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  • How to let it go, and move on [flowchart]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    A negative outlook on life is usually the result of thought habits that consistently steer us down a dark path, highlighting the worst and ignoring more optimistic alternatives. If long lists of how to change these patterns aren’t your thing, David Cain at Raptitude presents a very simple alternative in this straightforward, no frills flowchart. He explains: Not giving a sh*t sounds like apathy, but it’s not. It’s simply a refusal to waste your energy and time on thoughts you’re not going to act on. So when you do give a shit, make sure that the point of this sh*t-giving is to…
  • Facebook Stock Hits New High, Doubling Its IPO Price

    Mashable
    Seth Fiegerman
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    What a difference two years make Facebook stock topped $76 a share in early trading Thursday, a new all-time high for the company and more than double its IPO price of $38 in May 2012. The company now has a market cap of $193 billion. See also: 7 Charts With All You Need to Know About Facebook's Blowout Q2 Earnings The stock surged more than 6% overnight following a strong second quarter earnings report thanks to continued growth in ad sales. Facebook reported revenue of $2.91 billion for the June quarter, up more than 60% year-over-year and coming in well ahead of Wall Street estimates…
  • Which State Has The Cheapest Legal Pot? Leafly Tells You

    Fast Company
    Alex Halperin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Seattle-based company is using data to better inform marijuana consumers and maybe to power an industry.For one of the most discussed products in the country, there's a lot we don't know about marijuana.Read Full Story
  • Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

    TechCrunch
    Darrell Etherington
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
     If you’re interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We’ve heard before that Samsung was working on its own VR headset, but this is further evidence that they might have a helping hand from… Read More
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    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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  • How to let it go, and move on [flowchart]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    A negative outlook on life is usually the result of thought habits that consistently steer us down a dark path, highlighting the worst and ignoring more optimistic alternatives. If long lists of how to change these patterns aren’t your thing, David Cain at Raptitude presents a very simple alternative in this straightforward, no frills flowchart. He explains: Not giving a sh*t sounds like apathy, but it’s not. It’s simply a refusal to waste your energy and time on thoughts you’re not going to act on. So when you do give a shit, make sure that the point of this sh*t-giving is to…
  • Bonsai in spaaaaaace!

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    It’s quite unfair to assume only Earth’s fauna dreams of being sent into the stratosphere, so Japanese artist Azuma Makoto and John Powell of JP Aerospace decided to give flora a lift as well. Using a carbon fiber frame and balloon, the pair launched a fifty-year-old bonsai tree, orchids, hydrangeas and lilies accompanied by six GoPro cameras to film their historic flight from the Nevada desert into the great beyond. Makoto’s vision inspiring the project ‘Exbiotanica’? ‘Plants on the earth rooted in the soil, under the command of gravity. roots, soil and…
  • Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect pinup girl

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Could it be that Tony Stark has a softer side? As Ironman, he’s narrow as an arrow where a fellow should be narrow, but in the hands of the creator of tumblr hello yes welcome friend, he’s broad where a broad should be broad. And he looks stunning. Full story at hello yes welcome friend via Sad and Useless. Morning funnies. Image credits: hello yes welcome friend, Graphics credit: Canva  
  • “Billie Jean” played entirely on bottles [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Really makes you wonder how much time the Bottle Boys have spent sitting around with plenty of spare, partial empties laying around, but we really don’t care because you can’t harshly judge talent like this. Full story at YouTube. Half drunk on music. Graphics credit: Canva
  • Can this internet video read your mind? [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Many cultures around the world believe in some kind of mind-reading. Some would say that the ubiquity of this belief supports its veracity. Otherwise, like this video below, interpret things differently. Take a look: Full story at Buzzfeed. More magic tricks. Photo credit: Canva
 
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  • Facebook Stock Hits New High, Doubling Its IPO Price

    Seth Fiegerman
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    What a difference two years make Facebook stock topped $76 a share in early trading Thursday, a new all-time high for the company and more than double its IPO price of $38 in May 2012. The company now has a market cap of $193 billion. See also: 7 Charts With All You Need to Know About Facebook's Blowout Q2 Earnings The stock surged more than 6% overnight following a strong second quarter earnings report thanks to continued growth in ad sales. Facebook reported revenue of $2.91 billion for the June quarter, up more than 60% year-over-year and coming in well ahead of Wall Street estimates…
  • There's No Photobomb Like a Queen of England Photobomb

    Neha Prakash
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Here's a selfie photobomb to rule them all — no, really. The Queen of England is in it. Hockey players Jayde Taylor and Anna Flanagan captured one of the most regal selfies of all time, featuring the one and only Queen Elizabeth. Better yet, the Queen is actually smiling — a rarity for Her Majesty. See also: 14 Extreme Selfies That Push Duck Face Off a Cliff The picture was taken at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre where the Commonwealth Games are currently taking place. Taylor and Flanagan are members of the Australian hockey team the Hockeyroos. (Bonus for the girls: The…
  • Square, IFTTT Hope They've Found the Recipe for Small Business Success

    Kurt Wagner
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Square is diving into recipes, but probably not the kind you're thinking. The mobile payments company announced Thursday that it has integrated with IFTTT, a service that automates your tasks with a few manual directions. See also: 11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Activate Now IFTTT, which stands for "If This, Then That," allows users to create "recipes" — a series of events that occur once an initial trigger takes place. For example, a small business owner could have an email automatically sent to his supply manager when a specific product is nearly out of stock. Or if a refund is processed, an…
  • Google Autocomplete Proves Summer Is Melting Our Brains

    Max Knoblauch
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Google has a lot of important feelings about summer. The autocomplete tool, while never once having made a strange suggestion in the past, for some reason gives pretty weird fill-in recommendations when it comes to everyone's favorite season. See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete Mind you, this isn't necessarily Google's fault either. The tool generates suggestions based on user searches. Take a look through some of the strangest results we've come across below. And then get back to your sandy potato salad, you fascists BONUS: 5 Surprising Facts About Google Read…
  • 12 Sandsational Accessories for the Best Beach Day

    Dennis Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    The beach is the ultimate summertime destination But even the top dog needs a little spicing up sometimes. If you don't want to lay on the sand turning into a lobster or swim in murky water, you can bring your own fun to the sandy paradise. See also: 11 YA Books With Happy Endings to Read on the Beach This Summer With a giant beach ball or a snorkel mask that has a camera, you can rest assured that no one will be bored. Maximize your beach time fun with these 12 wild products. Read more... More about Lists, Fun, Toys, Pics, and Lifestyle
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  • Which State Has The Cheapest Legal Pot? Leafly Tells You

    Alex Halperin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Seattle-based company is using data to better inform marijuana consumers and maybe to power an industry.For one of the most discussed products in the country, there's a lot we don't know about marijuana.Read Full Story
  • 5 Dream Jobs You Probably Didn't Know Exist

    Rachel Gillett
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    These creative thinkers prove that if you can dream it, you can probably make a living out of it.Having a dream job means different things to different people.Read Full Story
  • How The U.S. Can Finally Make Things Better For Working Parents

    Debra L. Ness
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    Nearly all states are failing to support working parents, despite family-friendly initiatives. Look to California and New Jersey for answers.As someone who has worked for decades to advance family-friendly policies, it was truly amazing to see more than 1,500 lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, and top administration officials come together with President Barack Obama for the recent White House Summit on Working Families.Read Full Story
  • Inside The Complicated Mess Of Discrimination And Diversity In Hiring

    Gwen Moran
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Recent studies show that we're backsliding when it comes to inclusiveness. But the reasons might be more complicated than discrimination.Got diversity? If you believe the headlines, not so much.Read Full Story
  • Yves Béhar Is Selling His Design Firm Fuseproject To A Chinese Conglomerate

    Carey Dunne
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    BlueFocus Communication Group, China's fastest-growing marketing group, will take a 75% interest in the San Francisco-based design firm.Yves Béhar, founder and CEO of design firm fuseproject, is closing a deal on a partial acquisition by China's BlueFocus Communication Group. BlueFocus, China's fastest-growing marketing group, will take a 75% interest in fuseproject.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

    Darrell Etherington
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
     If you’re interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We’ve heard before that Samsung was working on its own VR headset, but this is further evidence that they might have a helping hand from… Read More
  • Intigua Raises $10M Series B Round For Its IT Management Automation Service

    Frederic Lardinois
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
     Intigua, a company that specializes in giving enterprises an easier way to manage their IT operations in private and public clouds, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B round led by Intel Capital. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Cedar Fund also participated in this round. In total, the company has now raised $21 million. The company says it will use this… Read More
  • Disrupt Alum Trello Takes In $10.3M For Its Visual To-Do Lists

    Natasha Lomas
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
     Disrupt alum Trello has pulled in a $10.3 million funding round. The startup launched its visual project management system back in September 2011, on TC’s startup battlefield stage. Read More
  • Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

    Jonathan Shieber
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
     Essence Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of health management services provider Lumeris, has raised $71 million in a round of financing announced today. In all, the company has raised some $141 million as it seeks to sell services to health care organizations still struggling with the regulatory shifts wrought by the Affordable Care Act. Chiefly, the government has forced insurance… Read More
  • QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    Catherine Shu
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
     Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and help you find missing phones by prompting it to ring even when it is in silent mode. Qblinks even has… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • It's only high school if you let it

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

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

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

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

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
 
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    WIRED

  • All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    The new Luc Besson movie Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, opens in theatres countrywide tomorrow. It’s based on the immortal myth that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Johansson’s character is injected with drugs that allow her to access 100 percent of her brain capacity. She gains the ability to learn Chinese in an instant, […]
  • These Weird Meals Are Actually Clever Data Visualizations

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Data visualizations and infographics are already a staple of our daily media diet. Maybe they be part of our actual diet, too.
  • 5 Comics to Read Before Seeing Guardians of the Galaxy

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    As the latest superhero film looms large, some of you may be wondering if there are any comics you should read before seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. Admittedly, Marvel usually does a pretty good job of making films that anyone can enjoy, but if you really want to know what's up, here are five comics that can help you get started.
  • WTF Just Happened: My Photos Make Everyone Look Like a Demon

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Everyone is familiar with the “red-eye” or “green-eye” effect. Here's why it happens and how to prevent it.
  • Facebook Finally Figured Out How to Make Money Off of Your Phone

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Two years ago, you didn’t want to be Mark Zuckerberg. Sure, there’s the whole billionaire thing, but no personal fortune was going to buy the young CEO out of his first earnings call. The Wall Street skeptics were circling, and within little more than a month, the value of the Facebook shares on which that […]
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  • 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…
  • 10 Ways to Exponentially Grow Your Traffic in 30 Days

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Marcus Taylor of Venture Harbour. In Western cultures, there is a prevailing belief that you ‘work your way to the top’, ‘climb the ladder’, and make slow and steady efforts to achieve success. This way of thinking is undoubtedly a smart approach, particularly for bloggers. However, there is an equally smart, yet opposing, belief that’s more common in certain Eastern cultures: leapfrogging straight to the top. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to get smart about my blogging. By concentrating on the things that made the biggest difference, I…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • How to Safely Install the OS X Yosemite Beta

    Thorin Klosowski
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The OS X Yosemite public beta is out today, and since it's beta software, you need to exercise some caution before you install it . That doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun , here's how to install the beta without messing up your whole system. Read more...
  • Mixtura Recommends Cocktail Recipes Based on the Ingredients You Have

    Mihir Patkar on Lifehacker After Hours, shared by Mihir Patkar to Lifehacker
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    iOS: You have alcohol, you have a stocked kitchen, so what cocktails can you make? Mixtura is a free iPhone app that gives you a list of drinks based on the ingredients you already have.Read more...
  • TinyBlu Reminds You to Keep in Touch with Important People

    Mihir Patkar
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web: Part of building a good network is regularly touching base with certain people. And well, it can't hurt to extend that to your personal life and drop a line to old friends. TinyBlu is a simple webapp to remind you when it's been too long since you last spoke with someone.Read more...
  • What's The Best Usenet Provider?

    Alan Henry
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ah Usenet. Even after all these years, it's a great resource for digital media that offers more speed and reliability than bittorrent. First rule aside, this week we want to know which Usenet providers you think are the best. Read more...
  • Maria Popova's Advice on the Hardest Part of Succeeding

    Mihir Patkar
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Money, reach, size and other statistics tell you a lot about your job, but that's not where the real work lies, says blogger Maria Popova. The real effort is in not equating those with your own sense of success or achievement.Read more...
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  • Swatch Denies Report it is Working With Apple on iWatch Wearable

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group today denied a recent report that it was working with Apple to develop a smartwatch product, reports Reuters. VentureBeat first reported this joint venture, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of Apple's plans. A spokeswoman for Swatch told Reuters that the Apple rumor was "unfounded," adding that Swatch's only relationship with mobile phone manufacturers is as a supplier of integrated circuits and other electronic components. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek reiterated in an interview with Reuters that "he was not interested in teaming up with a tech group…
  • Apple Launching 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 After 4.7-Inch Version to Avoid Competition Between Two Models

    Richard Padilla
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Apple will launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 several months after the 4.7-inch version to avoid competition between the two models, according to a new report from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources. The different timetables have been set as Apple does not want to repeat the mistake it made in 2013 when it launched the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c simultaneously, said the sources. Prior rumors have pointed out that production issues with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would cause Apple to delay its release a few months after 4.7-inch version, however this newest report claims that isn't the case for the…
  • Apple Working With Swatch for iWatch With Multiple Designs, Price Points?

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Apple may be working with manufacturing partners like Swatch to create multiple versions of the iWatch that are available in a range of styles and price points, according to a questionable report from VentureBeat, citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans.While most Apple-watchers and media have been laser-focused on one or two "iWatches" from Apple itself, the Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics and media giant may actually be working a number of partners in the watch business. Apple and its partners will offer a family of smartwatches to suit all tastes "from geek to chic," our source…
  • Apple in Talks With Credit Card Companies Over Payment Solution, Could Launch Mobile 'Wallet' This Fall

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Apple's talks with companies in the payment industry have been heating up in recent months, according to a new report from The Information. Apple executives have discussed launching a mobile payment solution as soon as this fall, allowing users to pay for physical goods with their iPhones. Apple is currently speaking with credit card company Visa over a possible partnership, a move that would bypass third-party payment processors resulting in direct savings for retailers and customers. Apple's payment solution is said to work with a "secured element" within the iPhone, safely storing payment…
  • OS X Yosemite to Launch in Late October, 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K Desktop in the Works

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Following an earlier report on the launch of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, 9to5Mac has released a second report with details on OS X Yosemite and Apple's fall Mac plans. As has been previously mentioned, OS X Yosemite will launch in October, following iOS 8's September release alongside the iPhone 6. The final Yosemite Developer Preview is expected to be seeded to developers on September 29, with a final golden master build coming around October 10, which suggests a late-October public launch date for Yosemite. October will also see the potential introduction of the iWatch, as has been widely…
 
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  • Experimental Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Monotony review: Super simple RSS reader for your Mac

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    With Google Reader gone, the RSS readers that have popped up in its stead—like Feedly and Digg Reader—have largely strived to be fully featured replacements. Monotony (Mac App Store link) seems to revel in being quite the opposite, as the super simple app lets you subscribe to feeds and see updates only when your Mac is up and running. “There is nothing else,” the Mac App Store listing assures. “No sync, no frontend, no possibility to customize it.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • BitPerfect review: Improve your iTunes music sound quality

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In spite of the criticism levied against it, I tend to give iTunes the benefit of the doubt. It’s there, it does a serviceable job of managing and playing my music, it functions as a device hub and it does a good job of it. Tim Murrison’s BitPerfect 2.0.1 (Mac App Store link) shows what iTunes music is capable of and is an audiophile’s dream. BitPerfect opens a world of clearer, more present sound that you never thought was possible from your Mac’s speakers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives: We go hands-on with this mobile-friendly shooter

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Gameloft's latest Call of Duty-alike looks and plays about the same, but makes some structural changes -- for better and for worse.
  • Clockwise Podcast: Backdoors, public betas, social networks, and 3D

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Apple denies it's made a backdoor for spies, one of our panelists brings a 3D TV into his house, the Yosemite public beta arrives, and people seem to dislike their social networks. With guests Philip Michaels and Dan Frakes.
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Making sweet music

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Making sweet musicThis week's roundup of new iOS accessories includes gear for making music, listening to tunes, and sharing both with your friends.BiteMyAppleThe $60 Desktop Chair v2 isn’t made for your backside, but rather to give your iPad a place to rest comfortably on your desktop. The wooden stand can display your tablet in landscape or portrait orientations, and can accommodate a variety of cases.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • The EU Is Right—Kim Kardashian Must Be Stopped!

    Helen A.S. Popkin
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    When it comes to cracking down on the predatory practices of in-app purchases found in “free to play” mobile app games, the European Union is looking out for the kids. “In particular, children must be better protected when playing online,” reads the European Commission press statement announcing its latest enforcement action.But won’t somebody please think of the grown-ups?Kim Kardashian: HollywoodOpportunities to lighten your digital wallet in exchange for in-game tchotchkes have grown ever-more insidious even for the supposedly mature set. Remember Farmville? Candy Crush? Now…
  • Foursquare's App Debuts A New Look—But You Can't Download It Yet

    Selena Larson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Foursquare's transition from one app to two completely different services is a slow one. Like a child getting used to a cold pool one foot at a time, Foursquare is gradually rolling out each new app.Today, the company unveiled a new logo and a new design for its flagship Foursquare app, revealing what it will look like once the check-in is ripped out and placed in Swarm, the location-based social app the company released in May. The new app isn't live yet—it will be available in the next few weeks.The new Foursquare will take on Yelp, but will be more than just a directory of businesses.
  • Apple Confirms iOS Backdoors, But Calls Them "Diagnostic Capabilities"

    David Hamilton
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Apple acknowledged that its iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads contains several previously undisclosed "diagnostic capabilities"—services that an iOS forensics expert recently described as "backdoors" that could allow broad access to a user's personal data on those devices under certain circumstances.See also: Those "Backdoors" In Apple's iOS—What You Need To KnowThe issue involves problematic iOS services identified several months ago by Jonathan Zdziarski, the forensics expert who is also a one-time iOS jailbreaker and the author of several books on iPhone development. Zdziarski…
  • What Microsoft's "One Windows" Really Means

    Dan Rowinski
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Windows will soon be one operating system across PCs and mobile devices. Or so read the breathless headlines after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on the company’s quarterly earnings call that Microsoft will merge its different variants of Windows into one platform.“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” Nadella said.The problem is that this isn’t exactly true. Neither is it a new announcement from Microsoft.When Nadella said that Windows would soon be “single converged…
  • Duolingo Wants To Make It Easier For People To Get Jobs And An Education

    Selena Larson
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Duolingo, a popular online language education service, is making it easier for students and job-seekers to receive English language certification with the introduction of its new app, Test Center.Language certification is necessary for some visas, universities and job applications. But the costs can be prohibitive, especially in countries where monthly incomes average at just few hundred dollars.For a flat rate of $20, Test Center allows users to test for and receive accredited English language certification online or through a mobile application. This is a lot less than the average cost of…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

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

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

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

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
  • Useful Adobe Fireworks Resources: Extensions (Part 1)

    Michel Bozgounov
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze1 it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily. For those of you who are searching for a similar tool, Sketch 3.02 seems to be a pretty good alternative to Fireworks, but it’s still not quite there yet; it’s Mac-only, and while its vector tools are very good and it…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • CNN freelancer abducted in Ukraine

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Armed pro-Russian separatists seized Anton Skiba when he returned to a Donetsk hotel.
  • Photos: Crisis in Ukraine

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
  • Skiba was with CNN's Ivan Watson

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    A CNN freelance journalist was abducted in Ukraine and is being detained by rebel forces.
  • Flight carrying 116 bound for Algeria

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    An Air Algerie flight lost radar contact after takeoff from Burkina Faso. The incident highlights concern about aviation safety: In the last week, 298 people died when a flight was shot down over Ukraine and 48 died in a plane crash in Taiwan.
  • U.S. ends ban on flights to Israel

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv Wednesday night, a day-and-a-half after stopping all the flights citing security concerns.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

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

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

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

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

    Scott Kelby
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    When I posted this behind-the-scenes iPhone pic yesterday on FB and Twitter, and mentioned I was using Lightroom Mobile (that it running on my iPad), I had lots of questions of how and why we used so I thought I’d tackle that here today on the blog.Why Lightroom Mobile? First, I know there are lots of apps (OK, at least a few) that will let you transfer your images from your camera over into your iPad so you can see them during a shoot. In fact, Terry White had a great article on shooting straight from an Eye-fi Wireless SD card, through an App, right over to your iPad (here’s the…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Dispelling the Myth of Good Light and Bad Light

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is no such thing as bad light, there is just light. Take advantage of every situation. Photography is all about the light. In fact, if there is no light hitting the sensor, there is no photo. Different times of the day, or weather conditions, can create different moods and situations. As you probably know, you can achieve amazing and compelling results by shooting in the early morning, or from late afternoon well into twilight. This is known as the golden hour and the blue hour, respectively. However, there is no such thing as good light or bad light, there is just light. It is not…
  • How to use Lightroom Develop Presets to Learn Processing Tips

    Andrew S. Gibson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my previous article you learned how to create a vintage effect using Lightroom. I started by showing you some Lightroom Develop Presets you can use as a shortcut, and finished by demonstrating some techniques you can use yourself. The hidden message in the article was that one way to learn how to use Lightroom is to buy some Develop Presets (or download some free ones) and analyze them to see how they work. You can then apply the same techniques to your own photos, and even create your own Develop Presets. Today I’m going to give you some tips on analyzing other people’s Develop…
  • Taking your DSLR into the Backcountry Safely

    Erin Fitzgibbon
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the Northern Hemisphere summer is finally here and that means it’s the beginning of camping season. It’s time to haul out the tent, the propane stove, the canoe, the bug hat and the DSLR. You visit all these beautiful places, gain a sense of peace and respect for Mother Nature, then come home and wish you were still there. Having beautiful, sharp images of the brutal trail you faced, the noisy bird that woke you at dawn, or the incredible sunset you experienced can make the experience all the more rich. The added bonus is you have some fantastic images you can hang on the wall…
  • Overcoming the Fear – Creating Better Travel Photography Portraits

    Oded Wagenstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pick up Oded’s new Snapn Guide (a dPS sister company) Snapn Travel here for only $7. A lifetime of travel memories in a Snap. Traveling is fun and rewarding, but sharing memories of your journeys with friends, family and the world through your own beautiful images can be even better. Especially rewarding are images of the interesting people you meet along the way, because creating travel photography portraits can be an amazing addition to your portfolio. But, if taking pictures of strangers while interacting with them makes you uneasy, maybe even feeling a bit of fear? GOOD! Then this…
  • How To Photograph Shy Adults

    Annie Tao
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Some people are not as comfortable in front of the camera as others. Perhaps they are shy, or perhaps they believe they have physical “imperfections”, so they aren’t at ease when it comes to having their photo taken. (I put quotes around that term because often these are not imperfections at all, but rather, beautiful parts of their body that they over-think.) Unless they are a professional model, most people fall into this category to some degree. If they don’t feel comfortable, it will show in the photos. Luckily, there are things you can do that may help. Give your…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Countable makes following Congress easy as long as you use Facebook

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Countable is a political app that allows you to track important and trending legislation on your iPhone. The app is designed to make government accessible to the average citizen by explaining legislation in understandable terms. There's also a social...
  • Want to download old iPhone firmware? Here's where to find it

    John-Michael Bond
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Do you miss your old firmware? Do you have an old device that for some reason you want to run like it's 2009? Well iOS fans, you are in luck. The folks over at TechArrival have compiled a list of download links to original iPhone iOS firmware files...
  • Say goodbye to Foursquare check-ins tomorrow

    Steven Sande
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    OK, I'm depressed. For years, I've enjoyed using Foursquare to check in at restaurants, airport gates, hotels, and even my own home. During that time, I became "mayor" at a number of different locations and loved getting the occasional badge for...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 23, 2014

    Steven Sande
    23 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...
  • Felix FlipBook Air is a delightfully different iPad case/stand

    Steven Sande
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    So many of the iPad cases and stands that I review here at TUAW are so alike in looks and functionality that it's hard to get excited about them. When something different shows up, I definitely take notice. That's the situation with the Felix...
 
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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)

  • Cactus Launches $55 Radio Trigger For Multiple TTL Flash Systems

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hong Kong-based manufacturer Cactus has launched a wireless flash trigger that it claims will work with any hotshoe or PC sync socket-equipped camera and can control the power output from Canon, Nikon and Pentax-compatible flash units all at the same time. According to the manufacturer, even photographers working with multiple flashguns designed for different TTL systems will be able to link them via the wireless trigger. Click through for more information.
  • Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fujifilm has updated the roadmap for its X-mount lenses up to the end of 2015. One extra lens has been added, while a second lens previously included has been formally named. The release order of three others has changed. The new models are the XF 90mm F2 R and XF 16mm F1.4 R, both of which are due by mid-2015. Read on to see the full roadmap and see the new release dates for the other upcoming lenses.
  • Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Ricoh has announced a new 'Prestige' version of its Pentax K-3 DSLR. This special edition camera, which 'commemorates the many awards bestowed upon the K-3' (including from this website), comes in a special gunmetal gray color. The Prestige edition includes a matching battery grip, two batteries, and an 'exclusive' battery strap. If you want your K-3 to stand out from the crowd you'd better hurry, as only 2,000 kits will be sold worldwide. 
  • Real-world & studio samples added to Nikon D810 1st-Impressions Review

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Nikon's new D810 consolidates the older D800 and D800E into a single body with no AA filter on its 36MP CMOS sensor. A few days ago we received a final production sample Nikon D810 and we've been shooting with it intensely ever since. As well as putting it through our initial studio testing, we've also taken a quick look at the effectiveness of the new electronic first-curtain shutter and created a gallery of real-world sample images to show what the camera can do. Click through for links.
  • Sony expands image sensor production for mobile devices

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Reuters has reported that Sony is planning to invest 35 billion yen (approximately US$345 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity of smartphone and tablet image sensors. Sony says the investment will allow for a 13 percent increase in production to 68,000 wafers per month in 2015. Sony leads the market for smartphone imaging sensors, and supplies the sensors for Apple's iPhones and a large number of Android smartphones. Read more at connect.dpreview.com
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Comprehensive List of Apps Compatible With iOS 8 Beta 4

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Our forum members are building a comprehensive list of all the apps that function in iOS 8 beta 4, which may be helpful for users who have installed the beta or who plan to install it. The list also includes apps that are known to be broken and apps that work but have specific issues. Notable apps that fully work with the beta include 1Password, Dropbox, Deliveries, Google Chrome, Instagram, Pandora, Rdio, Vine, and Fantastical 2 for iPad and iPhone. Other apps, like Facebook and Snapchat work as well, but have some issues with videos. Popular apps that do not work with the beta at this point…
  • Fantastical for iPhone/iPad Gains Snooze and Birthday Notifications, Goes on Sale

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Fantastical 2 for the iPhone and the iPad were today updated to version 2.1, adding several new features to both mobile apps including a new Snooze feature, event invitation notifications, birthday notifications, and more. The biggest new feature, Snooze, allows users push back notification times for calendar events or reminders using either preset times or custom set durations, a useful function when a notification pops up and needs to be paused until a later time. Along with Snooze, the 2.1 update adds notifications for upcoming birthdays and event invitations, plus it's possible to search…
  • iPhone Camera Supplier Sony Investing $345 Million to Boost Image Sensor Production

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    As hinted at in an earlier report from Nikkei, Sony today confirmed it is investing 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase the production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, reports Reuters. The electronics firm will use the 35 billion yen to boost production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories in Kyushu, Japan as well as complete work at a factory it recently purchased from Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics. This investment will increase manufacturing by 13 percent, allowing Sony to produce up to 68,000 wafers a month by August 2015. Sony is a leader in the imaging…
  • AT&T, Apple Begin Paying $40 to U.S. iPad 3G Purchasers After Unlimited Data Lawsuit

    Juli Clover
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    AT&T and Apple have begun sending out payments to consumers in the United States who purchased an original iPad 3G, following the culmination of a long-running class action lawsuit over unlimited data. Originally settled in September of 2013, the lawsuit covered a $29.99 no-contract unlimited data plan that Apple and AT&T offered with the original iPad -- a deal that Steve Jobs advertised on stage when the tablet was revealed in January of 2010. In June of 2010, AT&T stopped offering the plan and replaced it with a 2GB for $25/month plan. AT&T did grandfather in users who had an…
  • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.5B Revenue, Billings up 25% Year-Over-Year, $20B Paid to Devs, 75B App Downloads

    Juli Clover
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    During its financial results call covering the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2014, Apple shared details on the success of its iTunes Store, which has become an increasingly important revenue source for the company in recent years, mainly due to the ever-growing popularity of the App Store. For the first fiscal nine months of the year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said iTunes software and services were the fastest growing part of Apple's business. iTunes billings grew 25 percent year over year to an all time quarterly high, largely due to the App Store. In the third quarter, iTunes…
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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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