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  • A bigger logo?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. "We made this," says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, though, brands have evolved into something we want other people to see, not just us. "I bought this," says the person who wears or drinks or drives something with status. The essence of a brand with social juice, of one that matters as a label, isn't how big the logo is. No, what matters is that the buyer thinks the brand is important, and that the logo is a signifier that they're paying for. So no one complains that the logo on the…
  • 7 of the world’s strangest superstitions [infographic]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    No matter how scientific your turn of mind, chances are there are a few superstitions that linger on long after logic should have bid them farewell. Perhaps you still unconsciously swerve to avoid walking under a ladder or gasp with a little more than fear of stitches when you break a mirror, but those aren’t nearly as strange as the ones discovered by BingoFind. H/T to Harry Christodoulou Via BingoFind. Like infographics? So do we.
  • Four Decades Later, HP Gets Back Into Smartwatch Business

    Fast Company
    Harry McCracken
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In 1977, the company introduced a pioneering, unsuccessful--and eventually legendary--high-tech timepiece.Normally, it's not surprising to hear that yet another tech company plans to get into the smartwatch business. At the moment, the industry is so giddy over the category that everyone wants a piece of it. But I must confess that I was a tad surprised to hear that HP is joining the mad rush.Read Full Story
  • Microsoft May Be Readying A New Service Called Sway

    TechCrunch
    Ingrid Lunden
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
     A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN. Jamie Zoch at Dot Weekly has discovered that Microsoft has registered the Sway.com domain, along… Read More
  • Dozens Are Killed in Blast at Factory in Eastern China

    NYT > Home Page
    By ANDREW JACOBS
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    At least 65 people were killed Saturday morning when a blast tore through a metal products factory in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, state-run news media reported.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 7 of the world’s strangest superstitions [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    No matter how scientific your turn of mind, chances are there are a few superstitions that linger on long after logic should have bid them farewell. Perhaps you still unconsciously swerve to avoid walking under a ladder or gasp with a little more than fear of stitches when you break a mirror, but those aren’t nearly as strange as the ones discovered by BingoFind. H/T to Harry Christodoulou Via BingoFind. Like infographics? So do we.
  • Manuscripts might offer the first zombie story in Western history

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This might surprise some diehard zombie fans, but Night of the Living Dead is hardly a pioneer in the zombie horror genre. As it turns out, from the thirteenth century onwards, there’s been a persistent story of three noblemen going out for a hunt and coming across three––wait for it––reanimated dead corpses. Here’s an example of some medieval artwork depicting the story: Full story at i09. More great literature. Photo credit: Canva
  • Our prayers have been answered: a coffee-brewing alarm clock

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The wheel. The steam engine. The microchip. Until now, these were the greatest inventions in human history. Until now. Gaze in breathless wonder at the pour-over coffee-brewing alarm clock: It stores sugar, coffee grounds, and boils water with stainless steel balls and electricity, not fire. This, in short, is the grandaddy of all alarm clocks––and a pretty darn good coffee maker. Full story at Design Boom. More fantastic coffee news. Photo credit: Canva  
  • Flood of red poppies from the Tower of London a somber memorial to WWI

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    888,246 ceramic red poppies will be placed flowing out and about the Tower of London by November 11th of this year, and while the site is a stunning one, when you realize each flower represents a British or Colonial soldier killed in the conflict, the impact is gut-wrenching. The display, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper fills the dry moat around the landmark and grows as the year goes on through the help of volunteers who started placing the flowers on August 5th, the 100th anniversary of Britain’s first full day in the war. Interested…
  • 20 rules for writers, via Stephen King

    Josh Urich
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Whether you’re Stephen King fan or loathe the guy, you have to admit that he’s been successful. So it might be worth listening to some of his advice about writing. Write for yourself, for example, not the audience:  “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” Some of the best advice King offers is this: “Kill your darlings.” That is, kill the things you love the most in your own writing. It sounds counterintuitive, but any writer who’s tried it can vouch…
 
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    Fast Company

  • Four Decades Later, HP Gets Back Into Smartwatch Business

    Harry McCracken
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In 1977, the company introduced a pioneering, unsuccessful--and eventually legendary--high-tech timepiece.Normally, it's not surprising to hear that yet another tech company plans to get into the smartwatch business. At the moment, the industry is so giddy over the category that everyone wants a piece of it. But I must confess that I was a tad surprised to hear that HP is joining the mad rush.Read Full Story
  • Voyat Taps Your Social Presence For A Customized Hotel Stay

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Your Twitter following could get you a room upgrade.Your favorite hotel may start keeping tabs on you during and after your stay--but that's a good thing, according Google alum Ben Habbel's startup Voyat.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Yongzhi Huang, Who Wants To Prank Your Friends On Facebook

    Fast Company Staff
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Yongzhi HuangPhoto by Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Yongzhi Huang Role at Fast Company: Site Quality Engineer Twitter: @randomdit Titillating Fact: Energy drinks have exceptional effect on me and cause me to code like a madman.Read Full Story
  • Do Your F*cking Tastebuds A Favor And Try Auntie Fee's Recipes

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Her foulmouthed YouTube cooking show is for people who've had it with too-precious food porn."This is parsley--dried parsley. This muthafucka make any muthafuckin' thing taste good."Read Full Story
  • Forget Love: EHarmony Wants To Help You Find Your Next Boss

    Chris Gayomali
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    "Elevated Careers by eHarmony" wants to help you find a job situation for the long haul.As hundreds of thousands of people know, dating site eHarmony is very good at pairing two people looking for love. Since launching in 2000, eHarmony has matched more than 600,000 married couples. As of May, it touts about 762,000 paying members.Read Full Story
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    TechCrunch

  • Microsoft May Be Readying A New Service Called Sway

    Ingrid Lunden
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
     A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN. Jamie Zoch at Dot Weekly has discovered that Microsoft has registered the Sway.com domain, along… Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Andrew Mason’s New App, Diversity In Tech, And Twitter’s Big Quarter

    Alex Wilhelm
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
     It’s a warm, relaxed Friday, making it the perfect moment for an episode of CrunchWeek. This week Ryan Lawler, Cat Zakrzewski, and myself sat to discuss the biggest news from the week. What happened? Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s new app touched down, an interesting diversity report from eBay sat amidst a cadre of predecessors, and Twitter’s massive recent… Read More
  • Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

    Josh Constine
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
     No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s right resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by… Read More
  • Y Combinator Mixes In Smoothie Startup LivBlends

    Sarah Buhr
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
     It really didn’t make sense to me why Y Combinator’s Sam Altman let a smoothie delivery service go through his startup incubator. Were the Fresh Mint Immunity and Cafe Mocha Energizer flavors delicious? Yes. But I scratched my head at how the next Jamba Juice had anything to do with tech. Read More
  • Eaze Promises Pot Delivery Anywhere In San Francisco

    Sarah Buhr
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
     Several states are starting to ease up on marijuana use, or even outright legalizing it. Washington, DC recently decriminalized weed. Like they do in California, people still need a card to take a puff but it’s 100% legal without written permission in both Colorado and Washington State. While many states offer dispensary services, a new SF-based startup, Eaze, promises delivery right to… Read More
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • A bigger logo?

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. "We made this," says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, though, brands have evolved into something we want other people to see, not just us. "I bought this," says the person who wears or drinks or drives something with status. The essence of a brand with social juice, of one that matters as a label, isn't how big the logo is. No, what matters is that the buyer thinks the brand is important, and that the logo is a signifier that they're paying for. So no one complains that the logo on the…
  • Trading favors

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Those people who owe you—because you mowed their lawn, drove carpool, promoted their site, gave them advice, listened to you in the middle of the night—they will probably let you down. Favors aren't for trading, they wear out, they fade away, they are valued differently by the giver and the receiver. No, the best favors are worth doing for the doing, not because we'll ever get paid back appropriately.        
  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
 
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    WIRED

  • Gadget Lab Podcast: Free Internet Access for Africa and Abuse for Twitter’s CEO

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    On this week's show: The Internet.org plan to supply African phone owners with free (but limited) Internet access, the abuse problem on Twitter, and Instagram's new Bolt messaging app. Plus, bluegrass song titles decoded!
  • Game|Life Podcast: Putting PlayStation’s Game Streaming Service to the Test

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    WIRED editors discuss Sony's new streaming-games service, which just entered open beta on PlayStation 4.
  • The Oculus Rift Made Me Believe I Could Fly

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Yesterday, I flew over downtown San Francisco. I swooped past the Transamerica Pyramid, taking care not to get speared, and winged it out towards the water. A heavy fog covered the bay, as usual, so I decided to head back into the city. I dove sharply, and the wind started whipping across my face. I […]
  • ExoMars’ Organic Sniffing Spectrometer

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Lewis Dartnell, author of The Knowledge talks about his day job: Helping build Europe's mission to Mars.
  • Rosetta Meets a Comet and You Get Homework

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Rosetta spacecraft is getting close to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (which I will just refer to as 67P from now on). If you think about it, this is pretty exciting. A spacecraft will not only make a close approach to a comet, but it will also drop a small lander on the comet’s surface. That’s […]
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    @ProBlogger

  • 10 Steps To Help Turn Your Blog Into A Number 1 Bestselling Book

    Guest Blogger
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Image via Flickr user triedandtruetutoring This is a guest contribution from entrepreneur and author Niall Harbison. Although not everybody wants to make money from their blog, it is undoubtedly the goal for many. To make a living from writing at home often features high on the list of dream jobs! I’m lucky enough to have just published a book which got to number one in the charts, sold a business, as well as running a couple of businesses today, and most of the success can be put down to blogging. I wanted to share some of the tips that helped me first of all get the book published,…
  • Increase Your SEO By Appearing on Google News

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    This is a guest contribution from business/tech writer Nick Chowdrey. Getting on Google News Everybody knows that the world of SEO is changing. As Google’s algorithms get ever more efficient at filtering out good content from bad, more and more companies are turning to content marketing and guest posting to increase their Google page rank and appear higher up searches. In the world of content marketing, creating high quality posts is just part of the story. You could write the most fascinating and informative article, but with so many other companies now employing writers to do the same,…
  • ProBlogger in Perth: 10 Things Darren Wishes He Knew About Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from blogger Jenish Pandya. What happens when ProBlogger legend Darren Rowse comes to your city for the first time ever? You and everyone around you go crazy and act like teenagers at a Justin Bieber concert and start taking heaps of photos every time he makes a move. Then what do you do with all the photos you have taken? Well, you write a blog post. Darren came down to Perth for the first ever mini PBevent and in his presentation gave us a taste of what happens at the main event happening this year on Gold Coast from 29-30 August. Darren Rowse’s 10…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

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

  • The Wilderness Survival Skills Everyone Should Know

    Thorin Klosowski
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A few hours watching the Discovery Channel can prompt extreme survival fantasies involving frog licking and urine drinking, but what basic skills would you actually need to survive in the wilderness? Here's a look at the basics you need to become an adult Boy Scout straight from a cadre of survival experts. Read more...
  • Become a Better Storyteller Through Dungeons & Dragons

    Patrick Allan
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a storyteller of any kind, the way you weave your narrative decides whether people keep reading, watching, or listening. The classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons can teach you how to construct strong narrative and how to collaborate with others in a way that's a whole lot of fun.Read more...
  • This Chart Explains What Went Wrong with Your Cake

    Patrick Allan
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    If you're learning to bake or just trying out a new recipe, it can be hard figuring out exactly why your cake failed. This handy chart will tell you why your cake ended up with cracks, browned edges, or why it has a runny texture.Read more...
  • The Easiest Way to Remove a Broken Construction Nail

    Patrick Allan
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you're building something or just conducting repairs, you might come across a broken nail that needs to be removed. There's an easy you can do it and all you need is a pair of vice grips and a basic claw hammer.Read more...
  • Say No to New Projects When You First Get Back from Vacation

    Thorin Klosowski
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Getting back to work from a vacation is tough, and it's even worse when people are hounding you to get started on something. Levo League suggests you say no to any new projects for the first day you're back to maintain your sanity. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to Also Head Up iTunes Radio

    Juli Clover
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats was finalized today, and as the two companies merge into one, the positions some former Beats employees will take on at Apple are becoming clearer. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Ian Rogers, who serves as the CEO of Beats Music, will take Apple’s own iTunes Radio streaming music service under his wing, heading up both streaming music services. Rogers will likely report to Eddy Cue, the SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, who oversees all of Apple’s content stores.Rogers, a former Yahoo executive, will run…
  • Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Into Law, iPhone Unlocking No Longer Illegal

    Juli Clover
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    United States President Barack Obama will today sign a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal again, writing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law following its unanimous approval by the Senate and House of Representatives. Obama has long supported the act, which was originally introduced via a 2013 "We the People" petition that gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling for cell phone unlocking to be made legal. It first became illegal to unlock a cell phone in January of 2013, after an exception in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act expired,…
  • Apple Welcomes Beats to the Family as Beats Electronics Closes Its Online Store

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Apple today updated its website with a new page celebrating its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music.Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t…
  • Home Button and Sensor Flex Cables From 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Shown in New Photos

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has published several high-resolution images purportedly showing flex cables from both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. These latest images add to the growing number of flex cables and other internal components for the iPhone 6 that have surfaced in the past few months. These images include a possible look at the home button cables from both iPhone 6 models. The photos show two different designs for the part, each with a square section for the Touch ID sensor but distinct from the iPhone 5s part. While Apple's iPads are also rumored to be gaining Touch…
  • Initial iWatch Shipments May Be Limited Due to Sapphire Issues, Half of Devices May Use Glass Displays

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Echoing his earlier iWatch predictions, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today suggested (via AppleInsider) that Apple's iWatch will be available in limited quantities in 2014, with only three million devices hitting store shelves before the end of the year. Kuo says that while market predictions point towards shipments between 5 and 10 million smart watches before the end of 2014, his own prediction based on supply chain checks is at three million units due to the iWatch's late production date. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor Balogh based on TRIWA's Havana Nevil Brown…
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  • Experimental Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training)

    Brian Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do. It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point,…
  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

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

  • Thanks, Obama: Now you can legally unlock your smartphone if you want to

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The President has signed a bill into law that allows American citizens to legally unlock their phones. That means that you can take your mobile device, no matter which carrier subsidized it, and take it over to one of its competitors. Unlocking phones was made illegal in January of 2013 when an exemption to the DMCA expired. The bi-partisan bill was passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives, after already being approved by the Senate. There is bit of a catch, however: the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, as it’s called, is only valid through 2015. For now,…
  • Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A U.S. district court judge has given preliminary approval for Apple to pay a $450 million settlement for its role in an ebooks price-fixing conspiracy. Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday approved the deal that would have Apple paying $400 million to affected ebook buyers and $50 million in attorneys fees in a class-action lawsuit, but only if Apple’s appeal of a 2013 price-fixing ruling by the New York court is rejected. If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reverses and remands the case back to district court, the…
  • Tim Cook welcomes Beats to the Apple family

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    It was just back in late May that Apple announced it was buying Beats Electronics and Beats Music, but on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially welcomed the company to the Apple family.Cook posted a welcome message on Twitter and linked to a new splash page on Apple’s site that welcomes Beats into the fold: Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have…
  • Comic: Nothing old can stay

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: Not everyone is singing the praises of the Yosemite Beta. Previously on Multitouch Theater: I'm worried about the Mac mini.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Icons and symbols

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Icons and SymbolsThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases brings you beautiful 3-D printing, a wavy case inspired by sports, and see-through protection.3DLTThe 3D Printed Diamonds (iPhone 5 and 5s; $31) features a 3-D-printed diamond pattern that covers the back of your phone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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    ReadWrite

  • You Don't Need To Be An Engineering Genius To Start A Billion-Dollar Company

    Matt Asay
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Nearly 10 years ago, Excite founder Joe Kraus, now an investor at Google Ventures, declared "there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur." Kraus was talking about the economics of startups—the cheapness of servers, networks, and other raw ingredients of computing.A decade later, Andreessen Horowitz investor Sam Gerstenzang has one-upped Kraus. In a recent blog post, he argues that it's not just costs that are at historic lows. So, too, is the level of competence required to engineer a product.In other words, even an engineering nobody can start a company.No Money? No…
  • Google To Europe: Sometimes It's Not So Easy To Forget

    Selena Larson
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Turns out there are a lot of people who want the Internet to forget about them—whether they deserve it or not.In May, a European court ruled that Google must remove "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" search results when an individual in the E.U., or potentially outside the region, asks it to. In a letter to European regulators, Google reported that as of July 18, it has received 91,000 requests to remove 328,000 URLs from search results under this newly created "right to be forgotten."See Also: European Court Orders Google To "Forget" Old Search ResultsIt hasn’t gone…
  • What Yo's $1.5 Million Buys: Legal Huffing Against Yo Parodies

    Lauren Orsini
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Yo is a parody of a chat app in its own right. But the one-click messaging app isn’t amused by parodies of Yo.Yo founder Or Arbel has sent complaints to Apple petitioning to have Yo clones YOLO, Yo, Hodor!, Oi, and others removed from the App Store. The letter, from Yo's sorta-fake corporation, Life Before Us LLC, reads in part: “This is a direct clone of our app Yo and based on the terms of agreement in the iTunes app store, it should be removed.”It’s true that most Yo parodies are near-exact clones of the original. But if Yo is so easy to build that anyone can duplicate the…
  • 6 Ways To Clear Hurdles As An Entrepreneur

    Stephanie Chan
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Diane Wang constantly hears stories about adversity. The founder of Joyo.com (which eventually became Amazon China), now CEO of China e-commerce site DHGate, says she's flooded with correspondence from people telling her how her business helped them break barriers and realize their dreams.Diane WangFor instance, there was the young Chinese woman from a poor background who used DHGate to sell her clothing designs, which eventually allowed her to move to Paris to study fashion design. Similarly, Wang likes to tell visitors about middle-aged, empty-nest mothers in the Chinese…
  • The Future Of Shopping: When Apps Shop With—Or For—You

    Stephanie Chan
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    ReadWriteShop is an occasional series about the intersection of technology and commerce.E-commerce is already pretty much woven into our daily lives, but only in a limited, one-way sort of interaction between user and website. Which has some future-of-shopping types wondering: What happens when your shopping apps stop waiting for you and instead come to you with offers? Or stop just taking orders and start proactively making suggestions or giving you advice?In fact, they're not just wondering. Let's take a quick tour of some alternative shopping interfaces and interactive physical…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Build A Blog With Jekyll And GitHub Pages

    Barry Clark
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    I recently migrated my blog from WordPress to Jekyll, a fantastic website generator that’s designed for building minimal, static blogs to be hosted on GitHub Pages. The simplicity of Jekyll’s theming layer and writing workflow is fantastic; however, setting up my website took a lot longer than expected. In this article we’ll walk through the following: the quickest way to set up a Jekyll powered blog; how to avoid common problems with using Jekyll; how to import your content from WordPress, use your own domain name, and blog in your favorite editor; how to theme in Jekyll, with Liquid…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:18 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 six years now1, 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 August 2014. Both…
  • Declarative Programming And The Web

    Scott Reynen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Like most web developers, I spend my days giving instructions to computers. These instructions generally involve some input (a request for a web page), some logic (get the right content from a database) and some output (send the content to the requesting browser). This process of telling a computer how to perform a task, such as generating a web page, is what we commonly call “programming,” but it’s only a subset of programming: imperative programming. There’s another type of programming, declarative programming, that most web developers also use every day but don’t often recognize…
  • Selling The Value Of The Web To Small-Town Clients

    Trevan Hetzel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling your services as a freelancer or a small shop is tough enough as it is. Selling to a small-town business that might not even see the need for a website adds an extra level of difficulty in turning a profit. I’ve provided web design services to small-town businesses for the past few years, having had many happy outcomes, but also a lot of negative experiences from which I’ve learned hard lessons. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to sell the value of the web. Many of my clients needed to be convinced that a website would actually be good for their business. A…
  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

    Ben Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process. Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Mars rover will make oxygen

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.
  • Patients being brought to Atlanta

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Two Americans infected with Ebola are being moved separately from West Africa to a Georgia base and then transferred to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, officials say.
  • Fate of Israeli soldier unknown

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    A cease-fire faltered as Israel accused Hamas of capturing one of its soldiers. Hamas denied it, and its military wing suggested 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin might have died in an Israeli strike.
  • Rarely used isolation ward put to the test

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's one of four such facilities in the U.S. See how doctors plan to treat two infected Americans.
  • Obama: U.S. is prepared

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    The President comments on the Ebola outbreak and precautions being taken in advance of the upcoming Africa summit.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes It’s here!! Scott’s newest book, The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes, has started shipping and hitting bookstore shelves. I know he talked about it here the other day, but today we’re going to give away FIVE FREE COPIES to some lucky commenters! Just leave a comment letting us know you want the book and why, and we’ll pick five of you next week.Photographing Motion Outdoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera. Join Joe McNally for a day of…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Blake Rudis!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I cannot begin to start writing this post without saying thank you for this opportunity to both Brad and Scott. I threw my seat back when I saw the email come in from Brad asking if I could share my story, I think I ran around my basement (my office) holding my head pinching myself asking over and over if this was even real. After reading this post you will understand completely!Tuesday, March 18th 2014, we were sitting on the edge of the bed having a discussion about time and just how limited it was.“Babe, I have 3 things going on in my life right now that stretch me in every direction. I…
  • It’s Here! My New Book “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes” is in stock!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It arrived in bookstores sooner than we thought (yay!), and it’s here now, complete with bonus selective color image no one was expecting (and at no extra cost).Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com (both Print and Kindle version are in stock) and the Nook eBook version is available now at  Barnes & Noble.com and the print edition should be available there any minute.What’s the book all about? Check out the video below. :)Thanks to everybody around the world who has supported this book series from the start, and who enabled me to bring you this fifth part to the series.
  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

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

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

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Golden

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The collection of images this week that I rounded up were on the theme “golden”. That is a bit open for interpretation. So let’s do just that, shall we, and make it this week’s photography challenge as well. Weekly Photography Challenge – Golden So what does that mean to you? What do you imagine in your head at the mention of the word? Do you take it literally and think of the color gold? How about an award or trophy? There’s so many ways to go with this – let’s see where you take it. Here’s a few more ideas to get you started: By Hartwig…
  • A Collection of Golden Images for Your Viewing Pleasure

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time again for me to find some great images for you to see and get inspired by. I have to say that this is one of my favorite parts of this role as Editor as I get to troll through dozens of outstanding images to curate the best for you. Really, it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it, right?! Without further ado, here is a set of golden images for you to enjoy. I’ll leave the “golden” part open for your interpretation. Yellow by Milad Haghighi on 500px Yellow by Mariia Kudriashova on 500px Panning.. by Selycan on 500px Canola by Yusuf YAMAN on 500px…
  • Top 5 Tips for Wildlife Photography

    Will Nicholls
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Wildlife photography is continually growing in popularity, thanks to the accessibility of digital cameras nowadays. I’ve been a wildlife photographer for almost seven years now, and a professional for the last few of them. Over time I have picked up some really valuable techniques and tips, specific to wildlife photography, gained from either experience or learning from others in my field. Here are some the top tips for wildlife photography. #1 Get to Know Your Subject I cannot stress this enough – wildlife photography is all about time and patience, much of which should be spent…
  • How to Improve Your Portrait Photography in Five Minutes

    Annie Tao
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    People often ask me for tips on taking better photos of their friends and family. After much thought on photography tips that can apply to various experience levels and equipment — from DSLRs to smart phones — I present to you a short article with tips you can learn in five minutes to help you improve your portrait photography. If you have more time and would like more specifics, I’ve noted additional articles on each tip that may interest you. Tips that will instantly improve your portraits: 1. Don’t put everyone in the center That person may be the center of your life, but…
  • Tips for Photographing in Different Weather Conditions

    Monica Day
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You’ve figured out that photography is awesome. You have your equipment. You’ve got the basics down. You know all about the “triangle” of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Now, you’re ready to put them to use. You’re ready to go outside and experiment. But wait. You haven’t yet considered the weather. This is a little side note to photography that we often forget about. If you’re not shooting in a studio, then the weather will definitely be a factor to consider when going out on a shoot. There are a few basic weather scenarios that you will…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • President Obama signs cell phone unlocking bill into law

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The White House today announced that President Obama was signing the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" into law after the bill passed successfully through both the House and Senate. Today, President Obama will sign into...
  • Beats' head of subscription-music service is now in charge of iTunes Radio

    John-Michael Bond
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has appointed Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, to run iTunes Radio. Three executives from Beats -- Rogers, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine -- joined Apple as part of the company's...
  • Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray: Beautiful and functional

    Steven Sande
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Portland-based Grovemade has done it again, with a beautiful and functional desk accessory for your Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray (US$59) provides a nice-looking "hutch" for your keyboard while providing storage for...
  • Monitor overkill?

    Mike Wehner
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A wise man once told me that for every additional monitor on your desk, your productivity is cut in half. If that's true, then nobody is getting any work done in this office. I'm all for having an obnoxious amount of screen real estate at your...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Flick Kick Rugby [iOS...
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

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

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

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

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

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

  • What The Duck #1330

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.
  • Canon's 'something BIG' is... a photography competition. Oh well.

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Just when Canon India had us all excited... it looks like the company's 'something BIG is coming' teaser was referring to a competition. 'Photomarathon India' is open for registration from August 5th, and prizes include a trip to Japan, worth $5000. This is great news for Indian photographers, but likely to disappoint those of us hoping that 'something BIG' might refer to new hardware. Oh well. 
  • Samsung NX Mini real-world gallery updated with 17mm F1.8 samples

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    You'd know just by looking at it that the Samsung NX Mini is the slimmest and lightest interchangeable lens camera on the market. Tucked inside is a 1"-type, 20MP CMOS sensor along with Wi-Fi with NFC and 1080/30p video. The aptly named Mini also introduces a new NX-M lens mount. We've updated our existing NX Mini samples gallery with images from the 17mm F1.8 prime. See gallery
  • Lens Rentals Canada halts service citing 'serious issues' with Canada Post

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lens Rentals Canada has announced that it is temporarily not accepting new orders. A brief notice on lensrentalscanada.com cites 'serious issues' with Canada Post Corporation, and states that current orders will be shipped using Purolator Courier. An email that a reddit user claims was sent to him by Lens Rentals Canada is more to the point, stating that a Canada Post employee has stolen equipment in transit. No estimated timeframe has been given as to when orders will be accepted again. Read more
  • Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 now available

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Adobe has made final release versions of Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 available. This update adds support for the Nikon D810, Panasonic Lumix AG-GH4 (GH4 with interface unit) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, as well as several bug fixes. Color profiles are added for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, A7S and Alpha SLT-A77 II. Also included are a number of new lens profiles. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

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

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

  • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps

    Richard Padilla
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    Delta Airlines today updated its Fly Delta apps for the iPhone and iPad, allowing customers to access free in-flight entertainment through its new Delta Studio initiative. Avaliable on all domestic and two-cabin aircrafts, the app will allow access to a number of TV shows and movies including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Frozen through on-board Wi-Fi. The updated Fly Delta app also allows access to past and current issues of Delta's Sky Magazine, as well as the Glass Bottom Jet feature which provides tracking information for a current flight. The airline is also allowing users of the Gogo Video…
  • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Timeful, described as "the first intelligent time manager" for mobile devices, is a new iOS app designed to help users manage their lives by combining a time management app with a calendar, a to-do list, and habits. Timeful aims to provide a personalized experience that encourages people to commit to various self-improvement activities and complete goals. The app connects to the calendar on an iOS device, importing already existing events into a daily view that includes all tasks that must be completed. It also incorporates to-do functionality, allowing users to create tasks and file them…
  • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores

    Juli Clover
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Apple will soon be able to offer display repairs on the iPhone 5s directly within its retail stores, alleviating the need to send the devices to an off-site repair center. As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple Stores are currently accepting large deliveries of iPhone 5s screens for the repair program and in-store repairs are set to begin on Monday, August 4. The in-store repairs are part of an effort to lower repair costs. Apple first began offering in-store phone repairs for the iPhone 5 back in June of 2013, and expanded to iPhone 5c repairs in January of this year. Users with a cracked or damaged…
  • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Nomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack. While there are hundreds of different portable battery options for the iPhone, the NomadPlus is unique because it functions with an existing Apple charger. The NomadPlus plugs into an Apple wall charger, transforming it into a 1500 mAh portable battery with enough juice to recharge an iPhone to 70 percent. One of the most cumbersome aspects of most battery packs is the recharging of the battery itself, but the NomadPlus allows…
  • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Instagram today soft-launched its new Snapchat competitor Bolt in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. First hinted at last week, Bolt is a one tap photo and video messaging app that allows users to send ephemeral images to friends, much like Snapchat. As described by The Verge, Bolt is a "carbon copy" of Taptalk, another ephemeral messaging app. Users tap on a friend's profile photo to send a photo, or use a long tap to send a video. As with Taptalk, Bolt focuses on sharing with only a few friends -- users can only communicate with one person at a time, while in Snapchat mass snaps can…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark 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 July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

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

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