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Sweet! +YouTube featured our amazing ARCTIC SWELL film!
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In case you missed it, #Apple   #Aperture  now has built-in support for +SmugMug, no plugins necessary!
 
SmugMug + Apple Aperture

Shiny, new feature alert! You can now connect and sync your SmugMug account with your account in Aperture and easily browse, upload, download and organize all from one app

Must be used on iOS Mavericks. 

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#SmugMug #Aperture #Apple #Photography
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I'll write a plugin for Shotwell (somewhen, in another life... :)).
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Finally! The biggest thing  +SmugMug has ever done launches July 30th.  You're gonna love it.  Tune in live and watch.  

It's been a long, long road, but we couldn't have gotten here without your feedback, support, and patience.  Can't wait to see what you think!

Thanks for being awesome!
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Sorry, I don't "love it".  And due to the bad timing for me, as my account is renewing early next week, I'm not sure what to do.

Overall, I have been a big supporter of SmugMug as I've been a "Pro" subscriber since 8/6/08. With My subscription expiring early next week, I have considered switching services since you essentially doubled the price and decreased the customizable features. I'm not a "pro" photographer in that I don't make my living at it. 

Another one of the issues I see with the removal of javascript, other than the loss of full page slideshow, is that I generally make $100 - $200 a year on Adsense running on my site. It basically paid for my "Pro" subscription. Well - Now I have no way of monetizing those views since I can't put the Adsense script in my footer.  Awhile back I use to do some affiliate sales through Amazon for books related to my site - but I did stop that a year or two ago.  None the less, if I had wanted to continue that it would be impossible as well.  

To be quite honest, SmugMug should have spent more time studying Squarespace.  I'm seriously considering moving my site over there and just manually processing print orders through MPIX.  
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Audrey thinks #Google  +Project Glass is the camera she's been waiting for all her life. She takes a photo every three seconds and throws her arms in the air and does a dance when she gets a coveted one, like, erem, our dog's butt. (Click through for more)
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Way too funny!
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This is what happens when you leave your #Google  +Project Glass out where the dogs can find it...  :)
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
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+Rob B. ? chill man, they took a funny picture. its not like they fed the glasses to a yellow lab
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Only had our #GoogleGlass  for a few minutes, but it's pretty remarkable. Excited to hack some stuff together for it. I can really see how I'd want this, or something like it, on me most of the time.  I'm sure all the crazy news coverage has way more answers to questions than I do, but I'm happy to answer any...

(The office is ringing with people shouting 'ok glass' :)
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Instant upload to SmugMug ;)
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So excited we're finally launching +SmugMug Films, a new series celebrating the world's most exciting photographers.  We've been lovingly working on this for awhile, and have some incredible photographers we'll be profiling in the coming weeks.

Subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel to get a first look at each new video: http://www.youtube.com/SmugMugFilms
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+Stephen Shankland has a great write-up about all the #Android  troubles and triumphs we encountered building Camera Awesome on Android.  The platform sure has come a long way in the last few years.  :)
SmugMug's $3 photography app has options for focus, exposure, editing, and sharing now are on Google's mobile OS -- but Android's awkwardness means that only more popular phones are supported. Read this article by Stephen Shankland on CNET News.
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Hey, +Don MacAskill , Camera Awesome for Android keeps getting better with each update.
I'd appreciate it if your folks addressed the following persistent issue. Even though I disabled the "use location" setting within the app, it runs the device's GPS radio. That's an unnecessary drain on the phone's resources.
Awesome work, guys!
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It's finally here.  Camera Awesome for Android has landed.  Sorry it took so long, folks.  But it's worth it.  :)   #Android   #Awesomized  
Awesomize Your Android Camera Take better photos with your smartphone. Smug...
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When will Camera Awesome officially support Nexus 5 ? I bought the app but it didnt work really well on Nexus 5 :(
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Perhaps +Thomas Hawk's best work ever.
 
More Proof Pets Really Do Look Like Their Owners -- Mountain View, CA

Had a great day hanging out down at +SmugMug today with the awesome +Michael Bonocore and his doppelganger Rocky.  Always great to get to spend time with the excellent team at SmugMug.  Thanks guys!

#GoogleGlass   #Glass   #SmugMug   #DogsInGlassThursdays  
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If you happen to have vocal cord issues, or know someone who does, seems like a good initiative - fill it out and pass it along.
 
About 14 years ago, I got a bad cold, and my voice became hoarse.  At the time I didn’t think much about it.  But my voice never fully recovered.  So I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis.  This is a nerve problem that causes your left vocal cord to not move properly.  Despite extensive examination, the doctors never identified a cause — though there was speculation of virus-based damage from my cold.  It is quite common in cases like these that a definitive cause is not found.

While this condition never really affected me — other than having a slightly weaker voice than normal which some people think sounded a little funny — it naturally raised questions in my mind about my second vocal cord.  But I was told that sequential paralysis of one vocal cord following another is extremely rare.  

Fast forward to last summer, when the same pattern repeated itself — a cold followed by a hoarse voice. Once again things didn’t fully improve, so I went in for a check-up and was told that my second vocal cord now had limited movement as well. Again, after a thorough examination, the doctors weren’t able to identify a cause.  

Thankfully, after some initial recovery I’m fully able to do all I need to at home and at work, though my voice is softer than before. And giving long monologues is more tedious for me and probably the audience.  But overall over the last year there has been some improvement with people telling me they think I sound better.  Vocal cord nerve issues can also affect your breathing, so my ability to exercise at peak aerobic capacity is somewhat reduced.  That said, my friends still think I have way more stamina than them when we go kitesurfing!  And Sergey says I’m probably a better CEO because I choose my words more carefully.  So surprisingly, overall I am feeling very lucky.

Interestingly, while the nerves for your vocal cords take quite different routes through your body, they both pass your thyroid.  So in searching for a cause for both nerves that was an obvious place to look. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2003.  This is a fairly common benign inflammatory condition of the thyroid which causes me no problems.  It is unclear if this is a factor in the vocal cord condition, or whether both conditions were triggered by a virus.

In this journey I have learned a lot more about voice issues.  Though my condition seems to be very rare, there are a significant number of people who develop issues with one vocal nerve.  In seeing different specialists, I met one doctor — Dr. Steven Zeitels from the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center — who is really excited about the potential to improve vocal cord nerve function.  So I’ve arranged to fund a significant research program through the Voice Health Institute, which he will lead.  Thanks a bunch to my amazing wife Lucy, for her companionship through this journey and for helping oversee this project and get it off the ground.  Also, thanks to the many people who have helped with advice and information many of whom I have not had a chance to thank yet.

Finally, we’ve put together a patient survey to gather information about other people with similar conditions.  As it’s fairly rare, there’s little data available today — and the team hopes that with more information they can make faster progress.  If you have similar symptoms you can fill it out here: voicehealth.org/ip
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Have lots of opinions already about #Google  +Project Glass, which I'm sure I'll get around to posting, but I thought I'd talk about a very important non-issue:  *battery life*.

Prior to having #Glass , I thought the 3-5 hour battery life was going to be a deal-killer, since that'd never cut it for a phone.  But the thing you realize once you've had these for a few hours is that you don't wear them all day, and they don't need to be on all day.  Unlike a phone, which is your primary communications device, Glass is more like a very useful add-on.

When you're sitting in front of a computer, Glass is basically useless, so you just take it off.  When you get up to go somewhere, you put them back on.  Unlike a phone, you don't feel naked without them (or when it's not juiced up) - they just help you do some interesting new things when you're not already plugged in.  

So a 3-5 hour battery life (this is based on web news, not on personal info - mine didn't run out yesterday) seems like it's going to be a pretty good target, particularly since if you are a heavier user, you can simply plug them in when you're at your desk, just like I do now.  (And just like we all used to have to do with our mobile phones when they didn't last the whole day.  Remember that?)

For +Robert Scoble, it sounds like he never wants to take them off, but for me (and, I suspect, most of you), you'll find yourself wearing them for a few hours a day.  Time will tell.

(My 5-year-old daughter, btw, absolutely adores them.  Best thing since the invention of princesses, I think.  She would get very frustrated with the battery life.  So maybe I'm full of it? :)
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Good insight. Hope the battery technology can keep up and delivery better capacity in smaller package.
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