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  • Here’s how to make a laser-guided blow gun [video]

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    Josh Urich
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    You never know when you're going to need a blow gun. When the time comes, how's your aim? If in doubt, use a laser sight! Here's how to make your very own laser-guided blow gun. The post Here’s how to make a laser-guided blow gun [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Bipartisan Senate group introduces bill to end Cuba travel ban

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    The Associated Press
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to visit Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the Communist island nation. Current law generally bans travel to Cuba, although there are numerous exceptions. See also: U.S. loosens Cuba travel ban Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said similar legislation to end the ban has cleared the Senate in the past. “It’s time to allow Americans to travel freely to Cuba,” he said. The bill faces obstacles in the House and Senate. In addition to Flake, Republican Sen. John…
  • This Throwback Thursday, Please Enjoy The Amazing Legacy Of The Man Who Invented Lasers (Yes, Lasers, Bro!)

    Fast Company
    David Lumb
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes's work paved the way for everything from barcode scanners to Star Wars. He died this week at 99.Between the Flash Gordon radio serials and Star Wars, one man turned the lasers of science fiction into science fact. Charles Hard Townes, inventor of the laser, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 99. As The New York Times succinctly explains, Townes's invention made it possible "to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey planets and galaxies, and even witness the birth of stars."Read Full Story
  • Reddit Complied With 58% Of User Info Requests, 31% Of Takedown Notices In 2014

    TechCrunch
    Anthony Ha
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     Reddit just released its first transparency report, outlining at the requests for user information and for content takedown that it received in 2014. Not surprisingly, the report doesn’t go into detail about individual requests, but it does break things down by category. It also notes how many of those requests the news and content sharing site actually complied with and offers some… Read More
  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
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  • Here’s how to make a laser-guided blow gun [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    You never know when you're going to need a blow gun. When the time comes, how's your aim? If in doubt, use a laser sight! Here's how to make your very own laser-guided blow gun. The post Here’s how to make a laser-guided blow gun [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Elevating cattle herding to an art form [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Herding the cattle doesn't have to be a drag when you can liven things up with some drone action. The post Elevating cattle herding to an art form [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Time lapse of the recent winter storm [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The recent winter storm didn't hit New York as big as cable news made out it would, but it still pummeled New England with a goodly amount of snow. Here's a time lapse of roughly one photo per minute for twenty-four hours. The post Time lapse of the recent winter storm [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 3 time travel paradoxes explained [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, the entire Back to the Future series, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and dozens of other books and movies all involve time travel. And, if you've seen any of these films, you've noticed that there are a few paradoxes that crop up. Here they are, explained. The post 3 time travel paradoxes explained [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • News anchors slipping and sliding in the snow [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Snow + news anchors = epic news bloopers. Watch as these anchors get pranked, punked, and plowed over by inner tubers. The post News anchors slipping and sliding in the snow [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Bipartisan Senate group introduces bill to end Cuba travel ban

    The Associated Press
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to visit Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the Communist island nation. Current law generally bans travel to Cuba, although there are numerous exceptions. See also: U.S. loosens Cuba travel ban Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said similar legislation to end the ban has cleared the Senate in the past. “It’s time to allow Americans to travel freely to Cuba,” he said. The bill faces obstacles in the House and Senate. In addition to Flake, Republican Sen. John…
  • Short film proves 1981 really was 'A Most Violent Year'

    Josh Dickey
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    LOS ANGELES — A Most Violent Year isn't just the title of a stylish drama coming out this weekend — it's the dark truth about 1981, the year in which the film is set. Death, rape, mobs running rampant, even a trash strike made New York City into a living nightmare, with more than 2,100 murders (a number that went into steady remission, shrinking down to 648 in 2013). But don't take our word for it SEE ALSO: Sundance Valley or Silicon Film Festival? Either way, it's getting there A24 Films, which is distributing A Most Violent Year, produced this short film. Directed by Austin…
  • Andy Murray's fiancée Kim Sears lets the f-bombs rip

    Tim Chester
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    LONDON — Andy Murray isn't afraid of dropping F-bombs during particularly hectic tennis matches, but his fiancée Kim Sears is normally a bit more classy. See also: Hoax radio message sparks search for fake missing plane When she watches him perform she tends to do little more than whoop and holler. Not so during the Australian Open semi final on Thursday. As Murray stormed back after a poor start to beat Czech player Tomas Berdych she went an an apparent foul-mouthed rampage which was, naturally, caught by the cameras constantly trained on her. Initially, people weren't sure what…
  • Professor Indiana Jones won't fall for prankster students' traps

    Laura Vitto
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    When students at Kent State University realized their professor wears a hat strikingly similar to the one Indiana Jones is known for, they couldn't pass up the opportunity to make the obvious joke, with a little help from the movie's soundtrack. Despite their efforts, the Indy doppelganger refused to react to the prank. Perhaps he spent too long in the Temple of Doom, though those students seem like more annoying sidekicks than Short Round. Considering Jones is a college professor himself, the prank is more fitting than just the hat. No word yet on whether this professor also happens to be…
  • Super Bowl XLIX preview: The battles (and balls) to watch

    Sam Laird
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    It's about damn time. After two weeks of talking about balls, some actual football will finally be played on Feb. 1 when Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Glendale, Arizona, at 6:30 p.m. EST Super Bowl XLIX is being broadcast on NBC, which for the first time is also offering a full live stream of the game — no login required. But first: You gotta get up to speed. And that's where our Super Bowl XLIX preview comes in See also: It's about the team: Why Marshawn Lynch doesn't talk to media Read on for how the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks arrived at history's doorstep, the crucial…
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  • This Throwback Thursday, Please Enjoy The Amazing Legacy Of The Man Who Invented Lasers (Yes, Lasers, Bro!)

    David Lumb
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes's work paved the way for everything from barcode scanners to Star Wars. He died this week at 99.Between the Flash Gordon radio serials and Star Wars, one man turned the lasers of science fiction into science fact. Charles Hard Townes, inventor of the laser, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 99. As The New York Times succinctly explains, Townes's invention made it possible "to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey planets and galaxies, and even witness the birth of stars."Read Full Story
  • Nintendo Agrees To Split Ad Revenue With YouTube Creators

    Luke Dormehl
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Nintendo is no longer playing the role of Bowser.As little sense as it likely makes to anyone over the age of 35, even the most cursory glance at the most-subscribed channels list on YouTube will show you that there is big money in watching other people play video games.Read Full Story
  • Apple And Samsung Are Tied As The World's Top-Selling Smartphone Makers

    Luke Dormehl
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Competition hasn't been this close since Steve Jobs passed away.For three years, Samsung was the world's top smartphone vendor. Now Apple has pulled even with the South Korean giant—thanks to the phenomenal success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.Read Full Story
  • We Are Yoga

    Jen Vafidis
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    On airports, breathing, and the commodification of an ancient spiritual practice.I didn't notice the sign until the second-to-last day of 2013. I was waiting to board a flight from San Francisco to New York, and throughout the fall months I had read countless articles on how the city of my birth had changed, due to rent wars, tech takeovers, and an influx of twenty-first century pioneers in North Face fleece and sandals. I was under the impression—confirmed just that week by the sight of the newly arrived and quite conspicuous wealth in the city's formerly down at heels downtown—that…
  • Getting The Band Back Together: Why The Justin.TV Mafia Returned To Y Combinator

    Max Chafkin
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Y Combinator helped make the guys behind the ne plus ultra of silly startup ideas rich. Now they're helping to remake the startup factory.This past October, Justin Kan and Michael Seibel spent a week reading Y Combinator applications. Kan did his part while hunkered down at London's Ace Hotel; Seibel read the applications from the Philippines while on a round-the-world trip with his fiancee. Each man, working in concert with Y Combinator's other partners, looked at the pitches of about 500 startups, eventually helping to narrow down a field of more than 5,000 wannabe YC startups to the 114…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Reddit Complied With 58% Of User Info Requests, 31% Of Takedown Notices In 2014

    Anthony Ha
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     Reddit just released its first transparency report, outlining at the requests for user information and for content takedown that it received in 2014. Not surprisingly, the report doesn’t go into detail about individual requests, but it does break things down by category. It also notes how many of those requests the news and content sharing site actually complied with and offers some… Read More
  • Now You Can Order Postmates From Your Browser

    Kyle Russell
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Today, instant-delivery startup Postmates brought its app from mobile to the web. The move helps those on Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iOS and Android who are too lazy to pick up their phones to order. (Several TechCrunchers in the office have done this multiple times. I may or may not be one of them.) Read More
  • FullContact Raises $7 Million, Rolls Out A New Universal Contacts App For iOS

    Sarah Perez
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     FullContact, a company offering a range of solutions for contact management for both consumers and developers alike, has raised an additional $7 million in Series B funding, it announced this morning alongside the launch of a new universal contacts app for iOS. The round was led by prior investor Foundry Group, and included participation from another earlier investor 500 Startups as well… Read More
  • Google Offering 24 Hours Of Inbox Invites On The Day Of Outlook’s iOS Launch

    Darrell Etherington
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
     Google is serving up its longest ever period of guaranteed invites for Inbox, its alternative mobile email app built by the Gmail team. The official Gmail account tweeted the announcement today (which was then retweeted by the official Inbox profile), noting that anyone who emails inbox@google.com from a personal Gmail account between 12 PM ET today and 12 PM ET tomorrow will receive an… Read More
  • Cargomatic Gets $8 Million To Build An Uber For Truckers

    Ryan Lawler
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
     Cargomatic hopes to bring some technology to the local trucking industry by providing a platform enabling shippers to list available jobs that local truckers with excess capacity can complete. By making the connection, the company hopes to not only help truckers make more money, but also to route shipping more efficiently. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
  • The best laid plans

    Seth Godin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like? Even more important, though, is being able to describe what you're going to do when the plan doesn't work. Because it won't. Not the way you expect, certainly. Things will break, be late, miss the spec. People will let you down, surprise you or change their minds. Sales won't get made, promises will be broken, formulas will change. All part of the plan that includes…
  • Your mood vs. your reality

    Seth Godin
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Who is happy? Are rock stars, billionaires or recently-funded entrepreneurs happier? What about teenagers with clear skin? Either what happens changes our mood... or our mood changes the way we narrate what happens. This goes beyond happiness economics and the understanding that a certain baseline of health and success is needed for many people to be happy. The question worth pondering is: are you seeking out the imperfect to justify your habit of being unhappy? Does something have to happen in the outside world for you to be happy inside? Or, to put it differently, Is there a narrative…
  • Fear of public speaking

    Seth Godin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    Very few people are afraid of speaking. It's the public part that's the problem. What makes it public? After all, speaking to a waiter or someone you bump into on the street is hardly private. I think we define public speaking as any group large enough or important enough or fraught enough that we're afraid of it. And that makes the solution straightforward (but not easy). Instead of plunging into these situations under duress, once a year or once a decade, gently stretch your way there. Start with dogs. I'm not kidding. If you don't have one, go to the local animal shelter and take one for a…
  • Advice or criticism?

    Seth Godin
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    It's quite natural to be defensive in the face of criticism. After all, the critic is often someone with an agenda that's different from yours. But advice, solicited advice from a well-meaning and insightful expert? If you confuse that with criticism, you'll leave a lot of wisdom on the table. Here's a simple way to process advice: Try it on. Instead of explaining to yourself and to your advisor why an idea is wrong, impossible or merely difficult, consider acting out what it would mean. Act as if, talk it through, follow the trail. Turn the advice into a new business plan, or a presentation…
 
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    WIRED

  • One of F1’s Greatest Partnerships Ever Reveals Its New Rocket

    Jordan Golson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    McLaren has dropped Mercedes as an engine supplier in favor of a rekindling with its long-lost flame. The result is the MP4-30, the only car on the grid to be fitted with Honda's RA615H Hybrid Power Unit. The post One of F1’s Greatest Partnerships Ever Reveals Its New Rocket appeared first on WIRED.
  • To Adjust This Standing Desk’s Height, Just Hold Out Your Hand

    Megan Logan
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    The TableAir is a variable-height workspace that uses a sensor to detect the height of an outstretched hand, then moves the desk surface up to match it. The post To Adjust This Standing Desk’s Height, Just Hold Out Your Hand appeared first on WIRED.
  • 2015: The Year of the Technologically Engaged Patient?

    Amy Bucher, Wellness & Prevention, Inc.
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    In 2014, wearables and the quantified self continued to grab headlines, from the de-emphasis of the Nike Fuel Band to the launch of Runkeeper’s Breeze activity sensor app to the backlash against attempts to feminize trackers by making them pretty. The Affordable Care Act continued to change healthcare, most notably when state insurance exchanges became […] The post 2015: The Year of the Technologically Engaged Patient? appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build an Ice-Skating Highway Through Edmonton

    Alex Davies
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    The Freezeway is a proposed a 6.8-mile skating lane through Edmonton, Alberta, for residents who want to commute on ice. The post The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build an Ice-Skating Highway Through Edmonton appeared first on WIRED.
  • New Fantasy Writers and Internet-Haters Dominate Our Favorite Books This Month

    Jason Kehe
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    While January can suffer from a post-holiday publication lull, it's a great time room for cooler, less conventional reads. The post New Fantasy Writers and Internet-Haters Dominate Our Favorite Books This Month appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image via Flickr user Daniel Lee This is a guest contribution from Hassan Ud-deen. Your blog posts have a purpose, right? You want your readers to take a specific action after reading your post. It could be to: like, share, subscribe, comment or just think about something. Either way, you’re aiming to elicit a response. And It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a sale letter, a blog post, or an email. If you aim to evoke any kind of response or action… you’re writing copy. Funnily enough, most of the content marketing style writing you read now, is heavily influenced by…
  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from Owen Andrew. Since mobile internet began to overtake desktop internet usage in January 2014, there have been major innovations in website design in light of this trend. In general, websites have been opting for a simpler, mobile-friendly design. Maintaining a blog in such a fast-paced environment can be a huge challenge, but staying on top of trends is required for success. In order to keep your blog interesting and relevant in the upcoming year, there are five design trends to keep in mind when continuing your work in 2015. Image via shutterstock.com…
  • Going from a Blog to a Vlog: What the Big Companies Can Teach Us

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    This is a guest contribution from social media analyst Matthew Yeoman. The move online from only having a blog for your online marketing is, of course, one which has long since been abandoned. Brands now have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on and on to promote their website and the blogs themselves. A trend towards video, with YouTube leading the way, has lead to the rise of the vlog as the next big thing in content marketing. Many of the biggest brands in the world are on YouTube. They are killing it with views, subscribers (there’s a familiar term for bloggers), and brand exposure.
  • Blogging and Privacy: How to Blog Authentically Without Losing Your Voice

    Stacey Roberts
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Laura Tremaine’s blog is called Hollywood Housewife because she is just that – married to a movie producer and living in LA. A longtime blogger, she’s learned how to balance honest storytelling with keeping her husband, her family, and their life together somewhat incognito. Always only a Google search away from film fans, Laura has erred on the side of caution when it comes to sharing her tales, but manages never to lose the heart of them. She is a gifted writer with an interesting story to tell, and I have no doubt you’ll take away lots to think about if you’ve…
  • The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Dust-Proof Your Home With a DIY Fabric Softener and Water Solution

    Kristin Wong
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    We already know that dryer sheets can help repel dust . But for a cheap, more versatile solution, use a DIY fabric softener solution and just spray.Read more...
  • Enhancement or Gimmick? Your TV's Advanced Picture Settings, Explained

    Whitson Gordon
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    HDTVs come with all kinds of advanced settings designed to "improve" the picture, but most of them are just marketing gimmicks. In fact, your picture will actually look better with some of them off. Here are some of the settings you'll find in the advanced menu, and what you should do with them.Read more...
  • $50 Dashcam, Long Lightning Cable, Cheap Flash Storage, and More Deals

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    If there's one thing we've learned from Jalopnik, it's that you should really have a dashcam in your car. [Esky 2.4-inch Full HD H.264 1080P Car Vehicle DVR, $50 with code CARDVR06Read more...
  • What Kind of Spending Makes You Happiest?

    Kristin Wong
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    You don't need money to be happy. But studies do show that spending your money on certain things can make you feel satisfied. So how exactly does your spending affect your happiness?Read more...
  • Joinery 101: Cut Dado Joints of Any Size with an Adjustable Jig

    Timothy Dahl
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dado joints have been used for centuries to build cabinets and bookshelves. Add this joint to your woodworking repertoire using a shop-made jig and router. With this setup you'll perform precision cuts at varying widths every time.Read more...
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  • iTunes Connect Issue Causing Developers to be Logged Into Wrong Accounts

    Joe Rossignol
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    A number of iTunes Connect developers have turned to Twitter and tipped us off about an ongoing issue where users are being shown someone else's session after attempting to login into their own account. MacRumors has been able to duplicate this issue, which appears to be widespread and has been going on since at least 8 AM Pacific. While other developer's apps are displayed in the iTunes Connect dashboard, attempting to take further action results in an "unable to process request" error and a redirect to the proper account. Sales and payment information are also not accessible for the…
  • Apple and Samsung Tied as World's Largest Smartphone Makers in Q4 2014 [Updated]

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month period of October through December. Apple's number is an official figure from its financial results, while Samsung's number is an estimate since the company stopped reporting smartphone shipments a few years ago. The research firm adds that Apple and Samsung were last tied in smartphone market share in Q4 2011. Apple experienced a…
  • Following Apple's Record Quarter Announcement, Samsung Reports Profit Drop

    Juli Clover
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    On the heels of an earnings call that saw Apple announcing record earnings, rival phone maker Samsung today announced its own results for the October to December period, reporting a 27 percent quarterly decline in earnings. Samsung saw net profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.9 billion), compared to 7.3 trillion won last year, marking its first annual earnings decline in three years and its fifth consecutive quarter of decline. Apple, meanwhile, announced record earnings of $18 billion, largely due to the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Overall, Samsung's 2014 profit was at 25…
  • FTC Levies $40M Fine Against TracFone for Throttling Unlimited Data Customers

    Juli Clover
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who throttle their unlimited customers. As reported by Re/code, the FTC has ordered prepaid wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million to consumers who paid for unlimited service and were then throttled after reaching certain data limits. TracFone advertised "unlimited text, talk, and data" for $45 a month under the brands Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America, and until…
  • Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Shutting Down After Failing to Emerge as Viable iTunes Alternative

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming music service ahead of launching Spotify on PlayStation Music. Music Unlimited will shut down in all 19 countries it operated on March 29, 2015, with nearly all of the countries among the 41 regions that Spotify for PlayStation Music will be available upon launch, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Music Unlimited launched in December 2010 on PlayStation Network in several countries worldwide, and the service was later extended to iPhone [Direct Link], Android, PlayStation…
 
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Lately, I’m finding lots of interaction and fun on Facebook. I once wrote a post about how I was leaving Facebook for Google+ because whoa, that’s the future. Until Google decided it wasn’t. And I’m reasonably well known for loving Twitter and being an early adopter of it. Which social network is right for you? The real answer? The one you like. I like Instagram plenty. I like Facebook more than I ever did before (no real idea why). I even spent a half hour today in LinkedIn (which I usually complain about). Continue ReadingThe post I Like Facebook More Than Twitter…
  • What is Content Marketing?

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Content marketing is the art of using content of any kind (blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and much more) to reach prospects and customers and influencers, and warm them up for the potential of a purchase. You can have an offline business and use content marketing. You can promote yourself, a book, a store, a church, or whatever it is you need to do. The art of content marketing is to create information that entertains, informs, and then CONNECTS a potential buyer with what you do/offer.Continue ReadingThe post What is Content Marketing? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • What a Long Time Friendship and Partnership Looks Like

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I started stalking Brian Clark of Copyblogger back in 2006. Hard to imagine that I’d already been blogging for eight years when he showed up, but I knew from the start that Brian was smarter at a lot of things than I was, and that he’d go far. He, on the other hand, thought I was a weirdo and wouldn’t amount to anything. (Long time joke, but true story.) Brian and I Have Collaborated In Many Ways Brian was faster to the idea of helping people learn what they needed to know about the business side of the web in a more formalized way. And he created years of content that…
  • Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m working through a few ideas, but I’m a little bit stuck. And as I haven’t been invited to speak at a conference this week or next (where I get a lot of thoughts and ideas), I decided to put on a conference in my living room. The content doesn’t quite matter, because it’s my conference. People ask me all the time which conferences are the ones to attend? My answer: your own.Continue ReadingThe post Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Measure Your Wealth in Options

    Chris Brogan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was lamenting the fact that business has been slow over the last handful of weeks (end of the year and first of the year aren’t exactly the roaring seasons for keynote speakers and professional development experts), but a little change of perspective really turned me around. Because there’s a lesson in it that would be useful to an owner like you, I wanted to share it with you. Measure Your Wealth in Options The last few weeks have been slow, yes. But that means that I can accept the following truths to go along with it:Continue ReadingThe post Measure Your Wealth in Options…
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  • Do Lower Prices Lead to More Sales?

    Sean D'Souza
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Let’s say you’re choosing between three photography courses covering similar topics. The prices are stacked like this: $200 $250 $2,000 What’s going through your mind right now? Curiosity floods your brain. Even if you’re not sure you can afford the $2,000 course, you want to know why it’s so expensive, compared to the other photography courses. If we were truly happy with lower prices, we would simply snap up the $200 workshop, right? We wouldn’t so much as take a glance at the rest. But that’s not how we’re built as human beings. Many years…
  • 5 Traffic Strategies That Build Your Curation Audience

    Brian Clark
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the third of three core lessons related to content curation based on a case study of my new email newsletter Further. You can listen to the initial two episodes here: Position Your Content Curation for Success 3 Ways to Grow Your Curated Email Newsletter Faster Now we tackle the eternal question: how do you get traffic to your curation site so you can build an email list? Should we start building a war chest for advertising? Not yet. First we’re going to apply some creativity and sweat into driving traffic. Some of these methods are tried and true, but need to be executed…
  • Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Talk is cheap. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to content marketing strategy, simply talking about it is not enough. That is the big takeaway from the 2015 benchmarks, budgets, and trends study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, sponsored by our own Rainmaker Platform. According to the study, only 39 percent of B2B small business marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. The rest either have a strategy that they have only talked about (47 percent), have no strategy at all (12 percent), or are unsure (1 percent). Here’s why this matters…
  • How to Learn From Your Mistakes

    Jerod Morris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everybody makes mistakes. And everybody should make mistakes. They are unavoidable when we step outside of our comfort zones. Avoiding mistakes means avoiding growth. But we can’t repeat our mistakes. We need to learn from them. When we do, we turn negatives into positives and move forward. When we don’t, we simply run in place. In this episode of The Lede, Demian and I share personal stories of mistakes we’ve made — some big and some small — and how we learned from them, and we describe the thought process necessary to do so consistently. We discuss: Recovering…
  • Trolls, Unkind Words, and How to Know You’re on the Right Track

    Sonia Simone
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    At the end of the day, I just find your persona incredibly grating. Funny that I can still remember that comment word-for-word. It’s from an unsubscribe note to my email list dating back at least seven years now. I heard lots of good things back then, too. I was helping people, sharing what I knew in a way that was useful to my (then tiny) audience. But I don’t remember any of the good comments verbatim. Even back then, though, the note made me laugh. (Ruefully.) Because I knew that it was a signpost. A signal that I was headed in the right direction. The Internet is full of…
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    Macworld

  • The new Outlook mobile app aims to be your all-in-one mail and calendar suite

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Microsoft Outlook app for iOS and Android is here, dropping in the final puzzle piece to the company’s “Office everywhere” vision.They’re in the App Store and Google Play now, though the Android version is technically a “preview” build. Microsoft says once it gets enough feedback and makes the necessary tweaks it will deem it a final version, just as it did Thursday with Office for Android.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How to design your own great-looking business cards

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Few design projects are as nerve-wracking—and important—as designing your own business card. Just like the clothes you wear, your business card tells the recipient if you’re professional, artistic, or a big ol’ ball of cheese. Aside from the aesthetic message, you’ve also got to pack a ton of info into a tiny-teeny space and keep it readable. To put your best business card forward, try following these essential design tips.Pick a printer The first step in designing your own business cards is to pick a printer. There are online resources aplenty, including VistaPrint, Overnight…
  • Jawbone opens a Marketplace to show that it's more than step counter

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Jawbone is trying to separate itself from run-of-the-mill fitness trackers with its new Marketplace, selling third-party products that tie into Jawbone's own wearables. For instance, Nest's Learning Thermostat can set your preferred bedtime temperature when you fall asleep sleep, and set a morning temperature when Jawbone detects that you've awoken. The Lose It Scale can automatically sync your weight to Jawbone's app, and the Fitocracy service provides personalized coaching based on your Jawbone activity. There's even a dog collar that lets you compare your own activity to that of your…
  • Apple hits Samsung at home, where it hurts

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Apple is getting closer to matching Samsung Electronics on its home turf, as it has done with other East Asian rivals. Apple had a record-high 20 percent of the South Korean smartphone market in the last quarter of 2014, up from 11 percent a year earlier, according to Strategy Analytics. It’s an embarrassing development for Samsung, which has seen its mobile fortunes wither since the release of the iPhone 6. “The South Korean market is seeing a changing of the guard,” Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said via email. “Apple is outperforming in East Asian markets because of…
  • The doom train: Nothing can stop Apple doom

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Choo-choo! Apple reported record results this week, but that doom train keeps on a-chugging along! Donning the engineer’s cap is Forbes “contributor” Peter Cohan. “6 Reasons Apple Is Still More Doomed Than You Think” (tip o’ the antlers to Carlton Swift) You know, tax season is coming up. Is it possible to write off “contributions” from the Forbes “contributor” network? The Macalope shall have to remember to ask his accountant, Amy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Five Characteristics Of An Innovation

    Victor Yocco
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    The “diffusion of innovations” theory of communications expert and rural sociologist Everett Rogers attempts to identify and explain the factors that lead to people and groups adopting innovations (new ideas and technologies). Design teams that account for both usability and how people adopt innovation stand a much greater chance of having users accept and use their products. The diffusion of innovations is a complex process; design teams can use their knowledge of the theory to create a road map for how they will address critical factors in the design and marketing of their product. I…
  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    You didn’t really think we’d wrap up our endless1, mischievous2 mystery3 riddles4 just like that, did you? Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of the SmashingConf NYC 20155, we’ve prepared a new mystery riddle, and this one will be an exercise in patience and stubborness. No, it’s not going to be an easy one this time either, but the reward is definitely worth the effort. How does it work? Well, you know how it works. Below you’ll find the first of a few animated GIFs that contain a hidden Twitter hashtag. Your job is to discover those hashtags as fast…
  • “When Great Just Isn’t Good Enough” Smashing Conference NYC 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    SmashingConf NYC 20151 will challenge you to rethink how you design and build websites today — and how to touch someone’s heart with design. 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 16 excellent speakers and just 400 available tickets. With the main focus on practical takeaways from real-life projects, you might never be the same again. To the tickets.2 About The Conference You’ve been around for quite some time, haven’t you? You know your way around front-end, or UX methodologies, or mobile patterns, or even the obscure dark matter of responsive web design. But you might not…
  • Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”

    Jacob Rossi
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last week, Microsoft made its biggest announcement for the web since it first introduced Internet Explorer in 1995: a new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan31.” So, what does this mean for us as designers and developers? What rendering engine will Spartan be using, and how will it affect our work? We spoke with Jacob Rossi, the senior engineer at Microsoft’s web platform team, about the new browser, the rendering engine behind it, and whether it’s going to replace Internet Explorer in the long run. This article, written by Jacob, is the result of our conversations, with a few…
  • How And Why To Make Side Projects Work At A Digital Agency

    Danny Bluestone
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    It’s no secret that the digital industry is booming. From exciting startups to global brands, companies are reaching out to digital agencies, responding to the new possibilities available. However, the industry is fast becoming overcrowded, heaving with agencies offering similar services — on the surface, at least. Producing creative, fresh projects is the key to standing out. Unique side projects are the best place to innovate, but balancing commercially and creatively lucrative work is tricky. So, this article looks at how to make side projects work and why they’re worthwhile,…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    New Lightroom Classes from Scott Kelby Over on KelbyOne, we just released four brand new Lightroom courses from Scott Kelby! Whether you’re wondering why you should start using Lightroom and are curious what the advantages of it are over just using Bridge and Photoshop, a current user who wants to know more about sharpening, a sports photographer looking for the best way to integrate Lightroom into your workflow, or are just looking for some cool layout ideas, Scott has you covered.Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Scott’s Lightroom 5 Book for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Molnar!

    Brad Moore
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve been afraid to admit this for a while… afraid to say this out loud.But this is a safe place right?For years I felt like a fake. I would be so nervous the night before a shoot that I felt like tomorrow was the day that I was going to come undone.Tomorrow the world will discover that I’m faking this. I’m not really a good photographer. They really shouldn’t pay me for this. I’m not worth anything.I’m pretending to know what I’m doing. When really, I’m scared as hell.You may or may not know this, but I’m a celebrity, music and advertising photographer in Nashville. I…
  • Frozen (the tour)

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    I was born and raised in Florida. I was 24-years-old before I ever saw snow in person. Now I’m in Columbus, Ohio where I did my seminar yesterday and I’m making up for lost time. It’s “snow city.” Brrrrrrr!!!!This is Brad. He’s from Knoxville, Tennessee so he’s used to cold weather, and even likes it, but it’s really not fair because his beard generates it’s own heat (just ask the ladies in Columbus).Luckily, we hunkered down indoors yesterday, and we had an awesome group of photographers (over 300+ photographers braved the cold and the…
  • A 2nd Look at Project Luca — The App for Photo Storytelling is Moving Forward

    Scott Kelby
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s not actually a “Photo storytelling app” — it’s a Storytelling app that just happens to be really good for photo-storytelling When I did a “First look” at Project Luca, back in December (here’s the link) there were things I really liked about it (like professionally designed themes, different fonts, a decent level of customization, that it’s app-based, there’s motion options and dissolves, and lots of stuff that makes it great for photographers who want to tell a story).There was also some key stuff I felt was missing… …and I…
  • Some Lightroom Love…Some RC Love, and other Friday Stuff

    Scott Kelby
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    I’m very excited to announce that the awesome RC Concepcion has been named “Director of Content and Education” at KelbyOne RC wrote a blog post about it, called “My New Job at KelbyOne” (here’s the ink) so I want you to hear it about it in his words, but I’m so happy for him; I”m excited about what he brings to the role, and I’m just really proud of him on so many levels. Please join me in welcoming RC to this new position leading our team and helping to mold and guide our educational curriculum for the future.Yesterday We Released FOUR…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 11 Tips for Creating Stunning Photographs of Cities at Dawn

    Anthony Epes
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    We’ve all seen hundreds of gorgeous photos of sunrises over beaches and beautiful landscapes. Of course they have the capacity to wow and inspire, but I would argue that it’s far more interesting to photographs cities at dawn. You have so much more to work with – buildings, graffiti, debris, rivers, glass, the odd person, roads, and greenery in the midst of all of this urban-ness. The possibilities to create unique photos are endless. So, if you combine all this intense city landscape with the wonderful and quickly-changing light of dawn, you have an amazing combination.
  • Food Photography – How to Shoot A Beverage With Only Two Lights

    Joel Dryer
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The wonderful thing about food photography is that you can easily turn your apartment, home, or garage into a studio. This image was shot for a local ice cream franchise that offers a different spin on the traditional root beer float. The set was constructed on a coffee table with common household items, and was lit with just two lights. Final image You might be thinking that the featured photo does not look like your normal, every-day root beer float, and you would be right. The ice cream pellets in the float were created by flash freezing ice cream mixed with liquid nitrogen. Because the…
  • Handiwork: How to Pose Hands

    Gina Milicia
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.” – Og Mandino All images copyright Gina Milicia What to do with your model’s hands is the one thing most photographers and…
  • 5 Tips for Getting Fresh Ideas for Macro Photography

    Bruce Lovelace
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you seeking some inspiration for getting creative with some new macro photographs? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of taking close-ups of typical macro subjects like flowers and insects. Help is on the way. There is a whole world of macro photography available to you that doesn’t involve the typical subject matter so often associated with close-up photography. There are some amazing images of insects and flowers to enjoy on the web, but what about going in a different direction? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing, to challenge your imagination, and direct you…
  • 7 Photography Podcasts That are Worth a Listen

    Ken Lyons
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is no shortage of podcasts about photography. They cater for everyone from beginners to experienced amateurs, semi-pros and professionals. A quick search in Google returns so many options it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s impossible to listen to them all, so how do you decide which ones to download or subscribe to? The simplest answer is to follow recommendations from friends and colleagues. So, in no particular order, here are seven photography based podcasts that I currently subscribe to, that I think will be of interest to you as a photographer: 1. This Week in Photo This Week in…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Apple R&D spending reached record levels last quarter

    Yoni Heisler
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    To say that Apple had a stellar holiday quarter would be an understatement. For the quarter gone by, Apple recorded just over $18 billion in profits, enough to make it the most profitable quarter in corporate history. But lest anyone think Apple is ...
  • iTunes Connect issues creating havoc for developers

    Steven Sande
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Twitter is all abuzz this morning with developers who were logging into iTunes Connect - the gateway used to make apps available for sale - and seeing someone else's login information. For example, here's a tweet from Alexander Kuhn, who saw account...
  • Microsoft Outlook now available for iOS

    Steven Sande
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Just in time for TUAW parent company Aol to migrate all of its employees from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail this weekend, Microsoft today launched Outlook for iOS (free). The universal app is essentially a scaled-down version of the desktop Outlook appl...
  • Rumor Roundup: BREAKING - March and April not same month

    Chris Rawson
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of company's guidance, say analysts, at $68.3B (9to5 Mac) Source: Some analysts Chance it's true: None "Analyst consensus" of Apple's performance was off by billions of dollars. You know, like always...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Gentlemen...Ricochet! [...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Save the date! DPreview PIX2015 Expo May 2-3

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    DPReview is pleased to announce 'Photo Interactive Expo, PIX2015'. PIX2015 is a live-streamed photo show which will be taking place on May 2nd and 3rd 2015. A true celebration of photography, the show - which will be live-streamed here on DPReview.com and on our partner sites - will feature inspiring, entertaining, educational and interactive talks and demonstrations by leading photographers and industry experts. Click through to learn more
  • Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Canon has released its 2014 Q4 financial report, showing an overall profit increase but a continued slump in camera sales. Sales of office equipment are responsible for a 5.4 percent year-on-year upswing in operating profits in Q4, but the company reports that sales in its imaging business fell by 7.3% compared to the previous year. Read more
  • Photographer sues Nike over rights to Jordan 'Jumpman' logo

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In 1984, photographer Jacobus Rentmeester photographed a then college-enrolled Michael Jordan for Time Magazine. The image was later licensed and ultimately reshot by Nike, who eventually used the reshot version as the basis for their Jordan 'Jumpman' logo. Rentmeester is now suing Nike for copyright infringement, but does he have a case? Continue reading
  • Print tattoos of your Instagram photos with INK361's Picattoo service

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Instagram Web interface provider INK361 has introduced a new service for Instagram photographers that allows them to create temporary tattoos from their pictures. Once logged in to Instagram via the Picattoo website, users can select up to 12 of their own images to have made into 3x3cm square format prints on sheets of transfer material. Read more
  • Little, Improved: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review posted

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is an almost unthinkably small Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16MP sensor, 3" 921k-dot touch screen, 1080/60p HD video and built-in Wi-Fi. It follows in the already tiny footsteps of the GM1, adding a built-in EVF and more external controls to that camera's point-and-shoot approach. Does it stand tall in a competitive enthusiast mirrorless class? Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Applying a preset to your Importing workflow

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Mike Rodriguez polled his students to see what they would like to see in Scott and RC’s upcoming podcasts and I decided to steal one of his ideas… sort of. This is one of those tips that if you have never heard of it may make you curse because of how it can save you a lot of time from doing the same steps over and over again. Screen grab of Mark’s comment to Scott about what to cover of Lightroom Podcast As I was working on this blog post Arnaldo from video who is a good shooter and really working on taking his photography to the next level came in to my office to bug…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #2

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi folks – I’m back with #2, but before we head into this, I just wanted to thank everybody yesterday for heeding the disclaimer warning before they posted comments. We had some good discussions and everybody was civil, so even though I’m not reprinting the entire disclaimer here again today, I hope you’ll still honor it as you did yesterday. Without further ado (yes, that was some “ado”), here’s the 2nd thing I would tell NEW Lightroom users:  #2) Just Use One Catalog Can you create multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Yes. As a new user should you? I…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #1

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi gang: I’m starting a 10-part series here today where I share some basic advice I would give to new users on how to make their Lightroom life easier. Tip of the hat to my buddy Rob Sylvan who inspired me to write my first version of this concept on my blog back in 2009. SADLY NECESSARY DISCLAIMER: This series is NOT for more advanced users, it’s for new users, so if you’re an advanced user reading this, it will only make you mad because you probably do things very differently than I’m going to suggest. The way you’re doing stuff probably works great for you,…
  • We Have Our Book Giveaway Winners!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A big congrats to these fine folks who won a copy of Jay’s new brilliant new book, “Light, Gesture & Color” (That’s Jay and me at Photo Plus Expo back in November during the book launch). If you didn’t win, you can still pick up Jay’s book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. > Robert McClymond > Chris Helms > Lisa Hall > Carrie Cleghorn > James Kuhn Winners: My assistant Lynn Miller will be contacting you directly to get your shipping details. Congrats, and thanks to everybody who entered (and thanks to everybody who included a nice comment…
  • When Lightroom’s “Shadows” Slider Isn’t Enough…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    This isn’t one of those tips that you’re going to use every day, but when you need it, it’s really an image-saver. It’s about bringing out shadow detail in a big way using a workaround that does take a few steps, but it’s super easy (after it all goes faster than you’d think). Here’s what we’re doing:   STEP ONE: Here’s the original image. The area in the foreground is pretty dark, so to open up that area, we reach for the Shadows slider. STEP TWO: Here I cranked the Shadows slider all the way to +100, and it helped a little bit, but…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Facebook for iOS Gains Foursquare-Style 'Place Tips' Recommendations

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Facebook for iOS is gaining a major new feature today, which is designed to provide Foursquare-style recommendations on the places that users visit. Called Place Tips, the tool will offer up posts and photos that a user's friends have shared at the same location that's being visited. For example, when visiting a restaurant, if a Facebook friend has previously been to the same spot, Place Tips will display any photos and posts that were made at that location, letting users know what might be good to order or what to avoid. From friends' recommendations to information about the places and…
  • Increased Switcher Rate From Android to iPhone Appears Focused Outside the U.S.

    Mitchel Broussard
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Following Apple's earnings call on Tuesday in which Tim Cook stated the company "saw more new customers to iPhone than we've ever seen before," research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) today released (via Fortune) a report delving into the specifics of the Android-to-Apple switching statistics revealed by Apple. Expectedly, the report - which surveyed 500 Apple device customers inside the U.S. only - notes most Apple iPhone users returned to the company with the newest iteration of the iPhone last year. But the rate of Android switchers migrating platforms to the iPhone 6…
  • Microsoft Launches Outlook for iOS with iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo Mail Support

    Richard Padilla
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    Microsoft today launched its official Outlook app for iOS, which allows users to easily view and organize their email inbox, calendars, attachments, and more under one unified view. The app works with Microsoft's own Outlook.com and Office 365 services, while iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail are also compatible. Outlook for iOS also features quick gestures, as users can simply swipe to delete, archive or schedule messages. Now, with Outlook, you really can manage your work and personal email on your phone and tablet – as efficiently as you do on your computer. And, because we know that…
  • New 'SlatePro TechDesk SE' Comes Equipped with Built-In iPhone Dock, Mac Air Vents and Whiteboard

    Juli Clover
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Back in March of 2014, iSkelter launched the SlatePro TechDesk on Kickstarter, which was designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. The desk was highly successful, leading the company to create a range of furniture products aimed at MacBook and iPhone users, including the new SlatePro TechDesk Special Edition. The SlatePro TechDesk Special Edition is a new version of the original SlatePro desk, introducing an entirely revamped design and several additional features like felt pockets and a dry erase board. Like the original SlatePro…
  • Hands-On First Impressions of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Following the release of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari, we have been testing out the new software to see how well it keeps notifications, links, photos and other files in sync between devices. Pushbullet is the marriage of AirDrop, Notifyr and other OS X Yosemite features in one package, but is it a worthwhile alternative? Find out our first impressions in our hands-on video ahead. The process of setting up Pushbullet takes just a few minutes. Depending on which platforms or web browsers you want to send and receive links and files between, download the Pushbullet apps or extensions…
 
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