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  • Why history is important [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why they make you study history in high school? They tell you it's because history repeats itself, but that's not really convincing. Give this video a try, it might do the trick and convince you. The post Why history is important [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 175 DIY gifts you can make instead of shopping on Black Friday

    Mashable
    Andrea Romano
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    If the idea of fighting your way through Best Buy is giving you a headache, opt for something a little craftier. There's no need to elbow your way through thronging crowds on Black Friday. Instead, get creative with some easy DIY projects. You can knock out your gift list without stepping out your door, and chow down on Thanksgiving leftovers while you do it. See also: 15 Black Friday survival tips from 'The Walking Dead' This year, stay warm and stress-free for the holidays. The best Black Friday deal is not having to go out on Black Friday. BONUS: How Do We Stop Black Friday? Read…
  • The Most Difficult Conversations You Have Ever Had At Work

    Fast Company
    Rose Pastore
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Readers share stories of weird, scary, and embarrassing office conversations.This week at Fast Company, we've been talking about challenging conversations, from "Your performance sucks" to "Hey boss, I'm pregnant." We learned the common mistakes managers make when delivering bad news, and what to do when a coworker has a meltdown in the office.Read Full Story
  • Space Age Is An Old-School Adventure Built For Mobile

    TechCrunch
    Kyle Russell
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
     Space Age is an old-school adventure game built for the iPhone and iPad from the developers of The Incident. Read More
  • The problem with problems

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    We have limits. There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you. Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down. We have opportunities. There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced. You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions. How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the…
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  • Why history is important [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why they make you study history in high school? They tell you it's because history repeats itself, but that's not really convincing. Give this video a try, it might do the trick and convince you. The post Why history is important [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 hours of walking through a small Provencal town as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Well, it's finally happened. The "10 hours" fad has reached your favorite Disney cartoons. Fortunately, this catcalling/Beauty and the Beast mashup is hilarious. Here's what it's like to walk through a small Provencal town as Belle. The post 10 hours of walking through a small Provencal town as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Teddy on a treadmill [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Funny, you can almost hear her thinking "I'm not going anywhere, am I?" The post Teddy on a treadmill [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Hilarious biker gang themed musical is funny beyond words [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The moment you start this biker gang themed musical you won't be able to stop. Of course, it's a British video with a biker gang theme, so there's a bit of foul language and adult content. But the music is just so cute! The post Hilarious biker gang themed musical is funny beyond words [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 12 tunes to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit [videos]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Need a little something to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving? Queue up these twelve suggestions from Flavorwire's Jillian Mapes as you head to wherever you're going to groove into a grateful state of mind. The post 12 tunes to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit [videos] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • 175 DIY gifts you can make instead of shopping on Black Friday

    Andrea Romano
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    If the idea of fighting your way through Best Buy is giving you a headache, opt for something a little craftier. There's no need to elbow your way through thronging crowds on Black Friday. Instead, get creative with some easy DIY projects. You can knock out your gift list without stepping out your door, and chow down on Thanksgiving leftovers while you do it. See also: 15 Black Friday survival tips from 'The Walking Dead' This year, stay warm and stress-free for the holidays. The best Black Friday deal is not having to go out on Black Friday. BONUS: How Do We Stop Black Friday? Read…
  • The astronauts on the ISS will be having Thanksgiving dinner too

    Space.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Like most Americans back on the ground, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast: NASA food scientists have created zero-g versions of classic Thanksgiving dishes for this week's celebration. The American astronauts currently living on the orbiting laboratory 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth's surface — commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts — as well as Italian-born flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti, will get a day off this Thursday, Nov. 27 to celebrate Thanksgiving. At mealtime, they'll gather…
  • Mystery writer P.D. James dies aged 94

    The Associated Press
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died, her publisher said. She was 94. Faber and Faber said publisher said James died Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. James' books, many featuring sensitive sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions around the world, and most were just as popular when adapted for television. Faber, James' publisher for more than 50 years, said in a statement that she had been "so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to…
  • Ukraine’s most pro-Western parliament in history holds first session

    Christopher Miller
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine's eighth parliament held its first session on Thursday after snap elections last month ushered in the most Western-friendly group of lawmakers ever, including several from the Euromaidan revolution that ousted the country’s Russia-leaning president in February. All 423 elected deputies were sworn in during an emotional inauguration ceremony inside the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, that was presided over by speaker Oleksandr Turchynov Here comes the new parliament. Hope this one doesn't screw up#Рада8 #Ukraine —…
  • 4 food photo tips, since we all know you'll Instagram your holiday meal

    Laura Vitto
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Every good cook knows the mark of a great holiday meal is how it looks cropped and filtered on your Instagram feed OK, maybe not. But let's be real, you're going to take photos of this year's holiday spread, so it might as well look stellar. See also: 20 boozy Thanksgiving recipes for an extra helping of holiday cheer Food is notoriously challenging to photograph. It's dark, dense and can look greasy and unappetizing when shot in the wrong light. Beautiful food photography is possible, however, if you follow a few key guidelines from the perfectly lit world of pro food photography. Dreamstime…
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  • The Most Difficult Conversations You Have Ever Had At Work

    Rose Pastore
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Readers share stories of weird, scary, and embarrassing office conversations.This week at Fast Company, we've been talking about challenging conversations, from "Your performance sucks" to "Hey boss, I'm pregnant." We learned the common mistakes managers make when delivering bad news, and what to do when a coworker has a meltdown in the office.Read Full Story
  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

    Peter Wade
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Lyft says it had a record number of rides last week, while Uber's rumored to get record financing.It would be an understatement to say last week was not a good one for Uber. Its CEO made callous remarks about customer privacy, sparking a firestorm of bad publicity and reports on the company's "frat house ideology" and trust problem. Then one of its execs was loose-lipped about plans to dig up dirt on Uber critics, prompting a user-generated campaign to delete the app. Not surprisingly, bad news for Uber appears to be good news for competitor Lyft, which claims it gave a record number of rides…
  • Buyer's Guide: The Best Air Purifier

    Michael Zhao
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Looking for an air purifier that's quiet, affordable, and effective? The Sweethome tests nine models.It took 100 hours of research and testing conducted by an airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist using $100,000+ of equipment to find the best air purifier for most people: The $250 Coway AP-1512HH Mighty. It's as effective at removing particulate contaminants (such as pollen, spores, smoke, and dust) as machines over twice its size and costing twice as much. But the best air purifier for you personally depends on your specific needs, which is why we have other…
  • GoPro Is Reportedly Getting Into The Drone Business

    Chris Gayomali
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The commercial drone industry could approach $2 billion by 2020.Once upon a time, if you wanted aerial footage from a GoPro, you had to attach the camcorder to a hobby drone from a company like Parrot or DJI. An eagle would also do in a pinch. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, it looks like GoPro is developing its own line of of commercial drones to sell directly to consumers.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Wants To Spy On Your Mobile Apps

    David Matthews
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    New update lets Twitter gather more data for advertisers.Twitter claims to be making yet another change to give users better content recommendations—and give itself more information to sell ads. Recently, it started showing users tweets they might enjoy from accounts they do not follow. Twitter's next step to make this function better? Finding out which other apps a user has on their smartphone.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Space Age Is An Old-School Adventure Built For Mobile

    Kyle Russell
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
     Space Age is an old-school adventure game built for the iPhone and iPad from the developers of The Incident. Read More
  • The Most Popular Enterprise Sync and Share Product Might Surprise You

    Ron Miller
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
     451 Research released a report this week with details on the enterprise sync and share market and what they found may surprise you. It certainly surprised me. That’s because the most popular sync and share tool in the enterprise today is not Box or even Microsoft OneDrive. It’s Dropbox, the cloud service IT supposedly loves to hate. The report, which surveyed over 1000 IT pros… Read More
  • European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Its Other Businesses

    Ingrid Lunden
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
     A little Thanksgiving message from the European Parliament today: they support the idea of breaking up Google. While the search giant was not mentioned by name, members voted 384 to 174 (with 56 abstentions) in favor of a set of measures encouraged to drive more tech growth across the European Union. Among those measures: a resolution to enforce European competition rules against online… Read More
  • Zano Is A Sky Selfie Micro-Drone That Flies Itself

    Natasha Lomas
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
     Holy autonomous micro-drones batman! Wondering how you’re going to line up your next dronie? Aka a selfie taken from up high by a passing UAV so you don’t get a photo of yourself remote controlling a drone… Well, never fear: a U.K.-based firm is building a micro-drone that flies itself so you can stand around looking nonchalant/pull off some sick… Read More
  • Le Wagon Is An Impressive French Coding Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

    Romain Dillet
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
     Coding bootcamps are nothing new, but they have always been more popular in the U.S. than in Europe. Last year, when Le Wagon started, it was a breath of fresh air. The team not only wanted to bring the concept back to Europe, but also wanted to add its own flavor. Le Wagon is a coding school specifically targeted towards entrepreneurs. It designs its own high quality content to make you… Read More
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  • The problem with problems

    Seth Godin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    We have limits. There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you. Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down. We have opportunities. There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced. You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions. How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the…
  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
 
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    WIRED

  • 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving

    Laura Hudson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and hey, since being kind of contrary is the American way, why not celebrate this most delicious of holidays by watching some of the best TV from the country so many of those early settlers were fleeing? Yes, everybody knows about Sherlock and The Office, but there's a whole cornucopia of excellent and lesser-known British series ripe for the streaming on Netflix. Here's what you should be watching on Turkey Day. The post 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Weirdest Incidents Involving Wild Turkeys This Week

    Jon Mooallem
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Wild turkeys were “everywhere” on Cape Cod, despite having once been extinct in Massachusetts. The birds were also booming again in Ohio, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey, where turkey numbers had increased a thousand-fold since 1977, when 22 wild turkeys were brought in from New York and Vermont to restock what was then a virtually turkey-less state. A New Jersey biologist now assured the public: “I think that they are here to stay,” and a local Op-Ed writer attributed the turkey’s success, in part, to polygamy. The post The Weirdest Incidents Involving…
  • A Stylish App That Helps You Stick to a Budget

    Margaret Rhodes
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Most users don’t need charts, they just need to know if a new pair of shoes is going to blow the weekly budget. The post A Stylish App That Helps You Stick to a Budget appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Next Era of Designers Will Use Data as Their Medium

    Mark Rolston
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Design has been focused on the surfaces of computing, rendering pixels on screens. But now data is becoming an articulate medium of design, in its own right. The post The Next Era of Designers Will Use Data as Their Medium appeared first on WIRED.
  • Science Graphic of the Week: Rising Sea Levels Show Strange Patterns

    Nick Stockton
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Two ocean systems that once rose and fell out of synch with each other are now rising in tandem. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Rising Sea Levels Show Strange Patterns appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Man Vs. Machine: Get Better Sales by Keeping Marketing Automation Human

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Image via Flickr user Peyri Herrera This is a guest contribution from Veronica Taylor. Marketing automation without a human element is just a robot on autopilot. Before, during and after each automated campaign it is essential for real people to plan, edit and review. When campaigns aren’t working, they need to be tested and updated. Most people think of marketing automation as efficient yet impersonal. When used correctly, however, most automated marketing solutions now provide the possibility for highly targeted messages based on each customer’s personal interests, preferences…
  • 5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

    Darren Rowse
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On a recent webinar over at ProBlogger.com I was asked by John: “Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?” It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog. Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas. 1. Questions from Readers Perhaps the #1 place I get inspiration for blog posts is the inspiration for this one – a question from a reader. As I look back at the most popular posts here on…
  • How to Use Google in the Most Unusual Way to Make Your Self-Editing Faster, and Better

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first and second post in this mini series here and here.… “[...] then the evening came and she found herself sitting by the drawing board again, trying to [...]“ Um … wait a minute, is it “sitting by the drawing board” or “sitting at the drawing board”? Damn it, I never remember, and both sound okay to me! How do I check this?! … Oh, the struggles of every blogger attempting to edit their own work. There are thousands of expressions just like the one above, causing us problems on…
  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
  • Google Introducing ‘Mobile Friendly’ Tags in Search Results and Signal It Will Start Impacting Search Rankings

    Darren Rowse
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Over the last couple of years any blogger who has paid attention to their analytics will know that how people are reading blogs is changing. No longer are people simply arriving on your blog on their desktop computer or laptop but on tablets, mobile phones and more. Today I took a look at the change in how people arrive on my blog (Digital Photography School) over last 3 years. I doubt the results will surprise anyone. The growth in mobile/tablet traffic has been remarkable. When I look at the last period in the chart in more detail and look at just this month (November) the trend continues…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Monitor Your Home With Dropcam, Only $100 for Black Friday

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    Dropcam is a dead-simple solution for home video monitoring, and you can own one today for an all-time-low $100. What's your Benjamin get you?Read more...
  • At $23, You Have No Excuse to Not Buy a Chromecast

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    Even at full price, the $35 Chromecast is one of the best deals in tech, so when it's a full 1/3 off, it'd almost be criminal not to buy it. And when you factor in the two free months of Hulu+, you're really only paying about $10 for the hardware. [Chromecast, $23]Read more...
  • Here's a Bonkers Promotion on the Nikon D7000, Plus More Camera Deals

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Amazon has been fairly quiet up to this point for Black Friday, but if this camera deal is any indication, they're ready to bring out the big guns.Read more...
  • Here's Your Once-A-Year Nest Thermostat Discount

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    By now, the Nest Learning Thermostat needs no introduction. You probably already know that it almost never gets a meaningful discount outside of Black Friday, so if you've been waiting to get your hands on one, it's officially time to strike.Read more...
  • Amazon's Thanksgiving Kindle Sale Serves Up Some Tasty Discounts

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Amazon's kicking off Thanksgiving with solid discounts on a number of Kindle ereaders and tablets. It's not wholly uncommon to see similar deals throughout the year, but it's nice to have them all occurring at the same time, instead of ad hoc.Read more...
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  • Apple Releases New iPhone 6 Ad: 'Voice Text'

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Just a couple days after releasing the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Apple has released a seventh called "Voice Text". The new ad focuses on one of the new features introduced to iMessage in iOS 8, the ability to instantly send audio messages quickly and easily. The ad humorously highlights how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends, with examples pointing out how voice messages are good for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them. Apple, so far, has released two new iPhone 6 ads at…
  • Apple Watch Marketing Page Updated With 'Timekeeping', 'New Ways to Connect', 'Health and Fitness' Pages

    Jordan Golson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The marketing website for the Apple Watch has been updated (via 9to5Mac) with additional details about how it functions as a watch, new ways that wearers will communicate, as well as more about the watch's health and fitness features. Apple's marketing team has also added new animations to the site, showing how the Apple Watch will move between screens and how some of the apps will work. Much of the basic information was already located on the Apple Watch site, but lots of it has been broken out with more information and detail. The new Timekeeping page reveals more about some of the watch…
  • MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28. MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120…
  • Natalie Portman May Take on Role in Universal's Steve Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Natalie Portman may take on a role in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports Deadline. It is not clear what part she may play, but there are said to be several female roles in the movie, including the part of Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan. Portman is a well known actress that has starred in high profile movies like Black Swan and V for Vendetta. Most recently, Portman has had a leading role in the last two Thor movies, Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Image via Deadline Earlier this week, the Steve Jobs biopic was picked up by Universal Studios after being dropped by Sony Pictures.
  • Foxconn Rumored to Produce Sapphire Displays for Apple's Next iPhone

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's main iPhone assembly partner, is reportedly gearing up to produce sapphire displays for Apple's next generation of mobile devices, according to a report by China Economic Weekly cited by Focus Taiwan. Foxconn has reportedly reached an agreement to build a display factory on an over 300-acre plot of land adjacent to an iPhone 6 assembly plant in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where the company had been reported last month to be looking into such a facility. Just last week, Foxconn was also reported to be planning a new iPhone display plant in Taiwan.The China…
 
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  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at NeimanMarcus.com . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
  • Look Beyond the Sniper Rifle

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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  • Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

    Demian Farnworth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline. Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too … Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark. But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark. Might not be one of the Manhattan variety. But it’s attention, no less. Be…
  • Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

    Brian Clark
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it. In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio. I asked Jay to be the first in a series of…
  • Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

    Yael Grauer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing. Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states. But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance. In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility. The dangers of overstating the problem If you really know your readers, you know their pain points.
  • The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

    Steven Lowe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter. Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season. See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy. And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online. So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages? An infographic that visually depicts each rhyme! Landing page rhyme time The ultra-creative Lauren Mancke designed this handy guide to…
  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
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    Macworld

  • The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in stores and online

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal. If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you…
  • Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    In an era of always-near smartphones and tablets, it can be difficult to pay attention to one thing at a time—especially when you’re watching football. How can you resist the urge to zip through your Twitter feed, share your thoughts on that last big play, and constantly check scores for games you’re not watching? And if you’re a fantasy football nut, chances are you’re thinking about a half-dozen players on other teams even when your home team is on the big screen. If you can’t resist having a second (or third, or fourth) screen in view while watching NFL action on Thanksgiving…
  • Twitter starts peeking at the other apps on your phone

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded.Starting Wednesday, the company will begin collecting data on which other apps its users have on their iOS and Android smartphones. The data, Twitter says, will help it deliver better “tailored content” to its users. That’s sure to include ads, but maybe also better recommendations about whom to follow when users sign up, or more relevant first tweets in the feed, which could help Twitter hook people early.It’s strictly a list of the apps users have installed,…
  • How to make the best cover images for your social media accounts

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    You can't always judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a social media profile by its cover image. In this column, you’ll learn how to make your own cover images for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, including design ideas, correct sizes, and sage file format advice. This is your chance to get creative and let your personality shine—after all, an image is worth a thousand words!Size Matters The imagery you use for cover images among social media services doesn’t have to be different, though each service wants slightly different pixel dimensions. While you can crop and…
  • Which search engine should be crowned king of Mobile Safari?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In the search engine game, it’s all about eyeballs. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft rake in billions each year from search ads, and now those companies are competing to be the default search engine in Mobile Safari on your iPhone and iPad. It's easy to change Safari's default search engine.  Until now it’s always been Google, but according to a report in The Information (subscription required), that deal expires in 2015. Its sources say Apple’s Eddy Cue has entertained pitches from both Yahoo and Microsoft, maker of Bing. Currently, Bing actually powers Yahoo’s search in return for a…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “California, Here We Come…” Introducing SmashingConf Los Angeles 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Great conferences are the ones where you learn, connect and get inspired. We know that, and we put our hearts into crafting events that aren’t just great, but go way beyond expectations. Ready for the next one? With SmashingConf LA 20151, we’ve got a full package: our new US conference with two days packed with quality content, lots of networking and a few mysterious surprises. We thought you might want to join in, too. 2 About The Conference When preparing a conference, we care deeply about how practical and valuable it will be. We look into things that have or haven’t…
  • Freebie: Christmas Icon Set (24, Icons, AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, PNG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Christmas is only a month away, and it’s time to add a few festive icons to your projects, or just freshen up your good ‘ol Christmas cards which you may be planning to give out to your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we’re happy to release the Christmas Icon Set, a set of 24 icons that are all available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. This icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella151 and is free to be used in private as well as commercial projects. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is…
  • How To Create Your Own Front-End Website Testing Plan

    Lawrence Howlett
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    So, your designers and developers have created a fantastic front-end design, which the client is delighted with, and your job now is to test it. Your heart begins to sink: Think of all the browsers, all the devices and all of these web pages you’ve got to test, not to mention the iterations and bug fixes. You need a front-end testing plan. This article shows you what to consider when creating a front-end testing plan and how to test efficiently accross browsers, devices and web pages. Benefits Of A Front-End Testing Plan Clarity on project’s scope Knowing which browsers and devices are…
  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Ebola bodies dumped in street

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Workers employed by Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health to bury Ebola victims took drastic action this week in a dispute over pay, abandoning the bodies of 15 people in the street.
  • Beatle's daughter: Blessing or curse?

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Stella McCartney says having famous parents opened doors for her, but she still had to carve out her own brand.
  • Lawyer: He'll leave Ferguson PD

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Days after he shot Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson was mowing his lawn when told his address was circulating online. Soon after, he went into hiding.
  • 5 moments we're thankful for

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    What are you thankful for this year?
  • Reuniting soldiers with stray dogs

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pen Farthing, a former sergeant in the Royal Marines, is reuniting soldiers with the stray dogs they befriended while serving in Afghanistan.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Traditionally this is a day  where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day. Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (known as Black Friday).In the meantime, please enjoy the stock image above…
  • Our Best Cyber Weekend Deals EVER Start Today (this is seriously big!)

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    OK, our Cyber weekend deals start today, and yes it’s our best pricing of the year, hands down, on all sorts of stuff, but dig this…When you sign up for a KelbyOne Annual Membership deal during Cyber Weekend….You get the entire Google/Nik Software Collection included with your membership.That’s right — The entire Nik Collection (it’s usually $149 by itself) included with your membership bundle, and our membership prices are the lowest ever!The collection includes: Silver Efex Pro (the ultimate B&W conversion plug-in) Color Efex Pro (my personal favorite…
  • My 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide

    Scott Kelby
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to my “9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (yes, last year I brought the “Gonzo” back after a brief break because just calling it a “Holiday Gear Guide” lacked that certain, I dunno, “gonzoness.”) So, I now bring you the blog-version of my “Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (which appears in the current issue of Photoshop User magazine, seen above) whose light burns brighter than a thousand suns (insert dramatic pause here), featuring an unbridled collection of 100% absolutely necessary gear that there’s no way we can see clear to live another minute of our…
  • This Photographer Did Something I Just Love!

    Scott Kelby
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).Thanks so…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cyber Weekend with KelbyOne Cyber Weekend is just around the corner and you can be amongst the first to gain early access to limited edition prints, commemorative DVDs, and some of the deepest discounts ever during our exclusive preview event, kicking off November 21!Doors open for this massive discount frenzy to everyone on November 26th. Sign up now for 5 days of early access to our biggest and best offers yet!Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad…
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    Digital Photography School

  • A Practical Review of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

    Barry J Brady
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Lens You will hear this from many photographers – “invest in your lenses”. Camera bodies will come and go, but a good lens can last a very long time. This was the advice that I first received when I started taking my photography seriously. Initially, I thought it was a bit hyped. I bought a cheap 70-300mm lens and used it at the first wedding I shot. I thought the images were fantastic until I bought a better lens a year later. I then realized how much difference a good lens can make. This review is not going to be a technical review of the lens. You…
  • The Easy Way to Make Your Own Custom Photoshop Brushes

    Alex Morrison
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’ve never heard about the creative use of brushes in Photoshop, this article is for you. If you already know about using brushes, you’ll be able to ramp up your creativity once you learn this easy skill – making your own brushes. What are Photoshop brushes and why you’d want to learn how to make your own? Photoshop brushes are tools that are mostly used just like regular paint brushes to add strokes of color to your images. Most often people will use them as part of their dodging and burning workflow. Some people also use them in digital painting. The built-in…
  • 3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

    Diego Lapetina
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, in my opinion, landscape photographers are a unique breed. I’m sure that only a hand full of people are willing to hike 10 miles with 25 pounds of photography gear on their back, just because they hope to seize the perfect moment. Generally, in photography, practice leads to improvement. However, practicing landscape photography is a bit trickier since you don’t have control over the light setup, the weather, or the subject.
  • Is Being a Photographer Synonymous With Being an Artist?

    Will G. MacNeil
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sure, the concept of photography falls under the realm of one the arts, but can you strictly label someone an artist based on their job or hobby? Photographers are everywhere nowadays. Beyond the thousands upon thousands of photographers who have businesses and make a living taking pictures, there are also all the families with cameras and anyone who halfway knows how to use a camera phone. Every single one of you who calls yourself a photographer has the opportunity, in my opinion, to call yourself an artist. The term artist has a powerful meaning that is non-discriminatory. You, as an…
  • How to get more from your printer – besides good quality prints!

    Sarah Hipwell
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Canon Pixma MG6350 All-in-one-printer If you like to print hard copies of your photos at home, how do you decide which inkjet printer to buy? With such a myriad of printers on the market it can be daunting which one to choose. However, similar to buying a camera, one main consideration will be how much do you want to spend. I bought a Canon PIXMA MG6350 a little over a year ago. As luck would have it, my local computer shop had the white version in stock for nearly 50 Euros ($62USD) less than the black one. The white one was my first choice. This is a high-end, multifunction, inkjet printer.
 
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    Strobist

  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Lynda.com. Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • 2014 Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The enthusiast camera category is small, but mighty. These cameras offer more high-end features and controls than their consumer-level counterparts, many doubling as excellent video and still cameras. Expect fast burst rates, strong image quality, solid AF performance and in several cases, 4k video capture. Read our 2014 enthusiast mirrorless roundup and see how the cameras in this category compare
  • 2014 High-end Pocketable Compact Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Optical zooms with fast glass, the ability to capture in Raw, large sensors (compared to those in smartphones), and even EVFs are finding their way into this class of camera. And while they may lack the controls of bulkier enthusiast compacts, many of them offer comparable image quality in a sleeker package 2014 Enthusiast Pocketable Compact Roundup
  • 2014 Enthusiast DSLR Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    There's a lot of action in the enthusiast DSLR segment at the moment, and this category in our seasonal roundup includes the top-performing APS-C DSLRs from each manufacturers. These cameras may not have full frame sensors, but what they do have is pro-level controls and features, borrowed from their high-end cousins. Read more in our 2014 enthusiast DSLR roundup
  • Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014)

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    As a keen enthusiast photographer, which mirrorless camera should I buy?
  • 2014 Mid-range Mirrorless Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    2014 saw the addition of numerous consumer-oriented mirrorless cameras, many borrowing high-end features from their enthusiast-level counterparts. These cameras make for excellent second cameras to a DSLR and great standalone cameras for anyone craving controls, good image quality and a compact size. Find out which we recommend in our 2014 Mid-level mirrorless roundup
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Happy Thanksgiving Lightroom Lovers!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving (whoo hoo!) as traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a massive Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day. If it’s not Thanksgiving where you live today, I wish you and your family a wonderful “Thursday” (and it’s totally cool to have a turkey feast today either way.
  • Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Just came across this article over at Lightstalking.com called “3 Lightroom Tweaks to Get Your Landscape Photographs to Sing” written by British travel photographer Jason Row. Worth checking out (here’s the link).     The post Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • TIP: What To Do If You’ve Lost The Original Image File…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is pretty strong case for creating Smart Previews when you import your images into Lightroom, because even though the Smart Preview is smaller than the original, it’s actually larger than you’d think (it’s 2,540 pixels on the longest edge). That way, if you get in a bind and lose the original image (for whatever reason), you can Export the Smart Preview as a DNG file so you will have a physical file that you can actually print around letter size at 240 ppi — that’s ain’t bad. So while it won’t have the same full resolution as the original, at least…
  • If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik Collection of LR Plug-ins, Now’s Your Chance

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Today we kicked off our “Cyber Weekend” deals at KelbyOne, and well…check this out. When you buy an annual KelbyOne membership (as low as $149) you get the full Nik software collection of LR/PS plug-ins included with your membership. The full collection! Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, the new Analog Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro — all of it (heck, the collection itself sells for $149). Anyway, pretty incredible deals on memberships and a whole bunch of other stuff. Our “Cyber Weekend Deal Page” is at this link.    The post If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik…
  • My “Magic Number” for Nice Subtle Edge Vignetting

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Adding a vignette (darkening the edges all the way around the image to focus the attention on your subject) is definitely one of those things you either love with the passion of a thousand burning suns, or you hate it with every fiber of your being. Most folks fall on one side or the other (kind of like people feel about HDR), but I think one reason is that, like HDR, people tend to greatly overdue their vignettes making them really obvious and over the top. Personally, I’m a fan of adding a very subtle vignette — one that you wouldn’t really even notice was there (a kind of…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices

    Richard Padilla
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Earlier this year, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced the E-Label Act, which would allow for companies to meet the FCC's demands for certification labels by placing digital stamps on a device's software as opposed to etching information on hardware. The senators argued that the changes would allow manufacturers to save money and pass savings onto consumers. This was followed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) loosening its rules for labeling, stating that manufacturers could bypass etching FCC labels on their devices in favor of labeling by…
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Earlier this week, news hit that the teaser for the much-anticipated movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be shown in a selection of theaters on Friday, November 28, and but it turns out the trailer will also be featured online, on Apple's iTunes Trailers website, on the Apple TV, and through the iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS. According to tweets from both the iTunes Trailers and Star Wars Twitter accounts, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser will be shared online by Apple this Friday, on November 28, at an unspecified time.The Force will be with @iTunesTrailers this Friday.
  • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

    Roman Loyola
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You've made your list, you've checked it twice. Now it's time to get gifts for the folks on that list. But what should you buy, especially for the tech-savvy people? You can turn to many of the gift guides on the web, but our guide is for the devoted Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. Pick up one of our suggestions, or use them as inspiration to figure out a gift on your own. Mac Gifts Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor: HD is passé. It's all about Ultra HD now, also known as 4K video. The PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. At a $649 list price and frequently…
  • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    With Black Friday quickly approaching, retailers and app developers alike are beginning to offer deep discounts on their products. Flexibits has decided to kick off its holiday sales a bit early, and is now offering its popular Fantastical line of apps at ultra low prices. Fantastical 2 for the iPad has been discounted from $14.99 to $4.99, which is 65 percent off. That's the lowest price Flexibits has ever offered on the iPad version of the app. [Direct Link] Fantastical 2 for the iPhone is available for $1.99, down from $4.99, which is 60 percent off. [Direct Link]…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Since their September launch, Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have produced record-setting revenue and sales for Apple, but looking beyond financials, the handset also is radically changing the reading habits of those who own the large-sized devices, according to news-reading service Pocket. Pocket recently analyzed 2 million article and video opens and examined the reading behavior of readers both before and after the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In particular, the study compared how iPhone and iPad usage changed after the recent iPhone launch. According to the results, customers with an…
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