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  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    @ProBlogger
    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…
  • 17 banned films reveal the true power of the motion picture

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s just a movie!” As though the motion picture is something trivial.  These seventeen films highlight the power of film. A Serbian Film was deemed so horrific, so offensive that it’s banned in nearly a dozen countries, including Norway and Australia. It’s available in the U.S., but only heavily edited. Meant to criticize Serbia’s post-war psyche and its film industry, the film is best described as hyper-gore porn. The classic Italian film Last Tango in Paris not only scarred its home country (and others, including…
  • China Opens Microsoft Anti-Monopoly Probe

    Mashable
    Lance Ulanoff
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    One day after raiding four of Microsoft's China offices, the Chinese government officially opened an anti-monopoly probe against the U.S.-based software giant. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce entered four Microsoft locations in mainland China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, on Monday and interviewed Microsoft senior executives, as well as those in finance and "other departments." Investigators also collected Microsoft internal documents and communications, financial statements and emails. China launched the raid after a June investigation showed Microsoft…
  • Why Did Instagram Release Bolt, Another Snapchat Clone?

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Facebook-owned Instagram just spun out Bolt, a new instant photo-messaging app. But, er, why?If you woke up this morning and your first thought was, "Ah! What I really need is another instant photo-messaging app…," well, good news! Your wish has been granted. Instagram just released yet another Snapchat-like rival into the fray called Bolt, a standalone photo-messaging app for iOS and Android that lets you send disposable videos and photos to your friends with one tap.Read Full Story
  • Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better

    TechCrunch
    Darrell Etherington
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
     Sony built the best compact camera in the world with the original RX-100 – now it’s on the third-generation, and it isn’t resting on its laurels. The latest edition has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a vastly improved lens, sensor improvements and more, and the result is a camera that, even at $800, delivers amazing value for the price. Basics 20.1 megapixel 1-inch image… Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 17 banned films reveal the true power of the motion picture

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s just a movie!” As though the motion picture is something trivial.  These seventeen films highlight the power of film. A Serbian Film was deemed so horrific, so offensive that it’s banned in nearly a dozen countries, including Norway and Australia. It’s available in the U.S., but only heavily edited. Meant to criticize Serbia’s post-war psyche and its film industry, the film is best described as hyper-gore porn. The classic Italian film Last Tango in Paris not only scarred its home country (and others, including…
  • Oldest known erotic pictures still have the power to creep us out [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Human culture is constantly waging a war against sex, the one thing that ensures human culture survives, period. And while getting the job done seems like the most natural thing in the world, even way back in 1150 B.C.E., society felt the need to create illustrations to spice things up a bit. The artifact known as the “Turin Erotic Papyrus” has been under wraps since the 1820s, but was only revealed in the 1970s due to its illustrations of twelve different sexual positions, which “fall somewhere between impressively acrobatic and unnervingly ambitious.” It was created during…
  • “My opponent is a glob of snot,” and other great philosopher’s insults

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Guys like Réné Descartes and Michel Foucault seem so stuffy and intellectual that they’re almost inhuman. But when you read these thirty insults they’ve lobbed at each other––sometimes across the centuries––you’ll find them a bit more human. Some insults are just low, like Kierkegaard’s opinion of H.L. Martensen: “My opponent is a glob of snot.” Here’s one that’s more intellectual, but no less devastating. Here’s Camille Paglia’s opinion of Michel Foucault: “The truth is that Foucault knew very little about anything…
  • Sex in mainstream movies [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The history of sex in the movies is a long and complex one, including a few attempts at mainstream pornography and some acts suggestive of more violent themes. The infographic is below, but be warned: there are are a few pairs of bare breasts, so don’t scroll if that offends you. Full story at Indiewire. More movie facts. Photo credit: Canva
  • 18 ways we make life harder than it has to be

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Life is difficult enough as it is without adding unnecessary drama and stress, yet it’s easy to get stuck in a psychological groove that makes the load all that much harder to bear. Marc and Angel Hack Life lists eighteen ways we make life more complicated for ourselves without even realizing it. The best part is that we’re in complete control when it comes to changing these habits, so things can start getting easier as soon as we decide they should. You look to everyone else for the answers only you can give yourself. – For much of our lives – especially at the beginning…
 
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    Mashable

  • China Opens Microsoft Anti-Monopoly Probe

    Lance Ulanoff
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    One day after raiding four of Microsoft's China offices, the Chinese government officially opened an anti-monopoly probe against the U.S.-based software giant. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce entered four Microsoft locations in mainland China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, on Monday and interviewed Microsoft senior executives, as well as those in finance and "other departments." Investigators also collected Microsoft internal documents and communications, financial statements and emails. China launched the raid after a June investigation showed Microsoft…
  • Listen to Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J's Chart-Topping 'Bang Bang'

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    That didn't take long: Jessie J's "Bang Bang" collaboration with hitmakers Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande has rocketed to the top of the iTunes Top Singles charts. Hashtag #BuyBangBangOnItunes became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter after "Price Tag" singer Jessie J released the new single on Thursday, helping it soar to No. 1 on iTunes in the United States, Brazil, Finland, the Philippines and multiple other countries. See also: Vine Star Shawn Mendes Reached No. 1 on iTunes in Just 37 Minutes "Bang Bang" is the first single from Jessie J's fall album, and it will be on Grande's My…
  • Here's How You Can Make Beer-Flavored Ice Cream

    Mashable Video
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Two great jubilees of American culture are on the horizon On Aug. 1, it's International Beer Day. Then, if that weren't enough, Aug. 2 is Ice Cream Sandwich Day See also: 9 Unique Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes Sit back and let that sink in for a second. When you're done, treat yo' self to the recipe in the video above. Any bizarre food combinations you're into? Tell us your favorites in the comments! BONUS: Strange Food Combinations You Have to Try Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Videos, Recipes, Summer, How To, and Watercooler
  • Parents Gain Access to Marijuana Extract to Treat Childhood Seizures

    Bloomberg
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug’s legal use. While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, also known as CBD, suggests it’s a potent anticonvulsant, with few dangerous side effects. That could help save the life of her son, Isaac, who has 30 seizures or so a day and suffers with kidney damage from his present treatments, she said.
  • Boston Whale Watching Boat Stranded at Sea All Night

    The Associated Press
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    BOSTON — They weren't castaways, but like the tourists on Gilligan's Island, a group of whale watchers expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea. The Boston Harbor Cruises whale watch vessel was freed Tuesday and docked at Boston's Long Wharf shortly after 8 a.m., some 17 hours after the voyage began. No injuries were reported for any of the 157 passengers or six crew members, but a number of people suffered seasickness during the long wait, according to passengers.
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    Fast Company

  • Why Did Instagram Release Bolt, Another Snapchat Clone?

    Chris Gayomali
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Facebook-owned Instagram just spun out Bolt, a new instant photo-messaging app. But, er, why?If you woke up this morning and your first thought was, "Ah! What I really need is another instant photo-messaging app…," well, good news! Your wish has been granted. Instagram just released yet another Snapchat-like rival into the fray called Bolt, a standalone photo-messaging app for iOS and Android that lets you send disposable videos and photos to your friends with one tap.Read Full Story
  • Signal: An App That Brings Free, Encrypted Phone Calls To Your iPhone

    Chris Gayomali
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Open Whisper Systems is bringing its security technology to iOS.Open Whisper Systems, a company specializing in communications tools, has just put out an iOS app that promises users free, encrypted phone calls from anywhere in the world.Read Full Story
  • 14 Portraits Of College Grads Living At Home

    Mark Wilson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    "Yes, mom, I'll be home before midnight."It used to be shameful to move back home after college--a sign of personal failure. Now, because of rising student debts and a sub-stellar economy, it's a common reality. This project started out of my own struggle to find work after graduating college with more than $100,000 in debt.Read Full Story
  • The Best And Worst Paying Jobs In Design

    Shaunacy Ferro
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Move to California. And learn to code.In the U.S., a corporate culture of pay secrecy can make it difficult to figure out whether you're getting paid a salary you deserve. Co.Design took a look at designer salaries across the world, based on data from a Designer News survey that garnered 1,000 responses from 58 countries. The responses reveal wide discrepancies in how people are paid, at least among the group of people surveyed (an admittedly small, self-selecting sample). Here's how the field stacks up:Read Full Story
  • A Futuristic Office Design To Combat Your Constant Distraction

    Adele Peters
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Fluidly move from space to space, if people around you get too chatty. Need to have a focused business meeting? Take a screen-free stroll on the meandering walkway on the office perimeter.Most of us hate open offices because of the inherent distractions, but it isn't necessarily that much easier to focus in a space of your own, thanks to email and kitten videos. So what would the ideal workspace look like?Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better

    Darrell Etherington
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
     Sony built the best compact camera in the world with the original RX-100 – now it’s on the third-generation, and it isn’t resting on its laurels. The latest edition has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a vastly improved lens, sensor improvements and more, and the result is a camera that, even at $800, delivers amazing value for the price. Basics 20.1 megapixel 1-inch image… Read More
  • With New Filters, SocialRank Makes It Easier To Understand Who’s Following You On Twitter

    Anthony Ha
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
     SocialRank, the startup that helps users find their most valuable Twitter followers, is launching version 2.0 today, which significantly expands what you can learn on the service. The company started out in 2012 as a side project for co-founders Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld, but they recently left payment startup Dwolla to resurrect the product and focus on it full-time. (They also raised… Read More
  • First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    Sarah Perez
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
     Payment technology solution provider First Data has acquired mobile gift card platform Gyft, a previous TechCrunch Disrupt battlefield company which offers a mobile app that lets consumers organize, shop for and send gift cards to others. The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform to… Read More
  • Andrew Mason’s Audio Tour App Detour Steers You Away From The Typical Tourist Traps

    Ryan Lawler
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
     Detour is basically the SF tech version of your typical walking tour. It’s an iPhone app designed to guide you through different parts of a city and introduce you to new places and people that live there. The app takes a very content-centric approach to that process, and the people you’re listening to are more like storytellers than they are guides. Read More
  • Snapchat, In Talks With Alibaba, Joins The $10 Billion Valuation Club

    Sarah Perez
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
     Snapchat’s decision to reportedly rebuff Facebook’s $3 billion acquisition offer doesn’t look as silly today: according to a new report from Bloomberg out this morning, the ephemeral messaging application may now be valued at $10 billion dollars, as it continues talking with investors, including Alibaba, about a new round of financing for its growing business. This is not… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • 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.        
 
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    WIRED

  • Eruptions Summer Break

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    So, the summer has melted away quickly and now it’s time for me to make my (nearly) annual pilgrimage to the SHRIMP-RG lab at Stanford University. I have two students working with me this summer and they will be blasting zircon from the Lassen Volcanic Center, along with some from a couple new locations along […]
  • Dark Data, Amber, and Attenborough

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    A new pigmy grasshopper found in amber is named for Sir David Attenborough.
  • Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Square first came to fame with a credit card reader you could plug into your iPhone jack. But next year, the company’s signature device will be on its way to obsolescence as the U.S transitions to a new kind of credit card that verifies purchases with an embedded computer chip. In anticipation of this sweeping […]
  • HealthTap’s Video Chatting Doctors Want to End Your WebMD Meltdowns

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    “On the internet,” says Ron Gutman, “every headache becomes a brain tumor in four clicks or less.” For Gutman and his colleagues in the world of health tech, this has become a running joke, a cheeky nod to just how far the human imagination can wander after a quick search of benign symptoms. But there’s […]
  • 9 Things to Know About Reviving the Recently Dead

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    In 1986, a two-and-a-half year-old girl named Michelle Funk fell into a stream and drowned. By the time paramedics found her, she hadn’t been breathing for more than an hour. Her heart was stopped. In other words, she was dead. Somewhat inexplicably, the paramedics continued to work on her, and so did doctors in the […]
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    @ProBlogger

  • ProBlogger in Perth: 10 Things Darren Wishes He Knew About Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from blogger Jenish Pandya. What happens when ProBlogger legend Darren Rowse comes to your city for the first time ever? You and everyone around you go crazy and act like teenagers at a Justin Bieber concert and start taking heaps of photos every time he makes a move. Then what do you do with all the photos you have taken? Well, you write a blog post. Darren came down to Perth for the first ever mini PBevent and in his presentation gave us a taste of what happens at the main event happening this year on Gold Coast from 29-30 August. Darren Rowse’s 10…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    28 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • How to Get a Great Night's Sleep When You're Away from Home

    Alan Henry
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you're in a hotel on vacation or staying with friends, sleeping in an unfamiliar bed takes a little getting used to. You usually manage, but that first night or two can be rough. We sat down with a sleep expert to come up with some tips for a great night's sleep, no matter where you are or what bed you're in.Read more...
  • Teamreporter Builds Status Emails For You, Skips Time-Wasting Meetings

    Alan Henry
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    We've mentioned that a few regular emails can cut down your workload , but they can also cut down on the time wasted in meetings spent "getting everyone up to speed." You can go a step further and automate those emails too, thanks to Teamreporter. Read more...
  • Deadspin Marshawn Lynch's Mom: "REPORTERS DON'T THINK, THEY GUESS" | Gizmodo Attack on Tor Has Likel

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Deadspin Marshawn Lynch's Mom: "REPORTERS DON'T THINK, THEY GUESS" | Gizmodo Attack on Tor Has Likely Stripped Users of Anonymity | Jalopnik Driverless Cars Will Hit UK Roads Next January | Jezebel Teen's Instagram Pics Perfectly Mimic Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and More Read more...
  • Ocenaudio Is a Free, Fast, Streamlined Audio Editor

    Alan Henry
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're looking for a great audio editor, our favorite is Audacity . If you're looking for something a little faster and trimmer that's a little more approachable, Ocenaudio is worth checking out. It's free, flexible, and cross platform, and if light editing is all you need, it gets the job done.Read more...
  • Add Storage To Room Dividers for a Small-Space Decluttering Solution

    Alan Henry
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Living in a rental means you don't always have the luxury of bookshelves or built-ins. Every inch counts in a small space. If you're considering room dividers to break up your space, consider ones that double as storage—they define your spaces and give you room to put books, memorabilia, or other useful things. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • 'Mid 2014' 27-Inch iMac Also Referenced on Apple Support Page

    Eric Slivka
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Following yesterday's spotting of an unreleased "Mac mini (Mid 2014)" on an Apple support page, French site MacPlus noticed [Google Translate] another entry on the same page mentioning a Mid 2014 27-inch iMac model. Both the Mac mini and iMac entries have since been removed from the page, although they are still visible on a cached version of the page from yesterday. Apple did release a new low-end Mid 2014 21.5-inch iMac last month, but the remainder of the iMac lineup remained untouched and those machines are still considered Late 2013 models. While the Mac mini entry has been taken as a…
  • Unreleased 'Mid 2014' Mac Mini Referenced on Apple Support Page

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    An Apple support page on Boot Camp was updated yesterday to include a mention of a mid-2014 Mac mini, perhaps hinting that a refresh of the desktop computer might be in the works. First noticed by 9to5Mac, a cached version of the support page suggests yesterday's update also added mentions of the 2014 low-cost iMac and 2014 MacBook Airs. Today's newly released mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pros were not added to the updated page. The mention of the mid-2014 Mac mini may be a simple error, but the machine is long overdue for a refresh. Last updated in October of 2012, the Mac mini is the only…
  • 15-Inch Mid 2014 Retina MacBook Pro Benchmark Shows Decent Entry-Level Speed Gains

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Apple's newly refreshed Retina MacBook Pros, released this morning, have already begun showing up in Geekbench benchmarks, offering a look at the performance boost of the updated machines compared to their predecessors. A GeekBench 3 result for the entry-level 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro indicates that the new machine is eight percent faster than the entry-level 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and only two percent slower than the mid-level Retina MacBook Pro released in 2013. Single-Core performance for the machine came in at 3050, up from 2811 for the similar 2013 model, while Multi-Core performance…
  • Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips as Huawei, Lenovo Make Gains

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Apple's growth in the overall worldwide smartphone market continues to slow as it loses ground to smaller Chinese vendors releasing more affordable devices, even as the smartphone market itself grows substantially. According to IDC's latest estimates, worldwide smartphone sales for the second quarter of 2014 grew 23.1 percent year-over year as smartphones continue to replace feature phones, with a record quarter of 295.3 million shipments. Apple shipped 35.1 million iPhones during the quarter, up from 31.2 million during Q2 2013, for a share of 11.9 percent, a slight drop from its 13 percent…
  • Ford Transitioning From BlackBerries to iPhones for Employees

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Ford Motor Company is planning to transition its corporate employees from BlackBerry to Apple, providing approximately 3,300 workers with iPhones by the end of the year, reports Bloomberg. According to Ford spokesperson Sara Tatchio, Ford is also aiming to get iPhones into the hands of an additional 6,000 corporate employees over the course of the next two years as they transition from flip phones. To oversee the switch to iOS devices, Ford will hire a mobile technology analyst, with one facet of the job involving the "global deployment of corporate iPhones." In her statement to Bloomberg,…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • 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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    Copyblogger

  • How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training)

    Brian Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do. It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point,…
  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 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…
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    Macworld

  • Flir One first look: Shooting thermal imaging pictures of the new MacBook Pro

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Flir One Some cool gear arrived at the office on Tuesday: new MacBook Pros and the new Flir One ($349) thermal imaging camera for the iPhone 5s. Macworld Lab set up the laptops for benchmark testing, so I took a few pictures of the new $2499 15-inch MacBook Pro as it churned through Speedmark 9.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • The mall of small apps

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this episode we talk about a couple Apple acquisitions that might make it easier for you to find podcasts and books that you’ll enjoy, the beef between Bose and Beats, why we think Beats is all that, and why Microsoft and Samsung picking on Apple is probably a good thing. Show notes Two Apple acquisitions aim to help improve book, radio recommendations Bose sues Beats over headphone patents Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment (TechCrunch) Sponsors Citrix’s Sharefile: Enhance your work flow, send files of almost any size easily and securely. Start your 30-day free…
  • Amazon says cheaper e-books are better for everyone in latest Hachette war salvo

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Amazon argues for price elasticity as messy dispute with Hachette drags on.
  • How to burn movies to disc in an iDVD-less world

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Colleague X has a burning question from a friend: Hey, have you done a 911 recently about burning a movie to a DVD? A friend was asking and I realized I have no real idea how this is done in the post-iDVD world. No I haven’t, but it’s time I did. It’s true, now that Apple has filed iDVD under “Old Technology That Interests Us Not” your options aren’t as clear as they once were. Let’s see if we can bring some clarity to the situation. To begin with, iDVD, though dead to Apple, still works with Mavericks. So, it’s simply a matter of laying your hands on a copy, installing it,…
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Eight is enough?

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Eight is enough?This week's roundup of new iOS accessories includes a device for quickly charging up to eight iOS devices, plus cables, Bluetooth speakers, and more.Bite My AppleThe $80 Skiva Octofire is billed as “the first ever USB charger that is equipped with 8 ports, to simultaneously charge eight devices at optimum speed.” It should be perfect for large households, or businesses with multiple mobile devices in need of charging.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • How Companies Can Unlock Billions With The Value of Code

    Paul Roehrig
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest author Paul Roehrig is global managing director at Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work.Here’s some tough love for the MBA crowd: The biggest challenge faced by living, breathing business leaders is not something that can be solved with the scary math of a capital-asset pricing model. The problem keeping most leaders awake at night is nearly always some form of, “How do I identify what information really matters to my business? How do I separate signal from noise?”If you’re skeptical, just wander into a bookstore. Not a digital one that ends with dot-com. Find a…
  • Ultrasonics: This Is The Sound Of The Next Big Thing In Tech

    Adriana Lee
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Trend hunters in fashion, food and entertainment know that everything old can become new again. Now tech companies are realizing it too, thanks to ultrasonics. Engineers have discovered that this longstanding audio technology can give modern devices some cool, futuristic features.Ultreo ultrasound toothbrushMankind has been capable of making high-frequency ultrasounds for at least a century. Today, we use them to clean our teeth, capture the first images of our smallest humans or improve our photography. Tomorrow, it looks like we’ll be using them to link our gadgets or control them with…
  • Three Signs That Enterprise Tech Is Booming

    Matt Asay
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Never has it been so cool to be boring. For years Box CEO Aaron Levie has waged a lonely campaign to make suit-and-tie business software less stuffy and more exciting. Based on some recent data, it looks like the world is taking notice.Venture Capital As A Lagging IndicatorBox may have postponed its IPO, but VCs haven't cooled their newfound interest in the enterprise tech sector. If VCs are investing in the enterprise, then it's a good sign that it's already a hot market. After all, as much as VCs may like to portray themselves as risk takers, they tend to lag innovation, not lead it. VCs…
  • Surprise! Blockchain Bitcoin Wallet Returns To Apple App Store

    Lauren Orsini
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    More than six months after Apple’s controversial Bitcoin wallet ban, Blockchain is back in the App Store with a new wallet.In February, Blockchain was the only Bitcoin wallet remaining in the App Store after Apple deleted Coinbase in November 2013 and BitPak back in 2012. That is, until CEO Nicolas Cary got a message from Apple stating Blockchain had been “removed from the App Store due to an unresolved issue.” See also: Apple Deletes Blockchain, The Last Remaining Bitcoin Wallet For iPhoneApple never did elaborate further on that statement, but for reasons we can only speculate on, the…
  • 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…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Declarative Programming And The Web

    Scott Reynen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Like most web developers, I spend my days giving instructions to computers. These instructions generally involve some input (a request for a web page), some logic (get the right content from a database) and some output (send the content to the requesting browser). This process of telling a computer how to perform a task, such as generating a web page, is what we commonly call “programming,” but it’s only a subset of programming: imperative programming. There’s another type of programming, declarative programming, that most web developers also use every day but don’t often recognize…
  • 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…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Mom, baby trapped in burning home

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    A neighbor works to save a baby and her mother from a raging fire in their Minnesota home. CNN affiliate KARE reports.
  • Ukraine

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    There are echoes of the Cold War as pro-Russian rebels battle Ukrainian government forces in the nation's east.
  • McNuggets

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    If you're wary of chicken and beef products after a major meat supply scandal in Asia, the McDonald's in Japan could have an alternative for you -- tofu and fish nuggets.
  • James Shigeta

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said. He was 81.
  • Skin cancer warning

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Skin cancer is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society, with more cases diagnosed annually than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer cases combined.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Blake Rudis!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I cannot begin to start writing this post without saying thank you for this opportunity to both Brad and Scott. I threw my seat back when I saw the email come in from Brad asking if I could share my story, I think I ran around my basement (my office) holding my head pinching myself asking over and over if this was even real. After reading this post you will understand completely!Tuesday, March 18th 2014, we were sitting on the edge of the bed having a discussion about time and just how limited it was.“Babe, I have 3 things going on in my life right now that stretch me in every direction. I…
  • 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…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 4 Steps to Less Stressful and Easier Photo Editing

    Simon Ringsmuth
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever returned to your computer with a memory card full of photos and become overwhelmed at the idea of going through all of them? The thought of sorting and analyzing so many pictures can seem so daunting it’s sometimes hard to even know where to start! Often we find ourselves copying the contents of our cameras to our computers and letting our precious memories collect digital dust, though we promise ourselves we will get around to organizing them – someday. Modern technology has made this task easier, with various software and cloud-based services even promising to find…
  • Step-by-step Guide to Long Exposure Photography

    Francesco Gola
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the past few years, thanks to the diffusion of useful accessories and photographic filters with good quality and low prices, the technique of long exposure has become increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts. Even if this technique can be used both in studio and in a urban environment, the perfect playground of long exposures is landscape photography. Unfortunately often it happens that the result we get is far from our expectations, and we end up classifying the long exposure as a demoniacal technique. However, following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography,…
  • 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…
 
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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)

  • Flickr launches image marketplace initiative

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Flickr has announced that it is expanding its photo licensing opportunities for users. Alongside its partnership with Getty Images, Flickr will now allow users to opt in to an 'image curation' initiative called Marketplace. Participating members may have their images featured across Yahoo's network of sites along with other media outlets including the New York Times and the BBC. Read more
  • 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. 
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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

  • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Instagram today soft-launched its new Snapchat competitor Bolt in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. First hinted at last week, Bolt is a one tap photo and video messaging app that allows users to send ephemeral images to friends, much like Snapchat. As described by The Verge, Bolt is a "carbon copy" of Taptalk, another ephemeral messaging app. Users tap on a friend's profile photo to send a photo, or use a long tap to send a video. As with Taptalk, Bolt focuses on sharing with only a few friends -- users can only communicate with one person at a time, while in Snapchat mass snaps can…
  • 'Signal' for iOS Lets Users Make Encrypted Voice Calls for Free

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Open source software group Open Whisper Systems today released a new encrypted phone app called Signal, which is designed to allow its users to make secure calls on the iPhone at no cost. Using end-to-end encryption, Signal secures iPhone conversations so third-parties cannot listen in. Signal uses a caller's standard phone number to make and receive calls, and all Signal calls function like a normal phone call using WiFi or data connections. According to a blog post on the Open Whisper Systems site, Signal uses ZRTP, a widely-used secure voice communication protocol and sends push…
  • Kindle for iOS Updated With Syncing and Navigation Improvements

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Amazon today updated its Kindle for iOS app to version 4.4, adding several features that have been requested by Amazon customers to make both sync and navigation within the app easier. Books will now sync to the most recent page read across all Kindle devices and Kindle apps that are registered to a single Amazon account, making it easier for users to swap between various Kindle devices. A feature in the navigation menu continues to allow customers to manually sync to the furthest page read if desired. Kindle Placeholders have also been implemented, letting customers jump to different areas…
  • 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…
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  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • 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…
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