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Lens Blur in the NEW Google Camera App
So exciting!

From Google Play:
Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.
• Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
• Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
• Panorama mode with high resolution
• 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
• Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
• Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat

Via +Thomas Hawk 
#photography   #smartphone   #kitkat44  
Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app
Posted by Carlos Hernández, Software Engineer

One of the biggest advantages of SLR cameras ( over camera phones is the ability to achieve shallow depth of field effects (also known as bokeh,, which makes the object of interest "pop" by bringing the foreground into focus and de-emphasizing the background. 

Achieving this optical effect has traditionally required a big lens and aperture, and therefore hasn’t been possible using the camera on your mobile phone or tablet. That all changes with Lens Blur, a new mode in the Google Camera app ( 

Lens Blur  replaces the need for a large optical system with computer vision algorithms and optimization techniques that are run entirely on the mobile device, simulating a larger lens and aperture in order to creating a 3D model of the world. 

To learn more about the algorithms and optimization that makes Lens Blur  possible, head over to the Google Research Blog, linked below. We hope you have fun with your bokeh experiments!
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If only Samsung would push the darned KitKat update. Fooled me once ...
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Double SLAM DUNK for +Canva 
Great article from Shoestring

"Sydney-based design startup Canva has just announced a double slam-dunk, with former Apple Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki joining the team and resurrecting his title, along with his social media architect Peg Fitzpatrick who’s coming on board as Canva’s Head of Social Strategy.

Since launching in August last year, Canva has experienced rapid growth – becoming a daily tool for bloggers, marketers and small business owners worldwide. To date, 1.5 million designs have been created on the platform, with an average of 100,000 new designs a week across 330,000 users – all this in less than eight months."

In photo +Guy Kawasaki , +Melanie Perkins co-counder and CEO of Canva, and +Cliff Obrecht co-founder and COO of Canva.

#startup #design 
Sydney-based design startup Canva has just announced a double slam-dunk, with former Apple Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki joining the team
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+MaryAnn Pfeiffer Thanks!
+Denise Angus I appreciate it!
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A million THANKS from me to you
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

#inspiration   #motivation  
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3 Critical Steps to Creating a Remarkable Experience for your Target Market

Step 1: Know Your Market

"The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself." - Peter Drucker

"Get to know your target market in a far more intimate way. This will allow you to speak to their specific needs, offering exactly what they want, when they want it and in the location they’re eager to consume it."

Congrats to +Rebekah Radice for a FAB 1st article on +LinkedIn 
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+Rebekah Radice Thank you Rebekah!
You kicked some LinkedIn bootie today!! 
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Are You Valuing Your Own Intellectual Property?
More discussion on the "how to handle it when people try to pick your brain" topic. from +Julie DeNeen 

#entrepreneur  #consulting 
Are you an Overseller or an Underseller?

I have to give a h/t to +Peg Fitzpatrick who makes a cameo appearance in my blog post tonight, and is the one who showed me the awesome Forbes article that really helped shift my focus as a business person and blogger.

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#blog #psychology #intellectualproperty  
I feel like I owe the world an apology.Hi, my name is Julie and though I have this great blog full of free information, I am now going to charge you hundreds of dollars to talk to me.I am at this very awkward transition in my web design business. It's called, God only made the day 24 hours long…
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10 Ways to Virtually Dominate your Competition
RAWR! Great tips from +Rebekah Radice 

1. How to Stand Out Online
2. How to Define Your Shine
3. Know Your Market 
4. Build Out a Captivating Profile
5. Define Your Look and Feel
6. Create a Unique Experience
7. Share Your Story
8. Embrace Social Media
9. Create a Credible Website
10. Merge Offline with Online

#socialmediastips   #socialmediastrategy  
10 Ways to Use Social Media to Virtually Crush the Competition

In a social media world where a cookie-cutter approach is the norm, creating differentiation is a must.

However, separating your business from the competition can be difficult. Understanding, identifying and positioning the brand that is you and then sharing it consistently is vital.

So, how can you use social media to build your personal brand and gain a voice in a busy online world?

Tackle it in bite-sized chunks!

10 ways to virtually dominate your competition:

1. How to Stand Out Online
2. How to Define Your Shine
3. Know Your Market 
4. Build Out a Captivating Profile
5. Define Your Look and Feel
6. Create a Unique Experience
7. Share Your Story
8. Embrace Social Media
9. Create a Credible Website
10. Merge Offline with Online

I’m excited to release my FREE eBook, “10 Ways to Use Social Media to Virtually Crush the Competition,” including ten steps and two bonus tips to help you use social media to virtually crush your competition and position your business or personal brand as the go-to leader within your industry or niche!

Read it and download it here:

#socialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #socialmediastrategy  
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so great +Rebekah Radice  - thanks for sharing +Peg Fitzpatrick  - I am two days behind but quickly trying to catch up with all the good news !!
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Have them in circles
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You are being called to live a bigger life
Answer the call.

From my friends at Simple Reminders

#inspiration   #motivation  
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+Terry Smith Let your fingers do the walking, it's a snap! :)
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13 Things I Learned about Blog Design From Working with a Perfectionist by +Julie DeNeen for +Fabulous Blogging 

1. "Nothing is ever finished. Something can always be tweaked, changed, updated, or slightly rearranged into a better (more enlightening) position. As maddening as it is for a goal-oriented person like myself, some of the later changes are the best ones yet."

2. "You need to mess up and around before you seal it up. The idea that you can get your design/brand/idea right in one shot is poppycock. It takes those first 4500 tries before your brain breaks out of its box and moves into the “epic” realm. If you hire a designer, don’t go with one who gives you one revision and no training. You’ll tie yourself up."

3. Fonts matter.

4. The beauty is in the details.

5. Less is more. When you have great photos and great content, you don’t need a lot of design

Read it all here:
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#blogdesign   #design  
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Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick really helpful for me that I am new in the blogging world
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ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm now Head of Social Strategy for Canva
Mr. K has joined as Chief Evangelist and we're looking forward to being part of the already STELLAR team at +Canva

It's no secret that I'm madly in love with Canva so this is truly exciting for me.

I'm still doing all the things I've been doing and will be doing so if someone can go get me a skinny grande caramel macchiato, that'd be great.
Big news here at Canva. +Guy Kawasaki has joined our team as Canva's Chief Evangelist! 

We're thrilled to have him onboard. He brings an incredible wealth of experience as the former Chief Evangelist of Apple, and as an accomplished author, entrepreneur and startup advisor.

Join the Google+ Hangout today at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET to hear from Guy, +Melanie Perkins CEO of Canva, and +Peg Fitzpatrick. 

Visit our blog for the full announcement:
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+Robyn Mather Thanks Robyn! Glad you love Canva too! 
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+Guy Kawasaki is hosting a hangout tomorrow to make an announcement.
I'll be there too!

#Announcement #GooglePlusHOA  
+Guy Kawasaki will be making a public announcement via Google+ Hangout. More details when this is live! 
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+Peg Fitzpatrick Today is yesterday's tomorrow. Does that make it close enough?
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Rockin' a positive attitude • Head of Social Strategy for Canva • passionate about social media • writer • innovative idea girl • marketing maverick • naturally caffeinated • Google+ evangelist • travelista • and so much more.
Hi! I'm Peg — nice to meet you! 

I'm  the Head of Social Strategy for Canva, an online service for graphic design. I'm the co-author of an upcoming book called The Art of Social Media with Guy Kawasaki. 

Social media is my passion. I'm here sharing my professional experience working day to day in the trenches of social media, marketing, and blogging. I work with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. I'll share tips and tricks, provide positive inspiration and answer social media questions through the content that I create and curate. I'm a Google+ evangelist but I'm active across all social media platforms. I work with the best brands and make them even better!

What sets me apart? I'm an innovative idea girl that follows through and gets the job done. Social media is my career, not just a hobby. 

If you're looking to pick my brain, you can rent a little piece with a consulting call via Clarity.

I travel frequently and love to share my experiences and photos. I love photography! I'm currently shooting with a Fuji X100S and my mobile. 

You can find my writing on my blog I'm also a Huffington Post contributor and Co-Editor-in-Chief at 12 Most.

A few of my most favorite posts are:

Oh Snap, Can I Legally Use That Photo - guidelines for online photo usage and where to find free, legal photos.

Goodbye, SEO - Hello SMO (Social Media Optimization) - learn about the importance of social media to optimize your blog and online presence.

I'd fit great in these circles:
  • Social media
  • Travel
  • Google+ Evangelist
  • Writers or bloggers
  • Positive people :)
  • Social media marketing
  • Pinterest Lovers
I love Pinterest. Check out my Pinterest Boards! To find out how I use Pinterest and Google+ together, check out one of my most popular articles: How Google+ and Pinterest Go Together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

To learn how I post on Google+, see my ultimate guide on Google+ posting: Five Easy Steps to Bake the Perfect Google+ Post.

Follow me on Instagram! Why not, right?

Co-moderator of the APE Community for writers, it's a closed community but open to all requests. Here's the APE Pinterest board.

Founder of the Closing the Google+ Gap community for social media.Sharing ways to work Google+ into your socialsphere and your social world into your Google+. Come and say hello!

Are you interested in writing a book?
APE: How to Publish a Book by +Guy Kawasaki and +Shawn Welch is THE guide for writers. Excited to have a feature in it about marketing with Pinterest. I also work on the social media marketing for APE.

Thrilled to have contributed a chapter in What the Plus!the unofficial guide to Google+, by Guy Kawasaki.