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Fed up of losing out on new projects? Win one of three studio accounts at Nusii

Nusii is an online proposal service, and it’s launching at the end of the month. To celebrate this, Speckyboy has teamed up with Nusii to bring you yet another kick-ass competition.

For those of you who don’t know, Nusii is an online proposal service aimed squarely at design professionals like your good self! And what’s more it’s brought to you by one of our very own authors Nathan Powell

Nusii is on online proposal service aimed squarely at design professionals

If you’ve ever had to draft a client proposal then you know what a nightmare they are. You throw away countless billable hours writing the damned thing, have no idea if the client has even opened it, and nearly lose the use of your fingers to “copy, paste syndrome”.

Nusii believes in simplicity. All non-essential elements have been stripped back, helping you write and send proposals in a fraction of the time. You’ll
have all your “hit” content in one place, starter templates, reminders to follow up with prospective clients, and an editor that just “gets out of the way” (think Medium :)

Nusii gives you back all those non-billable hours lost to proposals…and it’ll impress the heck out of your clients too.

What can you win?

Nusii is giving away 3 studio accounts 100% free for a whole year! Worth over $ 1700.

So how can I get one of these lovely accounts?

Simple, just signup for early access at and leave a comment below. That’s it! On launch day, September 29th we’ll pick 3 lucky winners and notify you ASAP.

Good luck!

Ps. Feel free to spread the word by tweeting this out 😉

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Sunset on the domes: how Silicon Valley is losing its futuristic past

Silicon Valley wasn’t always the place where technology was born and bred. It used to be one of the world’s largest orchards, where an estimated one-third of the entire country’s fruit was harvested, packed, and canned. Roughly 50 years ago, however, a new culture started to emerge. As the interstate highways rolled out, as we chose to go the moon, the valley’s architecture began to reflect that freedom of the open road and that boundless optimism for the future. Space-age symbols…

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4 Signs You Are Losing Your Writing Passion (& How To Get It Back)

Many of us have been through this at one time or another. Tired and worn down from writing the same boring content and making it interesting day in and day out, we suddenly find that we have to drag ourselves to the computer and force ourselves to go through the motions wondering what we should be doing with our lives instead.

Then it hits us. We realize we’ve lost the passion and terror engulfs us. The first time it happens is like waking up from a dream of falling off a building – only to realize that you’re not dreaming. You experience a few seconds of abstract terror followed by a deep sense of sudden loss.

I once read about a writer who lost limbs in a war compare it to what it feels like the first few years after that loss: “I would wake up, ready to take on the day only to see the wheelchair and remember that I have no legs. Losing my passion for writing is a lot like that.” Once you realize you are without it, you cannot help but feel a sense of longing.

Personally, it felt a little bit like when I lost my father at 11 years old. Not the pain of a lost loved one. Just the pain of losing something so familiar, something I was so used to having. It felt like a hole in the middle of my chest that couldn’t be filled. I swore that once I got it back, I would never lose it again. Now, when I get so weary that I want to stop, I do.

See The Signs

The one redeeming feature about losing the writer’s passion is that you can see it coming a mile away, if you know what to look for. Here’s how to recognize these signs.

1. When Research Becomes a Chore

Research for the true writer is more interesting than it is work. We develop a process where we can enjoy the journey from point A to point J. Each step is familiar, painless and gets us closer to our objective – writing. Every step of the research usually holds some benefit for us.

One example is my research computer, which is not the computer that I write with. It has a comic’s page that I must go through to get to my search engine. On this page is a weather app, a dictionary Word of the Day, and a new Calvin and Hobbes Comic daily strip

When I get to the point that I skip the comics or just bypass my entire process altogether, I check myself as it’s a sure sign that I’m no longer enjoying that process… or what I do.

2. Snapping at your Editors (Never a good idea)

I’m one of those lucky writers that have an editor as a partner in our freelance writing company. This means that everything I write through our company is edited by one of the best. I also have an editor in one of my ‘outside of the company’ jobs. She is also among the best in her profession.

The moment one of them asks me what is wrong with my attitude or takes offense at something I’ve said, I know that I’m in trouble. I love to be edited because it makes me look good. When I start taking offense at their help, it means I don’t want to put in the work. It means I’m no longer having any fun.

3. What Happened to your Deadline Demon?

A friend of mine, who was once a client, paid me the very high compliment of calling me the Deadline Demon. I never ever miss a deadline. I’m almost always way ahead of schedule. I make sure that if something was to happen and I could not write for up to a week, I could still come in under deadline.

When I suddenly have to write all night long and just barely make my deadlines, I am in trouble of losing my passion and I check myself at that moment. If I forget a deadline and barely make it, I recognize that for what it is: a huge sign that I’m tired and I’m in danger of starting down that road again.

4. Getting Easily Distracted

When I start catching myself spending more time in my email, Skype chat, or surfing the World Wide Web for no reason other than to avoid work, I know I’m in trouble. It’s a quiet process that sneaks up on you. One day, you are fine and productive, two days later, you find yourself two days behind schedule and filling out a form for a foolish website application you don’t want just because you’re bored.

When boredom sets in, how far are you from the point of no return? The writing passion is what keeps us writing. The ability to take a boring subject and turn it into something that people want to read is supposed to be fun. When it stops being fun, it’s time to recharge your batteries.

How To Turn This Around

At some point, you have to recognize the signs of writer’s fatigue and make a change. When you have worked for so many days in a row that you cannot remember the last time you had any time to devote to your family, friends, or other interests, it may be time to recharge

Writer’s fatigue is the first step to losing the ability to enjoy a passion that you were born with. Here are a few things you can do to get turn things around.

1. Step Away

Take a day off whether you can afford it or not. Most of the time, with bills mounting or deadlines looming, you cannot take a day off at that moment, but you can schedule a day off in the near future and then do everything you have to do to make it happen.

When that day comes, do not shirk it off and work. Force yourself to spend the day away from work and (this is important) with the people that make you happy.

2. Revisit Your Creative Side

Write for yourself. If you like creative writing, do that. If you enjoy poetry, create a new form. Enter a contest and write up your submission. Even if you don’t win, the fun is in the creation.

There are numerous website writing groups that you can join that have contests. There are also writing groups that love to read new fiction or collaborate on projects. The point is to write something for yourself that changes your perspective and is not work-related.

3. Retrace the Steps that Led you to Freelancing

Take stock of your decision to become a freelance writer. From experience, I can tell you that our reasons for doing what we do are very compelling. In my case, it was this or work for a living and I would rather do this. Remember all the reasons you do what you do. Write and you will find that motivating force that drove you here in the first place.

Once you remember why you love your job so much, it’s easier to keep your passion, even under the worst of client projects. When I see my stepson dragging his tired ass home from his roofing job, I count my blessings and get back to work.

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How losing iMessage could mean losing your friends


Like it or not, smartphones have become an indispensable part of your average teenager’s life. To gain a better understanding of just what today’s youth are actually using them for, The Huffington Post interviewed 14-year-old high school student Casey Schwartz about her iPhone habits. Unsurprisingly, a large part of her activity revolves around messaging. Casey and her friends have run the gamut of messaging clients, cycling through Snapchat, WhatsApp, Skype, and others to facilitate their daily group chats.

Apple’s iMessage is among the few apps that have stood the test of time. In fact, it’s proven a requirement for anyone hoping to maintain a real-world relationship with the teen. When one of her friends lagged behind in upgrading to…

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Is Apple losing its cool factor?

A major tech mag has shunned Apple in its annual “Hot 100” list. Has the brand’s cult status among designers has passed its peak?

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Uber losing its edge in taxi app wars as competitor Hailo reportedly raises big bucks

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San Francisco startup Uber has had two advantages in the great battle of the taxi apps: money and notoriety. That may be about to change. Rival startup Hailo has raised $ 30 million from high profile investors, reports All Things D, which would bring its total funding up to $ 50 million, narrowly surpassing Uber’s reported $ 49.5 million.

The new money sets the stage for a high stakes showdown. Riders in Boston and Chicago, where both Uber and Hailo already operate, are likely to see huge discounts and heavy marketing (ice cream, anyone?). But the battle will be fiercest in New York City, where regulators just cleared the way for e-hailing apps to start booking rides in mid-February. Several apps are likely to hit the market at that time,…

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Apple ordered to pay $368 million after losing case to patent holding firm

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VirnetX, a patent holding firm, has successfully won a judgement of $ 368 million against Apple for patents loosely related to FaceTime. The four patents in the case deal with establishing VPNs and domain names — not FaceTime’s features in particular — and Apple was found to infringe on all of them. Apple argued that it did not infringe on the patents, and that VirnetX did not establish any evidence of actual damages, since FaceTime is a product with no service fees or revenue. Still, it’s not likely that this outcome will mean anything more than a hit to Apple’s coffers: VirnetX would have to get an injunction to shut down FaceTime, and successfully argue that the service’s operations drive sales of Mc or iOS devices.

The case was…

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