Windows 10 Launched Today

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Today is the day many have been waiting for with excitement (and fear). This new version of Microsoft Windows is released today as a free upgrade for “genuine” users of Windows 7 and 8. It was provisionally reported in error that the this long awaited update would be free for both genuine and pirated copies of Windows. Today the company made it official via an email to Windows Insider members:

  • For PCs running Genuine Windows 7/8 – these machines qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update. (You can also do a media-based upgrade though the Microsoft Software Download site.)

  • For PCs not running Genuine Windows 7/8/10 – you can purchase Windows 10 at your local retailer or at online retailers like Microsoft Store.com.

I am disappointed in the restriction, but understand it was a business choice. It has been reported that some pirates are successfully upgrading to Windows 10. Upgrading my HP Envy running a legal copy of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was a beautifully simple process. Your results may vary.

A few of the features Microsoft is promoting about Windows 10 include:

I expect this to be the best Windows yet. How about you? Have you already updated? What do you think?

WordPress 4.2 Released

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WordPress version 4.2 has been released. It is named “Powell” in honor of jazz pianist Bud Powell, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. The new features in 4.2 focus around more easily sharing others content (with source links),  extended characters support and emojis! Links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter can now auto embed in your posts when you copy/paste a link and more.

Read more and get all the details at: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/powell/

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

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It’s here! The second teaser trailer for the first Star Wars movie in decades just posted online. What do you think?

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

Official Site: http://www.starwars.com/theforceawakens

Give Your Photos a Feather Effect in Photoshop

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Sometimes it can be nice to add a simple feather effect to the borders of photos for online galleries or scrapbooks. Here is a simple how-to guide to show you how to make it happen with Photoshop in 8 steps. I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 in this example but these general instructions will work in many previous versions as well.

1.) Open your image.

 

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2.) Set your “Feather” size.

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3.) Select your “Marquee” or “Lasso” type.

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4.) Make the selection you want over your image. 

5.) Click “Select” and then “Inverse.”

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6.) Set your Background Color.

7.) Click “Edit” and then “Cut.”

8.) Save your image.

That was easy wasn’t it? If you have any questions leave ’em in the comments.

Can’t Find “Friends” On Your Apple TV? Here’s How…

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UPDATE: As of 12:40 CST on 1/1/15 Netflix reports that the search glitch has been fixed

I’ve been looking forward to Friends hitting Netflix for months. Sure we own the show on DVD, but haven’t see it in forever because its so much work to switch discs. Could it BE any more difficult? Anyways, the show hit the streaming network today. I found it on Netflix.com on my Mac no problem, but couldn’t get it to show up on my Apple TV. It wasn’t “Featured”, it wasn’t under “TV Comedies” or “Recently Added.”

I found two ways around this via @NetflixHelps on Twitter:

1.) Add the show to your “My List” via the website:

2.) Search via an actor/actress in the show. In this case a search for Jennifer Aniston did the trick:

I hope this post helped! Have fun watching the show. 

WordPress 4.1 Released Today

WordPress released version 4.1 today. It includes the new Twenty Fifteen theme and several usability updates. This release is named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington. It is available for download or update via the WordPress dashboard now.

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One of the biggest improvements in this version of WordPress is the distraction-free writing mode. When turned on, everything around the editor fades away when one starts typing. Want to get everything back? Just move mouse out of the editor to reveal all of WP’s powerful tools everything again.

There is now a plugin recommendation engine that suggests plugins to try based on the ones you already use. Vine videos can now be easily embedded by pasting a URL onto its own line in any post. Plus several more updates details on the official WordPress blog at: https://wordpress.org/news/2014/12/dinah/

The First OFFICIAL Star Wars Teaser Trailer Is Now Online

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We’ve been waiting for it. There have been numerous fan made fake trailers online in the last few weeks. Now, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 88-second teaser trailer has been officially released. This new Star Wars movie (Episode VII) opens in theaters on December 18, 2015. Watch it below:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Source: Star Wars on YouTube – http://youtu.be/erLk59H86ww

Watch Ryan Holmes, Hootsuite CEO, Read A “Mean Tweet” From A User

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Ryan Holmes, Hootsuite CEO, reading a “mean tweet” from a user. Image credit: Screen grab from the company’s recent promotional video.

Let’s face it. Hootsuite is an amazing product that looks like crap. They know it too so they put together a nice facelift for the site and are introducing it to users now. The best part of the new UI redesign launch campaign? This video of it’s employees (and CEO) reading mean tweets about the old design:

You can check out the new design and switch to it at: https://hootsuite.com/new-dashboard-design

Happy #FiveIronFrenzy Day!

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If you are a fan of the ska/rock band Five Iron Frenzy you know that eleven years ago today they played their “last show” at the The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. They announced a return from the dead when they launched a Kickstarter campaign in November of 2011 that went on to raise over $200,000. The band produced and released a new album two years later called “Engine of a Million Plots.” Several music videos have been released from that album including Battle Dancing Unicorns With Glitter, Into Your Veins and Zen and the Art of Xenophobia. The latest music video to be released by the now independent group is called So Far and can be seen below:

“So Far” by Five Iron Frenzy [music video] http://fiveiron.co/sofar