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By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: Tech You Can Use

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In its much-anticipated announcement today, Apple revealed its next chapter in consumer hardware. The one-two mobile punch of the iPhone 6 and the brand spankin’ new Apple Watch should bring a whole new era of functionality and personal productivity—not to mention healthier living—to Apple customers, and spur even more innovation in wearable computing.

The event took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, just a stone’s throw from Apple’s Cupertino campus—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced both the original Macintosh and the iMac. Today’s news was indeed monumental, with the Apple Watch heralding Apple’s entry into wearable computing. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a step into the mid-sized smartphone market pioneered by Samsung and other Android vendors, introducing the next release of their mobile operating system, iOS 8.

Let’s break down today’s Apple news.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Drawing Custom Letters in Illustrator

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Get fired up! It’s time to create your own hand-drawn, custom-made letters in Illustrator.

Deke McClelland, the mind and the master behind Deke’s Techniques, shows how to take a comic book caption (“Fire up!”) that he sketched in pen, bring it into Illustrator, and trace the letters—keeping them nice and consistent along the way.

By Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

3 MORE Truths About Freelancing

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At some point, most creative people do a little freelancing. Even if you have another job, freelancing is a great way to hone your talents further and make some extra money. I recently shared my 3 Truths About Freelancing—but the story doesn’t end there.

Here are three more important lessons I’ve learned as a freelancer:

By Doug Winnie | Monday, September 08, 2014

New lynda.com Segment Provides IT Training

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Today we’re excited to launch our new training segment for aspiring IT professionals and data scientists.

Based on feedback and discussions directly with our members, we’re extending our content in existing areas and diving into new topics that will help you learn and apply popular IT hardware, information management, and data science practices for you or your business.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 08, 2014

How to Blur Photo Details to Protect Your Privacy

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It’s easy to post pictures on social networks, but sometimes we’re looking at them from such small screens that it’s easy to miss tiny details that can compromise your privacy—or worse, someone else’s.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to easily blur or cover up a small portion of a photo before posting it on a social network.

By David Rivers | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keep Up with Technology — and Keep Your Career Afloat

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m no spring chicken. Over the past 20 years, I’ve personally witnessed major changes in the workplace and the way we do business, thanks to the evolution of technology.

They call it “progress” and for the most part, these changes have been for the better. But new graduates, who were born into a high-tech world and do almost everything with technology, have a distinct advantage over existing workers who feel like they’re being left behind while struggling to keep up with all the changes.

Yes, getting lazy about learning new technology is a great way to kiss your career goodbye. But staying relevant doesn’t have to be scary—or even difficult.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, September 06, 2014

Shooting Video with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

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Now you can get your shot from the sky without having to buy a separate camera. The Phantom 2 Vision lets you capture your overhead shot with its built-in camera.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will show you how the DJI Phantom 2 Vision camera works.

By David Franz | Saturday, September 06, 2014

Pump Up Your EDM Production with Waves Plugins

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How do EDM artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris get that giant pumping sound from their synths while keeping their kick drums slamming through the mix? They use a technique called side chaining.

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