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  • A UFO identification guide from 1967

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wondering if the mysterious object that spooked the neighborhood last night has a history of hovering over our home planet? Though it’s a bit out of date, this UFO identification guide from Bruce Sterling will ensure that if one of these happens to blast you back in time, you can describe your alien kidnapper’s ship with mid-century accuracy. Full story at Bruce Sterling via Boing Boing. Alien history lessons. Graphics credit: Canva
  • Facebook Wins FTC Approval for Oculus VR Acquisition

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    Seth Fiegerman
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook the go-ahead to acquire Oculus VR, the agency said on Wednesday Facebook announced on March 25 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Oculus, a virtual reality startup, for $2 billion in cash and stock. The deal would mark Facebook's second largest acquisition behind the $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, assuming both are finalized. See also: What Facebook Might Look Like Using Oculus Rift "We're pleased the FTC has cleared our acquisition of Oculus," a Facebook rep said in a statement emailed to Mashable. The FTC cleared the…
  • Interactive Birthday Card Celebrates 25 Years Of Nintendo Game Boy

    Fast Company
    John Brownlee
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interactive birthday card will conjure fond memories of Nintendo's unbeatable handheld gaming console, even if your mom never let you have one THANKS A LOT MOM.The original Nintendo Game Boy is turning 25 this week. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the plucky handheld console that changed the gaming world, web developer Petr Tichy has put together a fun interactive birthday card that shows the original Game Boy doing what it does best: play Tetris.Read Full Story
  • Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

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    Frederic Lardinois
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
     Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower Corporation. The fund, which will also include $150 million from SunPower, is meant to enable a scheme that is similar to what other residential solar… Read More
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
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  • A UFO identification guide from 1967

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wondering if the mysterious object that spooked the neighborhood last night has a history of hovering over our home planet? Though it’s a bit out of date, this UFO identification guide from Bruce Sterling will ensure that if one of these happens to blast you back in time, you can describe your alien kidnapper’s ship with mid-century accuracy. Full story at Bruce Sterling via Boing Boing. Alien history lessons. Graphics credit: Canva
  • 15 customs that you should definitely keep when traveling abroad [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Next time you’re in Hungary, do not clink glasses when you cheers somebody. Otherwise you’ll look like a jerk. In Vietnam, don’t accept a gift with just one hand. Or else you’ll look like a jerk. Guess what happens if you order a cappuccino at lunchtime in Italy? Nothing. But if you order one at dinner time, you’ll look like a jerk. Full story at Buzzfeed. More traveling advice. Photo credit: Canva
  • 8 things Christian Bale did to make Nolan’s “Batman” the best ever

    Josh Urich
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Besides the obvious (special effects, incredible script, brilliant acting), there are lots of little reasons that Christopher Nolan’s Batman renditions were the best of all, and many of them involve little things about Christian Bale that you probably didn’t know. Christian Bale, for example, does not have an American accent––he has a Welsh accent. But during every interview for the movie, Bale kept his American accent. He also wore the Batman costume even though he hated it, giving his performance a bit of extra grit. And my personal favorite detail: Heath Ledger asked…
  • 13 Jack Nicholson quotes

    Deanne Mayall
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Who doesn’t heart Jack Nicholson? Here are a couple of Mental Floss author Erin McCarthy’s picks of his best quotes, chosen randomly: ON REGRETS “Not that I can think of. I’m sure there are some, but my mind doesn’t go there. When you look at life retrospectively you rarely regret anything that you did, but you might regret things that you didn’t do.” From an interview with The Talks This one resonates, except I’m not Irish: ON DEATH “I’m Irish. I think about death all the time. Back in the days when I thought of myself as a serious academic…
  • How classical music can save your life [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone thinks classical music is boring. Everyone is wrong. On February 2, 1795, British fans crowded into a theater to hear Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony #102. The fans were so excited that they crowded to the front of the theater to catch a glimpse of their favorite composer. So when the chandelier crashed down from the ceiling, it hit only a few empty rows. The crowd starting chanting “Miracle, miracle!” thus giving the piece its nickname. Here’s the symphony, if you’re curious: Full story at The Guardian. More interesting classical music. Photo credit: Canva
 
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  • Facebook Wins FTC Approval for Oculus VR Acquisition

    Seth Fiegerman
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook the go-ahead to acquire Oculus VR, the agency said on Wednesday Facebook announced on March 25 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Oculus, a virtual reality startup, for $2 billion in cash and stock. The deal would mark Facebook's second largest acquisition behind the $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, assuming both are finalized. See also: What Facebook Might Look Like Using Oculus Rift "We're pleased the FTC has cleared our acquisition of Oculus," a Facebook rep said in a statement emailed to Mashable. The FTC cleared the…
  • Travel Back 50 Years to 1964 New York World's Fair

    Annie Colbert
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    In 1964, the New York World's Fair opened with radical technologies and dazzling futuristic displays. Fifty-one million visitors descended on Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y. over two six-month seasons in 1964 and '65 to experience innovations like "picturephones," lunar crawlers and Belgian waffles. The Ford Times called it "a lively and lavish concoction of spectacular entertainment." See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present Though a conflict with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) stripped the fair of an official sanction, the event represented an…
  • If You're in the U.S., Get Used to More Record Hot Temperatures

    Andrew Freedman
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    In a clear sign of global warming's impact on the U.S., record-high temperatures are increasingly outnumbering record-low temperatures, a new data visualization shows. The visualization, which is based on data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), does not incorporate the most recent data from 2014 that shows cold records are outpacing warm records in the lower 48 states. However, this is likely a temporary speed bump in a longer-term warmup, especially as the summer approaches. Image: EngimaThe data is consistent with similar findings published in a peer-reviewed study in 2009,…
  • Astronomers Map Milky Way in Remarkable Detail

    Space.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like. It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers. But it's tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within. "We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don't know much in detail. At the most basic level, we'd like to be able to make a map that would show in detail what it looks like," said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the new study. SEE ALSO:…
  • 30 Years After the Discovery of HIV, a Timeline of AIDS Milestones

    Stephanie Buck
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    April 23 marks 30 years since the U.S. announced the discovery of what causes AIDS: a retrovirus called HTLV-III, later renamed HIV. At their 1984 press conference, in the face of one of the world's most terrifying medical epidemics, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler and virologist Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute projected scientists would be able to produce an AIDS vaccine within two years "That turned out to be totally incorrect," Heckler told PBS in 2006. "But at that time, we did not know that the replication of the virus would be so difficult —…
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  • Interactive Birthday Card Celebrates 25 Years Of Nintendo Game Boy

    John Brownlee
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interactive birthday card will conjure fond memories of Nintendo's unbeatable handheld gaming console, even if your mom never let you have one THANKS A LOT MOM.The original Nintendo Game Boy is turning 25 this week. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the plucky handheld console that changed the gaming world, web developer Petr Tichy has put together a fun interactive birthday card that shows the original Game Boy doing what it does best: play Tetris.Read Full Story
  • Aereo's Tough First Day At The Supreme Court

    Chris Gayomali
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    "It's not logical to me," said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, "that you can make these millions of copies and essentially sell them to the public."If Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wants anything, it's to disrupt the status quo--in this case, the vice-like grip television networks like ABC, CBS, and Fox currently exhibit over what he sees as an antiquated model for content distribution. As he told Fast Company's David Zax in 2012, "Our goal is to minimize foolishness."Read Full Story
  • Codecademy Redesigns Website To Focus On Project-Based Learning

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    "In general, the redesign of the entire site is a little friendly and makes it easier for people to find the courses that matter to them."When aspiring developers decide to learn how to program, their first stop is often checking out online resources like Codecademy to learn the basics. Building on top of its success, which includes 24 million learners on its platform to date, the interactive coding school unveiled a redesigned website Wednesday that emphasizes project-based learning.Read Full Story
  • In A Big Win For Cord Cutters, HBO Shows Now Available On Amazon

    Rebecca Greenfield
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    In a bid sure to lure binge watchers of quality programs like The Sopranos and The Wire, a new deal will bring HBO series to Amazon Prime streaming and Fire TV.HBO has taken one step closer to cutting the cord. Starting in May, Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service will offer some of HBO's coveted programming, according to Re/Code.Read Full Story
  • AgLocal Goes From Meat Marketplace To Meat Subscription Service

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The marketplace "was a model that wouldn't scale effectively," said founder and CEO Naithan Jones. So the company is shifting its focus.Startup AgLocal announced Wednesday it will offer a meat subscription service for consumers that will start shipping May 21. The move is a shift from AgLocal's original business model, a marketplace that connected regional ranchers with restaurants.Read Full Story
 
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  • Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Frederic Lardinois
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
     Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower Corporation. The fund, which will also include $150 million from SunPower, is meant to enable a scheme that is similar to what other residential solar… Read More
  • Facebook Receives U.S. Antitrust Approval For Oculus Deal

    Sarah Perez
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
     The U.S. government has approved Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, following the Federal Trade Commission's examination of the deal. The FTC has determined -- not all that surprisingly -- that the deal would not violate U.S. antitrust laws. This will allow the two companies to move forward in combining forces, though Facebook previously promised that Oculus would "continue to operate… Read More
  • Namo Media Upgrades Its Native Ad Platform With Ad Carousels

    Anthony Ha
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
     Native ad startup Namo Media has found a way to pack more ads into the content streams of its publishers. The company is launching version 3.0 of its software development kit, and co-founder and CEO Gabor Cselle said the biggest change is the addition of a carousel for ads — so instead of just seeing one ad at a time, users can now swipe horizontally to see more. Apparently Namo is using… Read More
  • Microsoft’s Ad-Free “Bing In The Classroom” Program Exits Beta, Opens To All U.S. Schools

    Frederic Lardinois
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
     A year ago, Microsoft launched a beta of its ad-free "Bing For Schools" program, which promises to give K-12 students access to an ad-free search experience with additional content filters, privacy protections and a couple of specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy. Today, it's taking this program -- which is now called "Bing in the Classroom" -- out of beta. With this, the… Read More
  • Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Romain Dillet
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
     Later today, Apple will report its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in the previous earnings call that the company expected more or less a flat quarter in Q2. And analysts agree. Apple should report flat revenue, flat gross margin, flat net profit — flat everything. But there are a couple of interesting numbers to look at. The two main factors in today’s… Read More
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  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
  • Saying 'thank you' in public, three times

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare: One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business and the other is for marketers of all kinds. I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far... But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with. Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and…
 
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  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

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    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of hostoople.com. As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

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    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
  • Canvassing ProBlogger Readers: How Have You Built Your Readership?

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    As you might be aware, each month this year we are running a themed week – delving in deep the topics that are of the most interest to you. We started with creating content, moved on to resources for newbie bloggers just starting out, and this month we had an epic drilldown into creating products to sell. Our next themed week is all about building readership and creating community on blogs. We are looking for people with success stories in different niches – have you build a great readership? Or know of someone who has? If you are interested in sharing your story here on…
 
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  • Is Buying a Home Worth It?

    Melanie Pinola
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Even with the recent housing crisis, many of us still consider buying a home part of the "American dream." Meanwhile, naysayers point out all the downsides to homeownership, especially if you think of it as an investment . Where do you stand on this issue?Read more...
  • Make Your Own Delicious Ramen That's Even Cheaper Than Instant

    Melanie Pinola
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Instant ramen is a poor shadow of the noodles you get at a ramen shop. Now you can make better-than-instant ramen at home for even less than those cheap packets you find at the grocery store.Read more...
  • How to Negotiate Your Salary

    J.D. Roth
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the best ways to increase your income is through salary negotiations, either when you're first offered the job or during a performance review. It may make you uncomfortable, but it's extremely important. Here's how to get what you want out of a negotiation.Read more...
  • The Pivotal Technique Cuts the Crap Out of Learning How to Change

    Eric Ravenscraft
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Figuring out a plan for your life and where you want it to go is literally impossible. Even if you can decide what you want, mapping out all the steps is a gargantuan task that will necessarily change. Skip the superfluous stress by identifying two simple, key points: where you are and where you're going.Read more...
  • Blood Alcohol Finder Estimates Your BAC Over Time Based on Your Drinks

    Eric Ravenscraft
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Android: Without a breathalyzer, it's not exactly easy to gauge what your blood alcohol content is. Blood Alcohol Finder helps you get in the ballpark, though, by estimating your BAC levels based on your size, gender, and amount you've been drinking over time.Read more...
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  • GameStop Expanding Beyond Video Games with Aggressive Growth Plans for Simply Mac Stores

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Major video game retailer GameStop is making a significant push to broaden its business, expanding its retail operations with new brands and stores that will focus on Apple gear and AT&T Mobility products, reports The Star-Telegram. While the diversification will include a move into AT&T mobile services through GameStop's acquisition of Spring Mobile, of more interest for Apple users is GameStop's plans for Simply Mac, a chain of authorized Apple resale and repair shops that focuses on smaller markets where Apple has not shown interest in opening its own stores. Founded in 2006 in Utah,…
  • References to Siri for Apple TV Found in iOS 7.1 Code

    Eric Slivka
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Amid persistant rumors that Apple is developing a revamped Apple TV set-top box, new code appearing in iOS 7.1 indicates that the company is indeed working on building in support for Siri voice input on the Apple TV, as highlighted by 9to5Mac. The references are included in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1, but not in earlier releases such as iOS 7.0.6. The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple's internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature. As shown by Apple’s…
  • Apple's New 'Powerful' iPhone 5s Micro-Site Profiles Apps from Latest TV Ad

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Apple today unveiled a new section on its website dedicated to the "Powerful" ad that made its prime time television premiere on Tuesday. The commercial promotes the message that with the capabilities of the iPhone 5s "You're more powerful than you think." The accompanying website continues this "Powerful" theme that promotes the iPhone 5s as having the power "to create, shape, and share your life. The power to do everyday things in extraordinary ways, and to do extraordinary things every day." The new page includes both a high-definition version of the television commercial as well as links…
  • Sprint to Make All Devices Launched After February 11, 2015 Unlockable

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    In an updated unlocking FAQ found on its website (via Android Police), Sprint has stated that it will make all of its devices released after February 11, 2015 unlockable for use on other domestic networks such as AT&T or T-Mobile. The move is a part of the agreement that the five major U.S. wireless carriers and the Federal Communications Commission signed in December in order to allow customers to unlock their devices and switch carriers if they wish. I've been told by another carrier that Sprint needs to unlock my SIM slot in order to use my phone on the other carrier's network. For…
  • Apple Fixes FaceTime on Older Versions of OS X, iOS 6 Still Not Working

    Richard Padilla
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Apple tonight released an update for FaceTime on OS X [Direct Link], which resolves connections issues and is recommended for all FaceTime users currently running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The connection issues are presumably related to the problems reported last week which affected both older versions of OS X and iOS 6 versions of FaceTime. Apple, however, has not yet addressed the problems with FaceTime that are in iOS 6. While it is encouraging that Apple released an update for FaceTime for OS X 10.6, Apple support's recommendations for iOS 6 users has been to upgrade to iOS 7. One user has…
 
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
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  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done

    Sonia Simone
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    So if you clicked through to read this post, I’m going to make a couple of educated guesses about you. Maybe you’re smart and motivated and passionate. With all kinds of cool things you’d like to get done. But somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t. Maybe you’re great at ideas but lousy at execution. Talk a good game but don’t get the results you want. Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there. You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a…
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
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    Macworld

  • Reading List: Green machine

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    There’s plenty of news out there, and if you don’t slow down once in a while, you might miss it. Here are a few of the bigger stories making the rounds this Wednesday.iOS 7.1.1 Now Labels Apps with ‘In-App Purchases’ in Top Charts and Featured SectionsIf you’ve been browsing through the App Store in iOS 7.1.1, you may have noticed a minor change: Free apps with in-app purchases now list that fact in Top Charts and elsewhere. The change is no doubt in part spurred by the settlement that the company made with the U.S. government over unauthorized in-app purchases; hopefully, it’ll…
  • Skip the gym and enjoy quick workouts with the FitStar app

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Where once the gym reigned supreme, the iOS app has snuck in to play. More and more athletically-inclined people are opting to skip the showers and grimy mats in lieu of workouts in their own homes. It’s less time and less hassle, but (hopefully) produces similar results.I’ve been testing a wide variety of these fitness apps for Macworld, but I wanted to highlight my personal favorite so far (and the only one I’ve continued to use): FitStar.Like many other fitness apps, FitStar aims to help you improve your personal fitness and stamina with not much more than your own body weight. It…
  • Podcast: Green Day

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s podcast we ponder and cogitate on a variety of issues including the goodness of more Apple TV content and the not-so-goodness of an increasingly cumbersome Apple TV interface, technology of the future that’s a little bit icky, Tim Cook (and Apple) as sincere tree huggers, game exclusives at the iTunes and Google Play stores, and OH WOW NIKE KILLING FUELBAND THAT CAN MEAN ONLY ONE THING IWATCH IWATCH IWATCH!!!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Troubleshooting Yahoo/AT&T password issues

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Henry Ingram has a new problem with an old email account. He writes:What with all the security breaches going on I’ve been changing passwords. The problem is that I have an old email account that was taken over by AT&T a few years ago but is now run by Yahoo. I’ve had a heck of a time changing the password plus my iPad won’t accept the new one. Is there a way out of this misery? I’ve been in a similar situation and quite honestly the AT&T/Yahoo relationship in regard to account settings is a nightmare. You go to Yahoo to do something as simple as change your password…
  • Fix This App: R.B.I. Baseball needs to correct some errors before it's a hit

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Major League Baseball made a lot of nostalgic gamers very happy by reviving the classic R.B.I. Baseball franchise. But a few fixes to the mobile version would make gamers even happier.
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Blur Wars: Google's Camera App vs. The iPhone 5S And A Real Camera

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    You know when a photo has that fuzzy background thing going on and the subject is sharp while the rest looks all dreamy? That technique, usually achieved by setting a camera’s controls to a wide aperture—the smaller the f-stop number, the bigger the aperture—remains one of the easiest shortcuts to a photo that makes people go ooh. Not one to stand by tradition, Google just released a camera app for Android that does exactly the same thing—except you can adjust the focus and that dreamy blur effect after you take the picture. Ooh. Can Free Software Mimic Expensive Hardware? …
  • HBO Is Coming To Amazon—And You Don't Need To Be A HBO Subscriber

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Amazon on Wednesday announced a licensing agreement with HBO, which will bring a number of premium shows to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video Service and bring the HBO Go mobile app to the company’s new Fire TV set-top streaming box, which was announced and released earlier this month. "As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment. Given our longstanding relationship with Amazon, we couldn't think of a better partner to entrust with this valuable collection," said HBO's Glenn Whitehead, executive vice president of business and legal affairs, in…
  • My Fish Just Sent Me A Text Message

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Internet of Things makes it easy for us to monitor our homes. Today I’m taking that concept one step further—getting our homes to report back to us.  In early March, I wrote about using Raspberry Pi to quantify my fish tank—in short, I taught the $35 single-board computer to monitor the temperature of my home aquarium no matter where I was in the apartment. Of course, the limitations of this project were clear: I could only keep tabs on the tank while on my home network. What if I want my fish to text me when it needs my assistance?  See also: The Quantified Fish: How…
  • The Facebook Effect: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. On February 17, the day it was acquired by Facebook, the company said it had 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users. “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day,” WhatsApp said on its blog. “We…
  • Cancel The Funeral For The Mobile Web—It's Not Dead Yet

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Guest author Alex Salkever is head of product marketing and business development at Silk.co. This piece first appeared on his Tumblr. The venture capitalist and former entrepreneur Chris Dixon recently lamented the growing dominance of mobile apps as evidence that the open Web is on its deathbed. His logic went something like this: App use is crowding out use of the open Web on mobile devices App stores arbitrarily block whole classes of applications (i.e., Apple’s ban on Bitcoin-related apps) A "rich get richer" dynamic favors popular incumbent apps over innovative newcomers As a…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Cache Invalidation Strategies With Varnish Cache

    Per Buer
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” This article is about the harder of these two: cache invalidation. It’s directed at readers who already work with Varnish Cache. To learn more about it, you’ll find background information in “Speed Up Your Mobile Website With Varnish.” 10 microseconds (or 250 milliseconds): That’s the difference between delivering a cache hit and delivering a cache miss. How often you get the latter will depend on the efficiency of the cache — this is known as the…
  • Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

    Theresa Neil, Rich Malley
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me to speak with its mobile team. I spoke at a high level about the value of patterns across industries (fashion, architecture, software and others) and how they are a useful teaching tool. Alissa Briggs, a senior UX…
  • After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

    Paul Lloyd
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow…
  • What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

    tylerlongren2
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPress 3.9. Improved Widget Interface While the old widget interface set the standard for drag-and-drop UI when it was introduced, it was time for an overhaul. The developer…
  • Understanding CSS Timing Functions

    Stephen Greig
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    People of the world, strap yourself in and hold on tight, for you are about to experience truly hair-raising excitement as you get to grips with the intricacies of the hugely interesting CSS timing function! OK, so the subject matter of this article probably hasn’t sent your blood racing, but all jokes aside, the timing function is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to CSS animation, and you could well be surprised by just how much you can do with it. First of all, let’s set the scene and ensure we’re all familiar with the scenarios in which the timing function is relevant. As alluded…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Beno Saradzic!

    Brad Moore
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m originally from Slovenia but I’ve lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 1991.My background is in architectural visualization and illustration. For almost 2 decades, I worked in the Emirates, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and work was never scarce. I specialized in the creation of photo-realistic, computer generated renderings of master developments, buildings and interiors. Examples of the 3D CG architectural visualization workflow, 2007Somewhere around 2005, many real estate developers started to outsource architectural renderings and…
  • Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

    Scott Kelby
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign…
  • The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.I shared a couple of these on…
  • Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photoshop for Lightroom Users eBook – $12.99 Have you been on the fence about picking up Scott’s latest book, Photoshop for Lightroom Users? Now’s the time to grab it! It’s this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, and it can be yours for just $12.99! It’s on sale until Saturday, so get it before it’s too late. And leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of the eBook!Picture Perfect Beach Portraits with Tamara Lackey Join Tamara Lackey on the beach in her latest KelbyOne class, Picture Perfect Beach Portraits, to learn how to create…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to get Motivated to do more Photography

    Gavin Hardcastle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography? You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to. There are a few things you can do however, that ought to…
  • Contest – Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun!

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun! Every photo entrant receives a prize!!! Over the last several years here at dPS, we’ve run some very popular competitions. This week, we are very happy to bring you our latest photo contest, “Get Outside and Shoot” from Macphun, makers of award winning photo apps for Mac OS! EVERYONE is a WINNER! For this competition, Macphun is giving away a Grand Prize of an Olympus E-M10 Camera, photo submissions published on canvas, and Macphun photo apps of your choosing! Plus, EVERY entrant will receive a complimentary copy of ColorStrokes for…
  • Finding the Time to do Photography Part 1- Business Trip to Las Vegas

    Rick Berk
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park.Exposure: ISO 160, 4 minutes, at f/16. EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35 f/2.8L II. About a month ago, a question was posed on the DPS Facebook Page, “What is the number one obstacle to you taking better photos?” While some answered that they were unsure how to set exposure in Manual mode, and others thought their gear might be limiting them, the overwhelming number one answer was TIME.  In this day and age of being always on, always connected, and always on the go, it can be difficult to find time to do photography.  Like many, my day job,…
  • How to Plan the Perfect Portrait Shoot

    Andrew S. Gibson
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In my last article I gave you five reasons to use natural light for portraiture. The next step in creating the perfect portrait shoot is planning. The more details you figure out in advance, the more likely you are to come away from the shoot with some beautiful portraits to make you proud. Generating ideas The creative side of portrait photography is something that some photographers seem to find easy, and others really challenging. One approach to generating ideas is to look at the work of others and let their portraits inspire you. You’re probably familiar with the main photo sharing…
  • Improve Your Backgrounds – Improve Your Photography

    Piper Mackay
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The background in your image can quickly reveal your skill level as a photographer. Learning to see past an exotic or exciting subject, to catch the details in the background, is what will distinguish you from a beginning, hobbyist photographer to an experienced professional. The background in your image immediately stands out to a trained eye. Learning just this skill can very quickly elevate and improve your photography. Most times, the difference between a snapshot and a strong, compelling image can be as simple as one small step, slightly changing your perspective, or blurring out a…
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    Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

  • Apple patches Heartbleed for base stations and more news for April 23, 2014

    Dave Caolo
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A stunning new iPhone 5s campaign and safer AirPort base stations are in the news today. Apple has created a fantastic new iPhone film and accompanying micro-site. Entitled "Powerful," it features six impressive apps being used on the iPhone 5s:...
  • Apple releases "Powerful" new iPhone 5s ad

    Yoni Heisler
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Apple yesterday released a new iPhone 5s ad dubbed "Powerful." Set to the Pixies song "Gigantic", the ad shuffles through a variety of vignettes which showcase the myriad of interest ways consumers are using the iPhone 5s. The tagline appropriately...
  • iPhone 101: Troubleshooting iTunes error codes

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever encountered a weird error code when you connect your iPad or iPhone to your Mac? These may pop up when you are updating your iOS device software or backing up your iPad or iPhone to your Mac. Below you will find a list of these errors,...
  • YouTube Find: Animals go insane over the iPad

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all know how much cats love the iPad, but did you know that dogs, birds and lizards love it, too? Check out this entertaining compilation video below showcasing our furry and not-so-furry friends enjoying some quality time with everyone's favorite...
  • Daily App: Tipcognito is a tip calculator masquerading as email client

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let's face it, many people are horrible at calculating a tip. Not only is the math sometimes challenging, there also is the added pressure of trying to quickly calculate 18 percent of $17.23 while your dinner party stare you down because everyone but...
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • SmugMug Films: Master of illusions

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    We've been following SmugMug Films' ongoing behind-the-lens series and have found the clips to be an interesting look at people who follow their passions in photography. The latest installment features Joel Grimes. He's been a commercial advertising photographer for more than 30 years and is most known for his composite portraits. Grimes considers himself more than a photographer - an artist and illusionist, creating images that are larger than life. See video and read Q&A
  • Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    These days shots from a flying drone are a dime a dozen - when engagement shoots are being covered from a hovering photographic robot you know that the technology is ubiquitous. It's getting increasingly hard to impress someone with images or video from drones. So it's lucky that privately-owned SpaceX happens to own its own rockets because it gives them the ability to capture stunning video, like this launch and landing test of its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket. See video
  • NYC Department of Records archives showcase city's history

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the 900,000 plus images available online through the NYC Department of Records archives. Some are photographs of well-known icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, while others are Wee Gee-esque in their grit or as mundane as photos documenting local school buildings. Many of the images date back to the late 1800s. Learn more
  • Nikon Coolpix P340 real-world samples gallery

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The Coolpix P340 is Nikon's latest pocket enthusiast camera, featuring a large 1/1.7", 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and Raw image capture. The P340 has a versatile 5x (24-120mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom and a fast F1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization. We've spent a few days shooting with it to see if these specs add up to impressive performance. See gallery
  • Nokia device division may become 'Microsoft Mobile'

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services division, and in March both companies confirmed the $7.2 billion deal would be closed by the end of April. Now Windows Mobile Power User got hold of a leaked letter which Nokia supposedly had sent out to its suppliers in Finland. In the letter it says that the name of Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Super-Fast Browsing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anyone that’s ever been to one of my smaller workshops or editing photos next to me knows that, while I do most of my work in Lightroom, I usually look at my photos in Photo Mechanic first. Why? Mainly because Photo Mechanic is lightning fast at showing you your thumbnails and even higher quality photos than Lightroom. Now, I don’t do this all the time. When I have a few extra minutes, it’s actually much easier to import in to Lightroom and choose the Standard Previews option. As long as I give it a few minutes before looking through my photos, I can browse through them…
  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
  • 5 Random Little Things In Lightroom That Throw People Off

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    I’m on the plane to Indianapolis right now, heading to teach my Lightroom seminar tomorrow (well, today when you read this). As I’m reviewing my notes, I realized there’s a bunch of little random things that people will come up and ask about throughout the day. Things that throw people off, have them searching around needlessly for settings, or simply things/settings that were just accidentally clicked on. So I thought I’d recap the top 5 I hear about. 1) Info Display – By default, Lightroom wants to put your photo “info” over the photo. Personally I hate…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Catcher to Supply Apple With iPhone 6 Casings as Sales Estimates Climb to 70 Million

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    According to Chinese and Taiwanese media sources, Apple again is contracting with Catcher Technology to supply metal casings for the company's future smartphones, including the rumored iPhone 6. First noticed by GforGames, these reports were published this week in the Taipei Times and The China Post. Most notably, Catcher is predicted to supply Apple with 10.5 million iPhone 6 casings and 20 million casings for other iPhone models in 2014. These figures are thought to represent 15 percent of the total casings needed for the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple could ship as many as 70 million iPhone 6…
  • Viber Updates iOS App with Redesigned User Interface, Multiple Media Sharing

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Popular messaging service Viber today updated its iOS app to version 4.2, bringing a redesigned user interface for iOS 7 in addition to various new features. The app now includes multiple media sharing that allows users to send multiple photos and videos at once, in addition to the ability to block users and send longer video messages. A cross platform typing indicator has also been added. - Completely redesigned for iOS 7! The new look and feel is consistent with the aesthetic of iOS 7 that iPhone users have grown accustomed to. - Multiple media sharing in one flow. No more back and forth…
  • New Renders Show Off 'iPhone 6s' and 'iPhone 6c' Concepts

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Following a concept that showed off a possible look at the iPhone 6 based on recent leaked info, French website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and graphic designer Martin Hajek have once again teamed up to showcase renders for an "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6c", which are based off of Apple's current iPhones and alleged iPhone 6 design drawings posted by Japanese magazine MacFan. The renderings show iPhone 6s devices in gold and space grey colors, which retain the same tint as seen in the corresponding iPhone 5s models but adopt the thin, rounded profile that has been rumored for the iPhone 6.
  • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases

    Juli Clover
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Logitech today announced a new version of its Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover for the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display, offering a new design that includes a flexible multi-angle slot that allows the iPad to be adjusted to different viewing angles. The Logitech Ultrathin improves the flexibility and design of its predecessor with an even thinner and lighter keyboard cover and new flexible multi-angle slot that allows you to magnetically clip your iPad into the perfect viewing angle.Like previous versions of the keyboard, the new Logitech Ultrathin is just a fraction of…
  • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Nike is said to be trimming its Fuelband team as the company moves its efforts away from hardware in order to focus on its NikeFuel and Nike+ software. What is next for Nike for may be a partnership with Apple to produce a Nike fitness app that could pair with Apple's iWatch hardware, theorizes GigaOm.If Nike exits the physical wearable market, as now seems likely, Apple will be the primary sensor maker for Nike’s future wearable apps given the length and depth of the two companies’ close ties. Although there are a handful of Nike apps available for Android, there is no app (on any other…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark 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 March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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