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The 'Arrested Development' actors prove men in Hollywood learned nothing

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 23:42

The family drama around the Arrested Development cast continues to unfold. And like kids caught in the crossfire of feuding parents, it hurts to watch. 

We've heard countless bad takes on #MeToo from Hollywood men. But this one feels personal. And it's because it comes across as definitive proof that the house is still in burning, despite promising signs that things might be getting better.

To recap the situation at hand: It all started with a New York Times article that might as well be renamed "Well Actually: An Arrested Development Interview." 

SEE ALSO: 15 pieces of unconventional parenting advice from Arrested Development's unforgettable mom Read more...

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Cities scramble to contain the flood of e-scooters

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 22:55

The motorized scooters arrived with a vengeance—but cities including San Francisco are putting up a fight. The city is forcing all scooters off the road as it implements a new permit program for the vehicles. 

Beyond the Bay Area, other large cities such as Washington, D.C., and Austin saw flocks of e-scooters — electronic, GPS-tracked transports that accelerate up to about 15 mph — come in the past few months. Now, they're realizing something has to be done before their communities are covered in e-scooters or before someone gets seriously hurt.

The scooters have been an especially popular option for short trips. A network of contract workers are paid to scoop up scooters, charge them at home, and return the juiced-up devices to the streets in the morning. Read more...

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It just got easier to share locations with friends on Snapchat

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 22:13

When Snap Maps launched last June, some privacy concerns were raised. But the company had the right idea, turning off sharing with all for everyone by default.

Today, Snapchat is providing an update to Snap Maps that I wish had been included earlier. You can now request a location or share yours on an individual basis through Chat. Simply hold down on a friend's name, and you'll be given the option to "Request Location" or "Send My Location." 

SEE ALSO: You’ll look ridiculous playing Snapchat’s new AR games, and maybe that’s OK

This update will clearly make it easier to share location quickly. You'll appear on the user's Snap Maps, and they in return will appear on yours. Read more...

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All 11 Star Wars movies, ranked — including 'Solo'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 22:06

With the release of Solo, Lucasfilm marks another milestone: this is the 11th Star Wars movie to land in theaters. 

Yeah, that's right — 11 movies, not 10. The eight Skywalker saga episodes and the two spin-off films were not the only one to get an official release. There's one cinematic stepchild that Lucasfilm would rather forget.  

SEE ALSO: 'Solo' is something new in Star Wars. Old-school fans will love it.

And don't worry, we don't spoil anything about Solo other than its ranking. In reverse order, then, starting with that unwanted stepchild: 

11. The Clone Wars (2008)

This mess was initially created as the opening batch of episodes for the Cartoon Network series Clone Wars. Then George Lucas made the baffling last-minute decision to release this barely-hung-together content as a movie. Lucasfilm's key merchandising licensees weren't even notified in advance, so it's possible Lucas himself wasn't exactly proud of the effort.  Read more...

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Nicki Minaj and Eminem say they're dating, but people think they're trolling hard

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 20:53

Nicki Minaj and Eminem are dating, apparently.

Nicki posted a video on Instagram rapping to her verse in YG's single "Big Bank," captioning it with "Told'em I met Slim Shady. Bagged a EM!!!" The song also features Big Sean and 2 Chainz.

SEE ALSO: Of course Elon Musk and Grimes spawned a beautiful new meme

#BIGBANK OUT NOW!!!!!! @yg @2chainz @bigsean 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Told’em I met Slim Shady. Bagged a EM!!! 🤑💵💸🤫

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on May 24, 2018 at 9:47pm PDT

When a fan asked if she was dating Eminem, Nicki had a simple answer: yes. 

Image: instagram

The internet, understandably, freaked out. Fans started looking for proof of their relationship, tracing lyrics all the way back to Eminem's 2011 "Fast Lane."  Read more...

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'Alberto' just became the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 20:12

The National Hurricane Center has named the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, precisely one week before the season is expected to begin on June 1.

Currently spinning off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, forecasters named the subtropical storm "Alberto," which is the first of 21 names the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has on its list of possible storm names for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

On Friday, Alberto met the minimum requirements for earning a name, having reached sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

SEE ALSO: 2018's hurricane season will be active, but probably not as bad as last year Read more...

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Google Treats Subdomains and Subdirectories the Same, John Mueller Says by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 20:05

Google’s John Mueller this week that subdomains and subdirectories are treated the same in Google search.

The post Google Treats Subdomains and Subdirectories the Same, John Mueller Says by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Satellites in space see lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:43

From the ground, lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano can look terrifying. 

Over the past few weeks, newly cracked fissures in the ground have allowed fountains and pools of molten rocket to well up to the surface, destroying homes and other structures in the area surrounding the active volcano. 

SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture.

But from space, those fissures and lava flows take on a new look. 

#Kilauea lava channels are clearly visible in this #Sentinel2 B image of the #Hawaii volcano from 23 May (crop and full image). Follow @USGSVolcanoes for updatespic.twitter.com/ZSCeL81xEB

— ESA (@esa) May 25, 2018 Read more...

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Amazon's kid-friendly Echo works well, but don't waste your money on the bundle

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:41
Echo Dot Kids Edition $79.99 View Product The Good Alexa tells great jokes (for kids) • Voice-driven kids games are entertaining • Works just like a regular Echo Dot The Bad Teaching manners not effective for Echo veterans • Value of bundle is questionable The Bottom Line Alexa is quite good at catering to an underage audience in the Echo Dot Kids Edition, but since you can enable FreeTime for Alexa on any Echo Dot, there's not much reason to buy this bundle. Mashable Score3.25 Cool Factor3.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance3.0 Bang for the Buck2.0

Amazon is releasing its Echo Dot Kids Edition at a precarious time. Read more...

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6 minor 'Game of Thrones' characters who might be super important in Season 8

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:33

In a just world, Season 8 of Game of Thrones would be airing right now, but because large scale television productions "take time to create" especially when the expectations are "earth-shatteringly high," it's not. Boo. 

However, just because Season 8 isn't coming out this year doesn't mean that fans aren't hungry for sweet, sweet speculation when it comes to the hit show's anticipated ending. To serve that need, here's how some of Game of Thrones's minor characters might impact the final season.

SEE ALSO: What the 'Game of Thrones' leaks tell us about Season 8


1. Kinvara 

Anyone would be forgiven for forgetting poor Kinvara, the High Priestess of R'hllor who had one scene with Tyrion and Varys in Season 6, but Melisandre's banishment may bring this fiery lady back with a vengeance. She was introduced as a High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis, and her brief conversation with Tyrion showed that the priests of her temple are huge fans of Daenerys. She believes that Daenerys and her dragons were "sent to lead the people against the darkness in this war and in the great war still to come," which happens to be the war Daenerys is fighting right now. Read more...

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12 of the best online dating sites for geeks, nerds, sci-fi buffs, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:32

Mashable's readers (and writers) are known for being OBSESSIVE about the things we love, like comic books and movies, gadgets and tech, or the latest Space X launch. You may say we kind of geek out about things. Okay, fine, we *are* geeks. And geeks are awesome.

SEE ALSO: Which dating app is right for you? Use this guide to figure it out.

But sometimes, awesome can use a bit of assistance in the dating department. Not because there's no one out there (nerds are totally in these days), but because who wants to settle? You want to find that someone special you can chat with for hours on end about the glory of those Ewoks movies in the 1980s, someone who will want to create the perfect couples cosplay, and a cutie who you can bond with over your mutual hatred for ThanosRead more...

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A baby's faceswap with John C. Reilly is the scariest thing you'll see today

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:45

Sometimes faceswaps go a little too far. 

Voice actor Joe Gaudet face swapped his daughter's face with John C. Reilly's and the results are terrifying. Gaudet even did an impression in Reilly's voice, turning his poor baby into a mini Dr. Steve Brule in a onesie. 

"Wait, wait a second Dad," the unfortunate mashup says, "You don't happen to know where my, my baba is do you?"

This is pure nightmare fuel.  Read more...

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Cameraman falls in lake on live TV, still gets the perfect shot

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:40

Sometimes you get so into your work that you accidentally fall into a lake. It happens! 

But if you're a cameraman named Chris, you might just be skilled enough to recover and capture the whole incident for live television. That's what happened during this Las Vegas broadcast.

Chris was capturing footage of his colleague reporting from a kayak, he appeared to accidentally fall into the lake.

"Are you alright, Chris?" the reporter yelled. "Yeah, I'm good," he said.

Though the reporter claims "no electronics or cameras were injured in this live shot," there was certainly a scary splash.

But in an impressive plot twist Chris wound up capturing the perfect final shot. Read more...

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The sexiest ships in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:31

Star Wars has some great ships, but it also has some great ships, and Solo is no exception. You know the ships I mean – ships that make you want to take straight to space, don a cape, and punch it right into hyperdrive. 

Friendships. Relationships. Situationships. Star Wars has is it all, from the day Luke kissed his sister to the time Anakin went blind with love, or something. Let's dive into the ships of Solo and wonder how anyone had time to make the Kessel Run when there was so much flirting to get on with.

SEE ALSO: Who's who in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Han and Qi'ra

Image: Jonathan Olley /Lucasfilm Ltd. Read more...

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Verizon is offering $50 off two pairs of Apple Airpods, and discounts on Airpods *never* happen

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:29

Verizon wants to give you two pairs of Apple Airpods for $270. That's $50 off.

Y'all.

This is the only way we know of to get Airpods with this big of a discount right now, and Verizon is the only carrier in on the action. It's only happened once before, and it probably won't happen again any time soon. This is like, the Halley's Comet of Apple deals.

SEE ALSO: The best cases for the iPhone 8 Plus, according to customer reviews

For reference as to how huge this deal is, just know that the best deal you could find on Airpods for Black Friday was a puny $9 discount on Ebay.

Here's how it works:

  1. Add two pairs of Airpods to your cart on Verizon and place your order. Your total will come to $319.94, but that's supposed to happen. Chill.

  2. After you have completed the purchase, head over to Verizon's Promotional center, and use the code GET50 to apply for the $50 rebate.

  3. Verizon's "Spend $200, get $50 back" promotion will do its magic, and you'll end up paying just $269.94 for both pairs (AKA saving $25 a pop). Read more...

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Apple just surprised us with a limited sale on Beats by Dre headphones

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:24

Apple has just kicked off a surprise sale across it's Beats lineup of over-ear and in-ear headphones. This is not the first time a sale like this has occurred, but they usually don't last for long.

The high-performance Beats Studio3 get a $70 discount down to $279.95 from $349.95. Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling is a key feature and provides real time blocking of background noise. Studio3 comes in white, matte black, blue, red, porcelain rose, and shadow grayYou can see the Beats Studio3 on Apple.com by clicking here.

Amazon has the better deal on the Studio3 depending on your choice of color. You can get them in Blue, Red, or White for just $227.95. In fact they are undercutting Apple in every color but grayCheck out the BeatsStudio3 on Amazon here, plus they are Prime eligibleBestBuy is lowering the price to $309 for some color choices, but they do have price matching as well. Read more...

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George Takei responds to assault accuser's changing story

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:19

George Takei tweeted on Friday about the sexual misconduct allegations against him, which a recent  Observer piece dissected and found to be unreliable.

Takei thanked his husband and fans for standing by him after accusations of inappropriate behavior from Scott Brunton, whose story altered slightly with each retelling. He referred to it as sexual assault, as groping, and finally said he would dismiss the thing as a misunderstanding.

"Despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace," Takei wrote.

SEE ALSO: Jason Bateman apologizes following disastrous 'Arrested Development' interview Read more...

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Sorry iPhone users, Apple won't let you have the Steam Link app

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:15

Welp, it looks like the App Store won't be getting Steam's newest app after all.

Apple has rejected Steam Link, an app that lets you play Steam games on your iPhone or iPad, even though the company initially approved the app for its App Store.

SEE ALSO: 7 new 'Battlefield V' features that promise to change the way you play

According to a statement from Valve, Apple "revoked its approval" of Steam Link on May 10, one day after it was officially announced. The app had been initially been approved on May 7, but Apple suddenly rescinded its approval. The company cited "business conflicts" in its rejection and Valve's appeals have so far been unsuccessful. Read more...

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Psst: You can get a brand new 32 GB iPhone 7 for less than $300, plus a free Straight Talk gift card

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:57

It's no secret that iPhones aren't exactly at optimal performance after a year of use. Apple thinks they're slick by unveiling a new iPhone just when yours breaks, but...nah. We don't have a spare $549 laying around to replace our iPhone 7, let alone almost a grand for the iPhone 8 or X.

If you're desperately in need of a new iPhone, you probably think that the only affordable options are buying someone's old iPhone 5 on Facebook Marketplace, or this: 

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But you'd be wrong. Because we found a deal that can get you a brand new 32GB iPhone 7 and a free $55 gift card for Straight Talk's Ultimate Unlimited 4G 30 Day Plan for under $300. Read more...

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Blaming dating apps for the rise of STDs is just the latest form of sex panic

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:29

"Are dating apps to blame for the rise in STDs?"

It's a line that seems tailor-made for morning news shows, designed to be read in that formal, faux-inquisitive tone newscasters use before cutting to commercial break.

It's true that STD rates have risen in the U.S. over the last 10 years, with an especially steep rise in the last four years. Alongside straight coverage of this rise, reports drawing the line between STDs and dating apps have also proliferated on local news, digital outlets, and cable networks around the country. 

And like all sound bites, the way these pieces are framed doesn't reflect the whole story — they just capitalize on the easiest part of it. Read more...

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