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Quantum Dots Could Lead to Better Smartphone Photos

How many of you still use a camera that shoots on film? I’m sure there are a few of you, but I’m guessing the vast majority shoot using some flavor of digital camera. And for many people, they use the camera on their smartphone far more often than other types …

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Windows Patch KB3097877 Can Cause Outlook Crashes

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Microsoft released their monthly Windows patches on Tuesday (November 9, 2015) and one of those patches is bringing a lot of reports of crashing from users of Microsoft Outlook. The patch in question is labeled KB3097877 and it is listed as a “Security Update for Windows X for x64-based Systems” …

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More Online Scams and Hoaxes Continue to Propagate

A little over a month ago, I wrote Facebook Hoaxes and Identity Theft. While the scams and hoaxes are different, way too many people are falling for them. Once again I ask anyone posting anything on Facebook (or any other online outlet) to verify what they are posting is indeed …

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Seamless Technology Textures Upgrade Your Artwork

Is your technology outdated? Upgrade it with a new collection of seamless textures featuring 144 different technology patterns as part of our Textures Unleashed collections. You can use these technology textures in nearly all your software to aid your designs of business cards, flyers, posters, vehicle wraps and much more. …

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Web Client Horror Stories and Lowering Costs

I came across a client horror story on the Clients From Hell site. Even if you don’t do Web design, I’m sure you can easily think of a project where similar things happened to you. I’ve not had the exact scenario described, but I’ve definitely had some Web projects where …

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Changing An Address Required Changing Entire Ad

One of my Web clients called recently and asked if I could change the address on one of their current specials. Sounds simple enough, but I didn’t have the artwork for the original and there was no easy way to simply replace the address. Below is the original special. Unfortunately …

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G.SKILL DDR4 RAM Provides Memory For a New Computer

Last week I shared the ASUS RoG Maximus VIII Hero LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Type A Type C Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard with you. I suggested it would be really fast if paired with the Intel i7-6700K 4.00 GHz CPU. While that covers two very important parts …

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Graphics Tablets, Tablet Computers and Tracing Graphics

I got an interesting note from a loyal reader recently. It contained some misconceptions, some horrendous advice and a desire to improve a common task. Let’s go over each of those items and hopefully I can clear it all up. One thing I’ve advised over and over and over is …

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A Lumberyard Full of Seamless Wood Textures

We have a new collection of seamless textures featuring 144 different wood patterns as part of our Textures Unleashed collections. You can use these wood patterns in nearly all your software to aid your designs of business cards, flyers, posters, vehicle wraps and much more. Those of you doing laser …

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Creating My Own Chamber of Commerce Name Badge

I’ve told you about our Shifting Marketing Focus to Attract Local Business which included joining the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. As part of this effort, I’ve been attending a number of networking events so I can talk to other local business people in person. Of course I made myself …

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Rendering a Virtual Cup of Coffee

I was working on a new online project for a client and they wanted to promote a free cup of coffee campaign. After some research, I came across a really cool digital mockup of a cup of Starbucks coffee. Note that this mockup requires a newer version of Adobe Photoshop. …

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ASUS Maximus VIII Hero LGA1151 ATX Motherboard

I’ve said many times before that building your own computer can be a very rewarding exercise. You get exactly what you want and it won’t have all the junk typically supplied on the mass market computers. The starting point for such a build is a motherboard and the technology on …

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Textures Unleashed Lite and Pro Collections Now Downloadable

There are times we get suggestions from you, our loyal readers, and we are very frustrated that it just isn’t feasible to follow up on those suggestions. There were two suggestions related to our Textures Unleashed collections that we weren’t able to implement…until now! We have offered two different collections …

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Clipart deSIGN Artwork Bundles Available for Download

We are continuing the big unleash.com makeover and a dozen artwork bundles from Clipart deSIGN have now to moved to the CorelDRAW Unleashed site. The screenshot below shows half of the bundles. Once you get to the Clipart deSIGN page on the CorelDRAW Unleashed site you can go to a …

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Review of Xara Designer Pro X11

Back in July, I shared information on the latest release of Xara Designer Pro X11 in New Release: Xara Designer Pro X11, Creative Software with Online Editing. Now that I’ve spent time with the software, it is time to share my thoughts. If you’ve used Xara products in the past, …

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Classes From Google Including Various Nanodegrees

We all hear about the person who created the new app and became a bazillionaire. Sure, it requires a great idea and the technical ability to create the app. It also requires the business skills to promote and monetize the app. Web development is also a hot area and it …

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Dell XPS13 Touchscreen Ultrabook

What do you want in a laptop? We all have different needs. Typically something easy to carry is a big plus. Who doesn’t want a beautiful screen? Of course you want good speed. You can get all of those things in the Dell XPS13 Touchscreen Ultrabook. Let’s start with portability …

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