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Danny Rand and his glowing hand are back in the first look at 'Iron Fist' Season 2

At Comic-Con Thursday, Netflix unveiled our first look at the second season of its fourth Marvel series, Iron Fist.  

Finn Jones is back as Danny Rand, who thankfully seems to have calmed down a bit since his bizarre and off-putting introduction in Iron Fist Season 1. Guess hanging out with a bunch of Defenders willing to call you on your shit will do that.

Also back are Colleen (Jessica Henwick) and Misty (Simone Missick) – which is good, since Danny will probably need all the help he can get when Davos (Sacha Dhawan) and Typhoid Mary (Alice Eve) come for him.

Iron Fist premieres September 7.  Read more...

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This robotic vacuum's camera could let hackers spy on you

Be careful: Hackers might be watching through your vacuum. 

Well, they could if you own the Diqee Camera Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, which is made and sold in China. It touts features like an HD 360-degree camera, night vision, and anti-collision sound wave technology.  

While that's helpful for keeping your house clean, cybersecurity firm Positive Technologies claims the the internet-connected device has two major vulnerabilities. 

SEE ALSO: Domestic robots that will change the future of how you run your house

First, hackers can gain access to the vacuum remotely and move the device, which is creepy enough. But they can also access the camera to watch you in your home. Yeah, that helpful surveillance feature doesn't sound so alluring now.  Read more...

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The latest Mophie Powerstation battery packs charge through a Lightning port

Belkin isn't the only one in these parts with an Apple-approved battery pack

Smartphone accessory manufacturer Mophie announced on Thursday that it's about to raise the bar by introducing four MFi power packs that are exclusive to Apple. That means Mophie’s Powerstation, Powerstation XXL, Powerstation Plus, and Powerstation Plus XL are the first portable chargers available with Apple’s MFi approval. 

But potential buyer be warned: All of these products carry that signature hefty Mophie price tag for their nice design and relatively large sized battery.

SEE ALSO: The first Apple-approved battery pack that charges via Lightning port is finally here Read more...

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Instagram Shows Users When Friends Are Online by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - 3 hours 5 min ago

With a recent update to Instagram, the app will now show users when people they’ve direct messaged online.

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Jenny McCarthy thought her house was haunted, but it was just her Google Home

Jenny McCarthy's home is haunted by technology. 

The actress and avid anti-vaxxer was doing what every normal person does — checking herself out in a gilded mirror, denying scientific evidence, and pushing incorrect narratives about autism — when she heard a piano trill echo through the living room. 

"Donnie?" she called out to her husband, Donald Wahlberg. "DONNIE? Someone just played the piano!" 

Freaked out by the spectral sound, McCarthy posted a Nest video on Facebook: "HAUNTED! Just happened in my house! I had to look at the security tape to prove it. Ahh!!"

While one commenter was convinced that she saw an otherworldly shadow pass by the piano, another pointed out the true culprit: McCarthy's Google Home rebooting.  Read more...

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Instagram now lets you see when your friends are online

Now your friends can see exactly how much time you spend lurking on Instagram.

Instagram announced Thursday the rollout of a new feature that will let your followers see when you're using the app. The concept is similar to Facebook Messenger: when someone you follow or have previously messaged with, is "active" in the app, Instagram will show a small green bubble next to their name to let you know that they're online.

SEE ALSO: PSA: Instagram's new ask feature is not anonymous

Instagram explained that the goal of the feature is to make it easier for users to chat within the app.

"This update gives you the ability to have more of those realtime conversations while giving you the control to hide your status altogether," the company wrote in a blog post. Read more...

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Poorly attended blockchain conference offers much-needed reality check

It's 8:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning at the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, and the emcee is stoked

A booming welcome worthy of a Vegas boxing match is being delivered over the PA as attendees at the Distributed blockchain conference gather to hear the gospel of "unlocking the global power of decentralized business." 

However, if the half-full auditorium is any indication, it's a message that needs a few more converts. 

SEE ALSO: WTF is former Congressman Dennis Kucinich doing at this blockchain yacht party

Distributed lacked the over-the-top hysterics and flash of Consensus, the major blockchain event held in New York City this past May. There were no Lamborghinis parked outside, no fake protests, and no blockchain-based beer vending machine. Instead, Distributed presented a sober and cautious evaluation of the cryptocurrency, ICO, blockchain, and token space as it now exists.  Read more...

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YouTube Shows Searchable Hashtags Above Video Titles by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 23:43

YouTube now displays hashtags on videos that can help users search for and discover other videos about the same topics.

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The 'pee after sex' meme is doing a better job at sex ed than some schools

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 23:12

Twitter is doing a better job at teaching sex ed than most schools in the United States. 

In case your high school education failed you, too, doctors recommend that people pee after sex to help prevent urinary tract infections. It's become popular for Twitter users to leave wholesome nightly messages for each other, like reminding people to take off their makeup, leave trash exes on read, and pee after sex. After all, nobody wants to wake up with a UTI and resort to a week-long cranberry juice cleanse.

Twitter user @trashychick mixed it up, tweeting, "pee after sex or u will get a dui." 

pee after sex or u will get a dui

— andY (@trashychick) July 15, 2018 Read more...

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WhatsApp tests a new anti-spam feature that detects shady links

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:01

WhatsApp may soon have a new weapon in the fight  against one of the most insidious forms of spam: shady links.

The messaging app is testing a new feature that can detect suspicious links within messages and warns users before they click, a company rep confirmed to Mashable.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp will pay researchers to study its fake news epidemic

The feature is aimed at a specific type of exploit favored by spammers and phishers: links that mimic legitimate URLs by using characters from other alphabets that look similar to other letters. In the example below, for instance, the URL in the message looks like a link to whatsapp.com, but the "w" character is actually an entirely different letter (note the small dot under the w). Read more...

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Starbucks announces first U.S. 'Signing Store' for deaf and hard of hearing customers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:59

Get ready for an entirely new Starbucks experience in the U.S. 

The coffee company announced Thursday that it will open the first U.S. store to be run in American Sign Language (ASL). The store will begin welcoming customers in Washington, D.C., in October. Starbucks launched its first-ever "Signing Store," located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, two years ago.

SEE ALSO: Starbucks opens its first outlet dedicated to hiring deaf baristas in Malaysia

The Washington, D.C., store will hire roughly two dozen deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing employees, all of whom will be proficient in ASL. 

The store itself will include "DeafSpace" design modifications and service practices that create the best possible experience for deaf and hard of hearing customers, including low-glare reflective surfaces and clear sight lines for open communication. In general, deaf-accessible design focuses on architectural elements in five categories: acoustics, sensory reach, space and proximity, mobility and proximity, and light and color.  Read more...

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The Season 4 trailer for 'Better Call Saul' goes darker than ever before

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:47

The minds behind Better Call Saul have said that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will not appear in Season 4 of the Breaking Bad spinoff — but by the look of this trailer, things are getting bad for Saul. As he tries to claw his way back to being a lawyer after the events of Season 3, a darker underground calls to him. Who knows who might be lurking there? Read more...

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Have summer allergies? Save $10 on this air purifier.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:38

Just because spring is over doesn't mean you're done with allergy season. If you've ever had a cold in the middle of a heat wave, you very well know summer allergies are a thing, and they suck. Plus, if you live in a bustlin' metropolis, your body is constantly exposed to the pollutants floating around your cityUm, no thank you. 

SEE ALSO: No, it's not just you — allergy season is worse this year and that's exactly why you need an air purifier

It's times like these — when your throat is scratchy, your eyes are itchy, and you can't stop sneezing — that you wish you had an air purifier. So do yourself a favor and pick up Cisno's True HEPA Air Purifier, which is currently on sale. Read more...

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Google My Business Sends Notifications When New Listings Go Live by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:35

Google My Business has started sending notifications when new listings go live on the web.

The post Google My Business Sends Notifications When New Listings Go Live by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Top 10 products on Prime Day, according to Mashable readers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:30

RIP, Prime Day 2018. You were so popular that your site quite literally broke for a good portion of the first day, but did that stop all of us from spending way more than the limit we promised ourselves? Hell no.

Despite the massive 404 error glitch that forced people in 17 countries to see the dogs of Amazon (not complaining) instead of being able to view their cart or check out (yes, complaining), Amazon sold over 100 million items during the 36 hour period. Yup, that's a record-breaking number that beat out previous Prime Days, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. 

SEE ALSO: 9 drunk shopping purchases that you'll feel good about in the morning Read more...

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9 things you absolutely do not need to bring to college

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:22

Just before September rolls around, college students far and wide start prepping for the year ahead — typically with a massive shopping trip to Target.

There are so many things one needs to live comfortably in a dorm including (to name just a few items): shower shoes, a million pens, a laundry basket, and ear plugs (for when your roommate decides to pick up acoustic guitar.)

SEE ALSO: 10 gifts that high school grads will be *so glad* they have for college

But more often than not, a few useless items marketed as dorm necessities sneak their way onto the shopping lists of college newbies. It’s time to stop the madness. Read more...

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OMG Star Wars is reviving 'Clone Wars' — and there's a trailer

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:18

If you thought Star Wars was done telling tales in the prequel era, think again.

As Lucasfilm announced to a surprised fandom at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, The Clone Wars — the animated series set between Episodes II and II — is getting one more season, five years after its abrupt cancelation. 

SEE ALSO: All 11 Star Wars movies, ranked — including 'Solo'

The series, which began in 2008 when George Lucas decided to turn the first few episodes into an animated movie, covers the conflict in the galaxy far, far away that preceded the Empire. The Clone Wars  — spoiler alert for anyone who hasn't seen Star Wars Episode III or beyond — were a mere pretext for Emperor Palpatine to seize power and wipe out the Jedi via their supposedly loyal clone army.  Read more...

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'Silicon Valley' devoted an entire episode to this in-demand coding tool

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:16

Experienced developers and product managers know that, when it comes to creating and shipping a product, the only thing you should expect is the unexpected. That’s why they use Scrum to keep their teams organized, adaptable, and collaborative.

SEE ALSO: Best website builders for start-up founders, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a side hustle

Since 1986, teams at leading companies have used this agile project management framework to maximize efficiency and streamline communicationEven Pied Piper scrums, as seen in an early episode of Silicon Valley (“This increases visibility into our team’s progress!” Jared raves.) Read more...

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Scientists have the best reactions to a surprise fish attack in this deep sea video

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:04

The internet is filled with spooky videos of deep sea creatures sure to make your skin crawl. But this deep sea encounter is defying the creepy crawly genre, thanks in large part to its uniquely joyful commentary rivaling that of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Do yourself a favor and listen to these three scientists delight in an Atlantic Midshipman pop out of its dwelling to attack another fish, while quill worms and a lone snail bare witness. 

The excited trio can barely contain their laughter while describing the events they're observing, particularly when discussing the presumably startled snail. Read more...

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Unfortunately opening the ancient Egyptian sarcophagus didn't unleash curse on us

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 20:48

Buckle up, everyone — Egyptian authorities finally opened up the mysterious black sarcophagus on Thursday that was unearthed at the beginning of July. Sadly, they only found three soggy mummies. 

The 2,000-year-old sarcophagus was found during a construction dig in Alexandria, Egypt. According to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, it may be the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria, clocking in at 9-feet long, 5-feet wide, and 6-feet deep. Judging from the layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus, the tomb hadn't been touched since it was closed. Read more...

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