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Google Slashes Incentives for Retailers to Create Comparison Shopping Services by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:43

Google has drastically reduced incentives for retailers to create what some allege are “fake” comparison shopping sites.

The post Google Slashes Incentives for Retailers to Create Comparison Shopping Services by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

This electric motorcycle runs on 15 parts made via 3D printer

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:18

Ready to upgrade from your e-scooter?

The NERA electric motorcycle is a functioning bike that was made using a 3D printer. The only catch — it's just a "use case" example for a German 3D printing company to show off its material-making skills. 

SEE ALSO: This 3D-printed bicycle is stronger than titanium

Even if it's not for sale, it's an impressive print job from the NOWlab at 3D printer company BigRep. Printed in 15 pieces, the NERA bike actually runs on an electric engine embedded in the back rim. The battery is housed within the body. 

Everything but the bike's electrical components were 3D-printed, including the tires, rims, frame, fork (the part that connects the front wheel and axle to the frame), and seat.  Read more...

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Save up to $265 on Calphalon pans at Macy's (with promo code) during this massive Black Friday sale

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:17

It's officially the time of year where life starts to feel like a big Food Network cooking competition show — starring you as the only contestant. Maybe you're the master chef of the house, preparing to wow your entire extended family with your most decadent holiday recipes. Or perhaps you're a total amateur, buying endless boxes of brownie mix and Stove Top Stuffing to hopefully contribute something both easy and edible to gatherings this year. 

Either way, you won't get very far if you don't have the tools you need. From pots and pans to baking trays, cutlery, and more, kitchen gear can get a bit pricey — which is why we're super psyched that Macy's has a ton of Calphalon cookware sets on sale right nowPlus, when you use the promo code SCORE, you can score an extra 20% off all these items.  Read more...

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The iOS Google Photos app can now do what some iPhones can't

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 23:06

Photo shots fired!

Google announced an update to its Photos app for iOS on Monday. Now, iPhone users can edit the background blur and focus of portrait mode images within the Google Photos iOS app. Customized portraits, here you come!

SEE ALSO: Does the Google Pixel 3 have the best smartphone camera? — Mashable Reviews

The new capability is a boon for iPhone users without the latest models. Users who have anything but an iPhone with an "X" in its name now have a great reason to install a Google app on their iPhone.

New to iOS, adjust the background blur and change the focus of your portrait mode photo

Just pull up a portrait photo in Google Photos, click the editing icon to get to the editing menu, then tap it one more time to edit depth and focus.

— Google Photos (@googlephotos) November 19, 2018 Read more...

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The 17 most bizarre moments from 'The Crimes of Grindelwald'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:39
This post contains many, many spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Now that some people have seen Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald it's time to discuss some of the movie's more shocking, upsetting, and truly bizarre moments. 

SEE ALSO: What the shocking end reveal during 'Crimes of Grindelwald' means for the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise

Because, wow. Even for Harry Potter, this movie got weird. Spoilers abound, so scroll down at one's own risk. 

1. So the opening shot refers to MACUSA as the “American Ministry of Magic."

As if they hadn't spent a whole movie making people say MACUSA to explain why it is different from the British Ministry of Magic. Read more...

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Confirmed: Season 4 of Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' game will be finished

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:38

It's official: Skybound Entertainment will release the final episodes in Season 4 of Telltale's The Walking Dead.

Skybound, for those who don't know, is the publishing label co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. The company's been a longtime partner on Telltale's series, and even formally announced an intention to finish the series after Telltale closed down in September.

SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln to return as Rick Grimes in film series

The early October announcement noted that Skybound would endeavor to "work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve." But the company shared no further details at the time, and all's been quiet ever since. Read more...

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Tech gifts you absolutely shouldn't buy for yourself or anyone else

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 22:03

We review a lot of products here at Mashable. Some are good, others are really great and earn our Mashable Choice badge, and a few end up being complete trash. It's our duty to help you find only the stuff we recommend so you don't buy something only to get home and cry your eyes out because it sucks.

We know it's easy to get caught up in all the holiday cheer and shopping and feel like you need to buy something because everyone else is, but think about the downsides to a bad purchase: Tons of time wasted returning stuff either by shipping them back or waiting on line to get a refund — not to mention your reputation will suffer for giving such an ill-considered gift. Read more...

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People are freaking out over this iPhone cursor trick

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:56

This quick trick makes texting way easier, and people can't believe it's existed this whole time. 

Trying to drag the iPhone cursor is always a hassle; no matter how precise you try to be, your fat thumbs will always get in the way of typing. It's almost less effort to delete the text and start from scratch. But as food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis pointed out, you can avoid the problem entirely by holding down a key and dragging along the keyboard itself. 

How come you guys never told me this iPhone trick? I feel dupedpic.twitter.com/2RfRhI4Y1X

— Krissy Brierre-Davis (@krissys_kitchen) November 18, 2018 Read more...

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'Avengers: Infinity War' is coming to Netflix to close out the year

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:53

Avengers: Infinity War will start streaming on Netflix Dec. 25, so you can spend the last week of 2018 just reliving all the joy and pain. This is as much a gift as a curse, depending on how you see it (and on whether or not you're Thanos).

SEE ALSO: This 'Captain America' character will be in 'Avengers 4'

Oh, snap. Avengers: Infinity War is coming to @Netflix on December 25pic.twitter.com/EMB8LgicdT

— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 19, 2018

First of all, how dare you with that "Oh snap," Netflix, and second of all, heck yeah! Infinity War joins MCU brethren Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on the streaming platform – that's pretty good company. It's likely temporary, as with many Netflix acquisitions, particularly with the looming advent of Disney's own streaming serviceRead more...

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This gorgeous photoshoot will make you crave 100 McDonald's hash browns

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:42

Still deciding what you'll bring to Friendsgiving this year? Consider an extremely large number of McDonald's hash browns.

Despite it being prime Thanksgiving anticipation season, we currently have potato ovals on the brain thanks to a truly stunning viral photo shoot. On Saturday, @FLJBieber, whose real name is Faustino Limon, Jr. and who has a bright future as a food photographer, tweeted out a series of images he took of his McDonald's hash browns after a late night out.

And thank god, because they are so beautiful. Particularly the eleventh photo, which surpasses most McDonald's ads we have seen. (And we have seen a lot of McDonald's ads.) Read more...

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A definitive ranking of every 'Bob's Burgers' Thanksgiving episode ever

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:41

"Pass the cranberry sauce, we're having mash potatoes!" 

From Friends to New Girl, plenty of our favorite shows have nailed the Thanksgiving special. But no one can do this grateful holiday quite like Bob's Burgers

Although the first two short seasons of Bob's aired sans holiday episodes, Turkey Day has become an important staple in the series. Over the past seven years, we've seen harrowing tales of survival, disturbing accounts of crime, and a whole bunch of stellar musical numbers.

Of course, all of these stories are must-sees. But, in planning your annual holiday Bob's binge, you might want to consider prioritizing certain Belcher celebrations over others.  Read more...

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Instagram to Remove Fake Followers, Comments, and Likes Generated by Third-Party Apps by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:30

Instagram is taking steps to limit inauthentic activity on its network by removing fake followers, likes, and comments.

The post Instagram to Remove Fake Followers, Comments, and Likes Generated by Third-Party Apps by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Bing Updates Expanded Text Ads With Ability to Add Even More Text by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:22

Bing updated its expanded text ads, which now allow for even more text in both the headline and description areas.

The post Bing Updates Expanded Text Ads With Ability to Add Even More Text by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Bill Gates really identifies with this 'Silicon Valley' character, but he has one complaint

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 21:16

Apropos of nothing, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has decided to share his thoughts on the HBO comedy Silicon Valley.

On Monday, Gates published a new post on his blog — known as GatesNotes (seriously) — about the tech industry satire, which is currently in between seasons. Gates sees Silicon Valley as a rare example of pop culture getting life in the tech world "right." 

SEE ALSO: The super chill guide to buying gifts for tech bros

"If you really want to understand how Silicon Valley works today, you should watch the HBO series Silicon Valley," Gates wrote.

Bill Gates: apparently not opposed to dick jokes!

Image: giphy Read more...

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Tech gifts you absolutely shouldn't buy for yourself or anyone else

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 20:34

We review a lot of products here at Mashable. Some are good, others are really great and earn our Mashable Choice badge, and a few end up being complete trash. It's our duty to help you find only the stuff we recommend so you don't buy something only to get home and cry your eyes out because it sucks.

We know it's easy to get caught up in all the holiday cheer and shopping and feel like you need to buy something because everyone else is, but think about the downsides to a bad purchase: Tons of time wasted returning stuff either by shipping them back or waiting on line to get a refund — not to mention your reputation will suffer for giving such an ill-considered gift. Read more...

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Best Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Amazon Echo, Roomba, Google Home, Apple HomePod

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:48

Smart home devices were the hot, gift-worthy items during last year's holiday season and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. A big part of the reason for this is because these smart home devices tend to see great discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making now the ideal time to shop for loved ones — or snag a gift for yourself. Trust us, we won't tell anyone. We promise.  

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

Although some of the deals are not official yet, a large number of them are active right now, so you can take advantage of these fantastic sales from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target before the Black Friday shopping holiday even begins.  Read more...

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Save $50 on the Fire TV Recast at Amazon ahead of Black Friday

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:39

Now's the time of year that we're constantly out and about, chipping away at our holiday shopping lists and bouncing around to holiday parties, which means it's a lot harder to prioritize being home for our favorite over-the-air TV programs. Thankfully, Amazon's hooking it up by taking $50 off the Fire TV Recast, so you'll never have to miss a thing. 

The Fire TV Recast is a DVR device that lets you watch and record TV at home or on the go, and is basically the ultimate addition to any Fire TV, Echo Show, or compatible mobile device. And the best part? No monthly fees.

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place Read more...

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NASA's 2020 rover will land in an ancient, dried-up lakebed to hunt for past life on Mars

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:36

NASA's next car-sized rover will plummet through the thin Martian atmosphere and softly land on the floor of a dried-up lakebed, the space agency announced Monday.

When the robot arrives on Mars about 8 months after its launch in 2020, NASA will endeavor to land the six-wheeled rover in the Jezero Crater, a 30 mile-wide bowl about 1,640 feet deep. It's believed to have once held an 800-foot deep lake some 3.5 billion years ago. 

The space agency hopes to accomplish a number of things during the at least two-year mission. But the first science directive is to "determine whether life ever arose on Mars." Indeed, today Mars is extremely unlikely to harbor any life — on the surface, at least. It's a heavily irradiated, dry, frigid desert, with no liquid water. Read more...

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A mommy blogger's post about her son is going viral for all the wrong reasons

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:34

This episode of Black Mirror sucks.

In the ultimate backhanded compliment against her own son, mommy blogger Katie Bower took to Instagram to wish her child a happy sixth birthday, and to lament the fact that "his photos never got as many likes."

SEE ALSO: Influencer sued for not promoting Snap's Spectacles enough

"From a statistical point of view, he wasn't as popular with everyone out there," she complained in the caption, before musing over whether people liked her younger children better because they were babies. "I saw all that because I want to believe that it wasn't him ... that it was on me. My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should get ALL the love and squinty eyes are totally adorable."  Read more...

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