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  • MythButsters tests the Breaking Bad finale [video]

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    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Breaking Bad finale was, arguably, in the top three television finales of all time. Everything ended perfectly. Or was it perfect? The MythBusters guy check out Walt's actions in that last episode and see what's realistic and what isn't. In other words, how smart was Walt, really? The post MythButsters tests the Breaking Bad finale [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Boeing shows off weapon for destroying drones with a freaking laser

    Mashable
    Chris Perkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rouge drones, meet Boeing's Compact Laser Weapons System Boeing showed off its Compact Laser Weapons System this week. It's a portable laser weapon that can take drones out of the sky by directing a precise blast of heat energy. The weapon takes 15 minutes to set up and around 15 seconds to take down a drone. See also: See the U.S. Navy's terrifying new laser weapon in action The system consists of four main components: A 2-kilowatt fiber laser, a beam director, a water-cooled chiller and a beam director, all transportable in a variety of vehicles. Weight reduction was a main goal of of…
  • Apple Music Exec Ian Rogers Steps Down

    Fast Company
    Pavithra Mohan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple's Beats 1 radio station and nudging the company to take on Spotify.Ian Rogers, a key music executive at Apple, has resigned from the company, the Financial Times reports. The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station and helping the company move into the Spotify-dominated streaming music market.Read Full Story
  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    TechCrunch
    Anna Escher
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
     This week’s headlines saw the stock market plunge, Facebook’s new digital personal assistant, the launch of YouTube Gaming, and more. These are the stories to catch you up on tech news. Read More
  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • MythButsters tests the Breaking Bad finale [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Breaking Bad finale was, arguably, in the top three television finales of all time. Everything ended perfectly. Or was it perfect? The MythBusters guy check out Walt's actions in that last episode and see what's realistic and what isn't. In other words, how smart was Walt, really? The post MythButsters tests the Breaking Bad finale [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 7 tips to stop over-planning

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    "Make a list" tops endless advice columns on how to get organized or be more productive, yet there is such a thing as overplanning, which can lead to more stress when inevitable changes shift the most carefully prepared agenda. The post 7 tips to stop over-planning appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Middle school quarterback throws touchdown with pro moves [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Why are we featuring a lowly middle school athlete? Because this kid is an absolute pro. He flipped (literally) his way out of a tackle, and then he threw a touchdown. Keep an eye on him in the future. The post Middle school quarterback throws touchdown with pro moves [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • A mantidfly, cross between a wasp and a praying mantis, is surprisingly cute [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The mantidfly looks like a wasp and a praying mantis had a baby. You might imagine that it would look horrifying, but in reality the little guy is totally harmless and really cute. The post A mantidfly, cross between a wasp and a praying mantis, is surprisingly cute [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Holocaust trauma genetically passed to next generation

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Do we each get a clean slate, genetically speaking, the moment sperm meets egg? The answer appears to be "No" according to new research from New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, where the children of Holocaust survivors were found to have marked genetic differences that their peers whose parents did not experience this kind of severe trauma. The post Holocaust trauma genetically passed to next generation appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Boeing shows off weapon for destroying drones with a freaking laser

    Chris Perkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rouge drones, meet Boeing's Compact Laser Weapons System Boeing showed off its Compact Laser Weapons System this week. It's a portable laser weapon that can take drones out of the sky by directing a precise blast of heat energy. The weapon takes 15 minutes to set up and around 15 seconds to take down a drone. See also: See the U.S. Navy's terrifying new laser weapon in action The system consists of four main components: A 2-kilowatt fiber laser, a beam director, a water-cooled chiller and a beam director, all transportable in a variety of vehicles. Weight reduction was a main goal of of…
  • Upcoming Chrome update kills autoplay on tabs in the background

    Ronald Chavez
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    The latest developer version of Google's Chrome browser kills one of the most hated things on the Internet: background audio from videos playing in other tabs. The news comes by way of a Google+ post from a member of the Chrome team. For the lucky few not familiar, these are are videos that will play as soon as you load up a website — whether or not you want them to or even if you're looking at that particular tab. As anyone who has begun a YouTube binge knows, as soon as you queue up a million videos in tabs, they'll all start playing. See also: Google's Chrome to start auto-pausing…
  • A 'Borderlands' movie is in the works — but how will it serve fans?

    Adam Rosenberg
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Imagine if Mad Max: Fury Road had been realized as an absurdist gross-out comedy focused on gun porn and casual murder. That's what a Borderlands movie ought to look like. The wildly successful first-person shooter role-playing game, which has spawned a sequel, a spin-off and a "Pre-Sequel" is now headed to theaters under the guidance of Lionsgate and producer Avi Arad. There's not much to say yet on the movie's story, though Variety notes that Lionsgate sees Borderlands as a "tentpole" blockbuster, meaning it's likely to arrive during the spring/summer…
  • 'Dark Knight' fan theory paints The Joker as a misunderstood hero

    Andrea Romano
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Maybe the Joker isn't such a bad guy after all. A fan theory on Reddit posted by user generalzee poses a very interesting theory that turns The Joker from psychopathic villain to misunderstood hero in The Dark Knight. See also: 'Friends' fan theory gives sitcom twisted alternate ending In generalzee's opinion, Gotham was "a mess. Entire sections of the city were closed off due to madness, organized crime ran rampant, and the majority of important city officials were wildly corrupt." Over the course of two films, it was The Joker and not Batman who ultimately cleans up the city. The user began…
  • New app Arro lets you hail a yellow NYC taxi with no surge pricing

    Chris Perkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    The New York Taxi industry runs the risk of being completely disrupted by Uber, but now a new hope emerges. It's called Arro, and it has partnered with one of the major providers of payment systems in New York City cabs, Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT), reports Crain's. The service is currently being beta tested and will be available in the coming weeks. See also: Ethically, is Uber a better choice than a taxi? Like Uber, a user opens up an app, inputs their destination and a driver in a yellow or green NYC taxi comes to pick them up. Uber also offers a service that lets you hail a normal…
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    Fast Company

  • Apple Music Exec Ian Rogers Steps Down

    Pavithra Mohan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple's Beats 1 radio station and nudging the company to take on Spotify.Ian Rogers, a key music executive at Apple, has resigned from the company, the Financial Times reports. The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station and helping the company move into the Spotify-dominated streaming music market.Read Full Story
  • Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Rose Pastore
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    What happened this week? Here's our quiz for August 28, 2015.Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
  • New Installation Invades Central London With 100,000 Balloons

    Meg Miller
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Charles Pétillon's Heartbeat looks like a giant cumulonimbus cloud hovering above visitors' heads at London's Covent Garden.Paris-based artist Charles Pétillon has a reputation for filling abandoned spaces with ethereal balloon formations. For his first installation in a public space and his largest undertaking to date, Heartbeat, he injects London's lively and historic Covent Garden with 100,000 hovering white balloons.Read Full Story
  • How Goodwill Is Refining Its Stores To Appeal To A Wider Audience

    Meg Miller
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    The charity organization has been opening stylish, well-curated boutique stores in affluent areas in an effort to expand their retail operation.Upon entering Rare, a boutique in Anaheim, California, customers are greeted with chicly dressed mannequins and standing racks full of designer clothing. Vintage furniture is arranged in a lounge area in the corner, below a cluster of hanging succulents. In the back of the store, behind a set of very DIY-looking book shelves that double as a reading area, a sign printed on a wall of stacked books boasts, "We are anything but ordinary. We are…
  • Free Reddit Check Tests Your Online Self For Terribleness

    Mark Wilson
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Misogyny. Racism. Reddit can be a bad place. Has it rubbed off on you?It was the most nervous I've been on the Internet in a long time. I barely use Reddit. And when I do, it's not exactly to share virtual high fives at recently defunct cesspools of racism like #coontown. But typing my username into FreeRedditCheck, knowing that it was about to scan years of my Reddit history and assign me a percentage score for "Terrible." Bloggers have weird browsing histories, okay?Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Anna Escher
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
     This week’s headlines saw the stock market plunge, Facebook’s new digital personal assistant, the launch of YouTube Gaming, and more. These are the stories to catch you up on tech news. Read More
  • NYC Taxis Are Testing An Uber-Like App Called Arro

    Jordan Crook
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
     The battle between yellow cabs and Uber cars is about to get that much spicier. According to Crains New York, a new app called Arro is being beta tested among 7,000 yellow and green taxis in the NYC area, allowing potential passengers to e-hail a regular cab instead of an Uber. The app should roll out fully in a couple of weeks and spread to all 20,000 green and yellow taxis in the city.… Read More
  • Twitter: We’re Upping Our Female Employees to 35 Percent in 2016 (Along With Other Changes)

    Connie Loizos
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
     Like a lot of tech companies in Silicon Valley, Twitter last year published numbers about the different backgrounds and cultures of its employees, and its numbers were revealed to be rather white and very male. Specifically, as of last July, 70 percent of its employees were men, and 72 percent of its managers were white. Mother Jones called the numbers “embarrassing.” Twitter… Read More
  • The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp Contains Secret Soviet Technology

    John Biggs
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
     There’s a lot about this Kickstarter project to dissuade me from writing about it. First, this is a bass preamp, a little box that sits between the bass player and the amplifier. It is a device that is interesting only to a certain subset of musician and it is expensive – $1,495 for the early bird models. Heck, it doesn’t even look like it will hit its goal. But the… Read More
  • Namely, The All-In-One HR Platform, Hires Radhika Samant And Teresa Dietrich

    Jordan Crook
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
     Namely, a startup that does all the heavy HR lifting for you, is today announcing two new strategic hires in the form of Radhika Samant and Teresa Dietrich. Samant was previously CFO at EnterpriseDB, where she led human resources and operations and was integral in raising $60 million in funding, as well as growing out the team. Dietrich, on the other hand, was SVP of technology operations… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
  • Embarrassed

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    It’s a tool or a curse, and it comes down to the sentence, “I’d be embarrassed to do that.” If you’re using it to mean, “I would feel the emotion of embarrassment,” you’re recognizing one of the most powerful forces of our culture, a basic human emotion, the fear of which allows groups to control outliers, and those in power to shame those that aren’t. The stress that comes from merely anticipating the feeling of embarrassment is enough to cause many people to hold back, to sit quietly, to go along. And this anticipation rarely leads to much of anything positive. On the…
  • The one thing that will change everything

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    That introduction you need. The capital that your organization is trying to raise. The breakthrough in what you're building... Have you noticed that as soon as you get that one thing, everything doesn't change? In fact, the only thing that changes is that you realize that you don't need that one thing as much as you thought you did. Most likely, this speech, or that inspection or this review won't materially change things overnight. Companies that raise hundreds of millions of dollars don't seem to have an effortless time in changing user behavior, and well connected agents still have trouble…
  • Sooner or later, the critics move on

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle. Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices. Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself. Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are.        
 
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    WIRED

  • What Does Scientific Literacy Really Mean?

    Rhett Allain
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    What is scientific literacy and how do you measure it? The post What Does Scientific Literacy Really Mean? appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Wildly Detailed 100-Year Plan for Getting Humans to Mars

    Liz Stinson
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    The Integrated Space Plan is now a lot simpler, and still every bit as futuristic. The post A Wildly Detailed 100-Year Plan for Getting Humans to Mars appeared first on WIRED.
  • Netflix Hit With House of Cards Spoof Over Parental Leave

    Julia Greenberg
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    A women's advocacy group is calling for Netflix to give paid parental leave to all of its employees. Its latest effort? A House of Cards spoof. The post Netflix Hit With House of Cards Spoof Over Parental Leave appeared first on WIRED.
  • Zac Efron’s New Movie Spawns the Saddest Club Night Ever

    K.M. McFarland
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    The promotional tour for "We Are Your Friends" brought Efron and his costars to nightclubs around the country. The post Zac Efron’s New Movie Spawns the Saddest Club Night Ever appeared first on WIRED.
  • Ashley Madison CEO Resigns in Wake of Hack, News of Affairs

    Kim Zetter
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    Ashley Madison CEO steps down after emails leaked by hackers expose that he engaged in affairs. The post Ashley Madison CEO Resigns in Wake of Hack, News of Affairs appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • This Week's Most Popular Posts: August 21st to 28th

    Andy Orin
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    This week we looked at life lessons from working in retail, shared some insider perspective on fitness trends, laid out all those confusing carrier phone-buying plans, and more. Here’s a look back. Read more...
  • What to Do When You Find Out a Coworker Makes More Than You Do

    Melanie Pinola
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Aaargh. You just found out that your coworker makes more than you do, even though you both do the same kind of work, you’ve been there longer, and you do a better job. You feel demoralized, insulted by your not-such-a-great friend employer, and resentful of your coworker. Before you protest, here’s how to handle the situation professionally.http://lifehacker.com/the-company-yo... Read more...
  • Make a DIY Beam Compass for Drawing Large Circles

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you don’t have a compass on hand and need to draw a large circle, you can turn a few scrap pieces into a beam compass.Read more...
  • How Do You Streamline Your Grocery Shopping?

    Kristin Wong
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Grocery shopping isn’t a particularly enjoyable experience, but it has to get done. What tips and tricks do you have for making your regular shopping trip quick and easy?Read more...
  • Why You Should Add Electrolyte Packets to Your Outdoor Survival Kit

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Staying healthy and hydrated when you’re outdoors hiking and camping is important, but you only have so much packing space for food, water, and supplies. Add a few packets of electrolyte powder to your pack, or better yet, your first aid kit, as a lightweight way to stay hydrated and replenish nutrients when food or water are scarce.Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for Retina MacBook Revealed

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Following a closer look at Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup for the MacBook Air, CPU World has shared new details about sixth-generation Core M chips appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel reportedly may brand the low-power Skylake-Y chips as Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 based on performance. The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook…
  • iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug Is Far From Perfect, But It's a Cheap Way to Give HomeKit a Try

    Eric Slivka
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug is one of the first five HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and it's the most affordable option for Apple users who are looking to try out the company's home automation platform. The SmartPlug is a simple device that plugs right into any outlet, transforming any appliance - from lights to fans - into an iPhone-controlled Siri-compatible smart product using WiFi. We tested out three of iHome's SmartPlugs, simulating what it might be like to control lights and fans across multiple rooms to turn an ordinary home with ordinary outlets into a smart home with a…
  • Beats 1 Lead Executive Ian Rogers Leaves Apple

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Apple Music senior director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers has resigned from Apple nearly two months after the launch of the streaming music service, the company confirmed to the Financial Times today. Rogers was among a group of executives that joined Apple last year when the iPhone maker acquired Beats for $3 billion. Rogers's official title was Senior Director of Apple Music, a position he held since August 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. Rogers, who served as Beats Music CEO between January 2013 and August 2014, departed Apple to join an undisclosed "Europe-based…
  • Apple Invites Media to September 9 Event: 'Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint'

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    As predicted in August, Apple is planning to hold a media event on Wednesday, September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites were sent out today, with Yahoo's Alyssa Bereznak sharing the first look at the artwork and tagline for the invitations: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Image via The Loop This year's iPhone-centric event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which, according to rumors, will include a reinforced body constructed from stronger 7000 Series aluminum, Force Touch, an A9 processor, 2GB RAM,…
  • Confirmed: Apple Retiring 'One to One' to Focus on Free Workshops [Updated]

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    MacRumors recently learned that Apple's One to One training program for Mac, iPhone and iPad may be coming to an end soon, and we can now confirm that Apple Stores are holding meetings with retail employees about phasing out the membership-based service, which has been available under its current name since May 2007. One to One members should be informed about the changes in the near future. Apple is retiring One to One to focus on free public workshops such as Mac Basics, Personalize Your Mac, iPhone and iPad Basics, iCloud Basics and iPhone Photography. Group Training and Open Training will…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site, chrisbrogan.com, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
  • The Next Event I Might Run

    Chris Brogan
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though. The Next Event I Might Run I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the…
  • Are You Outsourcing Your Thinking

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    It’s interesting how I hear the same words from many mouths. Over and over. Someone will have an idea, and then others will echo that idea. In the process, I have this feeling that people are outsourcing their thinking. Outsourcing your thinking? My son told me that most of the people he followed on Tumblr didn’t like the Minions movie. (This was an hour before we were to sit in a theater somewhere and watch it.) I asked him if he was going to let those people judge the movie or if he would judge it for himself. On the way out of the theater, he said, “I think Tumblr was…
  • Thoughts Thought after Periscope

    Chris Brogan
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It was an interesting experience, having a bunch of negative people show up to see what I’d talk about. They were mostly mad that I said I didn’t like a piece of software that they like. It’s really funny to me. Just because I have an opinion that’s counter to their opinion about a software that neither of us created, I’m a jerk. That’s my first takeaway. People are pretty passionate about Periscope. My Position Remains Unchanged My point is that it’s kind of a messy way to build your business. It is effective for what it does. It’s helpful…
  • Is This Interesting?

    Chris Brogan
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    INSTEAD of watching me do dumb things live on Periscope, why not engage me where we can talk back and forth, where I can help, where I can add value. Here’s the Thing If you sign up after reading what I just wrote, please hit REPLY when you get your confirmation and say “Periscope sent me.” Continue ReadingThe post Is This Interesting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Create Remarkable Visual Content

    Stefanie Flaxman
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    As someone who made an intentional decision to have a career working with words, talking to you about the importance of visual content makes me feel a little weird. But I have to tell you, when I’ve been scrolling through my Twitter timeline lately, it’s the updates with intriguing visuals that catch my eye. They’re the ones I read, and the links I click. In the current digital marketing landscape, the strategic use of visual content — whether it accompanies text or stands alone — is a smart move as you strive to produce the best experience for your audience. This week’s…
  • Why Don’t Some Online Courses Sell?

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Online courses are a great way to build a business. They’re also a great way to get better-qualified clients, or build an additional revenue stream by providing an alternative to your services. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Your course isn’t selling as much as you’d like, or worse, it’s not selling at all. There’s a methodical analysis you can perform to see if you can spot the problem. Of course, this is the same analysis you should perform before you create a course. In this episode of Unemployable with Brian Clark, Brian discusses: How to be absolutely sure what…
  • Two Ways to Turn Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Jon Loomer has been using Facebook for business since 2007. And despite the ever-changing landscape, Jon has continued to thrive by marketing on the platform. Jon is now a leading Facebook marketing expert, and in this episode of Technology Translated, it’ll be clear why. When host Scott Ellis asked Jon to come on his show, he had no idea what a treat his listeners were in for. By the middle of this episode, listeners will recognize the gold mine of information Jon is sharing, including how he executed one campaign that converted Facebook fans to email subscribers at the whopping rate…
  • What Craft Beer and Food Trucks Can Teach Us About the Power of Collaboration

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your fellow Showrunners, even those serving the very same niche(s) that you’re serving, are not your enemies. 95 percent of the world has no idea what you’re doing as “podcaster,” so don’t turn a cold shoulder to the few who do. This week’s episode of The Showrunner begins with a discussion about the value of meeting your listeners in person when you get the opportunity to do so. Hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor offer up a few actionable ideas on how to bring the topic up with your audience. Then, for the final time, they harken back to their experience at Podcast Movement for…
  • The Zen of Measurement, Optimization, and Focus

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    In this new series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss the importance of the right metrics in growing your business, and why you should not be paralyzed by math. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark discuss: How you can determine the correct metrics for your business Where to start, and what you need to focus on Why the big Silicon Valley tech companies are not the right businesses to model Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital…
 
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    Macworld

  • Apple Music loses key exec as former Beats Music CEO resigns

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers joined Apple when the company bought Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s brainchild last year. He helped Cupertino launch its own streaming service, Apple Music, and spearheaded the popular Beats 1 live radio station. Now he’s done. The Financial Times reported Friday that Rogers resigned unexpectedly just two months after helping to launch Apple Music. But he’s not leaving to work for a streaming music rival—Rogers is going to work for a European company in an entirely different industry.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple is helping the U.S. defense department develop wearable tech

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    The U.S. Department of Defense is teaming with Apple, Boeing, Harvard University and other organizations to develop flexible electronics and sensors that could be placed in uniforms or inside ships and aircraft. Under the plan, a consortium called the Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute will work on using 3D printing to build bendable, thin electronics that could match the contours of a person's body or a military vehicle, a defense department official told Reuters.  The technology could find its way into soldiers' uniforms as health monitors or placed in the cramped compartments of a ship…
  • iPhone 6s rumors: Hello rose gold, goodbye iPhone 5c

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we've collected every rumor that has surfaced about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as tried to discern the plausibly of the rumor. It’s been a long, rumor-packed summer, but Apple will…
  • Freeway Express 6.1.2 review: Web design program is free, outdated, frustrating

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Unlike most Mac web design programs, Freeway Express costs nothing. You get only slightly more than what you pay for. This bargain edition of a more powerful—and expensive—website creation tool has its good points. But they’re mired beneath a poorly designed interface, and the websites you create seem a half-decade or more behind the times.(Apple’s Mac App Store has a nearly three-year-old version of Freeway Express. The current version is available on Softpress’ website.) Freeway Express’s drag-and-drop ease belies the out-of-date code it creates.To read this article in full or…
  • 6 only-for-iPad gestures you need to know

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    While every iPhone gesture will work on an iPad, not every iPad gesture will work on an iPhone—and some of the lesser-known but most interesting iOS gestures happen to be iPad-only.Read on for six handy gestures for iPad—and only for iPad—starting with...Swipe up with four (or five) fingers Any iPhone or iPad user knows the shortcut to the iOS multitasking screen—that is, the screen that lets you swipe back and forth between all your running apps. Double-tap the Home button, and you’ll see all your background apps displayed as a series of swipeable cards. Here’s an easy way to get…
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    ReadWrite

  • 4 Tools To Strengthen The Bond Between You And Your Customers

    Yoav Vilner
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Yoav Vilner is a cofounder of Ranky. Launching a startup is no easy task. While there's certainly tremendous hype about the tech sector, the truth is that the overwhelming majority of startups fail—mostly because of a lack of market and resources. Solidifying your market can be particularly difficult in an overcrowded landscape. Simply getting the word out and attaining loyal users can be a challenge, but they're critical for your business success. See also: The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs MakeTo earn loyal users, you must actively seek…
  • The Internet of Reps: GymGroups Wants To Network Your Gym

    Owen Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Grou.ps, a company known for its social community tools, is adding hardware and a focus on fitness to the mix with the launch of GymGroups, a service targeted at health clubs. See also: Under Armour's New "Record" App: A Potential Social Revolution In FitnessIt's a big shift in strategy, and there's a lot that's interesting about Grou.ps' approach. An early Web 2.0 social service is now embracing hardware and tying a cloud-based service together with mobile apps. It's an intriguing example of how the Internet of Things can force a dramatic rethink of a product. Survival Of The…
  • The Wearables Market Is Exploding, And Apple Is Stealing The Show

    David Nield
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    A new report published by IDC paints an intriguing picture of the wearables market as it looks in the middle of 2015. The market grew 223% over the course of the previous year, and Apple—new to the sector and with only one wearable to its name—was bested only by Fitbit, in terms of devices sold during the last three months.That puts reports of rather underwhelming Apple Watch sales into perspective. (Apple hasn't released official figures of its own, of course.) While the smartwatch has yet to make an iPhone-like splash so far, with nearly 20% of the market, but it's already…
  • The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

    Stephen Moyers
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Stephen Moyers is the Web marketing manager at SPINX Digital Agency, a designer and a blogger who writes about Web design, and online and social marketing. The success of digital marketing depends on a number of factors: understanding your marketing history, knowing what's being said about your brand, and meeting the needs of your consumers in a valuable way.Unfortunately, with all those factors, nascent entrepreneurs often make mistakes that hinder early growth. These can range from failing to plan effectively or measure results, to overlooking the entire mobile category.
  • Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.

    Gregory Ferenstein
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinLegislation around drone use is of paramount importance for their hardware and software developers, as well as businesses hoping to make use of them for deliveries, security surveillance and other purposes. Laws governing their use not determine the scope of their use, and can even shape public perception of these compact flying machines.What will the public think now that drones in the U.S. are now legally…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Web Development Reading List #101

    Anselm Hannemann
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The reaction on the first post last week was quite overwhelming, so we moved from a bi-monthly frequency to a weekly frequency (for now). — Ed. Welcome back to the Web Development Reading List (WDRL) for this week. Instead of the previously announced biweekly schedule here on Smashing Magazine, I will post it in sync…
  • How We Designed And Built Our First Apple Watch App

    Alex Komarov
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
      One sunny morning in the summer of 2014, I was sitting in a café having just finished an hour-long call with my remote team. Scheduling that call had been a messy exercise: we live in different time zones and it was hard to find a time that worked for everyone. I wanted to make dealing with time zone differences less painful. I had some free time on my hands, so I pulled my notebook out and started playing around with an iWatch app idea. Yeah, you read that right — 2014 and iWatch, before a watch had ever been announced.The post How We Designed And Built Our First Apple…
  • Responsive Upscaling: Large-Screen E-Commerce Design

    Christian Holst
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
      The responsive design revolution is truly upon us (if it hasn’t already happened!), and even though e-commerce websites haven’t picked up responsive design quite as aggressively as in other industries, it’s becoming increasingly popular. So far, most of the responsive design thinking has revolved around covering the range of experiences from mobile to desktop. Yet little attention has been paid to the opportunities for expanding that range beyond the standard desktop screen, to create an experience optimized for modern large-scale displays.The post Responsive Upscaling:…
  • Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design

    Anna Yeaman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
      Last year I read Jan Constantin’s post “Typographic Design Patterns and Current Practices” and straightaway wanted to do something similar with email. At the time I was studying responsive typography on the web, trying to break down the websites I liked in order to understand what made the typography work so well, then attempting to apply those findings to email design. After seeing Constantin’s work, I also wanted to explore how other email designers were handling responsive typography. So, I amassed 50 emails across various industries that I think do a good job with…
  • Web Development Reading List #100

    Anselm Hannemann
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything so you don't have to. The result is a carefully collected list of articles that popped up over the last week and which might interest you. Starting from today, we are happy and honored to feature a bi-monthly web development reading list here on Smashing Magazine. Now it should be a bit easier to stay up to date. — Ed. Welcome to the one hundredth edition of the Web…
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Burning Man: Fire, art, nudity

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Create a temporary desert temple to whatever deity or ideals you hold true.
  • What U.S. thinks about Katrina now

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, nearly half of Americans still think the country has not learned lessons from the tragedy and is not much better prepared for future natural disasters, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
  • Nazi 'gold train' found?

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
  • Up close with Korean firepower

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    On the side of a hill in Pocheon, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea, targets are laid out.
  • New 'Star Wars' footage reveals ...

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    Instagram launched its new landscape video capability with a bang on Thursday. For the first time, users of the photo and video app can share images using the "widescreen" format.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s official – I’m making every Friday here on my blog, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday” where I’ll share a simple, hopefully helpful, and certainly fun Photoshop special effect — the type of effects you see in ads, on the Web, in banners, etc. This one I’m showing you today I especially like because I’m showing how I created a perspective text effect for the Facebook promos I did for my last seminar tour (my “Shoot like a Pro Tour”), but I’m using the date of the next stop in my “all new” tour (my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Lightroom CC Power Tour with RC Concepcion It’s time to harness the power of the new Lightroom CC with RC Concepcion’s newest tour. You’ll walk through everything you need to get up to speed in Lightroom CC – from start to finish. If you are a new user, you will leave finally understanding how to best use Lightroom CC like a pro. If you are already using Lightroom – RC will give you some key strategies to get you organized, prepare you for larger collections, and help you work your images as fast as possible. You’ll also master the latest features found in the newest release…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Frank Doorhof!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Take control One of the things I encounter a lot during talks with attendees to my workshops or seminars is that a lot of photographers struggle with their light. Now I don’t want to generalize, but I think for a lot of shooters out there this is a reoccurring problem. One could almost say, “Most photographers are controlled by their lighting, while a photographer should be in control of their lighting.” In photography light is our language, so it’s of vital importance to learn to speak that language. I hear you thinking, “But I don’t have expensive gear to fight the sun, or to…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:”  (1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!). (2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks: Egucigalpa, Honduras Clinton, Tennessee San Antonio, Columbia Elora, Ontario, Canada Tyler, Texas Marikina, Philippines Tooele, Utah Meridian Charter Township, Michigan Cairo, Egypt Ogunquit, Maine Manila, Philippines Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur Karmiel, Israel Paris, France Canon City, Colorado Sydney, Australia How cool is that!
  • Announcing My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
      I’m very excited to invite you to be a part of my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (it’s a worldwide phenomenon with walks in over 1,000 cities last year). Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details: Q. When is the official Photo Walk day? A.The official date is Saturday, October 3, 2015 Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk? A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 27 Shimmering Fish Photos

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fish are slippery, slimy and scaly. They can also be shiny, silvery, shimmery and photogenic. They come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Here are a few images captured by photographers of these interesting creatures: Deep-sea by Tamás Balogh on 500px RGB fishing an improved version by Victoria Ivanova on 500px Seeks 6 differences by Jordi Gallego on 500px Habitat by Sedef ISIK on 500px After fishing by taty-eremeeva on 500px Dust… (????…) by Vladimir Shipulin on 500px After fishing by Svetlana Dikhtyareva on 500px Fish..:) by Alla Lora on 500px pesce d’aprile d’autore…
  • 5 Ways to Change Your Composition For Better Photos

    Barry J Brady
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If there is one thing in photography that every photographer can work on, it’s composition. Like many of the other techniques in photography, your composition will improve the more you practice. Very often, photographers seem to go to their comfort zone of the rule of thirds. I personally like the rule of thirds as a starting point, not every photograph however, needs to be composed on the rule of thirds. In fact, it is a good idea to shoot the same scene in a few different compositions, even depth of field can be used as a compositional tool. A good way to work on your composition is…
  • 10 Common Mistakes in Long Exposure photography

    Francesco Gola
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On all the 2015 Workshop I held here in Italy, I introduced a little game, where at the end of the workshop the attendees had to write down on a paper three mistakes that they used to make before taking the workshop. So I decided to collect all these lessons learned papers and make a list of the 10 most common errors in long exposure photography so you can learn from this also: Mistake #1 – Vibration reduction system is set to ON There are some lovely technologies that can help get much sharper images minimizing the blur caused by camera shake, which are extremely useful in low-light…
  • Why Every Photographer Should Use a Manual Focus Lens

    Dustin Abbott
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your camera is smart. It has processors that are able to run algorithms, for near instantaneous adjustments to compensate for lighting conditions and changing environments. I’m a professional lens reviewer, and tend to complain if a lens/camera combination takes more than a split second to achieve accurate autofocus. But the reality is that most modern camera/lens combinations achieve accurate autofocus remarkably fast. Modern DSLRs can pretty much see in the dark, and still focus reasonably well with a near absence of light, and their performance at extremely high ISO settings is…
  • How to Use Figure to Ground Art Theory in Photography

    Adam Marelli
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Light figure on a dark ground, Florence, Italy © Adam Marelli What is figure to ground? Why can you recognize an amazing photograph but struggle to produce one? Sure there are better cameras, advanced lighting techniques, and endless theories on composition, but very often the root of the problem lies in a simple concept that is often missed. In three words, we can sum up almost every cover of Vogue, National Geographic, and the New York Times – Figure to ground. What is this term, what does it mean, and where does it come from? Figure to ground is one of the most important, and easily…
 
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Virginia teen gets 11 years for ISIS support on Twitter

    Andrew Tarantola
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin from Virginia will spend the next 11 years and 4 months in a federal penitentiary for his role in running the powerful pro-ISIS Twitter account, @Amreekiwitness. This account collected and disseminated ISIS propaganda to...
  • 'Hunger Games,' 'Twilight' studio is doing a 'Borderlands' movie

    Jessica Conditt
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Lionsgate and two long-time Marvel producers are working on a Borderlands movie and, no, it's not called Mad Max. Lionsgate is the production company behind Twilight, The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Warm Bodies and tons of other mainstream flicks,...
  • Boeing's portable drone-destroying laser uses an Xbox controller

    Nick Summers
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Drones are playing an ever-expanding role in modern warfare, so it's no surprise companies like Boeing are developing news ways to shoot them out of the sky. Its last laser was the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) -- a huge weapon mou...
  • Here's our first look at Cliff Bleszinski's 'LawBreakers' in action

    Devindra Hardawar
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    We've already been introduced to the world of Lawbreakers, the next shooter from the Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, but now we've got our first look at some actual gameplay. And while the science behind the game's setting may be suspect (it...
  • Pentagon dives into advanced wearables with Apple, Harvard and others

    Devindra Hardawar
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    The Pentagon wants to use wearables for more than just tracking steps. It's pouring $75 million over the next five years into the FlexTech Alliance -- a group made of 162 separate organizations, including Apple, Boeing and Harvard -- to create a "M...
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    Strobist

  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

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

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

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    The makers of the Astropad iPad app have launched a version for the iPhone, aptly called Astropad Mini. Like the iPad version, the new app allows you to use your Apple device as a graphics tablet when working with imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom using Astropad's LIQUID technology for communication with the Mac. Read more
  • The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Canon recently announced an update to the wildly popular 35mm F1.4L lens, originally released in 1998 and undoubtedly designed back in the day for film. The original was always a favorite of our technical editor Rishi Sanyal, so join him as he takes a stroll down memory lane and recounts his favorite aspects of that lens, and what he looks forward to in the update. Read more
  • Is it the smartphone or lack of fun that's killing the camera?

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Camera companies are struggling to sell cameras - that much is widely known. But analyst Heino Hilbig argues that it's not smartphones, market saturation or the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis that's caused this. Instead he argues that it's the fun-factor and easy operation that the iPhone brought that have made cameras seem less attractive. We think he's on to something. Read more
  • NASA employs 150-year-old photography technique to measure shock waves from supersonic flight

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    NASA has turned to a process devised in 1864 to help it measure shockwaves created by supersonic aircraft flight. The method, schlieren photography, was invented by German scientist August Toepler to observe the effect of objects moving through transparent media, such as water or air. Read more
  • Outside of the box: Instagram now allows landscape and portrait formats

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    Instagram's latest update brings a fundamental change with it. Since the app's launch in 2010 users have been limited to posting images in square format. However, today this has changed. After installing version 7.5 of the app, you can post your images in portrait and landscape formats. Read more
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Black and White preference

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Creating Contact Sheets With a ‘Slide Mount Look’ in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was looking online this week and saw an old sheet of color slides in those plastic sleeves where we used to store them in folders, and it made me start thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that in Lightroom where you could just click a button or two and it be there, so I set out to figure out how, and it’s easier than you’d think. It takes a little Photoshop up front (simple stuff), but once you’re done, you don’t have to go back to Photoshop at all again for this effect — it will live inside of Lightroom from here on out, just one click…
  • You’re Invited To Be a Part of My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – everybody that comes to this blog is a photographer, so I wanted to be sure to personally invite you to my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ which is coming Saturday, Oct 3rd all over the world. I’m leading a local walk in Sydney, Australia (my first time every in Australia, and I’m totally psyched!). All the details about the walk are over on my daily blog at scottkelby.com where I did a “Photo Walk Q&A” today so I hope you’ll pop over and check it out. It answers a lot of questions. If you’ve been on a photo walk before and you want…
  • How to get the new “Dehaze” slider on a brush

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we get into this, just a heads up: this isn’t a hidden feature — it’s a workaround for people who have Lightroom and Photoshop, but at least it works. First, the problem — as awesome as the new Dehaze slider is (it’s found in Lightroom CC’s “fx” menu), the problem with it is that it applies the effect to the entire image. For example, in the shot of Hong Kong above left, the background buildings (in Kowloon) are really hazy, but as you can see from the image on the right, while the Dehaze slider pretty much cuts the haze, it also makes the sky…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Boostcase Review: Bloc Power Bank for Apple Watch Has Unique Built-In Battery, but Isn't Portable Enough

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Just months after the Apple Watch was released, there are dozens if not hundreds of different stand options available on the market. The Bloc Power Bank from Boostcase stands out due to its unique long, flat shape and the fact that it has a built-in battery pack that can charge the Apple Watch while on the go. Made from solid aluminum, the Bloc Power Bank comes in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold, Wood, and Stainless Steel, to match all of the different Apple Watch options that are available. I went hands-on with the silver aluminum model to see how it measures up to other available stands…
  • Belkin Launches MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain Chargers

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Belkin announced today that it has introduced a new lineup of Lightning to USB clip-on fashion accessories in time for the back to school season. The new MIXIT charging cables for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available now in three designs: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip and a metallic keychain. The MIXIT Lightning to USB Tassel has a chic design made from natural leather and clips onto a bag, purse or luggage for on-the-go use. The accessory is designed to hide the Lightning and USB connectors behind the tassel cords, available in four different colors: fog, camel, coral and black.
  • Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren't in the square format, so today's decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user's "visual story" first and the format second. Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple…
  • Apple Partners With PayAnywhere for Universal Apple Pay Card Reader

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Apple today announced the company is partnering with PayAnywhere for a new mobile NFC card reader that will be able to attach to iOS devices and support Apple Pay transactions in any retail location, in addition to traditional credit card support (via CNBC). The reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores beginning in September, with the chance for merchants signing up with a new PayAnywhere account to get the first $5,000 in Apple Pay transaction fees for free. "We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country," said Marc Gardner, CEO of…
  • 'Workflow' for iOS Gains Today Widget, Syncing Feature

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Popular automation app Workflow is being updated today with two highly useful, much-desired features: a Notification Center widget and a new syncing feature that lets workflows be synced across several devices. For those of you who are not familiar with Workflow, it's an automation tool that lets users create a variety of workflows to accomplish tasks like creating GIFs from a series of photos, pulling images from a web page, translating an article, calculating a tip, and more. Users can create their own workflows or download them from the Workflow gallery and other third-party sites. With…
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  • How to fly cross-country without using airports

    maureenohare
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    Commercial airplanes that hover, take off and land like helicopters are coming soonTags: aviation innovation
  • Would you risk your life for $4,500?

    maureenohare
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:16 am
    Mount Everest's crack team of route setters earns just $4,500 per season to keep climbers safeTags: Everestmountain climbing
  • La Tomatina: The world's biggest food fight

    maureenohare
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    20,000 people have gathered in Bunol, Spain for La Tomatina -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one anotherTags: La Tomatinafood fightsfood festivals
  • Back from the brink: Lemurs of Madagascar

    maureenohare
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    On the trail of impossibly cute creatures in one of the world's most amazing wildlife hotspotsTags: african wildlifeendangered animalsendangered speciesrainforestenvironment
  • 5 spectacular new structures in Singapore

    hiufu
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Something crazy, something colorful and something from Jackie Chan, the tiny island city is welcoming a marvelous fleet of new modern constructionTags: architecturebuildingsNational Gallery
 
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