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  • What an H-Bomb going off in space looks like [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This video is a clip from a documentary called Trinity and Beyond, The Atomic Bomb Movie. And it’s exactly as awesome as it sounds. Narrated by William Shatner himself, this clip shows the portion of the of the movie dealing with atomic testing in space. Full story at YouTube. More scary videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • 17 Subway Pictures That Show the Beauty in Public Transportation

    Brian Koerber
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Most people think of the subway as a dark and damp rat kingdom that's sole purpose is to transport you places while you uncomfortably inhale air that was recently inside another person's lungs But the filthy tunnels can make for works of art, producing captivating photos of the transportation underworld that lays beneath our city streets See also: All Aboard! 12 Beautiful Railway Stations From Around the World So next time you're waiting impatiently for your ride, take a moment to recognize the under-appreciated views. Read more... More about Lists, Photography, Public Transportation, Subway,…
  • Report: Uber Provided Phones And Credit Cards To Contractors To Sabotage Lyft

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A new report in The Verge unearths some of the aggressive tactics employed by the ride-share service.Earlier this month, Lyft publicly accused Uber associates of summoning and then canceling thousands of rides at the last second. Uber flat-out denied that those requests were true, but now it looks like we have some evidence as to where those marching orders came from.Read Full Story
  • Fleep, The Team Messaging App Built And Funded By Ex-Skypers, Flicks Monetization Switch

    Steve O'Hear
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
     Fleep, the team messaging app built and backed by a number of ex-Skype engineers, is flicking the monetisation switch today. A year after launching as a free public beta, the Estonian startup is introducing a freemium revenue model. Read More
  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • What an H-Bomb going off in space looks like [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This video is a clip from a documentary called Trinity and Beyond, The Atomic Bomb Movie. And it’s exactly as awesome as it sounds. Narrated by William Shatner himself, this clip shows the portion of the of the movie dealing with atomic testing in space. Full story at YouTube. More scary videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • The beginners guide to drills and bits

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    There’s nothing more tempting than a box full of tools, yet if you weren’t raised around them or don’t have a shop class to take, it’s kind of hard to figure out what to do with them without ending up in the emergency room. Thankfully, we have a handy thing called the Internet and articles like this one from Steve Hoefer at Boing Boing, which you should bookmark right now for future reference, aspiring DIYers. From spades to step drills, he’s got you covered with this thorough guide that finally explains what all that stuff Grandpa left in the basement does.
  • Boat caught in the middle of a whale chase [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    On the one hand, it would be amazingly cool to be able to see humpbacks chasing orcas, but on the other hand, the size difference between animals who clearly have other things on their minds and your boat would add a certain thrill we’re not sure we could handle. Yet handle it they did, and got some pretty amazing footage of the experience, too. As Kate Spencer, naturalist and skipper of the Fast Raft described: Incredible close encounter when orcas dive under the Fast Raft in Monterey Bay and humpbacks slash their tail flukes at the predators. This interaction went on for about 45…
  • Words that people get mixed up [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    All you grammar sticklers out there don’t even need an infographic to tell you which words people routinely mix up, but if you’re tired of being corrected or are more than a little self-conscious about you’re (hah!) writing skills, double-check yourself with this list from Fingertips Typing Services. H/T to David Eaves. Via Fingertips Typing Services. Like infographics? So do we.
  • Jurassic mammals were picky about their grub

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Tiny shrew-like mammals that lived during the Jurassic period didn’t eat just anything. By analyzing jaw mechanics and fossil teeth, researchers were able to determine that two animals from this period between 201 and 145 million years ago, Morganucodon and Kuehneotherium, developed better hearing and teeth capable of precise chewing—and liked to feed on distinct types of insects. “None of the fossils of the earliest mammals have the sort of exceptional preservation that includes stomach contents to infer diet, so instead we used a range of new techniques which we applied to our fossil…
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  • 17 Subway Pictures That Show the Beauty in Public Transportation

    Brian Koerber
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Most people think of the subway as a dark and damp rat kingdom that's sole purpose is to transport you places while you uncomfortably inhale air that was recently inside another person's lungs But the filthy tunnels can make for works of art, producing captivating photos of the transportation underworld that lays beneath our city streets See also: All Aboard! 12 Beautiful Railway Stations From Around the World So next time you're waiting impatiently for your ride, take a moment to recognize the under-appreciated views. Read more... More about Lists, Photography, Public Transportation, Subway,…
  • 6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel

    Kyli Singh
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:02 am
    Excel — your friendly (and perhaps most dreaded) office tool. But it's not just for spreadsheets anymore. Believe it or not, you can turn the data-analyzing, number-cruncher into one unbelievably cool game. The Microsoft software has a few secrets up its sleeve; many people have managed to design new games or recreate classics like Monopoly from its offerings. See also: 9 Amazing Projects Made in Microsoft Excel Below, we've highlighted six games made entirely in Microsoft Excel Note: For most of these games, you'll need to enable macros. To do so, open up the game and click "Enable…
  • The Dangerous Drug That Has Taken Hold of Turkey

    Emily Feldman
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    ISTANBUL, Turkey—The body of Volkan Senyurt was found slumped against a tree on a hill in Istanbul, one morning this summer. The 20-year-old had been home on a break from the military when he died His lifelong friend and neighbor found the body. The sight was too much. A former drug user himself, the friend bolted from the scene, suspecting what authorities eventually confirmed: that bonzai, a synthetic drug that has rapidly spread through Turkey, was to blame for Senyurt's death. Police tape where a young man was found dead after overdosing on bonzai.Image: Jodi Hilton/MashableSmall…
  • Journalist Held Captive in Syria Arrives in the U.S.

    The Associated Press
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    BOSTON — Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said. Curtis family spokeswoman Betsy Sullivan said in a statement that Curtis arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport Tuesday afternoon after leaving Tel Aviv. By evening he had been reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport. See also: American Journalist Freed in Syria After Being Held Captive for Two Years "I have been so touched and moved, beyond all words,…
  • Inside the Convention Where 2,000 Furries Come to Party

    Colin Gorenstein
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    A world in which animals roam the streets on two legs and share a good laugh over cocktails with their buds after work — this is the life of a furry. Berlin's Estrel Hotel became a playground for nearly 2000 self-identifying furries from August 20 to 24 for the 20th annual Eurofurence, the largest furry convention outside of the United States and the longest running convention of its type in the world See also: 'Lowcost Cosplay' Is Your Hilarious Guide to Costume Inspiration Furry fandom, a term used since 1983 refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in…
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  • Report: Uber Provided Phones And Credit Cards To Contractors To Sabotage Lyft

    Chris Gayomali
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A new report in The Verge unearths some of the aggressive tactics employed by the ride-share service.Earlier this month, Lyft publicly accused Uber associates of summoning and then canceling thousands of rides at the last second. Uber flat-out denied that those requests were true, but now it looks like we have some evidence as to where those marching orders came from.Read Full Story
  • The Times Of India Demands Journalists Hand Over Social Media Accounts

    Alice Truong
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Plus, any intellectual property associated with them.India's largest media group has instated a new social media policy that requires journalists to turn over the passwords to their personal social media accounts. Under these new guidelines, publications can post on reporters and editors' accounts without their knowledge.Read Full Story
  • Pinterest's Analytics Dashboard Will Give Businesses Deeper Audience Pinsights

    Alice Truong
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The new dashboard includes audience demographic information, including common interests.Pinterest began experimenting with promoted pins--its first foray into monetization--about a year ago. The social network followed up Tuesday by offering a new analytics dashboard for businesses.Read Full Story
  • Frank Lloyd Wright School Of Architecture Could Lose Its Accreditation

    Carey Dunne
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    The 82-year-old legendary architecture school may no longer be able to produce future architects.The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, opened in 1932 by its legendary namesake, is in danger of losing its accreditation to offer a Master of Architecture degree. The school, with locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and Taliesen, Wisconsin, is left scrambling to find a solution.Read Full Story
  • Instagram Debuts Simple App For Creating Timelapse Videos

    Alice Truong
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Hyperlapse corrects for hand motion to easily create timelapse videos.Continuing Facebook's multi-app strategy, Instagram on Tuesday debuted a standalone app that turns video recordings into sped-up timelapses.Read Full Story
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  • Fleep, The Team Messaging App Built And Funded By Ex-Skypers, Flicks Monetization Switch

    Steve O'Hear
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
     Fleep, the team messaging app built and backed by a number of ex-Skype engineers, is flicking the monetisation switch today. A year after launching as a free public beta, the Estonian startup is introducing a freemium revenue model. Read More
  • MIX for Android Lets You Create And Save Custom Photo Filters

    Catherine Shu
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
     MIX for Android is the app for you if you often feel like Goldilocks when confronted with the filters in other photo-editing apps. Not only does MIX let you edit photos, but it also allows you to create custom filters, which you can then save to use again. MIX, now available for free on Google Play, is the latest product from Camera360, which has already gained 300 million users with its… Read More
  • Google To Open Campus For Startups In Seoul

    Catherine Shu
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
     Google will open a new space for entrepreneurs in Seoul, the company announced today. Called a Campus, it will include co-working spaces, programs like Campus for Moms, CampusEDU, and office hours with Google employees. The Seoul location is Google’s first Campus in Asia. Read More
  • European Travel Planner Platform, GoEuro, Pulls In Another $27M For Regional Expansion

    Natasha Lomas
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Berlin-based multi-mode travel planner platform GoEuro has closed a $27 million Series A funding round led by New Enterprise Associates, seven months on from topping up its seed funding with a multi-million dollar cash injection. The funding will be targeted at market expansion and ramping up GoEuro’s rate of growth. Read More
  • Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

    Alexia Tsotsis
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
     Less than two years after selling his company Livestar to Pinterest, early Pinterest and Square investor Fritz Lanman is up to his old entrepreneurial tricks. Lanman, who continues to make angel investments and led the seed round of Class Pass, is trying out the “company builder” model, dividing his efforts between Doppler Labs, which is focused on wearable tech products, and DWNLD,… Read More
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  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
  • The idea is not the (only) hard part

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 1989, I created and launched a new idea: videotapes of people playing video games. It was ridiculed by the hipsters of the day, and my publisher later admitted that they hadn't even bothered to bring it to market beyond a few stores. A copycat product went on to sell a few million copies. Today, Amazon paid a billion dollars for Twitch, which is precisely the same idea, used by millions of people every day. More than a billion hours have been spent/wasted on Twitch to date, I'm guessing. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a commission check. No, the hard part isn't merely thinking…
  • You could wreck this (if you want to)

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Which is more satisfying: Breaking something or watching someone else break it? When we sense a job is going wrong, it's easy to act out and make things worse... in the moment, it might feel like it's better to get fired for something we did than to get laid off. When a partnership hits some bumps, it might be tempting to keep score, push back on everything and get ready to fight... actually causing the change that you fear. A challenging project, employee or situation sometimes is easier to avoid than it is to work on. Leaning in is really difficult when you sense that there's nothing to…
  • Why drafting works

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    The other day, a speedster on a bike passed me as I rode along the bike path. For the next ten minutes, I rode right behind him, drafting his progress. Sure, there's an aerodynamic reason that this works--there's less wind resistance when you ride closely. But the real reason is mental, not based on physics. Drafting works because, right in front of you is proof that you can go faster. Without knowing it, you do this at work every day. We set our pace based on what competitors or co-workers are doing. One secret to making more of an impact, then, is figuring out who you intend to follow.
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  • Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images. But DeFoggi—convicted today in Maryland on three child porn charges including conspiracy to solicit and distribute child porn—must have believed his use of […]
  • How to Shoot Hyperlapse Videos Without Making People Sick

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hyperlapse has a ton of potential for creativity, but let's all master the basics before breaking the mold. Because in this case, the mold is a actually metaphor for not wanting to throw up, OK?
  • How Cops and Hackers Could Abuse California’s New Phone Kill-Switch Law

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Beginning next year, if you buy a cell phone in California that gets lost or stolen, you’ll have a built-in ability to remotely deactivate the phone under a new “kill switch” feature being mandated by California law—but the feature will make it easier for police and others to disable the phone as well, raising concerns […]
  • What’s Up With That: Your Fingernails Grow Way Faster Than Your Toenails

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I like to clip my nails, because I’m addicted to the rewarding little tink of the clippers. Instead of being content with a finely manicured set of man hands, I crave more tinks. Without fail, I’ll kick off my sneakers in hopes of clipping away my toe talons, but instead of tinks, all I make is a loud sigh, because my toenails […]
  • MOOCs Are Dead — Long Live the MOOC

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Do you remember all the way back in 2013? You know, the year North West was born, the Harlem Shake made its debut, and selfies changed phone texting rates. More notably, there was the bombing at the Boston Marathon, our climate proved that abnormal would be the new normal, and our planet lost Nelson Mandela. […]
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  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
  • How to Use Content Themes to Make Blogging a Snap

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a guest contribution from Sonja Jobson. This might sound familiar: you’re staring at a blank screen, panic slowly rising, headache setting in, mind blank. You’re due to publish a blog post but you have absolutely no idea what to write about. Again. The “writers block” cycle can put a serious cramp in your blogging style, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a mysterious ailment with no known cure. In most cases, writers block is a direct result of poor planning. This is good news, because it means that with correct planning, you can skip right over the blank screen and…
  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Flickr user Freddie Peña. This is a guest contribution from writer Ali Luke. Do you ever think about guest posting but worry you’re not ready? You probably already know that guest posting is one of the most effective ways to build relationships in the blogging world, get writing credits, and grow your audience …  … yet you might worry that no-one will take your posts, because you’re too new to blogging, your own audience is too small, or you’re not (yet) a great writer. Maybe you’ve heard bloggers say that they get dozens, even hundreds, of guest post pitches…
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  • The Road to Redemption Desktop

    Alan Henry
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reader Amitabh put together this good-looking Linux desktop with a few simple add-ons for his system, and the end result offers just a few useful widgets and plenty of room to work, not to mention a personalized experience. Here's how he set it up. Read more...
  • Quickly Open a USB Drive in Windows with a Keyboard Shortcut

    Patrick Allan
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you need quick access to files on a USB flash drive regularly—or use an application located on one—you can create a keyboard shortcut to save yourself some time.Read more...
  • Make an Easy Peel Away Wrapper for Your Sandwich with Paper Towels

    Patrick Allan
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you don't want to use a plastic container or sandwich baggies, this method of folding two paper towels around your sandwich both protects and gives no-mess eating access.Read more...
  • Why You Should Get the Big Things Done First

    Patrick Allan
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    It's common to reach the end of the day and realize you've hardly accomplished anything. This object demonstration shows why you should tackle the big tasks first thing in the morning.Read more...
  • Six Rookie Portfolio Mistakes Even Seasoned Investors Make

    Kate Ashford
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Even if you've held a brokerage account for decades or have made it a point to stay up-to-date on your daily stock market news, one thing is clear: there's only one Warren Buffett —and you're not him. And that's okay. There are lessons we could all stand to learn.Read more...
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  • Hands On With QuickBoard, a Quick Text Insertion Keyboard Coming to iOS 8

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    When iOS 8 is released to the public in the fall, iOS users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including system wide third-party keyboards, which will bring fresh functionality to the default iOS keyboard. Third-party keyboards are available on Android devices and have been long-desired on iOS, so several popular keyboard developers announced plans to bring their software to iOS shortly after third-party keyboard integration was announced at WWDC. After iOS 8 launches, we'll be seeing new keyboards from well-known developers like Fleksy, Swype, SwiftKey,…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: Drop in iPad Sales Just a 'Speed Bump'

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Just before news of Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro was reported by Bloomberg, Re/Code's Walt Mossberg shared a snippet of an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook commenting on the recent state of the tablet market, which has been on the decline. According to Cook, the dip in iPad sales over the past two quarters is just a "speed bump" for Apple.In a brief interview about tablets I had this week with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he said, "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," and added that, "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen…
  • Apple to Launch 12.9-Inch iPad in Early 2015

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Apple is planning to launch its much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015, reports Bloomberg. Hints of the tablet, which has been dubbed the "iPad Pro" in rumors, first appeared in mid-2013, with a prospective 2014 launch date. Recent rumors, however, suggested plans for the tablet had been put on hold. Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook AirThe new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren't public. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino,…
  • Beats Music Launches Promotional iTunes Festival Contest

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    In an attempt to garner new users from parent company Apple, Beats Music has launched a contest to coincide with the upcoming London iTunes Festival. Beats Music's #GoWithMe contest is offering 25 Beats Music users in the United States a chance to win two tickets to see one of several musical acts during the festival, with the prize package including airfare to London and hotel accommodation. Users do not need to pay for Beats Music to enter the contest, but a Beats Music account is required. After signing up for an account, Beats listeners can enter to win tickets to one of five performances…
  • Verizon Preparing to Launch Voice Over LTE Network in September

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Verizon today announced that it is preparing to launch its voice over LTE (VoLTE) service sometime in September, reports CNET. The new service will be available nationwide on supported phones that are connected to the carrier's LTE network. VoLTE will provide high-definition quality voice and video calls that will significantly improve the overall calling experience. Not only will customers notice an enhancement in voice call quality, they also will be able to initiate a FaceTime-like video call right from the dialer app. Once you experience the HD quality voice, you don't want to go back,"…
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  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
  • Buy The Right Thing

    Chris Brogan
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In case you don’t already get my podcast, I thought I’d stick a copy of it here to check out. I recorded a short little conversation about choices and price and value and how we sometimes make really silly choices that don’t make any sense whatsoever. Also, in this recording, I mentioned a webinar I’m hosting. If that’s interesting, check it out. It will be the right thing. Continue Reading
  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
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  • Save $100 on SMX East in New York

    Jerod Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search Marketing Expo is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference, and this fall SMX East will take place in the nation’s most populous city. And if you’re planning on heading to New York City for SMX East (September 30 – October 2), we’ve got a way for you to save $100. Just use the code smx100copy at checkout to save $100. You’ll get to hear keynote speaker Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed Founder & CEO, provide insight on leveraging viral content, as well as other sessions like: Defining & Mapping The Native Advertising Landscape Automation…
  • Clueless About Technical Writing? Get Started With These Essential Tips

    Nick Chowdrey
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Technical writing is like copywriting’s old, boring uncle. In the communicative garden party that is online content, Copywriting gets everyone a drink and socializes, while Technical Writing runs the grill and feeds all the guests. Copywriters may think technical writing is simple, but it actually presents a number of challenges unique to the discipline. If you receive a technical writing assignment, will you know how to handle it? Whether you’re a freelance copywriter or work in-house at an agency, at some point it’s likely you’ll be asked to produce a piece of technical…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • An Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge.

    Brian Clark
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to discover the smartest ways to mix social media, content marketing, and SEO for lead generation? Want to convert those leads to customers and clients? We’ve got you covered with Internet Marketing for Smart People. And there’s absolutely no charge. These 16 high-impact ebooks plus our 20-installment email course deliver the techniques and strategies you need to know to become a much smarter marketer online. Find out more and sign up (free) right here. About the authorBrian Clark Brian Clark is founder and CEO of Copyblogger, and uncompromising evangelist for the Rainmaker…
  • 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are your blog posts helping you win clients? Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. But are your blog posts working for your business? Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads. Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I stumbled upon this four-step formula, and how you can apply this method to your business. Ready to start winning new clients? Step 1: Forget about generating leads Running a…
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  • Hands-on with Hyperlapse, Instagram’s super simple time-lapse app

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It’s no surprise that Instagram is following in the footsteps of parent company Facebook by spinning off features into standalone apps. But it’s strange that the popular photo-sharing network chose something as basic as a time-lapse effect to become its own platform with Tuesday’s release of the new iOS app Hyperlapse. Available on iTunes, Hyperlapse lets you shoot a video within the app, apply a time-lapse effect from 1x to 12x regular speed, then share the video to Facebook or Instagram. Hyperlapse also saves the finished product to your Camera Roll, but doesn’t let you import a…
  • Apple TV now channeling Showtime, iTunes Festival

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Naturally, just as we rounded up the complete list of Apple TV channels, Cupertino added a few more options to its set-top box on Tuesday. Alongside a new app for the premium Showtime network, the company also launched a channel for content from its own annual iTunes Festival.The Showtime app, much like that of rival HBO, offers a catalog of movies and the company’s own original programming. In an unusual move, however, the app also boasts the ability to watch live TV, letting subscribers flip over to whatever’s currently airing on either Showtime East or Showtime West. You can also get…
  • The top iOS 8 features for business users

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    When it shows up in the coming weeks, Apple’s iOS 8 is set to bring several new features, including its HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, to the iPhone and iPad. Many of the advances are consumer-oriented and focused on creating a seamless experience across iOS devices and Macs running the forthcoming OS X Yosemite.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Researchers: iPhones, iPads connected to Windows PCs are at risk

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Attackers could compromise iPads and iPhones on a large scale through the infected computers that make up botnets, researchers say. Nearly a quarter of zombie computers that make up certain known botnets eventually connect with Apple iOS devices, making these phones and tablets vulnerable to infection from malicious applications, a team from Georgia Institute of Technology said last week at the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium. Attackers would install malicious applications on the iOS devices when they connect to infected PCs via USB cable or Wi-Fi, says the team led by Tielei Wang. The apps…
  • Poshmark takes on eBay, makes shopping more social with iOS update

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The platform wants to become the Facebook for online shopping.
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  • Why We Need Messaging Apps

    Selena Larson
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This is the second part of ReadWrite's four-part series on the future of messaging.The central paradox of the social age is this: We share at once too much and too little.We share too much, because it's impossible to do more than dip into the endless stream of updates from your friends, family, coworkers—everybody.And we share too little because we have the sense of being on display when we post on Twitter and Facebook—either to a public audience or a diffuse, ill-defined set of "friends" who don't reflect our real networks of intimacy. The answer to that paradox has come in the form…
  • How California’s Smartphone Kill Switch Law Could Affect Everyone

    Adriana Lee
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    After months of campaigning for smartphone anti-theft legislation, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon got what he wanted Monday: Governor Jerry Brown signed Bill SB 962 into California law, making “kill switches" mandatory on all new smartphones. Starting next summer, all phones sold in the state must have a built-in feature that renders the device inoperable to strangers or thieves, and it must be activated by default. The idea is to discourage smartphone theft, a problem plaguing law enforcement across the country. The issue may be particularly acute in San…
  • Amazon's Cloud Is So Pervasive, Even Apple Uses It

    David Hamilton
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Amazon's cloud service dominates the Internet so thoroughly that it's scarcely worth noting new customers. Unless, that is, the customer in question is ... Apple.Tucked away in a Monday New York Times piece on the online-storage price wars lies this brief but interesting nugget (AWS is Amazon Web Services—i.e., Amazon's cloud):Apple's iCloud storage service and other parts of Apple, along with operations at several large banks, run inside A.W.S., say people familiar with the service who spoke on the condition they not be named so they could sustain relations with the powerful…
  • Instagram's Hyperlapse App Is A Steadicam In Your Pocket

    Lauren Orsini
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    The latest app to come out of Instagram does only one thing. But it does it well.Hyperlapse, which the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service revealed in a blog post Tuesday, is a video editor that steadies and speeds up your video recordings in order to make your home videos look like high-quality film productions, imitating the shot you might get from a Steadicam or tracking rig. Wired called it “a $15,000 video setup in your hand.”The app works simply: You start recording, finish, and share your video with the click of three melodic buttons. On the editing screen, the only…
  • Clinkle's Awful Hackathon Video Is A Diversity Report In Disguise

    Selena Larson
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Clinkle, the payments startup that has yet to launch an actual product (despite more than $30 million in funding), released a video highlighting a recent hackathon. It’s kind of embarrassing.Pop music overlays a bunch of smiling coders, some wearing Mickey Mouse ears, playing video games and shooting Nerf guns. They wear shirts that read, “Haters gonna hate.” Like many hackathons, it’s mostly men. The handful of times women do appear are carrying grocery bags or organizing a swath of arts and crafts materials lined up on a wooden table. One woman, presumably an engineer, is featured…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 1)

    Chris Bank
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. By focusing on an integral set of core functionality and corresponding features for product development, these companies can efficiently launch and build on new products. While the concepts are relatively easy to grasp, the many trade-offs considered and decisions made in execution are seldom easy and are often highly debated. This two-part series, looks into the product…
  • How I Built The One Page Scroll Plugin

    Pete Rojwongsuriya
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Scrolling effects have been around in web design for years now, and while many plugins are available to choose from, only a few have the simplicity and light weight that most developers and designers are looking for. Most plugins I’ve seen try to do too many things, which makes it difficult for designers and developers to integrate them in their projects. Not long ago, Apple introduced the iPhone 5S, which was accompanied by a presentation website1 on which visitors were guided down sections of a page and whose messaging was reduced to one key function per section. I found this to be a…
  • Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Users: Lessons Learned From My High-School Teachers

    Jon Bernbach
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    High school. I won’t lie: I did not have the highest grades in my graduating class. Some classes and lessons were so poorly designed and delivered that I would frequently become frustrated and fatigued and would ultimately shut down. The contents of the lessons would just wash over me. The experience wasn’t pleasant, and the results were obvious from my transcripts. But I did well in a few classes. The major difference was the teaching style. Currently, I am a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designer of mobile and web applications. In a way, like a teacher, I need to present…
  • What 22 Billion Newsletters Tell Us About Designing For Mobile Email

    Ros Hodgekiss
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do you know which platforms and email clients to focus on when creating an email newsletter for yourself or a client? Using the data from over 22 billion email subscribers, we determined what designers should prioritize, both this year and beyond. In this article, we’ll interpret the numbers from our “Email Marketing Trends401” report to help designers like you make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t in email newsletters. Here are some of the things we’ll cover: Which email clients and platforms should we be supporting now? Does responsive design matter for email…
  • Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

    Alok Jain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well. Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each…
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  • Storm creates huge SoCal waves

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
  • 2 beheaded during prison riots

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    Brazilian authorities say they have begun transferring inmates from a prison in the southern city of Cascavel after riots inside turned deadly -- with two inmates decapitated and two thrown off the roof of a cell block.
  • Leopard attack

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    The fight is said to have lasted half an hour and pitted a leopard against a woman armed only with farm tools in an isolated field in India.
  • Douglas McAuthur McCain

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    He was a basketball-loving kid from the Midwest who turned into a jihadi fighting for terrorists in Syria.
  • Michael Brown

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    Ever since it happened, race has been front-and-center in the vigorous debate over the fatal shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone…
  • Some Quick Tuesday Stuff

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!Anyway, here’s what’s up:Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom…
  • I’m Bringing My “Shoot Like a Pro” Seminar to Swingin’ London Baby, Yeah!

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Greetings from the Airport (well, I’m already on the plane, so “greetings from the Tarmac — I’m on my way to New York to shoot the US Open Tennis Tournament, which kicks off today. But first….I’m heading to London!!! When: Friday, 10, October Where: Conference Centre Westminster Tickets: Only 99£ at Earlybird Discount: Use the code Live10″ you save £10 — enough to buy me a pint. Why: Because I love Swingin’ London baby, yeah!PLUS: If you sign up now, you get my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” full tour…
  • OK, Are You Ready for a Really Cool Contest?

    Scott Kelby
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s called “Expose Yourself With Scott Kelby” (I didn’t name it. I would have named it “Get nudie-nude naked and naughty with DJ Scott-Scotty K and the fully clothed nudists” but they voted it down).Anyway, if you are picked as the winner, you win a Sony RX-100 Camera, so if you can get past the whole thing of having nothing on, this is awesome.The contest is for photographers who want to share what they’ve learned with other photographer through a blog post, article, photo submission, etc. on —-(in their words: “…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Free Expo Pass for Photoshop World Las Vegas If you can’t attend the full three-day training conference, you can still take part in the Free Expo that’s headed for Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Check out the show floor, packed with free classes, product demos, and exclusive show specials from the hottest names in the industry. The Expo hits Vegas September 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Register now for your free pass! Photographing Motion Indoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera in an indoor…
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    Digital Photography School

  • What’s Really Missing from Your Photographs?

    Olivier Duong
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ever felt that your images are missing a certain je-ne-sais-quoi? I remember when I was a proud young shooter, I showed my images to my photography 101 teacher, ready for him to crown me the next best photographer he’s ever seen (Hey I was young). He looked at them, and politely said “They are coming along”. What. The. Heck dude!? I looked at him in disbelief. I tried some Jedi mind tricks on him; trying to juice some positive note out of him. After a while, it was evident he didn’t want to offend me, I tried pressing him a last time and he gave me the same…
  • Luminosity Masks Versus HDR Software For Creating Natural Looking HDR Images

    Jimmy McIntyre
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jimmy’s Luminosity Masks Tutorials – Art of Digital Blending Course For Photoshop is on sale now at 15% off over at SnapnDeals. Only until September 6th, grab it now! If you type the term ‘HDR’ into google images you’ll very quickly see why HDR photography has a bad reputation. While we all differ in our tastes, in recent years, those strongly saturated, blurry and noisy HDRs have fallen out of fashion, even amongst HDR photographers. Luminosity Masks Versus HDR Software For Creating Natural Looking HDR Images The goal, among many, is now a clean HDR look. HDR…
  • Three Types of Light: Diffused, Backlight and Reflected – What are They and When to use Them

    Natasha Cadman
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Light: it is the main component for every image that you will take. It does however come in many different forms, producing very different results. Some of these types of light are diffused, backlit and reflected. There will be times when each of these types of light is more readily available than another, or even in some cases multiple types of light at once. Some people create their full photographic style by using a certain type more, or less, exclusively in their work. But, knowing how to first spot the different light forms will allow you to take full of advantage of every scenario and…
  • Using Humor In Street Photography

    Valerie Jardin
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Humor may very well be the toughest assignment the street photographer will take on. It takes a keen eye to see humor in the streets and some skills to capture it in a fraction of a second. Here are a few things to consider before you head out on a quest to photograph humorous situations in the streets: Humor can be subtle ©Valerie Jardin Story in a frame Just like a good joke, no explanation should be necessary. A catchy caption should suffice to enhance the humor conveyed in the image. Many newspapers used to have a ‘feature’ picture in every issue. Many still do. Think of it…
  • 10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography

    Christina Peters
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Have you ever tried shooting food? If you have, then you know how hard this can be. There are so many things you have to think about while making sure your food looks as fresh as it can be at the same time. Here is a beginner’s guide to help you get the food shots you’ve always wanted. #1. Do NOT use your on-camera flash You probably know this already, but I just have to mention this here to make sure. After all, this is Digital Photography School. Your on-camera flash looks horrible on food. You will get loads of specular highlights on any area that has moisture, and these…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Instagram's new Hyperlapse video app is a time lapse powerhouse

    John-Michael Bond
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The video capabilities of the iPhone took a massive leap forward today with the release of Hyperlapse, a powerful new time lapse photography app from Instagram. Hyperlapse uses Instagram's stabilization technology to shoot cinematic time lapse...
  • Verizon to roll out Voice over LTE support in coming weeks

    Yoni Heisler
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Verizon today announced plans to roll out Voice over LTE support in the coming weeks, thus enabling subscribers to experience crisper and higher fidelity phone calls. In addition, subscribers will be able to take advantage of HD video calls,...
  • Do You Believe: is it worth it?

    Jessica Buchanan
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Do You Believe is an educational app available on all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later where users can pick a category and decide if they believe a certain statement is true. For example, if you pick the technology category, one of the questions...
  • T-Mobile wants to give your iPad a ton of data for $10

    Mike Wehner
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The battle for the loyalty of tablet users sees another shot fired today, as T-Mobile has announced a deal that duplicates the data allowance of any phone plan if you add a tablet. For the US$10 monthly tablet fee, whatever data plan you currently...
  • Monitor Your Twitter Mojo With Merlo

    Randy Murray
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Can you tweet more effectively? Merlo, a new iOS app, might help you to do just that (but only if you can make out the tiny graphic displays-more on that below). Merlo requires iOS 7.1 or later, is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is...
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • Samyang announces 50mm f/1.4 UCM still and 50mm T1.5AS UMC video lenses

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Korean lens brand Samyang has announced that it will use the Photokina show next month to introduce a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for stills photographers and the same lens designed for videographers using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Both the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 50mm T1.5 AS UMC are designed to cover a full frame sensor and will each come in 10 mounts. Read more
  • Part two: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 / Sony Alpha 7S Comparative Review

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Our comparative review of the Panasonic GH4 and Sony Alpha 7S started with a look at their designs, handling and video spec. They've set new benchmarks for the sophistication of their video capabilities, but they're both potentially very capable stills cameras as well. That brings us to part two of our review, which adds six pages including analysis of image quality and dynamic range. We've also expanded our look at the video modes on each camera. Read more
  • Instagram Hyperlapse app creates smooth time-lapse video

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Last week Microsoft announced development of a technology that turns shaky first-person video into smooth, stabilized hyperlapse videos. Now it appears that Instagram has beaten them to market with a similar product. They've announced Hyperlapse, an app that converts videos of up to 45 minutes into smooth and stable time-lapses with a speed of up to 12x faster than the original. Read more
  • Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30?

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the camera industry moved on somewhat since the birth of the Fuji X series compact, is there still room for a 12 million pixel compact in a less-than compact body? In this opinion piece, senior contributing writer Damien Demolder ponders the very existence of Fujifim's newest X-series camera. Read more
  • X-Trans excellence? Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fujifilm's new X30 premium compact is an intriguing piece of kit, with a larger-than-average sensor and reasonably fast lens. While not a revolutionary upgrade to the X20, it still provides some nice improvements. After some play time, we've put together a First Impressions Review that spells out what's new and what's not.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to) (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    After a long delay, the August Smart Lock is finally shipping out to preorder customers beginning today. First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based iPhone-compatible locking system designed by Jason Johnson and notable designer Yves Béhar. At August, our mission is to make beautiful products that allow your physical environment to seamlessly respond to you. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. We are excited to announce that the August Smart Lock has begun shipping in limited quantities.The August Smart Lock, which allows users to unlock…
  • PayPal Offers 25% Off iTunes Gift Cards in the UK

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    PayPal is currently offering 25 percent off digital iTunes cards in the United Kingdom, allowing users to purchase iTunes codes for the App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store at a discount. Under the terms of the deal, an £15 iTunes card drops to £11.25, while a £25 card drops to £18.75. Larger denomination iTunes cards of £50 and £100 are available for £37.50 and £75. Cards are only redeemable in the UK iTunes Store. The offer lasts until Thursday, August 28 at 11:59 BST, but as with all PayPal iTunes discounts, there are a limited number of codes available and…
  • Instagram Launches Time Lapse 'Hyperlapse' Video App

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Instagram today launched a new standalone video app called Hyperlapse, which is designed to allow users to capture high-quality time lapse videos enhanced with built-in stabilization features. According to the app's description, the image stabilization allows users to create "polished" time lapse videos that would normally only be possible with the use of a tripod. In an interview with Wired, Instagram reveals that its image stabilization feature uses the iPhone's gyroscope to measure the camera's movement, which allows video to be stabilized with a simple algorithm. Hyperlapse mimics the…
  • Likely Fake iPhone 6 Box Insert Surfaces

    Juli Clover
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    While we've seen dozens of images depicting iPhone 6 elements that are likely to be real versions of parts that will make their way into the finished device, we've also been seeing quite a few iPhone 6 mockups, iPhone 6 clones, and other fake iPhone 6 parts as we creep closer to the device's launch date. French site [Google Translate] has today shared what it believes may be a genuine iPhone 6 box insert (or quick start guide) that "confirms" the launch date of the iPhone 6 as Tuesday, September 9, but MacRumors believes the insert to be fake based on several different design…
  • Google Launches New 'Slides' iOS App, Updates Docs and Sheets With Microsoft Support

    Juli Clover
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Google today launched a new Google Slides app for the iPhone to complement both Google Docs and Google Sheets, putting it in a position to better compete with business-oriented iOS software suites from both Apple and Microsoft. With Slides, Google now offers apps for creating word-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations directly on the iPhone. Slides is designed to allow users to create, edit, and collaborate with other users on presentations from the iPhone, iPad, or desktop. The app allows users to create new presentations or edit existing presentations, and it's possible to share…
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    CNN Travel

  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

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