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Josh Duhamel defends ex-wife Fergie over her national anthem debacle

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:30

In case you missed it, earlier this week, pop star Fergie of Black Eyed Peas fame gave a, uh, questionable rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game. 

To be fair, it's a very hard song to sing, but because this version was just so... unique, it sparked plenty of memes and criticism

SEE ALSO: Fergie responds to critics of that wildly unpopular national anthem performance

But not everyone's a critic. In fact, the singer's ex-husband and father of her child, Josh Duhamel, came to her defense on The Ellen Show.

"I think that she would probably admit that it's not her best work," Duhamel said, referring to the incident. "But the girl's crazy talented. She really is." Read more...

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'Ghostbusters World' will be like Pokémon Go, but with ghosts!

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:26

Pokémon Go might have gotten pretty old pretty quick, but a new augmented reality (AR) game with the same capture-and-battle concept could actually be pretty freaking awesome — because it's a Ghostbusters game, people!

Called "Ghostbusters World," Sony published a trailer for the new game on Friday. It depicts the powers of the Ghostbusters' proton pack and ghost traps getting charged into a smartphone. 

The game is described as "an all-new state-of-the-art augmented reality game" in which players "battle and capture hundreds of ghosts from all dimensions of the franchise." The game's Facebook page captioned the video "Specters, poltergeists, full-roaming vapors, and more from your favorite Ghostbusters movies, TV shows, comics and video games are about to invade our world." COOL! Read more...

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Troll gets trolled with some quality sign Photoshopping

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:10

In a well-deserved twist, a guy just looking to argue was turned into this week's most contentious memes. 

Steven Crowder, a conservative podcaster and professional troll set up a booth at Texas Christian University with a sign that said "Male privilege is a myth." The sign prompted students discuss whether or not he was right with "Change my mind," an ongoing segment he has on YouTube.  

SEE ALSO: This photo of a dog in a seat-belt sparked an ingenious Photoshop battle

Hello @TCU. Come one come all#ChangeMyMind

— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) February 16, 2018

His tweet got a considerable amount of criticism — people pointed out that his booth wasn't really an  effort to engage in discussion and that he just wanted to incite anger for his YouTube channel.  Read more...

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Detective Pikachu's creepy old man voice is a crime against nature

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:08

You remember Pikachu, right? That joyful, electric yellow furball who's your constant companion and always ready with an affirming thumbs up and high-pitched exclamation of "PIKA!"

WELL HE'S DEAD NOW — or at least forever tainted by the horrifying introduction of a grizzly-voiced Pikachu in a new trailer for the upcoming Detective Pikachu that none of us can ever unsee.

SEE ALSO: 'Detective Pikachu' and its gravel-voiced gumshoe are coming to the West

Slated for a March 23 release date, the Nintendo 3DS game will follow the journey of said Detective Pikachu as he tries to get to the bottom of strange disappearances in the Pokémon community. Appropriately, this bizarre-o world Private Eye version of Pikachu will be investigating "a puzzling case involving oddly behaving Pokémon." Read more...

More about Entertainment, Gaming, Nintendo, Pikachu, and Ryan Reynolds

Manafort's PDF conversion confusion becomes evidence in Mueller probe

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:02

In the end, it's our own mistakes that bring us down. 

Former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are learning that lesson first hand. Apparently, prosecutors have evidence of the pair's fraud thanks to a paper trail caused by Manafort's inability to turn a PDF into a Word doc and vice versa.

SEE ALSO: Paul Manafort's favorite password is even dumber than you'd think

On Thursday, federal prosecutors issued a new set of indictments on former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, including tax and bank fraud.

One damning passage, spotted by DC attorney Susan Simpson, shows that prosecutors have evidence of the fraud because Manafort has the exact (lack of) computer skills you expect him to.  Read more...

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This vibrator can give you a climax and order you a pizza

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:55

RubGrub is the vibrator that can also get you food. Read more...

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Dropbox, a company that turned down an offer from Steve Jobs in 2009, is finally going public

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:26

The place where you may or may not store and share your photos, PDFs, and other documents is going public. 

Dropbox, a cloud storage company based in Silicon Valley's heart San Francisco, is listing on the Nasdaq under the stock ticker $DBX, according to its S-1 document unveiled by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday. Dropbox was most recently valued at $10 billion and is now seeking to raise $500 million. 

SEE ALSO: Maybelline deletes tweet about abandoning Snapchat for Instagram

"Our modern economy runs on knowledge. Today, knowledge lives in the cloud as digital content, and Dropbox is a global collaboration platform where more and more of this content is created, accessed, and shared with the world. We serve more than 500 million registered users across 180 countries," the S-1 document states.  Read more...

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The selfie stick is so over: this is how we're filming ourselves hands-free now

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:09

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Think of all the times you wanted to snap a full-length photo to capture your #OOTD but couldn’t because no one was around to take it.

Sure, mirror selfies are okay, but most of us don’t always want our phones in the shot.

SEE ALSO: These might be the most millennial iPhone cases of all time

A few years back, we flocked to selfie sticks to snap photos of ourselves from a distance, but, if you haven’t noticed, the selfie stick trend is all but dead (unless of course, you're a tourist or something).  Read more...

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Gifts ideas for that person who's literally obsessed with space

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:01

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

If you care about NASA news more than you do about life itself, you're not alone — because we are quite literally obsessed. I mean, with the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy and plans for new rockets like the Space Launch System Rocket, it's kind of hard not to be.

And with this constant groundbreaking news, the wannabe astronaut corner of the world seems to be growing by the day — and the celestial merchandise is having no trouble playing catch-up. We need stuff to tide us over until the 2019 Mars rover or X-Plane, right? And no, we're not talking about galaxy-printed leggings or sweaters with cats using a taco as a spaceship. That's just weird. We scoured the Internet to find the real, cool space-themed merchandise that true science nerds will appreciate. This stuff is truly out of this world. (Sorry, you had to see that one coming.) Read more...

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Tesla is donating electric car chargers to select U.S. offices

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:55

Keeping your electric car charged is a big part of maintenance for those living the gas-free life, so Tesla is now bringing its Wall Connectors to offices — and it's installing them for free.

Tesla introduced this month the Workplace Charging program, which brings electric vehicle charging units to office buildings, so that employees can get a charge while they work.

The program gives employees an easy way to juice up their cars while they sit in a parking lot for eight hours during the workday.

SEE ALSO: Tesla made this feature to quell concerns about becoming stranded in the middle of nowhere Read more...

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Today's best deals include smart TVs with free Dell gift cards, air fryers, and robot vacuums

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:47

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Can we talk about weather for a second? We're breaking record-high temperatures for February one day, and the next day there are snow flurries in the air. And then it will randomly start pouring. Punxsutawney Phil did not mention this on Groundhog Day.

So basically, even though we just got a little taste of Spring this week, we don't get to count on multiple 70-degree weather days in a row just yet. And this means a very good chance of plans getting ruined by rain or snow and many more days of being cooped up at home. Luckily, there are a ton of deals on boredom-curing items: How does a new PlayStation or Xbox One sound? Or perhaps a new Samsung or Vizio smart TV with a free Dell gift card? Perhaps a new laptop to play Sims for hours on end and ignore adult responsibilities? Read more...

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This machine is basically a Roomba for waterways

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:19

These innovative trash wheels are powered by mother nature, and are working hard to remove trash and debris from waterways to keep them from flowing into our oceans. Read more...

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The clock for ending (or saving?) net neutrality has officially started

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:46

April 23 is the day net neutrality is set to die.

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the Obama administration's open internet rules is on track. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality back in December, and on Thursday, the order, named Restoring Internet Freedom, was officially listed on the Federal Register.

Now it's 60 days and counting until the 2015 net neutrality rules are officially, fully repealed. 

SEE ALSO: Get ready for the (legal) gloves to come off in net neutrality fight

The idea of net neutrality is all internet traffic is treated equally, but with the new order — spearheaded by FCC chairman Ajit Pai's — internet service providers like Comcast or Verizon can pay for faster and better access. This has the potential to allow for big companies to pay for preferential (read: faster and more reliable) service. Read more...

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YouTube puts Infowars on notice over high school shooting conspiracy videos

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:43

Infowars, a multimedia outlet popular with the far-right and famous for its conspiracy theories, is facing some pushback from the tech platforms that host its content. The latest controversy is related to Infowars' videos about Parkland shooting in Florida as the tech companies continue to crackdown on fake news and hate speech. 

YouTube has given one strike to The Alex Jones Channel, Infowars' largest YouTube channel, CNN reported Friday, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter. If a YouTube account receives three strikes in three months, it is permanently banned, according to YouTube's community guidelines.  Read more...

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YouTube Analytics Demographics Report to Contain Less Data by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:31

YouTube content creators will soon notice that their YouTube Analytics demographics report contains less data.

The post YouTube Analytics Demographics Report to Contain Less Data by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Allergies are the worst — this smart air quality monitor wants to help.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:16

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Let's be real: Do we have any idea what's in the air we breathe on a daily basis? Because I sure as hell don't. Pollution is obviously a word we all recognize, but is something that we probably frequently overlook. Unless we're thinking about a factory with huge smoke stacks or the exhaust pipe on a car, none of us really think about what's getting sucked up our sinuses.

However, we do notice when we're in a bad mood, are constantly getting sick, or can't fall asleep to save our lives. And though a lot of outside factors can definitely impact these things, crappy air quality is another thing that can trigger these daily annoyances.  Read more...

More about Health, Allergies, Smart Home, Pollution, and Air Quality

'Black Panther' is already starting to eclipse 'The Avengers' at the box office

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:11

Keep hailing the king, because Black Panther continues to blow Marvel's box office expectations to smithereens with the kinetic force of a vibranium suit.

The Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster was already breaking all sorts of box office records during its opening Presidents Day weekend release. Throughout the rest of the week, though, it only continued the trend, raking in the best Monday and Thursday for any Marvel Cinematic Universe title.

To put that in plain terms: This means Black Panther had the best first week at the box office of any MCU movie ever — bypassing The Avengers' $270M with an astounding $292M. And the king didn't even need the whole pantheon of Marvel heroes like The Avengers did. Wakanda earned these numbers all on its own, with a cast that largely featured previously unknown MCU characters. Read more...

More about Marvel Studios, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, Screening, and Black Panther Week

'Black Panther' proved there's a demand for more diverse superhero movies. Will Hollywood deliver?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:10

Black Panther isn't the first black superhero movie ever made, or even the first black Marvel superhero movie ever made. But it does feel like the start of a new chapter.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' is a huge victory for representation in film

Even as superhero movies have become ever more ubiquitous over the past decade, they've remained stubbornly white, with characters of color largely relegated to supporting roles. The joke is that there are currently more superhero franchises built around white guys named Chris than there are ones about, well, literally anyone who isn't a white guy.

Black Panther has the potential to change that – maybe already has started to change that, in boardroom conversations we're not privy to.  Read more...

More about Movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Aquaman, Black Panther, and Screening

Teachers say #ArmMeWith classroom resources instead of guns

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:29

In the wake of yet another tragic school shooting, teachers have started an eye-opening movement on social media to let the world know what preventative measures really need to be taken seriously to protect students.

In response to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers receive gun training so they can be armed in their classrooms. But rather than adding more guns to educational environments, teachers are using the hashtag #ArmMeWith to share far more peaceful resources they wish to be armed with, such as school supplies, mental health resources and funding, impactful changes in curriculum, and stronger gun control legislation. Read more...

More about Parkland, Social Good, Teachers, Social Media, and School

Google Assistant Updated With Routines and Location-based Reminders by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:14

Google has announced plans update Google Assistant with two new features, more languages, and deeper integrations with third-party devices.

The post Google Assistant Updated With Routines and Location-based Reminders by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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