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  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2015

    Smashing Magazine
    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
      We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for…
  • Man enters 1,000 sweepstakes, results are surprising [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    You know all those sweepstakes you see in magazines, on TV, hear about on the radio, etc? Ever wonder who enters those, and who wins? This guy tested it out by entering a thousand. The post Man enters 1,000 sweepstakes, results are surprising [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 22 'Harry Potter' lip dub GIFs to celebrate the chosen one's birthday

    Mashable
    Neha Prakash
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Accio birthday cake! Harry Potter turns the big 3-5 today, July 31 — and a lot has changed since he was the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs See also: 'Harry Potter' combined with Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' may make you cry Mainly, his life is no longer threatened by a noseless Dark Lord, and also he is a full grown adult who can say what's really on his mind In honor of the chosen one's birthday, we've rounded up Harry Potter GIFs lip dubbed with more adult themes, revealing what Harry, Hermione, Snape and gang were really saying. They're so sassy they'll Avada Kedavra…
  • Anti-Doping Regulations Come To Esports: A Q&A With Electronic Sports League's Michal Blicharz

    Fast Company
    David Lumb
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Pro gamers will find it more difficult to seek a competitive edge...if such a thing even exists.Last week, the esports giant Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced its plan to add anti-doping regulations, making it the first international esports league to do so. Rumors about performance-enhancing drugs in competitive gaming have surfaced over the years, but the blatant admission of PED abuse by a former professional gamer earlier this month raises questions about how widespread PED abuse is in competitive gaming.Read Full Story
  • MyTape Is A Video-Sharing App To Capture And See The World Around You

    TechCrunch
    Romain Dillet
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
     Meet MyTape, a brand new social app for iOS centered around video. On MyTape, you follow people, shoot videos and watch stuff around you. It’s a sort of mash-up between Periscope and Frontback, and it will be interesting to see whether this new social app can find its audience. Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Man enters 1,000 sweepstakes, results are surprising [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    You know all those sweepstakes you see in magazines, on TV, hear about on the radio, etc? Ever wonder who enters those, and who wins? This guy tested it out by entering a thousand. The post Man enters 1,000 sweepstakes, results are surprising [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Witness this homeless puppy’s amazing transformation [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Although this video starts out absolutely heartbreaking, it takes a quick turn. The wonderful folks at Vet Ranch worked a miracle on this puppy. The post Witness this homeless puppy’s amazing transformation [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Is this the best place for the toilet paper roll?

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    We're all familiar with the raging debate around which way to hang a roll of toilet paper, but could the real problem be where it's hung? The post Is this the best place for the toilet paper roll? appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The most patient owl on the planet [video]

    Josh Urich
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Owls are more than wise––they're patient too. Watch this owl take a beating from a small bluejay and hardly bat an eye. The post The most patient owl on the planet [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 25 strategies to beat writer’s block [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    Who knows better than writers how to get past a stubborn case of writer's block? No one, and that's why a survey was performed of 2000 members of the profession to find their cures for this maddening condition. The post 25 strategies to beat writer’s block [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • 22 'Harry Potter' lip dub GIFs to celebrate the chosen one's birthday

    Neha Prakash
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Accio birthday cake! Harry Potter turns the big 3-5 today, July 31 — and a lot has changed since he was the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs See also: 'Harry Potter' combined with Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' may make you cry Mainly, his life is no longer threatened by a noseless Dark Lord, and also he is a full grown adult who can say what's really on his mind In honor of the chosen one's birthday, we've rounded up Harry Potter GIFs lip dubbed with more adult themes, revealing what Harry, Hermione, Snape and gang were really saying. They're so sassy they'll Avada Kedavra…
  • Target is engineering its new denim line for people who hate shopping for jeans

    Hayley Wilbur
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Shopping for jeans is no easy feat. You may be a size 8 at one store and size 12 at another — and the solution usually involves rewearing your favorite pair until it ripsThen what?? Target is trying to fix that problem with its new “The Perfect Fit for Every Body” collection, which is boasting 20 fits and 66 new washes of denim, each for $30 or less See also: Target swimsuit campaign shows women what it's like to love your body The assortment includes various denim styles, from rips and whiskering to mixed colors and shapes, like traditional boyfriend jeans, overalls and…
  • The top ranked man for sex in each state, according to Lulu users

    Mandy Stadtmiller
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Ever wish there could be a metric for rating a guy in bed that was anonymous, used snarky hashtags and was based on hundreds of thousands of anonymous female reviews? Well, probably not — unless you’re a Millennial and enjoy dishing out judgment. Dating app Lulu allows women to secretly rate their exes (or even just their friends). The app is so wildly popular that at least 1 in 4 college women are already on the site and actively participating with pointed reviews, ranging from #OneTrackMind to #DadBod to #KinkyInTheRightWays to #GoneByMorning. See also: Pretend your online sex…
  • This 'Mad Men' auction is your chance to buy Don Draper's stuff

    Hayley Wilbur
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Ever wished to be a part of the action at Sterling Cooper & Partners? Now you can — if you're willing to pay. Screenbid, a source for certified authentic, screen-used Hollywood memorabilia is auctioning off 1,384 Mad Men props starting today at 3 p.m. ET and ending on August 6. Bidding starts between $50 and $150 See also: 'Mad Men' ends, and Don Draper begins: Life is OK The items available — Don Draper’s suits, Jim Cutler’s shirts, Betty’s wedding ring, Peggy's Timepiece handbag, Pete’s scarf, Joan’s leopard heels and much, much more — are…
  • 14 epic pieces of edible 'Harry Potter' food art made by fans

    Sam Haysom
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    LONDON – While J.K. Rowling will be getting a few birthday wishes from fans today, we're willing to bet she'll only get one life-size, edible bust of Harry Potter's head. A group of food artists from around the world collaborated to create some seriously impressive Potter-themed food art in celebration of the author's 50th birthday, ranging from large character sculptures to intricate recreations of key scenes from the books. The project has been in the planning for the last year, after two U.S. bakers came up with the idea and recruited other members from across the world. See also: 24…
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    Fast Company

  • Anti-Doping Regulations Come To Esports: A Q&A With Electronic Sports League's Michal Blicharz

    David Lumb
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Pro gamers will find it more difficult to seek a competitive edge...if such a thing even exists.Last week, the esports giant Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced its plan to add anti-doping regulations, making it the first international esports league to do so. Rumors about performance-enhancing drugs in competitive gaming have surfaced over the years, but the blatant admission of PED abuse by a former professional gamer earlier this month raises questions about how widespread PED abuse is in competitive gaming.Read Full Story
  • Uber Will Invest $1 Billion In India By 2016

    Pavithra Mohan
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    The move marks its expansion into yet another global market: In June, Uber said it would invest more than $1 billion in China.Last month, Uber unveiled plans to spend more than $1 billion this year on expanding in China, even calling the country its "number one priority." The ride-hailing service is now matching that investment in another lucrative market: Uber is looking to drop $1 billion in India within the next nine months, to bring its services to new cities and beat out local taxi-hailing platform Ola.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Seeks To Attract More Users With New Homepage

    Pavithra Mohan
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    The social network becomes a tad more user-friendly.Twitter revealed marginal user growth—the least it has shown since going public—during its second-quarter earnings call earlier this week. The social network brings in just 304 million active users per month, a number that pales in comparison to Facebook's nearly 1.5 billion monthly users. Twitter has long struggled to market itself successfully, due in part to the fact that new users have to follow the right accounts and use the site regularly to get a grasp on it.Read Full Story
  • Inside Spotify's Plan to Take On Apple Music

    John Paul Titlow
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We keep hearing things like "human-curated" and "machine listening," but what does it actually mean for you?Brian Whitman landed at Spotify just in time. The MIT Media Lab alum and machine listening expert joined the product team at Spotify early last year when the streaming giant dropped a reported $100 million to acquire The Echo Nest, the music data company he cofounded a decade ago. Since his time at MIT, Whitman, along with cofounder and fellow PhD Tristan Jehan, has focused obsessively on the intersection of big data, artificial intelligence, and music, using that sweet spot to try and…
  • Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Rose Pastore
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    What happened this week? Here's our quiz for July 31, 2015.Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • MyTape Is A Video-Sharing App To Capture And See The World Around You

    Romain Dillet
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
     Meet MyTape, a brand new social app for iOS centered around video. On MyTape, you follow people, shoot videos and watch stuff around you. It’s a sort of mash-up between Periscope and Frontback, and it will be interesting to see whether this new social app can find its audience. Read More
  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Anna Escher
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
     This week’s tech headlines saw the launch of Windows 10, Amazon’s new Product Hunt competitor, and Truecaller’s entrance into the unicorn club. These are the stories to catch you up on everything that’s happened this week in tech. Read More
  • Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

    Matthew Lynley
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
     Susan Kare, an early Apple designer behind some of the company’s early typefaces and icons, has joined Pinterest. She’ll be part of Pinterest’s creative team as a product design lead, according to the company. Kare designed many of Apple’s famous original icons, like the Lasso and Paint Bucket, and worked for Steve Jobs at NeXT as creative director. She’s… Read More
  • Maybe There Doesn’t Need To Be An Apple Watch App For Everything

    Sarah Perez
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
     Should Apple be concerned that a number of popular app makers like Facebook, Google and Snapchat have yet to embrace its Apple Watch platform with apps of their own? That’s a question raised by a recent New York Times piece detailing how many developers are taking “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to Apple’s new wearable. But maybe the right question to ask is… Read More
  • Google Rejects French Watchdog Demand For Global Privacy Delistings

    Romain Dillet
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
     Google said “non.” In a blog post, Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer explained why Google wouldn’t comply with the French data protection watchdog demands. The CNIL wanted the American company to widen its implementation of the so-called European ‘right to be forgotten.’ In its current implementation, Google only delists results from the Google.fr subdomain,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • On adding a zero

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Just about everyone can imagine what it would be like to add 10% more to their output, to be 10% better or faster. Many people can envision what their world would be like if they were twice as good, if the work was twice as insightful or useful or urgent. But ten times? It's really difficult to imagine what you would do with ten times as many employees, or ten times the assets or ten times the audience. And yet imagining it is often the first step to getting there.        
  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
  • Notes, not received

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    An expected apology rarely makes things better. But an expected apology that never arrives can make things worse. An expected thank you note rarely satifies. But an expected thank you that never arrives can make things worse. On the other hand, the unexpected praise or apology, the one that comes out of the blue, can change everything. It's easier than ever to reach out and speak up. Sad, then, how rarely we do it when it's not expected.        
  • Predicting the future isn't easy

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    The best plans are based on trends, not specific events. Here's a hopeless task: There are 18 candidates in the GOP race. If you can rank them in the order they're going to drop out, I'll give you a signed copy of my new book or $10,000, your choice. The chances of being correct are 1:18!, or about one in six quadrillion, so I think the prize is safe. On the other hand, this blog's twitter account is consistently creeping toward 500,000 followers. If you can guess the date, I'll send you a signed book. Your odds are a lot better on this one. When in doubt, pick projects where the factors you…
  • What is your art?

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting. Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen. Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection. You can be perfect or you can make art. You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.  The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and…
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • 31DBBB Day 31: Next Steps

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Day 31. Hopefully you’ve found some of the challenges over this last 31 days to be useful. Thousands have completed the program over the years and I’ve heard so much great feedback, but there’s one thing I’d like to share with you today on the podcast. What’s the key to really getting the most out of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog? And how do you do that? I share all! You will need a calendar set up somewhere so make sure you have one you can use before you get going with today’s challenge. Nothing will change if you…
  • The ProBlogger Podcast: Digging into Statistics

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost the last day! While yesterday we looked to the future to build a plan to find readers, today we’re going to dig into our stats to find out what kind of effect the last 29 days have had on our sites. What can you see is different after the changes you’ve made? Some of you will be seasoned pros at looking at your stats, but if you’re newer to blogging and want some starting points, these are the metrics I recommend you keep track of regularly as you go on with your blogging. In the show notes I also link to a post I published recently that gives you an overview of how I…
  • How to Develop the Right Plan to Grow Your Blog’s Readership

    Darren Rowse
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We’re getting to the end of our time together, and in these last few days I like to look to the future and see how we can use what we’ve learned over the last few weeks on our blogs. Today’s challenge is a simple one, although it might take you a bit of time, but it shouldn’t be skipped. We’re going to switch from creating content and the day-to-day of building community with our readers, and do things that are a little more long-term and strategic. Today is all about growing your readership. I’ll discuss some of the drawbacks of focusing solely on content…
  • 31DBBB Day 28 Writing Challenge: Write a Review Post

    Darren Rowse
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s writing challenge day! For some of you, this will be “business as usual”, as review posts are already part of your repertoire. For others, it will be something quite new. In today’s episode we discuss why review posts are even something to consider. They can be useful for many reasons, not just for the reader who may be researching a decision, but also for you and your blog too – not the least of which could lead to monetization. I built my first commercial blog 100% around reviews! We’ll also discuss the reasons for and against having reviews on your…
  • Update Your Blog’s Archive Pages (including Broken Links)

    Darren Rowse
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’re going on a link hunt, we’re going to catch a big one! Today’s the day to check everything that might be turning readers away from your blog, but don’t be overwhelmed – it’s not as onerous as it sounds. Over time, you’re bound to have some broken links. The sites you link to shut down, change their link structure, move their URLs… anything can happen. It can be bad for readability, but also for SEO. In this episode I will explain how best to find the links that are broken, whether you are a beginner or have an established blog. Small steps…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • You Can Order and Pay for Drinks Ahead of Time With the Starbucks App

    Kristin Wong
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    iOS: Starbucks has had a mobile app for a while , but it didn’t offer much more than keeping track of card balances and looking up stores. But its latest iOS version allows you to pay for and order coffee in advance, skipping the line at your local shop.Read more...
  • This Week's Most Popular Posts: July 24th to 31st

    Andy Orin
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Windows 10 arrived this week, and we looked at all the new features and how to upgrade now, discussed healthy snacks you can eat while gaming, and more. Here’s a look back. Read more...
  • The Car Insurance Companies That Charge More If You’re Single

    Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Sure, there are financial perks to being partnered up. You can split living expenses. You might get a tax break. But, regardless of your relationship status, the price of a product is usually the same—unless that product is car insurance. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) calls out the insurance companies that charge more for single people.Read more...
  • Repair a Broken Doorbell with this Simple Fix

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Don’t miss out on packages or visitors because your doorbell is broken. The fix is easy and can be done by a DIYer of any skill.Read more...
  • JavaScript & JQuery: A More Beautiful Way to Learn Web Development

    Melanie Pinola
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    These days, there’s no shortage of online resources for teaching yourself to code , but there’s also nothing like reading a good instruction book from start to finish. JavaScript & JQuerybyJon Duckett, is perhaps the most elegant, visually engaging book you can learn JavaScript from.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Force Touch Panels Enter Mass Production Ahead of 'iPhone 6s' Launch

    Joe Rossignol
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    As the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" inches closer, suppliers have begun shipping Force Touch panels for the next-generation smartphones, according to DigiTimes. The report claims that Apple's supply chain partners started shipping Force Touch panels in limited quantities in June before ramping up production of the pressure-sensitive modules in July. Taipei Times vaguely reported that Apple's touch panel supplier TPK expects widespread adoption of pressure sensors, presumably for Force Touch, later this year. Force Touch, an existing Apple Watch and MacBook feature,…
  • Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first 10.10.5 beta and one month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Because we're just a couple of months away from the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it's possible that OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last updates to Yosemite. Today's beta, build number 14F19a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center. The first OS X 10.10.5 beta did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it's likely that this…
  • Apple Plans to Debut New Apple TV in September With Touch-Based Remote, Full App Store

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Apple is planning to introduce its long-awaited next-generation Apple TV in September, reports Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski. According to sources familiar with Apple's plans, the new set-top box will be unveiled in September at the same event where Apple will unveil the next-generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As has been previously rumored, it is said to include an A8 processor, a touch-pad based remote that's "drastically improved" compared to the current version, a new operating system that supports a full App Store, developer APIs, and Siri voice control, and more on-board storage to…
  • Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.4.1 Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.4.1 beta and a month after launching iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service. Today's beta, build 12H318, is available via an over the air update and it can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. No outward facing changes were discovered in the first iOS 8.4.1 beta, and it's a .1 update, so it's likely that it includes only minor bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements designed to prepare the operating system…
  • More 'iPhone 6s' Part Photos Surface as Production Ramps Up

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Less than two months before Apple is expected to launch the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," new photos of leaked components for the next-generation smartphones continue to surface from within the supply chain. The images support rumors that claim the next iPhones will have minimal design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The main part shared by French website Nowhereelse.fr is a purported iPhone 6s single flex cable that houses the volume rocker, mute switch, power button and LED flash. The blog also shared photos of the device's Lightning connector and headphone…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Create the Content that Already Exists in Your Imagination

    Stefanie Flaxman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even though it may seem like starting to write is the most difficult part of the content creation process, just starting is not good enough. As writers, we also need to have both a strong vision and unwavering confidence that enable us to complete, publish, and promote our projects. To support you as you create your next piece of content — whether it’s your website’s cornerstone content or your email autoresponder series — this week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that show you: How to identify and overcome the factors that keep you from…
  • Create Successful Products with the MVP Process

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You create a successful product when you deliver something people want to buy, simple as that. Is there a way to figure out what people want before spending a ton of time and money? There is a way, and it’s becoming more and more popular due to the lean startup movement. It’s called the minimum viable product approach. The technical definition of minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with the highest return on investment versus risk. And the way you minimize risk related to your investment of time and money is basically figuring out if people want to buy that product. Most lean…
  • The Art of Planning Before Podcasting

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Showrunners, we have a tendency to get an idea, follow our gut, and jump straight into it without planning. The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor agree that this can sometimes be necessary, but not always the best plan. Jerod and Jonny begin this episode with a quick discussion about the upcoming Podcast Movement conference and how you can join them without flying to Texas. Then they dive into the topic of the week: how much research is enough and how much is too much? As you will learn in this episode, this is more art than science,…
  • How to Let Your Business Thrive (By Getting Out of Its Way)

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has started several successful businesses, written three books, is a motivational speaker, and has consulted with companies in several different industries. He coaches teams and businesses on the actions required in order to grow. As a result, he is known as the entertainer, educator, and consultant of choice for America’s leading companies. He is the founder of Thrive 15, an online education and practical training platform for entrepreneurs, which is taught by millionaires, mentors, and everyday success stories. Now, let’s hack ……
  • The Critical Importance of Customer Onboarding

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    So many businesses focus solely on getting the sale, but as far as the customer is concerned … the sale is just the beginning. What comes next can make or break not just that one customer relationship, but the future viability of your business as a whole. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why your onboarding process is as important, or maybe more, than your sales process The impact that good and bad onboarding processes have on your business Why you should go beyond merely delivering your product to a customer, and focus on the user experience he has…
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    Macworld

  • How Apple Music can turn users into subscribers

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    According to industry sources, Apple Music has racked up 10 million users in its first month. That’s a pretty good number, as the far more established Spotify boasts somewhere in the realm of 20 million paid subscribers. Of course, we’re also just a month into a three-month free trial period, and it’s pretty easy to get people to sign up for your service when it doesn’t cost them a dime. So when September 30 rolls around and users have to decide whether Apple Music is worth $10 a month to them, what’s Apple going to have to do to convince them to stick around?To read this article in…
  • Read-it-later app Pocket testing recommendations in public beta

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Pocket has made it super simple to save content to read later for the last eight years, but the popular service hasn’t been able to recommend you articles you haven’t read. That changes now. Pocket is opening up a public beta for people who want to try out new features before they’re polished, and first up is a new Recommendations tab.In Pocket’s beta for iOS, Android, and the web, the new Recommendations tab will sit next to My List, where the articles and videos you save to read/watch later are stored. The app will use the stories you save to determine which articles you might be…
  • Capture One Pro 8.3 review: Aperture replacement light on library features, strong on editing tools

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When Apple discontinued Aperture in favor of Photos for OS X—sacrificing most of the features that appealed to Aperture users—the presumed replacement was Adobe’s Lightroom CC. But not all photographers are drawn to Lightroom.Phase One’s Capture One Pro offers many of the features that Aperture users expect. It’s an organizer that stores, tracks, and remembers information about all of your photos; and it’s also a sophisticated image editor that allows you to make adjustments such as cropping, exposure, and color changes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please…
  • How to make an Apple Music playlist in iTunes or on iOS

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    The Macworld staff is still on the fence about Apple Music. Some of us are really into the recommended playlists—which are sometimes eerily relevant—while others are still dealing with the aftermath of enabling iCloud Music Library. But even fans of the streaming service have noticed that making a playlist is nowhere near as simple as it could be. If you’re looking for a quick guide to creating and adding to an Apple Music playlist on iOS or iTunes, we’ve got you covered. (Don’t want to play tech support for your new-to-streaming friends and family members? Send them our way.)To…
  • The 10 Mac games you need to play from July 2015

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    July's Mac gamesWhile it’s true that July’s highest-profile release was an 11-year-old Star Wars game—albeit with some welcome modern tweaks—the rest of our picks showcase another strong and diverse month for Mac gaming. There’s so much worth digging into here: Alluring side-scrollers like Feist and The Swindle, puzzle games like The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna and The Magic Circle, and even a game called Zenzizenzic. (Can you figure out what kind of game that one is?) To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Former White House Advisor Explains Why Bitcoin Should Become Official

    Gregory Ferenstein
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinBitcoin, the digital currency infamous for wild swings in value and black market transactions, could have profound implications for the future of public services. Tech optimists at the highest levels of government are exploring how the same technology that makes bitcoin anonymous could make government services less bureaucratic and more secure from hackers. I spoke with Brian Forde, MIT Media Labs' new…
  • Your Shadow IT Department Is Here To Stay

    Robert J. Moore
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guest author Robert J. Moore is the CEO of RJMetrics, a provider of business intelligence to online companies.Much of the growth in software-as-a-service companies is being driven by a “land and expand” strategy: Tools first get used by individuals, then by small teams, and so on up the organizational hierarchy. Eventually the company finds itself signing a large-scale deal, all without a competitive process or RFP. Companies like Slack and Dropbox craft their pricing models specifically to encourage this behavior—Slack knew exactly what it was doing…
  • Google Makes Beta Testing Android Apps Easier And More Open

    David Nield
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Google knows a friction-free app testing and submission process can help developers keep decent apps flowing, so it just rolled out a series of improvements to the beta testing process for Google Play apps. Overall, the changes are designed to help developers manage pre-release beta tests easily, so they can "iterate faster" to develop or improve features. See also: Google's Offering Smarter Tools For Smarter Apps And HomesConsider it part of Google's recent developer outreach, which also gives app makers more finetuned ways to promote their apps once the testing is…
  • After Gender Ratio Stalls, Pinterest Cofounder Promises To Do Better

    Owen Thomas
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Pinterest, the fast-growing, highly valued Visual Web startup, is far ahead of the Silicon Valley pack when it comes to gender diversity. But it's vowing to do far better on both gender and racial diversity, cofounder Evan Sharp promised in a blog post on Thursday.Startlingly, despite Pinterest's efforts to improve its numbers, its industry-leading ratio of women tech employees stayed steady at 21 percent from 2014 to 2015.See also: Why Pinterest's Workforce Is The Future Of TechThat's nearly twice the ratios other large tech companies have reported. But Pinterest, spurred by…
  • How Amazon's Drone Superhighway Would Work

    David Nield
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    How do we make personal and commercial drones safe? Some of the biggest names in technology put their heads together at a NASA convention in California to address that issue, and Amazon is the first to step up with a detailed proposal. Its idea: build a drone highway in the air. Action of some sort is most definitely needed. Drones flown by the public have been getting too close to airports, interfering with firefighting operations, and even crashing into national landmarks. See also: Facebook's First Drone Is Broader Than A 737Amazon's plan involves two…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
      We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for…
  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published "CSS Secrets", a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work…
  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
  • Making Time: Redesigning A Calendar Experience For Android

    Günther Beyer & Nino Rapin
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
      In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calenda tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes. Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Roberto Valenzuela was awesome on “The Grid” (but the rest of us…well…)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Some are calling it our best episode ever. I was getting texts during the first 20 minutes or so saying the same thing, but I have to tell you, the first 20 minutes are…well…I’m not sure what it was, but there was a lot of laughing (and dating tips). I think it must have been something in the water (or in Brad’s beard) that kind of took the train off the tracks for a while, but we eventually pulled it together and Roberto shared some really great stuff — he was really awesome. Our topic was based on my blog post from Monday called “If you were only allowed 10 pieces of…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBook Giveaway! You saw it announced here earlier this week… Now it’s time to give some away! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBooks from Scott Kelby! What’s that? We have three free The Headshot by Peter Hurley eBooks as well? Great! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these too! Photoshop World Photoshop World is right around the corner! If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to swing on by, we’d love to see you. You can still get FREE Expo Only passes by…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Not Every Shoot Is A Winner Here’s the scenario: You go do a shoot, download the images, go through the take, pick the keepers, do your editing, and deliver the shots. The client loves them… But you don’t. They’re okay, but they don’t quite send you to your happy place. Sound familiar? If it does, I have some good news for you. You’re not alone. Is there anything wrong with this shot? Not technically, but it’s not winning any awards. I would guess that most photographers go through this, even the best ones. No matter how much we try to make the best possible images we…
  • My New Lightroom Book Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • If you were only allowed to have 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would they be?

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    …that was a question posted on my Facebook page by Are Knudsen, a photographer from Norway. Why the question? Well, I kicked off a new monthly Q&A column in Shutterbug magazine a few months ago (they named it “Ask a Pro”), but essentially I answer questions posed by Shutterbug’s readers along with questions I get throughout the month on my blog or social media, and the column has been a lot of fun for me (and I’ve been a reader of Shutterbug for many years, so it’s also really a kick to be in their pages). As I was working on the latest installment, I…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 28 Timeless Images of Time-worn Old Cars

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Antique, old, rusted, archaic, crumbling, ancient, and time-worn – all words that could describe vintage vehicles. Some are in better condition than others, some in running order, others put out to pasture. Photographers love to shoot crumbling subjects. I hope you enjoy these images of old cars: Plymouth by Aaron J. Groen on 500px Old memories by László Gál on 500px Old Metal by Meagan V. Blazier on 500px P L Y M O U T H by Liban Yusuf on 500px Rusted Car in Flowers by Lidija Kamansky on 500px Racing through the streets of Havana by Mikko Palonkorpi on 500px Old Blue Car by…
  • Top 10 Features to Bring Your Seascape Photos to Life

    Jim Hamel
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Seascapes are awesome opportunities for photography. In fact, it will probably be your first impulse upon seeing the ocean to pull out your camera (or wish you had it with you). It takes some skill, however, to turn a beautiful coastal scene into something more than a snapshot. If you are not careful, your coastal photo can be a boring picture of sand and water. One of the keys to success for coastal photography is finding something interesting along the coastline to put in your picture. It would be great if there was an abandoned boat every 100 meters, but there isn’t. And we…
  • How to do Milky Way Photography – A Comprehensive Tutorial

    Gavin Hardcastle
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’re spinning through our solar system on a gorgeous blue marble which offers jaw dropping views of an astronomical phenomenon we call The Milky Way. Wait for our marble to line up just right, and you’ll have a perfect opportunity to create awe inspiring images that harness that galactic chandelier hovering over your head. My students are often delighted to learn that capturing spectacular images of The Milky Way is easy, once you know a few essential tips. Planning when and where to do Milky Way photography is just as important as the techniques and equipment you’ll be…
  • 5 Incredible Storm Photographers and Their Best Images

    James Brandon
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve been a landscape and travel photographer for nearly six years now. While I will always love standing in front of an amazing landscape at sunset, nothing on earth can compare to the feeling I get when standing in front of a massive supercell with 40-50mph winds at my back, watching it twist and churn, as it tries to lower itself to the ground. It’s the most intense and pure mixture of awe, fear and respect for mother nature that I’ve been able to find to this day. © James Brandon. Henrietta, TX Supercell © James Brandon. Ranger, TX Supercell I’m just now…
  • The Secret to Great Photography Portfolio

    John McIntire
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    If you’ve been around the photography world for a short time, you probably have at least a basic grasp of the technical skills. You know how to manipulate depth of field with aperture, where to focus in a portrait, and how to compensate your exposure for extremes in shadows and highlights. Even knowing things like that, you’ve probably stumbled across some incredible portfolios or magazine spreads and asked, “How did they do that?” Or even “What’s their secret?” The secret to a great photography portfolio is simple. It isn’t even a secret at…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Russia considers blocking Facebook over gay emojis

    Jessica Conditt
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Vladimir Putin's Russia doesn't like Facebook and it doesn't care for gay people, and the government is now attempting to censor both of these things in one fell swoop. Mikhail Marchenko, a Russian senator in the upper house of parliament, has called...
  • Nextbit taps Foxconn to build its first smartphone

    Richard Lai
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Earlier this week, mobile software startup Nextbit revealed that it's about to launch its first smartphone, according to Recode. The move comes as no surprise, because it'd be silly for a company to hire Scott Croyle, HTC's former head of design, jus...
  • Watch Lollapalooza sets from Alt-J, Metallica and more this weekend

    Billy Steele
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    The time has come once again for some of the biggest acts in music to visit Chicago for the three-day live-music extravaganza known as Lollapalooza. If you're not making the trip, or just prefer to enjoy music festivals from your comfy sofa, Redbull....
  • Japan's Suntory to conduct important space whisky research

    Steve Dent
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    We have a strong whisky bias, so when Suntory revealed that it would be sending products into orbit, we had to know more. The company will fire six samples of its beverages to the International Space Station (ISS), including its Yamazaki Single Malt ...
  • The best Wi-Fi extender (for most people)

    The Wirecutter
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article here. We spent a total of 110 hours researching 25 different Wi-Fi extenders (and testing 10 of them), and the $100 Netgear EX6200 is ...
 
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    Strobist

  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

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

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

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Quick Review: PhotoKeeper

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    PhotoKeeper aims to provide photographers with safe cloud storage and easy access to their images from anywhere. While there's no shortage of websites providing free storage for photos, PhotoKeeper goes beyond the standard offerings and tailors its product to photographers. Are its features worth the price? Read review
  • Samsung starts mass-production of thinner 16MP sensor with 1.0μm Pixels

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Samsung has announced the start of mass-production of its S5K3P3 image sensor for mobile devices. The new chip is 20 percent thinner than previous generations. At under 5mm thickness, the new sensor can be used in ultra-thin smartphones without creating the protruding camera modules we've seen on some of the latest Samsung Galaxy models. Read more
  • Olympus Tough TG-4 studio and real-world samples posted

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Olympus' TG-series Tough cameras have been a popular choice among enthusiasts looking for a rugged compact. The TG-4 is waterproof to 15m/50ft, as well as shockproof and crushproof, and includes Raw support. See how it performs out and about and in our studio compared to other rugged compacts. Read more
  • What's in a name? Zeiss provides details on lens partnerships and production

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lens maker Zeiss has written a blog post about its relationships with other manufacturers - specifically its partnership with Sony. The post sheds some light on exactly what that little blue logo on your lens can mean. The blog post itself appears to have been written by the marketing department, but reading between the lines gives us a better idea of how its relationship with Sony works. Read more
  • Canon's multi-purpose ME20F-SH camera reaches ISO 4 million

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Canon has introduced its ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera - a black cube with an EF mount and the ability to capture video in near-darkness. With the ability to capture Full HD color video in light levels as low as 0.0005 lux and a top ISO of over 4 million, the ME20F-SH is well suited for surveillance and security as well as wildlife applications. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Get rid of all those extra TIFFs & PSDs in your Lightroom Library fast!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Each time you jump over to Photoshop, it usually creates a copy of your photo and saves it alongside the original in PSD or TIFF format (depending on what you chose in Lightroom’s External Editing preferences), even if you never made a change to it in Photoshop. If you’re like me, you probably had a hundred or more of these PSDs or TIFFs with no visible changes, just taking up space on your drive and in Lightroom. If you still haven’t gotten rid of them, here’s what to do: (1) Go to the Library module, and in the Catalog panel, click on All Photographs. (2) Up in the Library…
  • A Quick before and after

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    So I thought I would walk you through a quick edit and let you in on my thoughts. Starting image… reset to just the RAW image for you to see all the steps. (I have a preset that is applied on import usually.) The first step that sets the tone for the image and helps clarify the editing is getting the crop and composition how I like it. I crop to the image, not to a set ratio, but some folks prefer to keep certain ratios for printing… it is up to you. Since the main story of the image is the boy and his bike, there is a lot of extraneous area that can be cropped. For action…
  • My New Lightroom Book (just announced today) Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
  • Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday everybody. Here’s a tip on how to bring your logo into Lightroom (so you can use it in slideshows, or as an identity plate, or for the title of a slideshow, or whatever), but with a transparent background behind it (that’s the cool part). Here’s how it’s done: STEP ONE: We have start over in Photoshop (any ol’ version will do). Open a new document, and then use the Place command (under the File menu) to bring in your logo, so it appears on its own layer above the background layer (as shown here). STEP TWO: Now, go to the Layers panel and drag the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps. Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds,…
  • Dashlane Launches One-Tap Password Changer for iPhone and Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Dashlane today announced an update to its existing iPhone app alongside the launch of an all-new Apple Watch experience, both of which bring the service's one-tap password changing feature from desktop to Apple's mobile and wearable devices. Dashlane unveiled the Password Changer feature late last year for the desktop, which allowed users to change multiple passwords at once so they can more easily update their password info if any of their data is ever breached. Today's updates extend that sense of security for Dashlane users to iPhone and Apple Watch, which the company says is completely…
  • Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

    Husain Sumra
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future. The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1's Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London…
  • 'Fantastical 2' for iPhone Gains Drafts, Japanese Localization

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Popular calendar app Fantastical 2 for iPhone was today updated to version 2.4, adding a useful new feature that allows users to create event drafts. With drafts, it's possible to start creating an event or Reminder and then swipe downwards to save it as a draft, setting it aside to multitask and access other events on the calendar. For example, if you start scheduling a lunch meeting but need to pause in the middle to check your afternoon schedule, there's no need to discard what you've written entirely -- you can save it as a draft, check the calendar, and come back to it. Draft posts are…
  • Apple Music Exclusively Debuts Keith Richards 'Trouble' Video

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Continuing on with its stream of exclusive content, Apple Music is today premiering the video for Keith Richards' latest single, "Trouble." The video is exclusively available through Apple Music Connect on Keith Richards' page on the artist-focused social networking site. Because the video is shared on Apple Music Connect, it does not require an Apple Music subscription to watch. Designed to let fans connect with artists, Apple Music Connect's content is all available for free and will continue to be free after people's three-month free trials expire. Exclusive video premiere of “Trouble”…
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