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  • The most important thing

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.        
  • 7 sadly neglected Disney movies

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    It's a rare individual who hasn't Disney's Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Frozen, but if you've reached the breaking point watching the same four movies over, and over, and over again, Remy Carreiro at Neatorama has seven other Disney movies there's a great chance you missed and lend some much needed diversity to the same old happily-ever-after fare.
  • Lazarus, the Cleft Palate Cat Who Went From Rescue to Vine Superstar

    Andrea Romano
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    You don't need to be classically beautiful to be a star Rescue cat Lazarus was born with a cleft palate. The physical deformity leaves him without the appearance of a nose and overexposes his lower teeth, but he still manages to charm thousands of fans on Vine. See also: Griffin von Porkchop: The Snaggletoothed Cat That Will Steal Your Candy According to Lazarus' official Facebook page, he was found at only 10 weeks old by a student at East Tennessee State University. Although the sickly kitten suffered an infection in his mouth, caretakers soon nursed him back to health. Nicknamed the…
  • Watch What Happens When Tech Attacks

    Fast Company
    KC Ifeanyi
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this animated short, singularity has arrived, and your laptop wishes you were dead. Violently so.Speed-read through this post like your life depended on it, throw your phone, tablet, or whatever you're using across the room, and run like there's no tomorrow (which, in your case, there probably won't be): Your electronics are pissed, and they want to kill you.Read Full Story
  • Earnest Launches Customized Interest Rates For Borrowers

    Jonathan Shieber
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
     Earnest, the online lending service targeting millennial borrowers, is launching a new customized interest rate for its customers. The new product for Millennials allows the company to offer low-interest loans, typically between 4.25% and 5.25% for qualified customers. Interest rates, says Earnest Lending’s chief executive Louis Beryl, “should be about what people deserve to pay,… Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 7 sadly neglected Disney movies

    Kate Rinsema
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    It's a rare individual who hasn't Disney's Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Frozen, but if you've reached the breaking point watching the same four movies over, and over, and over again, Remy Carreiro at Neatorama has seven other Disney movies there's a great chance you missed and lend some much needed diversity to the same old happily-ever-after fare.
  • Truckers unite to stop sex trafficking [video]

    Josh Urich
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Truckers Against Trafficking is a group of truckers who fight the sex-trafficking of teenagers all across the United States. This video is the organization's training video, but it's far from boring. In fact, it's compelling, terrifying, and moving. Learn about the plight of sex trafficking right in your backyard.
  • Amazing visualization of Beethoven’s 5th [video]

    Josh Urich
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The first movement of Beethoven's fifth symphony is arguably one of the best pieces of music ever written––aside, of course, from "We Built This City." It's hard for the modern ear to pick up everything going on in this symphony, but with the help of this visualization you can start to grasp Beethoven's genius.
  • Amazing bird’s eye view of Burning Man [video]

    Josh Urich
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The controlled chaos that is Burning Man is hard to grasp until you see it from the sky. Take a look at this drone footage of various aspects of Burning Man, including some great shots of the huge camp.
  • Solar storm peak serves up Friday night lights seen ’round the world

    Kate Rinsema
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Were you one of the lucky people who saw the show on Friday night? No long ticket lines required, just a choice seat in the Northern hemisphere and clear skies, at least for a few minutes.
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  • Lazarus, the Cleft Palate Cat Who Went From Rescue to Vine Superstar

    Andrea Romano
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    You don't need to be classically beautiful to be a star Rescue cat Lazarus was born with a cleft palate. The physical deformity leaves him without the appearance of a nose and overexposes his lower teeth, but he still manages to charm thousands of fans on Vine. See also: Griffin von Porkchop: The Snaggletoothed Cat That Will Steal Your Candy According to Lazarus' official Facebook page, he was found at only 10 weeks old by a student at East Tennessee State University. Although the sickly kitten suffered an infection in his mouth, caretakers soon nursed him back to health. Nicknamed the…
  • Russian Email Giant Takes Over VKontakte, 'Russia's Facebook'

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Russian mail provider Mail.Ru, which is majority owned by Russia's richest man and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, has taken full control of the country's Facebook equivalent VKontakte on Tuesday. Mail.Ru announced the acquisition of the remaining 48% of VKontakte (also known as VK) — the part which it still didn't control — for $1.47 billion. The deal gives Mail.Ru full control of Russia's largest social network, and gives its owner, Alisher Usmanov, more control over the company. This renews concerns that what was once a platform for dissent and independent voices will…
  • Mobli Media Buys Social Media Platform Pheed

    Todd Wasserman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Mobli Media has purchased Pheed, the fledgling social media network, the companies announced Tuesday. The companies didn't disclose a price for the cash and stock deal, though a source close to the transaction says Pheed went for around $20 million. Mobli also said it plans to invest $10 million in the reintroduction of Pheed, which will remain a standalone platform. See also: Pheed: The Next Social Craze for Teens? Pheed, which launched in late 2012, now claims 5 million users. The teen-focused platform lets users share text, photos, videos and audio. The app gained notoriety last year when…
  • Netflix Falls For New Judd Apatow Series 'Love'

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Netflix and Judd Apatow have fallen madly in Love. The streaming network has picked up two seasons of Love, a new half-hour comedy series about modern relationships created and written by the creator of Girls and writer/producer of countless films including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, in 2016. See also: Will Arnett: More 'Arrested Development' Is Coming to Netflix The original series will star Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs, whose characters Gus and Mickey will "navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid," Netflix announced…
  • Misfit Flash Is the First True Fitness Tracker Under $50

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    There is no shortage of fitness trackers on the market today, but a new one from Misfit is the most affordable option we've seen yet. The company announced the Misfit Flash on Tuesday, which monitors your steps, tracks your sleep cycle and does everything you'd expect from a fitness tracker. However, at $49, it's far cheaper than competing models in the $120+ range. See also: The Apple Watch Is Poised to Wipe Out Fitness Trackers "It was important to Misfit to make the act of monitoring your activity and sleep more accessible for consumers to expand the industry to the masses, including those…
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  • Watch What Happens When Tech Attacks

    KC Ifeanyi
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this animated short, singularity has arrived, and your laptop wishes you were dead. Violently so.Speed-read through this post like your life depended on it, throw your phone, tablet, or whatever you're using across the room, and run like there's no tomorrow (which, in your case, there probably won't be): Your electronics are pissed, and they want to kill you.Read Full Story
  • High-Speed Gondolas Could Take New York's Transportation To The Sky

    Sydney Brownstone
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    The East River Skyway wants to connect trendy neighborhoods to Manhattan by way of zero-emissions cable cars.If you've ever spent half an hour judging the terroir of a stranger's sweat stain on a commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan, you're already familiar with the Metropolitan Transit Authority's overcrowding problem. But what if you could skip the train entirely? A radical new proposal suggests that New Yorkers try a high-speed gondola over the East River instead.Read Full Story
  • Step 1: Order This From A Secret Menu. Step 2: Drink The Coffee. Step 3: Eat The Edible Waffle Cup

    Peter Wade
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Yep, a Los Angeles coffee shop has added a crunchy edible cup, the Alfred Cone, to its secret menu.First, there was the cronut. Then, there was the milk and cookie shot. Now, behold, the latest breakfast treat, which might just rule them all: the edible coffee cup! (No, not those kind of edibles!)Read Full Story
  • With BitLab, LittleBits Wants To Become The App Store For Hardware

    Rebecca Greenfield
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    "We want people to say, 'there's a bit for that,' and if there isn't one, they will make one," says CEO Ayah Bdeir.Getting one step closer to its mission to "put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone," LittleBits Tuesday opened up bitLab, a marketplace for user generated LittleBits.Read Full Story
  • How A Simple Blood Test Can Now Help Diagnose Depression

    Chris Gayomali
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Researchers have identified a handful of gene markers--like DNA fingerprints--that can determine who might be receptive to psychotherapy.Diagnosing clinical depression in adults is tricky for doctors. That's mostly because assessment is largely reliant on imperfect analysis, like patient observations and interviews. Most laboratory tests are, by and large, of little use in determining if someone is depressed or not.Read Full Story
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  • Earnest Launches Customized Interest Rates For Borrowers

    Jonathan Shieber
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
     Earnest, the online lending service targeting millennial borrowers, is launching a new customized interest rate for its customers. The new product for Millennials allows the company to offer low-interest loans, typically between 4.25% and 5.25% for qualified customers. Interest rates, says Earnest Lending’s chief executive Louis Beryl, “should be about what people deserve to pay,… Read More
  • Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    Jordan Crook
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
     TechCrunch Radio is coming at you again today, this time with a brand new set of pitch-off companies and an interview with Disrupt Battlefield winner, Alfred Club. If you haven’t heard already, the folks over at Sirius XM are collaborating with us to air a TechCrunch Radio show. In each hour-long episode, John Biggs and I discuss the latest news and chat with folks in the tech industry. Read More
  • YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    Anthony Ha
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
     When YouNoodle raised additional funding earlier this year, the company’s CEO Torsten Kolind told me the company was trying to build a data business on top of its startup competition platform. That approach, it seems, has led in a roundabout way to YouNoodle hosting a virtual demo day of its own, dubbed YouNoodle Live. Here’s how you get from startup competitions to data and… Read More
  • TrueAccord Looks To Fix Debt Collection With $5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Max Levchin And More

    Jonathan Shieber
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
     The idea for TrueAccord began with a late payment on Ohad Samet’s Macy’s card. It was the end of 2012, and Samet, who was working as the chief risk officer for Klarna, started getting phone calls at random times from a number he didn’t recognize. It was a debt collection agency, and for the first time, Samet was on the wrong side of a due payment. Read More
  • Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    Sarah Perez
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
     In less than a year after leaving Amazon, Quidsi co-founder Marc Lore began work on a new startup called Today, the company is officially announcing it has raised an additional $20 million in growth capital from Western Technology Investments, and a $5 million asset-backed facility from Silicon Valley Bank, bringing its Series A round to a total of $80 million at its close.… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • People who like this stuff...

    Seth Godin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    like this stuff. When you work in a genre (any genre), break all the rules at your own peril. Sure, you need to break some rules, need to do something worth talking about. But please understand who the work is for. If it's for people outside the genre, you have a lot of evangelizing to do. And if it's for those that are already in it, you can't push too far, because they like the genre. That's why they're here. Those who have walked away probably aren't just waiting around for you to fix it. Those who have never been don't think the genre has a problem they need solved. Blue sky thinking…
  • The most important thing

    Seth Godin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.        
  • Without a keyboard

    Seth Godin
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    When the masses only connect to the net without a keyboard, who will be left to change the world? It is possible but unlikely that someone will write a great novel on a tablet. You can't create the spreadsheet that changes an industry on a smart phone. And professional programmers don't sit down to do their programming with a swipe. Many people are quietly giving away one of the most powerful tools ever created—the ability to craft and spread revolutionary ideas. Coding, writing, persuading, calculating—they still matter. Yes, of course the media that's being created on the spot, the…
  • Law and order

    Seth Godin
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    At some point, the world (the project, the moment) becomes so chaotic or dangerous that we sacrifice law in exchange for order. The question is: when. When is it time to declare martial law? (or your version of it) When do you abandon your project plan because the boss is hysterical? When do you go off the long-term, drip-by-drip approach to growth because cash flow is tight? When do you suspend one set of valued principles in order to preserve the thing you set out to build in the first place? When Richard Nixon was at his most megalomaniacal, he was willing to suspend any law in his way to…
  • The launch meeting

    Seth Godin
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    You've probably been to one. The organization is about to embark on something new--a new course, a new building, a new fundraising campaign. The organizer calls together the team, and excitement is in the air. Choose which sort of meeting you'd like to have: The amateur's launch meeting is fun, brimming with possibility and excitement. Everything is possible. Goals are meant to be exceeded. Not only will the difficult parts go well, but this team, this extraordinary team, will be able to create something magical. Possibility is in the air, and it would be foolish to do anything but fuel it.
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  • Track Your Sleep and Activity on the Cheap With Misfit’s ‘Flash’

    Christina Bonnington
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Priced at $50, the Misfit Flash is one of the cheapest fitness trackers you can buy. The post Track Your Sleep and Activity on the Cheap With Misfit’s ‘Flash’ appeared first on WIRED.
  • LittleBits Asks Users to Invent Its Next Product for a 10 Percent Cut

    Liz Stinson
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    bitLabs is a new platform that will act like an app store for hardware. The post LittleBits Asks Users to Invent Its Next Product for a 10 Percent Cut appeared first on WIRED.
  • An Artistic Retreat Trains Young Musicians in the Philippines

    Jeffrey Marlow
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    The remote coastal jungle surrounding the town of San Antonio, located in the Philippine state of Zambales, has not traditionally received much attention in the global cultural conversation. San Antonio, after all, is little more than a few square blocks of quiet homes at the foot of volcanic foothills. Motorized tricycles transport fishermen to and […] The post An Artistic Retreat Trains Young Musicians in the Philippines appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Radical New Way to Collaborate, From the Makers of ‘Paper’

    Kyle VanHemert
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    An empty canvas is great if you’ve got the imagination to do something with it. Sometimes, though, it takes a little push to get the creative mojo going. That’s the thinking behind Mix, a new collaborative platform from FiftyThree, makers of the popular iPad sketching app, Paper. Built right into the app, it’s based around […] The post A Radical New Way to Collaborate, From the Makers of ‘Paper’ appeared first on WIRED.
  • How Can You Increase Smart Phone Battery Life?

    Rhett Allain
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Smart phones aren’t really phones. They are small personal computers that you can carry around with you. They just happen to also make phone calls – but that’s not what most people use them for. Yes, these tiny computers are awesome and useful – but there is a downside. The battery life is terrible. The […] The post How Can You Increase Smart Phone Battery Life? appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Four Ways to Crush Your Email Challenge and Build the List

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest contribution from Luke Guy. I support building your email list more than any other thing. It’s the building block to any platform-building. You should be collecting emails before you even build the blog or write the book. I Wish I did it this way to begin with. Why? Collecting emails has got to be the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to build a community. You can approach someone and more likely get their email than a “like” on Facebook. Email is about discovery. Facebook is about liking what we already like. You know this though. You know that email is the way to build…
  • Creating and Selling Ebooks Webinar

    Stacey Roberts
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    This webinar (available in full for members) features ProBlogger Marketing Ninja Shayne Tilley outlining the strategy for getting the best return on your efforts creating and selling eBooks. It covers: Sell Sheets: Do you need one? What is it? How to make a good one. What content to have in your book – what shouldn’t you miss? An effective book outline Thinking about your audience Your review process Writing tips – not only to get content written, but also tips about format, consistency and even mindframe mid-book The editing process Adding visual elements…
  • How to Craft a Blog that Attracts Customers and Converts Like Crazy

    Stacey Roberts
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    This is a guest contribution from entrepreneur Natalie Sisson. So, you want to turn your blog into an online business? Congratulations, so does every other person with wifi. Now, I don’t mean to to bust your buns right off the get go, but if I’m being honest (and I always am!) then you need to know one thing: A blog that doesn’t make money is a hobby, and a hobby is not a business. The truth is, many of us don’t know what we’re doing when we’re first starting out online. Learning how to create a website, identify your ideal customer and convert them into sales will be a process,…
  • Hypnotic Writing | 5 Effective Strategies To Put Your Reader In A Trance.

    Guest Blogger
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is a guest contribution from Thai Nguyen of Wantrepreneur Journey. You are getting sleepy…very sleepy… That’s typically what comes to mind when you think of hypnosis—a stage show with some unfortunate soul doing the chicken-dance. However, those who practice hypnosis are quick to give a proper explanation. Here’s the textbook definition: The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person becomes highly responsive to suggestion or direction. We enter into hypnotic states on a daily basis; completely absorbed in an activity and losing track of time. It happens when…
  • The 5 Step Voyage of Creating Awesome Content

    Guest Blogger
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Image via Flickr user na.harii. This is a guest contribution from James Scherer. Do you struggle for content inspiration? Do you feel like every article you write is exactly like another you’ve already written or read? You’re falling victim to content stagnation, and it’s something we all deal with. Perhaps you need a refresher, a reminder, or just someone to give you a few new ideas - a nudge along the way. This article will give a full look at how to encourage and capture readership, optimize for action and engagement, and get the most out of your content – the full gamut of…
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  • Use SwiftKey’s Heat Map to See Where You’re Making Mistakes

    Tori Reid
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Android: Seasoned SwiftKey users make typing look easy. SwiftKey houses a heat map feature that shows you where your touch patterns are—and where your most common mistakes might be made. Read more...
  • Turn a Deaf Ear to Silly Remarks to Avoid Damaging Relationships

    Tori Reid
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    We've all had our fair share of less than remarkable comments. The Fast Track tells us to learn how to respond to these situations in a way that avoids damaging relationships.Read more...
  • How to Set Parental Controls in the Google Play Store

    Tori Reid
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Android: It's important for parents to know how to set media device restrictions for censorship and protected purchases. Follow these directions to keep your child and bank account safe. Read more...
  • How to Say No to Anyone (Even a Good Friend)

    Alexandra Franzen
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes the hardest part of talking with people you care about is saying no. They might need a favor or a loan or just a ride, but you can't always be available to help everyone. Here's what I've learned from my experience about how to say no to even a good friend.Read more...
  • Those Great Fire Phone Headphones Are Just $10 Right Now

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Gizmodo, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Fire Phone might be underperforming, but its accompanying earbuds are great. Gizmodo's Eric Limer had great things to say about them that you can read below, and you can pick them up for just $10 today, with a $1 MP3 credit thrown in for good measure. That's an easy recommendation for pretty much anyone, even to just have as a backup set. [Fire Phone Earbuds]Read more...
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  • Foxconn Factory Worker Detained Over iPhone 6 Shell Leaks

    Kelly Hodgkins
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    A Foxconn worker is being detained after being accused of stealing six iPhone 6 rear shells from the factory line and reselling them to an unidentified party in Shenzhen, China, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing details in Chinese newspaper Taihang Daily. The thefts started in late July and netted the 40-year-old male factory worker a total of 6,000 yuan ($960). The suspect, identified only with the surname Qiao, allegedly responded to an advertisement that offered to purchase "parts from Apple Inc. at high prices." Qiao snuck out his first shell on July 24 and shipped the product…
  • Apple Approving iOS 8-Optimized Apps, but Extensions Not Working Properly Yet

    Eric Slivka
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Following last week's iPhone and Apple Watch media event, Apple officially invited developers to begin submitting their iOS 8 apps for App Store review ahead of tomorrow's public release of the new operating system. While a number of developers have been tweaking their apps to work better with iOS 8 over the past few months, the major step forward comes as apps begin to support the new functionalities supported in iOS 8. Apple has already begun approving some of these iOS 8-optimized apps, but a few high-profile developers are finding that some of their highly anticipated extensions are not…
  • Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay

    Richard Padilla
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances. The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that…
  • Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: 'We Try Not to Collect Data'

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy. Cook's first comments are on Apple's privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible. He believes that people "have a right to privacy." Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your…
  • Apple Watch Already Facing Questions Concerning User Privacy

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Though it won't be released until early 2015, Apple's new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives. In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information. In his letter, the…
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  • My Take on Inbound Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m presenting at Hubspot’s Inbound conference today, which marks my second time there with about six years distance in between. Has anything changed? No. Yes. But it would depend who you ask. There have been some really smart posts about the future of inbound marketing. I want to give you a simpler take than all that. The Value of Inbound Marketing Jacqueline and I completed our first Spartan race in August of 2014. Note that I say “first.” This is your first clue that the organization is doing something right. My friend, Chad, just completed what’s called a…
  • Find Intensity

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed at the moment with this video with CT Fletcher, Kai Greene, and Dana Linn Bailey. (NOTE: this video is FULL of curse words, so if you’re a bit sensitive to such, do not push play). I’m obsessed for a reason. I’m thinking a lot about intensity. The Vast Distance Between “Doing” and Intensity I’ve been working on my fitness for a while. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have been subjected to my sweaty selfies for years. But two major changes have happened back to back, and in them, I’ve found a lesson…
  • Get Some Chris Guillebeau

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    There are few people who I think have the opportunity to start and maintain a cult. Chris Guillebeau is one of them. He’s so lovable, so damned addictive, and his ideas are YOUR ideas. He gives them to you and hopes you’ll do what he did: work and make them real. Pick up this book by Chris Guillebeau – The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. The deal is this. You’ve got to read the book, but you have to DO something with it. Oh, and here’s my interview with him: Continue Reading
  • How to Blog for Business

    Chris Brogan
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Writing posts on this blog has been a cornerstone of my business for quite a while now. I started blogging in 1998 (we called it “journaling” back then), but it wasn’t really until somewhere around 2005 that I started figuring out how it would be part of my actual business (and by that, how it would be a way to make money). How to Blog for Business There are so many ways to look at this. You can choose to think of your blog as a media company, and stuff ads on it. I love ads, well, ads for things that make sense. The sidebar at [] is full of companies I…
  • Build Your Home

    Chris Brogan
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    It all started making sense a little bit at a time, and then a lot at a time, and then I really saw it all, in a kind of continuum. By spending a lot of time analyzing what people have said to me at various events, in my inbox, in between their “official” statements and professional posturing, I’m starting to understand what’s needed by the Owners I so humbly intend to serve. There’s a war, such as it were, and the enemy has been named. But before we talk of war, we have to start where it always starts: at home. Build Your Home Life has changed over the last few…
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  • Which of These New WordPress Themes is Right For Your Audience?

    Jerod Morris
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is your website’s design the right fit for the audience you want to attract? I urge you to do more than simply nod and say “yes.” Really think about it. Who are the people who make up your audience? What are their worldviews? And what specific design elements will allow your visitors to have a human experience on your website — the kind that lays the foundation for them to know you, like you, trust you, and ultimately join your audience? Choose the design that best serves your audience If you run a church website, there are design elements that fit your needs that…
  • Follow This Superstar’s 7-Step Example to Dominate Your Industry

    Sonia Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Flawless. After listening to “Flawless” five times, Evette went to the mirror, and told herself the lyrics in the Beyoncé song were true. She believed it. She internalized it. She embodied it. Ready to dominate, Evette strutted over to her computer to fire off a blog post. A post that would enable her to claim her rightful place atop her industry. The same way Beyoncé dominates her industry. You’ve met an Evette before, right? Someone who thinks she’s so flawless, all she has to do is show up and everyone will bow down to…
  • Why You Must Not Ignore The Call to Adventure

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. In ancient myths, most quests were ones of discovery or confrontation. A kingdom was under siege, so it required defending. A minotaur in a faraway land guarded a magic chalice, and only the hero could wrest it back. Happily, real-world quests offer more possibilities than storming castles and rescuing princesses, and with some exceptions modern-day quests can be placed into a few broad categories. Travel is an obvious starting point. As I…
  • 5 Ways Listening to Community Data Can Expand Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Shannon Byrne
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When talking about content marketing, discussions often focus on decisions about topics, headlines, platforms, and distribution. But how much do you consider the data that supports these decisions? I’m not talking about demographics, like age, gender, or location — although those matter, too. Rather, I’m talking about the answers behind qualitative questions: Who are your community’s influencers and why? Which events are your community members attending? What will be your first touchpoint with your community? Where is your community getting their information and news?
  • Permission to Kick Ass: Granted

    Pamela Wilson
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if you discovered that your own words and thoughts were wreaking havoc on your chances for success? They might be. What you say about what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference in your own mind. And it makes a big difference in how people view your work. At some point, you have to decide if you want to be at the top of your field. Does that sound like too audacious of a goal? I’d like to propose that you consider it. That you eliminate “I’ll try” from your vocabulary. That you make it your aim to be the best, to surpass the competition, and to go for the…
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  • Verizon bumps up early upgrades for iPhone 6 season

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Just in time for Apple's new iPhones, Verizon is extending upgrade privileges to anyone who's eligible in the next two months. As Android Police reports, customers with upgrade eligibility before November 15 can get their upgrades starting now. You can check your eligibility through Verizon's Website, as the shift should kick in automatically. Serenity Caldwell Apple's iPhone 6.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple locks NFC chip to Apple Pay while PayPal fires shot at security

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    When Apple unveiled Touch ID, a fingerprint sensor that verifies your identity to unlock your phone and confirm purchases and app installs, developers clamored for Apple to open up the feature to third parties. Now that Apple has baked NFC technology into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, developers want access. But for now, like Touch ID was tied to specific functions in the 5s, NFC is tied to Apple Pay alone.An Apple spokesperson told Cult of Mac that the new phones’ NFC chip will only work with Apple’s new payment system, at least for the next year. It’s unclear whether Apple will eventually…
  • Apple Watch's privacy details under scrutiny by Connecticut attorney general

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The attorney general of the U.S. state of Connecticut is concerned about the privacy implications of Apple Watch’s handling of consumers’ health information. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, George Jepsen has asked for a meeting with company representatives to discuss his concerns about how personal consumer information collected through the Apple Watch will be stored and safeguarded, the attorney general’s office said Monday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • When a door closes

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In what can only be described as a wacky week, we get together to discuss some of its events including massive iPhone 6 pre-orders (and some of the difficulties actually placing those orders), our favorite iOS 8 features, Tim Cook taking charge, and significant changes here at Macworld.Show notes Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders top 4 million in 24 hours iPhone 6 preorders plagued with problems Apple Pay nets a discount from banks, Walmart says ‘no thanks’ Watch Charlie Rose (with Tim Cook) Hulu Meet the new Macworld staff Letter of Recommendation Sponsors…
  • Handy rebrands to be the name you remember for help around the house

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On-demand cleaning and housework platform and iOS app Handybook has dropped the “book” from its name. It might not seem like a big deal, but CEO Oisin Hanrahan says the change will clear up some confusion. “People associated us with an actual, physical book,” he said. “We meant booking. They made comparisons with the Yellow Pages, and it wasn’t in the right place in consumers’ minds.” Handy lets you book help around the house using its website and iOS app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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  • This App Helps You Park Like A Rock Star

    Lauren Orsini
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Circling the lot for a parking space is still one of our most infuriating pastimes. Now researchers think they’ve found a solution, no shady payouts or middlemen included. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have invented PocketParker, an app that turns a user’s smartphone into a passive sensor to track other app users. A remote computer analyzes user actions and determines whether a parking lot likely has a free space. To test the app, researchers had 105 smartphone in Buffalo use the app for a month and a half, for a total of 10,827 car arrivals and departures.
  • In Its First Driver’s Test, Google’s Autonomous Car Was “Overly Cautious”

    Selena Larson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—unless you’re test-driving Google’s self-driving car.A smart Prius Google configured to operate autonomously became the first self-driving car to pass a government driving test back in May 2012. Few details released at the time dove into what went on behind the scenes during tests with the Nevada DMV, but according to documents recently obtained by IEEE Spectrum, Google had control over the test conditions, including the route and specific weather conditions.The documents also show that a Google engineer had to take over control of the vehicle twice,…
  • Microsoft Will Show Us The Next Version Of Windows In Two Weeks

    David Hamilton
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The word is official: Microsoft will host an event in San Francisco on September 30 with news on "what's next for Windows"—a presentation all but certain to involve a good look at the long-awaited replacement for Windows 8, currently codenamed "Threshold."Microsoft likewise appears likely to release a beta version of the operating system either at the event or shortly thereafter. That "technical preview" of Threshold will let developers and big organizations start planning for the major changes in the operating system. It's not yet clear whether the technical preview will be available to…
  • PayPal Slams Apple In Full-Page Newspaper Ads

    Owen Thomas
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Now that Apple has revealed Apple Pay, PayPal wants to have it both ways.On the one hand, PayPal is eager to let you know that its Braintree subsidiary can process Apple Pay payments, no problem—even though Apple left PayPal and Braintree off its list of recommended payments processors.See also: Apple Is Less Than Inviting To PayPal In Apple PayOn the other, PayPal is eager to remind you that it has processed billions of transactions and that Apple doesn't have the best track record on security, thanks to vulnerabilities in its iCloud backups that left celebrities vulnerable to photo…
  • PewDiePie Joins MLG, Bringing Mad Star Power To The Twitch Rival

    Stephanie Chan
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    PewDiePie, the reigning king of YouTube, will now stream episodes of his gaming podcast “BroKen” on Felix Kjellberg and Kenneth Morrison Starting Monday, the Swedish YouTube gamer better known as Felix Kjellberg, will be posting episodes of his podcast onto MLG, or Major League Gaming network before the hour-long shows are uploaded anywhere else—including Kjellberg’s YouTube home. BroKen (a portmanteau of Kjellberg’s “bro” fandom and the name Ken) is a podcast hosted by Kjellberg and friend Kenneth Morrison, where the two chat about gaming trends on…
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  • Essential Visual Feedback Tools For Web Designers

    Lusya Galkina
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    The creative process takes a lot of time, and web designers know it. When you factor in feedback from clients, the process takes even longer: numerous emails, revision notes, chats and meetings — that’s what it normally takes to find out precisely what the client wants. Fortunately, today’s web provides various solutions to optimize the communication process. The first web services that allow users to report bugs on web pages appeared several years ago. Since then, tools and technologies have emerged to make the process more convenient and user-friendly. Today’s market…
  • Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

    Scott O'Hara
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    To you, modal windows1 might be a blessing of additional screen real estate, providing a way to deliver contextual information, notifications and other actions relevant to the current screen. On the other hand, modals might feel like a hack that you’ve been forced to commit in order to cram extra content on the screen. These are the extreme ends of the spectrum, and users are caught in the middle. Depending on how a user browses the Internet, modal windows can be downright confusing. Modals quickly shift visual focus from one part of a website or application to another area of (hopefully…
  • Are Your Internal Systems Damaging Your Business?

    Paul Boag
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The internal systems of many organizations have shocking user interfaces. This costs companies in productivity, training and even the customer experience. Fortunately, we can fix this. “How come I can download an app on my phone and instantly know how to use it, yet need training to use our content management system? Shouldn’t our system be intuitive?” This was just one of the comments I heard in a recent stakeholder interview. People are fed up with inadequate internal systems. Many of those I interviewed had given up on the official software. Instead, they use tools like…
  • Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 2)

    Chris Bank
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. This two-part series, looks into the product design process of Dropbox’s Carousel. Part 11 covered the core user, their needs and Dropbox’s business needs, and broke down existing photo and video apps. This second part is about Carousel’s primary requirements, the end product, its performance and key learnings since the launch. Primary User Requirements In a Wired…
  • Creating Clickthrough Prototypes With Blueprint

    Svetlin Denkov
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    In a previous article1, I discussed using POP2 to create sketch-based clickthrough prototypes in participatory design exercises. These prototypes capture well the flow and overall layout of early design alternatives. The same piece briefly mentioned another category of clickthrough prototypes: widget-based mockups that are designed on the target device and that expand on sketches by introducing user interface (UI) details and increased visual fidelity. These prototypes can be used to pitch ideas to clients, document interactions and even test usability. In this article, I will teach you how…
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  • Rare sea creature caught on tape

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Researchers captured deep sea high-definition footage of what is believed to be a siphonophore.
  • McCain heckled at ISIS hearing

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    A protester interrupts Senator John McCain during a Senate hearing on ISIS.
  • U.S. troops bound for Ebola zone

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    U.S. military personnel would build facilities with up to 1,700 beds to help treat Ebola patients in West Africa, Obama administration officials say.
  • 2 Americans killed by Taliban

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing targeting a convoy of foreign forces in the Afghan capital.
  • Should you spank your kid?

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    NFL star Adrian Peterson's indictment on child abuse charges has sparked a debate about whether corporal punishment is justified and effective.
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  • The Official 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk T-Shirts Are Here!

    Scott Kelby
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    We’ve got some really cool t-shirts for walkers and leaders this year (one of the many walker shirt designs is seen here), and once again (with the gracious help of Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography), we’re using this to give back as 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. Last year (with Rob’s help and generosity) we raised over $6,000 to feed and cloth the children), and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $10,000 just from t-shirt sales alone (which they could really, really use and we can really,…
  • Canon Announces the EOS 7D Mark II — Sports and Wildlife Photographers Hold on to Your Hats (ya know, if we actually wore hats)

    Scott Kelby
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    First, watch that video above (it’s got all the major specs, and we deliver them short and sweet!), then come on back down to find out why I think the just-announced Canon EOS 7D Mark II is literally going to shake up the entire sports and wildlife photography world (hint: we’ve never seen a camera with these specs, at this low a price — ever!)OK, thanks for watching the video — what you just saw was literally the little brother to Canon’s flagship 1DX, but for nearly $5,000 LESS!!!The reason why this is such a game changer is that when it came to seriously shooting sports and…
  • Canon Releases a Hot-Little Point-and-Shoot (Could This Be The Perfect 2nd Camera?)

    Scott Kelby
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hey Gang: Canon also released the PowerShot G7 X today, an awesome little point-and-shoot camera that’s a perfect 2nd camera for pros since it takes amazing images yet it literally fits in your pocket, and connects to your cell phone via Wi-Fi!  It’s also great for anyone moving up from a cell phone camera that wants more “umph!” and flexibility.Anyway, check out the video and see what ya think!More details over at Canon (here’s the link)You can get it at B&H (well, that’s where I’m gettin’ mine, anyway). Here’s the link.Best,-Scott
  • My Shots From The US Open Men’s Tennis Finals

    Scott Kelby
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Hi Gang: On Monday night I headed back to New York to shoot the US Open Men’s Tennis Finals, and I put together a post over at with all the photos, including lots of behind-the-scenes shots and stories of triumph and tragedy (which includes me dropping my 16-35mm on the concrete floor, not once but twice).Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, here’s the link: tried to share more of the experience of shooting an event like this, so there’s lots of info and shots about that stuff, and of course all the camera,…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    10 Sep 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…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 10 Must-Have Camera Settings for Concert Photography

    Matthias Hombauer
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Rolling Stones: Nikon D800, 185mm at f4, 1/320, ISO 1600 The correct camera settings are key to getting awesome concert photos in low light situations. Maybe you were in this situation before. You used the full automatic mode in front of the stage and – BAM- the little flash monster sitting on top of your camera pops up and throws the ugliest light you can think of onto the singer’s face. At this point, a lot of frustrated concert photography beginners just take their cameras home and never shoot a concert again. But wait, in this article I’ll share the camera settings I…
  • Down and Dirty Guide to Milky Way Photography

    James Brandon
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Milky Way Over Mono Lake | James Brandon Seeing the Milky Way with your own eyes is a life-changing, mind-blowing experience. It will put your place within the universe in to perspective and remind you just how small and insignificant we all are. The sad part is that most people have never seen it. Over half of our planet’s population lives in cities where seeing the Milky Way is all but impossible. Even when people get out of the city and have a good view of the stars, they usually don’t focus on them long enough to find the Milky Way. It’s something that you either stumble onto by…
  • Before and After: How This Photo was Processed in Lightroom

    Andrew S. Gibson
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Andrew’s ebook Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos is available now at a special price of 40% off for a limited time from Snapndeals. It’s an advanced guide to processing photos in Lightroom’s Develop module, explaining how to use Lightroom’s powerful processing engine plus Develop Presets and plug-ins to create beautiful images. The Story A few years ago I passed through Bolivia, South America’s poorest and, in some ways, least developed country. I spent a few days in Potosí, a small, largely forgotten city whose history had a central role in shaping the modern…
  • 6 Signs That You May be a Lazy Photographer

    John Davenport
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photographers who are consistently producing stunning photographs don’t do so because they are lucky, observant, or even more skilled than the average photographer – they do so because they are not being lazy. Are you a lazy photographer? 6 signs you may be a lazy photographer #1 – You’re lazy about composing your shots You already know the basic rules of successful composition and you even know the rules for breaking those rules, but if you fail to put these rules into practice with every shot you take, then you’re being a lazy photographer. Composition is…
  • Poll: What Kind of Photography do You do?

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been a while since we asked your opinion on something or had a poll so I thought I’d bring this one back again to see if there’s any change from last time we asked this question. So tell us what kind of photography do you do most often? I’ve set it up so you can pick up to two options from the list so pick the two that you do the most frequently. If you do another kind of photography that isn’t listed select Other and tell us in the comments section. By participating in polls like this it helps us understand the kinds of articles that you would most like to…
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  • Flickr Find: Minimal desk hides some clever engineering

    Kelly Hodgkins
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    At first glance, this minimal iMac setup from Philip Pryke looks ordinary, but it isn't until you glance behind the CNC plywood desk that some clever engineering comes to light. Fashioned into the desktop is a groove that fits the base of the iMac,...
  • PayPal ad subtly criticizes Apple's security ahead of Apple Pay launch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    PayPal is on the offensive, subtly attempting to discredit Apple's security ahead of the launch of the the company's recently announced Apple Pay mobile payment service. As noticed by Pando Daily, the full page ad appears in the The New York Times...
  • Misfit Flash is an affordable, fun, and waterproof wearable

    Steven Sande
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you think that the world of wearables turned all Apple last week with the announcement of the Watch, you're wrong. Over the past few days TUAW has received information about a number of new wearables, including one that is incredibly affordable....
  • iOS 8 Photos app: Smart suggestions and searching

    Steven Sande
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever been frustrated searching for photos in iOS? It's not a lot of fun to manually flip through all your photos to find a certain one, especially if your device is laden with thousands of pictures. Well, the good folks at Apple have built a...
  • Perfect Flick is perfectly frustrating

    Chelsea Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Perfect Flick is a free puzzle game for iOS. This is a puzzle game that is intended for gamers looking for another addictive phone game. Using a simple flick, the game introduces challenging levels that can hook a seasoned gamer or frustrate a novice...
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  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    For those following The Traveling Photographer project (more info on the whole project here) the Dubai episode has just been posted.-30-
  • 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…
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  • Photokina 2014: Nikon stand report

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    We swung by Nikon's Photokina 2014 stand to see the new D750 in action and investigate what else the company has in store for show attendees. The booth itself is a bit less flashy than some of the competitions, and distinctly lacking in cars and ladies wearing sequins, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't make an impression. Click through to read more. 
  • Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Zeiss has announced its a Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens for Leica M-mount bodies. The company describes the lens as being for professional reportage photography and points out that the wide maximum aperture 'ensures the photographer is independent from the ISO limitations of his camera.' The 35mm F1.4 ZM will be available in black or silver for a recommended price of €1679.84 or $2290 exc taxes.
  • Olympus shows 'Open Platform' Micro Four Thirds camera module

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Olympus is using Photokina to show a prototype 'Open Platform' camera module. Developed with the MIT Media Lab, the module is a Micro Four Thirds compatible unit that can be controlled from a smart device. Like Sony's QX series, the Olympus has its own shutter button but it also offers a hotshoe an is built around a more open software platform to allow developers to create apps to control it.
  • Photokina 2014: Canon stand report

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Canon's Photokina stand is popular as always. The company is eager to show off its EOS 7D Mark II to Photokina attendees, and the public in turn turned out to give the camera a try judging by the crowds at the booth. We took our turn handling the 7D II and checked out the booth. Click through to see more.
  • Photokina 2014: Fujifilm stand report

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Fujifilm's giant green stand in Hall 4 at Koelnmesse is a place to get your hands on cameras, look at printer and film output and, of course, take pictures of models standing in front of expensive cars. Our stand report has a look at what's new with Fujifilm and has some fun photos, as well. Click through to read more. 
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  • Win A Free Ticket to One Of My Fall 2014 Lightroom Seminars (Matt Kloskowski)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Edit: The Free Tickets have been given away. Here’s the winners: Matthew Jackson – San Antonio Jennifer – Colorado Springs Trisha – Livonia Brendan Reilly – Philadelphia Okay, my fall 2014 schedule is locked in for my Lightroom seminar tour and I figured I’d announce the dates and give away a free ticket to each city. If you’ve never attended the seminar before, it’s basically a 1-day Lightroom crash course. Here’s a quote from one of the attendees from last year: “Matt is absolutely the best instructor in the world, and his…
  • TIP: A Fun, Mean, and Totally Useless Lightroom Hack (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The other week Scott turned me on to a post by Mark Stagi over at It was called Hacking the Lightroom 5 Splash Screen. It’s actually very cool and I never knew you could do that before. However, before you go visit the site, just understand that it has no educational value whatsoever. But as photographers, I think it’s kinda cool. We love to display our photos, and this is a cool way to do it when Lightroom starts up. Basically, the article goes over how to take the default Lightroom startup screen (seen below) and replace it with your own graphic. It could…
  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos (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) (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 (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…
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  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launches in China May Be Delayed Until 2015

    Kelly Hodgkins
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Apple may be forced to wait until 2015 to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, according to a report in 21st Century Business Herald [Google Translate]. If true, the delay could have consequences for the company both in terms of customer momentum in the critical Chinese market and overall earnings projections. Sources with knowledge of the situation told 21st Century Business Herald that Apple's latest iPhone models have failed to receive the necessary approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This certification is required for Apple to begin selling…
  • PayPal Launches Ad Subtly Attacking Apple for Recent iCloud Photo Leak

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Following the unveiling of Apple Pay last week, PayPal has gone on the offensive, taking out a full page ad in The New York Times that slams Apple for its recent iCloud photo leak while promoting PayPal's own security. "We the people want our money safer than our selfies," reads the ad first shared by Pando Daily. "PayPal, protecting the people economy." The ad alludes to a recent attack on celebrity iCloud accounts, which saw hundreds of celebrity photos released on the Internet. Since the attack, Apple has gone to great lengths to point out that the leak was tied to weak usernames and…
  • U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Accessed Over 33 Million Times Since Start of iTunes Promotion

    Richard Padilla
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Six days after it began offering U2's latest album "Songs of Innocence" for free to 500 million iTunes customers, Apple has announced (via the Associated Press) that over 33 million customers have accessed the record. In a statement, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software and Services Eddy Cue called the numbers record-breaking, and said that the numbers include users who downloaded the album from their iTunes account, streamed it, or used iTunes Radio to listen to it. Earlier this morning, Apple also released a tool for customers to delete the U2 album off of their iTunes accounts, as…
  • Macy's Announces iBeacon Expansion, Support for Apple Pay

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Macy's today announced plans to expand its partnership with Shopkick, which will see more than 4000 shopBeacon devices installed in Macy's stores across the United States by the end of September. Macy's and Shopkick originally teamed up in November of 2013 to roll out the first retail based iBeacons, allowing customers to access location-specific deals, discounts, and recommendations in the Shopkick app while in a Macy's retail store. Customers will get these types of notifications in all Macy's locations beginning this fall, and in early 2015, Macy's will be able to offer discounts tailored…
  • Apple to Preinstall iLife and iWork on Higher-Capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models

    Kelly Hodgkins
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Taking advantage of the high storage capacities available on its 64 GB and 128 GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, Apple will be including the free iLife and iWork apps on those models preinstalled. The 16 GB models will still be eligible for the free apps, but users will have to download them manually, based on early word from a MacRumors source and now seconded by a separate source who provided 9to5Mac with details from Apple's internal documentation on the matter. The preinstalled apps includes iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U, all of which are currently offered…
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  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    The locals show us there's more to Indonesia's top tourist island than those world-famous beaches Bali's best beach clubSurfers' paradiseThe mellow side of BaliWith its gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine, beautiful Bali is undeniably Indonesia's travel hotspot.  But what's happening beyond the tourist grind? This September, CNNGo hits up some of the island's locals to share their favorite Bali hangouts and the stories behind them.  Legendary Indonesian surfer Rizal Tanjung shows us where he first fell in love with the waves. Sunglasses designer Suki takes us to the…
  • No more using Uber in Germany?

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A court moves to end the ride for the U.S.-based online chauffeur and ride-sharing service in GermanyIn the ongoing fight between chauffeur and ride-sharing app Uber and taxi drivers around the world, score one for the taxi drivers … for now. A regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, this week issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the San Francisco-based Uber from operating in Germany. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Germany’s national union of taxi drivers. The court said that Uber violated German law by working with a network of drivers that lack commercial licenses.
  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    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

    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…
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