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  • Just in time for Easter: The unofficial Muppet Christ Superstar [audio]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Looking for something to liven up the Holy Week celebration mix? Christo Graham is here to help with this completely unofficial (but pretty impressive) Muppet take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Looks like poor Gonzo got the short end of the stick again being cast as Judas, but it’s not like no one ever thought getting shot out of a cannon was anything less than he deserved. Full story at Christo Graham via io9. Sacrilegious Muppets.
  • Shakespeare and Shatner Go Head-to-Head in Lego Film

    Mashable
    Laura Vitto
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Beam me up, Shakespeare! This Lego stop-motion adventure pits the famous playwright against an actor who isn't quite up to Shakespearean standards — William Shatner Action Bill follows the Star Trek star as he travels back in time to destroy Shakespeare for ruining his career. But Shatner finds that his futuristic technology can't hold a death ray to Shakespeare's smarts See also: How a Student Used Lego to Build the Ultimate Resume Texas-based production company AMAA Productions is the team behind Action Bill. It took them 14 days to shoot the five-minute film, which they animated…
  • How Chelsea Is Changing The Clinton Foundation

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here's how Bill and Hillary's daughter is making a difference at the Clinton Foundation.The Clinton Foundation's troubles are well-documented. In this month's Fast Company cover story, Danielle Sacks writes about the impact Chelsea Clinton's "hands-on" involvement has had at her parents' organization:Read Full Story
  • Guides.co Aims To Be The Hub For Companies’ White Papers And How-To Content

    TechCrunch
    Anthony Ha
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
     There are plenty of how-to sites on the Internet, but sometimes, in the words of Guides.co CEO Scott Annen, you need to look up something "more complicated than tying a tie or stuffing a turkey." When you do, Annen is hoping you'll visit the Guides.co website. He argued that most forms of content have been reinvented for the digital world, but not instructional, how-to books — which, unlike a… Read More
  • The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Just in time for Easter: The unofficial Muppet Christ Superstar [audio]

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Looking for something to liven up the Holy Week celebration mix? Christo Graham is here to help with this completely unofficial (but pretty impressive) Muppet take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Looks like poor Gonzo got the short end of the stick again being cast as Judas, but it’s not like no one ever thought getting shot out of a cannon was anything less than he deserved. Full story at Christo Graham via io9. Sacrilegious Muppets.
  • Why is it such a big deal that the Great Lakes still have ice on them?

    Deanne Mayall
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    People in my part of the world are still talking about the ice on the Great Lakes. It’s a long time since we’ve seen so much coverage but this year’s Polar Vortices have taken their toll. There are lots of downsides. Is it all bad? No, there are some benefits and they include: higher water levels than the past few years less need to dredge for shipping channels ships can carry more cargo maintains animal and plant diversity boat clubs have suffered from low water levels and will now be able to re-open or to add new boating slips, creating more revenue possibly lower…
  • 18 pics of middle children doing their thing

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Oldest children are perfectionists (and a bit psychotic/neurotic), youngest children are charming (and spoiled), so middle children bear the brunt of trying to cut the tension, lighten the mood, or just stay out of range when the punches start to fly. Buzzfeed’s Erin Chack has collected a great set of photos summing up the middle child experience to perfection, so, middle children, here’s to you! “We’re always doing our own thing.” “We always pick the ‘alternative’ hobbies.” “Never getting our fair share.” Full story at…
  • 10 fastest-growing emerging cities

    Deanne Mayall
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Huffington Post has a list of 10 cities in emerging countries that may soon start to challenge some of the world’s top business cities says a new report called Emerging Cities Outlook. Here’s what the consulting firm who put together this study considered: 34 cities were analyzed from both low- and middle-income countries business activity innovation information exchange culturally desirable places to live The top 10 includes: Kuala Lumpur Jakarta Addis Ababa Full story here: Huffington Post. More stories about Business. Photo credit: WikiMedia Commons
  • The North American map of NHL playoff fandom [map]

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Planning a trip during the NHL playoffs and wondering where it is and is not safe to wear your jersey? Since we always believe in safety first (ha!), check out this map from Facebook showing which teams rule the different parts of North America. Of course, we expect you to proudly wear a Pens jersey wherever you go, though. Better to leave the sports bar slightly scathed than shamed. (Just kidding!) Full story at Imgur via Deadspin. Don’t mess with a hockey fan.
 
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    Mashable

  • Shakespeare and Shatner Go Head-to-Head in Lego Film

    Laura Vitto
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Beam me up, Shakespeare! This Lego stop-motion adventure pits the famous playwright against an actor who isn't quite up to Shakespearean standards — William Shatner Action Bill follows the Star Trek star as he travels back in time to destroy Shakespeare for ruining his career. But Shatner finds that his futuristic technology can't hold a death ray to Shakespeare's smarts See also: How a Student Used Lego to Build the Ultimate Resume Texas-based production company AMAA Productions is the team behind Action Bill. It took them 14 days to shoot the five-minute film, which they animated…
  • Amazon Fire TV Voice Search Adds More Content Partners

    Christina Warren
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The voice search feature on Amazon's Fire TV is about to get a little more useful. Amazon on Thursday announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime are adding their full catalogs into the Fire TV's unified voice search. They will join Vevo, which already supports the feature. See also: Amazon Fire TV Is a Great Living-Room Companion Unified voice search is one of the Fire TV's most promising (and time-saving) features. The only problem — as noted in our review of the set-top box — is that the unified search so far only works with Amazon and Vevo content. So unless you…
  • The Ultimate Chelsea Clinton Baby Shower Gift Guide

    Megan Hess
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    It's less than 24 hours since Chelsea Clinton announced that she was pregnant, and expectations are already high for the unborn child. America finally has its own Royal Baby, of sorts, to look forward to; the country has counted down the years until he/she can become president. But let's take a step back. First, there's the baby shower to think about. See also: Chelsea Clinton's Baby News Is a Great Reason to Pull Out the Family Photo Album But more importantly: the guest list for the baby shower. And the gifts Guest: Barack Obama Image: Ralph Orlowski/Getty ImagesGift: A changing table…
  • Heartbleed Aftershock: The New Certificate Threat

    Christina Warren
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ten days after the Heartbleed bug was first revealed to the public, companies are scrambling to patch servers and update software. But the crisis isn't over. See also: The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now It's not enough for companies to simply patch the copy of OpenSSL — the software at the root of the Heartbleed bug. Companies must also revoke and reissue digital certificates for their Heartbleed-vulnerable sites. And the clock is ticking. The DL on digital certificates A digital certificate — often called an SSL certificate — is most…
  • Google Releases Android Camera App With Selective Focus

    Karissa Bell
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Google has released a standalone version of its stock camera app for Android— and it's a significant improvement on its predecessor. The new app, called simply Google Camera, features a new user interface with revamped shooting modes, as well as the ability to selectively focus the camera. See also: 10 Free Android Apps You'll Use Every Day Rumors of the new app first surfaced earlier this month after it was reported the company was testing a new camera app that would be released independently of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 update. Google also unveiled Lens Blur, a brand new effect that…
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    Fast Company

  • How Chelsea Is Changing The Clinton Foundation

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here's how Bill and Hillary's daughter is making a difference at the Clinton Foundation.The Clinton Foundation's troubles are well-documented. In this month's Fast Company cover story, Danielle Sacks writes about the impact Chelsea Clinton's "hands-on" involvement has had at her parents' organization:Read Full Story
  • Scientists Clone Stem Cells From Adults For The First Time

    Alice Truong
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This comes a year after researchers created the first early-stage human clones derived from infant and fetal cells.For the first time, scientists have created early-stage embryos using cloned cells from adults.Read Full Story
  • Facebook's "Nearby Friends" Feature Notifies You When Friends Are Around

    Alice Truong
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Similar to Apple's Find My Friends app, Nearby Friends can notify users if friends are close by. Facebook stresses the feature is optional.Facebook is rolling out a feature to help users find and connect with online friends in real life.Read Full Story
  • Evernote And Moleskine Team Up To Create Smart Business Notebook

    Alice Truong
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    The notebook is geared toward workers jotting down notes in meetings.Evernote and Moleskine are at it again. The two companies have partnered up to create a special notebook for Evernote users geared toward enterprise customers.Read Full Story
  • How Nike Turned An Italian Suit Label Into The Air Jordan XX9s

    John Brownlee
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Following a series of incidents in which shoes have fallen apart on the basketball court, Nike releases the Air Jordan XX9s. A 250-year-old weaving technology makes them the toughest and lightest Jordans to date.A well-designed clothing label is resilient. The signature of a designer, it is strong enough to stand up against years of wear, comfortable enough to feel like it isn't there at all, and vivid enough to make a garment's designer standout. For the Air Jordan XX9s, Nike's designers have taken the most invisible part of any garment and turned it into a basketball shoe--literally.Read…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Guides.co Aims To Be The Hub For Companies’ White Papers And How-To Content

    Anthony Ha
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
     There are plenty of how-to sites on the Internet, but sometimes, in the words of Guides.co CEO Scott Annen, you need to look up something "more complicated than tying a tie or stuffing a turkey." When you do, Annen is hoping you'll visit the Guides.co website. He argued that most forms of content have been reinvented for the digital world, but not instructional, how-to books — which, unlike a… Read More
  • Founder Stories: Serial Entrepreneur Karl Jacob Is Up At The Plate Again With Hangtime

    Michael Abbott
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
     If Bo knows football and every other sport, Karl Jacob knows startups. Depending on how you count it, Jacob, a former Apple intern and Benchmark EIR, is on his sixth (or seventh?) startup: Hangtime, which aggregates future events in a single app and database. In his career, Jacob has raised over $200 million in venture capital across the companies he’s founded, and in this discussion, he… Read More
  • As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch

    Josh Constine
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
     SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market. Sprig, currently dinner-only, will soon start serving lunch, according to a source who said Sprig now delivers 1000 meals per day. Sprig just raised a $10 million Series A two weeks ago, and is wasting no time in ramping up the fight for our stomachs. Read More
  • Tuition.io Picks Up A New Investor, As It Manages Over $1 Billion In Student Loans

    Jonathan Shieber
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
     In the year since its launch, Tuition.io, the company billing itself as the Mint.com for managing student loans, has grown to manage over $1 billion in loans. The company, which provides a monitoring and management service for student loan payments, has just picked up an investment from Raj Date, the former second-in-command at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency, through Fenway Summer,… Read More
  • I Hijacked The Startup Alley Application System To Extend The Deadline, So Apply Now!

    Jordan Crook
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
     Attention, startups! This is a code red situation. I have infiltrated the Disrupt Startup Alley application system and left registrations open. (Cue evil laugh.) Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers

    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
  • The thing that happened before this

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

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

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

    Seth Godin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive. Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever. As long as whenever is now.        
 
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  • Rangers 4, Flyers 1: After Hit to Mouth, Rangers Draw First Blood

    By JEFF Z. KLEIN
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored on four-minute power play in the third period, propelling the Rangers over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their playoff series.
  • Enrollments Exceed Obama’s Target for Health Care Act

    By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Eight million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, including what the White House said were a sufficient number of young, healthy adults needed to maintain the plan’s viability.
  • Deal is Reached to Ease Tension in East Ukraine

    By MICHAEL R. GORDON and PETER BAKER
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday that called for armed pro-Russian bands to surrender the government buildings they have seized.
  • An Appraisal: The Work of Gabriel García Márquez

    By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction.
  • Hollywood Begs for a Tax Break in Some States, Including California

    By MICHAEL CIEPLY
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    A battle for filmmaking tax credits has begun in several states — including in California, the home of Hollywood — and has led to cutbacks in others like Maryland.
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    WIRED

  • X-Men Director Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual abuse of an underage boy in a new civil lawsuit filed just weeks before the release of his next movie X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • CDC: Foodborne Illness in the US Not Getting Better

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released their annual survey of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and the news is, well, not great. In the words of the press announcement they sent out to announce the data release: “limited progress.” The survey — technically the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, but usually […]
  • College Kids Hack Siri to Unlock Teslas and Heat Up Your House

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    When Apple first introduced Siri three years ago, she amazed the world with her warm voice and her human-like voice response. But the years since her debut have been quietly underwhelming, in large part because Siri isn't able to access the wide range of apps that are available on the iPhone. So a group of University of Pennsylvania developers have hacked Siri with the idea of going it alone and building their own Siri App Store.
  • Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble by companies to revoke the SSL certificates for their domains and services and obtain new ones. The total costs of Heartbleed are yet to be calculated, but CloudFlare has come up with […]
  • The Miata Celebrates 25 Years of Brilliance With a Limited Edition

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Hard to believe the utterly amazing Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25 years old, which means it's time for the obligatory anniversary edition.
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  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
  • Canvassing ProBlogger Readers: How Have You Built Your Readership?

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    As you might be aware, each month this year we are running a themed week – delving in deep the topics that are of the most interest to you. We started with creating content, moved on to resources for newbie bloggers just starting out, and this month we had an epic drilldown into creating products to sell. Our next themed week is all about building readership and creating community on blogs. We are looking for people with success stories in different niches – have you build a great readership? Or know of someone who has? If you are interested in sharing your story here on…
  • When Journalism and Blogging Collide: 7 Reporters’ Tactics to Make You a Better Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Image via Flickr user Binuri Ranasinghe. This is a guest contribution from journalist and blogger Christian Toto. Journalism appears to be a dirty word in 2014. Some people blast reporters for their perceived biases. Others say journalists simply protect the status quo rather than speaking truth to power. Everyone else is is fed up by reporters paying more attention to a twerking Miley Cyrus than the deficit or health care. None of this means journalism skills aren’t a great way to separate your blog from the competition. In fact, blogging with Cronkite-colored glasses can help your site…
  • 6 Lessons for Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines

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

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

  • The Helix Desktop

    Alan Henry
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Erelde's Windows desktop isn't full of bells and whistles, just a visually striking wallpaper and a few widgets to help him keep track of a few things. Here's how to make your computer look like this.Read more...
  • The Four Best Ways to Tuck in a Shirt for Any Situation

    Thorin Klosowski
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Looking good doesn't stop at getting good fitting clothes . You still have to dress yourself. For those times you need to tuck your shirt in, The Art of Manliness shows off four different techniques. Read more...
  • Gawker Mrs.

    Jessica Smith on io9, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Gawker Mrs. Doubtfire Is Getting a Sequel, 20 Years Later | Jalopnik Mom Asked To Move 1993 Accord, Accidentally Steals Another 1993 Accord | Jezebel Want to Cheat On Your Spouse Without Fear of Judgement? Go to France! | Kotaku The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Do Not Disturb Disables an Assortment of Annoyances Around the Web

    Eric Ravenscraft
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Chrome: Ad blockers are a popular, if controversial group of software, but they don't cover everything. Do Not Disturb ups the ante by blocking content widgets, data miners, and a bunch of other things that might annoy you.Read more...
  • How to Cultivate a Creative Thinking Habit

    Jane Porter
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Think of your most common habits and the regular culprits come to mind—biting your nails, snacking late at night, cracking your knuckles. Do something enough times and it becomes a behavioral pattern you do almost involuntarily. But is creativity any different?Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • FaceTime Not Working for Many iOS 6 Users

    Juli Clover
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Apple's FaceTime appears to be malfunctioning for iPhone and iPad users with devices running iOS 6, according to multiple tips received by MacRumors as well as a MacRumors forum post and a thread on the Apple Support Communities. It appears that users who are running iOS 6 are unable to place or receive FaceTime calls, with reports of problems dating back to yesterday. Devices running iOS 7 appear to be functioning as normal, and Apple's System Status page is not reporting any outages. One user mentioned being able to FaceTime with a device running iOS 6.1.6, while a device with iOS 6.0.1 was…
  • Angela Ahrendts May Delay Apple Start Until Mid-Year

    Kelly Hodgkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts resigned last October from the British luxury fashion house to join Apple as the head of its retail division. According to The Guardian, Ahrendts is free to leave Burberry this month, having fulfilled her six-month notice period, but her actual exit date is not yet known. Ahrendts may be staying longer at Burberry to help smooth the transition over to her successor Christopher Bailey, who is currently serving as the company's chief creative officer. Money also may be a factor in Ahrendts leaving as she is slated to receive a two million pound bonus in…
  • How Apple Could Make the Move to 4.7" iPhone Displays

    Arnold Kim
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Amidst the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors coming from KGI Securities' report last week, Ming-Chi Kuo presented the first possible screen resolution for Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6. Kuo lists it as a 1334x750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. Historically, Apple has been very cautious with resolution changes in their iOS devices. The original iPhone was launched with a 320x480 resolution. Eventually, Apple moved to 640x960 Retina display, doubling the linear resolution in each dimension. That allowed existing apps to simply be pixel-doubled to fill the entire screen. Developers…
  • Apple to Honor Earth Day 2014 at Retail Stores, Main Campus

    Richard Padilla
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Apple will be celebrating Earth Day 2014 next Tuesday, April 22 throughout its various retail locations and at its main campus, reports 9to5Mac. The company will color its logos in green for the occasion, as employees will wear special shirts with an event planned at Apple's headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. Apple last celebrated Earth Day in 2006 by holding a free computer takeback program in honor of the event. Apple has remained active in its environment efforts throughout the past few years, which include powering its data centers with 100% renewable energy,…
  • Apple Working With Shazam on Song Identification Capabilities for iOS 8

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Apple is working on a song identification feature as a new addition to iOS 8, reports Bloomberg. The company has plans to partner with music discovery service Shazam to offer users a way to discover a song that is playing on the radio or from another source, such as a TV, using a small music clip.The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn't public. Apple is…
 
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  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
  • Five More Freaks Event Opportunities

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

  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
  • The Simple Truth People Forget When Trying to Grow a Business

    Sean Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You want to grow your business, right? You want downloads of your app, people buying your products, readers on your blog, and evangelists on social media, don’t you? Fair enough, that’s what we all want. But you’re missing something essential. People won’t ever know you, hear from you, understand you, follow you, or engage with you because of one simple flaw. Your target isn’t small enough. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it? It isn’t. Building an audience online should be born the same way it is offline: from person-to-person. First, define who you are…
  • Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

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

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

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

  • Lesson learned: Facebook's new friend-finding feature is optional

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Facebook has tried friend-finding using your phone’s location before, but it's making the feature opt-in this time around.
  • Dropbox weaves cloud photo service Loom into Carousel

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Another cloud photo service vanishes into acquisition-land: Loom announced on Thursday that it’s joining forces with Dropbox, presumably to beef up the storage company’s newly launched Carousel app and other photographic features. In an email to current Loom subscribers, the Loom team wrote: “We have worked hard on our product and feel that our vision aligns perfectly with Dropbox’s vision for Carousel.” For those who have used Loom, the comparisons are easy to make—Loom at one point offered Dropbox-like sync functionality with your desktop computer, and its primary interface is,…
  • MacBook in the cloud: Work with the same files on multiple Macs

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    For most people, one computer is probably sufficient. It might be a desktop, or a laptop, or you might just make do with iPads or iPhones. But somewhere down the line, you might adopt more. You get a work computer. You decide you want a traveling laptop. You might replace your old Mac, but it still runs fine for basic Web browsing and writing emails. When you buy multiple iOS devices—an iPad to go along with your iPhone, for example—you don’t have to worry about transferring your software or syncing your passwords. By default, they’re tied to your Apple ID, and that data downloads…
  • Hot Deals Thursday: take home a Toshiba tablet for $250, 59% off a Bluetooth headset, and more

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    LogicBuy brings you more exciting savings on hot electronics, including a $350 discount on the Lenovo Y510p gaming laptop, a Linksys WiFi range extender at half price, and lots more.
  • Reading List: What's that song?

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    From our keyboard to your eyes, we’re here to round up the top Apple-related stories on the Web this Thursday.Apple Said to Prepare Song-ID Feature for IPhone SoftwarePlaying Name that Tune might get a little easier in iOS 8, according to a report from Bloomberg that suggests Apple is partnering with Shazam to add native song-identification features to its mobile operating system. You may even be able to ask Siri “What song is playing?” and have it tell you—and perhaps even have the virtual assistant sing a few bars? For Apple’s part, this could help drive sales to the iTunes Store…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Why Does Facebook Want You To Broadcast Your Location To Your Friends?

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Facebook is trying to get you to share even more information, this time by beaming your location to your friends all the time. The optional feature, called Nearby Friends, is built to help you find people around you. You can tailor the options to prevent specific friends from seeing your location. Nearby Friends alerts you to when friends are in your area, and allows you to share your precise location with them for a set period of time. On the upside, it might inspire some friends to meet up in the real world.  The success (or lack thereof) of place-based social apps like…
  • Taking My Diet To The Next Level

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. Quantifying your activity and nutrition, as I’ve done for years, can only take you so far. Sometimes gathering the numbers just tells you the same bad news you can see in the mirror. Here it is: After dropping 12 pounds last year, I’ve been stuck around 195 pounds for months. I'm still very active, going on runs with my dog around Telegraph Hill, spiking my heart rate with gym workouts, and trying different training techniques while I continue to test new fitness gadgets and apps. It's…
  • Dropbox Buys Loom For Photo Sharing, HackPad For Collaboration

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Dropbox is having a busy Thursday. The file sharing giant has acquired Loom, a photo sharing app that offered mobile users up to five gigabytes of free storage. Loom announced the deal on its company blog. Dropbox recently announced an update to its photo sharing capabilities with its Carousel feature, and the Loom team will likely join Carousel as the home for syncing and sharing the ever increasing amounts of photos people take on their devices. Unfortunately, the acquisition means Loom will be shutting down its own service within a month. Loom is not allowing any new signups, and the…
  • Suddenly, Mobile App Install Ads Are Popping Up Everywhere

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Developers love them, advertisers love them, and companies are raking in cash—all thanks to the little buttons in mobile advertisements that urge you to download an app. See also: How Post-IPO Twitter Could Make Billions Without Alienating Users Twitter is the latest company to introduce these new mobile advertisements. Today the company announced that developers and advertisers can urge mobile Twitter users to download applications through these so-called app install ads, and reach up to one billion mobile devices through the MoPub Marketplace, the advertising startup the company…
  • How To Ensure Your Homebrew OpenVPN Server Isn't Vulnerable To Heartbleed

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    The Heartbleed bug has made April into a difficult month for Internet users, as we scramble to change our passwords and protect ourselves from the most pervasive security threat in ages.  But if you've set up your own virtual private network (VPN), which gives you a secure channel back to your home network even on insecure public networks, you don’t have to worry, right? Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily true.  See also: Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part One: How And Why To Build A Server  OpenVPN is an open source service that makes up the backbone of many…
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    Smashing Magazine Feed

  • Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

    Rick Sloboda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
       Globalization, low-cost technologies and saturated markets are making products and services interchangeable and barely distinguishable. As a result, today’s brands must go beyond face value and tap into consumers’ deepest subconscious emotions to win the marketplace. The Role Of Brands Is Changing In recent decades, the economic base has shifted from production to consumption, from needs to wants, from objective to subjective. We’re moving away from the functional and technical characteristics of the industrial era, into a time when consumers are making buying decisions…
  • A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments

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

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

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

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

  • Nigerian military says girls still held

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Families of girls kidnapped from school by suspected Boko Haram militants are accusing the Nigerian military of lying. Despite the military's claims that nearly all the girls are now free, nearly all of them are still being held, the families said Thursday.
  • Former NFL star denied bail

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Even though he's being held in California, retired NFL star Darren Sharper was denied bail Thursday by a judge in Phoenix, Arizona, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's office said.
  • Terrorist trainer or opinionated cleric?

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The federal trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Islamic cleric accused of conspiring to kidnap Americans in Yemen and planning to establish a jihad training camp in rural Oregon, began in New York with opening statements on Thursday.
  • Arrest in kidnapping of prosecutor's dad

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    A suspect in a two-state kidnapping plot involving a prosecutor's father was taken into custody and scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday, authorities said.
  • 10 missing in Everest avalanche

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Up to 10 people were missing Friday after a high altitude avalanche on Mt. Everest, a climbing company executive told CNN.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known it would be so simple, I would have done it myself). The…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photoshop for Lightroom Users eBook – $12.99 Have you been on the fence about picking up Scott’s latest book, Photoshop for Lightroom Users? Now’s the time to grab it! It’s this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, and it can be yours for just $12.99! It’s on sale until Saturday, so get it before it’s too late. And leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of the eBook!Picture Perfect Beach Portraits with Tamara Lackey Join Tamara Lackey on the beach in her latest KelbyOne class, Picture Perfect Beach Portraits, to learn how to create…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Douglas Sonders!

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

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

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

  • How to do Dreamy Landscape Photography with a Neutral Density Filter

    John Barbiaux
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    16mm lens, ISO 100, f/13, 2 second exposure Perhaps one of the most overlooked and undervalued tools you can own as a photographer is a Neutral Density filter (ND Filter) or Graduated ND Filter. In fact, if photography is considered painting with light then a ND filter would be considered the brush tip. You see, different paint brush tips can be used to regulate, if you will, the amount of paint you apply with each stroke – just like different Neutral Density or Graduated ND filters can be used to regulate the amount of light you allow to enter your camera. What is a Neutral Density…
  • Exposure Blending Using Luminosity Masks Tutorial

    Jimmy McIntyre
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    There will be a time when the wizards behind your camera technology conjure up a sensor so powerful they will swallow up any scene and spit it out just as it was – no over, or underexposed areas. Until then, in order to produce an image with a high dynamic range of light, you have to work with the sensors available to you and create your own post-processing magic. Image created by blending two exposure with luminosity masks, one for the sky and one for the foreground. While you, and many photographers, may have relied heavily on HDR programs in your exposure blending quest, many more are…
  • Finding and Working with Available Light

    Michael Walker-Toye
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I don’t use a flash for my photography, it’s a personal preference. Available light, in its many forms, is both challenging and rewarding so I rarely find a need to turn to creative lighting. Natural light, golden hour What is ‘available light’? Let’s be clear on definitions first. As a street photographer my preferred source of light is sunlight, more specifically, natural light. Available and ambient light refer to any and all light sources the photographer did not introduce for their photograph; light bulbs, candles, fire, neon, to name a few. The available light…
  • The Power of Post-processing for Landscape Photography

    Todd Sisson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Embracing the power of creative post-processing can transform your landscape photography from dull and lifeless, to lustrous and vibrant overnight! We’re acutely aware that the preceding statement reads suspiciously like the voiceover script for a ‘next generation, nano-organic hair care’ commercial, but it’s true – digital post-processing can be a transcendent experience for your landscape images. Sunset over the Mount Egmont from Wai-iti Beach, Taranaki Coast, New Zealand (by Sarah). Post-processing doesn’t always have to be complex to be effective. This image…
  • Guide to Creative White Balance for Landscape Photography

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

  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 17, 2014

    Steven Sande
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...
  • Waterfield Designs Rough Rider leather messenger bag: Review and giveaway

    Steven Sande
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Over the past year or so, we've seen a trend emerging from high-end laptop bag manufacturers like Waterfield Designs and Pad & Quill -- use of leather as a primary material in their products. This not only provides a beautiful finish to the products,...
  • Design synergy

    Mike Wehner
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Not only does the original Mac mini fit perfectly inside the bottom of the G4 cube, but all the cords and rear fan are perfectly accessible from the gap in the rear. It's almost like it was planned. [Photo credit: Djenan Kozic]...
  • ​Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates 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...
  • Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand workstation: Get on your feet!

    Steven Sande
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Ergotron has been making workstations for Apple machines for years, so it's no surprise that its latest products are perfect for the current line of Macs. Today I'll be providing information on the Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand workstation (US$299),...
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • 1991 Nikon-Kodak hack was first DSLR in space

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    What was the first digital camera in space? It turns out in 1991 NASA sent a modified Nikon F3 with small Kodak CCD sensor and external processing unit on a shuttle mission. Called the Hawkeye II, this system used a RS-232 serial port to connect to its external gear. Kodak would use this platform as the basis for the DCS system, the first commercially available digital camera. Learn more
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lab test report

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' is a fast normal prime for full frame cameras, with an unusually complex optical design. Its premium price tag of $950 / £850 makes it substantially more expensive than either its predecessor, or Canon and Nikon's 50mm F1.4 lenses. However Sigma's recent high-end offerings such as the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM have been truly excellent, so how does the new 50mm measure up? See the lens test data and our analysis
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' real-world samples gallery

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The 50mm F1.4 DG HSM is Sigma's latest fast normal prime for full-frame cameras, and one of the most hotly-anticipated lenses of the year. But how does it perform in real-world use?  We've been using the lens for a couple of days, and put together a gallery of samples. We've concentrated on large-aperture shots to show sharpness and bokeh, but have also included several taken at smaller apertures. See photos
  • Eyefi announces photo sharing cloud service

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    The maker of popular Wi-Fi SD cards has launched Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Once users send images from their camera to mobile device using the Eyefi Mobi SD memory card and updated iOS and Android Eyefi apps, images can now be transferred to Eyefi Cloud for viewing on any browser-enabled device. Learn more
  • Behind the scenes: Small lighting, big results with Joe McNally

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Nikon's latest in a series of behind the scenes videos features photographer Joe McNally. An off-camera lighting wizard, McNally shares some useful tips from three different flash scenarios. No diffusion panel? No worries, McNally explains you can get the same results by placing a bed sheet between the flash and the subject. And as natural light began flowing through his studio, like any good photographer, McNally moved his model to make some pictures — without flash, this time. See video
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
  • 5 Random Little Things In Lightroom That Throw People Off

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    I’m on the plane to Indianapolis right now, heading to teach my Lightroom seminar tomorrow (well, today when you read this). As I’m reviewing my notes, I realized there’s a bunch of little random things that people will come up and ask about throughout the day. Things that throw people off, have them searching around needlessly for settings, or simply things/settings that were just accidentally clicked on. So I thought I’d recap the top 5 I hear about. 1) Info Display – By default, Lightroom wants to put your photo “info” over the photo. Personally I hate…
  • Can You Apply Multiple Presets in Lightroom?

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    I get the question all the time… Can you stack multiple presets in Lightroom? The answer? You “kinda” can, but it’s not really stacking. See, each preset let’s you record a certain adjustment (Exposure, Highlights, vignetting, etc…) and it’s settings. So if I have my Exposure set to +1.00 when I create a preset, it’ll record that +1.00 as the Exposure setting as long as I check the Exposure checkbox in the Preset dialog (see below). Once I apply the preset to another photo it’ll set that photo’s Exposure setting to +1.00. No matter…
 
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  • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

    Jordan Golson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Beginning tomorrow, Radio Shack will be selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $99 with two-year contract on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. This is $100 off the standard $199 price and one of the lowest prices we've seen for a new iPhone 5s. It's unclear if the price drop will be permanent or just a temporary price, but a source at Radio Shack says the promotion does not currently have an end date. For many, the discount will matter less with the new pay-by-the-month phone financing plans offered by AT&T and Verizon, but for customers still on a two-year contract plan, the $100 discount…
  • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording

    Juli Clover
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Yahoo today updated its Flickr photo sharing app to version 3.0, introducing a major design overhaul that revamps the look and feel of the app. Aiming to make capturing and editing photos easier, the app features 14 live filters for the app's camera, allowing users to see what edits will look like before an image is captured. The app also has a cleaner, better organized grid-style gallery view for browsing through photos and its camera capture and filter menu now resembles Instagram's successful image editing layout. Searching for captured photos is easier, with a revamped "intelligent"…
  • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c

    Arnold Kim
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Last week we posted renderings of what the iPhone 6 might look like based on leaked design drawings of the unreleased device. Since that time, we've seen early cases and possible design molds for the device. Ferry Passchier, the designer we commissioned for the original designs, has rethought the design as if it was modeled after the iPhone 5c with colorful plastic backings. Passchier produced these renderings with that in mind: The original renderings assumed it followed Apple's aluminum design of the iPhone 5s, though an all-aluminum design would introduce issues with Apple's antenna…
  • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card trading game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for iPad is now available for download worldwide after soft-launching in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in early April. The game initially launched for the Mac in March. The free-to-play collectible card game is set in the Warcraft universe, allowing players to compete with Magic the Gathering-style decks in one-on-one fights via Battle.net or against the computer. The iPad version of the game is able to connect to a Battle.net account, syncing with the PC/Mac version. JUMP RIGHT IN: Fun introductory…
  • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Anki today announced the debut of two new cars and two new tracks for its iPhone-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Joining the existing four cars are Hadion and Corax, new characters that focus on speed and weaponry, respectively. Designed by Anki and Hollywood legend Harald Belker, Corax and Hadion are the newest characters available for Anki DRIVE. Hadion is built for speed and is the only car that can access Turbo Boost, which enables you to fly incredibly fast down the track. Corax is the ultimate warrior, with the option to mount multiple weapons. Watch out, he's an aggressive…
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  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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