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  • 5 ways to be more efficient at college

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    University is no longer about taking your time, exploring your options, and becoming a better person. It’s about getting out as quickly as possible without being crushed by student loan debt. As sad as it is, that’s the truth. Take a look at these five tips for being more efficient at university. Start by taking courses at a community (or junior) college in order to get transfer credits and get out of that joint as quickly as possible. Also make sure you pick the right friends––a bad group can send you into a time-wasting spiral of partying and sociology (just kidding!). But…
  • Modern Authors Delve Into Digital and Visual Storytelling

    Mashable
    Stephanie Walden
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Storytelling is one of humanity's earliest and most celebrated traditions. From the era of Homeric epics to today's 140-character Twitter updates, people have cherished telling and listening to stories in a variety of formats since the dawn of time — and in the digital era, everyone seems to be describing themselves as a storyteller. For authors, journalists and creative writers, self-publishing platforms and the explosion of digital and social media is a game-changerTwitter, Facebook, blogging — even newer platforms such as Vine or Snapchat — can all be valuable resources…
  • Netflix Will Let Viewers Privately Share TV and Movie Recommendations

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Recommendations will no longer show up on users' news feeds.You may not mind telling your Facebook friends that you are binge watching House of Cards, but it might be a different story when it comes to, say, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.Read Full Story
  • Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

    TechCrunch
    Jeffery Bennett
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More
  • While you were out... (news from late August)

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Two pieces of good news you might have missed while you were away: a. I posted an opening for one or two paid internships. You still have a week to share this with a friend. b. Thanks to my wonderful readers and my colleague Bernadette Jiwa, we were able to raise more than our goal of $200,000 for charity: water. Thanks to everyone who pitched in. We missed you. Welcome back.        
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  • 5 ways to be more efficient at college

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    University is no longer about taking your time, exploring your options, and becoming a better person. It’s about getting out as quickly as possible without being crushed by student loan debt. As sad as it is, that’s the truth. Take a look at these five tips for being more efficient at university. Start by taking courses at a community (or junior) college in order to get transfer credits and get out of that joint as quickly as possible. Also make sure you pick the right friends––a bad group can send you into a time-wasting spiral of partying and sociology (just kidding!). But…
  • Turkey’s tiny two-headed snake

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Unlike a recent post, which we prefaced with the warning that it wasn’t a two-headed snake, this one out of Turkey appears to be the real deal (and far less disturbing than a creeping horde of larvae). According to the BBC: The young snake appears to belong to the Coluber genus of thin-bodied, fast-moving snakes commonly known as racers. Cuneyt Alpguven, who works at Antalya Aquarium’s reptile house, says two-headed snakes are very rare and have little chance of surviving in the wild. “Being two-headed is a major disadvantage, because its anatomical structure makes it more…
  • 7 ways lack of sleep is ruining your life (that you didn’t realize)

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you sleep, your brain does a bit of spring cleaning, ridding itself of harmful toxins that accumulate during the day. So obviously, if you don’t sleep you don’t flush out those toxins. As if that weren’t bad enough, some of those toxins have been linked to Alzheimer’s. The moral of the story? Get to bed early. Another amazing thing your brain does during sleep is form new neural pathways. In other words, your brain learns to do new things, things that you tried during the day, while you’re asleep. Without adequate sleep, then, you’re depriving yourself…
  • How to beat stress & boost happiness [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    It being the beginning of another week (thanks holiday!), you’re probably looking for a silver lining that comes faster than Friday. Look no farther than this happy little infographic from Happify, which features thirteen scientifically proven ways to beat stress and put a smile back on your face. Why wait until the weekend to get your happy on? Via Happify. Smile the stress away.
  • 10 awesome weird bars around the United States

    Josh Urich
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tired of the everyday watering hole? Try Exchange Bar and Grill, a bar whose prices are based on the drink market. The more people who order an Appletini, the more expensive they get. At some point, though, every bubble must burst and prices will drop to a few bucks. Next time you’re in the Big Apple, check it out. If you want something a bit riskier, you can try Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den in Minneapolis. It’s not so much a bar as a post-zombie apocalypse zombie safe house. Zombie heads mounted on the wall serve as a warning to any undead who try to post up at the bar. If you…
 
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    Mashable

  • Modern Authors Delve Into Digital and Visual Storytelling

    Stephanie Walden
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Storytelling is one of humanity's earliest and most celebrated traditions. From the era of Homeric epics to today's 140-character Twitter updates, people have cherished telling and listening to stories in a variety of formats since the dawn of time — and in the digital era, everyone seems to be describing themselves as a storyteller. For authors, journalists and creative writers, self-publishing platforms and the explosion of digital and social media is a game-changerTwitter, Facebook, blogging — even newer platforms such as Vine or Snapchat — can all be valuable resources…
  • Toilets Makes a Catchy Case for Net Neutrality

    Todd Wasserman
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Thinkmodo, the New York-based creator of serial viral hits like the "Devil Baby" and "Bubba's Hovercraft," is getting serious. Well, sort of. See also: 3 New Types of Digital Advertising Agencies The agency has released a plaintive plea for net neutrality, pitting the masses against greedy Wall Street types who seek to strangle the Internet with tiered pricing. The video features a bouncy number from Bobby Jo Valentine called "Don't Flush Our Rights Away," which sounds like it's off of Jack Johnson's Curious George soundtrack. It also features toilets, lots of them. Shot in stop motion, the…
  • Social TV Is Here to Stay: Do You Tweet While You Watch?

    Samsung
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    When you go home tonight after a long day of work, slide off your shoes and socks, and flip on the television for some “you time,” remember that you're never truly watching alone. You're watching with thousands of others — and they're tweeting about it. Social TV has turned the act of watching television into a communal, interactive experience, one that connects us with others Nielson reports that 84% of smartphone and tablet owners say they use their devices while watching TV, and specifically, 1 million Americans turn to Twitter as their second screen companion. This new…
  • Apple Says Celebrity Accounts Were Hacked, But Denies iCloud Breach

    Christina Warren
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Apple acknowledged on Tuesday that celebrity accounts had been accessed and that photos were stolen from them, but it disavowed any systemic breach of its systems. In the statement, the company says it was "outraged" by the leaked photos that began appearing Sunday and "immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source." See also: After Celebrity Photo Hack, How Safe Is the Cloud? "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that…
  • Behind-the-Back Grab May Be College Football's Catch of the Year

    Sam Laird
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you're still catching up after a Labor Day weekend spent off the grid, there's one play from college football's opening Saturday that you absolutely need to see With four months to go in the season, Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp may have already nabbed college football's catch of the year See also: A YouTube Legend Battles for His Basketball Future In the third quarter of Nebraska's 55-7 blowout win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Westerkamp managed to secure a tipped pass behind his back while still staying in bounds to complete the first down. Here's a look It's even more…
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  • Netflix Will Let Viewers Privately Share TV and Movie Recommendations

    Alice Truong
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Recommendations will no longer show up on users' news feeds.You may not mind telling your Facebook friends that you are binge watching House of Cards, but it might be a different story when it comes to, say, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.Read Full Story
  • Reddit Launches Mobile AMA App

    Ainsley O'Connell
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The company tries to present a friendly face to new users--and native advertisersReddit, the 113 million-strong online community where discussions about quantum physics exist alongside NSFW photos, is entering a new chapter. After hinting for months at plans to increase its revenue and its mobile capabilities, the company launched a mobile iOS app for its popular "Ask Me Anything" content earlier this week.Read Full Story
  • Why Google Won't Be Sending A Drone To Your Doorstep Anytime Soon

    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    According to NASA, drones won't replace humans without an air traffic control system in place to prevent nefarious 24-esque hacks.Last week, Google introduced Project Wing, an experimental, drone-based delivery system being developed by the semi-secret Google X innovation lab. The announcement came barely nine months after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed his plans to deliver packages to customers via octocopter in under 30 minutes.Read Full Story
  • Germany Bans Uber, Promises $327,422 Fine Per Illegal Ride

    Peter Wade
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Plus, a look at Uber's legal troubles across the globe.Isn't it ironic? Uber, the ride-sharing service that borrows its name from the German language, has been banned in Germany. A Frankfurt court on Tuesday imposed a fine of $327,422 per ride for any Uber car found violating the ban.Read Full Story
  • Every Frame Of 5 Famous Films, Distilled Down To Their Color Palettes

    Carey Dunne
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    In "The Colors of Motion," a designer averages the colors of every frame of a film to explore how color shapes a visual story.When watching a film, thinking about color often takes a back seat to thinking about characters and plot. But unbeknownst to many viewers those elements are often strongly shaped by the colors in which they're rendered. (Just think about the transition from black-and-white to color in The Wizard of Oz.) With "The Colors of Motion," designer Charlie Clark offers an intriguing exploration of how color affects a film's mood. In the series, he extracts the average hue from…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

    Jeffery Bennett
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More
  • Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Alex Wilhelm
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
     Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30th. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s… Read More
  • Home Depot Investigating Potentially Massive Credit Card Breach

    Greg Kumparak
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
     Did you just get your credit card replaced after the Great Target Fiasco of 2013? Don’t get too used to that new card. It’s starting to look like it’s that time again. Home Depot has confirmed that it’s investigating some “unusual activity” with regards to its customer data, and the consistently spot-on Brian Krebs is saying that it’s a credit card breach. Read More
  • Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Leak

    Darrell Etherington
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
     Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos, whose victims included Jennifer Lawrence. In the statement Apple denies any breach within its systems themselves, but does concede that celebrity accounts were compromised, by attackers… Read More
  • Go To TechCrunch Disrupt For Free #TCDisrupt

    Travis Bernard
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
     Every day this week we are giving away a ticket to Disrupt San Francisco. We’ll announce the giveaways in various locations, so make sure you follow our social accounts for tips. You can earn extra entries to the contest by sharing the giveaway link with friends and following our social accounts. Today’s contest ends on 9/3 at noon PST (24 hours from now), but we’ll… Read More
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  • While you were out... (news from late August)

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Two pieces of good news you might have missed while you were away: a. I posted an opening for one or two paid internships. You still have a week to share this with a friend. b. Thanks to my wonderful readers and my colleague Bernadette Jiwa, we were able to raise more than our goal of $200,000 for charity: water. Thanks to everyone who pitched in. We missed you. Welcome back.        
  • The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    "Sorry, you didn't make the team. We did the cuts today." "We did play auditions all day yesterday, and so many people turned out, there just wasn't a role for you. We picked people who were more talented." "You're on the bench until your skills improve. We want to win." Ask the well-meaning coaches and teachers running the tryouts and choosing who gets to play, ask them who gets on stage and who gets fast tracked, and they'll explain that life is a meritocracy, and it's essential to teach kids that they're about to enter a world where people get picked based on performance. Or, they might…
  • Forgive yourself

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round. Forgive yourself for being afraid. But don't let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.        
  • It's a great book, it has no typos!

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    And you really have to check out this hotel, it's dark in your room at night. And quiet, too. Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable. Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.        
  • Turning passion on its head

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Instead of, "do what you love," perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, "love what you do." If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work.        
 
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  • The Celebrity Photo Hacks Couldn’t Have Come at a Worse Time for Apple

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The message to the world is that if it's that easy to hack Jennifer Lawrence's iCloud account, it's probably that easy to hack mine, too.
  • Someone Finally Made the Glorious Loki Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    There are few villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe more beloved than Loki. He may never get an official vehicles, but at least now we have the fan film Loki: Brother of Thor to tide us over.
  • Google Reboots Its Business Software Operation as ‘Google for Work’

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Google is best known for the online services and software it offers to everyday consumers---things like Google Search, Gmail, and the Android mobile operating system that runs so many smartphones and tablets---but for more than a decade, the tech giant has also offered services, software, and even hardware to the world's businesses, including everything from online applications such as Google Docs to sweeping cloud computing services such as Google Compute Engine. Today, the company unveiled a new identity for this growing part of its operation. It will now be known as Google for Work.
  • When It Comes to Innovation, Small Ideas Can Mean Big Wins

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Let’s do some word association. What’s your first thought when someone talks about “innovation” at your company? You probably think of “ground-breaking changes” and “drastic overhauls.” Gmail, the XBox, Nike Air, the Post-It Note. We’re gonna make millions Yes, those certainly fit the definition of innovation. But there’s something to be said for getting the innovation ball rolling […]
  • The Future of Security: Zeroing In On Un-Hackable Data With Quantum Key Distribution

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Thieves steal data constantly, so protecting it is an ongoing challenge. There are more than 6,000 banks with 80,000 branches in the United States, nearly 6,000 hospitals and thousands of insurance companies, all with data that we want to be kept private. Traditionally, their valued data is protected by “keys,” which are transmitted between sender […]
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution by Greg Whelan of RankExperts. 5. Relying on Backlinks Alone The use of SEO has been on the rise for a long time, especially for people who venture in online business. However, while SEO is considered a core tool in enhancing online businesses, the same trend can trigger adverse effects if not implemented in the right way. There are certain limits that you must observe when employing SEO for your business – in other words, SEO for business should never be used blindly. A great number of online businesses are established each day with most of them turning…
  • How to Create Massive Value Content & Blow Your Readers’ Minds

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Let’s face it. Your readers are selfish. The moment they land on your blog, they look for “what’s in it for me?”. And that’s not such a bad thing after all. Knowledge is power. Once you know what they are looking for, you can serve it to them. At the time of writing this, there are 152,000,000 blogs on the Net. That means every half a second, a new blog is created somewhere in the world. It’s getting harder and harder to be found in the blogosphere and this is not changing in the future. If you’re passionate about your topic,…
  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
 
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  • Pocket for Android Adds Storage Control, Quick Deleting, and More

    Thorin Klosowski
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Android: The Pocket app for Android was updated today with some handy new features, including the new ability to set your offline storage limits, a new quick delete mode, and improved Evernote integration.Read more...
  • The Best Things to Buy in September

    Whitson Gordon
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Summer may be slowly drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean September can't still be awesome. Soothe your summer sadness by getting in on great deals this month.Read more...
  • Five Best Solid State Drives For The Money

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kinja Co-Op, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    We've collected and counted your votes and now your five picks for Best Solid State Drive For the Money are ready to be narrowed down to a winner. These are absolutely the five drives we expected to see make it to this round, but the winner isn't so obvious, and we're looking forward to it.Read more...
  • The Best and Worst Banks, Based on Checking Account Fees

    Melanie Pinola
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many bank fees are unnecessary—and often outrageous, possibly costing over $700 a year depending on your usage. WalletHub compared 25 of the biggest banks to find the most and least affordable checking accounts.Read more...
  • Be Careful of How You List Colleges on Your Financial Aid Application

    Melanie Pinola
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Applying for financial aid is no picnic, but in addition to the general confusion, some colleges also use sneaky tactics that can greatly affect your chances of being able to afford attending—or even gaining admission to those schools. Read more...
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  • Celebrity iCloud Accounts Compromised by Weak Passwords, Not iCloud Breach

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    A breach of Apple's iCloud and Find My iPhone services was not involved in the recent hacking incident that saw the private photos and videos of several celebrities leaked onto the Internet, according to a press release just issued by Apple. Instead, celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised by targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions. We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers'…
  • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the sixth Developer Preview and three months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A343f, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. There's also a new version of Xcode 6, an OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview, and an updated version of Apple Configurator 1.7. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more.
  • Prototype 2,915 mAh Battery for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Once Again Shown in Photos

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    New photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] once again claim to show a 2,915 mAh capacity battery from the 5.5-inch model of the iPhone 6. These details follow an earlier Nowhereelse.fr report that showcased a claimed rear shell from the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. The battery in these latest photos appears identical to one detailed in a leak last month from Chinese site Apple Daily, down to the March 2014 manufacturing date. The authenticity of either part is unconfirmed, but both batteries have markings similar to other Apple batteries and appear to be sized for a larger…
  • iWatch Said to Be at 'Engineering Verification Test' Stage, Components Now in Production

    Richard Padilla
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Apple's iWatch has reached the "engineering verification test" (EVT) stage of development and will likely beginning shipping in 2015, according to a new report from Digitimes. While components for the device are said to be in production, sources close to the matter stated the device must also head to production verification testing (PVT) before entering mass production. Digitimes also claims Apple is "unlikely" to unveil the iWatch during its upcoming September 9 media event, which contrasts with reports from the likes of Re/code and Bloomberg last week stating that the device would be…
  • Elgato Unveils 'Eve' HomeKit Supported Smart Home Sensors, Hub-Less Smart Bulb

    Richard Padilla
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    Elgato has announced its brand-new line of "Eve" connected home sensors at this year's IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, featuring full integration with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches. Elgato's line of "Eve" smart home sensors The Eve brand features Bluetooth accessories that monitor air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption, with all information syncing back to an iOS app. From the app, users can see an overview of the different aspects in their home along with suggestions and tips to better improve the environment. Elgato's $50…
 
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  • The Important Power of NEXT

    Chris Brogan
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m going through survey results as they relate to my recent webinar (now available on demand). Of the hundreds, who attended and purchased, I received surveys back from about 115. Of those, 111 people were positive to very positive, with some being effusive in their praise and kindness. Four people said fairly negative and disappointed things. They hated it. They thought it wasn’t worth it. They thought I was a bad man, whatever. Now, pop quiz: guess which feedback I’ve been thinking about for days? (Aw, you already know, because YOU do the same thing!)Continue Reading
  • Comfort is the Enemy

    Chris Brogan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    All of my work seems to be pointing to the same direction lately. People are struggling. They’re running out of time, running out of money, running out of motivation. If I’m to take everyone at their word, they’ve “tried everything” and “nothing works.” And yet, what I see, more and more, is that “good enough” or “you tried” or “why work so hard” are gaining momentum in every direction. Comfort is the Enemy The economy isn’t why people aren’t buying your product or service. Your competition isn’t…
  • How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole – or What Separates Me From Most People

    Chris Brogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Jacq and I work well together. She has this uncanny ability to point me towards interesting things that end up being passions of mine. She decides to get back into lifting weights, and then I rush out and get fanatical about it. She decides to work promoting Visalus, and then I go nuts. Jacq’s given me lots of ideas over the past few years. In talking about this, we both realized there something that separates me from lots of other people. I love to fail. How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole I should probably rephrase that. I don’t love to fail. Who does? Last place? Yay! No, not…
  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved chrisbrogan.com to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
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  • The Marketer’s Guide to Using Quizzes to Reach and Engage Your Audience

    Josh Haynam
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 5, 2014, a food blog called Food52 shared a quiz on Twitter titled, “Which cake are you?” The quiz was built to raise awareness for several new cake recipes on the site, and the results of the quiz showed each quiz taker’s “cake type,” as well as a link to check out the recipe for said cake on Food52′s blog. By the end of the day on July 7, just three days later, the quiz had been viewed more than 20,000 times — it was a hit. Food52′s quiz-success story is not the only recent one. In the last six months, quizzes have been popping up at…
  • A Quick Note About the History of Labor Day That You May Not Realize …

    Jerod Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first Monday of September is upon us, which means that it is Labor Day in the United States (and Labour Day in Canada). Have you ever wondered why North America celebrates Labor Day in September, while many parts of the rest of the world celebrate International Workers’ Day on the first day of May? Turns out, U.S. political leaders in the late 19th century probably wanted to avoid association with the violent Haymarket Massacre that served as part of the inspiration for International Workers’ Day. (It’s a remarkable story, if you don’t know it.) Yes, while we think…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • Two Important Announcements for Writers

    Sonia Simone
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, you may have seen yesterday the abrupt announcement that Google is, at least for the moment, discontinuing their Authorship functionality for search results and webmaster tools. For those in our Authority community, as well as those in our Certified Content Marketer program, we’ll be holding a special live Q&A session with Brian Clark on what this means for web writers as we move forward. Just log in to your Member Dashboard to find out how to attend. You’ll also get your usual Tuesday email with all of the instructions. And secondly, if you aren’t in one of those…
  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
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    Macworld

  • Apple says iCloud flaw not at root of celebrity photo hack

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Addressing a widespread hack of celebrities’ photos, Apple on Tuesday issued an update on its investigation into the incident and said that it was continuing to work with law enforcement on the matter. According to the company, more than 40 hours of investigation from the company’s engineers has established that the accounts that were compromised were the subjects of a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.” While previous reports suggested that a flaw in iCloud was responsible for the hack, Apple says that none of the cases it has looked into were tied…
  • Automate your Mac: The smart way to handle repetitive Mac chores

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Smart Mac users know that taking a little time to figure out a faster way to do something pays off in the long run. That’s why they take advantage of tools like Automator, AppleScript, Keyboard Maestro, TextExpander, Hazel, If This Then That, and others—tools that let you automate little tasks you perform frequently, so you make them happen with single keystrokes (or other quick triggers) instead of running through each step every time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • A City Sleeps hands-on: This musical shoot-em-up will give you nightmares

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Rock Band creator Harmonix has another new game and this time it's an ultra-hard shoot-em-up. Plus it comes out in October. We got a chance to try it out at PAX.
  • Why Apple’s mobile-payments system might actually work

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Rumors have been flying about Apple launching a payment system next week, and Dan Frommer lays out the reasons while the time may finally be ripe. (qz.com)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Gear We Love: Twelve South HiRise holds your display, hides your gear

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    There’s a lot of gear out there for your Apple devices, but how do you know which are worth your time and what’s not worth your money? In our Gear We Love column, Macworld’s editors tell you about the products we’re personally using—and loving.Unless you’ve got just the right desk, there’s a good chance you need to elevate your iMac or display to get it to the best ergonomic height—with your eyes about two to three inches below the top edge of the screen.Your local office-supply store surely has a number of monitor stands to choose from, and online retailers are flush with…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • How Big Data Reveals The Secret Life Of Cities

    Alex Salkever
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Data At Work profiles data scientists working at the cutting edge of Big Data.Suppose data scientists could track how people move through cities and towns as easily as e-commerce sites track them online?Don't answer that. It's already happening—thanks, at least in part, to a startup called StreetLight Data.StreetLight founder and CEO Laura Schewel was working on a doctorate in energy engineering at UC Berkeley when she had the “ah-ha” idea of using data from cell towers, traffic-data aggregators and GPS satellites to track people's movement patterns in cities and states across the…
  • Why So Few Women Are Studying Computer Science

    Selena Larson
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    University students around the country are packing up their cars and making the annual pilgrimage to dorm rooms or sparsely-decorated apartments to kick off the school year. They’re pounding the concrete in Ikea for last-minute bathroom accessories, and hugging their parents goodbye until fall break. The university experience prepares young adults for future careers. It teaches them required skills, and introduces them to peers who may one day become coworkers. For one field in particular, the classes, and for now, the future, look similar to the fraternity houses that line a college town's…
  • Vine Stars Are The New Boy Bands

    Stephanie Chan
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you're still reeling from the idea that YouTube stars can cultivate teen fandemonium comparable to 90's era boy bands—get ready, because it's happening again. Vine stars—the niche, digital media celebrities who have gained popularity over fleeting, six second clips—have caught on like wildfire amongst teen girls. The Jack and Jack Digitour tourbusMeet Jack and Jack. Jack Gilinsky, 17, and Jack Johnson, 18, are two teens from Omaha, Nebraska, who garnered fame by creating humorous six-second clips together on Vine. The duo, who arrived in San Francisco last week as a part of…
  • Letting Robots Make Decisions Also Makes Human Workers Happier

    Lauren Orsini
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Despite everything we've learned from science fiction, giving robotic workers more control may be the key to human happiness in the workplace, an MIT study suggests.MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) conducted a study in which three workers—two humans and a PR-2 humanoid robot (pictured above)—completing an engineering task together. There were three conditions to the study: manual, or totally human organized; autonomous, or totally managed by the robot; and semi-autonomous, in which the robot assigned tasks to one person, and the other person assigned tasks…
  • Meet The Open-Source Startup That Wants To Automate Your Next App

    Matt Asay
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Some people watch TV in their spare time. Others play basketball. Mitchell Hashimoto, overachiever that he is, started an open-source project.And not just any project. In 2010, Hashimoto used his spare time to turn his college dorm room into Vagrant, a popular developer tool that makes it easy to build complete development environments. With a marketing plan straight out of Open Source 101 ("open source the code, blog and tweet about it and wait for word of mouth to take over"), Vagrant now generates millions of downloads, inspires a small army of contributors and boasts a bevy of…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Building A Simple Cross-Browser Offline To-Do List With IndexedDB And WebSQL

    Matt Andrews
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Making an application work offline can be a daunting task. In this article, Matthew Andrews, a lead developer behind FT Labs, shares a few insights he had learned along the way while building the FT application. Matthew will also be running a “Making It Work Offline” workshop1 at our upcoming Smashing Conference in Freiburg in mid-September 2014. — Ed. We’re going to make a simple offline-first to-do application2 with HTML5 technology. Here is what the app will do: store data offline and load without an Internet connection; allow the user to add and delete items in the to-do…
  • Think Your App Is Beautiful? Not Without User Experience Design

    Dave Feldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Lately, every app is “beautiful”. If you read tech news, you’ve seen this pageant: Beautiful charts and graphs1. Beautiful stories2. Beautiful texting3. Beautiful notebooks4. Beautiful battery information5. Aspiring to beauty in our designs is admirable. But it doesn’t guarantee usability, nor is it a product or marketing strategy. Like “simple” and “easy” before it, “beautiful” says very little about the product. How many people, fed up with PowerPoint, cry out in frustration, “If only it were more beautiful”? At best, the problem is simple: No one has figured…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for six years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for September 2014.
  • Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference

    Maurizio Piacenza
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    To badge or not to badge? That is the question. Because badges — and a lot of stuff designed for conferences — often look the same. But if you have a little, different conference, you need different kinds of things. Badges included. It all started in 2013 with the first Kerning conference1. I was asked to design the official notebook: we ended up with a really typographic design for the cover and a funny pattern on the back. And an Easter egg on the cover — more on that later. It was a really funny project, so when my dear friend Cristiano Rastelli2, a member of Kerning’s…
  • Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You

    Jon Arne Sæterås and Luca Passani
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a website that is viewable on mobile devices. In the early days of responsive web design, creating breakpoints in CSS for particular screen sizes was common, like 320 pixels for iPhone and 768 pixels for iPad, and then we tested and monitored those devices. As responsive design has evolved, we now more often start with the content and then set breakpoints when the content “breaks.” This means that you might end up with quite a few…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Who's this guy who lit up Twitter?

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Who is #Falcao?
  • Another American doctor gets Ebola

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than official figures show, and other countries are unintentionally making it harder to control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden told CNN on Tuesday.
  • CNN Comedy: Adam Carolla

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In 2011, comedian and author Adam Carolla talked to CNN about Dr. Drew, his unique middle name, and fish tacos.
  • From friends, to big bucks, to bust

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The world's most popular podcast turned their 30-year friendship to dust. Now Adam Carolla is being sued by boyhood pal Donny Misraje, who claims the comedian made promises he didn't keep.
  • 6 ways to experience India's Punjab

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    When it comes to India travel, the state of Punjab, which borders Pakistan, doesn't make it to the top of that many itineraries.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Greetings from Vegas: It’s Photoshop World Conference Week!!!!!

    Scott Kelby
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hey everybody, sorry for the late post (it was a late night…), but anyway….greetings from Vegas!!!It’s here: Photoshop World kicks off today with the pre-conference workshops; the parties start tonight, and tomorrow we’re live-streaming Adobe’s keynote, so “it’s on.” Just a couple of quick things:First,  get the latest Attendee Newsletter Lots of important information in there for today. Here’s the link (or click on that graphic above).Also, make sure you download the Photoshop World App For iPhone and Android phones, and we’ve put every minute of the…
  • My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships

    Scott Kelby
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I just released a post over at Exposure.co (the photo story-telling site) with the story of my first time ever shooting a pro tennis tournament, and in this case it was Day One of the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York (these shots were taken last Monday).I was only able to shoot starting at the 11:00 am matches and then I had to leave by 3:30 pm to catch my flight to St. Louis for my seminar there (which was awesome! Shout out to all the folks in St. Louis who came out and in Kansas City two days later. Awesome crowds — super nice people!).Research Beforehand Really…
  • Special “This Weekend Only” Deal For My Readers on a 15″ Toshiba Laptop

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Every once in a while we’re able to snag a special deal for folks who read my blog, and this one is pretty sweet if you’re looking for a pimped-out PC laptop. Here’s the deal:The full specs are on their site, but it’s a 15.6″ Toshiba laptop with a 4K touchscreen display, and it comes with Lightroom, it runs Windows 8, it’s got 16GB of Ram, a 1-TB hard Drive and you get for just $1299The retail price is $1799, and there’s already a $200 off promo, but we have an exclusive $300 additional code so my readers get a total of $500 off (sweet!) but the deal…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Everything You Need to Know About Lightroom and Colour Space

    Andrew S. Gibson
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This diagram shows the three colour spaces that Lightroom works with. Photo from Wikipedia One of the key differences between Lightroom and Photoshop is their approach to colour management. In Photoshop, once out of Adobe Camera Raw, you can go to the Colour Settings menu option and tell Photoshop in which colour space you want it to work. How Lightroom works Lightroom works differently. When processing Raw files, Lightroom uses the ProPhotoRGB colour space the whole time, and there’s nothing you can do to change it. The benefits of this method are: Less colour information is lost during…
  • Cartier-Bresson and Stieglitz – Study the Masters of Photography to Become a Better Photographer

    Adam Welch
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is an unnervingly common trait among photographers, image makers, picture people, etc. Sometimes we forget that the reason we have access to such awesome gear and techniques, is because those who came before us in our trade figured them out, practiced them, advance them, and then left us a legacy of knowledge. The further we go back through the history of photography, the more prevalent this apathy becomes. What do you have to learn from someone who used a camera less advanced than a garage door opener? Well, as it turns out, we stand to learn a lot. Maybe not from a technological…
  • How to Secure Your First Music Gig Photo Pass

    Will Barnes
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The hardest part about gaining a photo pass for a large gig is in needing a strong portfolio of concert photos – getting a portfolio of works together when you can’t get access to shows makes things quite tricky. This article will explore how to build your first portfolio and in turn how to secure your first photo pass. While She Sleeps, shot for Brighton Noise Get the gear A lot of photographers will say it doesn’t matter which gear you have, and that it’s all about how you use what you’ve got. I completely disagree with this for music photography, you will need a…
  • 5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Travel Photos

    Kav Dadfar
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is no doubt that travel photography is an incredibly rewarding profession because you have an opportunity to tell stories through your own pictures. But it is also one of the most challenging genres to master. Besides having to be able to photograph everything from people and architecture, to food and landscapes, you are also often at the mercy of the elements. Getting a great travel photo isn’t easy and it often doesn’t come about by luck. You have to be willing to work hard to capture the shot that you want. Here are 5 simple tips to help you improve your travel photos: 1. Do your…
  • Interview: Oded Wagenstein – Author of Snapn Travel Guide and dPS Writer

    Andrew S. Gibson
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Oded Wagenstein is a travel photographer and writer. He’s built a reputation taking intimate portraits from around the world and is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler magazine (Hebrew edition). Regular readers will be familiar with Oded’s wonderful photography and articles. We’re interviewing him here at dPS because we have just published his new ebook about travel photography. It’s called Snapn Travel – A lifetime of travel memories in a snap, and it’s available from our sister site Snapn Guides. It’s a fantastic ebook that will help any photographer who is…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • London Mac User Group doing the 9/9 Apple keynote in style

    Steven Sande
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every year as the seasons begin to change, Apple has an event or two scheduled to announce the latest additions to the product line. And like clockwork, the London (UK) Mac User Group (LMUG) schedules a fun event for its members and others who want...
  • PanStage Music lets you create music together

    Andy J. Williams Affleck
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    PanStage Music is a fun free app to let you create music with friends and strangers from around the world. The basic idea is that someone, perhaps you, records a single audio track, perhaps a cappella vocals, or guitar or flute. Then that track is...
  • Pad & Quill announces more luxurious leather Apple accessories

    Steven Sande
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Minneapolis-based Pad & Quill has become quite the manufacturer of luxury iPhone and iPad accessories in just a few years. Many of the Pad & Quill cases, sleeves and wallets are now made of leather, bringing both a luxurious feel and durability to...
  • Apple: Celebrity photo breach not due to iCloud or Find my iPhone issues

    Steven Sande
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Apple has just released a press statement updating its investigation into the weekend breach of celebrity photos. As noted in the press release, the company says that none of the cases investigated were the result of any breach of Apple's systems...
  • Hook the big ones with the Digital Guide to Fishing Knots

    John Emmert
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you follow the tips and steps to tying proper knots in this app you won't need to talk about the "one that got away" with your fishing buddies. The Digital Guide to Fishing Knots is an iPad app that costs US$.99 and needs iOS 6.0 or later. The...
 
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    Strobist

  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We tend to start out using soft light at a 45-degree angle because it is an easy fix, and it's hard to go seriously wrong doing that.But there are all kinds of light mods, and often choices other than default soft ¾ light can be more interesting. My favorites are snoots, grids and ring adapters.Snoots are like little tunnels you attach to your flash to block part of the light beam. Snoots are not rocket science -- we are just blocking some light. And cardboard works just fine to create tight zones of light that you can use to create something like the photo above.For grid spots, which work…
  • Choosing Soft Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Editor's note: In 2011 I wrote a full post on my four favorite soft modifiers. No changes since then. These are still my go-to's, for reasons explained below. So I am reprinting this in the gear selection module. -DHWith the gazillion or so soft light mods out there, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the choices available. And while I have probably shot with more of them that I would care to admit, there are four soft mods that I go back to again and again.As it happens, these four are reasonably priced, too. (Which may well be what attracted me to them in the first place, of…
  • Choosing Light Stands

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Light stands are designed to oppose gravity. Pretty simple. And the designs are, for the most part, pretty similar. I think of light stands as being in three categories: normal stands, compact stands (seen just above) and specialty stands such as C-stands. For light stands I like LumoPro for many of the same reasons I like the LumoPro LP180 speedlight. Their stands are well-built, reasonably priced and guaranteed out the wazoo. LumoPro has good service, too, should you need to replace a broken knob or bolt or whatever.Honestly, it makes me wonder why other manufacturers don't warranty their…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Canon US has confirmed several price drops across its range of lenses, including several L-series models. According to Canon the price reductions are in honor of reaching a milestone - the production of 100 million EF lenses. Price drops range from a modest $40 up to $1000 off the original retail price, depending on the lens. Read more 
  • Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    German optical manufacturer Zeiss has announced a new range of lenses called Loxia, designed for full frame cameras using the Sony E mount – essentially the Sony Alpha 7 series at the moment. The Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50 are based on the company's existing 35mm f/2 Biogon and 50mm f/2 Planar lenses from the ZM range. Read more
  • Canon marks 80 years since the Kwanon, its first camera

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    In the build-up to Photokina, Canon is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The seed was planted in 1934 when a company called Seiki-Kogaku Kenkyusho placed an advert for a camera called the Kwanon in the Asahi Camera magazine. The company, whose name translates as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, was formed to develop the first Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera in a world where European brands, such as Leica and Contax, dominated. Read more
  • Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Fujfilm X30 offers a 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens - both of which are retained from the X20 that precedes it. New features include a larger, tilting 3" LCD, an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a control wheel around the lens, and greatly improved battery life. We've had access to a pre-production camera for a few days now, and we've been given permission to post some images. Click through for a link to our gallery. 
  • Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1)

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ten years after the end of WWII, Germany was rebuilding. Cities like Berlin, which had been severely damaged during the war were emerging from the rubble as the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or 'economic miracle' transformed West Germany. In the immediate post-war period hundreds of thousands of allied troops were stationed in the divided country, many of them with cameras. Found recently at a flea market, the images in this article date from 1956-7 and were taken by a US Serviceman in Berlin. Click through to take a look. 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Yesterday, I wrote a post about 3 features that I’d love to see in Lightroom (but probably won’t). They’re 3 features that I think I’d use, but I’m not so sure the masses would and it would be worth the development effort on Adobe’s time. Well, as I wrote the post, I realized a way that I could sort of do one of the features I was looking for. See, I often import some photos in to Lightroom and just start editing. I know I’m supposed to go through and flag/rate them right away, but sometimes I don’t have the time or I just really want to see one…
  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • 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…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

    Juli Clover
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Microsoft today updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps to allow users to purchase a monthly subscription to Office 365 directly in the apps. Previously, customers were able to purchase a yearly subscription for Office 365 Home within the apps for $99.99, but it's now possible to buy a monthly subscription for Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home via in-app purchase. As we continue to bring Microsoft Office to all platforms and devices, it's important for customers to manage their Office 365 subscription--easily and on the go. You asked for more flexibility in signing up for…
  • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

    Richard Padilla
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Apple has posted a new page on its developer website (via Cult of Mac) outlining reasons why it rejects apps from the App Store, giving tips on how to better prepare an app for a review. The page also gives the top ten reasons for app rejections during the 7-day period ending last week:Top 10 reasons for app rejections during the 7‑day period ending August 28, 2014. 14%: More information needed 8%: Guideline 2.2: Apps that exhibit bugs will be rejected 6%: Did not comply with terms in the Developer Program License Agreement 6%: Guideline 10.6: Apple and our customers place a high value on…
  • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight

    Richard Padilla
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Apple has posted its final lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London, which starts tonight and now includes acts such as Placido Domingo, SBTRKT, Friend Within, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, Imelda May and The Mirror Trap. Deadmau5 will headline tonight's list of opening acts as Placido Domingo will close the show on September 30. Apple previously announced two separate expansions to its lineup throughout the past month, as artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and others will account for 30 nights of concerts The Roundhouse throughout this…
  • AT&T Offers $100 Bill Credit for New Next Line Activations

    Juli Clover
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As of today, both new customers and existing AT&T subscribers who activate a new line with a smartphone using AT&T's Next upgrade program will get a $100 bill credit. Whether you already have an AT&T account, or you're choosing AT&T for the first time, it's easy to receive a $100 bill credit: Purchase a new smartphone on AT&T Next. Activate a new qualified wireless line of service on your new smartphone. Remain active and in good standing. Receive your $100 bill credit within 3 bill cyclesAT&T's Next upgrade program allows customers to purchase a smartphone or tablet with no money…
  • 'BioShock' for iOS Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Following hints of a release earlier this summer, the iOS version of 2K Games' original first person shooter BioShock is now available in the App Store. Rumored since 2008, BioShock on iOS is a port of the full, original game first released in 2007. Set in 1960, BioShock asks players to take on the role of Jack, a plane crash survivor who finds his way into the defunct underwater city of Rapture. Jack has to fight his way out of the city, battling Big Daddies and other enemies while using an array of heavy weaponry and taking advantage of genetics-altering plasmids that grant him super…
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  • 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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