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Twitter to start publicly flagging politicians' abusive tweets

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 17:10

Even Twitter, it seems, is sick of Twitter

On Thursday, the San Francisco-based tech giant announced a new plan intended to blunt the impact of tweets from politicians and government officials that violate its policies while still leaving the problematic content on the platform. It's a difficult needle to thread, but Twitter clearly believes it's found a solution that serves the public interest. 

Here's how it will work: When a politician tweets something that would normally get pulled for violating Twitter's rules, the company will now mark the tweet with a label explaining why it deems the content problematic. Twitter will also, among other steps, keep the tweet in question out of its algorithmically controlled Top Tweets timeline in an effort to reduce its spread.  Read more...

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This is how self-driving cars deal with double-parking

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 17:00

It's annoying, but when you drive up to an Uber car or delivery van that's double-parked, you deal with it. For self-driving cars, it's a more complicated moment.

Cruise, the self-driving car company backed by General Motors, is currently testing in San Francisco, where its autonomous Chevy Bolt cars regularly encounter a large number of cars parked in the middle of the lane. Everyday, the Cruise cars maneuver around double-parked vehicles, for a total of between 200 and 800 times altogether.

The cars can't just give up when this happens. So here's what they "think" through, according to Cruise. First they "look" around and figure out what's happening, then they plan what to do next, and finally, they decide how to potentially pull off those decisions.  Read more...

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Eufy RoboVac 11s robot vacuum is on sale for just $149 at Amazon

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 16:05

TL;DR: The top-rated Eufy RoboVac 11s robot vacuum is down to just just $149 at Amazon. 

We're only a few weeks out from Prime Day 2019, but it seems Amazon wants to give us a little taste of what's to come. It's obvious that gadgets of every shape and size will be the hottest sellers for that day, but who knew that they were ready to slash the price on one of our favorite robot vacuums? The latest deal on the slim Eufy RoboVac shows that Amazon ain't messing around this year. 

Purchase the super popular Eufy RoboVac 11s robot vacuum at Amazon for only $149. You get a discount of $80.99 on this beloved robot vacuum, which might be due to a new model called the RoboVac 11s Max set to release on July 3. But the current 11s model gives you all of the essentials and much more, all at its lowest price yet on Amazon. Read more...

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Sunbeam programmable bread maker is $24 off at Walmart

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:57

TL;DR: The easy-to-use Sunbeam programmable bread maker is $24 off, meaning you'll pay just $55.69.

Bread is already objectively the best part of the food pyramid, and when freshly baked it’s on a whole other level. Steaming hot bread doesn’t have to be a luxury item in your life — with a bread maker, you can get fresh loaves at home in less than an hour.

The Sunbeam programmable bread maker will turn you into a baking whiz, and you can grab it on sale for $55.69 at Walmart, down from $79.99.

Using your own recipes or ones that come with the bread maker, you’re able to bake bread in less than an hour or program the machine to have some ready for you when you want. That means you have the option to wake up to the smell of fresh bread in the morning. Honestly, what is better than that? Read more...

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Got summer allergies? This Winix air purifier is $100 off at Walmart.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:53

TL;DR: The well-reviewed Winix Air Cleaner can nix allergens in your home for $149.99, saving you $100 off the retail price.

Ah, there's nothing like warm summer air.

The scent of sweat, bonfires, and hot trash (looking at you, NYC) are all going up your nose — and that's not even mentioning summer allergies.

Give yourself peace of mind with what you're breathing in every day with an air purifier. The Winix 5500-2 Air Cleaner is one of the best-rated devices out there, and it's $100 off at Walmart. (Walmart boosted the original price by $10, so it's regularly $249.99.)

SEE ALSO: How to use a credit card to help offset your carbon footprint Read more...

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Cuisinart toaster oven and broiler on sale for $69.99 at Amazon

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:49

TL;DR: Upgrade your kitchen game by snagging this stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-1010 Toaster Oven Broiler for just $69.99, down from its original price of $89.95. 

As toaster ovens have leveled-up to include functions to toast, bake, broil, and warm, the days of just needing an actual toaster are long-gone. With the ability to whip up your favorite snacks in minutes, reheat those delicious leftovers, and cook entire meals, what’s not to love about the tiny yet powerful appliance? 

If you’re in the market for a multi-functional oven, the Amazon’s Choice Winning Cuisinart TOB-1010 Toaster Oven Broiler is on sale at Amazon for just $69.99, keeping a savings of $20 in your pocket. Since Cuisinart takes home the gold for the top ranked toaster oven by Amazon reviewers, you know this model will get the job done. Read more...

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Kindle Oasis on sale: Save $50 and get 3 months free Kindle Unlimited

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:37

TL;DR: This ninth-generation Kindle Oasis e-reader with built-in Audible is on sale for $199.99 — a $50 markdown — and comes with a free three-month trial of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited ebook service.

ICYMI, the new Kindle Oasis officially went up for preorder earlier this week. Amazon touts this version of its e-reader as its "most advanced Kindle ever," having armed it with a new adjustable warm light that makes nighttime reading easier on your eyes.

That's all fine and dandy, but at a base price of $250, the device isn't exactly cheap. Our own Alex Perry made a good point: "You could get the default iPad for less than $100 more and it would be able to do a lot more." Read more...

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Amazon Counter lets you pick up packages at Rite Aid

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:22

Amazon is launching yet another way for you to collect an order. It's called Counter and it allows local retailers to store and hand you your order over the counter.

You'd be right to think that Amazon already has pickups from retail stores covered simply by installing an Amazon Locker, but there's one problem with lockers: not all stores have space to install them. To get around this, Amazon launched Counter, which does away with the locker system and allows retailers to securely store your order in whatever storage space they have available.

As Reuters reports, collecting an order using the Counter system requires a barcode be shown to a member of staff at the store. Your Amazon box can then be fetched and handed to you with no further interaction necessary. Read more...

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Get the Excalibur electric food dehydrator for 35% off at Amazon

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:10

TL;DR: Save your sugar intake and your your wallet with 35% off the Excalibur food dehydrator at  Amazon. Regularly $295, it's on sale for just $191.99.

Dried nuts and fruits can be an easy and satisfying snack for anyone looking for a treat filled with flavor without the guilt. But purchasing these foods pre-packaged can get pricey fast. At around $7 a bag, dried fruits including mangoes and banana chips may not be your first choice when you can grab a bag of candy for less. 

Today you can save your sugar intake and your wallet with the Excalibur 9-tray electric food dehydrator, on sale at Amazon for $191.99. It's regularly priced at $295, so that's a savings of 35%. Read more...

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Acer products are on sale on Amazon: Save on monitors, headsets, backpacks, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:49

TL;DR: Amazon is having a big sale on game-changing Acer products today — save up to 30 percent on PC accessories like monitors, keyboards, mousepads, and much more.

Getting into PC gaming is no small task, and requires a lot of dedication, maintenance, and patience. Making sure your drivers are up to date, getting the latest and greatest graphics card, and (if you happen to be a desktop person) keeping your tower in good shape are just part of the process, but one thing you certainly cannot forget are the basics — meaning the accessories you’ll be using along with your setup. 

Well today is a good day for PC gamers, because Amazon is having a huge sale on Acer gaming products that will be the perfect companions to your PC setup. Save up to 30 percent on laptops, headsets, mice, keyboards, and much more. Read more...

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Lucid gel memory foam mattresses on sale: Get a queen for under $250

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:36

TL;DR: Temperature-regulating gel memory foam mattresses by Lucid are on sale at Walmart.

If there's one time of year when you're not excited to sleep, it's those humid summer nights. Sweat central, baby.

Don't subject yourself to sleeping on the couch just for the living room's AC. A new mattress may be all you need to stop overheating at night, and gel memory foam mattresses by Lucid are on sale at Walmart. Twins are only $151.85, and the most expensive California king bed is only $321.48 — plus twin XL, full, full XL, queen, and king available in between.

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best pillows for a good night's sleep Read more...

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What critics thought of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:35

The reviews of Spider-Man: Far From Home are rolling in and critics have mixed feelings about the epilogue to Marvel's grandiose Infinity saga.

As the follow-up to Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home has a lot of eyeballs on it as fans eagerly await to see the fallout of the final conflict and see what Marvel is setting up for its next phase of movies.

Reviews have noted that it's refreshingly lighter and more fun than Endgame, making it a great palette cleanser follwoing years of major conflict, while simultaneously exploring some of the threads that Endgame left dangling and, of course, injecting some FX-heavy action and adventure along the way.  Read more...

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Protect your home with the Amazon Cloud Cam — on sale for $30 off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:19

TL;DR: The intuitive Amazon Cloud Cam security camera is on sale for $89.99, down from $119.99.

Like most people, you probably store some pretty valuable stuff in your home. Unfortunately, you can’t constantly be there to watch over everything — you’ve got a life, we get it. But a security camera can be your eyes and ears while you’re away.

The Amazon Cloud Cam has tons of reviews sharing stories of caught thieves and stopped fires, and right now you can grab the security camera on sale for $30 off, bring the price down to $89.99.

With this camera, you can stay connected 24/7 and catch activity as it happens, with the ability to watch, download, and share 1080p Full HD video clips. You’ll also get notifications when motion and activity are detected. Read more...

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Record-breaking heat wave cooks Europe

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:07

The heat has arrived.

As predicted, a potent heat wave settled over Europe this week, bringing abnormally high June temperatures to vast swathes of France, Spain, Germany and beyond — home to hundreds of millions. Already, the highest ever recorded June temperatures have toppled in Germany, France, and Poland, reaching into the triple digits on Wednesday. 

Radzyń, Poland hit nearly 101 degrees Fahrenheit, a region outside of Berlin reached 101.5 degrees, and the average max June temperature in France hit its highest point ever, at nearly 95 degrees. On Thursday, France peaked at over 107 degrees. And there's more heat to comeRead more...

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Google Launches a New Hub for Small Business Marketing Resources via @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:00

Today is International Small Business Day, and to mark the occasion Google created a new hub for SMB marketers.

The post Google Launches a New Hub for Small Business Marketing Resources via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

How to block spam calls for good in iOS 13

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:00

We're finally getting our first taste of iOS 13, and from dark mode to better photo editing, there's already a ton to look forward to.

But one of the update's most useful features is one that could easily be missed: the ability to automatically block spammy phone calls with a new option to "silence unknown callers."

SEE ALSO: 9 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

The feature won't be official until iOS 13 is released later this year, but you can start taking advantage of it now if you're using the public beta, which just dropped this week. You can find the feature by going to Settings —> Phone and scrolling down to "call silencing and blocked contacts." Read more...

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Your first look at the enigmatic 'Charlie's Angels' reboot with Kristen Stewart is here

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:49

In the first official trailer for the Elizabeth Banks-directed Charlie's Angels reboot, the leading trio of Sabina (Kristen Stewart), Elena (Naomi Scott), and Jane (Ella Balinska) show off their badass heist skills and a wardrobe full of fantastic clothes, wigs, weapons. 

The film also stars Patrick Stewart as Charlie, internet boyfriend Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, Damon Hounsou, and Banks.

What's more, the trailer also teases a new collaboration between Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Ray. This movie really is the whole package, huh? 

Charlie's Angels hits theaters on Nov 15, 2019.  Read more...

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How to Spy on Your Competitors to Capture Similar Links via @krisjonescom

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:45

Here's how to figure out which of the links your competitors have earned are worth pursuing.

The post How to Spy on Your Competitors to Capture Similar Links via @krisjonescom appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

10 of the best Netflix originals of 2019 (so far)

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:43

Sure, time is a construct, those Fyre Festival tickets were meaningless, and absolutely nothing in I Think You Should Leave makes any sense ever — but if there's one thing you can count on in 2019, it's your Netflix subscription.

The streaming service is off to a banging start this year, with countless Netflix original films and series we have obsessed, gushed, and fought over released in just the past six months. 

Of course, they weren't all winners, and some were more worth our couch time than others. So which selections do we think are the best of the best? 

Check out our Top 10 Best of Netflix 2019 (so far) below. Read more...

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Apple iPads, Audible free trials, Beats headphones, Amazon Kindles, and more on sale for June 27 in the UK

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:26

If you're a big Apple fan then you'll be over the moon with this roundup. We've lined up the best Apple deals for June 27 in the UK, alongside a large range of fantastic garden products to make sure you're all set for the sunny weekend. 

Sometimes Apple discounts aren't only on the older models, as you can now pick up the latest Apple iPad Pro for only £1050 — that's £469 off the list price. Other Apple deals include discounted Beats by Dr Dre headphones, cheap iPhones, including the iPhone X, and dazzling Apple iMac computers. 

You can even get your hands on an excellent 30-day trial with Audible right now, which includes a free audio book alongside. Other deals up for grabs include an Amazon Kindle, a Western Digital hard drive, and a Char-Broil gas barbecue.  Read more...

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