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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 09, 2014

She Built Lifehacker's #1 Meal-Planning App with lynda.com

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teen, Jess Dang promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she would do something to help people lead healthier lives.

So at 30, she quit her job at a high-profile company and launched a website that teaches folks how to cook simple meals using real food.

And she credits lynda.com with helping her do it.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Audio Adapters for DSLR and GoPro Video Shoots

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Many cameras on the market have the ability to shoot professional looking video at a low price point. But when shooting on a budget, it’s tricky to find a camera that also can record professional audio.

There are some great third-party accessories and adapters to connect professional microphones to these cameras—and this week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I showcase some of those audio adapters.

By John Derry | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Transform a Photo into a Digital Painting —as a Holiday Gift

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When it comes to giving gifts, everyone knows that a nice photographic portrait can make a great personalized present.

But I’m going to show you how to take that portrait a step further—and turn it into a painted interpretation.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, November 07, 2014

Office for iPhone: What You Need to Know

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This week, Microsoft released an update to the Office for iPad apps and brand new Office for iPhone apps. The main attraction with these new apps is a pair of features that Microsoft has clearly targeted with laser focus.

For the first time, most features of the Office apps—both on iPad and iPhone—are completely free. And Dropbox support has been added, giving users more options for cloud-based storage.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, November 07, 2014

Record a Song in GarageBand — as a Unique Holiday Gift

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If you’re looking for a truly unique gift for a special friend or family member this year, you may already have the tools you need to record a song in GarageBand — and give it as a one-of-a-kind present.

Included free with all new Macs, or at just $4.99 to download from the Mac App Store, GarageBand is your key to a truly personal gift that won’t break the bank. In this three-part series, we’ll take a look at how to create a new project in GarageBand, record your tracks, edit them, and share your completed song.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Create Blank Entry Spaces on Forms — with InDesign Secrets

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Highlighting the blank entry spaces in a form by hand? Check out this episode of InDesign Secrets.

By applying paragraph rules that use the Text option for their width, you can quickly style empty areas in a table-based form.

By Erin Manning | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Shooting Portraits at High Noon? Don't Sweat It

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Early morning and late afternoon are great times to shoot portraits outdoors. The sun is low in the sky, which results in soft, beautiful lighting.

But what if you don’t have the time or the luxury of shooting at the most beautiful time of day? Are your chances of capturing a flattering portrait—well, shot?

Not at all! It’s easy to capture great portraits at high noon. You just have to know what to look for.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, November 06, 2014

6 Truly Useful Gadget Gifts for the Tech-Savvy

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If you’re considering holiday presents for your techie friends and relatives—or hoping to score some fun new gadget gifts yourself—you should know about these six cool tech toys that make life just a little smoother, hipper, and more high-tech.

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