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Winter Olympic Google Doodles, ranked

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:51

The Olympics are a time for some of the world's best athletes to compete on the world's grandest stage. It's a time for the best humans on Earth to shine. But, you know, some times animals want in on the action too.

Cartoon animals, rather. During the duration of the Winter Games, Google has been throwing its own Doodle Snow Games, a lovely series of animations where jovial animals compete in Olympics-style competitions for superfluous awards. There's chipmunks, millipedes, and raccoon dogs. Honestly, what more could you ask for?

SEE ALSO: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's Olympics outfits, ranked Read more...

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Where's the Olympic French ice skater's medal for her mid-performance costume change?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:44

Olympic ice skating doesn't have to be about the triple flips and double axels. 

French ice skater Maé-Bérénice Méité somehow worked in a small costume change during her performance Thursday in the ladies' single free skate program. 

She surprised the judges with a new bedazzled skirt and skaters should take note. 

SEE ALSO: Heavy metal figure skater performs to AC/DC on the ice

First @beyonce, then a mid-skate costume change? France's Mae Berenice Maite pulled out ALL the stops in 2018#WinterOlympics https://t.co/ZARjrrHq1s pic.twitter.com/P2thM7PDAk

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 23, 2018 Read more...

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Turn your hand into a keyboard with this strap of sensor-equipped rings

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:40

TAP helps you turn any surface into a keyboard, but it's going to take you around five hours before you can actually master it. Read more...

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Apple may release AirPower wireless charging pad next month

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:37

Apple will launch its own wireless charger that can charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods in their case — all at the same time — next month, reports Macotakara.

Although Apple's Phil Schiller unveiled the device, called AirPower, at the company's September 2017 iPhone event, he also said it would launch "next year." So in theory it's right on schedule.

SEE ALSO: This classy marble wireless charger is actually affordable

"It's a mat that you place your iPhone 8 or iPhone X down and it just starts to charge," Schiller said of AirPower at the Apple Event. "You can place your Series 3 Apple Watch down on it and it starts to charge as well. And you can place your AirPods with the optional new wireless charging case on it and it starts to charge as well."  Read more...

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Kylie Jenner is launching a makeup collection inspired by her daughter, Stormi

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:18

With both a new baby and a makeup line, it was only a matter of time before Kylie Jenner found a way to combine the two of them. 

No, don't worry—Kylie isn't coming out with lip kits for infants. Instead, she has just announced "The Weather Collection," a line inspired by none other than the heir to the Kylie Cosmetics throne, her daughter Stormi. 

SEE ALSO: No, Kylie Jenner didn't wipe out $1.3 billion of Snap's market value

⚡️ The Weather Collection ⚡️ Launching Feb 28 3pm pst. Check out my stories to see a closer look 💛 @kyliecosmetics

A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 22, 2018 at 3:34pm PST Read more...

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Google: Structured Data Should Be Unique to Each Page by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:10

Google’s John Mueller says to avoid copying the same structured data onto multiple pages of a website.

The post Google: Structured Data Should Be Unique to Each Page by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:09

A bone-chilling, frigid air mass will soon stretch from Ireland to Siberia, as a record-shattering weather pattern establishes itself across the North Atlantic Ocean. The cold will cause temperatures to plunge well below freezing in London, where snow is likely to fall during the next 1 to 2 weeks. 

The U.K. Met Office is calling the cold snap "exceptional," saying it will be the coldest air to affect the country since at least 2013. The cold winds from Siberia, which are pushing the frigid air westward into Central Europe and the UK, are popularly known as "The Beast from the East."

"The cold easterly wind will persist bringing a significant wind chill  which will make it feel several degrees colder than thermometers indicate," the Met Office warned in a press release.  Read more...

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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's Olympics outfits, ranked

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:04

Let's play a quick game of Clue. Who has been absolutely KILLING the 2018 fashion game?

*dramatic pause*

If you guessed Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, in Pyeongchang, with the LEWKS, you are absolutely correct.

Since the former Olympic competitors have landed in South Korea for the 2018 Winter games, they have been delivering Fashion with a capital F.

SEE ALSO: Ranking every sport in the Winter Olympics, even the ridiculous ones

Sure, sports are the main focus of the Winter Olympics, but Weir and Lipinski's outfits are perhaps the true shining star of the games. Literally. They have been serving us sequins. They have been serving us bling. They have been serving us Hunger Games realness, and honey. HONNNEEEEYYYYY! Read more...

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Parkland survivor Sarah Chadwick perfectly mixes hot memes with serious activism

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:00

In the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, students from the school have taken up a gun-control movement highlighted by powerful speeches, a tenacious CNN town hall appearance, and, in the case of Sarah Chadwick, cuttingly funny tweets.

SEE ALSO: After Florida shooting, gun control becomes a global conversation

Chadwick, a junior, has been among a group of outspoken MSDHS students who have given voice to the grief and rage of a community shattered by a violent act in the "Never Again" movement. And her activism, like many of the students, has extended to social media.  Read more...

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'A Wrinkle in Time' screenings will be free for underprivileged kids at select theaters

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:52

Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time is expected to inspire young audiences around the world, and to ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity to see it Color of Change and AMC Theaters are teaming up.

Together, AMC Theaters and the nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization created the "Give A Child The Universe" initiative, which seeks to raise money to help thousands of underprivileged children see the movie for free.

SEE ALSO: The coolest 14-year-old is raising money to send 1,000 girls to see 'A Wrinkle in Time'

The film, based on Madeleine L’Engle's science fiction-fantasy novel, features a female-heavy cast with talented women of color like Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Storm Reid. Valuing the prominent representation of people of color, the "Give A Child The Universe" initiative wants to ensure kids of all races and cultural and economic backgrounds are able to "see images of themselves throughout the universe." Read more...

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Airbus' drone taxi has successfully completed its first 53-second test flight

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:34

Airbus has just unveiled footage from the first test flight of Project Vahana's 'Alpha One' prototype. During the brief flight, the all-electric, self-piloted aircraft managed to go as high as 16 feet and land safely on the ground. Read more...

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Teens on fire: Of course the 'Hunger Games' generation knows how to fight the NRA

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:33

Inside the Capitol, the political elite have become immune to the regular killings splashed across their screens. They've rationalized it as the price they have to pay for their way of life. But a handful of teenage survivors of the slaughter are starting to speak out, using their status as heroes to start questioning the whole system on live TV. 

The teens are articulate, telegenic, extremely media savvy, and highly dangerous to the president's party.  They're the best chance for profound political change that anyone has seen in years, and they end up fomenting revolution. 

SEE ALSO: The standout moments that made CNN's gun control town hall feel like a game-changer Read more...

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Google announces big changes to Google Assistant

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:27

Google Assistant is about to get a lot smarter. 

Google has announced several new updates to its voice assistant which will roll out throughout this year. 

SEE ALSO: Chromebooks may soon have Google Assistant standard

Routines, announced in October, arrive today. The feature will enable Assistant to execute multiple tasks from a single voice command. For example, upon hearing "Good morning," Google could turn on the lights, read the news, and start boiling water.  

This isn't exactly a new idea: Amazon released in late 2017 the same function for Alexa. Still, for smart home owners loyal exclusively to Google, it'll be a handy convenience.  Read more...

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Google ups its augmented reality game with Snapchat lens of Barcelona stadium

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:17

Google is ready for its augmented reality software to take over. 

After six months in developer preview, ARCore ( the company's answer to Apple's ARKit), is finally ready for the masses. The augmented reality platform is officially launching, so all Android developers can start building better AR apps.

SEE ALSO: Why this year in smartphone design has been epic

As part of the expansion, Google's partnered with Snapchat on a new 3D world lens showcasing the tech. Debuting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the lens takes you inside Barcelona's Camp Nou soccer stadium.

Similar to Snapchat's earlier Stranger Things-themed lens, users can "walk into" the stadium in augmented reality using the lens. once there, you'll get an up-close look at the arena right from the field. The lens will be available in March via Snapcodes. Read more...

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Black Lives Matter co-founder reveals 3 ways to be a better activist

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:15

We sat down with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, to find out how to be a better activist in 2018. Read more...

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Scott Moir watching hockey is more fun to watch than hockey

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:14

Scott Moir is a very passionate individual.

The Canadian athlete, who won gold medals in ice dancing and sexual tension this week with partner Tessa Virtue, took his passion to the stands on Thursday to cheer on Canada in the women's ice hockey final.

He stood up. He yelled during the shoot-out. He had a beer in his hand. According to one tweet, he was also buying beers for other spectators.

SEE ALSO: Ranking every sport in the Winter Olympics, even the ridiculous ones

Basically, he did exactly what we'd all do: skip a "mandatory" practice session and go wild in Pyeongchang after closing out your Olympics career (probably) as the absolute best in your sport. Read more...

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Justin Trudeau tried way too hard in India, and it backfired spectacularly

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:11

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can't stop being the worst version of himself while touring India.

During an official visit this week, Trudeau has once again dipped back into his charisma well to inspire good headlines, and global affection. Only this time, it looks like he's drowned.

Every day of his trip, Trudeau opted to don grand, ceremonial outfits traditional for India. It can be presumed that he wanted to show respect and "fit in" with the people of the country. In reality, most saw it as trying to hard at best, or as cultural appropriation at worst. 

SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know to enjoy curling, the Winter Olympics' best obscure sport Read more...

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Canadian hockey player apologizes for removing silver medal during ceremony

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:54

Thursday's women's ice hockey gold medal game was an emotional one for players on both teams, especially for Canadian Jocelyne Larocque who was clearly displeased with her team's loss against rival USA.

The player took a bit of heat for removing her silver medal during the post-game ceremony and holding it in her hand for the duration of the event. The Globe and Mail reports that an International Ice Hockey Federation official later "forced" Larocque to wear the medal.

SEE ALSO: Olympics volunteer could not be more unimpressed with winter games

Canada's Jocelyne Larocque took off her silver medal immediately after receiving it#WinterOlympics https://t.co/wS6s9ulmoA pic.twitter.com/CcjiKOd58W

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 22, 2018 Read more...

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Little girl screaming when her doll's head pops off makes for a great photo-op

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:52

Being a parent gives plenty to document.

In this case, Twitter user Emily Griffin shared a photo she saw on Facebook of a doll head broken off of its body with a child screaming in the background.

i’m SCREAMING someone on my facebook posted this picture of their daughter after her doll’s head came off pic.twitter.com/HsvgRk9DuD

— bb ghost (@emilywithcurls) February 22, 2018

When I first saw this I was disturbed, but the daughter seems old enough that it is kinda funny, right?

The internet loved this photo not only for its content, but also its composition.

The composition of this photo! A true artist.

— Alex! (@alexlawrens) February 22, 2018 Read more...

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Parkland student activists get real on 'The Ellen Show'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:49

The Parkland student activists have had an exhausting week, but when they sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen Show," they held nothing back.

SEE ALSO: What would parents do to their kids if they ridiculed a senator? Give them ice cream, apparently

In the first segment, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Corin discussed their experiences the day of the Stoneman Douglas shooting and the friends and classmates they lost.

They then talked about their activism, clearing up some misconceptions about their movement and their goals moving forward. The students discussed their CNN town-hall and their call to activism. And they also addressed the conspiracy theories that they are actually paid actors.  Read more...

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