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Best deals for Dec. 11: Instant Pots, Vitamix blenders, AncestryDNA kits, Apple HomePods, KitchenAid mixers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:01

With just two weeks left to shop for Christmas presents, we're rounding up the best deals from
Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Macy's. Some of the hottest sales today include AncestryDNA test kits, various models of the Instant Pot, smart home products like the Apple HomePod and Google Home, and plenty of Amazon devices (including the all new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.) 

We've also found deals on Udemy adult learning online courses starting at just $10.99.

Here are a few of our favorites for Tuesday:

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'Aquaman' is a weird, wild party that overstays its welcome

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:01

For about the first half of its running time, Aquaman feels like a fake movie. (And yes, I know it was already a fake movie on Entourage.)

To be clear, I mean that as a compliment. There's a knowing silliness to Aquaman that helps gloss over its sometimes-shaky CG and over-complicated mythology, and a willingness to go for broke that keeps us guessing about what we'll witness next.

SEE ALSO: 'Aquaman' star Jason Momoa challenges Jimmy Fallon to some casual trident throwing

When a petulant Patrick Wilson, as King Orm, barks about becoming an "Ocean Master," you don't need to know what that means to laugh at the ridiculousness. When the camera soars over a glittering underwater realm and settles on an enormous octopus pounding away at the drums, you don't need any context at all to be amused by the spectacle.  Read more...

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai pressed on bias and China search engine on Capitol Hill

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:47

The head of a tech giant is on the congressional hot seat again.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning. The hearing, titled Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices, focused on a range of issues, including: allegations of anti-conservative bias, data collection, and a censored search engine in China. 

SEE ALSO: Live updates from Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony

Conservative representatives hammered on allegations of anti-conservative bias, which Pichai refuted. Other issues included the Google Plus data breach, Russian manipulation of the platform, and even how search fundamentally works. Read more...

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Netflix's year-end rankings reveal the most binged shows and movies

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:07

Whatever year-end content you're devouring this December, let's be real – you want to know about your year in Netflix. The streaming service is notoriously private about numbers, but did release a list of the top TV and film titles we binged this year.

SEE ALSO: The 8 best returning TV shows of 2018

Though Netflix released dozens of original films this year, the year-end press release doesn't rank overall viewership; it only names the three that were rewatched with the highest frequency.

Of course, social media has to be a metric, so Netflix also investigated the Instagram audience growth of stars who appeared in a Netflix film or series during the year. Yup, we follow all of them. Read more...

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Save almost £300 with this amazing Surface Pro bundle deal

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:54

If versatility and mobility are your top priorities when it comes to choosing a laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro (5th generation) should be top of your Christmas list. 

That's not to say that the Surface Pro is a one-trick pony. Yes, it promises the versatility of a studio and a tablet, but it also has up to 50% more battery life than the Surface Pro 4, an ultra-light design, and impressive speed and performance thanks to a powerful Intel Core processor.

You can now save £299 on the Surface Pro and platinum signature type cover bundle, available for just £599. If you order now you can get your bundle in time for Christmas, and there's free delivery with free returns.  Read more...

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A bug left your Microsoft account wide open to complete takeover

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:38

Bug bounty hunter Sahad Nk recently uncovered a series of vulnerabilities that left Microsoft users’ accounts — from your Office documents to your Outlook emails — susceptible to hacking.

While working as a security researcher with cybersecurity site SafetyDetective, Nk discovered that he was able to take over the Microsoft subdomain,, because it wasn’t properly configured. This allowed the bug hunter to set up an Azure web app that pointed to the domain’s CNAME record, which maps domain aliases and subdomains to the main domain. By doing this, Nk not only takes control of the subdomain, but also receives any and all data sent to it. Read more...

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Fortnite and Stormy Daniels dominated Pornhub in 2018

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:00

Ah, December, a perfect time to sit back and reflect on what kind of porn you watched in 2018. 

Pornhub, the online adult video site has released a nice, long look at the year across the site, and while there are a lot of things that seem typical for a porn site, there are a number of results that are pretty eye-catching. 

For starters, Pornhub claims that by the time 2018 draws to a close, the site will have been visited 33.5 billion times this year, none of those by anyone you know, surely. In addition, the site averaged around 92 million visitors a day, which is equal to the combined populations of Canada, Australia, and Poland. Read more...

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Even this IRL store is an automated, digital experience

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:00

Tally is a "shy" robot. 

Unlike the gregarious, extroverted Pepper robot seen roaming in shopping malls and interacting with customers and answering questions, Tally quietly does its thing with the occasional beeping sound. 

SEE ALSO: Anki Vector review: A tiny robot with a big personality

The unobtrusive self-driving machine can be spotted at the first U.S. location of the French sporting goods store Decathlon in downtown San Francisco. The lanky machine on wheels is the first fully autonomous inventory robot, meaning it roves aisles and tracks RFID chips on nearly 10,000 products. 

It's not supposed to really interact with customers – that's a duty left to the store's workers. But it's friendly enough, with a short message on it that says "Hi, I'm Tally!" and digital eyes to give it a human-like appearance as it roams around. Read more...

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Time's 'Person of the Year' honors 'The Guardians': imprisoned or murdered journalists of 2018

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:50

In a time when the president of the United States calls journalists "the enemy of the people," Time magazine honored fallen and imprisoned journalists, calling them "The Guardians," as their "Person of the Year" for 2018. 

SEE ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders shares doctored InfoWars video of Jim Acosta incident

The magazine honored these journalists across four different covers, featuring murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, imprisoned Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, and the staff of the Capital Gazette, the Maryland newspaper where five journalists were killed by a gunman.  Read more...

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10 Important 2019 SEO Trends You Need to Know by @MrDannyGoodwin

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:45

Here are 10 major trends you need to know in 2019, according to 47 of today's top SEO professionals.

The post 10 Important 2019 SEO Trends You Need to Know by @MrDannyGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

The top 10 best on-screen animal performances of 2018

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:30
Beware of spoilers: minor, animal-centric plot points are sprinkled throughout this article. 

Right up there with quality lighting, charming animal actors are a top-tier cinematic staple. 

From Judy Garland's Toto to Melanie Griffith's IRL pet lion, Hollywood has been historically fascinated by the furry friends who make our human stories come to life. 2018 continued that industry tradition with an array of talented performers who made audiences laugh, cry, and occasionally meow during dozens of this year's best films and shows.

SEE ALSO: The 8 best new TV shows of 2018

Using professional stage names whenever possible, here are the top 10 animal performers of 2018, all responsible for stealing the scene and our hearts.  Read more...

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These drones can open doors and let the rest of the swarm in

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:10

Researchers at Stanford University and EPFL have developed drones that can anchor themselves onto a surface and lift objects that are 40 times their own weight. The FlyCroTugs — aka flying, micro, tugging robots — use gecko-inspired adhesive to adhere to smooth surfaces and micro-spines that look like tiny fish hooks to latch onto rough surfaces. Read more...

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of RAM and ultra-fast charger

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:10

There's a new smartphone with racing car-related branding in town. 

OnePlus and McLaren just announced the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, a beefed-up version of OnePlus's flagship with 10GB of RAM and a super-fast "Warp Charge 30" adapter in the box. 

SEE ALSO: OnePlus is making a 5G phone, but it won't be cheap

This new charger, which boasts 30 watts of power, will give the phone "a day's power in just 20 minutes," according to McLaren.

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Other than the charger and the ungodly amount of RAM (note that Xiaomi has several phones with 10GB of RAM, and Oppo will likely have one soon), the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has the same specs as the regular 6T. Namely, a Snapdragon 845 chip, 256GB of storage, a 20/16-megapixel rear camera, a 16-megapixel selfie cam and a 3,700mAh battery.  Read more...

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Here's why Bryan Cranston thinks you should be allowed to be angry

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:31

Bryan Cranston thinks it's time we all were allowed to be mad as hell – even in public. 

The Breaking Bad star, currently starring as a very angry man in the play Network on Broadway, thinks that we could all benefit from allowing ourselves to get angry. 

Talking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Cranston explained why we need to normalise anger in order for social change to happen. 

"True anger displayed socially is not acceptable," Cranston said. "When you get mad, perhaps when you see injustice [...] you don't want to be tolerant, you don't want to be accepting. You want to say: 'No. This makes me angry.'" Read more...

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Save up to £67 on robotic vacuums in eufy's Christmas flash sale

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:27

Christmas is such an exciting time for so many. It can also be an incredibly stressful time, particularly for those that like their home to be spotless.

There will be mess. It's an inevitability that some struggle to come to terms with, as they do battle against the mounting clutter and end up spending most of the festive period franatically cleaning. That is not how Christmas should be spent, and there are products out there that can put a stop to this practise. 

eufy's robotic vacuums provide 100% hands-free cleaning, meaning you can actually chill this Christmas in the knowledge that you have a little helper doing to work for you. You can give yourself the gift of time this Christmas with a eufy robot vacuum. Read more...

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Master WordPress and create commercial websites with this course for under £11

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:25

As more and more of our lives move into the digital world, an increasing number of us are looking to claim a permanent spot on the web.

Having your own website is now a realistic possibility for anyone that wants one. You can use a website to give your career a boost, to promote products, to blog about your thoughts and feelings, the list goes on. 

SEE ALSO: Cheap UK web hosting services to help you claim a spot on the internet

In response to this boost in demand, there are now loads of different web hosting companies out there that want to help you set up your website. But what if we told you that you could bypass this process and set up your own website, and then go on and set up websites for others (for a fee)? Read more...

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Theresa May getting locked in a car pretty much sums up how Brexit's going

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:57

Just when you thought that nothing else could possibly go wrong in the endless parade of obstacles that is Brexit, Theresa May's gone and got  locked in a car. 

On her way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bid to rescue her Brexit deal, May got trapped momentarily inside her vehicle. Merkel looked on, waiting for May to exit the car, while officials kept trying the door handle to extricate her.

You couldn't make it up, honestly. 

Here's some glorious footage of this rather unfortunate moment: 

Theresa May gets locked inside her car as she attempts to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Read the latest on Theresa May's tour of European leaders here:

— Sky News Politics (@SkyNewsPolitics) December 11, 2018

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4 Key GDN Settings to Check for Smarter Ad Spend by @GrpTwentySeven

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:45

Keep a close eye on these key settings to keep your Google Display Network ad spend in check.

The post 4 Key GDN Settings to Check for Smarter Ad Spend by @GrpTwentySeven appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

The best UK deals for Tuesday: Huawei laptops, PS4 games, Fitbit smartwatches, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:42

Every day we endeavour to bring you the very best deals to save you money. We also try our best to keep these deal round ups as varied as possible. Sure we could probably hit you with 20 laptop deals but what if you aren't in the market for a new laptop? With that in mind, we try and give you a flavour of deals from across a wide spectrum of products. 

And that is how we arrived at this deals round up, that includes the best offers on laptops and accessories, video games, smartwatches, and celebrity fragrances. So even if you don't need a smartwatch, you might be in the market for a Beyoncé branded scent. Let's face it, we all want to smell a bit like Beyoncé. Read more...

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