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Samsung's new A8s smartphone doesn't have a headphone jack

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:08

Remember when Samsung made fun of Apple for not including a headphone jack on its flagship phones? Those jokes will pack a little less punch now that Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8s, a phone with the new Infinity-O display, triple rear camera and zero headphone jacks. 

The fact that the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm audio connector, noticed by MacRumors, is clearly visible in the promotional photos for the device, where it's shown from all angles. The only connector this phone has is the USB-C jack on the bottom. 

SEE ALSO: Essential's $149 magnetic dongle will bring back your headphone jack Read more...

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James Corden and Sean Hayes dedicate a Christmas carol to actor Michael Rapaport for some reason

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:51

What are the holidays for if not for honouring the people you admire with presents and carols?

James Corden and Will and Grace star Sean Hayes teamed up in a sketch on The Late Late Show to dedicate a song to an actor whom Christmas is apparently "all about" for some reason; Michael Rapaport, star of Deep Blue Sea and Atypical on Netflix. 

What followed was a pretty glorious parody of "The Little Drummer Boy," dedicated to Ra-pa-pa-port.  Read more...

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Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol with her nail polish because she's a rebel queen

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:32

Meghan Markle is a breath of fresh air. Not only is she a women's rights advocate, she's also subtly but effectively bringing the royal family into the 21st century. 

The duchess' surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards caused a bit of a stir on social media because her nail polish broke with royal tradition. 

SEE ALSO: Meghan Markle and her mum celebrate the launch of a very meaningful cookbook

Judging by the photos, Meghan opted for a black or rouge noir shade of nail polish to match her one-shoulder black gownPer People magazine, black nail varnish is "a rare choice" for members of the royal family. The Queen's go-to colour is Essie's Ballet Slippers, which she's been using 1989 when the royal hairdresser declared it "the only colour Her Majesty would wear."  Read more...

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George RR Martin just dropped some pretty teasing lines about the release of 'Winds of Winter'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:55

George RR Martin knows what you want and he promises to give it to you. But first, he will tease you for a bit.  

The author just published a blogpost where he stated that he's back to work on the sixth instalment of A song of Ice and Fire and even made mention of what all of us are desperate to know; what's up with The Winds of Winter and when will we get to read it?

SEE ALSO: George RR Martin says that Daenerys should probably read 'Fire and Blood'

"I know you want Winds, and I am going to give it to you…" Martin writes, thanking fans for not being upset with him for taking the time to write the 700-page Targaryen history Fire and Blood in between volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire. "I am delighted that you stayed with me for [Fire and Blood] as well. Your patience and unflagging support means the world to me." Read more...

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The new Instant Pot Max is finally available — but is it worth the price?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:00

We weren't sure if it was actually going to happen, but the new Instant Pot Max is finally available to buy on Amazon.

As certified members of the Instant Pot cult (er, club) we're psyched. And with the daily news cycle the way it is, it's nice to be distracted by a kitchen appliance.

SEE ALSO: Why Instant Pots are the best — we compare all the models

Originally promised for August (the 1st and the 20th were both dates being tossed around — but we also heard June before that), the Instant Pot Max officially blessed the fandom in late November 2018, retailing for a whopping $199.95. Everyone already has a hard enough time distinguishing between the existing Instant Pot models (read up here) — what's one more? And is it worth that nearly $200 price tag? Read more...

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Kickstart a career in graphic design with this massive course, on sale for $39

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:00

Does the slightest sight of Comic Sans, Papyrus, or — heaven forbid — Mistral set off a physical reaction in your gut? Well, congrats — you have what it takes to be a decent graphic designer. They're the people who create the logos, icons, layouts, artwork, and special effects that tell stories and establish brands across all sorts of fields.

SEE ALSO: 3 tools for learning a new language, on sale for an extra 15% off with code

Whether you want to make a name for yourself at a design firm or dabble in freelance work that revs up your brain's right hemisphere, you'll kickstart your career by enrolling in the Graphic Design Certification School. This convenient online class features 41 hours of training in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign — three tools that are essential for every designer, no matter their industry or style. By the time you've completed all 312 lectures, you'll have earned a trio of Continuing Professional Development certificates that'll look snazzy on your résumé. Read more...

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Save on this ultra-sharp knife set and give a holiday gift that will actually get used

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:00

Searching for a great holiday gift that won't end up in next year's white elephant game?  This knife set, available now for a hugely discounted price of $58, might just do the trick.

These lightweight yet robust knives are made from super strong zirconium ceramic. Even if you don't have someone on your gift list who's worthy of super shark knives, buy them for yourself and use them to prepare a special holiday meal.  

As an added bonus, each purchase of these knives provides ten hungry Americans with a meal on your behalf through Feeding America — so you can feel good about your purchase no matter what. Read more...

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Vulnerability Reported in All in One SEO Pack by @martinibuster

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:18

WPScan Vulnerability Database reports that the All in One SEO Pack plugin has a cross-site scripting vulnerability.

The post Vulnerability Reported in All in One SEO Pack by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Jimmy Kimmel challenges millennials to open a can of tuna

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:36

When everything's going wrong and your industry's sinking, who you gonna blame? Uhh, uhhhhh, millennials? Sure.

According to a controversial report in the Wall Street Journal, the canned tuna industry is in trouble, with a giant finger pointed at millennials who apparently "can’t be bothered to open and drain the cans, or fetch utensils and dishes to eat the tuna."

Riiiight. 

Andy Mecs, vice president of marketing and innovation for StarKist Tuna, went event further, telling the Journal, "A lot of millennials don’t even own can openers." 

So, can they even open a can of tuna? Jimmy Kimmel wanted to make sure, so he asked passing millennials in the street to demonstrate their skills. While it's pretty hammed up, those can openers still can be tricky for any generation. Read more...

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Search Engine Reputation Management: How to Handle It with SE Ranking by @SERanking

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:00

Here's a tool that can help you manage and maintain your reputation in search engines.

The post Search Engine Reputation Management: How to Handle It with SE Ranking by @SERanking appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

NASA spacecraft finds signs of water on Bennu asteroid

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:02

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has found water on the asteroid Bennu, after finishing its two-year trip to the formation.

Sitting 12 miles (19 kilometres) from the surface, the probe has discovered water hidden inside the asteroid's clay minerals, thanks to data obtained from the probe's spectrometers.

SEE ALSO: NASA spacecraft reaches asteroid Bennu, plans to send 4 pounds of rock back to Earth

During its two-year, 1.4 million-mile (2.2 million-kilometre) trip to the asteroid, instruments aboard OSIRIS-REx — that's the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer — began to make scientific observations of Bennu between mid-August and early December. Read more...

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Apple files appeal on iPhone sales ban in China

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:00

Apple is appealing a decision that bans certain iPhone models from being sold in China.

As reported by CNBC, the tech giant filed an appeal on Monday, after San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm was granted multiple injunctions against Apple's Chinese subsidiaries earlier that day.

SEE ALSO: Apple's latest business move hints at a Netflix-like approach with Apple Music

It means Apple is prohibited from selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X domestically in China. Qualcomm claims that Apple infringed on two of its patents. 

The patents relate to features which allow users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing apps on their phones. Read more...

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Google My Business Adds New Permissions to ‘Communications Manager’ Role by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 02:47

Google My Business has upgraded the 'communications manager' role to 'site manager,' which adds several new permissions.

The post Google My Business Adds New Permissions to ‘Communications Manager’ Role by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

YouTube Rewind 2018 is already the second-most disliked video ever

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 02:02

Since 2010, YouTube has released a yearly wrap-up of its most popular videos and creators.

It did the same thing this year with YouTube Rewind 2018. It featured the likes of Will Smith, plus creators Molly Burke, Liza Koshy, and Simone Giertz in a predictably upbeat compilation released last Thursday.

SEE ALSO: These senior citizen YouTubers are better than anyone else on this hellscape internet

There's also an homage to K-pop, some late night show hosts doing Fortnite dances, and yes, more Fortnite references.

Fast forward a few days, and the video has the distinct honor of becoming the second-most disliked video on YouTube, racking up an impressive 7.7 million dislikes since its debut. Read more...

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Disneyland's new Marvel attractions look pretty legit in new concept art

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:18

As if we didn't have enough to look forward to with the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park expansion, Disney has released new concept art for its expanded Marvel-themed areas at select Disneyland parks.

Disney Parks first announced the attractions for Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort in California, and Hong Kong Disneyland in March 2018, and now we've got our first look at 'em.

SEE ALSO: Your favorite heroes and villains battle it out in 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3' trailer

Described by Disney as a global "Avengers Initiative," the interconnected attractions and areas at parks around the world are themed around Marvel's beloved heroes. Read more...

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20 Elf On The Shelf tweets that every exasperated parent can relate to

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:54

Parents are freaking done with Elf on the Shelf. 

The innocent holiday tradition started out as a cutesy way to keep their kids' behavior in check ahead of the holidays, but has been criticized for being a capitalist marketing scheme to indoctrinate children into accepting the surveillance state. 

SEE ALSO: Elf on the Shelf witnesses puberty firsthand in hilarious 'SNL' sketch

That, and parents are tired of coming up with creative ways to stage the impish — and unsettlingly creepy — stuffed doll. At this point, are you freezing your elf in a block of ice and artfully placing him in front of an Elsa doll for your kids, or for the Instagram clout?  Read more...

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Google Brings Google Lens Visual Search to its iOS App by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:53

Google Lens, a tool allowing users to search for information in photos, is now available in the flagship iOS app.

The post Google Brings Google Lens Visual Search to its iOS App by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

We have a lot to learn from Megan Fox's #MeToo comments

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:23

There's a lot to celebrate about the voices amplified by #MeToo. There's also a lot to learn from the voices who still feel uninvited to speak or unheard when they do.

In a new interview with the New York Times, former Transformers star Megan Fox addressed why she hasn't joined the numerous other women coming forward about their experiences of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. And her answer is a wake up call to anyone who thinks we've progressed beyond victim-blaming after #MeToo.

SEE ALSO: The 'Arrested Development' actors prove men in Hollywood learned nothing

Because despite having, "quite a few stories" of her own, Fox said: Read more...

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Google Introduces WordPress Plugin With Integrated Analytics, Search Console, More by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:51

Google has introduced a new WordPress plugin which brings insights from Google tools to users' dashboards.

The post Google Introduces WordPress Plugin With Integrated Analytics, Search Console, More by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Someone touched Parliament's special mace, and British Twitter is losing it

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:18

Forget surgery on a grape. After Prime Minister Theresa May postponed the parliamentary vote on her contentious Brexit deal, Labour representative Lloyd Russell-Moyle defiantly marched to the center of the room, picked up the mace — which looks like a large, fancy club — and attempted to leave with it. 

SEE ALSO: This brutally honest reporter perfectly sums up how Brexit is going

Fellow members of Parliament were horrified by the statement. The mace is a "symbol of royal authority" and without it, the House can't meet or pass laws. 

Russell-Moyle was met with an angry uproar as fellow MPs shouted at him to "put it back." He attempted to leave with the massive gold club, but was stopped at the door and asked to "withdraw from the chamber," according to the Guardian. Read more...

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