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  • Last passenger pigeon passed 100 years ago today

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    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Well, here’s a surefire way to bring down the mood at your BBQ tonight. It was exactly a century ago today that the world’s last passenger pigeon, once a mainstay in the skies over the United States and Canada, took its last flight heavenwards due to old age. To give you an idea of just how common these birds were, Major W Ross King described an unbelievably huge flock that he witnessed flying over Niagara in 1860: “I was perfectly amazed to behold the air filled and the sun obscured by millions of pigeons, not hovering about but darting onwards in a straight line with arrowy…
  • John Oliver and Cookie Monster Deliver the Last Word on News

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    Matt Silverman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    You might know John Oliver as the dapper British gent speaking truth to power every Sunday on Last Week Tonight. But did you know he also co-anchors a nightly news broadcast about words with Cookie Monster? Just kidding, that's not a thing. But you would totally watch that show. Enjoy our latest collaboration with Sesame Workshop and Last Week Tonight, in which John and Cookie (and a few surprise guests) tackle the hard-hitting, alphabetastic news you need to know. Watch the Out-Takes! If you enjoyed the video above, you'll love the out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage. This project is in…
  • Summer Vacation Is Officially Over. How To Ease Back Into Work

    Fast Company
    Lisa Evans
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    Allowing time for reflection and planning can help avoid the back-to-work blues.After a summer holiday slipping back into work mode can be a challenge.Read Full Story
  • LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes $7M Series A To Expand

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    Mike Butcher
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
     Developing markets such as Latin America are eating up smartphone use, and a startup emerging out of Brazil is making the best use of that trend. Emprego Ligado is a job marketplace which competes with local job sites and staffing agencies for blue-collar Brazilians by using the cellphone to full effect. IN 2012 got backing from investors including 500 Startups and Initial Capital to crack… Read More
  • The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy

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    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    "Sorry, you didn't make the team. We did the cuts today." "We did play auditions all day yesterday, and so many people turned out, there just wasn't a role for you. We picked people who were more talented." "You're on the bench until your skills improve. We want to win." Ask the well-meaning coaches and teachers running the tryouts and choosing who gets to play, ask them who gets on stage and who gets fast tracked, and they'll explain that life is a meritocracy, and it's essential to teach kids that they're about to enter a world where people get picked based on performance. Or, they might…
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  • Last passenger pigeon passed 100 years ago today

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Well, here’s a surefire way to bring down the mood at your BBQ tonight. It was exactly a century ago today that the world’s last passenger pigeon, once a mainstay in the skies over the United States and Canada, took its last flight heavenwards due to old age. To give you an idea of just how common these birds were, Major W Ross King described an unbelievably huge flock that he witnessed flying over Niagara in 1860: “I was perfectly amazed to behold the air filled and the sun obscured by millions of pigeons, not hovering about but darting onwards in a straight line with arrowy…
  • 10 ways to determine your career path

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Sure, it’s a holiday, so the last thing you want to think about is work, but seeing as it’s Labor Day, the subject is more apropos than ever. Lifehacker’s Melanie Pinola presents the top ten ways to start charting your ideal career path, whether you’re starting out or considering a big change. 10. Think about what excites and energizes you This one’s the first obvious step—we all want to enjoy and actually like our careers. (Perhaps the biggest sign you’re on the wrong path is if you dread talking about your job.) While passion isn’t the only…
  • The 25 wettest countries in the world (in terms of alcohol consumption)

    Josh Urich
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Where do you think the U.S. falls on the list of the twenty-five wettest countries in the world? Take a second, come up with your answer. Waiting. Waiting. Got it? The answer is this: the U.S. is not among the twenty-five wettest countries in the world. It’s actually number thirty-seven.  The wettest country in the world is Belarus, whose citizens drink an average of 14.37 liters of booze per person. Ireland, which you’d expect to be high, enjoys about 11.92 liters per person, just beating France (11.7). Full story at Mind Body Green. More facts about booze. Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 science-backed reasons to eat more cinnamon

    Josh Urich
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Here’s a question you probably haven’t asked yourself recently: “Am I eating enough cinnamon?” Well, according to this Alternet article, the answer is no. This article offers ten reasons to eat more of your favorite spice. For example, studies have shown that cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar levels. Surprisingly, cinnamon also helps fight food-borne illnesses. In fact, cinnamon’s disease-fighting tendencies are actually sometimes used in combination with drugs to treat HIV. So go get more cinnamon. Full story at Alternet. More great health tips. Photo…
  • Recycled airplane parts make for a conference table where ideas take off [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Forget the boring old conference table where so many hours of your life have passed negotiating contracts, enjoying a yearly evaluation or just hashing over the mission statement one more time, and picture every meeting at a table this uplifting. In the world of upcycling, there’s plenty of original designs out there, but we can’t help but love something this gorgeous, created by Southern California’s MotoArt A gleaming Boeing 747 jet engine makes up the base of this incredible table and includes a set of multi-colored LED lights on the inside for when you want to bust a…
 
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  • John Oliver and Cookie Monster Deliver the Last Word on News

    Matt Silverman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    You might know John Oliver as the dapper British gent speaking truth to power every Sunday on Last Week Tonight. But did you know he also co-anchors a nightly news broadcast about words with Cookie Monster? Just kidding, that's not a thing. But you would totally watch that show. Enjoy our latest collaboration with Sesame Workshop and Last Week Tonight, in which John and Cookie (and a few surprise guests) tackle the hard-hitting, alphabetastic news you need to know. Watch the Out-Takes! If you enjoyed the video above, you'll love the out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage. This project is in…
  • 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story' Recap: Screech, Interrupted

    Sandra Gonzalez
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    A certain level of juicy, largely untrue scandalousness may have been implied in the title of Lifetime's latest TV movie offering, The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, but the truth is that the film, about the making of the popular '90s sitcom, somehow failed to live up to low standards, delivering below-Sharknado levels of camp Instead of a dirt-filled gossipfest, we got a Screech-narrated tale that no one asked for, portrayed by a distractingly miniature cast of people who looked nothing like our Bayside High School faves. (Seriously, they brought back the original casting director and…
  • Ukraine Says Russian Forces Are in Major Rebel Cities

    The Associated Press
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian official said Tuesday that Russian forces have been spotted in both of the major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine. The claim by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's national security council, came as the country's defense minister said Ukraine's armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatist rebels to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost "tens of thousands" of lives. See also: What Life Is Like in Ukraine's Rebel-Held City of Donetsk Lysenko told reporters that Russian troops had been seen in the cities of…
  • What to Expect at IFA 2014: Smartwatches, TVs and More

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    BERLIN — It's September, which means the gadgets are coming. IFA 2014, which stands for Internationale Funkausstellung (and translates to the international radio exhibition), kicks off this week in Berlin and will usher in collections of new smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, giant TVs and home appliances. The trade show is one of the longest-running technology expos — with roots dating back to the 1920s — and it gets bigger each year. See also: 10 Fan-Made Apple Product Concepts We Wish Were Real [PICS] While the Consumer Electronics Show (Las Vegas) and Mobile World…
  • 7 Mysterious Treasures the World Is Still Looking For

    Sylvan Lane
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Time to channel your inner Jack Sparrow. Buried treasures aren't just pirate myths. While there are a few legendary pirate booties still allegedly floating around, troves of valuable items still await claim. See also: The 10 Most Valuable 'Antiques Roadshow' Items From stolen Aztec gold to missing European art work, here are seven antiquated treasures at large around the world. 1. The Treasure of La Noche Triste Location: Beneath Mexico City In late June 1520, the Aztecs finally had enough of Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadores. As the indigenous army drove their Spanish conquerers…
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  • Summer Vacation Is Officially Over. How To Ease Back Into Work

    Lisa Evans
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    Allowing time for reflection and planning can help avoid the back-to-work blues.After a summer holiday slipping back into work mode can be a challenge.Read Full Story
  • Why This Company Wants To Take You On a Balloon Ride To The Edge Of Space

    Lydia Dishman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Jane Porter's World View Enterprises is pioneering travel to the top of the atmosphere. What might we see up there?If Jane Poynter has her way, a regular person will be able to ride up to the edge of space quicker than they could take a commercial flight across the country--without the hassle of a lengthy security line.Read Full Story
  • Wheeee! What It's Like To Wear A Virtual Reality Headset On A Roller Coaster

    Mark Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Why would you wear an Oculus Rift on a roller coaster? Why WOULDN'T you?!?You know how you go get froyo, and at first it seems like enough to just top it with a few pieces of fresh fruit. "This is perfection," you think, "the simple pleasures." And then you're beckoned to the sprinkles, Oreo crumbles, the radioactively pink frosted animal crackers, and piping hot caramel sauce that call your name like a siren. By the time you're done, it looks like a clown's intestines exploded all over your probiotic treat.Read Full Story
  • Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry

    Ainsley O'Connell
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The brand's five-piece collection is in keeping with a growing emphasis on "functional fashion."Rebecca Minkoff, the fashion brand known for elegant accessories with a downtown edge, is following in the footsteps of competitors like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch and designing a line of five wearable devices that will launch this fall.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Kc Ifeanyi, The Guy Who Won An Emmy And Won't Let You Forget It

    Fast Company Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Kc IfeanyiPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Kc Ifeanyi Role at Fast Company: Assistant Editor Twitter: @kcifeanyiRead Full Story
 
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  • LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes $7M Series A To Expand

    Mike Butcher
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
     Developing markets such as Latin America are eating up smartphone use, and a startup emerging out of Brazil is making the best use of that trend. Emprego Ligado is a job marketplace which competes with local job sites and staffing agencies for blue-collar Brazilians by using the cellphone to full effect. IN 2012 got backing from investors including 500 Startups and Initial Capital to crack… Read More
  • Reddit Launches An Official App For AMAs

    Darrell Etherington
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
     The so-called “front page of the Internet” has launched a new dedicated AMA app for iOS, with an Android version arriving later this week. Reddit users have long sought an official mobile app from the network after an original version launched in January 2011 ended up failing due to poor design user complaints. This AMA app is the first part of a new collection of mobile software… Read More
  • MindMixer Raises $17M To Help Governments Connect With Their Communities

    Anthony Ha
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
     MindMixer, a platform allowing local governments to solicit ideas from their communities, is announcing that it has raised $17 million in Series C funding. When I first spoke to the company a couple of years ago, co-founder and CEO Nick Bowden said the product isn’t just about submitting and voting on ideas, but also creating a process for actually implementing the best ones. Read More
  • Facebook Has Restored Some Facial Recognition In Europe, Tagging U.S. Friends’ Photos

    Ingrid Lunden
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
     In 2012, Facebook came under fire from privacy advocates and eventually turned off all facial recognition services in the EU, which automatically recognised and suggested the names of friends from photos that you uploaded to the social network. But did you know that Facebook may have now started to restore parts of the service in Europe? It appears that it is now automatically tagging… Read More
  • DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    Mike Butcher
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
     London-based DN Capital, which has invested in Shazam and Videdressing among others, has today announced it’s raised $200 million (€144 million) for its third venture capital fund, GVC III, a three-times increase on its previous fund. Investors include family offices, large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds, including the European Investment Fund. The fund will, as… Read More
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  • The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy

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

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

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

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Instead of, "do what you love," perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, "love what you do." If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work.        
  • Why don't authors compete?

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books. Authors don't try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what everyone else is writing... Can you imagine Tim Cook at Apple…
 
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

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

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

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

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

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

    Mihir Patkar
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you are haggling for your salary, it might be best to put your ego aside and think about others whose lives your money will impact. In other words, think you're bargaining on behalf of your family.Read more...
  • Mix Creates Your Own Custom Filters for Photos

    Mihir Patkar
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Android: The right filter can make your photos look better than they are, and get a lot of reactions too . But if you aren't happy with the filters Instagram gives by default, you can create your own with a new, free app called Mix.Read more...
  • The Perfect Sleeping Positions to Fix Common Body Problems

    Patrick Allan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The amount of sleep you get every night is important, but what's even more important is that the sleep your getting is good sleep . If you have aches, pains, indigestion, or tend to snore, these are the positions that can help cure what ails you.Read more...
  • Harness Your Mind's "Future Self" Bias to Make Better Decisions

    Mihir Patkar
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We don't stick to our resolutions and future goals because our minds don't think of our future selves as "us." But instead of fighting this inherent bias, you can use it and tweak it to make better long-term decisions.Read more...
  • Answer "What Do You Do?" by Explaining How You Solve Problems

    Mihir Patkar
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you are meeting someone new, at some point, they'll probably ask, "So what do you do?" If you want to make a good first impression , answer by discussing how you solve problems.Read more...
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  • iWatch Said to Be at 'Engineering Verification Test' Stage, Components Now in Production

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

    Richard Padilla
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    Elgato has announced its brand new line of "Eve" connected home sensors at this year's IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, which will feature full integration with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches. Elgato's line of "Eve" smart home sensors The Eve brand features Bluetooth accessories that monitor air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption, with all information syncing back to an iOS app. From the app, users can see an overview of the different aspects in their home along with suggestions and tips to better improve the environment. Elgato's…
  • Microsoft's New Cortana vs. Siri Ad Shows Off HTC One M8 for Windows, Mapping Features

    Richard Padilla
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Microsoft today launched a new commercial comparing its Cortana virtual assistant and the HTC One M8 for Windows to Siri and the iPhone 5s, showing a variety of hardware features and software integration that isn't possible with Apple's device. The ad is titled "Siri vs. Cortana - Mirror Mirror" and depicts Cortana and Siri talking to each other about a number of features on the new HTC One M8 for Windows. Cortana demonstrates how it can work with a user's calendar and traffic to provide route and mapping information, while also showing off the HTC One M8's dual front-facing speakers. The…
  • Nearly Complete iPhone 6 Assembled From Parts Compared to iPhone 5s in New Video

    Juli Clover
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Last week, a video from Feld & Volk depicted a nearly complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that was assembled from various iPhone 6 parts, giving us a clear picture of what the finished device might look like ahead of its September 9 debut. A second video has surfaced from Russian YouTube channel Rozetked (via 9to5Mac), depicting another near-complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next to an iPhone 5s. Like the iPhone 6 from Feld & Volk, the iPhone 6 depicted in the video appears to have been assembled from various iPhone parts, showing off a space gray rear shell with both a black and white front plate. In the…
  • Apple 'Actively Investigating' Possible Hacking of Celebrity iCloud Accounts

    Juli Clover
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Apple is investigating an alleged breach of several celebrity iCloud accounts that may have allowed hackers to access the private photos and videos of multiple well-known actresses, according to a statement an Apple spokesperson gave to Re/code.Apple said it was "actively investigating" the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all over the Web. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.Over the weekend, hundreds of…
 
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  • The Important Power of NEXT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What to do with your your old iPhone

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re just days away from Apple’s next media event, which will in all likelihood introduce the company’s next iPhone. While we may spend the week fantasizing over potential new features, there are some practical issues to take into account, too: What are you going to do with your old phone? You’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few worth considering.Keep it Why not turn that old iPhone into a slightly used, slightly-thicker iPod touch? That old phone of yours can still connect to Wi-Fi networks and run iOS apps, and if it’s an iPhone 4s or later, it’ll upgrade to the…
  • Automate your Mac: 10 ways to make managing email easier

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    If there's one daily chore that cries out for automation, it's managing your email inbox. Fortunately, there are all kinds of tools—some built into Mail.app itself, others from third-party vendors—that can help you do just that.Hide the Reply-All-ers Tool: Mail Like every company, we here at Macworld deal with groups inside our organization who believe clicking Reply All is a proper response to any “Welcome Bob!” or “Great Work, Team!” message that crosses the wire. Thankfully, these people tend to cluster in their own domain—something along the lines of @wehavenoclue.com. So I…
  • How to prevent your naughty pictures from appearing on the Internet

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A reader who wished to remain really, really anonymous has failed in this regard. She writes: Recently some pictures and movies stored in my iCloud account have found their way onto the Internet and they’re, well… embarrassing. Is there some way I could have prevented this from happening? Yes. If you’d disabled photo sharing from your iPhone to your iCloud account those pictures would have remained on your phone. Although the horse has left the barn, here’s what you might have done. Switch off iCloud photo sharing features and your images stay on your phone.To read this article in…
  • iCloud flaw may have allowed nude celebrity photos to leak

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A funny thing happened on the Internet Sunday as a cache of nude photos of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and other big-name stars made their way onto 4chan, as BuzzFeed notes. Reports indicate that this leak may have been the result of a hacker (or hackers) taking advantage of a flaw in Apple’s iCloud service. According to TheNextWeb, a hacker may have used a Python script posted to GitHub to hack their way into celebrities’ iCloud accounts. The script, TheNextWeb reports, uses a flaw in Find My iPhone to make it easier to crack a password using “brute force” means where hackers use…
  • Comic: Pizza phone payments

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: An oral history of Apple mice, part two. Previously on Multitouch Theater: A history of Apple mice, part two.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Why Do Some Old Programming Languages Never Die?

    Lauren Orsini
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Many of today’s most well-known programming languages are old enough to vote. PHP is 20. Python is 23. HTML is 21. Ruby and JavaScript are 19. C is a whopping 42 years old. Nobody could have predicted this. Not even computer scientist Brian Kernighan, co-author of the very first book on C, which is still being printed today. (The language itself was the work of Kernighan's co-author Dennis Ritchie, who passed away in 2011.)“I dimly recall a conversation early on with the editors, telling them that we’d sell something like 5,000 copies of the book,” Kernighan told me in a recent…
  • Proof That Instagram's Hyperlapse App Makes Everyone's Videos Better

    Hilary White
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    <em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Creative-Hyperlapse-Videos-35580606">PopSugar Tech</a>.</em>Instagram has been an outlet for photographic and video storytelling since it was first introduced, and though we've seen new photo apps to make your Instas shine come and go over the past few years, none have been quite as hyped up as the latest and maybe greatest—Hyperlapse.The user-friedly app from Instagram itself has simplified the process of producing sleek, smooth, and creative high-quality…
  • Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

    Owen Thomas
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9.So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/5863997874/">mikecogh</a>)What Apple Must Bite IntoThe technology is one thing. Apple has any number of…
  • The Secret To Hiring Great Developers Is Hiding In Plain Sight

    Matt Asay
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    Everyone wants to hire more engineers, including you, driving software salaries through the roof. Unfortunately, it's very likely that you don't have the slightest clue how to recruit well.Take heart. While your ability to spot real talent in an interview may be weak, open source makes it relatively easy to see who can actually code, and who simply knows how to answer useless, abstruse questions. Engineering SuccessFinding great technical talent is important. In fact, in a world increasingly run by developers, I'd argue that it's the most important thing any company does,…
  • Watch Out: Mobile Search Will Make Facebook Stalking Easier Than Ever

    Selena Larson
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You may want to take a quick gander through your entire Facebook history, because Facebook is testing a feature that makes your status updates searchable on mobile. And I bet there are some updates you just wouldn’t want to be found.The feature isn't entirely new; Facebook began making all your updates searchable on the Web last year as part of its Graph Search function. That uses Facebook’s massive social database to churn out results to highly specific queries like, “Friends who like pizza." Searching posts and status updates isn't available for everyone yet, even on the…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Think Your App Is Beautiful? Not Without User Experience Design

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

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

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

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

    Josh Pollock
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Most WordPress users are familiar with tags and categories and with how to use them to organize their blog posts. If you use custom post types in WordPress, you might need to organize them like categories and tags. Categories and tags are examples of taxonomies, and WordPress allows you to create as many custom taxonomies as you want. These custom taxonomies operate like categories or tags, but are separate. In this tutorial, we’ll explain custom taxonomies and how to create them. We’ll also go over which template files in a WordPress theme control the archives of built-in and custom…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • 32 teens escape detention center

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    More than a dozen boys remained at large Tuesday after escaping from a detention center on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services said.
  • Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.
  • North Korea

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    The setup was bizarre.
  • North Korea using U.S. men as pawns?

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    The setup was bizarre.
  • New weapon against ISIS: Passports

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has laid out his battle plan to counter the threat posed by Islamist extremists returning to Britain after fighting with terror groups overseas.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships

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

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

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

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

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!Anyway, here’s what’s up:Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Secure Your First Music Gig Photo Pass

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

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

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

    Anup Ghimire
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Masking is one of those techniques that will change the way you use Photoshop. Understanding this technique can help you to jump from being a beginner level Photoshop user, to a more advanced one. In this article, I will explain how masking really works in Photoshop, its few key concepts, and how Masking helps you to perform non-destructive editing. The skills you need to get started masking in Photoshop are being able to use the brush tool to paint color, understand two colors black and white, and knowledge of how layers work in Photoshop, which I assume you have very sound knowledge on.
  • Fuji X-T1 Versus X-E2 – Which Comes Out on Top?

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This video by Munetake Kayo over at BigHeadTaco compares some of the features of both of these popular Fuji mirrorless cameras. If you’re considering getting a more compact camera and downsizing from a DSLR, or maybe upgrading from a point and shoot camera – you might end up looking at one of these Fuji cameras. I know for me, as a previous film shooter, the X-T1 has a lot of appeal and it currently sitting on my list to get. So I was interested to see this comparison and it actually solidified my choice. Check out the Fuji X-T1 versus X-E2 in the video review and see what you…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Cubot is a fun, minimalist puzzler

    Wil Wright
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For fans of shape-based slide puzzles, such as the Rubick's Cube and Tetris will enjoy Cubot. This game, at it's core, is simply rolling cubes around on a grid of squares, to a square that corresponds with a cube's color (the basic cubes are blue)....
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Algebra Touch [iOS...
  • Daily Deals for September 1, 2014

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • iCloud password hack published, blocked as celebrity photo theft confirmed

    Michael Rose
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you've been enjoying the US holiday weekend away from sources of news, well done. If not, you may well have seen reports of a large cache of explicit photos of celebrities being published to 4chan's image boards, including Academy Award winner...
  • Aplos is a very flawed, but beautiful new Twitter client

    George Tinari
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Aplos is a brand new Twitter app for iPhone that tries to shove important user features into a minimalistic design. Some highlights include a unified timeline for multiple accounts, web browsing reminiscent of Facebook's chat heads and intelligent...
 
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    Strobist

  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1)

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

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    While it's easy to get swept up in the stream of product announcements at this time of year, it's also a good idea to remember why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Black and White Photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. As usual, the photos submitted were of a very high quality. See gallery
  • Nikon releases D4S firmware C:1.10

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nikon has issued a firmware update for the D4S. The long list of improvements included in this firmware version are mostly minor bug fixes and tweaks to menus and camera operation. See the full details and get a link to download the latest D4S firmware version. Read more
  • Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is a video powerhouse, and Sony is now giving it the same XAVC S codec found on its RX100 III and a5100 models via firmware update v.2. This allows for 1080p/60/30/24 and 720p/120 resolutions at a bit rate of 50Mbps. Aside from the new firmware, a SDXC card is the only other thing you'll need to get started. Update: the firmware is now available in the US, as is a Mac version. Find out how to get it.
  • Week in review: 8 things we learned

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    It's been a busy week and as we head into a long weekend here in the US, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at everything that's happened in the past seven(ish) days. With new products from Fujifilm, Olympus and Ricoh, Photokina fever is definitely taking hold. And the week wasn't without an oddball moment or two, including the emergence of Sony's Asia-only 'perfume bottle selfie camera.' Relive the highs, the lows, the weird and the wonderful with us, in this slideshow.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos

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

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

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

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

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

  • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

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

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

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

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

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Apple has again been denied a permanent injunction on Samsung products that infringe on its smartphone patents, reports Bloomberg. Judge Lucy Koh today rejected Apple's plea for a sales ban on nine different Samsung devices involved in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement trial. According to Koh, Apple did not demonstrate irreparable harm in the form of lost sales, despite efforts to target specific infringing features on the Samsung devices. "Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung's exploitation of any of Apple's…
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  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

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

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

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

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

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