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12 Steps to Successly Promote your Photography on Instagram

If you’re reading this and are interested in digital photography, chances are you’re a user of Instagram, the current goliath of social media in …

Google Drive Price Drop - A Tipping Point For Photographers

Although cloud storage prices have been continued to drop at impressive rates, they have remained out of reach for many serious amateurs and …

Google Drive

How to sell photos online, in print and in ways you never dreamed of

If you’ve been taking pictures for a few years your hard drive is probably over-flowing with images of all types. Whatever subjects you choose to …

5 Ways to Take the Best Advantage of Natural Light for Portraits

<b>Pro Tip:</b> Despite the fact that we all love bokeh, don’t ever let it get in the way of good composition and an even better vision for the end …

A Printer That Develops Your iPhone Pics Into Lasting Polaroids

Previously on Kickstarter and finally available for order, the Impossible Lab is an analog gadget that lets you print Polaroids from your iPhone. It’s brilliant. Here’s why.<p>There are plenty of ways to turn an iPhone picture into a Polaroid-like print, from online services like Moo to portable Wi-Fi …

Types of Lenses and How They Are Used

Lenses are one of the most important considerations in photography. The lens you choose for each shot can dramatically change your results; its best …

Landscape Photography

An Obsessive's Strategy for Finding Pappy Van Winkle—and Other Rare Whiskey

A radical (but useful) method for hoarding elusive bottles.<p><i>For all the talk of the impending whiskey shortage, whiskey fanatics have been battling with the frustrations of scarcity for years now—particularly when it comes to elusive brands like Pappy Van Winkle. But we happen to know one obsessive</i> …

Whiskey

Ask E. Jean: I Have a New Boyfriend, But I Can't Stop Thinking About My Ex

I'm in love with two guys! One with a little more of my head, one with a little more of my heart. How do I choose?<p><b>Dear E. Jean:</b> The Scenario: The love of my life breaks up with me. A year later, I find lovely, adoring, devoted New Boyfriend. Old Boyfriend freaks out, apologizes, and proposes …

VoltDB scoops up $8M more to sell its NewSQL database

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>NewSQL database vendor VoltDB closed $8 million in Series B funding, which it will use to support more new applications …

Barnes & Noble brings Nook Press self-publishing to parts of Europe

Does your agent constantly reject your manuscript about a teen wizard who falls in love with a vampire and has to fight for their life in a televised death zone? Barnes & Noble feels your pain, and is opening up the Nook Press self-publishing platform to parts of Europe to get your story told. From …

Opera Mediaworks looking to buy hundreds of millions of dollars of mobile ad companies

Opera Mediaworks just doesn’t get any respect. As app makers look for monetization options, names like Chartboost and Google and Flurry and Millennial Media are top-of-mind, but Opera seems to fly beneath the average Silicon Valley radar.<p>That’s probably due to change soon.<p>“We’re the largest mobile …

Elance and oDesk hit by major DDoS attacks, downing services for many freelancers

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>The freelancer platform Elance has been under a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for …

The NSA is currently recording an entire country's phone calls

According to leaked documents obtained by <i>The Washington Post</i>, the NSA currently has the capability to record 100% of a country's phone calls, enabling playback of any individual call for up to 30 days. The voice interception tool, dubbed MYSTIC, was launched in 2009 and became fully operational in …

Soar Over Surreal Turkey in a Hot Air Balloon

Could there be anything more dreamy than this? I spent a good part of this morning looking through surreal photos of hot air balloons soaring over Cappadocia. A historical region in Central Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia is known for its unusual, moon-like landscape. It's a mixture of naturally …

New Mexico

Mobile Greeting Card Company Cleverbug Closes $6 Million Series A

Personalized greeting card company Cleverbug, whose CleverCards mobile app lets you customize cards using Facebook photos then share with friends either digitally or via postal mail, has raised an additional $6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by seed round investor Delta Partners. …

Why free games are increasingly the most profitable apps

With the possible exception of Pou, every one of the 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, when you include downloads on both Apple and Android devices, is a game. (Pou is a virtual pet, which is not strictly a game, but it’s also not not a game, depending on how you look at it.)<p>There’s no ambivalence …

Apps

How the NSA, GCHQ and crooks can hack mobile apps

On Monday, the latest Edward Snowden leaks revealed GCHQ and the National Security Agency were targeting specific mobile applications in their …

CARROT Fit arrives on the App Store, threatens to destroy your body fat… and self-esteem

Meatbags beware: the App Store’s most popular sadistic artificial intelligence is back. CARROT Fit, a brand new app from the creator of the to-do and alarm clock apps in the CARROT family, was launched today.<p>The latest addition to the CARROT family is designed to help you get your massive bloated …

CoFoundersLab Looks To Become An OKCupid For Founders Following Acquisition Of Stealth Mode Competitor, Wonpy

CoFoundersLab, a matchmaking service for startup founders similar to FounderDating, Founder2be and a host of others has acquired the IP, product and a few relationships from New York-based Wonpy, which was still effectively operating stealth mode. Wonpy’s founder, Erick Brimen, will now join …

Sheryl Sandberg Among Youngest Women Billionaires As Facebook Shares Climb

In her book <i>Lean In,</i> Sheryl Sandberg detailed her negotiations with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as she was being scouted for the position of chief operating officer. Poised to become the social network’s number two, the Harvard MBA noted that she was “dying” to accept the job but was “afraid of …

Privatext launches for Android, promises ultra-secure messages

In the wake of Snapchat’s security concerns related to the partial leak of 4.6 million user phone numbers, we imagine there are a number of folks that now consider themselves former-Snapchat fans, with no plans to go back to using the service.<p>To Snapchat’s credit, they have since released an app …

Apps

AngelList Tests Job Post Charges, For Successful Hires You Pay 10% Salary Or .25% Equity

When AngelList — the network for young startups to find funding and employees — announced a $24 million round of funding last year, it noted that it had already helped 3,000 people find jobs through free listings. Now, it’s experimenting with ways to charge for them.<p>Today, a message has been …

Data-driven fertility app Glow’s new version includes those avoiding pregnancy

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: violetblue<p>As new mom and fellow colleague Ki Mae Heussner said in August, “Once you’ve gotten it in your head that you …

Google Will Pay A Year's Salary To Hackers Who Find One Really Bad Security Flaw In Chrome OS

As long as they tell Google how they did it.<p>It announced plans for its fourth annual hacking contest called Pwnium 4, held in March at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver. "Pwn" is geek-speak for breaking into a computer and owning it. Pwnium is a play on the full name of Google Chrome: …

PCH International Acquires ShopLocket To “Close The Loop” For Hardware Startups

Toronto-based startup ShopLocket, an e-commerce platform originally designed to let anyone sell anything from a single item to a line of goods quickly and easily via their existing presence on the web, has been acquired by an unusual suitor: PCH International, the company founded by Irish …

Frog’s Chief Creative Officer exits and launches new type of design agency

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>Mark Rolston, a twenty-year veteran with design agency Frog, has left the …

New OECD report shows that connected TVs won’t break the internet, but they will break business models

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: AT&T<p>Television has gone broadband, and that transition will continue over the next decade as more content finds its …

With AirWatch, VMware gets phones and tablets and a toehold in Internet of Things

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Maxx-Studio<p>At the very least, VMware’s $1.5 billion buyout of AirWatch proves the company, famous for …

Aviary Says It Has Been Used To Edit 10 Billion Photos

Aviary is announcing today that it’s hit a big milestone in the use of its photo editing platform — that platform has been used to edit 10 billion photos.<p>And it seems that most of that activity happened in the past year, since Aviary made its 3 billion photo announcement in March of 2013.<p>The …