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  • The biggest threats to humanity around the world [map]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    The 24-hour news cycle has a tendency to pick the next big threat to humanity and report on it with a vengeance, though the population may actually have other worries on their mind.
  • Homer Simpson Blamed for Britain's Obesity Problem

    Mashable
    Max Knoblauch
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Homer Simpson has been a beer-drinking, donut-eating, generally unhealthy cartoon father for 25 years. Now a British weight loss guru wants him to change. Steve Miller, host of British weight loss reality show Fat Families, thinks Homer Simpson should lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle to encourage real, non-cartoon families. He even wrote a letter to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, urging him to consider changing Homer's lifestyle. See also: 5 Absurd Fan Theories About 'The Simpsons' "I want [Matt Groening] to consider putting Homer on a regime that promotes the message that health…
  • Paul Budnitz's Bohemian Rhapsody, Ello

    Fast Company
    Matt Mankins
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If SoHo were turned into a social network, it might look something like Ello.Paul Budnitz's buzzy invite-only social network Ello is a hot ticket in Silicon Valley right now. But Budnitz is not your typical tech entrepreneur, having last run a bicycle shop in Burlington, Vermont, far from the shadow of the California tech scene. Ello, a still-in-beta experiment that has attracted $5.5 million in venture backing, is his side project. And it's unlikely to have a measurable impact on existing social networks anytime soon.Read Full Story
  • Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
     Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More
  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • The biggest threats to humanity around the world [map]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    The 24-hour news cycle has a tendency to pick the next big threat to humanity and report on it with a vengeance, though the population may actually have other worries on their mind.
  • 6 small actions that make a big difference in the morning

    Josh Urich
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Two words to make your morning better: Lemon water. Seriously, drink a bit of lukewarm water with some fresh lemon juice in it. Your metabolism gets a jump start, clears out your mouth and throat of any crud that built up overnight, and gives you a boost of energy. Wait thirty minutes before drinking, eating, or brushing for maximum benefit.
  • Go wild with the wildebeest migration timelapse! [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Feel the need to break free with tens of thousands of your closest friends? Well, it might not be possible in real life, so live vicariously with this awe-inspiring timelapse of the world's largest land mammal migration taking place across the Serengeti plain.
  • Learn type terminology with this visual guide from Canva

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Can't get enough of those fancy fonts but only know the difference between serif and sans serif? In no time, you'll be speaking like a typography pro with this intro guide to the lingo provided by Canva's Poppie Pack.
  • How dumb does your music make you look? [chart]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Do you love Radiohead with a red-hot passion? Well, congratulations, genius, because according to this lovely chart, you are what every parent dreams of having whilst putting headphones on the preggers belly.
 
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    Mashable

  • Homer Simpson Blamed for Britain's Obesity Problem

    Max Knoblauch
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Homer Simpson has been a beer-drinking, donut-eating, generally unhealthy cartoon father for 25 years. Now a British weight loss guru wants him to change. Steve Miller, host of British weight loss reality show Fat Families, thinks Homer Simpson should lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle to encourage real, non-cartoon families. He even wrote a letter to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, urging him to consider changing Homer's lifestyle. See also: 5 Absurd Fan Theories About 'The Simpsons' "I want [Matt Groening] to consider putting Homer on a regime that promotes the message that health…
  • LG's Next Smartphone Is Powered by an In-House Chip

    Stan Schroeder
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    LG announced an octa-core NUCLUN chip on Thursday, a mobile application processor built for “high performance and low energy consumption,” and next-gen LTE networks. See also: LG G3: The Prettiest Smartphone You Can Buy The chip will debut in the company’s new G3 Screen, a 5.9-inch phone resembling the company’s popular LG G3 device. The only catch: its G3 Screen is developed specifically for the Korean market, according to LG. When the chip makes it to LG’s other smartphone offerings, it will pack a nice punch. LG says it uses four 1.5GHz cores and four 1.2GHz…
  • Spooky Car Wash Prank Will Work You Up Into a Lather

    Todd Wasserman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    For most of us, the scariest thing about a car wash is the price tag, but this video from Ford gives you another reason to be afraid As a Halloween prank, Ford enlisted some actors in scary masks to swarm people's vehicles inside a car wash. Between that and the spooky lighting, drivers get predictably freaked out. Most also start guffawing though, as they quickly realize that it's a prank See also: The Top 10 Viral Ads of September Prankvertising, as it's known, has become an effective way for brands to insert themselves into viral videos. It may not convince viewers to buy more Fords, but…
  • 13 People Who Shouldn't Be Allowed Near Remote-Controlled Vehicles

    Eitan Levine
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Put down the batteries and step away from the tiny car. Remote-controlled vehicles are more dangerous than you might think. For starters, you don’t need a license to pick up a remote and start driving stuff. With enough money, anyone can drive whatever RC vehicle they want where ever they want. See also: 11 People Who Should Cancel Their Gym Memberships On top of that, the hobbyist community is huge, motivated and full of people with crazy amounts of downtime spent trying to supe-up whatever gadget they are currently tinkering with. We don’t let most 13 year-olds near sharp eating…
  • This Dog Can Do Tricks Better Than Any Human

    Christine Erickson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Trick-or-treating is too easy. Here at Mashable HQ, you have to earn your candy. Jesse the Jack, a talented Jack Russell Terrier with skills (and YouTube views) that put us all to shame, has a new way to trick or treat. See also: 50 Purrfect Halloween Costume Ideas for Your Pet Jesse was in New York to release his creative new ABC Zoo iBook and app that teaches children the alphabet, so we invited the pup to come to our office and show us his best moves In the spirit of Halloween, Jesse came with a couple of costumes, so we put him and Mashable reporter Brian Koerber head-to-head to do some…
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    Fast Company

  • Paul Budnitz's Bohemian Rhapsody, Ello

    Matt Mankins
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If SoHo were turned into a social network, it might look something like Ello.Paul Budnitz's buzzy invite-only social network Ello is a hot ticket in Silicon Valley right now. But Budnitz is not your typical tech entrepreneur, having last run a bicycle shop in Burlington, Vermont, far from the shadow of the California tech scene. Ello, a still-in-beta experiment that has attracted $5.5 million in venture backing, is his side project. And it's unlikely to have a measurable impact on existing social networks anytime soon.Read Full Story
  • Inside America's First Cat Café

    Evie Nagy
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's in Oakland, California and it was hell to open.The race to open the first cat café in the U.S. is over. As of Catur-- er, Saturday, October 25, Oakland's Cat Town Café will welcome cat and coffee lovers to its friendly space in the city's Uptown neighborhood for lattes and lap cuddles alike.Read Full Story
  • Best in Show: #TopDog Finals Have Arrived

    Fast Company Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Final voting round right here!It's been a long, exciting week for the America's Next Top Office Dog competition. Over 20,000 votes were cast for almost 200 dogs--all of them winners, in our hearts. But for #TopDog, we will need to choose a real winner. The winner will be announced at 5 p.m. on Friday.Read Full Story
  • Oversharing Toys Let Your Baby Post On Facebook

    Mark Wilson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Ingenious design or sickening sign of the times? That's for you to decide.Every new set of parents must have The Talk, and no, I don't mean something about how babies are made. I mean, you have to decide with your partner just what images and stories you can share of your child on social media. Will you photograph a poopy diaper? Should you record a temper tantrum? Are you going to post media at all?Read Full Story
  • New Habit Challenge: Only Check Email Twice A Day

    Kathleen Davis
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    No more reactive clicking every time we hear that "new message" ping. We're drastically cutting our email habit in the name of productivity.We're kind of obsessed with email. Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Sarah Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
     Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More
  • Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

    Natasha Lomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
     Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. Read More
  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Ingrid Lunden
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
     Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More
  • College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

    Anthony Ha
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
     DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students. The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat… Read More
  • Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Darrell Etherington
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
     Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
  • Handshakes and contracts, the future and the past

    Seth Godin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    If you lease a car, borrow money for school or engage in some other complex transaction, there's a contract to sign. It's filled with rules and obligations, and the profit-maximizing finance organization does everything it can to do as little as it can (and make you responsible for as much as it can). This sort of contract has evolved into a battle, an effort to get something now and deliver as little as possible later. Loopholes and fine print are there for a reason, and it's not to make you happy. Contracts like this are about the past. "We agreed on this, go read your copy, we don't care…
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
  • "Desire is full of endless distances"

    Seth Godin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just one more level on this game, she says. Once I get to level 68, I'll be done. Just one more tweak to the car, they beg. Once we bump up the mileage, we'll be done. Just one more lotion, she asks. Once I put that on, my skin will be perfect and I'll be done. Of course, the result isn't the point. The mileage or the ranking or slightly more alabaster or ebony isn't the point. The point is the longing. Desire can't be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we've failed, because desire is the state we seek. We've expanded our desire for ever more human connection into a…
 
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    WIRED

  • Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry

    Jason Kehe
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    For Italian artist Leonardo Ulian, this is our universe. At its center: a microchip. Beyond: resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors. Ulian’s “technological mandalas”—webs of circuitry in the form of the Hindu or Buddhist symbolic diagrams of the cosmos—are icons for an electronic age, and he’ll be exhibiting them this fall in Milan. Each mandala, the biggest […] The post Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Physics of the Hendo Hoverboard

    Rhett Allain
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    This hoverboard looks like the real deal – unlike the recent fake hoverboard.  Although I’m not exactly sure how the Hendo Hoverboard works, I have a pretty good guess. Let’s look at electromagnetic repulsion physics that it might use. If you read the description on the kickstarter page, it says: “The magic behind the hoverboard […] The post The Physics of the Hendo Hoverboard appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Future of Adobe’s App Interaction Looks Pretty Awesome

    Liz Stinson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Adobe recently released a video in which it showed off forward-looking features for its suite of apps on the tablet. The post The Future of Adobe’s App Interaction Looks Pretty Awesome appeared first on WIRED.
  • Museum-Worthy Clocks Meant to Change Our Sense of Time’s Passing

    Margaret Rhodes
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The pieces were, according to the designer, “almost a reaction, in a way, to the digitalization of time." The post Museum-Worthy Clocks Meant to Change Our Sense of Time’s Passing appeared first on WIRED.
  • Mother Superior

    Tim Moynihan
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Once you get past the weird factor, Mother proves to be a capable platform for tracking your daily activities. The post Mother Superior appeared first on WIRED.
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  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
  • The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. And no amount of reading will make you better at the following if you don’t practice it by trying. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. And it has to do with the epicenter of marketing and copywriting. What creates the language of selling, and how does it work? The language of selling is not a single language. In fact, every product, idea or service has a…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Use the SMART Method to Set Achievable Goals for Your Finances

    Eric Ravenscraft
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Deciding you want to save money for an emergency fund, retirement, or just for fun is great. Having a plan to get there is an entirely different thing. Use the SMART method to bridge the gap.Read more...
  • Set a Spooky Mood and Make Your Own Set of Flickering Lights

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lighting is everything when it comes to Halloween. Flickering lights set in a dark room will get any kid's imagination going. Here's how to make any lamp lookhaunted. Read more...
  • Class Up Your Nightstand With These Wooden Bluetooth Alarm Clocks

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    From afar, these Bluetooth speakers look like simple blocks of wood; perhaps some kind of minimalist IKEA decoration. Take a closer look though, and there's a lot going on.Read more...
  • io9 Can You Name the Horror Movies Depicted In These Minimalist Posters?

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    io9 Can You Name the Horror Movies Depicted In These Minimalist Posters? | Jalopnik RIP The Affordable Midengine Sports Car | Jezebel OKCupid Dick: 'I'm the Most Published Person On the Planet' | Kotaku A Good, Horrible Look at Korea KFC's Double Down Read more...
  • D-Vasive Notifies You When Your Phone's Camera or Mic Are in Use

    Eric Ravenscraft
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Android: Your desktop's webcam probably has a handy indicator to tell you when it's on. Your phone does not. If you're concerned about certain apps using your camera or microphone when you're not aware of it, D-Vasive attempts to help keep you aware.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Amazon Visa Rewards Card Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    According to reports on Twitter, Reddit and MacRumors forums, Amazon's Visa Rewards card is now compatible with Apple Pay. Amazon reportedly enabled the feature today, moving quickly to bring the mobile payments service to consumers who were disappointed in Amazon for not supporting Apple Pay at launch. Apple Pay launched on Monday with support from a large number of credit card companies and banks. Among the launch partners were Chase, which is the issuing bank for the Amazon Visa Rewards card. Amazon reportedly was the only Chase card not supporting Apple Pay, sparking rumors that the…
  • Tim Cook Says Chinese Security Talks Were 'Very Open', Bringing Apple Pay to China a Priority

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Tim Cook was optimistic about Apple's relationship with China following a meeting with top Chinese government officials in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss data privacy and security. Cook told China's Xinhua news agency (Via Reuters) that he had "very open" talks with a senior official. Chinese vice premier Ma Kai, a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, met with the CEO of the world's most valuable company on Wednesday morning. They had discussed a series of topics including privacy and security. Cook described it as "very open", "fascinating" and "impressive", but he declined…
  • 'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables Handoff on Older Macs

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new features. Additionally, even though the 2011 MacBook Air and 2011 Mac mini include Bluetooth 4.0, Apple has opted not to allow them to access Continuity features. Luckily, many resourceful members of the MacRumors forums have come up with solutions to allow them to enable Continuity on their older Macs, and…
  • Apple to Continue Evaluating GT's Sapphire Production Progress, Looking for New Uses for Arizona Plant

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Earlier today, GT Advanced Technologies officially announced its settlement with Apple, which will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, ending their production agreement, and eliminating contractual ties that kept GT from selling its sapphire to other parties. Under the agreement, GT Advanced will be selling off its remaining sapphire, along with 2,000 sapphire furnaces, with much of the proceeds going to Apple to repay the $439 million loan it provided to get the operation underway. Apple has now commented on the settlement with GT Advanced, telling Re/code that GT's…
  • Rite Aid Disables Apple Pay Support After Initially Accepting Payments

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    A growing number of Apple Pay users are angry with retailer Rite Aid following the reported disabling of the mobile payment service within the past 24 hours. Apple Pay should technically be compatible with any point-of-sale systems supporting NFC technology, but customers who made successful Apple Pay payments earlier this week have found their payments were being denied yesterday and today. Among the disgruntled users was Josh Hudnall, who shared his experiences and his conclusions that Rite Aid is deliberately crippling its payment systems to prevent Apple Pay transactions. Today, Allison…
 
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  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
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  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business, but you still feel like you’re not making enough progress? In addition to building a social following, writing weekly blog posts, and managing your client load, perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
  • How Empathy Maps Help You Speak Directly to the Hearts of Your Audience

    Jerod Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we enter the conclusion of our three-part series on content strategy, you should already know what your audience believes about the world and have a narrative mapped out that will allow you to confirm your audience’s worldviews. Now it’s time to explain the final piece of the content strategy puzzle. This piece creates an emotional connection between you and your audience. It’s a component that makes your audience think: “Hey, they get me. They understand me. They know what I’m thinking and feeling.” I’m talking, of course, about empathy —…
  • Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

    Stefanie Flaxman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list. Five years later, I achieved my goal. So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger? Rigorously practicing my writing, of course. Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success. Ironically, it also led me to my current…
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
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    Macworld

  • Ask the iTunes Guy: Special iTunes 12 edition

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When Apple released OS X Yosemite, they also gave us iTunes 12. Lots of things have changed in this new version, and I’ve been getting email from readers about many of the new features. In this week’s column, I’ll tell you how to bring back the sidebar, show you how to locate your music videos, discuss the new Info window, and issue hints for working with the new Wish List layout.Where’d the sidebar go? Q: I installed iTunes 12 and the sidebar is gone. I really liked it as it let me easily see all the stuff in my iTunes library. Is there any way I can get it back? This has been the…
  • Bugs & Fixes: Solving a Yosemite post-install disaster

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Updating to a major new version of OS X can seem akin to walking through a mine field, albeit one with relatively few mines. In most instances, you’ll be fine. But you never know when disaster may strike. In my case, the OS X Yosemite upgrade went as smooth as silk for my 2012 MacBook Pro. I’ve been happily running it via beta versions for months. I waited until the release version of Yosemite before upgrading my 2009 Mac Pro. I expected things to go just as smoothly. Instead, I hit a mine. The installation itself was a success. However, as soon as I attempted to use the Mac, all hell…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Belt, pouch, or bumper?

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Belt, pouch, or bumper?This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has something for every occasion, whether you need a holster to use while working out, want a wallet case for buying a quick snack at the nearest convenience store (that doesn't accept Apple Pay), or are in the market for a general-use case to use while relaxing at home.The Buddy PouchThe Buddy Pouch (iPhone 6 Plus; $26) is a lightweight, belt-free pouch specifically designed for runners.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • 5 ways Facebook’s Rooms stands apart from the anonymous app pack

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Facebook’s long-rumored anonymous app is here, shattering common beliefs about what Facebook and anonymous apps are like. Rooms for iOS is a throwback to the Internet communities of old, when people used pseudonyms to comment but were as well-known as pub regulars. Rooms is clearly different from apps like Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak. It’s more community-oriented than the current crop of anonymous apps, which are centered on the self: This is what I think. This is what I desire. Those missives aren’t conversation-starters, though comments are allowed. They’re one-way streets.To read…
  • iTunes 12 introduces new look, less intuitive interface

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    It’s been two years since the last major update to iTunes, with changes I called “the most radical alterations to the program’s interface since its inception.” I could use those same words to describe iTunes 12, which features yet another interface overhaul. But the other shock is that iTunes 12 is light on new features, just a Recently Added section in some views, and a new Get Info window, along with some minor changes to device syncing. It almost begs the question: Without new features, is it really necessary to alter the look and navigation of iTunes every couple of years? iTunes…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How To Run A Content-Planning Workshop

    James Deer
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Back when my agency started taking content seriously, we invested a lot time in developing a process to produce content. The biggest challenge was always figuring out how to get clients onboard with this new process. Most of our clients were totally happy riffing on how to meet the business objectives of a project or how to approach the visual design, but they always struggled to get to grips with our process for producing content. We found that the most effective way to get their buy-in was to run a content-planning workshop. Workshops work really well to get everyone onboard with how to…
  • Reducing Abandoned Shopping Carts In E-Commerce

    Keir Whitaker
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    In March 2014, the Baymard Institute, a web research company based in the UK, reported that 67.91%1 of online shopping carts are abandoned. An abandonment means that a customer has visited a website, browsed around, added one or more products to their cart and then left without completing their purchase. A month later in April 2014, Econsultancy stated2 that global retailers are losing $3 trillion (USD) in sales every year from abandoned carts. Clearly, reducing the number of abandoned carts would lead to higher store revenue — the goal of every online retailer. The question then…
  • Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

    Cathy O' Connor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read the labels, fields, buttons, navigation and small footer text? Can you imagine how someone who sees differently would read and use it? In this article, I’ll share one aspect of design accessibility: making sure that the look and feel (the visual design of the content) are…
  • Hybrid Mobile Apps: Providing A Native Experience With Web Technologies

    Patrick Rudolph
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to a recent report1, HTML is the most widely used language for mobile app developers. The main reasons among developers for selecting web technologies2 are cross-platform portability of code and the low cost of development. We’ve also heard that hybrid apps tend to be sluggish and poorly designed. Let’s prove whether it’s possible to deliver the native look and feel that we’re used to. This article provides many hints, code snippets and lessons learned on how to build great hybrid mobile apps. I’ll briefly introduce hybrid mobile app development, including its benefits and…
  • Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

    Pierre Croft
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing just that. We’ll go through some practical tips for running a card-sorting session, and also cover some examples. What Is Information Architecture? One of the great things about modern web design is the way it considers users’ needs from…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Even the Queen's doing this now

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II dipped a toe into 21st-century communications Friday when she posted her first tweet.
  • Candidate's scary gun remarks

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    If it was just a political pander, it was a beauty. But if it was a serious statement of philosophy, it was chilling -- even scary.
  • Mark Zuckerberg did it. You should too

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    So, Mark Zuckerberg apparently speaks Mandarin.
  • NYC doctor has Ebola

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The doctor had symptoms for "a very brief period of time" and had direct contact with "very few people" in New York, the mayor says.
  • Ferguson

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    There is never a day where at least one person isn't outside the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department sitting or standing near an anemic tree, the only place for a bit of shade.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

    Scott Kelby
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at Exposure.co.I’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New KelbyOne Website and New Blog! We have a brand new design on our website and it looks really sleek. But more importantly, it’s super easy to navigate and find the classes and instructors you are looking for. That’s over on KelbyOne.com AND, we have a brand new blog with all kinds of photography and photoshop related content. We have contributors from all over and all kinds of industry related news and info. Check that out over at kelbyone.com/blogHow To Shoot Tack Sharp Images with Matt Kloskowski One of the most important skills for a photographer to master is how to…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

    Brad Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Nadra Farina-HessMy name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, as well as other events like the NBA, MMA, and the WWE. This year we will also have a Professional Bull Rider event. But even with the wide variety of events I get to shoot, once in a while I still find myself in a creative rut. That’s where personal projects come in.For me, that is…
  • I’m Calling in Sick (cough, cough)

    Scott Kelby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    I had hoped to have some meaningful, substantive post for this morning, but when I got home last light, I realized a cold was coming on, so instead of writing that awesome post I hit the sack early thinking a good night’s sleep would knock it out. Sadly, that was not the case so I’m kind of laying low today for the most part.Hoping to be better for tomorrow’s episode of “The Grid” because Dave Black is here, and we’re doing Blind Critiques, so my fingers are crossed but long story short, blah, blah, blah, I don’t have that good blog post for today…
  • Yes…it’s come down to this…

    Scott Kelby
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know if the Monday after the game I post a Demotivational Poster, I probably didn’t have a great shoot. I know that generally as the season progresses you’re supposed to get better and better,right? And I was really feeling like I was “in the zone” two weeks ago at the Falcons/Giants game at the Meadlowlands, but dang I just do not know what happened yesterday but I just had a real clunker!It seemed like I was always in the wrong position, and I missed some stuff I definitely should have caught, and I was just generally to the point that I wanted to chuck my gear…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Spooky Images to Scare you for Halloween Week

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you scared yet? You should be – because this collection of images is straight out of a horror movie, designed to give you the creeps, make your skin crawl and keep you up at night!  Oooooh scary! In honor of All Hallow’s Eve coming soon I thought it would be appropriate to see a few scary images. Enjoy, if you dare! (These first few images are by my friend Renee Robyn, she has some masterful spooky images) Magicked by Renee Robyn on 500px Survivor by Renee Robyn on 500px Kanína by Renee Robyn on 500px Lexx by Renee Robyn on 500px Raziel by Renee Robyn on 500px Titan by Chris…
  • How to Add a Grunge Effect to Your Portraits Using Lightroom

    Gina Milicia
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    All images copyright Gina Milicia – Model credits from left to right: Jess Kenneally, Nathan Kennedy, Firass Dirani. Gina has a new dPS ebook just released – Portraits: After the Shot – check out out! The style of side lighting (in the image below) is a great way to enhance muscle definition, and the post-production technique complements the lighting style. You can see that it appears as if Nathan has far better muscle definition in his after shot. I love using this post-production technique in character portraits for the entertainment industry, advertising and editorial…
  • 5 Tips for More Successful Event Photography Using a Shot List

    Suzi Pratt
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Company parties. Special galas. Nonprofit fundraisers. When someone asks you to shoot one of these events, you aren’t exactly leaping for joy, right? Corporate event photography can get a bad reputation among creatives, mostly because it sounds like an unglamorous style of photography. While it is true that many aspects of corporate event photos can be very rote, these events actually a huge advantage that can lead to even more creative expression. Here’s why: There is almost always a set structure and schedule to corporate events that rarely deviates, meaning it is incredibly…
  • Who Are You as a Photographer?

    Nick Fancher
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a shot I did on my own for my portfolio. In other words, it was unpaid. Who am I? This is a question that I ask myself all the time. What kind of photography do I do? Since I am inspired by so many different photographers, across multiple genres (fashion, portrait, photojournalist, product, commercial), it can get hard for me to remember that I can’t be all things to all people, or clients. For the sake of time, I’ve had to learn to narrow down the types of photography that I will pursue. It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to pursue new clients, to test the…
  • 5 Easy Steps to Exposure Blending for High Contrast Landscapes

    Bruce Wunderlich
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Final Image: Bear Rock, Dolly Sod Wilderness Area, West Virginia. Sunrise and Sunsets can be extremely contrasting and very challenging to capture the wide exposure range. Here’s a problem I am sure you have encountered, instances where you try to photograph an image that has a greater range of light and dark than your camera can accurately capture. In the example above, when we set our exposure to expose the sky correctly, the foreground objects are severely under-exposed. Likewise, if we set our exposure to correctly expose the foreground, the sky is blown out and loses almost…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • PhotoMath: Every math student's dream come true

    Steven Sande
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest from the "Why didn't they have this when I was in school?" news is a very cool app that scans printed mathematical expressions and then solves them. PhotoMath (free) is every school kid's dream. The app was pointed out by Mike Rose, who...
  • Apple expands TestFlight to include up to 1,000 public beta testers

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Apple announced this week that it is expanding its TestFlight Beta testing service, now allowing developers to include public beta testers. According to the new program details, developers can invite up to 1,000 public beta testers via iTunes...
  • Life Analytics fails to provide life analysis

    Andy J. Williams Affleck
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Life Analytics seems to want to do what Moves tried to do: provide you with a record of everywhere you've been but with some graphs to show you how you divide your time among the places you inhabit or visit. However, unlike Moves, which was purchased...
  • République Episode 3 now available

    Mike Wehner
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    République, the stealth action game that made a name for itself thanks to console-quality production values and a deep storyline, just got its biggest update yet. Episode 3, titled Ones & Zeroes is the largest episode thus far, and continues the...
  • Vision Puzzle: Searching for fun

    Jessica Buchanan
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Vision Puzzle is a fun, but challenging game where players try to spot the differences between two similarly looking images. Players have two minutes to spot five differences between two images which adds a nice challenge to a common game. Vision...
 
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    Strobist

  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • 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…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II studio samples added to first impressions

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Canon EOS 7D II is the long-awaited follow up to the 7D, offering a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, dual-pixel AF with a 65-point phase detect system and continuous shooting at 10 fps. It's also equipped with 1080/60p HD video capture and a number of compression options, as well as microphone and headphone ports. We put the 7D II (and its predecessor, the 7D) through its paces in our studio and have updated our first impressions review with the results. Read more
  • Canon patents lens designs with variable and glass elements

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    It's not uncommon for a company to patent technologies that might be incorporated into products at some point, though the company might not have any plans to use it in the immediate future. Such a business move appears to be the case with a recent Canon patent, which details the use of variable lens elements in combination with traditional glass elements. Read more
  • Panono announces pricing and availability for rolling ball camera

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    German startup Panono has announced availability and pricing for its ball-shaped Panono Camera. The device shoots spherical panorama images and will cost $549/€549 when it ships worldwide in the spring of 2015. The first to receive the camera will be the backers of the crowd-funding project the company used to get started before the camera goes on general release. Learn more
  • Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Canon has announced the upcoming release of its second-generation EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. The device houses a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is positioned as an affordable solution for film and video production, providing a variety of new design and performance upgrades. Read more
  • Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched back in August.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Making the Move from Aperture to Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey everyone! I’m just getting back from my Lightroom seminar in Colorado Springs yesterday. So first off, a big thanks to everyone that came out. I’m continually fortunate to have awesome crowds at every city, and yesterday was no exception. Really engaged, and just a really great group of people. Next… if you’re an Aperture user looking to make the switch to Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a brand new class up on KelbyOne.com. It’s called “Making the Switch from Aperture to Lightroom”. It covers how to use the new plug-in…
  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
  • Lightroom 5 Presets: Fall/Autumn Color Boost

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. I taught a Lightroom seminar in Michigan last week, and as I drove around I saw people raking leaves (yuck!), and the trees starting to change color (cool!). So I figured it was time to release my Fall Color Presets again for Lightroom 5. TIP: If you’re looking for some Fall Photography tips, I posted some last week over on my personal landscape photography blog at www.mattk.com. These presets were created when I first started processing a lot of my fall photos years ago. As I processed my the photos I realized that I usually make the same tweaks to a…
  • TIP: Saving Prints and an Awesome Printing Deal for This Weekend

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Hey everyone and Happy Friday! My friends over at Mpix.com have an incredible 20% off (site wide) deal this weekend (see bottom of post for more details) and I thought I’d pass along a cool printing tip that goes along with Lightroom if you’re printing from a Photo Lab. See, the Print module in Lightroom is by far one of the easiest places to lay out a print. The layers, and masks, etc… that you’d need in Photoshop would take much longer than doing it in Lightroom. In Lightroom it’s basically drag-and-drop. But the question always pops up after people see this:…
  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone. I’m a little late on this one, as it happened last week. I had a post ready to go, but then forgot to turn it live (ooops!) Anyway, I know from my Lightroom seminars that a lot of people use Photoshop Elements along with Lightroom. Well, following the last few years trends in late September, Adobe has released a new version of Elements. Now they’re up to Elements 13 (Wow! I started when it was Elements 2). Here’s a link to Adobe’s website for more info. And don’t forget to stop by the Photo Elements Techniques website to check out their videos that…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • iHeartRadio for iOS Updated with Support for CarPlay

    Richard Padilla
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Radio streaming service iHeartRadio has updated its official iOS app to include support for Apple's CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature. Users can now search and play any live or favorited radio station through their CarPlay-compatible in-dash car system, and can also listen to archived on-demand episodes from multiple categories like News, Sports, and Comedy. This newest update also brings a new Today Widget for the Notification Center which allows users to access recently played stations quickly. Apple announced in June that iHeartRadio would be getting CarPlay support along with other…
  • Powerful Image Editing App 'Pixelmator' Comes to the iPad

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Pixelmator, a popular Photoshop replacement on the Mac, was released for the iPad today. The image editing iOS app is similar to the Mac app, incorporating many of the same tools to allow users to retouch and enhance photos and images. The app includes a complete set of painting tools and a painting engine that can take advantage of a range of brushes from crayon and marker to pencil and paintbrush to create works of art from scratch or improve photos. It offers several photo editing tools, including advanced retouching tools that let users remove unwanted objects from images in just a few…
  • Facebook Announces Anonymous Chat App 'Rooms'

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Facebook today announced the release of a new anonymous sharing app called Rooms, which will allow users to create an anonymous invite-only chat room based around any theme. Rooms is a standalone app that is not integrated with Facebook and does not require a Facebook login. No personally identifiable information is required within chat rooms and users are identified by nicknames. A user can join a chat room via a QR code that can be shared online, offline, privately, or publicly. While Rooms does not monitor user location, it does store messages on Facebook's servers. Rooms will be using the…
  • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Apple today began notifying developers that its TestFlight Beta Testing platform is now live and available for immediate use. TestFlight Beta Testing is designed to make it easier for developers to invite users to test pre-release versions of apps.You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app.TestFlight has long been used as an app beta testing…
  • Foxconn Looking to Build $5.7 Billion iPhone Display Factory to Win Apple Orders

    Eric Slivka
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Apple's main assembly partner for iOS devices, Foxconn, is looking to increase its presence in Apple's supply chain as it considers constructing a new plant to provide displays for the popular devices, according to The Wall Street Journal. Total investment in the project could reach $5.7 billion.Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. , is discussing a possible investment with the government of Zhengzhou, about 750 kilometers south of Beijing, according to people familiar with the talks. The two sides are discussing terms such as how to divide the investment, which could…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

    hiufu
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    From exquisite tempura to perfect noodles, this culinary journey hits the hot spots in a land bursting with flavorA taste of delicious TokyoMaking the purest sakeBuying the freshest fish in JapanWarning: This episode of CNNGo may cause intense hunger pangs followed by a sudden urge to book a flight to Japan. We've been to Japan before, but with our latest episode, CNNGo dishes up the finest food the country has to offer.  Starting in the whimsical Tokyo kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, we then travel south to a Wagyu cattle farm that raises the country's famous Kobe…
  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    hiufu
    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?

    Guessy1
    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

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