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Paperight: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

By Kat Meyer
January 25, 2013

We wanted to give our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. Since the three winners of the showcase will be presented on Valentine’s Day, …

HarperCollins' Avon Impuse: Digital trendsetter?

By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2011

Avon Impulse, a new imprint of HarperCollins, is an all-digital and print-on-demand line that aims to produce one new title per week. Kassia Krozser says if HarperCollins play its cards right, Avon Impulse might be on to something.

HarperCollins' Avon Impuse: Digital trendsetter?

HarperCollins' Avon Impuse: Digital trendsetter?
By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2011

Avon Impulse, a new imprint of HarperCollins, is an all-digital and print-on-demand line that aims to produce one new title per week. Kassia Krozser says if HarperCollins play its cards right, Avon Impulse might be on to something.

Bookish Techy Week in Review

By Kat Meyer
October 18, 2010

This week we noticed lots of good news for Amazon/Kindle; not the greatest review of iBookstore; HP's print-on-demand pilots gain ground; and advice for would-be Android readers.

Bookish Techy Week in Review

By Kat Meyer
October 18, 2010

This week we noticed lots of good news for Amazon/Kindle; not the greatest review of iBookstore; HP's print-on-demand pilots gain ground; and advice for would-be Android readers.

iPod program helps school test scores

iPod program helps school test scores
By Jason Grigsby
September 14, 2010

An iPod pilot program in an Oregon classroom lifted math and reading scores. Results from that single pilot inspired the Canby School District to provide iPod Touch access to all its third graders.

Xcode 4 Preview 2 Now Available

By Andrew Trice
July 23, 2010

For those of you fellow iPad and iPhone developers out there, a preview version of Xcode 4 has been released. I'm personally looking forward to the integrated single window in the IDE, as opposed to multiple separate applications, the enhanced debugger, and enhanced code editing and navigation tools. Not to mention, the faster LLVM 2.0 compiler.

App Inventor and the culture wars

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2010

Google's new App Inventor gets to the heart of the cultural difference between Apple and Google. If you haven't seen it yet, App Inventor is an experimental new SDK for the Android platform. What's different about App Inventor is that there's practically no coding per se; it's an entirely visual language. Its heritage goes back to Logo, but more directly,...

Check Mate: Apple's iPad and Google's Next Move

Check Mate: Apple's iPad and Google's Next Move
By Mark Sigal
January 28, 2010

There is an axiom that the biggest game-changers often result from ideas that, at first blush, seem easy to dismiss. So it goes with yesterday's launch of the iPad, Apple's entry into what they call the 'third category' of device -- the middle ground that exists between smartphone and laptop. Why is the iPad (seemingly) so easy to dismiss? Well, for one, it is an evolutionary device when conventional wisdom suggests that it needs to be a revolutionary device to find a wedge into a new market. In this instance, conventional wisdom is just plain off base.

Ruminations on Apple Q1, 2010 Earnings Call and Investor "Dead Zones"

By Mark Sigal
January 26, 2010

Listening to Apple's earnings call today, then the chatter across a number of technology, investing and Apple-focused sites, and finally, watching the stock go up, down and sideways, I am reminded that when you are working from the wrong narrative, faulty storylines are destined to emerge. Read more.

Google Android: on Inevitability, the Dawn of Mobile, and the Missing Leg

By Mark Sigal
December 3, 2009

If for no other reason than the 'Anyone but Apple' crowd needs an alternative, there is an 'inevitability' meme associated with Google's Android initiative. But, is their success in the market really inevitable? Over a year after Android's launch, the jury is still out. Read more.

Steve Jobs is the closest thing to Walt Disney since Walt Disney

By Mark Sigal
November 24, 2009

Steve Jobs is the closest thing to Walt Disney since Walt Disney, now forever bound by Pixar. If you believe in karma, how can you not think that it's pretty cool that Jobs ended up as the largest individual shareholder in Disney, an active board member who now is helping Disney re-boot its retail efforts!

It's in the Bag! The Apple Tablet Computing Device

By Mark Sigal
November 13, 2009

In the past 25 years, the 'personal' computing revolution has evolved from tethered (desktop) to luggable (portable) to joined-at-the-hip (mobile). The author argues that the next wave of computing will extend this level of personal attachment to the bag-carrying consumer (think: purses, backpacks and briefcases) when Apple releases it’s much rumored Tablet Computing Device. Read more

Rebooting the Book (One Apple iPad Tablet at a Time)

By Mark Sigal
September 23, 2009

The book business is under assault. Book sales have been stagnating for some time, Amazon is the industry's boogeyman, and more terrifying, book publishers have no idea how to market books in a world (largely) devoid of bookstores. Moreover, in the age of the always on, it's fair to ask, do people even still read anymore? Just as it re-envisioned the Media Player, the Mobile Phone and Mobile Computing, Apple is well positioned to reboot the Book with its forthcoming iPad Tablet. Read on...

Touch Traveler: London, Paris and only an iPod Touch

By Mark Sigal
August 21, 2009

Recently, I spent two weeks vacationing in London and Paris with only an iPod Touch for communications and connectivity. Mind you, I am not suggesting that this was a wise thing to do, but it's what I did, and this post captures the good, bad and ugly of the experience.

APPLE is EVIL, You’re All Fanboys and other half-truths

By Mark Sigal
August 19, 2009

There is a meme afoot. Apple is evil. Its arrogant ways and dependence on the cult of personality are to be its demise. Developers are said to be unhappy. And, Apple Secrecy Doesn’t Scale. Google-ification is the way, the RIGHT way. The Apple Way can’t possibly persist ad infinitum. You Apple fanboys; you just don’t get it. Ol’ Steve (Jobs)...

dekePod 18: Photoshop and the Andy Warhol Silkscreen Effect

dekePod 18: Photoshop and the Andy Warhol Silkscreen Effect
By Sara Peyton
June 11, 2009

Have you ever wanted to create an authentic looking Andy Warhol silkscreen? One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Warhol was known for his avant-garde paintings and screenprintings. If you want the real thing, join Deke McClelland in the final episode of this dekePod series, as he dissects Warhol's process, and shows you how to use Photoshop to render your favorite portrait in bona-fide Warhol magnificence.

The Droplet Song--The Next Hilarious Music Video Now on dekePod

The Droplet Song--The Next Hilarious Music Video Now on dekePod
By Sara Peyton
March 19, 2009

Digital imaging master and unlikely crooner Deke McClelland tenders an original new love song to kick off the next round of his popular video podcast series, dekePod. Titled "The Droplet Song (A Love Song to a Lost Feature in Photoshop)," Deke's goofily romantic new tune honors one of Photoshop's most arcane but useful automation features. Watch dekePod now.

The Sizzling Sound of Music

By Dale Dougherty
March 2, 2009

Are iPods changing our perception of music? Are the sounds of MP3s the music we like to hear most? Jonathan Berger, professor of music at Stanford, was on a panel with me at a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Mountain View, CA on Saturday. Berger's presentation had a slide titled: "Live, Memorex or MP3." He...

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode
By Sara Peyton
October 22, 2008

A week ago Adobe began shipping Photoshop CS4 and already Deke McClelland's highly anticipated Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One is climbing bestselling charts. Even better, dekePod's special Halloween episode sheds light on CS4's scariest feature, the Masks palette. "It's kind of cute, but it's got a big old knife," notes Deke. Watch dekePod now to find out how to transform the Masks palette from, in Deke's own words, "a devil doll to a responsible citizen."

Photoshop World Vegas on the Horizon (and Free Expo Pass)

By Colleen Wheeler
August 26, 2008

Photoshop World returns to Las Vegas September 4-6. O'Reillians will be well represented.

The Strange Co-existence of iPod Functionality with Other Audio Apps

By Dave Aiello
August 21, 2008

I've been experimenting with AOL Radio, Last.fm, and voice recording apps to get a better sense of the iPhone's ability to be a general purpose audio device. In the course of regular use over the past three weeks, I'm really...

Do You See in Lab Mode? Or in RGB?

By Mary Rotman
August 6, 2008

Any Photoshop user knows that achieving better color with a picture requires a little effort--but we also know that in the end it's worth it! In this week's episode of dekePod 003: Don't Fear the Lab Mode, Deke walks us through what you need to know in order to change your photos from "ok" to "brilliant."

*Update* on Deke's Podcast Challenge

By Mary Rotman
July 25, 2008

We have three winners and are still waiting for seven more. Deke McClelland's One-on-One books are at stake!

*Update* on Deke's Podcast Challenge

By Mary Rotman
July 25, 2008

We have three winners and are still waiting for seven more. Deke McClelland's One-on-One books are at stake!

New Contest: Demystify Adobe CS3 with Deke's Help

By Mary Rotman
July 23, 2008

In need of a book to help you demystify the Adobe CS3 suite? You may have seen Deke's podcasts floating around the O'Reilly Media group on facebook, or for free download on iTunes, or on digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod. This week's podcast comes with a contest, and the winners get to choose their favorite One-on-One book.

New Contest: Demystify Adobe CS3 with Deke's Help

By Mary Rotman
July 23, 2008

In need of a book to help you demystify the Adobe CS3 suite? You may have seen Deke's podcasts floating around the O'Reilly Media group on facebook, or for free download on iTunes, or on digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod. This week's podcast comes with a contest, and the winners get to choose their favorite One-on-One book.

Metadata Forensics Is Pure Baloney Says Deke

By Sara Peyton
July 10, 2008

In his new dekePod episode--Metadata Forensicss--Deke McClelland explains why, in his opinion, metadata forensics is pure baloney. Learn how to cook your own EXIF in dekePod, too.

Metadata Forensics Is Pure Baloney Says Deke

By Sara Peyton
July 9, 2008

In his new dekePod episode--Metadata Forensicss--Deke McClelland explains why, in his opinion, metadata forensics is pure baloney. Learn how to cook your own EXIF in dekePod, too.

The Making of the dekePod video: 101 tips

By Colleen Wheeler
June 24, 2008

DekePod is back with an insane vengeance. Here's a behind the scenes look.

America at Home

By Harold Davis
April 4, 2008

Rick Smolan gave me a coupon for a version of his book America at Home with a custom cover, and I put Julian and Nicky in the design (see below). Rick is famous for his Day in the Life series of photography books. Like many of Rick's projects, America at Home is extraordinarily creative in concept. Essentially, the notion of...

Photographing Nature in Studio

By Harold Davis
February 21, 2008

Sometimes the best way to photograph something natural is indoors, using a studio setup. This kind of studio doesn't have to be anything fancy, although you do have to pay attention to light and exposure. Often, the setup for indoor still life photography of natural objects such as flowers, shells, and insects is pretty ad-hoc and jury rigged. Case in...


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