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  • Math whiz squares 78, 269 in his head and explains how he does it [video]

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    Josh Urich
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It's impressive enough to watch someone do extremely difficult math in their head, but actually hearing how they do it is even more impressive. Watch as this mathematician explains how he squares 78,269 in his head. The post Math whiz squares 78, 269 in his head and explains how he does it [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • John Oliver: 'Tony Abbott is a car crash of a human being'

    Jenni Ryall
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    British comedian John Oliver, who fronts the U.S. late show Last Week Tonight, has taken aim at Australia's Prime Minister yet again, calling him a "car crash of a human being." Speaking to Fairfax Media, Oliver likens Abbott to an "imploding star," who he believes cannot last as leader of the country, but is enjoying using the downhill ride for comedic pleasure. See also: Australian Prime Minister 'shakes it off' in glorious new video "Tony Abbott is an objectively fascinating man," he said in the interview. "The fact he's the leader of a country is in itself appealing as a comic. What's…
  • Think Wikipedia Is Sexist? They Want To Pay You To Help Change That

    Fast Company
    John Paul Titlow
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    A new campaign seeks ideas to correct Wikipedia's massive gender gap.Wikipedia knows it has a gender problem. Every time you see a new study, news headline, or snarky blog comment calling out Wikipedia's male-heavy demographic breakdown, you should know that the Wikimedia Foundation is aware of the issue and is trying to figure out ways to fix it. Now they're asking users for help.Read Full Story
  • Uber Suspends Its UberX Service In South Korea

    Jon Russell
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
     Uber has suspended its ride-sharing service UberX in South Korea following discussions with the government. The news is the latest in a series of setbacks that the ride-hailing service has encountered there, where it has regularly clashed with authorities. Read More
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    Seth Godin
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Here's an audio excerpt from the download/CD program I recently released via SoundsTrue as a fundraiser for Acumen. (Also on Amazon). I hope it resonates with you: Listen to The comparison trap from Leap First by Seth Godin Listen to Unleash the demos from Leap First by Seth Godin And, in response to many requests from people who love the fast (and sometimes free) shipping that Amazon offers, we've decided to now offer the two-pack of Your Turn on their site as well. (Click on "see all buying options" to get the 2 pack offer).  To get us off to a good start, it's discounted for…
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  • Math whiz squares 78, 269 in his head and explains how he does it [video]

    Josh Urich
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It's impressive enough to watch someone do extremely difficult math in their head, but actually hearing how they do it is even more impressive. Watch as this mathematician explains how he squares 78,269 in his head. The post Math whiz squares 78, 269 in his head and explains how he does it [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Terrifying test run of the world’s tallest roller coaster [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Carowinds of Charlotte, North Carolina's new coaster, #Fury325, is so extreme, just watching the POV test run video is enough to make your stomach drop. The post Terrifying test run of the world’s tallest roller coaster [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • This dog trick will blow your mind [video]

    Josh Urich
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This might be the smartest dog on the planet. Watch as he follows some insanely intricate commands and shows tremendous self restraint. The post This dog trick will blow your mind [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Cheetah poops through safari-goers sunroof [video]

    Josh Urich
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Some people pay a lot of money to drive out into the plains of Africa and watch the wildlife do their thing. Unfortunately, some of those animals want to do their thing too close for comfort, like this cheetah. The post Cheetah poops through safari-goers sunroof [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • A boy and his dog take flight [video]

    Deanne Mayall
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Nothing to be said about this other than, wow! More stories about Pets. Photo credit: The post A boy and his dog take flight [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • John Oliver: 'Tony Abbott is a car crash of a human being'

    Jenni Ryall
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    British comedian John Oliver, who fronts the U.S. late show Last Week Tonight, has taken aim at Australia's Prime Minister yet again, calling him a "car crash of a human being." Speaking to Fairfax Media, Oliver likens Abbott to an "imploding star," who he believes cannot last as leader of the country, but is enjoying using the downhill ride for comedic pleasure. See also: Australian Prime Minister 'shakes it off' in glorious new video "Tony Abbott is an objectively fascinating man," he said in the interview. "The fact he's the leader of a country is in itself appealing as a comic. What's…
  • Lottery ad beckons: Win a lot of cash and lead an authentic life

    T.L. Stanley
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:18 am
    What would you do if a giant pot of cash dropped into your lap, courtesy of a winning lottery ticket? Quit your job,? Buy a yacht? Make it rain? How about searching for your truth, paying it forward and leading an authentic life? While those are seemingly disparate notions, a new digital ad campaign for the California Lottery brings them together, subtly, in six short films about state residents prevailing over long odds, giving back to their communities and leaving indelible marks on others. There’s nary an oversized check or an overjoyed new millionaire in this bunch of videos, which…
  • Burqa-clad men march for women's rights in Afghanistan

    Patrick Kulp
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
    A group of Afghan men dressed in light-blue burqas turned heads on the streets of Kabul on Thursday during a march to call attention to women's rights. The roughly 20 men waved banners with slogans like "women's pain is our pain, equality is our slogan" and "we say no to all forms of violence" while cloaked from head to toe in the floor-length garments with only a small mesh fabric opening to peer out from. See also: 2014 was a 'catastrophic year' in human rights by the numbers Burqas became a symbol of oppression during the heavy-handed Taliban rule of the 1990s when women were forced to…
  • Harrison Ford's plane was made the same year he was born: 1942

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:35 pm
    LOS ANGELES — They're both "banged" up after Thursday's air-to-ground crash. While Harrison Ford is "battered, but OK" and recovering from non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, the vintage plane he was piloting when it fell from the sky due to engine failure is still resting, broken, at a local golf course where they both crashed. See also: Harrison Ford 'battered, but OK' after high-impact plane crash at golf course But being out of commission is not all the actor and the small Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR warbird aircraft have in common. Both entered this world in 1942. This…
  • Grammar fail: Picky editor takes red pen to 'for sale' sign

    Jenni Ryall
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    One grammar obsessive has taken their need for perfect sentence structure to a new level. A sign on the streets of a Melbourne suburb in Australia has been corrected with a red pen. The 'for sale' sign is an education in grammar — from the fixed typo to the editing of Americanisms See also: Guy Sebastian named Australia's Eurovision entrant; everyone has a whinge "Perfect located one of the famous street in Balwyn, school zone of Balwyn high second colloge. It is only walking minutes to shopping mall, 109tram and the Eastern Freeway," the sign stated originally. "The house features with…
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  • Think Wikipedia Is Sexist? They Want To Pay You To Help Change That

    John Paul Titlow
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    A new campaign seeks ideas to correct Wikipedia's massive gender gap.Wikipedia knows it has a gender problem. Every time you see a new study, news headline, or snarky blog comment calling out Wikipedia's male-heavy demographic breakdown, you should know that the Wikimedia Foundation is aware of the issue and is trying to figure out ways to fix it. Now they're asking users for help.Read Full Story
  • First Look: Inside Sephora's New Innovation Lab

    Evie Nagy
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    The big beauty brand's new team and facility model a retail future where both on- and off-line shopping are kicked up by a serious notch.When Sephora launched in the U.S. in 1998, it radically changed the cosmetics buying experience, replacing the controlled department store counter transaction with a hands-on, candy store-style field day for makeup lovers. In recent years, the brand has aggressively integrated digital and in-store retail, and today opened its new Innovation Lab, a team and facility focused on "envisioning the future of retail for Sephora, and making sure that we're staying…
  • New Google AdWords App Lets You View Ad Analytics On The Go

    David Lumb
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    The venerable Google AdWords now has a mobile app to track impressions, click-throughs, and more data.Google AdWords, one of the search giant's longest-lasting cornerstone endeavors at almost 15 years old, is finally getting a mobile app. Now you can monitor your ad campaign and get all that sweet, juicy data on the go.Read Full Story
  • Imgur Paves The Way For Native Ads With A Redesigned Mobile App

    Ainsley O'Connell
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    The company's memes and gifs now have a brand-friendly mobile home.Imgur, the company we like to think of as the bad-boy alter ego of image-based platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, today released a revamped iPhone app designed to attract new advertising dollars and justify its $200 million valuation.Read Full Story
  • The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long-form Articles That Go Absolutely Viral

    Michael Grothaus
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Going deep with the founders of Wait But Why, who show that thoughtful, long-form content is king.Over the last several years many professional writers and journalists have lamented the BuzzFeedification of the Internet.Read Full Story
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  • Uber Suspends Its UberX Service In South Korea

    Jon Russell
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
     Uber has suspended its ride-sharing service UberX in South Korea following discussions with the government. The news is the latest in a series of setbacks that the ride-hailing service has encountered there, where it has regularly clashed with authorities. Read More
  • Signal Keeps Your iPhone Calls And Texts Safe From Government Spies

    Sarah Buhr
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
     Don’t want someone else handing your text messages, pictures, video or phone conversations over to the government? There’s an app for that. An app called Signal is a project out of Open Whisper Systems, a not-for-profit collective of hackers dedicated to making it harder for prying government eyes to get a hold of your information. It gets high marks from both the American Civil… Read More
  • If You Run A Facebook Page, Expect The Like Count To Drop Soon

    Greg Kumparak
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
     Do you run a Facebook Page? Heads up: your page’s “Like” count is probably going to drop a bit soon, and it’s totally not your fault. The short version: Facebook is changing the way it’s counting likes, subtracting any accounts that have been either manually deactivated or “memorialized” after its owner passed. It’s something that probably… Read More
  • The Hidden Co-Founder

    Suranga Chandratillake
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
     It was Valentine’s Day recently and that reminded me of a story I often share with the founders we work with, here at Balderton. One Friday in Cambridge, a few years ago: a tech guy and his fiancée are planning their wedding, which is due to take place in the city a few months later. Scheduled that day were: checking out the wedding venue, meeting people involved with the service,… Read More
  • Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Anthony Ha
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
     Startup Springleap says it can help marketers improve their ad campaigns by tapping into a community of 180,000 creative professionals. To pursue that vision, the company is announcing that it has raised an additional $650,000 in seed funding, bringing its total backing to around $1.1 million. I got on the phone with founder Eran Eyal partly to discuss the funding, but more to discuss the… Read More
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    Seth Godin
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Here's an audio excerpt from the download/CD program I recently released via SoundsTrue as a fundraiser for Acumen. (Also on Amazon). I hope it resonates with you: Listen to The comparison trap from Leap First by Seth Godin Listen to Unleash the demos from Leap First by Seth Godin And, in response to many requests from people who love the fast (and sometimes free) shipping that Amazon offers, we've decided to now offer the two-pack of Your Turn on their site as well. (Click on "see all buying options" to get the 2 pack offer).  To get us off to a good start, it's discounted for…
  • The asymmetry of decay

    Seth Godin
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    When things get a little better every day, we take the good news for granted. It takes almost no time at all for the improvement to turn into an expectation and for the expectation to be taken for granted. But when things decay, we can't stop thinking about the loss, extrapolating the pattern all the way to doom, and then living with that doom, long before it arrives. This is a bug in the system of our culture, but that doesn't mean we can't work to hack it. When we curate our media intake (and create our own) and when we decide what story to tell ourselves (instead of accepting the story of…
  • Labor unions in a post-industrial age

    Seth Godin
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The us/them mindset of the successful industrialist led to the inevitable and essential creation of labor unions. If, as Smith and Marx wrote, owning the means of production transfers maximum value to the factory owner, the labor union provided a necessary correction to an inherently one-sided relationship. Industrialism is based on doing a difficult thing (making something) ever cheaper and more reliably. The union movement is the result of a group of workers insisting that they be treated fairly, despite the fact that they don't own the means of production. Before globalism, unions had the…
  • The circus is coming to town

    Seth Godin
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    Too often, we wait. We wait to get the gig, or to make the complex sale, or to find the approval we seek. Then we decide it's time to get to work and put on our show. The circus doesn't work that way. They don't wait to be called. They show up. They show up and sell tickets. When you transform the order of things, the power shifts. "The circus is going to be here tomorrow, are you going?" That's a very different question than, "are you willing to go out on a limb and book the circus? If you are, we'll come to town..." People respond to forward motion. Auctions are always more exciting than…
  • Stupid is the brand killer

    Seth Godin
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you make your customer feel stupid, you've given him no choice. He needs to blame you. Some ways to make people feel stupid: Charge different prices at different outlets and shrug your shoulders when you get found out. Insist that the warranty ends precisely the day you said it would.  Give new customers a great discount for signing up, but tell long-term customers that they're out of luck. Make your expensive items less networked, less powerful and less reliable than your cheaper ones. Give your customers a product, idea or service that causes them to be ridiculed or shamed by…
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  • Magic Leap Founder: Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Make You Sick

    Jessi Hempel
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Rony Abovitz is still coy about what Magic Leap will actually look like. But he’s clear about one thing: his company’s technology won’t make you sick like all those virtual and augmented reality goggles. The post Magic Leap Founder: Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Make You Sick appeared first on WIRED.
  • Microsoft’s Vision for Games: Unifying Xbox and Windows 10

    Bo Moore
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Microsoft has a vision for the future of gaming: A unified experience across Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox head Phil Spencer laid out that plan at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, where he conceded Windows lost the plot with gamers. The time has come, he said, to change course. “Our goal in […] The post Microsoft’s Vision for Games: Unifying Xbox and Windows 10 appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Scary-Dexterous Robots of the Darpa Challenge

    Neel V. Patel
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Maybe if we start training robots to save people’s lives now, some of them will collaborate with the post-Skynet human resistance later. The post The Scary-Dexterous Robots of the Darpa Challenge appeared first on WIRED.
  • Woman Controls a Fighter Jet Sim Using Only Her Mind

    Nick Stockton
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A brain-computer interface lets a quadriplegic woman pilot an F-35 flight simulator with the power of her mind alone. The post Woman Controls a Fighter Jet Sim Using Only Her Mind appeared first on WIRED.
  • Projection Mapping Brings an Ancient Greek Statue to Life

    Margaret Rhodes
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Purists will scoff, but we could be nearing a future where new technologies make art museums come to life. Not hyperbolically, in the sense that virtual reality displays and touchscreen tablets let you interact with art in new ways (we’re already seeing that in spades, thanks to smart renovations at places like the Cleveland Museum […] The post Projection Mapping Brings an Ancient Greek Statue to Life appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 5 Psychological Blocks that Stop Bloggers Going from Good to Great

    Guest Blogger
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Dr Alice Boyes. Image via Flickr user Alessandra   Blogging is a world of infinite opportunity, but sometimes what’s holding you back is you. Check out these common problems and some suggested solutions to help you kick it up to the next level. 1. Imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is when, despite your accomplishments, you still feel like a fraud. As a consequence, you might: avoid networking with people who objectively are at or slightly above your level, avoid reaching for certain opportunities, and avoid pitching yourself. You might imagine other…
  • How to Get Top Bloggers to Share Your Content and Boost Your Traffic.

    Guest Blogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from copywriter Robin Geuens. Can I ask you a question? When you published your first post, did you think youíd get lots of traffic? Did you think that everybody couldn’t wait to comment on a job well done? Did you? I know I sure did. But then reality kicked in. In reality, you publish your first article and nobody reads it. Instead of receiving floods of traffic, you look around and realize your blog is located in a desert with not a single drop of traffic in sight. The thing is, you’re not alone. That desert is littered with abandoned blogging…
  • Top Tips for Getting the Most out of Monetizing Brand/Blog Relationships

    Stacey Roberts
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Working with brands on blogs is big business, and for one blogger making a full time living through advertising and sponsorships, there are 100 more who’d like to. Louisa Claire has been blogging for nine years and runs Brand Meets Blog, where she connect brands with bloggers and trains bloggers on how to work professionally with brands. Having worked with leading brands including Qantas, Kellogg’s, and The Heart Foundation among many, she is passionate about helping brands and bloggers make authentic connections that deliver great value for bloggers, readers, and brands alike.
  • How Compassion International Uses Blogging to Save Lives

    Guest Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    This is a guest contribution from Caitlin Gustafson.I imagine a dirt road with boys playing with a lonely old soccer ball in the warm sunshine. A little boy with dark brown curls chases the ball, his worn sneakers kicking up dust from the street. I don’t know if that’s what life is really like for Janair, my sponsor child from Honduras. But every time I get a hand-written letter in crayon, or I see a new picture of him, it’s what I imagine. Compassion International is a non-profit organization that works in 26 countries around the world and is one of the few organizations that holds a…
  • Are You a Full Time Blogger with Small to Medium Traffic? Let’s Chat

    Darren Rowse
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    One of the biggest misconceptions that many bloggers have is that you need MASSIVE traffic to become a full time blogger. We often hear how many hundreds of thousands or even millions of visitors this or that blog has but the reality is that I’ve met many bloggers over the years who don’t have massive traffic – yet who are still making a healthy income from their blogging. The problem is that these bloggers don’t always have the platform to tell their stories and so the myth that you need massive traffic goes on without being busted. This year I want to smash that myth…
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  • The VU Meter Home Screen

    Eric Ravenscraft
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    VU meters have a certain delightful nostalgia to them. While we may have more space-efficient ways to measure things like battery life, this home screen sure looks good doing it.Read more...
  • Plan More Effectively with the "Tenth Man Rule"

    Patrick Allan
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When it comes to planning, you want to have every aspect covered as best you can. The "tenth man rule" always has someone play the part of contrarian no matter how solid your plan looks to make it even more effective.Read more...
  • Weed Out the Kitchen Tools You Don't Use with the Box Method

    Patrick Allan
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Some kitchen tools are indispensable , but others just float around your kitchen, never to be used again. You can declutter your kitchen tool storage with this simple process.Read more...
  • Deadspin Watch Ronda Rousey Destroy Some Jamoke's Ribcage | Gizmodo Why Hillary Clinton's Homebrew E

    Jane-Claire Quigley
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Deadspin Watch Ronda Rousey Destroy Some Jamoke's Ribcage | Gizmodo Why Hillary Clinton's Homebrew Email Is a Political Nightmare | io9 Fantastic Redesigns Of Women Characters By Women Science Fiction Artists | Kotaku Ask Dr. Nerdlove: My Ex Got Me Into Kink And I Can't Go Back | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Three Tell-Tale Signs You've Found What Truly Motivates You

    Patrick Allan
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Finding motivation can be a constant struggle when it comes to work, but it can be a little easier when you find your motivators. These are the three signs you've found what really keeps you moving forward.Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am evangelizing the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. It’s quite simple: a pitch should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.This rule is applicable for any presentation to reach agreement: for example, raising capital, making a sale, forming a partnership, etc. Ten slides. Ten is the optimal number of slides in a PowerPoint presentation because a normal human being cannot comprehend more than ten concepts in a meeting—and venture capitalists are very normal. (The only difference between you and venture capitalist is that he…
  • The Art of Simple Questions: How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

    Guy Kawasaki
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is a myth that successful companies begin with grandiose ambitions. The implication is that entrepreneurs should start with megalomaniac goals in order to succeed. To the contrary, my observation is that great companies began by wondering about simple things, and this leads to asking simple questions that beget companies: Therefore, what? This question arises when you spot or predict a trend and wonder about its consequences. It works like this: “Everyone will have a smartphone with a camera and Internet access.” Therefore, what? “They will be able to take pictures and share…
  • Top 10 Ways to Capture Attention

    Guy Kawasaki
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    This is a guest post by Ben Parr, the author of Captivology. You probably deal with attention issues every day. How do I get the attention of new customers? How do I retain the attention of existing clients? How do I captivate my boss or my upcoming date? It’s a hard problem to solve, especially since very few people understand how attention fundamentally works. Writing my new book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, I combed through more than a thousand research studies and interviewed dozens of scientists, PhDs, business leaders, and luminaries to understand why we…
  • The Meaning of Meaning

    Guy Kawasaki
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    When I was a venture capitalist, I noticed that entrepreneurs whose primary goal was to make money usually failed. This is because this kind of entrepreneur attracts other people who want to make money, and then when the company doesn’t pay out big bucks immediately (and no startup does), these folks look for greener pastures. To combat the problem of ill-suited people pursuing entrepreneurship, experts often recommend rigorous self-examination before starting a company. However, most people  ask themselves the wrong questions: Can I work long hours at low wages? Can I deal with…
  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
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  • New Report Provides Look into Apple's Secret Lab For Apple Watch Developers

    Husain Sumra
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Three weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was inviting developers to the company's Cupertino headquarters to receive help finalizing Apple Watch apps. A new report from Bloomberg Business provides a look into the secret lab where Apple is helping developers, offering a look at Apple's strategy for Apple Watch apps as well as the security around the project. Developers from Facebook, BMW, Starwood Hotels and others have been making multiple trips to Cupertino, with each visit requiring confidentiality. Apple, which will share more details about the gadget at a March 9 event, uses extreme…
  • Oracle Now Bundling Adware with Java for Mac

    Husain Sumra
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    For years, Oracle has been bundling an search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet. Image via ZDNetThe unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of…
  • Hidden Diagnostic Port on Apple Watch Could Allow for Smart Band Accessories [Updated]

    Eric Slivka
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Ahead of Monday's media event where Apple is expected to provide final details on the Apple Watch, a new report from TechCrunch details a hidden "diagnostic port" inside one of the channels on the Apple Watch where watch bands slip into place. While the port is currently used only for diagnostic purposes, the report argues it could be used in the future to interface with "smart band" accessories bringing additional functionality to the watch.The port has a 6-dot brass contact array inside the groove for the ‘bottom’ strap connector slot. Several sources have confirmed its existence and…
  • Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at WWDC

    Joe Rossignol
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on March 9."Apple currently plans to launch the new music service as part of an iOS 8.4 upgrade for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch following WWDC, but a final decision has not yet been made. It’s possible that the service will be…
  • Apple Notifying Aperture Users of Impending Removal From Mac App Store

    Joe Rossignol
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Apple has sent an email to Aperture customers this afternoon as a reminder about the impending removal of the professional photo editing software from the Mac App Store. The email confirms that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store upon the release of Photos for OS X as we initially reported last month."When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app.  You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for…
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  • How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire Someone Else?

    Chris Brogan
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    I was working on the audiobook (long overdue) for my book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth and I came to a part of a chapter that might be useful to you. Are you thinking of hiring someone else? Are you a solo business and wondering if you should have a partner? Are you wondering about bringing on someone to tackle the expanding workload? If so, I bet you’re wondering about the process and worrying about what you do or don’t know about it. Continue ReadingThe post How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire Someone Else? appeared first on
  • Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Conferences?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I had a wonderful time at Michael Port’s Heroic Public Speaking event. There was a lot of value offered for those who attended. As a speaker, I loved sharing what I knew with the folks who were there. But I also operated as an attendee, listening and absorbing, and also getting what I could out of meeting and talking with other attendees. I had a secret opportunity: almost a dozen people there were friends as well as attendees. So I got a LOT out of my time there. But it made me think. Are you getting the most out of your conferences? There are some great ways to improve your conference…
  • You Will Never See Us Coming

    Chris Brogan
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    I was talking with the ever smart Jeff Brown who does the Read to Lead Podcast (one of my favorites), and we were talking about how podcasting is just booming. Jeff runs a Podcaster Academy. I co-founded PodCamp, etc. It’s a big topic these days. Jeff said that once at his former job in radio, someone said, “You can’t kill radio. No one will ever listen to a traffic report on a podcast.” Continue ReadingThe post You Will Never See Us Coming appeared first on
  • Remember When I Said I Quit Facebook?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A few years back, I quit Facebook. I tried deleting my old profile, but in Facebook, that’s pretty much an act of congress, so I just abandoned it. A year ago-ish, I snuck back on, but decided not to do much in the way of “business” via my Facebook. Along the way, I discovered what I think is the real value of the platform. Facebook Business Value Isn’t What You Think People ask me often about advertising on Facebook. I have no idea. Every time I’ve done it, nothing much happens. Jon Loomer knows better than me. That’s his thing. Continue ReadingThe post…
  • Why I Won’t Stop Blogging

    Chris Brogan
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    I started blogging in 1998, back when they called it journaling. My first site wasn’t really blogging software. It didn’t exist yet. A bunch of my sites have been lost to software companies folding. Then eventually, I landed on, ported some of those posts to WordPress, made a lot of mistakes, and finally settled into staying on WordPress and staying in the same rough area of the universe (though my focus changes every few years). I won’t stop blogging I love it. I love having a platform where I can reach out to people, share my thoughts and ideas…
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  • Henry Rollins on the Art and Business of DIY Media

    Brian Clark
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I vividly remember the first time I heard Black Flag. It was in a kid named Mike Goodman’s bedroom, and the record was called Damaged. That’s how it was pre-Internet in suburban Houston. If it wasn’t on the radio or MTV, it was invisible — unless some cool kid turned you on to something new (who probably got it from the older sibling of some other cool kid). And by “cool,” I mean a misfit who couldn’t abide in a Top 40 world. My first impression was, “Wow, this guy is pissed off!” And sarcastic, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. I loved it. At the time, I had no…
  • Why Interactive Content May Be the Most Exciting Marketing Tactic of 2015

    Scott Brinker
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m looking forward to speaking at the Authority Rainmaker conference this May in Denver, Colorado. As a longtime Copyblogger fan, it’s a great privilege, and I can’t wait to meet many of you. The title of my talk will be: How to Design Interactive Content — Moving Beyond Button Clicks and Form Fills. Which begs the question, what exactly is interactive content? Most content that we’re familiar with — blog posts, ebooks, reports, webinars, infographics, podcasts, etc. — is designed to be passively consumed by our audiences. They read, watch, or listen…
  • Dan Pink on How to Succeed in the New Era of Selling

    Jerod Morris
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Selling isn’t what it used to be. And for most of us, that’s a good thing. Gone are the days of alpha males who are “always closing.” Today, in the new era of selling that has dawned, many of us are spending much more of our time selling than we even realize. This is the subject of Authority Rainmaker keynote speaker Dan Pink’s latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, and he gives us an inside look — describing the tools and traits that are required (many of which you probably have already) — in the latest episode of…
  • How to Crowd-Publish Your Content Without Asking for Money

    Matthew Turner
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you read the headline, “Portland Entrepreneur Raises $13 Million by Enticing 62,000 People to Buy His Cooler,” which part fascinates you? How about, “7,000 Hungry Folks Raise $55,000 for Potato Salad Project?” I imagine, if you’re anything like the majority, those large amounts of money stand out. After all, $13 million is a gigantic amount of cash, as is $55,000 for potato salad. But whenever I come across crowdfunding campaigns like these, it is the crowd of people who band together that captures my attention. As a content creator, imagine what you could…
  • Three Misconceptions About Modern SEO That Confuse Content Marketers

    Brian Clark
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    What’s the reality of search engine optimization after the Google Hummingbird update? Can someone destroy your business with negative SEO? Did Google kill the concept of AuthorRank when it eliminated the Authorship initiative? For these types of questions, there’s no better person to ask than Danny Sullivan, founder of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, CMO of Third Door Media (producers of the popular SMX conferences), and a veteran search engine expert of 20 years. Today’s show is just a warmup to Danny’s presentation at Authority Rainmaker 2015, May 13-15 in…
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  • Live blog: Apple's March 9 special event

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
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  • First look: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac doesn't feel like an afterthought

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    You may not have noticed, but of late there’s been a mind shift at Microsoft. First with the introduction of Office for iPad in 2014, then the addition of OneNote for Mac and iOS and an updated and useful version of Office for iPhone. Then, just a few weeks ago, Outlook for iOS, which may just be the best email app you’ll find for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Today? The preview release of Office 2016.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • FireChat's hashtags help festival-goers find the hottest spots at SXSW

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Off-the-grid messaging app FireChat is designed for chatting in congested spaces, like political protests in Hong Kong or music festivals in India. As the city of Austin gears up to host the music, film, and tech festival South by Southwest, FireChat is getting ready to introduce a new way to join a conversation with so-called “chat-tags.” FireChat Find out where to go and what to do with FireChat's new hashtagged rooms, launched just in time for South by Southwest.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Imgur returns to iPhone with a slick new app

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Imgur, every Redditor’s favorite viral image site, recently released its second attempt at an iOS app after producing—and then pulling—its first shot at iOS several years ago. The new app is currently an iPhone-only affair that focuses on browsing the site’s image collection. Noticeably absent are any tools to upload images to the site, at least for now. Imgur for iPhone. The new app doesn’t look anything like the original, which attempted to mimic the grid format of Imgur’s PC site—a format the Android app still holds to. Instead of a grid, you'll see a single image and swipe…
  • Cable-free HBO Now streaming service may debut in April for $15 per month

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    HBO is reportedly getting set to roll out its cable-free online streaming service in the coming weeks with a $15 per month price tag. The new service will be called HBO Now and launch on a number of platforms, including Apple TV, in time for the Game of Thrones premiere on April 12, according to the International Business Times.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Automating Style Guide-Driven Development

    Varya Stepanova & Juuso Backman
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Style guides — especially living ones — are useful in many aspects of development and maintenance, so it’s little wonder that developing them has become a highly recommended and a popular practice. But even with the clear benefits, taking the necessary steps to create and start using them is easier said than done, as quite often the challenge is cultural, requiring changes in people’s mindsets. In order to make the transition as painless as possible, equipping yourself with the most helpful tools and automating as many steps as possible become important. These living…
  • How To Create Effective App Screenshots For Your App Store Page

    Melanie Haselmayr
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Slowly but surely, the official app stores of iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone Marketplace have transformed into a digital battlefield. App developers have to fight for recognition or otherwise be drowned in an ocean of competing mobile applications. App store optimization (ASO), a strategy similar to SEO but specifically applied to the app pages in app stores, has become a handy addition to an app developer’s marketing plan, and promises to help increase visibility – and, as a consequence, downloads – of a mobile app. ASO consists of many elements, and should be considered a key…
  • Harnessing Flexbox For Today’s Web Apps

    Karen Menezes
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Although the syntax might be initially confounding, flexbox1 lives up to its name. It creates intelligent boxes that are stretchable, squeezable and capable of changing visual order. It provides simple solutions to layout paradigms that CSS has always struggled with: vertical centering and equal heights. Flex items are truly accommodating and a pleasure to work with. Chris Coyier sums up flexbox2 nicely: The Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module (currently a W3C Last Call Working Draft) aims at providing a more efficient way to lay out, align and distribute space among items in a container,…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:08 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 almost seven 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 March…
  • Design Principles: Dominance, Focal Points And Hierarchy

    Steven Bradley
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Has a client ever asked you to make the logo bigger1? Maybe they asked that just after you completed their request to make a heading bigger. The new heading stands out, but now the logo is too small in comparison and isn’t getting noticed. The clients wants to make the logo bigger. Of course, now that the logo and heading are bigger, both are going to attract more attention than the main call-to-action button, which will need to be made bigger. And once the button is bigger, the heading is going to start looking small again. You can’t emphasize everything. It defeats the point. When you…
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  • Gay Syrians tell of fear of ISIS persecution

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Syrians have been thrown from high buildings and beheaded by ISIS because of their perceived sexual orientation. Arwa Damon documents some of the cases.
  • 5 things to start your day

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    Harrison Ford survives a plane crash. An airliner skids on an ice-covered New York runway. And an arrest warrant is issued for the man accused of slashing the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.
  • Lost city found in jungle

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    Archaeologists searching for a lost city in the jungles of Honduras have discovered the urban remains of what they believe is a vanished ancient civilization, National Geographic reports.
  • Nebraska same-sex marriages on hold

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place while the state appeals a federal judge's decision to strike it down.
  • Plane skids off NY runway

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    A Delta airplane slid off a runway at New York's LaGuardia airport, its nose breaking through a fence before skidding to a halt mere feet from icy waters. FULL STORY
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    Digital Photography School

  • Safety Tips for Travel Photographers (Particularly Women)

    Karthika Gupta
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Let me first address the obvious that while this article talks about safety tips for women photographers, it does not mean that these tips don’t apply to men as well. Most are general tips that could be applied to both genders. Being a woman photographer who has started to venture out alone for photoshoots and solo photowalks, these are things that I notice and practice as I do travel photography. Solo Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Great Smoky Mountain National Park, USA It all started with a single trip. A couple of years ago while visiting Great Smoky Mountain National Park in…
  • The Magic of Thinking Big in Photography

    Eric Kim
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You want to be the best photographer you can. You’re constantly trying to educate yourself, improve, and take your photography to the next level. But how can you take your photography to new heights, and stand out from the crowd? The secret is thinking big. If you look at successful individuals outside of photography such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Larry Page – what do these leaders have in common? How were they able to leverage their strengths, continuously add value to the world, and become successful at what they do? In the book “Bold”, author Peter…
  • How to Get More Natural Smiles in Child Photography

    Angie Baxter
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    A natural smile – the holy grail of child photography. A genuine, heartfelt smile is more than just turning up the corners of the mouth. A real smile radiates from your whole face, and particularly for children, is often felt with the whole body. Not only is a forced and fake smile easy to spot in photographs – we know that wearing a fake smile and having it photographed doesn’t feel too good at the time, and it doesn’t feel great for children either. So while we want to photograph a child’s beautiful smile, we also want them to enjoy the process of being photographed. And…
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Manual Focus

    Tim Gilbreath
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a beginner in the wonderful world of photography, if you’ve never used an older film camera, or a combination of both, you might be unfamiliar with the workings of manual focus. Even if you are, you may not have thought about how you would use it in real-world situations. Fortunately as DSLR owners, we have the best of both worlds between manual and automatic focusing; we have a choice as to how we decide the subject of our photo, and other points that aren’t as important. This is an advantage for you, and having a better understanding of the “other”…
  • Win One of FOUR Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Over the past few years here at dPS, we have run some of our most popular competitions with a very valued partner – the New York Institute of Photography – to give away to dPS readers handpicked photography courses. Due to popular demand, NYIP and dPS bring you yet another opportunity to win one of these valuable courses! For this competition, NYIP is giving away FOUR prizes Each will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win: Wedding Photography Course – $999 Value Portrait Photography Course – $999 Value Travel Photography Course – $999 Value…
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  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    For those of you following along with The Traveling Photographer series, Lynda has just posted the New York City episode.This is a city I have visited many times, so we tried to distill this visit down to a small collection of very cool photo experiences. I hope you like it.Lastly, NYC completes the series—for now, anyway. Whether or not it continues will be determined solely by how many views it gets. So thanks in advance for your support.-DH
  • Now Live on The Traveling Photographer_LONDON

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • Livestream's new Broadcaster mini dongle broadcasts live video

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Livestream has introduced its new Broadcaster mini device for live-streaming video directly from a camera. The dongle is compatible with any camera that offers a mini HDMI port, and works wirelessly in conjunction with Android/iOS devices and Livestream's Studio software. The Broadcaster mini will be joined by the Broadcaster Pro next month, which will offer longer battery life, more connectivity options and higher-quality streaming. Read more
  • Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA real-world samples gallery posted

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Sony announced three new FE primes yesterday, including a 28 f/2, a 35mm f/1.4 and a 90mm f/2.8 macro. We got our hands on the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 and shot with it around Seattle. It features a 9-blade circular aperture and a Direct Drive SSM focus system. Check out our samples gallery
  • World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Following an investigation into Contemporary Issues winner Giovanni Troilo's photo story 'La Ville Noir - The Dark Heart of Europe,' World Press Photo has stripped the photographer of his prize. The organization found Troilo to be in violation of contest rules - specifically, a photo he submitted that he alleged to have been taken in the Belgian city at the heart of the project turns out to have been taken in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels. Read more
  • Prepare to be impressed: Tamron 15-30 F2.8 vs. Nikon 14-24 F2.8

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    While we were at CP+ 2015 in Japan, we met with Tamron, and the company was kind enough to lend us their newly announced 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD. In Nikon mount, no less. It's a wide range for a full-frame zoom, made more impressive by the inclusion of vibration compensation (VC). With a price tag of $1200, Tamron is taking the Nikon 14-24 head-on, and so we decided to do the same: pit the two against one another in a shootout, which you can view here
  • CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory"

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    At this year's CP+ show in Yokohama Japan we made time to sit down with several senior executives from major manufacturers, including Sigma. In this interview with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, we spoke about the challenges of making lenses for ever-increasing pixel counts, the company's 'small office, big factory' philosophy and why the company is continuing to make cameras. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Going Solo (Matt Kloskowski)
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Here is a quick tip for you to make your workflow just a touch easier. When you are in the Develop Module if you find yourself scrolling through the panels a lot, you might want to try going solo. Default setting leaves all panels open Right Click on any of the panels tabs such as Basic and choose Solo Mode from the drop down menu. right click on any Develop panel and choose Solo Mode   Now when you click on any panel, all the other panels will be shut so that you will do less scrolling and more editing. A simple tip but one that makes a lot of folks happy when they realize how much…
  • Moving All Your Images From Aperture Is Now Built Right In To Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    Greetings from Las Vegas (I’m out here for the WPPI [Wedding and Portrait] show. I’m speaking in the Canon booth at 10:45 this morning if you’re here — stop by and say hi). Anyway, I’ve been running into folks here and there asking about finally making the switch from Aperture and what’s all involved, and a lot of folks didn’t realize that Adobe not only created an importer plug-in, but that it’s now actually built right into to Lightroom 5.6 (and higher) itself. So, here’s how it works (there’s an option for importing from iPhoto, too).
  • Setting Up A Print Proof to Test The Brightness Slider (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    In the past few episodes of “The Lightroom Show” we’ve talked about using the Brightness slider in the Print module so you can still use a nice, bright contrasty monitor, and adjust just the file that is sent to your printer (or an online lab for printing) without messing with your original image’s settings, so the print still looks good (we explain this on the episodes). I’ve seen some questions, here and on social media, about how to actually set up a printed proof (for some reason, many Lightroom users really fight the idea of making a printing proof and…
  • It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #3 with Scott & RC (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We’re back with Episode #3, and we packed even more Lightroom goodness in this episode without going over our 15 minute time-limit (but we got really close), and just so you know we’ve been listening: (1) We had lots of requests to take one of our viewer’s images and show how we would edit that image from start to finish (so we did) (2) We added a segment from here on out on tips for using Lightroom Mobile (3) Per numerous request we had the camera crew zoom in tighter from time to time for a more intimate feel (more like they do on The Grid) (4) We included a follow-up…
  • Lightroom Quick Tip: Use Auto Sync (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When you are working on a shoot where your lighting and camera settings are fixed, there are changes that you would like to quickly pass to the other images in the shoots. Getting this done quickly can be a great time saver in your workflow. Let me speed this up just a little bit further by adding another tool to your arsenal – Auto Sync. When you make some develop setting changes to your images, you have the option to select the images that are next to the one that you changed.  Pressing the Sync button at the bottom of the basic panel lets you take the settings that you set for the…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Gmail for iOS Updated With Quick Actions, Share Sheet and Attachment Viewer

    Joe Rossignol
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Google on Thursday updated Gmail for iOS with a trio of notable new features: quick actions, the ability to email files from other apps and a new attachment viewer. Gmail users on iPhone and iPad can now attach photos and documents to Gmail from other apps such as Instagram using the updated in-app share sheet, and open attachments from Gmail into any app. Taking advantage of Apple's addition of interactive notifications in iOS 8, quick actions enable Gmail users to archive or reply to emails directly from a notification without leaving the app. The functionality also works for notifications…
  • Apple Rumored to Offer Personal Engravings on Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Apple may give customers the ability to engrave personalized messages onto the upcoming Apple Watch, according to French Apple and tech site iPhonote [Google Translate]. According to the website's source, who remained anonymous due to their "involvement at Apple", the company would offer an engraving option similar to that of products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod lines. The contact, however, remains unsure of whether the feature would be available on the Apple Watch's launch date or not. They remain "almost certain", however, that the customization option will emerge for the device…
  • Apple Patents Waterproofing Method 'For Shielding Electronic Components from Moisture'

    Mitchel Broussard
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published a patent application created by Apple, detailing a method for the extensive waterproofing of various components within a device, possibly an iPhone, thus creating a completely waterproof smartphone without the need of a special case (via Patently Apple). Originally filed in September of 2013, the patent application describes a "hydrophobic coating" to be layered onto integral parts within a device, like its printed circuit board. Apple describes achieving this using a "plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) process" that would…
  • Apple Watch Site Lets Users Explore Different Band and Casing Combinations

    Juli Clover
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Ahead of Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" event that is expected to see the company unveiling more information about the Apple Watch, a new website has been launched that allows users to explore all of the different casing and band combinations for the device. Using images taken from Apple's Apple Watch website, MixYourWatch lets users pair each of the six different Apple Watch casings (stainless steel, space gray stainless steel, aluminum, space gray aluminum, gold, and rose gold) with the 16 different bands made of fluoroelastomer, leather, and steel. Rumors have suggested that Apple plans…
  • Apple Watch Magazine Tour Continues in Chinese Fashion Magazine 'YOHO'

    Joe Rossignol
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    The international debut of the Apple Watch in magazines across the world continues this week with the wrist-worn device making a cover appearance on Chinese fashion magazine YOHO. The upcoming April issue of the magazine features actor and pop icon Archie Kao wearing an Apple Watch Sport with a white band on the cover and showcases other fashion shots of the wrist-worn device in a related story. Kao has been acting in Hollywood films and TV shows for nearly two decades, making regular appearances in series such as Chicago P.D., Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The…
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    CNN Travel

  • Thousands stranded as Nepal’s airport remains shut

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    At least 160 flights cancelled after officials struggled to remove a plane that skidded off the runway at Kathmandu's airport on WednesdayTags: Turkish AirlinesKathmanduTribhuvan International Airport
  • Chef Massimo Bottura: The man who reinvented Italian cuisine

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:12 pm
    The three Michelin-star chef from Modena, Italy, combines inspiration from art and music with gastronomic heritage to create new Italian dishes.Tags: Culinary Journeysitalian foodMichelin
  • Lost city discovered in Honduras jungle

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Archaeologists found urban remains of a vanished ancient civilization in Honduras' Mosquitia regionTags: ancient ruinsArchaeology
  • Delta plane skids off LaGuardia runway

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Delta: 125 passengers, 5 crew used slides to deplane; taken away by busTags: delta air linesAirline accidentsLaGuardia International Airport
  • Where to eat in Hong Kong for 2015

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The classics, the rising stars and the hottest restaurants in town -- all in one guideTags: Hong Kong restaurantsrestaurantsBest Eats
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