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  • Ylvis (the “What Does the Fox Say” band) just came out with a new song [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Remember that "What Does the Fox Say"band? Well, you'd probably just forgotten about that song (sorry), but in case you're in the mood for some fun music, here's their latest music video
  • St. Lucia: How One Man Went From Choirboy to Electropop Frontman

    Corinne Bagish
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Welcome to Throwback Tunesday, where Mashable amplifies the echoes of music past. With genre trends and throwbacks, we synthesize music and nostalgia. St. Lucia frontman Jean-Philip Grobler’s musical background is varied — and that's putting it lightly. The South African-born musician grew up performing in a traveling, internationally performing boys choir. This group, the Drakensberg Boys Choir, is also a school nestled in an isolated mountain range, which Grobler attended for five years From there, Grobler went on to study music in Liverpool, eventually relocating to Brooklyn…
  • NYC Taxi Data Blunder Reveals Which Celebs Don't Tip--And Who Frequents Strip Clubs

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    By cross-referencing de-anonymized trip data with paparazzi photos, privacy researchers can tell how much Bradley Cooper paid his driver.The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission does not ordinarily release its data. But thanks to a Freedom of Information request, self-described data junkie Chris Whong was able to obtain 20 GB of data concerning 173 million taxi trips, including drop-off times, pickup locations, fare, tip amounts, and more, which he used for all sorts of cool data visualization projects. Private companies like Uber can even use this kind of metadata to accurately…
  • Google Wants Mr. YouTube To Go To Washington (Or Vice Versa)

    Darrell Etherington
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
     Google is hoping to encourage legislators, lawmakers, elected representatives and others under the general category of nation-runners to use YouTube to spread their messages and speak to their constituencies and citizens. The company just launched YouTube for Government, a destination that’s designed to make the onboarding process easy for even the most out-of-touch members of congress.… Read More
  • "But why aren't you hysterical?"

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    I wonder if this has always been true: When things start to go awry, we get frustrated at leaders (or employees or co-workers) who seem to be calmly considering the options and doing their best work instead of hyperventilating.  The amount of hysteria one demonstrates isn't at all related to how much work is being done (or how much we care).        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Ylvis (the “What Does the Fox Say” band) just came out with a new song [video]

    Josh Urich
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Remember that "What Does the Fox Say"band? Well, you'd probably just forgotten about that song (sorry), but in case you're in the mood for some fun music, here's their latest music video
  • CNET, Forbes: All you need to know about Ello

    Deanne Mayall
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Have you heard about the new social network called Ello? Probably, if you’re on the hunt for a Facebook alternative. So far, it’s by invitation only and of course during the time it’s growing, it’s not exactly “social” if none of your friends and family are using it. That said, CNET has a great article …
  • The incredibly strange (and slightly disturbing) story of Mike the headless chicken [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Back in 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado strolled out to the barn to get some fresh rooster neck ready as a treat for his mother-in-law, and chose five-year-old Mike as the evening's meal. In an effort to save as much of the neck as possible, he chopped close to the head -- too close, it turns out -- creating Miracle Mike, the Headless Chicken, who became a celebrity of the sideshow circuit during the following eighteen months he survived and thrived.
  • Why women should add weights to their workout [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bodybuilding isn’t just for the boys anymore. Weightlifting is an essential component of anyone’s workout routine, women included, and not because your goal is to become a championship bodybuilder sporting a killer fake tan and tiny bikini. Find out why pumping iron is so important and refuse to be intimidated by those big guys dropping …
  • 9 wacky facts you didn’t learn in your science class [video]

    Josh Urich
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Did you know that the guy in charge of Einstein's autopsy stole his brain? You probably didn't learn that when your high school physics class lesson on relativity. Nor did you learn these other facts.
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  • St. Lucia: How One Man Went From Choirboy to Electropop Frontman

    Corinne Bagish
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Welcome to Throwback Tunesday, where Mashable amplifies the echoes of music past. With genre trends and throwbacks, we synthesize music and nostalgia. St. Lucia frontman Jean-Philip Grobler’s musical background is varied — and that's putting it lightly. The South African-born musician grew up performing in a traveling, internationally performing boys choir. This group, the Drakensberg Boys Choir, is also a school nestled in an isolated mountain range, which Grobler attended for five years From there, Grobler went on to study music in Liverpool, eventually relocating to Brooklyn…
  • The Hong Kong Protest Echoes Heard 'Round the World

    Megan Specia
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    While mass demonstrations are bringing the streets of Hong Kong to a virtual standstill, the movement, dubbed the Umbrella Revolution has taken on a life of its own outside the city Solidarity rallies have sprung up internationally, driven by kids and young adults who are echoing the calls for democracy of those taking to the streets in Hong Kong. See also: Hong Kong Protests: What You Need to Know About the Umbrella Revolution Such groups mobilized in the United Kingdom on Wednesday evening, with reports of rallies in Manchester and London. Thousands blocked the streets outside the Chinese…
  • 14 Hidden Tricks and Tools in iOS 8

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some of the best new features on iOS 8 are the ones you probably haven't used yet. That's because Apple has hidden a collection of new tricks and tools deep into its new mobile operating system, and many aren't easy to find. See also: 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8 From ways to keep photos private to credit card scanners and a timed camera feature for selfies, here's a look at some of the best kept secrets in iOS 8: 1. Hide Photos Image: MashableThere's a neat feature that hides your photos without deleting them. Tap and hold a photo in the Photos app and an option to "hide"…
  • A Brief History of the Most Influential Camel Selfies of Our Time

    Max Knoblauch
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    The most important camel selfie of our time surfaced on Reddit on Wednesday. The photo, which features three happy friends and an even happier camel, quickly made to Reddit's front page, inspiring several other users to upload their own camel selfies to the site. It was a hump day miracle. See also: 12 Selfie Tips You Can Learn From Animals The camel selfie has been a staple of online culture for several years. These selfies help redefine the meaning of camels, an animal not typically known for its smile but rather for its tendency to spit and its weird, lumpy back. We've gone deep into the…
  • Rumor: Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 Release Date Revealed

    Rex Santus
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    You won't have to wait much longer for Apple Pay, if a new report holds true. In fact, it might even arrive in time to help you pay for your Halloween costume. The mobile payment platform is slated to release as part of Apple's iOS 8.1 update on Oct. 20, according to banking blog Bank Innovation. See also: 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8 Apple Pay uses NFC (near-field communication) technology. Owners of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be able to pay for items by tapping their phones to payment terminals and verifying their identities with a fingerprint. It was already…
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  • NYC Taxi Data Blunder Reveals Which Celebs Don't Tip--And Who Frequents Strip Clubs

    Chris Gayomali
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    By cross-referencing de-anonymized trip data with paparazzi photos, privacy researchers can tell how much Bradley Cooper paid his driver.The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission does not ordinarily release its data. But thanks to a Freedom of Information request, self-described data junkie Chris Whong was able to obtain 20 GB of data concerning 173 million taxi trips, including drop-off times, pickup locations, fare, tip amounts, and more, which he used for all sorts of cool data visualization projects. Private companies like Uber can even use this kind of metadata to accurately…
  • Netflix Inks Four-Movie Deal With Adam Sandler

    Chris Gayomali
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    "I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only," said Sandler in a statement. "Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks." (Seriously.)If you like your comedies on the schmaltzy side, you may be delighted to learn that Netflix has landed human shruggie Adam Sandler for four exclusive feature films.Read Full Story
  • The Cadillac Of Cell Phones

    Gabriel Roth
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Why this $9,700 cell phone might not be so silly after all.I have felt underdressed many times in my life, but never, until today, when walking into a cell phone store.Read Full Story
  • Study: Self-Confidence Plays A Crucial Role In Forging Your Career Path

    Chris Gayomali
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Self-confidence doesn't just come from within.Once in a while, it is healthy to doubt yourself, to ooze a tiny bit of self-awareness. But a new psychology study from Ohio State University found evidence that an individual's career paths is influenced by their own levels of self-confidence and, to some degree, the amount of social validation they receive along the way.Read Full Story
  • The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To "Blade Runner" Designer Syd Mead

    Mark Wilson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mead chats with us about the Apple Watch, Glassholes, and Daft Punk copying one of his designs.If anyone can call himself a "visual futurist" with a straight face, it's Syd Mead, the legendary concept artist behind Blade Runner, Tron, and Aliens. I could think of no one better qualified to critique the present and future of worn technologies for our special theme week on wearables, so I caught up with Mead via email, where he explained to me that "wearables" as a term are meaningless in their scope. And the products on or coming to market today, by companies like Apple and Google, are little…
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  • Google Wants Mr. YouTube To Go To Washington (Or Vice Versa)

    Darrell Etherington
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
     Google is hoping to encourage legislators, lawmakers, elected representatives and others under the general category of nation-runners to use YouTube to spread their messages and speak to their constituencies and citizens. The company just launched YouTube for Government, a destination that’s designed to make the onboarding process easy for even the most out-of-touch members of congress.… Read More
  • Social Media Engagement Startup Insightpool Raises $4M

    Anthony Ha
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
     Insightpool, a startup that helps companies identify and connect with their target audience online, is announcing that it has raised $4 million in Series A funding. At first, the concept might seem similar to other services that identify valuable social media influencers, brand advocates, or what have you. However, CEO Devon Wijesinghe told me that Insightpool differs in some big ways. Read More
  • Translator Keyboard For iOS Makes Writing Foreign Missives A Breeze

    Natasha Lomas
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
     The Translator Keyboard for iOS 8 can translate what you’ve typed into one of 44 other languages — all without having to leave the keyboard interface. Read More
  • Roku Now Offers Screen Mirroring For Android And Windows 8.1 Users

    Sarah Perez
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
     Roku announced this morning it’s rolling out screen mirroring functionality in beta for “a select number” of Windows 8.1 and Android devices. The feature will allow these users to quickly mirror content on their devices to the big screen, including videos, apps, websites and more. The functionality is only being supported in the company’s Roku 3 or Roku Streaming… Read More
  • Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less

    Darrell Etherington
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
     Google’s Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer who left the company previously, only to return to the Chrome team last November, has revealed a project underway called The Physical Web at the company to provide “interaction on demand” so that people can walk up and use any smart devices without the need for intervening mobile apps. This would make it possible for users… Read More
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  • "But why aren't you hysterical?"

    Seth Godin
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    I wonder if this has always been true: When things start to go awry, we get frustrated at leaders (or employees or co-workers) who seem to be calmly considering the options and doing their best work instead of hyperventilating.  The amount of hysteria one demonstrates isn't at all related to how much work is being done (or how much we care).        
  • You're right, they're wrong, but they won

    Seth Godin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    Why is that? Is the world so unfair? Actually, it might be because the other guys took the time and invested the effort to build a movement. They showed up, every time, again and again. They never contemplated that they might lose, even though they're wrong, sub-par or not as good as you are. Their operating system, corporate structure, political ideas or economic approach won. Perhaps they told a story that resonated, one that resonated not with the better angels of our nature, but with our urgent desires. And most probably, they built a tribe, not one in their image, but in the image (and…
  • Two ad campaigns of the moment

    Seth Godin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    I don't usually write about these, because they're almost always over produced and riskless affairs promoting me-too and banal products. But, consider this new book promo from O/R. They're also giving 20% off to Google employees, which is a clever touch. And then amuse yourself with this pitch perfect ad from GE. Big-time ad execs could never run something this self-aware on TV, but of course, we don't need TV anymore. Not when people (instead of networks) spread around the stuff we choose to watch.        
  • The sophistication of truth

    Seth Godin
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    A common form of complexity is the sophistication of fear. Long words when short ones will do. Fancy clothes to keep the riffraff out and to give us a costume to hide behind. Most of all, the sneer of, "you don't understand" or, "you don't know the people I know..." "It's complicated," we say, even when it isn't. We invent these facades because they provide safety. Safety from the unknown, from being questioned, from being called out as a fraud. These facades lead to bad writing, lousy communication and a refuge from the things we fear. I'm more interested in the sophistication required to…
  • Wishing vs. doing

    Seth Godin
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    By giving people more ways to speak up and more tools to take action, we keep decreasing the gap between what we wish for and what we can do about it. If you're not willing to do anything about it, best not to waste the energy wishing about it.        
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  • From 53 kilobytes of RAM in 1953

    Samuel Arbesman
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “In March of 1953 there were 53 kilobytes of high-speed random-access memory on planet Earth.” This line from George Dyson’s Turing’s Cathedral makes it clear how far we have come since computing’s dawn. My own laptop now has more than 100,000 times the RAM of the entire planet less than a century ago. While I […] The post From 53 kilobytes of RAM in 1953 appeared first on WIRED.
  • Enchanting Photos of Rare and Wonderful Frogs and Salamanders

    Pete Brook
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Over the years, Moore has photographed more than 200 species and worked alongside research teams that have identified six new species—and rediscovered six others previously thought lost. The post Enchanting Photos of Rare and Wonderful Frogs and Salamanders appeared first on WIRED.
  • Elijah Wood’s New Movie Is a Prophetic Thriller About Celebrity Hacking

    Angela Watercutter
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Open Windows is viewed almost entirely through a series of computer windows on a laptop screen. WIRED asked star Elijah Wood and writer/director Nacho Vigalondo to interview each other about how they made the movie—and how it intersects with everything from celebrity phone hacking to online harassment. The post Elijah Wood’s New Movie Is a Prophetic Thriller About Celebrity Hacking appeared first on WIRED.
  • Daddy Longlegs Have a Secret Hunting Weapon: Glue

    Nick Stockton
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, scientists have discovered that harvestmen have a hidden hunting skill: catching prey using their glue-coated forelimbs. The post Daddy Longlegs Have a Secret Hunting Weapon: Glue appeared first on WIRED.
  • Cape Watch: Hulk and Hawkeye Will Lead the New Avengers Movie

    Graeme McMillan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Welcome back, my friends, to the superhero show that never ends ... although, come the fall, it does tend to shut up shop just a little and head towards the small screen because it's cold outside and, well, you know how it is. Nonetheless, this week has brought more than just Saturday Night Live's new Marvel movies (but let's be honest: Fancy Ghosts could totally work). X-Men! Avengers! Big Hero 6! Fantastic Four! And a comic book movie that admittedly has nothing to do with superheroes, but we're including it here nonetheless so you shut up! Here are the highlights of the week's superhero…
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  • How Our eBook Launches Have Evolved (after 235,000 eBook Sales)

    Darren Rowse
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    This week on my main blog – Digital Photography School – we launched our 24th photographic eBook (a guide to post production of portrait images) and it got me thinking back about some of the changes in my blogging since I started back in 2002. Over the last five years I’ve completely changed the way that I monetise my blogs. Up until this point my focus had very much been about making money through advertising (with some affiliate marketing) but in 2009 I began to experiment with eBooks (read more on this evolution in my blogging income in this post). A Few Stats on our…
  • Using Visual Content to Increase Blog Engagement

    Guest Blogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    This is a guest contribution from Tom More of  Visual content is your secret weapon to boosting blog engagement. The blog posts of today demand fresh, eye-catching content that can be read and shared easily, which makes videos, infographics, photos, and slideshows a perfect companion to blog posts. People absorb information quicker and more intuitively from images than text and visual content attracts more engagement on social media channels. Additionally, visual content is extremely easy to integrate into your current blog posts, as well as add to your past posts. On your blog…
  • Thinking of Rebranding Your Blog? Read This.

    Stacey Roberts
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Rebranding an established and successful business? Why would you do that? For some, the risk of changing the name of something people have grown to know and love is too big. For others, the risk of being boxed into something they no longer feel much affinity for is even bigger. No doubt it’s a scary leap to rebrand a blog – would people still read? Would a slight shift in direction upset the established audience? Would the to-do list of technical issues be too overwhelming? Would you lose all that Google love you’ve built up over the years? At some point, if you’ve…
  • It’s been 2 Years Since I’ve Seen A Blog Training Program This Good

    Darren Rowse
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    It has been almost two years since I’ve found training for bloggers that I’ve considered good enough to promote as an affiliate. I’m very fussy with who and what I promote (because there is so much hype and dubious practice in this space) but today have a recommendation for an authentic and valuable program that I know will help many ProBlogger readers. The Short Story The Elite Blog Academy is one of the most comprehensive blogging courses I’ve ever come across – and it’s available to enrol in with an early bird offer for just over 48 hours with the coupon code EBASAVE50…
  • 7 Powerful Tips for a Winning Twitter Sales Strategy

    Guest Blogger
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    This is a guest contribution from freelance writer Jawad Khan. More than 73% US companies use Twitter to connect with their target audience, get direct feedback from their customers and keep an eye on their competitors. You might be one of them. But are you getting any real value from the time you spend on Twitter? Have you been able to engage your potential or existing customers? Have you ever created enough momentum with your Tweets to impact your sales numbers? A large number of businesses on Twitter fail to do any of those things. Why? Because they don’t see Twitter as a sales channel.
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  • Camera51 Finds the Best Angle for the Perfect Shot

    Tori Reid
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Android: There are plenty of camera apps that help with exposure, special effects and editing, but Camera51 is the first we've seen that helps you find the best angle for a well-crafted shot.Read more...
  • The Skills We've Lost to Technology (and How to Get Them Back)

    Thorin Klosowski
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Technology usually makes our lives easier. It also makes it so we don't have to practice a few basic skills. After years of smartphone use, many of us can't even remember a phone number. Here's how to get the skills that matter back.Read more...
  • Gawker This Is the Best Chicken You Will Ever Make | Gizmodo The Hidden History of This Year's MLB P

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Gawker This Is the Best Chicken You Will Ever Make | Gizmodo The Hidden History of This Year's MLB Playoff Team Logos | io9 This Death Scene Scared the Crap Out of Me Forever | KotakuPoll: The Worst Things Boyfriends Can Collect Read more...
  • Find Recent Files in Windows with the Run Dialog

    Eric Ravenscraft
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Windows has a number of ways of finding recently used files. However, it also has a unified folder tucked away where you can browse all of the files you've recently opened. To access it, press Win-R and type "recent".Read more...
  • Save Sawdust to Use as a Desiccant

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Spills are inevitable in any workshop or garage. For quick cleanup use leftover sawdust as a poor-man's desiccant.Read more...
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  • Advanced Apple TV Remote Interface for iOS and Macs Outlined in Apple Patent Application

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    A recent Apple patent application (via AppleInsider) reveals some of the company's efforts looking into ways of improving the Apple TV and iTunes desktop experience using iOS. The newly published patent application, titled "Browsing remote content using a native user interface," describes a mobile application that would serve as a second screen for a connected media device. Mobile devices and computers displaying native interfaces for viewing content and sending controls to media device This smarter iOS-based remote detailed in the patent moves away from the current Remote app that mimics a…
  • Marc Newson Hired Part-Time at Apple for Specific Undisclosed Projects

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Designer Marc Newson recently spoke to architecture and design magazine Dezeen in his first interview since joining Apple. Though most of the conversation focuses on a new consumer beer machine he created along with Heineken, Newson does reveal some interesting tidbits about his current role at Apple. Marc Newson with Jonathan Ive, courtesy of Vanity Fair Newson confirms to Dezeen's Amy Frearson that he is working for Apple part-time and was hired for very specific reasons he would not disclose. He will remain in the UK while continuing to work on projects for his existing company. Amy…
  • Samsung to Begin Work on Apple's 14-nm A9 Chips Before End of 2014

    Richard Padilla
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Samsung semiconductor head Kim Ki-nam today announced that the company will begin work on 14-nanometer processors for partners such as Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD before the end of 2014, reports ZDNet (via 9to5Mac). The comments indicate that Samsung will produce Apple's next-generation A9 chip to be used in next year's line of iPhones and iPads. Currently, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use the 20-nanometer A8 processor. It is also likely that the forthcoming iPad Air 2 and second-generation Retina iPad mini will utilize Apple's A8 chip. The report also states that Samsung is producing around 30% of…
  • First CarPlay-Compatible In-Dash Systems Now Available From Pioneer

    Juli Clover
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Pioneer today became the first company to officially offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, after announcing the addition of CarPlay to five of its 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers. "CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer's implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road."As previously…
  • Apple Creates Tool to Check Activation Lock Status on iOS Devices

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Apple has released a new Activation Lock Status tool (via iDownloadBlog) that will make it easier for people buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to avoid getting a device that is locked to another user. Accessible via, the Activation Lock Status Checker allows users to enter a Device IMEI or Serial number to check whether a device has Activation Lock turned on. Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7 and is designed to prevent iPhones and iPads from being stolen. When Find My iPhone is enabled, it effectively locks an iOS device to a user's Apple ID account, and even…
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  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

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

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

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

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

    Sonia Simone
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A lot of smart writers can’t stand list posts. What’s a list post? It’s also known as a numbered list post, or a (shudder) listicle, and it’s a post whose headline features a numbered collection of things. This post, for example, is a list post. There are an awful lot of crummy ones out there. The celebrity sites make frequent use of them (These 17 Celebrities Used to Be Hot, etc.). In fact, all of the CRaP blogs use them liberally. So it’s natural that a quality-focused content writer (like you) might try to avoid them. But that would be silly. And here’s…
  • Keep Them Fascinated: How To Discover Your Winning Difference as a Content Marketer

    Brian Clark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    You hear over and over that you need to be unique. To come at things with a fresh angle. To discover your winning difference. It’s all true. And it’s not just the “art of marketing” that dictates these things. It’s the science behind what fascinates us. You can try chasing trends by being a “me too” marketer. The legendary players, however, come not from chasing what’s happening, but by running in a different direction. Author and entrepreneur Sally Hogshead has committed her career to helping people discover their winning difference. And a content-driven…
  • The 6-Step Process to Building Better Relationships With a Data-Driven Approach to Outreach

    Selena Narayanasamy
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Outreach is the art of connecting with bloggers or authors and building relationships through social media, email, or other online channels. It’s a subject near and dear to my heart. Earlier this year, I spoke about this topic at Authority Intensive, sharing the insights I learned while down in the trenches — building outreach teams from scratch, and seeing them lose opportunities to gain substantial visibility because of a lack of data-driven research and improper targeting. Truly effective outreach is based upon deep research, relationship-building skills, and a fundamental…
  • 7 Reasons You’ll Want to Start Your Free Trial of the Rainmaker Platform Today

    Brian Clark
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last Monday, we publicly launched the Rainmaker Platform. It’s a complete website solution for content marketers and Internet entrepreneurs. With Rainmaker, you can: Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains. Build membership sites and online training courses. Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more. Perform sophisticated online lead generation. Optimize your content for search engines and social networks. Absorb cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training. Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code. Forget about upgrades,…
  • How to Make Winning Infographics Without Risk

    Demian Farnworth
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The infographic is the Salvador Dalí of content marketing. By far the most interesting person at the cocktail party. Who can compete with the thin, longhorn mustache decorated with forget-me-nots? The anteater curled at his feet? His closest peer, the video, dozes near the crackling fire … slippered feet propped up, face buried in a white beard. The podcasts, hovering in the shadows, laugh at all his jokes in between sips of sparkling wine. And the blog posts? Yeah. The blog posts go home to weep themselves to sleep. The infographic holds court. He is the darling of the content…
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  • The Week in iOS Apps: We've got your goat!

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    We've got your goat!The top new apps of the week include games, social networking, productivity, and goat-simulating offerings. You read that right.Camera+This $2 iPhone app has long been one of the most popular photo offerings in iOS. Version 6.0 arrives with a new wrinkle: The ability to manually control exposure and focus to get the precise shot you’re aiming for. Also new: White balance presets, a new macro shooting mode, and the ability to use the app’s editing features on photos in your iPhone library without first importing those pics to the app.To read this article in full or to…
  • Not breaking news: Smartphone subsidies are just a fact of modern life

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hey, you all know how phone “subsidies” work, right? You pay a reduced up-front charge for the phone so they can rope you into a contract, blah, blah, blah. That’s not surprising in 2014, is it? It used to be surprising. Here’s the Macalope, five years ago when AT&T customers were first figuring this out: [It] isn’t a “subsidy” by the traditional definition. It’s a loan. AT&T is loaning you the money to buy an iPhone and you’re signing a contract to pay it off over the next 18 months. If you decide you want out of your loan, you have to pay a buyout.To read this…
  • Is that used iPad stolen? Apple creates tool for would-be buyers to check

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    If you’re looking to buy a used iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device, Apple is now offering an online tool to let you first check if it’s been locked down by the previous owner, which could indicate that it was actually stolen or lost.The service is available on the iCloud website and doesn’t require authentication. It allows users to input the IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) or serial number of any iOS device to see its Activation Lock status.Activation Lock is a feature first introduced in iOS 7 as part of the Find My iPhone service on iCloud. Once it is turned on,…
  • HealthKit app Lark talks to you to help you stay active

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    After a brief delay on Apple’s part, HealthKit-compatible apps are now available in the App Store. Finally! Thanks to this back-end feature, you can view all of the health data that your iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus is already tracking within other apps, and view everything within a single app of your choosing—be it Apple’s own Health app, or another third-party app.  Lark looks at your daily activity, compares it to your average, then reminds you when you're not quite at your goal—all in a friendly conversation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Get to know iOS 8: Five convenient new tricks in Safari

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    Safari for iOS is as old as the iPhone itself, and even with all the apps that have come and gone in those seven plus years, Safari is the old standby, the essential app that’s in the dock row of millions of iPhones and iPads. Apple improves Safari in every iteration of iOS, and iOS is no exception. The changes aren’t radical, but they do add some extra flexibility and convenience to browing the web on your iPad and iPhone.Get a website’s desktop version Sometimes you don’t want the stripped-down mobile version of a website. Google’s Chrome has long had a “request desktop…
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  • What Every App Developer Should Know About Android

    Ville-Veikko Helppi
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    In today’s fast-paced mobile market, consumers have no patience for mobile apps that compromise their experience. “Crashes” and “Not working” are the most common feedback1 on Google Play for unstable or sluggish apps (including games). Those comments and ratings make hundreds of millions of potential downloaders skip those lousy apps. Sounds harsh, but that’s the way it is. An app succeeds not by chance. It is the result of the right decisions made at the right time. The most successful mobile app developers2 understand the importance of performance, quality and robustness across…
  • “There Are More Bugs In Mobile Than… Particles In The Universe!”

    Vitaly Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Mobile is a difficult, unpredictable beast. If you run into technical problems in mobile, then you’ll know how annoying fixing them can be. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Peter-Paul Koch to create The Mobile Web Handbook, our practical new guide to dealing with front-end challenges in mobile. The book is finally ready and is now shipping worldwide. It’s available in print and as an eBook.1 2 $39 Print + eBook213Printed, gorgeous hardcover $9.90 eBook4PDF, ePUB, Amazon Kindle About The Book We have all been there. Whether you are developing a responsive website or an app or just…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:21 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 six years now1, 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 October 2014. Both…
  • Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design

    Laura Franz
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    As we refine our methods of responsive web design, we’ve increasingly focused on measure (another word for “line length”) and its relationship to how people read. 
The popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size. How People Read People read online text to serve their own needs: to find the information they seek, to discover new…
  • Sci-Fi, Frustrations, Flash And Forms: The Typeform Story

    David Okuniev
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Take any new interface design or display technology, and chances are that someone somewhere has already compared it to Minority Report. The 2002 dystopian film, with its see-through screens and gesture-driven interfaces, is remembered more for its futuristic tech than for the insidiousness of the technology — pre-crime prediction — that was its actual focus. It continues to be the standard by which we judge new interfaces. But inspiration doesn’t only come in the form of flashy, futuristic interfaces. At Typeform, we were inspired to simplify online forms by a movie that’s decidedly a…
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  • ... failure to reveal was likely 'final straw'

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    There had been "growing concern" about former U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's leadership in the two weeks since a man with a knife managed to jump the White House fence and get into the East Room, a source tells CNN.
  • Huntsman: Why China won't budge

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    The remarkable display of civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens reflects a profound sense of desperation that has grown as China has closed off all political options and made it increasingly clear that it intends to call the shots.
  • It's a girl!

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    It's official: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are parents!
  • Can America handle the truth?

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Eric Liu says patriotism isn't about denying your country's faults, but about loving it and pointing to how it could get better
  • The Bronx: Where Poe hung out

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    About 8.4 million people can rightfully call themselves New Yorkers, according to 2013 census data. There are no official numbers to back this up, but it'd be a pretty solid bet to say that an awful lot of them have never spent much time exploring the Bronx beyond Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and maaayyybe going out for a plate of manicotti and some tiramisu on Arthur Avenue.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Business Side of Mike Kubeisy Join KelbyOne’s own Larry Becker as he sits down with entertainment photographer Mike Kubeisy to discuss the business side of Mike’s commercial photography career in Hollywood. Larry and Mike discuss topics ranging from how to get started in the business to how to keep yourself on the cutting edge of new trends and technology. Drawing from over 30 years of experience, Mike shares some of his best advice for achieving success and living your dream.Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!The Art of Digital Photography: The…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Richard Bernabe!

    Brad Moore
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s the DestinationAs a photographer, chances are you’ve thought about doing some traveling, if you haven’t traveled extensively already. The journey might start out as a simple weekend getaway after a few rough days at the office or as an expansive road trip through several states and time zones: car packed with a camera and a few favorites lenses, wind in your hair, sun on your face, nothing but freedom and the open road in front of you. Over time this could lead to dealing with travel agents, passports, guides, and epic expeditions to the other side of the world…
  • Joe McNally’s One-Man-Show

    Scott Kelby
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    One of the greatest photographers ever made is having his first solo gallery show, opening this week at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and if you get a chance — you have to see it in person. Here are the details:Who: Joe McNally What: A solo exhibition Where: The Monroe Gallery: 112 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM (link) When: October 3rd thru November 23rd Why:  Because Joe is a photography students will study after we’re all gone.Here’s a link to the gallery’s site with all the details. Hope you get the chance to see it in person.I’m off to Orlando for my…
  • It’s “Update Your Portfolio” Monday

    Scott Kelby
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    OK, we’ve had “Backup Tuesday” and now it’s time for “Update Your Portfolio Monday” — a reminder that it’s time to shake the dust off that portfolio — see if you have newer, better shots that need to be added. Take a look at the sequence (order) of your images and see if they need changing, see if anything needs to come out, and just make sure everything’s up-to-date.So far, I’ve only had enough time to update my Sports Photography Portfolio (here’s the link). I actually added a new category for College Football, and updated my…
  • Trailblazers: A new series on Powerful Women of Photography

    Scott Kelby
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    This is something we’re really proud, and very excited about  — our own Mia McCormick had the vision and talent to create a brand new series all about inspiring female photographers — woman who are blazing new trails in our industry and changing the way females are preceived in our industry.Mia (an award-winning journalist and instructor herself), just did such a amazing job with this series, and the women you’ll meet, and the stories they tell, will just absolutely captivate you from start to finish. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, make sure you watch any interview…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 3 Simple Ways to Create Stunning Eyes in Your Portrait Photography

    Gina Milicia
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image model credits, clockwise from top left: Chris Milligan/Fremantle Media, Rachael Lever, Danny Spannerz/East Brunswick Tattoos, Tiffany Diaz “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Reclusive Hollywood legend Marlon Brando would always close his eyes when paparazzi tried to take his photo. He knew that without his eyes open an image wasn’t worth publishing. The eyes are the single most important feature of any portrait. Beautiful eyes can make even the dullest portrait mesmerizing. Poorly lit, out of focus eyes, or eyes that lack connection, will weaken the impact of a…
  • New: The dPS Guide to Portrait Post Production and Workflow

    Darren Rowse
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Our Exciting News in a Nutshell Today I’m excited to announce the launch of a brand new eBook – Portraits: After the Shot – a Guide to Portrait Post Production and Workflow by Gina Milicia. It’s available for a limited time with an early bird bonus of a collection of great Lightroom and Photoshop presets. Get your copy here. The Story So Far In January 2013 we released our first Portrait Photography eBook by Gina Milicia – Portraits: Making the Shot – a fantastic overview of taking beautiful portraits with soul. In September 2013 we released Gina’s…
  • How to do Quick and Easy Curves Adjustments in Photoshop

    Helen Bradley
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you are starting out learning to edit in Photoshop there are a lot of tools from which to choose. The Curves Adjustment is one of the more advanced tools, so it often overwhelms new users. However it is such a powerful tool that it is well worth investing some time learning to use it. In this article I’ll explain what you can understand about your image from the Curves dialog and how to use curves to edit your photos. Creating a Curves Adjustment You can get to the Curves dialog in two ways; by choosing Image > Adjustments > Curves or you can add it as a new adjustment layer by…
  • Five Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Pet Photography Business

    Erin McNulty
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pet photography is a fast growing and super fun genre of photography, and it’s awesome to see so many people wanting to celebrate animals and the role they play in our lives! But how do you turn your passion for animals and photography into a thriving and successful business? What do you need to consider before setting up your business? Today I’m sharing the knowledge I’ve gathered over the last three years to help you prepare yourself for what is the best job in the world. #1 Do you really love animals? Pet photography is messy, dirty, and at times incredibly frustrating…
  • Ready to Upgrade Your Kit Lens? Tips for Which Lens to Invest in Next

    Simon Ringsmuth
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Most cameras come with a kit lens that generally works well as a decent all-around workhorse. A common focal range for these lenses is 18-55mm, which means they are capable of wide-angle shots as well as medium-telephoto pictures, and everything in between. The tradeoff for this zoom range, however, is a limited maximum aperture range of roughly f/3.5 when zoomed out (18mm), and f/5.6 when zoomed in to 55mm. Of course some kit lenses cover a longer focal range and have different maximum apertures, but overall most kit lenses are designed for the types of all-around shooting conditions in…
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  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

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

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The American Air Museum, which is part of Britain's Imperial War Museum, has launched a new wiki-style website designed to allow members of the public to help identify the service men and women depicted in the site's online galleries. Based on 15,000 prints from The Roger Freeman Collection documenting the lives of the US Army Air Forces personnel who served in England during the Second World War, the site records the thoughts and memories of the local population who worked and lived alongside them. Learn more
  • Wilderness photographers caught up in U.S. Forest Service permit proposal

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A proposed directive from the U.S. Forest Service that aims to protect federal wilderness from commercial exploitation may end up restraining photographers as well. Under the proposed restrictions, any individual or entity poised to reap commercial gain from photographing or filming federal lands in the U.S. will need a permit. Read more
  • Opinion: Why buy a Panasonic LX100 when you could buy a GX7?

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    What's so special about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100? It uses the same sensor as the GX7 but is at a distinct disadvantage not being part of an interchangeable lens system. So why would anyone choose the Lumix LX100 with its expensive body over the flexibility of the only-slightly-bigger Lumix DMC-GX7? Has Panasonic shot itself in the foot? Click through to read more
  • Canon Digital Photo Professional software update boosts camera support

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Canon's Digital Photo Professional software, commonly referred to as DPP, has just received updates to versions 4.0.2 and 3.14.41. Both of these were joined by updates to a roster of the company's other photography-centric software, including the EOS Utility, EOS MOVIE Utility, and Picture Style Editor. Read more
  • DynaOptics wants to bring zoom lenses to smartphones

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Camera modules in smartphones have rapidly improved over the past few years, but on the whole their lack of optical zoom is still a major limitation. Traditional zoom lens designs are generally too bulky for increasingly slim mobile devices, so tech startup DynaOptics is introducing something a bit different. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released! (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone. I’m a little late on this one, as it happened last week. I had a post ready to go, but then forgot to turn it live (ooops!) Anyway, I know from my Lightroom seminars that a lot of people use Photoshop Elements along with Lightroom. Well, following the last few years trends in late September, Adobe has released a new version of Elements. Now they’re up to Elements 13 (Wow! I started when it was Elements 2). Here’s a link to Adobe’s website for more info. And don’t forget to stop by the Photo Elements Techniques website to check out their videos that…
  • Thanks Michigan! Next Stop – Adobe Max and Colorado Springs (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Hey there! I just got back from teaching my Lightroom seminar in Livonia, Michigan yesterday, and had an awesome crowd of about 300 photographers. A big thanks if you came out to the seminar, and it was great to meet so many of you and get such a warm welcome. Next month (well, next week actually) I’m off to teach some more Lightroom at Adobe Max in LA. I’ve got two classes there and you can find out more about them right here. Later in the month I’ll be in Colorado Springs on October 22nd and then on to Philadelphia in November and San Antonio in December. So if…
  • PLUG-IN: Show Focus Point Lightroom Plug-In (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A while back I wrote a post on some features I’d love to see, but I really didn’t think would make it in to Lightroom. Well, one of those features was the ability to show me my focus points. At times, I’ll shoot the same photo but focus in different areas. As a landscape photographer, sometimes I’ll merge a few photos together (focus stacking) to get an ultra sharp photo. Other times, I just use one photo, but knowing where I focussed can help me in the future. Well, a few blog readers pointed out a plug-in that I hadn’t seen before. It’s called Show Focus…
  • Win A Free Ticket to One Of My Fall 2014 Lightroom Seminars (Matt Kloskowski)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Edit: The Free Tickets have been given away. Here’s the winners: Matthew Jackson – San Antonio Jennifer – Colorado Springs Trisha – Livonia Brendan Reilly – Philadelphia Okay, my fall 2014 schedule is locked in for my Lightroom seminar tour and I figured I’d announce the dates and give away a free ticket to each city. If you’ve never attended the seminar before, it’s basically a 1-day Lightroom crash course. Here’s a quote from one of the attendees from last year: “Matt is absolutely the best instructor in the world, and his…
  • TIP: A Fun, Mean, and Totally Useless Lightroom Hack (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    (Photo courtesy of The other week Scott turned me on to a post by Mark Stagi over at It was called Hacking the Lightroom 5 Splash Screen. It’s actually very cool and I never knew you could do that before. However, before you go visit the site, just understand that it has no educational value whatsoever. But as photographers, I think it’s kinda cool. We love to display our photos, and this is a cool way to do it when Lightroom starts up. Basically, the article goes over how to take the default Lightroom startup screen (seen below) and replace it…
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  • Spotify Adds CarPlay Support in Latest iOS Update

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Spotify today released a new version of its iOS app [Direct Link] that adds Apple CarPlay integration. Spotify was among several iOS apps, including CBS Radio, iHeartRadio and Beats Music, that pledged support for the in-car iOS feature when it was unveiled earlier this year, and Spotify's update arrives just as Pioneer is rolling out CarPlay firmware support for several existing aftermarket systems. The updated music player will allow users to access their Spotify account using the car's in-dash receiver and a compatible iPhone. Other changes in version 1.8.0 include support for spoken…
  • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    With iOS 8 bringing support for system wide third-party keyboards for the first time, developers have been coming up with creative ways to introduce new functionality to the keyboard, beyond simply making it quicker to type. Translator Keyboard is a new third-party keyboard designed to allow users to quickly translate their text from one language to another, without the need for a separate translation app.Translator Keyboard is able to provide a much simpler experience than the copy-paste workflow that many translation apps have had to settle for in the past. As well as making translation…
  • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Verizon today released a statement letting customers know that it no longer plans to throttle users who still have a grandfathered unlimited data plan that allows for unlimited LTE data usage. Verizon is committed to providing its customers with an unparalleled mobile network experience. At a time of ever-increasing mobile broadband data usage, we not only take pride in the way we manage our network resources, but also take seriously our responsibility to deliver exceptional mobile service to every customer. We've greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning…
  • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Apple today updated its Apple Store app for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, adapting the app for the two larger-screened devices. The new version of the app also includes an iOS compatibility update. While the iPhone 6 update doesn't bring a lot of visual changes, it has a much cleaner look due to the fact that it's no longer artificially zoomed in, as seen in the comparison screenshot below. After iPhone 6 update on left, before iPhone 6 update on right Apple's last major update to the Apple Store app came in early September, redesigning the look of the app and making it easier for users to make…
  • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Following in the footsteps of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon today announced a promotion to expand the amount data available through its MORE Everything plans. Customers on the 12GB plan will now get 15GB of data for the same $110 per month, while customers on the 16GB plan will now get 30GB of data for $130. Verizon has increased available data across the board, delivering up to double the data for consumers at no additional cost. "We know that no matter how much data you have, it's only as good as the network it's on, and Verizon Wireless' network is second to none," said Ken Dixon, chief…
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