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  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

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    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • 25 ways to be happy…starting now!

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Happiness takes work. It’s a specific type of work, too. Lots of little efforts spread out over the course of the day, the week, the month, the year. Use these twenty-five tips to boost your happiness, and start with exercise. Do a bit of exercise every day and, over time, you’ll feel happier. Starting a hobby is a good way to be happy, too. It gives your brain time to recharge and engage in something it likes. For a quick and dirty way to be happy, try imagining the color yellow. Studies tell us that people tend to associate the color yellow with optimism and thinking of it makes…
  • This Is What Happens When You Order From The Warby Parker Of Mattresses

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Meet Novosbed, a company that sells luxurious mattresses online for a fraction of the retail cost.Is there a bubble for half-baked startup ideas?Read Full Story
  • FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

    TechCrunch
    Cat Zakrzewski
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
     Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday grilled Verizon on its plans to slow down the top 5 percent of 4G LTE unlimited data users. For the past two and half years, Verizon has engaged in a process commonly known as throttling that slows down the data of the top 5 percent of the heaviest 3G data users. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 25 ways to be happy…starting now!

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Happiness takes work. It’s a specific type of work, too. Lots of little efforts spread out over the course of the day, the week, the month, the year. Use these twenty-five tips to boost your happiness, and start with exercise. Do a bit of exercise every day and, over time, you’ll feel happier. Starting a hobby is a good way to be happy, too. It gives your brain time to recharge and engage in something it likes. For a quick and dirty way to be happy, try imagining the color yellow. Studies tell us that people tend to associate the color yellow with optimism and thinking of it makes…
  • A peek at the fascinatingly complex world of plastic packaging

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    More than a few environmentally-aware shackles likely raised at the title of this post, probably because modern society is drowning in a sea of its own plastic packaging. We’re not here to argue about whether or not it’s a problem because millions of sea creatures chowing down on bags and wrappers are enough to convince us it is, but that doesn’t mean the science behind these packages is pretty darned interesting. NPR spoke to professor of food science, Aaron Brody, of the University of Georgia to find out more about that chip bag you just cracked open. Potato Chip Bags…
  • The cheesiest made-for-TV movies of all time [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Remember Liz & Dick? Of course you don’t, it was a terrible, awful, no good made-for-TV movie with Lindsay Lohan portraying Elizabeth Taylor. Let that sink in for a minute. Then, watch this clip: Every bit as bad as you imagined? Now multiply that by about fifty times and you get the full movie. See the full list for more cheesy movies, like the movie about cyber-bullying, the Flowers in the Attic remake (why!), and a modern version of Romeo and Juliet in which the warring families own rival pizza shops. Full story at Flavorwire. More about movies. Photo credit: Canva
  • The best e-mail subject line for salespeople [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Making sales by e-mail can be tough now that so many customers are accustomed to pitching most of what comes into their Inbox, so how do you break through the barrier of experience? You might be surprised by the results of a survey done by ContactMonkey, the results of which they’ve published in this intriguing infographic. Even if you’re not a salesperson, it gives some interesting insight into our own behavior. Via ContactMonkey. Make the sale with infographics.
  • 10 ancient Romans you should know

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Considering the Founding Fathers of America were obsessed with ancient Rome, modern Americans should be at least vaguely aware of Roman history. Start with these ten famous Romans. Cicero, for example, has been one of the most influential men in human history. Besides defining Latin as a language, Cicero was also dedicated to the republic, arguing tirelessly for republican rule over imperial rule. You should also know Augustus, the first Roman emperor. His rule was epic, spanning from 27 BCE to 14 CE, and in that period he set the empire up for two hundred years of expansions and success. His…
 
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  • This Is What Happens When You Order From The Warby Parker Of Mattresses

    Chris Gayomali
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Meet Novosbed, a company that sells luxurious mattresses online for a fraction of the retail cost.Is there a bubble for half-baked startup ideas?Read Full Story
  • 23andMe Receives $1.4M From National Institutes Of Health

    KC Ifeanyi
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The grant could help 23andMe in its ongoing struggle with the FDA.Personal genetics company 23andMe has received a nearly $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help expand the company's genotype database and aid in its efforts to discover gene variants linked to specific diseases.Read Full Story
  • Watch This "Cute" Toddler Moment Trigger An Internet-Wide Existential Crisis

    Evie Nagy
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Girl doesn't want her baby brother to grow up, and other tales of being and nothingness.This is what happens when the Internet's obsession with overwhelming cuteness reaches its breaking point. You're lured into watching what you think is an adorable video of toddler who loves her little baby brother so much she can't stand the thought of him being less cute, and find yourself having a full-on existential meltdown.Read Full Story
  • Pinterest Acquires, And Shuts Down, Visual Organization Site Icebergs

    Alice Truong
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    This marks the pinboard startup's fifth acquisition.Pinterest has acquired visual organization app Icebergs, which will discontinue its services Sept. 1.Read Full Story
  • Is Snapchat The Next $10 Billion Startup?

    Alice Truong
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Snapchat may have spurned 10-figure acquisition offers, but its valuation could soar way above that with a new round of funding.Snapchat's next round of financing could value the startup at $10 billion. Bloomberg reports the ephemeral messaging app is in ongoing talks with investors, including China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba.Read Full Story
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    TechCrunch

  • FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

    Cat Zakrzewski
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
     Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday grilled Verizon on its plans to slow down the top 5 percent of 4G LTE unlimited data users. For the past two and half years, Verizon has engaged in a process commonly known as throttling that slows down the data of the top 5 percent of the heaviest 3G data users. Read More
  • The One-Horse Race: 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2 Were Android

    Ingrid Lunden
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
     Another milestone for Google’s Android in its unstoppable march to mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More
  • Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Bring Mobile Game Cross-Promotion To Chinese Developers

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
     Now the world’s biggest smartphone market, China represents a wealth of still-growing opportunities for mobile game developers. While app developers in the West are fretting that the so-called “Gold Rush” is over, China’s market is still growing rapidly with north of 800 million active smart devices. But the mainland Chinese market is pretty impenetrable to… Read More
  • The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

    Darrell Etherington
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
     The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or… Read More
  • Geek Wars Loom As Geekatoo Raises $1.7 Million To Once Again Battle The Geek Squad

    Jonathan Shieber
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
     There’s a battle brewing again in the land of the geeks. Ever since 1994, when Robert Stephens launched his Geek Squad service in Minneapolis with $200 and a bicycle, his on demand IT department for consumers bestrode the consumer tech services landscape like a colossus with a pocket protector and Scotch-Taped glasses. But like all wonders of the ancient world, the Geek Squad faces a… Read More
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
 
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    WIRED

  • What Snowpiercer’s Video-on-Demand Success Means for Indie Films

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In an unprecedented turn of events, the indie sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer's video-on-demand releasing bringing in almost as much money as its theatrical run. Should other films follow suit?
  • Buying Madbits, Twitter Wants Image-Search Super Powers

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    To understand why Twitter just bought an artificial intelligence company called Madbits, it helps to watch a video where a modern day computer learns to play a 35-year-old video game. Captured at a conference in Paris this spring, the video (see above) shows a machine coming to grips with a game called Breakout, something so […]
  • Dark Data, Amber, and Attenborough

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A new pygmy grasshopper found in amber is named for Sir David Attenborough. Featuring a video explainer narrated by Sir David himself!
  • Eruptions Summer Break

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    So, the summer has melted away quickly and now it’s time for me to make my (nearly) annual pilgrimage to the SHRIMP-RG lab at Stanford University. I have two students working with me this summer and they will be blasting zircon from the Lassen Volcanic Center, along with some from a couple new locations along […]
  • Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Square first came to fame with a credit card reader you could plug into your iPhone jack. But next year, the company’s signature device will be on its way to obsolescence as the U.S transitions to a new kind of credit card that verifies purchases with an embedded computer chip. In anticipation of this sweeping […]
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    @ProBlogger

  • ProBlogger in Perth: 10 Things Darren Wishes He Knew About Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from blogger Jenish Pandya. What happens when ProBlogger legend Darren Rowse comes to your city for the first time ever? You and everyone around you go crazy and act like teenagers at a Justin Bieber concert and start taking heaps of photos every time he makes a move. Then what do you do with all the photos you have taken? Well, you write a blog post. Darren came down to Perth for the first ever mini PBevent and in his presentation gave us a taste of what happens at the main event happening this year on Gold Coast from 29-30 August. Darren Rowse’s 10…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Image via Flickr user Andrew Pescod This is a guest contribution from Poulami Ghosh of PPC Ads Management. If conversion rates really matter to you, you should be aware that every marketing campaign has to have a dedicated landing page. This is particularly true with regard to PPC where you have to pay for every single click. Ask any PPC company and it will tell you the same thing. However, it is not enough to know that you should use a landing page. You also have to know how to craft one, so that your marketing efforts rise above the average and become exceptional. There are seven steps to…
  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Flag-Filled Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Flickr user Terry Landers (a.k.a. Lordgort141) sure likes flags...and monitors. His workspace is set up so there are screens and flags everywhere.Read more...
  • Pick the Second Cheapest Wine at a Restaurant for the Best Value

    Patrick Allan
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Wine has so many varieties and varying degrees of value that it can be intimidating to order when you're out to dinner. Gerald Morgan Jr, Sommelier at Simplified Wine, has some tips on choosing and ordering wine that can help alleviate the confusion and intimidation.Read more...
  • Credit Karma Offers Free Weekly Credit Reports and Monitoring

    Alan Henry
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Credit Karma is one of our favorite free services for monitoring your own credit and keeping your identity safe . Now they're upping the ante and offering free credit reports every single week, so you're aware instantly if someone's stealing your identity. Read more...
  • Enjoy Some Fine Art with These Wallpapers from the Met

    Whitson Gordon
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art put 400,000 high-resolution images from their collection up for download. So, to give you a taste, we decided to show off a few of our favorite wallpaper-friendly ones for your desktop.Read more...
  • Remove Egg Shells From a Mixing Bowl by Wetting Your Fingers First

    Patrick Allan
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You're preparing a cake or getting ready to scramble some eggs and it happens: you spot a teeny, tiny piece of shell floating around in the eggs. Before you reach in and start picking at it, be sure to wet your fingers first.Read more...
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  • FCC Questions Verizon Plan to Throttle Some Unlimited Data Customers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today sent a letter [PDF via Gigaom] to Verizon Wireless, questioning its plan to throttle customers that have unlimited data plans during peak usage times. Verizon first announced its intention to throttle high-usage customers on grandfathered unlimited LTE plans last week. In the letter, Wheeler says that he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon's decision to throttle its unlimited users, as the company described its efforts as necessary for "Network Optimization." Wheeler stated that he does not believe slowing the data speeds for select…
  • Apple Seeds First OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Apple today seeded the first build of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, one month after releasing OS X 10.9.4 to the public. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. The beta has a build number of 13F7. OS X 10.9.5 follows new seeds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion, which were released to developers last night. It is unclear what improvements the 10.9.5 update will bring to Mavericks, but it is likely to include bug fixes and stability enhancements. Apple is asking developers to focus on USB, USB…
  • Revamped Apple TV Debut Likely Delayed Until 2015 Due to Negotiation Difficulties

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    For several months now, rumors have continually suggested Apple is working on a revamped Apple TV, which may include capabilities like support for games and apps and expanded access to television content. Every rumored release date has come and gone thus far, and according to a new report from The Information, an updated Apple TV is not likely to appear until 2015. A source that spoke to The Information has suggested that Apple engineers who are working on the device have been informed that the product will not launch in 2014, largely due to ongoing contractual issues with cable companies and…
  • 'Modbook Pro X' Tablet Based on 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Debuts on Kickstarter

    Eric Slivka
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Modbook, the company with a history of offering pen-based Mac tablets using the internals of Apple's notebooks, is announcing a new Kickstarter campaign today to support the launch of a new Modbook Pro X based on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The $150,000 campaign will allow users to send in their own machines for conversion at $1999 or reserve complete systems directly from Modbook starting at $3999. An innovative computer modification product, the Modbook Pro X incorporates the original hardware of a Retina-display Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch base system running the OS X 10.10…
  • 'Mid 2014' 27-Inch iMac Also Referenced on Apple Support Page

    Eric Slivka
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Following yesterday's spotting of an unreleased "Mac mini (Mid 2014)" on an Apple support page, French site Consomac noticed [Google Translate, via MacPlus] another entry on the same page mentioning a Mid 2014 27-inch iMac model. Both the Mac mini and iMac entries have since been removed from the page, although they are still visible on a cached version of the page from yesterday. Apple did release a new low-end Mid 2014 21.5-inch iMac last month, but the remainder of the iMac lineup remained untouched and those machines are still considered Late 2013 models. While the Mac mini entry has been…
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
 
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  • How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training)

    Brian Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do. It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point,…
  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
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    Macworld

  • Modbook launches Kickstarter campaign for Modbook Pro X Mac tablet

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The custom Mac tablet, the Modbook, is back—this time with a souped-up, 15.4-inch display and the latest Mac hardware under the hood. To make this dream a reality, however, Modbook is asking that you fund a Kickstarter campaign for the Modbook Pro X, which will cost a minimum of $2,000 apiece. That funding will buy you a place on Modbook’s assembly line; company executives hope to deliver the first Modbook tablets in 2015. The Modbook has been around for about seven years, when Axiotron and Other World Computing teamed up to deliver the first Mac tablet at Macworld. Three years later in…
  • iOS 8 preview: AgileBits releases 1Password extension

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Ah, Wednesday: Time for middle-of-the-week celebrations, new comics, and… iOS 8 extensions? Yes, indeed: AgileBits, the developers behind 1Password, have released a Github repository containing all the stuff that other app makers need to include a 1Password extension in their programs. AgileBits has also released a video preview (embedded below) that shows just how easy that extension will make it to use logins you've saved in 1Password on iOS devices. (Spoiler alert: Thanks to iOS 8’s extensions program, it's going to be very easy indeed.)To read this article in full or to leave a…
  • Microsoft OneNote embraces Mac and iOS users with a raft of new features

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Microsoft said late Tuesday that it has added several new capabilities for OneNote for the Mac and iOS, including imported files from email and OneDrive for Business storage.All of the improvements are aimed at continuing to make OneNote the digital framework for storing notes and other reference materials—and, not coincidentally, to do so as students begin thinking about back-to-school purchases of laptops and tablets.OneNote users can use the software in a variety of ways, from crafting to-do lists to storing personal notes and files. In an academic environment, however, storing files…
  • Best Buy dreams of laptop revival amid 'crashing' tablet sales

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Shoppers aren't in a rush to upgrade their aging tablets. That sounds a lot like the PC market.
  • Flir One first look: Shooting thermal imaging pictures of the new MacBook Pro

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Flir One Some cool gear arrived at the office on Tuesday: new MacBook Pros and the new Flir One ($349) thermal imaging camera for the iPhone 5s. Macworld Lab set up the laptops for benchmark testing, so I took a few pictures of the new $2499 15-inch MacBook Pro as it churned through Speedmark 9.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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    ReadWrite

  • Why You Should Get Mad About AOL’s New Terms Of Service

    Selena Larson
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    AOL is making some changes to its terms of service, the legal documents that Internet users almost never read yet that bind them with restrictive agreements.On September 15, AOL is implementing new terms of service, which include an arbitration clause which allows AOL to avoid class action lawsuits. AOL is also giving itself the right to call users with automated, prerecorded messages:When you sign up for Services and provide us with your telephone number or mobile phone number, you agree that we may contact you from time-to-time about the Services.YOU GIVE US CONSENT TO USE AUTODIALED AND…
  • Twitter May Soon Be Able To Read Your Photos, Too

    Selena Larson
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Twitter just bought a machine learning company that uses software to extract data from images, which means it knows what Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest know: Pictures are important.Madbits, a startup that hasn’t even launched publicly, announced it is joining Twitter on Wednesday. The announcement was first reported by Gigaom.With Madbits technology, Twitter will be able to glean information like metadata and image content from pictures shared on the social network, and in turn figure out what’s visually popular and why. We’re already sharing 140-character blasts of information on…
  • PayPal: Give Us Some Credit

    Owen Thomas
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Lend PayPal your ears: The eBay-owned payments company doesn't want to just process your transactions. It wants to fund them, too.The most visible move it's making is changing the name of BillMeLater, a provider of consumer credit eBay bought in 2008 for a little under $1 billion, to PayPal Credit.That minor branding fix is just the tip of a financial iceberg. PayPal is also rapidly expanding PayPal Working Capital, a financing program for small businesses. It is taking PayPal Credit international. And it plans to make PayPal Credit an option for the growing number of mobile-app transactions…
  • Hey Code School, Don't Bro Me If You Don't Know Me

    Lauren Orsini
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    I’ll admit that I’ve got a habit of calling people of both genders “bro.” But there’s a time and a place for it. I wouldn’t use it, for example, when I’m teaching my WordPress development class.Which is why I was taken aback at the liberal use of slang terms for men over at Code School, the online web technologies academy where I’m currently on the JavaScript track. (Full disclosure, the whole reason I’m on Code School right now is because the company offered me a free trial.)Still, I was excited to reinforce my self-taught foundations in JavaScript, Ruby, and Node…
  • How Companies Can Unlock Billions With The Value of Code

    Paul Roehrig
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest author Paul Roehrig is global managing director at Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work.Here’s some tough love for the MBA crowd: The biggest challenge faced by living, breathing business leaders is not something that can be solved with the scary math of a capital-asset pricing model. The problem keeping most leaders awake at night is nearly always some form of, “How do I identify what information really matters to my business? How do I separate signal from noise?”If you’re skeptical, just wander into a bookstore. Not a digital one that ends with dot-com. Find a…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Declarative Programming And The Web

    Scott Reynen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Like most web developers, I spend my days giving instructions to computers. These instructions generally involve some input (a request for a web page), some logic (get the right content from a database) and some output (send the content to the requesting browser). This process of telling a computer how to perform a task, such as generating a web page, is what we commonly call “programming,” but it’s only a subset of programming: imperative programming. There’s another type of programming, declarative programming, that most web developers also use every day but don’t often recognize…
  • Selling The Value Of The Web To Small-Town Clients

    Trevan Hetzel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling your services as a freelancer or a small shop is tough enough as it is. Selling to a small-town business that might not even see the need for a website adds an extra level of difficulty in turning a profit. I’ve provided web design services to small-town businesses for the past few years, having had many happy outcomes, but also a lot of negative experiences from which I’ve learned hard lessons. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to sell the value of the web. Many of my clients needed to be convinced that a website would actually be good for their business. A…
  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

    Ben Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process. Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how…
  • Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design

    Victor Yocco
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature. Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers…
  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

    Vitaly Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • What we found at MH17 crash site

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Unsafe conditions in eastern Ukraine are keeping international investigators from reaching the wreckage. But CNN was able to spend an hour at the eerily quiet scene.
  • Ukraine: Mines planted near site

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Ukraine says pro-Russian separatists have laid land mines near the MH17 crash site. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
  • Photos: MH17 crash site

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Photos: Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine
  • House votes to sue Obama

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Republicans say the President abused his power by making a change to Obamacare. Democrats claim the GOP has other goals in mind.
  • Tensions prompt Cold War fears

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Deadly violence, ongoing tensions and the deliberate downing of a passenger airplane. Though that turbulence is happening far away from American streets -- in Eastern Ukraine -- why should Americans worry?
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Blake Rudis!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I cannot begin to start writing this post without saying thank you for this opportunity to both Brad and Scott. I threw my seat back when I saw the email come in from Brad asking if I could share my story, I think I ran around my basement (my office) holding my head pinching myself asking over and over if this was even real. After reading this post you will understand completely!Tuesday, March 18th 2014, we were sitting on the edge of the bed having a discussion about time and just how limited it was.“Babe, I have 3 things going on in my life right now that stretch me in every direction. I…
  • It’s Here! My New Book “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes” is in stock!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It arrived in bookstores sooner than we thought (yay!), and it’s here now, complete with bonus selective color image no one was expecting (and at no extra cost).Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com (both Print and Kindle version are in stock) and the Nook eBook version is available now at  Barnes & Noble.com and the print edition should be available there any minute.What’s the book all about? Check out the video below. :)Thanks to everybody around the world who has supported this book series from the start, and who enabled me to bring you this fifth part to the series.
  • Seven Quick Things To Start Your Monday Off Right

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    1. Did you miss Thursday’s “Photoshop World-a-thon?” If you missed Thursday you missed out on a ton of Photoshop and Photography tips. Besides what “The Photoshop Guys” did live on the air (including my live shoot with a “Big ‘ol soft box”) a bunch of our instructors shared video clips of tips to air on the show, and it was literally packed-full of cool stuff (the idea of course, being we’d give you a sample of the stuff we’re teaching in our classes at Photoshop World Las Vegas and that you give you some idea of what we do for three…
  • Probably My Most Embarrassing Photography Story Ever

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wedding Photography Systems with Justin Wojtczak Take your wedding photography business to the next level with Justin Wojtczak’s systematic approach to building and running a successful wedding photography business. At the end of the day it is about the level of service you give your bride and groom, and Justin takes you through every step in the process of completing a successful wedding shoot, from the engagement session to the consultation, and from the wedding day itself to the delivery of treasured photographs. All along the way Justin shares pro-level tips, tricks, and techniques for…
 
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    Digital Photography School

  • Tips for Photographing in Different Weather Conditions

    Monica Day
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You’ve figured out that photography is awesome. You have your equipment. You’ve got the basics down. You know all about the “triangle” of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Now, you’re ready to put them to use. You’re ready to go outside and experiment. But wait. You haven’t yet considered the weather. This is a little side note to photography that we often forget about. If you’re not shooting in a studio, then the weather will definitely be a factor to consider when going out on a shoot. There are a few basic weather scenarios that you will…
  • 4 Steps to Less Stressful and Easier Photo Editing

    Simon Ringsmuth
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever returned to your computer with a memory card full of photos and become overwhelmed at the idea of going through all of them? The thought of sorting and analyzing so many pictures can seem so daunting it’s sometimes hard to even know where to start! Often we find ourselves copying the contents of our cameras to our computers and letting our precious memories collect digital dust, though we promise ourselves we will get around to organizing them – someday. Modern technology has made this task easier, with various software and cloud-based services even promising to find…
  • Step-by-step Guide to Long Exposure Photography

    Francesco Gola
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the past few years, thanks to the diffusion of useful accessories and photographic filters with good quality and low prices, the technique of long exposure has become increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts. Even if this technique can be used both in studio and in a urban environment, the perfect playground of long exposures is landscape photography. Unfortunately often it happens that the result we get is far from our expectations, and we end up classifying the long exposure as a demoniacal technique. However, following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography,…
  • Capturing Busy Little Ones: Forget the Perfect Pose and Get Photos You Truly Love

    Melinda Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have ever tried to get a three year old to sit still for longer than a nanosecond you know what a challenge it can be to get that “perfect” photo. Well, I’m going to be real here, who wants that perfect photo anyway? Okay, I know you may, but maybe I can convince you to let that go. My favorite photos are always the true ones; the ones that make you smile when you look at them, or maybe even cry a tear or two. Sure, it’s nice to get that beautiful portrait, but which photo is going to help you truly remember the fiery three year old who gave you…
  • Product Review – Dixie Grip: Rotating, handheld, or mounted hotshoe grip

    Phillip VanNostrand
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What is it? The Dixie Grip is a product that doesn’t exist yet. It’s a Kickstarter campaign product, and it fills a gap in the street portrait world that desperately needs filling – a handheld Speedlite grip. Don’t believe there is a need for this kind of thing? Case in point: just days after trying the product out and thinking about whether I would have a need for it or not, I was walking with my mentor Payam in New York talking about photography. He was describing to me an engagement session he was shooting in Central Park. He was using a Canon Speedlite with a…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Emergency app triggers panic after false alarm warns of impending quake

    Mike Wehner
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Just after noon on Monday, thousands of Mexico City residents evacuated their office buildings and filled the streets thanks to a warning from the SkyAlert emergency app. The alert warned of a "strong earthquake" that was just seconds away from...
  • The Great Photo App is not all that great

    Mel Martin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With so many folks using iPhone and iPad cameras, there is a desperate need to teach people the fundamentals of photography. I've looked at several apps that provide tutorials and some are excellent, while others are just not that helpful. The Great...
  • Precision Touch Dart Stylus: From Kickstarter to your hand

    Steven Sande
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I love watching crowd-funded projects make it from concept to reality. Precision Touch just recently (July 19, 2014) reached the end of a funding campaign on Kickstarter for the Dart Stylus, now available for pre-order for US$59.95 (normal price...
  • The Wednesday TUAW TV Live is on Thursday this week

    Steven Sande
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Hey, TUAW TV Live fans! The last-ever TUAW TV Live has been moved to tomorrow -- July 31, 2014 -- since my wife "Bionic Barb" is having the second of two eye surgeries today. Be sure to join us for the last time tomorrow afternoon at 5 PM ET. I'll...
  • FreedomPop offers free data and voice to iPad

    John-Michael Bond
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you own a cellular data-equipped iPad without a current contract, or you're looking to buy one but think the monthly cost is too high, FreedomPop has an offer you'll want to consider. The company is currently offering 500MB a month of free 4G LTE...
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you have never done it before, lighting a group shot outdoors in full sun can be daunting. After all, sun is pretty bright. And your subject is pretty big and thus harder to light at a high level.But with a leaf-shutter camera and a couple of battery powered monoblocs, you can easily own the sun and just about anything you can put under it.Read more »
  • Avatar

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My last head shot had been getting a little long in the tooth. So on a whim the other day, I redid it.Gotta keep things fresh, I always say. So I try to redo my head shot every seven years, whether it needs it or not.As photographers, we only get to see one side of the equation—and that does not involve looking down the barrel of the gun, either. So being on the receiving end is always a learning experience. Even more so when you are on the shooting and receiving end. Read more »
  • On Assignment: Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I love shooting at mix. Especially when there are epic clouds on the move. And even more so while monitoring my Dark Skies app to know exactly when the rain will start falling on a OMGHowMuchDidThatThingCost? cello.Just keeps things interesting, you know?Read more »
  • Do This: Sara Lando in US for Workshops in August

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Whatcha doing in mid/late August? If you are within striking distance of Baltimore or Atlanta, you have a one-off chance to do something cool and fun that will change the way you approach your photography: spend a day (or two) with Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando.After spending a couple years convincing her to come to the US, Zack Arias and I are this summer hosting Sara for two weekends of seminars and workshops in Atlanta and Baltimore. We are doing this because A) it's an awesome experience (trust us on that) and B) it's a lot easier than getting all you guys…
  • On Traveling With Your Camera

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    In January Strobist was restructured from a standard, 2x/week blog into a core knowledge archive. Rather than publishing all of the time, we made the 2,000-post archive more organized and accessible. Now, Strobist only updates when there is something meaningful to say. I did this to flip the signal to noise ratio (seriously, who needs to read that many photoblog posts every day) and to create some time for two significant projects. The first of which, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped.Read more »
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Hollywood studios strike deal to keep Kodak movie film in production

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A group of big name Hollywood directors has nudged studio executives into talks with Kodak, negotiating a deal that would keep the company's movie film in production. With support from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, the deal would see studios commit to buying a certain amount of film from Kodak for the next few years. Read more
  • With greater clarity: Nikon D810 Shooting Experience

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The Nikon D810 represents a consolidation of its two predecessors, the D800 and D800E. The 36MP full frame DSLR lacks an anti-aliasing filter to make the absolute most of its high resolution sensor and provides a number of meaningful updates over the previous generation. After some extensive shooting in the field we've updated our First Impressions Review with a shooting experience. Read more
  • Real-world samples added to Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Sony SLT-A77 II is that company's latest DSLR using translucent mirror technology. With a 24MP CMOS sensor, it has a newly-designed 79-point AF system and offers 12fps continuous shooting with autofocus. That's all very impressive on paper, but what's it like in the real world? We've pulled together a sample gallery and added it to our a77 II First Impressions Review. See gallery
  • Flickr launches image marketplace initiative

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Flickr has announced that it is expanding its photo licensing opportunities for users. Alongside its partnership with Getty Images, Flickr will now allow users to opt in to an 'image curation' initiative called Marketplace. Participating members may have their images featured across Yahoo's network of sites along with other media outlets including the New York Times and the BBC. Read more
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We've been out taking advantage of Seattle's sunny July days and have just published a gallery of real-world samples from Canon's new 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 10-22mm zoom that precedes it in Canon's lineup, the 10-18mm gives a 16-29mm equivalent range on the APS-C bodies it's designed for. See gallery
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (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

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (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…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Catalogs and photo storage is always one of the most popular topics whenever I’m out there teaching Lightroom. So I thought I’d do a quick post on one of the core concepts of the Lightroom catalog: Referenced photos vs. Managed Photos. This especially comes to light with Aperture not being developed anymore, but it’s still something good to know about when it comes to Lightroom. It sounds really techie but it’s not that bad. If you’re just a casual Lightroom user, you really don’t have to worry about what the difference is and what Lightroom does. Most…
  • The Secret News About Lightroom 5.5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Okay, maybe the news isn’t so secret anymore, but I wanted to post this quick video that Scott and I did because I think it’s addressing a concern of a lot of photographers out there. See, a bunch of people are jumping on the Adobe Photography Bundle where you get Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month. Since then, there’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately and Adobe’s done something pretty cool to answer it. The question comes in two ways: 1) I just signed up for the photography bundle and I’m using Lightroom. But what happens if I decide I…
  • 3 Ways To Zoom In On Your Photos in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Nomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack. While there are hundreds of different portable battery options for the iPhone, the NomadPlus is unique because it functions with an existing Apple charger. The NomadPlus plugs into an Apple wall charger, transforming it into a 1500 mAh portable battery with enough juice to recharge an iPhone to 70 percent. One of the most cumbersome aspects of most battery packs is the recharging of the battery itself, but the NomadPlus allows…
  • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Instagram today soft-launched its new Snapchat competitor Bolt in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. First hinted at last week, Bolt is a one tap photo and video messaging app that allows users to send ephemeral images to friends, much like Snapchat. As described by The Verge, Bolt is a "carbon copy" of Taptalk, another ephemeral messaging app. Users tap on a friend's profile photo to send a photo, or use a long tap to send a video. As with Taptalk, Bolt focuses on sharing with only a few friends -- users can only communicate with one person at a time, while in Snapchat mass snaps can…
  • 'Signal' for iOS Lets Users Make Encrypted Voice Calls for Free

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Open source software group Open Whisper Systems today released a new encrypted phone app called Signal, which is designed to allow its users to make secure calls on the iPhone at no cost. Using end-to-end encryption, Signal secures iPhone conversations so third-parties cannot listen in. Signal uses a caller's standard phone number to make and receive calls, and all Signal calls function like a normal phone call using WiFi or data connections. According to a blog post on the Open Whisper Systems site, Signal uses ZRTP, a widely-used secure voice communication protocol and sends push…
  • Kindle for iOS Updated With Syncing and Navigation Improvements

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Amazon today updated its Kindle for iOS app to version 4.4, adding several features that have been requested by Amazon customers to make both sync and navigation within the app easier. Books will now sync to the most recent page read across all Kindle devices and Kindle apps that are registered to a single Amazon account, making it easier for users to swap between various Kindle devices. A feature in the navigation menu continues to allow customers to manually sync to the furthest page read if desired. Kindle Placeholders have also been implemented, letting customers jump to different areas…
  • Apple Expands AppleCare+ to Cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden

    Richard Padilla
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    Apple today expanded its AppleCare+ program to two new countries, bringing the program to cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden. In Mexico, AppleCare+ coverage for the iPhone and iPad are priced at 1,599 pesos. Meanwhile, AppleCare+ for the iPhone and iPad in Sweden are priced at 799 kronor. Apple last expanded its AppleCare+ program in September 2013, raising service fees for accidental damage, adding iPods, and expanding avaliability to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. Thanks, Steve!
 
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    CNN Travel

  • 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

    talia.marcopoto
    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

    hiufu
    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…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

    hiufu
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The canals from different angles and seasons, the flower market, the Skinny Bridge and more favorite scenes from AmsterdamiReporter Anahita Valakche sums up the reasons to love Amsterdam pretty well: "Not only is Amsterdam full of amazing museums, the whole city feels like you are living in a painting. "My other favorite aspect of Amsterdam is its high standards of living and the quality of life -- even though it is one of the most crowded tourist spots in the world. "Also the people in Amsterdam are very friendly. Amsterdam is diverse in its culinary offerings and you can eat delicious…
  • Wimbledon without tennis: 10 things to do

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
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