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  • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad

    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog
    Husain Sumra
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Some attendees of the Pokemon World Championships, which is slated to begin this weekend in Washington, D.C. are being shown a version of the trading card game that will be released on iPad, according to Polygon. Video personality Josh Wittenkeller took a photo of the game running on an iPad. The Pokemon Company confirmed Polygon that the game is real, but it does not yet have a timetable for release. The Pokemon Company has already released many apps for iOS, including the Pokedex for iOS app, however this would be the first full game the company will release for iOS.
  • 5 tips on how not to get screwed by a car salesman (from a car salesman)

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Buying a car is the worst thing ever. OK, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’ve ever had to deal with haggling and fighting with a pushy car salesman, you know just how bad it is. But if you follow these five tips, your life will be a lot easier. For example, instead of just showing up at a dealership to look at cars, start emailing multiple dealerships. That puts you in the position of power, since they all know you’re in touch with their competitors. Likewise, use! It’s got a huge wealth of information about car prices in your area.
  • Missouri Governor Calls for 'Vigorous Prosecution' in Michael Brown's Death

    Anita Li
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    In a video statement released Tuesday night, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said "vigorous prosecution must now be pursued" in Michael Brown's death, prompting some to criticize him for what they perceived to be biased language My message to the people of #MO about the difficult but important test facing us all in #Ferguson — Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 20, 2014 See also: Live Updates: Protesters Demand Charges for Darren Wilson in Latest Protests Governor Jay Nixon says "vigorous prosecution must be pursued." Note he didn't say "vigorous investigation."…
  • Dolby Is Bringing Its Atmos Movie Sound Technology Home

    Fast Company
    Harry McCracken
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The home-theater and mobile versions aren't as immersive as the theater system--but still sound pretty darn good.Dolby has done a solid job of convincing Hollywood to embrace Atmos, its two-year-old system for creating sound effects which come at the audience from every which way. For instance, such blockbusters and would-be blockbusters as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers: Age of Extinction have all been released in Atmos mixes.Read Full Story
  • Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    John Biggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
     Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 5 tips on how not to get screwed by a car salesman (from a car salesman)

    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Buying a car is the worst thing ever. OK, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’ve ever had to deal with haggling and fighting with a pushy car salesman, you know just how bad it is. But if you follow these five tips, your life will be a lot easier. For example, instead of just showing up at a dealership to look at cars, start emailing multiple dealerships. That puts you in the position of power, since they all know you’re in touch with their competitors. Likewise, use! It’s got a huge wealth of information about car prices in your area.
  • Disney princesses Steve Buscemi-fied

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    There’s pretty much no end to the fun we can have at the expense of Disney princesses, and these fabulous mashups of the Happily Ever After girls with Steve Buscemi eyes adds another hilarious chapter to their tales. You know, the one where they go out on a week-long bender and realize they never got Prince Charming’s real name? Yeah, that chapter. Full story at The Soup via The Roosevelts. Destroying the Disney fantasy. Graphics credit: Canva
  • David Letterman dedicates ten minutes of his show to longtime friend, Robin Williams [video]

    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    David Letterman knew Robin Williams for nearly forty years, developing a friendship going back to their comedy club days and continuing until Williams’s death. Letterman dedicate ten minutes of his show to a tribute to Williams, including a heartbreaking montage at the end that might make you laugh-cry. Full story at Uproxx. More ways to keep the laughs alive. Photo credit: Canva
  • 21 medical terms for common problems

    Josh Urich
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    “Someone call 911! Mark’s got obdormition! Wait, what’s obdormition? His arm is asleep, are you serious? Haven’t you heard of the boy who cried wolf, Mark?” The moral of the story is, when you use these medical terms for common problems, try not to cause a panic. For example, if you tell someone you have gustatory rhinitis they might assume the worse. But really, it’s just a runny nose induced by spicy food. Many of our runners probably experience medial tibial stress syndrome––shin splints. See the rest at the full story. Full story at Mental Floss.
  • Business etiquette around the world [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Heading overseas to do business and not sure how to conduct yourself? During that long flight, look over this infographic on business etiquette to make sure you mind your p’s and q’s as soon as you step off the plane to avoid stepping on any toes. If you have any tips to add, please share them in the comments! Via AT&D. Mind your manners with infographics.
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  • Missouri Governor Calls for 'Vigorous Prosecution' in Michael Brown's Death

    Anita Li
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    In a video statement released Tuesday night, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said "vigorous prosecution must now be pursued" in Michael Brown's death, prompting some to criticize him for what they perceived to be biased language My message to the people of #MO about the difficult but important test facing us all in #Ferguson — Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 20, 2014 See also: Live Updates: Protesters Demand Charges for Darren Wilson in Latest Protests Governor Jay Nixon says "vigorous prosecution must be pursued." Note he didn't say "vigorous investigation."…
  • Your Mobile Phone Late Fees May Be Unlawful, Lawyers Claim

    Jenni Ryall
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    SYDNEY — Those pesky $15 late fees charged by your mobile phone company are now at the centre of a proposed class action lawsuit. The major Australian telecommunications companies (telcos) are charging set fees for bills not paid by the due date and ACA Lawyers believe this is unlawful. They have announced a plan for a multi-million dollar class action suit against the telco giant, Telstra, with a view to also target the other major telcos and they want consumers to get on board. See also: Pizza and Other Weird Things to Come Out of Vending Machines Telstra charges customers a $15 fee…
  • Google Glass App Connects Patients With Specialists Quickly

    Erica Swallow
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Remedy One-Liner Pitch: Remedy is a Google Glass application that enables patients to see specialists faster, through the eyes of a physician. Navigating the healthcare system as a patient can be a real pain in the aspirin. You've got your annual checkups, and if anything looks fishy, bring on the wild goose chase of specialist visits. If you've ever been referred to a specialist, you've likely experienced weeks…
  • Even Turkish Soccer Fans Are Protesting With Ferguson

    Sam Laird
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Protests over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, have officially gone worldwide, even reaching a Champions League soccer match in Turkey. The photo above comes from Tuesday's Champions League play-off match between Premier League side Arsenal and host Besiktas in Istanbul, nearly 6,000 miles from where the unarmed Brown, who was black, was shot dead by a white police officer. The fans shown are wearing Besiktas jerseys. See also: Has the Media Become a Third Force in Ferguson? Witnesses say Brown was gunned down Aug. 9 while standing in surrender with his hands up. Nightly…
  • Hands On With Sprint's Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone

    Lance Ulanoff
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Sharp's first U.S. Aquos-brand smartphone entry, available now on the Sprint network, is no spec-buster, but its elegant, edge-to-edge screen does evoke the nothing-but screen phones typically seen in most sci-fi television and film fare. The 5-inch, 4.9-ounce Aquos Crystal is not as thin as all that, though. Yes, the 1280x720 resolution LCD screen comes within millimeters of the metal edge (except for the narrow, bottom edge), but the Sharp phone is actually thicker than, for example, Apple's iPhone 5S See also: Sharp Intros World's Largest LED HDTV In fact, once you get past the rather…
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    Fast Company

  • Dolby Is Bringing Its Atmos Movie Sound Technology Home

    Harry McCracken
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The home-theater and mobile versions aren't as immersive as the theater system--but still sound pretty darn good.Dolby has done a solid job of convincing Hollywood to embrace Atmos, its two-year-old system for creating sound effects which come at the audience from every which way. For instance, such blockbusters and would-be blockbusters as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers: Age of Extinction have all been released in Atmos mixes.Read Full Story
  • Humans Of New York Takes On The World

    Ainsley O'Connell
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the insanely popular Humans of New York website, leaves the five boroughs behind.At first glance, some of the faces look familiar: a proud father with his daughters; rambunctious boys out for a swim; a shopkeeper with his wares. But the captions, in the words of the subjects, make clear that Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton has left the five boroughs behind.Read Full Story
  • This Is Kuddle, The Instagram For Kids

    Chris Gayomali
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Norway-based startup just raised $2 million in funding.Did you know that there is an Instagram for kids? It's called Kuddle, and the photo-sharing application was designed by developers in Norway who built the thing with the noblest of intentions. It's designed, first and foremost, to teach kids manners and discourage online bullying.Read Full Story
  • To Simplify Mobile Shopping, PayPal Wants To Eliminate Filling Out Billing And Shipping Info

    Alice Truong
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The PayPal subsidiary is releasing a set of developer tools that reduce mobile shopping to one touch.In the age of smartphones and tablets, it may seem odd when a company that sells its goods online isn't optimized for mobile devices. But shopping on such gadgets remains so fraught with clumsiness and confusion that 68% of mobile carts are abandoned.Read Full Story
  • How Mailbox Brought Its Awesome Smartphone Gestures To The Desktop

    Mark Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The preeminent mobile mail app is coming to desktops. Here's how the team got the feeling just right.Do you remember the story of Mailbox? It was the iOS mail app that allowed you to control your inbox by swiping. Swipe left to archive, right to delete, etc. The approach was a huge hit. In just over a month, Mailbox had a million users and it was purchased by Dropbox for $100 million. And in what may be the greatest seal of approval, the iPhone's own Mail app adopted some of Mailbox's swipe gestures.Read Full Story
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  • Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    John Biggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
     Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More
  • New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    Kyle Russell
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
     During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More
  • In Memory Of Journalist James Wright Foley

    John Biggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
     James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist, is dead, killed far from home and alone. It is a tragedy and a horror. None of us have ever had to be as brave as James Wright Foley in our efforts as journalists and none of us here can understand the cost of his sacrifice. Foley was kept captive in Syria since 2012 and his image only now resurfaced in a terrible video taken by the… Read More
  • Sam Altman On His Inaugural Batch Of Companies As Y Combinator’s New Head

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
     “A lot of people ask what’s different this time,” said Sam Altman, who took over Y Combinator from Paul Graham at the beginning of the year. “But the main thing I’m trying to do is keep things running the same way. YC is on this unbelievable trajectory.” Today’s Demo Day marks the first batch of companies that Altman has shepherded through the… Read More
  • YC Demo Day Session 4: Product Hunt, Aptible, One Codex, Traction, Shout, And Others!

    Ryan Lawler
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
     Are you excited? This year’s Y Combinator Summer Demo Day is finally coming to an end, which brings us to the best part of the day — that is, the part that includes beer and networking. But before we go, here’s the last group of companies to be unveiled as part of the program. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Squidthanks

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nine years ago last month, a few of us sat down in my office and started working on Squidoo. Since then, there have been billions of visits to our site, and many of you have clicked, written, and contributed to what we've built. We've been able to pay people from around the world for great content and donate to dozens of charities. Thanks. Squidoo was launched before Pinterest, Twitter and Medium were the platforms of the day. It arrived just in time to remind people that in fact they could share what they cared about with people who were interested in hearing about it. Last week, we…
  • Slacktivism

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support…
  • Who named the colors?

    Seth Godin
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    We did. It's not a silly question. It has a lot to do with culture and crowds and the way we decide, as a group, what's right and what's not. A quick look at some colors confirms that there is no algorithm, no accepted pattern for color names. They range from short and obscure (puce) to long and obvious references, like cotton candy. No color has a name until a significant group accepts that name. You can start calling the sky, "gluten," but it's not going to be useful until others do as well. That's what mass, cultural-shifting marketing does. It creates an idea or a label or a habit…
  • Escalators, elevators and the ferry

    Seth Godin
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Escalators make people happy. They're ready when you are, there is almost never a line, and you can see progress happening the entire time. Elevators are faster, particularly for long distances, but we get frustrated when we just miss one, and we often wonder when the next one is coming, even after a few seconds. (That's why lobbies have mirrors, to give you something to do when you're waiting). The ferry schedule, invented by Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a third way to deal with transport. Instead of having each boat turn around the minute it arrived, he guaranteed when it would leave. We can…
  • Skinny, sad and pale

    Seth Godin
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    On the first 100 pages of the new, thick issue of Vanity Fair, there are about 95 full page ads. Those ads feature, best I can count, 108 people. Of these, 24 of the people are some combination of not-sad and not-ghostly and not-skinny. The other 84 send precisely the same signal: Brands like ours feature people like this. Here's the thing: green lights aren't green because there's something inherently go-ful about the color green. A long time ago, green got assigned to go, red to stop, and that's the semiotics of traffic. The same is true for this class of luxury goods. There's nothing about…
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  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

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

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    You’ve spent countless hours crafting article after article. Your articles have generated thousands of page views. You feel pretty successful in terms of exposure, but large media companies are not knocking down your door to hire you. That paying gig you have been dreaming of still seems just as far away as it always has. Your writing hasn’t earned you a dime, and your exposure hasn’t done anything but bring you momentary comfort. Sound familiar? There has been a long-raging debating about the merits of writing for free. Some have spoken out heavily in opposition of doing…
  • How to Make Friends and Influence People at the ProBlogger Event

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a guest contribution by blogger Johanna Castro. Day one of the ProBlogger conference dawns, and butterflies are probably winging around your stomach as if making a bid for freedom. For many of us this day has been eagerly anticipated for about 6 months, and it represents one of two days in which you’ll meet some of the biggest names in blogging: Presenters, bloggers, media celebrities and a heap of new friends. But first. You walk in, you register at the front desk, and then you face a sea of people. That sea of people seems to be undulating like a wave mingling effortlessly with…
  • How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing

    Darren Rowse
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Earlier in the week I co-hosted the popular #BlogChat Twitter chat. The topic was ‘How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing’ – a massive topic. The hour-long Twitter chat was one of the fastest moving Twitter chats I’ve been involved in (and the biggest BlogChat ever according to it’s founder Mack Collier). We covered heaps of ground but I thought I’d pull out some of my most RT’d and commented upon tweets from the hour here as a blog post. I hope you find these helpful! Foundational Advice I was asked to prepare some advice for those about to start a…
  • 5 Tips From a Bestselling Author (and Former Luddite) on Overcoming Blog Phobia

    Guest Blogger
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    This is a guest contribution from author Eileen Goudge. There’s no such term as “blog phobia” as far as I know, but the condition is very real, I assure you. I know authors who quake at the mention of blogging, as I once did before I got a handle on it. My professional writing career began in an era when authors were expected to do only one thing: write a kickass book. And maybe go on tour if there was a marketing budget for said book. My first novel, Garden of Lies, was a New York Times bestseller and my publisher sent me on a cross-country tour that was a blur of TV appearances,…
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  • The OS LinuX Desktop

    Alan Henry
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reader Oliver wanted to make his Linux Mint desktop look as much like a Mac as possible so others would find it easy to use. Given some of our previous Linux featured desktops, we know it wasn't tough, but the end-result still looks great. Here's how it's all set up. Read more...
  • Relabel Your Negative Emotions to Better Handle Pressure

    Patrick Allan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When you're under a lot of pressure you're likely to feel a lot of things, and most of them are probably negative. Relabel those negative feelings to switch your mindset and feel more confident in taking your situation head on.Read more...
  • Remove Dinnerware Scratches with Cream of Tartar

    Patrick Allan
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As your plates and bowls get used over time, knives, forks, and spoons turn a bright sheen into a scratched up mess. Dive into your pantry to find some cream of tartar, and you can rub those ugly marks away.Read more...
  • The Best Workarounds for Various Dietary Restrictions

    Patrick Allan
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Dietary restrictions may mean that you can't eat whatever you want, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways around your restriction. These are the best alternatives for flours and baking grains, sweeteners, oils, thickening agents, and proteins.Read more...
  • Deadspin 15 Years Later And We're Still Getting New, Sad Ryan Leaf Stories | Gizmodo Facebook's Rose

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Deadspin 15 Years Later And We're Still Getting New, Sad Ryan Leaf Stories | Gizmodo Facebook's Rose-Colored News Feed | Jalopnik I Got Paid $1,000 To Park My Ferrari On A Movie Set | KotakuSony Doesn't Understand Just Who The Heck Is Buying All Those PS4s Read more...
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  • 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New 1472 x 828 Resolution Emerges

    Eric Slivka
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current "2x" Retina display move to an even sharper "3x" display. A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960. The photograph posted…
  • New iPhone 6 Images Depict Rear Shell and Front Panel Together for the First Time

    Juli Clover
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    With the iPhone 6 launch less than a month away, we've been seeing new images of leaked parts on a near daily basis. Multiple images of both the front panel and the rear shell of the 4.7-inch device have surfaced, but for the first time, the two parts have been photographed together, giving us our clearest look yet at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel's slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve. Top…
  • Apple's iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015

    Juli Clover
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its iWatch until 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Echoing several past reports that have also alluded to a 2015 launch date, Kuo suggests that difficulty manufacturing the device will lead to its postponement.We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple's (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are…
  • Apple's Share Price Hits $100 for the First Time Since June Stock Split

    Eric Slivka
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Apple today saw its stock hit the $100 mark for the first time since its seven-for-one split that took place in early June. Following the split, Apple was trading at roughly $92 a share, but since that time the stock has trended upward until hitting the $100 mark today. The company is also very close to an all-time high stock price, accounting for the stock split. Apple's all-time intraday high was set on September 21, 2012 at $100.72 ($705.07 on a pre-split basis), and the all-time high closing price was set just a few days earlier on September 19 at $100.30…
  • Apple Seeds iOS 8 Beta 6 to Carrier Testing Partners, but Not Broader Developer Community

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    While Apple released a sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite yesterday, a corresponding sixth beta of iOS 8 was not provided to developers at the same time. As a result, the company's iOS beta 5 released earlier this month may turn out to be the final build seeded to developers before the golden master release. Though developers may not see another beta version, a new report from BGR claims Apple has released a sixth iOS 8 beta to its testing partners. The release would explain conflicting rumors as to whether there would be a sixth beta version if this version is made available only to…
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  • How Can I Focus Better?

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

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

    Chris Brogan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jacq was watching a rerun of Shark Tank last night with her mom and she came across Steve Gadling, who pitched his business to the Shark Tank. What was he doing? Drawing cats. Not very well, mind you. And just with paper and a Sharpie. And he wanted ten thousand dollars. Part of his pitch was a little dance, and a “song.” Watch this video: Can’t see the video? Click HereContinue Reading
  • How Do I Reach My Audience?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    People ask me that often. “How do I reach my audience?” First, I tell them gently, it’s not your audience. Second, I tell them that reach is only part of it. Once they’ve seen you, they have to care enough that they’ll take a next step. From there, it only gets more difficult. But that’s okay. Challenge is good. Let me give you some thoughts. Before You Try to “Reach Your Audience” Let’s convert that to “reach out to people who might care” or just “reach out.” But before you want to do that, you’ll want your…
  • Is It Really So Weird That I Want to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic?

    Chris Brogan
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’ve been working to support a 90 Day Health Challenge that works at two purposes: to help YOU deal with losing weight and at the same time, help kids battle obesity. Some people have asked me what THAT’s all about. Let me tell you! MOST Everyone We Know Needs To Get Healthier Continue Reading
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  • 3 Lessons Learned From a Titan of Copywriting

    Brian Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on the phone earlier this week with copywriting legend John Carlton and we were ranting about all sorts of topics. (You know, like you do when you’re on the phone with John Carlton.) He made the observation that the next “big thing” in marketing may not be in the areas of whiz-bang technology, but rather in the blocking and tackling techniques of adept career direct marketers.

 That’s not to say that technology won’t continue to move at the speed of light. But certain methods just don’t change. Great writing still rules. As they say here at…
  • New Book Excerpt: Keep It Simple, But Not Simplistic

    Ann Handley
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, coming this fall from Ann Handley and Wiley Publishing. More about Ann’s new book and some sweet free prizes below. Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie Business, like life, can be complicated. Products can be intricate and concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood. It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak. It conveys ideas in concise, economic, human, and accessible terms.
  • A Complete Guide to Crawling Inside Your Customer’s Head With Empathy Maps

    Demian Farnworth
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jack Ungulate is a strange bird. When he drinks beer, he licks his index and middle finger, swipes the bottle opening, and then pauses, with the bottle raised to his mouth, before turning it upside down. Each time, every time. He also has a routine with his steel-toe boots. The left one must go on first, then the right. But he takes them off in reverse. And then there’s his ritual when buying large ticket items like a car: he sends his wife to the lot while he sits in the garage, waiting for her to call. When people talk to him about saving for his children’s college fund, he…
  • 3 Invisible Elements Your Sales Page Needs to Convert (One is Truly Unique)

    Sean D'Souza
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most people think music is about the notes. But think about the silence between the notes for a second. Doesn’t the absence of sound complete the composition? Without the silence, you only hear dozens of notes jostling madly into each other, causing a cacophony. Copywriting is a bit like writing a concerto. You may believe that copywriting is only about words. If so, you are forgetting about critical, invisible elements that affect whether or not you make a sale. Most readers skim madly through a sales page. They read the headline, a bit of the first paragraph, and then continue down…
  • Stefanie Flaxman Joins the Copyblogger Team

    Jerod Morris
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This has been one hell of a month for the editorial staff here at Copyblogger. First, three weeks ago, we informed you that Pamela Wilson was joining us. Now today, I am pleased to announce that Stefanie Flaxman is joining our team too, in the role of Manager of Editorial Standards. What does that mean? It means that Stefanie will be an internal advocate for you — making sure that every piece of content you lay your eyes on meets stringent standards for style and grammar. It’s a role she is remarkably qualified to fulfill. You might know Stefanie from her writing and editing…
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  • BrandPost: For the ultimate home cinema, start with NAS

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    You’ve already navigated a seemingly endless sea of hardware options, form factors, and connectivity quagmires to create your beautifully constructed home theater. It’s a completely centralized, smoothly operating, mind-blowing entertainment powerhouse. Now, to complete the experience, you need to make your media work just as smoothly as your hardware. Great home theater isn’t just about the biggest, smartest TV or the most sophisticated sound system. It’s also about the freedom to store all of your favorite content in one safe place and watch it any time, on any device, from anywhere…
  • Hands-on: Mailbox for Mac Beta swipes, snoozes its way onto OS X

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A deluge of email apps are trying to rein in the chaos that can overwhelm one’s inbox. Mailbox stands out from the pack, as it’s been one of the most elegant solutions on iOS, with a unique take on swiping away and snoozing emails to reach that ever elusive Inbox Zero. Parent company Dropbox is bringing that philosophy to OS X with the launch of the public beta of Mailbox for Mac, first announced back in April. To date the app has been in a closed beta and, along with now reaching a broader audience, Dropbox has also released an updated version, adding new features. To read this article…
  • Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review: For $300, small-office inkjet offers better output and value than a color laser

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Epson’s new $300 WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is just the kind of affordable, capable multifunction printer most small offices could use—even if they think they need a laser. A laser MFP may offer better text output (barely), but everything else lines up in an inkjet’s favor: purchase price, supply costs, and graphics output. Epson’s WF-4630 is the avatar for the breed: easily fast enough for small office work and packed with features. It also produces outstandingly sharp text, thanks to Epson’s new PrecisionCore print head. The ethernet/USB/Wi-Fi-connectable WF-4630 stands approximately…
  • Google may offer accounts for kids, controls for parents

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Children's accounts could go legit if Google can satisfy privacy requirements
  • The Week in Mac Apps: Done and done

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Done, and doneThis week’s Mac app roundup brings you sports tricks, photos you didn’t know you could make, and the ability to get things done.CoachBase 2.0As the new school year approaches, the $10 CoachBase - Animated coach clipboard playbook offers an interesting take on sports training at all levels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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  • Now You, Too, Can Obsess Over Your Dropbox File Permissions

    Adriana Lee
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Dropbox CEO Drew HoustonLast month, Dropbox gave business users in its early access program the ability to rule their corporate accounts with an iron fist. Now the cloud storage company has opened the gate, allowing all business customers to obsess over their folder and file permissions too. See also: Dropbox For Business Gives Control Freaks What They WantThe July announcement granted administrators highly requested features covering view-only permissions for shared folders, and passwords and expirations for shared links.This move is undoubtedly Dropbox’s way of answering critics who…
  • Just How Creepy Can Targeted Ads Get? New Tool Promises To Tell You

    Selena Larson
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Ever find yourself scrolling through a website and seeing an advertisement that’s a little too well-targeted? You know, as if the advertiser knew you recently twisted your ankle and need to buy some sturdier shoes? Columbia University researchers are working on XRay, a tool to help innocent Internet users make sense of those ads that stalk us, sometimes in ways that are worse than creepy.Climbing In Your Inbox, Snatching Your Searches UpAs most people know by now, your personal data is the price you pay for "free" services such as Facebook and Google. When it comes to targeted ads,…
  • PayPal Wants You To Never Pull Out Your Credit Card Again

    Owen Thomas
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A year ago, Bill Ready was gunning for PayPal, bragging about how his company, Braintree Payments, was winning customers like TaskRabbit away from the eBay-owned payments giant. Though Braintree was small, it was popular with mobile-app developers like Uber and HotelTonight—and he was using his edge with them to cook up a plan for a mobile wallet that could squeeze PayPal out of the world of mobile commerce.See also: Braintree's Reverse Takeover Of PayPal Has BegunNow Ready is working for PayPal, which bought his company last year for $800 million—and he's putting his PayPal-killer…
  • With Mailbox For Desktop, We May All Live At The Post Office Again

    Owen Thomas
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    After years of grieving Eudora, my beloved but long-lost desktop-email client, I've found a replacement. It's called Mailbox.Starting Tuesday, more people will be able to get their hands on it. Dropbox, which bought Mailbox last year, is opening up its beta program a little wider.See also: How Mailbox Scaled To One Million Users In Six WeeksI'll tell you more about how you can get an invite in a bit. But first, let me tell you a story of love and loss.Eudora: A Love StoryIn 1995, when I was an intern at Mother Jones magazine, my then-boss, Joel Truher, introduced me to Eudora. For the…
  • Why Robot Workers Aren't A Bad Thing For Jobs

    Lauren Orsini
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Robot usage in the global manufacturing industry has been climbing steadily since 2009, the MIT Technology Review reports.Sourcing World Robotics, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the OECD, MIT found that robotic worker purchases increase every year. However, a closer look at the numbers indicates that robots aren’t taking jobs directly from human counterparts.In Europe (except Germany), the numbers show that robot usage is up and human employment is down. In America, Germany, and South Korea, however, robot usage and human employment are up. It’s less an indication that robots…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

    Mattan Griffel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Since first hearing of spaced repetition a few years back, I’ve used it for a wide range of things, from learning people’s names to memorizing poetry to increasing my retention of books. Today, I’ll share best practices that I’ve discovered from using spaced repetition to learn and master a programming language. Some great articles on this topic are already out there, including “Memorizing a Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition Software1” by Derek Sivers and “Janki Method2” by Jack Kinsella. But because you’re busy, I’ll quickly summarize some of the best practices…
  • The Current State Of E-Commerce Search

    Christian Holst
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well. On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website. That’s why we at Baymard Institute have invested months conducting a large-scale usability study, testing the e-commerce search experience of 19 major e-commerce websites with real-world end users. We’ve boiled our findings down to…
  • How To Plan And Run A Great Conference Experience

    Zach Inglis
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    Our industry is a great one. It’s filled with a lot of awesome people building a lot of inspiring things and constantly seeking out ways to express just how much they love doing so. We’ve had blogs and podcasts, and right now hosting conferences is the big thing. Ever more people are organizing conferences, arranging meetups and creating memorable experiences. It’s fantastic to see. Nothing compares to a good conference: the atmosphere of being immersed in a crowd of people who share the same passion as you, the lessons you learn and advice you take in, and the friends you get to meet…
  • Targeting Mobile Users Through Google AdWords

    Tim Jensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Know your audience” has stood as a fundamental marketing principle since long before the web. When advertising online, you need to take into account one of the most basic factors of the audience you are reaching: what devices they are using. The most popular online advertising platform, in use by marketers of all sizes, is Google AdWords. Up until early 2013, AdWords allowed advertisers to set up separate campaigns to target mobile devices. Best practice generally entailed targeting mobile, desktop and sometimes tablet users in unique campaigns. Then, in a bold move to push the…
  • A Closer Look At Personas: A Guide To Developing The Right Ones (Part 2)

    Shlomo Goltz
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    How can designers create experiences that are custom tailored to people who are unlike themselves? As explained in part 11 of this series, an effective way to gain knowledge of, build empathy for and sharpen focus on users is to use a persona. This final part of the series will explain an effective method of creating a persona. There are myriad ways to integrate user-centered thinking into the creative process of UX design, and personas are one of the most effective ways to empathize with and analyze users. There is no one right way to develop a persona, but the method I will share here is…
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  • Can the endangered vaquitas be saved?

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Humans have driven to extinction four marine mammal species in modern times: Steller´s sea cow in 1768, the Caribbean monk seal in 1952, the Japanese sea lion in 1970 and the baiji or Chinese river dolphin in 2006. As you read this, we are on the brink of losing the fifth.
  • Ariz. flood prompts copter rescue

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    As many as 4 inches of rain fell near Phoenix on Tuesday, sending flash floodwater through areas of Arizona already saturated from recent rains.
  • Marine's wife dead; charges filed

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of killing the pregnant wife of a Marine in California.
  • 29 rockets in 20 minutes: Truce falters

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    New rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel's military said Tuesday, hours after a truce in the conflict was extended until the end of the day as Palestinian and Israeli negotiators struggle to reach a more lasting agreement.
  • 18 errors cited in rail disaster

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Eighteen errors lines up to cause last summer's catastrophic derailment of a runaway train in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, Canadian accident investigators said Tuesday, concluding an investigation that has revealed serious safety lapses in the transport of crude oil through Canada and the United States.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Why Isn’t There a Photo Walk In My City?

    Scott Kelby
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s our “Week One” update (the official launch was just one week ago):So far we have 564 walks already planned all around the world. (you can see some of the cities that created walks just this weekend, listed above). What an amazing start!!! Also, a big high-five to everyone who has been kicking in the requested $1 donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They’ve never needed your help more, and we’re indebted to you for helping (especially to those who have kicked in $50 to make sure everyone in your local walk was covered — how cool is…
  • How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Videos Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it not, just Photoshop)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is a short clip from an episode of “The Grid” (hosted by RC and me) that has gotten a ton of buzz, mostly because so many Photoshop users had no idea that Photoshop could even do this (I think it’s the best-kept secret in Photoshop).We start a five minute timer, and even with me messing up the first step and literally having to close and restart Photoshop and start over, we still comfortably got all seven steps completed in five minutes. You’ll be stunned at how easy this is, because we’re using a photography application that lets us create video, instead…
  • A Recipe for Creating an Epic-Looking Shot

    Scott Kelby
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Above: Here’s the final image. Click on it so you can see it larger (it makes it much more epic). Now, you’ll notice I didn’t see “the” recipe — I said “a” recipe (because there are many), but this is one I use again and again, in lots of different situations, that’s surprisingly quick and easy to pull off. But first, a behind-the-scenes shot (below).Above: Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot. My camera is down low on a Gitzo tripod with the legs splayed out wide about as far as they can go. I’m shooting tethered into the laptop…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hacking Photoshop and Hidden & Hard To Find Features in Photoshop with Ben Willmore Hacking Photoshop means changing existing features to make them do things they weren’t originally designed to do, finding little hidden gems that can be used in different ways, and discovering new ways to think about Photoshop. Photoshop is jam packed with features and functionality that most people only scratch the surface on discovering.Join Photoshop Hall of Famer Ben Willmore in his two latest classes, Hacking Photoshop and Hidden & Hard To Find Features in Photoshop, as he reveals his…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Pete Collins!

    Brad Moore
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This picture is a reminder of what it is all about… the joy of the moment, not the size of the fish!What do you do when your creative tank is empty? How do you recharge? Most of us tend to try to be fiercely independent and when we can’t seem to find the motivation, we think working harder and isolating ourselves is the answer. I think the opposite is true… getting around other folks and taking a moment to breathe is often the best way to get past the hump or mountain of stagnation. Let me show you what I mean.My job is to be creative and the good news is that I am a pretty…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Flowers

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Earlier today I shared a bunch of flower photos to brighten your day. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like flowers, even the roughest toughest guys can appreciate nature’s beauty and splendour. By Michael J. Moeller The weekly photography challenge is flowers. Now of course it’s your turn. Go find some flowers and photograph them. Go for a walk, find some wild flowers, or visit a garden. You could even think outside the box and make paper flowers or draw some on the sidewalk in chalk. Perhaps you could set up your tripod and do some macro shots and wait for a bee…
  • Review of The Promote Control for Time Lapse and Focus Stacking

    Gavin Hardcastle
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Want to take super sharp “focus stacked” photographs that boast corner to corner sharpness with perfect focus? Want to shoot spectacular ‘holy grail’ time lapse sequences that capture the change from day to night? How about advanced bracketing for HDR shooting? Do you fancy getting shots like this? The Promote Control from Promote Systems delivers very precise control over DSLR cameras to open up new creative possibilities. Here’s a list of things that the Promote Control can do: Hyperfocal Distance Calculator Remote Shutter (One Shot) Time Lapse Intervalometer…
  • Shooting Details to Tell a Visual Story

    Dylan Goldby
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The bride’s most prized possession for the wedding day A visual story, although no longer used as frequently in magazines or media, is a powerful way to give your viewer a taste of a situation without having to be there. It’s also a great way to challenge yourself to produce a coherent body of work. A collection of images, or picture story, can be engrossing and tell a story far beyond what a single image could do. Think back to a recent trip you took, a night out with your significant other, a favourite book or film. Try to describe it to an audience using only overarching…
  • How to Photograph People: 7 Tips for Photographers Who Never Photograph People

    Lynsey Mattingly
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    No matter what type of photography you specialize in or prefer, at some point you will find yourself having to photograph a human, or multiple humans. For favor, for fun, or because they share your genetic make-up or home address. If you own a fancy camera, there you will be at least once in your photographic life (but probably many more) where you will find yourself taking a portrait. Taking pictures of people is much different than beautiful mountains, scenic oceanscapes, historic architecture, butterflies, plates of food, or whatever it is that you usually photograph. Here are some basic…
  • Another 15 Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers

    Julia May
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s note: Last week we shared a list of some great resources for photographers. It was so popular we thought we’d bring you another set compiled for dPS by Julia May, enjoy. More Photography Tech and Creative Process The basics every photographer must know. Click the links to see the original article and source. Continued from #15 from last weeks: 15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers #16 Digital Macro and Close-Up Photography for Dummies (click the link to read the full summary and see the whole sheet) #17 Quick Guide Natural Light…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Google's Photo Sphere app now on iOS and not just Android

    Mel Martin
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Photo Sphere is no longer an Android exclusive. Google released the app for iOS users today, calling it Photo Sphere Camera. It's free, and a nice way to create immersive 360 degree photos. The app is pretty simple to use. Press the start button and...
  • Sentinel 4: Dark Star is a tower defense star

    Jessica Buchanan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Strategy and upgrades are at the forefront in Sentinel 4: Dark Star, a tower defense game that challenges players to think on their feet in campaigns. There are 26 maps in the game, each with their own interesting challenges. Some of these challenges...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free FrameMagic Premium [iOS...
  • Qwingle is a calendar app built for families and teens

    Regina Lizik
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Qwingle, which requires iOS 7 and is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is a family focused calendar app that might be just the thing you need to manage back to school schedules. First off, this app is designed to be basic, fun and...
  • Felix StretchWrite transforms any pen or pencil into a stylus

    Steven Sande
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Despite Steve Jobs' dislike of styluses as pointing and writing devices for smartphones and tablets, a lot of people find the pointy sticks to be a necessity for accuracy. But there are still some issues with styluses -- they're usually more...
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • HTC introduces One M8 for Windows Phone

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Two years after HTC launched its Windows Phone flagship model 8X, the Taiwanese manufacturer now offers another high-end model with the Microsoft OS. Today HTC has revealed a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8, originally launched with Google's Android OS in March this year. This means the One M8's unique Duo Cam features are now available in a Windows phone environment. Read more
  • Canon offers three new wireless Pixma inkjet photo printers

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Canon has announced three new Pixma All-in-One inkjet printers, the Canon Pixma MG7520, MG6620 and MG5620 (MG7550, MG6650 and MG5650 in Europe). They all offer wireless support with Apple AirPrint connectivity, as well as compatibility with Canon's Easy-PhotoPrint+ web application and Pixma Printing Solutions. Read more
  • Nikon announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots'

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Nikon has announced a service advisory for the Nikon D810, in response to reports of 'bright spots' in images taken at long shutter speeds and in 1.2X crop mode. According to an announcement on Nikon's website, affected cameras will be serviced free of charge. Apparently, the issue only affects cameras within a certain serial number range, and if you're lucky enough to have got hold of a D810 already, you can check the serial number of your camera against Nikon's database via the company's service and support pages. Click through for a link. 
  • Sony Xperia Z2 camera review

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Xperia Z2 is Sony's latest flagship Android smartphone and a solid upgrade to its predecessor, the Xperia Z1. Though the Z2 offers nearly identical camera specs to its predecessor, its 20.7MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor is capable of recording 4K video, unlike the Z1. We've put the Sony Xperia Z2 through our usual testing routine to find how image quality compares to the preceding model, and how the new features perform in real-life shooting. Read more
  • Profoto confirms Nikon compatible B1 update for September

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Profoto, the Swedish flash manufacturer, has confirmed that a Nikon compatible TTL remote will be available for its popular B1 off-camera flash on September 15th - just in time for Photokina. The Air Remote TTL-N will give Nikon photographers the same TTL functionality enjoyed by Canon shooters with its Air Remote TTL-C since the November 2013 launch of the B1 flash. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6 (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

    Juli Clover
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Apple has added two new locations to its Maps Flyover feature in iOS, including Yosemite National Park in California and Wellington, New Zealand. The new additions to Flyover allow users to take a close 3D look at the areas, zooming in on important buildings and landmarks. Flyover data for Yosemite National Park comes as Apple prepares to launch OS X Yosemite, the newest version of its Mac operating system. As of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple began naming its operating system updates after major California landmarks and with OS X Yosemite set to be released to the public later this year, it…
  • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    According to supply chain sources, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 handset. As relayed by G 4 Games, the Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier group. The original report does not provide details on the number of panels…
  • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday

    Juli Clover
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is preparing to launch a new iOS game in the near future, called Swing Copters. Previewed exclusively by our sister site TouchArcade, Swing Copters adopts the ultra tough Flappy Bird-style gameplay, adding new mechanics and a fresh skin. In Swing Copters, players are tasked with navigating platforms with swinging hammers while climbing upwards towards the sky, a deviation from the original side-scrolling gameplay in Flappy Bird. According to TouchArcade editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp, Swing Copters emulates the "one more try" gameplay of Flappy Bird while being…
  • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Television Academy this weekend announced the winners for the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, recognizing the technical side of television in honoring the outstanding "behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production." Apple was among the winners announced during a ceremony held Saturday night in Los Angeles. Apple, along with Park Pictures production company and TBWA\Media Arts Lab ad agency, was awarded an Outstanding Commercial Emmy for its holiday "Misunderstood" advertisement. In the commercial, a family participates in a traditional Christmas celebration while a younger…
  • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad

    Husain Sumra
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Some attendees of the Pokemon World Championships, which is slated to begin this weekend in Washington, D.C. are being shown a version of the trading card game that will be released on iPad, according to Polygon. Video personality Josh Wittenkeller took a photo of the game running on an iPad. The Pokemon Company confirmed Polygon that the game is real, but it does not yet have a timetable for release. The Pokemon Company has already released many apps for iOS, including the Pokedex for iOS app, however this would be the first full game the company will release for iOS.
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    CNN Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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