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  • What Japanese people think about Americans [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Americans have pretty set ideas about Japanese people, but how often do we think about the reverse? Not very often, we'd guess. So take a minutes to watch this video and see what Japanese people think about you. It's both endearing and a little sad. The post What Japanese people think about Americans [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Catcalling prank leaves everyone laughing [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The first step to overcoming a social problem like catcalling is outrage. Realizing the injustice of something, getting angry, and speaking out are all part of the process. The next, and most crucial stage, is humor. Laughing at a social problem is the best way to get rid of it forever, and this prank totally nails it. You know you've got a good prank when it leaves even the victims cracking up. The post Catcalling prank leaves everyone laughing [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Police release video showing how they shot 12-year old Tamir Rice

    Mashable
    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    A video released on Wednesday sheds some light on the death of 12-year old Tamir Rice, who was shot by police officers on Saturday. Cleveland police officers showed up at a playground on Saturday after a 911 call warning that someone was waving a "probably fake" gun. That someone was Rice. The gun was indeed fake — but police officials maintain that the officers asked him to drop the gun three times before shooting See also: Ferguson shooting eyewitness accounts: 5 questions they answered Police say that when Tamir was told to raise his hands three times, he reached into his waistband…
  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Lyft says it had a record number of rides last week, while Uber's rumored to get record financing.It would be an understatement to say last week was not a good one for Uber. Its CEO made callous remarks about customer privacy, sparking a firestorm of bad publicity and reports on the company's "frat house ideology" and trust problem. Then one of its execs was loose-lipped about plans to dig up dirt on Uber critics, prompting a user-generated campaign to delete the app. Not surprisingly, bad news for Uber appears to be good news for competitor Lyft, which claims it gave a record number of rides…
  • How To Opt Out Of Twitter’s New Thing That Tracks Which Apps You Install

    TechCrunch
    Greg Kumparak
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
     Twitter is now keeping track of which apps you have on your phone, and sending that data back to the mothership (birds nest?) Here’s how to turn it off. Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Catcalling prank leaves everyone laughing [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The first step to overcoming a social problem like catcalling is outrage. Realizing the injustice of something, getting angry, and speaking out are all part of the process. The next, and most crucial stage, is humor. Laughing at a social problem is the best way to get rid of it forever, and this prank totally nails it. You know you've got a good prank when it leaves even the victims cracking up. The post Catcalling prank leaves everyone laughing [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 7 entrepreneurial lessons from Walt Disney

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There are those for whom the magic of Disney never dies, but even if you left your love of the Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion somewhere in your preteens, there's still plenty of value for entrepreneurs in the work of Walt Disney. The post 7 entrepreneurial lessons from Walt Disney appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Behold the world’s largest solar power plant [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's getting harder and harder to deny that climate change is, in fact, an actual thing. Instead of panicking about our impending doom, let's take a minute to celebrate people who are working hard to save the planet (and a little money) with Topaz Solar Farms, the largest solar power plant in the world. The post Behold the world’s largest solar power plant [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • What Japanese people think about Americans [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Americans have pretty set ideas about Japanese people, but how often do we think about the reverse? Not very often, we'd guess. So take a minutes to watch this video and see what Japanese people think about you. It's both endearing and a little sad. The post What Japanese people think about Americans [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s what ate your Turducken

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    If Captain Nemo served up a Thanksgiving feast aboard the Nautilus, we're pretty sure it would look something like this. The post Here’s what ate your Turducken appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Police release video showing how they shot 12-year old Tamir Rice

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    A video released on Wednesday sheds some light on the death of 12-year old Tamir Rice, who was shot by police officers on Saturday. Cleveland police officers showed up at a playground on Saturday after a 911 call warning that someone was waving a "probably fake" gun. That someone was Rice. The gun was indeed fake — but police officials maintain that the officers asked him to drop the gun three times before shooting See also: Ferguson shooting eyewitness accounts: 5 questions they answered Police say that when Tamir was told to raise his hands three times, he reached into his waistband…
  • Share your tasty meal for our photo challenge

    Dasha Battelle
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Foodies, rejoice It's that time of year when friends and family come together to share home cooked meals, decadent desserts and lots of leftovers. Whether you're taking it to the next level in the kitchen, or simply enjoying a post pig-out food coma, we hope you take a second to capture the magic of your meal See also: 15 Grumpy Cat-inspired scowls ... because the holidays are the worst This week's Mashable Photo Challenge is all about the grub. Channel your inner artiste, and compose an edible still life, or nab a candid photo of a family feast. Whether you're a culinary maestro, a big eater…
  • Apple could be ditching Google as its default search engine, report says

    Rex Santus
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    News broke last week that Yahoo would replace Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers. Now another — more powerful — company might also be ditching Google. Apple's contract with Google is almost up, and in 2015 the Cupertino tech giant will be free to nix another connection with perhaps it greatest competitor in favor of another option, according to The Information See also: Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo Yahoo and Microsoft are already vying for the tech giant's attention in hopes of replacing Google, the report said. This isn't exactly a surprise:…
  • 4 things your tech incubator is probably missing

    Michael Jones
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management. Incubators were once a niche enterprise — in 1980, there were really only a dozen or so in the entire United States. Now there are thousands— not just in Silicon Valley, but all over the world. Despite their rapid rise in popularity, incubating is still fairly risky business. By some estimates, the success rate is no better than the companies that they are nurturing — around 10%. See also: Stealth mode: The…
  • A Thanksgiving Weekend TV Guide

    Sandra Gonzalez
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Thanksgiving weekend might very well be the laziest time of year, and to support us in our endeavor to do as little as possible, the television networks have curated a weekend of programming that could serve almost every basic desire you might have — laughs, tears and even clones Below, Mashable has gathered a list of highlights. Count this as just another reason to give thanks for your favorite mild-mannered media source this Thanksgiving. We love you, too. Best of the best Charlie Brown Thanksgiving(Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC)The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special is…
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    Fast Company

  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

    Peter Wade
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Lyft says it had a record number of rides last week, while Uber's rumored to get record financing.It would be an understatement to say last week was not a good one for Uber. Its CEO made callous remarks about customer privacy, sparking a firestorm of bad publicity and reports on the company's "frat house ideology" and trust problem. Then one of its execs was loose-lipped about plans to dig up dirt on Uber critics, prompting a user-generated campaign to delete the app. Not surprisingly, bad news for Uber appears to be good news for competitor Lyft, which claims it gave a record number of rides…
  • Buyer's Guide: The Best Air Purifier

    Michael Zhao
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Looking for an air purifier that's quiet, affordable, and effective? The Sweethome tests nine models.It took 100 hours of research and testing conducted by an airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist using $100,000+ of equipment to find the best air purifier for most people: The $250 Coway AP-1512HH Mighty. It's as effective at removing particulate contaminants (such as pollen, spores, smoke, and dust) as machines over twice its size and costing twice as much. But the best air purifier for you personally depends on your specific needs, which is why we have other…
  • GoPro Is Reportedly Getting Into The Drone Business

    Chris Gayomali
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The commercial drone industry could approach $2 billion by 2020.Once upon a time, if you wanted aerial footage from a GoPro, you had to attach the camcorder to a hobby drone from a company like Parrot or DJI. An eagle would also do in a pinch. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, it looks like GoPro is developing its own line of of commercial drones to sell directly to consumers.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Wants To Spy On Your Mobile Apps

    David Matthews
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    New update lets Twitter gather more data for advertisers.Twitter claims to be making yet another change to give users better content recommendations—and give itself more information to sell ads. Recently, it started showing users tweets they might enjoy from accounts they do not follow. Twitter's next step to make this function better? Finding out which other apps a user has on their smartphone.Read Full Story
  • How Uber Is Making One Design Firm's Life A Living Hell

    John Brownlee
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Just another day in the office for the beleagured startup.Uber has its fair share of problems right now. The CEO allegedly said that Uber should be called Boober for its ability to get him laid. The upper management can spy on the trips of its users with a privacy-busting "God View" app. The senior vice president has suggested hiring a smear team to discredit journalists who write negative coverage about the company. They price-gouge their customers when they need them most, and they place orders for fake rides on their competitors' services just to screw them.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • How To Opt Out Of Twitter’s New Thing That Tracks Which Apps You Install

    Greg Kumparak
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
     Twitter is now keeping track of which apps you have on your phone, and sending that data back to the mothership (birds nest?) Here’s how to turn it off. Read More
  • Twitter’s New App Tracking Capabilities To Help Personalize User Experience, Benefit Advertisers

    Sarah Perez
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
     Starting today, Twitter users on iOS and Android devices will be alerted to a change in the type of data the social network is collecting on them, and will be offered the option to opt-out by adjusting their settings. The data in question is a list of the apps you have installed on your mobile device – a collection of data Twitter is calling the “app graph.” The company… Read More
  • Gift Guide: The Razor Crazy Cart

    John Biggs
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
     While I did say that the Razor Crazy Cart was, well, crazy, it’s well worth a closer look if you have have the space and safety equipment to send your kids careening around your driveway at about twenty miles per hour. That’s right: this is your dream go-cart from the folks who made the Razor scooters and, if you have the space and helmets it’s the best fun your kids will… Read More
  • Cooling Tablet Market Turns To Low-End Devices For Growth

    Alex Wilhelm
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
     Never in tech history have so many bought so much in such a short time. There was a memorable tweet sent in the final days before the first iPad was released: Someone in tech — and I forget their name and can’t find the tweet, sadly — noted in less than 140 characters that they were about to embark on their last weekend before they would never have to have another without… Read More
  • Quikkly Wants To Be A Better QR Code

    Steve O'Hear
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
     You’ve all used a QR code, right? Those weird-looking barcodes you’re supposed to scan using a mobile to open a related web link. Nope? I thought not. For one reason or another, the technology, which was originally developed for the automotive industry to track parts in vehicle manufacturing, has never really gained critical mass from a consumer point of view. Enter Quikkly,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
 
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    WIRED

  • Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads

    Davey Alba
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone in an effort to personalize your experience on its service---i.e. serve you targeted ads. The post Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads appeared first on WIRED.
  • WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version)

    Brendan Klinkenberg
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    The most influential comedy since Seinfeld doesn't take long to mainline, and is the cringiest, best time you'll ever have. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version) appeared first on WIRED.
  • Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV

    Alex Davies
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    When you give F1 drivers a lightweight ride with plenty of power and free run of the enormous and nearly empty Dubai Mall, they can put on a show. The post Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Yawn Known as HR Gamification

    Anthony J. James, PageUp
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Is it just me or have we all been talking for a long time now about how gamification is going to revolutionize HR functions? While much of the research indicates that more businesses and brands are using gamification to drive greater engagement with consumers than ever before, most folks in HR are just scratching the surface […] The post The Yawn Known as HR Gamification appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes (Part 2)

    Daniel Burrus, Burrus Research
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Last week I talked about how people are thinking too small when they think about the Internet of Things (See Part 1). When we truly consider the ramifications of connecting a vast array of data-gathering sensors, devices, and machines together, what’s important to realize is that information will be translated into action at a rate […] The post The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes (Part 2) appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Man Vs. Machine: Get Better Sales by Keeping Marketing Automation Human

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Image via Flickr user Peyri Herrera This is a guest contribution from Veronica Taylor. Marketing automation without a human element is just a robot on autopilot. Before, during and after each automated campaign it is essential for real people to plan, edit and review. When campaigns aren’t working, they need to be tested and updated. Most people think of marketing automation as efficient yet impersonal. When used correctly, however, most automated marketing solutions now provide the possibility for highly targeted messages based on each customer’s personal interests, preferences…
  • 5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

    Darren Rowse
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On a recent webinar over at ProBlogger.com I was asked by John: “Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?” It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog. Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas. 1. Questions from Readers Perhaps the #1 place I get inspiration for blog posts is the inspiration for this one – a question from a reader. As I look back at the most popular posts here on…
  • How to Use Google in the Most Unusual Way to Make Your Self-Editing Faster, and Better

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first and second post in this mini series here and here.… “[...] then the evening came and she found herself sitting by the drawing board again, trying to [...]“ Um … wait a minute, is it “sitting by the drawing board” or “sitting at the drawing board”? Damn it, I never remember, and both sound okay to me! How do I check this?! … Oh, the struggles of every blogger attempting to edit their own work. There are thousands of expressions just like the one above, causing us problems on…
  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
  • Google Introducing ‘Mobile Friendly’ Tags in Search Results and Signal It Will Start Impacting Search Rankings

    Darren Rowse
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Over the last couple of years any blogger who has paid attention to their analytics will know that how people are reading blogs is changing. No longer are people simply arriving on your blog on their desktop computer or laptop but on tablets, mobile phones and more. Today I took a look at the change in how people arrive on my blog (Digital Photography School) over last 3 years. I doubt the results will surprise anyone. The growth in mobile/tablet traffic has been remarkable. When I look at the last period in the chart in more detail and look at just this month (November) the trend continues…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • C.S. Lewis on Reading Literature: Those Who Don't Inhabit a Tiny World

    Patrick Allan
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It should come as no surprise that C.S. Lewis, the world-renowned author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, believes that everyone should read books. Reading gives you the ability to see an infinite number of perspectives all while remaining yourself.Read more...
  • Make a Simple Stock While You Do the Dishes After a Holiday Meal

    Patrick Allan
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    After a big holiday meal there's usually some leftovers from your main dish and even more dishes. You can kill two birds with one stone by cooking up a simple stock with the leftover parts of the ham or turkey while you're taking care of all those dishes.Read more...
  • Fix Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues with a Terminal Command

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    OS X Yosemite has had a slew of issues with Wi-Fi , namely that connections are randomly dropping out or slowing down. If you're affected by this, developer Mario Ciabarra has a Terminal command that'll fix the issue.Read more...
  • I'm Will Young, Director of Zappos Labs, and This Is How I Work

    Andy Orin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Zappos, of course, may be your online destination to peruse a plethora of shoes, among other things, but there's a bit more to it than that. At Zappos Labs, a research and development unit in San Francisco, they are exploring the future of online retail.Read more...
  • How Long Will I Be Stuck in This Airport? A Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

    Dennis Mersereau on The Vane, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who are trapped in one of the United States' many fine airports on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may find yourself wondering when the hell you're going to get out of here and on to your destination. Here's a quick forecast for your (eventual) departure.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28. MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120…
  • Natalie Portman May Take on Role in Universal's Steve Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Natalie Portman may take on a role in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports Deadline. It is not clear what part she may play, but there are said to be several female roles in the movie, including the part of Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan. Portman is a well known actress that has starred in high profile movies like Black Swan and V for Vendetta. Most recently, Portman has had a leading role in the last two Thor movies, Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Image via Deadline Earlier this week, the Steve Jobs biopic was picked up by Universal Studios after being dropped by Sony Pictures.
  • Foxconn Rumored to Produce Sapphire Displays for Apple's Next iPhone

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's main iPhone assembly partner, is reportedly gearing up to produce sapphire displays for Apple's next generation of mobile devices, according to a report by China Economic Weekly cited by Focus Taiwan. Foxconn has reportedly reached an agreement to build a display factory on an over 300-acre plot of land adjacent to an iPhone 6 assembly plant in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where the company had been reported last month to be looking into such a facility. Just last week, Foxconn was also reported to be planning a new iPhone display plant in Taiwan.The China…
  • Apple Reportedly Relying More Heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Components

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Industry sources indicate Apple is planning to lean heavily on Samsung as a component supplier for both new iPhone 6 builds and the upcoming Apple Watch, reports BusinessKorea (via G for Games). If true, this would be a marked change from Apple's reported goal of lessening its reliance on Samsung by seeking alternative suppliers for critical hardware components. According to the report, Apple is looking to Samsung to supply RAM, NAND flash storage, and batteries for future iPhone 6 production, supplementing or replacing current suppliers for those components. NAND flash has been a particular…
  • Apple to Reportedly Stop Production of iPhone 5c in 2015

    Richard Padilla
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c next year, according to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans. Originally released as a lower-cost option last year, the iPhone 5c is currently available in a single 8GB configuration alongside the…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at NeimanMarcus.com . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
  • Look Beyond the Sniper Rifle

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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    Copyblogger

  • Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

    Demian Farnworth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline. Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too … Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark. But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark. Might not be one of the Manhattan variety. But it’s attention, no less. Be…
  • Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

    Brian Clark
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it. In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio. I asked Jay to be the first in a series of…
  • Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

    Yael Grauer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing. Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states. But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance. In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility. The dangers of overstating the problem If you really know your readers, you know their pain points.
  • The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

    Steven Lowe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter. Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season. See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy. And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online. So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages? An infographic that visually depicts each rhyme! Landing page rhyme time The ultra-creative Lauren Mancke designed this handy guide to…
  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
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    Macworld

  • Which search engine should be crowned king of Mobile Safari?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In the search engine game, it’s all about eyeballs. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft rake in billions each year from search ads, and now those companies are competing to be the default search engine in Mobile Safari on your iPhone and iPad. It's easy to change Safari's default search engine.  Until now it’s always been Google, but according to a report in The Information (subscription required), that deal expires in 2015. Its sources say Apple’s Eddy Cue has entertained pitches from both Yahoo and Microsoft, maker of Bing. Currently, Bing actually powers Yahoo’s search in return for a…
  • The holiday shopping guide for people who hate to shop

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Much as retailers would like us to believe that the holiday shopping season begins December 26th (you know, the previous year), many of us still cling to the notion that the green flag flutters down the day after Thanksgiving in these United States. These same retailers additionally like to stoke the idea that shopping is a joyful, exhilarating experience. I—and perhaps you—know different. Crowds. Endless treacly holiday music. Faux peppermint and pine scent. Seasonal staff that points you in the direction of blinking Santas instead of comfortable loungewear. Parking spaces a state away…
  • How to protect your Mac's most secret stuff with an encrypted disk image

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Given the countless reports of our data being exploited, many of us are increasingly concerned about protecting that data. In this movie I’m going to show you how to protect a collection of data on your Mac. Launch Disk Utility and choose File > New > New Disk Image. In the New Blank Image window that appears name your image—something like My Secret Stuff. From the size menu choose a maximum size for the image—the absolute most you think it will hold rather than what it will currently hold. Choose an encryption type—either 128- or 256-bit AES (256-bit is more secure but takes…
  • How to deal with obnoxious ads on your iOS device

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Al Young has had it with the cruft that appears on his iPad. He writes: I spend a lot of time surfing the web on my iPad. In the last couple of years it’s become more frustrating because of all the pop-up ads that hide the stuff I want to read. Is there some way to get rid of it? Let me begin by saying that a lot of the websites you enjoy rely on ad revenue to stay in business—this one included. The tradeoff for you getting “free” content are the ads that are placed before you. That said, I’m sympathetic in those cases where pop-up ads obscure what you’re trying to read and…
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Vintage iPad stands and an iPhone scavenger hunt

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Talk about steampunk!This week's accessory roundup includes a tablet stand made of old railroad rails from 100 years ago. Plus: Cables, mounts, batteries, and more.AdonitThe $75 Jot Script Evernote Edition is a fine-tipped stylus optimized for iOS and made to work especially well with both Evernote and its companion app, Penultimate. The latter app’s developers say: “The new Penultimate 6.0 gives your Jot Script better control and accuracy, so that it works even more like your favorite pen.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “California, Here We Come…” Introducing SmashingConf Los Angeles 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Great conferences are the ones where you learn, connect and get inspired. We know that, and we put our hearts into crafting events that aren’t just great, but go way beyond expectations. Ready for the next one? With SmashingConf LA 20151, we’ve got a full package: our new US conference with two days packed with quality content, lots of networking and a few mysterious surprises. We thought you might want to join in, too. 2 About The Conference When preparing a conference, we care deeply about how practical and valuable it will be. We look into things that have or haven’t…
  • Freebie: Christmas Icon Set (24, Icons, AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, PNG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Christmas is only a month away, and it’s time to add a few festive icons to your projects, or just freshen up your good ‘ol Christmas cards which you may be planning to give out to your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we’re happy to release the Christmas Icon Set, a set of 24 icons that are all available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. This icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella151 and is free to be used in private as well as commercial projects. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is…
  • How To Create Your Own Front-End Website Testing Plan

    Lawrence Howlett
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    So, your designers and developers have created a fantastic front-end design, which the client is delighted with, and your job now is to test it. Your heart begins to sink: Think of all the browsers, all the devices and all of these web pages you’ve got to test, not to mention the iterations and bug fixes. You need a front-end testing plan. This article shows you what to consider when creating a front-end testing plan and how to test efficiently accross browsers, devices and web pages. Benefits Of A Front-End Testing Plan Clarity on project’s scope Knowing which browsers and devices are…
  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • His father's view of U.S. changed, too

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Michael Brown's mother says hearing that a grand jury had decided not to indict the officer who killed her son felt like getting shot.
  • Obama pardons...Cheese!

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    In an annual White House Thanksgiving tradition, Obama pardoned a turkey. This year, the turkey's name was Cheese.
  • Prolific singer, actress dies at 87

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, one of the Arab world's most prolific entertainers with a career spanning more than six decades, died Wednesday in Beirut, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported.
  • Wilson interview 'rehearsed version'

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Michael Brown's family atty. Anthony Gray says Darren Wilson's narratives of August 9 events are not consistent.
  • Why marching band is still cool

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The Macy's Great American Marching Band has more than 200 members from 50 States and only 3 days to get ready for the Thanksgiving parade.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Our Best Cyber Weekend Deals EVER Start Today (this is seriously big!)

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    OK, our Cyber weekend deals start today, and yes it’s our best pricing of the year, hands down, on all sorts of stuff, but dig this…When you sign up for a KelbyOne Annual Membership deal during Cyber Weekend….You get the entire Google/Nik Software Collection included with your membership.That’s right — The entire Nik Collection (it’s usually $149 by itself) included with your membership bundle, and our membership prices are the lowest ever!The collection includes: Silver Efex Pro (the ultimate B&W conversion plug-in) Color Efex Pro (my personal favorite…
  • My 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide

    Scott Kelby
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to my “9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (yes, last year I brought the “Gonzo” back after a brief break because just calling it a “Holiday Gear Guide” lacked that certain, I dunno, “gonzoness.”) So, I now bring you the blog-version of my “Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (which appears in the current issue of Photoshop User magazine, seen above) whose light burns brighter than a thousand suns (insert dramatic pause here), featuring an unbridled collection of 100% absolutely necessary gear that there’s no way we can see clear to live another minute of our…
  • This Photographer Did Something I Just Love!

    Scott Kelby
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).Thanks so…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cyber Weekend with KelbyOne Cyber Weekend is just around the corner and you can be amongst the first to gain early access to limited edition prints, commemorative DVDs, and some of the deepest discounts ever during our exclusive preview event, kicking off November 21!Doors open for this massive discount frenzy to everyone on November 26th. Sign up now for 5 days of early access to our biggest and best offers yet!Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hanging with Queeny last month in London after the Shoot Like A Pro seminarThis past weekend I was able to shoot hip-hop artist Lecrae’s sold-out concert at House of Blues in Orlando. He’s out on tour supporting his latest album, Anomaly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it released in September. Thankfully, I have some friends who have been working with Lecrae and his label, Reach Records, for a while now and were able to hook me up with an all-access pass to cover the show! I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the shots with you, along…
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    Digital Photography School

  • The Easy Way to Make Your Own Custom Photoshop Brushes

    Alex Morrison
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’ve never heard about the creative use of brushes in Photoshop, this article is for you. If you already know about using brushes, you’ll be able to ramp up your creativity once you learn this easy skill – making your own brushes. What are Photoshop brushes and why you’d want to learn how to make your own? Photoshop brushes are tools that are mostly used just like regular paint brushes to add strokes of color to your images. Most often people will use them as part of their dodging and burning workflow. Some people also use them in digital painting. The built-in…
  • 3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

    Diego Lapetina
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, in my opinion, landscape photographers are a unique breed. I’m sure that only a hand full of people are willing to hike 10 miles with 25 pounds of photography gear on their back, just because they hope to seize the perfect moment. Generally, in photography, practice leads to improvement. However, practicing landscape photography is a bit trickier since you don’t have control over the light setup, the weather, or the subject.
  • Is Being a Photographer Synonymous With Being an Artist?

    Will G. MacNeil
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sure, the concept of photography falls under the realm of one the arts, but can you strictly label someone an artist based on their job or hobby? Photographers are everywhere nowadays. Beyond the thousands upon thousands of photographers who have businesses and make a living taking pictures, there are also all the families with cameras and anyone who halfway knows how to use a camera phone. Every single one of you who calls yourself a photographer has the opportunity, in my opinion, to call yourself an artist. The term artist has a powerful meaning that is non-discriminatory. You, as an…
  • How to get more from your printer – besides good quality prints!

    Sarah Hipwell
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Canon Pixma MG6350 All-in-one-printer If you like to print hard copies of your photos at home, how do you decide which inkjet printer to buy? With such a myriad of printers on the market it can be daunting which one to choose. However, similar to buying a camera, one main consideration will be how much do you want to spend. I bought a Canon PIXMA MG6350 a little over a year ago. As luck would have it, my local computer shop had the white version in stock for nearly 50 Euros ($62USD) less than the black one. The white one was my first choice. This is a high-end, multifunction, inkjet printer.
  • Getting to Know Your New Camera

    Andrew S. Gibson
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    With my new camera I can set Film Simulation to black and white and the camera gives me a black and white view in the electronic viewfinder. I can also select the square format and see a square image. This is a great aid to composition. Finding and using helpful features like this is part of getting to know your new camera. I recently purchased a new camera and the process of learning to use it has been a good reminder of just how long the process can take. My new Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is a very different machine from the Canon EOS digital SLRs I’m accustomed to using, and it’s taken me a…
 
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    Strobist

  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Lynda.com. Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Small change: Samsung NX mini review

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Samsung NX mini is truly tiny, offering a 20MP 1" sensor inside a highly compact body which features a 180-degree tilting LCD and extensive connectivity features. The mini's touch-sensitive display is the camera's primary interface for changing shooting settings, and an interchangeable lens mount should make this the ideal combination of versatility and point-and-shoot simplicity. Read our review to find out how it compares
  • 2014 Consumer DSLR Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Despite the emergence of the mirrorless class, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs. Large sensors, optical viewfinders, and sizable grips make them comfortable choices for many aspiring photographers. We cover seven consumer and mid-level models in this roundup. Find out which we recommend. Read more
  • Not dead yet: Sony announces three A-mount lenses

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Among all of the excitement around the a7 II, Sony quietly announced a new A-mount lens last week. The 70-300mm F4.5 – F5.6 G SSM II lens for A-mount offers faster AF tracking, a new Nano AR coating, and weatherproofing, and will be available in February for $1150. The company also announced the development of Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II A-mount lenses, which will arrive next Spring with similar improvements. Read more
  • Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sony Electronics has announced US pricing and availability for its recently announced Alpha 7 II camera. The a7 II is the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera with in-body image stabilization (5-axis, no less), and also offers improved controls, focusing performance, and video specs. It will be available on December 9th for $1700 body only and $2000 with the 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE lens. We'll be getting our hands on a beta version shortly and will post samples as soon as possible. Read more
  • 2014 Enthusiast Compact Camera Roundup

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We're updating our 'What to buy and why' camera roundups to include new models introduced in 2014, and first up is the enthusiast compact camera class. These cameras may be a bit too big to fit in your pocket but most are compact enough to be considered appealing alternatives to heavier, bulkier, interchangeable lens camera systems. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Just came across this article over at Lightstalking.com called “3 Lightroom Tweaks to Get Your Landscape Photographs to Sing” written by British travel photographer Jason Row. Worth checking out (here’s the link).     The post Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • TIP: What To Do If You’ve Lost The Original Image File…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is pretty strong case for creating Smart Previews when you import your images into Lightroom, because even though the Smart Preview is smaller than the original, it’s actually larger than you’d think (it’s 2,540 pixels on the longest edge). That way, if you get in a bind and lose the original image (for whatever reason), you can Export the Smart Preview as a DNG file so you will have a physical file that you can actually print around letter size at 240 ppi — that’s ain’t bad. So while it won’t have the same full resolution as the original, at least…
  • If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik Collection of LR Plug-ins, Now’s Your Chance

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Today we kicked off our “Cyber Weekend” deals at KelbyOne, and well…check this out. When you buy an annual KelbyOne membership (as low as $149) you get the full Nik software collection of LR/PS plug-ins included with your membership. The full collection! Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, the new Analog Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro — all of it (heck, the collection itself sells for $149). Anyway, pretty incredible deals on memberships and a whole bunch of other stuff. Our “Cyber Weekend Deal Page” is at this link.    The post If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik…
  • My “Magic Number” for Nice Subtle Edge Vignetting

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Adding a vignette (darkening the edges all the way around the image to focus the attention on your subject) is definitely one of those things you either love with the passion of a thousand burning suns, or you hate it with every fiber of your being. Most folks fall on one side or the other (kind of like people feel about HDR), but I think one reason is that, like HDR, people tend to greatly overdue their vignettes making them really obvious and over the top. Personally, I’m a fan of adding a very subtle vignette — one that you wouldn’t really even notice was there (a kind of…
  • Multi-Photo Poster Layout in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Earlier today I posted this shot of me holding a poster I made with a photo I had taken of all 32 NFL teams (it took me literally seven years to shoot all 32, and I finally got there by shooting the last one just a few weeks back — it was the Baltimore Ravens that I still hadn’t shot). The poster is just for me — something to hang in my home office. Anyway, as soon as I posted it, some folks started asking how I did the layout. Luckily, last year I had done a shot Lightroom 5 tutorial using the same technique, but it was for an Audi R8 shoot I did. So, different photos, same…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

    Roman Loyola
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You've made your list, you've checked it twice. Now it's time to get gifts for the folks on that list. But what should you buy, especially for the tech-savvy people? You can turn to many of the gift guides on the web, but our guide is for the devoted Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. Pick up one of our suggestions, or use them as inspiration to figure out a gift on your own. Mac Gifts Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor: HD is passé. It's all about Ultra HD now, also known as 4K video. The PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. At a $649 list price and frequently…
  • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    With Black Friday quickly approaching, retailers and app developers alike are beginning to offer deep discounts on their products. Flexibits has decided to kick off its holiday sales a bit early, and is now offering its popular Fantastical line of apps at ultra low prices. Fantastical 2 for the iPad has been discounted from $14.99 to $4.99, which is 65 percent off. That's the lowest price Flexibits has ever offered on the iPad version of the app. [Direct Link] Fantastical 2 for the iPhone is available for $1.99, down from $4.99, which is 60 percent off. [Direct Link]…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Since their September launch, Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have produced record-setting revenue and sales for Apple, but looking beyond financials, the handset also is radically changing the reading habits of those who own the large-sized devices, according to news-reading service Pocket. Pocket recently analyzed 2 million article and video opens and examined the reading behavior of readers both before and after the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In particular, the study compared how iPhone and iPad usage changed after the recent iPhone launch. According to the results, customers with an…
  • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    A new report from Bloomberg indicates Sony may be gearing up to produce a new line of smartwatches for release next year. The report states the new watch will focus on design and customization over the technological prowess of watches like the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch and Sony's own SmartWatch 3. Sony's just-released SmartWatch 3, a more traditional smartwatch The upcoming Sony device will use an e-paper display in lieu of a traditional LCD or OLED smartwatch screen and, according to Bloomberg, and the display will cover the entire surface of the watch and band.The watch’s face and…
  • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline

    Mitchel Broussard
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The worldwide tablet tablet market is expected to see a significant decline for 2014, according to reports from the International Data Corporation. The tablet market's year-over-year growth is expected to be 7.2% this year, down from 52.5% in 2013. According to the analysts, one of the central reasons for the market slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will be the first year Apple will see a decline in iPad shipments. IDC expects Apple to ship 64.9 million iPads this calendar year, a decline of 12.7 percent from 2013. Capturing 67.7 percent market share and shipping 159.5 million devices,…
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