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  • BBC’s amazing, disastrous 1957 April Fools prank [video]

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    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    What you see in the image above is a spaghetti tree. Of course, spaghetti trees aren't real. But the poor Brits who saw this 1957 BBC April Fools' Day BBC spaghetti tree prank didn't know that. The day after the "Spaghetti Harvest" was aired, the BBC received calls asking where one could buy a spaghetti tree. The post BBC’s amazing, disastrous 1957 April Fools prank [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Facebook is testing an online marketplace in Sydney and Auckland

    Ariel Bogle
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    In a move that could make eBay and Craigslist management lose sleep, Facebook is testing a new regional online marketplace feature in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. A new "Buy & Sell" button is currently being rolled out in the platform's lefthand navigation panel, which will take users to a searchable marketplace of items available in their groups and local area. This marketplace, which looks a little like Pinterest, offers for-sale categories such as "Clothing" and "Computer & Electronics." Of course, many people already buy, sell and trade things on Facebook using…
  • Drones Are Delivering Contraband To Prisons

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Smugglers are airlifting drugs into prison yards using drones. One such incident caused a fight to break out in an Ohio prison last week.A drone transported nearly half a pound of drugs into an Ohio prison on July 29, sparking a fight among inmates. Unknown parties coordinated the drop and flew the drone into a prison yard at the Mansfield Correctional Institute.Read Full Story
  • China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms

    Catherine Shu
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
     China already has some of the most stringent Internet restrictions in the world, but censorship is poised to become even more extreme. Sites and social networks will no longer just be surveilled by keyword filters and monitors working remotely. China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced that police will work directly from the offices of major Internet companies. Read More
  • The other kinds of laziness

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    There's the obvious sort of laziness, the laziness of not trying very hard, of avoiding strenuous tasks or heavy lifting, of getting others to do your work or not showing up for many hours each day. We're quick to point fingers at others (and ourselves) when we demonstrate this sort of sloth. But there are other sorts of laziness, and they're far more damaging. There's the laziness of racism and sexism, which permits us to write people off (or reward them) without doing the hard work of actually seeing them for who they are. There's the laziness of bureaucracy, which gives us the chance to…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • BBC’s amazing, disastrous 1957 April Fools prank [video]

    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    What you see in the image above is a spaghetti tree. Of course, spaghetti trees aren't real. But the poor Brits who saw this 1957 BBC April Fools' Day BBC spaghetti tree prank didn't know that. The day after the "Spaghetti Harvest" was aired, the BBC received calls asking where one could buy a spaghetti tree. The post BBC’s amazing, disastrous 1957 April Fools prank [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 2013’s most popular Wiki searches [video]

    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    You're going to want to watch this video in full screen. It shows an amazing bubble chart of the most popular Wikipedia searches of the early part of 2013. The post 2013’s most popular Wiki searches [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • An epic collection of Stone Cold Steve Austin saying “What?!” [video]

    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Stone Cold Steve Austin was, arguably, one of the most entertaining wrestlers in professional wrestling history. If you remember him, you remember he was famous for two things: the Stone Cold Stunner and saying "What?!" The post An epic collection of Stone Cold Steve Austin saying “What?!” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 obscure people who changed the world [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:27 pm
    With great accomplishment does not always come great fame, a fact to which these ten greats would attest...if anyone would listen. The post 10 obscure people who changed the world [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Making the best of flooding by going wakeboarding [video]

    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Flooding can be disastrous to families, ruining property and wrecking lives. But if no one is hurt, flooding can be a great way to have an impromptu wakeboarding session. The post Making the best of flooding by going wakeboarding [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Facebook is testing an online marketplace in Sydney and Auckland

    Ariel Bogle
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    In a move that could make eBay and Craigslist management lose sleep, Facebook is testing a new regional online marketplace feature in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. A new "Buy & Sell" button is currently being rolled out in the platform's lefthand navigation panel, which will take users to a searchable marketplace of items available in their groups and local area. This marketplace, which looks a little like Pinterest, offers for-sale categories such as "Clothing" and "Computer & Electronics." Of course, many people already buy, sell and trade things on Facebook using…
  • Officer pulls a man from his car moments before an oncoming train slams into it

    Chris Grasinger
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    A sheriff’s deputy in California pulled a man from his car on Monday in Sunnyvale, moments before an oncoming train slammed into it as it lay crashed on the tracks. Two San Mateo County deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel said they heard the car crash into the crossing guard before rushing to the driver’s rescue, according to NBC's reports. One of them then ran onto the track and pulled the driver from the car. The pair is seen running away from the vehicle in this shocking footage from the scene. Meryl Streep got her first guitar lesson from Neil Young because she's Meryl…
  • People left cars to pick up money scattered on a Singapore highway

    Victoria Ho
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    SINGAPORE — It's not every day you see money lying on the ground, so a flutter of dollar notes on a busy expressway caused motorists to abandon their vehicles and stuff their pockets with the booty. See also: The jawdropping footage only a dashcam could capture This dashcam video sent to The New Paper shows drivers leaving their vehicles on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) to pick up the RM50 (US$13) Malaysian notes. The expressway in Singapore is one of the main routes leading to the Northern border between Singapore and Malaysia. Anecdotal accounts from witnesses estimate that the…
  • Your definitive guide to the best biscuits for dunking in tea

    Charlie Mock
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:38 pm
    LONDON – Any seasoned tea drinker will know that dunking a biscuit in your brew is an art mastered only with years of practice. Too long and it crumbles. Too short and your biscuit may as well be fresh out of the packet See also: 6-page guide tells Brits how to make the perfect cup of tea To save you the trouble of fishing biscuit scum from the bottom of your mug while you perfect your dunking skills, we undertook a challenging and highly scientific experiment that holds the answers to all biscuit and tea problems. We took 12 types of biscuit - from the humble digestive to the…
  • Photography series brings emoji to life, poop included

    Kelsey Weekman
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ;) :( See also: Find the hidden emoji in these 10 London landmarks “We think texting back and forth for hours with tiny pictures of poop and floppy disks and tongues is normal, like we've been doing this forever,” she told Mashable. “And the crazy thing is, we truly are expressing incredibly real and raw emotions with these things.” Image: Liza NelsonNelson brings the 20x20 pixel images to life from behind the lens of a camera. Image: Liza Nelson Image: Liza NelsonShe chose to recreate the images that have the most meaning to her as both a mockery and a tribute to the…
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  • Drones Are Delivering Contraband To Prisons

    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Smugglers are airlifting drugs into prison yards using drones. One such incident caused a fight to break out in an Ohio prison last week.A drone transported nearly half a pound of drugs into an Ohio prison on July 29, sparking a fight among inmates. Unknown parties coordinated the drop and flew the drone into a prison yard at the Mansfield Correctional Institute.Read Full Story
  • NHL And Major League Baseball Announce Digital Content Partnership

    Eric Alt
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    A la carte programming makes for strange bedfellows.Ever since the National Hockey League started hosting outdoor games in Major League Baseball's most storied parks—like the New York Rangers taking on the New Jersey Devils in Yankee Stadium in 2014—the two leagues have shared a cordial but distant relationship. Today, however, they got a lot cozier.Read Full Story
  • Instagram Just Stepped Up Its Advertising Game

    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Instagram's advertising API makes it much easier for advertisers to buy Instagram ads.Instagram officially debuted its advertising API this week as part of a major push to turn the app into a major mobile advertising platform.Read Full Story
  • Netflix Is Launching In Japan, Chasing International Growth

    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    In October, the streaming platform will expand to Italy, Portugal, and Spain.Netflix, which is already available in more than 50 countries, has finally cracked a major new market. According to VentureBeat, Netflix is making its way to Japan on September 2. The launch is Netflix's first in Asia, and is part of a major push to operate in at least 200 countries by the close of 2016.Read Full Story
  • Can Two Amazing Beatboxers Make Corporate Jargon Sound Cool?

    FastCo Studios
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    If you have the bandwidth, we suggest you watch this now. Or circle back. Whichever.Every office has at least one person who does the most offensive thing imaginable: They overuse corporate jargon. There are certain phrases we wish would disappear altogether from our professional life. Until that time happens, we brought in two New York City beatboxers to see if even they could make business jargon sound cool. So before you pivot, watch the video, reach out to your friends and share it, then circle back with them to see how they liked it. And make sure to cast your vote each day this week for…
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  • China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms

    Catherine Shu
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
     China already has some of the most stringent Internet restrictions in the world, but censorship is poised to become even more extreme. Sites and social networks will no longer just be surveilled by keyword filters and monitors working remotely. China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced that police will work directly from the offices of major Internet companies. Read More
  • Last-Mile Logistics Startup LetsTransport Gets $1.3M To Expand Throughout India

    Catherine Shu
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:53 pm
     India’s e-commerce market is the fastest growing in Asia and expected to hit $6 billion this year. The country’s underdeveloped logistics networks needs to improve quickly, however, in order to support the volume of orders. Bengaluru-based Letstransport, one of several startups that specializes in ensuring smooth last-mile logistics, has raised $1.3 million led by Rebright Partners. Read More
  • GE Adds Infrastructure Services To Internet Of Things Platform

    Ron Miller
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
     GE announced today that it was expanding its Predix Internet of Things platform to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The IaaS market is dominated by Amazon Web Services with many others including Microsoft, Google and IBM vying for a piece of the action. GE hopes to differentiate itself from these companies by offering infrastructure services specifically tuned to the needs of… Read More
  • Facebook Defends Video Practices After Accusation Of ‘Lies And Theft’

    Lucas Matney
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:48 pm
     It’s a tale as old as time. Internet video creator/vlogger garners support after accusing $260 billion social media giant of using unethical practices and earns a seemingly official reply comment on his blog post from a mid-level employee at said company. Ah yes. Wait, no. What? Well here’s what happened: The Post Hank Green, a YouTube creator who creates quirky, iconically… Read More
  • Disconnect CEO Explains That New Do Not Track Policy

    Anthony Ha
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:13 pm
     The Electronic Frontier Foundation released what it called a “stronger” Do Not Track setting yesterday. But what does that actually mean for your day-to-day privacy on the web? To understand it (or at least try), I got on the phone with Casey Oppenheim, co-founder and CEO of privacy startup Disconnect, who worked with the EFF to develop the new standard. Oppenheim explained that… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The other kinds of laziness

    Seth Godin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    There's the obvious sort of laziness, the laziness of not trying very hard, of avoiding strenuous tasks or heavy lifting, of getting others to do your work or not showing up for many hours each day. We're quick to point fingers at others (and ourselves) when we demonstrate this sort of sloth. But there are other sorts of laziness, and they're far more damaging. There's the laziness of racism and sexism, which permits us to write people off (or reward them) without doing the hard work of actually seeing them for who they are. There's the laziness of bureaucracy, which gives us the chance to…
  • Self cleaning

    Seth Godin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:47 am
    My friend Lisa is fascinated by the self-cleaning oven. In principle, it takes care of itself, an ongoing cycle of productivity. One button gets it dirty, then another button cleans it right up. Even better, consider the camera that cleans its sensor every time it's turned on. Relationships, processes, interactions--these can be self cleaning too, if we build them that way. Instead of waiting for things to degrade or even to break, we build in a cycle of honesty, a tradition of check-ins. Instead of a strategy that includes [and then an emergency happens/and then a miracle happens] as a key…
  • Show us the pictures

    Seth Godin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    There’s an increasing gulf between the privacy of individuals and that of corporations and monopolies. An individual is almost certainly going be videotaped every time he leaves home. You will be caught on camera in the store, at the airport and on the street. Your calls to various organizations will also be recorded “for quality purposes.” At the same time, it’s against the law to film animal cruelty on farms in many states. And if you say to a customer service rep, “I’m taping this call,” you’re likely to be met with hostility or even a dead line. Kudos, then, to police…
  • Yes!, please and thank you

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Don't jerk people around Here's a simple marketing strategy for a smaller company trying to compete in a big-company world: Choose your customers, trust them, treat them well. Say yes. Bend the rules. Show up on time. Keep your promises. Don't exert power merely because you can. Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile. Not everyone deserves this sort of treatment, not everyone will do their part to be the kind of customer you can delight and serve. But that's okay, you don't need everyone. When in doubt, be the anti-airline.        
  • On adding a zero

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Just about everyone can imagine what it would be like to add 10% more to their output, to be 10% better or faster. Many people can envision what their world would be like if they were twice as good, if the work was twice as insightful or useful or urgent. But ten times? It's really difficult to imagine what you would do with ten times as many employees, or ten times the assets or ten times the audience. And yet imagining it is often the first step to getting there.        
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  • The Totally NSFW Superhero Trailer: Deadpool Is Finally Here

    Jordan Crucchiola
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:22 pm
    The trailer for the very R-rated comic flick is finally here! The post The Totally NSFW Superhero Trailer: Deadpool Is Finally Here appeared first on WIRED.
  • GEs New Cloud May Be the Most Tempting Hacker Bait Ever

    Klint Finley
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    GE is launching an Internet of Things cloud for big industrial customers---think connected jet engines. The post GEs New Cloud May Be the Most Tempting Hacker Bait Ever appeared first on WIRED.
  • Chrysler and Harman Hit With a Class Action Complaint After Jeep Hack

    Andy Greenberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    If the complaint is certified as a class action, it could snowball into a case with more than a million potential plaintiffs. The post Chrysler and Harman Hit With a Class Action Complaint After Jeep Hack appeared first on WIRED.
  • Startup Founders Pitch Their Ideas to … the President

    Issie Lapowsky
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Inside the White House's first demo day, where startup founders tried to sell their companies as the next big thing. The post Startup Founders Pitch Their Ideas to … the President appeared first on WIRED.
  • Apple Is Slipping in a Universe Where Success Is Relative

    Davey Alba
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Take a peek at the stock market today, and you might get the impression that Apple wasn't one of the most mind-blowingly profitable companies of all time. The post Apple Is Slipping in a Universe Where Success Is Relative appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Thinking of Quitting Blogging? Here’s How One Blogger Turned it Around

    Stacey Roberts
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    You would have read yesterday about the growing discontentment with blogging and what to do next, and how Megan Tietz finally realized it was time to walk away. Liberating, eh? Today we chat to Nicole Avery from Planning With Kids, who was dangerously close to burnout at the end of 2014. She knew if she didn’t change her approach to blogging, she was going to ditch the whole thing entirely. Her ideas of how to pull back, recalibrate and start again with a new focus is super-inspirational, and I am sure that those of you who are looking for fresh ways to do an old thing will find…
  • ProBlogger Podcast: Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

    Darren Rowse
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    photo credit Ah yes – this old chestnut. Can bloggers really make money blogging? It’s a subject I find myself talking about a lot, and it’s often the most popular question I get asked. Last year we did a theme week on on that exact topic, where every day we took a look into popular ways to monetize (links are below). In today’s ProBlogger Podcast episode, we crack this chestnut wide open. It’s the first episode that isn’t in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge, although they’re all still there (and on iTunes) if you’d…
  • Thinking of Quitting Blogging? The Tale of One Blogger Who Did (and What Happened Next!)

    Stacey Roberts
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    There has been a definite shift in the blogosphere over the last 12 or so months, and I’ve heard story after story of people who feel a real sense of transition in the air. Blogging can take a toll on the strongest of people, what with its 24-hour cycle, it’s relentless need to be updated, and its ability to totally take over your life if you let it. What I’ve noticed, though, is how hard it is for people to let go. Either to let go of their blogs completely, or to let go of the parts of blogging that don’t serve them (me included!). It could be fear holding them…
  • 31DBBB Day 31: Next Steps

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Day 31. Hopefully you’ve found some of the challenges over this last 31 days to be useful. Thousands have completed the program over the years and I’ve heard so much great feedback, but there’s one thing I’d like to share with you today on the podcast. What’s the key to really getting the most out of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog? And how do you do that? I share all! You will need a calendar set up somewhere so make sure you have one you can use before you get going with today’s challenge. Nothing will change if you…
  • The ProBlogger Podcast: Digging into Statistics

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost the last day! While yesterday we looked to the future to build a plan to find readers, today we’re going to dig into our stats to find out what kind of effect the last 29 days have had on our sites. What can you see is different after the changes you’ve made? Some of you will be seasoned pros at looking at your stats, but if you’re newer to blogging and want some starting points, these are the metrics I recommend you keep track of regularly as you go on with your blogging. In the show notes I also link to a post I published recently that gives you an overview of how I…
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  • The Cityscape Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you love your city (or one you’ve traveled to), an aerial view of it might be the best backdrop for your workstation. Today’s featured workspace showcases awe-inspiring night and day city views.Read more...
  • If Your Flight Is Overbooked, Don't Volunteer to Get Bumped

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Flights are overbooked all the time. If you’re going to be bumped, don’t volunteer to take the airline’s compensation—whether they offer cash or a voucher. Instead, be one of those passengers involuntarily denied boarding and receive much more in compensation.Read more...
  • Keep Spending in Check with the $1 Per Use Rule

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Spending money on things we don’t use that often or that aren’t important to us is a huge waste. One way to evaluate purchases to make sure we’re putting our hard-earned money to good use: The $1 per use rule.Read more...
  • Most Popular Record Player: Technics SL-1200MK2

    Alan Henry
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Whether you’re listening to old records handed down to you or you’re getting into vinyl for the first time, you need a solid record player. Last week we asked you for your favorites , then looked at the five best record players and put them to a vote. Now it’s time to highlight your favorite.Read more...
  • Deadspin 22 Years Ago Today, Nolan Ryan Beat The Shit Out Of Robin Ventura | Gizmodo Why Are URLs Fu

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Deadspin 22 Years Ago Today, Nolan Ryan Beat The Shit Out Of Robin Ventura | Gizmodo Why Are URLs Full of So Many Garbage Characters? | Jezebel Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name | Kotaku Bungie Is Erasing Peter Dinklage From Destiny | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
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  • New 'Beats 1: Replay' Feature Lets Users Listen to Full Replays of Missed Shows

    Juli Clover
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Apple's Beats 1 radio station was recently updated to give users access to full replays of radio segments, with a new Beats 1: Replay feature. As highlighted by MacStories, Replay covers several Beats 1 shows, including those by Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden, letting users re-listen to a missed segment. Since Apple Music's debut, there's been an option on Beats 1 radio to listen to playlists of songs by each DJ after a show ends, but there was often no way to listen to a full show with guests and commentary unless you caught it on the second playthrough, 12 hours after it first…
  • Apple Music Licensing Deals Include Permissions for Additional Beats Radio Stations

    Juli Clover
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Apple's licensing terms with record labels give the company permission to create up to five additional radio stations like Beats 1, reports The Verge, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's deals. Without needing to negotiate new terms, Apple could potentially launch additional Beats stations around the world, adding DJs in other countries or launching stations with a specific focus.As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations like Beats 1, without having to renegotiate with the labels. That means Apple…
  • iPad mini 4 Roundup Updated

    Arnold Kim
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    We've updated our iPad mini roundup with all the details on Apple's next-generation 7.9-inch tablet. The iPad mini 4 is expected to be thinner and lighter with an iPad Air-style redesign, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a gapless laminated display with anti-reflective coating. It will likely include an A9 processor and could also offer 2GB of RAM like the iPad Air 2. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips • Apple Pay Adds 46…
  • Apple Music Ads Going Up Around the World as Apple Music is Added to Billboard Top Charts

    Juli Clover
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    Apple has kicked off a worldwide advertising campaign for its new streaming music service, with advertisements showing up in various cities like San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. Billboards in San Francisco have been updated with new Apple Music ads, and the Omotesando and Harajuku Metro Stations in Tokyo have been updated with Apple Music banners. Some bus stops in Mexico City are also displaying Apple Music ads, and ads have also been seen on billboards in Los Angeles and Toronto. Apple Music banners in Omotesando via Instagram The banners mimic images that have…
  • Apple Seeds Fourth OS X El Capitan Beta to Public Beta Testers

    Juli Clover
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    Apple today seeded the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, nearly one week after seeding the third beta and just under a month after providing the first OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes. The fourth public beta follows the launch of the sixth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers yesterday. Aside from new wallpaper, no outward-facing changes were introduced with beta six, suggesting it's largely an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing…
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  • 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
  • Periscope is the Least Interesting Thing I’ve Ever Seen

    Chris Brogan
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I just logged onto Periscope. I did it mostly because Derek Halpern said this. If you love Periscope, read that. Because I don’t love Periscope. Periscope is Not Interesting To Me The premise is simple: live video in real time. Okay, cool. Except, it’s not especially useful for my business. It’s INTERESTING, but it’s not USEFUL. Continue ReadingThe post Periscope is the Least Interesting Thing I’ve Ever Seen appeared first on
  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
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  • Showrunner Short: Live Reaction from Podcast Movement 2015

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    While waiting for Sarah Koenig’s closing keynote at Podcast Movement 2015, The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor recorded a full episode of The Showrunner from the exhibit hall floor. They figured they’d get it out to you as soon as possible. Reason 1: Because it was fun, the recording quality ended up being quite good, and they want to transfer their Podcast Movement enthusiasm to you while it’s still fresh and relevant. Reason 2: The Showrunner Podcasting Course reopened yesterday. And what better excuse to remind you, than with 30 bonus minutes of…
  • How Veteran Podcaster and Content Marketer Jerod Morris Writes

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Showrunner behind multiple top-ranking podcasts and Vice President of Marketing for the Rainmaker.FM podcast network, Jerod Morris, paid The Writer Files host Kelton Reid a visit this week to talk about his beginnings as a writer, podcaster, and digital marketer. Mr. Morris started out online as a sports blogger and became the editor of a high-traffic blog that was tapped by Fox Sports. His blogging has led to quite a few opportunities for the writer, including: Co-founding a WordPress hosting company Leading the editorial team for Launching and co-hosting multiple…
  • How to Get Offline Customers Engaged with Your Online Marketing

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Can digital marketing work even if your target market isn’t your typical “online audience?” You bet, but it all relies on knowing what to write about and where to publish your content. This week on Hit Publish, listener Tom submitted his question for the Dear Amy column. He wonders how he can get more of his customers engaging with his online marketing. The challenge is that Tom’s audience is more likely to spend time in an industrial workshop than reading a blog post. So can you still capture their attention with online content? Yes, you can. There are five steps you’ll…
  • How to Find Your High-Leverage Outputs, Build Products, and Choose Your Own Path

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur founded Betterment in 2008 after working as an adviser to Wall Street’s biggest financial institutions. He started Betterment in an attempt to reinvent the investment industry. It wasn’t long before his vision became a reality as the company won TechCrunch’s Best Startup in New York award in 2010. He is an economics graduate of Harvard University and a finance graduate of Columbia Business School. He says his interests lie at the intersection of behavior, psychology, and economics, and he gets excited about making everyday…
  • Proof that Stories Can Increase the Value of Even ‘Worthless’ Items

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Marketers are agog over stories. For good reason. Your stories lift a prospect out of her ordinary world … and then take her on a journey that ultimately leads to a vision of herself as a better version of herself. In 1984, Apple brought its own story to the market, one in which agile, nonconformists can break the mold … liberated by a busty Norwegian body builder wielding a sledgehammer … we’re, of course, talking about the 1984-inspired “Think Different” campaign. But do stories really enhance a company’s products? Its reputation? Is there evidence? Rough…
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  • Taylor Swift explains the difference between Apple Music and Spotify

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Almost overnight, Taylor Swift went from criticizing Spotify to singing Apple Music’s praises. And the pop star is now revealing why.“Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about,” Swift told Vanity Fair. The magazine calls Swift an “Apple Music crusader” with the “willingness to take on tech giants.”A few days before Apple Music launched at the end of June, Swift posted an open letter criticizing Apple for not paying royalties to music rights holders during the free three-month trial. It took mere hours for Apple to reverse the…
  • Update: Apple denies testing its own mobile service plan in the U.S. and Europe

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Update: Apple has denied the Business Insider report that the company is testing an MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe. ”We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch an MVNO,” Apple told Reuters in a statement on Tuesday. However, Business Insider is standing by its reporting that meetings about an MVNO service have taken place, and that Apple could be publicly denying the claim to alleviate carriers' concerns. It’s been almost a decade since Apple first filed a patent to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), but Cupertino’s plan is reportedly still…
  • Readdle turns 8: Scanner Pro maker reflects on App Store changes and failed games

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    In the App Store’s early days, it was easy to find great apps. Everything was so new, so exciting, and people couldn’t wait to make the most of their iPhones. Times have changed, but the team behind Ukrainian app development house Readdle, which makes Macworld favorites like Scanner Pro 6, PDF Expert 5, and Calendars 5, is celebrating its eighth anniversary with a super sale (which runs through Thursday) and some fond reflections on the App Store’s origins. I chatted with Readdle marketing chief Denys Zhadanov, who was just 17 when his brother Igor started the company with three college…
  • Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Less than a week after releasing the third public beta, Apple has released the fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Apple doesn’t provide any details as to what’s been updated in the new beta, but the company does recommend that all beta users install the update. To do that, all you have to do is launch the App Store, click on the Updates tab, and when it appears in the listing, click the Update button. Your Mac will need to restart. Have no clue as to what this beta stuff is all about? Read our El Capitan beta FAQ. You can still sign up for the El Capitan beta program, but…
  • BitTorrent Sync's cloudless file syncing adds mobile productivity features

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    BitTorrent Sync, BitTorrent's "cloudless" cloud storage service, just keeps getting better and better.The Sync mobile app just got some new features on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone to help make you more productive. For the first time on iOS, you’ll be able to create files and save them to a sync folder. You’ll also have the ability to make edits to a file and have the changes sync back to other users.As for Android and Windows Phone, advanced users who know their way around a file system can already create, edit, and sync files from mobile. The latest Sync update makes that…
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  • What Augmented Reality Is—And Isn't

    Kyle Samani
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Guest author Kyle Samani is the cofounder and CEO of Pristine, a maker of video-based field-service solutions.Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are becoming hot buzzwords in the tech ecosystem. Giant companies are placing bets and investors are pouring capital into the space.Facebook bought Oculus for a cool $2 billion in 2014. Google has been showcasing Glass since early 2012 and continues to invest in Glass, contrary to popular belief. Microsoft, Sony, Toshiba and Samsung have announced their own smartglasses. Nearly every major venture capitalist in Silicon Valley…
  • The Developer Opportunity For Connected Cars In The Here Maps Acquisition

    David Nield
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Here Maps is one of the best products to climb out of the wreckage of the Nokia that Microsoft left behind, and Audi, BMW and Daimler obviously agree: In an attempt to reduce their reliance on Google and Apple's maps, the German automobile firms have paid some €2.8 billion (or a little over $3 billion USD) to jointly acquire the business. The deal could lead to an interesting opportunity for developers or would-be partners. Connected car initiatives, so-called "infotainment" centers and other vehicular technologies can be difficult for outside parties to get into; they…
  • Apple's Scorched-Earth Advertising Play Could Lobotomize Google

    Matt Asay
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    Apple has an advertising business. But Apple doesn't have an advertising business that it must protect at all costs. Particularly when it can create cudgels to bludgeon Google.The cudgel in question is Apple's new content-blocking software that it's building into iOS 9. The new version of Apple's mobile operating system promises to significantly improve Apple customers' experiences—even as it wreaks havoc on companies that depend upon advertising to pay the bills.Like, say, Google.While Apple is almost certainly focused on improving the experience of its customers, rather than beating up…
  • 10 Ways To Test If Your MVP Is Actually Viable

    Scott Gerber
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Throwing together a minimum viable product, or MVP, is a great way to test your concept and find out what customers really want before you sink more money into the game.However, there's a fine line between tossing something together and a MVP that's too buggy to launch. Finding that sweet spot is tough—spend too long on a proof of concept and you're wasting your time, but send out a too-buggy product and you risk your reputation. How do you know when you're ready?I asked 10 entrepreneurs from YEC how they know if an MVP is ready launch. Their best answers are below.1. Your MVP Solves a…
  • Amazon's Awesome Alexa Voice Tech Reaches Out To Other Devices

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Alexa, the chatty personality that makes the Amazon Echo smart speaker so fun and handy, wants to join more devices. The company announced Friday the launch of its free Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.AVS was born out of the company’s work on the Echo, which may be Amazon’s best hardware product since its Kindle e-reader. The device is a voice-controlled cylindrical appliance that can tell you the weather, give you traffic conditions on your commute, play music, control connected lights and other appliances, and—of course—buy things from Amazon. See also: Amazon…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Designing Custom Images For Your Online Content, Faster!

    Lauren Jung
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
      Visual elements are a huge part of online publishing. Whether you are creating social media updates, blog posts, eBooks or slide decks on SlideShare, if your post contains images, then you’ll get exponentially better engagement. So, having a streamlined process for creating eye-catching images is imperative. This article will walk you through how to do just that, as well as provide you with a starter kit of tools to kickstart your foray into the exciting world of quick-and-dirty (yet still super-cool) image creation!The post Designing Custom Images For Your Online Content,…
  • How To Prototype UI Animations In Keynote

    Hamza Siddiqui
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
      Whether it’s playful refresh states, subtle icon movements or complex transitions, beautiful animation is all around us. Once considered an aesthetic luxury, animation is now used so commonly in modern web and mobile applications that entire websites are dedicated to UI animation patterns. While animations may have great visual appeal, they also make app experiences more intuitive and engaging. Animation can make an app feel more fluid and responsive by providing feedback on user interaction. This means that, for designers, creating authentic animations is increasingly becoming…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:19 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 seven years now, 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…
  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published "CSS Secrets", a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work…
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jacob Slaton!

    Brad Moore
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hi, I’m a guy from Arkansas. People pay me to take pictures sometimes, and sometimes they don’t. Today is a day where no one is paying me to take pictures, so I’m writing this blog post because Brad Moore asked me to, and he seems like a nice guy (on the internet). I’ve been shooting pictures for the last seven years as my only source of income, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I shoot “full time” – some months are slow, and some months I can barely keep up, and most months are somewhere in the middle. Photography feeds my family, pays my mortgage, and sometimes I get to…
  • Another Tip From My Weekend Wedding Shoot

    Scott Kelby
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    OK, I survived the Wedding shoot Saturday, but just barely thanks to all the record-breaking flooding we’re having here in Tampa. It kept us trapped indoors for the entire day (and all my bridal portraits were scheduled for outdoors. Ack!). The event coordinator let us in an empty meeting room, and when I had the bride open the drapes, it faced directly into a rental car agency and a multi-level parking garage (see image below). LOL! Solution? Over-expose by 3 stops! That was what’s outside the window just completely blows out and turns to solid white. I’m not sure if…
  • Shooting a Wedding? Don’t Forget an iPad to Take Pictures of The Rings. Or….

    Scott Kelby
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    When I mentioned on Facebook I was shooting a wedding on Saturday, Jose Rodriguez (who follows me on FB and who had been to my original “Shoot like a Pro” seminar) wrote, “Don’t forget an iPad to take pictures of the rings” which brought a flurry of follow-up questions from photographers asking why. Here’s why — it makes a great surface to create reflections of the rings if a glossy black piano (my first choice) isn’t available. This is a trick I shared in my original Shoot Like a Pro seminar, and it was my wife Kalebra who came up with the idea…
  • Roberto Valenzuela was awesome on “The Grid” (but the rest of us…well…)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Some are calling it our best episode ever. I was getting texts during the first 20 minutes or so saying the same thing, but I have to tell you, the first 20 minutes are…well…I’m not sure what it was, but there was a lot of laughing (and dating tips). I think it must have been something in the water (or in Brad’s beard) that kind of took the train off the tracks for a while, but we eventually pulled it together and Roberto shared some really great stuff — he was really awesome. Our topic was based on my blog post from Monday called “If you were only allowed 10 pieces of…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBook Giveaway! You saw it announced here earlier this week… Now it’s time to give some away! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBooks from Scott Kelby! What’s that? We have three free The Headshot by Peter Hurley eBooks as well? Great! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these too! Photoshop World Photoshop World is right around the corner! If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to swing on by, we’d love to see you. You can still get FREE Expo Only passes by…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Beginners Guide to Using TTL Off-Camera Flash

    Jeremie Schatz
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    So you want to use off-camera flash. But why? Your camera has that hot shoe there for a reason, right? There are two things that you may not realize: That many DSLR-speedlight combos are capable of wireless off-camera flash using through-the-lens (TTL) metering without any additional equipment That using off-camera flash can take your photography to an entirely new level both in quality and creative potential. Many references to off-camera flash talk about sync cords and wireless transmitters, when in fact, many DSLRs with a built-in pop-up flash have the ability to wirelessly control a…
  • How To Quickly Focus Stack an Image in Photoshop

    James Brandon
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Four-image focus stack of sunset in Bishop, California. The foliage in the foreground was just inches away from the camera. When you take into account all the different ways to get a tack sharp image, it can be quite overwhelming. I’ve been photographing landscapes as a full time photographer for six years now, and have tested just about every method out there. Focus stacking is just one more option, but it is one of my favorites, if the conditions are right. Focus stacking is a life saver when you have a foreground subject that is very close to the frame, and a background subject…
  • 6 Ways to Use Color for Eye Catching Compositions

    Chris Corradino
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A painter only needs to look at their palette before applying color to the canvas. Photographers have a different challenge, as they must locate their tones by studying a scene. Of course, this can be easy to bypass when you’re thinking about shadow, highlight, depth of field, shutter speed, and all of the other technical details that go into a photo. Still, as the great painter Kandinsky said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” To use it in your compositions can infuse your work with a new level of sophistication. 1) Background Separation To maximize the…
  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Review

    Tim Gilbreath
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In November of 2014, Canon introduced us to its newest member of their low-cost prime lens family, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. Canon gave us the 40mm version in 2012, and hoped to up the stakes by adding a wide-angle version this past year. Sitting at the extreme end of what can be considered wide-angle, the EF-S 24mm (full-frame equivalent of 38mm on an APS-C sensor) does so in the form of a small, light, and inexpensive prime lens that is easily accessible to all Canon enthusiasts. The first features that will strike you about the 24mm are its inconspicuous qualities; the lens is…
  • Beginners Guide to Creating and Applying Texture Overlays Using Photoshop

    Lea Hawkins
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Adding texture to photographs was happening long before the invention of Photoshop and other editing programs. In the days of the darkroom, we would scratch negatives with pins, sand paper them, stain the photographic paper with fixer before exposing, layer two negatives on top of each other in the enlarger, or push our film ISO to increase grain. These days, with editing programs being our digital darkroom, we simply have yet another way of adding texture to photographs. What is a texture? In digital photography terms it’s simply another layer added to your photograph in an editing…
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Watch Faith return to freerunning in 'Mirror's Edge: Catalyst'

    Nick Summers
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    EA and Dice are returning to the Mirror's Edge franchise early next year, and today we got an in-depth look at the game in action. Just like the original, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst has Faith leaping from buildings, bounding up ledges and taking out e...
  • Samsung Pay makes its way to smart TVs

    Mariella Moon
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:34 am
    Samsung is making it simpler to shop for apps, in-app purchases, books and movies, among other things, on its smart TVs. Months after launching its mobile payment system, the Korean company's now introducing a new service aptly called "Samsung Pay...
  • 3D printed circular saw is smaller than a thumbnail

    Mariella Moon
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:32 pm
    What is this, a saw for -- bah, we'll spare you that joke. You probably knew it was coming the moment you saw the image above, because yes, that's a teeny tiny circular saw that actually works. It was created by New Zealand native Lance Abernethy,...
  • Razer stuffs colored lighting into more gaming keyboards and keypads

    Jon Fingas
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Razer has been decking out seemingly every gaming peripheral it makes with many-colored Chroma lighting, and there's no signs of that trend letting up any time soon. The company has rolled out Chroma versions of both its slim, laptop-like DeathStal...
  • This web game shows you why self-driving cars are better

    Jon Fingas
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    You've probably heard that self-driving cars are safer than their human-guided equivalents (as a general rule, at least). But what if you have a hard time wrapping your head around how that concept works in practice? Never fear: developers Mark Bac...
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  • 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…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Lens Rentals Canada is closing permanently, according to a statement issued by owner Craig Blair on Monday. He cites logistical issues and personal reasons, saying numerous problems with the business 'didn't make it a fun endeavor'. Read more
  • Photoshop CC 2015.0.1 update addresses healing tool issue

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Adobe has issued an update for Photoshop CC 2015 with a number of bug fixes. Notably, an issue with the healing brush tool has been addressed, as users reported that the tool was creating unwanted artifacts in images. Read more
  • LxMeter transforms your smartphone into a light and flash meter

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The LxMeter from Italian manufacturer Optivelox has introduced an accessory that turns your smartphone into a light meter. It's similar to the Lumu light meter, but provides flash meter functionality and is capable of working with Android devices via a dedicated app. Read more
  • Less is more? Fujifilm X-T10 review

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    The Fujifilm X-T10 puts many of the X-T1's capabilities into a smaller, less expensive body. It uses the same 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II and, despite a more compact body, offers an additional custom function button and even squeezes in a pop-up flash. Is the X-T10 capable of holding its own against APS-C competitors? Read our full analysis. Read more
  • Nikon introduces 24-70mm F2.8 VR, 24mm F1.8 and 200-500 F5.6 FX lenses

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nikon has released three new full-frame lenses, including a prime and both standard zoom and super telephoto zooms. The one that will likely garner the most attention is the replacement for the venerable 24-70mm F2.8. The latest version adds Vibration Reduction, electromagnetic aperture control, a new optical construction and more. Also introduced is a 24mm F1.8 prime and a 200-500mm F5.6 super telephoto. More details
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Get in close when shooting wide (Matt Kloskowski)
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Wide angle lenses are great for capture wide sweeping vistas, but often when used with people in the frame… the person gets squished down and almost becomes a secondary part of the image. Or even when shooting a landscape the foreground is overlooked while trying to capture the middle ground and background. Don’t forget that a lot of times the viewer’s eye loves something in the front area to act as a starting point to help the visual story begin, and this works really well when you get really close to a subject with a wide angle lens. If we were to compare it to music, it…
  • Adobe released Lightroom update/bug fix (Matt Kloskowski)
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Hi Gang: Just wanted to make sure you caught this – a few days ago Adobe released an update with support for next cameras and lens profiles, and a bug fix. I’ve seen a number of folks posting online that their Lightroom bugs were addressed in this update, so it’s definitely worth downloading. Both LR CC and LR6 got the update. Here’s the link with more details direct from Adobe’s Lightroom blog. Best, -Scott The post Adobe released Lightroom update/bug fix appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • Get rid of those extra TIFFs & PSDs in your Lightroom Library fast! (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Each time you jump over to Photoshop, it usually creates a copy of your photo and saves it alongside the original in PSD or TIFF format (depending on what you chose in Lightroom’s External Editing preferences), even if you never made a change to it in Photoshop. If you’re like me, you probably had a hundred or more of these PSDs or TIFFs with no visible changes, just taking up space on your drive and in Lightroom. If you still haven’t gotten rid of them, here’s what to do: (1) Go to the Library module, and in the Catalog panel, click on All Photographs. (2) Up in the Library…
  • A Quick before and after (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    So I thought I would walk you through a quick edit and let you in on my thoughts. Starting image… reset to just the RAW image for you to see all the steps. (I have a preset that is applied on import usually.) The first step that sets the tone for the image and helps clarify the editing is getting the crop and composition how I like it. I crop to the image, not to a set ratio, but some folks prefer to keep certain ratios for printing… it is up to you. Since the main story of the image is the boy and his bike, there is a lot of extraneous area that can be cropped. For action…
  • My New Lightroom Book (just announced today) Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States

    Juli Clover
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers in the southeastern United States may be seeing a widespread cellular outage that's preventing them from using voice and data services. is showing outages in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Indiana for all four carriers. T-Mobile outage map via According to a Sprint representative that spoke to Re/code, the issue is related to a local exchange provider that works with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile."We are aware of the impacts to service in which customers across multiple carriers may be unable to access…
  • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music

    Lory Gil
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    If you are signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music, you probably know by now many of the cool features the streaming music service has to offer. But, did you know that Siri can make the experience even better? We've got a few tips for getting Siri to act as your digital deejay. To get the full use of Siri's compatibility with Apple Music, make sure you are subscribed and your iCloud Music Library is on. Play a Radio Station or Beats 1 Not only can Siri play a radio station like Electronic or Oldies, but now the personal assistant can also start playing live Beats 1…
  • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips

    Mitchel Broussard
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Previous rumors that a smaller-screened "iPhone 6c" had been canceled for 2015 and perhaps now set to launch sometime in 2016 are getting a bit more heft today, with a report from Digitimes suggesting the "iPhone 5c successor" will launch in the second quarter of 2016. The site's sources from within the seminconductor industry also point to the so-called iPhone 6c lineup arriving with new 14/16nm FinFET chips from TSMC and Samsung, which would bring better performance and lower power consumption to the new line of cheaper iPhones. The 14/16nm FinFET chips will be manufactured by Taiwan…
  • Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S.

    Eric Slivka
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Apple has once again updated its list of participating Apple Pay issuers, adding 46 more banks and credit unions to the list of institutions whose customers can set up credit and/or debit cards with the service. The new additions increase the number of banking institutions in the U.S. supporting Apple Pay to over 425, and just last month the service expanded to the United Kingdom, where most of the country's major banks are already on board. 1st United Services Credit Union Align Credit Union Atlantic Regional FCU Bank of Marin Bank of Oklahoma Central Pacific Bank Community & Southern Bank…
  • Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans

    Husain Sumra
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Australia's largest mobile carrier today announced that it would give away a free 12-month trial of Apple Music with a 12 or 24 month Go Mobile plan on iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The deal marks the first time the new music service will be given away with a mobile plan. Additionally, the carrier's notes on the promotion indicate that the service will use carrier billing. When users sign up and agree to the terms and conditions Apple Music's payment will be paid via the Telstra rather than Apple directly. This means that users have to renew or cancel their trial through their carrier bill. Last week,…
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