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  • Is this the most easily scared man in the world? [video]

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    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    It's a good thing this poor guy has a good sense of humor, because if not he's probably go postal. His friends continually scare him, and each time he falls for it. The post Is this the most easily scared man in the world? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 5 games that make 'Rare Replay' totally worth it

    Adam Rosenberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Rare Replay is an odd beast, and a fitting compilation given the titular game developer's proclivity for weirdness in some of its best games. It's a 30-game collection that, while incomplete, provides a broad look at one of gaming's most beloved developers. You might weep over the notable (if understandable) absences of Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007, but there's more than enough kickass stuff to make up for it. See also: 6 big moments from the Xbox main event at Gamescom 2015 If you like video games and you're interested in exploring the history of one of the industry's most…
  • Taylor Swift Burns Spotify, Praises Apple (And Her Mom)

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    John Paul Titlow
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Swift reveals more about how she convinced Apple to give artists a fair shake.The future of music won't be shaped by record labels and tech industry executives alone: Taylor Swift is going to have her say too. That much was made clear earlier this summer when the ultra-influential pop star penned an angry letter and persuaded one of the biggest companies in the world to adjust its strategy. At the last minute, Apple decided it would pay royalties to artists during the free trial period of Apple Music after all. Now we're learning more about how the whole…
  • Taking The 2016 Audi TT’s Virtual Cockpit For A Spin

    Sarah Buhr
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
     The new 2016 Audi TT virtual cockpit boasts high-definition, crystal-clear digital graphics, Google Earth imagery and navigation, haptic feedback, Google-like search, voice command operation and “just write” touch features. The display is pretty slick, with 60fps PC gaming speeds and Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processing technology that is reminiscent of the Tesla Model… 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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  • Is this the most easily scared man in the world? [video]

    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    It's a good thing this poor guy has a good sense of humor, because if not he's probably go postal. His friends continually scare him, and each time he falls for it. The post Is this the most easily scared man in the world? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Shark-tracker: Shark takes a transatlantic trip

    Deanne Mayall
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    About a year ago, researchers started to track a Great White shark whom they call “Lydia”. Lydia’s put on 20,000 miles in that year and now seems to be undertaking a trip a bit unusual for a Great White and heading across the Atlantic. The researchers wonder if perhaps she is pregnant and “gestating” her … The post Shark-tracker: Shark takes a transatlantic trip appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 11 ways to show your server some love

    Kate Rinsema
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    First off, we don't mean showing your server that creeper kind of "love" that would normally constitute a sexual harassment suit, but the kind of respect we'd all like to be shown during the performance of our jobs. The post 11 ways to show your server some love appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Middle schoolers perform an incredible cover of the Smashing Pumpkins [video]

    Josh Urich
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Smashing Pumpkins are an incredibly talented band. Heck, Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness is one of the best albums of all time. But, somehow, these kids managed to pull off an amazing cover of one of their early hits. The post Middle schoolers perform an incredible cover of the Smashing Pumpkins [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How hot was it in Iran last week? 163 degrees hot!

    Deanne Mayall
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    I complain when our temperatures get in to the 80s. Well, Iran can top that. Last week they hit a staggeringly amazing high of 163 degrees Fahrenheit. To be fair, this is a “feels-like” temperature, but still! Said AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani: That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen, … The post How hot was it in Iran last week? 163 degrees hot! appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • 5 games that make 'Rare Replay' totally worth it

    Adam Rosenberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Rare Replay is an odd beast, and a fitting compilation given the titular game developer's proclivity for weirdness in some of its best games. It's a 30-game collection that, while incomplete, provides a broad look at one of gaming's most beloved developers. You might weep over the notable (if understandable) absences of Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007, but there's more than enough kickass stuff to make up for it. See also: 6 big moments from the Xbox main event at Gamescom 2015 If you like video games and you're interested in exploring the history of one of the industry's most…
  • How the West was burned: Thousands of wildfires ablaze in California alone

    Andrew Freedman
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Drought and lightning are making for a combustible combination in California. The state is suffering through its fourth straight summer of drought, and this may be known as the summer of smoke A staggering 10,000 national, state and local firefighters are battling fires that are popping up by the hundreds each week, the majority of which are sparked by lightning strikes from daily thunderstorms erupting over mountainous terrain, which drop little rain and cause a lot of trouble. To put the number of firefighters into perspective, that is about the number of troops the U.S. has in Afghanistan.
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit breakup leads to tense first appearance since split

    Sandra Gonzalez
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    LOS ANGELES — Miss Piggy and Kermit are working through their differences in the name of The Muppets. But it's not going perfectly The dynamic Muppet duo, who announced their split earlier this summer in the first trailer for the series, appeared Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote their upcoming show, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes action at Miss Piggy's talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy See also: Your first taste of ABC's grown-up Muppet show is here "It is entirely professional," Kermit said of working with his ex, Miss Piggy. "I am taking a…
  • 6 big moments from the Xbox main event at Gamescom 2015

    Adam Rosenberg
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Dragons and guerrilla warfare. City-wide destruction and time-bending superpowers. Microsoft's annual Gamescom press conference picked up where E3 left off, with a games-packed presentation that piled one trailer on top of another for 90 straight minutes. See also: Xbox One is getting a free DVR for live TV Rise of the Tomb Raider and Just Cause 3 got fresh looks. So did Rainbow Six: Siege, not to mention imminent Xbox releases like Halo 5 Guardians and Forza Motorsports 6. There were also new titles, and more than a few surprises. Here are six standout moments that point…
  • Apple denies that it's working on its own cellular service

    Ronald Chavez
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Apple has denied a report claiming that the company is planning to launch a cellular service for iPhones The company, which doesn't typically respond to rumors, is setting the air clear after a report in Business Insider stated the iPhone maker is looking to offer cellular and data plans in the United States and Europe. See also: One photographer's unprecedented access to the Dot-Com Boom The report added that the company is already testing its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) cellular network among employees "We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch an MVNO," an…
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  • Taylor Swift Burns Spotify, Praises Apple (And Her Mom)

    John Paul Titlow
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Swift reveals more about how she convinced Apple to give artists a fair shake.The future of music won't be shaped by record labels and tech industry executives alone: Taylor Swift is going to have her say too. That much was made clear earlier this summer when the ultra-influential pop star penned an angry letter and persuaded one of the biggest companies in the world to adjust its strategy. At the last minute, Apple decided it would pay royalties to artists during the free trial period of Apple Music after all. Now we're learning more about how the whole…
  • This Cookie Cutter Looks Like...Something Else

    Maccabee Montandon
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    Just sayin'.Cookies are delicious. Rainbows are pretty. Pots of gold are cool. And penises? Sure, why not!Read Full Story
  • Helix Sleep Uses Your Personal Data To Create A $900 Custom Mattress

    Pavithra Mohan
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    The company touts itself as the first brand to employ "cutting edge data and analytics" to mold mattresses to your body.Doling out $5,000 for a Hästens Marquis bed does not mean it will fit your exact sleep specifications—and that's where Helix Sleep hopes to make its mark. The startup, which officially launched on Tuesday, seeks to customize your mattress by gleaning insight from data like height and sleeping style. The queen-size, custom mattresses run $900 each.Read Full Story
  • Who Made That App? Makerbase Aims To Create An "IMDb For Internet Stuff"

    Rose Pastore
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Makerbase, launched by tech bloggers Anil Dash and Gina Trapani, is a searchable database of Internet creators.Tech bloggers and entrepreneurs Anil Dash and Gina Trapani announced a new product on Tuesday called Makerbase, which they are pitching as a user-edited database for Internet creations—a catalog of credits for things like websites, apps, and podcasts. Makerbase hopes to be a "directory for people who make things," according to its tagline on Twitter.Read Full Story
  • Howard Schultz For President? Starbucks CEO Says No

    Austin Carr
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Starbucks CEO recently told Fast Company he has no interest in running for higher office.Over the weekend, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported that influential friends of Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, "have been pressing him to join the Democratic primary, thinking the time is right for someone who's not a political lifer." The news spread quickly, and by Monday it hit the top of Drudge Report, with a photograph of Schultz smiling above the screaming headline: "STARBUCKS CEO URGED TO CHALLENGE HILLARY!"Read Full Story
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  • Taking The 2016 Audi TT’s Virtual Cockpit For A Spin

    Sarah Buhr
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
     The new 2016 Audi TT virtual cockpit boasts high-definition, crystal-clear digital graphics, Google Earth imagery and navigation, haptic feedback, Google-like search, voice command operation and “just write” touch features. The display is pretty slick, with 60fps PC gaming speeds and Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processing technology that is reminiscent of the Tesla Model… Read More
  • Gagan Biyani, CEO Of Sprig, Will Bring Kale And Quinoa To Disrupt SF 2015

    Drew Olanoff
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
     Gagan Biyani, CEO Of healthy food delivery startup Sprig, will be joining us this year at Disrupt 2015 in San Francisco. In case you don’t remember, Biyani is a TechCrunch alum, having covered mobile apps for almost two years at MobileCrunch. Sprig has raised $56.7M in funding from prestigious investors such as Greylock Partners, Social+Capital, Accel Partners and Battery Ventures.… Read More
  • This Ridiculous Frankenwatch Embodies Everything The Swiss Are Doing Wrong

    John Biggs
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
     Much has already been said about the new mullet watch by Nico Gerard. The watch, called the Pinnacle, costs $9,200 and is essentially a metal band with two watches attached to it. On one side you have an automatic three-handed “chronograph” with Swiss movement and, on the other side, an Apple Watch. The entire thing is so ludicrous that I suspect someone in Switzerland is trolling… Read More
  • Apple Denies Making Plans To Be A Wireless Carrier

    Drew Olanoff
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
     A fair amount of folks reported yesterday that Apple was testing its own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), to become, in essence, a mobile carrier while borrowing components from other carriers. You’d be paying Apple for your calls, texts and data. Fancy. Its not the first time that Apple nerds have thought this was happening, given the MVNO patents that surfaced back in 2011.… Read More
  • Solar Power Startup Bright Raises $4 Million To Distribute Energy In The Developing World

    Sarah Buhr
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
     Bright, a solar panel installation and distribution startup, pulled in $4 million in seed money to build out its solar software and financing team. The startup launched out of the last batch of Y Combinator and began building in Mexico last year. Energy is expensive and often complicated in the country, costing upwards of $4,000 USD in hot summer months in some cases, according to the… Read More
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  • 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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  • Destiny Ditches Dinklage, Adds Nolan North

    Matt Peckham
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Veteran video games voice actor Nolan North will replace Peter Dinklage in Bungie's Destiny, re-recording all of his original lines. The post Destiny Ditches Dinklage, Adds Nolan North appeared first on WIRED.
  • Gravity Falls GIF and a Graf: Board Game Bonding

    K.M. McFarland
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    The gang comes together over a game of "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons." The post Gravity Falls GIF and a Graf: Board Game Bonding appeared first on WIRED.
  • Design FX: How They Pieced Together the Wild Ambush in Game of Thrones

    Wired Staff
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Dragons! Spears! Flaming assassins! This sequence had it all, and here's how the show made it happen. The post Design FX: How They Pieced Together the Wild Ambush in Game of Thrones appeared first on WIRED.
  • #ILookLikeAnEngineer Gets Its Own Photo Generator

    Molly McHugh
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    A little upgrade for a big hashtag. The post #ILookLikeAnEngineer Gets Its Own Photo Generator appeared first on WIRED.
  • Helvetica-Inspired Smartwatch Actually Looks Smart

    Liz Stinson
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    There are no notifications, no voice activation, no gimmicky apps, or watch faces that can be loaded onto it. The Helvetica 1 is, however, very handsome. The post Helvetica-Inspired Smartwatch Actually Looks Smart 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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  • Find Out How Many Times Your Personal Info Might Have Been Stolen

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    With all of the hacking attacks in the last few years, there’s a good chance some of your sensitive personal data has been exposed to hackers. This quiz from the New York Times highlights the most recent major attacks and what kind of information may have been exposed.Read more...
  • BitTorrent Sync Mobile Can Now Create, Edit and Share Files

    Eric Ravenscraft
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Android/iOS/Windows Phone: BitTorrent Sync is a handy alternative to Dropbox if you need a lot of storage space or don’t trust someone else’s servers. The mobile apps have been a bit wanting, but now you can finally create, edit, and share files right from your phone.Read more...
  • How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

    Whitson Gordon
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    In the past few years, the Windows Start menu has been dangled in front of us and taken away more times than we can count, but it’s finally back—and it’s brought a lot of new tricks. For the first time ever, the Start menu is very customizable, which means you can make it work exactly how you want it to.Read more...
  • Activate God Mode in Windows 10 for Quick Access to Windows Commands

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    With Windows 10, settings are split between the Control Panel and the Settings app. If you’d like an all-inclusive starting point for Windows commands, enable God Mode.Read more...
  • Cut Threaded Bolts with an Angle Grinder to Shorten Them

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    An angle grinder is the best tool to use for trimming down exposed bolt ends. Here’s how to do it.Read more...
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  • 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…
  • Apple Denies Rumors of Plans to Launch MVNO Carrier Services

    Mitchel Broussard
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    Apple this morning directly responded to a recent rumor that the company would begin planning to launch its own MVNO service in both the United States and Europe, stating that it has "not discussed and is not planning" to become its own cellular carrier in the future. The MVNO service would allow Apple to become its own carrier, leasing space from existing network carriers and building SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such…
  • Taylor Swift Shares Behind-the-Scenes Details of Her Apple Music Letter

    Mitchel Broussard
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    In an interview for the September cover story of Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift reveals her thoughts and reasoning behind the letter she wrote to Apple concerning the lack of monetary support for artists during Apple Music's three-month free trial period. The singer notes that she wrote the letter in the early morning hours after a few of her fellow artists sent pictures of their Apple Music contracts.“I wrote the letter at around four A.M.,” Swift says. “The contracts had just gone out to my friends, and one of them sent me a screenshot of one of them. I read the term ‘zero percent…
  • Sixth OS X El Capitan Beta Includes More Hints to 4K 21.5-Inch Retina iMac

    Mitchel Broussard
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Apple's sixth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta, released on Monday, includes a few lines of code that yet again reference the possibility of a forthcoming 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac, as discovered by Consomac [Google Translate]. A similar occurance happened back in June, when some code in the second OS X El Capitan beta referenced a 4K 21.5-inch iMac screen, but, as yet, Apple hasn't given any word on the veracity of the rumors. Consomac's research into the code of the new OS X beta found three new files, two of which include screen resolutions that hint at the possible arrival of new 5K 27-inch…
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  • 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…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
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  • 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…
  • How to Create a Visual Brand and Fight the Dark Forces

    Rafal Tomal
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Have you seen Star Wars? Of course you have. My colleagues at Copyblogger are a little crazy about this movie, so when they found out that I had never seen Star Wars, they all freaked out. The next day, I received a package with the complete trilogy on Blu-ray (the original one, of course) from our Chief Digital Officer, Chris Garrett. I rushed to my TV set and watched them all at once. I really enjoyed the films, but the visual branding of the dark forces really held my attention. What can we learn about building a visual brand from Star Wars? Find the right balance Let’s first look at…
  • How a Life-Long Entrepreneur Transformed into a Full-Time Author

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Joanna Penn is a life-long entrepreneur that has also worked for major corporations and has even run her own scuba diving business. But after years of not finding what made her happy, she turned to writing books and found the true success she’d wanted all along. Fifteen books later, this fiction and nonfiction author is the epitome of success in the self-publishing movement. Want to know how to leave your day job and become a full-time successful author? This interview is for you … In this episode of Authorpreneur, host Jim Kukral and Joanna Penn discuss: How to leave your job and…
  • Behind the Scenes: The Reimagining of

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm started it all on this particular crazy portion of the journey. It’s constantly evolved over the years, and it’s about to take another giant step forward. When you strip away the fact that Copyblogger has historically been the mothership platform for our company, you realize that it’s essentially a membership site with free and paid components. The foundational elements of a scalable, replicable membership site model are already in place there. We’ll be talking about that in the future, but first we’re taking it to the next level for our own sites — and that…
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  • 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…
  • Parrot backs off plan to sell Android Auto, CarPlay systems to consumers

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Parrot hit the brakes on a plan to sell its Android Auto and CarPlay-equipped infotainment systems directly to the public.The company updated its blog post Tuesday regarding the RNB6 it showed off at CES. It now says that instead of direct sales you’ll be able to get the system from select manufacturers who put it in their cars.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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  • 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…
  • Mozilla Blasts Microsoft CEO For Replacing User Defaults With Windows Apps

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Looks like Microsoft's Windows 10 debut is a hit: The new version of the operating system, which launched Wednesday, now powers more than 14 million devices, the company says.But not everyone is thrilled with the new software. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard called out Windows 10 for foisting the company’s own media-playback apps and Edge Web browser. See also: What Mozilla's WebAssembly Means: More Powerful Web AppsThe latter is obviously a sore spot for the Firefox maker, but the whole scenario could be a grave concern for other…
  • Former White House Advisor Explains Why Bitcoin Should Become Official

    Gregory Ferenstein
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinBitcoin, the digital currency infamous for wild swings in value and black market transactions, could have profound implications for the future of public services. Tech optimists at the highest levels of government are exploring how the same technology that makes bitcoin anonymous could make government services less bureaucratic and more secure from hackers. I spoke with Brian Forde, MIT Media Labs' new…
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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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  • No more 'Death to America'?

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    When I was 11 years old, I had to stand in a line every morning for half an hour, wave my fist in the air along with other girls at my elementary school in Tehran and chant: "Death to Iraq, death to Israel, death to Britain, death to Russia, death to France, death to Germany, death to America."
  • Windows 10: Revenge of Microsoft?

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
  • Are millennials perpetuating racism?

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Have you ever thought something to be true, and then one day realized it might not be? That happened to me when I began to question my generation's stance on racism.
  • A warning for Donald Trump

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    In Donald Trump's favorite movie, "Citizen Kane," Charles Foster Kane, a wealthy newspaper owner with political ambitions, leads in the polls during a race to determine New York's next governor until scandal unceremoniously cuts short his candidacy.
  • The truth about Asian Americans' success

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the country. But not for the reasons you think.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • 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…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Not Every Shoot Is A Winner Here’s the scenario: You go do a shoot, download the images, go through the take, pick the keepers, do your editing, and deliver the shots. The client loves them… But you don’t. They’re okay, but they don’t quite send you to your happy place. Sound familiar? If it does, I have some good news for you. You’re not alone. Is there anything wrong with this shot? Not technically, but it’s not winning any awards. I would guess that most photographers go through this, even the best ones. No matter how much we try to make the best possible images we…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 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…
  • How to Light a Beer Bottle – a Video Tutorial

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to photograph a bottle (beer, wine, soda, ever water) and make it look like they do in the magazines or advertisements you’ll want to watch this! In this video tutorial Lee Morris from Fstoppers shows how to light a beer bottle, step by step, one light at a time. See what each is doing as he adds them one by one. Check it out and scroll down below the video to get links to some of the gear he mentions in the video. Things mentioned in the video: Yongnuo flash Flash Disc by Fstoppers PocketWizard triggers C-stand Magmod grid Acrylic Ice Rock Cubes 3 Lbs Bag,…
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  • Sony's RX100 IV is still the point-and-shoot to beat

    Edgar Alvarez
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Does the world need another point-and-shoot camera? Sony seems to think so. Despite an influx of smartphones that have put sophisticated imaging features in people's pockets, the company is still keen on improving its flagship compact shooter, the...
  • Super-fast projector may be key to holodeck-like rooms

    Jon Fingas
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    Projection mapping theoretically adds a Holodeck-like level of immersion to simulations, but current projectors are simply too slow to keep up with fast-moving people. That won't be an issue if University of Tokyo researchers have their way. They...
  • Twitch bans streamer who faked his own swatting

    Andrew Tarantola
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    There are a couple things you probably shouldn't do to celebrate acquiring 800,000 followers on Twitch. Faking your own swatting at the end of a 24-hour live event, as streamer Trick2g recently did, is at the top of the list. Trick2g, who focused p...
  • Behind the wheel of Logitech's G29 Driving Force controller

    Philip Palermo
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    While gamers are still waiting for any official word on a PlayStation 4 entry in the venerable Gran Turismo series, there's still plenty of racing to be done on Sony's current-gen console. The recent release of Project Cars and the steady maturatio...
  • Toshiba's new flash chips hold twice the data

    Steve Dent
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Judging by recent announcements, we're about to enter a golden age of fast, nearly unlimited storage for all the high-res selfies you can shoot. Following an announcement by Intel and Micron last week, Toshiba and partner SanDisk revealed their own...
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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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  • 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
  • Olympus patent points at sensors with built-in polarizing filter

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Olympus has patented a technology that records polarization information on the sensor itself, giving the effect of a polarizing filter but without the light cost. The patent is for a two-layer sensor that records color and brightness information on the top layer, just like a conventional sensor, but then has a second layer that captures information about the polarization of the light arriving at the camera. Read more
  • Hot Shots: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II real-world samples

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 II looks a lot like its predecessor, with a similar form factor and the same 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens. However, it adds some interesting new technology in the form of a 20MP stacked CMOS sensor, enabling 4K video, 14 fps burst shooting and slow-motion video recording. We recently got our hands on a full-production model - take a look at some initial real-world samples. See gallery
  • Updated Kodak Moments app lets you share, edit and print your images

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    An update to the Kodak Moments app makes it a one-stop-shop for editing, sharing and printing, eliminating the need for a separate app to send images to Kodak's Picture Kiosks. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • '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,…
  • Dr. Dre Announces 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Exclusively for Apple Music

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Dr. Dre announced over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy," the exclusive debut of "Compton: A Soundtrack" on Apple Music (via Pitchfork). The album is set to be released this Friday, August 7, and will be available exclusively to iTunes and Apple Music customers. The Apple exclusivity announcement was made by Dr. Dre, alongside fellow musician and former bandmate Ice Cube, and director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray. Although officially a soundtrack for the film -- which chronicles the real-life story of Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and a few others, around the…
  • Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps. Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds,…
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