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Bigger smartphone apertures don’t count if the sensors get smaller

In the past few years, smartphone manufacturers have started paying more attention to the optics they use on their smartphone, using wider apertures for better low light performance. That’s awesome, but as a photographer, I have an ongoing gripe about the marketing buzz around apertures: An aperture tells you little about performance if you don’t know the camera’s sensor size. As a refresher, all else being equal, wider apertures (a lower number) mean better low light performance and shallower depth…

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Doing business with Russians explained

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once famously said: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Even though Russia has undergone extraordinary political and cultural transformations and successfully embraced Western-style capitalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many people in the West still regard Russian business culture as very mysterious, incredibly intricate and difficult to understand.  I am originally from Russia and currently live in Moscow, although previously, I studied, worked and lived…

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Tackle 22 classes covering digital marketing in all its forms for only $15

There are a million ways to make a million dollars. A whole bunch of those ways involves digital marketing, so if you’re going to learn how to utilize the power of the web and social media to drive your business sales, there are a host of different approaches to that profitable goal. Thankfully, instructors Phil Ebiner and Diego Davila outline all the best tactics for conquering your digital marketing uncertainty with this mega bundle of learning, the Digital Marketing 22-Course…

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Form and Function: Finding a Balance of Content and Design With Your Website

Creating your own website can be both an exciting and frustrating experience. We all have ideas that may seem great on paper initially but their application is a completely different story and may yield the opposite result. This oftentimes stems not from a lack of creativity and imagination but from too much of it. And too much of anything, even something good, can be bad. Not unlike everything else, balance is a necessity in web design. Having a subdued but…

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What paddleboarding has taught me about being a balanced entrepreneur

If I told you that I credit paddleboarding to my success in entrepreneurship, you’d probably laugh me out of the boat, or the board — and I wouldn’t blame you! Founding and running a successful business requires many skills, and propelling one’s self on a board in Miami waters is decidedly not the first one that comes to mind. That said, as an entrepreneur, I get a lot out of my hobbies. They help me unwind, disconnect, and get my…

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Popular design news of the week: October 16, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that…

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Weekly News for Designers № 408

This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools One-Nexus – A front-end boilerplate and UI toolkit built using the Synergy framework, combined with a custom grid system; Kayzen-GS. fontplop – An OSX/macOS application which takes ttf and otf files…

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5 thing to keep in mind when choosing a business partner

In an era where many CMOs are focused on digital transformation, we’re often focused on the tools, processes and technology that can help us succeed in creating the omnichannel strategies that drive revenue (and other jargon). But there’s another important area to focus on: Your partners – the people and companies that you choose to help you on the path to transformation. The businesses we choose to team up with have a direct impact on the success of our journey,…

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Emails demise raises security concerns about messaging

Email response times are getting faster, according to a report put out by the University of Southern California. People between the age of 20 and 35 respond within 16 minutes on average. The problem for email is that’s just not fast enough anymore. Today email is being replaced by rapid fire messaging services. These allow users to chat in free form and coordinate minute details at a higher speed and volume than other communication methods. Because there are so many…

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My time at the White House convinced me of the urgency of reforming surveillance

Around the time Edward Snowden began working for as a computer specialist for the intelligence community in 2006, I decided to leave my job as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union to go inside America’s growing surveillance state. Congress had created a new office: an office of privacy and civil liberties to advise the head of the intelligence community on how to improve oversight of intelligence programs. Much to my surprise, senior intelligence officials took a chance on…

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