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  • Capturing the elusive cactus bloom [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:18 am
    If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing a cactus bloom, you know it's a moment that's both stunning and brief. The post Capturing the elusive cactus bloom [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Kentucky clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses: 'I am not perfect'

    Sergio Hernandez
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:32 am
    Kim Davis is digging in her heels. Since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June, Davis — a county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky — has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. See also: U.S. Supreme Court rejects Kentucky clerk's objection to same-sex marriages It didn't take long for the lawsuits to pile up. Within weeks, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky slapped Davis with a federal lawsuit on behalf of four couples, accusing Davis of violating their rights by refusing to issue marriage licenses. For two…
  • Amazon's Latest Gambit To Get Dash Buttons Into Your Home

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    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Pay $5 for a Dash button, and you'll get $5 back from Amazon once you make a purchase.In July, Amazon officially debuted its Dash button: an Internet-connected, branded, physical button that orders refills of various products with a single press. As of Wednesday, the e-commerce giant is making the Dash button program available to all Prime subscribers—and giving you a rebate that essentially refunds the price of the button.Read Full Story
  • Bubl’s Spherical Video Camera Gets Samsung Backing

    Natasha Lomas
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:26 am
     Canadian startup Bubl, maker of a 360-degree camera for capturing spherical panoramas, has closed a $3.5 million (CDN$4.6 million) seed round, led by Samsung Ventures and J-Tech Capital, with other unnamed investors also participating in the round. Read More
  • No one knows

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 am
    No one knows the right answer, no one knows precisely what will happen, no one can produce the desired future, on demand. Some people are better at guessing than others, but not by much. The people who are supposed to know rejected Harry Potter, Tracy Chapman and the Beatles. The people who are supposed to know sell stocks just before they go up, and give us rules of thumb that don't pan out. If you mistakenly believe that there's someone who knows, you're likely to decide that whoever that person it is, it's not you. And if it's not you, what a great reason to hesitate. In fact, the gap…
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  • Capturing the elusive cactus bloom [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:18 am
    If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing a cactus bloom, you know it's a moment that's both stunning and brief. The post Capturing the elusive cactus bloom [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Stunning Iranian street musicians [video]

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    These aren't just good street musicians––these are good musicians period. Listening to this music will transport you straight to Tehran. The post Stunning Iranian street musicians [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Corgi puppy’s great gate escape [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:07 am
    No stinking gate is going to keep this eleven-week-old Corgi from exploring the frontiers of his owner's house. The post Corgi puppy’s great gate escape [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell before they made it big [video]

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Before Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell made it big on the Daily Show, they appeared in this sketch on the Dana Carvey Show. The premise: waiters who are nauseated by food. The post Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell before they made it big [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why your next car should be a Volvo [video]

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    You may have a need for a speed, or a preference for agility, but no matter what the older you get the more you value safety. That's why you should think about a Volvo. Look at this video––they're basically indestructible. The post Why your next car should be a Volvo [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Kentucky clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses: 'I am not perfect'

    Sergio Hernandez
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:32 am
    Kim Davis is digging in her heels. Since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June, Davis — a county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky — has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. See also: U.S. Supreme Court rejects Kentucky clerk's objection to same-sex marriages It didn't take long for the lawsuits to pile up. Within weeks, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky slapped Davis with a federal lawsuit on behalf of four couples, accusing Davis of violating their rights by refusing to issue marriage licenses. For two…
  • Guy rents roommate's bed out to drunken strangers on Airbnb

    Lindsey Robertson
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    A good roommate picks up their clothes, washes the dishes — and never rents out your bedroom without your consent Robert Corwin, a digital artist who divides his time between California and Chicago, came home to find something amiss in his West Town condo. His liquor cabinet was depleted, and a hookah had been left on his dining room table. See also: 7 Roommate Red Flags to Look Out For Oh, and there was a strange young couple living in his master bedroom. You know, the usual. Corwin was flummoxed. “Your imagination goes crazy. What’s been going on? It could be everything…
  • No charges dropped against Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray case

    Colin Daileda
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    The charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of city resident Freddie Gray remain unchanged after a judge dismissed a motion to drop charges on Wednesday during a pretrial hearing Judge Barry Williams also said Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will remain on the case despite a motion filed by the defense saying that her involvement was a conflict of interest. Mosby announced the charges on May 1 in a statement that led to brief celebrations around much of Baltimore See also: Six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray homicide The trial will resume at 2 p.m., when…
  • Day care workers busted for running 'Fight Club' for 4-year-olds

    Jessica Eggert
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    Maybe you shouldn't always do it for the Snap. Two former New Jersey day care employees were charged earlier this week for staging fights between toddlers and publishing the results on Snapchat, prosecutors say. See also: Snapchat shows life in the West Bank 2 days after its live story from Tel Aviv “About a dozen children — boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 — just fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other,” Union County Prosecutor Grace Park told CBS New York of the videos. “Most parents would be astonished by the behavior.” The…
  • 12 of the quirkiest events around the world

    Lindsay Rothfeld
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:39 am
    Promoted by HiltonDon’t let those vacation days go unused — take the time to play, and play well. Hilton’s here to excite and inspire the world to play harder.Whether you're a unicyclist, morning raver, movie fanatic or zombie geek, there's an event for you. The world is filled with fun, crazy and bizarre opportunities. It's time you seek them out. If you've been searching for a community that caters to your niche passions, check out the list of events we've curated for you. From New York to Singapore, these global events are memorable, a little quirky and worth…
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  • Amazon's Latest Gambit To Get Dash Buttons Into Your Home

    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Pay $5 for a Dash button, and you'll get $5 back from Amazon once you make a purchase.In July, Amazon officially debuted its Dash button: an Internet-connected, branded, physical button that orders refills of various products with a single press. As of Wednesday, the e-commerce giant is making the Dash button program available to all Prime subscribers—and giving you a rebate that essentially refunds the price of the button.Read Full Story
  • Facebook Messenger Is The Second Most Downloaded App Of All Time

    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    Guess No. 1?Remember when Facebook forced you to download its standalone messaging app, Messenger, by revoking access to messages from within its flagship app? Turns out that strategy worked swimmingly for the social network: A new report by app analytics firm App Annie says Messenger is one of the most downloaded iOS apps of all time.Read Full Story
  • This Smart Bike Navigation Gadget Relies On A Slick Ambient UI

    Diana Budds
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The SmartHalo looks dead simple on its surface, which is precisely how a navigation tool should be.In the realm of interfaces, a screen isn't always the answer. Increasingly, designers are experimenting with ambient UIs as way for devices to communicate with people in an unobtrusive, yet effective, way. The SmartHalo, a connected biking gadget, is one example of this theory in action.Read Full Story
  • The Branding Gods (Mostly) Love Google's New Logo

    Mark Wilson
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    We asked some of the biggest names in branding for their take on the Google logo. They love the motion, but some question the word mark.Google revealed a new logo yesterday, and in our book, it's pretty great. With a smoother, sans serif typeface, it's built to shrink legibly to fit the smallest screens. But the bigger story is its animated interaction language—the fact that it can morph into a series of dots that can convey anything from "Google is listening" to "Google is searching for nearby ice cream."Read Full Story
  • New Zealand Announces Shortlist For Its New Flag Design

    Meg Miller
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    And the response is not great.Three flags prominently displaying a silver fern leaf and one with a Moari koru (which has been nicknamed the "hypnoflag") make up the four designs short listed in New Zealand's campaign for a new national flag. These four will go to public referendum by the end of the year but so far, public reaction has not been great. Read Full Story
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  • Bubl’s Spherical Video Camera Gets Samsung Backing

    Natasha Lomas
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:26 am
     Canadian startup Bubl, maker of a 360-degree camera for capturing spherical panoramas, has closed a $3.5 million (CDN$4.6 million) seed round, led by Samsung Ventures and J-Tech Capital, with other unnamed investors also participating in the round. Read More
  • Mayfield Fund’s Navin Chaddha On The Road From Entrepreneur To Investor

    Navin Chaddha
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:12 am
     Many folks in the tech industry dream of making the jump from entrepreneur to investor, but few actually succeed in taking the leap. Navin Chaddha is one of those lucky few and in this podcast discussion, hear him talk about his history as an entrepreneur, his thoughts on the tech industry today and where it’s going in the future. Read More
  • A Look At Open Bionics 3D Printed Robotic Hands For Amputees

    Sarah Buhr
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
     Open Bionics, a startup out of the U.K that makes bionic hands, figured out how to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics using a combination of open-sourced 3D printing software and robotic sensors. Nearly 2 million people live with the loss of a limb in the U.S., according to Amputee Coalition. The most common amputation is partial hand or arm loss. But the problem is even more… Read More
  • Tumblr Finally Makes “Reblogs” More Readable, Especially On Mobile Devices

    Sarah Perez
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
     One of blogging site Tumblr’s flagship features, the reblog – meaning the reposting of another person’s content onto your own site – is getting a significant makeover starting today. The company is introducing a change as to how these reblogs appear on users’ dashboards, making them far more readable than they were previously. No longer a long list of… Read More
  • Microsoft Azure Cuts Some VM Prices, Brings Premium Storage Options To G-Series VMs

    Frederic Lardinois
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
     Microsoft is announcing a couple of updates to its Azure cloud computing service today that, among other things, include the launch of a new variant of its performance-optimized G-type virtual machines (VMs) and price cuts for its compute-centric D-type VMs. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • No one knows

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 am
    No one knows the right answer, no one knows precisely what will happen, no one can produce the desired future, on demand. Some people are better at guessing than others, but not by much. The people who are supposed to know rejected Harry Potter, Tracy Chapman and the Beatles. The people who are supposed to know sell stocks just before they go up, and give us rules of thumb that don't pan out. If you mistakenly believe that there's someone who knows, you're likely to decide that whoever that person it is, it's not you. And if it's not you, what a great reason to hesitate. In fact, the gap…
  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
  • Failing, again

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    Pema Chodron's new book is out this month. I was rendered speechless by her invitation to write the short foreword for the book, the first time I've ever agreed to do this. She's a caring, generous, magical person, a teacher with a special voice, one worth listening to. Why buy a book about failing? Because success is easier to deal with and you're probably doing fine with that. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding. And because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with... PS if you sign up this week, at this link, Sounds…
  • Day traders rarely make history

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
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  • New Thin, Flexible ThinkPads Come With Plenty of Ports

    Tim Moynihan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    Lenovo's new laptops prove you don't have to sacrifice ports for portability, and they also come with LTE-A connectivity options. The post New Thin, Flexible ThinkPads Come With Plenty of Ports appeared first on WIRED.
  • Hulu Finally Challenges Netflix With Ad-Free Streaming

    Cade Metz
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    Redoubling its challenge to Netflix, Hulu is now offering an ad-free version of its internet movie and television streaming service. The post Hulu Finally Challenges Netflix With Ad-Free Streaming appeared first on WIRED.
  • Tokyo is Ditching Its 2020 Olympics Logo

    Margaret Rhodes
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:14 am
    Théâtre de Liège vs Tokyo 2020 #Tokyo2020 #ThéâtredeLiège #plagiat? — Olivier Debie (@OliDebie) July 28, 2015 Faced with allegations of plagiarism, the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the 2020 Olympics has withdrawn its chosen logo for the summer games. The logo, created by Japanese graphic designer Kenjiro Sano, features a set of geometric shapes built to […] The post Tokyo is Ditching Its 2020 Olympics Logo appeared first on WIRED.
  • Uber Downplays Class Action Case, But It’s Still a Big Deal

    Issie Lapowsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    The class action case against Uber could include 15,000 current and former drivers, which is only 10-percent of its workforce, but is still a huge class. The post Uber Downplays Class Action Case, But It’s Still a Big Deal appeared first on WIRED.
  • WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Americans

    Laura Hudson
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tune in to see Keri Russell in the role of her career. No, the other one. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Americans appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
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  • Chromebooks Have Come a Long Way

    Eric Ravenscraft
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    Chromebooks have come a long way since they were first introduced. While they used to be laptop-shaped browser machines, they’ve grown capable enough to actually stand up to other laptops. I didn’t expect to love my Chromebook, but it’s replaced my laptop for most of my work.Read more...
  • Build a Wall-Mounted Battery Organizer (and Flex Your Woodworking Skills)

    Whitson Gordon
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    I don’t know about you, but digging through half-opened battery packages buried in a drawer isn’t an easy way to get what you need. This simple battery organizer makes it easy to grab and go.Read more...
  • Hulu Is Adding a New $11.99 Plan Without Commercials (Mostly)

    Whitson Gordon
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:15 am
    Hulu is the only place where you can legally watch the newest episodes of many shows online—but its incessant commercials have always been pretty annoying. Today, Hulu is launching a new tier of service priced at $11.99 a month, without commercials—mostly.Read more...
  • Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2015

    Alan Henry
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.Read more...
  • Citymapper Tells You Where to Sit on the Subway so You Can Exit Faster

    Kristin Wong
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    (Web/iOS/Android): Subway stations can be big and complicated. Depending on where you get off, you could end up walking a bit to the right street exit or to your next platform. Citymapper will tell you the best spot to hop on and off your train for the nearest possible exit.Read more...
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  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple to Debut New Apple Watch Sport Bands at September 9 Event

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:06 am
    At its upcoming iPhone-centric event on September 9, Apple will debut new Apple Watch Sport bands in a variety of new colors, MacRumors can confirm. News of the new bands was shared by 9to5Mac this morning, and we've also been hearing similar rumors about Apple's plans to introduce additional band options. It is not clear what colors Apple is planning to introduce, but it's possible the company will focus on darker colors to complement the neon-like shades of the existing Apple Watch Sport bands, which come in bright pink, green, and blue, along with black and white. Apple has already…
  • New Apple TV to Start at $149, Feature Universal Search With Siri

    Mitchel Broussard
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    Apple is set to introduce the next iteration of its Apple TV lineup at next week's September 9 media event, alongside the expected announcement of new iPhones, and a previously rumored feature is gaining additional traction today with a report from BuzzFeed claiming the new Apple TV will have universal search functionality, letting users search once and get hits from multiple sources, not just iTunes. Universal search feature will reportedly be a "cornerstone" of the new Apple TV, allowing users to, for example, search for one movie across services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and…
  • Intel Unveils Full Lineup of Skylake Processors for Notebooks and Desktops, Early 2016 Likely for Most Macs

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Intel has released detailed information about its upcoming Skylake processors for notebooks and desktops ahead of IFA 2015 in Berlin (via Ars Technica). The sixth-generation chips will deliver CPU and GPU performance improvements and longer battery life, and are likely to power future MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models released over the next year. Retina MacBook Intel's new lineup of Core M processors appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook will provide up to 10 hours of battery life, between 10%-20% faster CPU performance and up to 40% faster graphics compared to equivalent…
  • Apple Continues to Recruit Talent to Join Secretive Automotive Team

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Apple continues to recruit talent to bolster its "Project Titan" team, which is rumored to be researching an electric vehicle. Over the past several weeks, the company has hired multiple employees from Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, and other companies in the automotive and technology industries, likely to join hundreds of others already working on the so-called "Apple Car." Apple hired former Tesla Motors engineering manager Hal Ockerse last month to join its own software engineering team, according to his LinkedIn profile. Ockerse was employed at Tesla between July 2014 and August 2015,…
  • Apple Watch Could Launch in Austria, Denmark and India This Month

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 am
    Apple is expected to provide additional details about watchOS 2 at its September 9th media event in San Francisco. Alongside that announcement, a trio of rumors hint towards Apple expanding Apple Watch sales to Austria, Denmark, India and possibly other countries later this month. Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15, citing information it received over Facebook Messenger from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. Apple does not have an official retail presence in Austria.
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  • The Rich Employee by James Altucher

    Chris Brogan
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    My friend, James Altucher has launched his new book, The RICH Employee. I’m so jazzed about it because this book is part of the Choose Yourself series and so wonderful. We did a Blab Video James and I did a video interview using the new Blab platform. You can watch it all here: Continue ReadingThe post The Rich Employee by James Altucher appeared first on
  • Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform

    Chris Brogan
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    As you know, I recently launched OwnerFUEL. It’s the media portion of my company, Owner. I wanted to share with you just how simple it was to launch, and what we did to get it up and running. I’ll tell you right up front that a lot of what I recommend hinges on you choosing to build on the Rainmaker platform. But I explain all the reasons why that’s the right choice. Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform Project Time: 2 Business DaysContinue ReadingThe post Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform appeared first on…
  • In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The tech world is awash with excitement because Instagram (over 300 million users) now supports photos and video uploaded in traditional landscape and portrait mode, instead of just square. Oddly, I think Instagram did the mobile web a favor by pushing for us to upload in the square format. In Praise of Square Photos Photographers and artists are already grumbling at me, I’m sure. But hear me out. Continue ReadingThe post In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right appeared first on
  • Thinking about podcasting?

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You don’t want to miss the Podcasting Workflows I put together over on OwnerFUEL. That is all.Continue ReadingThe post Thinking about podcasting? appeared first on
  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site,, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
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  • The Episode that Explains the Future of Rough Draft

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    So, Rough Draft is making a few changes. Good changes. Three in fact. One, after this episode, host Demian Farnworth is taking a break for a month. A month to clear his head. A month to plan the next 100 episodes, namely the content and the format. Listen to this 12-minute episode to learn about the other two changes. Plus, find out Demian’s picks for the 10 best shows of the last 100 episodes of Rough Draft (he cheats a little on this one). This is also your opportunity to tell Demian about your favorite shows — and he’ll share them on episode 101. Also, let him know how…
  • The Transformative Effect of a Well-Built Brand Statement

    Pamela Wilson
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    I spent this past weekend among a group of smart writers at Jeff Goins’s first Tribe Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff asked me to speak about content marketing (one of my favorite topics). But I was an attendee as well. Jeff populated the conference with lots of excellent speakers, some of whom I’d never heard speak before. So I took advantage of the invitation to learn as well as speak. On the morning of the first day, I sat down at a table full of experienced and aspiring authors to absorb as much as I could. That day, Jeff asked us to do a simple branding exercise. He…
  • 5 Ways to Write More, Faster, and with Less Stress

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This week on Hit Publish, host Amy Harrison is talking momentum and productivity tricks. If you’ve ever found that things get in the way of your flow when you write and wish you could get more out of your writing time, this episode is for you. On a previous show, Amy looked at how you could create content consistently, even when life gets in the way. Well, since then, a listener wrote a Dear Amy letter and asked about how to make actual writing time more productive. Amy has struggled more than once to stay focused when she has a content creation project to do, but she’s found some…
  • How to Map Out the Business that You Want to Build

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who started, grew, and sold six businesses in five years … without paying for a single ad. He helps people grow their businesses and his successful exits include WorkoutBox and Synn Clothing. He is the founder of Upshare, which offers simple tools that boost sharing and make websites more viral. He is also the co-founder of Mentor Mojo, which offers online interactive lessons and mentorship from the world’s top entrepreneurs. On top of all of this, he is the head of growth at Auto Lotto and the author of Viral Hero.
  • The Evolution of SEO: Adapt or Die

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    This episode of Search & Deploy discusses the differences between SEO consulting for clients and offering a business solution for the SEO industry. Today’s guest is Melissa Fach, who reinvented herself in the SEO world after years of consulting and training. She now offers community management for companies that provide SEO tools, data, or conferences. Since pivoting her professional role in the SEO industry, Melissa has managed the blog publishing and community management for companies such as Moz, AuthorityLabs, and now Pubcon. Listen in to Search & Deploy: Click Here to…
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  • The gadgets already solved it: Simple solutions to high-tech problems

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:28 am
    I can’t remember when I first found myself attracted to technological toys. Was it the first video game I saw, or the first computer keyboard I typed on? No, even earlier than that I was fascinated with typewriters, the manual one I got as a kid and the IBM Selectric with the spinning typeball in my father’s office. The point is, I’ve always enjoyed technology. You name it: it’s a joy to solve a problem with software or scripting or a web service or a cleverly applied bit of hardware. But in the past few months I’ve been reminded that sometimes it’s a good idea to realize that…
  • Hulu without ads arrives for $12 per month (or more with Apple billing)

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:17 am
    After years of toying with a potential ad-free version, Hulu is pulling the trigger.Starting today, Hulu will offer a $12 per month “No Commercials” option that bypasses the ad breaks in most of its streaming TV shows. The ad-supported version (which Hulu now calls “Limited Commercials” after dropping its Hulu Plus branding) will remain available for $8 per month with access on phones, tablets, and televisions. Users can still watch some ad-supported shows for free on is one small snag: Hulu wasn’t able to negotiate total ad removal for seven of its shows, Recode…
  • Podcast 472: There's a new smartwatch in town

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
    The event is official, and we are officially stoked. This week's news is all about what Apple is getting ready to reveal: a new iPhone or two, the new Apple TV, and release dates for the new OSes. We've been enjoying the new proactive features in iOS 9 that predict which apps you'll want to use at which times and places, and that's one reason we like Nuzzel, a service that predicts what you'll want to read based on what your friends are sharing. Glenn has an interview with Jonathan Abrams, the CEO, about designing a social news app for every device. Our final discussion is about Android Wear…
  • Apple TV report claims universal search, $149 starting price

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:03 am
    Universal search could be a key feature in the next-generation Apple TV, but users will have to pay a premium price to get it. Citing unnamed sources, BuzzFeed reports that the new Apple TV will start at $149. An earlier report by 9to5Mac claimed that Apple could charge $149 to $199, so perhaps an option for more storage will be available. Either way, the new media streamer will cost quite a bit more than the competing Roku 3 and Amazon Fire TV (both $100), and the current $69 Apple TV.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Comcast tests hefty $30 per month fee to ditch Internet data cap

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:46 am
    Over the last three years, Comcast hasn’t worked up the gumption to reinstate bandwidth caps for home Internet users nationwide. Nevertheless, the company is still experimenting with various capped plans in nine states. The latest addition to the trial is a change for customers in select regions of Florida where subscribers can now pay an extra fee for unlimited data usage. The change allows Comcast home Internet subscribers in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the Florida Keys to pay an extra $30 per month for unlimited data, as Ars Technica noted. The new charge is an alternative to the extra…
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  • It's Time For Deep Linking To Move Past The Plumbing

    Matt Thomson
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Matt Thomson is the chief product officer at Bitly.We've heard a lot about deep links so far this year. from Google at I/O and Apple at WWDC. My employer, Bitly, threw its hat in the ring, too. But I feel like the industry is stuck talking about how to implement deep links—and not why.With 70 percent of mobile commerce taking place inside apps, marketers need to take control of app re-engagement—with deep links. Similarly, deep links make it easier to move users from app to app. A classic example: Google Maps not only provides driving times but also offers…
  • 5 Trending Markets That Are Capitalizing On Virtual Reality

    Konstantin Andreev
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Guest author Konstantin Andreev is the CEO and Founder of Verdom IT Projects and 360-degree mobile app reality is still in the early stages, and it still has several waves yet to go before entering the mainstream. But, with established companies dabbling in VR campaigns, it’s already proving to be a compelling storytelling tool that breaks both physical and economic barriers.See also: Virtual-Reality Films Could Put The Whole Industry In The SpotlightHere’s how five industries are using VR to increase engagement, return on investment (ROI), and overall customer…
  • Robin's Kickstarter Splash Points To Users' Smartphone Storage War

    David Nield
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Nextbit is not just any Kickstarter startup. The company, formed by Google and HTC alumni, unveiled its Robin smartphone earlier today and, as of this writing, nabbed more than half of its crowdfunding goal on the first day. So far, more than 1,100 backers have pledged upwards of $400,000 towards the $500,000 target, making Robin's launch look like an inevitability. The reason for its success seems to stem from a very clear and straightforward message that cuts to the heart of a common complaint from mobile users: lack of storage. See also: Why Android Won't Save…
  • Google’s Alphabet: It’s All About Getting New Ideas Into Orbit

    Christopher Lochhead
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Christopher Lochhead is a cofounding partner of Play Bigger Advisors. He wrote this post with his partners Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson.“Gravity is working against me. And gravity wants to bring me down.” —John Mayer Asking why Google created Alphabet is the wrong question.The right questions to ask are: Why did Google miss social networking? How is it that limo company Carey didn’t see the opportunity in smartphone-powered transportation and Uber's founders did? Why did it take SAP until 2011 to get into cloud apps, twelve years after the founding of…
  • Samsung Gear 2 Takes Circular Path—Back To Tizen

    Adriana Lee
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    When it comes to gadgets, round shapes are the new black, especially for smartwatches. If there’s any doubt, just check out Samsung’s latest update to its smartwatch lineup, announced Monday.See also: Maybe Samsung Is Starting To Think Wearables Through More CarefullyTaking a cue from the Moto 360 and other wearable gizmos—the LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane, and the Huawei Watch, to name a few—Samsung cut the corners off of its smartwatch’s previously boxy shape with the new Gear 2. But unlike those Android watches, it’s what’s on the inside that separates this device. And…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Hey Designers: Stop Being An Afterthought

    Robert Hoekman Jr
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:48 am
      There are reasons you’re still saying the same thing after all these years — still talking about how it always seems like design gets tacked on to the end of the process. You should be at the concept meeting, you say, where you can make a real difference. I’ve been hearing it for 15 years. I once had a job where I got to say it myself a few times. I got tired of that pretty quickly. I don’t say it anymore. You shouldn’t either. Primarily because it’s not true.The post Hey Designers: Stop Being An Afterthought appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
  • Approaches For Multiplatform UI Design Adaptation: A Case Study

    Sergii Ganushchak & Kate Abrosimova
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
      There is no winner in the battle between iOS and Android, and we all know that. If a product succeeds on one platform, it will undoubtedly be ported to the other. Sometimes app developers don’t even bother waiting, and release apps for both platforms simultaneously. For designers this means only one thing — they will have to adapt an application’s UI and UX to another platform while ensuring a consistent design language across the product. There are three different scenarios for UI multiplatform adaptation: retaining brand consistency; aligning with the conventions…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
      As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, but, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission seven years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your ideas. We are very thankful to all artists and designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing to this mission, who challenge their artistic abilities each month anew to keep the…
  • Web Development Reading List #101

    Anselm Hannemann
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The reaction on the first post last week was quite overwhelming, so we moved from a bi-monthly frequency to a weekly frequency (for now). — Ed. Welcome back to the Web Development Reading List (WDRL) for this week. Instead of the previously announced biweekly schedule here on Smashing Magazine, I will post it in sync…
  • How We Designed And Built Our First Apple Watch App

    Alex Komarov
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
      One sunny morning in the summer of 2014, I was sitting in a café having just finished an hour-long call with my remote team. Scheduling that call had been a messy exercise: we live in different time zones and it was hard to find a time that worked for everyone. I wanted to make dealing with time zone differences less painful. I had some free time on my hands, so I pulled my notebook out and started playing around with an iWatch app idea. Yeah, you read that right — 2014 and iWatch, before a watch had ever been announced.The post How We Designed And Built Our First Apple…
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Adam Rohrmann!

    Brad Moore
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    Teaching a class here at KelbyOne is always an awesome experience. And my most recent project – DSLR Filmmaking: shooting a music video for the band Jule Vera – was certainly nothing short of just that. There were a lot of differences with this project versus my past music videos –specifically the budget. For the first time I was able to buy sets, props, wardrobe, special lighting, and a smoke machine. If you find yourself getting into a project like this, you must pay people. Pay them something, even if it’s $100. Paid people work better for you and it shows in the end. When hiring…
  • I’m Speaking at Canon Expo 2015 in New York Next Week!

    Scott Kelby
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    It’s a huge event, held once every five years in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai and not only is it my first time attending, I’m actually teaching a session in the conference track, and get this — it’s not Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography related. Canon asked if I might do a business class this time around, so I’m really excited to be doing a class next Thursday (a week from this Thursday), called “How to Present Like a Pro” where I’ll share my favorites tips and techniques for making presentations that rock. But besides my class……
  • Desert Fashion Shoot (with behind the scenes pics and video)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting some shots from a class I’ve been working on about my location lighting set-up. I had four different location shoots planned for the class (we wrapped up taping last week), but the day before Photoshop World we did the first shoot out on a dry lake bed just outside Vegas. Here’s one of the shots from the shoot. It’s lit with just one flash and it’s the replacement for what has been my go-to kit for years now — the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra — the new model…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The post Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World! appeared first on Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider.
  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s official – I’m making every Friday here on my blog, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday” where I’ll share a simple, hopefully helpful, and certainly fun Photoshop special effect — the type of effects you see in ads, on the Web, in banners, etc. This one I’m showing you today I especially like because I’m showing how I created a perspective text effect for the Facebook promos I did for my last seminar tour (my “Shoot like a Pro Tour”), but I’m using the date of the next stop in my “all new” tour (my…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 6 Tips for Better Low-Light Landscape Photography

    Chris Corradino
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    2-for-1 special As part of Landscape Photography Week here on dPS, we’re offering TWO for the price of ONE on our best-selling Living & Loving Landscape Photography ebooks! Click here to take advantage of this offer. A glorious sunset will always attract a crowd of photographers. Yet the moment the sun dips behind the horizon, it seems everyone departs in a hurry. What they don’t realize is how exceptional the scene can become at dusk and into the early evening. The hours following sunset are actually ideal for landscape photos. Of course, working in low light isn’t…
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review

    Suzi Pratt
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to off-brand (or third party) camera gear, do you feel a bit skeptical? I was in the same boat for my entire photography career, choosing to invest exclusively in Nikon gear when I was a Nikon shooter, then all Canon when I switched over for the Canon 5D Mark III. “You get what you pay for” is what all of my photography colleagues would tell me, and I was an avid believer until this past summer when I invested in my first ever off-brand camera lens: the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Dubbed Sigma’s true flagship lens, the 35mm f/1.4 debuted in 2012 as the very first…
  • How to Choose a Black and White Plug-In

    Andrew S. Gibson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo converted to black and white in Topaz B&W Effects 2. While Lightroom and Photoshop are sophisticated, advanced Raw converters and image editing programs, there are still many things that they don’t do as well as third party applications. One of these is converting photos to black and white. But, there are so many plug-ins available that it can be difficult to know which one to buy. This guide will help you decide. Why buy plug-ins? A common theme with black and white plug-ins is that they contain many more ways to emphasize texture than Lightroom and Photoshop. This is important…
  • How to Build Relationships in Photography

    Adam Welch
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What’s the most important thing to maintain in any business? Confidence, market knowledge, technology? Sure, keep any one of those at the top of your list. But there’s also something else. Perhaps the most sought after and powerful asset you can ever hope to have when it comes to making yourself successful is – strong relationships. By JD Hancock That’s right, good relationships with those who you are seeking to do business with is the most most crucial aspect of any type of business venture. This is especially true when you become a photographer. No matter what kind:…
  • Tips for Depth of Field Control in Macro Photography

    Ivo Guimaraes
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Depth of field is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in acceptably sharp focus in a photograph, it varies depending on camera type, aperture and focusing distance. If you are into photography you probably already know this and how critical it is when you photograph in macro distances. This image was done with a 100mm macro lens with a life-size converter attached, at a distance of 4 inches to the object to achieve this type of magnification. The Depth of Field you see here is impossible to achieve, as there is no way to have the whole ring in focus…
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  • Android's Google Now redesign helps make sense of your info

    Jon Fingas
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    Google didn't just unveil a redesigned logo -- it also gave Android's Google Now a welcome refresh. Grab the updated Google app for Android and you'll see that the once colorful info cards are both subtler and organized into clearly market categor...
  • Canyon's Smart Bike Computer puts Android Wear on your handlebars

    Nick Summers
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:26 am
    When you're cycling up a steep incline, hunched over the handlebars and desperately willing your legs to keep going, you don't want to be messing around with your phone or a second-rate cycling computer. Bike manufacturer Canyon has teamed up with...
  • Autonomous golf carts drive tourists around in Singapore

    Mariella Moon
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    MIT and the National Research Foundation of Singapore recently tested an autonomous vehicle they developed together. No, it's not a car or a truck -- it's a golf cart. The researchers created a self-driving golf cart called SMART and deployed sever...
  • Comcast is charging its trial users extra to avoid data caps

    Steve Dent
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    If you're participating in Comcast's capped broadband trials, you'll soon get a way to avoid usage limits, according to document spotted by DSL Reports. If you guessed "pay more money" as that solution, you can step up for your prize. The company h...
  • CBS will stream some NFL regular season and playoff games

    Billy Steele
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    In addition to streaming the Super Bowl in February, CBS will stream both regular season and playoff action from the NFL. What's more, access is free so you won't be required to input cable subscription info or other credentials to watch. The slate...
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  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • The Raw and the cooked: pulling apart Sony's Raw compression

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    A Raw file is a Raw file, right? Well, not exactly. Lately, there's been a lot of talk and a lot of anger about the compression Sony uses in its Raw files. Compressed Raw files aren't uncommon, but they're usually compressed in a way that retains all the original 'raw' data from the sensor. That doesn't seem to be the case with Sony's latest cameras. Read more
  • Narrative Clip 2 wearable camera shoots 1080p video

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Narrative, maker of the Clip wearable camera, has launched the Clip 2. In addition to a sensor resolution boost from 5MP to 8MP, the Clip 2 is capable of shooting 1080p video clips unlike its stills-only predecessor. Read more
  • Tamron relaunches SP series with 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Updated Japanese lens manufacturer Tamron has announced it has revamped its SP lens range, starting with the SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. As a company that usually produces zoom lenses it's surprising to see the first two SP models are fixed focal lengths primes, boasting new design values inside and out according to Tamron. Read more
  • Submit your photos to Feature Shoot's 'Vertical Living' group show for your chance to be displayed at PIX

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Feature Shoot is accepting submissions for its latest group show, and winners will have their work displayed at PIX 2015 - our interactive photo expo. The show centers on themes of 'vertical living,' and will be curated by Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief Alison Zavos. Read more
  • DxO ONE on its way to Europe

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:43 pm
    DxO has announced that its ONE camera is coming to Europe this October. The ONE, which is shipping this month to US customers, features a 1"-type 20.2MP CMOS sensor, 32mm equivalent F1.8 lens and an integrated lightning connector for use with an iPhone or iPad. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Practical De-hazing (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you ever go to a zoo, aquarium or any place that has you viewing animals behind plexiglass, then the new De-haze feature in Lightroom is perfect for you. I went out to Busch Gardens to shoot the animals… (fill in your own joke…) and just about every animal was behind the wonderful thick glass that a million kids and parents had made even better by smearing it with their handprints and other body parts. Most of the time the key is to try to find the cleanest/clearest sections, but I decided to see how good a job Lightroom can do with the dehazing. I took some shots through the…
  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #2 (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:16 am
    #2: Use the built-in catalog backup function While Lightroom doesn’t have any functionality for keeping your photo library backed up, it does have an excellent mechanism for regularly and automatically creating a backup copy of your catalog. After all, the Lightroom catalog is where all the work you do inside of Lightroom is stored, so why wouldn’t you want it backed up? Over the years I’ve heard from a few people who avoid the built-in catalog backup function because they already regularly backup the drive their working catalog is on, or because they have Lightroom configured to write…
  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #1 (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the blog (with an awesome series of tips), our good friend Mr. Rob Sylvan! Greetings! A huge thanks to Scott for reviving this series for new Lightroom users, and to both Scott and RC for giving me the opportunity to add 10 more tips. You can catch up with Scott’s earlier tips if you missed them. The original idea for this series derived from my experience as the Lightroom Help Desk for KelbyOne, which I’ve been doing since Lightroom 1.0 was released. The Lightroom and Photoshop Help Desk for is a feature of a KelbyOne membership, and I’ve been…
  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Black and White preference (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Hulu Introduces Ad-Free Subscription Plan for $12 a Month

    Mitchel Broussard
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:38 am
    Hulu today revealed a new plan option that will grant subscribers immunity from the service's embedded advertisements by paying $11.99 each month instead of the traditional $7.99 (via Re/code). Available for new and existing users, Hulu's CEO Mike Hopkins notes that it took months for the various companies and providers available on the service to support the new subscription tier, but he still expects a "solid majority" of people to stick with the $7.99 option. Hopkins says getting the various rights owners for the Hulu catalog — which includes TV shows from NBC, ABC and Fox,…
  • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States

    Joe Rossignol
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:40 am
    Apple updated its Apple Pay participating issuers list today with 18 additional banks, credit unions and financial institutions supporting the contactless payment service in the United States. Apple Pay now has over 450 participating issuers nationwide, and several more plan to support the NFC-based mobile payment service in the future. The newly added Apple Pay participating issuers are reflected below, although it's worth noting that some banks, credit unions and financial institutions listed may have already had support for the contactless payments service and are only now being reflected…
  • Apple May Be Returning to Glass-on-Glass Touch Panels for iPhone 7

    Mitchel Broussard
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:34 am
    A new rumor out of Apple's supply chain in Asia suggests that the company could be returning to using ultra-thin glass-on-glass touch panels for next year's line of iPhones, but will remain using in-cell touch panels for the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," both predicted to launch this month (via DigiTimes). The sources cite Apple's issues with production bottlenecks of the in-cell technology which prevent the company from "adding new features as well as increasing resolutions." Makers have already begun sending samples of fully laminated G/G technology to Apple and Corning along with Asahi…
  • LUNATIK EPIK Apple Watch Kit Review: Rugged Protection, but Not the Best Fit or Comfort

    Eric Slivka
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    LUNATIK, the company that made a name for itself a number of years ago by creating popular watch bands such as the TikTok and LYNK for the sixth-generation iPod nano, has debuted a similar offering for the 42 mm Apple Watch with its new EPIK lineup. EPIK began as a Kickstarter project that raised over $240,000 and offered a protective anodized aluminum casing for the watch itself paired with an integrated silicone sport band or aluminum link bracelet. Intended to aid in using the Apple Watch in more rugged environments, the EPIK adds protection to the Apple Watch in the form of enclosed…
  • Instagram Improves 'Instagram Direct' Private Messaging Capabilities

    Juli Clover
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:36 am
    Instagram today announced a major update to the Instagram Direct feature that it first introduced in 2013, allowing users to send threaded messages and content from their feeds through the private messaging function. Prior to today, Instagram Direct could only be used to send a single photo privately to a friend or a group of friends, where it could be commented on away from the public eye. There was no way to share content from a user's feed to a direct message, and there were no conversation management tools, both feature oversights that Instagram has now corrected. Following an app update,…
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