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  • Stuff Asian Girls Say [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    26 Dec 2011 | 7:34 pm
    If you enjoyed the video "Sh*t Girls Say," you might enjoy this parody about the Asian sisterhood.  Via Buzzfeed. More humor. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
  • ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Is Off to a Very Good Start

    Stan Schroeder
    27 Dec 2011 | 4:04 am
    Star Wars: The Old Republic, the latest MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Game) from BioWare & Electronic Arts, already has a million registered users, and momentum seems to be picking up a week after the game’s launch. True, the “million users” figure was published on December 23, just three days after launch, and it includes users who have pre-ordered the game. Now, however, Electronic Arts has published a new set of milestones which tell us more about how users are actually interacting with the game. According to EA, the gamers have already spent over…
  • Ten Questions Every Game Changer Must Answer

    Fast Company
    William C. Taylor
    23 Dec 2011 | 7:26 am
    We kick off our Leadership Hall of Fame, a year-long look at the top business books and authors, with an excerpt from Practically Radical, written by Fast Company magazine cofounder William C. Taylor. As the cofounder of a magazine called Fast Company, I've always been struck by the slow-going rate of change inside most organizations. In the earliest days of the magazine, after we had a business plan but before we published the premiere issue, we convened a conference around the theme, "How Do You Overthrow a Successful Company?" It wasn't a gathering of hotshots eager to take on the…
  • Eight Ways To Go Viral

    27 Dec 2011 | 12:35 am
    Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base—a simple CRM for small businesses What do Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, Dropbox and Skype have in common? Except for being ridiculously successful, they all enjoyed a strong viral effect that helped accelerate their growth. How did they do that? Here’s the thing; most people assume that these companies grew by pure word of mouth. Well, that’s only half of the story. The other half is that they deliberately built viral features into their products that…
  • Q&A;

    Seth's Blog
    Seth Godin
    27 Dec 2011 | 4:00 am
    I'm often stunned by the lack of questions that adults are prepared to ask. When you see kids go on a field trip, the questions pour out of them. Never ending, interesting, deep... even risky. And then the resistance kicks in and we apparently lose the ability. Is the weather the only thing you can think to ask about? A great question is one you can ask yourself, one that disturbs your status quo and scares you a little bit. The A part is easy. We're good at answers. Q, not so much.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Stuff Asian Girls Say [video]

    26 Dec 2011 | 7:34 pm
    If you enjoyed the video "Sh*t Girls Say," you might enjoy this parody about the Asian sisterhood.  Via Buzzfeed. More humor. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
  • United State of Pop 2011 [video]

    26 Dec 2011 | 4:30 pm
    Worried you might have missed a few of the hits of 2011? No fear, thanks to DJ Earworm who has remixed the top twenty-five into this five-minute mashup. Now you can tune in to the Grammy’s and have a hint of who all those people are…maybe. Full story at YouTube via Neatorama. The year in music. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
  • An alternate ending to the life of Jesus…in Japan

    26 Dec 2011 | 4:22 pm
    In Christopher Moore’s wry look at the life of Jesus, Lamb, Jesus makes the rounds of some pretty diverse cultures in the years not covered by the Bible, but even in this humorous account, the Son of God doesn’t get quite as far as Japan, or the village of Shingō to be exact, where even today, the supposed descendents of Jesus casually claim him as their ancestor (though they practice Buddhism). The story goes that a number of ancient documents were discovered in 1935 in Japan that told a very different story of Jesus’ fate. Here’s a synopsis of the story from The…
  • Fruitcake fun facts [infographic]

    26 Dec 2011 | 4:05 pm
    Via Infographics never go bad. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
  • Putting the spotlight on lesser-known Star Wars characters

    26 Dec 2011 | 2:26 pm
    Imagine appearing in one of the most successful film franchises of all time, but no one remembers your name. That’s the situation for a handful of Star Wars characters long forgotten to all but the most geeky devoted fans. Artist Elliot Quince hopes to bring these non-Skywalkers back into the spotlight with a collection of clay recreations showing the disregarded characters’ depressed faces. "Fame and fortune awaited for the lucky few but spare a thought for those who never made it big; those forgotten extras, downtrodden walk-ons and bitter bit parts," Quince said. "Plasticine…
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  • ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Is Off to a Very Good Start

    Stan Schroeder
    27 Dec 2011 | 4:04 am
    Star Wars: The Old Republic, the latest MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Game) from BioWare & Electronic Arts, already has a million registered users, and momentum seems to be picking up a week after the game’s launch. True, the “million users” figure was published on December 23, just three days after launch, and it includes users who have pre-ordered the game. Now, however, Electronic Arts has published a new set of milestones which tell us more about how users are actually interacting with the game. According to EA, the gamers have already spent over…
  • Dump GoDaddy Day Dec. 29 Declared by Reddit User [VIDEO]

    Mashable Video
    26 Dec 2011 | 9:56 pm
    Reddit user SelfProdigy has declared Dec. 29 Dump GoDaddy Day, following the domain registrar’s short-lived public support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Although GoDaddy has announced that it no longer supports SOPA, the site is still facing the backlash from its initial position. SEE ALSO: Stop Online Piracy Act: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC] Despite the public reversal in a press release, Dump GoDaddy Day is quickly spreading among the Reddit community. The domain registrar reportedly lost 20,000 accounts in a single day following the SOPA outcry, but only time will…
  • Startup Lets You Sell Stuff Left Over From Your Break Up

    Stan Schroeder
    26 Dec 2011 | 9:32 pm
    The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Never Liked it Anyway Quick Pitch: A marketplace for unwanted items left over after a relationship break up. Genius Idea: Connecting the sentimental with the practical We’ve all experienced it – a romantic break up usually leaves you with a bunch of stuff that first makes you cry, then makes you angry, and after a while you just want to get rid of it all. Enter Never Liked…
  • Mashup Blends 25 of 2011′s Hottest Songs [VIDEO]

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    26 Dec 2011 | 8:38 pm
    Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks. The fifth installment in the annual “United State of Pop” mashup series from Jordan Roseman — a laptop-based DJ better known as DJ Earworm — just popped up on YouTube. The mashup, “World Go Boom,” combines 25 of the year’s most-successful pop songs from artists such as Adele, Britney Spears, Foster the People, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Roseman used music software Ableton Live to arrange the tracks into one seamless montage.
  • Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network

    Rob Lammle
    26 Dec 2011 | 5:37 pm
    You’ve probably heard a lot about Pinterest over the last few months. Not only has the company received $27 million in venture funds, but the site’s popularity has exploded from 1.2 million users in August to over 4 million today. SEE ALSO: Study Shows Pinterest Will Compete with Top 10 Social Networks [VIDEO] But like any new social site, there’s always the question, “How does it work?” Have no fear, soon-to-be-Pintrest fan, we’ll show you the ropes. 1. What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a place to organize and share online images that you find interesting or…
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    Fast Company

  • Ten Questions Every Game Changer Must Answer

    William C. Taylor
    23 Dec 2011 | 7:26 am
    We kick off our Leadership Hall of Fame, a year-long look at the top business books and authors, with an excerpt from Practically Radical, written by Fast Company magazine cofounder William C. Taylor. As the cofounder of a magazine called Fast Company, I've always been struck by the slow-going rate of change inside most organizations. In the earliest days of the magazine, after we had a business plan but before we published the premiere issue, we convened a conference around the theme, "How Do You Overthrow a Successful Company?" It wasn't a gathering of hotshots eager to take on the…
  • Killing Your Job

    Tim Ferriss
    23 Dec 2011 | 7:14 am
    When is the right time to walk away from a project or job? And what about all your fears of leaving? We continue our Leadership Hall of Fame series, a year-long look at the top business books and authors, with an excerpt from The 4-Hour Workweek (2007) by Tim Ferriss."All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." -Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince Some jobs are simply beyond repair.
  • The Art of Audacious Conversation

    Keith Ferrazzi
    23 Dec 2011 | 7:13 am
    How does one get over their fear and start talking and networking with those that can help your business, from VC rockstars to possible partners? Even a personal hero, such as Nike cofounder Phil Knight? We continue our Leadership Hall of Fame series, a year-long look at the top business books and authors, with an excerpt from Never Eat Alone (2005) by Keith Ferrazzi.Nothing in my life has created opportunity like a willingness to ask, whatever the situation. When I was just an anonymous attendee at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, I walked onto a hotel bus and saw Nike founder Phil…
  • How To Create A Business Where The Truth Is Heard

    Jim Collins
    22 Dec 2011 | 9:21 am
    Great businesses succeed by motivating people with the straight facts. There are four ways to get the truth out there. We conclude our Leadership Hall of Fame series, a year-long look at the top business books and authors, with an excerpt from Good to Great (2001) by Jim Collins.Now, you might be wondering, "How do you motivate people with brutal facts? Doesn't motivation flow chiefly from a compelling vision?" The answer, surprisingly, is "No." Not because vision is unimportant, but because expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time. One of the dominant themes that…
  • Malcolm Gladwell Has No Idea Why "The Tipping Point" Was A Hit

    Kevin Ohannessian
    13 Dec 2011 | 9:26 am
    As part of our Leadership Hall of Fame series, we continue our fresh look at The Tipping Point with an interview of author Malcolm Gladwell.What was the impetus for you to write The Tipping Point? I got interested in the dramatic crime decrease in New York in the mid-1990s. That was right when I moved to the city for the first time. And I was stunned at how New York went from a place that everyone thought of as dangerous to a place that seemed as safe as any major city in the country within the space of such a short time. It made me wonder if there wasn't something that could be learned from…
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  • Eight Ways To Go Viral

    27 Dec 2011 | 12:35 am
    Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base—a simple CRM for small businesses What do Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, Dropbox and Skype have in common? Except for being ridiculously successful, they all enjoyed a strong viral effect that helped accelerate their growth. How did they do that? Here’s the thing; most people assume that these companies grew by pure word of mouth. Well, that’s only half of the story. The other half is that they deliberately built viral features into their products that…
  • Is Video The New Software?

    26 Dec 2011 | 11:20 pm
    Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo.  Follow him @ashkan VC (TechCrunch contributor) Mark Suster published an article on his personal blog about one of his portfolio companies, Maker Studios.  Other players in that space include The Collective and Fullscreen. While Mark is clearly rationalizing his investment, his reasoning is worth understanding. However, I could not help but wonder if one of the excerpts in this piece will make any difference with his technology-loving peers: [A]nybody who follows this blog knows that I believe…
  • Today In Wishful Thinking: Dogbnb

    Alexia Tsotsis
    26 Dec 2011 | 10:52 pm
    Like most people, I love dogs. But also like most people I am completely irresponsible — Like, I can’t even keep my iPhone consistently charged let alone take care of another creature (Yeah I know, I’d be a great mother, we’ve already discussed this). This being said, wouldn’t it be so cool if you could own a dog, but for a limited amount of time? Like you wouldn’t have to commit to it forever or anything — because that is just asking too much —  but maybe you could just borrow it. I don’t know where I’m going to be waking up…
  • Guy Retweets Particularly Entitled Christmas Tweets, Becomes A Phenomenon

    Alexia Tsotsis
    26 Dec 2011 | 9:33 pm
    This is the first Christmas where I didn’t get a single gift. Because I had to take care of a bunch of logistics issues, I decided not to celebrate “the holidays” this year, and you know what? It was awesome. It’s amazing not having any expectations about what you’re going to get, give and whatnot. Also, for some reason I got tons of digital messages of gratitude in lieu of material gifts, and I absolutely adore all the people who reached out to say Merry Christmas, adore. There is a darker side of the blatantly consumerist holiday (why are people being killed…
  • The Case For Developer Platforms

    26 Dec 2011 | 9:22 pm
    Editor’s note: Guest contributor James Yu is cofounder of Parse, a cloud platform for mobile developers. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog. Over the years, software development has ping-ponged between server-centric and client-centric designs. Today, with dominant mobile platforms like iOS and Android, apps have entered a hybrid client-server architecture. What this means for developers is that they have to juggle more technologies than ever before. And in response, we’re seeing the rise of developer platforms that handle functionality that has never been…
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    Seth's Blog

  • Q&A;

    Seth Godin
    27 Dec 2011 | 4:00 am
    I'm often stunned by the lack of questions that adults are prepared to ask. When you see kids go on a field trip, the questions pour out of them. Never ending, interesting, deep... even risky. And then the resistance kicks in and we apparently lose the ability. Is the weather the only thing you can think to ask about? A great question is one you can ask yourself, one that disturbs your status quo and scares you a little bit. The A part is easy. We're good at answers. Q, not so much.
  • The more or less choice

    Seth Godin
    26 Dec 2011 | 4:30 am
    I think it comes down to one or the other: How little can I get away with? vs. How much can I do? Surprisingly, they both take a lot of work. The closer you get to either edge, the more it takes. That's why most people settle for the simplest path, which is do just enough to remain unnoticed. No one can maximize on every engagement, every project, every customer and every opportunity. The art of it, I think, is to be rigorous about where you're prepared to overdeliver, and not get hooked on doing it for all... because then you just become another mediocrity, easily overlooked. That means more…
  • An empty Kindle...

    Seth Godin
    25 Dec 2011 | 12:54 pm
    More than 5,000,000 people got a Kindle today. If you're looking for something to put on it, I've been working hard on that all year... (plus some bonus titles worth a download.) Have fun!
  • Gift wrapped

    Seth Godin
    25 Dec 2011 | 7:06 am
    A wrapped present is transformed when it is opened. Anticipation turns into information, and frequently, one is worth far more than the other. Too often, we overlook the value of imagination and dreams and the _____. We figure, as marketers or managers or leaders or engineers that all we have to do is meet the spec, fill in the blank and we can prove we did a good job. Often, though, the story a person tells herself is worth more that the object itself.
  • Merry

    Seth Godin
    24 Dec 2011 | 4:40 am
    You can't be merry by yourself. Sure, you can be content, happy, possibly even delirious. But merriment requires a group, and that group is almost always a group you can see and touch, one that's sharing the same molecules of air, face to face. The digital revolution continues to get deeper, wider and more important. But it has made no progress at all at increasing merriment. That's up to us.
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    Wired Top Stories

  • A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Dec. 27

    Ken Denmead
    26 Dec 2011 | 11:01 pm
    Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills.
  • 10 Most Hated Movies of 2011

    Michael Lennon
    26 Dec 2011 | 8:00 am
    Not necessarily the worst films of the year, these are the flicks that ticked off Wired's movie-loving staffers for one reason or another.
  • Filter: Robotic Pets Neither Poop nor Need Walks

    26 Dec 2011 | 5:30 am
    Puppies are great—for the first week. But a fake fur pal won't suddenly beg you to go to the dog park when you're deep into Battlefield.
  • Searching the Sea for Scum-Busting Cholera Killers

    Meghan D. Rosen
    26 Dec 2011 | 5:26 am
    Bacteria-scanning robots have helped researchers discover scum-busting chemicals that could potentially cut rates of cholera infection. The robots are part of an award-winning system developed at the University of California, Santa Cruz that fuses fast-paced automatic screening techniques and neon bacteria with undersea hunts for new disease-fighting bugs.
  • Tom Arnold: A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Dec. 26

    Ken Denmead
    25 Dec 2011 | 11:01 pm
    Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills.
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    ProBlogger Blog Tips

  • 4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog

    Guest Blogger
    25 Dec 2011 | 8:04 am
    This guest post is by Matthew Setter of The Dreamers Manifesto. Have you wanted to start a blog, a website or an online business, but you’re not sure where to begin? Are you already putting in the hard yards to build one or the other or both, but you’re not sure if it’s going where you want it to go? Image copyright FotolEdhar - Fotolia.comBuilding blogs and online businesses is very exciting, but it’s a very challenging endeavor as well. Whilst the excitement helps, some days it’s never enough to prepare you for just what it takes to be successful, as always…
  • Whose Blog First?

    Guest Blogger
    23 Dec 2011 | 8:09 am
    This guest post is by Shakirah Dawud of Deliberate Ink. Writing for three blogs on a regular basis, with the odd request for a guest post elsewhere, my writing plans are already tight. But because I write for overlapping fields of interest, my  plans can also tangle. The most common: Snag A: The topic could be of use to any blog I write for. Should I send it to my friend’s blog, where the people know me better, or let it air at the writing forum where it’ll snag more eyeballs? Snag B: If I don’t write about this topic I’m gonna bust wide open, but it’s not…
  • What Process Do You Want to Lead Repeat Readers Through?

    Darren Rowse
    22 Dec 2011 | 8:07 am
    Yesterday we looked at the strategic question of, “What do you want new visitors of your blog to do?” It’s a question that’s very powerful in helping you to achieve your goals as a blogger. Today I want to take the question and apply it to repeat readers—an exercise that I think is really important. It can help take those first-time visitors and make them loyal and engaged readers who not only buy your products, but spread the word about you. What do you want repeat readers to do? One of the main goals that I suspect many people yesterday wanted to achieve with new…
  • What Do You Want Your First-time Reader to Do?

    Darren Rowse
    21 Dec 2011 | 8:01 am
    Here’s a little strategic exercise that I think is well worth doing as we approach the beginning of a new year. Ask this question: What do you want your readers to do? There are numerous levels you can ask this question on. Let’s explore one now (I’ll do another tomorrow). What do you want new visitors to do? What’s the number one thing you want a new visitor on your site to do? The answer to this question will vary depending upon how you define success for your blog, what your goals are, and depending even upon your business model. In most cases, I tend to advise…
  • No Matter What Your Blogging Goals for 2012 Are… We’ve got a 50% Off Deal For You

    Darren Rowse
    20 Dec 2011 | 10:57 am
    Over the last week on Digital Photography School we’ve been running a 12 Deals of Christmas promotion where we’re offering some big deals on photography related products over 12 days (each lasting for 24 hours). A number of readers of both ProBlogger and dPS have asked whether we are going to run a similar promotion on ProBlogger – hoping to pick up some ProBlogger eBooks at a discount. We were not planning on it but who am I to say no!?! Starting today we’re running a 50% discount for 3 days on any (or all) of 3 ProBlogger eBooks. Lets call it the…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Thunderbolt Coming to PCs in April 2012

    Arnold Kim
    26 Dec 2011 | 8:53 pm
    DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will "fully release" its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012. Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time. Intel and Apple originally partnered on the new technology which has become standard across Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac. Digitimes reports that the cost of Thunderbolt technology is expected to drop in the second half of 2012, allowing more widespread adoption. While Apple does offer Thunderbolt across most of its product…
  • iPad 3 'Home Button' Parts Start Circulating in China

    Arnold Kim
    26 Dec 2011 | 8:44 pm
    Claimed iPad 3 parts have been circulating for some time already, but a few more pieces to the puzzle are starting to appear. 9to5Mac posts this photo of iPad 3 home buttons in comparison to the existing iPad 2 ones. No real surprises, though it should help kill already sketchy rumors that Apple might do away with a home button altogether. The backside is slightly tweaked, though we'd be hard pressed to draw any conclusions from it. The biggest takeaway is that iPad 3 parts are continuing to leak as production and shipment draws near. The iPad 3 is expected to arrive in early 2012, anywhere…
  • 2011: Biggest Apple Product Leaks

    Arnold Kim
    26 Dec 2011 | 10:12 am
    Last year at about this time, we highlighted the biggest Apple leaks of 2010. While there wasn't quite as big a story as the iPhone 4 leak this year, we still saw a lot of early leaks of unreleased products. iPhone 4S When this parts leak video was released in January 2011, we weren't entirely sure what we were looking at. Global Direct Parts called it an "iPhone 5" at the time, and detailed differences found in the new antenna design. The changes were relatively small, but what we know now is that this was the first look at the iPhone 4S design -- 10 months before its release. The antenna…
  • Apple Pushing to Introduce iPad 3 on Steve Jobs' February 24th Birthday?

    Eric Slivka
    23 Dec 2011 | 11:17 am
    FocusTaiwan reports (via 9to5Mac) that Apple pushing its manufacturing partners to meet deadlines that would allow the company to launch the iPad on Steve Jobs' birthday, February 24th.A local Chinese-language newspaper reported Friday that iPad3 might be launched on Feb. 24 to mark the anniversary of the birth of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs. Citing sources close to Taiwanese makers in the iPad3 supply chain, the Economic Daily News said the gadget could be launched in mid-first quarter of next year or by the end of next March.According to the report, workers at several iPad component…
  • Newsstand in iOS 5 Fueling Growth of New Magazine Subscriptions

    Eric Slivka
    23 Dec 2011 | 10:44 am
    AllThingsD takes a look at how the launch of Apple's Newsstand feature as part of iOS 5 has affected subscription sales for Popular Science magazine, revealing that the prominent placement of the Newsstand app and easy access to updated content has driven a substantial increase in new subscriptions.The chart comes to us courtesy of Mag+, Bonnier’s tablet-publishing software business. And as Mag+ CEO Staffan Ekholm points out, the really promising indicator for Pop Sci isn’t the one-week sales leap of 13 percent — it’s that the the magazine’s growth picked up after that week, with…
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  • Those Not Performing

    26 Dec 2011 | 12:17 am
    Know who has an interesting role? The “audience.” Look at the picture that goes with this post. None of these people would officially consider themselves the audience. They don’t list that as an occupation. None of them started out their day thinking, “You know, I think I’ll head down to Santa Monica Pier and see if I can find someone performing so I can stand there and take photos and cheer their antics.” But for a moment in time, they were the audience. Those Not Performing Are the Audience I have a thing for hip hop music and culture. Part of what I…
  • My Big Speaking Offer

    24 Dec 2011 | 7:23 am
    You know that I’m a professional speaker, and you maybe know that I charge quite handsomely for my efforts, as I put a great deal of effort, experience, and ability into my work on stage. My US speaking rate is $22,000, and I charge $30,000 overseas (plus air and hotel). What if I said that you could book me for as little as $4650 plus air and hotel. WHAT? My Big Speaking Offer I will make 5 of these deals available for a very limited time, so check with who you have to check with and book this now. Read every line below and pay attention to the offer. Buy 300 copies of Google+ For…
  • Get More Twitter Followers

    23 Dec 2011 | 3:30 am
    Do you want more Twitter followers? People seem to believe they do. I wrote about how to get more Twitter followers a few years ago. To be honest, I don’t know what more followers gets you. It’s like living in Los Angeles versus living in Buffalo. There are more people in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean much. More followers doesn’t directly equate to more attention. Yes, there are some numerical advantages, but those seem to be tapering off. Keeping people feeling like they’re seen and heard seems to be the better strategy. But, if it’s more Twitter…
  • We’re No Experts

    21 Dec 2011 | 8:33 am
    I’m listening to Patton Oswalt read his book (amazon affiliate link) for nerds. It’s a totally wonderful book, and his narration makes it pop up even better still. Why? Because he’s a professional actor, as well as a darned good writer. His voice for this is perfect. His reading isn’t literal to the book. He keeps adding in liner notes. Hell, Michael Stipe from REM shows up in the reading. This comes the day after I finished reading my own new book. This comes one week after Joe and I interviewed Sean Pratt, professional audiobook reader. Sean points out in that…
  • Learn About Making Video

    18 Dec 2011 | 8:51 am
    I believe more and more people are going to make video in 2012 and beyond. We are consuming more video than ever before. YouTube serves 3 Billion videos a day, 15% or more of those being consumed on a mobile device ( source). If you’re not yet creating video that’s compelling and useful for the people you want to see more of for your business, then you’re necessarily giving your audience what they want, are you? YouTube is the #2 search engine in the world. Yes, there are other video hosting sites, and they are all wonderful and deserve your attention. But you should post to…
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  • Happy Holidays from Copyblogger!

    Sonia Simone
    23 Dec 2011 | 5:00 am
    Here’s to a safe and joyous holiday season for you and yours. We’re taking our annual “rest of the year off,” so enjoy your family and relish the down time. If, for any reason, you might need a break from the relatives (or just start going crazy with boredom) why not get started with our 20-part Internet Marketing for Smart People course? It’s our free holiday gift to you. And it’s way better than fruitcake. (Even though, the truth is, I secretly kinda like fruitcake.) Thanks for a wonderful year, and see you in 2012! TweetShare
  • 5 Ways to Kill Information Overload and Start Making Progress With Your Marketing

    Ali Luke
    22 Dec 2011 | 5:00 am
    How many marketing and business books (and ebooks) have you bought and then promptly … placed gently on your growing bookshelf? How many have you read, but never used? Between Amazon, libraries, amazing content creators, email, social networking, and the wild open web, we’ve got all the information we need … and more. Much more. If you’re struggling with finding marketing ideas your business, your problem isn’t one of access to too little information. What you need is a way to turn learning into action. Here are five tips you can use to start doing just that,…
  • 5 Marketing Lessons You Can Learn from a Weird “Real World” Business

    Sonia Simone
    21 Dec 2011 | 5:00 am
    One of the most useful skills in business is to be able to look at what someone else is doing in an unrelated topic, and bring it to your own online marketing. You’ll find fresh angles, new approaches, and compelling ways to deliver your message. If you run a yoga studio, you can often learn more from an auto body shop or a roofing company than from your fellow yogis. If you’re in technology, take a look at what artists are doing. If you’re a musician, borrow from accountants. Allowing yourself to cross-pollinate will make your ideas stronger. And it gets you out of the tired “same…
  • Zen and the Art of Good Web Design

    Pamela Wilson
    20 Dec 2011 | 5:00 am
    There are a lot of minimalist blogs cropping up these days. They’re bare, spare, and airy. I’m all for zen. I love clean web design with plenty of white space. But one no-color, minimalist design can start to look pretty much like another. And I wonder … are all those zen-inspired blogs really built by budding Buddhists? Or could it be that some of them — not all, but some — look plain and uninspired simply because their owners are struggling to figure out how to inject a little personality? “Clean” design doesn’t have to be boring. And one of…
  • A 5-Minute Guide to More Persuasive Copywriting

    James Chartrand
    19 Dec 2011 | 5:00 am
    Copywriters love to tell clients they can create compelling copy. Few of them ever mention whom they think they’re compelling. That’s because too few of them have ever given it the thought it deserves. One of the first rules of copywriting is to know your audience, and many copywriters are fairly skilled at creating copy designed to appeal to, say, a 60-year-old female retiree who’s confused about her insurance options. The problem is that that’s not how Dorothea in Florida thinks of herself. If Dorothea doesn’t identify with that picture, what makes you think you’re…
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  • Redux June 2011: Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles

    26 Dec 2011 | 8:00 pm
    Final update: Three months after ReadWriteWeb first described these plans in detail, Google announces Google Circles as part of a larger social initiative. It is as we reported it. We believe that Google will preview a major new social service called Google Circles at South by Southwest Interactive today. Update: Google has now officially denied that Circles will launch here, but not that it exists. See final update below, as of afternoon Texas time Google does now deny that Circles exists. If what we've heard is correct, the service will offer photo, video and status message sharing.
  • Kindle Fire Loaded With "Pre-Alpha" Version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

    26 Dec 2011 | 6:07 pm
    The hackers at XDA Developers have been hard at work trying to port Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto the Android Kindle Fire. The first success was made in early December when a limited version of ICS was run on the Fire. Last week there was a breakthrough in what the XDA coders are calling a "pre-alpha" of the fire running an actual version of the newest Android OS. See the video below. Sponsor The newest hack of Ice Cream Sandwich on Kindle Fire is based off of CyanogenMod 9. According to the XDA Developer Forums, CyanogenMod 9 is not all that fundamentally different from the standard…
  • 5 Tools to Improve Your Idea Before You Write a Line of Code

    26 Dec 2011 | 5:00 pm
    In my last post on ReadWriteStart, I talked about how, in many cases, it wasn't an advantage to build your start-up in stealth mode. As a continuation of that theme, I thought it would be interesting to explore five tools you can use to iterate and improve your startup idea before writing one line of code. There is nothing worse than building a tool no one is interested in, so I'd encourage you to consider these options before starting down the path of building your next startup. Specifically, these five tools can help you do three critical activities before starting to write a line of code:…
  • Hilary Mason Wants To Get You Started With Big Data

    26 Dec 2011 | 2:00 pm
    I spent part of this week with Hilary Mason, one of the smartest people that I know in Big Data. She works as the Chief Scientist for and has a wealth of skills at her fingertips that bridge computer science and mathematics. Plus, she is used to facing largely male audiences and just being the smartest person in the room. She was speaking at The Strange Loop conference in St. Louis this week, which should definitely be on your radar for next year if you are interested in this topic or want to broaden your programming skills. Sponsor Editor's note: This story is part of a series we call…
  • Google Releases Mac Management Tools

    26 Dec 2011 | 1:00 pm
    Google has a lot of Macs to manage. While Macs haven't caught up to Windows PCs in the workplace, there are no doubt quite a few admins that are managing quite a few Macs – and looking for better tools to do so. To help other Mac admins, Google's Macintosh Operations team is releasing a few tools they're using to manage and track "a fleet of Macintoshes in a corporate environment." Sponsor The tools are hosted on Google Code under the Google-macops that work with pymacadmin, a collection of Python utilities for administering Mac OS X. So far the company has released an application usage…
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    Smashing Magazine Feed

  • How Do You Deal With Overstressed, Irrational Clients? An Entrepreneur’s View

    Brian Scordato
    23 Dec 2011 | 12:03 pm
        As an entrepreneur who has been on the client’s side of the design and development process, I’d like to discuss the thought process of the client, as well as some effective ways to interact with them. For example, why do they ask for Shakira music on the home page? And how do you respond to that? I was recently referred to Sam Barnes’ piece on Smashing Magazine “How to Explain to Clients That They Are Wrong.” The article was well written and made a lot of sense to me, but there are two sides to every story, and I’d like to add value to the argument by responding from…
  • The Smashing Deals Countdown: Three More Days Till Christmas

    Smashing Editorial
    22 Dec 2011 | 12:43 pm
        As the end of the year approaches and the holidays near, many of you might already be pondering your new year’s resolution for 2012. Before you get back to serious business in the new year, you should lean back, relax, spend some quality time with loved ones, and give a good book or eBook a closer look. After all, you don’t want to fall behind just as the year begins, do you? This is an occasion to catch up on developments in the fields of Web design, Web development and coding. The Smashing Bundle Countdown To Christmas For each of the last seven days, we have been…
  • Freebie: New Twitter Profile Page GUI PSD

    Smashing Editorial
    22 Dec 2011 | 7:29 am
        Today we are glad to release a yet another freebie: a Twitter GUI PSD for the recently released Twitter UI update, designed by Jon Darke of Every Interaction and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The PSD provides the full mockup with all layers in vectors, allowing you to scale up the design elements without loss of quality. The set includes two versions: one for personal accounts and also the new Twitter Enhanced profile page with 835×90 header image for brands and advertisers. The set is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS4+. Download the set for…
  • Dear Drupal: Season’s Greetings. Love, Smashing WordPress.

    Peter Wilson
    21 Dec 2011 | 4:36 pm
        Every day I work with WordPress in one way or another. My Twitter feed is full of WordPress types, and I’m a regular at my local WordPress meetup. I’m a WordPress fan. The developer across the hall from me works with Joomla. His Twitter feed is full of Joomla types, and he uses the CMS every day. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he attends the local Joomla user group. He’s a Joomla fan. The White House hosts a number of Web developers who use Drupal every day. Their Twitter feeds are probably full of Drupal types, and some may well attend the Washington DC Drupal…
  • Smashing Photo Contest “Holidays Around The World”: Best Entries!

    Smashing Editorial
    20 Dec 2011 | 2:33 pm
        A couple of days ago, we launched a photo contest in which you could submit a photo of how upcoming holidays are celebrated in your city. For those who have participated, thank you for taking the time to shoot the photots and sending them to us. We’ve received hundreds of pictures from all over the world and we have to be honest and say that it was really hard to pick only ten winners! All winners have been contacted. Of course, the owner of each photo owns all the copyrights. Winners Photo taken by Dorin Moise: Brussels, Belgium. “All made by swinging a simple LED…
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  • Arab League group to visit Homs

    27 Dec 2011 | 4:19 am
    An Arab League delegation is set to visit the besieged city of Homs on Tuesday as reports of bloodshed at the hands of the Syrian regime continue to escalate.
  • Campaigning kicks into high gear as Iowa caucuses near

    27 Dec 2011 | 4:08 am
    Five of the major Republican presidential candidates will campaign in Iowa on Tuesday with one week to go until the state's January 3 caucuses, the first contest in the race for the GOP nomination.
  • S. Korean delegation returns home

    27 Dec 2011 | 2:30 am
    A delegation of South Korean citizens returned Tuesday from their two-day visit to the North where they paid their respects to the deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and met with his youngest son and chosen successor, Kim Jong Un.
  • Conn. house where 5 died in fire razed

    27 Dec 2011 | 1:35 am
    A large waterfront Victorian house in Connecticut where three children and their grandparents died in a Christmas morning fire has been torn down.
  • Outrage in China over tainted milk scare

    27 Dec 2011 | 12:51 am
    Criticism of lax food safety standards at Chinese companies abounded on microblogging sites in China on Tuesday following the latest scare involving dairy products in the country.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • USA Today Unpacks My Laptop Bag (and a Quick Falcons/Saints Game Update)

    27 Dec 2011 | 1:58 am
    When I was out in Los Angeles for my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour, USA Today came by for an interview about what I take on the road when I travel. They did a cool little video where they show all the tech (and non-tech) stuff I travel with, and in the article they list everything I carry in my Think Tank Photo laptop bag. The article, and video, are online now in Jefferson Graham’s “Talking Your Tech” section (Jefferson is a photographer himself), here’s the link to the online version of the story (and the video) is below. The story is in…
  • Our Offices are Closed Today (which makes it a perfect day to shoot Monday Night Football)

    25 Dec 2011 | 11:02 pm
    Hi Gang: Our offices are closed today as part of our Christmas break, so it’s super-fluffy blog post Monday. Today I’m flying to New Orleans, Louisiana to shoot the Monday Night Football NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. It’s my first time shooting in the Super Dome, and I’ve always wanted to see it, plus this is a HUGE game (conference wise anyway—-but Atlanta just clinched their playoff spot last night with the Packers win), and since it’s a Monday night game, it’ll be nationally televised (keep an eye out for the guy…
  • Psyched! Sports Illustrated included one of my shots from the “Beef ‘O’ Bradys Bowl” in their SI Snapshot “Photos of the Day”

    23 Dec 2011 | 7:53 am
    OK, I just had to share this because…well…it’s Sports Illustrated, and I am just really excited!!!! This was shot on assignment for the wire service I shoot for, Southcreek Global Media, at the “Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl” (A Big East conference college bowl, played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida). During Bowl Games we try to upload images from each quarter live as the game unfolds, and so this year I again asked Matt Kloskowski to be my editor, and he worked up in the Press Box above the field during the game and after  (see his photo…
  • RC Creates a Norman Rockwell-esque Santa Photo

    23 Dec 2011 | 7:40 am
    My buddy RC Concepcion created this absolutely wonderful shot of his adorable daughter Sabine sitting on Santa’s lap and I thought it was the perfect shot to share with you guys as we head into Christmas weekend. I think his post processing on the image really gave it that painted look and perfectly suited the image. To me, it really has that Normal Rockwell look, and well…I thought it was just lovely all the way around.  [Thanks to RC for allowing me to share this with you]. Here’s wishing you all the joys that His season can bring, and I hope Santa’s sleigh has…
  • B&H; Unboxing Video Contest – Win a Canon 5D Mark II!

    21 Dec 2011 | 11:02 pm
    Check out the B&H Unboxing Video Contest! All you have to do is put together a video of yourself unboxing something from B&H and upload it for your chance to win a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera, Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 video camera, or Sony MHS-FS1 Bloggie camcorder! Of course, the more creative you get, the better chance you have of winning! Here are a few examples of videos that have already been entered… The deadline for entries is January 2, and you can find all the…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Our Best Portrait Photography Tutorials of 2011

    Darren Rowse
    26 Dec 2011 | 8:49 am
    Image by Takeuchi Kiyoshi Lets kick our Summer Series off with a look back on the best Portrait Photography Tutorials on dPS – written in the last year (based upon what tutorials were viewed the most this year). 10 Techniques for Amazing Portraits How to Go Beyond the Regular Composition Advice and Get the Best Shots of Your Kids How to Take Portraits that Stand Out 6 Tips for Photographing Larger People How to Photograph Newborns 5 Classic Lighting Positions for Portrait Photography 5 Tips for Capturing Great Street Portraits Composition: Not Just about Positioning Your Subject, But…
  • dPS Summer Series Starts Today

    Darren Rowse
    25 Dec 2011 | 7:49 am
    Christmas has come and gone and being based in Australia – where Summer is in full swing – the dPS team are all feeling the call to the beach! Image by Kennymatic I know it might be hard to hear for some of you snowed in in the Northern Hemisphere but the sun is shining and the temperature is rising over here and most Aussies take a couple of weeks off at this time of year. But don’t fret – while we’re at the beach we’ve lined up some great content for you here on dPS so you can get your photographic ‘fix’. Here’s what will happen: 1.
  • Holiday Greetings from dPS (and some Holidays Reading)

    Darren Rowse
    24 Dec 2011 | 10:23 am
    Image by James Jordan The clock has just ticked over to 25 December here in Melbourne Australia and Santa will be doing his rounds as this post goes live. I wanted to take a moment out to send out a quick personal greeting to the dPS community. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, another holiday or are just looking forward to the end of the year – I want to thank you for your readership and wish you the peace, joy and love that I’m hoping for my family at this time of year. I hope those of you celebrating today will have a fun and meaningful day. For those celebrating…
  • 12 Amazing Photography Deals – 1 More Week Only

    Darren Rowse
    24 Dec 2011 | 7:21 am
    On the 12th Day of Christmas dPS gave to me – another chance to get all our previous deals! Over the last 12 days in the lead up to Christmas we’ve been rolling out daily photographic deals to the dPS community. The savings have been bigger than we’ve ever done before and the feedback from readers has been amazing – thanks to everyone for participating. As our final deal we’ve asked each of our partners in this project to re-open their deals up again so that those of you who missed one can still take advantage of it. And because it is Christmas Eve (and Christmas day…
  • A Fresh Look at Depth of Field: Using foreground to achieve creative depth of field

    Natalie Norton
    23 Dec 2011 | 12:01 pm
    The following post on depth of field was written by Hawaii photographer Natalie Norton, of We talk a lot around here at Digital Photography School about Depth of Field. I’m writing this based on the assumption that we all understand that in layman terms, “depth of field” is the portion of an image that is in sharp focus. To illustrate: in landscape photography, generally you’re working to achieve a very large depth of field. You want EVERYTHING in the scene to be in sharp focus. With portraits, photographers are often shooting for (lame pun…
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    TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

  • New iPhone? Try these must-have free apps

    Mel Martin
    26 Dec 2011 | 6:00 pm
    If you have that new iPhone you received for the holidays, you're probably looking to load it up with some apps that will enhance your mobile experience. Let me suggest some of the best of the free apps. Of course, everyone will have their own list, but here are my 5 favorites that I think most new iPhone users will love to use and to show off their new iPhone. If you're a news junkie, by all means get Zite, newly released for the iPhone. It sets you up with news categories of interest to you, then learns what you like by keeping track of stories you click on. Over time, it gets smarter and…
  • Nominate your favorite iPad photo and video apps for TUAW's Best of 2011

    Steven Sande
    26 Dec 2011 | 6:00 pm
    During December and January, The Unofficial Apple Weblog is soliciting your nominations and votes for the best products for Mac, iPhone/iPod touch, and iPad. We'll start with nominations in a category, and then tally your votes for the top-nominated products a few days later. The winner in each category receives the highly-coveted title of TUAW Best of 2011. After a Christmas Day respite in the TUAW Best of 2011 nomination process, we're back in business. In the next category for the TUAW Best of 2011 awards, we want to know what you consider your favorite iPad photo and/or video app. While…
  • Infinity Blade 2 tips from Chair Entertainment

    Mike Schramm
    26 Dec 2011 | 5:00 pm
    There are a ton of great games to buy and play from the App Store today if you happen to have found an iOS device under your tree this past weekend. Infinity Blade 2 is one of the best you'll find, with high-end graphics, tight gameplay, and a whole bunch of fun features that really build on the last popular game in the series. Whether you're a Blade newbie or a veteran, Chair Entertainment has released some tips for the game that will really help you roll through the generations. Some of them are very straightforward (no kidding -- you need to parry in the same direction for it to work?) but…
  • Boxee Mac media player reaches end-of-life with new version

    Michael Rose
    26 Dec 2011 | 4:00 pm
    The Boxee project has come a long way from its humble origins as a fork of the Xbox Media Center, bringing easy video playback and a couch-to-screen UI to the Mac, then later to Windows and Ubuntu, and now to the company's own dedicated Boxee Box hardware (soon to support live broadcast TV). There's a solid ecosystem of app developers making themselves at home with Boxee. The company is releasing version 1.5 of its desktop app for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu this week, featuring many of the improvements that will be appearing in the Boxee Box firmware early next year, but there's a caveat. This…
  • Music video created with iPad and iPhone

    Mike Schramm
    26 Dec 2011 | 3:00 pm
    As you can tell from our quiet start this morning, it's a slow day around the TUAW HQ -- most of us are still in the holiday mood, and with much of the United States off work today anyway, things aren't too crazy. But we're still here, and while some of us are buried under snow, we can still at least remember that somewhere on Earth, there are sunny skies and tropical breezes. In fact, you can see both in the video posted below, which was shot by a band called Passion Pit, completely on an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4. The team used the ReelMoments app (and presumably the official Camera app as…
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  • Another Year Passes in a Flash

    26 Dec 2011 | 10:01 am
    The last week of the year is special, and one to be taken advantage of. I spend it balancing time between family/friends and looking back at the past year while preparing for the next one.There are some cool things lined up for 2012 already, but today's post is about looking back. Herewith, the favorite posts of 2011 -- mine, and yours... Read more »
  • Shooting Holiday Lights, Redux

    20 Dec 2011 | 8:00 am
    A lot of you have been tweeting or otherwise sharing the 2006 post on How to Photograph Christmas Lights (thanks!) so I thought it merited a refresh. Included are updated photos, tips on dealing with LEDs and a video that should totally make sense to your your point-and-shoot friends.We are hunkered down and in full-bore holiday mode -- including, as seen above, a trip to cut down our tree the other evening. Strobist will be back the day after Christmas with the traditional end-of-year B.O.S. post.Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to all.-30-
  • Making a Case for the Beauty Dish

    19 Dec 2011 | 8:00 am
    When posting on my four favorite soft light mods, I included a beauty dish but lamented the necessity of a dedicated case to keep it from getting scuffed up. Dishes aren't cheap to begin with, and neither are decent cases. Problem solved... Read more »
  • Five-Digit Studio Flash Catfight: Broncolor vs. Profoto

    16 Dec 2011 | 2:21 am
    As Profoto and Broncolor battle for supremacy in the high-end studio flash world, things are getting all like, "Rawrrr, nice sweater. Does it come in your size?"And just like Lexus and Infinity luxury car ads, they each want to point out their being better in some measurable way. Witness this Broncolor-produced "real-world shootout"… Read more »
  • Brad Trent's In-Camera Digital Man

    14 Dec 2011 | 9:05 am
    I didn't see this on Damn Ugly Photography (sorry Brad) until it was picked up by the Profoto blog, in itself a Damn Good Blog. (Especially when you consider it is run by a buncha tie-wearin' corporate weenies…)Brad Trent's "Digital Man" was created in-camera with a mix of surprisingly simple lighting, some crucial on-axis fill … and a $10,000 light mod. Definitely worth a few minutes of lost cubicle productivity on a Wednesday.:: Brad Trent's $10K Digital Man ::and... :: How To Do This for Less Than $10k ::-30-
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    News: Digital Photography Review (

  • Happy Holidays from dpreview

    24 Dec 2011 | 11:56 pm
    The entire team at dpreview would like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas or whatever you say in your part of the world. As we celebrate our 13th anniversary we're thrilled with the changes we've made to the site in 2011 and are looking forward to another exciting year in 2012, with even more new features in the pipeline and of course even more of the high quality content that made this site what it is today. Whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of!
  • Introduction to Documentary-Style People Photography

    23 Dec 2011 | 1:51 pm
    Documentary and commercial photographer Giora Dan shares his tips for shooting human subjects in a documentary style. He covers three basic techniques - unplanned, spontaneous shooting, planned shots, and 'confrontational' photography.
  • Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 review

    22 Dec 2011 | 6:28 pm
    Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot S100. The S100 is the latest in Canon's range of pocketable photographer's compacts, building on the success of the popular S90 and S95. This most recent model offers a more ambitious 24-120mm equivalent, f2.0-5.9 zoom in front of a Canon-made 12MP 1/1.7" type CMOS sensor, marking a much bigger advance than in the last update. Is it another step towards the perfect pocket shooter or has the camera giant over-reached itself? Find out in our review.
  • BBC blog takes a look at life behind the lens

    22 Dec 2011 | 3:08 pm
    The BBC News website has published a blog post by professional photographer Matt Dunham, looking back at his year shooting for the Associated Press (AP) picture agency. Dunham was on-hand to capture a wide variety of events this year, from documenting the devastating Tsunami in Japan to capturing the British royal wedding. His post discusses everything from choosing the the moment to the kit he uses and is well worth a read. It comes amidst a week of fascinating guest blog posts looking at different aspects of photojournalism.
  • Fujifilm patents hybrid organic/CMOS sensor

    21 Dec 2011 | 1:16 pm
    Fujifilm has been granted a patent for an innovative organic-hybrid sensor technology. However, while interesting, it may not offer a compelling advantage over existing designs, according to sensor technologist Professor Eric Fossum. The company has recently been granted a patent for its work on a sensor that uses an organic (carbon-chemistry-based) material on top of silicon circuitry. Speculation about Fujifilm's forthcoming mirrorless camera has latched onto a technical paper the company published in late 2009, but both Fossum and the company say the work shows more promise for small-scale…
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    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom News – Lightroom 3.6 (and ACR 5.6) Are Out (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Dec 2011 | 12:00 am
    Some of you may have missed the news in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but Adobe released Lightroom 3.6. There’s some new overall camera support as well as some new lens profiles too. There’s also some minor bug fixes. The best thing to do is check out Tom Hogarty’s blog for the full write-up. And of course, you can download the update over at Adobe’s website or simply just go to Help > Check for Updates after you launch Lightroom. Have a good one!
  • Lightroom Video – Creating Calendars in the Print Module (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Dec 2011 | 9:40 am
    Hey everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Lightroom Holiday template ideas that I’ve shared this week so far (and if you did, please share via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc…). Sadly, today’s the last day, but I’m sure I’ll be covering other ideas next year as I come up with them. I did save one of my favorites for last though – creating calendars in the Print module. It’s really simple to do and looks great for the new year. You can create one calendar each month or you can create a whole year’s worth so it’s pretty flexible too.
  • Lightroom Video – More Holiday Graphics (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Dec 2011 | 1:05 pm
    Continuing on with the Lightroom template/tip-a-day theme this week, today’s video builds on what we did on Monday. We used the Watermark window to give our photo a frame. In that example, though, the holiday graphic was pretty much the dominant graphic in the image. This time, I’ve got a few ideas for you to keep the photo as the center of attention and just use smaller graphics around it. Also, in case you’re looking, here’s the link to the red bow image that I used as well as the one with the holiday bell ornaments and swirlys in it. Have a great Thursday everyone!
  • Animoto and NAPP – Get Two for the Price of One (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Dec 2011 | 11:05 am
    Hey everyone. I just heard that NAPP and Animoto have a Two-for-the-price-of-one deal this week. Basically, if you sign up for an Animoto Pro account ($249), you get a $99 NAPP membership for free. If you haven’t tried Animoto yet then you at least need to give it a test run (it’s free). It’s an incredibly slick way to turn your photos, video clips and music into one killer video and they do all of the work for you. There’s really nothing else like it out there and people absolutely go crazy over these videos. And if you’re a Lightroom user, they’ve even…
  • Lightroom Video – Holiday Slideshow Ideas (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Dec 2011 | 10:30 am
    In keeping with my Lightroom template/tip a day for the holidays this week, I’ve got a video for you on how you can incorporate some holiday graphics into your slideshows. If you haven’t been following this week, I figured I’d do a video each day this week showcasing a way to use holiday graphics and templates inside Lightroom. Think of it as the 5 Days of Lightroom Christmas. Today’s tip involves using the Slideshow module and one of the things you can do to customize it so you’re backgrounds fit the occasion better. Also, in case you’re wondering,…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Siri for Pre-iPhone 4S Jailbroken iPhones Available, but It Remains Complicated

    Arnold Kim
    26 Dec 2011 | 9:11 pm
    Grant Paul (chpwn) has posted a new tool for Jailbroken iPhones that allows Siri to run on pre-iPhone 4S devices. The tool (called Spire) gets around any copyright issues by downloading Siri from device images housed directly on Apple's servers and installs them on your device. The download is about 100MB, so a Wi-Fi connection is recommended. It's not quite as simple as that, however. Siri still requires special authentication when connecting to Apple's servers. For early testers, this has meant pulling the authentication key from a valid iPhone 4S. Not only that, but the key must be…
  • Best Buy Offering Buy One, Get One Free Offer on 32GB iPhone 4 Today

    Arnold Kim
    24 Dec 2011 | 1:09 pm
    In another last minute Christmas Eve offer, BestBuy is offering the 32GB iPhone 4 in a Buy One, Get One Free Offer. Apple doesn't officially offer the 32GB iPhone 4 anymore. After the introduction of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4 is being officially sold now as an 8GB model only, but stock of the 32GB models must remain. The 32GB iPhone 4 costs $199 plus 2 year contract. If you buy two from Best Buy today (in store only), you get the 2nd one free. Both need to sign up for two year contracts, but it's still a nice savings -- if you're in the market for two new iPhone 4 devices.
  • JJ Abrams' Action Movie FX App Blows Up Just About Everything

    Jordan Golson
    23 Dec 2011 | 1:03 pm
    JJ Abrams has been involved in the creation of some of the most successful movies and TV shows of recent years, including directing the reboot of Star Trek, co-creating the television show Lost, and producing the just-released Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. His company, Bad Robot Productions, typically focuses on his motion picture properties -- however, the company has now branched out into iOS apps with Action Movie FX. The free app allows users to insert incredibly realistic special effects into videos shot within the app. Action Movie FX includes two free effects, Missile Attack!
  • Evernote Releases Skitch for iPad

    Jordan Golson
    22 Dec 2011 | 12:52 pm
    When image editing and sharing app Skitch was acquired by Evernote earlier this year, we were told iPhone and iPad versions were on the way -- and now Skitch for iPad has arrived. Skitch is the amazingly fun and surprisingly powerful way to move your ideas and projects forward using fewer words. With Skitch, annotate and draw on just about anything that you see, whether it’s a new or existing photo, a webpage, screenshot, map, or a blank canvas. Then, share your work with friends, colleagues or save it all to Evernote. It couldn’t be simpler. There are a number of ways to get content into…
  • Rockstar Offers Holiday Sale on All iOS Apps, Including GTA III

    Jordan Golson
    22 Dec 2011 | 12:23 pm
    Rockstar is offering their three iOS apps for up to 40 percent off as a holiday sale, including the just-released Grand Theft Auto III. Today, we are pleased to announce a special holiday sale for Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Beaterator at the iTunes store. The sale starts today, December 22, and will end on December 29. - GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition – 40% off - $2.99 [Direct Link] - GTA: Chinatown Wars – 40% off - $5.99 [Direct Link] - Beaterator – 33% off - $1.99 [Direct Link]
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  • Longjing Village: Hangzhou’s ultimate green tea experience

    27 Dec 2011 | 1:57 am
    Show map at bottom of page If Marco Polo had traipsed through Hangzhou in a single day, he probably would've left the city remembering three things -- West Lake, beautiful women, and dragon well tea (龙井茶). Fast forward about 800 odd years and that still holds true. One of the most prized and expensive teas in China, dragon well green tea has a light yet unmistakable fragrance and calming taste. Known locally as Longjing, the best harvests are traditionally reserved for government officials and the wealthy more
  • 7 best ski and snowboard resorts in Korea

    Yoon Chul
    26 Dec 2011 | 4:03 pm
    Show map at bottom of page Given that almost three-quarters of Korea is covered by mountains, it's no wonder thousands of tourists fly in every winter to hit the slopes.  Now that it's finally snowing, even in Seoul, here's where to find the best snowy runs in Korea.  Yongpyong Resort For the moment, Yongpyong is the biggest ski and snowboard resort in Korea. Unlike other resorts that tend to focus on certain levels and trends, Yongpyong is great for every kind of skier. Some 28 slopes -- spread across beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert levels -- offer terrific…
  • Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Singapore

    26 Dec 2011 | 4:00 pm
    Show map at bottom of page New York is the city that never sleeps, while Singapore is the city that always eats. Not surprisingly, the Little Red Dot provides many culinary options, as well as a variety of parties for counting down. So you have no excuses now. Get out of the house and go somewhere. Beaching it New Year’s Eve, the token day where beaching it may be the best more
  • 讓這個冬天不太冷 5種不同炭爐煲仔飯

    26 Dec 2011 | 4:00 pm
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  • Braidwood: A journey into Goldrush heritage

    26 Dec 2011 | 1:57 pm
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