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  • How people died in the 20th century [infographic]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This handy infographic gives you a quick snapshot of the major killers of the 1900s. It provides a nice comparison, too, between the different causes (e.g. death, war, etc). For more information about what disease were the biggest perpetrators, look at the bubbles surrounding the disease bubbles.
  • Read This Before You Buy a Plane Ticket on Sunday

    Mashable
    Jessica Plautz
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A recent report from the Airlines Reporting Corporation shows how the average price of tickets varies day by day throughout the week. According to the study, the average price of tickets sold is lowest on Sunday, at $432, and highest on Monday, at $503. This has led more than one media outlet to report that Sunday is the best day for getting the lowest price on a flight. It's a tempting conclusion — but it's wrong. See also: Know Before You Go: All the Airline Fees by Carrier The report looks at tickets sold to travel agents, which are more often used by business travelers. It is also…
  • Twitter Will Teach The Homeless To Code When Learning Center Opens This Summer

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Twitter-funded San Francisco facility NeighborNest will offer a safe place for city's poorest to learn tech and resume-writing skills.This summer Twitter will open a learning center in San Francisco in order to teach the homeless and some of the area's poorest citizens tech skills, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.Read Full Story
  • You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    TechCrunch
    Greg Kumparak
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
     Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done. Read More
  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • How people died in the 20th century [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This handy infographic gives you a quick snapshot of the major killers of the 1900s. It provides a nice comparison, too, between the different causes (e.g. death, war, etc). For more information about what disease were the biggest perpetrators, look at the bubbles surrounding the disease bubbles.
  • Kids weep for joy when their lost cat is returned [video]

    Josh Urich
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How would you react if your beloved pet disappeared for two months? Naturally, you'd assume the pet was dead or otherwise gone forever. Then, one day, bam! the pet is back. Cue the waterworks.
  • The beautiful process of mining for marble [video]

    Josh Urich
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In this video captured by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani, you'll watch as Il Capo (the chief) of a marble mining operation guides his men in the extraction of the precious rock. It's surreal, beautiful, and to the environmentalist, slightly disturbing.
  • Hilarious (and mildly disturbing) Bob Ross parody [video]

    Josh Urich
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    First, let it be known that no one is actually making fun of Bob Ross. Bob Ross is a hero, and the only person that can calm a charging rhino. Moving on, this video is hysterical––it imagines what Bob Ross would be like if he were slightly mentally unhinged.
  • The power of peers in creating a happier workplace [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Trying to make your company a place where people love to come to work? Fostering strong relationships between colleagues is an area of workplace satisfaction that's often overlooked, though it can have a huge impact on the overall ambiance.
 
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    Mashable

  • Read This Before You Buy a Plane Ticket on Sunday

    Jessica Plautz
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A recent report from the Airlines Reporting Corporation shows how the average price of tickets varies day by day throughout the week. According to the study, the average price of tickets sold is lowest on Sunday, at $432, and highest on Monday, at $503. This has led more than one media outlet to report that Sunday is the best day for getting the lowest price on a flight. It's a tempting conclusion — but it's wrong. See also: Know Before You Go: All the Airline Fees by Carrier The report looks at tickets sold to travel agents, which are more often used by business travelers. It is also…
  • Rapping Family Returns With Snoop Dogg-Inspired Halloween Jam

    Brian Koerber
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Another holiday, another treat from the Holderness family You may remember this peppy family from their now-famous video Christmas card that went viral last year, racking up more than 14 million views since its debut in December. Since then, the family has been remaking other popular songs into cheesy yet adorable family-oriented videos This time, it's a parody to Snoop Dogg's 1994 hit "Gin and Juice," because nothing captures the essence of family fun trick-or-treating like a song about smoking weed, drinking gin and having sex with strangers Although a middle-aged family man rapping to…
  • These Dothraki Pickup Lines Will Woo Your Fine Khaleesi

    Yalda Mostajeran
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Pickup lines can sometimes work, but when you combine them with Game of Thrones, you’re guaranteed to win over a khaleesi Itali-what? This is the true language of love See also: 15 'Game of Thrones' Pickup Lines to Score a Date With a Westerosi Be sure to subscribe to Mashable's new channel, the Watercooler, for more funny videos about tech, web culture and everything in between. BONUS: 5 Emoji Meanings That Might Surprise You Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Entertainment, Videos, Television, Humor, and Tv
  • 33 Musical Earworms You Can't Escape

    MJ Franklin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    You know the routine: Select a song, finish listening to that song, immediately replay that song. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the day. We've all experienced earworms — you know, those infectious jams that you just can't get out of your head. But there is more to earworms than just their repeatability. Composer and producer Joel Beckerman claims that the purpose of an earworm is to liven up your day. See also: 36 Songs Full of 'La La's, 'Na Na's, and Other Nonsense Syllables "Earworms are your brain's way of putting an enjoyable score behind mundane daily tasks," Beckerman writes in…
  • The 10 Countries Most Affected by Hunger

    Matt Petronzio
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released last week, hunger in developing countries has decreased by 39% since 1990. However, the global state of hunger remains in the "serious" category — the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations…
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    Fast Company

  • Twitter Will Teach The Homeless To Code When Learning Center Opens This Summer

    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Twitter-funded San Francisco facility NeighborNest will offer a safe place for city's poorest to learn tech and resume-writing skills.This summer Twitter will open a learning center in San Francisco in order to teach the homeless and some of the area's poorest citizens tech skills, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.Read Full Story
  • You Can Now Watch A Full Movie On Oculus Rift

    Nikita Richardson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    How does the Zachary Quinto-produced horror movie Banshee Chapter look on the much-discussed VR device?It's been more than two years since virtual reality device Oculus Rift made its debut, and while the possibilities remain exciting, so far the reality has been less thrilling. But today the technology is taking a big step: A full-length 3-D movie that you can strap to your head and immerse yourself in.Read Full Story
  • Why Did Apple Apparently Send Porn To This Unsuspecting App Developer?

    Sarah Kessler
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    The company included explicit screenshots in a message expressing concerns over a new app.Complaining about Apple's process for approving new content for the app store is something of a sport among developers. The process, they say, is too strict, takes too much time, and interferes with the "launch-fast-and-iterate" product philosophy.Read Full Story
  • Doctors Use Adult (Not Embryonic) Stem Cells To Grow And Implant Petri-Dish Retina

    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    The medical breakthrough could lead to cures for other diseases.The clones are coming! The clones are coming! (Maybe.) Doctors have grown a retina in a petri dish using stem cells from a 70-year-old patient's skin and successfully transplanted the retina to her eye at Japan's Riken Center for Developmental Biology.Read Full Story
  • Scientists Experiment With... Robotic Bacteria?

    Neal Ungerleider
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    A team at MIT has begun work on microscopic bacteria-like robot which can be injected into the human body.MIT researchers are researching robotic bacteria that walk through human bodies that could help deliver drugs to different organs and even detect tumors. In a journal article published in Physical Review Letters, a team lead by Alfredo Alexander-Katz described how they could make robots reminiscent of 1980s science fiction movie Innerspace.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    Greg Kumparak
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
     Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done. Read More
  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    Josh Constine
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
     What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More
  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Steve Gillmor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
     Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More
  • Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

    Greg Kumparak
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
     Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know: This bug is being… Read More
  • Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

    Sarah Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
     Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive three invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button emoji is a golden ticket. If you aren’t… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
  • Handshakes and contracts, the future and the past

    Seth Godin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    If you lease a car, borrow money for school or engage in some other complex transaction, there's a contract to sign. It's filled with rules and obligations, and the profit-maximizing finance organization does everything it can to do as little as it can (and make you responsible for as much as it can). This sort of contract has evolved into a battle, an effort to get something now and deliver as little as possible later. Loopholes and fine print are there for a reason, and it's not to make you happy. Contracts like this are about the past. "We agreed on this, go read your copy, we don't care…
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
  • "Desire is full of endless distances"

    Seth Godin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just one more level on this game, she says. Once I get to level 68, I'll be done. Just one more tweak to the car, they beg. Once we bump up the mileage, we'll be done. Just one more lotion, she asks. Once I put that on, my skin will be perfect and I'll be done. Of course, the result isn't the point. The mileage or the ranking or slightly more alabaster or ebony isn't the point. The point is the longing. Desire can't be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we've failed, because desire is the state we seek. We've expanded our desire for ever more human connection into a…
 
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    WIRED

  • Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Urges Fans to ‘Be Curious’

    Issie Lapowsky
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Stephen Hawking is exploring yet another bizarre and fascinating part of our universe that stretches the very idea of reality: Facebook. The post Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Urges Fans to ‘Be Curious’ appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About

    Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Women must be fully informed about reproductive medicine before setting their hopes on it. Facebook and Apple and all companies would do well by their employees to hold fertility vendors to the highest possible standards and not inadvertently put worker’s physical and mental health in jeopardy. The post The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About appeared first on WIRED.
  • A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed

    Davey Alba
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Yahoo Answers. Quora. JustAnswer.com. Over the years, countless sites have offered to answer all your random questions with help from “experts” across the net. They’re called expert networks, and in some cases, they can be kinda helpful. But these myriad services have never lived up to their billing. The quality of the counsel on these […] The post A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Earn the Right to Buy Ferrari’s Most Exclusive Hypercar

    Jordan Golson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    One does not simply walk into Maranello and buy the LaFerrari supercar. The right to spend a million dollars is a reward for the brand's most loyal customers. The post How to Earn the Right to Buy Ferrari’s Most Exclusive Hypercar appeared first on WIRED.
  • Ebola Shows It Is Process–Not Technology–That Will Protect Us

    Jeanne Roué-Taylor, Successful Workplace
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Technology has driven our economy and made our country powerful, but tech alone is proving to be insufficient to stop the spread of Ebola. The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian who had contact with an ebola patient four days before travel to the U.S., shows just how much the mundane world of process […] The post Ebola Shows It Is Process–Not Technology–That Will Protect Us appeared first on WIRED.
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  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
  • The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. And no amount of reading will make you better at the following if you don’t practice it by trying. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. And it has to do with the epicenter of marketing and copywriting. What creates the language of selling, and how does it work? The language of selling is not a single language. In fact, every product, idea or service has a…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Find Battery Saving Tips for Almost Any Phone Model with This Index

    Patrick Allan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Smartphone battery life is getting better over time, but there's still plenty of things you can do to help keep your pocket-dwelling life assistant alive. This comprehensive index includes a wide range of battery-saving tips for models from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, and even Amazon.Read more...
  • Five Therapy Tips to Help Manage Life's Problems

    Kathleen Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Not everyone has access to professional therapists or psychologists, but we all face life's difficulties and need to find ways to deal with them. With some simple therapeutic tactics and methods, you might be able to help yourself overcome your more manageable problems.Read more...
  • Get the Scientific 7-Minute Workout on Any Device with This Web App

    Patrick Allan
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    When you're strapped for time, getting your sweat on is sometimes a luxury that goes by the wayside. That's where the Scientific 7-Minute Workout comes in . This newly launched web app can easily guide you through the research-based workout via a browser web app on PC, smartphone, or tablet.Read more...
  • Give Yosemite a Classic, Pre-OS X Look By Tweaking These Settings

    Thorin Klosowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you find yourself yearning for the old days of OS 9, WonderHowTo shows you how to give Yosemite a classic black and white look by tweaking just a handful of settings. Read more...
  • Earth View from Google Maps Puts Stunning Photos in the New Tab Page

    Melanie Pinola
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Chrome: Do you enjoy maps and satellite photos of Earth? Then this Chrome extension from Google Maps is for you. It simply delivers a unique satellite photo every time you open a new tab page.Read more...
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  • Apple Submits Revised Plans for Second Phase of New Campus Construction

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Apple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as soon as first phase construction has been completed. In a massive 72 page PDF, Apple outlines revised plans for a set of research and development buildings located to the east and west of North Tantau Avenue, adjacent to the main circular campus building. While Apple has already received approval for the second phase of construction, the updated documents address specific changes the company is…
  • AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 [Updated]

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE. According to user reports in the MacRumors forums and on Twitter, however, AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. Image via John Legere A newly posted Apple support document details what happens to the SIM when it is activated on US carriers.Using…
  • iPad Mini 3 Teardown Reveals NFC Controller for Apple Pay, Hot Glued Home Button

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    After tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apple's October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 saw few internal improvements, gaining a new gold color option and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. As expected, iFixit's teardown reveals many of the same parts that were used in first Retina iPad mini, now called the iPad mini 2. It continues to use the same 7.9-inch display, A7 processor with M7 coprocessor, 5-megapixel camera, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. There is one new addition, which is…
  • iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year. This continued decline is likely one of the reasons behind Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music earlier this year. Apple may be hoping to offset this drop in digital music revenue with increased subscription revenue from Beats Music. The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why Apple…
  • NFC-Equipped iPad Air 2 Sparks Speculation of Future Apple Pay Registers for Small Businesses [Updated]

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Earlier this week, a teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit surprisingly revealed the presence of a near field communications (NFC) controller chip that is identical to the one inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple never advertised the Air 2 as having NFC, and the tablet doesn't support contactless Apple Pay payments, so the inclusion of this chip is somewhat puzzling. In a new article, Gigaom examines the reasons why Apple might include but not activate this hardware in its tablet device, speculating that the chip may eventually serve to help small businesses process payments. Portion…
 
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  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
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  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business, but you still feel like you’re not making enough progress? In addition to building a social following, writing weekly blog posts, and managing your client load, perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
  • How Empathy Maps Help You Speak Directly to the Hearts of Your Audience

    Jerod Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we enter the conclusion of our three-part series on content strategy, you should already know what your audience believes about the world and have a narrative mapped out that will allow you to confirm your audience’s worldviews. Now it’s time to explain the final piece of the content strategy puzzle. This piece creates an emotional connection between you and your audience. It’s a component that makes your audience think: “Hey, they get me. They understand me. They know what I’m thinking and feeling.” I’m talking, of course, about empathy —…
  • Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

    Stefanie Flaxman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list. Five years later, I achieved my goal. So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger? Rigorously practicing my writing, of course. Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success. Ironically, it also led me to my current…
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
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    Macworld

  • Apple mum as Mac owners tussle with Yosemite over Wi-Fi problems

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The cries for help from frazzled Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are being met by Apple with stone-faced silence. Affected users have been filing a steady stream of complaints about the problem in discussion forums, blogs, and social media sites since Apple released the latest version of the operating system a week ago. Attempts by users to isolate the cause of the issue have been fruitless so far. The problem affects a variety of Macs with dissimilar configurations and linked to many different routers. What’s clear is that the problem hit…
  • Apple Pay tops Tim Cook's to-do list in China

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says bringing the recently launched Apple Pay system to China is his top priority for doing business the country. Apple Pay launched on Monday in the U.S. and allows iPhone 6 users to make “tap-and-go” payments at compatible terminals in retailers. It hasn’t expanded outside the U.S. yet, but international expansion is on the cards. The NFC (near-field communication) technology it uses is already standard in some countries. Cook made his remarks about China in an interview with the country’s Xinhua News Agency on Friday at the conclusion of a four-day trip to the…
  • Apple’s slipping iTunes sales prove streaming is the future

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    iTunes numbers looked solid, if not outright impressive, when Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings this week. Sales were up from $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion year-over-year. But Apple doesn’t break out music purchases from those numbers, so it’s difficult to tell what accounts for all that money. But now we know: It’s not music. Apple might have the answer to its iTunes music problem: Beats.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Rite Aid stores block Apple Pay, Google Wallet payments

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Days after the launch of Apple Pay, Rite Aid has stopped accepting the payment system at 4,600 stores across the United States. The company, which is one of the biggest drug store chains in the country, said it is currently not accepting Apple Pay or the competing Google Wallet. Posts from customers on Twitter indicated that Apple Pay worked successfully when the system launched on Monday, but it was subsequently disabled by the retailer later in the week. The reason for the decision isn’t clear. Two company spokespeople failed to return numerous calls made on Thursday and Friday, although…
  • iFixit teardown of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 reveals mystery NFC chip

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    A teardown of Apple's iPad Air 2 turned up a surprise: an NFC module. According to iFixit, the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The same chip also appears inside Apple's iPad mini 3, iFixit found in its teardown of the smaller tablet. Apple Pay lets users check out at retail stores by tapping their phones against a payment terminal, but that feature isn't currently available to iPad users. While some reviews speculated that the new iPads simply lacked the necessary NFC chip, iFixit's teardown proves otherwise.To read…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How To Run A Content-Planning Workshop

    James Deer
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Back when my agency started taking content seriously, we invested a lot time in developing a process to produce content. The biggest challenge was always figuring out how to get clients onboard with this new process. Most of our clients were totally happy riffing on how to meet the business objectives of a project or how to approach the visual design, but they always struggled to get to grips with our process for producing content. We found that the most effective way to get their buy-in was to run a content-planning workshop. Workshops work really well to get everyone onboard with how to…
  • Reducing Abandoned Shopping Carts In E-Commerce

    Keir Whitaker
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    In March 2014, the Baymard Institute, a web research company based in the UK, reported that 67.91%1 of online shopping carts are abandoned. An abandonment means that a customer has visited a website, browsed around, added one or more products to their cart and then left without completing their purchase. A month later in April 2014, Econsultancy stated2 that global retailers are losing $3 trillion (USD) in sales every year from abandoned carts. Clearly, reducing the number of abandoned carts would lead to higher store revenue — the goal of every online retailer. The question then…
  • Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

    Cathy O' Connor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read the labels, fields, buttons, navigation and small footer text? Can you imagine how someone who sees differently would read and use it? In this article, I’ll share one aspect of design accessibility: making sure that the look and feel (the visual design of the content) are…
  • Hybrid Mobile Apps: Providing A Native Experience With Web Technologies

    Patrick Rudolph
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to a recent report1, HTML is the most widely used language for mobile app developers. The main reasons among developers for selecting web technologies2 are cross-platform portability of code and the low cost of development. We’ve also heard that hybrid apps tend to be sluggish and poorly designed. Let’s prove whether it’s possible to deliver the native look and feel that we’re used to. This article provides many hints, code snippets and lessons learned on how to build great hybrid mobile apps. I’ll briefly introduce hybrid mobile app development, including its benefits and…
  • Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

    Pierre Croft
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing just that. We’ll go through some practical tips for running a card-sorting session, and also cover some examples. What Is Information Architecture? One of the great things about modern web design is the way it considers users’ needs from…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • NYPD: Hatchet attack is terrorism

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    A New York City police officer remains in critical condition at a Queens hospital Friday, one day after suffering a hatchet wound to the head.
  • TLC cancels 'Honey Boo Boo'

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Reports claimed that the reality show's "Mama June" Shannon is dating a registered sex offender.
  • Twitter all-star signs off

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Chrissy Teigen, usually one of Twitter's more resilient members, has apparently quit the site.
  • Witnesses: It was Jaylen Fryberg

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    A gunman at a school north of Seattle shot five people, killing one, before killing himself, law enforcement officials say.
  • School shooting

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    [Breaking news update, posted 3:06 p.m.]
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

    Scott Kelby
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at Exposure.co.I’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New KelbyOne Website and New Blog! We have a brand new design on our website and it looks really sleek. But more importantly, it’s super easy to navigate and find the classes and instructors you are looking for. That’s over on KelbyOne.com AND, we have a brand new blog with all kinds of photography and photoshop related content. We have contributors from all over and all kinds of industry related news and info. Check that out over at kelbyone.com/blogHow To Shoot Tack Sharp Images with Matt Kloskowski One of the most important skills for a photographer to master is how to…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

    Brad Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Nadra Farina-HessMy name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, as well as other events like the NBA, MMA, and the WWE. This year we will also have a Professional Bull Rider event. But even with the wide variety of events I get to shoot, once in a while I still find myself in a creative rut. That’s where personal projects come in.For me, that is…
  • I’m Calling in Sick (cough, cough)

    Scott Kelby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    I had hoped to have some meaningful, substantive post for this morning, but when I got home last light, I realized a cold was coming on, so instead of writing that awesome post I hit the sack early thinking a good night’s sleep would knock it out. Sadly, that was not the case so I’m kind of laying low today for the most part.Hoping to be better for tomorrow’s episode of “The Grid” because Dave Black is here, and we’re doing Blind Critiques, so my fingers are crossed but long story short, blah, blah, blah, I don’t have that good blog post for today…
  • Yes…it’s come down to this…

    Scott Kelby
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know if the Monday after the game I post a Demotivational Poster, I probably didn’t have a great shoot. I know that generally as the season progresses you’re supposed to get better and better,right? And I was really feeling like I was “in the zone” two weeks ago at the Falcons/Giants game at the Meadlowlands, but dang I just do not know what happened yesterday but I just had a real clunker!It seemed like I was always in the wrong position, and I missed some stuff I definitely should have caught, and I was just generally to the point that I wanted to chuck my gear…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Spooky Images for Halloween

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you want to see some scary images head over to my earlier collection of spooky images here. This is the week of all the spooks and goblins so I though it would be fitting to see some scary images too. What do you consider spooky or creepy? It might be a big hairy spider, or maybe a ghostly double image, or perhaps some deep shadows in a hidden alleyway. Whatever it is, it’s your turn to photograph it and show me something that will make me have the chills. Let’s see some examples: By Delta By Hartwig HKD By Kevin Dooley By Alice Popkorn By Jesse Draper By liz west You get the…
  • Spooky Images to Scare you for Halloween Week

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you scared yet? You should be – because this collection of images is straight out of a horror movie, designed to give you the creeps, make your skin crawl and keep you up at night!  Oooooh scary! In honor of All Hallow’s Eve coming soon I thought it would be appropriate to see a few scary images. Enjoy, if you dare! (These first few images are by my friend Renee Robyn, she has some masterful spooky images) Magicked by Renee Robyn on 500px Survivor by Renee Robyn on 500px Kanína by Renee Robyn on 500px Lexx by Renee Robyn on 500px Raziel by Renee Robyn on 500px Titan by Chris…
  • How to Add a Grunge Effect to Your Portraits Using Lightroom

    Gina Milicia
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    All images copyright Gina Milicia – Model credits from left to right: Jess Kenneally, Nathan Kennedy, Firass Dirani. Gina has a new dPS ebook just released – Portraits: After the Shot – check out out! The style of side lighting (in the image below) is a great way to enhance muscle definition, and the post-production technique complements the lighting style. You can see that it appears as if Nathan has far better muscle definition in his after shot. I love using this post-production technique in character portraits for the entertainment industry, advertising and editorial…
  • 5 Tips for More Successful Event Photography Using a Shot List

    Suzi Pratt
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Company parties. Special galas. Nonprofit fundraisers. When someone asks you to shoot one of these events, you aren’t exactly leaping for joy, right? Corporate event photography can get a bad reputation among creatives, mostly because it sounds like an unglamorous style of photography. While it is true that many aspects of corporate event photos can be very rote, these events actually a huge advantage that can lead to even more creative expression. Here’s why: There is almost always a set structure and schedule to corporate events that rarely deviates, meaning it is incredibly…
  • Who Are You as a Photographer?

    Nick Fancher
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a shot I did on my own for my portfolio. In other words, it was unpaid. Who am I? This is a question that I ask myself all the time. What kind of photography do I do? Since I am inspired by so many different photographers, across multiple genres (fashion, portrait, photojournalist, product, commercial), it can get hard for me to remember that I can’t be all things to all people, or clients. For the sake of time, I’ve had to learn to narrow down the types of photography that I will pursue. It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to pursue new clients, to test the…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Get ready to hit the slopes with Ski & Snow Report

    John Emmert
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Some of you are actually looking forward to the arrival of winter and all that snow. Those of you in this group are probably active winter sports enthusiasts. It won't be long now, in fact, at least one Colorado ski resort has already opened one lift...
  • iTunes sees 13% drop in music downloads

    Yoni Heisler
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    With free music more accessible than ever before, music downloads are on the decline. Specifically, The Wall Street Journal reports that music downloads on iTunes are down by 13-14% since the beginning of the year. Digital music sales at Apple...
  • Amazing Looksery app changes your face in real time

    Victor Agreda Jr
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sometimes the capabilities in our iPhones amazes me. Looksery takes real-time video from your iPhone camera and detects your face's geometry. It then overlays a number of effects, some creepy, so you can send spooky pics or wacky videos to your...
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-orders launch for Mac

    John-Michael Bond
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    After a brief delay, Civilization: Beyond Earth is finally coming to Mac this holiday season. Pre-orders have launched for the Mac version of the game via developer Aspyr's online game store GameAgent.com. As a bonus, all GameAgent pre-orders will...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    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 Bike Baron [iOS...
 
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    Strobist

  • 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 »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    For those following The Traveling Photographer project (more info on the whole project here) the Dubai episode has just been posted.-30-
  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II studio samples added to first impressions

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Canon EOS 7D II is the long-awaited follow up to the 7D, offering a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, dual-pixel AF with a 65-point phase detect system and continuous shooting at 10 fps. It's also equipped with 1080/60p HD video capture and a number of compression options, as well as microphone and headphone ports. We put the 7D II (and its predecessor, the 7D) through its paces in our studio and have updated our first impressions review with the results. Read more
  • Canon patents lens designs with variable and glass elements

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    It's not uncommon for a company to patent technologies that might be incorporated into products at some point, though the company might not have any plans to use it in the immediate future. Such a business move appears to be the case with a recent Canon patent, which details the use of variable lens elements in combination with traditional glass elements. Read more
  • Panono announces pricing and availability for rolling ball camera

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    German startup Panono has announced availability and pricing for its ball-shaped Panono Camera. The device shoots spherical panorama images and will cost $549/€549 when it ships worldwide in the spring of 2015. The first to receive the camera will be the backers of the crowd-funding project the company used to get started before the camera goes on general release. Learn more
  • Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Canon has announced the upcoming release of its second-generation EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. The device houses a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is positioned as an affordable solution for film and video production, providing a variety of new design and performance upgrades. Read more
  • Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched back in August.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Making the Move from Aperture to Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey everyone! I’m just getting back from my Lightroom seminar in Colorado Springs yesterday. So first off, a big thanks to everyone that came out. I’m continually fortunate to have awesome crowds at every city, and yesterday was no exception. Really engaged, and just a really great group of people. Next… if you’re an Aperture user looking to make the switch to Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a brand new class up on KelbyOne.com. It’s called “Making the Switch from Aperture to Lightroom”. It covers how to use the new plug-in…
  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
  • Lightroom 5 Presets: Fall/Autumn Color Boost

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. I taught a Lightroom seminar in Michigan last week, and as I drove around I saw people raking leaves (yuck!), and the trees starting to change color (cool!). So I figured it was time to release my Fall Color Presets again for Lightroom 5. TIP: If you’re looking for some Fall Photography tips, I posted some last week over on my personal landscape photography blog at www.mattk.com. These presets were created when I first started processing a lot of my fall photos years ago. As I processed my the photos I realized that I usually make the same tweaks to a…
  • TIP: Saving Prints and an Awesome Printing Deal for This Weekend

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Hey everyone and Happy Friday! My friends over at Mpix.com have an incredible 20% off (site wide) deal this weekend (see bottom of post for more details) and I thought I’d pass along a cool printing tip that goes along with Lightroom if you’re printing from a Photo Lab. See, the Print module in Lightroom is by far one of the easiest places to lay out a print. The layers, and masks, etc… that you’d need in Photoshop would take much longer than doing it in Lightroom. In Lightroom it’s basically drag-and-drop. But the question always pops up after people see this:…
  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone. I’m a little late on this one, as it happened last week. I had a post ready to go, but then forgot to turn it live (ooops!) Anyway, I know from my Lightroom seminars that a lot of people use Photoshop Elements along with Lightroom. Well, following the last few years trends in late September, Adobe has released a new version of Elements. Now they’re up to Elements 13 (Wow! I started when it was Elements 2). Here’s a link to Adobe’s website for more info. And don’t forget to stop by the Photo Elements Techniques website to check out their videos that…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • How to Get 'Handoff' Working in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

    Richard Padilla
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Apple is heavily pushing its new "Continuity" features in OS X Yosemite that improve cross-platform integration between iOS and the Mac. The most significant of the Continuity features is Handoff, which allows OS X and iOS users to start a task on one device and swap to another one nearby to continue work. Handoff can be used for a number of different activities, including email, web browsing, messaging, and more. Users can begin composing an email on their iPhone and finish it on their Mac. Maps and websites work in a similar fashion, as users can load up content on one device and look at it…
  • iHeartRadio for iOS Updated with Support for CarPlay

    Richard Padilla
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Radio streaming service iHeartRadio has updated its official iOS app to include support for Apple's CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature. Users can now search and play any live or favorited radio station through their CarPlay-compatible in-dash car system, and can also listen to archived on-demand episodes from multiple categories like News, Sports, and Comedy. This newest update also brings a new Today Widget for the Notification Center which allows users to access recently played stations quickly. Apple announced in June that iHeartRadio would be getting CarPlay support along with other…
  • Powerful Image Editing App 'Pixelmator' Comes to the iPad

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Pixelmator, a popular Photoshop replacement on the Mac, was released for the iPad today. The image editing iOS app is similar to the Mac app, incorporating many of the same tools to allow users to retouch and enhance photos and images. The app includes a complete set of painting tools and a painting engine that can take advantage of a range of brushes from crayon and marker to pencil and paintbrush to create works of art from scratch or improve photos. It offers several photo editing tools, including advanced retouching tools that let users remove unwanted objects from images in just a few…
  • Facebook Announces Anonymous Chat App 'Rooms'

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Facebook today announced the release of a new anonymous sharing app called Rooms, which will allow users to create an anonymous invite-only chat room based around any theme. Rooms is a standalone app that is not integrated with Facebook and does not require a Facebook login. No personally identifiable information is required within chat rooms and users are identified by nicknames. A user can join a chat room via a QR code that can be shared online, offline, privately, or publicly. While Rooms does not monitor user location, it does store messages on Facebook's servers. Rooms will be using the…
  • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Apple today began notifying developers that its TestFlight Beta Testing platform is now live and available for immediate use. TestFlight Beta Testing is designed to make it easier for developers to invite users to test pre-release versions of apps.You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app.TestFlight has long been used as an app beta testing…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

    hiufu
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    From exquisite tempura to perfect noodles, this culinary journey hits the hot spots in a land bursting with flavorA taste of delicious TokyoMaking the purest sakeBuying the freshest fish in JapanWarning: This episode of CNNGo may cause intense hunger pangs followed by a sudden urge to book a flight to Japan. We've been to Japan before, but with our latest episode, CNNGo dishes up the finest food the country has to offer.  Starting in the whimsical Tokyo kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, we then travel south to a Wagyu cattle farm that raises the country's famous Kobe…
  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    hiufu
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    The locals show us there's more to Indonesia's top tourist island than those world-famous beaches Bali's best beach clubSurfers' paradiseThe mellow side of BaliWith its gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine, beautiful Bali is undeniably Indonesia's travel hotspot.  But what's happening beyond the tourist grind? This September, CNNGo hits up some of the island's locals to share their favorite Bali hangouts and the stories behind them.  Legendary Indonesian surfer Rizal Tanjung shows us where he first fell in love with the waves. Sunglasses designer Suki takes us to the…
  • No more using Uber in Germany?

    Guessy1
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A court moves to end the ride for the U.S.-based online chauffeur and ride-sharing service in GermanyIn the ongoing fight between chauffeur and ride-sharing app Uber and taxi drivers around the world, score one for the taxi drivers … for now. A regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, this week issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the San Francisco-based Uber from operating in Germany. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Germany’s national union of taxi drivers. The court said that Uber violated German law by working with a network of drivers that lack commercial licenses.
  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
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