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The Factory: The Factory was Andy Warhol’s original New York City studio from 1962 to 1968, although his later studios were known as The Factory as well. The Factory was located on the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street, in Midtown Manhattan. The rent was “only about one hundred dollars a year”. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Factory

The Difference Between Infographics And Their Simpler Cousins: Two data visualization pros explain why sometimes an infographic simply isn’t one–and that’s okay. At Co.Design, we get tons of pitches for our “Infographic of the Day” feature. A good 90% of them don’t make the cut because they aren’t really infographics. – by John Pavlus – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673113/the-difference-between-infographics-and-their-simpler-cousins

KUBRICK AND ‘THE SHINING’: P. L. TITTERINGTON discusses the evolution of Kubrick’s style and the language of his ideas ‘Only a few film directors possess a conceptual talent – that is, a talent to crystallise every film they make into a cinematic concept . . . – http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/sk/ss/theshining2.html

Stanley Kubrick, cinephile: On the occasion of Stanley Kubrick’s 85th birthday, Nick Wrigley explores the director’s favourite films and viewing habits with the help of Kubrick’s right-hand man, Jan Harlan. Stanley Kubrick, photographed by Dmitri Kasterine in 1969 on the set of A Clockwork Orange. – http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/polls-surveys/stanley-kubrick-cinephile

This is the Moto X. Can it save Motorola?: I’m in the penthouse suite of a beautiful hotel on New York City’s west side, the aircraft carrier Intrepid bobbing in the Hudson just outside the window. A silver Halliburton briefcase lies on the table in front of the window. It’s like a movie prop, festooned with ridges and combination locks. – by David Pierce – http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/1/4578890/this-is-the-moto-x

Buying a camera: everything you need to know: Cameras are everywhere. There’s one in your laptop, two in your phone, and probably a pair in your tablet that you’ve never used. There’s maybe one in your doorbell, even, or strapped to your head while you bomb the slopes. – by Verge Staff – http://theverge.com/2012/1/2/2663464/camera-buyers-guide

David Ogilvy’s Timeless Principles of Creative Management: Advertising legend David Ogilvy endures not only as the original Mad Man, but also as one of modern history’s most celebrated creative leaders in the communication arts. – by Maria Popova – http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/07/30/david-ogilvy-principles-of-creative-management/

The Perfect Workspace (According to Science): The spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. This has serious consequences for our psychological well-being and creative performance. – by Christian Jarrett – http://99u.com/articles/17437/the-perfect-workspace-according-to-science

Google appears ready to ditch Android over its intellectual property issues: The discovery that Google’s new Chromecast web streaming device is based on Google TV code stripped of Android features provides additional evidence that Google is working to distance itself from the Android platform that the company developed under the management of Andy Rubin. – by Daniel Eran Dilger – http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/29/google-appears-ready-to-ditch-android-over-its-intellectual-property-issues

Fast Company: TaskRabbit was once a quaint company with a reasonable ambition of connecting people who had spare time with paid errands. Then it went to Silicon Valley and was respun as “revolutionary.” But does it help? Leah Busque was raised in a town so small that it had no streetlights. – by Pamela Littky – http://www.fastcompany.com/3012593/taskrabbit-leah-busque

[GUIDE] Success! Install 10.8 on old unsupported Mac: Original Posts Deleted. Reason: To add space for MLPostFactor Explanation. Right, I take the advantage of this empty space to explain how MLPostFactor works. I will try my best to explain it here. Before i get very technical, lets do a basic overview of what “Mountain Lion” is. – http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=14340341

The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills: Learning new skills is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable and happy, but actually doing so isn’t as easy as it sounds. The science behind how we learn is the foundation for teaching yourself new skills. Here’s what we know about learning a new skill. – by Thorin Klosowski – http://lifehacker.com/the-science-behind-how-we-learn-new-skills-908488422

How to Streamline Your WordPress Blogging Workflow: How many of you think that there is not enough hours in the day to manage your blog, participate in social media communities, while running a successful business? – by Syed Balkhi – http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/07/25/how-to-streamline-your-wordpress-blogging-workflow-and-save-time/

11 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without: Want to get more productive? Fast Company asked amazing female entrepreneurs–like Rachel Sklar, Whitney Johnson, Cindy Gallop, Leandra Medine, and Stacy London–to share their favorite apps. When I saw this piece on apps entrepreneurs can’t live without, I was delighted. – by Meredith Fineman – http://www.fastcompany.com/3013988/dialed/11-little-known-apps-that-entrepreneurs-cant-live-without

Facebook’s Design Chief Kate Aronowitz Takes on Director of Brand Role: Exclusive Co.Create Articles, Delivered to Your Inbox Daily. The social networking giant’s former director of design aims to bring marketing and product disciplines closer together. – by Rae Ann Fera – http://www.fastcocreate.com/1683455/facebooks-design-chief-kate-aronowitz-takes-on-director-of-brand-role

How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0: Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. – by James Altucher – http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/20/how-to-self-publish-a-bestseller-publishing-3-0/

Microsoft Wants Developers To Start Creating The “Companion Web”: Your cell phone doesn’t know what you’re watching on your TV. Microsoft would like to change that. The company is launching a new initiative today, called the “Companion Web,” it says enables the Internet to bridge the gap between all the different devices we use. – by Frederic Lardinois – http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/17/microsoft-wants-developers-to-start-creating-the-companion-web/

EyeEm, Europe’s Instagram, Picks Up $6M To Build Out Its Visual Search Engine And Crowdsourced Stock Photo Service: EyeEm, the free Berlin-based iOS, Android and Windows Phone photo app that has at times been referred to as the “Instagram of Europe,” is today announcing that it has raised a $6 million Series A round led by Earlybird Venture Capital, with participation from existing investors including Passio – by Ingrid Lunden – http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/17/eyeem-europes-instagram-picks-up-6m-to-build-out-its-visual-search-engine-and-crowdsourced-stock-photo-service/

SEO is Dead. Now What?: SEO is Dead. Now What? Until now, search engine optimization has been tactical and reactive in nature. But that’s all changing. – by Neal Cabage – http://www.inc.com/neal-cabage/seo-is-dead-now-what.html

modern design: Concrete Craters: Posh Craft & Realize Create the Luna iPhone 5 Skin “Each concrete skin will have a specific and unique concrete pattern that is only one in the world,” Kim explained. – by Dariel Studio – http://knstrct.com/tag/modern-design/

5 Ways to Strengthen the Message and Story of Your Photographs: Photographers decide what is in the frame and what is not. We cant always control every single item the frame. We can however, control of position relative to the subject and when we press the shutter button. Here are 5 ways to to improve our photographs. – by Guest Contributor – http://digital-photography-school.com/5-ways-to-strengthen-the-message-and-story-of-your-photographs

How Did Dropbox Scale To 175M Users? A Former Engineer Details The Early Days: Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our normal programming about crazy entrepreneurs and even crazier VCs to bring you a little learning from the world of Engineering. – by Mike Butcher – http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/how-did-dropbox-scale-to-175m-users-a-former-engineer-details-the-early-days/

Should Your Website Be Using Adaptive Design?: In today’s multiscreen world, 27% of all web traffic comes from smartphones, tablets, and various other devices. And if your business depends on the web for revenue, then you likely know about responsive web design — which automatically adjusts layouts to fit different screen sizes. – by Igor Faletski – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/07/should_your_website_be_using_a.html

Magic Ink: This draft was released March 15, 2006. Please email comments to bretworrydream.com. You can also download the PDF. What is software? – by David Rutledge – http://worrydream.com/MagicInk/

This is what happens when Google Ventures’ design team helps redesign a startup’s site: Earlier this year, we revealed the process with which Google Ventures’ design team instills design into the heart of its portfolio companies. – by Harrison Weber – http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/07/10/this-is-what-happens-when-google-ventures-design-team-helps-redesign-a-startups-site/

3 Ways Social Campaigns Can Help You be a Youtility: Help is the new currency of marketing. That was the word from Jay Baer, author of Youtility: Why Smart Marking is About Help, Not Hype, and the keynote speaker at our recent Winning the Customer Experience event. – by Authors – http://socialmediatoday.com/mark-cooper/1573266/3-ways-social-campaigns-can-help-you-be-youtility

How to Get More Retweets on Twitter: Twitter is about making news, information and content flow across the social web. It is loved by politicians, often used badly by celebrities and is a bloggers best friend. – by Jeff Bullas – http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/07/08/how-to-get-more-retweets-on-twitter/

The Best Advice I Ever Received: ‘Put Down the D*mn Camera’: My mentor was a cranky dude. He liked to put me through my paces every chance he got. Sometimes, when he needed something: “Hey, Greg—fetch that cable for me!” Yes, he said “fetch.” Sometimes, when he just knew better than I did: “Hey, Greg — get off your a** and come assist me. – by Greg Koch – http://petapixel.com/2013/07/07/the-best-advice-i-ever-received-put-down-the-dmn-camera/

Spot On: How to Write the Perfect Post [INFOGRAPHIC]: It is something we keep being asked seminar after seminar. What is the perfect status update looking like on Google+, Facebook or Twitter? Well, the answer is there is no secret sauce. – by Authors – http://socialmediatoday.com/martinmeyergossner/1578936/how-write-perfect-post-infographic

The Future Of UX Design: Tiny, Humanizing Details: Designer Dan Saffer’s new book, Microinteractions, makes the case that design is in the details–the very small details that make systems friendlier. Dan Saffer, like many designers, likes to quote Charles Eames. – by John Pavlus – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672922/the-future-of-ux-design-tiny-humanizing-details

Got A Bright Idea? Test It With A Rapid-Fire User Study: In the last part of a seven-post series on running a five-day design sprint, Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp discusses how to get feedback from potential users. [Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. – by Jake Knapp – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672947/got-a-bright-idea-test-it-with-a-rapid-fire-user-study

A Lightning-Fast Way To Make A Digital Prototype: [Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Missed the other previous posts? Here are Parts I, II, III, IV, and V.] – by Jake Knapp – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672940/a-lightning-fast-way-to-make-a-digital-prototype

9 Negative Social Habits to Quit Today: There’s something to be said for slow and steady progress.  But there’s also something to be said for strong, decisive, sweeping action.  When it comes to bad, self-defeating habits, there’s no time like today to quit cold turkey. – by Angel Chernoff – http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/06/30/9-negative-social-habits-to-quit-today/

Room for one more? Swipes is a beautiful to-do list app for iPhone with tagging and scheduling: Any.DO, Clear, Todoist, Wunderlist…the list of mobile to-do list apps extend far beyond the length of my arm. But Swipes brings another compelling proposition, and if you’re on the lookout for a new list-based ‘get things done’ tool, it’s worth your time. – by Paul Sawers – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/07/01/swipes-is-a-beautiful-to-do-list-app-for-iphone-with-scheduling/

Meet The First People Who Can Say They Have A Vine Agent: Gary Vaynerchuk launched a talent agency for Vine this week. Here’s a first look at the talent he has signed up. That may be true. But not everybody can collect 341,000 Vine followers while doing it. – http://www.fastcompany.com/3013530/meet-the-first-people-who-can-say-they-have-a-vine-agent

Why the startup Wibbitz could wipe out some publishers’ video businesses — paidContent: Every so often you stumble upon a concept or service that makes it clear that major change is afoot. In this case, if you’re a publisher, Wibbitz just sent your entire video department pink slips. – by Paul Armstrong – http://paidcontent.org/2013/06/29/why-the-startup-wibbitz-could-wipe-out-some-publishers-video-businesses/

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype: Instead of defaulting to groupthink, writes Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp, make sure you have the buy-in of the higher-ups–or you might regret it later. At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. – by Jake Knapp – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672929/how-to-decide-what-ideas-to-prototype

5 Dangers of Flat Design: To say that „Flat design is extremely popular” is to say nothing. The Flat design took over the design world. Microsoft (since 2010), Google and Apple adapted flat design to some extent and thousands of designers followed (check out the Flat Design Showcase). – http://blog.uxpin.com/2526/5-dangers-of-flat-design/

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard: Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper. At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. – by Jake Knapp – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672917/the-8-steps-to-creating-a-great-storyboard

19 Motivational Quotes from Albert Einstein: Are you in the mood for some motivational quotes from Albert Einstein today? If you’re into motivation and inspiration, then you should be! It’s likely that nearly everyone in this world knows who Albert Einstein is. – by Lianne Martha Laroya – http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/19-motivational-quotes-from-albert-einstein.html

Willy Wonka chocolate gets a 21st century redesign: US-based creative agency Turnstyle reimagines Willy Wonka chocolate packaging for a school stage production of the classic tale. – http://www.creativebloq.com/branding/delicious-willy-wonka-inspired-identity-school-musical-6133396

The Agile Process, Illustrated In Graphs: In the diagram below, editors are interacting with content and navigation on day one. Navigation is fluid, and we’re getting in front of users faster and making 100 minor corrections to our course, instead of waiting a few weeks and making major adjustments. – http://www.fastcolabs.com/3013537/open-company/illustrated-how-agile-project-management-can-work-for-you

Pop up shop, pop up store, retail space – Storefront: See how Storefront is helping businesses. – http://www.thestorefront.com/

15+ alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud: We’re all familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud (née Creative Suite). Popular favorites are Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. They’re great tools that are extremely powerful, get the job done and help create the best product for designers and consumers. – by Kendra Gaines – http://webdesignerdepot.com/2013/06/15-alternatives-to-adobe-creative-cloud/#prclt-113HXE4f

6 Steps to Writing and Selling Your E-book: E-books are a good way to earn extra money. The great thing is, as a designer or developer, you’ll also have your existing expertise and knowledge to look to in order to come up with a viable e-book topic, and many of the skills you already possess will make the e-book production process easier. – by Agota Bialobzeskyte – http://sixrevisions.com/content-strategy/write-ebook/

Brit + Co. Nabs $6.3M Series A Led By Oak Investment Partners To Go Big On Its Tech Media Hub For Makers: It’s become crystal clear over the past couple of years that Brit Morin, the former Googler who has been dubbed Silicon Valley’s answer to Martha Stewart, is not just another 20-something woman operating a pretty lifestyle blog. Since its late 2011 launch, Brit + Co. – by Colleen Taylor – http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/25/brit-and-co-morin-6-5m-series-a-funding-oak-investment-partners/

Cut Clutter: Two Ways to Put Your Inbox on a Diet: Lots of people feel they’re drowning in email, with swollen inboxes that make it hard to pinpoint important messages in a sea of annoying marketing mail and unwanted newsletters. Some major email players have tried to improve the situation. – by Walt Mossberg – http://allthingsd.com/20130625/cut-clutter-two-ways-to-put-your-inbox-on-a-diet/

Six Reasons Your Best Employees Quit You: There’s a saying that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers – and today they are leaving more often than ever. According to recent Department of Labor statics, the average tenure of an employee in the U.S. is now only 1.5 years. – by Louis Efron – http://www.forbes.com/sites/louisefron/2013/06/24/six-reasons-your-best-employees-quit-you/

Create a Website Flat Design in Photoshop using Flat UI (Video Tutorial): As you already know, flat design has been quite popular in the recent period and we, here at Designmodo, have been doing everything we could to promote it, because we love it ourselves. – http://designmodo.com/flat-web-design-tutorial/

What Do Google’s Smartphone Ranking Changes Mean For Marketers?: For nearly eight years now, I’ve been talking to marketers about the value of presenting usable content to mobile users. – by Bryson Meunier – http://marketingland.com/what-do-googles-smartphone-ranking-changes-mean-for-marketers-48611

How to Create the Ultimate Tech-Infused Retro Arcade Coffee Table: Sometimes coffee tables hold coffee, but most of the time they just sit there and look like a required piece of furniture in a room. Instead of letting them waste away, supercharge yours with a retro arcade, gadget charging ports, and more. – by Adam Dachis – http://lifehacker.com/how-to-create-the-ultimate-tech-infused-retro-arcade-co-521331796

Front-Load Your Week + 3 Other Stress-Busting Time Management Strategies: We know that creativity can flourish when our minds are free to wander during unstructured time. However, a completely open calendar can lead to a day consumed by reactionary work. – by Elizabeth Grace Saunders – http://99u.com/articles/16824/front-load-your-week-3-other-stress-busting-time-management-strategies

The Technical Interview Is Dead (And No One Should Mourn): Allow me just a little self-congratulation. Two years ago I wrote “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about my contempt for the standard industry interview procedure for software engineers, condemning Microsoft and Google in particular for their brain-teasing riddles and binary search questions. – by Jon Evans – http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/22/the-technical-interview-is-dead/

Matthew Weiner’s Creative Solution For Eliminating Doubt: Exclusive Co.Create Articles, Delivered to Your Inbox Daily. Matthew Weiner discusses his process for writing Mad Men and the particular form of collaborating that allows him to get through a large volume of material–even if it sometimes feels like cheating. – by Ari Karpel – http://www.fastcocreate.com/1683227/matthew-weiners-creative-solution-for-eliminating-doubt

How to recognize those without a social media strategy: Image used under CC via myrrh.ahn on Flickr Channels: Look across the different social channels, if one brand is posting the same content across each then it’s pretty evident that they’re without a strategic content planning model. – by Authors – http://socialmediatoday.com/hrhodes/1546886/5-signs-you-don-t-have-social-media-strategy

How to use a website to strengthen a brand: The first thing that springs to mind when we think of branding is likely the large, cultivated brand imagery that forms the face of billion-dollar firms such as Apple. – by Dan Rajan – http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/06/how-to-use-a-website-to-strengthen-a-brand/

Lomography Orca and Pentax Auto 110: 110 film was 16mm wide so that 110-size Kodachrome could be processed on the same machines that processed 16mm and regular-8mm movie film. So you need a 16mm reel. It is not that hard to find a 16mm Nikor reel on eBay. – http://photo.net/film-and-processing-forum/00aWL3

More Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense): ‘; if (google_ads[0].bidtype == ‘CPC’) { /* insert this snippet for each ad call */ google_adnum = google_adnum + google_ads.length; } document. – by Alan Henry – http://lifehacker.com/more-productivity-myths-debunked-by-science-and-commo-514253858

When your mother-in-law is endorsing you on LinkedIn, it’s time to question endorsements — Tech News and Analysis: Last week I logged into LinkedIn and saw that one of my relatives had endorsed me for blogging. I like my relative a lot. But he’s not a tech blogger, and he’s not a colleague of mine at GigaOM either. In fact, we’ve never even worked together. – by Eliza Kern – http://gigaom.com/2013/06/18/when-your-mother-in-law-is-endorsing-you-on-linkedin-its-time-to-question-endorsements/

How To Download iOS 7 Beta And Install On iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPod touch: Okay, so ever since Apple released the very first beta of iOS 7, many of you have been contacting us asking how you can get in on the act. Here, we’re going to show you the steps to follow if you would like to test out the beta software on your iPhone or iPod touch. – by Ben Reid – http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-download-ios-7-beta-and-install-on-iphone-5-4s-4-ipod-touch/

MIT On The Two Most Underrated Leadership Skills: Leadership is changing. A big part is the impact of the Millennials. They are less apt to respond to command & control and respond much more positively to a different kind of leadership. Even a recession has not cured them of this. – by Karl Moore – http://www.forbes.com/sites/karlmoore/2013/06/18/the-two-most-underrated-leadership-skills/

Want to Write a Book? 4 Tips for Doing it Right: If you want to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry, there’s no better way to begin than becoming an author. Here’s how. What convinces you to buy one product or service over the other? For me it’s a combination of credibility, expertise, and quality. – by Marla Tabaka – http://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/why-you-need-to-write-a-book.html

President Obama: NSA Spying Keeps America Safe, So Get Over It: President Obama will be on Charlie Rose tonight to chat about all the NSA spying that came to light last week. But ahead of the broadcast, PBS has released a portion of the transcript to Buzzfeed. Below is a portion of said transcript: – by peter ha – http://gizmodo.com/president-obama-nsa-spying-keeps-america-safe-so-get-513894610

Best apps every iPhone owner should download right now!: iMore’s guide to the best apps available for iPhone. From camera apps to calendar alternatives to cloud storage and more. Why is it so hard to find great apps? That’s the question we asked today on Talk Mobile. – by Allyson Kazmucha – http://www.imore.com/best-apps-iphone

Don’t Let Paper Paradigms Drive Your Digital Strategy: The web isn’t print. The way we publish on the web — our process and workflow — is mostly derived from what we know about putting ink on paper. Which makes sense, because for most of human history, print was all we had. – by Karen McGrane – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/06/dont_let_paper_paradigms_drive.html

Think Like a CMO, Scrap Like a Social Media Director: Social media marketing directors are among the scrappiest and high-performing individuals in digital marketing organizations. The high-pace work environment naturally caters to highly productive on-the-ground commanders. – by Authors – http://socialmediatoday.com/tatiana-aders/1537726/think-cmo-scrap-social-media-director

The Ultimate Guide to Vine: What is it? A platform for sharing super short videos. You get to follow friends, like and share. It’s a little like Instagram, except videos instead of photos (obvi). Android or iPhone? iPhone only … for now. The Vine team is expanding in prep for an Android version (no word on when). – http://content.photojojo.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-vine/

Marketers Have Found a Way to Use Vine: Marketers pushing summer blockbusters are aggressively seeding Vine, Twitter’s nascent mobile app for six-second videos, into their social media fieldwork. – by Christopher Heine – http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/marketers-have-found-way-use-vine-150234

Agent Smartwatch Banks On Design, Developers, Distribution To Survive Battle: Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A guy walks into a watch store and a smartwatch business partnership is formed. – by Ross Rubin – http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/16/backed-or-whacked-driving-an-agent-of-smartwatch-change/

The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth: Editor’s note: Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Follow him on Twitter @j1berger. Why do some companies, products and services get more word of mouth than others? It’s not luck. – by View Contributor Page – http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/15/the-secret-science-behind-big-data-and-word-of-mouth/

The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son: “That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. – by Maria Popova – http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/14/einstein-letter-to-son/

Must-know facts about responsive design: Responsive design is a relatively new term in web design. It was only coined three years ago in May of 2010, when web designer Ethan Marcotte used the term in his article for A List Apart. – by Marc Schenker – http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/06/must-know-facts-about-responsive-design/

I’m Kelly McGonigal, and This Is How I Work: We talk a lot about willpower here at Lifehacker—why it’s important, the science behind it, and how to boost it. Kelly McGonigal’s career is dedicated to researching these things. – by Tessa Miller – http://lifehacker.com/im-kelly-mcgonigal-and-this-is-how-i-work-512839700

Thank You, Google Overlords: Running a website not optimized for smartphones? Guess what, you’ve been put on notice. Google is using its influence and the power of its algorithm to finally force web publishers to fix their mobile website configuration issues, or risk getting downranked in Google Search. – by Sarah Perez – http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/12/google-fixes-mobile-web/

How To Download And Install Apple’s iOS 7 Beta – ReadWrite: About this time every year, Apple gives a gift to mobile developers: the newest version of iOS. Developers then have most of the summer to play with the beta version and ready their apps for the full release of the operating system when the new iPhone is launched later in the year. – http://readwrite.com/2013/06/12/how-to-download-and-install-apples-ios-7-beta

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation: Reward employees with time to think, while providing them with the structure they need. Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. – by Soren Kaplan – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672718/6-ways-to-create-a-culture-of-innovation

The 5 Basic Ways To Publicize Your Photography Business Online: Many novice photographers have grand designs on becoming a professional photographer and getting paid to take photographs all day long, but the reality of it is that in doing so you are also becoming a small business owner. – by Tiffany Mueller – http://www.lightstalking.com/the-5-basic-ways-to-publicize-your-photography-business-online

Examples of Mobile Applications with Circular Vibe: Circle shape is considered to be one of the quickest objects perceived by human eye. It means that our brains is capable of processing information within a circle a bit faster than data located in accustomed rectangles or squares. – http://designmodo.com/mobile-apps-circle/

10 Simple Twitter Tips That Guarantee More Retweets: Retweets are the backbone of the Twitter network. Thanks to the ripple effect, a retweet allows any user’s message to be seen by any and everybody – theoretically at least, your single tweet could reach 140+ million people. This isn’t hyperbole – it’s a literal statement. – by Shea Bennett – http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/10-tips-more-twitter-retweets_b8648

How to Turn Your Startup Into a Lean, Mean Marketing Machine: Marketing your startup can get expensive and often the strategy you choose doesn’t work as planned. How can you promote your products or services without spending a lot of money or time developing comprehensive marketing plans? – by Ross Kimbarovsky – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226889#ixzz2WJXhj8lH

The Enterprise App Economy: Editor’s note: Aaron Levie is CEO and co-founder of Box. Follow him on Twitter @levie. Next week, thousands of developers will converge on WWDC, the vast majority representing companies and products that didn’t exist before the creation of Apple’s iPhone and App Store. – by View Contributor Page – http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/08/the-enterprise-app-economy/

What is Google Plus? A Complete User Guide. (Videos and Blog): If you think Google Plus is just another social site, you are in for a big surprise. What has been created is, put simply, a phenomenal tool for human communication, and much more. But it takes you to experience it, embrace it and ‘get it’ before this realisation really comes. – by Martin Shervington – http://www.martinshervington.com/what-is-google-plus/

Mephisto II: Inspired by mightyohms internet radio I decided to build one on my own too. So I build my first radio with an Asus WL520-GU router and an Arduino Ethernet as UI controller: Mephisto I. – http://syd711.github.io/mephisto_ii/

How To Actually Land An Internship At Google And Turn It Into A Job: Exclusive Co.Create Articles, Delivered to Your Inbox Daily. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play Google interns in The Internship. But the film is hardly a documentary (reviewers say it’s more like an ad). So Co. – by Christine Champagne – http://www.fastcocreate.com/1683136/how-to-actually-land-an-internship-at-google-and-turn-it-into-a-job

Vesper, a minimalist notes app from John Gruber and Brent Simmons (hands-on): In an App Store entirely oversaturated with notes apps, it’s not easy to stand out. – by Ellis Hamburger – http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4402898/vesper-app-for-iphone-john-gruber-brent-simmons-dave-wiskus

How I Taught Myself to Code in Eight Weeks: ‘; if (google_ads[0].bidtype == ‘CPC’) { /* insert this snippet for each ad call */ google_adnum = google_adnum + google_ads.length; } document. – by David Sinsky – http://lifehacker.com/how-i-taught-myself-to-code-in-eight-weeks-511615189

Can a new generation of web companies finally bring emotion to online advertising? — paidContent: There’s a common theme among the young founders of social web companies that haven’t yet made money when it comes to advertising: they want it to be beautiful. They want it to inspire people. And they don’t want it to feel like advertising. But is this even possible on the web? – http://paidcontent.org/2013/06/04/can-a-new-generation-of-web-companies-finally-bring-emotion-to-online-advertising/

Dispatch For iPhone Integrates Your E-mail With All Your Other Apps: Dispatch is the iPhone e-mail client I have been looking for for years. It’s kind of like Drafts for email, only in reverse – the emails come in from pretty much any service you like, then you quickly triage them. Then, you send the results off to another app or service on your iPhone. – by Vanilla – http://www.cultofmac.com/229999/dispatch-for-iphone-integrates-your-e-mail-with-all-your-other-apps/

Boxer: Mailbox rival Taskbox rebrands and redesigns its email client and to-do list app, now supports Outlook: While Mailbox has become something of a poster child for what a mobile email client should look like, Taskbox has been offering a fairly powerful hybrid email/to-do list app for more than six months already. – by Paul Sawers – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/06/05/taskbox-boxes-clever-and-rebrands-as-boxer/

5 Mobile Social Media Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Business: Your customers and prospects are using smart phones. Have you figured out how to connect with them using mobile social media marketing techniques? – by Jamie Turner – http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/5-mobile-social-media-marketing-ideas-to-grow-your-business/

Chicago Sun-Times Photographers React and Respond to Being Laid Off: When the Chicago Sun-Times unexpectedly laid off its entire team of photojournalists last week, Al Podgorski was one of the photographers hearing the bad news at the meeting. – by Michael Zhang – http://petapixel.com/2013/06/03/chicago-sun-times-photographers-react-and-respond-to-being-laid-off/

How To Improve Any Service By Simplifying It: In their new book, Simple, Siegel + Gale’s Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn argue that simplicity is the new luxury. Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn. – by Irene Etzkorn – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672583/how-to-improve-any-service-by-simplifying-it

This Simple Action Will Dramatically Grow Your LinkedIn Network: If you’re on LinkedIn, you want to grow your network. You want to connect with as many people as you can, because there’s some serious career-boosting power in those connections. – by Alexis Grant – http://mashable.com/2013/06/02/linkedin-network/

Use These Four Easy Tips To Master Evernote On Your iPhone And iPad [Feature]: Evernote is a fantastically useful service, with clients for the web, Mac, PC, and iOS. The iOS version is as full featured as the desktop version, a rarity these days, and really makes Evernote my go-to app for keeping track of stuff of all kinds. – by Vanilla – http://www.cultofmac.com/229551/use-these-four-tips-to-master-evernote-on-your-iphone-and-ipad-feature/

Did Apple Buy Grokr?: Circumstantial evidence may suggest that Apple has acquired the predictive search app Grokr. And if they haven’t done, they should do. – by Vanilla – http://www.cultofmac.com/229562/did-apple-buy-grokr/

How to Read Clouds as a Photographer: Having been a wedding photographer in Sydney for a few years, I’m continually amazed at how much my photography is dependent on weather conditions. What I have found more surprising, however,  is how much this has driven me to study weather patterns–clouds, in particular. – by Dan Au – http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-read-clouds-as-a-photographer/

Life After Kickstarter: 5 Costly Lessons From A Kickstarter-Backed Designer: Kickstarter backers pledged $212,265 to make Jon Fawcett’s flexible iPod dock a reality. Here’s what came next. For Jon Fawcett, Kickstarter success came with an unusual soundtrack: an air horn. – by Kyle VanHemert – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672681/life-after-kickstarter-5-costly-lessons-from-a-kickstarter-backed-designer#1

Google’s Dead-Simple Tool For Making UX Decisions: 2 Jars Of Marbles: When the Android team wants to decide whether a design decision is good or bad, they turn to the least techie of tricks. Nothing is perfect. So even for the most successful platforms, design needs to continuously evolve. – by Mark Wilson – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672657/google-s-dead-simple-tool-for-making-ux-decisions-2-jars-of-marbles#1

The new writer’s dilemma: You wrote something really great — now, where do you put it?: Not that long ago, if you decided to write something — an essay, perhaps, or a piece of fiction — your choices on what to do with it were fairly limited. If you knew someone at a specific publication, you could try to convince them to run it, or you could post it on your blog. – by Mathew Ingram – http://paidcontent.org/2013/05/28/the-new-writers-dilemma-you-wrote-something-really-great-now-where-do-you-put-it/

When One Social Network Is Enough: If someone asked you how many social networks you actively use, how many would you list? To start, you need Facebook to share your personal updates, Twitter to share the latest news, Google+ for Hangouts, Pinterest for recipes, Instagram for your photos, Foursquare to share your location-based tips, – by Ryan Lytle – http://mashable.com/2013/05/26/social-network-enough/

Espresso 101: The Methods and Machines Behind the Perfect Shot: Espresso is a mysterious drink. Not many people really know what it really is, how it’s made, or even what it should taste like. – by Michael Hession – http://gizmodo.com/espresso-101-the-methods-and-machines-behind-the-perfe-484457706

Want to make money & change the world? An idiot’s guide to ‘social entrepreneurship’: Today, entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley — and increasingly in tech hubs around the world — have taken this mission to heart. The trend is often referred to as “social entrepreneurship” or “impact investing,” and the goal is to use business process to drive positive change. – by Christina Farr – http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/24/want-to-make-money-change-the-world-an-idiots-guide-to-social-entrepreneurship/

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual: Next up: Machines that understand you and everything you care about, anticipate your behavior and emotions, absorb your social graph, interpret your intentions, and make life, um, “easier.” You’re walking home alone on a quiet street. You hear footsteps approaching quickly from behind. – by Pete Mortensen – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672531/the-future-of-technology-isnt-mobile-its-contextual

Jony Ive’s new look for iOS 7: black, white, and flat all over: With the grand unveiling of Apple?s next operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch approaching, sources have provided detailed descriptions of what users and deve… – by Mark Gurman – http://9to5mac.com/2013/05/24/jony-ives-new-look-for-ios-7-black-white-and-flat-all-over/

More Evernote awesomeness: native reminders launch in iOS/Mac client: What started out as a simple note-taking solution is quickly becoming the Internet’s favorite information management platform. We’re talking about Evernote, of course, the Jack of all trades, at least when it comes to note-taking, and I’m using the term loosely here. – by Christian Zibreg – http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/05/23/evernote-reminders/

Box acquires, shutters file management app Folders to make Box for iOS ‘faster and more beautiful’: Box, a company that provides cloud storage and file syncing services to consumers and enterprises alike, has announced the acquisition of Folders, an iOS client for viewing and managing files across Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. – by Harrison Weber – http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/23/box-acquires-cloud-storage-client-folders-to-make-its-ios-app-faster-and-more-beautiful/

Scanadu Scout, the first Medical Tricorder: Over the next week, we will be giving away a voucher for a free Scanadu Scout each day to the person who sends the most referrals to our Indiegogo campaign website. To participate in this contest, you have to be a contributor to our campaign. – by Scanadu – http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/scanadu-scout-the-first-medical-tricorder

Could Bondsy Become eBay For The Instagram Era?: Over the last five years, the web has become a lot more personal. – by Mark Wilson – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672649/could-bondsy-become-ebay-for-the-instagram-era

Why Does Hollywood Hate The Future?: What were the last Hollywood movies you saw about technology & the future that were optimistic? They seem to be systematically dystopian. I happened to be sitting in a movie theater waiting for Iron Man 3 to start, so I tried to come up with a good counter-example. – by Mg Siegler – http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/22/dystopia/

The Coolest “Extra” Features in Any.DO: Any.DO is one of our favorite to-do apps. It’s powerful, flexible, and it looks great, too. However, tracking your to-dos isn’t the only thing Any.Do is good at. Here are some features that you may not use or know about, and how they can help you get and stay organized. Any. – by Alan Henry – http://lifehacker.com/the-coolest-extra-features-in-any-do-509407362

14-Year-Old Girl Destroys Van Halen Guitar Solo: Here’s a video of Tina, 14, covering Eddie Van Halen‘s “Eruption” guitar solo and absolutely shredding it. If the words “Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ guitar solo” have no meaning to you, we’ll get to the meat of the story: This girl is some sort of guitar wizard. – http://mashable.com/2013/05/22/14-year-old-girl-van-halen/

Five tools to help sync more than one cloud storage service: As the cloud grows, and more people wind up managing more and more cloud storage services, the necessity to more easily manage those cloud services increases. I bounce around from three to five such services, and if it weren’t for the right tools, I’d be scrambling around like a rat in a maze. – by Jack Wallen – http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-tools-to-help-sync-more-than-one-cloud-storage-service/1835

11 Rules For Great UX Design, Adapted From An Original Mad Man: What does advertising giant David Ogilvy have to do with user experience? You’ll be surprised. Here, Method’s Ted Booth updates Ogilvy’s core campaign principles for the digital age. This is the newest piece from design and innovation firm Method in their 10×10 series. – by Ted Booth – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672597/11-rules-for-great-ux-design-adapted-from-an-original-mad-man

5 Things You Can Do Today to Make Yourself More Creative, And Productive, Tomorrow: Exclusive Co.Create Articles, Delivered to Your Inbox Daily. From Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People report: Simon Rich, one of the most productive writers we know, outlines 5 steps to upping your own creativity quotient. – by Jillian Goodman – http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682944/5-things-you-can-do-today-to-make-yourself-more-creative-and-productive-tomorrow

Minbox Is YouSendIt On Speed: Mac app Minbox launches to the public today, attempting to differentiate itself from competitors through speed and ease of use. – by Alexia Tsotsis – http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/20/minbox-is-yousendit-on-speed/

Startup PR Tip: To Get Press, Don’t Pitch Your Product: Entrepreneurs that are looking to get attention from bloggers and journalists will often pitch their businesses themselves or though a PR agency. It’s sad that most of those pitches fall flat and are likely to be completelyignored. A waste of time and money for everyone. – by Dharmesh Shah – http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/98283/Startup-PR-Tip-To-Get-Press-Don-t-Pitch-Your-Product.aspx

Google’s Products Are Just By-Products Of Its Quest For Tomorrow: Google isn’t about search, apps or devices. Those are just vehicles, and there’s no destination. That’s because Larry Page’s Google is on an unending pursuit of the future, not just next quarter’s earnings. – by Josh Constine – http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/15/google-and-the-quest-for-tomorrow/

Google Music All Access: Should It Be Your New Streaming Service?: Today Google unveiled Google Play Music All Access, a subscription music and internet radio service that opens the door to millions of tracks, all intermingled with the music you already own. – by Alan Henry – http://lifehacker.com/google-music-all-access-should-it-be-your-new-streamin-506977460

Photoshop’s Role in a Web Design Workflow: What is it Good For? Technically speaking, Photoshop is an application for manipulating imagery (forgive me for stating the obvious there) but it’s also packed with tools for building graphics from scratch. – by Ian Yates – http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/tools/photoshop-role-in-web-design

How Color-Coded Notes Make You A More Efficient Thinker: It’s a tall order to take physical notes on actual paper with a real pen. Most people I know don’t do it, despite the clear benefits. It’s more stuff to lug around, while your ever-ready phone offers literally hundreds of apps for speaking, writing, drawing, and syncing notes. – http://www.fastcompany.com/3009605/work-smart/how-color-coded-notes-make-you-a-more-efficient-thinker

An App That Turns Digital Reading Into A Social Activity: Dotdotdot imagines its users as one big book discussion group, with everyone wielding the same highlighter. Instapaper and Readability have both found success offering a simple, core interaction: save an article online to read somewhere else later. – by Mark Wilson – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672489/an-app-that-turns-digital-reading-into-a-social-activity

40+ free PSDs and actions for mock-ups: It’s all about presentation. Ideas and concepts are great, but mean nothing if they cannot be properly communicated. To help others understand them, we may create prototypes or sketch out an idea to get to a meeting of the minds. Fortunately, in graphic design, we do that by creating mock-ups. – by Kendra Gaines – http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/05/40-free-psds-and-actions-for-mock-ups/

Productivity Lifesaver: The 5-Sentence Email: Eliminating extra information from emails can help you reclaim a large portion of your workday, increase your productivity, and improve your chances of getting a reply. Boulder, Colo. – by Stephanie Vozza – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226581

30 Beautiful Mobile App Websites for Design Inspiration: Mobile apps often have a dedicated website or landing page for informing site visitors about the app’s features. This site also presents a great opportunity to gain more users and for getting the app seen and recognized by more people. – by Jacob Gube – http://designinstruct.com/visual-inspiration/web-design-inspiration/mobile-app-website-design-inspiration/

Top 10 Must Read Tips to Run a Successful Facebook Business Page: Marketing your business on Facebook is something that should be well planned and requires that you understand the platform to insure the success of your Business Page. Why: Why should you be on Facebook? – by Authors – http://socialmediatoday.com/genevieve-lachance/1454711/successful-facebook-business-page-top-10-must-read-tips

How To Make Money With Webinars: You’ve likely been on a webinar, web conference, online training, whatever the word is they use to describe it.  Webinars are huge hit in the IM world right now, but they’ve actually been used in all sorts of niches pulling in big bucks for a long time. – by Kevin – http://www.freedomtarget.com/how-to-make-money-with-webinars

Best Mirrorless Camera Over $1000: If you’re not a pro photographer and don’t plan to be one, but want the best camera possible short of a DSLR, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the camera I’d recommend you get. At $1100, it has incredible image quality, access to a wide number of lenses, great design, and a bit of weatherproofing. – http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-mirrorless-camera-over-1000/

Simple Guide to Using Your Camera in Manual Mode: You know how your camera’s function wheel has all those pretty pictures and letters on it but you only use the “auto” mode? I understand, the manual mode sounds pretty daunting. No worries, I’m gonna give you the basics to be up and shooting manually in just a few minutes. – http://photolisticlife.com/2012/07/25/simple-guide-to-using-your-camera-in-manual-mode/

Flat Files (Our Work) — The Gradient — Walker Art Center: The Gradient: Design, art, and the gradient between, featuring the creative output of our in-house design studio. Lifelike, a Walker-organized exhibition curated by Siri Engberg, and now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is documented by its eponymous catalog. – by Andrea Hyde – http://blogs.walkerart.org/design/category/flat-files-our-work/

5 weird signs you’re vitamin-deficient: When your body is trying to tell you something—for example, that you’re skimping on critical vitamins—it may go to some strange lengths. – by Q by Equinox – http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/09/5-weird-signs-youre-vitamin-deficient/

Disney Joins The Private Social Networking Craze With New Photo & Video Sharing App Called “Story”: The latest to join the cadre of startups offering tools for more private sharing outside of Facebook’s massive footprint is not, in fact, another startup, but rather another media giant: Disney. – by Sarah Perez – http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/08/disney-joins-private-social-networking-craze-with-new-photo-video-sharing-app-called-story/

4 Ways To Build Business Software Users Actually Love: Over the last 10 years, great design has become an essential for consumer software success. If it’s not easy and enjoyable to use, forget about it. – by Justin Rosenstein – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672511/4-ways-to-build-business-software-users-actually-love

Cobook updates its iOS app so users can sign-up and share Livecards without a Facebook account: Cobook, a contacts management app for the iPhone and OS X, is continuing to develop its Livecards feature with an iOS update that removes its dependency on Facebook account integration. – by Nick Summers – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/05/07/cobook-revamps-livecards-on-its-ios-app-so-users-can-share-information-without-a-facebook-account/

Betaworks’ Vision For the Future of Online News: One of the most talked about companies for online news right now isn’t a journalism outlet or a media conglomerate, but rather a small startup incubator and investor located in the heart of Manhattan’s meatpacking district. – by Seth Fiegerman – http://mashable.com/2013/05/07/betaworks-future/

What Photoshop’s Move to the Cloud Actually Means for You: ‘; if (google_ads[0].bidtype == ‘CPC’) { /* insert this snippet for each ad call */ google_adnum = google_adnum + google_ads.length; } document. – by Adam Dachis – http://lifehacker.com/what-photoshops-move-to-the-cloud-actually-means-for-y-494225482

How to Challenge Yourself To Be A Better Photographer: We all want things to be easy, stress free, and effortless. So much in fact we often overlook the benefits of a challenge. To continue improving our skills we have to regularly challenge ourselves. Challenges may not always present themselves to us, we have to go looking for them, create them. – by Tiffany Mueller – http://www.lightstalking.com/how-to-challenge-yourself-to-be-a-better-photographer

Think micropayments for media can’t work? Greg Golebiewski says you are wrong — paidContent: Growing numbers of newspapers and other media outlets are erecting paywalls, hoping to imitate the success of the New York Times, while others such as The Guardian and the Daily Mail remain paywall free in the hope that they can survive on advertising revenue — but very few seem to be experimenti – http://paidcontent.org/2013/05/06/think-micropayments-for-media-cant-work-greg-golebiewski-says-you-are-wrong/

Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking: Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organization’s ability to adapt, innovate, and improve. We need look no further than Kodak, Sears, or Sony for validation that status-quo thinking is the fast-track to failure. – by Brian Klapper – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/free_yourself_from_conventiona.html

The Old School Creator’s Workspace: Good design doesn’t have an expiration date, as writer and consultant Andie Powers demonstrates with her workspace. Vintage objects and modern technology go well together despite their variant origins in our modern timeline. Wall decals also add another great element to Andie’s workspace. – by Adam Dachis – http://lifehacker.com/the-old-school-creators-workspace-493145285

Serious Fun: 7 Toy Cameras Worth Your Consideration: In today’s marketplace, it’s easy to find cameras with rugged, durable bodies constructed of magnesium alloy frames and polycarbonate exteriors; with state of the art sensors and so many advanced features that you may never get around to using. – by see all – http://www.lightstalking.com/serious-fun-7-toy-cameras-worth-your-consideration

New Defaults In Web Design — How Much Has The Web Really Changed?: New Defaults In Web DesignHow Much Has The Web Really Changed? Responsive design is about more than just layout; it’s about designing for the Web, which means, mostly, for people with browsers. – by Vasilis van Gemert – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/05/06/new-defaults-web-design/

Photo apps for fun and profit: Comparing the successes of Instagram and Camera+: Apps will make you fantastically wealthy. Everyone knows that. Build an app, launch it, and watch the millions of dollars in sales, the press coverage, the buyout deals and the rest of it all roll into your life like a cresting wave. Or not. – by Alex Wilhelm – http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/04/photo-apps-for-fun-and-profit-comparing-the-successes-of-instagram-and-camera/

Top U.S. Cities for Women Entrepreneurs (Infographic): More women than men earn college degrees, but many still struggle to reach leadership roles. Rather than try to compete in the corporate world, more women are starting their own businesses according to data compiled by software firm Intuit. Weighing data from 48 major U.S. – by Kathleen Davis – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226559

IDEO’s Duane Bray On Creating Great Digital Experiences: Welcome to another interview in the series called “How I Work.” These interviews revolve around how leading thinkers and creators in the Web world design, code and create. – by Jacob Cook – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/05/04/how-i-work-ideos-duane-bray-interview/

George Washington’s Best Productivity Tricks: ‘; if (google_ads[0].bidtype == ‘CPC’) { /* insert this snippet for each ad call */ google_adnum = google_adnum + google_ads.length; } document. – by Thorin Klosowski – http://lifehacker.com/george-washingtons-best-productivity-tricks-483182858

Ancient Maya discovery sheds new light on the origins of civilization: Over 3,000 years ago, in the warm, fertile lands that are now Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, the great Maya civilization arose — its vast pyramid temples appearing to come out of nowhere. But new evidence suggests a fascinating origin for this ancient, advanced culture. – by Annalee Newitz – http://io9.com/ancient-maya-discovery-sheds-new-light-on-the-origins-o-481053780

You don’t have to pander: Merely giving the people what they want is a shortcut to banality, mediocrity and invisibility. – by Seth Godin – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/04/you-dont-have-to-pander.html

Master Alfred 2.0 On Your Mac With These Five Tips And Tricks [Feature]: If you haven’t been using Alfred, the amazing app launcher (and much more) on your Mac, you’ve been missing out. It started out as an app launcher, a la Quicksilver, but continued to get improvements and additions over time until now, version 2. – by Vanilla – http://www.cultofmac.com/224283/master-alfred-2-0-on-your-mac-with-these-five-tips-and-tricks-feature/

Look Away, And This iPhone App Pauses Your Video: Exclusive Design Articles, Delivered to Your Inbox Daily. Yes, it’s a bit unbelievable. Yes, it totally works. – by Mark Wilson – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672370/look-away-and-this-iphone-app-pauses-your-video

How to take meeting notes that really work: As a doctor, educator, and administrator, I attend a lot of meetings. That means taking lots of meeting notes and, after those meetings are over, making sure that all of the action items we’ve decided on get done. Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to do so. – http://www.macworld.com/article/2034679/how-to-take-meeting-notes-that-really-work.html

What’s The Secret To Design Innovation? Extreme Immersion: Legendary design researcher Jan Chipchase shares his strategy for looking for the Next Big Thing in a foreign land. – by Jan Chipchase – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672340/whats-the-secret-to-design-innovation-extreme-immersion

How to Escape the Cult of “Busy”: People who often say they’re “too busy” or “crazy busy” sound like buzzing busy signals. And when you start sounding like an appliance, it makes it hard to connect with you. No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. – by Janet Choi – http://lifehacker.com/5994072/how-to-escape-the-cult-of-busy

The only camera you need is an iPhone?: Anton Koldaev Canon 7D, GoPro Hero 3, iPhone I love to capture extreme sport events especially in summer. I have Canon 7D with wide-angle lens and GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. Unfortunately I don’t always have time for video editing, so most of my videos are in raw format. – http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3503-the-only-camera-you-need-is-an-iphone

Mini Display converts any iPhone or iPad into an external display for your Mac: The remote desktop app Screens is a perennial resident of my iPhone’s utilities folder. Its polished and pleasant interface, reliability and speed have enabled it to crush all of the other options I’ve tried over the years. – by Matthew Panzarino – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/04/11/mini-display-converts-any-iphone-or-ipad-into-an-external-display-for-your-mac/

Use This Chart To Find the Right Fastener for Your Next DIY Project: Taking on a DIY project often means that, unlike building furniture from IKEA, you won’t have the nuts and bolts that you’ll need set aside and packaged for you. To that end, the folks at Bolt Depot have put together a handy cheat sheet that you can use as field guide to fasteners. – by Joshua Rivera – http://lifehacker.com/5994436/use-this-chart-to-find-the-right-fastener-for-your-next-diy-project

Foursquare Rethinks iPhone App To Focus On Search, Discovery: Foursquare, the location-based service, has significantly evolved since exploding in popularity at SXSW years ago. – http://www.fastcompany.com/3008078/creative-conversations/foursquare-rethinks-iphone-app-focus-search-discovery

they’re not on moped. Learn more: Moped is a new way to messagethat makes sending links, photosand venues better.It’s on your phone and computerand lets you reach anyone, even ifthey’re not on moped. Learn more Send moped messages from your iPhone, your Android device or the web. Not tied to a single device or number. – https://beta.moped.com/

Copy-and-paste service Clipboard cuts its way into cloud storage with new file upload feature: Clipboard, the accurately-named clipping service, is getting into the cloud storage game after adding a new file upload feature that includes 1GB of free space. The Clipboard team announced the update on Monday, following a revamp of its Clipper browser plugin last month. – by Josh Ong – http://thenextweb.com/2013/04/09/copy-and-paste-service-clipboard-cuts-its-way-into-cloud-storage-with-new-file-upload-feature/

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need a Content Marketing Strategy: 1. Trust in Advertising is Terrible A recent report from market research giant Nielsen shows consumer trust in traditional media advertising has plummeted. – by Authors – http://socialmediatoday.com/ryannorthover/1340711/why-your-brand-needs-content-marketing-strategy

10 Startups That Turn Complexity Into Simplicity: Here’s the thing about simplicity. It’s all relative. A developer’s idea of simplicity is different from a finance chief or a customer service agent. I run across a variety of startups in my daily work at TechCrunch. – by ALEX WILLIAMS – http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/07/10-startups-that-turn-complexity-into-simplicity/

Project Managers Should Share Their Stress: Project managers tend to hold their cards pretty close to the vest. Sure, they may post or circulate some sort of general progress chart. – by Joe Knight – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/project_managers_should_sh.html

High Dynamic Range (HDR): A Useful Photographic Tool: There is some controversy about using HDR. This stems from the presentation of some HDR images done badly and the somewhat difficult processing of the image for the average photographer to get the desired results. The human eye can adjust to deep shadows and overly bright light quite quickly. – by Kenneth Hoffman – http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/high-dynamic-range-hdr-a-useful-photographic-tool/

4 Surprising App-Design Principles, From The Instagram Of Quick Quizzes: Designer Luke Wroblewski describes the sometimes counterintuitive tactics he used to make Polar stand out from the crowd. – by John Pavlus – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672257/4-surprising-app-design-principles-from-the-instagram-of-quick-quizzes

Minecraft: Minecraft is brilliant, and the Pi edition doubly so, its free and the API is absolutely genius, allowing you to alter the world in real-time. I have used the api to create a load of cools things, from a real-time clock to an operational cannon. – http://www.stuffaboutcode.com/p/minecraft.html

PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Calendar Setup and Syncing: There are a lot of secrets about the iPad that should be obvious to any user, but unfortunately isn’t We dig around in all the nooks and crannies of our Apple tablets in order to bring you as much information as possible for using your device to its fullest potential. – by Lory – http://www.padgadget.com/2013/04/01/padgadgets-ipad-tips-calendar-setup-and-syncing/

Now With 3 Million New Users, Google Reader’s Heir Apparent Feedly Relaunches On iOS & Android, Reveals How It Plans To Make Money: Feedly, the RSS feed-reading client that is rapidly becoming the one to beat following the planned Google Reader shutdown, is today launching new versions of its Feedly Mobile client for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android phones and tablets. – by Sarah Perez – http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/01/now-with-3-million-new-users-google-readers-heir-apparent-feedly-relaunches-on-ios-android-reveals-how-it-plans-to-make-money/

Assistants for Everyone – Fancy Hands: Can you schedule a coffee meeting with Mark, cc’d here, and add it to my calendar? Please call my dentist and ask them to email me an itemized invoice. – http://www.fancyhands.com/

The Making of the Call for Makers: How to Shoot a DIY Photo: We all know about the Call for Makers by now: makers across Europe are invited to present their projects and ideas by June 2, 2013, to take part for free at Rome’s Maker Faire. – by Lorenzo Mannella – http://www.makerfairerome.eu/2013/03/27/the-making-of-the-call-for-makers-how-to-shoot-a-diy-photo/

Modding a Vintage Camera for Digital Use: My name is David Lo, and I am a street photographer who enjoys taking vintage cameras, digitizing them, and then using them for street photography. This is a walkthrough on my process of modifying a camera. I have a short list of dream cameras to digitize. – http://www.petapixel.com/2013/03/27/modding-a-vintage-camera-for-digital-use/

Flipboard 2.0: Now With Pinning, People Tagging, Search and Ecommerce: If there were two things missing from earlier versions of Flipboard, it was the ability to 1) bookmark content and 2) have conversations about it. Those are two features the Palo Alto, Calif., startup has included in Flipboard 2.0, launching on iPhone and iPad devices Tuesday. Flipboard 2. – by Lauren Indvik – http://mashable.com/2013/03/26/flipboard-2-0/

Sherpa – Predictive Intelligence to Simplify Your Life –: Sherpa uses predictive intelligence to keep you one step ahead so you can focus on what’s important. The details you need to get ready for your trip! – http://www.getsherpa.com

Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity: “I’m not really a creative person”, always struck me as an odd sentence. Could it really be that some of us are born to be more creatively gifted than others? If so, I thought at first, that’s definitely a downer. – by Leo Widrich – http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-we-have-our-best-ideas-in-the-shower-the-science-of-creativity

How to Improve Your Social Media Marketing With Blogging: Do you blog? Are you active on social media? Have you integrated your blogging with your social activities? – by Kristi Hines – http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-improve-your-social-media-marketing-with-blogging/

Google Launches Notes Service, Google Keep – Lookout Apple, Evernote?: Need to jot down quick notes to organize your information? That company which aims to organize your information, Google, has a new service designed to help: Google Keep. Currently only available for Android 4. – by Danny Sullivan – http://marketingland.com/google-launches-notes-service-google-keep-36840

Our history in depth – Company – Google: 1995-1997 1995 Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford. (Larry, 22, a U Michigan grad, is considering the school; Sergey, 21, is assigned to show him around.) According to some accounts, they disagree about almost everything during this first meeting. – http://www.google.com/about/company/history/

Project Management Software, CRM, Sales, Intranet – thousands of apps – Podio: Podio is the most flexible and social productivity platform. Get everyone in your team on the same page and get your work done, faster. Podio is built to work like you. Pick your apps – from simple project management, to handling sales leads, to tracking job candidates. – https://podio.com/

Descriptive Camera™, 2012: The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype uses crowd sourcing to output a text description of the scene. – by mrBBIO module – http://mattrichardson.com/Descriptive-Camera/

Monetize Your App with Placed Affiliate: Placed Affiliate is the easiest way to generate incremental, recurring revenue from your app without adding advertising, in-app purchases or altering the user experience. By using the Placed Affiliate SDK, you will start turning location into monthly revenue. – http://www.placed.com/placed-affiliate

feedly. feed your mind.: A new generation of content-creators is flourishing on the web. The Seth Godins, the Tina Roth Eisenbergs, the Scott Schumans. They drive conversations, sharpen opinions, inspire. No two feedlies are the same. We all have unique appetites when it comes to feeding our minds. – http://www.feedly.com/about.html

Siri and Scroll trick turns iBook into audiobooks: Even though the ability to use Siri to turn eBooks into audiobooks is a fantastic feature, it’s not a stock part of iOS and requires a little bit of fiddling with the Settings and this nifty scrolling trick that we’ll show you here. – http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipad-iphone/news/

Why you should use Mountain Lion’s Spaces: If you make your living working on your computer, as I do, you probably look for ways to be more productive. If you use your Mac just for fun or for basic tasks, you still want to be more efficient. – by Kirk McElhearn – http://www.macworld.com/article/2030601/why-you-should-use-mountain-lions-spaces.html#jump

CircuitLab – online schematic editor & circuit simulator: Build and test circuits right in your browser. Design with our easy-to-use schematic editor. Accurate analysis (DC, AC & more) in seconds. Beautiful printouts, images, and live links to share. No installation required — try it instantly. – https://www.circuitlab.com/

Google may be readying an Evernote rival as ‘Keep’ makes a brief appearance online: Google might be about to get into the note-taking game after an Evernote-like service sprang up on its Google Drive service, only to disappear as quietly as it arrived less than half an hour later. – by Jon Russell – http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/03/18/google-may-be-readying-an-evernote-rival-as-keep-makes-a-brief-appearance-online/

Don’t Let Your Hype Write A Check That Your Product Can’t Cash: Everywhere you went around Austin this past week, there were people queuing up for things, Grumpy Cat, the GroupMe Grill, the Twitter party, Salt Lick BBQ. One startup fête was so packed even a founder couldn’t get in immediately. – by View Staff Page – http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/16/hype/

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10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business: Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a risky, often stressful move. “The biggest reason people don’t end up quitting is the fear of uncertainty. – by Alina Dizik – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226035

Google Reader partially rebuilt in Zite: Many of our readers are mourning the impending loss of Google Reader, which will cease to function on July 1. The folks at Zite have a kinda, sorta replacement that can be used from within the free Zite personalized news app. – by Mel Martin – http://www.tuaw.com/2013/03/15/google-reader-partially-rebuilt-in-zite/

Developing and Creatively Leveraging Hierarchical Metadata and Taxonomy: When confronted with projects requiring content, document or knowledge management, and presentation, more likely than not, the information architect will be expected to lead or contribute to development of the content classification requirements. And we don’t classify our content without reason. – by Christian Ricci – http://boxesandarrows.com/developing-and-creatively-leveraging-hierarchical-metadata-and-taxonomy/

Build This Lego Leica M9-P Hermes and Save Yourself $49,962: Lego master builder Chris McVeigh has cooked up a playful alternative to Leica’s obscenely and pointlessly expensive $50,000 M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’. The Lego version doesn’t actually take photos, but you’ll also pay only $38 for a kit if you can’t scrounge all the parts needed to assemble it. – by View Profile – http://gizmodo.com/5990400/

friends, cameras, action: friends, cameras, action vyclone is a social video platform that lets you co-create, sync and edit multiple views of a shared moment, effortlessly. – http://www.vyclone.com/

CEO Dennis Crowley on Foursquare’s Biggest Mistake: For years, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has been SXSW’s “It boy.” He’s sharp, quick, charming, and it helps that his location-based app blew up at South By for the first time in 2009. But four years on, Crowley finds himself in a different place. – by Mike Isaac – http://allthingsd.com/20130311/ceo-dennis-crowley-on-foursquares-biggest-mistake/

The Philosophy of Time Travel: These are the pages from the fictional book “The Philosophy of Time Travel” by Roberta Sparrow . The text in these pages are crucial to understanding the movie and the rules within the Tangent Universe. – http://www.donniedarko.org.uk/philosphy-of-time-travel/

Dear Assistant: A Twitter bot that uses Wolfram Alpha to answer your burning questions: Twitter bots are nothing new, but Dear Assistant is unique. It leverages Wolfram Alpha, the “answer engine” from Wolfram Research, to answer your questions on the social network. We first stumbled on Dear Assistant by chance earlier this morning. – by Emil Protalinski – http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2013/03/08/dear-assistant-a-twitter-bot-that-uses-wolfram-alpha-to-answer-your-burning-questions/

Coffitivity – Increase Your Creativity!: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ambient noise to boost your workday creativity! Plug in and start creating. (Note: For best results, set the player volume so your music is just barely louder than Coffitivity.) And a loud workplace can be frustrating and distracting. – http://www.coffitivity.com/

How to Make iPhone Conference Calls: While it used to require a conference calling service to get more than a couple people in more than a couple of locations onto a single phone call, the iPhone makes creating and hosting a small conference call very easy. And forget about dialing into special phone numbers and long access codes. – by Sam Costello – http://ipod.about.com/od/phonefeatures/ss/How-To-Make-Iphone-Conference-Calls.htm

Where the girls weren’t: A mil­lion years ago, back in 1978, I showed up at the Har­vard Crim­son in the fall of my fresh­man year to try out for a slot on our sto­ried school paper. Join­ing me for the first Crim­son “comp” of our col­lege lives were maybe a dozen other eager young would-be reporters. – by amy gutman – http://planbnation.net/2013/02/24/where-the-girls-arent/

Any.Do Moment for iOS and Android provides a new way to manage your never-ending to-do list: Reminder apps may be a dime a dozen, but Any.Do has carved out a niche thanks to its beautiful, minimalistic design, simple but powerful feature set, and cross-platform support (the app runs on iOS, Android, and as a Chrome extension). – by Nathan Ingraham – http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/20/4008370/any-do-moment-manage-your-to-do-list

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Five days with Pebble: After months of waiting, my Pebble arrived Thursday. It sounds like I’m among the first to receive one, a matter of luck in my timing and choosing the black-colored model, which was the first go to mass production. – http://danilocampos.com/2013/02/five-days-with-pebble/

Would push notifications for HTML5 apps kill native apps?: Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Viktor Marohnić, CEO and co-founder at ShoutEm, a self service mobile website and mobile apps creator, a ‘WordPress for mobile apps.’ You can follow him on Twitter as @vikot. – by Viktor Marohnić – http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/02/09/would-push-notifications-for-html5-apps-kill-native-apps/

The Idealist: On Jan. 4, 2013, Aaron Swartz woke up in an excellent mood. “He turned to me,” recalls his girlfriend Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, “and said, apropos of nothing, ‘This is going to be a great year.’ ” Swartz had reason to feel optimistic. – by Justin Peters – http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/02/aaron_swartz_he_wanted_to_save_the_world_why_couldn_t_he_save_himself.single.html

Watch this guy use a Raspberry Pi and Siri to control his garage door, alarm, thermostat, lights, and even TV: Siri is great and all, but it’s limited to just your iOS devices. What if you could hook it up to a Raspberry Pi and then control everything in your house? That’s exactly what a YouTube user by the name of Elvis Impersonator spent three days hacking together (over a long weekend). – by Emil Protalinski – http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/02/06/watch-this-guy-use-a-raspberry-pi-and-siri-to-control-his-garage-door-alarm-thermostat-lights-and-even-tv/

What is a book in the age of the iPad? An interview with Craig Mod: Craig Mod is a writer and designer who splits his time between Japan and the US. Formerly of Flipboard, much of his writing is concerned with ebooks and digital publishing — the pitfalls the industry falls into, and how best to avoid them. – by Sam Byford – http://theverge.com/2013/2/6/3836234/what-is-a-book-in-the-age-of-the-ipad-craig-mod-interview

Subcompact Publishing — by Craig Mod: … Zip drives ate floppies.CDs ate Zips.DVDs ate CDs.SD cards ate film.LCDs ate CRTs. Telephony ate telegraphy. Text messaging ate talking. Tablets are eating our paper … Imagine a table: Hundreds of meters long and wooden. Worn and oiled. Old and knotted. Wide enough for a person. – http://craigmod.com/journal/subcompact_publishing/

Creative Ways to Use Wide Apertures in Landscape Photography: Your camera’s aperture has the ability to control your depth of field – which is a powerful creative tool that many photographers use to evoke depth, mystery, and intrigue. – by Christopher O’Donnell – http://www.photographyblogger.net/creative-ways-to-use-wide-apertures-in-the-landscape/

Quora Inverts Itself by Offering a Blogging Tool: Quora started its life as a Q&A site, one where people ask questions and get (hopefully) solid, well-written answers from a range of perspectives. But not every A needs a Q to get started. Some people just have cool stories and information in their heads that they want people to read. – by Liz Gannes – http://allthingsd.com/20130123/quora-inverts-itself-by-offering-a-blogging-tool/

Script Reveals the Lost Ending of The Shining: Back on May 23, 1980, when The Shining was first released, audiences saw something slightly different from what viewers obsess over today. – by Forrest Wickman – http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/01/23/the_shining_original_ending_read_the_screenplay_for_stanley_kubrick_s_lost.html

5 easy Instagram tips from a professional food photographer: hate to break this to you, but that brunch photo of brioche French toast with bacon marmalade you just posted on Instagram? It’s not very good. It’s so terrible, in fact, that we can’t be friends anymore. Just kidding. (Kind of. – by Chris Gayomali – http://theweek.com/article/index/239176/5-easy-instagram-tips-from-a-professional-food-photographer

: People who worked with Steve Jobs (I’ll call him Steve) usually don’t talk about it. It’s kind of an unwritten rule, partly because he was obsessive about his privacy. I think that has all changed now, but I’m not exactly sure. – Tags: – http://inventor-labs.com/blog/2011/10/12/what-its-really-like-working-with-steve-jobs.html

bunker an infrequent blog: Hardcover this time – fancy. So here we are in 1986, and Pentagram must have been really busy because they appear to have phoned this one in. No analysis of design agency life, but a tepid introduction from ad man Peter “Year in Provence” Mayle – how very 80s. – http://www.neuromantics.net/blog/

Become the Ashton Kutcher of Subscription Swag, Before He Does: If you’ve always wanted to create your own monthly subscription box, social commerce startup The Fancy will now do the hard work for you. And here’s the beauty part: They pay you a chunk of every sale. Starting now, anyone – yes, you – can sign up to make their own Fancy subscription box. – by Sarah Mitroff – http://www.wired.com/business/2013/01/make-your-own-subscription-box/

The Stock Market: Haven’t blogged in a while. So I decided to look back and pull out one of my first blog posts, from 2004.  An oldie, but goodie ! The Number.I recommend that anyone with an interest in the market jump at the chance to buy it. – http://blogmaverick.com/2013/01/10/the-stock-market-2/

“The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity: A few years ago I engaged my then two-month-old smartphone, a BlackBerry of some sort or another, in a very nontechnical road test: I sat on it. I only noticed the damage when one afternoon I reached to check my email. – by Alec Foege – http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/the_tinkerers_how_corporations_kill_creativity/

Underlined Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations: Bookworm or not, you can’t help but enjoy these black and white illustrations of literary quotes by Evan Robertson. The New York-based graphic designer has taken some of the cleverest lines written by famous authors such as William Faulkner and Oscar Wilde and turned them into wonderful posters. – by alice – http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/favorite-book-quotes-become-fantastic-illustrations

The Leica M9, as a pro-hobbyist photographer – Marco.org: As a gift to my wife, I rented a Leica M9 with the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, a setup that would cost nearly $10,000 to own. Most fans describe Leica’s benefits in vague, unverifiable terms, much like a wine aficionado describing the taste of a $200 bottle of Pinot Noir. – http://www.marco.org/2012/12/28/leica-m9

Making The $35 Raspberry Pi Mini Computer: Quickly And Carefully Does It: It’s a safe bet that a fair few children of geeky moms and dads will be finding a rectangular-shaped parcel under their holiday tree tomorrow. – by View Staff Page – http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/24/making-raspberry-pi/

Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing: One of the marquee attractions at the MIT Media Lab is a camera that can take photographs of objects sitting out of sight, around a corner. It’s the result of years of sophisticated science. But the MIT researchers might have figured it out faster had they simply studied Tim O’Reilly. – by Steven Levy – http://www.wired.com/business/2012/12/mf-tim-oreilly-qa/

Awesome iOS Tweaks You Can Do Right Now Without Jailbreaking (How-To): Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch opens up your iDevices to a whole slew of possibilities that are otherwise not possible with Apple’s default operating system. – by Patrick Gumban – http://jaxov.com/2012/12/ios-tweaks-without-jailbreaking/

MARK CUBAN: Here’s What You Need To Know Before Starting A Business: He also gave advice on what made him famous before he became the high profile owner of the Dallas Mavericks and his incredible success as an entrepreneur. “It’s not about the idea, it’s about how prepared you are. Everyone has ideas, most don’t do the work required to get the job done. – by Max Nisen – http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cubans-advice-on-success-2012-12

Pixplit Is a Photo App That’s Actually Social: Okay, so let me be upfront about this: It’s another mobile photo app. But Pixplit actually has an interesting spin that makes it more social and interactive — almost like a simple game. – by Liz Gannes – http://allthingsd.com/20121214/pixplit-is-a-photo-app-thats-actually-social/

How I Instagram: I remain steadfast in my belief that one of the best examples of the disproportionate value of the iPhone is the fact that we are able to completely ignore the fact that its form factor is horrible to use as a camera. – http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2012/12/09/how_i_instagram.html

I Don’t Need No Stinking API: Web Scraping For Fun and Profit: If you’ve ever needed to pull data from a third party website, chances are you started by checking to see if they had an official API. But did you know that there’s a source of structured data that virtually every website on the internet supports automatically, by default? – http://blog.hartleybrody.com/web-scraping/

Byliner, Atavist push forward with ebook subscriptions — paidContent: Byliner and Atavist, two publishers that focus on e-singles (digital longform journalism), are experimenting with online subscriptions. While the programs are still in early stages, they could serve as models for other publishers who want to try the same thing. – by Laura Hazard Owen – http://paidcontent.org/2012/11/30/byliner-atavist-push-forward-with-ebook-subscriptions/

With new digital imprints, Random House taps self-published authors — paidContent: Publishers are increasingly experimenting with digital-only imprints, where a book is published as an ebook first and may never appear in print. Earlier this week, HarperCollins launched a digital YA (young adult) imprint. – by Laura Hazard Owen – http://paidcontent.org/2012/11/29/with-new-digital-imprints-random-house-taps-self-published-authors/

The Rise of 3D Printing: Want to turn your creative thinking about objects into a reality? Of course you do. What if you could just magic up a new button for the one that fell off your favourite shirt? What if you could invent a new way for carrying hot items in the kitchen? What if? – by Thomas Offinga – http://thenextweb.com/2012/11/30/the-rise-of-3d-printing/

Eyeist Looks To Disrupt The Traditional Portfolio Review: Eyeist is the first Web-based photography review service founded by Allegra Wilde, a Consultant to the Photography Industry; Micah and Jesse Diamond, both veteran professional photographers; that launched in October. – by A Photo Editor – http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2012/11/28/eyeist-looks-to-disrupt-the-traditional-portfolio-review/

The gorgeous Fantastical for iPhone re-invents the calendar as a timeline of events: I’m not what you’d call a productivity guru. I don’t use any interesting methods or cool combinations of software to do what I do. My philosophy is more along the lines of ‘start doing and stop when you’re dead’. That’s one of the reasons that I love Fantastical for the Mac so much. – by Matthew Panzarino – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/11/29/the-gorgeous-fantastical-for-iphone-re-invents-the-calendar-as-a-timeline-of-events/

7 tactics lean startups need to build great products — Tech News and Analysis: If you’re running a lean startup, “launch and learn” is undoubtedly a familiar mantra. But launching a new feature can take weeks or even months, and for a scrappy startup that’s a potentially make-or-break issue. – by Braden Kowitz – http://gigaom.com/2012/11/17/youre-doing-it-wrong-7-tactics-lean-startups-need-to-build-better-products/

A worrying trend in behavior change in Human Computer Interaction: Research in HCI must move away from technology as a solution to behavior change towards a model that enables users to be active agents in the feedback mechanisms embedded in ambient, ubiquitous and gamified interfaces. – http://www.rioleo.org/a-worrying-trend-in-behavior-change-in-human-computer-interaction.php

Mind Blowing Overlapping Paintings by Ho-Ryon Lee: paintings by Korean artist Ho Ryon Lee. The blurred effect you’re experiencing is actually a calculated design choice by the Korean artist, who chooses to have several overlapping depictions of the same subject within each image. – by Ho-Ryon Lee – http://amazingworldpictures.com/2012/11/mind-blowing-overlapping-paintings-by-ho-ryon-lee/

Don’t Call It a Redesign: More impact, better engagement, stronger aesthetics — for TheAtlantic.com’s new home page, there’s method to the makeover. For much of the last year, my colleagues and I have been working through a redesign of the home page of our flagship site, TheAtlantic.com. – by Bob Cohn – http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/dont-call-it-a-redesign/265317/

Interaction Designer: Wanted: Compulsive problem-solvers with excellent visualization, collaboration, and communication skills. At Cooper, interaction designers work in pairs, forming a partnership that supports and encourages leaps of imagination while maintaining cohesion. – http://www.cooper.com/careers/interaction-designer.html

How To Make a Truly Spectacular Cup of Coffee: The first cup of coffee that 2012 U.S. Barista champion Katie Carguilo served tasted rich and flavorful to me, but it wasn’t up to Carguilo’s high standards. “This coffee is really chocolatey, really nutty, but it tastes a little bit too bitter in the finish,” she explained. – by June Thomas – http://www.slate.com/articles/life/doers/2012/11/the_secret_to_making_great_coffee_revealed.html

Startups Learn The Hard Way That The ‘Dropbox Effect’ Is A Myth: The logic works something like this: Devote the bulk of your funding to designing the product. CIO’s will fork over a piece of their sizable budget if enough employees get hooked and use it at work. – by Christina Farr – http://www.businessinsider.com/the-dropbox-effect-is-a-myth-2012-11

Is Taylor Swift being taken too seriously?: “Red” (Big Machine), Swift’s fourth album released three weeks ago, is a beneficiary of our lowered expectations from the Bush years. – by Mark Guarino – http://www.salon.com/2012/11/11/is_taylor_swift_being_taken_too_seriously/

13 don’ts I learned while writing, editing, marketing, and promoting my book.: So I guess I am still in the middle of promoting my latest book, and I would like to pass along some tips or reminders in the form of Don’ts for y’all out there if your book is coming out soon. – http://danielnester.com/2010/05/10/13-donts-i-learned-while-writing-editing-marketing-and-promoting-my-book/

8 Tips for Marketing Your Business on Instagram: This popular smartphone app barely makes two years since its launch from October 2010, but it is definitely on a hot run with an impressive growth, reaching more than 100 million users worldwide. – http://socialmediatoday.com/aleks-atanasov/981386/8-tips-marketing-your-brand-instagram

Online viewers start leaving if video doesn’t play in 2 seconds, says study — Tech News and Analysis: As revenues decline for traditional forms of online advertising, video is emerging as a bright spot for many media companies. It offers an opportunity for long engagement and hefty ad rates — but also a challenge to make it work. – by Jeff John Roberts – http://gigaom.com/2012/11/09/online-viewers-start-leaving-if-video-doesnt-play-in-2-seconds-says-study/

Stop Saying ‘Drink the Kool-Aid’: Before we get to the Kool-Aid part, let’s recap some horrible American history. Jim Jones was a complex man. – by Chris Higgins – http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/11/stop-saying-drink-the-kool-aid/264957/

The WordPress Editor: Taking Content Creation To The Next Level: WordPress is famous for a lot of things, not the least are the multiple features and components it has to offer. – by Sufyan bin Uzayr – http://www.noupe.com/wordpress/the-wordpress-editor-taking-content-creation-to-the-next-level-72837.html

App design pioneers: Hipstamatic: Whatever your take on skeuomorphism in app design – and Apple itself is guiltier than most – in some cases it fits the required aesthetic perfectly. – http://www.computerarts.co.uk/features/app-design-pioneers-hipstamatic

Shpock Wants To Be A Flea Market In Your Pocket: In response to the unworldliness of uber-marketplaces like eBay, Shpock (“shop in your pocket”) is a new iOS and Android app from Austrian startup, Finderly, which wants to return the local classified ads model used for selling goods peer-to-peer, to something resembling its original simplicity. – by View Staff Page – http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/06/shpock/

Can you really live on the Surface? First impressions from a week leaving the laptop at home: After nearly a week with the Surface Tablet (more like a five-day work week), I’ve retired my laptop and large tablet, replacing them both with this one product. This is a generation 1.0 product, and I had a lot of worries based on some of the first reviews. – by Rob Enderle – http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/can-you-really-live-on-the-surface-first-impressions-from-a-week-leaving-the-laptop-at-home/

Three Ways I’ve Simplified My Life Using Pen and Paper Instead of Technology: Technology is awesome. With a smartphone in your pocket and a laptop on your desk, you only need to remember which programs you’re using as your external brain. While the bulk of those processes work great for me—I’m still a die-hard pen and paper addict. Here’s why. – by Thorin Klosowski – http://lifehacker.com/5955721/three-ways-ive-simplified-my-life-using-pen-and-paper-instead-of-technology

Big Data Right Now: Five Trendy Open Source Technologies: Big Data is on every CIO’s mind this quarter, and for good reason. Companies will have spent $4.3 billion on Big Data technologies by the end of 2012. But here’s where it gets interesting. – by View Contributor Page – http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/27/big-data-right-now-five-trendy-open-source-technologies/

Thick Skin Thinking: How To Use Negative Feedback To Your Advantage At Work: It goes against our nature to shout “Hooray!” when someone calls us out. But studies show that people who solicit and accept feedback are more effective leaders and more successful at work. Here’s how to take the sting out of feedback and make it work for you. – by Denis Wilson – http://www.fastcompany.com/3002460/thick-skin-thinking-how-use-negative-feedback-your-advantage-work

Stressed Out? Relax With These 5 Free Apps: While technology is supposed to make our lives easier, it has also left many of us feeling more stressed. We have emails rolling in at all times, phone calls in the car and, thanks to Wi-Fi, we can conduct business almost anytime from anywhere. – by Cynthia Boris – http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/224752

Review : iBooks 3′s new scrolling view, collections, sharing — Apple News, Tips and Reviews: As part of its Mac and iPad mini event on Tuesday, Apple also unveiled iBooks 3. It’s free, and it’s the first significant update to the ebook software since January. – by Mark Crump – http://gigaom.com/apple/review-ibooks-3s-new-scrolling-view-collections-sharing/

Vizify blends the best bits of Prezi and About.me, and soft-launches with a slew of new features: Back in July we brought you Vizify, a new platform along the same sort of lines as About.me, but helps users display a far more holistic personal profile online. It’s not necessarily an About. – by Paul Sawers – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/10/24/prezi-meet-about-me-vizify-soft-launches-its-graphics-based-personal-profile-platform-to-the-public/

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: Self-publishing, cell phones and startups: This was my first year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the annual trade show that brings over 200,000 publishing professionals to Germany, so I can’t say whether the event had more of a digital focus than in years past — but I assume that it did, because there was plenty of news about ebooks and di – by Laura Hazard Owen – http://paidcontent.org/2012/10/14/frankfurt-book-fair-2012-self-publishing-cell-phones-and-startups/

No Filter: How Instagram Caused Hipstamatic To Lose Focus And Gamble On Social: The inside story of Hipstamatic’s struggle to keep pace in the white-hot photo-sharing space. In part two of the saga, Facebook’s billion-dollar acquisition of Instagram rattles Hipstamatic, which fumbles through a series of half-baked products and social features that never stick. – by Austin Carr – http://www.fastcompany.com/3002034/no-filter-how-instagram-caused-hipstamatic-lose-focus-and-gamble-social

Why Polaroid Was the Apple of Its Time: It’s easy to forget now, but instant camera maker Polaroid once matched the mythos — and ubiquity — of Apple. Much like Steve Jobs, founder Edwin Land was single-minded in his determination to create unique products with a strong affinity for design. For Jobs, Land was an all-time hero. – by Geeta Dayal – http://www.wired.com/design/2012/10/instant-the-story-of-polaroid/

The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store: In 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech to a relatively small audience at a somewhat obscure event called the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA). The theme of that year’s conference was “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be”, which looking back seems all too fitting. – by Marcel Brown – http://lifelibertytech.com/2012/10/02/the-lost-steve-jobs-speech-from-1983-foreshadowing-wireless-networking-the-ipad-and-the-app-store/

It’s Ridiculous How Good You Have It: Sure–like all entrepreneurs–you’ve got challenges. But I’m sure you’d rather be running a business in 2012 than in 1906. Every day I get a few hundred emails. Most of them I glance through or delete. But a few I read religiously. One of these comes from the vintage photo site Shorpy.com. – by Gene Marks – http://www.inc.com/gene-marks/entrepreneurs-today-its-ridiculous-how-good-you-have-it.html

Learn Some Awesome Photography Techniques and Take Amazing Images This Weekend: You’re only scratching the surface of photography when you’re simply snapping photos. This weekend, learn to paint with light, create amazing star trails, and alter space and time as we know it. – by Adam Dachis – http://lifehacker.com/5947169/learn-awesome-photography-techniques-and-take-some-amazing-images-this-weekend

FixYa Allows You to Post Videos and Ask Repair Questions from Your iPhone: iOS: Have a busted car making a strange noise when you start it up? Or a Coffee maker that’s spilling coffee everywhere? FixYa is a new app for iPhone that lets you record short videos of your problem, and share it with a community of DIYers and experts for help. – by View Profile – http://lifehacker.com/5947244/fixya-allows-you-to-post-videos-and-ask-repair-questions-from-your-iphone

Gmail’s Priority Inbox v. Apple’s VIP: fight!: Apple recently announced VIP, a new feature in Mail for iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. Two years ago, Google released Priority Inbox for Gmail. – by Jared Goralnick – http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/09/gmails-priority-inbox-v-apples-vip-fight/

How Journalists Are Using Instagram: Social photo sharing is quickly finding its way into newsrooms. Even though the payoff might not be immediately clear, many media organizations are turning to Instagram as a place to experiment. (Part 1 of a 4-part series on how journalists are using social networks beyond Facebook and Twitter.) – by John Paul Titlow – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how-journalists-are-using-instagram.php

3-D Printing Software Helps Designers Avoid Rookie Mistakes [Video]: It seems the future of 3-D printing is limited only by one’s imagination. The process is already used to build—layer by layer—jewelry, toys and a variety of prosthetics, with some predicting that additive fabrication of space station spare parts and even food isn’t far behind. – by Larry Greenemeier – http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/09/20/3-d-printing-software-helps-designers-avoid-rookie-mistakes-video/

The 10 Commandments for Giving a Perfect Presentation: Looking out into a sea of faces while standing on a stage can be one of the most intimidating experiences of your career. It doesn’t matter if it’s a group of 12 people in a board room or an auditorium filled with thousands of people — giving the perfect presentation is no easy feat. – by Kipp Bodnar – http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33553/The-10-Commandments-for-Giving-a-Perfect-Presentation.aspx

Android, Apple, Starbucks & NASA: What inspired these four world-famous logos?: Imagine you’re a newbie fresh out of design school (and I don’t mean one of those faux-accredited hipster schools where all you have to do is turn up, swagger around with your fixed gear bike and strike pretend nonchalant-poses with your strategically positioned dirty-fake tatts showing). – by Mez Breeze – http://thenextweb.com/dd/2012/09/08/the-stories-inspiration-behind-world-famous-logos/

Power your iPhone photography with the Golden Ratio: In our last installment, we took a look at an age old principle of composition: the ‘Rule of Thirds’. I hope everyone enjoyed experimenting with it. In this installment, we are going to explore the foundation of this rule. Before that, I want to mention something about having fun. – by Justin Balog – http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/09/01/iphone-photography-golden-ratio/

Passive Income Strategies For Web Designers: Finding ways to earn passive income is a growing concern among many freelance designers. I’ve always loved client work, but I have to admit that the pressure of juggling multiple bosses and constant deadlines eventually started to wear me down. – by Sacha Greif – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/08/27/designer-passive-income-experiments/

How Apple’s victory over Samsung will affect you: The good and the bad: We go over the many ways Apple’s $1 billion victory over Samsung could hurt Android users, and a few ways it could help. On Friday, a jury of nine unanimously decreed what we already knew: Samsung copied the iPhone. – by Jeffrey Van Camp – http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-apples-victory-over-samsung-will-affect-you/

5 Ways to Use Google+ Events for Your Business: Google+ Events is yet another way Google+ is competing with Facebook, representing a new opportunity for marketers. Most marketers and businesses have been using Facebook Events to promote everything from webinars to company fundraising events within their Facebook community. – by Lisa Peyton – http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/google-plus-events/

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Try a Four Day Work Week: A lot has been made about the productivity benefits of the four day workweek—either in the form of a 32 hour week, or a 40 hour week. That’s all well and good, but convincing your boss to let you change your schedule completely is tough. – by Thorin Klosowski – http://lifehacker.com/5936834/how-to-convince-your-boss-to-let-you-try-a-four-day-work-week

Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing: Chronological and real-time consumption of content just doesn’t work anymore. It’s time for topic pages to add a layer of organization on top. In last week’s post, 5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again), we explained why online publishing is going through another sea change. – by Richard MacManus – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why-topic-pages-are-the-next-big-thing.php

How to Automatically Archive Your Life with IFTTT and Evernote: Keeping a journal can be fun, but it’s hard sometimes to keep up with recording all your memories or important thoughts. Brilliant webapp automating service If This Then That (IFTTT) can create an automatic journal for you by archiving your events, pics, and social media posts to Evernote. – by Melanie Pinola – http://lifehacker.com/5935658/how-to-automatically-archive-your-life-with-ifttt-and-evernote

Medium is well done, but is it the future of publishing? — Tech News and Analysis: Obvious Corp. – by Mathew Ingram – http://gigaom.com/2012/08/15/medium-is-well-done-but-is-it-the-future-of-publishing/

Why it’s the right time for the Lean Startup Accelerator — European technology news: For the last year and a half, I’ve been working with one of Europe’s top accelerators, HackFwd, as their marketing geek. But now it’s time to make the entrepreneurial leap: I’m founding Vuact, a platform for finding and delivering interesting video to the right audiences. – http://gigaom.com/europe/why-its-the-right-time-for-the-lean-startup-accelerator/

An iPad user reviews the Nexus 7: A review for an Android device is probably the last thing you’d expect to read on iDB. – by Sebastien Page – http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/08/11/nexus-7-review/

From Information to Understanding: Moving Beyond Search In The Age Of Siri: Editor’s note: Nadav Gur is the founder and CEO of Desti, a virtual personal assistant for travel incubated by SRI. Previously, he was founder and CEO of Worldmate, the first mobile travel app. – by VCs – http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/28/from-information-to-understanding-moving-beyond-search-in-the-age-of-siri/

Kevin Rose reflects on Digg, the dangers of outside investors, and his legacy — Tech News and Analysis: By the time Digg was portioned off for sale this year, company founder Kevin Rose wasn’t visiting the site anymore. He had already left Digg for other projects, including his own startup and a role at Google Ventures, and says it had become hard to see what happened to his “baby. – by Eliza Kern – http://gigaom.com/2012/07/25/kevin-rose-reflects-on-digg-the-dangers-of-outside-investors-and-his-legacy/

Freemium has run its course — Tech News and Analysis: “We are now seeing the end of the freemium model — signing up users for free and trying to upsell,” said Christian Vanek, CEO of the Boulder-based SurveyGizmo, in a recent phone conversation. “6.5 million unique users is not all that it’s cracked up to be. I don’t want hits. – by Rags Srinivasan – http://gigaom.com/2012/07/21/freemium-has-run-its-course/

iMore’s choice: Best apps for iPhone: The absolute best App Store apps for your iPhone, carefully curated and often updated by the staff of iMore. With hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store it can be difficult — and expensive — to find the perfect one to fit your needs. That’s where iMore comes in. – by Rene Ritchie – http://www.imore.com/imores-choice-best-apps-iphone

These Are The Top Five Features Of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Today Google announced the latest version of its mobile operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s an incremental upgrade — a number of valuable features have been added, but there’s no real revamp to be seen. – by View Staff Page – http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/27/these-are-the-top-five-features-of-android-4-1-jelly-bean/

Using Web Design to Solve Creative Problems: Our modern technology has come about from centuries of human evolution. Even before computers we were using cars to get around and radio/television to broadcast media across large areas of the population. – by Jake Rocheleau – http://speckyboy.com/2012/06/25/using-web-design-to-solve-creative-problems/

How to Build New Habits with Mind Maps: Recently I had the opportunity to read a fantastic book on habits and how they really work backed with some scientific research. What really stood out how the author was able to break down habits into different components that would make it much easier to adapt new habits and change old ones. – by Thanh Pham – http://www.asianefficiency.com/habits/how-build-new-habits-mind-maps/

How To Filter Your Gmail Like a Pro: Your Gmail inbox is taking over your life. At least, that’s probably how it feels sometimes. Waking up to an inbox filled with a few dozen unread messages makes you want to close the browser in defeat. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. – by Chelsea Stark – http://mashable.com/2012/06/22/gmail-filters/

FileMaker Releases Bento 4 for iPad: With the debut of the original iPad back in March 2010, Apple subsidiary FileMaker released an iPad version of Bento, the company’s personal database software. – by Eric Slivka – http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/19/filemaker-releases-bento-4-for-ipad/

Reimagining Books: How Citia’s iPad App Compares to a Paper Book: Kevin Kelly’s book What Technology Wants was one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2011. In my April 2011 review, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s fitting that Kelly’s book is the first to be turned into an iPad app on a new iOS platform called Citia. – by Richard MacManus – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/reimagining-books-how-citias-ipad-app-compares-to-a-paper-book.php

Are You Ready For Your : For Steve Gadlin, the I Want to Draw a Cat For You guy, it all started with a stick figure cat comic strip in high school. – by Shawn Graham – http://www.fastcompany.com/1840237/are-you-ready-for-your-shark-tank-moment

Photomatix HDR Workflow: 2012, Abandoned, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, DSLR, England, HDR, High dynamic range imaging, Olympus E 500, photography, Photomatix, Photomatix Pro, Raw image format, Tagged Image File Format, Techniques, Tone Mapping, Tonemapped, Workflow – by ChrisdMRF – http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/photomatix-hdr-workflow/

I Wrote A Book — It Only Took 5 Years And Was Edited Down From About Ten Million Words: When most people write books, they sit down with the goal of writing one. I cheated. Instead, I blogged non-stop for five years, writing about hundreds of different topics on various different sites and had someone edit a collection of those together into a book after the fact. – http://parislemon.com/post/25034761959/i-wrote-a-book-it-only-took-5-years-and-was-edited

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Course Home: This course has been designed for independent study. It provides everything you will need to understand the concepts covered in the course. The materials include: – http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-00sc-introduction-to-computer-science-and-programming-spring-2011/

Beware of cheap imitations? Copycat startups deserve media coverage if they’re good enough: You can’t beat the real thing. That’s what they say, isn’t it? So much focus is placed on ‘original’, ‘authenticate’ and ‘genuine’, as companies strive to differentiate themselves from their competitors. – by Paul Sawers – http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/06/09/beware-of-cheap-imitations-copycat-startups-deserve-media-coverage-if-theyre-good-enough/

Eric Ries: 10 Classic Strategies For A Fast, User-Focused Company Reboot: The following is the second excerpt from The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries. To read the first installment, go here. The decision to pivot is so difficult that many companies fail to make it. – by Eric Ries – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669814/eric-ries-10-classic-strategies-for-a-fast-user-focused-company-reboot

The 8 Cheapest Computers in the World: Computers are more affordable these days than they ever have been. But what if affordable ain’t affordable enough—what if you need absolute, rock-bottomest, dirt cheap? Our friends at Laptop Mag rounded up the 8 cheapest computers in the world, just for you. – by Davey Alba – http://gizmodo.com/5914561/the-8-cheapest-computers-in-the-world

Proposals That Win Business: 5 Rules: A new report suggests that structure, size and timing all matter. Here’s how to get the details right. In most small firms, sales proposals are the heart and soul of selling. They’re also time consuming, though–so when you get the opportunity to write one, you want it to be a winner. – by Geoffrey James – http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/proposals-that-win-business-5-rules.html

What Specs Actually Matter in a Digital Camera?: Dear Lifehacker, I’m looking to buy a new digital camera, but I don’t know what specifications matter. I’ve been told megapixel ratings don’t really matter when it comes to image quality, so what do I look for? What specs will tell me if a camera shoots great images or not? – by Adam Dachis – http://lifehacker.com/5912356/what-specs-actually-matter-in-a-digital-camera

Infogr.am launches so you can create your own beautiful and interactive infographics: If you read things on the Internet, like The Next Web, you’ve probably seen an infographic. The art of the infographic depends on how what data is being presented, how cleanly, and how attractively. A well-done infographic is more interesting than a text-only post of data. – by Drew Olanoff – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/05/22/infogr-am-launches-so-you-can-create-your-own-beautiful-and-interactive-infographics/

The Future of Social Media & Your Photo Business: We’re in the middle of a paradigm shift in social networks. We’re moving away from text-heavy content to that which is more visually appealing – photos, graphics, videos, GIF animations, etc. – by Deborah Block – http://blog.photoshelter.com/2012/05/the-future-of-social-media-your-photo-business/

10 New Tips How to Master Shooting Street Photography With the iPhone: Misho: It’s been over a year since I last posted my ten tips for shooting street photography with an iPhone.  Over this time we have seen massive improvements in the quality of the camera and big changes in how images are shared, particularly through the growth of Instagram. – by Eric Kim – http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2012/05/10-new-tips-how-to-master-shooting-street-photography-with-the-iphone/

To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times: In his book, The Lean Startup, Eric Ries puts forth a entrepreneur’s playbook inspired by the Japanese lean manufacturing model: Start small with a ‘minimum viable product,’ gauge customers’ reactions regularly and often, make improvements efficiently, and eventually scale up to a profitable bu – by Eric Ries – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669738/eric-ries-to-get-to-the-root-of-a-hard-problem-just-ask-why-five-times

Make mainframes, not war: how Mad Men sold computers in the 1960s and 1970s: Madison Avenue’s strategy for popularizing computers shifted from the 1950s through the 1980s. At first pitches focused on reliability and speed, but by the 1960s, advertising brochures put big systems in gardens next to fashion models. When PCs came on the market, the sales pitch changed again. – by Matthew Lasar – http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/05/make-mainframes-not-war-how-mad-men-sold-computers-in-the-1960s-and-1970s/

A New Way Of Looking at Your To-Do List: How do you decide which tasks you tackle first on your to-do list? If you’re choosing based solely on priority, your system is probably breaking down on a regular basis, according to father of GTD David Allen. – by Alan Henry – http://lifehacker.com/5911055/a-new-way-of-looking-at-your-to+do-list

A new way to make six figures on the Web: teaching: Miguel Hernandez, the founder of a company specializing in explanatory videos for startups, said he spent about three hours a day for three weeks making an online video course explaining his craft. – by Ki Mae Heussner – http://gigaom.com/2012/05/17/a-new-way-to-make-six-figures-on-the-web-teaching/

Dieter Rams On Good Design As A Key Business Advantage: Dieter Rams is best-known for his work at Braun–where he revolutionized the design of electronics–and his indelible influence on Apple’s Jony Ive. – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669725/dieter-rams-on-good-design-as-a-key-business-advantage

Using Lens Filters to Improve Your Photography: Whenever we can find ways to shorten the amount of time we spend editing in post-production, it equates to extra time we can spend in the field taking more photographs. As photographers, we should always be striving to take photographs that are as near to the finished product as possible. – by Tiffany Mueller – http://www.lightstalking.com/using-lens-filters-to-improve-your-photography

It doesn’t matter what e-books cost to make — Tech News and Analysis: Book publishers are trying hard to defend the pricing of e-books — perhaps in part because they’ve been accused by the Justice Department of rigging prices to keep them artificially high — by arguing that it costs a lot more than most people think to produce the electronic version of a book. – by Mathew Ingram – http://gigaom.com/2012/05/03/it-doesnt-matter-what-e-books-cost-to-make/

How Companies Like Amazon Use Big Data To Make You Love Them: Last month, I talked to Amazon customer service about my malfunctioning Kindle, and it was great. – by Sean Madden – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669551/how-companies-like-amazon-use-big-data-to-make-you-love-them

Crocodoc Debuts HTML5 Document Embedding Technology; Partners With Dropbox, Yammer, SAP: Y Combinator alum Crocodoc is debuting a new technology today that aims to bring an enterprise-grade HTML5 document embedding service for Microsoft Office and PDF files to web-based products. Crocodoc launched in 2010 to kill off Acrobat. – by Leena Rao – http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/01/crocodoc-debuts-html5-document-embedding-technology-partners-with-dropbox-yammer-sap/

Is phoneography the future of photography?: We are at a time where it kind of feels like there’s a new update in technology every week. It might remind you of that Best Buy commercial where the customers purchase something brand new one week, and the next week the newer version is released is and is all the rave. – http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2012/05/is-phoneography-the-future-of-photography/

Top 5 News: A simple news app which aggregates the Web’s top stories: There’s no shortage of news curation and aggregation apps out there – from 100% human-powered Web apps, to automated social media mining tools that promise to bring you the news you really want to read. – by Paul Sawers – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/04/30/top-5-news-a-simple-news-app-which-aggregates-the-webs-top-stories/

Apple squared, (four)squared — Tech News and Analysis: I was down in Soho last week, visiting (of course) the new Manhattan REI store. After the shopping spree, I pulled out my iPhone and found a dinner recommendation on Explore: five of my friends had eaten at La Esquina, several of them more than once. Bingo. – by Mor Naaman – http://gigaom.com/2012/04/29/apple-squared-foursquared/

Get started with Messages for Mac Beta: By now you’ve no doubt heard about OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s upcoming update to OS X Lion. Among the many new features that provide a far more iOS-like feel is Messages. – by Ben Harvell – http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/get-started-with-messages-for-mac-beta-1077815

Apple’s iBooks Author: the iTunes of self-publishing apps?: Apple’s much-hyped iBooks Author came out a while back, and Cupertino hopes the free app can become the iTunes for the self-publishing textbook world. – by Dave Girard – http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2012/04/apples-ibooks-author-the-itunes-of-self-publishing-apps.ars

4 Ways to Grow a Twitter Following That Matters: Is Twitter working for your business? Are you looking to grow a larger and more relevant Twitter following? – by Rich Brooks – http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-grow-a-twitter-following/

Nighttime – HDR – Flashlight – Flash: …I try to travel as light as possible. However, I never know what I might find to photograph so I need to be prepared for possible lighting requirements. I am usually drawn to a subject because of the lighting that is available. – by John Neel – http://www.pixiq.com/article/nighttime-hdr-flashlight-flash

How to Be Creative: The Science of Genius: Bob Dylan. Ludwig van Beethoven. William Shakespeare. Steve Jobs. These are historical figures of such staggering creative genius that we often think of as freaks of nature. That their creative talent is a God-given gift, or some biological mutation that only affects a handful of special people. – by Josh Catone – https://mashable.com/2012/04/02/creativity-jonah-lehrer-imagine/

Picture Better Web Apps With Mozilla’s Camera API : Webmonkey: Mozilla is hard at work on a Camera API that will give web developers a way to access your phone’s camera. The Camera API will make it possible to build websites that can take pictures with your device’s camera and then upload them to that webpage. – by Scott Gilbertson – http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/04/picture-better-web-apps-with-mozillas-camera-api/

How to Fake Motion Tracking in Time-lapse Photography on a Mac: Most of us have seen those fantastic time-lapse sequences doing the rounds of the internet at the moment. The really high end ones introduce motion tracking to the scene, making the video’s even more compelling. – by Jason Row – http://www.lightstalking.com/how-to-fake-motion-tracking-in-time-lapse-photography-on-a-mac

Adding 1K+ Members/Day, Behance Drops Major Redesign To Make “The Creative Graph” A Reality: While the Web today is chock full of creative expression of every stripe, and digital media has given voice to a whole new class of amateur creatives, be they musicians, artists, or photographers, creative professionals on the other hand have long been underrepresented in the digital world. – by View Staff Page – http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/20/behance-relaunch/

The Ultimate SXSW Infographic: In our recent “Best of: Austin SXSW” breakdown, we asked a few folks why they came to the annual tech conference, which draws Internet lovers from across the globe. For many, SXSW Interactive is a convenient time for business meetings, company bonding and relationship building. – by Courtney Boyd Myers – http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/03/19/the-ultimate-sxsw-infographic-the-most-popular-influencers-parties-brand-campaigns-and-more/

Best Practices For Writing For Online Readers: I have less than 30 seconds to capture your attention with this post, so here goes: if you read some, most or all of the next 750 words or so, you will know how to write Web copy that is more useful to readers of your blog or Web site. – by Dave Copeland – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/best_practices_for_writing_for_online_readers.php

How to Track Your Website’s Content on Pinterest: Ann Smarty is a search marketer and full-time web entrepreneur. Ann blogs on search and social media tools. Her newest project, My Blog Guest, is a free platform for guest bloggers and blog owners. Follow Ann on Twitter @seosmarty. – by Ann Smarty – http://mashable.com/2012/03/14/pinterest-track-content/

Lytro: The Most Social Camera Ever Made [REVIEW]: Photography, here is your wake-up call. Lytro just released its light-field camera to the world, a device that looks and acts like no other camera ever made. – by Peter Pachal – http://mashable.com/2012/02/29/lytro-camera-review/

What is the Trend for Web Design in 2012?: Just a month and a half has passed in 2012 and there are some patterns which are quite easy to notice in how people design. Sure, most of them are similar to the ones of 2011 – it seems 2011 and 2012 will not be too different, however there might be some small changes which I will talk about soon. – by Christian Vasile – http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/design/web-design-trend-2012/

Tips for Wireframing a Usable Mobile App Interface: A lot of time and energy is required to build mobile iOS/Android apps. Aside from the coding and UI design you need to plan functionality ahead of time. This way you can start programming immediately and implement key features without a hassle. – by Jake Rocheleau – http://speckyboy.com/2012/02/22/tips-for-wireframing-a-usable-mobile-app-interface/

The 8 Questions That Create Perfect Landing Page Copy: Since you’re reading this post, I think it’s safe to assume that you’ve taken a crack or two at writing landing page copy. It’s probably also safe to assume that you’ve come to the realization that writing highly effective landing page copy can be quite a daunting task. – http://blog.kissmetrics.com/high-impact-landing-copy/

Why FastCompany Gets : Eric T. Wagner – by Dharmesh Shah – http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/78334/Why-FastCompany-Gets-The-Lean-Startup-Almost-Completely-Wrong.aspx

How To Pitch A Startup In Three Minutes: Each year, Startup Riot gives entrepreneurs three minutes and four slides to pitch their business–the top three win coveted investor meetings. As hopefuls gather in Atlanta on February 22, founder Sanjay Parekh shares the winning formula. – by Philip Butta – http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/162/how-to-pitch-a-startup

Pinterest Might Be Enabling Massive Copyright Theft: Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing web sites in history. Launched about six months ago, the site already has more than 10 million monthly visitors and, among social networks, is ranked below only Facebook and Tumblr in terms of average time-spent-per-user per month. – by Kevin Lincoln – http://www.businessinsider.com/pinterest-illegal-faq-2012-2?p=1

Why Nobody Should Hate iPhone Photography: “Haters gonna hate” is an Internet meme that I’m sure everyone has seen at some point.  When there are a group of people large enough to actually hate something that usually means they are scared, jealous, envious or don’t understand what it is they are hating. – by Mike Panic – http://www.lightstalking.com/why-nobody-should-hate-iphone-photography

Four Mistakes Publishers Make When Bringing Content to Tablets: Editor’s note: Mitch Lazar is the CEO of news reader startup Taptu. He was the co-founder CNN.com and the founder of CNN Mobile and Cartoon Network Mobile. Many revolutions have been televised, but the publishing revolution has already become digitized, and now, mobilized. – http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/11/four-mistakes-publishers-make-when-bringing-content-to-tablets/

5 Genius Examples of QR Codes in Marketing: QR (Quick Response) codes are starting to pick up steam among the growing smartphone-browsing crowd – a statistic that has marketers brimming with creative ideas and promotions.  Still, no one wants to open their device to a glut of text messages and alerts from codes they’ve scanned. – http://blog.kissmetrics.com/genius-qr-codes/

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Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book: I’ve published eight books in the past seven years, five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book,  and the last two I’ve self-published. In this post I give the specific details of all of my sales numbers and advances with the traditional publishers. – by View Contributor Page – http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/28/why-every-entrepreneur-should-self-publish-a-book/

Google Is Facebook Is AOL: What Happens When a Good Google Goes Bad: Two weeks ago, Google announced that they were integrating Google+, their brand new social network, with Google search results, calling the new feature “Search, Plus Your World”. – by Adam Pash – http://lifehacker.com/5878900/google-is-facebook-is-aol-what-happens-when-a-good-google-goes-bad

Steelie looks like a simple way to hold your iPad up off the ground: The portability of the iPad and iPhone makes it easy to use these devices in your kitchen, at your desk and everywhere in between. One challenge to using your iPad in these locations is finding a case, holder or stand that protects your device from inadvertent spills or drops. – by Kelly Hodgkins – http://www.tuaw.com/2012/01/09/steelie-looks-like-a-simple-way-to-hold-your-ipad-up-off-the-gro/

Phraseology on the iPad is simple writing made super: We have a few options now to use our iPads for writing articles with few distractions. Several have been reviewed by the many folks around the office. A newer addition to the group is Phraseology. An iPad app that lets the writer in your get to what you need to do, write. – by admin – http://www.igoipad.com/2012/01/phraseology-on-the-ipad-is-simple-writing-made-super/

Master the New Gmail with These Tips, Shortcuts, and Add-Ons: Gmail is the best email client around, and chances are you use it all day, every day. It’s also filled with tricks, shortcuts, and time-saving tools you can use to kick the crap out of your email. Today, we’re going into exhaustive overdrive, covering all our favorite Gmail tricks, both old and new. – by Whitson Gordon – http://lifehacker.com/5861810/master-the-new-gmail-with-these-tips-shortcuts-and-add+ons

Everything You Need to Know About Digital Camera Lenses: A lens is probably the most important element in a camera, because the image quality is greatly affected by the quality of the lens. Compact cameras have fixed lenses, however SLR cameras use interchangeable lenses. Different types of lenses are available for various applications. – by NARENDRA – http://www.instantshift.com/2011/11/19/everything-you-need-to-know-about-digital-camera-lenses/

30 Years of the PC: A Timeline: The PC didn’t magically appear in its current wide-screen, multi-core, HD/3D viewing form overnight. It took many years (30, to be exact) to evolve from the venerable IBM PC of 1981 to the high-powered tech gadgets of today. – by Joel Santo Domingo – http://www.pcmag.com/print_article2/0,1217,a=286186,00.asp

Google versus Facebook: On June 28, Google’s senior vice-president of engineering Vic Gundotra introduced his company’s latest social networking platform project Google Plus, which within four weeks became the fastest social site to reach 25 million users. That same day, News Corp. – by Jeff Beer – http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/39199–google-versus-facebook–page1

2Fundamentals of PL/SQL: There are six essentials in painting. The first is called spirit; the second, rhythm; the third, thought; the fourth, scenery; the fifth, the brush; and the last is the ink. –Ching Hao The previous chapter provided an overview of PL/SQL. – http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/A97630_01/appdev.920/a96624/02_funds.htm

Sometimes the questions are as enlightening as the answers: Now that I’m well into this book-writing project — Breaking the Page — one thing’s clear: the questions I’m jotting down as I write are sometimes as interesting as any answers I, or anyone else for that matter, have come up with. – by Peter Meyers – http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/08/digital-content-big-questions.html

The Best PowerPoint Tip You’ll Ever Get: The best PowerPoint tip you’ll ever hear is this: When you create a PowerPoint presentation, do not start by opening the software. Start sketching instead. – http://blogs.forbes.com/carminegallo/2011/07/21/the-best-powerpoint-tip-youll-ever-get/

What Is Life? A New Theory: Biology is often called the study of life, yet in the history of the field, experts have never agreed on just what, exactly, life is. – by Clara Moskowitz – http://www.space.com/7898-life-theory.html

Pocket-Sized Design: Taking Your Website to the Small Screen: Among the many websites that are out there, few are standards-compliant. Among those few, only a handful sport style sheets adjusted to the needs of handheld devices. – by Elika Etemad – http://m.alistapart.com/articles/pocket/

Picking A Mobile Support Strategy For Your Website: The number of people browsing the Web from a mobile device has more than tripled since 2009, and it is sure to continue growing, with browser platforms such as iOS and Android offering mobile browser support that is almost identical to what we have come to expect from a desktop experience. – by Matt Lawson – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/11/picking-a-mobile-support-strategy-for-your-website/

What Does a Hollywood Producer Do, Exactly?: You probably won’t recognize the men or women who pick up the award for best picture at this Sunday’s 81st annual Academy Awards. The trophy doesn’t go to the winning film’s director or to its on-screen stars. Rather, it’s handed to the “producers.” What does a producer do, exactly? – by Ian Crouch – http://www.slate.com/id/2211696/

What Does a Film Producer Do?: February 25 marks the 79th anniversary of the Academy Awards, a film-industry ritual that enhances bankrolls, makes a few actors, directors, executives, and investors very happy, and gives producers their moment to shine—since the producer, that mysterious presence, after all, is the one to acce – by Gregory McNamee – http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2007/02/what-does-a-film-producer-do/

Spooks Get New Workout Routine … for Their Minds: The Caveman Ughlympics, the Cat-olympics, the E’lympics — seems like everyone has caught five-ring fever. Even the U.S. intelligence community. To prepare, it’s gotten a new workout routine from a very unlikely source — social science. – by Lena Groeger – http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/IrAwShdoePw/

Cory Maguire – Real Estate for Your Vision in Sonoma County: Sonoma County locals know why we live here: the diverse and pristine landscape, vibrant arts and culture, tantalizing local wines, delicious local produce, and moderate climate. – http://www.corymaguire.com/

Welcome! Here You Can Find Great Information on Sebastopol, Graton and Occidental, California Real Estate: Looking for homes? Search everything the web has to offer, right here! Don’t miss our Feature Homes. Need local real estate information? We’ve summarized much of what is important about the Sebastopol, Graton and Occidental real estate market in this site. – http://www.dougschaeffer.com/

What I learned by interviewing 23 startups in past few weeks: I’ve been slowing down my blogging lately. This has happened for a few reasons: 1. I was speaking at the Next Web a week ago in Amsterdam and wifi there was crappy. 2. Right before that I took a few days off to be in Yosemite with my family. 3. – by Robert Scoble – http://scobleizer.com/2011/05/09/what-i-learned-by-interviewing-23-startups-in-past-few-weeks/

Benadryl for Dogs: Benadryl (a.k.a. Diphenhydramine) is an Over the Counter (OTC) antihistamine, used for treating allergic reactions in people, as well as certain animals. Diphenhydramine was first invented in 1943; it received approval by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in 1946. – http://www.benadrylfordogs.org/

5 Tips for Making the Most of a Conference: I must admit that I’ve always been skeptical of conferences. Taking days out of the office (for a reason other than vacation) is expensive. If you’re going to spend money and sacrifice a valuable chunk of time that could be spent taking action, then it had better be worthwhile. – by Scott Belsky – http://the99percent.com/tips/7020/5-Tips-for-Making-the-Most-of-a-Conference

Impact Of URL Shorteners On SEO: With the emergence of social media and its impact on the SEO, a fresh look and understanding of SEO in regards to social data is required. Social search has gained much important with search engine such as Google giving increased weight to data that comes from social media. – by Navneet Kaushal – http://www.devwebpro.com/impact-of-url-shorteners-on-seo/

Group messaging: the next big thing?: As our mobile communications have evolved over the past few years, so have the messaging services that we’ve turned to, connecting us to our friends, families and colleagues. Instant communication has never been easier. – by Samuel Gibbs – http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/21/group-messaging-the-next-big-thing/

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Why Webcasts Are Perfect for Tapping Into Emerging Markets: Lara Fawzy is co-author of Emerging Business Online: Global Markets and the Power of B2B Internet Marketing, and currently a marketing manager for Cisco’s African region. Lara is also Director and founder of her own firm, ebocube Consultancy, and conducts online marketing training. – by Lara Fawzy – http://mashable.com/2011/01/17/webcasts-emerging-markets/

The Story Behind Apple’s Newton: When the first whispers of an Apple tablet started going around, we’d found it amusing that Apple hired back an old Newton PDA developer. Now that the mythical device is closer, we’ve been reminiscing more about Apple’s original tablet. – by Tom Hormby – http://gizmodo.com/5452193/the-story-behind-apples-newton

HowStuffWorks : Lots More Information Related Articles More Great Links Sources Alexander, Sharon. Home Office Weekly. “How to beat nerves before a presentation.” (Sept. 17, 2010)http://www.homeofficeweekly.com/yourself/presentations.html Hinton, Anna; Casey, Marion. Oxford Brookes University. – by Josh Briggs – http://money.howstuffworks.com/look-confident-during-presentation.htm/printable

Murder Castle: The Maze-Like Lair of the World’s First Serial Killer: The first documented serial killer, H.H. Holmes, holds a dubious and gruesome record that few serial killers in history have broken. This devil incarnate committed over 27 murders. Before forensics and CSI were invented, this man made an infamous mark on the 19th century. – by Asher Kade – http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/bizarre/news-hh-holmes-inside-castle-first-true-serial-killer

Where Have All The Comments Gone?: Years ago, the online design community was a thriving conversationalist — of sorts — through the comment sections across the community. – by Robert Bowen – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/19/critical-thinking-vs-critical-acclaim-where-have-all-the-comments-gone/

Designing for iPhone 4 Retina Display: Techniques and Workflow: The iPhone 4 features a vastly superior display resolution (614400 pixels) over previous iPhone models, containing quadruple the 153600-pixel display of the iPhone 3GS. – by Marc Edwards – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/17/designing-for-iphone-4-retina-display-techniques-and-workflow/

Mac 101: What’s happening when your Mac is starting up?: Recently, in the interest of sleeping soundly through the night, I’ve been turning off my 27″ iMac every night. No, I’m not doing this for energy conservation, but the darned thing used to light up at random intervals in the middle of the night. – by Steven Sande – http://www.tuaw.com/2010/10/22/mac-101-whats-happening-when-your-mac-is-starting-up/

free-pressrelease-distribution.com: The Leading Free Press Release Distribution Site on the Net: free-pressrelease-distribution.com has been connecting our visitors with providers of Assembly, CD ROM Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing and many other related services for nearly 10 years. – http://free-pressrelease-distribution.com/pdf-vs-epub-comparison-explanation-2-2727042.html

How To: Speed Read – The Complete Guide: Usually when we humans gather information, we do it by reading it. Sounds and pictures are of course another way to gather information, and they are ultimately the fastest ways since the way our brain processes that information is more automatic. – http://www.bitrebels.com/geek/how-to-speed-read-the-complete-guide/

How Authors Really Make Money: The Rebirth of Seth Godin and Death of Traditional Publishing 264 Comments: What do the economics of publishing look like… really? (Photo: thinkpanama) Print is dead! – by Tim Ferriss – http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2010/08/23/seth-godin-and-print-publishing/

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A Complete Guide To Tumblr: Think of Tumblr as micro-blogging on steroids (technically, it’s called “tumblelogging”). Whereas Twitter and similar services limit posts to 140 characters or less, Tumblr lets you post updates of any length, although it’s best suited to short-format posts. – by Cameron Chapman – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/22/a-complete-guide-to-tumblr/

What Do We Really Mean By Art?: Mark Rothko, an American artist who described himself as an “abstract painter”, once said that he was not the kind of person interested in the relationship of form, color or similars. – by Marilina Maraviglia – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/23/what-do-we-really-mean-by-art/

13 Quick Tips To Write A Successful Post: Writing content is not easy, no doubt about it. Then we usually go and start worrying about how to make that content easy to share, how to provide valuable information, how to engage readers and so on to make it even harder. – http://socialmouths.com/blog/2010/07/08/13-quick-tips-to-write-a-successful-post/

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The Creative vs. The Marketing Team: Yin And Yang, Oil And Water: Smashing Editorial: Please notice that the language in some parts of this article may be very informal. If you think you might be offended, please stop reading this article now. I hate the division represented in this title. It’s the major stumbling block in modern business. – by Speider Schneider – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/20/yin-and-yang-oil-and-water-creative-and-marketing/

Former employees shed light on Apple’s internal corporate culture: Former workers of Apple have offered a peek inside the company’s secretive corporate culture, with a glimpse at employee mentality, security, and the difference between a project in which Steve Jobs is involved, and one without the chief executive’s interest. – by Neil Hughes – http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/07/07/former_employees_shed_light_on_apples_internal_corporate_culture.html

Life and death of Microsoft Kin: the inside story: Since our piece on Wednesday, we’ve had more trusted sources step forward to fill in some blanks and clarify the story behind the amazingly swift fall from grace that Microsoft’s Kin phones have experienced since their launch just a few weeks ago. – http://m.engadget.com/metrics/redirect/

Why Design-By-Committee Should Die: No matter where you go in the known universe, there is design-by-committee. It has become a pecking order of disaster for the society that used to pride itself on being a mover and shaker and that allowed its mavericks and dreamers to innovate their way to success. – by Speider Schneider – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/06/29/why-design-by-commitee-should-die/

Invincible Apple: 10 Lessons From the Coolest Company Anywhere: Everyone wants to be like Steve Jobs and his powerhouse company. It’s not as easy as it looks. On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, just after 2:30 p.m., the unthinkable happened: Apple became the largest company in the tech universe, and, after ExxonMobil, the second largest in the nation. – by Farhad Manjoo – http://www.fastcompany.com/node/1659056/print

Invincible Apple: 10 Lessons From the Coolest Company Anywhere: Everyone wants to be like Steve Jobs and his powerhouse company. It’s not as easy as it looks. On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, just after 2:30 p.m., the unthinkable happened: Apple became the largest company in the tech universe, and, after ExxonMobil, the second largest in the nation. – by Farhad Manjoo – http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/147/apple-nation.html

The internet: Everything you ever need to know: A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future. The internet went from being something exotic to being boring utility, like mains electricity or running water – and we never really noticed. So we wound up being totally dependent on a system about which we are terminally incurious. – http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jun/20/internet-everything-need-to-know

Sizing up the iPhone 4 for shutterbugs: The original iPhone launched with a fixed-focus lens and a paltry (even for 2007) 2 megapixel sensor. – by Chris Foresman – http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/06/sizing-up-the-iphone-4-for-shutterbugs.ars

The Complete Guide to iPod, Apple TV and iPhone Video Formats: In the fall of 2005, Apple took their first steps into the portable video market with the fifth-generation iPod with video capabilities. This original “video iPod” sported a 320×240 screen and supported playback of videos encoded only at that maximum resolution using very specific formats. – by Jesse Hollington – http://ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-ipod-video-formats-and-display-resolutions/

AT&T vs. Verizon: Let’s get this straight: AT&T and Verizon are not having an argument. It’s more like a knife fight for dominance of the burgeoning wireless market. They’re fighting for new customers and to hang on to old ones. They’re fighting for a new generation of smartphones. – by John Cox – http://www.pcworld.com/article/198150/atandt_vs_verizon.html

9 Brain Habits You Didn’t Realize You Had…: Brain is certainly the most amazing part of human body. It becomes more interesting when it does not work the way you expect it should. Psychology frequently establishes our intuitions about how human mind works, but it reveals a number of surprises as well… – http://www.mindcafe.org/9-brain-habits-you-did-not-realize-you-had

Video: Evernote CEO Phil Libin Shares Revenue Stats (And How To Make Freemium Work): Last week at the Founder Showcase, a quarterly event put on by Adeo Ressi’s TheFunded, Evernote CEO Phil Libin gave a presentation discussing some of the startup’s key revenue numbers and strategy. – by Jason Kincaid – http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/28/video-evernote-ceo-phil-libin-shares-revenue-stats-and-how-to-make-freemium-work/

How to Sync Multiple Calendars to the iPad With Google Sync — Mobile Technology News: Yes, we’ve covered Apple’s iPad quite a bit this week. While there are other happenings in the mobile tech world, this was a big one — besides, I haven’t blogged much about it just yet. – by Kevin C. Tofel – http://gigaom.com/mobile/ipad-calendar-sync-fix-google/

Sensory Evaluation of Coffee: To define and understand the benefit of sensory evaluation, the scientific discipline which looks at how we evoke, measure and interpret the characteristics of food and materials as they are perceived by our senses. – http://www.sweetmarias.com/article.sensory-evaluation.html

Guy Kawasaki: Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. – http://www.guykawasaki.com/about/index.shtml

5 mistakes smart people make: 1. Success and happiness are not the same thing When I ask people to summarize what they are wanting out of life they throw out a lot of words. Stuff like ‘Love’, ‘Achievement’, ‘Family’, ‘Fame’, ‘Peace’, ‘Money’. – by Alan – http://toughguide.blogspot.com/2010/01/5-mistakes-smart-people-make.html

The 7 Psychological Principles of Scams: Protect Yourself by Learning the Techniques: Good hustlers are excellent intuitive psychologists. Just like magicians they understand enough about how the mind works to exploit its vulnerabilities. – by Stanley Milgram – http://www.spring.org.uk/2010/01/the-7-psychological-principles-of-scams-protect-yourself-by-learning-the-techniques.php

How I Leaped from Pagerank 0 to 4 in 21 Days Without any Connections: Today, Henri Junttila shares his 21 day experience of blog marketing that resulted in the Pagerank increase from zero to four in only 21 days. Want to write for us too? It’s amazing at what you can accomplish when you work hard. – by Henri – http://www.blogussion.com/marketing/improve-google-pagerank/

Will the Mobile Web Kill Off the App Store?: The debate over the longevity of native software continues. Mozilla, creator of Firefox, claims that its new browser for smartphones will contribute to the death of smartphone app stores. – by Brian X. Chen – http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/12/firefox-mobile-vs-app-stores/

30 years in Apple products: the good, the bad, and the ugly: Has it really been 30 years since two buddies named Steve sold off their prized possessions (Woz’s HP calculator and Jobs’ VW van) to raise money and launch a company? Has it really been 30 years since the two Steves, tired of selling blue boxes, built the Apple I and began selling it for $666. – by Ryan Block – http://www.engadget.com/2006/04/01/30-years-in-apple-products-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Turn your Mac into a WiFi hotspot using OS X’s internet sharing: Have you ever been in a situation where you had multiple devices that needed to connect to the internet, but only one available source (like an ethernet cable or cellular air card)? Sharing your internet connection is only a few clicks away. – http://www.macyourself.com/2009/02/23/turn-your-mac-into-a-wifi-hotspot-using-os-xs-internet-sharing/

7 Keys to Reading Faster: Want to read faster? In this article, I’m going to share the lessons I learned that doubled my reading rate, allowed me to consume over 70 books in a year and made me a smarter reader. I’m also going to destroy some speed-reading myths, to show you it isn’t magic but a skill anyone can learn. – by Scott Young – http://thinksimplenow.com/productivity/7-keys-to-reading-faster/

How to Become More Intelligent: Although knowledge is not the summation of intelligence, it is the foundation of intelligence, so it’s crucial that we cultivate the joy of reading. It’s an amazing thing, people who become successful write down how they did it, and then sell that information for a few dollars. – by Mr. Self Development – http://www.dumblittleman.com/2009/11/how-to-become-more-intelligent.html

A Visual Guide to Computer Cables and Connectors: Computer cables can be confusing so here’s a quick visual guide that will help you quickly identify almost every cable that came bundled with your computer and other electronic gadgets. – http://www.labnol.org/gadgets/visual-guide-to-computer-cables-connectors/10694/

3 Nifty iPhone Apps For News Consumption On The Go: My name is Robin Wauters, and I’m a news junkie. – by Robin Wauters – http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/17/3-nifty-iphone-apps-for-news-consumption-on-the-go/

Showcase of Designs Optimized for iPhone: Over the last couple of years, mobile devices have managed to gain mainstream popularity. With iPhone, making mobile Web applications finally usable by broad masses, web design can now be applied to mobile applications as well. – by Adeel Raza – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/27/showcase-of-designs-optimized-for-iphone/

How to Start Your Own Company Using Your iPhone: Atlanta creative director Elizabeth Baskin has started several companies herself–one of them being her ad agency Tribe, Inc., with clients like Porsche, Home Depot, UPS, Coca-Cola, and Chick-fil-A. – by Alissa Walker – http://www.fastcompany.com/node/1361766

How To Create Your First iPhone App (2012 Edition): : The original version of this article by Jen Gordon was published in August 2009. It was thoroughly revised and updated by the author in September 2012. — Editorial Team – by Jen Gordon – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/11/how-to-create-your-first-iphone-application/

Are Netbooks Enough for Your Business?: Portable and affordable, the trendy “netbook” is all the rage among computer makers and the consumers snatching them up in droves — so much, in fact, this young category is estimated to make up more than 20 percent of the entire laptop category by next year. – by Marc Saltzman – http://technology.inc.com/hardware/articles/200908/netbooks.html

Paying Taxes While Living Abroad: Q: I am an American citizen, and I have landed a job in China. But I am unsure what this means for my U.S. tax situation. If I am living in China, paying taxes there and being paid in China’s currency, will I still have to pay U.S. taxes on my China earnings, even if they aren’t very much? – by TOM HERMAN – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124855578321381439.html

Get Creative With Your Domain Name: Choosing a domain name for a new client is a difficult task. Domain names are the crux of a website’s existence. A bad name can create a negative impact on branding and the ability to strengthen the domain value. – by Preeti Pradhan – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/26/get-creative-with-your-domain-names/

The TUAW how-to guide to iPhone 3GS video recording and editing: It seems like everyone who’s purchased an iPhone 3GS at this point has had a different reason for buying one. For some people, it was all about getting a faster CPU; for others, it was their first 3G-and-beyond smartphone. – by Steven Sande – http://www.tuaw.com/2009/06/27/the-tuaw-how-to-guide-to-iphone-3gs-video-recording-and-editing/

30 Must-Have Tweaks For Your Mac: In one of the recent posts, we looked at some reasons why some developers switch to the Mac. If you’ve decided to make the switch yourself, you can do a lot to make the transition smoother. – by Mark Nutter – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/04/30-must-have-tweaks-for-your-mac/

The Slick New Ads in iPhone OS 3.0: In five days, Apple will likely loose a new iPhone operating system on the world, and with it, new expectations of what a phone can do. – by Chris Dannen – http://www.fastcompany.com/node/1290166

Why We Tweet: You know you’re doing something strange and new—or at least new—when every time you’re at a social gathering, the activity comes up and the barbs come out. “Why do you waste your time with such nonsense?” people ask. – by Jack and Suzy – http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_24/b4135000618911.htm

The Future of Twitter: Microblogging platform Twitter has 32 million users, an increase from about 2 million a year ago, according to research mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. Some Internet measurement services show that figure increasing 50% to 100% month over month. – http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1901188_1901207,00.html

A SMB Owners Intro To Search Engine Marketing: You’ve heard it a million times: The Web has leveled the playing field for small businesses. Great. But what does that mean. The Web is intimidating. How does someone take advantage of that new playing field? Where do you start and how do you get the most bang for your buck? – by Lisa Barone – http://smallbiztrends.com/2009/05/guide-to-search-engine-marketing.html

Beyond Mobile Advertising: At some point all media becomes part of an equation. They devolve into commodities traded individually or as parts of portfolios, or they’re thrown in to complete a reach calculation or rating points total. Mobile advertising is naturally part of media’s calculus. – by Eric Bader – http://www.clickz.com/3633879

The Language of Behavioral Marketing, Part 1: Since working to learn about the behavioral marketing industry, I find myself floating on a sea of ambiguity, still looking for islands of meaning. Over the past five months, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a number of industry luminaries. – by Brian Massey – http://www.clickz.com/3633853

Went Walkabout. Brought back Google Wave. – Tags: – http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/went-walkabout-brought-back-google-wave.html

101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know: We all know some of the famous on-liners from the movies, but some of them are so commonplace that you may not even know that it’s a quote from a movie or from which movie it originated. But there are some quotes from movies that everyone should know. – by John Fitzgerald – http://amog.com/entertainment/movie-one-liners/

How to Create a Minimalist Computer Experience: Post written by . Follow me on Twitter. A minimalist computer setup, as paradoxical as that may sound to some, lends itself to a more serene, focused creative environment in my experience. – by Leo Babauta – http://zenhabits.net/2009/05/how-to-create-a-minimalist-computer-experience/

LG X120 netbook review: On paper, LG’s X120 netbook is just another entrant in the Atom-filled sea of sameness — and, in many respects, it is. – by Donald Melanson – http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/19/lg-x120-netbook-review/

Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards: A few days ago, I had lunch with an individual who is considering hiring me to give a multi-hour seminar to a business convention on personal finance. – by Trent – http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/11/29/everything-you-ever-really-needed-to-know-about-personal-finance-on-the-back-of-five-business-cards/

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Advertising Age: What’s the difference between registering and subscribing? Registering allows you to sign up for any of our free emails, participate in polls or comment on stories. With your registration, you may read up to 10 articles free each calendar month. – http://adage.com/digital/article

Lake Como: Lake Como is situated in Como (Province) in Lombardy, Northern Italy. It is part of the Italian Lake District. Popular with visitors for well over 100 years for its combination of fresh air, water, mountains and good weather, it’s still worth a visit. – by Cernobbio – http://wikitravel.org/en/Lake_como

Clean Up and Revive Your Bloated, Sluggish Mac: A few years back you dropped significant cash to switch over from the virus-laden world of Windows to a shiny new Mac, but over time it’s gotten slow and crufty. Let’s clean it up. – by Gina Trapani – http://lifehacker.com/5252183/clean-up-and-revive-your-bloated-sluggish-mac

Five Things About Mobile You Should Consider: Some marketers view mobile too narrowly. They see it as a digital channel limited to cell phones, best used as a 160-character text-messaging machine. Unfortunately, that mindset limits mobile marketing’s full potential. – by Eric Bader – http://www.clickz.com/3633131

How to Make Gmail Your Ultimate Productivity Center: These days there are a proliferation of digital tools we use for productivity, for time management, for communication, for social networking, for keeping track of our lives, online and off. – by Leo Babauta – http://zenhabits.net/2009/05/how-to-make-gmail-your-ultimate-productivity-center/

How to Block Facebook Photos of Yourself: Correction: As several readers pointed out, I misunderstood Facebook’s response to my question. There is no way to prevent someone from tagging a photo with either your username, or your name as a tag. What’s possible is you can prevent other users from searching for photos of you. – by PAUL BOUTIN – http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/how-to-block-facebook-photos-of-yourself/

Top 10 Tips To Get Your Startup Noticed.: Getting your startup noticed is one of the most essential steps in building a successful online brand. You can have the coolest app/site in the world, but if no one knows about it, well, you’re out of luck. – by Nathan W. Burke – http://marketingstartups.com/2008/12/05/top-10-tips-to-get-your-startup-noticed/

The 7 Must-Haves In Your Social Media Strategy: It’s fantastic that interest in social media is so high, but I’m alarmed at the number of brands and agencies that are ready to jump into social media to take “advantage” of audience concentration in Facebook, Twitter, and other fast-growth outposts. – http://www.mpdailyfix.com/2008/12/its_fantastic_that_interest_in.html

Top 20 Ways to Share a Great Blog Post: One of the best things about the web and social media is how much great information is written and produced every single day. If you’re a regular reader of blogs, you probably come across great articles that you just want everyone to know about. But what’s the best way to share these posts? – by Ben Parr – http://mashable.com/2009/03/29/sharing-great-posts/

5 Steps to Going Viral on Twitter: Back in 2006 when Brian wrote the Viral Copy report, Twitter didn’t even exist. Now Twitter is a force that any serious web publisher needs to reckon with in order to gain maximum exposure for content. Twitter is changing the way information spreads online. – by Dan Zarrella – http://www.copyblogger.com/go-viral-on-twitter/

Top 5 Steps after Joining Twitter: Posted on 22. Mar, 2009 by in Web This is probably one of the most important posts I have written so far because I am hoping it will help a lot of people join and use Twitter more efficiently. – by hilzfuld – http://technmarketing.com/web/first-5-steps-after-joining-twitter/

Ten Things you Must Know before Using Twitter: Posted on 14. Apr, 2009 by in Web As I thought about the next topic for a blog post, I could not help but get drawn back to Twitter (you can follow me here). It is what interests most of my readers, and the truth be told, it is what interests me. – by hilzfuld – http://technmarketing.com/web/ten-things-you-must-know-before-using-twitter/

Top 5 Reasons to Tweet: Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by in Web Being a heavy Twitter user has presented a very serious challenge for me. I am asked multiple times every day, “What is Twitter?” I always try to answer that question in the most relevant way taking my audience into consideration. – by hilzfuld – http://technmarketing.com/web/top-5-reasons-to-tweet/

11 Things to Avoid When Using Twitter: Posted on 27. Apr, 2009 by in Web Twitter has taken off since my last post. It is all over the place. You can turn on the TV at any given time in any given country and be sure to hear it mentioned. – by hilzfuld – http://technmarketing.com/web/11-things-to-avoid-when-using-twitter/