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  • Best pop-up parks from around the globe honoring Park(ing) Day 2014

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Driving around the block again and again and again trying to score a parking spot has likely left you wondering if it's really worth all the grief of owning a car. While we're sure many of these installations built for Park(ing) Day 2014 earned their fair share of cursing, we bet these folks got more pleasure out of all those quarters spent than would have otherwise been the case.
  • 5 Reasons Paper Currency Should Be Eliminated

    Mashable
    Todd Wasserman
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    In 2015, the Apple Watch will likely prompt millions of consumers to stop digging into their pockets for their cell phone and possibly ditch their wallets. Many economists are arguing that governments should consider doing something similar The movement for a cashless society has been gaining momentum over the past decade or so, but now it is technologically possible. Still, getting a country of 315 million people to throw away their pennies and dollars and instead embrace digital wallets would require political will and public education on a mass scale. That makes going digital unlikely in…
  • Today in Tabs: Monkey Business

    Fast Company
    Rusty Foster
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Tabs sees bad journalists.My bologna has a first name, it's-oh shoot. Um. This is embarrassing. We've met, like, 3 times. Linda introduced us at the Xmas party. Paul?Read Full Story
  • iOS 8 Adoption At 46% After Five Days, Says Apple

    TechCrunch
    Natasha Lomas
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
     The latest official iOS 8 adoption stat comes courtesy of Apple, which has added a note to its App Store Distribution page for developers revealing that the proportion of users that had updated to iOS 8, as of September 21, stood at 46% vs 49% using the prior iOS 7 flavor, and 5% on an earlier iteration of its mobile OS. Read More
  • But the Beatles were out of tune

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    The pedant (that's what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that's wrong or out of place) is afraid. He's afraid and he's projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, "here, I made this." Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn't perfect. That's okay. They made something.  Sure, make it better, by all means put…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Best pop-up parks from around the globe honoring Park(ing) Day 2014

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Driving around the block again and again and again trying to score a parking spot has likely left you wondering if it's really worth all the grief of owning a car. While we're sure many of these installations built for Park(ing) Day 2014 earned their fair share of cursing, we bet these folks got more pleasure out of all those quarters spent than would have otherwise been the case.
  • The Onion nails iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 comparison [chart]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Which phone is more phabulous? Diehard fans of either will never give an inch in the other direction, but for the rest of us, this chart from the Onion pretty much sums it up.
  • The comic side of parenting a toddler, by Grant Snider [comic]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    If you're out there right now trying not to look at the mess of...oh my gosh, what is that and why is it on my floor?! Eh, just forget it and feel a little less alone in the madness that is parenting a toddler with this comic from Grant Snider of Incidental Comics.
  • The “I Got a Bad Feeling” supercut [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    It's incredible how often movie characters are spot on in the ESP department when, in real life, most of the time we say we have a bad feeling about something, it's just our paranoia speaking or the Taco Bell we had for lunch.
  • An idiot’s (or awkward person’s) guide to giving a proper hug [video]

    Josh Urich
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There's a fine art to hugging. It's expected that we just know how to hug, but really, hugging is something that needs to be taught. Watch this video to learn the Art of the Hug.
 
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    Mashable

  • 5 Reasons Paper Currency Should Be Eliminated

    Todd Wasserman
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    In 2015, the Apple Watch will likely prompt millions of consumers to stop digging into their pockets for their cell phone and possibly ditch their wallets. Many economists are arguing that governments should consider doing something similar The movement for a cashless society has been gaining momentum over the past decade or so, but now it is technologically possible. Still, getting a country of 315 million people to throw away their pennies and dollars and instead embrace digital wallets would require political will and public education on a mass scale. That makes going digital unlikely in…
  • Google Science Fair Winners Take on World Hunger, Other Global Problems

    Karissa Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    The answer to world hunger could lie in a single naturally-occurring bacteria. That was the finding of this year's winning project at the Google Science Fair. The goal of the annual event— now in its fourth year— is to give students round the world the opportunity to experiment with ambitious scientific ideas. And, of course, potentially change the world. See also: Google-Backed Nonprofit Startups Tackle World's Toughest Problems This year's competition saw thousands of teenage participants from around the world enter the online contest. The field was eventually narrowed to 18…
  • Netflix Launches Site Dedicated to Spoilers

    Stan Schroeder
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Everyone hates spoilers, right? Nothing worse than someone blabbing out the murders in yesterday's episode of Game of Thrones, which you haven't had time to see yet Netflix, however, seems to think that spoilers can be fun, so it launched a special section of its site dedicated to showing you the pivotal moments in many popular films and TV shows See also: 12 Signs You're Addicted to Netflix Besides spoiling yourself in a Russian roulette-styled app, which randomly chooses from a database of spoilers, you can also take a quiz to see what type of spoiler you are, or vote on which spoilers…
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2: A New Leader Emerges

    Sandra Gonzalez
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Last week, after the at home audience chimed in, four couple found themselves in hot water after the first dances of the season: Leah and Artem, despite having some of the highest judges scores; Betsy and Tony; Michael and Emma; and Keo and Lolo faced jeopardy of going home Ultimately, Lolo and Keo met their demise, and while we couldn’t help but have sympathy for first-time pro Keo's early exit, the show must go on and that it did.   See also: Which 'Dancing With the Stars' Pair Is Your Early Favorite? Week 2 brought us My Jam Monday, as the stars got to dance to their personal…
  • A Farewell to Kings Cross: Our Friend, Our Enemy, Our Wild Times

    Jenni Ryall
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    SYDNEY — The party is finally over Kings Cross, the notorious red light and entertainment precinct in Sydney, Australia, is dead. See also: Whisky-Drinking Cowboys Look at the Dark Side of Technology Those wild nights that ended in a toilet cubicle, the first strip club you entered, the five teapots of cocktails consumed at World Bar, the meat pie from a convenience store as you waited for hours for the first morning train. Savour them in your memory, it's time to say good bye to the king of debauchery, Kings Cross. You can only hold on to your 20s for so long, but fear not, grown…
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    Fast Company

  • Today in Tabs: Monkey Business

    Rusty Foster
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Tabs sees bad journalists.My bologna has a first name, it's-oh shoot. Um. This is embarrassing. We've met, like, 3 times. Linda introduced us at the Xmas party. Paul?Read Full Story
  • You Can Now Say "No, Thanks" To Google+

    Peter Wade
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Signing up for Google+ is no longer a requirement for new Gmail users.In what might be another nail in the coffin for Google+, or at least a sign Google is letting up on its heavy-handed marketing of the social platform, new users will no longer be required to sign up for Google+ when creating a Gmail account.Read Full Story
  • A Sign Of The Times? An Oil Baron's Heirs Vow To Divest From Fossil Fuels

    Jessica Leber
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is the latest to join the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.Over the last few years, churches, college endowments, pension funds, city governments, and others have pledged to sell a total of $50 billion in investments in coal, oil, and gas companies. Now the growing fossil fuel divestment movement has won its most symbolic victory yet: The heirs to John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil fortune committed to selling all of the fossil fuels holdings made by their $860 million charitable foundation.Read Full Story
  • Reporter Quits Her Job On Live TV To Focus On Legalizing Pot In Alaska

    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    "F*ck It. I quit."We've seen some notable entries in the "How to Quit Your Job" category in recent times: There's been interpretive dancing, marching bands, and even a Super Bowl commercial. But somehow none of the above can touch KTVA reporter Charlo Greene's epic mic drop.Read Full Story
  • Watch Live: Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks At Climate Week NYC

    Peter Wade
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Tim Cook will address the international sustainability conference at noon ET.Today at noon ET, Apple CEO Tim Cook will address Climate Week NYC, a yearly gathering on environmental sustainability. This will be Cook's first speech at the conference, where executives from Ikea and Bloomberg are also slated to appear.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • iOS 8 Adoption At 46% After Five Days, Says Apple

    Natasha Lomas
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
     The latest official iOS 8 adoption stat comes courtesy of Apple, which has added a note to its App Store Distribution page for developers revealing that the proportion of users that had updated to iOS 8, as of September 21, stood at 46% vs 49% using the prior iOS 7 flavor, and 5% on an earlier iteration of its mobile OS. Read More
  • Online Survey And Form Builder Typeform Raises €1.2M

    Steve O'Hear
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
     Typeform, the Spanish startup that takes the heavy-lifting out of creating user-friendly surveys and other types of online forms, including payments, has raised a €1.2 million further round of funding, led by London­-based VC Connect Ventures. Existing backers Point Nine Capital, and RTA ventures, also participated, along with Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner. The fresh… Read More
  • Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

    Romain Dillet
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
     French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases. Now, the startup wants to turn its… Read More
  • In Me-Too Move, Finnish Mobile Messaging App Jongla Rolls Out Branded Channels

    Steve O'Hear
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
     When Finland’s Jongla re-booted to offer a multi platform mobile messaging app for modern-day smartphones, I questioned how it was going to distinguish itself in such a crowded market. In part, the plan was to focus on a very youth-oriented positioning of its app, with an emphasis on cartoon-y virtual stickers from the get-go. Another was to go far and wide in terms of device support,… Read More
  • Ray Ozzie’s New Venture Talko Launches An App For Collaborative Voice Communications

    Ryan Lawler
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
     After two and a half years, former Microsoft chief architect Ray Ozzie and his team are finally ready to reveal what they’ve been working on. Called Talko, their new mobile app is designed to change the way consumers and enterprises collaborate with each other through a mix of live and asynchronous voice communications. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • But the Beatles were out of tune

    Seth Godin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    The pedant (that's what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that's wrong or out of place) is afraid. He's afraid and he's projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, "here, I made this." Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn't perfect. That's okay. They made something.  Sure, make it better, by all means put…
  • Producers and consumers

    Seth Godin
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the short run, it's more fun to be a consumer. It sure seems like consumers have power. The customer is always right, of course. The consumer can walk away and shop somewhere else. In the long run, though, the smart producer wins, because the consumer comes to forget how to produce. As producers consolidate (and they often do) they are the ones who ultimately set the agenda. Producers do best when they serve the market, but they also have the power to lead the market. The more you produce and the more needs you meet, the more freedom you earn.        
  • What everyone reads

    Seth Godin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Everyone used to read the morning paper because everyone did. Everyone like us, anyway. The people in our group, the informed ones. We all read the same paper. Everyone used to read the selection of the book of the month club, because everyone did. And everyone used to watch the same TV shows too. It was part of being not only informed, but in sync. Today, of course, that's awfully unlikely. Only 1 or 2 percent of the population watch the typical 'hit' show on cable. Of course, it's entirely possible that everyone in your circle, the circle you wish to be respected by, is watching the same…
  • What are you seeking at work?

    Seth Godin
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Some people want safety and respect. They want to know what the work rules are, they want a guarantee that the effort required is both predictable and rewarded. They seek an environment where they won't feel pushed around, surprised or taken advantage of. Other people want challenge and autonomy. They want the opportunity to grow and to delight or inspire the people around them. They seek both organizational and personal challenges, and they like to solve interesting problems. Without a doubt, there's an overlap here, but if you find that your approach to the people around you isn't…
  • Two elements of an apology

    Seth Godin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Compassion and Contrition "We're sorry that your flight was cancelled. This must have truly messed up your day, sir." That's a statement of compassion. "Cancelling a flight that a valued customer trusted us to fly is not the way we like to do business. We messed up, it was an error in judgment for us to underinvest in pilot allocation. Even worse, we didn't do everything we could to get you on a flight that would have helped your schedule. We'll do better next time." That's what contrition sounds like. We were wrong and we learned from it. The disappointing thing is that most people and…
 
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    WIRED

  • Ex-Microsoft Tech Chief Thinks He Can Get You to Talk on the Phone Again

    Marcus Wohlsen
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ray Ozzie, who invented Lotus Notes before becoming Bill Gates' right hand man, thinks the phone part of smartphones is ripe for improvement. The post Ex-Microsoft Tech Chief Thinks He Can Get You to Talk on the Phone Again appeared first on WIRED.
  • Square Is Making a Register That Takes Bitcoin and Apple Pay

    Robert McMillan
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Over the past year, it’s become a lot easier to buy bitcoin, thanks to services such as Coinbase. And thanks to retailers such as Overstock.com and TigerDirect, it’s now a lot easier to to spend them online. But there’s still one big pothole in bitcoin’s bumpy road to mainstream adoption: Your local coffee shop. That’s […] The post Square Is Making a Register That Takes Bitcoin and Apple Pay appeared first on WIRED.
  • X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves

    Issie Lapowsky
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education. The post X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves appeared first on WIRED.
  • Learning How to Share: Why Delivering a Product or Service Isn’t Enough

    Andrew Batey, Spinlister
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The widespread growth of the sharing economy has been hard to miss, with more and more new businesses entering the space on what feels like a daily basis. Forbes estimates the equivalent revenue flowing through the sharing economy directly into people’s wallets will surpass $3.5 billion this year, with growth exceeding 25%. The sharing economy today […] The post Learning How to Share: Why Delivering a Product or Service Isn’t Enough appeared first on WIRED.
  • Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later

    Jeff DeGraff
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    There is a sequence to growth, an implicit order. Consecutive development activities are initiated and concluded by the forward and aft positions. We look out to discover opportunities and threats to our growth before we may streamline our actions to maximize their value to us. First, the unknown must be found and revealed. This is […] The post Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • 5 Unique Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

    Guest Blogger
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This is a guest contribution from SEO expert Zach Radford. Today, you don’t gain blog traffic by paying for backlinks or by swapping them like the old days. Instead, you need to focus on creating quality content that is beneficial to your visitors. We know that. But how do you do it? And do it consistently? The content should solve main problems faced by your reader. It should be actionable, specific and relevant to the audience. If you do this, your audience will come to trust your site, and visit it regularly looking for new content. They will also engage with you, which helps you to…
  • Q&A: Your Social Media Strategy

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There’s not much Darren hasn’t tried in the way of social media, and using it as a complement to his blog. In this webinar (available in full to ProBlogger.com members), he outlines his method for success, as well as answering your questions about how to make the best use of this media. Darren covers: Where social media fits in your blogging journey What hierarchy of importance social media should go in (because you can’t be across everything!) How to find readers How to build a presence How often you should update your social media channels Hints for scheduling your content…
  • Case Study: My Experiment with Starting a 2nd Facebook Page for My Blog

    Darren Rowse
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Regular readers of ProBlogger would know that over the last 18 months, I’ve put a lot of effort into Facebook – particularly by building up the Digital Photography School Facebook page. I’ve worked hard in that time to grow both the reach and influence of the page and while there have been ups and downs along the way, it has paid off in a fairly major way – with Facebook becoming the second-biggest referrer of traffic to Digital Photography School on any given day. In the last year and a half I’ve developed a publishing rhythm on the dPS Facebook page that works…
  • Four Ways to Crush Your Email Challenge and Build the List

    Guest Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest contribution from Luke Guy. I support building your email list more than any other thing. It’s the building block to any platform-building. You should be collecting emails before you even build the blog or write the book. I Wish I did it this way to begin with. Why? Collecting emails has got to be the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to build a community. You can approach someone and more likely get their email than a “like” on Facebook. Email is about discovery. Facebook is about liking what we already like. You know this though. You know that email is the way to build…
  • Creating and Selling Ebooks Webinar

    Stacey Roberts
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    This webinar (available in full for ProBlogger.com members) features ProBlogger Marketing Ninja Shayne Tilley outlining the strategy for getting the best return on your efforts creating and selling eBooks. It covers: Sell Sheets: Do you need one? What is it? How to make a good one. What content to have in your book – what shouldn’t you miss? An effective book outline Thinking about your audience Your review process Writing tips – not only to get content written, but also tips about format, consistency and even mindframe mid-book The editing process Adding visual elements…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Startup CEO's Daily Bag

    Thorin Klosowski
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Being a CEO at a startup can mean just about anything these days, but you usually need to be prepared for a lot of different things while still being mobile. Everyday Carry reader Colin Ryan shares his bag.Read more...
  • Get Perfect French Toast by Drying Your Bread in the Oven First

    Patrick Allan
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    French toast is a classic breakfast staple, but it's hard to find the perfect balance of moisture. Drying out your bread slices beforehand can keep the interior from getting too soggy.Read more...
  • Build a Face-Recognizing Safe with a Raspberry Pi

    Patrick Allan
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Having a safe is a great way to store your valuables, and now you can lock them away in a DIY, face-recognizing setup with a some free software, a Raspberry Pi, and a Pi camera.Read more...
  • Evernote for Mac Rebuilds the Notes Editor, Improves Tables, and More

    Thorin Klosowski
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mac: Evernote released an update to its Mac app today that adds a few new features and clears up some bugs. The new features include a new notes editor, image resizing, improved tables, and more.Read more...
  • Gawker What Reparations in America Could Look Like | Gizmodo 8 Videos of New iPhones Getting Dropped

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Gawker What Reparations in America Could Look Like | Gizmodo 8 Videos of New iPhones Getting Dropped, Soaked, and Torture Tested | Jezebel Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive Hazing | Kotaku Destiny: The Kotaku Review | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Debuts New Ads 'Huge' and 'Cameras' Starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

    Husain Sumra
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Apple today debuted two brand new ads called "Huge" and "Cameras", focusing on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both devices. Both ads once again feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake having some banter. The first ad, "Huge", has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new phones are. While Fallon points out "huge" new features like the Health app while Timberlake repeatedly points out how the phones are literally "huge". The second ad, "Cameras", has the duo talking about the camera features like…
  • iPad Air 2 Rumored to Launch in October, Updated Retina iPad Mini May Come Later

    Juli Clover
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Apple has plans to introduce the next-generation iPad Air in October, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times [Google Translate]. The site says the updated tablet will enter production in September, shipping next month. Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to follow in the second quarter of 2015. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air While the rumor suggesting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be coming in the second quarter of 2015 is in line with…
  • iOS 8 Users Seeing Issues With Battery Drain, Slow Wi-Fi

    Juli Clover
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Released last week, iOS 8 is Apple's latest operating system update, bringing several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, Notification Center Widgets, and more. As with any new iOS update, users have been reporting several bugs in the operating system, with some of the more prevalent complaints pointing towards slow Wi-Fi speeds and problems with battery life. As outlined by PCMag, iOS 8 users on the Apple support forums have been complaining about Wi-Fi problems in a thread that now spans multiple pages, an issue that was confirmed by the site's own testing. It appears,…
  • Apple Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Beats Music [Update: Not True]

    Juli Clover
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of…
  • New Reversible USB Type-C Standard Gains Support for DisplayPort Video

    Juli Clover
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced a DisplayPort Alternate Mode for the upcoming USB Type-C connector standard, which will let USB-Type C connectors and cables deliver DisplayPort signals. As noted by AnandTech, DisplayPort technology built into USB Type-C has the potential to connect monitors, cables, docking stations, and more. With the ability to support displays and carry video data via USB, USB Type-C could potentially serve as the next Thunderbolt connector, powering 4K and higher resolution displays. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
  • My Take on Inbound Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m presenting at Hubspot’s Inbound conference today, which marks my second time there with about six years distance in between. Has anything changed? No. Yes. But it would depend who you ask. There have been some really smart posts about the future of inbound marketing. I want to give you a simpler take than all that. The Value of Inbound Marketing Jacqueline and I completed our first Spartan race in August of 2014. Note that I say “first.” This is your first clue that the organization is doing something right. My friend, Chad, just completed what’s called a…
  • Find Intensity

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed at the moment with this video with CT Fletcher, Kai Greene, and Dana Linn Bailey. (NOTE: this video is FULL of curse words, so if you’re a bit sensitive to such, do not push play). I’m obsessed for a reason. I’m thinking a lot about intensity. The Vast Distance Between “Doing” and Intensity I’ve been working on my fitness for a while. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have been subjected to my sweaty selfies for years. But two major changes have happened back to back, and in them, I’ve found a lesson…
  • Get Some Chris Guillebeau

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    There are few people who I think have the opportunity to start and maintain a cult. Chris Guillebeau is one of them. He’s so lovable, so damned addictive, and his ideas are YOUR ideas. He gives them to you and hopes you’ll do what he did: work and make them real. Pick up this book by Chris Guillebeau – The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. The deal is this. You’ve got to read the book, but you have to DO something with it. Oh, and here’s my interview with him: Continue Reading
  • How to Blog for Business

    Chris Brogan
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Writing posts on this blog has been a cornerstone of my business for quite a while now. I started blogging in 1998 (we called it “journaling” back then), but it wasn’t really until somewhere around 2005 that I started figuring out how it would be part of my actual business (and by that, how it would be a way to make money). How to Blog for Business There are so many ways to look at this. You can choose to think of your blog as a media company, and stuff ads on it. I love ads, well, ads for things that make sense. The sidebar at [chrisbrogan.com] is full of companies I…
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    Copyblogger

  • Introducing Rainmaker: The Complete Solution for Content Marketers and Online Entrepreneurs

    Brian Clark
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Four years ago this month, Copyblogger Media was born. Up until that point, I had launched several businesses off of Copyblogger, with several smart partners. Each of those individual businesses were killing it and had me involved, but those smart individuals weren’t collaborating with each other … because why would they? The five of us convened in a Denver conference room – the first time the group had ever met in person. In just three hours, we worked through the seemingly impossible task of merging five companies into one new entity, with everyone’s equity interest and…
  • Here’s How Shane Snow (Founder of Contently) Writes

    Demian Farnworth
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are going to run a company around a slogan like “Tell Great Stories,” or rally your troops by adopting the Native American proverb “Those who tell the stories rule the world,” then it pays to build an environment that fosters great writing. Large photographs of your favorite writers covering one wall is appropriate. As is a collection of your favorite books along another wall. And that’s just the environment Shane Snow has created for the employees of his company. Shane is the co-founder of Contently, a high-end brand publishing firm. In fewer than five…
  • Which of These New WordPress Themes is Right For Your Audience?

    Jerod Morris
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is your website’s design the right fit for the audience you want to attract? I urge you to do more than simply nod and say “yes.” Really think about it. Who are the people who make up your audience? What are their worldviews? And what specific design elements will allow your visitors to have a human experience on your website — the kind that lays the foundation for them to know you, like you, trust you, and ultimately join your audience? Choose the design that best serves your audience If you run a church website, there are design elements that fit your needs that…
  • Follow This Superstar’s 7-Step Example to Dominate Your Industry

    Sonia Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Flawless. After listening to “Flawless” five times, Evette went to the mirror, and told herself the lyrics in the Beyoncé song were true. She believed it. She internalized it. She embodied it. Ready to dominate, Evette strutted over to her computer to fire off a blog post. A post that would enable her to claim her rightful place atop her industry. The same way Beyoncé dominates her industry. You’ve met an Evette before, right? Someone who thinks she’s so flawless, all she has to do is show up and everyone will bow down to…
  • Why You Must Not Ignore The Call to Adventure

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. In ancient myths, most quests were ones of discovery or confrontation. A kingdom was under siege, so it required defending. A minotaur in a faraway land guarded a magic chalice, and only the hero could wrest it back. Happily, real-world quests offer more possibilities than storming castles and rescuing princesses, and with some exceptions modern-day quests can be placed into a few broad categories. Travel is an obvious starting point. As I…
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    Macworld

  • iPhone 6 Plus Display is the best there is (well, almost)

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 4 apparently edged out the recent Apple iPhone 6 Plus in terms of display quality, even though the analyst reviewing it basically called Apple’s displays the best he’s seen to date. In a report released Monday, DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira—who does nothing more than test smartphone displays, by the way—called the iPhone 6 Plus display the “best performing smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested,” Soneira wrote. “The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch,” he added.To read this article in full…
  • Comic: The great big click-wheel in the sky

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: Off to the great big click-wheel in the sky. Previously on Multitouch Theater: Size matters not. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Reversible USB Type-C wonder cable will deliver DisplayPort audio and video, too

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    The upcoming Type-C USB cable just keeps looking more and more like the Holy Grail of cords. The fact that it works no matter which way it's plugged into a port is a game-changer all by itself, but the improvements don't end there: Type-C USB will deliver USB 3.1's blazing 10Gbps speeds and up to a whopping 100 watts of power. But wait! There's more. On Monday, VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the Type-C USB connector will also be able to deliver audio and video signals via DisplayPort technology.Forget separate USB and DisplayPort cables. Type-C can do it all.To read this…
  • McAfee announces 2015 editions of its antivirus and security suites

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’re still paying for your desktop security suite, you’ll be happy to hear that McAfee on Monday released the newest editions of its security suites. The new lineup includes McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2015, McAfee Internet Security 2015, McAfee Total Protection 2015, and McAfee Live Safe 2015 for Mac and Windows.Pricing was not announced, but Amazon has AntiVirus Plus 2015 for one PC listed at $40, Internet Security 2015 at $50 for one PC, and Total Protection 2015 at $60 for one PC. Finally, McAfee LiveSafe, a cloud-based service that encourages you to store sensitive data online behind…
  • Record broken: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus sales top 10 million in opening weekend

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Another year, another record breaking debut for the latest iPhone. Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It's no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone. The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19 in 10 countries and territories worldwide.  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Design Principles: Connecting And Separating Elements Through Contrast And Similarity

    Steven Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Similarity and contrast, connection and separation, grouped and ungrouped are all ways to describe the varying sameness and difference between elements. Based on the information they carry, we’ll want some elements to look similar, to indicate that they are related in some way. We’ll also want to show that some elements are different and belong to different groups. Key to showing both is the visual characteristics of elements and their relationships. If two elements are related in some way, then they should show similar visual characteristics. If the elements are different, then they…
  • Prototyping For Better Products, Stronger Teams And Happier Clients

    Scott Hurff
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    As mobile designers, we have a stark decision to make: do we spend time learning new tools and changing our design processes to create our own transitional interfaces, or are the tools that we’ve been using good enough? There’s an old writing adage that advises writers, whenever possible, to “show, don’t tell” when bringing characters to life. The goal is to reveal the story through the character’s experiences instead of the author’s. When designing mobile products, we share a similar burden. Dammed up inside our heads are creative waterfalls of fresh…
  • Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 3: Interaction Design

    Anastasios Karafillis
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Having addressed the information architecture1 and the various systems2 of navigation in the first two articles of this series, the last step is to efficiently simplify the navigation experience — specifically, by carefully designing interaction with the navigation menu. When designing interaction with any type of navigation menu, we have to consider the following six aspects: symbols, target areas, interaction event, layout, levels, functional context. It is possible to design these aspects in different ways. Designers often experiment with new techniques3 to create a more exciting…
  • Why Companies Need Full-Time Product Managers (And What They Do All Day)

    Rian van der Merwe
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    What is a product manager? What do product managers do all day? Most importantly, why do companies need to hire them? Good questions. The first confusion we have to clear up is what we mean by “product.” In the context of software development, a product is the website, application or online service that users interact with. Depending on the size of the company and its products, a product manager could be responsible for an entire system (such as a mobile app) or part of a system (such as the checkout flow on an e-commerce website across all devices). This is confusing because, in most…
  • Essential Visual Feedback Tools For Web Designers

    Lusya Galkina
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    The creative process takes a lot of time, and web designers know it. When you factor in feedback from clients, the process takes even longer: numerous emails, revision notes, chats and meetings — that’s what it normally takes to find out precisely what the client wants. Fortunately, today’s web provides various solutions to optimize the communication process. The first web services that allow users to report bugs on web pages appeared several years ago. Since then, tools and technologies have emerged to make the process more convenient and user-friendly. Today’s market…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Scholar sentenced

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Less than a week after a tightly controlled trial, a Chinese court Tuesday found a prominent Uyghur scholar guilty of "separatism" and sentenced him to life in prison, his lawyer said.
  • Israeli teens' kidnapping

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    A Palestinian man who Israel says was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens earlier in the summer was shot and killed by the military. Another suspect was seriously wounded, the military said Tuesday.
  • India's spacecraft

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Just days after NASA's Mars orbiter reached the Red Planet, India's first mission could follow suit and make history Wednesday.
  • U.S. airstrikes

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    The United States and several Arab nations rained bombs on ISIS targets in Syria on Tuesday -- the first U.S. military offensive in the war-torn country and a forceful message to the militant group that America would not stand by idly while it carried out its rampage of terror
  • Is the NFL skirting the tax man?

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did the National Football League make $10.5 billion in 2013, pay its chief executive Roger Goodell $44.2 million, yet pay no taxes to Uncle Sam?
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • My Seven Favorite Features in IOS 8

    Scott Kelby
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    I can’t give you my favorite iPhone 6 features, because mine hasn’t come in yet, but I did makes the leap to IOS 8 this weekend and I absolutely love it! My favorite IOS update in years. So, without further ado (yes, that was ado), here are my Seven Favorite IOS Features (and some of ‘em are kinda hidden, but awesome nevertheless):(1) QuickType Predictive Typing I read about this one online, and I kind of shrugged, but once I used it, it became my #1 most-favorite, how-did-I-live-without-this feature. It basically predicts with uncanny accuracy what the next word…
  • Our Exclusive First-Look at the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Scott Kelby
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    It’s here — it’s only 47-second long, and you’ve never seen a “first-look” quite like it. ;-)Hope you have a great weekend!Best,-Scott
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like A Pro Tour Come spend the day with Scott Kelby, the photographer who wrote the bestselling book on digital photography, as he brings the concepts, images and ideas from his best-selling book series to life at his Shoot Like A Pro Tour! Here are the upcoming dates:Sept 26 – Houston, TX Oct 1 – Orlando, FL Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FLLeave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these upcoming seminars!The 7th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk We’re just a few weeks away from…
  • Joe McNally at the Monroe Gallery – Santa Fe – Oct 3 – Nov 23

    RC Concepcion
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey everyone – RC here. If you have spent any time on this blog or at KelbyOne, you have more often than not come across of Joe McNally.  With over 30 years in the business, he is one of the most sought after photographers out there working today.  He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, LIFE and National Geographic – winning a dizzying amount of awards in over 60 countries.But the best honor for him yet happens this October 3 – November 23 2014 at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He will have his first solo show!  I figured it would be neat to share…
  • The Official 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk T-Shirts Are Here!

    Scott Kelby
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    We’ve got some really cool t-shirts for walkers and leaders this year (one of the many walker shirt designs is seen here), and once again (with the gracious help of Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography), we’re using this to give back as 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. Last year (with Rob’s help and generosity) we raised over $6,000 to feed and cloth the children), and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $10,000 just from t-shirt sales alone (which they could really, really use and we can really,…
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    Digital Photography School

  • The Winner of $1000 from our Essential Guide to Black and White Photography eBook Competition is….

    Darren Rowse
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Recently we launched our Essential Guide to Black and White Photography. As part of the launch we put everyone who purchased a copy into the draw to win $1000 in camera gear. The winner of this competition is…. Yves Wepadjuie! Congratulations Yves – we’ve just emailed you with details of how we’ll get you your prize and can’t wait to see what you buy! Thanks everyone else for picking up a copy of the Essential Guide to Black and White Photography – the eBook has received some amazing feedback and we appreciate you supporting dPS with your purchase –…
  • Nature and Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

    Adam Welch
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you have an interest in wildlife or nature photography there is a good chance you have seen an image at some point that has completely taken your breath away. Maybe it was a photograph of a sweeping landscape washed in the golden light of the dying afternoon sun or close-up of some small natural miracle that you had never noticed before that moment. You might even have asked yourself, “How did they do that?” Well, the majority of those incredible photographs came about through a good deal of physical hardship, practiced patience, and a healthy amount of self-made luck. Here are…
  • Carry Less – Photograph More: Elevate Your Travel Photography

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a travel photographer, either on assignment or shooting a personal project, capturing great quality images that represent the spirit of a place and its people is key. Looking to achieve that was a priority for me, so I always traveled with a bag full of gear, including at least two DSLR bodies, three or four lenses, flash, tripod, batteries, etc. It was a heavy load, and it slowed me down. I am a Nikon shooter, so my first approach to unload weight was to carry an all-purpose lens. I got the Nikon 28-300mm, and along with this, I’d carry the 14-24mm for wide-angle shots. Now I needed a…
  • 20 Tips for Photographing Historical Reenactments and Festivals

    Bruce Wunderlich
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    No matter what the season, people love to congregate in special places to celebrate or commemorate special events. Here are some tips that may help you take maximum advantage of the opportunities that festivals and historical reenactments present. #1 Research the event before you go Do some homework before you attend the event, to get an idea of the subject of the celebration, and something of its history. For example, if you are attending a battle reenactment, a little research before you arrive may give you an inside advantage as to how the battle may unfold in front of you. Even local…
  • Tips From a Landscape Photographer

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    B&H Photo Video is a huge mega camera store in New York City, but they also have a great selection of helpful videos. In this video Robert Rodriguez Jr. gives you some tips and insight into what it’s like to be a landscape photographer. Capturing something that means something to you Capturing emotion in photos is the essence of being creative Compositions with layers to add depth Why going back to one place again and again can help you take better photos of it  The 4 a.m. filter Printing your work, making it tangible “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Want a waterproof Apple Watch? Liquipel will offer nano-coating

    Steven Sande
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Most of us here at TUAW were baffled by the lack of waterproofing on Apple's upcoming Watch. This is a device that will always be on your wrist, will accompany you to the shower if you forget to take it off, will go for a swim if you don't leave it...
  • Speck cases for iPhone 6: Review and giveaway

    Steven Sande
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Lucky you! You're going to see a pile of reviews of new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus accessories over the next couple of months. One of the more respected names in the accessory business for Mac and iOS devices is Speck, and the company sent along four of...
  • This floppy bulldog's true beauty is found with the iPhone 6 slow motion camera

    John-Michael Bond
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The iPhone 6 introduced Apple's first 240 frame per second slow motion video camera into the pockets of users lucky enough to pick one up. One of those iPhone 6 owners has posted the single best advertisement for the slow motion video camera with...
  • Poorly designed, MemoPics memory game is still fun, unique

    George Tinari
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    MemoPics is a free game for iPhone and iPad that gets inspiration from the classic memory match games in which you keep flipping over cards until you find all the matching pairs and eliminate the cards. That version of the game is built in to...
  • Scanbot for iOS gets an update and improves your scans

    Mel Martin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Scanbot (US$1.99) advertises it can pretty much eliminate your desktop scanner, and it's hard to argue with that. My colleague Steve Sande looked at an earlier version of Scanbot and was impressed (he scans all paperwork that comes into his home with...
 
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    Strobist

  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    You can't exactly put this stuff in your pocket. And what you get to carry it around will be largely driven by, well, what you care carrying around.Most of you will end up using two small lights with stands and mods and a modest bag of camera gear. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You can do a ton of cool stuff with two speedlights. I have gone far past that level of gear in the past, and often to my regret.If that's you, grab the shoulder-slung camera bag of your choice. Then augment it with this:The LumoPro Padded Lighting Case is cheap ($30), lightweight, protective and perfect…
  • Choosing Hard and Specialty Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We tend to start out using soft light at a 45-degree angle because it is an easy fix, and it's hard to go seriously wrong doing that.But there are all kinds of light mods, and often choices other than default soft ¾ light can be more interesting. My favorites are snoots, grids and ring adapters.Snoots are like little tunnels you attach to your flash to block part of the light beam. Snoots are not rocket science -- we are just blocking some light. And cardboard works just fine to create tight zones of light that you can use to create something like the photo above.For grid spots, which work…
  • Choosing Soft Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Editor's note: In 2011 I wrote a full post on my four favorite soft modifiers. No changes since then. These are still my go-to's, for reasons explained below. So I am reprinting this in the gear selection module. -DHWith the gazillion or so soft light mods out there, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the choices available. And while I have probably shot with more of them that I would care to admit, there are four soft mods that I go back to again and again.As it happens, these four are reasonably priced, too. (Which may well be what attracted me to them in the first place, of…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Twice as good? What you need to know about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Five years is a long time in the camera world, but that's how long Canon's EOS 7D was on the market - buoyed by a midlife firmware update that kept it impressively competitive against APS-C offerings from other manufacturers. Canon has not been idle in the past few years, it seems, and the new EOS 7D Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original 7D, offering improvements to every aspect of its feature set. We got hands-on with a pre-production sample recently. Click through to see more.  
  • Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Fujifilm's new X100T is the latest evolution of its popular X-series of enthusiast compacts. Introduced with this model is an updated Hybrid Viewfinder that includes a new electronic rangefinder feature and automatic brightness controls. The X100T carries over the 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor seen in its predecessor as well as a fixed 23mm (35mm equiv) F2 lens. We've had access to a pre-production model for a few days - just time to prepare a small gallery of samples.
  • DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z3 ties for first

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's latest waterproof flagship smartphone, picking up where the Z2 left off. Like that phone it's 4K capable and also offers an atypically-large 1/2.3"-type sensor. Just like the Z2, that's a 20.7MP Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor nestling behind a 27mm equivalent F2.0 lens. All this has encouraged Sony to offer ISO 12,800, which it says is the highest of any smartphone. Learn more about how it performs
  • Behind the Shot: Spot the Shark

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:29 am
    Nature photographer Erez Marom shares the story of his image 'Spot the Shark', taken at Breiðamerkursandur - 'the ice beach' in Iceland. In this article he explains how he set up and took the picture, and the post-processing steps required to get to the final result. Click through for the full story.
  • Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    When Panasonic came to see us recently in our Seattle offices we were expecting the much-rumored LX8. That didn't happen, but what we saw was quite a surprise. The LX100 is one of Panasonic's most ambitious cameras yet, marrying a Four Thirds sensor with a 24-75mm (equivalent) F1.7-2.8 lens, in a body not much bigger than that of the LX7. Full manual control, a built-in EVF and 4K video round-out the specification sheet nicely. Click through for a hands-on tour of the new camera.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • PLUG-IN: Show Focus Point Lightroom Plug-In

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A while back I wrote a post on some features I’d love to see, but I really didn’t think would make it in to Lightroom. Well, one of those features was the ability to show me my focus points. At times, I’ll shoot the same photo but focus in different areas. As a landscape photographer, sometimes I’ll merge a few photos together (focus stacking) to get an ultra sharp photo. Other times, I just use one photo, but knowing where I focussed can help me in the future. Well, a few blog readers pointed out a plug-in that I hadn’t seen before. It’s called Show Focus…
  • Win A Free Ticket to One Of My Fall 2014 Lightroom Seminars

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Edit: The Free Tickets have been given away. Here’s the winners: Matthew Jackson – San Antonio Jennifer – Colorado Springs Trisha – Livonia Brendan Reilly – Philadelphia Okay, my fall 2014 schedule is locked in for my Lightroom seminar tour and I figured I’d announce the dates and give away a free ticket to each city. If you’ve never attended the seminar before, it’s basically a 1-day Lightroom crash course. Here’s a quote from one of the attendees from last year: “Matt is absolutely the best instructor in the world, and his…
  • TIP: A Fun, Mean, and Totally Useless Lightroom Hack

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The other week Scott turned me on to a post by Mark Stagi over at Digitalphotobuzz.com. It was called Hacking the Lightroom 5 Splash Screen. It’s actually very cool and I never knew you could do that before. However, before you go visit the site, just understand that it has no educational value whatsoever. But as photographers, I think it’s kinda cool. We love to display our photos, and this is a cool way to do it when Lightroom starts up. Basically, the article goes over how to take the default Lightroom startup screen (seen below) and replace it with your own graphic. It could…
  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Yesterday, I wrote a post about 3 features that I’d love to see in Lightroom (but probably won’t). They’re 3 features that I think I’d use, but I’m not so sure the masses would and it would be worth the development effort on Adobe’s time. Well, as I wrote the post, I realized a way that I could sort of do one of the features I was looking for. See, I often import some photos in to Lightroom and just start editing. I know I’m supposed to go through and flag/rate them right away, but sometimes I don’t have the time or I just really want to see one…
  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (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 –…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic

    Juli Clover
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Tony Fadell, who formerly worked at Apple and is widely known as the "father" of the iPod, today commented on the recent discontinuation of the iPod Classic in an interview with Fast Company, saying that he's "sad to see it go.""The iPod's been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally everything into making it what it was." Eighteen months after launch, the iPod owned the portable media player category, and for the next decade, it continued to do so. "Products just don't come around like that often," laments Fadell. "The iPod was…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship with higher capacity batteries that deliver exceptional battery life, but as pointed out by iLounge and MacRumors forum members, the two new iPhone models can also charge significantly faster when used with an iPad charging adapter rather than the smaller adapter included with the iPhones. According to preliminary tests using a Kill-A-Watt device and OS X system information, the charging profile for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus match that of the iPad, allowing them to charge using 2.1A. Unlike earlier iPhone models which would only draw 5W regardless of the…
  • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Apple's iPhone 6 Plus may be the most talked about iPhone model due to its larger screen and bigger battery, but early adoption rate metrics (via Mashable), suggest more customers are choosing the smaller iPhone 6 over its bigger counterpart. How much of the difference is due to customer preference versus constrained supplies of the larger model is unknown, however. According to ad impression data provided by Chitika, the adoption rate for the iPhone 6 is more than 7x higher than the iPhone 6 Plus. On the Monday following launch, the smaller iPhone accounted for 1.5 percent of North American…
  • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download

    Richard Padilla
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Popular read-it-later app Instapaper today received a significant update for iOS 8, bringing a redesigned user interface, enhanced saving capabilities, and deeper integration with notifications. The app is also now available for free, as users also have the option to pay for premium features. Users can now save content to Instapaper from any application that supports iOS' built-in share functionality by way of a new app extension. The app also includes text-to-speech functionality, and curates saved articles in iOS 8's Notification Center on a daily basis. A $2.99 per month or $29.99…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329

    Juli Clover
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    With the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus now available to customers, Apple has updated its support information to include U.S. repair pricing for the two devices. While all new devices include a standard one year warranty that can be extended with AppleCare+, the standard warranty does not cover accidental damage. Repairs for screen damage, which includes cracked or shattered displays, will cost $109 for the iPhone 6 and $129 for the iPhone 6 Plus, along with a $6.95 shipping fee. Accidental damage (water damage, for example) or out-of-warranty damage to an iPhone will require…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    hiufu
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    The locals show us there's more to Indonesia's top tourist island than those world-famous beaches Bali's best beach clubSurfers' paradiseThe mellow side of BaliWith its gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine, beautiful Bali is undeniably Indonesia's travel hotspot.  But what's happening beyond the tourist grind? This September, CNNGo hits up some of the island's locals to share their favorite Bali hangouts and the stories behind them.  Legendary Indonesian surfer Rizal Tanjung shows us where he first fell in love with the waves. Sunglasses designer Suki takes us to the…
  • No more using Uber in Germany?

    Guessy1
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A court moves to end the ride for the U.S.-based online chauffeur and ride-sharing service in GermanyIn the ongoing fight between chauffeur and ride-sharing app Uber and taxi drivers around the world, score one for the taxi drivers … for now. A regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, this week issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the San Francisco-based Uber from operating in Germany. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Germany’s national union of taxi drivers. The court said that Uber violated German law by working with a network of drivers that lack commercial licenses.
  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

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