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  • 8 of the world’s scariest looking animals

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    They might not be deadly, but you sure wouldn't want to run into any of these freaky creatures in a dark alley or, say, your bed on a dark, stormy night. *Mwa-ha-ha*
  • National Parks work on delicate task of removing graffiti

    The Associated Press
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    SALT LAKE CITY — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage. It won't be easy to get rid of the paintings, which were posted on Instagram and Tumblr and then picked up by hiking blogs. Sandblasting and some chemical strippers can cause even more damage to irreplaceable natural…
  • Inbox, Paper, And Sway: Why Tech Giants Are Suddenly Reinventing Their Core Apps

    Fast Company
    Jared Newman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all launched new takes on old apps this year, and it's not exactly a coincidence.If you look through the App Store reviews for Facebook Paper, it doesn't take long to find the recurring theme.Read Full Story
  • Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    Tim Chang
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Can you change? Are you stuck with your habits, your knowledge, your weight, your fitness, your interpersonal skills? Is your future a slightly different rerun of your past? We spend an enormous amount of time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves, working to give up something, start something, build something or change something about who we are and what we do. And we usually fail. It's tempting to say, "this is who I am, habits are hardwired, it's in my DNA, I'm going to live with it." Tempting, and an easy way out.  Change is hard, sometimes nearly impossible. But if…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 8 of the world’s scariest looking animals

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    They might not be deadly, but you sure wouldn't want to run into any of these freaky creatures in a dark alley or, say, your bed on a dark, stormy night. *Mwa-ha-ha*
  • Forget ghosts and feel the fear of Bill Murray stories [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Bill Murray, the famous actor who could appear anywhere; the man who hesitates to make the big bucks on another Ghostbusters, but does two Garfield films. He is a mystery of the modern age, reaching the level of legend, and, therefore, of ghost story-like material.
  • The cast of “Harry Potter” tries to say Americanisms [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There's a lot going on in this video. First, this is what British people think American people say: "Can I get some more mozzarella sticks? " "Twilight blows." Yikes. What's even funnier, though, is watching the Harry Potter cast try to say these things in their best American accents.
  • 29 commonly held misconceptions about booze [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How often have you heard this: "I can't drink tequila, that stuff just messes me up." Is that really true? Take a look at this video to find out what's wrong that that and twenty-eight other commonly held misconceptions about booze.
  • Horror on the F-train as giant drill nearly comes through car

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It was something so strange, you'd think it could only happen in a horror movie, but passengers on the New York City F-train got a story they'll tell the grandkids about yesterday.
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  • National Parks work on delicate task of removing graffiti

    The Associated Press
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    SALT LAKE CITY — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage. It won't be easy to get rid of the paintings, which were posted on Instagram and Tumblr and then picked up by hiking blogs. Sandblasting and some chemical strippers can cause even more damage to irreplaceable natural…
  • 16 frightening GIFs that will creep you out of your skin

    Brian Koerber
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It just isn't Halloween without creeping yourself out and sleeping with the lights on for the next week The beloved spooky holiday kicks off a weekend of chills all weekend long. Among traditions like trick-or-treating, getting dressed up as whatever you'd like and eating far too much candy, scaring yourself with spooky stories, horror movies and haunted houses are a favorite Halloween pastime. See also: 9 scary YA books for Halloween fans too old to trick-or-treat If you're looking for one last creepy thrill before holiday mode takes over, you can still creep yourself out with some of these…
  • Egyptian DJ transforms rough neighborhood through lively 'mahraganat' music

    Elizabeth Pierson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    By day, Salam City is a tough, poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Cairo. By night, it is the breeding ground for an emerging music scene that is now making its way across the countryMahraganat, which means "festivals" in Arabic, is Egypt's newest musical genre. It appeared on YouTube in late 2009, and really took hold following the 2011 revolution See also: Revolution in Egypt Captured Through the Eye of a Camera Radio and television stations did not give the new music airtime, however, so musicians built their reputations beyond their own neighborhoods by circulating amateur home…
  • Two guys in Illinois have taken Halloween lights to the next level

    Eitan Levine
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    What's that? You carved a pumpkin? That’s cute. Nick Thomas and Steve Jandick are the Shaq and Kobe of synchronized Halloween lights— admittedly, there isn’t much competition out there to be the Shaq and Kobe of this very niche thing, but it’s still pretty cool. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville, Illinois duo spent a full month programming and setting up the lights for the show. The monthlong halloween display features songs from Queen, Eric Church (featured above), Eminem and others. “With the lights and music, [Steve Jandick's] taken it to a new…
  • Heidi Klum unveils her transformation into a fly for Halloween

    Brittany Levine
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Model Heidi Klum, who's known for extravagant Halloween costumes and throwing an over-the-top party, has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at how she transformed into a big-eyed insect She posted a timelapse of her before, during and after the costume was complete on Twitter Friday night after her New York Halloween party had kicked off This is how it happens #hkhalloween #behindthecostume @cce_inc @bcorso — Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) Oct 31 2014 The Project Runway host covered her entire body in blue and green for the costume. Tiny holes poked in her mask, fit with bulging green eyes,…
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    Fast Company

  • Inbox, Paper, And Sway: Why Tech Giants Are Suddenly Reinventing Their Core Apps

    Jared Newman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all launched new takes on old apps this year, and it's not exactly a coincidence.If you look through the App Store reviews for Facebook Paper, it doesn't take long to find the recurring theme.Read Full Story
  • A Sad, Digusting Pet Machine That You Can't Tear Your Eyes From

    Marina Galperina
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    What to watch this weekend: Flesh Computer, a horror sci-fi short that would give David Cronenberg the creeps.In a dilapidated apartment complex, a handyman tinkers with a grotesque project. It's a sort of a pet--globs of thick-skinned meat, spurting wires connected to electronic equipment, plopped across a few shelves in the back of a facilities office--but it's got personality! Look how its mouth-like orifice quivers when it breathes. Aw. This is Flesh Computer, a short film from writer/director Ethan Shaftel.Read Full Story
  • Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Crashes In Test Flight

    Alice Truong
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    One pilot has been confirmed dead.It's been a bad week for space travel. A Virgin Galactic rocket plane with two pilots on board exploded and crashed in a test flight Friday morning. The crash resulted in one death and major injuries for the other pilot. Officials say a pilot found inside the plane died immediately, and the other, who parachuted out of the vehicle, was transported to a hospital.Read Full Story
  • The NYPD Is Concerned The Next Terrorist Attack Could Be Carried Out By Gun-Toting Consumer Drones

    Alice Truong
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The police force says it's hard to tell if a drone is friend or foe.The New York Police Department is concerned the next terrorist attack could possibly be carried out by consumer drones armed with guns, explosives, or chemical weapons.Read Full Story
  • Hungry? You Might Make Better Decisions, Study Finds

    Peter Wade
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Researchers compared the choices of hungry versus not hungry participants and found surprising results.Have a hunger to be a better decision maker? Then stay hungry, my friends. Researchers have found that being hungry leads people to make better choices, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.Read Full Story
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  • Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    Tim Chang
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More
  • Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

    Alex Wilhelm
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
     Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More
  • Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

    Anthony Ha
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
     With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too. Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

    Sarah Buhr
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
     Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference. Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More
  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Anna Escher
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
     Between the portal to hell opening in our comments section, Elon Musk’s AI demons, and metallic 3D printed guns, it’s been a scary Halloween week here at TechCrunch. We give you our best stories of the week (10/25-10/31). 1. During an interview at an MIT symposium, Elon Musk answered a question that took an unexpected turn. When asked about his views on artificial intelligence,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Plasticity

    Seth Godin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Can you change? Are you stuck with your habits, your knowledge, your weight, your fitness, your interpersonal skills? Is your future a slightly different rerun of your past? We spend an enormous amount of time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves, working to give up something, start something, build something or change something about who we are and what we do. And we usually fail. It's tempting to say, "this is who I am, habits are hardwired, it's in my DNA, I'm going to live with it." Tempting, and an easy way out.  Change is hard, sometimes nearly impossible. But if…
  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
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  • No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo

    Alex Davies
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Friday morning, Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. It’s a serious setback for the space tourism effort, but is unlikely to kill the enterprise altogether. The program is quite advanced, and Richard Branson’s employees have put a ton of effort into finding a reliable way to get people into space. Here's how they plan to do it once they're back on track. The…
  • Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku

    Tim Moynihan
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon. The post Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku appeared first on WIRED.
  • Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap

    Davey Alba
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others, Amazon has released the diversity statistics of its workforce, and they're in line with what we've seen from its many tech competitors. The post Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap appeared first on WIRED.
  • Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For

    Adam Rogers
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Today, a brave Virgin Galactic test pilot is dead and another one critically injured---in the service of a millionaire boondoggle thrill ride. The post Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For appeared first on WIRED.
  • Tech Time Warp of The Week: Remembering the Max Headroom Incident, One of the Creepiest Hacks Ever

    Klint Finley
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Hacking into the Home Depot credit card system, the financial records at JP Morgan Chase? Child’s play! Try hacking into the feed of a local Chicago television station and replacing the sport anchor with a really creepy incarnation of Max Headroom. The post Tech Time Warp of The Week: Remembering the Max Headroom Incident, One of the Creepiest Hacks Ever appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Free Webinar: How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future

    Darren Rowse
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    This coming Tuesday/Wednesday (depending where you live) I’m running a free webinar with Chris Garrett. The time of the webinar is: Los Angeles: 5pm Tuesday 28th New York: 8pm Tuesday 28th London: 12am Wednesday 29th (sorry my UK friends!) Singapore and Perth: 8am Wednesday 29th Cape Town: 2am Wednesday 29th Melbourne and Sydney: 11am Wednesday 29th Note: we will record the webinar but you need to register to receive access to it. The title of the webinar is – How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future Chris Garrett is long term…
  • 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About

    Darren Rowse
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    What is your blog about? It’s a question all bloggers get asked from time to time. How do you answer it? It’s also a question I know many ProBlogger readers wrestle with – particularly when starting out. What is my niche? Do I even need a niche? How do I define my niche? Every time I run a Q&A webinar over on, I get questions around whether bloggers need a niche. I thought I’d put a few thoughts into a blog post and suggest three ways to define what your blog is about. 1. Niche Lets start with the most obvious one – choosing a ‘niche’ to blog about.
  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
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  • Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?

    Whitson Gordon
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Dear Lifehacker, I hear a lot of arguing about "lossless" and "lossy" music these days, but I'm having a hard time getting straight answers. Does bitrate really matter? Can most people tell the difference between high and low bitrate music files?Read more...
  • Smigin Lets You Build and Learn Useful Phrases In Different Languages

    Patrick Allan
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    iOS: If you're traveling internationally—or want to make simple conversation with a non-English speaker—the Smigin app on iOS lets you build phrases quickly, gives you native pronunciation, and lets you save important phrases as favorites to use later on.Read more...
  • This Video Explains Four Psychological Terms You May Be Misusing

    Patrick Allan
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We sometimes get in the habit of using psychological terms to describe different people, but there's a good chance you're using these words incorrectly. This video explains what the terms psycho, OCD, schizo, and bipolar really mean, and why you may not want to use them to describe someone.Read more...
  • See How Much Candy You or Your Kids Should Eat with This Calculator

    Patrick Allan
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With the amount of candy around right now you may want to know how much sugar you or your kid can have without going overboard. This simple calculator determines a reasonable amount of candy to consume based on age, sex, and activity level.Read more...
  • Craft a Better Presentation with Zombie Apocalypse Principles

    Ryan McRae
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We've all daydreamed about how we'd react if the undead began rise from their graves and the zombie apocalypse commenced. It would take quick thinking, careful planning, and grace under pressure. Oddly enough, these are the same principles it takes to craft an effective presentation.Read more...
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  • First Third-Party SSD With Native OS X TRIM Support Launched by Angelbird

    Eric Slivka
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before…
  • Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes

    Juli Clover
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint. The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects…
  • Trent Reznor Working on 'Challenging' Music Delivery Project at Apple

    Juli Clover
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who serves as Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music, became an Apple employee alongside Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre when Apple acquired Beats back in May. In a new interview with Billboard, Reznor revealed that he joined the company because Apple was "interested in tapping his creative energy" and that he's currently working on designing a product related to music delivery for Apple. According to Reznor, no one has hit "the right formula" when it comes to streaming music. Beats Music co-founder Jimmy Iovine with Trent Reznor, image courtesy of USA Today"I…
  • Microsoft Launches New Outlook for Mac, Next Office for Mac Suite Coming in Second Half of 2015

    Eric Slivka
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Microsoft today announced the immediate launch of a new Outlook for Mac for Office 365 users, bringing a new look and a number of improvements as leaked earlier this week.The new Outlook for Mac includes: - Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. - A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. - Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail. - Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and…
  • Apple's Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch at SFMOMA Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Apple design chief Jony Ive on Thursday was honored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in an event that celebrated Ive's 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award. The award, bestowed by the Modern Art Council (MAC), recognizes creative individuals who have influenced visual culture. "Ive is our generation’s most innovative and influential figure in the field of industrial design—no other design mind has done more to transform the way we visualize and share information," said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast to establish a department of architecture…
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  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue Reading
  • Follow the Value

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My business is to equip owners. I know that sounds fluffy. The current way I do that is through courses and other educational experiences. But, if tomorrow, I could create some other method to deliver the same kind of value (or better), would I abandon courses? Sure. The courses aren’t the big goal. Delivering value to owners is the goal. Follow the Value I’m obsessed with delivering value. What’s cool about that obsession is that I spend a lot of my time noodling with one question: “what else do owners need to succeed?” This gives me a strong mission to follow,…
  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
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  • The Surprising Spooky Secret to Enduring Success Habits

    Sonia Simone
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process that was only 642 steps long and took a mere 3 hours a day to implement (during which time I wasn’t actually, you know, getting anything done). That wasn’t David Allen’s fault, by the way, it was mine. But I don’t think I was alone. Every person who has a long to-do list also has a desire to do more. And most of us are quite good at doing certain things. We don’t have a problem getting out of…
  • The 5-Step Process for Writing an About Page that Connects (and Converts)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although it seems like a natural place on your website to talk about yourself, a strong About page is really about empathy for your visitors. When you write an effective About page, you dig into your readers’ minds and then communicate that you have what they need or want. And you can’t afford to follow the herd. Just think about how many times you’ve clicked away from a website that included just a little too much “Me! Me! Me!” You don’t want to be that person at the cocktail party who brags so incessantly that other party guests plan different routes to…
  • The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story [Infographic]

    Demian Farnworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about it. Apple. Dos Equis. Old Spice. Procter & Gamble. Ram Trucks. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. GEICO. GoDaddy. At some point, all these companies told compelling stories that grabbed our attention — and held it. Not just for thirty seconds, but longer. And as they repeated their stories over and over again, they got under our skin. Through simple stories, these companies won our allegiance and business. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade all in the course of just a few minutes. As author Jonathan Gottschall said:…
  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business? But feeling you’re not making enough progress? You’re building a social following, slaving over weekly blog posts, and managing a heavy client load. Perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on growing and…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
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  • An app a day helps a teacher stay sane: How your iPad can keep kids on track

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Step up your tech game this school yearThe school year is well under way, and teachers can use all the help they can get when it comes to keeping kids focused. The right iPad apps let teachers create dazzling lessons, quickly update parents, and stay organized without going crazy. If you're a teacher, you know the struggle is real. These apps barely scratch the surface of the creative and organizational tools the iPad has to offer, but we found the best ones to help you manage the time for what you actually want to do: teach.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection, yet still functional

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Extreme protection, yet still functionalNo matter how careful you try to be, accidents can strike when you least expect it. This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a number of protective picks that can help you keep your phone safe in any environment.AmzerThe Crusta (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $45) features a unique four-layer structure designed to withstand even the harshest conditions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Microsoft says new Office for Mac due in 2015, unveils new Outlook app

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It’s been four long years since Microsoft released the last version of Office for the Mac, in 2010. And it will be one more before the next version arrives, Microsoft said Friday. But to tide you over until then, there’s a new version of Outlook. Although Microsoft released the latest version of its email client on Friday, the roadmap to the next version of Office is the real news. In the first half of 2015, Microsoft will release a public beta version of Office for Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. In the second half of 2015, the company said, Microsoft will ship…
  • Swedish hacker finds 'serious' vulnerability in OS X Yosemite

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    A white-hat hacker from Sweden says he’s found a serious security hole in Apple’s Yosemite OS X that could allow an attacker to take control of your computer. Emil Kvarnhammar, a hacker at Swedish security firm Truesec, calls the vulnerability “rootpipe” and has explained how he found it and how you can protect against it. It’s a so-called privilege escalation vulnerability, which means that even without a password an attacker could gain the highest level of access on a machine, known as root access. From there, the attacker has full control of the system. It affects the newest OS X…
  • Court rules cops can demand fingerprints, not passcodes, to unlock smartphones

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    If police suspect that you’ve committed a crime, the odds are pretty good that they’ll want to search your smartphone for evidence. Whether they can actually search your phone depends on the security method you’ve picked—if any—to protect the device. Use Touch ID? Turn over those fingerprints. Have a passcode? You’re home-free.A Virginia Circuit Court decided this week that cops can’t make you cough up your smartphone passcode because it violates the 5th Amendment, which bars the state from forcing you to incriminate yourself. Fingerprints are a different story, The…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for November…
  • Maximize Your Creative Energy

    Ann Holm
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve heard many personal stories this week of how people in our industry have experienced hard times and how they managed to get out of them. We end this week with an article by Ann Holm, a personal development coach and expert in psychology and brain science. Read on to learn how to reduce stress in your everyday life and prevent burnout and other breakdowns in order to stay healthy and unlock your potential. — Ed. What does knowledge of the brain and personality have to do with creative work? As a lifelong brain geek, I have taken on the mission to help others tap the secrets of…
  • Let’s Talk About It

    Christopher Murphy
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing, but it really shouldn’t be. Mental health is just an illness, like any other. When we talk about mental health, we do so in hushed terms. We whisper, “Don’t mention it, he or she isn’t ‘all there.’” I believe this approach — sweeping the problem under the…
  • When Flowers Start To Bloom, It’s A Sign That SmashingConf Oxford Is Coming Soon!

    Vitaly Friedman
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Crafting a good front-end is no piece of cake. When tough budgets and ambitious goals interweave, you need just the right expertise to make just the right decisions. That’s why we create heavily practical Smashing Conferences, and the upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 201531 isn’t going to be an exception. 2Yes, we’re coming back to the UK: SmashingConf Oxford 201531 will be as practical as usual, taking place in March 16–18th. Get your ticket.4 About The Conference We don’t care about volatile trends, but we do care about things that work and don’t work in real projects,…
  • Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know

    Alexander Charchar
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Where is it?! It has to be here somewhere. It use to be so easy. What happened? Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere. That idea is somewhere. It’s here, it has to be. This is where I’ve always found it. But there’s nothing. The only shapes I find here are well worn and boring, dints still obvious even with fresh paint. Oh so boring.
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  • Lawsuits: Frat fostered 'misogyny'

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Two lawsuits say the national chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity allowed a culture of "violent misogyny" after an internal email from the Georgia Tech chapter leaked last year instructing fraternity members on how to lure "rapebait."
  • Marine freed from Mexican prison

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Paul Tahmooressi was held since March on gun charges, and his family is "overjoyed" he's been released. A court ordered him to be freed.
  • U.S. school violence

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Here is a list of incidents of random elementary, middle and high school (excludes colleges and universities) violence with fatalities, from 1927 to the present. This list does NOT include suicides, gang related incidents, or deaths resulting from interpersonal conflicts.
  • Is 'be a man' stereotype hurting boys?

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Why did he do it?
  • Victim forgives gunman -- his cousin

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    How does a 14-year-old high school student, shot in the face and told he can never play football again, feel about his attacker?
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • I’m Calling In Tired!

    Scott Kelby
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Greetings from New York where by whatever time you read this, I’ll probably still be sound asleep.I’m feeling MUCH better (despite the fact that my voice sounds just awful), but I had a crazy busy, awesome, fun, tiring, exhausting, I’m really toast kind of day, so I’m kinda calling in “Tired.” (you can do that, right?)Lots to share next week (the Mylio launch and party last night was just so cool)!Today (Friday), I’ve got two sessions then I’m off to the airport:> 10:45 am — “How to Shoot Sports Like a Pro” at Canon’s…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wildlife Photographer Adam Jones on The Canon 7D Mark II Wildlife photographer Adam Jones talks with KelbyOne’s Mia McCormick about his thoughts on the new Canon 7D Mark II. Adam talks about how shooting high ISO has helped him get free from his tripod and shoot handheld. Adam also talks about the crop factor and how it benefits the way he shoots.If you’ve been itching to get some hands-on time with this new camera, you’ll be able to this week at PhotoPlus Expo in NYC! Just swing by the Canon booth on the expo floor and try it out for yourself today, tomorrow, or…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Steve Simon!

    Brad Moore
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Passionate Photographer – A Life Obsessed All I ever wanted to do was take pictures. I love photography. My tagline says “obsessed by all things photographic” and it’s true.When I was 16, I spent a summer riding around my suburban Montreal home on a 70cc motorcycle, an all-mechanical Nikon FM/35mm lens dangling from my neck. I was documenting community life for a local weekly newspaper long since gone. Even better, I got paid for it. As good as it gets I thought.Years later, I graduated university with a journalism degree, and I couldn’t wait to aim my camera at issues I…
  • Now I’m Offically “More-Sicky”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    After feeling sicky for about a week, and every day feeling like the next day I was going to be better, I actually started getting worse in the past couple of days.  My wifey gave me that “Boy, you need to go to the doctor” look yesterday, so I did and the Doc didn’t like my cough at all — he did chest X-rays, and I do have a full-on case of Bronchitis. After looking at my x-rays he said if I hadn’t come in, it would have been pneumonia by Friday, so as usual, the wifey was right (man, I say that a lot).I felt really cruddy yesterday, but now I’m on four…
  • My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

    Scott Kelby
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Brown

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Brown is an unassuming and subtle color. For examples see the set of brown tone images I shared earlier. When I say the word “color” I’m guessing that brown isn’t likely the first one that comes to your mind. But there is so much of this color all around us in the world, in nature. Many animals are brown. Many people have brown hair. It’s a natural and comfortable color, it feels warm. So your challenge this week is to photograph the color brown. This could be a brown item, or maybe even a black and white image that you make into a sepia tone. Here are a few…
  • A Set of Brown Tone Images

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The time of year is upon us when things turn brown up here in northern part of the world. Leaves turn yellow and then brown. Grass changes from green to beige as nature prepares for winter. You may consider brown a boring color and one that isn’t very photogenic or interesting. But there is a lot of nuance and varying tones in browns. Let’s see what’s possible. Set of brown tone images: On the top of the world by aranka delina janné on 500px Boxing Bear by Olav Thokle on 500px House of Furballs by Alex Greenshpun on 500px Talk to the Paw by Holly Kuchera on 500px Alpine…
  • 5 Fears to Overcome When Starting a Photography Business

    James Maher
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As you enter the field of professional photography, there is one thing that will become immediately clear. One of your biggest obstacles will be fear. You will worry that you are not prepared for a job, that you are not experienced enough, that something will go wrong, or that they will not like your images. Business Portrait.  Each photography job will have a different makeup and you should create a game plan going in. This is normal and I have bad news for you; the fear will never fully go away. It will get easier however, and you will become better at pushing through it. As time…
  • 4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now

    Melinda Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. You Need to Document That You Were There I get it, I do. You’re the one behind the camera. You’re the one taking the photo of that adorable little smile. You’re the one documenting that you spent a day at the park together. Someone’s got to do it, right? Sometimes you have to get on the other side of the camera, and let someone else be the photographer for a minute. Even if you weren’t planning on being in photos that day, just do it. It doesn’t matter if your hair is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you wore the most flattering outfit. It…
  • 10 Hot Photography Tutorials: October 2014

    Darren Rowse
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Who else is slightly freaked out by the fact that we’re about to move into November? Where did the year go! Anyway – it’s time to look back on the hottest tutorials for October. This past month saw a few of our posts go a little viral. Here are the top 5! 1. 10 Common Mistakes Made by New Photographers A post by Jame Mahaer that many of us can relate to and that many new photographers found helpful! 2. 3 Simple Ways to Create Stunning Eyes in Your Portrait Photography Gina Milicia did it again with this helpful tutorial on giving a little extra attention to your portrait…
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  • Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

    Victor Agreda Jr
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple...
  • iAnnotate PDF is a solid entry in the PDF markup app category

    Mel Martin
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    iAnnotate (US$9.99) is a full-featured iPad app for marking up PDF files with highlighting, diagrams, notes, and even audio comments. Standout features include the ability to markup DOC and PPT files as well as PDF documents. The app allows you to...
  • Starbucks announces delivery service to boost mobile app usage

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    During Starbucks' recent Q3 2014 earnings conference call, CEO Howard Schultz announced the company's plan to offer a delivery service starting next year, reports USA Today. Schultz failed to provide details about the service, but the initiative...
  • Dark Dock, light menus -- it's possible with this Yosemite hack

    Steven Sande
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A few weeks ago our very own Mel Martin pointed out that you can enable the new "dark mode" in OS X Yosemite simply by going to System Preferences > General and checking the "Use Dark Menu and Dock" box. But what if you're Mr. Fussypants, love the...
  • Scare yourself silly with these horror games discounted for Halloween

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It's Halloween here in the United States, which means it time to get dressed up in your best costume and head out for some fright-filled fun. Save some money while you get spooky and scary with these popular horror apps, which have been discounted...
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  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    For those following The Traveling Photographer project (more info on the whole project here) the Dubai episode has just been posted.-30-
  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
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  • Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Richard Franiec is now offering a Canon G7 X custom grip, joining the examples he makes for the Sony RX100 series, Panasonic Lumix GM1 and other small camera models. Like his other products, it's machined from high-grade aluminum alloy and attaches to the camera's front plate with 3M VHB transfer tape that can be safely removed without leaving residue. Read more
  • Kodak introduces PixPro SP360 action cam

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    JK Imaging has recently introduced the Kodak PixPro SP360 action camera to its lineup of active photo equipment. The SP360 offers an extreme 360 degree viewing range thanks to its ultra-wide F2.8 lens, which is able to capture full HD video footage along with 10MP photographs. Read more
  • Calumet brings equipment rental service online

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    C&A Marketing, the company that bought photo retailer Calumet's US operation when it closed its stores in May, has announced that Calumet Rentals is now available online. Cameras, lenses, accessories video and lighting equipment are available to rent through Read more
  • Sony launches support program for pro photographers

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sony has launched a 'Pro Support' program with the aim of offering professional photographers the levels of support available from the big DSLR makers. The move presumably comes to help persuade pros to consider switching to the company's SLT and mirrorless camera systems. The program, called Sony Imaging PRO Support, provides 'superior support' so that pros can 'ensure their Digital Imaging products are always ready'. Read more
  • Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Olympus has announced the Japan-only release of the Stylus 1s, a successor to its Stylus 1 enthusiast compact camera. Maintaining almost all of the same hardware as the Stylus 1, the Stylus 1s offers an OM-D based design with a fixed lens and provides some software upgrades. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • My Favorite Plug-ins from OnOne Just Got Better (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Lightroom and Photoshop plug-ins are huge these days. Just about every person I run in to uses at least one (if not several). Well, one of my favorites from onOne Software, just got even better. Today they announced their Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available for download. They announced the new version last month at Photoshop World in Vegas, but it’s actually shipping (or downloading) today So what’s new? I’ll run down the list of my favorite features: • They’ve really overhauled their Browse module. I’ve spoken many times to the engineers and folks at onOne…
  • Adobe Releases the Aperture Importer (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week Adobe released a plug-in for Lightroom 5.6 (obviously Mac only) that let’s you migrate your Aperture (and iPhoto) libraries over to Lightroom. Probably one of the big questions is what exactly does it import. Well, here’s the list: • Flags • Star Ratings • Keywords • GPS Data • Rejects • Hidden Files • Color Labels* • Stacks* • Face Tags* *Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords. Another big question is what happens to the adjustments made to your photos in Aperture or iPhoto. Well, those adjustment scan’t be…
  • Making the Move from Aperture to Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey everyone! I’m just getting back from my Lightroom seminar in Colorado Springs yesterday. So first off, a big thanks to everyone that came out. I’m continually fortunate to have awesome crowds at every city, and yesterday was no exception. Really engaged, and just a really great group of people. Next… if you’re an Aperture user looking to make the switch to Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a brand new class up on It’s called “Making the Switch from Aperture to Lightroom”. It covers how to use the new plug-in…
  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
  • Lightroom 5 Presets: Fall/Autumn Color Boost (Matt Kloskowski)
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. I taught a Lightroom seminar in Michigan last week, and as I drove around I saw people raking leaves (yuck!), and the trees starting to change color (cool!). So I figured it was time to release my Fall Color Presets again for Lightroom 5. TIP: If you’re looking for some Fall Photography tips, I posted some last week over on my personal landscape photography blog at These presets were created when I first started processing a lot of my fall photos years ago. As I processed my the photos I realized that I usually make the same tweaks to a…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition

    Juli Clover
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    In recent weeks, multiple carriers including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, have been competing to offer customers additional data, and today, both Verizon and AT&T have announced more revised data plans that will see customers gaining extra data at no added cost. AT&T is now offering additional data for its $40 and $70 Mobile Share Value Plan subscribers, offering 3GB of data for $40 per month (up from 2GB of data) and 6GB of data for $70 per month (up from 4GB of data). The plans also come with unlimited talk and text plus unlimited international messaging, with the new data…
  • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Closely following its optimization for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this month, Skype has updated its Skype app for iOS with faster loading times for chat, new options for saving photos, and general UI tweaks that allow users to easily browse their People lists. In the Skype 5.7 for iPhone update, we addressed some of the most common user suggestions. We can’t wait for you to download the new version to take advantage of the new features inspired by your feedback: -Save and delete photo - If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat,…
  • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Flipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines curated on Flipboard. The service is also launching an in-app section called The Daily Edition, which is delivered to users at 7 a.m. daily and features articles that are picked by Flipboard's staff. With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from…
  • Beats by Dre Debuts Special Edition Hello Kitty Headphones for 40th Anniversary

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Apple's Beats by Dre headphones brand is teaming up with Sanrio to offer two special edition Hello Kitty-themed products to commemorate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary (via CNET). Beats has designed new Solo2 over-the-ear headphones that feature an all-over Hello Kitty print in a signature red, white, and blue color scheme, plus new urBeats in-ear earphones that feature the same colors along with a bow decoration and a matching bow-shaped collector's pouch. The new Hello Kitty x Beats Solo2 headphones will retail for $249.95, while the urBeats will sell for $149.95, a $50 premium…
  • Buyer's Guide: 20% Off iTunes Gift Cards, Halloween Discounts on Most Mophie, Speck, and Griffin Products

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In celebration of Halloween, which takes place on Friday, retailers are offering some significant discounts on their products. Mophie, for example, is offering 20 percent off all of its products with the promo code LIVINGDEAD, with the discount valid until 11/2. Speck is offering a similar deal, providing customers with 20 percent off all products aside from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases with the promo code TRICKORTREAT. Speck's deal will last until 10/31. Griffin is offering 20 percent off all products sidewide using the promo code SPOOKY20. The sale will last through the end of the week. Along…
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