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  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Smashing Magazine
    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • 5 lies about psychology (you probably fell for)

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Not to sound like a Scientologist or Michel Foucault, but few professions have more power in the modern world than psychologists. As this Cracked article points out, we all tend to believe what psychologists tell us hook, line, and sinker. For example, the idea “proved” by the Stanford Prison Experiment that people will immediately turn sadistic when given power. Read the article to learn how that particular experience was flawed from top to bottom. If you’re one of those parents who bought their children classical music CDs to make them smarter––even as early as the…
  • The 10 Most Disturbing Things About 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood'

    Mashable
    Max Knoblauch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    My name is Max Kardashian, and I am so much more famous than you. Well, at least in Kim Kardashian's mobile game. If the game achieves its projected yearly earnings, Kim Kardashian will make 85 million dollars in profits, a sum that would cost you more than $48,500 of real money to purchase as in-game money. See also: We Played 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' So You Don't Have To After having lived and breathed in the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood universe for several days, a few disturbing details have come to light. The world of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood isn't the world you and I live our daily…
  • GM Recalls Another 718,000 Vehicles

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The automaker has recalled nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide this year.General Motors is issuing another six recalls affecting 717,950 automobiles for various safety reasons. None of the recalls this time were related to the ignition switch.Read Full Story
  • Microsoft Says It Isn’t Abandoning Xbox Music, Promises It Will Suck Less Shortly

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
     During Microsoft’s earnings call yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that his company would “streamline” its work in music and video. That was interpreted in some cases to imply that Microsoft was walking away from Xbox Music, its beleaguered Spotify competitor. Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 5 lies about psychology (you probably fell for)

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Not to sound like a Scientologist or Michel Foucault, but few professions have more power in the modern world than psychologists. As this Cracked article points out, we all tend to believe what psychologists tell us hook, line, and sinker. For example, the idea “proved” by the Stanford Prison Experiment that people will immediately turn sadistic when given power. Read the article to learn how that particular experience was flawed from top to bottom. If you’re one of those parents who bought their children classical music CDs to make them smarter––even as early as the…
  • 5 ways leadership is like parenting

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    After reading a title like that, plenty of people out there will start tearing out their hair saying through clenched teeth “That’s what parenting is! But without the 401K and yearly bonuses!” In an ideal world, they’d have hit the mark on the head, but society isn’t exactly handing out choice management positions to the parents who stayed at home and successfully raised a family. Perhaps we’ll start to see things differently after reading this Forbes piece by Dyan Crace and Brent Gleeson, which draws some powerful parallels between the job of a good parent…
  • 8 places for free ebooks

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re a big reader, books costs can start to add up. Don’t let that stop you from reading though, because there are eight places you can get ebooks online absolutely free. For starters, Google’s eBookstore has a huge selection of free books for your enjoyment. The Internet Archive has a huge selection of out-of-print or rare books, stuff that you’d otherwise spend hundreds of dollars on. If you’re more of an audiobook person, you’ll enjoy LibriVox, which has thousands of audiobooks, some of which are rare and out-of-print. Full story at Mashable. More…
  • 10 extremely rare animals

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Have you ever seen an Amur Leopard? Of course not. They only live in remote parts of Russia and China, and there were only a maximum of twenty-six as of 2007. Plus they can run really fast, up to 37 m.p.h., so even if you were in their territory they’d probably just look like a spotted blur. The Right Whale is another rare species. So rare, in fact, that its only been spotted twice in the last sixty years. Take a look this mysterious fifty-six foot whale: See the other rare animals at the full article. Full story Green Buzz. More great wildlife facts. Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 things men shouldn’t do when they’re past 30

    Josh Urich
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When a man turns thirty, things change. Not necessarily physically, but socially. He’s expected to behave certain ways, and if he doesn’t, he’s labeled immature. While some guys might not care about that, others don’t want to be seen as no good slobs. So if you’re past thirty, maybe you should stop doing these ten things, such as eating fast food on a regular basis. Your living situation should also reflect your age. That means no more beer or bikini posters, no more ratty old furniture, and no more empty fridge. Tattoos are also off limits––otherwise…
 
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    Mashable

  • The 10 Most Disturbing Things About 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood'

    Max Knoblauch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    My name is Max Kardashian, and I am so much more famous than you. Well, at least in Kim Kardashian's mobile game. If the game achieves its projected yearly earnings, Kim Kardashian will make 85 million dollars in profits, a sum that would cost you more than $48,500 of real money to purchase as in-game money. See also: We Played 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' So You Don't Have To After having lived and breathed in the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood universe for several days, a few disturbing details have come to light. The world of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood isn't the world you and I live our daily…
  • Photographer Brings Spam Emails to Life

    Colin Gorenstein
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    One person's spam email is another person's art. When those pesky emails began piling up in photojournalist Christina De Middel's inbox, she did something that most would consider unthinkable — she read them See also: Photographer Documents Customers Snoozing at Ikea What she found were some incredible stories of open heart surgeries, a young girl asking for her hand in marriage and an African attorney looking to share some of his funds Each story — fabricated or not — demanded her attention and seemed engineered to make her feel somehow special De Middel's photo series,…
  • Commonwealth Games Gets Awkward With the Queen and a Baton

    Jenni Ryall
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    SYDNEY — The 20th Commonwealth Games kicked off with an opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday morning. And if Rod Stewart's appearance wasn't awkward enough — see, below — it got worse See also: Australia and Scotland Compete for Ugliest Uniform at Commonwealth Games I never thought I'd be able to stand in the Celtic Board Room in front of the trophy case. . . with no pantspic.twitter.com/FClLZZm0ke — Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) July 23, 2014 Commonwealth Games president Prince Imran, from Malaysia, was supposed to retrieve the Queen's message from a baton,…
  • Sensor-Powered Seatbelt Could Save the Lives of Sleepy Drivers

    Adario Strange
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Wearable tech has done a lot to foster the rise of the "quantified self" space, but surprisingly few of these devices focus on enhancing our safety Now a new prototype system looks to harness the kind of heartbeat and respiration monitoring features present in some wearables to alert drivers as to when they are dozing off behind the wheel See also: This Powerful Driving-Safety Ad Will Give You Goosebumps Developed by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) in Valencia, Spain, the Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Non-Intrusive Sensors (Harken) system works by measuring the heart rate (via…
  • HBO Promos 'Love Child' Documentary Exploring Gaming Addiction

    Sandra Gonzalez
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    When the infant of a South Korean couple addicted to online gaming died of malnutrition in 2010, the trial that followed was unprecedented. It was the first legal case that ever saw Internet addiction used as a defense In HBO's Love Child, which will premiere next Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network's recently established documentary night, director Valerie Veatch uses the couple's troubling story as a backdrop to explore gaming addiction, its pitfalls and causes See also: South Korea Proposes Curfew to Curb Online Gaming Addiction T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also an executive…
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    Fast Company

  • GM Recalls Another 718,000 Vehicles

    Alice Truong
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The automaker has recalled nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide this year.General Motors is issuing another six recalls affecting 717,950 automobiles for various safety reasons. None of the recalls this time were related to the ignition switch.Read Full Story
  • How A Couple Bootstrapped Their Bakery By Living In A Bus For 18 Months

    Alice Truong
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Bart Greenhut and his wife scraped together 19 years of savings and sold all their belongings to get their business off the ground.How do you transform a passion for baking into a full-fledged business? In a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread Wednesday, Bart Greenhut of Los Angeles-based Bart's Bakery explained how he and his wife went from selling batches of homemade chocolate chip cookies in farmers' markets to producing about 1,000 pounds of cookies a day.Read Full Story
  • Why Does This Cooler Have Almost $7 Million In Kickstarter Funding?

    Rebecca Greenfield
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Apparently, America has lots of pent-up demand for a battery-powered Inspector Gadget cooler.The Coolest cooler has $6.8 million in Kickstarter funding with 37 days left to go, as of this writing, putting it on track to surpass the Pebble smartwatch as the most-funded project on the site of all time, ever. According to Kicktraq, Coolest could rake in more than $22 million by the end of its run. Pebble, the smartwatch of crowdfunding lore, snagged over $10 million in funds. It wouldn't seem like such an unreasonable achievement for Coolest, except for the fact that it's essentially a cooler…
  • More Than 1,000 StubHub Users Affected by Security Breach

    KC Ifeanyi
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Cyberthieves may be purchasing StubHub tickets on your dime.The accounts of more than 1,000 StubHub users have been hacked by cyberthieves who have fraudulently made purchases on the online ticket reseller's site, which is owned by eBay. News of the security breach was reported last night by the Associated Press.Read Full Story
  • Foursquare's New Logo Is A Superhero Symbol

    John Brownlee
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    And it gets right what Airbnb got wrong.Hot on the heels of Airbnb's wildly contentious new logo, social check-in and search service Foursquare has unveiled their own new branding identity. And good news! Far from being the sexual Rorschach test that Airbnb's branding proved to be, Foursquare's updated logo is a marked improvement over the social network's old identity.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Microsoft Says It Isn’t Abandoning Xbox Music, Promises It Will Suck Less Shortly

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
     During Microsoft’s earnings call yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that his company would “streamline” its work in music and video. That was interpreted in some cases to imply that Microsoft was walking away from Xbox Music, its beleaguered Spotify competitor. Read More
  • Life On Kim Kardashian’s D-List

    Sarah Buhr
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
     Is there anything Kim Kardashian can’t sell? The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game is now #1 in the App Store with a 5-star rating and more than 140,000 reviews. It’s slated to gross an estimated $200 million in annual revenue and the stock price for the company that created it, Glu Mobile, has nearly doubled in the last month! I’d been hearing about this game for a couple weeks. Read More
  • Microsoft Parodies “I’m Sexy And I Know It” And It’s The Worst

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
     The OneNote team has been active lately, making their product free across all platforms, and hosting a successful Reddit AMA session that included an adorkable verification video. Then they decided to reach. Small tip: If you are technology team in any capacity, either a tech-focused VC group, a phone company, or a software development team, leave the parodies to Weird Al and the singing to… Read More
  • The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

    Natasha Lomas
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
     Do we have the Internet we deserve? There’s an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users’ general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, paying. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital business models rely on gathering and selling intel on their users to make the money to pay (the investors who paid) for the free service. Read More
  • Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

    Cat Zakrzewski
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
     Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
  • Two new videos

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    No content online is 'rare', but here are two presentations you might not have seen before: ...from the Maker Faire, and here's a speech I did last year at Nearly Impossible in Brooklyn: Seth Godin | Nearly Impossible 2013 from Nearly Impossible on Vimeo.        
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • 10 Ways to Exponentially Grow Your Traffic in 30 Days

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Marcus Taylor of Venture Harbour. In Western cultures, there is a prevailing belief that you ‘work your way to the top’, ‘climb the ladder’, and make slow and steady efforts to achieve success. This way of thinking is undoubtedly a smart approach, particularly for bloggers. However, there is an equally smart, yet opposing, belief that’s more common in certain Eastern cultures: leapfrogging straight to the top. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to get smart about my blogging. By concentrating on the things that made the biggest difference, I…
  • Top Tips to Help You Nail That Blogging Job Application

    Guest Blogger
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Image via flazingo.com This is a guest contribution from Steff Green, of WorkflowMax. Recently I wrote a post about my experiences as a company looking to hire another blogger for our team. Today I’m putting on my blogger hat and I’m looking at what the experience taught me about how a blogger can improve his/her chances of landing a blogging job at a company. Who am I? I’m Steff. I used to be a freelance blogger, but one of my clients, WorkflowMax – a cloud-based project management software for service businesses – offered me a full-time position as a blogger, I jumped at…
  • Script Video Marketing Success with the Right Content

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    This is a guest contribution from Amy Brown of Wordprax.com. Videos don’t have a magic wand, as believed by certain marketeers (both amateurs and seasoned ones).  Threading video marketing success is hard work, and requires a fair bit of creativity. While it’s true that video content can enhance engagement at a much greater rate than its more static counterparts, if quality  is being compromised, your video marketing endeavor isn’t going to get as far as it could. And the reason is simple enough – as opposed to the other forms of advertising, video marketing is…
  • 5 Key Elements for a Successful Women’s Blog

    Guest Blogger
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Image via Flickr user Liquine This is a guest contribution by Renee from Beautifille.com This year marks 10 years of my blogging career, and after starting several women’s blogs (some successful, some not), and being an avid reader of them myself, I’ve learn the key elements in what makes a blog “make it” or not. Here they are. Key #1: Make Sure Your Blog is Visually Great I usually try not to generalize, but let’s face it: women like pretty things. We notice, pay attention and are attracted by how something looks. Having a good blog design is vital because at the end of the day,…
  • 2 Simple Ways to Customise Your Facebook Updates

    Darren Rowse
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Today I want to share a Facebook tip that I’m sure many ProBlogger readers will already know, but which I am sure some have not heard about. Every single time I share it, I get “wow, I never knew that!” comments. It’s all to do with how Facebook lets you customise your status updates when sharing links on your Facebook page. OK – so here’s what happens when you add a link into the status update on your Facebook page before you hit ‘post’. You can see Facebook has found an image that it thinks that you should use, has pulled in the page title…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Inspirational Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hang up some motivational posters and you're not only decorating your office, you're also encouraging yourself to be more productive every time you're in that space. Hand lettering artist Sean McCabe's workspace is a testimony to the power of words and design.Read more...
  • Why It's Good for You to Be Kind to Others

    Patrick Allan
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Being nice doesn't have to be selfless. There are many benefits to helping others that come right back to you. Professor, researcher, and philosopher Stephen Post talked with Big Think about how being good is good for you mentally and physically.Read more...
  • 15 Minutes Might Be the Ideal Meeting Length

    Patrick Allan
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A meeting that drones on and on is hardly productive. Keeping a meeting to 15 minutes is ideal for the same reason that TED talks are maxed out at 18 minutes: attention span and memory.Read more...
  • Hover Hound Compares Newegg Prices with Tiger Direct and Amazon

    Patrick Allan
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Computer hardware is expensive, so you always want to ensure you're buying at the best price. The Hover Hound extension for Chrome and Firefox compares hardware prices at Newegg with Tiger Direct and Amazon with a hover of your mouse cursor.Read more...
  • Most Popular Desktop Antivirus Application: Avast! Free Antivirus

    Alan Henry
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    A good antivirus tool doesn't have to cost a ton of money, and it doesn't have to drag your system down either. Last week we asked you for the best , then looked at the five best desktop antivirus applications . Now we're back to crown the crowd favorite. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Working With Swatch For iWatch With Multiple Designs, Price Points?

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Apple may be working with manufacturing partners like Swatch to create multiple versions of the iWatch that are available in a range of styles and price points, according to a questionable report from VentureBeat, citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans.While most Apple-watchers and media have been laser-focused on one or two "iWatches" from Apple itself, the Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics and media giant may actually be working a number of partners in the watch business. Apple and its partners will offer a family of smartwatches to suit all tastes "from geek to chic," our source…
  • Apple in Talks With Credit Card Companies Over Payment Solution, Could Launch Mobile 'Wallet' This Fall

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Apple's talks with companies in the payment industry have been heating up in recent months, according to a new report from The Information. Apple executives have discussed launching a mobile payment solution as soon as this fall, allowing users to pay for physical goods with their iPhones. Apple is currently speaking with credit card company Visa over a possible partnership, a move that would bypass third-party payment processors resulting in direct savings for retailers and customers. Apple's payment solution is said to work with a "secured element" within the iPhone, safely storing payment…
  • OS X Yosemite to Launch in Late October, 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K Desktop in the Works

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Following an earlier report on the launch of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, 9to5Mac has released a second report with details on OS X Yosemite and Apple's fall Mac plans. As has been previously mentioned, OS X Yosemite will launch in October, following iOS 8's September release alongside the iPhone 6. The final Yosemite Developer Preview is expected to be seeded to developers on September 29, with a final golden master build coming around October 10, which suggests a late-October public launch date for Yosemite. October will also see the potential introduction of the iWatch, as has been widely…
  • Apple Planning Mid-September Event for 4.7-Inch iPhone 6, Timing of 5.5-Inch Model Unclear

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    According to 9to5Mac, Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 8 in advance of a September iPhone and iOS 8 launch event. Based on current projections, Apple is unsurprisingly tentatively planning to hold this iPhone-oriented event in mid-September. In line with previous reports, Apple is said to be aiming for a second product launch event in October for the iWatch and OS X Yosemite. iPhone 5s with mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models Similar to other recent September events, Apple is reportedly planning to focus on only iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 in this year's September event.
  • Apple's 36% Boost in Research and Development Spending Points to Strong Product Pipeline

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Apple made a significant investment into research and development this past quarter, increasing spending in the category by 36 percent over the same quarter last year, reports Financial Times. As noted by BTIG Research analyst Walt Piecyk, Apple's $1.6 billion quarterly investment represents 4 percent of sales, the highest percentage of spending in R&D since 2006, the year before Apple released the first iPhone. This huge increase supports rumors the company is investing significantly in more than just new iPhones, iPads, and Macs for its upcoming product pipeline. Apple CEO Tim Cook has…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, etc. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
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    Macworld

  • Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives: We go hands-on with this mobile-friendly shooter

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Gameloft's latest Call of Duty-alike looks and plays about the same, but makes some structural changes -- for better and for worse.
  • Clockwise Podcast: Backdoors, public betas, social networks, and 3D

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Apple denies it's made a backdoor for spies, one of our panelists brings a 3D TV into his house, the Yosemite public beta arrives, and people seem to dislike their social networks. With guests Philip Michaels and Dan Frakes.
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Making sweet music

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Making sweet musicThis week's roundup of new iOS accessories includes gear for making music, listening to tunes, and sharing both with your friends.BiteMyAppleThe $60 Desktop Chair v2 isn’t made for your backside, but rather to give your iPad a place to rest comfortably on your desktop. The wooden stand can display your tablet in landscape or portrait orientations, and can accommodate a variety of cases.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple tech note illuminates purported 'backdoor' services

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Just a couple days after a security researcher alleged that iOS contained “backdoor” access to user information, Apple has posted a knowledge base article explaining many of the systems that were under scrutiny. In the article, iOS: About diagnostic capabilities, Apple calls out three services: a packet capture tool called “pcapd,” one called “file_relay,” and a third dubbed “house_arrest.” According to Apple, all three of these technologies are used “to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues.” The company also emphasized that users…
  • Blackberry filling

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this episode we discuss why a partnership between Apple and IBM makes sense, the kind of work an iPad is really suited for (“Lots!” says Tim Cook), the EU Commission and its feelings about in-app purchases, and what 10 bucks buys at a limited unlimited library.Show notes Apple, IBM launch partnership for mobile enterprise apps, services, more How much of your job can you really do on an iPad? European Commission slams Apple for in-app purchase policies Kindle Unlimited launches: 600,000 all-you-can-read e-books for $10 per month Sponsors Citrix’s Sharefile: Enhance your work flow,…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Foursquare's App Debuts A New Look—But You Can't Download It Yet

    Selena Larson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Foursquare's transition from one app to two completely different services is a slow one. Like a child getting used to a cold pool one foot at a time, Foursquare is gradually rolling out each new app.Today, the company unveiled a new logo and a new design for its flagship Foursquare app, revealing what it will look like once the check-in is ripped out and placed in Swarm, the location-based social app the company released in May. The new app isn't live yet—it will be available in the next few weeks.The new Foursquare will take on Yelp, but will be more than just a directory of businesses.
  • Apple Confirms iOS Backdoors, But Calls Them "Diagnostic Capabilities"

    David Hamilton
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Apple acknowledged that its iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads contains several previously undisclosed "diagnostic capabilities"—services that an iOS forensics expert recently described as "backdoors" that could allow broad access to a user's personal data on those devices under certain circumstances.See also: Those "Backdoors" In Apple's iOS—What You Need To KnowThe issue involves problematic iOS services identified several months ago by Jonathan Zdziarski, the forensics expert who is also a one-time iOS jailbreaker and the author of several books on iPhone development. Zdziarski…
  • What Microsoft's "One Windows" Really Means

    Dan Rowinski
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Windows will soon be one operating system across PCs and mobile devices. Or so read the breathless headlines after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on the company’s quarterly earnings call that Microsoft will merge its different variants of Windows into one platform.“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” Nadella said.The problem is that this isn’t exactly true. Neither is it a new announcement from Microsoft.When Nadella said that Windows would soon be “single converged…
  • Duolingo Wants To Make It Easier For People To Get Jobs And An Education

    Selena Larson
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Duolingo, a popular online language education service, is making it easier for students and job-seekers to receive English language certification with the introduction of its new app, Test Center.Language certification is necessary for some visas, universities and job applications. But the costs can be prohibitive, especially in countries where monthly incomes average at just few hundred dollars.For a flat rate of $20, Test Center allows users to test for and receive accredited English language certification online or through a mobile application. This is a lot less than the average cost of…
  • YouTube Is Chasing Hollywood—But It Should Worry About Its Homegrown Stars

    Stephanie Chan
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    In her keynote address at VidCon, YouTube's unofficial, annual convention, Susan Wojcicki, the Google executive who took over the video site this year, looked over a packed audience at the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of the people seated there were a special breed of YouTube users—the people YouTube calls "creators," the video artists who long ago graduated from uploading bedroom webcam confessionals to making a real business and drawing their own fan base, sometimes in the millions.Wojcicki said all the right things at VidCon. “You guys are the real stars,” she told the assembled…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • The Mystery Is Resolved: Chirpy Birds, Lost Numbers and Pretty Slow Wheels

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
  • Useful Adobe Fireworks Resources: Extensions (Part 1)

    Michel Bozgounov
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze1 it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily. For those of you who are searching for a similar tool, Sketch 3.02 seems to be a pretty good alternative to Fireworks, but it’s still not quite there yet; it’s Mac-only, and while its vector tools are very good and it…
  • Scaling Down The BEM Methodology For Small Projects

    Maxim Shirshin
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Front-end development is no longer about individual frameworks. Tools are available — we merely have to choose. To make the right choices for your project, you need to start with a general approach, or methodology. But most methodologies have been created by big companies? Are they still useful for small companies, or do we need to reinvent them at a small scale? You probably already know of BEM121, one of those methodologies developed by a big company — namely, Yandex2. BEM posits that three basic entities (blocks, elements and modifiers) are enough to define how to author HTML…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Kasem's body whisked out of U.S.

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.
  • Cops: Fake cop abused immigrants

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Police that a man impersonated a police officer and coerced immigrants into committing sex acts. KGO reports.
  • Israel and Hamas

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As the bloody battles pushed up tragic death tolls on both sides, world powers held a flurry of diplomatic meetings Wednesday aimed at halting the fighting in Gaza.
  • Murderer contested drug combination

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Joseph Wood "gasped and struggled to breathe for about an hour and 40 minutes" during his execution, his attorney says.
  • Shootdown follows an ominous pattern

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Opinion: On numerous occasions, insurgents armed by Moscow have deliberately shot down civilian planes, writes Mark Kramer, Senior Fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mia McCormick!

    Brad Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Let me start by saying, I don’t take photos professionally. But wait, don’t stop reading! Hear me out. My name is Mia McCormick and before I took a position at KelbyOne, I spent a decade telling stories and interviewing some of the most influential people in the world in the name of TV News. Now I’ve spent the last two years interviewing the very best photographers on the planet, for KelbyOne. I’ve grilled them about technique and business plans. I’ve asked them about gear and studio decisions. But some of the most important conversations, often get the least amount of attention,…
  • Announcing My New Book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s official — the latest book in my series is headed to bookstores in just a few weeks, and the video above tells you what makes this new addition, called “Part 5 — Photo Recipes” different than the rest.You can preorder the book right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or direct from us and be the first to receive the book when it ships in a couple of weeks. It’s only around $17 street price, which is an awesomely low price (it’s about impossible to find something for photography that only costs $17 bucks, right? This puppy is a steal).I’m…
  • Five Photography Workshops I Would Love to Attend (and you might, too!)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I absolutely LOVE to learn new stuff, and if I get a chance to sit in another photographer’s class, or spend a day in their workshop, I jump at the chance. Here are five (in no particular order) that are coming up that I would really love to attend (and I’m hoping to get to at least a few of these as a student myself).(1) Frank Doorhof’s Ultimate Workshop Weekend I remember the first time I saw Frank teach in person. I caught his first class, and then went back three more times, taking notes every time. Frank is one of the people I’ve learned the most from about…
  • My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile

    Scott Kelby
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    When I posted this behind-the-scenes iPhone pic yesterday on FB and Twitter, and mentioned I was using Lightroom Mobile (that it running on my iPad), I had lots of questions of how and why we used so I thought I’d tackle that here today on the blog.Why Lightroom Mobile? First, I know there are lots of apps (OK, at least a few) that will let you transfer your images from your camera over into your iPad so you can see them during a shoot. In fact, Terry White had a great article on shooting straight from an Eye-fi Wireless SD card, through an App, right over to your iPad (here’s the…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Win A FREE Pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas! Submit your best photos to this contest for your chance to win a FREE pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas! The big winner will also have their photo published in Photoshop User magazine AND get a free year of KelbyOne! The winner will be chosen by a panel including Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Peter Hurley, Tamara Lackey, and Erik Valind. The deadline to submit is August 2, so click here and share your best work!Behind The Lens: In-Depth Portfolio Reviews with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby Join Joe McNally and Scott Kelby for an evening of…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Dispelling the Myth of Good Light and Bad Light

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is no such thing as bad light, there is just light. Take advantage of every situation. Photography is all about the light. In fact, if there is no light hitting the sensor, there is no photo. Different times of the day, or weather conditions, can create different moods and situations. As you probably know, you can achieve amazing and compelling results by shooting in the early morning, or from late afternoon well into twilight. This is known as the golden hour and the blue hour, respectively. However, there is no such thing as good light or bad light, there is just light. It is not…
  • How to use Lightroom Develop Presets to Learn Processing Tips

    Andrew S. Gibson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my previous article you learned how to create a vintage effect using Lightroom. I started by showing you some Lightroom Develop Presets you can use as a shortcut, and finished by demonstrating some techniques you can use yourself. The hidden message in the article was that one way to learn how to use Lightroom is to buy some Develop Presets (or download some free ones) and analyze them to see how they work. You can then apply the same techniques to your own photos, and even create your own Develop Presets. Today I’m going to give you some tips on analyzing other people’s Develop…
  • Taking your DSLR into the Backcountry Safely

    Erin Fitzgibbon
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the Northern Hemisphere summer is finally here and that means it’s the beginning of camping season. It’s time to haul out the tent, the propane stove, the canoe, the bug hat and the DSLR. You visit all these beautiful places, gain a sense of peace and respect for Mother Nature, then come home and wish you were still there. Having beautiful, sharp images of the brutal trail you faced, the noisy bird that woke you at dawn, or the incredible sunset you experienced can make the experience all the more rich. The added bonus is you have some fantastic images you can hang on the wall…
  • Overcoming the Fear – Creating Better Travel Photography Portraits

    Oded Wagenstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pick up Oded’s new Snapn Guide (a dPS sister company) Snapn Travel here for only $7. A lifetime of travel memories in a Snap. Traveling is fun and rewarding, but sharing memories of your journeys with friends, family and the world through your own beautiful images can be even better. Especially rewarding are images of the interesting people you meet along the way, because creating travel photography portraits can be an amazing addition to your portfolio. But, if taking pictures of strangers while interacting with them makes you uneasy, maybe even feeling a bit of fear? GOOD! Then this…
  • How To Photograph Shy Adults

    Annie Tao
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Some people are not as comfortable in front of the camera as others. Perhaps they are shy, or perhaps they believe they have physical “imperfections”, so they aren’t at ease when it comes to having their photo taken. (I put quotes around that term because often these are not imperfections at all, but rather, beautiful parts of their body that they over-think.) Unless they are a professional model, most people fall into this category to some degree. If they don’t feel comfortable, it will show in the photos. Luckily, there are things you can do that may help. Give your…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Want to download old iPhone firmware? Here's where to find it

    John-Michael Bond
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Do you miss your old firmware? Do you have an old device that for some reason you want to run like it's 2009? Well iOS fans, you are in luck. The folks over at TechArrival have compiled a list of download links to original iPhone iOS firmware files...
  • Say goodbye to Foursquare check-ins tomorrow

    Steven Sande
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    OK, I'm depressed. For years, I've enjoyed using Foursquare to check in at restaurants, airport gates, hotels, and even my own home. During that time, I became "mayor" at a number of different locations and loved getting the occasional badge for...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 23, 2014

    Steven Sande
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...
  • Felix FlipBook Air is a delightfully different iPad case/stand

    Steven Sande
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    So many of the iPad cases and stands that I review here at TUAW are so alike in looks and functionality that it's hard to get excited about them. When something different shows up, I definitely take notice. That's the situation with the Felix...
  • TUAW TV Live: The penultimate episode

    Steven Sande
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It's the penultimate TUAW TV Live, one of your last chances to watch the hosts talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Today we'll talk a bit about the OS X Yosemite general public beta (and things to watch for), the WSJ "rumor...
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you have never done it before, lighting a group shot outdoors in full sun can be daunting. After all, sun is pretty bright. And your subject is pretty big and thus harder to light at a high level.But with a leaf-shutter camera and a couple of battery powered monoblocs, you can easily own the sun and just about anything you can put under it.Read more »
  • Avatar

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My last head shot had been getting a little long in the tooth. So on a whim the other day, I redid it.Gotta keep things fresh, I always say. So I try to redo my head shot every seven years, whether it needs it or not.As photographers, we only get to see one side of the equation—and that does not involve looking down the barrel of the gun, either. So being on the receiving end is always a learning experience. Even more so when you are on the shooting and receiving end. Read more »
  • On Assignment: Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I love shooting at mix. Especially when there are epic clouds on the move. And even more so while monitoring my Dark Skies app to know exactly when the rain will start falling on a OMGHowMuchDidThatThingCost? cello.Just keeps things interesting, you know?Read more »
  • Do This: Sara Lando in US for Workshops in August

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Whatcha doing in mid/late August? If you are within striking distance of Baltimore or Atlanta, you have a one-off chance to do something cool and fun that will change the way you approach your photography: spend a day (or two) with Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando.After spending a couple years convincing her to come to the US, Zack Arias and I are this summer hosting Sara for two weekends of seminars and workshops in Atlanta and Baltimore. We are doing this because A) it's an awesome experience (trust us on that) and B) it's a lot easier than getting all you guys…
  • On Traveling With Your Camera

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    In January Strobist was restructured from a standard, 2x/week blog into a core knowledge archive. Rather than publishing all of the time, we made the 2,000-post archive more organized and accessible. Now, Strobist only updates when there is something meaningful to say. I did this to flip the signal to noise ratio (seriously, who needs to read that many photoblog posts every day) and to create some time for two significant projects. The first of which, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Ricoh has announced a new 'Prestige' version of its Pentax K-3 DSLR. This special edition camera, which 'commemorates the many awards bestowed upon the K-3' (including from this website), comes in a special gunmetal gray color. The Prestige edition includes a matching battery grip, two batteries, and an 'exclusive' battery strap. If you want your K-3 to stand out from the crowd you'd better hurry, as only 2,000 kits will be sold worldwide. (The image at left is simulated)
  • Real-world & Studio Samples Added to Nikon D810 1st-impressions Review

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Nikon's new D810 consolidates the older D800 and D800E into a single body with no AA filter on its 36MP CMOS sensor. A few days ago we received a final production sample Nikon D810 and we've been shooting with it intensely ever since. As well as putting it through our initial studio testing, we've also taken a quick look at the effectiveness of the new electronic first-curtain shutter and created a gallery of real-world sample images to show what the camera can do. Click through for links.
  • Sony expands image sensor production for mobile devices

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Reuters has reported that Sony is planning to invest 35 billion yen (approximately US$345 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity of smartphone and tablet image sensors. Sony says the investment will allow for a 13 percent increase in production to 68,000 wafers per month in 2015. Sony leads the market for smartphone imaging sensors, and supplies the sensors for Apple's iPhones and a large number of Android smartphones. Read more at connect.dpreview.com
  • Rumor: Sony might bring curved-sensor technology to smartphone

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Sony could be working on a phablet targeted at enthusiast photographers, based around its new curved Exmor-RS IMX271SMK sensor unit and an F1.2 lens. According to a post on Chinese forum digi-wo.com the Xperia Z3X's Android L OS will be powered by a 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC that is clocked at 2.86 GHz and 4GB of RAM. The screen is rumored to measure 6.14 inches, offering a QHD resolution and will use OLED technology. Read more on connect.dpreview.com
  • Pentax firmware v1.10 for K-3 adds diffraction correction

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Pentax has released new firmware for its flagship K-3 DSLR, adding a new function - diffraction correction to the lens corrections menu. Firmware v1.10 also improves processing times when Digital Filters and Color Fringe Correction are applied, tweaks exposure bracketing in TAv mode, offers improved AWB performance and the usual 'improved stability for general performance'. Click through for more details and a download link.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Catalogs and photo storage is always one of the most popular topics whenever I’m out there teaching Lightroom. So I thought I’d do a quick post on one of the core concepts of the Lightroom catalog: Referenced photos vs. Managed Photos. This especially comes to light with Aperture not being developed anymore, but it’s still something good to know about when it comes to Lightroom. It sounds really techie but it’s not that bad. If you’re just a casual Lightroom user, you really don’t have to worry about what the difference is and what Lightroom does. Most…
  • The Secret News About Lightroom 5.5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Okay, maybe the news isn’t so secret anymore, but I wanted to post this quick video that Scott and I did because I think it’s addressing a concern of a lot of photographers out there. See, a bunch of people are jumping on the Adobe Photography Bundle where you get Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month. Since then, there’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately and Adobe’s done something pretty cool to answer it. The question comes in two ways: 1) I just signed up for the photography bundle and I’m using Lightroom. But what happens if I decide I…
  • 3 Ways To Zoom In On Your Photos in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
  • 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There’s been speculation for a while now, but it’s confirmed. Apple is stopping future development of Aperture. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now. Aperture actually came out right around the time when Lightroom did (even a little before). But it’s been stagnant on version 3 for a while now, and Lightroom has continually pulled ahead. Anyway, all the debates over which is/was better don’t matter much now. If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Comprehensive List of Apps Compatible With iOS 8 Beta 4

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Our forum members are building a comprehensive list of all the apps that function in iOS 8 beta 4, which may be helpful for users who have installed the beta or who plan to install it. The list also includes apps that are known to be broken and apps that work but have specific issues. Notable apps that fully work with the beta include 1Password, Dropbox, Deliveries, Google Chrome, Instagram, Pandora, Rdio, Vine, and Fantastical 2 for iPad and iPhone. Other apps, like Facebook and Snapchat work as well, but have some issues with videos. Popular apps that do not work with the beta at this point…
  • Fantastical for iPhone/iPad Gains Snooze and Birthday Notifications, Goes on Sale

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Fantastical 2 for the iPhone and the iPad were today updated to version 2.1, adding several new features to both mobile apps including a new Snooze feature, event invitation notifications, birthday notifications, and more. The biggest new feature, Snooze, allows users push back notification times for calendar events or reminders using either preset times or custom set durations, a useful function when a notification pops up and needs to be paused until a later time. Along with Snooze, the 2.1 update adds notifications for upcoming birthdays and event invitations, plus it's possible to search…
  • iPhone Camera Supplier Sony Investing $345 Million to Boost Image Sensor Production

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    As hinted at in an earlier report from Nikkei, Sony today confirmed it is investing 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase the production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, reports Reuters. The electronics firm will use the 35 billion yen to boost production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories in Kyushu, Japan as well as complete work at a factory it recently purchased from Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics. This investment will increase manufacturing by 13 percent, allowing Sony to produce up to 68,000 wafers a month by August 2015. Sony is a leader in the imaging…
  • AT&T, Apple Begin Paying $40 to U.S. iPad 3G Purchasers After Unlimited Data Lawsuit

    Juli Clover
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    AT&T and Apple have begun sending out payments to consumers in the United States who purchased an original iPad 3G, following the culmination of a long-running class action lawsuit over unlimited data. Originally settled in September of 2013, the lawsuit covered a $29.99 no-contract unlimited data plan that Apple and AT&T offered with the original iPad -- a deal that Steve Jobs advertised on stage when the tablet was revealed in January of 2010. In June of 2010, AT&T stopped offering the plan and replaced it with a 2GB for $25/month plan. AT&T did grandfather in users who had an…
  • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.5B Revenue, Billings up 25% Year-Over-Year, $20B Paid to Devs, 75B App Downloads

    Juli Clover
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    During its financial results call covering the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2014, Apple shared details on the success of its iTunes Store, which has become an increasingly important revenue source for the company in recent years, mainly due to the ever-growing popularity of the App Store. For the first fiscal nine months of the year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said iTunes software and services were the fastest growing part of Apple's business. iTunes billings grew 25 percent year over year to an all time quarterly high, largely due to the App Store. In the third quarter, iTunes…
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    CNN Travel

  • 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…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

    hiufu
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The canals from different angles and seasons, the flower market, the Skinny Bridge and more favorite scenes from AmsterdamiReporter Anahita Valakche sums up the reasons to love Amsterdam pretty well: "Not only is Amsterdam full of amazing museums, the whole city feels like you are living in a painting. "My other favorite aspect of Amsterdam is its high standards of living and the quality of life -- even though it is one of the most crowded tourist spots in the world. "Also the people in Amsterdam are very friendly. Amsterdam is diverse in its culinary offerings and you can eat delicious…
  • Wimbledon without tennis: 10 things to do

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wimbledon isn’t just a tournament, it’s a village. Here’s what to do when you’re not wondering who's going to win it allFor the thousands of fans who descend upon the All England Club every summer, Wimbledon means one thing: tennis, namely The Championships, where the world’s top stars slug it out on the lawns of the All England Club (June 23-July 6). But few realize that the charms of this chic southwest London “village” extend beyond the ball courts. What’s there to do in Wimbledon when you’re not watching tennis? Plenty. 1. Cannizaro House Cannizaro House: scene of a…
  • CNNGo in Amsterdam: Windmill beer, tulip vases and picnics in the park

    hiufu
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An amazing photography museum, a classic cinema experience and the city's best street food feature in our monthly TV showCruising the canals of AmsterdamThe artistic side of AmsterdamAmsterdam's mouth-watering street foodThis month CNNGo cruises the canals of Amsterdam. Olympic field hockey player Floris Evers shares his perfect Saturday with a stroll through the Noodermarkt, a giant slice of Winkel's handmade apple pie and a picnic in scenic Vondelpark. We explore an artistic side of the city with gallery owners Diana Stigter, David Van Doesburg and Lilian Driessen, who show us the best…
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