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Forget passion, focus on process

How do you turn inspiration into skill?

Insight: Since copywriting is interface design, you…

The 5 Most Dangerous Creativity Killers

When it comes to doing creative work, it’s important to not only look for ways to let our creativity thrive, but to also be mindful of insidious …

A Short Guide to Writing Good Copy - Copyblogger

The term “style” is thrown around a lot by writers, but it’s a misnomer for copywriters because “style” doesn’t work in the extremely short attention …

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Visualization as Process, Not Output

“Please make me a visualization.”<p>I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it. They tend to make me think of other requests that could be made in the same form, like:<p>“Please make me a roast beef sandwich.”<p>Or:<p>“Please make me a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.”<p>Roast beef sandwiches and …

What’s the Connection Between Counting Squares and Innovation?

Take a look at the following figure, and then consider the questions below.<p>How many squares are there in this picture?<br>• How did you arrive at this number?<br>• What connection (if any) do you see between this exercise and breakthrough innovation?<p>We will provide the answers to these three questions in a …

To Innovate, Find What’s Hiding in Plain Sight

In our last post, we asked the question, “What’s the connection between counting squares and innovation?” In order to come up with the answer, we presented you with the following figure and asked you how many squares you could find. It turns out, the answer isn’t so simple.<p>It was clear that this …

LG Optimus G Pro Review: the phone-tablets are here to stay

It's bigger and faster and, in a lot of ways, better.<p>Phones keep getting bigger, and LG is playing the game like everybody else. Following in the …

Google Launches Maps Engine Lite, Makes It Easy To Create Advanced Custom Maps

For years now, Google has offered its Google Maps Engine to enterprises that want to visualize their custom geospacial data. Starting today, anybody will be able to use a subset of this functionality, thanks to the launch of Google Maps Engine Lite (beta). This new tool, Google says, will allow any …

Meet Forecast, The Web App That Has Web App Developers Drooling

Anyone remember the last time I said “Wow! Look at how pretty this web app is!”? Because I don’t.<p>At least, not before this morning when I saw Forecast.<p>Warning before anyone is like “WTF? Why is TechCrunch writing about a weather app? UNSUBSCRIIIIIBE”: Yeah, Forecast is a weather app. But it’s a …

Apple Acquires Indoor GPS Startup WiFiSlam For $20M

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple has acquired WiFiSlam, an indoor GPS startup that enables a smartphone to pinpoint its location — along with that of your friends — in realtime up to 2.5 meters in accuracy.<p>Apple paid $20 million to acquire WiFiSlam, although the specific terms …

Apple Patents iPhone With Wraparound Display, Including Designs That Plug Together Voltron-Style

Apple has a new patent filing just published by the USPTO today, first spotted by AppleInsider, which details a wraparound-style AMOLED display that could make it possible to create an iPhone that’s almost entirely screen, with touch gestures and virtual buttons replacing physical ones completely. …

TechCrunch’s Picks: The Top 7 Startups From Y Combinator’s W13 Demo Day

Y Combinator was tougher to get into than ever this season, and the quality showed on stage. Thirty-three startups presented on the record at the incubator’s Winter 2013 Demo Day today. Picking the most promising ones was no easy task. But after a team huddle and taking input from VCs and founders, …

Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Barouch is the founder and CEO of location-based startup Roamz, developer of social media business product Local Measure. Follow him on Twitter @jbarouch.</i><p>Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for …

How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul - Copyblogger

Want to know a powerful secret weapon you can use in your quest for better creative output? Think of it as an industrial-strength antidote to …

10 Innovative Uses of Pinterest

10 Creative Uses of Pinterest<p>1. UNICEF's 'Ami Musa'<p>2. C.J. Chivers' War Photojournalism<p>3. Liz Gray's 'The House That Liz Built'<p>4. <i>GIRLS</i>' 'fanGIRLS'<p>5. …

The 1-3-5 Rule For More Doable To-Do Lists

There are as many theories on keeping to-do lists as there are people who keep them. That said, there are a few rules that should always apply if you ever hope to cross anything off them.<p>The to-do list is necessary part of brain hygiene. And like showers and shaving, if you don’t make them part of …

Ten websites that teach coding and a bunch of other things

Seemingly every day there’s a new article or blog post imploring you to learn how to code. “Those who code have the power to transform their dreams …