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  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

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

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Nothing worse than waiting all year for that week at the ocean only to wade into water so cold, your lips turn blue. You could create your own little warm spot and save a walk to wherever the bathroom is, but that’s wrong, right? Wrong, according to the American Chemical Society, because, when ya think about it, all those ocean creatures are not using a Port-o-John, are they now? And, have you thought about how much a whale pees? On second thought, don’t think about that and just enjoy your vacation. Full story at YouTube via Geeks are Sexy. Weird science. Graphics credit: Canva
  • Those Free AOL CDs Were a Campaign for Web Domination. It Worked.

    Mashable
    Alex Hazlett
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    For his day job, Brian McCullough is the CEO of ResumeWriters.com and has founded several companies in the online careers space. He started the Internet History Podcast as a crowd-sourced history project in February of this year. You can subscribe to the podcast here. Jan Brandt is a legend in the world of marketing. She singlehandedly led the famous AOL “carpet-bombing” campaign that put millions of AOL trial discs and CDs in everything from magazines to popcorn boxes to banks. In the most recent episode of the Internet History Podcast, I spoke to Jan about this famous campaign,…
  • Tesla Update Could Let Owners Start Cars With Only An iPhone

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    A document reportedly detailing an upcoming firmware release suggests Tesla's iPhone app could start the Model S car.An upcoming firmware release to Tesla's Model S electric sedan could allow owners to start the car with an iPhone app.Read Full Story
  • Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    TechCrunch
    Kyle Russell
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
     Today, Facebook is rolling out analytics for App Links, its initiative to make it easier for developers to link to specific content in partnership with Parse (which it purchased last year) and Mixpanel. The data available is still rather simple, but it’s a first step to convincing developers that they should use it to send traffic between apps. Read More
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  • Rock on! American Chemical Society okays peeing in the ocean [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Nothing worse than waiting all year for that week at the ocean only to wade into water so cold, your lips turn blue. You could create your own little warm spot and save a walk to wherever the bathroom is, but that’s wrong, right? Wrong, according to the American Chemical Society, because, when ya think about it, all those ocean creatures are not using a Port-o-John, are they now? And, have you thought about how much a whale pees? On second thought, don’t think about that and just enjoy your vacation. Full story at YouTube via Geeks are Sexy. Weird science. Graphics credit: Canva
  • 25 writers who wrote beautiful literature before they were 25

    Josh Urich
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve read Michael Chabon’s Mysteries of Pittsburg, then you know it’s a beautiful work of art. You might not want to know that he wrote it before twenty-five, because that would bum you out. Ooops, sorry. Similarly, Gore Vidal was 22 when he wrote Yellow Wood. Wait, there’s no way that Jonathan Safran Foer was under twenty-five when he wrote Everything is Illuminated. Seriously? What have we all done with our lives? And Jane Austen with Sense and Sensibility? Oy! See more at the full article. Full story at Flavorwire. More great literature. Photo credit: Canva
  • LSD experiment on housewife circa 1956 [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Someone out there is about to find out grandma wasn’t doing volunteer work when she spent the afternoon at L.A.’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital back in the mid-1950′s, though Mom probably knew thanks to this segment of a housewife being dosed with LSD appearing on a television show about mental illness back in the day. This experiment was part of the work of Dr. Sidney Cohen, who also supervised the trip of the founder of Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Bill Wilson, who believed LSD could hold the key to providing those struggling with addiction a moment of…
  • Cautionary tale to keep your hexacopter below the clouds [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Stefan Ekstam learned the hard way that it’s best to keep one’s drone safely below cloud cover or at least out of populated areas when one gives the crazier experiments a try. In his attempt to fly beyond the clouds over Sweden (where the rules on drones are different from those in the U.S.), he loses control and fortunately lands where the hexacopter didn’t cause damage to any persons or property. He emphasizes in the description that he HAS learned his lesson and won’t be trying anything like this again, and, as you can see from the video, it’s pretty much the…
  • Understanding population densities around the world [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you were to pack the entire world’s population into the state of Texas, the population density would be the same as New York City. San Francisco’s population density is a bit better: the world’s population could fit in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Take a look at the infographic below to get a better idea of how people in Paris, London, and Singapore live. Take a look at the full article, linked below, to see how much land we’d need if the world lived like some of the more spread out cities.   Full story at Per Square Mile. More great trivia. Photo…
 
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  • Those Free AOL CDs Were a Campaign for Web Domination. It Worked.

    Alex Hazlett
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    For his day job, Brian McCullough is the CEO of ResumeWriters.com and has founded several companies in the online careers space. He started the Internet History Podcast as a crowd-sourced history project in February of this year. You can subscribe to the podcast here. Jan Brandt is a legend in the world of marketing. She singlehandedly led the famous AOL “carpet-bombing” campaign that put millions of AOL trial discs and CDs in everything from magazines to popcorn boxes to banks. In the most recent episode of the Internet History Podcast, I spoke to Jan about this famous campaign,…
  • 40+ Tech Events From Dallas to Las Vegas

    Kristen Kampetis
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Mashable Events Board is a great place to find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week we're highlighting five events that we think can help move your career forward. If you don't find something below that's right for you, check out the dozens of event listings on our board. You can sort listings by date added, receive exclusive discounts and watch videos of past events to get previews of what to expect. Also follow @MashableEvents on Twitter to catch the best events before they sell out. Gigaom Structure Connect…
  • 8 Vines of Transformations Happening Before Your Very Eyes

    Annie Park
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    We partnered with Hewlett-Packard for this week's Mashable Vine Challenge, in which we asked you to create tricky transformations in stop-motion or clever live-action videos We saw turns, flips, slides and just pure magic in these Vines. Food items vanished, objects grew out from other objects, plants and animals transformed. It was an impressive collection of submissions, to say the least Take a look at the videos shared using the hashtag #HPBendTheRules. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Fruit Magic 2. The Proverbs 3. Transforming My Tripod Into a Sound-Stitching Rig Read more... 4.
  • How to Make Your Own Dancing Baby Groot

    Andrea Romano
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    You don't need CGI to grow your own sentient tree friend. The arboreal superhero from Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the most popular character to come out of the franchise — especially in his twig-like, baby form. Patrick Delahanty, creator of AnimeCons.com, was so much of a fan he had to create a Groot of his own. See also: You, Too, Can Grow a Dancing Groot in Your Backyard Using an old desk toy and some common craft supplies, Delahanty provided us with his tutorial to help you create your own DIY army of Groots Fair warning: The base used for this DIY — a Movin' &…
  • Facebook Launching 'Mentions Box' Device During Emmys

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    LOS ANGELES — Like a child shaking an Etch A Sketch with both hands, celebrities on Monday's Emmys red carpet will be shaking a new toy created by Facebook. Facebook told Mashable that on Aug. 25 it will debut the Facebook Mentions Box, an interactive device that stars will wield to answer questions from fans. It's similar to the InstaStop Video Q&A Station that Instagram launched at the Golden Globes in January. See also: Emmys 2014: The Complete List of Nominations Though the Facebook Mentions Box will be used for the first time at the Emmys, anchor Katie Couric is already slated…
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    Fast Company

  • Tesla Update Could Let Owners Start Cars With Only An iPhone

    Alice Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    A document reportedly detailing an upcoming firmware release suggests Tesla's iPhone app could start the Model S car.An upcoming firmware release to Tesla's Model S electric sedan could allow owners to start the car with an iPhone app.Read Full Story
  • It Would Cost Each User $232 A Year For An Ad-Free Internet, Study Finds

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    An advertising company you probably haven't heard of crunched the numbers.We all know that ads are the lifeblood of the Internet. Annoying? Sure. You'd be hard-pressed, though, to find anyone who didn't understand that they were a necessary evil.Read Full Story
  • SoundCloud Ads Are Coming

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    But will they drive users away?SoundCloud is finally growing up.Read Full Story
  • "Don't Skimp on Coffee": A CTO's Plea

    Matt Holford
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Unsure of whether to take the job? Try checking the office coffee situation.I'm hooked on coffee. So is my career.Read Full Story
  • Inside the Coffee Renaissance in Colombia

    Jessica Weiss
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    The South American giant is starting to enjoy the fruits of its labor. A dispatch from the increasingly lively Colombian coffee scene.On a Saturday afternoon in Bogotá's upscale Parque de la 93 neighborhood, a line of people extends out the front door of the country's first Starbucks. The cafe, a three floor, 2,700-square-foot space, opened just last month and is an impressive celebration of Colombian coffee. It's the first Starbucks in the world to serve only locally sourced beans, offered in five varieties. A 19-foot mural, painted in coffee pigment and acrylic by Colombian artist Luis…
 
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  • Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Kyle Russell
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
     Today, Facebook is rolling out analytics for App Links, its initiative to make it easier for developers to link to specific content in partnership with Parse (which it purchased last year) and Mixpanel. The data available is still rather simple, but it’s a first step to convincing developers that they should use it to send traffic between apps. Read More
  • Restaurant Discovery Service Zomato Eats Its Way Into Central And Eastern Europe With Two Acquisitions

    Steve O'Hear
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
     Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service that’s raised a whopping $55 million in VC, is adding a presence in Central and Eastern Europe by means of two local acquisitions. Read More
  • Achieving Anonymity Online Remains Difficult Despite Evolving Privacy Tools

    Tomás Touceda
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
     Some things are best kept secret. But when it comes to your online activities, can you ever truly conceal your identity? A variety of tools and best practices can help you achieve some level of privacy when surfing the web, but it is nearly impossible to ensure that your online activities remain completely anonymous. Read More
  • Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Cat Zakrzewski
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
     Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity reports. In comparison, Twitter’s tech employees are 10 percent female, and those numbers are only slightly better at Snapchat (about 15 percent), Facebook (15 percent) and Google (17 percent). Both Pinterest and eBay both reported… Read More
  • Instagram Starts Offering Essential Ad Tools At Last

    Sarah Perez
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
     Facebook-owned Instagram is making itself more advertising-friendly today with the rollout of a suite of business tools aimed at brands which offer insights and analytics related to their use of the image-sharing network. Included in the suite are tools that show a business’s reach and impressions, as well as engagement, plus the performance of paid ad campaigns. Specifically,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
  • Squidthanks

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

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

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a guest contribution from Sonja Jobson. This might sound familiar: you’re staring at a blank screen, panic slowly rising, headache setting in, mind blank. You’re due to publish a blog post but you have absolutely no idea what to write about. Again. The “writers block” cycle can put a serious cramp in your blogging style, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a mysterious ailment with no known cure. In most cases, writers block is a direct result of poor planning. This is good news, because it means that with correct planning, you can skip right over the blank screen and…
  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

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

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

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

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

  • Which is Better: Ebooks or Paper Books?

    Patrick Allan
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    With the advance of phones, tablets, and ereaders, ebooks have become a popular reading standard. Still, there's something about the feel of an old-fashioned paper book. Which do you think is the best?Read more...
  • Send a Thank You Letter After a Job Rejection

    Melanie Pinola
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Whether emailed or handwritten , a quick thank you note sent to your interviewer after the interview could improve your chances of getting the job. Even if you don't get the job, though, it's smart to send a note of thanks. Read more...
  • What's the Best Way to Finance My Home Improvement Projects?

    Melanie Pinola
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dear Lifehacker,I have a few remodeling projects I want to get done soon, but I'm not sure how I'm going to pay for it all. Are the "zero percent interest" loans or credit card offers right for this? Or should I apply for a new home loan, like a home equity loan or line of credit? What's the difference between all of these financing options?Read more...
  • Upgrade Your Kitchen, Protect Your Valuables, Go to a Movie [Deals]

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    We haven't found evidence of a particular promotion, but several highly-rated Cuisinart kitchen appliances are down to their lowest prices ever today. Read more...
  • This DIY Headphone Holder Is Easy to Make, Built from Reclaimed Wood

    Alan Henry
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    It's definitely more complicated than a couple of hooks in the wall or under your desk , but this DIY headphone holder has a lot of personality, was made from a block of reclaimed firewood, and, according to Instructables user mikeasaurus, was pretty easy to make. Read more...
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  • Apple in Talks With Insurance Companies Over HealthKit Partnership

    Juli Clover
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In addition to seeking partnerships with several different hospitals and health institutions for its HealthKit initiative, Apple is also speaking with major U.S. insurance companies like UnitedHealth and Humana. In a report on rising medical costs and partnerships between insurance providers, corporate employers, and fitness device makers, Bloomberg suggests that Apple has spoken with insurance companies about HealthKit, but no specifics on the conversation were provided. The focus of the piece, highlighting the insurance perks that companies can offer to employees with healthy habits,…
  • Apple Job Postings Point Towards Continued Work on Voice Over LTE

    Juli Clover
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Several new job listings suggest Apple is continuing to work on building support for Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) into its line of mobile devices. VoLTE is designed to allow carriers to send voice calls over LTE networks, right alongside data. On the consumer end, this results in higher quality voice calls and faster call connection times. Subscribers on CDMA networks (Sprint and Verizon) will further benefit from VoLTE, as it allows the simultaneous use of data and voice, something that's not currently possible. First discovered by LightReading (via Gigaom) job openings at Apple include Cellular…
  • Apple Releases Second OS X Yosemite Public Beta, iTunes 12 Update

    Juli Clover
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Apple today released the second Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the sixth Developer Preview earlier this week. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12 for Yosemite. The software update, build 14A329r, can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. It's likely the new public beta bundles the content introduced in the last several developer updates, including multiple design changes added with DP 6. The last beta included new wallpapers, a new System Preferences design, a translucent dashboard, several icon updates, and…
  • Lawyers Researching Possible Class Action Lawsuit Over 2011 MacBook Pro Graphics Issues

    Eric Slivka
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Back in January, we profiled growing concerns from owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models over failing graphics chips and system crashes. While Apple has assisted some customers with logic board replacements, the issues have been known to reoccur after servicing and some users have been faced with expensive repair bills to address the problem. With a Facebook group exceeding 2,200 members and a change.org petition requesting a more substantial response from Apple having surpassed 10,000 signatures, the issue appears to be a fairly widespread one, and now lawyers are getting…
  • Apple Reveals Furthers Details on Reversible USB Cable With Flexible Internal Connector

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published another Apple patent application that describes a reversible USB connector with a "double orientation design." (Via AppleInsider) Today's patent application, filed in February and titled "Reversible USB Connector with Compliant Member to Spread Stress and Increase Contact Normal Force," differs slightly from a separate application made a few weeks earlier by highlighting a key design detail that adds flexibility to the USB connector contacts. According to the patent description, the USB connector would feature a flexible tongue allowing it…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • How Can I Focus Better?

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

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

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

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

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

  • 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

    Henneke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are your blog posts helping you win clients? Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. But are your blog posts working for your business? Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads. Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I stumbled upon this four-step formula, and how you can apply this method to your business. Ready to start winning new clients? Step 1: Forget about generating leads Running a…
  • 3 Lessons Learned From a Titan of Copywriting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hands-on with Swing Copters, the Flappy Bird creator's vertical (and very frustrating) new game

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Is it another smash hit, or does this one-tap successor crash and burn?
  • Shadowgate review: This castle still wants to kill you, 25 years later

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    "You have chosen poorly, young Jair," says the screen, flashing an image of grinning Death. I hate him. I hate his bony little skeleton face so much. I've seen it at least ten times in the last hour and a half, each time listening to his snide comment about my demise.I've been burned to a crisp by a dragon. I've been shot by an arrow from the dark. I've had a rickety wooden bridge burned from under me. Even nonlethal occurrences might as well be—I've heard the screams of a banshee and come under a curse, I've seen an enormous spider frozen to the ceiling, I've gazed upon the face of a…
  • New browser extension warns you when articles are paid for by advertisers

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Native advertising and sponsored content is a big trend at news sites these days. A new browser extension helps let you know when what you're reading is not editorial content.
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Thanks, Hanks

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks, HanksThis week, America’s Greatest Living Actor introduces a new app that will make your iPad seem a little more old-fashioned. Plus we have apps for style, food, entertainment, and more.FoliaThis free iPad app is made for writing and creating, and to connect your words to ideas that support them: The “authoring tool” lets you link to other webpages, yes, but also to other documents—in any number of file formats—and even annotate the documents to which you’re linking. The result? Documents that convey “richer connections” than the same old hyperlinks you’re used to.
  • How low can you go?

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Writing for ZDNet, Ken Hess reports in from the home office in Crazytown, USA.“Where’s Apple’s ‘Chromebook’? The need for a cheap Apple product” (tip o’ the antlers to Chris Breen). If you own any Apple devices, it’s likely that you didn’t buy them at a significant discount or at a cost savings. It’s obvious from Apple’s earliest days that its founders didn’t care much for the low cost market, but I think that’s about to change and the humble Chromebook is the breaking point product.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Baby, You Can Crash My Simulated Car

    Matt Asay
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Sure, some day Google may well drive us around. But today we drive ourselves, assisted by roughly 60 to 100 sensors per car, a number expected to mushroom to 200 per car by 2020, or 22 billion in-vehicle sensors worldwide. While all this data has the potential to become a privacy nightmare, it also presents a quandary for developers. Our cars are already eminently hackable in the worst sense of that word, as researchers at Black Hat recently presented. But they're also hackable in the positive sense, as Carvoyant, a Florida-based startup aims to show. See also: Volkswagen: "The Car…
  • Why FitStar Decided Its Workout Algorithm Needed To Shape Up

    Owen Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series in which ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.If Dave Grijalva were a drug dealer, I'd say he's getting high on his own supply.In fact, Grijalva is the CTO and cofounder of FitStar, a San Francisco-based fitness-app developer. Take one look at this tall, buff, bearded dude, and it's pretty clear he's partaking in the merchandise—the do-anywhere bodyweight workouts generated by FitStar Personal Trainer. In the past year, I've watched Grijalva go from your stereotypical doughy programmer—he used to develop video games—to a…
  • Guess Who’s Bringing Gigabit Broadband To Google’s Backyard?

    Adriana Lee
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    It’s rather ironic that, apart from a small Stanford neighborhood, Google’s own home region can't take advantage of the company’s super high-speed Google Fiber Internet access. No matter. AT&T is stepping in to fill the gap.See also: The Genius Of Google FiberThe carrier announced Wednesday that it would bring its U-verse GigaPower gigabit broadband service to the Silicon Valley area. Google's home base of Mountain View, Calif., won't benefit from this, though. Instead, AT&T picked Cupertino, home to Google's chief rival these days—Apple. Cupertino Gets More Fiber In…
  • Want A Job In Tech? Become A Linux Expert

    Matt Asay
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Over the past 20 years, Linux has ascended from a Finnish student's hobby to the world's most dominant operating system—one that runs everything from high-performance computing to mobile. Yet companies still can't get the Linux talent they need, at least for the price they're willing to pay for it.See also: Keep Learning Linux—It's The FutureTo help meet this demand, the Linux Foundation today announced a new Linux certification program. But you have to wonder whether this is anything but a stopgap.The Need For LinuxA quick glance at Indeed.com job postings suggests that demand for…
  • Twitter Tightens Photo Policies Following High-Profile Deaths

    Selena Larson
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Twitter is tightening its policies on harassment and graphic imagery following the deaths of Robin Williams and U.S. journalist James Foley, who was reportedly beheaded by jihadis in Syria. On Tuesday, the company stated it will now remove certain images of deceased individuals at the family's request.Twitter announced its clarified guidelines on images of deceased Twitter users soon after graphic images reportedly depicted Foley's beheading by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began circulating on the social media site. Twitter quickly deleted the images…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • What 22 Billion Newsletters Tell Us About Designing For Mobile Email

    Ros Hodgekiss
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do you know which platforms and email clients to focus on when creating an email newsletter for yourself or a client? Using the data from over 22 billion email subscribers, we determined what designers should prioritize, both this year and beyond. In this article, we’ll interpret the numbers from our “Email Marketing Trends401” report to help designers like you make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t in email newsletters. Here are some of the things we’ll cover: Which email clients and platforms should we be supporting now? Does responsive design matter for email…
  • Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

    Alok Jain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well. Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each…
  • Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

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

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

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

  • 2 U.S. Ebola patients released

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    "I am thrilled to be alive," says Dr. Kent Brantly. "Today is a miraculous day." A woman who also recovered from Ebola was discharged from the same Atlanta hospital Tuesday.
  • ISIS holds other Western hostages

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    American journalist James Foley was beheaded by his ISIS captors to send a message to the Western world. And he is not the only Westerner held by the militant group.
  • International hunt for killer under way

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Linguistics experts say the accent of the man who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley indicates he is from southeast England or London, perhaps the capital's East End.
  • Fiery debate over CNN coverage

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Rapper Talib Kweli gets in a heated debate with CNN's Don Lemon about media coverage of the Ferguson protests.
  • Fiery debate over CNN coverage

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Rapper Talib Kweli talks with CNN's Don Lemon about protests in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of Michael Brown.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Free Expo Pass for Photoshop World Las Vegas If you can’t attend the full three-day training conference, you can still take part in the Free Expo that’s headed for Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Check out the show floor, packed with free classes, product demos, and exclusive show specials from the hottest names in the industry. The Expo hits Vegas September 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Register now for your free pass! Photographing Motion Indoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera in an indoor…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jason Groupp!

    Brad Moore
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photos by Peter HurleyHowdy folks! I hope you’re having a great summer! Here in NYC I feel like we’ve had a bit more rain than in the past, but all in all it’s been a very pleasant season, albeit a fast one! I feel like we were just celebrating Memorial Day, and now I’m suddenly busy preparing for Photoshop World in just a few weeks! Yikes! If you come see me speak, I promise to fill your head with loads of information about OCF (Off Camera Flash) geekiness, but today I’m going to talk to you about that moving target we call the work/life balance. So if you’re here today to learn…
  • Why Isn’t There a Photo Walk In My City?

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

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

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

  • 20 More Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know

    Oded Wagenstein
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pick up Oded’s new SnapnGuide (a dPS sister company) Snapn Travel here for only $7, a lifetime of travel memories in a snap. Traveling is fun and rewarding, but sharing memories of your journeys with friends, family, and the world through your own beautiful images can be even better. Georgia (the country) Here are 20 more tips for great travel photography: (You can read Part One 20 Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know here) Before you go: 1. Make the visual decisions For most of us, deciding where and when to go is based on many decisions, not necessarily related to…
  • How to Fix Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom 5

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon caused by distortion of the lens. Basically, it is a failure of the lens to focus all the colors to the same convergence point. The effect can be generally seen in dark edges adjacent to bright areas of an image; it looks like an out-of-focus ghost of magenta or purple color. In photography this is also called “purple fringing”. The quality of the optic plays an important role here, as not all lenses will produce the same effect. This problem tends to manifest much more in zoom lenses with variable aperture. However, no lens is exempt from…
  • Tips for Taking Great Portraits in 10 Minutes or Less

    Melinda Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yes, you read that right. 10 minutes tops (not counting editing time), and you could have a set of photos worthy to hang on the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you that every session should be that speedy, but sometimes that’s all the time you have. Maybe you’re dealing with some kids that aren’t too happy about being there, and 10 minutes is all they’re going to give you before the meltdown. Maybe you’ve got awful weather, and you’ve got 10 minutes before the tornado hits. Maybe you decide 10 minutes before the sun goes down that…
  • Review of The Promote Control for Time Lapse and Focus Stacking

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

    Dylan Goldby
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The bride’s most prized possession for the wedding day A visual story, although no longer used as frequently in magazines or media, is a powerful way to give your viewer a taste of a situation without having to be there. It’s also a great way to challenge yourself to produce a coherent body of work. A collection of images, or picture story, can be engrossing and tell a story far beyond what a single image could do. Think back to a recent trip you took, a night out with your significant other, a favourite book or film. Try to describe it to an audience using only overarching…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Daily Deals for August 21, 2014, featuring discounts on three Mac utility apps

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • Crowdfunding Roundup: Sensors, battery packs, trackers, and a poll

    Steven Sande
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...
  • Tesla may soon let you start your car with your iPhone

    Mike Wehner
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you're obsessed with feeling like a secret agent, you might already be interested in one of Tesla's sexy electric cars, but if these images of the company's upcoming 6.0 software update are to be believed, you're going to really want one. That's...
  • Walmart is selling the iPhone 5c for $0.79

    John-Michael Bond
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    If you're in the market for a new iPhone and you don't care about getting the latest model, Walmart has a great deal for you. Engadget is reporting that for the next 90 days Walmart will be selling the iPhone 5c at a staggeringly low $0.79, with a...
  • Your iPhone could help you find where you parked your car

    Mike Wehner
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Two freshly published Apple patents might make your next visit to the mall a bit less stressful. "Automatic Identification of Vehicle Location" and "Vehicle Location In Weak Signal Scenarios" -- which were both filed in early 2013 and became public...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Where's the red dot? Leica releases new M-P Digital rangefinder

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Under the slogan 'Perfect understatement' Leica has quietly released a new M-series rangefinder, the M-P Digital (240). Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and 2GB of built-in RAM, Leica claims that the new M-P digital is 'twice as fast' as the standard M (Typ 240). The original Leica MP (no hypen) announced in 2003, took the film M-series back to its 1950s roots by featuring unflashy ergonomics inspired by the M3. The new model updates the same approach, omitting the iconic Leica red dot. Click through for more details.
  • Sony a7S used to shoot Chevrolet commercial

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Film industry accessory manufacturer Cinoflex was recently tasked with rigging up a new Sony a7S mirrorless camera for use on a Chevrolet commercial. After some testing, the Cinoflex Type SA7S Camera System was created to allow the filmmakers to attach the necessary range of auxiliary equipment needed on a high budget commercial shoot. Read more
  • 'Cities at Night' project puts citizens to work identifying images of Earth

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Got a few minutes to spare? You've got enough time on your hands to help a group of researchers tackle a massive problem. Cities at Night is a project aiming to recruit help from ordinary citizens in classifying images of Earth at night taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. An effort of Universidad Complutense de Madrid staff and students, their main goal is to better understand and reduce light pollution. See how you can help
  • Lensbaby announces availability of LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for mobile and Sweet 50 optic

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Lensbaby has announced that its LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for mobile devices is available immediately through its online store and retailers worldwide. The LM-10 concept was unveiled back in April with a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than twice the amount needed to see the lens go into production. Alongside the LM-10, Lensbaby has also announced the Sweet 50 optic. The Sweet 50, a selective-focus 50mm lens, works with Lensbaby's Optic Swap System and is also available now. Read more
  • Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Google's Photo Sphere feature for capturing 360° spheric panoramas was launched in 2012 with the camera app in Android 4.2. Since then it has only been available for devices running Google's mobile OS - until now. The Photo Sphere team at Google has just launched a version for Apple's iOS devices, dramatically increasing the potential user base of its app. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period

    Richard Padilla
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Walmart will begin offering the 16 GB iPhone 5c for $0.97 with a two-year contract during the next 90 days, reports Engadget. The move by the retailer follows a permanent discount of the 16GB iPhone 5c to $29 in June, as Walmart will offer the special pricing to customers on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular. The company is also dropping the on-contract price of the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, down from $99. It is likely that these new price drops are being done to get rid of existing inventory before the introduction of the iPhone 6, which will be unveiled on September 9 and…
  • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models

    Juli Clover
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Best Buy is running a one-day sale on all of its iPad Air models, discounting the prices by $75 across the board. With the discount, the price on the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air is $424.99, down from $499, while the price on the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air drops down from $629 to $554.99. While these aren't the lowest prices that we've ever seen on Apple's iPad Air models, they are the most significant discount that's been offered in the past few months. Best Buy also offers $50 off all iPad models through its educational site, which means…
  • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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