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  • Woman plucks and eats a dead bird on the subway, passengers surprisingly cool about it [video]

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    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    So you probably read that title and assumed this happened in New York, didn’t you? That’s why you don’t make assumptions, folks! A woman calmly took a dead bird out of a bag, plucked it, and then ate it on a Montreal metro. Passengers don’t look thrilled, but they’re not freaking out, either. Full story at Uproxx. More terrifying videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • Halfway to Iron Man: Hands On With the Myo Motion Control Armband

    Mashable
    Lance Ulanoff
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Myo from Thalmic Labs is one of those smart and deceptively simple-looking inventions that has the potential to change the way we work and live It’s as easy to put on as a traditional armband, but is packed full of technology that lets it track both your hand movements and arm motions, then lets you use those gestures to control virtually anything on your desktop, laptop or smartphone. It's a lot like Iron Man Tony Stark's gesture-controlled holo-computer, but without the super-cool imagery. See also: How to Make Free Ringtones in iTunes Myo sounded exciting and when Thalmic Labs…
  • Report: Microsoft To Release Two New Windows Phones

    Fast Company
    KC Ifeanyi
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    One of them is described as a "selfie phone." Yeah, it's just phone with a camera.Microsoft is reportedly gearing up for the forthcoming release of two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices.Read Full Story
  • I Want My Internet TV

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Buhr
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
     Well, it’s happened. Sarah Palin has her own internet channel, free from the “lamestream media.” Palin seems to be just one more personality joining what seems to be a larger trend in our society. We’re moving on from television to watching content via the internet. The Sarah Palin channel will cost you $9.95/month or $99.95 for a one year subscription. You can try a 30… Read More
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
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  • Woman plucks and eats a dead bird on the subway, passengers surprisingly cool about it [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    So you probably read that title and assumed this happened in New York, didn’t you? That’s why you don’t make assumptions, folks! A woman calmly took a dead bird out of a bag, plucked it, and then ate it on a Montreal metro. Passengers don’t look thrilled, but they’re not freaking out, either. Full story at Uproxx. More terrifying videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • 69 years ago, Japanese steel mill may have burned tar to block the atomic bomb, leading to Nagasaki’s destruction

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    On August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb destroyed Nagasaki. All of us (hopefully) learned this in our high school history classes. Those of us who paid extra close attention during the WWII unit know that Nagasaki was not the first target for August 9. Instead, the U.S. military planned to attack the present-day Fukuoka, a city known for arms manufacturing. Fatefully, fog obscured the city and the bombers rerouted towards Nagasaki. But, sixty-nine years later, a steel mill worker from Fukuoka has made an extraordinary claim: that he burned coal tar to create huge, billowing clouds of smoke in…
  • Chinese stadium builds running track with corners

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    If you’re going to undertake a major stadium renovation, cutting corners is generally a bad idea that’ll come back to haunt you, but in this case, it would have saved sports officials of Heilongjiang province’s Tonghe County humiliation on an international scale. Though the new stadium boasts a premier football pitch as its centerpiece, crunched for time before a visit from Communist officials led the designers to make the unwise decision to give the running track right-angled corners. Apparently, the officials say the old curved track had become worn from overuse, a problem…
  • Catching glacier waves in Alaska [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    All this climate change stuff hasn’t made Alaska into your typical surfer’s paradise yet, but when those glaciers start to tumble, there are waves to ride if you’re there to catch them. Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala were in the Copper River when the cliff you see in the background calved, and the whole thing was caught on video. Full story at YouTube. Where there’s waves, there’s surfing. Graphics credit: Canva
  • 4 uses for the printer beyond boring paper

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    2D printing at home isn’t exactly cutting edge technology these days, yet there are a few really cool projects you can turn out of that desktop printer buried under the pile of junk mail and doodads to bring the excitement back. Lifehacker’s Patrick Allan explains four other things you can make, from labels to customized napkins, to get more use out of this home office staple. Create Your Own Labels and Decals If you don’t have a label maker, you can use your laser printer to make your own. Lexy Ward at Weblog The Proper Pinwheel explains how to make basic, clear labels…
 
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  • Halfway to Iron Man: Hands On With the Myo Motion Control Armband

    Lance Ulanoff
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Myo from Thalmic Labs is one of those smart and deceptively simple-looking inventions that has the potential to change the way we work and live It’s as easy to put on as a traditional armband, but is packed full of technology that lets it track both your hand movements and arm motions, then lets you use those gestures to control virtually anything on your desktop, laptop or smartphone. It's a lot like Iron Man Tony Stark's gesture-controlled holo-computer, but without the super-cool imagery. See also: How to Make Free Ringtones in iTunes Myo sounded exciting and when Thalmic Labs…
  • Asana Users: The iOS App You've Been Waiting for Is Finally Here

    Karissa Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Managing group projects can be overwhelming, particularly when you're dealing with a large team and need to make changes while in transit. Task manager Asana launched a redesigned iOS app Tuesday that makes it easier for teams to collaborate and helps individuals focus on the most important tasks. See also: 10 Gmail Hacks to Help You Master Your Inbox While Asana's apps have already been around for some time, they were geared more toward creating an experience that complimented the desktop app rather than standalone task managers, said cofounder Justin Rosenstein. "Almost none of the code…
  • 10 Weirdest Things Found in Outer Space

    Brian Koerber
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    It's easy to forget that there is an endless, unexplored space beyond our tiny planet Earth. This new video from All Time 10s is packed with tons of fun facts about outer space, touching on some the of strangest objects humans have discovered there — like zombie stars and metal worlds. Who knows what's still out there? Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Medal of Honor Recipient Accidentally Smashes NYSE Gavel 'American Ninja Warrior' Competitor Destroys Obstacle Course. Literally. Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids 'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New…
  • Prince Harry Takes the Throne as Most Regal Photobomber

    Neha Prakash
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Like grandmother, like grandson Prince Harry has arguably just dethroned his grandmother, the Queen of England, as the most regal photobomber in all the land See also: 14 Extreme Selfies That Push Duck Face Off a Cliff Post by Trevor Shailer. At the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Harry struck a pose behind former Olympic boxer Trevor Shailer (middle), New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens (left) and sports psychologist Gary Hermansson. Shailer posted the image to his Facebook page on Monday. Bonus: Prince William can be spotted a few seats beside his brother, watching the events at the…
  • Why Women Can't Get Enough of Turkey's Prime Minister

    Louise Roug
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    ISTANBUL, Turkey — On a recent Friday evening, Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was met by hundreds of supporters at one of his first campaign events in Istanbul since announcing his bid to run for president. See also: Turkish Prime Minister's Campaign Logo Looks a Lot Like Obama's Busloads of fans jammed into a seaside park to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader, while his closest allies—a cadre of glammed-up celebrities, politicians from his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its young, social media-savvy foot soldiers—dined in a walled-off section,…
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  • Report: Microsoft To Release Two New Windows Phones

    KC Ifeanyi
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    One of them is described as a "selfie phone." Yeah, it's just phone with a camera.Microsoft is reportedly gearing up for the forthcoming release of two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices.Read Full Story
  • Peeking Under The Hood Of NPR's New Mobile App

    Tyler Hayes
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    NPR One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button. This story includes an interview with NPR's VP of digital media Zach Brand and senior director of digital products Joel Sucherman.Read Full Story
  • Swell Shuts Down Following Apple Acquisition

    Chris Gayomali
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    "Thank you for using Swell over the past year. We wanted to let you know that the Swell service is no longer available. "What's Apple going to do with Swell? On Sunday, we learned that the Cupertino company had quietly acquired the sleek podcasting app for $30 million. Described as "the Pandora of talk radio," Swell put a heavy emphasis on designing a UI that was easy to use while driving. Users loved it, too.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Censors An Account For The Russian Government

    Chris Gayomali
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    A transparency document reveals that the Kremlin requested a ban on @b0ltai, a Twitter account belonging to a group of Russian hackers.The Twitter account @b0ltai has been, to put it lightly, nothing short of a pain in the ass for Kremlin officials. The Next Web describes the looseleaf group of hackers as a sort of Russian counterpart to Anonymous, posting leaks to "sensitive state documents," among other kinds of Internet hell raising.Read Full Story
  • LinkedIn Redesigns User Profiles To Foster Relationship Building

    Alice Truong
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The revamped profile gives users an at-a-glance view, with the option to expand into career details.Earlier this month, LinkedIn pushed out a new mobile app to help workers stay in touch with their networks, even when they aren't job hunting. The social network for professionals has six apps total, which cater to various segments of its user base: job seekers, workers, recruiters, poll creators, news readers, presentation deck clickers, and more. On Tuesday, the Mountain View, Calif., company brought the focus back to its flagship LinkedIn app with a brand-new profile view.Read Full Story
 
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  • I Want My Internet TV

    Sarah Buhr
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
     Well, it’s happened. Sarah Palin has her own internet channel, free from the “lamestream media.” Palin seems to be just one more personality joining what seems to be a larger trend in our society. We’re moving on from television to watching content via the internet. The Sarah Palin channel will cost you $9.95/month or $99.95 for a one year subscription. You can try a 30… Read More
  • Bring Your Hardware To Disrupt SF

    John Biggs
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
     It’s summertime and the Hardware Alley love is easy. We want to see you in San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2014, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Read More
  • Cutting Energy Costs For Businesses, Green Charge Networks Raises $56 Million

    Jonathan Shieber
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
     Armed with nifty energy management software, thousands of Samsung lithium-ion batteries, and $56 million in outside financing, Green Charge Networks is looking to change the way companies pay for power. If the issue sounds a little boring (yawn, utility bills), think about this: businesses spend billions of dollars on power — in some cases many millions more than they could —… Read More
  • Frameri Eyes Up Warby Parker, Launches Eyewear With Interchangeable Lenses

    Jordan Crook
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
     Ever since they disrupted the glasses industry, Warby Parker hasn’t seen much competition from other startups. Until now. Frameri, a new brand focused on giving you some optical bang for your buck, is today launching to the public. The company has raised a $750k seed round. Read More
  • MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    Ron Miller
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
     Email has always been a poor file manager and startup MxHero wants to change the way we manage email attachments. To that end, it announced it closed its seed round today with a $500K contribution. Funders include lead investor White Star Capital along with contributors GW Holdings, Esther Dyson, Ari Kushner, Actinic Ventures and a strategic Miami-based investor group they chose not to name.… Read More
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  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
  • 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).        
 
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  • A Rolling Object Accelerating Down an Incline

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Suppose you have a cylinder on an ramp and you let it start rolling down. What will be its acceleration? Great question, right? I like this because it brings in many different concepts in introductory physics. Also, I’m not too fond of the way most textbooks solve this problem. Point Mass vs. Rigid Object In […]
  • Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    There is no doubt the integrity of our communications and the privacy of our online activities have been the biggest casualty of the NSA’s unfettered surveillance of our digital lives. But the ongoing revelations of government eavesdropping has had a profound impact on the economy, the security of the internet and the credibility of the […]
  • An Ingenious Plane Design That Makes Room for Your Carry-Ons

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    London-based design firm Priestmangoode has solved the problem of carry-on storage once and for all.
  • Exclusive: See James Cameron Prep His Submarine Team for a Deep Sea Dive

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    James Cameron's next film is deep. Like, seven miles deep. It's a 90-minute documentary of the Avatar director's quest to take a submersible he designed himself way down into the Mariana Trench, so it's literally the least superficial movie he's ever made. Check out an exclusive clip here.
  • These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Iltifat Husain has seen an awful lot of sickness and injury during his time as an emergency room doctor, but lately, he’s worried about something new. He’s worried about the ill effects of mobile healthcare apps. There are hundreds of medically themed apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, and by most accounts, they’ve […]
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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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  • Five Things I Learned From Hanging Out with a Nine Year Old

    Eric Ravenscraft
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Kids are great at providing perspective. Since they don't have jobs, can't vote, and generally don't start causing serious relationship drama until they turn into teenagers, they're uniquely placed to learn what really matters (whether they intentionally mean to teach us or not).Read more...
  • No Wake On Charge Keeps Your Samsung Screen Off When Plugged In

    Mark Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Android (Rooted ): When you plug in your phone to power up overnight, you've probably noticed that the screen lights up. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, or S3, here's how to stop the screen from turning on when you plug it in.Read more...
  • Spotify Just Added a Surprisingly Exciting Equalizer to Its iOS App

    Adam Clark Estes on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Remember equalizers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they're making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify's iOS app, and I'm unduly excited about it.Read more...
  • Gawker Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor | Gizmodo Are Smart Drugs Really

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Gawker Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor | Gizmodo Are Smart Drugs Really That Smart? | io9 The Tattered, Haunting Remains of Abandoned Airports | Kotaku Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Supposed To Melt, Walmart Read more...
  • Get Wood Smoked Flavor on a Gas Grill

    Alan Henry
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Gas grills can be convenient and easy to clean up, but they don't usually offer the same smoky, wood-smoked flavor and aroma that a charcoal grill can give you. Luckily, you can bring the smoke to the gas grill pretty easily, thanks to the folks at America's Test Kitchen. Here's how. Read more...
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  • Rumored iWatch Supplier TPK's Q3 Forecast Falls Flat Amid Reports of Production Issues

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Details discussed during a recent earnings conference call by Apple supplier TPK Holdings suggest the production of the iWatch is behind schedule, reports UDN via GforGames. According to earlier rumors, the iWatch may debut in late 2014 with the latest report claiming it will launch alongside the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Based on reports from Asian sources, TPK executives spent a portion of the company's Q3 2014 earning conference call explaining why it sees poorer than expected financial projections for the current quarter. TPK is allegedly supplying Apple with flexible displays that use silver…
  • Apple TV Updated with CNBC and FOX NOW Channels

    Eric Slivka
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Apple today added two more channels to the Apple TV, delivering financial news channel CNBC and network FOX NOW to the platform. CNBC offers access to a live stream of the financial channel, as well as on-demand clips from news segments and full episodes of the channels "Prime" content original series. Viewing requires authentication with one of a number of cable and Internet providers. Notable cable companies not available for authentication include Time Warner and Charter. FOX NOW includes on-demand access to a number of shows from the network, including 24: Live Another Day, Cosmos: A…
  • Apple Launches Retina MacBook Pros with Faster Haswell Processors, More RAM Standard

    Richard Padilla
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    As indicated over the weekend and yesterday, Apple today launched refreshed 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros.The new notebooks feature faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors, as all 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard while all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM. The high end 15-inch model also received a $100 price cut, going from $2599 to $2499. New models include: 13-inch: - $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage - $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage - $1799: 2.8 GHz…
  • Hilton to Adopt Digital Check-In, Smartphone-Based Room Keys Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Hilton Worldwide, a company that operates thousands of hotels around the globe, today announced plans to roll out new mobile-based check-in and room selection tools, as well as digital smartphone-based room keys. Hilton guests will be able to select their rooms online using their smartphones, which will be able to display floor plans for each available room. Guests will also be able to check-in/check-out using their smartphones, as well as purchase upgrades and make special requests for item deliveries. Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign…
  • Bare Logic Boards for 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Compared in New Photos

    Eric Slivka
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Following the publication of several photos over the weekend showing what was claimed to be the bare logic board for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Nowherelse.fr now shares [Google Translate] a new set of photos showing the same part reportedly from the even larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. The photos include side-by-side comparisons of the part from both iPhone 6 models and the iPhone 5s, and while it does not appear to be confirmed which iPhone 6 logic board is for which device size, there are now clearly two distinct parts larger than the current iPhone 5s logic board. Logic board fronts…
 
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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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  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • 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, et cetera. 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…
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    Macworld

  • Fox, CNBC, others now streaming on Apple TV

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    The Apple TV might not yet rival the hundreds of channels on your cable box, but that’s not to say they aren’t getting close. On Tuesday morning, the company added a few more options to its set-top streaming box, including some aimed at specific countries. Two new major networks dominate the offerings, at least in the U.S. First is a CNBC channel, which streams programs from the business network in real time, as well as providing access to on demand clips of its many shows. The second is Fox Now, which offers full episodes from the network’s broadcast shows, including the likes of…
  • Not-so-smartphone

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Writing for The Telegraph, Matthew Sparkes tells us of the phone that’s so cheap, you can’t afford to not buy it! Unless you want a phone that’s not a complete piece of crap. That would be the one drawback to this phone. Being a complete piece of crap. “Should the £26 Indian smartphone worry Apple?” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody). Oh, here, let the Macalope help you with that: NO. There. Is it clear now?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini review: a $600 1TB portable SSD that's a great deal

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Currently, there are only a handful of portable SSDs on the market with 1TB of storage capacity. Demand for such a drive isn't huge, and they tend to be expensive. But of the 1TB external SSDs that do exist, the Shadow Mini from Oyen Digital falls in the "affordable" end of the price range.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple bumps MacBook Pro processors across the line

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Been holding out for the latest update to the MacBook Pro line? Hold out no longer: Apple on Tuesday issued a small speed bump to its professional notebook line, bringing new processors to the laptops. The upgrades see the intro-level and mid-range 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros going from a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 2.9GHz to a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.1GHz; the high-end 13-inch meanwhile goes from a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 to a 2.8GHz dual-core i5 (its Turbo Boost, which previously reached 3.1GHz, now gets up to 3.3GHz). The entry-level…
  • Using Instagram for iOS on public Wi-Fi poses risk of an account hijack, researcher says

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    A configuration problem in Facebook’s popular Instagram application for Apple devices could allow a hacker to hijack a person’s account if they’re both on the same public Wi-Fi network.Stevie Graham, who describes himself as a “hacker at large” based in London, wrote on Twitter that Facebook won’t pay him a reward for reporting the flaw, which he said he found years ago.Graham wrote he hopes to draw more attention to the issue by writing a tool that could quickly compromise many Instagram accounts. He cheekily calls the tool “Instasheep,” a play on Firesheep, a Firefox…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Android's Most Popular Apps Are Lousy With Bugs, Researchers Find

    Lauren Orsini
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    About half of the 50 most popular Android apps have vulnerabilities, and the reckless reuse of code libraries is the blame, according to the researchers who uncovered  the Heartbleed security bug. Codenomicon, the IT research firm first to publish its findings about an OpenSSL vulnerability and dubbed it “Heartbleed,” reports that Android app developers often aren’t aware of the bugs they’re propagating when copying code from third party libraries.See also: Post-Heartbleed, Open Source Gets A New Security AttitudeThe company will reveal the details of its findings—including the…
  • Could You Work A Week Without Your Phone?

    Matt Asay
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Before I tell you what it was like to go a week without my smartphone, I have a confession to make: I cheated. Not much, mind you, but when ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas asked one of his writers to take a week's vacation from my mobile devices and write about the experience, I volunteered. I thought it would be much easier than it was.It was painful.No Phone, No FunI expected to go through withdrawal pangs from my obsessive addiction to my iPhone and Kindle Paperwhite.But I wasn't counting on how the world is increasingly designed for mobile. From mobile check-in at the airport…
  • Facebook Makes Messenger Mandatory

    Lauren Orsini
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Facebook’s plan to monetize Messenger through payments just got one step closer to reality. Now users who want to keep messaging their Facebook friends will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app. In the next few days, Facebook will fade out the messaging option from its main iPhone and Android apps. Now users worldwide will experience what European Facebook users underwent in April, where Facebook first tested a standalone app for messaging. The social network hasn’t exactly been subtle about its plans to monetize the messaging function. In June, the company snagged PayPal…
  • Snapchat's New Celebrities: Now You See Them, Now You Don't

    Stephanie Chan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not all that long ago, the rise of the YouTube celebrity was weird and daunting. Then came the age of Vine, whose stars rose to prominence in videos so fleeting they raised what then seemed an existential question: “How could you possibly get famous on the basis of six-second clips?” Next up were Instagram personalities-as-photo-celebs.Inevitably, it's now time for the most transient social media platform of them all—Snapchat, with its blink-and-you-missed-it "ephemeral" snaps—to take its turn in the spotlight. Because Snapchat is now spawning a rising group of "stars" who are gaining…
  • Zillow Kills Competition With $3.5 Billion Trulia Deal

    Helen A.S. Popkin
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    It takes more than “Zestimates” and other zippy technology to make money in real-estate listings, as evidenced by the $3.5 billion in stock that Zillow agreed to drop in order to snap up its chief competitor, Trulia.The impending Trulia acquisition could centralize listings and tools for home sellers. The joined company says it will provide “advertising and software solutions that help real estate professionals grow their business.” Real-estate sites cannot dominate the Internet with lookie-loos alone; they must have advertising dollars. Now Zillow's listing site can also…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Selling The Value Of The Web To Small-Town Clients

    Trevan Hetzel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling your services as a freelancer or a small shop is tough enough as it is. Selling to a small-town business that might not even see the need for a website adds an extra level of difficulty in turning a profit. I’ve provided web design services to small-town businesses for the past few years, having had many happy outcomes, but also a lot of negative experiences from which I’ve learned hard lessons. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to sell the value of the web. Many of my clients needed to be convinced that a website would actually be good for their business. A…
  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

    Ben Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process. Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how…
  • 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…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Here! My New Book “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes” is in stock!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It arrived in bookstores sooner than we thought (yay!), and it’s here now, complete with bonus selective color image no one was expecting (and at no extra cost).Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com (both Print and Kindle version are in stock) and the Nook eBook version is available now at  Barnes & Noble.com and the print edition should be available there any minute.What’s the book all about? Check out the video below. :)Thanks to everybody around the world who has supported this book series from the start, and who enabled me to bring you this fifth part to the series.
  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Did you miss Thursday’s “Photoshop World-a-thon?” If you missed Thursday you missed out on a ton of Photoshop and Photography tips. Besides what “The Photoshop Guys” did live on the air (including my live shoot with a “Big ‘ol soft box”) a bunch of our instructors shared video clips of tips to air on the show, and it was literally packed-full of cool stuff (the idea of course, being we’d give you a sample of the stuff we’re teaching in our classes at Photoshop World Las Vegas and that you give you some idea of what we do for three…
  • 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,…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Capturing Busy Little Ones: Forget the Perfect Pose and Get Photos You Truly Love

    Melinda Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have ever tried to get a three year old to sit still for longer than a nanosecond you know what a challenge it can be to get that “perfect” photo. Well, I’m going to be real here, who wants that perfect photo anyway? Okay, I know you may, but maybe I can convince you to let that go. My favorite photos are always the true ones; the ones that make you smile when you look at them, or maybe even cry a tear or two. Sure, it’s nice to get that beautiful portrait, but which photo is going to help you truly remember the fiery three year old who gave you…
  • Product Review – Dixie Grip: Rotating, handheld, or mounted hotshoe grip

    Phillip VanNostrand
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What is it? The Dixie Grip is a product that doesn’t exist yet. It’s a Kickstarter campaign product, and it fills a gap in the street portrait world that desperately needs filling – a handheld Speedlite grip. Don’t believe there is a need for this kind of thing? Case in point: just days after trying the product out and thinking about whether I would have a need for it or not, I was walking with my mentor Payam in New York talking about photography. He was describing to me an engagement session he was shooting in Central Park. He was using a Canon Speedlite with a…
  • The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography

    Phillip VanNostrand
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The only three lenses you need for travel photography anywherein the world are a fisheye lens, a 50mm, and a 135mm (or similar telephoto). You can agree and finish this article right here, or you can read on to see exactly why I would choose only these three lenses to take with me anywhere in the world. Night shot from atop a bridge in Moscow, using the Canon fisheye 15mm f/2.8 Before I say anything else, the fisheye I have in mind has an aperture of f/2.8, the 50mm has an aperture of f/1.4, and the 135 has an aperture of f/2.0. Popular, cheaper variations on these lenses would be the 24mm…
  • Ten Go-to Editing Tips for Using Photoshop

    Sarah Hipwell
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The recent release of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) 2014 (which is the 15th release of the product) got me thinking about my own workflow. Photoshop is an amazing piece of software. I have been using it commercially since version 5. However, I don’t necessarily think the latest version is the best one. I’ve just recently upgraded to CS6 and I’m loving it but I can’t see myself going the CC route just yet, as it doesn’t suit my business model. The beauty of this software is the power that it can bring to your images, but it is a complex piece of software and…
  • When to Trick Your Camera to get a Good Exposure

    Mike Newton
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought the Sony A7 camera recently and have been taking it out quite a bit to get a feel for it. My wife is starting a fashion blog so I thought I would take her out for a fashion shoot at the beach. I was shooting a high-contrast scene and realized. . . The camera doesn’t always know what’s best Your camera always has the best intentions, but it doesn’t always get it right. Sometimes the sensor will think you want to expose a scene one way when you actually want it to expose it another. I’ll show you an example. I put the camera on aperture priority and shot this:…
 
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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)

  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We've been out taking advantage of Seattle's sunny July days and have just published a gallery of real-world samples from Canon's new 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 10-22mm zoom that precedes it in Canon's lineup, the 10-18mm gives a 16-29mm equivalent range on the APS-C bodies it's designed for. See gallery
  • Canon introduces inexpensive PowerShot SX400 IS and SX520 HS superzooms

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Canon has introduced a pair of budget-friendly superzooms: the PowerShot SX400 IS and SX520 HS. These cameras have 24-720mm and 24-1008mm equivalent lenses, respectively. The SX400 sports a 16MP CCD and 720p video, while the SX520 uses a CMOS sensor (likely BSI) that can produce Full HD movies. Canon claims that autofocus performance has been improved on both models compared with their predecessors. You'll be able to pick up the SX400 IS in August for $249.99, with the SX520 HS following in September for $399.99. 
  • Pelican Imaging releases light field photos from its mobile imaging array

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Pelican Imaging has released a set of re-focusable pictures taken with its light field camera for smartphones. Instead of placing an array of microlenses between the sensor and the main lens, Pelican uses an array of main lenses - each with a sensor behind it. Pelican's offering is more suitable for smartphones, and their sample images allow for re-focusing, changing DOF, and shifting perspective. Click through for more details and links to the images.
  • In pictures: Restoration of Boeing's first 747 'jumbo jet'

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    The Boeing 747 - or the 'jumbo jet' as it is commonly known, changed the world. The 747 first flew in 1969, and transformed modern air travel with its ability to carry more people - and more cargo - across the globe than any previous airliner, shrinking it in the process. Seattle's Museum of Flight houses RA001 - the very first 747, which flew as a test airframe from its inaugural liftoff in 1969 through until the early 1990s. The museum is currently restoring RA001 both inside and out. Click through for pictures. 
  • Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    What makes a tripod a good travel companion? We test out five carbon fiber 'travel' tripods that while compact and light, are also comfortably tall and capable of supporting a reasonable amount of gear. This review covers five models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use both in the studio and out in the field. Click through to read the roundup.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • 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…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Expands AppleCare+ to Cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden

    Richard Padilla
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    Apple today expanded its AppleCare+ program to two new countries, bringing the program to cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden. In Mexico, AppleCare+ coverage for the iPhone and iPad are priced at 1,599 pesos. Meanwhile, AppleCare+ for the iPhone and iPad in Sweden are priced at 799 kronor. Apple last expanded its AppleCare+ program in September 2013, raising service fees for accidental damage, adding iPods, and expanding avaliability to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. Thanks, Steve!
  • Yelp App Updated With Short Video Reviews

    Husain Sumra
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Yelp today updated its iPhone app with the ability to shoot and upload 3 - 12 second videos, allowing users to show off their restaurant and local business experiences in yet another way. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, well now on iPhone you can take 3-12 second videos of your experiences at your favorite local businesses. So that's worth like... 30 frames per second multiplied by video length... (pulls out calculator)... between 90 and 360 thousand words! Whoa.Previously, users could write reviews, post tips for potential customers and upload photos for users to get a better visual…
  • Facebook to Cut Messaging From Main App in Effort to Focus on Facebook Messenger

    Juli Clover
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Facebook is planning to motivate people to download and use its standalone Facebook Messenger app by removing messaging capabilities from the standard Facebook mobile app. Currently, users can chat through the Messages tab located on the bottom toolbar in the main Facebook app, but that tab will soon redirect users to download the Messenger app instead. When installed, a message received in the Facebook app will switch the user over to Messenger to chat, as it does now when a user has both the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps installed. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is making the…
  • Bitcoin Wallet App 'Blockchain' Returns to the App Store

    Juli Clover
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Back in January, Apple removed popular Bitcoin app Blockchain from the App Store, after cracking down on several other apps that allowed users to send and receive bitcoin, including Coinbase and Gliph. Apple's official policy prohibits content that "enables, facilitates, or encourages an activity" that not all countries deem legal, which has left Bitcoin-based apps in a bit of a gray area policy wise. As of today, Blockchain has returned to the App Store, once again giving iOS users a way to send and receive bitcoin payments, reports bitcoin news site CoinDesk. According to CoinDesk, Apple…
  • Beats Music for iOS Gains New 'Tune Your Taste' Customizations, Verified Badges

    Juli Clover
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Beats Music for iOS was today updated to version 2.2.0, adding several user-requested features. It's now possible for Beats listeners to change their Just For You recommendations through a new "Tune Your Taste" feature in Settings that allows users to select new favorite genres and artists. Listeners are also able to track their most recently played songs from The Sentence feature, which lets users select songs based on mood and activity. Verified Badges have been added, with a red check mark signaling a profile is "certified as legit by Beats," and there have been quite a few bug fixes.You…
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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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