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  • This man’s arcade game skill is jaw-dropping [video]

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    Josh Urich
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Some people are pretty good at skee ball. Others have a wac-a-mole talent. Still others are pinball wizards. But no one, and we mean no one, is as good at pop-a-shot as this guy. We're talking two-handed, 100% accuracy good. The post This man’s arcade game skill is jaw-dropping [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Senate's chief climate contrarian throws snowball on Senate floor

    Andrew Freedman
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) took the opportunity provided by a light snowfall in Washington on Thursday to bring a snowball onto the Senate floor and toss it to a colleague It was not a playful attempt at bipartisanship, or the start of a "pass the snowball" round akin to musical chairs (last one to catch it before it melts loses). Instead, Inhofe did this to illustrate that global warming is a hoax Sen. Inhofe's snowball fight on the Senate floor.. — John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) February 26, 2015 See also: Study unearths impacts of our growing carbon emissions…
  • Facebook Rolls Out A Revamped Suicide Prevention Tool

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    David Lumb
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Some might call it Facebook taking care of its data. We say it's the kind of empathy we need online.Facebook is changing the way it deals with signs of suicide in its network. A tool that allows users to flag potentially suicidal posts will redirect to ping Facebook's own specialized team when signs of suicide are detected among users' posts—a potential step toward a more empathetic Internet.Read Full Story
  • Apple Brings Web-Based Pages, Numbers And Keynote Beyond The iCloud Beta

    Darrell Etherington
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
     Apple has added the web-based iWork, which works for anyone with an Apple ID for free on most modern browsers, to the main website. The previously beta-only iCloud offering makes Apple’s productivity suite accessible to anyone who either has, or signs up for a free Apple account, with full-featured office apps that allow for the creation and editing of text documents,… Read More
  • The indirect investment (plural)

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    Seth Godin
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    The investor asks, "when do I get paid back?" The work for hire asks, "what's in it for me?" The member of the community wonders, "what's in it for us?" Plural. More than ever, our research, our writing, our art benefits all of us more than it directly benefits just the creator. Feed the commons.        
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  • This man’s arcade game skill is jaw-dropping [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Some people are pretty good at skee ball. Others have a wac-a-mole talent. Still others are pinball wizards. But no one, and we mean no one, is as good at pop-a-shot as this guy. We're talking two-handed, 100% accuracy good. The post This man’s arcade game skill is jaw-dropping [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Comic relief for the aspiring writer [comic]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Still staring at the computer screen trying to figure out how to get that novel out of your head and onto paper? Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has a thought that could finally get those ideas down, one page at a time. The post Comic relief for the aspiring writer [comic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • If only this “Birdman” action figure were real [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    "Birdman" did very well at the Academy Awards this year, bringing in four statues in all. This commercial will make you wish that stellar film were real. The post If only this “Birdman” action figure were real [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 2CELLOS absolutely crush Muse’s “Hysteria” [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Muse's "Hysteria" is a brilliant, prog-rock masterpiece. It's meant for guitar, synth, drums, and lots of production value. It's hard to imagine how it would translate to a couple of cellos, but it really does. The post 2CELLOS absolutely crush Muse’s “Hysteria” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 childishly hilarious plumber plates

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    In order not to get bogged down in the uglier aspects of their job, plumbers need to a laugh wherever they can them. Here are ten plumber trucks that not only spell relief in a coming-to-the-rescue kind of way, but in a comic sense as well. Full story at Simply Show Plates. Potty humor. Graphics … The post 10 childishly hilarious plumber plates appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Senate's chief climate contrarian throws snowball on Senate floor

    Andrew Freedman
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) took the opportunity provided by a light snowfall in Washington on Thursday to bring a snowball onto the Senate floor and toss it to a colleague It was not a playful attempt at bipartisanship, or the start of a "pass the snowball" round akin to musical chairs (last one to catch it before it melts loses). Instead, Inhofe did this to illustrate that global warming is a hoax Sen. Inhofe's snowball fight on the Senate floor.. — John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) February 26, 2015 See also: Study unearths impacts of our growing carbon emissions…
  • 'OITNB' star Taryn Manning is free like a snake in new music video

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    LOS ANGELES — Orange Is the New Black's Taryn Manning, who portrays violence-prone devout Christian "Pennsatucky" in the Netflix dramedy, just released a music video. In the video for her and BYNON's dance single "All the Way," Manning roams a desert landscape like a bird, or as Pennsatucky would say: "not even a bird; more like a snake." See also: Remember this face: Ruby Rose joins 'Orange Is the New Black' cast Manning has been making music long before her stint on OITNB, unleashing singles almost every year since 2009 except for 2014 She also stars in another music video that came…
  • How the new Apple emoji got their skin tones: it's not what you think

    Christina Warren
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Apple rolled out new developer betas for OS X and iOS Monday — which included, amongst other things, the first look at a more diverse set of emoji. The move comes a few months after the Unicode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, proposed an update to address emoji diversity. See also: Who Controls Emoji Anyway? The new emoji options include different skin color and hair combinations for a slew of characters. And although much of the reaction to the new emoji has been positive, some users — particularly in Asian communities — are upset and confused by the…
  • How the Internet handled the Great Llama Escape of 2015

    Neha Prakash
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    People of America, the war has ended. Llay down your weapons and hug your children. The llamas have been captured One black llama and one white llama have become Bonnie and Clyde of the animal kingdom after a high-speed chase ensued in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. The gripping chase captured the attention of legions of bored 9-to-5ers trapped at their cubicles. (May we suggest taking a cue from the llamas and making a run for it?) See also: 15 Llamas Showing You How to Win at Llife As the great llama escape was llassoed to an end, the Internet exploded with a flurry of tweets about llama…
  • Google invests $300 million in SolarCity green energy project

    Rex Santus
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Google is putting up $300 million as part of a $750 million SolarCity fund meant to encourage solar energy in homes in the United States. The fund, which was announced on Thursday, covers the cost of solar panel creation and installation so homeowners will have no upfront costs to dissuade them from going green. SolarCity, America's largest solar power provider, claims it ultimately costs less than paying a typical utility company. But solar energy is still just finding its footing as a residential energy option See also: Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Nearly Invisible to the Naked Eye…
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  • Facebook Rolls Out A Revamped Suicide Prevention Tool

    David Lumb
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Some might call it Facebook taking care of its data. We say it's the kind of empathy we need online.Facebook is changing the way it deals with signs of suicide in its network. A tool that allows users to flag potentially suicidal posts will redirect to ping Facebook's own specialized team when signs of suicide are detected among users' posts—a potential step toward a more empathetic Internet.Read Full Story
  • A Defensive Google Consolidates In Europe

    David Lumb
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Facing legal challenges and calls for breakup, Google combines its myriad divisions in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.As European authorities continue to hound Google with allegations of privacy and antitrust violations, the search giant is combining its departments into one mega-regional body responsible for its activity in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Matt Brittin, who formerly headed up one half of Google's operations in Europe, will lead the company's newly unified efforts there, the Financial Times reports.Read Full Story
  • To Become A Grown-Up Business, YouTube Needs To Attract Grown-Up Viewers

    Ainsley O'Connell
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    The online video platform remains unprofitable, despite an audience of billions.Young kids loop through their favorite Minecraft animations. Tweens follow makeup tutorials and play Taylor Swift music videos at full volume. But grown-ups—what in the world do grown-ups watch on YouTube?Read Full Story
  • Naked Models Drenched In Honey Become Works Of Art In This Stunning Photo Shoot

    KC Ifeanyi
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photographer Blake Little may not be able to use amber for a new series, but the material he went with is still pretty sweet. (Sorry.)Honey: good on biscuits, in tea, and, apparently, for drenching naked people from head to toe.Read Full Story
  • You Can Eat KFC's New Coffee Cup

    Mark Wilson
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Your stomach is KFC's newest landfill.Most coffee cups are made from paper or plastic. But KFC Britain has a strange, potentially better idea: Serving coffee in sweet, edible cups.Read Full Story
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  • Apple Brings Web-Based Pages, Numbers And Keynote Beyond The iCloud Beta

    Darrell Etherington
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
     Apple has added the web-based iWork, which works for anyone with an Apple ID for free on most modern browsers, to the main website. The previously beta-only iCloud offering makes Apple’s productivity suite accessible to anyone who either has, or signs up for a free Apple account, with full-featured office apps that allow for the creation and editing of text documents,… Read More
  • Study: Most People Won’t Stop Online Bullies

    John Biggs
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
     In 1964 a woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed and left for dead in Kew Gardens, Queens. She screamed for help over a half hour while bystanders and apartment-dwellers above apparently ignored her pleas. Her assailant had time to disguise himself during the attack. She died of her injuries, and experts at the time called the failure of bystanders to act “Genovese Syndrome.” While… Read More
  • Pebble Launches A Preview SDK With Color Support For The New Pebble Time

    Darrell Etherington
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:47 am
     The Pebble Time is still going strong on Kickstarter, but Pebble is already thinking about the device’s launch in May, and is accordingly making tools available early to help both existing and new developers target the platform. A new developer preview of the Pebble SDK 3.0 is now available, and it includes a software emulator that shows you how your apps will look on the Pebble… Read More
  • It’s Well Past Time VCs Hired HR Directors

    Danny Crichton
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
     Those following the Pao/KPCB saga in court yesterday were treated to the testimony of Trae Vassallo, a former Kleiner partner, who claimed on the witness stand that she too was uncomfortably propositioned by Ajit Nazre. Nazre was the Kleiner partner who Pao claims in her lawsuit harassed her after the two had a falling out. Vassallo said in court that when she brought this to the attention of… Read More
  • 3D Robotics Taps Qualcomm For $50M Series C And Mobile Tech

    Matt Burns
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
     The race to build the best drone is on and 3D Robotics is today announcing its latest round of financing that it hopes will enable the company to keep its commanding position in the marketplace. As part of the funding, the drone upstart also found a new partner in Qualcomm. You know, the company that builds the chips and bits inside cell phones, because as CEO and co-founder Chris Anderson… Read More
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  • The indirect investment (plural)

    Seth Godin
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    The investor asks, "when do I get paid back?" The work for hire asks, "what's in it for me?" The member of the community wonders, "what's in it for us?" Plural. More than ever, our research, our writing, our art benefits all of us more than it directly benefits just the creator. Feed the commons.        
  • 'Connect to' vs. 'Connect'

    Seth Godin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    An organization might seek to 'connect to' its customers or constituents. Connection is a form of permission, the ability to deliver value to the people who request it. Vertical connection creates the ability to communicate and delivers a barrier to entry. Most online stores are connected to their customers. Most freelancers seek to connect to their clients. Most teachers work to connect to their students. That's different, though, than 'connect'. When you connect your customers or your audience or your students, you're the matchmaker, building horizontal relationships, person to person. This…
  • Shoes that don't fit (and free salt)

    Seth Godin
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:47 am
    A beautiful pair of shoes, but one size too small, on sale and everything.... Not worth buying, not for you, not at any price. Because shoes that don't fit aren't a bargain. And at a restaurant, you may have noticed that there's no extra charge for salt. You can have as much salt as you want on your food, for free. (Of course, it's not really free, it's part of the cost of the meal, so we paid for it, so we might as well get our money's worth, might as well use a lot.) Of course, that's silly, because regardless of how much we were billed for the salt, no matter how unlimited our access to it…
  • "Leap First" is now available

    Seth Godin
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    An original audio production* via Sounds True, with 100% of my royalties going to the Acumen Fund. Find it right here: Leap First.  I just got this great note from Jason Connell. I hope the recording resonates with you as much as it did with him: Wanted to let you know that I listened to Leap First over the past two days and love it. I am amazed by how you blended business, personal development, and spirituality into one fluid recording. It did an amazing job of inspiring confidence, vision, and excitement about tackling... not just projects, but life and I plan to listen to it again…
  • Ruckusmaker day

    Seth Godin
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    Celebrated all over the world, for the first time, tomorrow is annual Ruckusmaker Day. Tomorrow would have been Steve Jobs' 60th birthday. Steve's contribution wasn't invention. Technology breakthroughs didn't come out of his basement the way they did from Land or Tesla. Instead, his contribution was to have a point of view. To see something and say 'yes' or 'no'. To not only have a point of view, but to change it when the times demanded.  Most of all, to express that point of view, to act on it, to live with it. There's a lot to admire about the common-sense advice, "If you don't have…
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  • Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used To

    Sarah Fallon
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    On a blog post at PLOS, the tropical disease expert Peter Hotez and postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Herricks take a run through the data on the biggest killers of children around the world in 2013, part of a new dataset from Global Burden of Disease study published in the January Lancet. The main one is malaria, […] The post Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used To appeared first on WIRED.
  • Google Opens the Play Store to Ads to Keep Up With Facebook

    Issie Lapowsky
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Google announced today that it will begin running ads in Google Play, in an apparent attempt to compete in a mobile advertising race that includes other frontrunners like Facebook. The post Google Opens the Play Store to Ads to Keep Up With Facebook appeared first on WIRED.
  • Neill Blomkamp Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Chappie

    Peter Rubin
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    It’s been just about 18 months since Neill Blomkamp followed up District 9 with Elysium, and in doing so left his native South Africa behind as a backdrop. Next weekend, however, he returns to theaters—and Johannesburg—with his new film, Chappie. Back is his friend and frequent collaborator Sharlto Copley, though in decidedly nonhuman form; Copley […] The post Neill Blomkamp Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Chappie appeared first on WIRED.
  • Digital Wallets: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End?

    Max Wolff, Manhattan Venture Partners
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    Apple Pay is up and running and digital wallets are back in the limelight. Are merchants, consumers, and the market ready for mass adoption of digital wallets? Google Wallet’s poor early uptake comes to mind four years after its launch in 2011. We believe a combination of factors – part structural, part user experience – […] The post Digital Wallets: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End? appeared first on WIRED.
  • The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet

    Robert McMillan
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    The FCC voted today to change the way it regulates internet providers in the United States. Net Neutrality advocates say it's a major victory for the internet. The post The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet appeared first on WIRED.
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  • How Compassion International Uses Blogging to Save Lives

    Guest Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    This is a guest contribution from Caitlin Gustafson.I imagine a dirt road with boys playing with a lonely old soccer ball in the warm sunshine. A little boy with dark brown curls chases the ball, his worn sneakers kicking up dust from the street. I don’t know if that’s what life is really like for Janair, my sponsor child from Honduras. But every time I get a hand-written letter in crayon, or I see a new picture of him, it’s what I imagine. Compassion International is a non-profit organization that works in 26 countries around the world and is one of the few organizations that holds a…
  • Are You a Full Time Blogger with Small to Medium Traffic? Let’s Chat

    Darren Rowse
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    One of the biggest misconceptions that many bloggers have is that you need MASSIVE traffic to become a full time blogger. We often hear how many hundreds of thousands or even millions of visitors this or that blog has but the reality is that I’ve met many bloggers over the years who don’t have massive traffic – yet who are still making a healthy income from their blogging. The problem is that these bloggers don’t always have the platform to tell their stories and so the myth that you need massive traffic goes on without being busted. This year I want to smash that myth…
  • Top 15 FREE Internet Marketing Tools To Boost Your Online Business

    Guest Blogger
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    This is a guest contribution from Kulwant Nagi. Today, Internet marketing is evolving at a greater pace than ever. Companies are pulling out all the stops to get more online exposure and, eventually, more customers. Using premium services for all the tools necessary for Internet marketing is not feasible for every business – that’s when free options come into play. When I started my career two years ago, I was not aware of these tools, so I kept looking for the best and easiest ways to boost my business. I continued to add all the tools to my browser’s bookmarks for quick &…
  • Why You Should Join us at the next ProBlogger Training Event

    Darren Rowse
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    Have you ever considered coming to a ProBlogger training event? We hear from a lot of bloggers around Australia (and internationally) that they’ve thought about it but were a little unsure if it was for them. So at last year’s event we filmed this little video with the help of our mate Mick Russell to give you a feel for the event, our attendees and why they think you should join us at our 2015 event. Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger Why You Should Join us at the next ProBlogger Training Event
  • What does the ‘Pro’ in ProBlogger Stand for?

    Darren Rowse
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    I overheard an interesting debate on Twitter recently about what the ‘Pro’ in ProBlogger stands for. Is it to signify professional behaviour, or is it about the profession of blogging? The answer is both – but in my mind it’s more. Here’s what the Pro in ProBlogger means to me I’m Pro Bloggers – I love bloggers As a 16-year-old I took a short course in public speaking. This was an unusual move for me because I was a very shy kid who had a small group of friends. The idea of speaking in front of a room of people terrified me, but as I wanted to conquer that fear I took…
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  • Make Your Own Custom Dark Mode Menu Bar Icons for OS X Yosemite Apps

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The dark menu bar in OS X Yosemite is great, but a lot of icons don't play well with the new look. iDownloadBlog shows off how to make your own so they integrate better.Read more...
  • Disguise Thinning Hair By Ditching the Products

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    While thinning hair certainly isn't the end of the world, it is annoying. The Wall Street Journal spoke with stylist Diana Schmidtke to get some tips on disguising it, and one suggestion is to ditch the hair products altogether.Read more...
  • Bundled Crapware Has Come to Macs, So Hone Your BS Detectors

    Thorin Klosowski
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    There's an old belief that Macs don't have the same crapware/malware problem that Windows does. However, with the rise of Macs over the past few years, that's no longer true. Our friends at the How-To Geek explain how OS X crapware works, and how to avoid it.Read more...
  • ​Sugar Isn't Any Healthier Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

    Beth Skwarecki
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    High fructose corn syrup is terrible for you. I want to be really clear about that. But if you pore over ingredient labels trying to avoid it, or if you opt for Jones Soda or Mexican Coke because of its "real" sugar, you may have been duped.Read more...
  • Everybody loves infographics.

    Whitson Gordon
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    Everybody loves infographics. Facts (and assertions) just spring to life when you make them into cool pictures. But this powerful tool is all too often misused. Our friends at io9 put together a list of 11 infographics that are either completely misleading or totally useless. [io9 ]Read more...
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  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
  • Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m looking for people to review The Art of the Start 2.0. If you’re interested, please complete this short form: Space is limited, so when the spots are gone, they’re gone! Once the application process is completed, readers will be selected and will receive an email with a digital copy via Net Galley of The Art of the Start 2.0 to review. Thank you in advance for your help. Solid book reviews help a book and the author very much. The post Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0 appeared first…
  • The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Interesting story of how Alicia Shaffer sells $1 million of fashion items via her Etsy shop. It’s fantastic that Etsy has created a market like this–democratizing commerce and crafts! There is some controversy about whether her products are handcrafted “enough,” but there are marketing lessons to learn from her success, nonetheless! The post The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • My Advice to 22 Year-Olds

    Guy Kawasaki
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    As I write this, I’m just past the big 6O. Here’s some advice based on thirty-eight more years of living than you have. I don’t expect you to believe everything I say–when I was twenty-two I wouldn’t listen to someone this old, but maybe some of this will resonate with you: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Accepting the known and resisting the unknown is a mistake. You should do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Now is the time to take this kind of risk because you have less to lose and everything to gain. Great things happen…
  • How to Find a Co-Founder

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    People love the notion of the sole innovator, but this notion is wrong. Successful companies are usually started, and become successful, with the contributions of at least two people. Yin and yang, maker and seller, dreamer and pragmatist — call it what you will. After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.” In some instances the first follower is the first customer, but most often the first…
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  • FCC Votes in Favor of Net Neutrality Rules, Classifies Broadband Service as a Utility

    Joe Rossignol
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor by a 3-to-2 decision to enforce net neutrality rules that it claims will help protect freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet, reports Ars Technica. The FCC ruling classifies broadband service as a utility and prevents Internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering prioritized service through so-called Internet "fast lanes" for payment."The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the…
  • Apple Opens Up 'iWork for iCloud' to Everyone, No Apple Device Required

    Juli Clover
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Following a short beta testing period, Apple's website has been updated to make its iWork suite of apps accessible to all users, even those without an Apple device. As of today, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. The software suite lets users create and edit text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from their browsers. Signing up for a free Apple ID account entitles users to 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage to be used with the apps for storing documents. Previously, access to Apple's iWork suite of apps was limited to users…
  • Apple Targeting Early April Launch Date for Apple Watch

    Juli Clover
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Apple has not provided details on when the Apple Watch might begin shipping to customers beyond the broad "April" launch date shared by CEO Tim Cook, but new information provided to MacRumors suggests the Apple Watch could see a release more towards the beginning of April rather than the end of the month. According to a reliable source that spoke with MacRumors, Apple is planning to begin moving Apple Watches to centralized distribution points in the U.S. during the first few days of the month, with an Apple Watch release possibly coming during the first full week of April, between April 6…
  • Smartflash Hits Apple With Second Lawsuit After Winning $533 Million Verdict

    Joe Rossignol
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Just one day after Apple was ordered to pay a $532.9 million settlement to Smartflash LLC for infringing upon its patented technologies, the Texas-based patent licensing firm has sued the Cupertino-based company a second time over the same patents (via Reuters). The new lawsuit covers Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2."Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included," Smartflash's attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on…
  • Apple to Live Stream 'Spring Forward' Apple Watch Event on March 9

    Juli Clover
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Apple today updated its website to notify users that it plans to live stream its Monday, March 9 media event that will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event will be broadcast on Apple's Live website and it will also be available on the Apple TV via a dedicated channel. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event as well, both on and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account for those unable to watch Apple's live stream. The March 9 event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, is expected to focus on the Apple Watch. Apple will…
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  • Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Conferences?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I had a wonderful time at Michael Port’s Heroic Public Speaking event. There was a lot of value offered for those who attended. As a speaker, I loved sharing what I knew with the folks who were there. But I also operated as an attendee, listening and absorbing, and also getting what I could out of meeting and talking with other attendees. I had a secret opportunity: almost a dozen people there were friends as well as attendees. So I got a LOT out of my time there. But it made me think. Are you getting the most out of your conferences? There are some great ways to improve your conference…
  • You Will Never See Us Coming

    Chris Brogan
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    I was talking with the ever smart Jeff Brown who does the Read to Lead Podcast (one of my favorites), and we were talking about how podcasting is just booming. Jeff runs a Podcaster Academy. I co-founded PodCamp, etc. It’s a big topic these days. Jeff said that once at his former job in radio, someone said, “You can’t kill radio. No one will ever listen to a traffic report on a podcast.” Continue ReadingThe post You Will Never See Us Coming appeared first on
  • Remember When I Said I Quit Facebook?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A few years back, I quit Facebook. I tried deleting my old profile, but in Facebook, that’s pretty much an act of congress, so I just abandoned it. A year ago-ish, I snuck back on, but decided not to do much in the way of “business” via my Facebook. Along the way, I discovered what I think is the real value of the platform. Facebook Business Value Isn’t What You Think People ask me often about advertising on Facebook. I have no idea. Every time I’ve done it, nothing much happens. Jon Loomer knows better than me. That’s his thing. Continue ReadingThe post…
  • Why I Won’t Stop Blogging

    Chris Brogan
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    I started blogging in 1998, back when they called it journaling. My first site wasn’t really blogging software. It didn’t exist yet. A bunch of my sites have been lost to software companies folding. Then eventually, I landed on, ported some of those posts to WordPress, made a lot of mistakes, and finally settled into staying on WordPress and staying in the same rough area of the universe (though my focus changes every few years). I won’t stop blogging I love it. I love having a platform where I can reach out to people, share my thoughts and ideas…
  • Hanging out on MSNBC Your Business

    Chris Brogan
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    I was on MSNBC’s Your Business with JJ Ramberg, with my co-panelist Larry Broughton. We discussed underpants, second locations, and virtual assistants. If any of that is your thing or if you just want to see me chatting in a tie, here you are: Continue ReadingThe post Hanging out on MSNBC Your Business appeared first on
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  • Three Misconceptions About Modern SEO That Confuse Content Marketers

    Brian Clark
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    What’s the reality of search engine optimization after the Google Hummingbird update? Can someone destroy your business with negative SEO? Did Google kill the concept of AuthorRank when it eliminated the Authorship initiative? For these types of questions, there’s no better person to ask than Danny Sullivan, founder of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, CMO of Third Door Media (producers of the popular SMX conferences), and a veteran search engine expert of 20 years. Today’s show is just a warmup to Danny’s presentation at Authority Rainmaker 2015, May 13-15 in…
  • A Brief Guide to Fixing Your Old, Neglected, and Broken Content

    Demian Farnworth
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the first steps to creating adaptive content is becoming aware of the content you already have. This is why we encourage you to audit your site. But before you dive into a full-blown comprehensive content audit, it might be possible to make your job a little easier by first dealing with all of the expired content. What exactly is expired content? It’s those old sales pages, obsolete product pages, and other outdated content. The pages you’ve forgotten about in your archives that desperately need some attention. You’ll know where some of this content is off the top of…
  • Here’s How to Answer the Most Important Question in Life (and Make a Living from It)

    Demian Farnworth
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why bother? Each and every morning you and I both wake up and ask ourselves that question. Some mornings we don’t even think about the question, but answer it deliberately by jumping out of bed and bolting for the office. In these cases, we bother because we care deeply about what we do. We feel like we matter. Then there are the other mornings … Mornings where you roll over and eye the clock. The alarm will sound within minutes, but you have no desire to get out of bed. It has been a long week — and it’s only Tuesday. On these days — which may turn into months…
  • Are You Overlooking Any (or All) of These 7 Ways to Build Online Authority with LinkedIn?

    Louisa Chan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Flash mobs. People are attracted to these spectacles. We drop what we’re doing and gather around to watch, but then we leave. We go back to what we were doing before we were interrupted. No one really knows who orchestrated the performance. The entire experience is short-lived and doesn’t make any profound impact. Now, imagine performing at an opera house, such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House pictured above — the venue for Authority Rainmaker 2015. An attentive audience becomes fascinated by your performance and applauds you to show their appreciation. You know…
  • How an Email Newsletter Publisher Built an Audience of 223,991 Subscribers

    Robert Bruce
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Brian and I have been talking about his new curation-based email newsletter lately, and I thought it’d be interesting to have a similar conversation with someone in a completely different topical market. It’s about one person writing and curating a topic he knows and cares about, building a massive email audience over a period of four years, then turning all that work into a sustainable business. And hang in there, even if you have no interest in (or understanding of) programming, Javascript, Ruby, or HTML5, you’ll be able to apply the lessons of this episode to your own…
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  • Review: LastPass for Mac protects your passwords but needs polish

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    The gold standard for password vaults on the Mac is 1Password. Now in its fifth major release, 1Password has matured along with its userbase. One of its most stalwart longtime competitors, LastPass, has had an iOS version, but OS X customers have had to work through browser plug-ins or its website, putting it at a disadvantage. The release of the free LastPass for Mac puts the two popular secrets-protection packages head to head. And LastPass comes out reasonably well in aspects of the comparison: the two apps carve out different spaces, which will vary in importance by users’ specific…
  • Net neutrality passes FCC, will apply to mobile too

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve new net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility, over the objections of the commission’s Republican members and large broadband providers. The commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web traffic and from offering paid traffic prioritization services. The commission’s vote on the new rules prompted loud applause from the audience at the FCC meeting. The new regulations will almost certainly face a…
  • Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple Watch at March 9 event

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. The following day, Apple is inviting us to “spring forward” at a “special event” in San Francisco. Hmm…could Apple be showing off a device that has something to do with setting the clock? Macworld will be in the audience to bring you the details at 10 a.m. Pacific. As is standard for Apple, the invite gave no details other than time, date, and location (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a larger venue than Town Hall in Cupertino, where Apple held its last event). But given the tag line and the timing, it’s a given that the company is…
  • Nickelodeon's 'Noggin' streaming service is just for preschoolers

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Nickelodeon is taking its first foray into subscription video streaming, though it's not the far-reaching service we expected. Instead, the new “Noggin” service will be aimed strictly at preschoolers, with ad-free shows like Blue’s Clues, Little Bear, and Kai-lan. It'll also include music videos, educational videos, games, and activities. The service will launch on March 5 for $5.99 per month, and will only be available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Nick says it's talking to TV providers about offering the service as a “premium compliment” for subscribers, but there's no word on…
  • Get Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on your iPad

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now support Dropbox on an iPad or iPhone. Unless, of course, you want to insert photos. Here's the workaround.
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Build Your Own Product Hunt With Telescope And Meteor

    Sacha Greif
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Over in startup land, one of the big stories of 2014 was, without a doubt, the success of Product Hunt1. It’s is a community where people post, vote on and comment on new products they’ve discovered or launched. Whether you’re looking for the next big thing to invest in or just want to find a better weather app, Product Hunt has got you covered. Coincidentally, in addition to being a fan of the website, I also have a pretty personal connection to the company. I’ve been online friends with Product Hunt’s designer Jonno Riekwel2 for years, and I was part of founder Ryan…
  • RICG Responsive Images For WordPress

    Tim Evko
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    I recently teamed up with Mat Marquis of the Responsive Images Community Group to help integrate responsive images into the WordPress platform. We decided to refactor a plugin that I had built several months ago, hoping that it would lead to a more useable and performant solution. After months of pull requests, conversations on Slack and help from WordPress’ core team, we’re finally ready to share what we’ve been working on. You can download and install RICG Responsive Images1 from WordPress’ plugin directory, while keeping track of our development progress on GitHub2. What Does The…
  • Accessibility Originates With UX: A BBC iPlayer Case Study

    Henny Swan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Not long after I started working at the BBC, I fielded a complaint from a screen reader user who was having trouble finding a favorite show via the BBC iPlayer’s home page1. The website had recently undergone an independent accessibility audit which indicated that, other than the odd minor issue here and there, it was reasonably accessible. I called the customer to establish what exactly the problem was, and together we navigated the home page using a screen reader. It was at that point I realized that, while all of the traditional ingredients of an accessible page were in place —…
  • Design Last

    Rik Schennink
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    How does one design and develop for the responsive web? A lot of methodologies out there try to tackle this problem, but all of them rely on the same classic website development process. It boils down to the following: design and then develop. Let’s go nuts and flip this outdated methodology on its head. Before we start flipping things around, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane, just so we know where we’ve come from and where we are now. History It’s 1989, and Tim Berners-Lee, the man with the plan, conjures up HTML while working at CERN. It’s a language to link content…
  • Mobile Prototyping With

    Will Hacker
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    There are many options available for prototyping mobile user experiences, but if you need to prototype native apps for mobile devices you should take a look at Proto.io1 when evaluating potential choices. This solution has many features for designing and prototyping mobile apps, including built-in component libraries for specific devices, great support for gestures and transitions, and an app that allows for easy viewing on actual hardware. But the first thing to know is that unlike most prototyping tools, is a web application, so you’ll need an internet connection to do your…
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  • Candidate for governor dead in apparent suicide

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    A leading Republican candidate for Missouri's governor's office died in an apparent suicide on Thursday morning.
  • I trained this dog to read

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Dog trainer Maureen Ward says she can teach dogs to read, as WAVE's Connie Leonard reports.
  • South Korea legalizes adultery

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    South Korea's Constitutional Court has overturned a law that made adultery a crime, saying it violates the constitutional right to pursue happiness. FULL STORY
  • Bikram Yoga guru accused of rapes

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    To his legions of fans, Bikram Choudhury has an almost other-world quality. The yoga guru inspires as he promises to heal body and mind.
  • 'Jihadi John' identity revealed

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources told CNN the man's identity. The Washington Post reports he was from a "well-to-do family" and has a degree in computer programming. FULL STORY
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Digital Art: The Inspirational Series with Bert Monroy During Photoshop World, Mia McCormick had the opportunity to sit down with Bert Monroy, an insanely talented pioneer in digital art, to get his perspective on art and what inspires him to keep creating. Bert has been an artist his entire life, and is a master in Photoshop and Illustrator with impressive roster of clients and his work hung in galleries around the world. Bert and Mia touch on topics ranging from how he sees digital fitting into the world of art to the impact his work has hard on others, and so much more! Check it out at…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Ron Martinsen!

    Brad Moore
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    An imperfect pub shot is both a rare portrait as well as a great memoryRecently the Ethernet support on my DroboPro stopped working so I thought I lost access to 12 terabytes of archived photographs. I had used Drobo’s dual disk redundancy feature to make sure I was covered if a drive crashed, and I had seen this work flawlessly several times over the last few years. However, I didn’t count on the connection between the computer and Drobo dying. After multiple attempts to get help from Drobo that went unanswered I started to panic! Photos from fun days with our family are irreplaceableI…
  • Today My Blog is Dedicated To My Publisher and Dear Friend, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel

    Scott Kelby
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    Last week I heard the news that my long-time friend Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel was retiring from her post as Publisher at Peachpit Press, the company that for as long as I can remember, has published all my books. For many years Nancy had led a team of some of the most creative, passionate, and talented people in modern book publishing history, and she and her team gave flight to an unparalleled body of work from some of the greatest educators of graphics, art and design of our time.I’m dedicating my blog today to Nancy as my way of saying thanks for never compromising, for always striving…
  • Valentine’s Weekend On The Oregon Coast

    Scott Kelby
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Weekend before last, my wife Kalebra and I snuck off for a Valentine’s Day getaway to meet our friends Moose & Sharon Peterson on the Oregon Coast. I did a post about the trip over at with some images from the trip, and the story behind them, along with my story of shooting the famous “Thor’s Well” which was, well…it was swell. Get it? Swell? Ah, forget it.Anyway, if you’ve got a second, here’s the link. Hope you guys have a great Monday!Best,-ScottP.S. I posted #10 in my series called “10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom…
  • Celebrating Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary

    Scott Kelby
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:08 am
    It’s hard to believe, but Photoshop is 25-years-old! Yesterday was its official birthday, and yesterday in honor of, and to celebrate, “The Photoshop Guys” did a special broadcast about Photoshop, and we shared some tips and techniques, and you can watch it right above.You’re Invited! 25 years is a pretty amazing milestone, so to continue the celebration we’re hosting a free Webcast where we’re going to look through the years at the different versions of Photoshop, and we’re going to share our favorite features introduced in each version by sharing…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Simple Tips to Improve Your Travel Photography – Photographing Mountains, Hills and Valleys

    Kav Dadfar
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    There really aren’t many scenes that can match the sheer awe of a snowcapped mountain in a landscape image; but capturing an image that might do the scene justice isn’t always straightforward. Here are some simple tips to help you next time you are looking to photograph mountains, hills and valleys in your travel photography: Be Patient Photography can be incredibly frustrating at times, especially when the weather goes against you; and very rarely will you get to a location and have everything in place to make a great photo. Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for the right…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Lightroom Before Starting

    John Davenport
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    So you just installed Lightroom, now what? You could spend some time just playing around and learning through doing, but if you’re looking for a nudge in the right direction here are a few simple concepts that I wish I’d thought about before starting my own Lightroom journey – hopefully it helps you! Five things you should know about Lightroom before you start: #1 Your organizational strategy This might not seem important at first, but Lightroom is an amazing organizer of your photographs if you choose to use it as one. So before you start haphazardly uploading photographs…
  • 7 Uncommon Tips for Winter Sunrise Photos Near Water

    Iain Stanley
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    There are few things in photography that people love more than dreamy sunrise shots full of bold oranges, big suns, washing waters, and burnt horizons. The dawn of a new day is a spiritually significant event as our past misdeeds of yesterday are forgotten under the promise of fresh beginnings. Sunrise also affords us some of the best light to work with in photography. However, if you live near the coast and you plan to get up early to take some sunrise shots that involve you being in or around rocks on the water’s edge, there are some key things you must remember, especially in the…
  • 10 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Overcome Them

    Prathap DK
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’ve got your DSLR and you are excited to test it out. You might have gone out for the first few days or perhaps weeks and then all of a sudden the excitement wears out. Why? Because you don’t seem to get what you want out of your mighty DSLR, right? You may have spent countless hours in your college, office, or at home in search of a best DSLR that can take the best photographs you want. All your efforts have gone in vein and you have a frustrating backlog of your actual work. Next time you feel such frustration about your photography remember this quote: “You will only fail to…
  • Get Complete Control Of Your Camera with Our Brand New Course

    Darren Rowse
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Today I’m very excited to announce the launch of our first Digital Photography School Course – Photo Nuts and Bolts. The Photo Nuts Journey Early in 2010 dPS launched a brand new eBook – Photo Nuts and Bolts. Written by Neil Creek it was all about understanding your camera so you can get creative control over it. It went on to become one of our most popular eBooks ever and each year since we’ve added new eBooks to the series including Photo Nuts and Shots (Tools and Techniques for Creative Photography), Photo Nuts and Post (a Guide to Post-Processing) and Photo Nuts…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • So long, and thanks for all the fish

    Steven Sande
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    As you may have heard, TUAW is being archived by its parent company AOL. The 10+ years of content that our talented team of writers and editors have crafted are due be folded into our sister site Engadget, where you'll be able to check out the archiv...
  • There's magic everywhere

    Victor Agreda Jr
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The past couple of articles I've written about Apple may paint the company in a negative light. One might misinterpret those posts as saying "Apple is doomed." I think given profitability, cash on hand and product pipeline, that is a ridiculous state...
  • Realmac's Indiegogo campaign: Building a sustainable blogging service

    Steven Sande
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Back in the early days of December 2014, TUAW ran a review of Typed (US$19.99), a very minimalist blogging app for OS X from Realmac Software that works with a number of blogging platforms including WordPress and Blogger. Now the company has launched...
  • The end of an era

    Michael Jones
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    The news that TUAW is being shut down came as quite a shock to me, having missed some of the rumors floating around the Internet about AOL's possible plans. Those of you who pay attention to author's bylines on posts will probably notice that I ha...
  • Mac 101: Option-select those columns

    Michael Rose
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It's fitting that this is my last Mac 101 tip for TUAW, because it's one of the first "whoa, how did you do that?" tricks I learned as a desktop publishing newbie way, way back in the day. Like, Word and PageMaker on System 5, 1988-vintage back in th...
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • Tokina to launch water dispersing filter coating and IR-cut ND range

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Japanese optical manufacturer Tokina is showing a hydrophilic filter coating that forces water droplets to spread into a thin film so that they become invisible to the camera. The coating will allow photographers to carry on shooting when rain or spray on the lens would otherwise obstruct the optical path. Read more
  • NPPA and World Press plan ethics symposium following contest disqualifications

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The National Press Photographers Association and World Press Photo plan to hold a symposium later in 2015 to talk about ethics in photography, following news that 20% of the photos entered in the World Press Photo contest were disqualified after reaching the penultimate round, due to digital manipulations of some sort being discovered. Meanwhile, the NPPA has called on the photographers disqualified from the contest to release their photos to the public. Read more
  • Lytro plans to shed jobs as it shifts focus to video

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal has announced that the company has raised an additional $50M in funding, but plans to use it to make a strategic shift into video and virtual reality, while shedding some jobs. Although the exact number of layoffs has yet to be decided, website re/code is reporting that between 25-50 of Lytro's 130-strong workforce may be made redundant as the company seeks to hire new employees with video and virtual reality experience. Click through to read more
  • Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD real-world sample gallery posted

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    After handling a prototype at Photokina, we brought a final shipping sample of Tamron's new 15-30mm wideangle zoom back from CP+. The stabilized ultra-wideangle lens covers a full-frame sensor, offers a unique double lens hood design for added strength and boasts a very competitive $1200 price tag. We're impressed so far - check out our samples gallery
  • Sony Xperia Z3 camera review

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Sony Xperia Z3 is the successor to the Xperia Z2, and in terms of both camera specification and design it's more of an evolutionary update than a major overhaul. In terms of camera specs the new model comes with the same 20.7 MP resolution on a 1/2.3 sensor as its predecessor but the new G-lens offers a wider equivalent focal length of 25mm. Click through to read our full review on
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Quick Tip: Use Auto Sync (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When you are working on a shoot where your lighting and camera settings are fixed, there are changes that you would like to quickly pass to the other images in the shoots. Getting this done quickly can be a great time saver in your workflow. Let me speed this up just a little bit further by adding another tool to your arsenal – Auto Sync. When you make some develop setting changes to your images, you have the option to select the images that are next to the one that you changed.  Pressing the Sync button at the bottom of the basic panel lets you take the settings that you set for the…
  • Lightroom’s Upright ‘Constrain Crop’ Feature “Gotcha!’ (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    Above: the uncropped, un-lens-corrected image. I love the Upright feature Adobe added to Lightroom for fixing lens problems. Love, love, love it! Now, beyond that, one feature I love within it is the “Constrain to Crop” feature, because when I turn it on, it automatically crops away any white border areas left over from Upright’s automated correction. However, there’s a little gotcha. Above: Here’s the image after I hit the “Auto” upright correction button, with the Constrain Crop checked on. If I decide I don’t like the way it cropped the image (or I want…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #10 (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hey Gang: It’s the final installment of my 10-part series on 10 things I would tell a new Lightroom user, and we’re wrapping up number 10 with something that helps move you from Lightroom beginner to Lightroom intermediate. PLUS: at the end of this post, I’ll recap all 10 of the thingies. OK, here we go: #10: To Speed Your Workflow Start Making Presets Now Lightroom has a lot of ways to add automation to your workflow, so you spend less time on the tedious, repetitive things, and that leaves you more time for the fun stuff. The problem is: not only do beginner’s not take the…
  • It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #2 with Scott & RC (Matt Kloskowski)
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    It’s more tips and techniques based on the stuff you guys asked for. One thing we saw a lot were request for more on printing, so RC jumps in with some great info. I’ve got a coupla tricks that I hope might come in handy for you, and the whole thing goes by pretty quickly, but it’s packed full of tips. Plus, our featured photographer this episode is – we are big fans of his work (hope you will be, too). Next week we’ll be working on some of the suggestion you guys had for how the show is produced, including using closer camera…
  • Adding Depth of Field Effects to Your Images (Matt Kloskowski)
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    One of the great filters added to Photoshop is the Blur Filters. I use them all of the time, but what if you don’t have Photoshop and want to add a blur? Well, you are not without hope. Let me show you a little trick. If you take and change the Clarity and Sharpness sliders to negative, you in essence apply a bit of a blur, so why not use your adjustment tools to create fields of blur? crank the Clarity and Sharpness down Simply crank the two settings down to -100 and start painting with the Adjustment brush, or use the Radial tool. However, one of my favorite ways is to use the…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option

    Juli Clover
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Avatron, the company behind popular secondary display app Air Display 2 today launched an updated version of the software, Air Display 3. Like Air Display 2, Air Display 3 allows users to turn their iPads, iPhones, or iPod touches into secondary displays for their computers, but Air Display 3 has an important new feature -- an option to connect an iOS device to a computer over USB. Previous iterations of AirDisplay have been forced to work over WiFi (which made using AirDisplay laggy and unreliable) because for a long time, Apple rejected apps that used a USB connection. Apple relaxed its…
  • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter

    Joe Rossignol
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple continued to dominate in global smartphone profit during the fourth quarter of 2014, capturing a record-high 88.7% share of profit during the three-month period ending December. Apple earned quarterly operating profit of $18.8 billion on iPhone sales, up from $11.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013."Global smartphone operating profit grew 31 percent annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014. Android hardware vendors combined took a record-low 11 percent global smartphone profit…
  • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    Joe Rossignol
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest Mobility Index Report from Good Technology reveals that iOS increased its lead over Android in the enterprise market during the fourth quarter on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iOS accounted for 73% of total activations during the three-month period ending December, up from 69% in the previous quarter and equal to the year-ago quarter. Specifically, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus made up 30% of all activations during the fourth quarter, with the iPhone 6 to iPhone 6 Plus split being 77% and 23% respectively. Android activations dropped from 29% during the third…
  • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs

    Juli Clover
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Google today announced an update to its Google Play Music service, expanding the amount of available storage. Users can now store 50,000 songs in the cloud at no cost, up from 20,000. Content stored within Google Play Music can be played on computers via Google's Music Manager app, on iPhones and iPads via the recently redesigned Google Play Music app, through a Chrome extension, through Chromecast, and on Android devices. Google's Google Play Music storage does not require a subscription to Google Play Music to use it, making it free for all users. Those interested in using Google's free…
  • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth

    Joe Rossignol
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    The continued rise of smartphone and tablet adoption and the addition of Podcasts as a stock app on iOS 8 has resulted in significant growth for podcasts in the United States, reports Ad Age. Overall consumption of podcasts experienced 18% growth in the U.S. between Spring and Fall 2014 as Americans now listen to approximately 21.1 million hours of podcasts per day, according to Edison Research. The resurgence of podcasts arrives around a decade after the audio format became established for iPod and iTunes, and the sudden rise in popularity has some podcast makers excited. "Creatively, we are…
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