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  • All the feels when loved ones rate success [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:11 pm
    In your own mind, there are a thousand things you could have done better: worked more nights, taken that chance, moved, stayed, walked away, held on. The possibilities are endless, the success, not so much, at least in our own minds. The post All the feels when loved ones rate success [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Sony's smart home vision is a sci-fi nerd's dream

    Mashable
    Raymond Wong
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:38 am
    BERLIN — What does the smart home look like? Right now, it's mostly smartphone-controlled light bulbs, speakers, cameras and other appliances. It's exciting stuff, but undeniably uninspiring. Sony's Life Space UX, the company's model smart home of the future, if you will, is closer to what a smart home should look like: a harmonious blending of technology and furniture that's aesthetically pleasing with a zen calmness. See also: Lenovo has seen the future of phones and smartwatches, and this is it Sony's Life Space UX is a concept the company's been pushing for some time now. The…
  • Shop, Play Games, And Check Twitter--From Your Inbox

    Fast Company
    Steven Melendez
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Get ready: Your emails are about to come with a lot more bells and whistles.Like many tech-conference organizers, the people behind The Email Design Conference made sure to email attendees well ahead of time with the Twitter hashtag for the event.Read Full Story
  • Hipster Barbie Shows Us How Plastic We All Really Are On Social Media

    TechCrunch
    Lucas Matney
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:23 am
     “Could I be any more authentic?!” Socality Barbie is an Instagram account that primarily pokes fun at the social media app’s “community” culture, but it also offers a broader commentary on how our culture is evolving in how we portray ourselves online. Authenticity on social media can be a tough trait to find. The culture on Instagram in particular has made… Read More
  • On doing your best

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:07 am
    It's a pretty easy way to let ourselves (or someone else) off the hook. "Hey, you did your best." But it fails to explain the improvement in the 100-meter dash. Or the way we're able to somehow summon more energy and more insight when there's a lot on the line. Or the tremendous amount of care and love we can bring to a fellow human who needs it. By defining "our best" as the thing we did when we merely put a lot of effort into a task, I fear we're letting ourselves off the hook. In fact, it might not require a lot of effort, but a ridiculous amount of effort, an unreasonable amount of…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • All the feels when loved ones rate success [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:11 pm
    In your own mind, there are a thousand things you could have done better: worked more nights, taken that chance, moved, stayed, walked away, held on. The possibilities are endless, the success, not so much, at least in our own minds. The post All the feels when loved ones rate success [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • “I hope this isn’t another f***ing bait car,” said the thieves driving a bait car [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    File this under "famous last words." These dopey thieves (one of whom is clearly personally acquainted with bait cars) get busted in a bait car, all whilst wondering if they were stealing a bait car. The post “I hope this isn’t another f***ing bait car,” said the thieves driving a bait car [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Great-granddaughter delights Nana with dementia singing “You Are My Sunshine” [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Just grab the whole box of tissue now, right now, because you'll need it. The post Great-granddaughter delights Nana with dementia singing “You Are My Sunshine” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • What it looks like to skydive into a stadium [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    You know those guys who skydive into stadiums? Ever wonder what it looks like to do that? Here's a POV video of someone doing just that––not for the feint of heart for sure. The post What it looks like to skydive into a stadium [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Pranksters try to clip balloons on shoppers without their knowledge [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The game is simple: whoever clips the most balloons on shoppers without getting caught wins. The outcome is surprisingly hilarious. The post Pranksters try to clip balloons on shoppers without their knowledge [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Sony's smart home vision is a sci-fi nerd's dream

    Raymond Wong
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:38 am
    BERLIN — What does the smart home look like? Right now, it's mostly smartphone-controlled light bulbs, speakers, cameras and other appliances. It's exciting stuff, but undeniably uninspiring. Sony's Life Space UX, the company's model smart home of the future, if you will, is closer to what a smart home should look like: a harmonious blending of technology and furniture that's aesthetically pleasing with a zen calmness. See also: Lenovo has seen the future of phones and smartwatches, and this is it Sony's Life Space UX is a concept the company's been pushing for some time now. The…
  • Auto polo was like Mad Max for the country club set

    Alex Arbuckle
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:05 am
    1928Two cars collide during an auto polo match in Fort Myers, Florida.Image: Robert Sennecke/ullstein bild/Getty ImagesIt combines all the dangers and excitement of a bullfight, a football game and a ride in an aeroplane.Technical World Magazine, March 1913Given that early automobiles were marketed as replacement horses, it was inevitable that the game of auto-polo would be invented.A degree of credit must go to Joshua Crane, Jr. of the Dedham Polo Club in Boston. Crane first proved the viability of the sport in 1902 by demonstrating his skill wielding a polo mallet and steering a car…
  • Britain says it will take in 'thousands more' Syrian refugees

    Blathnaid Healy
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:53 am
    LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday morning that the UK will take in thousands more Syrian refugees, a day after pressure mounted on the British government to take more action See also: Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe Speaking at a press conference in Portugal, Cameron didn't commit to a figure, but said more details of the plan would be announced next week by the government after discussing it NGOs working in the region. But the news won't impact those already in Europe, as he said Britain would only resettle refugees from camps that are…
  • XYZ Printing puts 3D scanning in the palm of your hand

    Lance Ulanoff
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:28 am
    BERLIN — XYZ Printing has made a name for itself creating 3D printers that can output edible goods, but now the company wants in on the other side of the 3D process: image capture. At IFA 2015, the company introduced a $199 handheld 3D scanner. The stylish "U"-shaped device connects to your computer via a USB 3.0 connection. As you wave it slowly around people and objects it captures 3D images (you can monitor the capture process on the computer) that you can later print on one of the XYZ printers, or any others that support STL and OBJ formats. See also: ZTE's Axon Elite can be…
  • Standoff in Hungary with refugees stuck on train to nowhere

    The Associated Press
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:25 am
    Refugees who had hoped to move on from Hungary stubbornly remained on a stalled train Friday, refusing to go to a center where authorities are demanding that they register. See also: Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe Police remained on watch at Bicske, a town northwest of Budapest that holds one of the country's five camps for asylum seekers — facilities the migrants want to avoid because they don't want to pursue asylum claims in economically depressed Hungary. Nearly all hope to go to Germany. Police at #Bicske station impassive as #refugees chant 'Germany'…
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  • Shop, Play Games, And Check Twitter--From Your Inbox

    Steven Melendez
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Get ready: Your emails are about to come with a lot more bells and whistles.Like many tech-conference organizers, the people behind The Email Design Conference made sure to email attendees well ahead of time with the Twitter hashtag for the event.Read Full Story
  • Apple Rumor Tracker--What Will Be Revealed At The September 9 Event?

    Jared Newman
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    What does Apple have up its sleeve?The Apple rumor mill is hell-bent on ruining the surprise for all of us.Read Full Story
  • Rebecca Minkoff Takes Fashion Tech To The Next Level With Virtual Reality Headsets

    Elizabeth Segran
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Get an up-close look at the brand's Fall 2015 runway show with a fashion-friendly spin on Google Cardboard.Rebecca Minkoff, one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in Fashion this year, has just introduced virtual reality (VR) headsets into its product line, along with clothes, bags, and accessories. The headset requires some assembly—it's a fashion-friendly spin on Google's VR platform, Cardboard—but allows consumers to pop their iOS or Android phones into the box and watch a stream of VR content.Read Full Story
  • WeWork's Coliving Spaces Could Debut This Year

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:05 pm
    WeWork's coliving initiative, WeLive, is betting entrepreneurs will want to play where they work—but it may not make a splash right away.Last year, it was revealed that coworking company WeWork was making an ambitious jump into the coliving space. New documents obtained by The Information show that WeWork's plans to offer combined live-work spaces for small startups and solo entrepreneurs are further along than expected, and that a seamless meeting of work and personal life could be a future profit generator for WeWork.Read Full Story
  • Direct Response: How Tech Is Aiding The European Refugee Crisis

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Facebook and Amazon users are helping migrants get everything from clean underwear to a place to live.The European refugee crisis is reaching a fever pitch this week, with train stations flooded by migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. In response, citizens are going beyond charitable donations and are turning to social media and other novel tech methods to assist those in need. Interestingly, many of these projects actually leverage e-commerce in ways designed to help the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and elsewhere.Read Full Story
 
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  • Hipster Barbie Shows Us How Plastic We All Really Are On Social Media

    Lucas Matney
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:23 am
     “Could I be any more authentic?!” Socality Barbie is an Instagram account that primarily pokes fun at the social media app’s “community” culture, but it also offers a broader commentary on how our culture is evolving in how we portray ourselves online. Authenticity on social media can be a tough trait to find. The culture on Instagram in particular has made… Read More
  • WhatsApp Hits 900M Monthly Users, Edges Closer To An Actual Business Model

    Jon Russell
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:09 am
     It’s WhatsApp monthly active user number update time, folks. The Facebook-owned messaging service, which doesn’t yet have a business model, has now crossed 900 million MAUs, as CEO, co-founder and (now) Facebook board member Jan Koum revealed on Facebook. (Of course.) Read More
  • Baidu’s Student Q&A App Zuoyebang Lands Investment From Sequoia and Legend Capital

    Jon Russell
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:02 pm
     Baidu, China’s largest search engine and an investor in Uber, is giving its Zuoyebang ‘after school’ service, which helps school students with their studies, wings of its own after it revealed that the business raised an undisclosed Series A funding round. Read More
  • Mozilla Drops First Public Preview Of Firefox For iOS

    Lucas Matney
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:29 pm
     Mozilla is beginning to preview its iOS Firefox browser, rolling it out today for testing in New Zealand, according to a company blog post. The goal is for the company to gather data so that they are able to bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store for the rest of the globe “later this year.” Firefox specified the goal of the preview in a blog post: Our goal is to create a… Read More
  • Now Kids Can Build Their Own HD Display With The Kano Screen Kit

    Lucas Matney
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:48 pm
     Kano‘s crazy cool educational PC is about to get a bit more visual. Kano CEO Alex Klein tweeted out that the company has launched a pre-order for an HD display kit. Kano, which raised a $15M Series A in May, has been aiming to create an invaluable educational experience for kids by helping them get acquainted with how computers work through putting the kit together. The Raspberry… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • On doing your best

    Seth Godin
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:07 am
    It's a pretty easy way to let ourselves (or someone else) off the hook. "Hey, you did your best." But it fails to explain the improvement in the 100-meter dash. Or the way we're able to somehow summon more energy and more insight when there's a lot on the line. Or the tremendous amount of care and love we can bring to a fellow human who needs it. By defining "our best" as the thing we did when we merely put a lot of effort into a task, I fear we're letting ourselves off the hook. In fact, it might not require a lot of effort, but a ridiculous amount of effort, an unreasonable amount of…
  • Rearranging our prejudices

    Seth Godin
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:53 am
    Change is the point. It's what we seek to do to the world around us. Change, actual change, is hard work. And changing our own minds is the most difficult place to start. It's also the only place to start. It's hard to find the leverage to change the way you see the world, hard to pull on your thoughtstraps. But it's urgent. "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices..." William James        
  • No one knows

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 am
    No one knows the right answer, no one knows precisely what will happen, no one can produce the desired future, on demand. Some people are better at guessing than others, but not by much. The people who are supposed to know rejected Harry Potter, Tracy Chapman and the Beatles. The people who are supposed to know sell stocks just before they go up, and give us rules of thumb that don't pan out. If you mistakenly believe that there's someone who knows, you're likely to decide that whoever that person it is, it's not you. And if it's not you, what a great reason to hesitate. In fact, the gap…
  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
  • Failing, again

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    Pema Chodron's new book is out this month. I was rendered speechless by her invitation to write the short foreword for the book, the first time I've ever agreed to do this. She's a caring, generous, magical person, a teacher with a special voice, one worth listening to. Why buy a book about failing? Because success is easier to deal with and you're probably doing fine with that. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding. And because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with... PS if you sign up this week, at this link, Sounds…
 
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  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Boost Your Confidence Before a Presentation With a Little Arrogance

    Patrick Allan
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You shouldn’t act like a jerk to other people, but if you’re feeling nervous before a speech or presentation, a little arrogance can help you fight off the jitters. Read more...
  • Deadspin Roger Goodell Issues Statement On Tom Brady Decision | Gizmodo Google Chrome Just Got a Lot

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Deadspin Roger Goodell Issues Statement On Tom Brady Decision | Gizmodo Google Chrome Just Got a Lot Faster | | Jalopnik The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City | Jezebel Is Shop Jeen’s Viral Success Story All Window Dressing? | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Keep a Closet More Organized by Putting Your Most-Used Items at Eye Level

    Patrick Allan
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Closets can either be efficient storage spaces, or messy oubliettes where you hide things away from view. By putting your most-used items at eye level in your closets, you’ll be able to keep them more organized overall.Read more...
  • A Simmer Is Like a Giggle. A Boil Is Like a Belly Laugh

    Patrick Allan
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If you’re not entirely sure what the difference between simmering and boiling water is, this analogy will give you a much better idea.Read more...
  • Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Product Designer

    Andy Orin
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Good design balances form, functionality, and aesthetics in a way that makes the work put into it invisible. A beautifully crafted object can be useless if it doesn’t perform its function; likewise, something mundane as a stapler can be aesthetically pleasing. It’s a balance that the best designers make seem effortless.Read more...
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  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • iPhone 6s Roundup Updated

    Juli Clover
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:56 pm
    We're just 6 days away from Apple's big iPhone event, which will see the debut of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The phones will include Force Touch, upgraded processors, improved front-facing and rear cameras, and a new rose gold color will be available. For more details on the new devices, check out our full iPhone 6s roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Disk Management App 'DaisyDisk' Gets Major Overhaul With Faster Scanning Speeds, New Look • 'Steve Jobs' to Premiere at Telluride Film Festival This Weekend Ahead of October Release • Skype…
  • Apple Planning to Launch 4K 21.5-Inch iMac in Late October

    Juli Clover
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Apple will announce an updated 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display at the end of October alongside the release of OS X El Capitan, reports 9to5Mac. The new iMac will then begin shipping out to customers in early November. A new 21.5-inch Retina iMac has been anticipated for several months, following the discovery of code in OS X El Capitan that pointed towards a 21.5-inch machine with a resolution of 4096 x 2304. That code pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 - M395X discrete graphics, which may hint at the hardware we'll see in the updated iMac.
  • iPhone Continues to Increase Lead in U.S. Smartphone Market Share Ahead of 'iPhone 6s' Debut

    Joe Rossignol
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    The latest data from digital media analytics firm comScore shows that Apple continues to increase its lead over Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC and other handset makers in U.S. smartphone market share, less than one week before the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. iPhones captured 44.2% market share among U.S. smartphone subscribers aged 13 and older based on a three-month average ending July 2015, an increase of 1.1 percentage points over the preceding three month average. Samsung's smartphone share in the U.S. dropped to 27.3% in July 2015, a decline of 1.3 percentage points over…
  • '6S Marketing' Ad Agency Asks Apple to Rename 'iPhone 6s'

    Juli Clover
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    6S Marketing, an ad agency located in New York, is hoping to persuade Apple to change the name of its upcoming iOS device, the iPhone 6s, to the iPhone 7. The company has written an open letter addressed to Apple and rented several billboards, one in Times Square, reading "Dear Universe, Please call it the iPhone 7. Sincerely, 6S Marketing." 6S Marketing has also tagged its billboards with a campaign hashtag, #WeAre6S, which it says it uses to "highlight our unique and fun company culture." In the letter posted on its website, 6S Marketing goes on to say the company has heard rumors the…
  • Apple Focused on Improving Apple Music Ahead of Android Launch

    Joe Rossignol
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    Just over two months after the launch of Apple Music, the streaming music service has received a mix of praise and criticism from early adopters. Beats 1 and curated playlists are among the most acclaimed features of Apple Music, while a confusing user interface and iTunes library issues have caused frustration among some users. Addressing those issues, iTunes executive Oliver Schusser told The Guardian on Thursday that the company is actively working to improve Apple Music, ahead of its launch on Android and Sonos-connected hi-fi systems in the fall.“There’s a lot of work going into…
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  • The Rich Employee by James Altucher

    Chris Brogan
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    My friend, James Altucher has launched his new book, The RICH Employee. I’m so jazzed about it because this book is part of the Choose Yourself series and so wonderful. We did a Blab Video James and I did a video interview using the new Blab platform. You can watch it all here: Continue ReadingThe post The Rich Employee by James Altucher appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform

    Chris Brogan
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    As you know, I recently launched OwnerFUEL. It’s the media portion of my company, Owner. I wanted to share with you just how simple it was to launch, and what we did to get it up and running. I’ll tell you right up front that a lot of what I recommend hinges on you choosing to build on the Rainmaker platform. But I explain all the reasons why that’s the right choice. Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform Project Time: 2 Business DaysContinue ReadingThe post Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform appeared first on…
  • In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The tech world is awash with excitement because Instagram (over 300 million users) now supports photos and video uploaded in traditional landscape and portrait mode, instead of just square. Oddly, I think Instagram did the mobile web a favor by pushing for us to upload in the square format. In Praise of Square Photos Photographers and artists are already grumbling at me, I’m sure. But hear me out. Continue ReadingThe post In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Thinking about podcasting?

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You don’t want to miss the Podcasting Workflows I put together over on OwnerFUEL. That is all.Continue ReadingThe post Thinking about podcasting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site, chrisbrogan.com, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Admit that You Are Terrible at Podcast Interviews (and Why This Matters for Your Success)

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Sometimes inspiration overcomes planning. For this episode, The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor had planned to cover an entirely different topic. Luckily, the record button had been hit during their pre-call discussion, so they decided to roll with it. This conversation goes deep and was entirely unplanned, but it became a revelation for the two of them, and they think that it will do the same for you. In this episode, Jerod and Jon have a completely unscripted and unplanned discussion about the journey to becoming a remarkable podcast interviewer. They struggle with this topic,…
  • Seth Godin’s Top Tips for Freelancers

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When Brian Clark started his first business in 1998, it turns out he did a lot of things right. It wasn’t until May of 1999 when Brian read a book called Permission Marketing that he realized what he was missing, which led to his first successful business. Since that time, Seth Godin has written several other marketing classics. In a wonderful twist of fate (given his influence on Brian), he’s even mentioned Brian in a couple of them. In short, when Seth has something to say, Brian is listening. Earlier this year, Seth created a course for unemployable types, specifically freelancers. So,…
  • How to Double Your Business with Practical Management and Measurement

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    In the second part of this series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss how you can grow your business with the right focus, measurement, and management processes. Listen in to get all the details. In this episode of The Mainframe: Why failure to measure the big stuff bleeds you dry fast and spells disaster long-term How to turn constraints into strategy Key questions you should start to answer right now Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital marketing and…
  • How (and Why) to Drive More Traffic to Your LinkedIn Posts

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The one and only Sonia Simone joins Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia on The Missing Link to teach you about the art and science of driving traffic to your posts on LinkedIn. Sonia discusses the “people” aspect of all markets and how to find “your people.” You’ll learn about sharing your content through video and how it can tie successfully into your marketing strategy. And, Sonia is just fun to listen to. She has years of experience, and she shares openly in this episode about how you can get your LinkedIn content strategy right where you want it. This is a vivacious conversation you…
  • How to Choose a Solid Email Service and Build Your List on a Firm Foundation

    Beth Hayden
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you want to sell products from your website, advertise your coaching services, or promote a book, building an email list will allow you to bond with your prospects and make more sales. The big question is: if you know building a list is the smart thing to do as a content marketer, what’s stopping you? More than likely, you’re overwhelmed. There are a plethora of tools you can use to set up and manage your email list, and you may be completely confused. Conquer your email marketing confusion You probably have several questions: Which tool should you use? How much money should you…
 
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    Macworld

  • On the road again: Five free iOS apps to make your next trip less bumpy

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you’re planning on hitting the road this Labor Day Weekend, don’t plan on being alone. AAA estimates you’ll be sharing the asphalt with more than 35.5 million other drivers looking for summer’s last hurrah. But luckily, you’re an iPhone user, which means you have an advantage over those other road warriors—so long as you (er, let’s make that your passengers) make use of some of our favorite iPhone apps for cruising down the highway. And did we mention they’re free? Waze  Whoever said getting there is half the fun never spent a hot summer day in bumper-to-bumper traffic…
  • Mozilla releases first public Firefox for iOS preview

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Mozilla hopes to have its version of Firefox for iOS devices out by year’s end as part of its push to grow its share of mobile traffic.Mozilla already offers Firefox on Android, but the OS makes up just a sliver of total Web traffic on mobile, easily surpassed by Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari, according to data from StatCounter.Overall usage of Firefox across desktop and mobile has fallen in recent years, according to Web analytics company W3Counter.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How to remove objects in your photos with Photoshop’s content-aware tools

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:49 pm
    When it comes to removing objects in your pictures, nothing (yet) beats the power of Adobe Photoshop CC. If you’ve got plenty of background pixels surrounding the thing you want to zap, you can quickly send it packin’ with the Fill command’s Content-Aware option. But what if you need to use another area of your photo for the fix instead of surrounding pixels? That’s where the Patch tool shines. In this column, you’ll learn how to use both options safely, without destroying your original image. (As of this writing, Photoshop Elements’ Fill command has a content-aware option, but it…
  • Some Uber trip info is publicly accessible through Google

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:01 pm
    When an Uber rider reaches his or her destination, the ride may be over, but information about it could live on through Google.On Thursday, a site-specific search on Google for trip.uber.com produced dozens of links to Uber rides that have been completed and cancelled, in countries around the world including the U.S., England, Russia, France and Mexico.Each link leads to a Web site with a map showing the ride’s route, with the pickup and destination tagged with markers. A card on the page also shows the first name of the rider and driver, along the driver’s photo, make and model of the…
  • Privacy disclosures in kid apps are better, but still need work, says U.S. FTC

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Mobile apps aimed at children have improved privacy disclosures in the past three years, but as a group, still need work, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.About 45 percent of children’s apps now include a direct link to privacy policies on their app store pages, according to survey results from the FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation. That’s up from just 20 percent in December 2012, the FTC said in a blog post Thursday.Still, “the glass is both half-full and half-empty,” wrote the FTC’s Kristin Cohen and Christina Yeung, with the research and…
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    ReadWrite

  • Facebook’s New Parse Tools Aim For Pro Internet Of Things Developers

    Adriana Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Parse, Facebook’s mobile backend platform, has been going through a transformation of sorts—not least of which is a leadership change, sending founder and CEO to the unemployment line. But the work must go on, and so the group rolled out new software development kits (SDKs) that take its Internet of Things (IoT) initiative from hobbyist circles to the ranks of professional vendors.The new kits, which expand on the IoT SDKs it unveiled at Facebook's F8 developer conference last March, now support platforms from several major chip manufacturers. These include Atmel, Broadcom, Intel, and…
  • Why Samsung Just Announced New SmartThings Devices And Deeper Integrations

    David Nield
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Some of the biggest names in the global technology industry have been busy showing off their latest wares at the IFA show in Berlin this week. Among them was Samsung, and central to its moment in the spotlight was an upgraded SmartThings Hub and range of accompanying sensors. It's the first major product launch from SmartThings since it was acquired by Samsung last August.The kit is more streamlined and powerful, and the accompanying app is more intelligent; there are also some new developer tools to help reinforce Samsung's commitment to an open and connected smart home standard. The company…
  • Your Connected Product Could Be Your Best Customer Engagement Tool

    Brian Solis
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, futurist and author of X, What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business As Usual.In a time when connectedness is part of everyday life and people have become online media platforms, customer experiences either work for a company or against it. Those experiences, now widely spread and shared so easily, have become the new brand. Brands are, as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos once put it, "what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” See also: The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs MakeThink about…
  • Tech Makers: Stop Treating Tablets Like Smartphones

    Liraz Margalit, PhD
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Guest author Liraz Margalit, PhD, is a web psychologist at ClickTale, a company that provides website optimization software and consulting.Smartphones and tablets both get us online, store our photos and keep track of our calendars. But they are not the same. In fact, user behavior varies quite a bit between the two.While they're both portable and sleek, and used to get online access when users are away from desktop computers, people have different mindsets around them. See also: The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs MakeIn the course of my job as a web psychologist, I’m…
  • Today's Developer: Multilingual, Excited For The Future ... And Worried About Keeping Up

    David Nield
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:33 pm
    A new study, the Developer Insights Report, reveals some fascinating characteristics about today's developers: Apparently, they tend to be fluent in a variety of languages, excited about the rush of innovation sweeping the tech scene and, at the same time, overwhelmed by it all. The inaugural report, produced by the Application Developers Alliance and IDC, surveyed more than 850 developers about topics including the use of coding languages, types of projects tackled, attitudes about work and ambitions for the future. See also: JavaScript Dominates GitHub, Language Study…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Principles Of HTML5 Game Design

    Kamil Kaniuk
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:07 pm
      Visual effects in games define their overall look and feel, and gameplay. Players are attracted to high visual quality, which generate more traffic and reach. It’s key for creating successful games and providing a lot of fun for players. In this article I want to present a few ideas of how to implement different visual effects in <canvas>-based HTML5 games. These examples will be based on effects we made in our game, Skytte. I will explain the basic ideas supporting them and provide the effects used in our work.The post Principles Of HTML5 Game Design appeared first on…
  • Hey Designers: Stop Being An Afterthought

    Robert Hoekman Jr
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:48 am
      There are reasons you’re still saying the same thing after all these years — still talking about how it always seems like design gets tacked on to the end of the process. You should be at the concept meeting, you say, where you can make a real difference. I’ve been hearing it for 15 years. I once had a job where I got to say it myself a few times. I got tired of that pretty quickly. I don’t say it anymore. You shouldn’t either. Primarily because it’s not true.The post Hey Designers: Stop Being An Afterthought appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
  • Approaches For Multiplatform UI Design Adaptation: A Case Study

    Sergii Ganushchak &#38; Kate Abrosimova
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
      There is no winner in the battle between iOS and Android, and we all know that. If a product succeeds on one platform, it will undoubtedly be ported to the other. Sometimes app developers don’t even bother waiting, and release apps for both platforms simultaneously. For designers this means only one thing — they will have to adapt an application’s UI and UX to another platform while ensuring a consistent design language across the product. There are three different scenarios for UI multiplatform adaptation: retaining brand consistency; aligning with the conventions…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
      As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, but, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission seven years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your ideas. We are very thankful to all artists and designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing to this mission, who challenge their artistic abilities each month anew to keep the…
  • Web Development Reading List #101

    Anselm Hannemann
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The reaction on the first post last week was quite overwhelming, so we moved from a bi-monthly frequency to a weekly frequency (for now). — Ed. Welcome back to the Web Development Reading List (WDRL) for this week. Instead of the previously announced biweekly schedule here on Smashing Magazine, I will post it in sync…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday. You’re gonna dig this!

    Scott Kelby
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, you’ve gotta try this one, even if you don’t do type effects a lot, because it unlocks a little known Photoshop CC feature that is just awesome! Here goes: STEP ONE: Start by choosing an Open Type font (here I’m using the font Bickham Script Pro [it comes with Photoshop]), but you can use other Open Type fonts (look for the “O” symbol in front of the font’s name in the Font pop-down menu). So why the Open type fonts? Because they have really cool hidden stuff (more on that in the next stuff). For now, just type Pizzeria   STEP TWO: To find the cool…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:08 am
    Retouching Brides with Scott Kelby Learn new ways to retouch brides with Scott Kelby! In this class Scott demonstrates techniques targeted at helping photographers who have to do their own retouching to make the job quicker, easier, and more efficient. Dealing with skin tends to be the most important and most time consuming aspect of retouching brides, so Scott takes you step-by-step through a series of techniques that you can apply to a variety of situations, and he even shows you how to automate the techniques using Photoshop actions. It’s not all about skin though, Scott has techniques…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Adam Rohrmann!

    Brad Moore
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    Teaching a class here at KelbyOne is always an awesome experience. And my most recent project – DSLR Filmmaking: shooting a music video for the band Jule Vera – was certainly nothing short of just that. There were a lot of differences with this project versus my past music videos –specifically the budget. For the first time I was able to buy sets, props, wardrobe, special lighting, and a smoke machine. If you find yourself getting into a project like this, you must pay people. Pay them something, even if it’s $100. Paid people work better for you and it shows in the end. When hiring…
  • I’m Speaking at Canon Expo 2015 in New York Next Week!

    Scott Kelby
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    It’s a huge event, held once every five years in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai and not only is it my first time attending, I’m actually teaching a session in the conference track, and get this — it’s not Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography related. Canon asked if I might do a business class this time around, so I’m really excited to be doing a class next Thursday (a week from this Thursday), called “How to Present Like a Pro” where I’ll share my favorites tips and techniques for making presentations that rock. But besides my class……
  • Desert Fashion Shoot (with behind the scenes pics and video)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting some shots from a class I’ve been working on about my location lighting set-up. I had four different location shoots planned for the class (we wrapped up taping last week), but the day before Photoshop World we did the first shoot out on a dry lake bed just outside Vegas. Here’s one of the shots from the shoot. It’s lit with just one flash and it’s the replacement for what has been my go-to kit for years now — the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra — the new model…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Landscape Photography from the Side of the Road

    Leanne Cole
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    2-for-1 special As part of Landscape Photography Week here on dPS, we’re offering TWO for the price of ONE on our best-selling Living & Loving Landscape Photography ebooks! Click here to take advantage of this offer. For most people the idea of landscape photography means getting a good backpack that can carry everything, then hiking for miles to a destination. You need to be fit, and prepared for anything that might happen. You might have to camp, and sleep, out in the wilderness. It would be an adventure, and you get to photograph some areas that others never get to see. I…
  • 5 Ways a Telephoto Lens Can Improve Your Landscape Photography

    Chris Corradino
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    2-for-1 special As part of Landscape Photography Week here on dPS, we’re offering TWO for the price of ONE on our best-selling Living & Loving Landscape Photography ebooks! Click here to take advantage of this offer. While it may seem counter-intuitive at first, the most sophisticated compositions are often the simplest. For this reason, ultra wide angle lenses are not typically the ideal choice for outdoor images. By including too much information, you risk losing the subject to visual clutter. This creates a unique challenge for landscape photography. While it’s tempting to…
  • Landscape Photography and the Human Element

    Jeremie Schatz
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:06 pm
    2-for-1 special As part of Landscape Photography Week here on dPS, we’re offering TWO for the price of ONE on our best-selling Living & Loving Landscape Photography ebooks! Click here to take advantage of this offer. When I think of landscape photography, my mind conjures up a towering mountain vista with a glowing tarn sprawled out in the foreground, or a tumbling torrent flanked by evergreens. It’s hard to not be drawn in by a great landscape image. After all, most of us yearn for wilderness or a connection to nature, especially in our electronics-dominated lifestyles. Of…
  • 6 Tips for Better Low-Light Landscape Photography

    Chris Corradino
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    2-for-1 special As part of Landscape Photography Week here on dPS, we’re offering TWO for the price of ONE on our best-selling Living & Loving Landscape Photography ebooks! Click here to take advantage of this offer. A glorious sunset will always attract a crowd of photographers. Yet the moment the sun dips behind the horizon, it seems everyone departs in a hurry. What they don’t realize is how exceptional the scene can become at dusk and into the early evening. The hours following sunset are actually ideal for landscape photos. Of course, working in low light isn’t…
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review

    Suzi Pratt
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to off-brand (or third party) camera gear, do you feel a bit skeptical? I was in the same boat for my entire photography career, choosing to invest exclusively in Nikon gear when I was a Nikon shooter, then all Canon when I switched over for the Canon 5D Mark III. “You get what you pay for” is what all of my photography colleagues would tell me, and I was an avid believer until this past summer when I invested in my first ever off-brand camera lens: the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Dubbed Sigma’s true flagship lens, the 35mm f/1.4 debuted in 2012 as the very first…
 
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Spotify updates its controversial privacy policy

    Aaron Souppouris
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:11 am
    Spotify has released a new privacy policy after the internet whipped itself into a furor over the last one. The streaming company got itself into trouble last month with an update that some onlookers labeled "eerie" and "atrocious." Of course, it w...
  • The next generation of Freeview arrives next month

    Nick Summers
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:35 am
    More than ever before, Brits are using catch-up services to watch their favourite TV shows from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. YouView is already fusing those services with the traditional Freeview experience, and now, realising its potenti...
  • Parrot's Zik 3 headphones have 'wireless everything'

    Mat Smith
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:17 am
    ​Parrot's high-tech headphone series just got another notable upgrade. The Zik 3 brings the same noise cancellation and touch panel controls of the last model, but adds wireless charging to the already-wireless headphones. There's also a completely...
  • An early look at Nextbit's 'cloud first' Robin smartphone

    Nicole Lee
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Nextbit wanted to celebrate the launch of its debut smartphone today at a party in San Francisco, but it turned out to be a celebration of success as well. In just under 12 hours, the startup reached its $500,000 Kickstarter goal to fund the Robin,...
  • Where to buy Sphero's BB-8 'Star Wars' toy in the UK

    Nick Summers
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Force Awakens is still a few months away, but already Star Wars fans have fallen in love with one of the film's supporting characters: BB-8. The rolling droid is a spiritual successor to R2-D2 and now, thanks to Sphero, you can buy your own min...
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    Strobist

  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Epson introduces EcoTank printer range with two years of ink and low-cost refill bottles

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    That inkjet printer ink costs more than champagne is the frequent moan of anyone who has to replace their cartridges. Take heart though, as Epson has launched a range of printers called EcoTank that it claims will help users save 70% on home printing. The five new machines come with what Epson says is enough ink to last two years, and once empty the tanks can be refilled from a bottle instead of being replaced. Read more
  • Polaroid Snap instant digital camera prints 2x3" photos

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:25 am
    This year's IFA show in Berlin saw the introduction of the Polaroid Snap instant digital camera. It features a 10 megapixel sensor and integrated ZINK Zero Ink printer that produces 2 x 3 inch adhesive-backed color photos using heat-activated dye crystals and a polymer overcoat rather than ink. Read more
  • Ricoh Theta S boosts resolution, introduces Google Street View integration

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ricoh has unveiled the latest version of its 360-degree camera, the Theta S. Thanks to two 12MP 1/2.3" sensors, the S is capable of 14MP 360-degree still image capture, up from the previous model's 6MP images. Brighter lenses, 1080/30p video and integration with Google's new Street View app are all onboard. Read more
  • Epson UK announces SC-P400, the smallest and lightest A3+ pigment printer on the market

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Epson UK has announced a further model to the SC range of A3+ printers with the SC-P400, a printer it claims is smaller and lighter than any other A3+ pigment inkjet machine. Although no pricing has been released, the new model is said to be part of an 'affordable' package that includes the lowest cost pigment ink-set on the market. Read more
  • Panasonic confirms Lumix G 25mm F1.7

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Following a development announcement in July, Panasonic is making good on its promise of a 25mm F1.7 lens. With a seven-blade aperture, it acts as a 50mm equiv. on Micro Four Thirds bodies and takes advantage of Panasonic's 240 fps contrast detection AF system. Read more
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #3

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:16 am
    #3: Know how to restore from a catalog backup OK, so now you configured your default catalog and you are backing it up on a regular basis. Congrats! Do you know how to restore from a backup catalog in the event that your working catalog is lost or corrupted? It is pretty straight forward, but it is not necessarily intuitive. I mentioned in a previous tip that the backup copy of the catalog is compressed into a zip file starting in Lightroom CC/6. Both operating systems have the ability to extract a file from a zip file, so you don’t need any special software. On Mac, just double-click the…
  • Practical De-hazing

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you ever go to a zoo, aquarium or any place that has you viewing animals behind plexiglass, then the new De-haze feature in Lightroom is perfect for you. I went out to Busch Gardens to shoot the animals… (fill in your own joke…) and just about every animal was behind the wonderful thick glass that a million kids and parents had made even better by smearing it with their handprints and other body parts. Most of the time the key is to try to find the cleanest/clearest sections, but I decided to see how good a job Lightroom can do with the dehazing. I took some shots through the…
  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #2

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:16 am
    #2: Use the built-in catalog backup function While Lightroom doesn’t have any functionality for keeping your photo library backed up, it does have an excellent mechanism for regularly and automatically creating a backup copy of your catalog. After all, the Lightroom catalog is where all the work you do inside of Lightroom is stored, so why wouldn’t you want it backed up? Over the years I’ve heard from a few people who avoid the built-in catalog backup function because they already regularly backup the drive their working catalog is on, or because they have Lightroom configured to write…
  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #1

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the blog (with an awesome series of tips), our good friend Mr. Rob Sylvan! Greetings! A huge thanks to Scott for reviving this series for new Lightroom users, and to both Scott and RC for giving me the opportunity to add 10 more tips. You can catch up with Scott’s earlier tips if you missed them. The original idea for this series derived from my experience as the Lightroom Help Desk for KelbyOne, which I’ve been doing since Lightroom 1.0 was released. The Lightroom and Photoshop Help Desk for is a feature of a KelbyOne membership, and I’ve been…
  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Firefox for iOS Soft Launches in New Zealand

    Joe Rossignol
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Mozilla released the first public preview of Firefox for iOS on the App Store in New Zealand today. The company aims to collect feedback on Firefox for iOS in the country, and eventually a few others, to help make improvements and add new features to the browser prior to a worldwide launch later this year. The public preview version of Firefox for iOS features Intelligent Search, Firefox Accounts and Visual Tabs. Intelligent Search: Suggested search results and list of search options, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Twitter, Amazon and WordPress Firefox Accounts: Firefox browser…
  • Sphero Announces iPhone-Controlled BB-8 Droid From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

    Husain Sumra
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Sphero, the company responsible for creating robotic balls that can be controlled by iPhones, today announced a remote-controlled BB-8, a droid from the upcoming film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." While BB-8 can be controlled with an iPhone, it also comes with a patrol mode that allows the droid to roam around by himself. Users can also design their own routes and have BB-8 follow them. Additionally, Sphero says BB-8 has an "adaptive personality" and his "attitude" and actions will evolve the more a user interacts with him. BB-8 can also receive voice commands via the app, which means that…
  • Skype Updates iOS and Android Apps With New Design, Improved Messaging, and Enhanced Search

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am
    Skype today announced a new update for both its iOS and Android mobile apps that introduce a new design experience, a few tweaks to the service's messaging functions, and some enhanced search functionality. The new update, version 6.0, promises to be a "simple, familiar" experience for Skype users, but with a bevy of new features and touch inputs that will help the service's users get in and out of conversations with more ease. The company has introduced swipe gestures to do just that, letting users quickly start calls and manage message threads with quick and easy right and left swipes. The…
  • Griffin Expands Survivor Lineup With Two New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases

    Juli Clover
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Griffin today announced an expansion of its popular Survivor case lineup for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, introducing the new Survivor Summit and the Survivor Journey. Like its existing Survivor cases, both the Summit and the Journey offer military grade protection for Apple's iPhones. The Survivor Summit is Griffin's most protective Survivor case yet, featuring a sealed weatherproof design that's resistant to dust, rain, mud, and snow. It includes a screen shield that both serves as a stand and protects the touchscreen and home button from grime. With rubber bumpers and a built-in impact…
  • Apple Sells Over 1 Million Apple Watches in China, Increases 'iPhone 6s' Orders Ahead of Launch

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:29 am
    Apple is believed to have sold over over 1.07 million Apple Watches in China, according to data analysis company TalkingData (via Business Insider). The company uses a monitoring platform supported by over 80,000 mobile apps -- including the country's most popular app WeChat, with over 1 billion registered users -- to receive its data. Many remain curious as to how many Apple Watches the company has sold specifically, but Apple continues to remain firm on not assigning a tangible number to the sales figures of its new wearable device. After a few weeks of speculation, in July CEO Tim Cook…
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  • Meet Helene Darroze, world's best female chef

    karlac1
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:15 am
    The famed French chef talks success, her Disney character and what it's really like to be the only woman in the kitchen
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    karlac1
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:09 pm
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    Guessy1
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
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  • Quiz: Can you identify these skylines?

    maureenohare
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:43 am
    In honor of National Skyscraper Day on September 3, we're highlighting distinctive skylines around the world. Take a look at the silhouettes and guess which cityscape you're seeingTags: skyscrapersarchitectureskylinescityscapes
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    karlac1
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    Public opinion is divided over a set of sexy new Taipei metro cards featuring Japanese porn actress Yui HatanoTags: pornographymetro cardspublic transportation
 
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