Mitchell Ravitz

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10 Different Lighting Effects Using Just One Softbox

When you start out as a photographer, you probably don’t have a lot of equipment or money, so you need to come up with unique ways of using what you …

In conversation with Richard Gingras, VP of Google News

The head of Google News discusses the news ecosystem, responds to GDPR criticism, and answers the question: Is Google really a child of the open …

Adobe Bringing Creative Cloud to K-12 Students

<i>The Creative Cloud goes to school!</i><p>This morning Adobe announced the new availability of their Creative Cloud to K-12 students, bringing the power of …

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla will drop RC4 encryption in Chrome, Edge, IE, and Firefox next year

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla all made the same announcement today: They will drop support for the RC4 cipher in their respective browsers. Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Firefox will all stop using the outdated security technology next year.<p>RC4 is a stream cipher designed in 1987 that has …

Software

Finding A New Calling After Being Laid Off At 50

Turning 50 is challenging enough.<p>But losing a job at 50 in the youth-obsessed world of advertising, well, <i>that</i> was a crisis.<p>For me, it wasn't just a job. It was the culmination of a 25-year career.<p>I started out writing copy for noodle packages and worked my way up to creating award-winning …

Seven things security experts do to keep safe online

From using password managers to checking urls, best practices revealed in new study<p>Cybersecurity experts aren’t like you or I, and now we have the evidence to prove it. Researchers at Google interviewed more than 200 experts to find out what security practices they actually carry out online, and …

Anti-Virus Software

Your Brain on Exercise

I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me. -- Mark Twain<p>Diet and exercise. The importance of both was known to the earliest humans, but today we know much more about how food and exercise affects our minds and bodies through scientific evidence. In this two-part series, I will explore the …

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

Camera Resolution Explained

Although the megapixel race has been going on since digital cameras had been invented, the last few years in particular have seen a huge increase in …

Cameras

Microsoft's CEO expects pen to be extinct in a decade

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It used to be mightier than the sword.<p>Now it's just a doddering old thing that will soon be only the stuff of romance novels and legends.<p>We're already poking at our screens so much that soon we'll have …

Microsoft’s New App Strategy: Turning Google Into A Dumb Pipe

Microsoft doesn’t just want its hands on every operating system. It also wants eyes in every cloud.<p>If you had made a list a couple of years ago of all the things you’d never expect Microsoft to do, it might have included a number of items.<p>Full-blown Office for iOS and Android? Sounds unlikely. Free …

Apps

The 20 photographs of the week

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Ultra-strong graphene's weak spot could be key to fuel cells

LONDON (Reuters) - In a discovery that experts say could revolutionize fuel cell technology, scientists in Britain have found that graphene, the world’s thinnest, strongest and most impermeable material, can allow protons to pass through it.<p>The researchers, led by the Nobel prize winner and …

The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014

Book nerds, unite! We admit that while we love surfing the net and audibly groan whenever the WiFi goes down, our joy in curling up with a great book …

Diets

I helped make Alex from Target go viral

<i>This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow the author here.</i><p><b>Update:</b> Abbie (@auscalum) and Alex Lee (@acl163) were never employed by Breakr. Aside from Abbie being a follower and tweeting the photo, we jumped on it with the hashtag #AlexFromTarget<p>Yesterday, we had fun on Twitter with …

How to go from $0 to $75,000/mo. without taking on an investor or hiring a single employee

In case you didn’t know, we (Talkroute) declined our acceptance into a well-known accelerator, and a lot of people thought we were stupid. Even after I published a ridiculously long blog post explaining why we said “no thanks,” the skeptics remained, well, skeptical.<p>But today, right here on …

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $35!)

It’s hard to believe that November is already here and before you know it, it’ll be 2015. Of course, there are plenty of paid iPhone and iPad apps to …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

Yikes: Big Amazon Web Services reboot on the way Friday

Here’s something to make you sit up and take notice: Amazon Web Services has notified customers that an “urgent patch” to many EC2 hosts will start …

How to Photograph the Long, Winding Railroads

Railroad tracks reach to infinity effortlessly. There are modern, state of the art rail systems. Tracks that have been used through long standing, …

3 Color Theory Tips to Inspire Your Digital Design

<i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Color makes the world beautiful. Nothing feels more energizing than a vibrant blue sky on a sunny day. And when we need peace? We take a walk through the snow, relax in the sand at the beach, or let …

Google’s 'Security Princess' Leads A Team Of Hackers Paid To Think Like Criminals

Tabriz is one of the more than 250 Google security engineers responsible for protecting our user data and the company's infrastructure. In an excellent Elle profile, Tabriz told reporter Clare Malone that she chose the title before a trip to Japan, because she wanted to one-up the "hired hacker" …

Hackers find security weaknesses with the Lifx smart LED

A team of security experts in England recently hacked their way into a smart home's Wi-Fi network. Their inside man? The Lifx color-changing smart LED .<p>As first reported by LEDinside, Context, a UK-based consulting firm specializing in security, recently demonstrated an exploitable weakness within …

Hackers only need to get it right once; we need to get it right every time

Hackers need to find one weak point to steal valuable information, while you must account for every possible vulnerability across your entire infrastructure. We must band together, think like a bad guy and take action to protect what matters.<p>Recent high visibility hacks, such as those at Target and …

Exclusive: YouTube weighs funding efforts to boost premium content - sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a move that could bolster a three-year-old multimillion-dollar effort that has had mixed success so …

What Silicon Valley refuses to learn from Steve Jobs

Just about every tech leader in Silicon Valley says they admire Steve Jobs, but when it comes to following his lead, where’s the love?<p>Visit any hacker hangout, tech firm, or investment company in Silicon Valley, and you’re sure to hear people say how much they admire Steve Jobs. They’ll say that he …