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Copyright Scott Bourne 2009 - All Rights Reserved Chances are that more people have strong opinions about what constitutes a good lens than actually know what separates good from bad. It almost always boils down to aberration and distortion.
This is our WordPress for photographers resource page. You’ll find links to free WordPress themes that are great for photographers and some recommended premium ones too. We also have a selection of tutorial videos to help you get started if you’re new to WordPress You will also find updated links to our articles on WordPress plugins. Keep an eye out for our regular feature – Blogging tips for Photographers
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It’s still the most popular question I am asked. “What camera should I buy?” Lately there’s a new twist to the question…”Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?”
I love Nikon camera bodies and lenses . This is not a post that is intended to imply Nikon is a bad company, their cameras suck or that the Nikon user base is full of losers. It’s not – really.
PC / IT stuff
Last year, Yahoo still dominated display advertising on the Web in terms of sheer number of ad impressions on its properties, but social networking sites MySpace and Facebook came on strong. Some new data from comScore in its just-released 2009 U.S. Digital Year in Review ranks the top Web properties by the number of display ad impressions. Yahoo served up an estimated 521 billion impressions last year, according to the report, followed by Fox Interactive Media (i.e. MySpace) with 368 billion, and Facebook with 330 billion.
Apparently, the Apple Tablet doesn't need to actually exist to have a history. Well, that's not entirely true. We all know it exists, but it hasn't officially been announced yet by the company that is supposed to be selling it. Don't be confused, when it comes to Apple product rumors, oxymorons are a common occurrence. This, however, is not another Apple Tablet rumor, it's merely an attempt to put everything we know about the Apple Tablet (admittedly, it's not much) into one handy infographic. Check out the (huge) image after the break (an even bigger version is here ).
Note: This item was written two days prior to the iPad's fateful release. Our crystal ball was a little hazy, so our predictions were off in a couple of cases, most notably the $499 starting price, which is admirable, and the alleged 10-hour battery life. Thanks to all who corresponded with witty missives. Now that the device has been released, we'll be offering some thoughts shortly.
Sales of video game hardware and software remained sluggish in the United States, as overall sales fell 13 percent in January to $1.17 billion, compared with the same period last year, reported the NPD Group. Hardware sales took the largest hit, dropping 21 percent to $353.7 million, down from $446.8 million in January 2009. Software sales slipped 12 percent, to $597.3 million. The lone bright spot in the report was a 2 percent increase in video game accessories, bringing in a total of $217 million. The motion-sensitive Nintendo Wii console continued to be a top seller, leading the hardware competition with 465,800 units sold.
Today, a company’s security can easily be compromised. But, the good news is that it’s equally easy to prevent it. Here are the fifteen major reasons a businesses’ security gets put in jeopardy. Out of date software (and refusal to upgrade to newer software) Poor to non-existent spam filtering Users opening unsafe email attachments Employees taking company data home (Via ITSecurity.com)
15 Major Reasons Businesses' Security Gets Compromised 15 major reasons that many businesses' security gets compromised today -- and they're all preventable. IT Security Editors In a world of ever-advancing technology and development, many company heads often get lost in the bustle and get swept up in the sea of buzzwords that happen to be popular at any given moment. They forget about the simple, fundamental information security risks present in everyday business; the security holes that constantly lead to breaches, that invariably lead to loss.
In the annals of stealth startups, Next Jump deserves its own chapter. It’s not often that a company can build a large and successful business for 15 years, raise $45 million in venture capital, hire 225 people, and sign up 60 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers without anybody ever hearing about it. Yet that is exactly what Next Jump did until the first story ever written about the company appeared in the New York Times last month. The $45 million came over the course of 8 rounds and all from angel investors, including early Google investor Ram Shriram and Deutsche Bank asset management chief Kevin Parker (who are both board members). The company is now coming out of its shell, partly because it is so big that it can no longer hide.
The race to become the hot location-based gaming service is red hot right now. Foursquare and Gowalla dominate the headlines, but another iPhone app, MyTown , has managed to rocket past them in usage in a little over a month with little fanfare. Today, the service has some 500,000 users, co-founder Keith Lee tells us. That puts it far ahead of either of the two more well-covered apps.
Startup KnowEm, which helps both large companies and small businesses stake their brand claim in social media landscape and manage their presence on these sites, has recently acquired FriendsCall.Me, a similar service, for an undisclosed amount. FriendsCall.Me launched in April 2009, and like KnoweEm, helped both individuals and companies mange and secure their identity in the social web. FriendsCall.Me was the brainchild of Darius Monsef IV, the creator of the design community, COLOURlovers.com, and community organizer for Microsoft’s Photosynth.com.
(click through for larger version, interactive widget below) Italian writer, blogger and photographer Vincenzo Cosenza has for the second time put together a visualization that shows the most popular social networks around the world on a map, based on the most recent traffic data (December 2009) as measured by Alexa & Google Trends for Websites. The first one, which we featured in June 2009 , already painted a picture of Facebook taking over the world from the West, but the second one shows its relentless colonization even more clearly. Facebook, with over 350 million users , is the undisputed leader of social networking in the English speaking parts of the world, and has been making strides in Latin-America, Europe and Africa as well.
Right click here to download In an interview that is part one of a two-part series, the latest research from Marketing Profs Director Of Research, Tim McAtee, has released a new comprehensive study. It delves into the participation rates of companies in social media by industry. What they find is although the overall use of social media is high, the adoption rate is over just 1/3 in just a few of the top industries.
Economics and stuffs