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Fitbit Inspire HR review: Detailed fitness tracking for a low price

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:00
Fitbit Inspire HR $99.95 View Product The Good Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly The Bad Serious lack of extra features • Mobile notifications on the watch screen are useless • Step counter a bit generous at times The Bottom Line It's easily the best value in Fitbit's product line, but don't expect a lot of bells and whistles. ⚡ Mashable Score 3.5 😎 Cool Factor 2.0 📘Learning Curve 2.5 💪Performance 4.0 💵 Bang for the Buck 4.5

I’ve never particularly liked wearing things on my wrists. Watches, wristbands and the like tend to be more distracting than not, and the fact that I have a phone on me at all times negates the time-keeping aspect of watch ownership. Read more...

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Is it OK to be 420 friendly on main?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:30

It's 4/20 baby!!! It's Saturday, you're lit, brain perfectly calibrated to toasted, sparking your joy, blowing smoke rings so on point it feels criminal not to share on your Instagram story.

But something stops you from posting. And it probably sounds like the voice of your D.A.R.E. teacher yelling about how posting pictures of pot online can get you arrested and ruin your career.

"Even if you just post one picture, it comes back," said Anjela, who is very much not a D.A.R.E. teacher. Preferring to keep her full name separate from her online weed-sona, she's better known as Koala Puffs, a weedfluencer with over half a million Instagram followers.  Read more...

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Score an entire suite of creative design apps for only $40

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:00

We're not about to make assumptions here, but we'd wager that the starving artist myth is partially perpetuated by the fact that design programs are so darn expensive. A subscription to a single app alone can sometimes require you to fork out hundreds of dollars you don't have. We don't know about you, but that's plain robbery.

You don't have to put yourself in the red just to score apps that will help you perform a variety of design jobs. The Corel Creative Mac Bundle includes an entire creative design app suite from one of the leading software makers with a few surprise bonuses. And you only have to pay $40 to get the whole set. Read more...

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Save $50 on a Google Home Hub smart display in the PCMag Shop

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:00

Editor's note: Mashable and PCMag are both owned by Ziff Davis.

We’re lucky to live in such technologically-advanced times, but there are moments when it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Because we tend to scoop up the latest and greatest in tech as soon as the products drop, we ultimately overload ourselves and end up with tons of devices — more than we could even attempt to use in one day. 

Do yourself a favor and simplify your life by having most of your necessary tech in one place. The Google Home Hub, which is on sale right now for just about the cheapest we've ever seen it, makes this possible. Read more...

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Get this PDF editor (a Mac App Store favorite) on sale for 30% off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:00

The million-dollar question: why hasn't Apple made a PDF editor available as a fallback app on new MacBooks?

If you don't have a third-party editor installed on your computer, then editing and modifying PDFs is a recurring exercise in torture. The act of manually editing a doc often unfolds as such: convert PDF into Word doc, do editing, take a water break, fix messed-up formatting, eat a cookie, initiate file conversion back into PDF, read Avengers: Endgame plot theories, yell at frozen conversion screen, cry a little...

SEE ALSO: 7 monitors photo editors will love

Enter PDF Expert for Mac. This is one of the top paid apps in the Mac App Store and it's currently on sale via the Mashable Shop. Read more...

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These wireless fitness earbuds are over $100 cheaper than Powerbeats

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:00

Wireless earbuds seem to be everywhere now, bulky wires gone the way of the audio port. (RIP.)

That goes double for the new Powerbeats, the new Apple earbuds that are meant to be a sporty alternative to AirPods.

SEE ALSO: 10 of the best wireless headphones, according to Amazon reviews

But Powerbeats are fairly pricey, especially for folks unaccustomed to the jacked-up pricing of wireless listening tech. No wonder, because one look at Apple's official store reveals that the now vintage EarPods are $29.99 — in comparison to the average $200 at which the Powerbeats currently retail. 

If you're a penny-pinching tech lover, that price difference is a steep premium to pay for a few moments as part of the tech "it" crowd. Read more...

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Google’s John Mueller Discusses TF-IDF Algo by @martinibuster

Search Engine Journal - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 08:43

Google's John Mueller explains the role of TF-IDF in how web pages are ranked.

The post Google’s John Mueller Discusses TF-IDF Algo by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Revelation that Goombas might have arms and hands rocks video game world

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:43

Not since Mario's nipples has the video game world been rocked this hard by a revelation about anatomy: Goombas have arms and hands!

The discovery of these appendages comes courtesy of photos of a Goomba keshi rubber figure (an eraser) shared to Twitter by user Joe Piconi, which shows the Goomba with his arms and hands folded behind his back, thus giving him the armless appearance.

Goombas have arms and hands. They are folded neatly behind their backspic.twitter.com/nRXVi6u92f

— Joe Piconi (@joepiconi) April 19, 2019

This is a potentially stunning revelation given that, for decades, the Goombas have been able to do all kinds of activities, like baseball and bowling, without using these hidden arms.  Read more...

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Cersei and Tyrion Lannister meet their 'Sesame Street' Muppet doubles

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:36

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Westeros? 

A photo posted by Lena Headey on Instagram hints that we could see another delightful Game Of Thrones/Sesame Street crossover in the future. 

The image shows Headey, Peter Dinklage, and their new life coach Elmo hanging out with Cersei and Tyrion's Sesame Street doppelgängers. Look how happy they all look — Muppets will do that to even a blood-thirsty, brother-loving queen.

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SUCH A GOOD DAY AT WORK @sesamestreet @hbo photo by the beauty that is @helenstills #respectbringsustogether

A post shared by Lena Headey (@iamlenaheadey) on Apr 19, 2019 at 11:17am PDT Read more...

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Official AMP Plugin for WordPress Now Supports AMP Stories by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:33

A new version of the official AMP plugin for WordPress supports the creation of AMP Stories.

The post Official AMP Plugin for WordPress Now Supports AMP Stories by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

‘Malicious software attack’ knocked the Weather Channel off-air for more than an hour

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:09

The FBI is currently investigating a "malicious software attack" that interrupted the Weather Channel’s non-stop 24-hour-a-day coverage.

The Weather Channel suddenly went dark for more than an hour on Thursday during its live morning broadcast. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, an FBI spokesperson said the outage was the result of a ransomware attack.

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— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 18, 2019

"We experienced issues with this morning's live broadcast following a malicious software attack on the network," the Weather Channel said in a statement. "We were able to restore live programming quickly through backup mechanisms. Federal law enforcement is actively investigating the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience to viewers as we work to resolve the matter." Read more...

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Zuckerberg could be held personally accountable for Facebook data breaches

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:24

The federal government wants to hold Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook’s privacy woes.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently investigating Facebook and looking into whether the Facebook’s founder and CEO should be held liable for the company’s data mishandling and privacy issues. 

Facebook and the FTC have been in discussions for more than a year over the agency’s probe into the company. Sources familiar with these discussions say that the FTC is mulling over an unusual decision to hold Zuckerberg himself accountable for the company’s data leaks and breaches.  Read more...

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Behold, the very bizarre Facebook auto-captions from NASA launch

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:38

"And we have lift off the guitarist G 11 mission." Huh? 

The closed captions on Facebook might need a bit of tweaking after a NASA video displayed some peculiar subtitles.

The video in question is the Wednesday launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, carrying a Cygnus cargo freighter destined for the International Space Station, done in conjunction with NASA. As Ars Technica pointed out, the captions leave a lot to be desired. 

Watch the original video below with the captions turned on. 

In case you missed it, here are a few of the more choice errors made in the captions. 

In this case, the caption should have read, "and we have lift off of the Antares NG-11 mission." Read more...

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YouTube gives Premium subscribers free Super Chat credits

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:07

YouTube wants its paying subscribers to share the wealth with their favorite creators.

The video giant is currently giving out free Super Chat credits to YouTube Premium subscribers, according to AndroidPolice. Super Chats allow viewers to give a monetary "tip" to YouTube creators during a livestream in exchange for a highlighted comment in the chat.

It’s a beta test we are running — glad you like it! :)

— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) March 25, 2019

YouTube’s Head of Gaming Ryan Wyatt has confirmed that the free Super Chat credits are part of an ongoing beta test.  

Premium subscribers currently pay $11.99 per month for an ad-free experience on the YouTube platform. As part of the beta test, Premium users are being given either one $2 Super Chat credit or two 99 cent credits. The latter can be split up between two separate YouTube livestreamers.  Read more...

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Watch the stunning trailer for 'When They See Us,' Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five series

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:45

Netflix has released the official trailer for When They See Us, the four-part miniseries from Ava DuVernay that tells the story of the Central Park Five, five young black men wrongly convicted of rape  in New York City in 1989. 

According to Netflix, the series will cover the entire 25 years between the April 19, 1989 assault of Trisha Meili and the 2014 settlement between New York City and the five men — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — who spent years in jail for crimes they didn't commit. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes the series will show the events from the perspective of those five young men. And, in the clip above, you'll even catch a flash of the infamous full-page ad taken out by Donald Trump in May 1989, calling for the execution of the five boys.  Read more...

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Google My Business Suggests Positive Reviews to Share as Posts by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:06

Google My Business is launching a new feature which will help business owners showcase positive reviews.

The post Google My Business Suggests Positive Reviews to Share as Posts by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Netflix is testing a shuffle option

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:52

Netflix is testing out a "random" viewing option, giving viewers the opportunity to jump into a random episode of certain "popular" TV shows in an effort to give you a spicier viewing experience. 

First reported by the site Android Police and later confirmed by Netflix to Mashable, the option lets you jump into into a random episode of popular shows on the streaming service, like hitting shuffle on The Office or Arrested Development.

Doing that Netflix Shuffle

Image: Android Police

According to the site, the above option for getting a random episode appeared on an Android user's app, "specifically v7.6.0 build 19 34157."  Read more...

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Google bans embedded in-app sign-ins to curb phishing attacks

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:16

Google is taking a big step to fight phishing attempts on its users.

In a post on the company’s security blog, Google’s Product Manager of Account Security Jonathan Skelker announced that the search giant will begin to block account sign-ins from embedded browsers within applications.

The problem with embedded browsers, as Skelker lays out, is that it leaves Google’s users susceptible to phishing attacks from bad actors. 

Previously, third-party developers could add web browser instances, like the Chromium Embedded Framework, to their apps. This allowed users to log into a service with their existing Google account without having to sign-up for a fresh account on a brand new platform. Read more...

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White House reporter startled by frisky little lizard during CNN live shot

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:47

During an early morning TV appearance on Friday, CNN White House reporter Abby Phillip got a surprise guest in the form of a lizard that snuck up to say hello.

Besides appearing startled for a moment, you have to hand it to Phillip for largely keeping her composure and not running away screaming like I would have done. Of course, Phillip has faced down far larger lizards so it's not a surprise she handled this incident well. 

SEE ALSO: Trump’s 'Game of Thrones' response to the Mueller report is his worst meme yet

And she played the whole thing with a laugh even when viewers started chiming in. Read more...

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Elon Musk admits his Twitter is ‘complete nonsense’ after posting nonstop about sheep

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:02

When Elon Musk can’t sleep, he seems to tweet a lot about sheep.

The Tesla founder and CEO has had a weird couple of nights on Twitter. The billionaire has now spent a significant time posting about sheep. Musk’s tweet ramblings are not completely unusual for him. In fact, he’s found himself in quite a lot of trouble thanks to his posts on Twitter. 

However, even Musk found his own tweets to be out there last night.

My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2019

"My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point," Musk wrote.

Elon Musk’s bizarre night actually goes back to Wednesday when the SpaceX founder replied to a tweet from MIT's Technology Review. Read more...

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