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  • Hot Wheels revs its engine with Star Wars character cars

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    You might have lost interest in collecting Hot Wheels cars around age seven, but have we got a collection to get you back in the swing of things. To be premiered at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, these red hot little toys are scheduled to hit shelves in October, so you can start saving your allowance money now. Just remember not to take these out of the package and lose them in the yard. Oh, who are we kidding? Buy two, and play with one. Chewbacca: Han Solo’s trusted Wookiee companion really would make a hell of a workhorse. Hot Wheels reimagines him as a big, brawny, Unimog-style flatbed.
  • Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over

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    Max Knoblauch
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    With the newly released Game of Thrones Season 5 cast list, you can be sure that the murder rate in Westeros isn't going to be decreasing anytime soon — not that anyone expected that. HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday afternoon, revealing a strong fifth season focus on the Martell family, a group of fearsome warriors from Dorne (all related to the recently departed Red Viper). See also: 6 Blunt Character Changes HBO Made to 'Game of Thrones' While the show hasn't focused much on the Martell family yet, they're a pivotal and intimidating force in…
  • Why Automakers Want 4G Inside Cars

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Here's what automakers can do when cars have built-in smartphone capabilities. This article contains an interview with Phil Abram, GM chief infotainment officer.Read Full Story
  • This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

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    Greg Kumparak
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
     There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi? This site won’t help you with all of those, but it will help you with that last one. Read More
  • Back to the drawing board

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    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
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  • Hot Wheels revs its engine with Star Wars character cars

    Kate Rinsema
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    You might have lost interest in collecting Hot Wheels cars around age seven, but have we got a collection to get you back in the swing of things. To be premiered at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, these red hot little toys are scheduled to hit shelves in October, so you can start saving your allowance money now. Just remember not to take these out of the package and lose them in the yard. Oh, who are we kidding? Buy two, and play with one. Chewbacca: Han Solo’s trusted Wookiee companion really would make a hell of a workhorse. Hot Wheels reimagines him as a big, brawny, Unimog-style flatbed.
  • 45 perfectly timed photos

    Sam Sexton
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In the ancient times before the internet, access to good photos was only possible through access of a good photographer.  Now, fantastic images are just a click away. Distractify’s 45 perfectly timed photos (some of which are technically gifs rather than photos, but that’s a much less catchy title) are AMAZING.  Alongside the dog catching a bubble and the standard “slow motion guy getting hit,” there are some really bizarre ones.  Some are appealing instantly (that shark! THAT SHARK!) whereas others take a bit more time, but they’re all worth it. Full story at…
  • Queen’s Guard performs Game of Thrones theme

    Sam Sexton
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Queen Elizabeth, second of her name, queen of the British men and the Anglo-Saxons, may have declined her opportunity to sit upon the iconic Iron Throne, but it looks like her Queensguard might be bigger fans of Game of Thrones than she is. YouTube user Omer Barnea caught the world-famous guard outfit on video with a very classy rendition of the show’s opening theme.  I can’t say it doesn’t lose something without the intricate clockwork map, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Full story at YouTube. Click, Khalessi.
  • Crows outperform first graders on water displacement test

    Sam Sexton
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Crows are much, much smarter than people give them credit for.  The next time someone calls you a “birdbrain,” and you don’t feel like rightfully pointing out that nobody says “birdbrain” anymore, just specify that the bird in question is a crow.  As it turns out, in some ways these guys are on-par with human kids, aged seven to ten. UC Santa Barbara researcher Corina Logan has released a paper about her study of crows’ ability to displace water.  Specifically, crows were skilled enough at determining the volume of water containers, and displacing the…
  • 28 Awesome ice cream recipes

    Sam Sexton
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    There are few pleasures as potent as an ice cream cone in July.  What could possibly improve that sweet, cold sensation? Wait, you can have a cone that’s a pie crust? Nevermind, regular cones taste like dirt now. This is but one of 28 amazing recipes for ice cream provided by BuzzFeed.  While only the most hardcore ice cream gourmets will make every single one of these amazing snacks, the cost, difficulty of preparation, and resulting flavors are broad enough that there should be at least one snack for every type of ice cream fan.  Personally, those waffle ice cream sandwiches are…
 
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  • Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over

    Max Knoblauch
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    With the newly released Game of Thrones Season 5 cast list, you can be sure that the murder rate in Westeros isn't going to be decreasing anytime soon — not that anyone expected that. HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday afternoon, revealing a strong fifth season focus on the Martell family, a group of fearsome warriors from Dorne (all related to the recently departed Red Viper). See also: 6 Blunt Character Changes HBO Made to 'Game of Thrones' While the show hasn't focused much on the Martell family yet, they're a pivotal and intimidating force in…
  • 'Outlander' Writer Initially Thought Star Sam Heughan Was 'Grotesque'

    Sandra Gonzalez
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    SAN DIEGO — Outlander star Sam Heughan drew massive screams from the crowd at a panel for the show on Friday at Comic Con, but during the casting process to find the perfect Jamie Fraser, author Diana Gabaldon's reaction to the actor was significantly different "They sent me Sam's audition tapes and I was driving somewhere so I said, I can't look at it until tonight.' But they'd given me his name and I was Googling him, looking up his IMDB photos saying, 'This man looks grotesque, what are you thinking?'" she said His audition, however, proved that he was right for the part. "Five…
  • Threat of War With Russia Darkens Ukraine

    Amanda Wills
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Russia is intensifying its military action near the border with Ukraine, slowly but steadily amassing troops along boundary lines Powerful rocket systems from Russia are being moved closer to the Ukrainian border and the Pentagon says the arrival of those heavy artillery systems in the country is now "imminent." The weapons systems could be in separatists' hands as early as Friday, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren "It's that close," Warren said. Though Warren didn't have an exact timeline, he said the U.S. has new evidence that Russia intends to deliver more — and more powerful…
  • Woman's 'Cards Against Harassment' Campaign Fights Everyday Chauvinism

    Katie Sola
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    When an ordinary Minneapolis woman started filming herself confronting the men who hassled her in the streets, she never thought her videos would garner 1.5 million YouTube views. Now, she's helping women fight back against harassment worldwide Lindsey, who prefers to keep her last name private, first decided to take action against street harassment when a man stood behind her on an escalator and started to flick her hair, asking "Hey blondie, where are you going?" When she asked why he didn't just say hello, he began screaming that she was ugly and not cute enough for him anyway. "That's…
  • 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Cast Announced at Comic-Con

    Annie Colbert
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Blood, betrayal and a few more Martells to stir up trouble — Game of Thrones Season 5 promises more drama than a Lannister wedding. HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con on Friday afternoon (along with some Season 4 bloopers), matching the announcement with a YouTube video featuring the fresh faces talking about their excitement to join the hit show. See also: Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over New members include Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell; Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan; Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell; Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand;…
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  • Why Automakers Want 4G Inside Cars

    Neal Ungerleider
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Here's what automakers can do when cars have built-in smartphone capabilities. This article contains an interview with Phil Abram, GM chief infotainment officer.Read Full Story
  • Lyft's Ride-Sharing Service Gets A New York City Greenlight, Will Hit The Streets At 7 O'Clock Tonight

    KC Ifeanyi
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    We finally have lyft-off for the pink mustachioed cars in NYC.After getting off to a rocky start in New York City, Lyft finally has the greenlight to launch in all five boroughs starting tonight at 7 p.m.Read Full Story
  • McLiterary McCups? McDonald's Is Rebranding To Take On Chipotle

    Alice Truong
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    The fast-food giant is undertaking an 18-month effort to change its image in consumers' minds. But don't expect a new logo.Chipotle may have transformed the fast food industry, but McDonald's isn't going to stand on the sidelines as consumers flock to the Mexican restaurant chain's vegan tofu burritos, literary cups, and brilliant ad campaigns against factory farms.Read Full Story
  • This Cruel Pavlok Bracelet Shocks You To Exercise

    Mark Wilson
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Hate exercising? ZAP! Still hate exercising?The fitness bands we know today have all been built around positive reinforcement. From glowing animations to congratulatory messaging when you hit goals and milestones, Fitbits, Nike+ Fuelbands, and the Jawbone Up are drenched in cheerful celebration of your accomplishments. I'm severely ADHD and if left to my own devices I tend to achieve nothing.Read Full Story
  • Dronies Are The New Selfies

    Evie Nagy
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Make way in your Instagram feed for flying-camera panoramas.Squishing yourself into a cameraphone frame with your bestie is so early 2014. Why rely on your outstretched arm when you can include a sweeping vista and aerial approach to your selfie?Read Full Story
 
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  • This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

    Greg Kumparak
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
     There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi? This site won’t help you with all of those, but it will help you with that last one. Read More
  • Amazon’s Bet On Exclusive Games To Make Its Fire Gadgets More Enticing

    Kyle Russell
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
     Amazon’s Fire Phone is out today, and while it’s got some interesting features that set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Android phone, it doesn’t seem like it will appeal to those who aren’t voracious online shoppers. Now Amazon is releasing games exclusive to its devices in order to draw in the lucrative gamer audience. Read More
  • You Can Now Command The Tesla You Probably Don’t Have With The Smartwatch You Probably Don’t Have

    Greg Kumparak
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
     Do you have a Tesla? Do you also have an Android Wear smartwatch? Do you wish they worked better together? Don’t worry! Solving the #1 problem of Batmans everywhere, these guys have figured out how to let you control a Tesla Model S through a smartwatch. Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Facebook’s Big Earnings Win, Life On The D-List, And Uber’s Summer Moves

    Ryan Lawler
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Let’s face it: We’re right smack in the middle of summer, at the time of year when tech news slows to a crawl. But that didn’t stop us from filming a wildly entertaining episode of CrunchWeek, because when the tech news gods give us lemons, we make lemonade. Read More
  • Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing

    Frederic Lardinois
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
     Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations for most commonly used languages. It’s still far off from being perfect, though, and today Google announced a new initiative that aims to get more input from its users to improve its translations. The Google Translate Community, which is now open for everybody, gives… Read More
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  • Back to the drawing board

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
 
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  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is!

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
 
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  • U.S. House Approves Bill Making Smartphone Unlocking Legal, Obama Pledges to Sign it Into Law

    Juli Clover
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    We're one step closer to being able to legally unlock smartphones again, as the United States House of Representatives today passed legislation that legalizes cell phone unlocking, unanimously voting in favor of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The Act was approved by the Senate last week, which means the final step is presidential approval. Obama has long supported making cell phone locking legal again, and today pledged to sign the bill into law. I applaud Members of Congress for passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Last year, in…
  • Bose Sues Beats for Patent Infringement Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Juli Clover
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics, accusing Beats of infringing on a number of patents related to noise cancellation and other audio technologies (via TechCrunch). The lawsuit accuses Beats Studio and Studio Wireless branded headphones, which advertise "Adaptive Noise Cancellation," of violating five separate Bose patents in the United States. In the filing, Bose points towards the 50 years of research, engineering, and development of noise cancellation techniques that went into the creation of its QuietComfort line of noise-cancelling headphones, which use the technology…
  • OS X Yosemite's Share of Mac Traffic Doubles Following Public Beta Launch

    Juli Clover
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Following the launch of yesterday's public beta for OS X Yosemite, the operating system's share of global Mac traffic has nearly doubled according to installation numbers from GoSquared. The site has been tracking the usage of OS X Yosemite in real time since its initial developer launch on June 2. Yesterday, ahead of the beta launch, Yosemite accounted for 0.26 percent of all Mac traffic globally and as of today, that number has crept up to 0.49 percent. In just over 24 hours, the number of Yosemite users has doubled, and those numbers will likely grow even further today and over the weekend…
  • OS X Yosemite Beta Failing to Download for Some Users

    Kelly Hodgkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    After announcing its OS X beta program at WWDC in June, Apple yesterday released the first beta version of the operating system to the public amid favorable reviews. For a growing number of people, the early impressions of OS X have not been positive due to a downloading issue that has prevented the installation of the OS. Users in MacRumors forums, Apple support forums and on Reddit have complained about not being able to download OS X Yosemite from the Mac App Store. These users have successfully redeemed a promo code and initiated the installation, only to have it fail during the download…
  • Apple's Quarterly Spending Points to Major Product Launches, Significant Revenue Growth

    Kelly Hodgkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Looking at Apple's quarterly SEC quarterly filing, Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley believes Apple's revenue is poised to explode in the coming quarters. Huberty based her prediction on increases in Apple's off-balance sheet commitments, which have a historical correlation with revenue growth. Off-balance sheet commitments are those investments in components and services that are involved in the mass production and launch of new devices. These line items include component purchases, manufacturing process equipment investments, advertising, and other services. Huberty notes that Apple's total…
 
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  • Experimental Life

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

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

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

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

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

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

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, etc. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
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  • Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.
  • Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a $3 billion dollar deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones infringes on five of its patents that relate to digital audio processing, compression and noise cancellation technology. They are U.S. patents 6,717,537; 8,073,150; 8,073,151; 8,054,992; and 8,345,888. In addition to the suit, which was filed in Delaware, the company also lodged a complaint with the U.S.
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Fixing a flat

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fixing a flatThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features lots of gemstone—both real and printed—and a pouch that lies flat whenever you need to fix a flat.AdoptedThe Lens (iPhone 5 and 5s; $30) features a hard shell finished with a high-gloss protective coating.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How to get photos from your digital camera to Instagram in 3 easy steps

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Instagram may be designed for smartphones, but you've probably noticed that the best photos have a distinctly non-camera-phone vibe to them. Savvy Instagrammers post high-quality DSLR or point-and-shoot photos instead. You can create a high-quality Instagram feed, too, with a little help from Dropbox and your iOS or Android device.Step One: Transfer and pre-process your images The goal is to get the photo off your camera and onto a phone or mobile device with the Instagram app installed. The first step starts with your camera. Importing your photos Transferring your photos to your computer…
  • How to revert to Mavericks from the Yosemite public beta

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    The OS X Yosemite public beta gives us some insight into Apple’s next-generation operating system, but it is a beta release—a version of the Mac OS that will have problems and will not be compatible with some of your existing software. If you’ve leapt aboard the beta without thinking carefully about what this would mean for day-to-day use, and you now wish you had Mavericks (OS X 10.9) back, we’re here to help. Unlike with iOS—where Apple generally doesn’t let you revert to previous versions of the operating system—you can reinstall a previous version of the Mac OS any time you…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Interns Tell Us What They Would Change At Silicon Valley's Top Companies

    Stephanie Chan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I saw the massive line of interns long before I could see the venue. The young crowd waiting outside Broadway Studios in San Francisco on Tuesday chatted with friends and checked their phones, eagerly awaiting to get inside. Interns line up outside of Internapalooza Approximately 2,000 interns from around the Bay Area signed up to attend Internapalooza, an industry-sponsored event for Silicon Valley’s interns to meet each other, chat up potential employers, and hear some of the tech industry’s finest give advice and share experiences from their younger, soul-searching years.
  • Amazon Web Services: It's Big, Getting Bigger And Not Slowing Down

    Matt Asay
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Amazon Web Services is already the 800-pound gorilla in cloud. It offers five times the utilized compute capacity of its next 14 competitors combined and is arguably the fastest-growing software business in history. According to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, however, this isn't nearly ambitious enough. AWS aims to become an 800,000-pound gorilla. That's because Amazon isn't in the business of "infrastructure as a service," as the process of setting data services such as storage and computation is dubbed in a jargony way. According to Vogels, Amazon is in "the business of…
  • StackOverflow Readers Are Not Your Average Web Developers

    Matt Asay
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    We knew StackOverflow was different. Turns out it's, well, really different.The technical Q&A site looks like your standard Web developer hangout. But according to new data from IEEE Spectrum, its community has some unusual technical tastes. For instance, its readers evince a serious interest in the niche-y area of embedded hardware development—that is, programmable systems that typically live inside other gadgets and don't expose a user interface to the average person.On the other hand, this data doesn't necessarily mean researchers have uncovered unexpected pockets…
  • Quantum Computing And The Value Of Storytelling In Science

    Dan Rowinski
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.In Santa Barbara, Microsoft is working on the future of computing. Station Q is a Microsoft Research post staffed with some of the brightest mathematicians and researchers on the planet, working to solve the basic questions of quantum computing.It makes for an interesting story.On Thursday, Microsoft published an compelling tale on how its researchers and scientists are forging ahead in the race to answer the…
  • With Twitch, Google Could Dominate The World Of Gaming Videos

    Stephanie Chan
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    Google is reportedly purchasing video game livestreaming platform Twitch for $1 billion. A Google spokesperson has declined to comment on the rumors.Twitch, the world’s largest gaming website and community, lets gamers broadcast their live videoplay for viewers. It’s like the Netflix or Hulu for livestreamed games.Livestream gaming on Twitch The report from VentureBeat on Thursday confirms an earlier report from Variety in May. Google is hoping for lightning to strike twice with their affinity for online video. For what Google accomplished with online video gargantuan…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design

    Victor Yocco
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature. Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers…
  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

    Vitaly Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with…
  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • The Mystery Is Resolved: Chirpy Birds, Lost Numbers and Pretty Slow Wheels

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Adam West on Affleck as Batman

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    You can calm down now, Internet. Ben Affleck has gotten the original TV Batman's stamp of approval.
  • Hear GM sing during public rectal exam

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The General Manager for a baseball team got a prostate exam in the press box while singing to the crowd before a game.
  • Child dies in a hot car; arrest made

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The death of a 10-month-old girl left in a hot car in Wichita, Kanas -- the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States -- triggered the quick arrest of the girl's foster father and on Friday prompted state officials to launch home inspections of adoptive and foster families.
  • Clashes earlier on 'day of rage'

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    At least four Palestinians were killed on Friday in the West Bank during protests over the deaths of civilians in Gaza, according to medical sources.
  • Close to home for some in U.S.

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Every morning, Asya Abdul-Hadi wakes up in Denver and begins what has become an agonizing routine.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

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

    Brad Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wedding Photography Systems with Justin Wojtczak Take your wedding photography business to the next level with Justin Wojtczak’s systematic approach to building and running a successful wedding photography business. At the end of the day it is about the level of service you give your bride and groom, and Justin takes you through every step in the process of completing a successful wedding shoot, from the engagement session to the consultation, and from the wedding day itself to the delivery of treasured photographs. All along the way Justin shares pro-level tips, tricks, and techniques for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mia McCormick!

    Brad Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Let me start by saying, I don’t take photos professionally. But wait, don’t stop reading! Hear me out. My name is Mia McCormick and before I took a position at KelbyOne, I spent a decade telling stories and interviewing some of the most influential people in the world in the name of TV News. Now I’ve spent the last two years interviewing the very best photographers on the planet, for KelbyOne. I’ve grilled them about technique and business plans. I’ve asked them about gear and studio decisions. But some of the most important conversations, often get the least amount of attention,…
  • Announcing My New Book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s official — the latest book in my series is headed to bookstores in just a few weeks, and the video above tells you what makes this new addition, called “Part 5 — Photo Recipes” different than the rest.You can preorder the book right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or direct from us and be the first to receive the book when it ships in a couple of weeks. It’s only around $17 street price, which is an awesomely low price (it’s about impossible to find something for photography that only costs $17 bucks, right? This puppy is a steal).I’m…
  • Five Photography Workshops I Would Love to Attend (and you might, too!)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I absolutely LOVE to learn new stuff, and if I get a chance to sit in another photographer’s class, or spend a day in their workshop, I jump at the chance. Here are five (in no particular order) that are coming up that I would really love to attend (and I’m hoping to get to at least a few of these as a student myself).(1) Frank Doorhof’s Ultimate Workshop Weekend I remember the first time I saw Frank teach in person. I caught his first class, and then went back three more times, taking notes every time. Frank is one of the people I’ve learned the most from about…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Beverages

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier I selected and shared some photos of different beverages. There are many ways to photograph beverages and drinks including in the studio, in a restaurant, or outdoors on location. Your photography challenge this week is to photograph a beverage or drink of your choice, in a way that makes it appealing to the viewer. Make us want to taste that drink. Make us thirsty! Here are a few more to give you some ideas: By Thomas Hawk By Giuseppe Milo By Dennis Wilkinson By sakshi sharma By darwin Bell By Alyson Hurt By Roadsidepictures By Jonathan Cohen By Kirti Poddar By Jeremy Brooks Need…
  • Set of Photographs of Beverages to Quench your Thirst

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone enjoys a good beverage, right? If you’re currently in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s summer a cold one on a patio with friends might be in order. Or if you’re down under and it’s a bit chillier perhaps a hot mug of tea or coffee will be your beverage of choice. Whatever your pleasure, here are some photographs of beverages for you to enjoy. Grab a cup or mug full first as you might get a bit thirsty! Cure of thirst by Mazin Alrasheed Alzain on 500px Vision by Tamás Mészáros on 500px Hot coffee by Dean Saunderson on 500px open your mind by bshayere th on…
  • How to do Great Portraits with One Light

    Leo Edwards
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you first start experimenting with lighting it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Never has the old expression K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) been more appropriate. The most important step is to master what you can achieve with one light source before you start adding others. Besides, what you CAN achieve with only one light source, used correctly, is quite remarkable. For this article I have delved into my back catalogue and sourced images that were shot with a single speedlight off-camera. I hate carrying tons of equipment and even now, for 80% of my commercial work, I will try to…
  • How to Master Your DLSR in One Afternoon a Beginner’s Guide

    Dave Seeram
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the Editor-in-Chief of CLARITY, I believe that photography is one of the most unique forms of visual art. As a photographer, you must possess an ability to express yourself visually and also be technically proficient with the tools of your craft. Thankfully, the technology is relatively simple to understand. Given a small amount of time, anyone can master the mechanics of their DSLR very quickly. I’m referring to the technical side of photography, or more specifically, how to use your camera. I’m sure you’ll agree, digital SLR cameras are pretty appealing contraptions.
  • Dispelling the Myth of Good Light and Bad Light

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is no such thing as bad light, there is just light. Take advantage of every situation. Photography is all about the light. In fact, if there is no light hitting the sensor, there is no photo. Different times of the day, or weather conditions, can create different moods and situations. As you probably know, you can achieve amazing and compelling results by shooting in the early morning, or from late afternoon well into twilight. This is known as the golden hour and the blue hour, respectively. However, there is no such thing as good light or bad light, there is just light. It is not…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Stuff I really, really hate

    Mel Martin
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I'm 'Mister Apple'. Mr. Mac. Mr. iOS. A tech writer, a 'help desk' for friends and family. But that doesn't mean I give everything my favorite fruit company does a pass. There's stuff in my 'digital life' that drives me bonkers. Some of it is from...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 25, 2014

    Steven Sande
    25 Jul 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...
  • eBay sold almost $2 billion in Apple products last year alone

    John-Michael Bond
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Apple just announced its earning results for the third quarter of their 2014 fiscal year, but it is not the only one raking in cash via sales of its products. According to information acquired by Computer World, eBay also is profiting, selling almost...
  • Inateck MacBook Protect felt sleeves are classy, inexpensive

    Steven Sande
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If you're looking for protection for a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, but don't want to spend a lot of money, you usually end up with some generic-looking bag from OfficeMaxStaplesDepot. Wouldn't it be nice to get protection that's classy-looking, yet...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 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 myCal PRO: Calendar &...
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lastolite 'Out of Focus' backgrounds bring beautiful bokeh to your home studio

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Everyone loves the look of a nice out of focus background, but it's hard to achieve in a home studio. Accessory manufacturer Lastolite believes it might have the solution, with two new reversible backgrounds printed with out of focus images of the ocean / autumn foliage and summer foliage / city lights. Measuring 1.5 x 1.2m, the backgrounds are big enough for almost full-length portraits of most adults, and weigh in at 3kg (6.6lb) each. Click through for more details.
  • Hasselblad launches 50MP CFV-50c back for legacy V system

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hasselblad has launched a new digital back for its V System camera bodies that it claims brings modern digital image quality to users of vintage film-era Hasselblad camera bodies. The Hasselblad CFV-50c back features a 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS sensor that outputs images at a resolution of up to 8272 x 6200 pixels, and operates within an ISO range of 100-6400. Click through for more details.
  • CASE Remote is a smartphone remote for your DSLR

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Many modern digital cameras can be remote controlled via dedicated apps on your smartphone and a Wi-Fi link. Unfortunately this option is not available on older or lower spec models that come without a built-in Wi-Fi module. CASE Remote, currently available for pre-order on indiegogo.com, is compatible with a large number of Nikon and Canon models and slots into your camera's hotshoe. Click through to read more at connect.dpreview.com.
  • 500px now supporting Lytro 'Living Pictures', offering users $250 rebate on Illum

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Photo sharing site 500px has announced that it is now supporting images uploaded in Lytro's unique 'Living Pictures' format, and is offering its customers a $250 discount on the purchase of Lytro's Illum camera (MSRP $1599). The Illum is available now for pre-order and is expected to start shipping within the next couple of weeks. Click through for more information.
  • Cactus launches $70 radio trigger for multiple TTL flash systems

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hong Kong-based manufacturer Cactus has launched a wireless flash trigger that it claims will work with any hotshoe or PC sync socket-equipped camera and can control the power output from Canon, Nikon and Pentax-compatible flash units all at the same time. According to the manufacturer, even photographers working with multiple flashguns designed for different TTL systems will be able to link them via the wireless trigger. Click through for more information.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

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

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

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

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
  • 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There’s been speculation for a while now, but it’s confirmed. Apple is stopping future development of Aperture. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now. Aperture actually came out right around the time when Lightroom did (even a little before). But it’s been stagnant on version 3 for a while now, and Lightroom has continually pulled ahead. Anyway, all the debates over which is/was better don’t matter much now. If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Verizon to Begin Spot Throttling of High-Usage Customers on Unlimited LTE Plans

    Eric Slivka
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Following a report by Droid Life yesterday, Verizon has now confirmed to Gigaom that starting October 1 the carrier will begin spot throttling of certain high-usage customers connecting to carrier's LTE network. The policy affects users on grandfathered unlimited data plans that are no longer offered and who rank in the top five percent of data users at Verizon. While Verizon has had a similar policy in place for its 3G network for several years, the extension of it to the LTE network that now handles 76 percent of the carrier's data traffic will be noticeable for a number of users.On October…
  • Sense Sleep Monitor Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Environment

    Richard Padilla
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Inc's new Kickstarter project Sense is an iOS-compatible sleep tracking system that allows users to monitor their sleep patterns and bedroom environments without the need for intrusive hardware. The primary Sense device is a glow-in-the-dark polycarbonate orb that derives data from factors such as noise, light, temperature, humidity, and air particles to measure sleep quality. Sense also comes with the Sleep Pill, which is a small sensor that clips onto a pillow to track movement with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. Sense works with its own companion app for iOS to provide users a…
  • Gmail for iOS Updated With Improved Google Drive Integration

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Google today updated its Gmail for iOS app to version 3.14159, adding improved integration with its Google Drive storage solution. It's now possible to save email attachments directly to Google Drive, making them accessible everywhere and saving storage space. Users are also able to insert Google Drive files directly into messages. Google has also included new account management options and the ability to change a profile picture in the Settings menu.- Save attachments directly to Google Drive so you can access them anywhere while saving space and bandwidth on your device - Insert Google…
  • Apple's iWatch Already a Hit, Even When It's a $20 Casio Watch

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel covered Apple's upcoming smart watch on last night's show, airing a humorous segment that featured the team showing pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard a $20 Casio watch with an Apple sticker on the back. The people were told the cheap watch was Apple's new smart watch and predictably, Kimmel's team received some hilarious reactions. "It's very lightweight and it's kind of like old school, but still in style, you know?" said one woman, and a man complimented its rubber wrist band and the big numbers, which are "easy to see." Featured interviewees were…
  • Kwikset's Kevo Smart Door Lock Adds Free Guest eKeys, Scheduling for Standard eKeys

    Eric Slivka
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    While several high-profile smart deadbolt systems such as Lockitron and August have experienced significant delays, Kwikset has been shipping its Kevo Bluetooth deadbolt for some time now, and today the system is receiving a software update to provide new access options for users. Similar in appearance to other electronic deadbolt locks with a relatively large housing on the inside of the door, the Kevo system allows users to lock and unlock their deadbolts with a simple touch, relying on a Kevo iPhone app or physical fob to determine whether access should be granted. After a simple set-up…
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    CNN Travel

  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

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

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

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

    hiufu
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An amazing photography museum, a classic cinema experience and the city's best street food feature in our monthly TV showCruising the canals of AmsterdamThe artistic side of AmsterdamAmsterdam's mouth-watering street foodThis month CNNGo cruises the canals of Amsterdam. Olympic field hockey player Floris Evers shares his perfect Saturday with a stroll through the Noodermarkt, a giant slice of Winkel's handmade apple pie and a picnic in scenic Vondelpark. We explore an artistic side of the city with gallery owners Diana Stigter, David Van Doesburg and Lilian Driessen, who show us the best…
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