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Build your own lightsaber or master 'Star Wars' special effects with these $20 online courses

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 11:00

As a long-time Star Wars fan, you've likely celebrated countless May the Fourths with all of the binge-watching, merchandise buying, and arguing over conspiracy theories possible.

This year, take a step further into your favorite universe: Udemy offers several Star Wars-themed online courses to give hardcore fans a hands-on way to commemorate their favorite franchise. You can learn to build your own lightsaber, use Adobe to create realistic special effects, or play the Star Wars main theme on the harmonica. 

SEE ALSO: Save $10 on LucasFilm-approved lightsabers at ThinkGeek with code

The skills will be a step up from wowing a child with how fast you can build an X-Wing out of Legos, but patience you must have, young padawan. Read more...

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Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers on sale at ThinkGeek with code

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 10:00

All Star Wars fans have done it at some point in their lives — staged a mock lightsaber tournament with their equally-nerdy friends. As you chopped and slashed at your buddies, you couldn’t help but wish that you weren’t holding a cheap contractible lightsaber that you got from the bargain bin at the nearest toy store. You wanted something more realistic — something with weight so you could feel like a true Jedi master. 

You can get one step closer to that dream, because ThinkGeek is offering $10 off their Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber collection this weekend in celebration of May 4th, aka Star Wars day. All you need to do is use the code SABERSALE at checkout, and you’ll be ready to have the epic saber duel you always wanted.  Read more...

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Pornhub reveals how ‘Star Wars’ fans are celebrating May the Fourth

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 10:00

Star Wars fans love to celebrate just like everyone else — with porn.

With May The Fourth — aka "Star Wars Day" — upon us, the folks at Pornhub have revealed the many ways that Star Wars fans use the adult entertainment site to mark the holiday. 

Searches for Star Wars on Pornhub on May 4, 2018 surged above the days surrounding it.

Image: Pornhub

Star Wars-related searches see huge spikes over the days preceding and following May 4th every year. These are the spikes for the last three years:

  • 2016: 633 percent spike

  • 2017: 1048 percent spike

  • 2018: 748 percent spike

As Darth Vader would say, most impressiveRead more...

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May the Fourth sales: Our favorite Star Wars deals from across the web

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 09:30

Happy May the Fourth, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherders. 

Star Wars Day is important every year, but this one seems extra special: It's the last one (for a while, at least) that we get to celebrate while looking forward to a new Star Wars movie release. After The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters in December and Luke's 42-year storyline is finally complete, Lucasfilm will be taking a hiatus.

Appropriate reactions include Luke's scream after hearing who his father is or Emperor Palpatine's creepy "No, no, no" from Episode III.

Since Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both Disneyland and Disney World will be hellishly packed for the foreseeable future, the one thing that can tide us over is merch. And lucky for us, brands are getting in on the totally not made-up holiday by offering sweet sales on Star Wars-themed gifts and gadgets the whole weekend long.  Read more...

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These waterproof Bluetooth shower speakers are 80% off, down to $10 each

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 09:00

Smart speakers: they're basically everywhereA study by market researchers at Canalys found that 200 million people will probably be using smart speakers by the end of this year.

Maybe it's time to join the club?

A quality waterproof shower speaker is a great place to start if you're a serial shower singer and new to the smart speaker game. You may be used to fussing with your phone just to set up your playlist and time it to your shower, but to switch songs up you have to hop out while dripping wet (keep in mind that phones don't do well with moisture.)

SEE ALSO: 6 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that go everywhere Read more...

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Best laptop and tablet sales this weekend: MacBook, Alienware, iPad

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 09:00

May 4th — a.k.a. Star Wars day — is this weekend, and if you want to celebrate it right, you have no excuse to not watch the entire film saga from front to back this SaturdayOr you could play any of the multiple Star Wars video games that are currently on sale. If you’re really looking to get crazy, you could even drop some serious dough on a custom lightsaber replica. Okay, there are a lot of ways to appreciate the extended sci-fi fantasy universe that has brought so many people together — if you’re celebrating in any way, you’re doing it right. 

SEE ALSO: Which tablet to buy for your kid: These are 5 of the best out right now Read more...

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10 social media management tools on sale this weekend

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 09:00

Tweet. Post. Retweet. Repost. Comment. Why spend your time doing menial social media management tasks when you could be working on broader strategies that acquire users at a greater rate?

That's the logic behind adopting social media automation or having software do things like schedule posts, auto-follow users, and write copy so you don't have to. It's a tactic that helps marketing professionals establish consistent streams of content quickly and conveniently — a huge perk if you're managing not one, but two or three or seven accounts all by yourself.

Below, we give you the lowdown on ten different social media management tools and automation services that are currently on the market. Each one is on sale for up to 99% off, so you're guaranteed to get a great deal no matter which one you choose.  Read more...

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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of LEGO 'Star Wars' with a free gift on purchases over £35

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 07:30

In case you hadn't guessed it by now, May 4 is a pretty significant date in the world of Star Wars. It's on this day that fans all around the world unite to celebrate a franchise that has captured the minds of kids and adults for decades. It's also a great date to bag yourself a bargain.

LEGO has a wide range of great deals across a massive selection of products to celebrate Star Wars day, and mark 20 years of LEGO Star Wars products. There are free gifts to be claimed, new products to be captured, and discounted items until May 6.

There's a lot to consider, and you need to think carefully about how to make the most out of this massive sale, but we have done some of the hard work for you and picked out the best promotions: Read more...

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The immense joy of watching Tiny Shrek sprint through an obstacle course

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 00:39

Look, it's been a long week, and then only thing I can think about right now is Tiny Shrek demolishing a dog obstacle course. 

Sure, the Westminster Dog Show is impressive, but can any of those pure breeds beat Tiny Shrek? The answer is no. Nothing can compete with Tiny Shrek. 

Ever since Twitter user @chanbanhi tweeted their edit of a comically small Shrek sprinting through a dog obstacle course on Thursday, my thoughts have been consumed with Tiny Shrek. I go through the daily motions of life — I eat, I sleep, I water my house plants, but at the end of the day, the only thing I can think about is this Tiny Shrek.  Read more...

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YouTube 'conspiracy': Rogue engineer reveals secret plot to kill Internet Explorer

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 22:24

Web developers really hated Internet Explorer 6

YouTube’s developers were so tired of dealing with the outdated Microsoft browser back in 2009 that they devised a plan to kill it, according to a post written by ex-YouTube engineer Chris Zacharias. 

The plot was carried out without the permission of YouTube’s parent company, Google, says Zacharias who worked at the company from 2007 to 2010.

“IE6 had been the bane of our web development team’s existence,” writes the ex-YouTube engineer who is just now sharing the story about how IE6 met its demise in on his website. “At least one to two weeks every major sprint cycle had to be dedicated to fixing new UI that was breaking in IE6.” Read more...

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Tesla's self-driving 'brain' hit with serious Trump administration tariff

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 21:55

Tesla will have trouble innovating its way out of this one. 

The car manufacturer is facing potentially serious financial headwinds in its attempt to equip all newly produced vehicles with the technology required to enable full self-driving. So reports TechCrunch, which notes that the White House won't budge on a 25 percent tariff on the Chinese-assembled 'engine control unit' the cars require. Notably, this tariff wouldn't apply to the entire car — just the ECU. 

The so-called Autopilot ECU is assembled in Shanghai, and that irks the White House. Tesla officially requested a tariff exemption on the unit in question, but that request was denied on March 15. The rejection letter had not previously been reported before this week. Read more...

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This adorable third grade class just dropped the best 'Old Town Road' remix

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 20:52

Ever since Lil Nas X dropped "Old Town Road" (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) earlier this month, the internet has been overrun with remixes of the "hip haw" song. 

The latest — and definitely most enthusiastic —  remix comes from Jasmine A. Merlette's third grade class. 

A day in the life of Ms. Merlette..
🍎👩🏽‍🏫🔥 #MyClassHasBarsss #TurntUpTuesday #ThisIsOURJam #WeKILTOurStateTest #ThirdGradeShawty #YoFavoriteTeacher pic.twitter.com/X7jQ4s1y2p

— Jasmine A. Merlette (@futuredrjas) May 1, 2019

SEE ALSO: 'Old Town Road' yeehaws its way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Ms. Merlette, a grade school teacher, took to Twitter to showcase her students singing and dancing to a math-themed version of "Old Town Road." The kids, accompanied by a large stuffed giraffe, almost go harder than Lil Nas X himself as they hop around between desks.  Read more...

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Save up to 40% and start adulting during The Home Depot’s Mother’s Day Savings

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 20:30

  

After all of her years preparing your favorite chocolate-chip pancakes for breakfast and her specialty spaghetti Bolognese for after-school dinners, it’s time to do Mom a solid. This year, invite her over for a Mother’s Day feast prepared by you — and in a kitchen she’ll admire. 

We’ve got recommendations for all the grown-up coffeemakers, cookware sets, and cutlery you’ve been jonesing for since moving out of Mom’s house, as well as the best gifts for her at The Home Depot’s online-only Mother’s Day Savings. Ready to make mom proud? Check out our Mother’s Day meal ideas and get prepping. Read more...

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10 hobbies you can learn to do online so your life is a little less boring

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 20:01

Have you ever had that devastating experience where someone asks you what you've been up to, then the light rapidly leaves your eyes because you realize you've only been working? 

If you can swing it, consider taking up a hobby.

Learning an entirely new skill can be daunting. Luckily, we have the internet, which is probably the place you're spending all your free time (assuming you have it) anyway — and which allows you to learn the basics of pretty much anything for free.

Here are a few ideas.

1. Embroidery

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Instagram and Facebook ban Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan, and several others

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 19:47

Facebook is banning accounts that they say spread hate speech and incite violence. The moves follow criticism for years against Facebook for not taking action against controversial accounts. Read more...

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Best TV deals this weekend: Save on Vizio and LG, plus Samsung TVs in almost every size

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 19:23

There is way too much good stuff on TV right now to still be watching something under 1080p. Even if the numbers mean nothing to you, we're sure you noitice it when you can see each individual pixel as the colors change — or when you can't see shit in Game of Thrones. (The cinematographer says it's on you to get a better TV.) 

Whether you're watching GoT, knocking out a summer watch list, or just waiting to see what comes to Netflix and Hulu this month, a new TV will make all the difference.

And guess what? It doesn't have to be some huge, involved purchase. We've pulled the best TV deals from Amazon, Walmart, and PCMag this week, and you could be getting a 55-inch TV for as low as $249.99. You'll also find awesome deals from Samsung (up to 50% off) on TVs of every size — they did not come to play this week. Read more...

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Verizon is trying to sell Tumblr

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 19:18

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon is seeking a buyer for the blogging platform. Tumblr hosts 465.4 million blogs and 172 billion posts. Read more...

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‘Bonding’ is a perfect show to watch if you don’t want a show to watch

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 18:38

Do you ever crave a show to watch between watching shows? When you're struck by analysis paralysis, torn between your latest binge and the next item on your never-ending watchlist, there are few shows that fill the time adequately.

Enter Netflix's Bonding. At seven episodes (all of which are around 15 minutes), Bonding is the ideal transitional show. It follows best friends Tiff (Zoe Levin) and Pete (Brandon Scannell), the former of whom works as a dominatrix at night and enlists the latter as muscle and general assistance.

SEE ALSO: Netflix's 'Chambers' falls short of its creepy potential

Even with the premise and open door to BDSM culture, Bonding isn't often overtly sexual. It does detail some of Tiff's clients' kinks, which are generally sanitized for levity – a missed opportunity to de-stigmatize sex work and BDSM on the Netflix platform with an open-ended chance to explore both further. Read more...

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Dark web drug market ‘Wallstreet Market’ seized by German police

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 17:52

It's hard out there for administrators of illegal dark web markets trying to steal their users' cryptocurrency in peace. 

Barely a week after Wallstreet Market — one of the largest remaining illegal online marketplaces in the vein of the Silk Road — went into a suspicious maintenance mode, German authorities have seized the site and arrested its alleged operators. Oh, and law enforcement says the three individuals now in custody not only ran the site, but were in the processes of exit-scamming when they were busted. 

SEE ALSO: The trailer for 'CRYPTO' just dropped, and cryptocurrency is good now Read more...

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The Battle of Winterfell Recap — Good Day Westeros

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 17:09

Bob and Proma discuss what actually happened at The Battle of Winterfell and give their predictions for who will sit on the Iron Throne. Read more...

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