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  • 6 cities that demolished freeways and dramatically improved everything

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Since most people live in San Francisco for a maximum of three years, few SF residents know that there used to be a big, ugly freeway running down the Embarcadero. For those of you who don’t know what the Embarcadero is, it’s the most beautiful, scenic road on the bay (within the confines of the city). Here’s what it looks like now: Stunning, right? It is, it really is. But here’s how it looked before they tore down the freeway in 1991: Ugh. Can you imagine? The ’89 quake did the freeway in, but people had been lobbying for its demolition for years before that.
  • Oversized Milk Crate, Huge Cloud Arch Sculptures Disturb Sydney

    Mashable
    Jenni Ryall
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    SYDNEY — Most know the Australian city for the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Opera House. Now it may be known as the place of the giant Cloud Arch or the oversized Milk Crate The iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.Image: Adam Jeffery, Getty ImagesAlthough Melbourne still generally wins in the ugly stakes — Federation Square has been described as a local disgrace since its constuction — the people of Sydney are not talking kindly about two new artworks coming to their city. Federation Square, Melbourne.Image: Vince Caligiuri, Getty ImagesThe Cloud Arch by…
  • How Google Searches Can Predict The Next Stock Market Crash

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Researchers have created a method to identify search patterns that can predict stock market movement.When will the stock market crash? As with most everything else, the answer lies within Google.Read Full Story
  • Napster Owner Rhapsody Passes 2M Paying Users As It Extends unRadio To Europe

    TechCrunch
    Ingrid Lunden
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
     In 2012, Rhapsody nabbed the European assets of streaming service Napster, covering the UK and Germany, to fill out its 2011 acquisition of Napster in the U.S., as part of its strategy to square up globally to Spotify and other online music rivals. Today, it’s putting that reach to use as Rhapsody is expanding its unRadio service for the first time outside of the U.S. The news comes… Read More
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    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…
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  • 6 cities that demolished freeways and dramatically improved everything

    Josh Urich
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Since most people live in San Francisco for a maximum of three years, few SF residents know that there used to be a big, ugly freeway running down the Embarcadero. For those of you who don’t know what the Embarcadero is, it’s the most beautiful, scenic road on the bay (within the confines of the city). Here’s what it looks like now: Stunning, right? It is, it really is. But here’s how it looked before they tore down the freeway in 1991: Ugh. Can you imagine? The ’89 quake did the freeway in, but people had been lobbying for its demolition for years before that.
  • The Glen Canyon illusion that’ll take your breath away

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Photoshop and computer graphics can do amazing things these days, but sometimes Mother Nature can top even the best of them. This shot was taken in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as a man was walking next to a perfectly still pool of water that reflected the image of the canyon walls, so it’s not quite as terrifying as it appears at first glance. Nevertheless, it’s truly a breathtaking photo. Full story at Outside Online. Edgy photography. Photo credit: U.S. Department of the Interior
  • 46 baking hacks that will change everything

    Josh Urich
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Reaching for the brown sugar and finding a brick that vaguely resembles brown sugar is a common baking occurrence, and it’s one that can dramatically slow things down for the baker. To return the brick to its former powdery goodness, microwave it covered with a wet paper towel. Or you can just make your own brown sugar by processing white sugar and molasses. To make your baking a little more healthy, switch out the butter in cakes for avocado. To slide to the opposite end of the healthy spectrum, try making bread with melted ice cream and flour. Alternatively, make a brownie-like cake…
  • Armadillo playing still gives warm fuzzies despite cold shell [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    When it came to getting the kind of natural good looks that make humans go “awwww” and hand over the big conservation bucks, the armadillo was clearly busy elsewhere, but this video taken by an intern at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, WI of little Rollie and his pink teddy bear could change all that. Sure, one commenter pointed out that Rollie is actually trying to kill the teddy bear, but we’ll just pretend we didn’t read that. Also, when we initially read the title of the video “Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, playing” we were…
  • Snopes covers the copyright protection of “Happy Birthday to You”

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Is the classic song “Happy Birthday to You,” staple of every birthday party ever really protected by copyright? The myth-busting website Snopes.com has been catching quite a bit of flack lately for claiming that it is in light of recent articles from other publications pointing out technicalities that seem to indicate every  TGIFriday’s, Chili’s and restaurants of a similar ilk can finally use the time-honored tune. Before your company makes a $150,000 mistake, though, it would be a wise idea to read their response to the criticism, which, incidentally, explains…
 
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  • Oversized Milk Crate, Huge Cloud Arch Sculptures Disturb Sydney

    Jenni Ryall
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    SYDNEY — Most know the Australian city for the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Opera House. Now it may be known as the place of the giant Cloud Arch or the oversized Milk Crate The iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.Image: Adam Jeffery, Getty ImagesAlthough Melbourne still generally wins in the ugly stakes — Federation Square has been described as a local disgrace since its constuction — the people of Sydney are not talking kindly about two new artworks coming to their city. Federation Square, Melbourne.Image: Vince Caligiuri, Getty ImagesThe Cloud Arch by…
  • Can a Cute Robot Hitchhike Across Canada?

    Katie Nelson
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Hitchhiking can be a dangerous way to travel, but one robot is using it to go cross country. Appropriately named HitchBot, the talking droid is attempting to travel across Canada depending only on the kindness of strangers Hitchbot was created by a group of Canadian researchers as an experiment to test whether robots can learn to trust humans. He began his journey in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the plan is for him to eventually reach Victoria, British Columbia. Like many Canadians, Hitchbot can only communicate in English and a little bit in French. See also: 13 Robots Who Don't Know How to…
  • Scientifically Accurate Sonic the Hedgehog Eats Poop

    Max Knoblauch
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hedgehogs aren't the badass, speedy creatures your childhood video games made them out to be. As this video by Fox's Animation Domination High-Def points out, they spend less time collecting rings and running in loops than they do chewing up poop and rubbing it on themselves. Gotta go fast. First Trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Declares War A Really, Really Excited Dog Faints After Reuniting With Owner Medal of Honor Recipient Accidentally Smashes NYSE Gavel Who Sounds Better on Helium: Morgan Freeman or Jimmy Fallon? Read more... More about Gaming, Video Games, Viral…
  • LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles to Put Relationships Into Context

    Karissa Bell
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    LinkedIn's flagship app has gotten a major overhaul. The company rolled out an update to its app Tuesday morning, unveiling completely redesigned user profiles that focus on adding contextual information. The extra info aims to make it easier to initiate conversations with other users — even if they're not connected. See also: 8 Lesser-Known Strategies to Get More Out of LinkedIn Profiles now have a completely overhauled "in common" section that displays contextual information about experiences, connections or groups you share with other users — including those who are not part of…
  • 20 Relaxing Vacation Spots for Book Lovers

    MJ Franklin
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    It's the summer in many parts of the world — which means time for vacation. And there's no better way to spend your downtime than curled up with a good book We've been thinking about vacations in Mashable's social book club, MashableReads, as we read The Vacationers by Emma Straub. In the book, the Posts, a family from New York City, go on what they hope will be a relaxing summer getaway. However, not even the beautiful island setting of Mallorca, Spain, can prevent the Posts from focusing on their NYC struggles. See also: 15 Gorgeous Vacation Spots Proving Heaven Is a Place on Earth…
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  • How Google Searches Can Predict The Next Stock Market Crash

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Researchers have created a method to identify search patterns that can predict stock market movement.When will the stock market crash? As with most everything else, the answer lies within Google.Read Full Story
  • "Star Wars" Creator George Lucas Names Architect For New Chicago Museum

    Shaunacy Ferro
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    The director picks Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.George Lucas has chosen Beijing-based MAD Architects to lead the design of his new museum, planned to open on 17 acres of what is currently parking space along the Chicago lakefront in 2018. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be based on the Star Wars director's personal collection of art and movie memorabilia.Read Full Story
  • Airbnb Takes On Business Travel With Concur Partnership

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    More than 35 companies have already signed up for Airbnb's business travel program.Airbnb is displacing the hotel industry when it comes to personal travel, and now it wants to do the same for business travel. On Monday, the San Francisco-based startup introduced a business travel program and partnership with Concur, a travel and expense management service.Read Full Story
  • OkCupid's Human Experiments Are Way Creepier Than Facebook's

    Rebecca Greenfield
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    And one experiment basically discredits the matching algorithm.Online dating site OkCupid is laughing in the face of Facebook's human experimentation scandal, lauding its own such efforts today in a blog post on OkTrends. The post, titled "We Experimented on Human Beings!" reminds us that "if you use the Internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That's how websites work." Then it proceeds to brag about messing with people's emotions for the sake of science.Read Full Story
  • Amid Meat Scandal, McDonald's Pulls Big Mac From Menus In China

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Some Chinese customers will have to wait until early August for their Big Macs and chicken nuggets. For now, there's Filet-O-Fish.McDonald's patrons in China will have to wait for their next Big Mac. The fast food chain is facing a beef and chicken shortage in Beijing and Shanghai following allegations its meat supplier intentionally reprocessed and sold expired meat to restaurants.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Napster Owner Rhapsody Passes 2M Paying Users As It Extends unRadio To Europe

    Ingrid Lunden
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
     In 2012, Rhapsody nabbed the European assets of streaming service Napster, covering the UK and Germany, to fill out its 2011 acquisition of Napster in the U.S., as part of its strategy to square up globally to Spotify and other online music rivals. Today, it’s putting that reach to use as Rhapsody is expanding its unRadio service for the first time outside of the U.S. The news comes… Read More
  • Uber Gets Down To Business With New Travel Expense Tools And Concur Integration

    Ryan Lawler
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
     Uber has spent four years building a perfect transportation alternative to taxis and black car services in cities around the world. But until today it’s just been focused on consumer travel. Now the company is going after a huge new opportunity by changing the way business users can book and expense rides on its platform. Read More
  • Dive Into Fates Forever, Startup Battlefield’s First MOBA Game

    Sam O'Keefe
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
     When Jason Citron launched Fates Forever in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield, it was impressive but many would say they weren’t surprised. Gamers have undoubtably heard of Jason’s previous success, OpenFeint, one of the first and most significant social platforms for mobile games on iOS and Android. Basically the Xbox live for the iPhone. Not bad for a 24-year-old. Read More
  • With Apple’s Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book

    Danny Crichton
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
     Apple’s acquisition of BookLamp, a Boise, Idaho-based startup billed as a “Pandora for Books,” is a key move in the battle over the future of our printed-and-bound friends. When we combine this information with the rumors swirling around a potential smartwatch product from Apple, we can start to gaze into the future of publishing. Read More
  • Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Josh Constine
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
     Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, its rolling out the plan to the everyone. Facebook tells… Read More
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  • Doing the hard things

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch Live: Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Lights Up the Night Sky

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    [HTML1] You can watch the spectacular night sky show of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower with a live online broadcast from the Slooh Space Camera, starting tonight at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through the debris left behind by a comet as it swung in close to the […]
  • Apple Allows the World’s Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet Back Into Its Store

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    It looks like Apple has finally changed its stance on bitcoin. Six months after Apple removed Blockchain from its online App Store—effectively preventing people from using the popular bitcoin wallet app on the iPhone and the iPad—the tech giant has now allowed the app back into the store. “This seems to be the first strong […]
  • Amazon Stays the Course as Its Stock Tanks

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The train hurtles down the track, the engineer oblivious to the vanished bridge the villain just dynamited to smithereens. For some investors, that train is Amazon and the engineer is CEO Jeff Bezos, who is throwing every kind of fuel he can imagine into the firebox to keep his locomotive moving: A phone. Drones. Self-produced […]
  • Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    If that $3 billion acquisition of Beats didn't have you convinced, Apple is getting serious about the radio business.
  • Bizarre Three-Wheeled Roadster Combines Tech, Power, and Insanity

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    At a time when our cars are starting to drive themselves and manual transmissions are going extinct, it can be tough to find an unbridled driving experience that leaves you shrieking with fear and delight. One way to get that? Drop one wheel, attach what’s left to a powerful motor, certify it as a motorcycle, and have at it. That's what Polaris has done with its latest creation, the Slingshot.
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  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

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

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

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

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

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
 
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  • The Traveling Photographer's Fully Loaded Bags

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What people carry around with them every day is great, but sometimes it's nice to see what people need for more extended stays. Case in point, photographer Romain shares his loadout for a two week photography trip with Everyday Carry.Read more...
  • Roll Your Sweat Pants like an Army Ranger to Save Packing Space

    Patrick Allan
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's always good to travel with at least one comfortable pair of sweat pants or pajama bottoms. If you're looking a slick, space-saving way to pack them, YouTuber CrazyRussianHacker is back to demonstrate how to roll your sweats Ranger-style.Read more...
  • Fist Bumps Better Than Handshakes, Says Science

    Nathan Grayson on Kotaku, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I knew it! I knew it. Looks like Army of Two was onto something after all .Read more...
  • Basic Home Security Systems are Not as Safe as You Might Think

    Patrick Allan
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Many of us feel completely safe in a home protected by an automated security system, but security researchers Logan Lamb and Silvio Cesare found some easily replicated ways to get past some of the most popular security system brands.Read more...
  • Drink Less Alcohol to Help Keep Mosquitoes Away

    Patrick Allan
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    They buzz in your ear, give you relentlessly itchy bites, and they are the world's biggest killer . Mosquitoes may go down in history as the worst pest of all time, and a recent study suggests that having a cold one could draw them to you.Read more...
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  • Hilton to Adopt Digital Check-In, Smartphone-Based Room Keys Worldwide

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

    Eric Slivka
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Following the publication of several photos over the weekend showing what was claimed to be the bare logic board for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Nowherelse.fr now shares [Google Translate] a new set of photos showing the same part reportedly from the even larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. The photos include side-by-side comparisons of the part from both iPhone 6 models and the iPhone 5s, and while it does not appear to be confirmed which iPhone 6 logic board is for which device size, there are now clearly two distinct parts larger than the current iPhone 5s logic board. Logic board fronts…
  • Retina MacBook Pro Updates Reportedly Due Tuesday, July 29: Minor Haswell CPU Updates Expected

    Eric Slivka
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Following yesterday's reported spotting of in-store digital signage from an Apple retail store in China showing upgraded specs for the Retina MacBook Pro, MacG.co now claims [Google Translate] the update is set to arrive tomorrow, July 29. The information comes from a reliable source who has accurately predicted MacBook Air, iMac, and iPod touch updates in recent months, although the source was off by a few days on the iPod touch update timing. Few details on the new Retina MacBook Pros are available from the source other than that the update will include both 13-inch and 15-inch models and…
  • Microsoft Launches New Cortana vs. Siri Ad Showing Off Context-Aware Reminders

    Richard Padilla
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Microsoft today launched a new commercial comparing its new Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's virtual assistant Siri, demonstrating how the former is able to perform contextually-aware tasks using a number of services. Titled "Happy Anniversary", the commercial shows Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 635 as the narrator makes commands related around a wedding anniversary. First, the narrator asks Cortana to remind him to wish his wife a happy birthday he next time she calls, as the voice assistant schedules a reminder around the call. Meanwhile, Siri does not comply…
  • Apple Close to Acquiring Radio Streaming Service Swell for $30 Million

    Richard Padilla
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Apple is close to acquiring talk radio curation service Swell for about $30 million, reports Re/code. Swell's iOS app launched last year and allows users to listen to streaming audio from iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN and others through a design that emphasizes simplicity. As a part of the acquisition, Swell will shut down its iOS app this week as its CEO Ram Ramkumar and other members of its development team will join Apple. Apple will likely look to use Swell's technology to improve its own Podcasts app, which holds a 1.5 star rating and has been widely criticized for performance issues. Users…
 
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  • Experimental Life

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

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

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

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

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

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

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

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

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
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    Macworld

  • How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Jason Enns would like to streamline his media acquisition workflow. He writes: I know you’re a fan of the Mac mini media center and I’ve tried to follow your example. The problem is, the computer I use to rip DVDs is in my basement office and my media center Mac is upstairs. I know I can copy files from one to the other via file sharing but I’d love a way for movies I rip to be automatically added to the mini’s iTunes library. Any suggestions? Do as I do and follow along. On the Mac mini media server, launch System Preferences, select Sharing, and enable both Screen Sharing and…
  • Photoshop CC 2014 review: Image editor gets new time-saving features

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Adobe added some incredibly practical features to Photoshop CC 2014, especially where productivity is concerned. Time-savers include smarter smart guides and smart objects, updatable Layer Comps, a color picker that stays open, full Typekit integration, a searchable font menu with instant font previews on existing text, better blending with Content-Aware tools, the ability to sync more settings to Creative Cloud, and more. There are other slick new features: a command that automatically selects the in-focus areas in an image, two new motion blur filters, a Package command for corralling…
  • Staff Picks: Revolution 60 is the most ambitious iOS game you'll play this year

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, it takes a very specific kind of iOS game to grab my interest. I’m not a huge fan of first person shooters or clunky free-to-play titles; multi-touch puzzle games and the occasional 2D RPG are my bread and butter. It was luck and a random connection that led me to try Giant Spacekat’s Revolution 60, a 3D hybrid that’s part RPG, part chess game, and—surprisingly—part compelling animation film. And I am so very glad I did. I had the privilege of being on a podcast with Giant Spacekat co-founder Brianna Wu a few months ago, and it was…
  • LogViewer for Time Machine review: Find Time Machine info in OS X system logs

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    OS X’s built-in Time Machine feature makes backing up your important data a relatively painless process: You just connect a drive to your Mac, tell the OS to use that drive for Time Machine, and then, to quote a famous Apple ad, “There is no Step 3.” As long as Time Machine doesn’t run into any problems, it works great. But when Time Machine does experience a glitch, it’s not always clear what went wrong. The Time Machine pane of System Preferences provides a red Info (i) button that can sometimes fill you in on the details, but not always, and if Time Machine should face multiple…
  • Why you should care about CloudKit

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you’ve probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple’s cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it’s great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages. Apple has worked hard over the last couple years to make iCloud more stable and reliable, and it has largely succeeded, to the point where the grumblings about it have, at least anecdotally, subsided…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Zillow Kills Competition With $3.5 Billion Trulia Deal

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

    Selena Larson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    LinkedIn’s new mobile redesign, called “Blue Steel” internally, aims to make it easier to find out information about people and make connections while on mobile.The new update to the flagship LinkedIn application is the latest in a handful of updates and app launches as LinkedIn begins to fragment its services and create separate apps for separate services. There are now six different LinkedIn apps.See also: LinkedIn's Latest App Aims To Reconnect You With Your ContactsThe flagship LinkedIn app has an updated look, but with the redesign also comes a better way of viewing…
  • CloudFlare’s Matthew Prince: Building A Better Internet

    Jodi Mardesich
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.For a 100-person company founded in 2009, the tech firm Cloudflare certainly seems to have an outsized impact on the Internet.Shortly after the Heartbleed bug became public knowledge on April 9, Cloudflare decided to revoke all the digital-encryption SSL certificates it managed—a move that would prevent hackers from stealing digital identities from Web servers by exploiting  Heartbleed. When it did so, it caused a dramatic spike in such revocations. Similarly,…
  • 8 Soaring Videos That Reach The Edges Of Earth

    Nicole Nguyen
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Space-Flight-Videos-27687922">PopSugar Tech</a>.For a seventh-grade science project, 12-year-old Lauren Rojas reached for the stars—literally. Lauren sent a silver rocket bearing Hello Kitty and a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon high up into the Earth's atmosphere. After the mission's successful completion, she analyzed the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature and will present her findings on Feb. 12 at her school's science fair.In honor of Lauren's…
  • The Battle Of The Block: How LinkedIn Finally Stopped The Stalkers

    Selena Larson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    When a San Francisco-based tech recruiter—we'll call her "Sally," a pseudonym—filed a restraining order against an ex-boyfriend, the court documents listed Facebook, Pinterest, and even Etsy as no-go zones for him. But it was LinkedIn that Sally was worried about. “He started following what I was doing on LinkedIn,” Sally told me. “Who I was connecting with. He was trying to track what I was doing professionally. Every day I was seeing his face on my profile."LinkedIn's basic features for connecting people became ways for Sally's stalker to remind her of his presence. "He…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2 charged in deadly carjacking

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    Philadelphia police said Monday they've apprehended two suspects in a Friday carjacking that left three children dead and their mother in critical condition.
  • Tips needed in FSU professor's slaying

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    The mystery behind the killing of a nationally renowned law professor has authorities in Florida asking for the public's help.
  • State's gay-marriage ban rejected

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the first such decision in a southern state and another victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed.
  • Israel-Gaza crisis

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    With more than 1,000 people killed in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York early Monday to push for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza."
  • Israel: 10 soldiers killed on Monday

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Despite calls for a cease-fire, Gaza authorities report dozens of deaths overnight, as Israel's PM speaks of a "protracted campaign" to come.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Product Review – Dixie Grip: Rotating, handheld, or mounted hotshoe grip

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

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

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

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

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Earlier I shared a collection of some great images of beverages. If you want to know more about how they may have been created, check out these video tutorials. I offer you another drink! by Ivan Gevaerd on 500px This first video by Phlearn features photographer Rob Grimm, and walks you through how to photograph a beer bottle and glass of beer. I used to do food photography and beverages were part of that. It’s a very specialized, and highly detailed area of commercial photography that requires a lot of lights, reflectors, and patience. A shoot like this might take several hours to get…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • How different is Modern Combat 5 on a iPhone 4s and a 5c?

    John-Michael Bond
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Modern Combat 5 has finally hit the iTunes store, bringing fiery action to your iOS devices. There's just one question you may still be asking yourself: how will it run on my phone. The folks at AppSpy have put together a comparison video showing how...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free MagicalPad HD [iPad;...
  • An iPhone 6 case we can believe in

    Steven Sande
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Here at TUAW, we will usually pass on the emailed tips that come in from readers showing a Mr. Blurrycam rendition of purported next-generation iPhone or iPad parts. But when a case manufacturer we know and trust sends us a bunch of well-photographed...
  • How Apple laptops interfaced with phones in 1999

    Mike Wehner
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    1999 doesn't seem all that long ago, but it was -- it really was. Here we see a PowerBook 550c (1995/1996) getting frisky with an NTT Personal PALDiO (1999) Japanese flip phone in its PCMCIA slot. Not exactly as slick as an iPhone wirelessly chatting...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 28, 2014

    Steven Sande
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

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

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

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

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

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

  • Canon introduces inexpensive PowerShot SX400 IS and SX520 HS superzooms

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

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

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

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

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    In all the talk about new gear, and which brands are best it's easy to overlook the end result of our shared passion - the pursuit of stunning images. Among our large community there are some incredibly talented photographers who share their work in our forums, galleries and photo challenges. From time to time we like to showcase some of the best work on our homepage. This week we challenged users of the landscape photography forum to submit their strongest shots, and the results were impressive. Click through to see more.
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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

  • Yelp App Updated With Short Video Reviews

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

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

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

    Juli Clover
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Beats Music for iOS was today updated to version 2.2.0, adding several user-requested features. It's now possible for Beats listeners to change their Just For You recommendations through a new "Tune Your Taste" feature in Settings that allows users to select new favorite genres and artists. Listeners are also able to track their most recently played songs from The Sentence feature, which lets users select songs based on mood and activity. Verified Badges have been added, with a red check mark signaling a profile is "certified as legit by Beats," and there have been quite a few bug fixes.You…
  • Supply Chain Sources Claim December Launch for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 and iWatch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Reports from within Apple's Asian supply chain (via GforGames) again suggest the company is planning to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone separately from the 5.5-inch model, with the latter model entering mass production in September. This staggered launch would allow Apple to debut the highly-anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 early this fall and then follow with the iWatch and the larger iPhone model later this year. The report claims a December launch for both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iWatch, which would be unusual timing for Apple given the holiday shopping season. The company generally prefers to…
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  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

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

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

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

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