in Seattle this week as they usually do - suddenly, and with a lot of noise. While we've been able to catch glimpses of them flying over from our office windows, as they prepare for a local maritime festival. But our view is nothing like the view SeattlePI.com photographer Josh Trujillo had during their flyby yesterday afternoon. Read more
  • Quick Review: PhotoKeeper

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    PhotoKeeper aims to provide photographers with safe cloud storage and easy access to their images from anywhere. While there's no shortage of websites providing free storage for photos, PhotoKeeper goes beyond the standard offerings and tailors its product to photographers. Are its features worth the price? Read review
  • Samsung starts mass-production of thinner 16MP sensor with 1.0μm Pixels

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Samsung has announced the start of mass-production of its S5K3P3 image sensor for mobile devices. The new chip is 20 percent thinner than previous generations. At under 5mm thickness, the new sensor can be used in ultra-thin smartphones without creating the protruding camera modules we've seen on some of the latest Samsung Galaxy models. Read more
  • Olympus Tough TG-4 studio and real-world samples posted

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Olympus' TG-series Tough cameras have been a popular choice among enthusiasts looking for a rugged compact. The TG-4 is waterproof to 15m/50ft, as well as shockproof and crushproof, and includes Raw support. See how it performs out and about and in our studio compared to other rugged compacts. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Get rid of all those extra TIFFs & PSDs in your Lightroom Library fast!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Each time you jump over to Photoshop, it usually creates a copy of your photo and saves it alongside the original in PSD or TIFF format (depending on what you chose in Lightroom’s External Editing preferences), even if you never made a change to it in Photoshop. If you’re like me, you probably had a hundred or more of these PSDs or TIFFs with no visible changes, just taking up space on your drive and in Lightroom. If you still haven’t gotten rid of them, here’s what to do: (1) Go to the Library module, and in the Catalog panel, click on All Photographs. (2) Up in the Library…
  • A Quick before and after

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    So I thought I would walk you through a quick edit and let you in on my thoughts. Starting image… reset to just the RAW image for you to see all the steps. (I have a preset that is applied on import usually.) The first step that sets the tone for the image and helps clarify the editing is getting the crop and composition how I like it. I crop to the image, not to a set ratio, but some folks prefer to keep certain ratios for printing… it is up to you. Since the main story of the image is the boy and his bike, there is a lot of extraneous area that can be cropped. For action…
  • My New Lightroom Book (just announced today) Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
  • Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday everybody. Here’s a tip on how to bring your logo into Lightroom (so you can use it in slideshows, or as an identity plate, or for the title of a slideshow, or whatever), but with a transparent background behind it (that’s the cool part). Here’s how it’s done: STEP ONE: We have start over in Photoshop (any ol’ version will do). Open a new document, and then use the Place command (under the File menu) to bring in your logo, so it appears on its own layer above the background layer (as shown here). STEP TWO: Now, go to the Layers panel and drag the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps. Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds,…
  • Dashlane Launches One-Tap Password Changer for iPhone and Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Dashlane today announced an update to its existing iPhone app alongside the launch of an all-new Apple Watch experience, both of which bring the service's one-tap password changing feature from desktop to Apple's mobile and wearable devices. Dashlane unveiled the Password Changer feature late last year for the desktop, which allowed users to change multiple passwords at once so they can more easily update their password info if any of their data is ever breached. Today's updates extend that sense of security for Dashlane users to iPhone and Apple Watch, which the company says is completely…
  • Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

    Husain Sumra
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future. The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1's Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London…
  • 'Fantastical 2' for iPhone Gains Drafts, Japanese Localization

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Popular calendar app Fantastical 2 for iPhone was today updated to version 2.4, adding a useful new feature that allows users to create event drafts. With drafts, it's possible to start creating an event or Reminder and then swipe downwards to save it as a draft, setting it aside to multitask and access other events on the calendar. For example, if you start scheduling a lunch meeting but need to pause in the middle to check your afternoon schedule, there's no need to discard what you've written entirely -- you can save it as a draft, check the calendar, and come back to it. Draft posts are…
  • Apple Music Exclusively Debuts Keith Richards 'Trouble' Video

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Continuing on with its stream of exclusive content, Apple Music is today premiering the video for Keith Richards' latest single, "Trouble." The video is exclusively available through Apple Music Connect on Keith Richards' page on the artist-focused social networking site. Because the video is shared on Apple Music Connect, it does not require an Apple Music subscription to watch. Designed to let fans connect with artists, Apple Music Connect's content is all available for free and will continue to be free after people's three-month free trials expire. Exclusive video premiere of “Trouble”…
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