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Laptops and tablets on sale: MacBook Air, Lenovo Tab, Chromebooks, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:46

Father’s Day is less than two weeks away, and if you haven’t yet decided what to get your dad in return for his constant love and support, we’d be happy to help aid you in your search. 

While a coffee mug with a heartfelt message or a nice steak dinner may just make dad’s day, we're also really into these killer laptops and tablets that are on sale this week. Right now you can save some serious cash on these devices, including a MacBook Air, Lenovo Tab, and even $80.99 off an iPad. Trust us, we know that one of these gizmos will make this Father’s Day an extra special one. 

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best laptops for kids in 2019 Read more...

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As concern over deepfakes shifts to politics, detection software tries to keep up

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:45

Fake faceswap videos haven't overrun the internet or started a world war yet, but there are programmers working hard to improve detection tools as concern shifts to the potential use of such clips for the purposes of political propaganda. 

It's been over a year since Reddit shut down its most popular deepfake subreddit, r/deepfakes, and government entities and the media continue to wring their hands over the evolution of AI-assisted technology that enables people to make extremely realistic videos of anyone, famous or not, doing basically anything.

As the 2020 presidential election cycle gets underway with fresh concerns about more hacking and more attempts by foreign actors to interfere in elections, concern is shifting from revenge porn and celebrity exploitation to politically-motivated faceswap videos. These clips could be used as part of misinformation campaigns or even larger efforts at potentially destabilizing governments. Read more...

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'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' gets a seriously spooky trailer: Watch

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:41

How could a three-book collection of short horror stories ever work as a single movie? This trailer has the answer.

The first full look at Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark presents the titular tome as some kind of possessed object in which the stories printed on the inside come to life. That opens the door to all the horrific imagery you see here.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark arrives in theaters on Aug. 9. Read more...

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The Memoji glow up is real with new beauty and accessory options

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:37

During Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Monday, Apple delivered for people trying to upgrade their Memoji lewk. In iOS 13, Memoji users will be able to trick out their avatars with new hair color, hats, makeup, piercings, and even... customized teeth.

Gap tooth for all.

Image: screenshot: keith Wagstaff/mashable/Apple

Apple is also turning your Memoji into an in-keyboard sticker pack. So you can use your animated Memoji while FaceTiming or to deliver voice messages, and your static cutesy likeness as reaction stickers in messages. 

SEE ALSO: Make me cute: Why we're obsessed with adorable cartoon avatars Read more...

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Need a cheap laptop? This 11-inch Dell model is on sale for under $150

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:34

Thanks in no part to the ongoing shortage of entry-level processors and the United States' trade war with China, personal computers just keep getting more expensive. So when we stumble upon a deal for a super cheap laptop, we make sure to let you know.

Speaking of: The Inspiron 11 3000 laptop is currently on sale at Dell for 42% off — after that discount, you'll pay less than $150 for a PC that typically retails for $258.99.

Designed to be both portable and practical, the 11.6-inch Inspiron 11 3000 creates a theater-quality viewing experience using Dell Cinema technologies, including the Waves MaxxAudio® Pro application for clear sound and SmartByte software for lag-free streaming. It's also equipped with 7th-generation AMD processors with Radeon R4 graphics for fast performance and decent visuals. Read more...

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This year's Stanley Cup Final will be huge for fans of 'The Office'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:34

This year's Stanley Cup final is a big deal for hockey fans, but perhaps an even bigger deal for fans of The Office.

The beloved NBC comedy aired its final episode in 2013, but the network is showing it some serious love this Stanley Cup season because the St. Louis Blues (Jenna Fischer's favorite team) are playing the Boston Bruins (John Krasinski's favorite team).

Eager to please dedicated fans of The Office, NBC is taking full advantage of the Jim and Pam sports showdown, and even released a parody trailer before Game 4 on Monday.

"The Stanley Cup Final" video recreates The Office's iconic intro by setting the show's theme song to footage of key players like Patrice Bergeron, Alex Pietrangelo, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, and Vladimir Tarasenko, along with Krasinski and Fischer, of course. Read more...

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Master JavaScript for just $31 with this set of online courses

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:27

Powering many of the world's websites, JavaScript is responsible for making web pages interactive. Think animated graphics, videos, slideshows, and forms. Without it, the internet would be a boring place.

Given JavaScript's near ubiquity, studying up on this language can be hugely helpful if you're looking to start (or build) a career in tech. If you're an aspiring developer, you can get your primer on one of the web's most powerful programming languages with this Comprehensive JavaScript Bundle, on sale now for 97% off in the Mashable Shop.

Across eight courses and over 600 lessons, this extensive training will give you a full introduction to all things JavaScript. You'll get up to speed with its core syntax and the many ways in which you can apply it to create dynamic web pages and apps. To fortify your learning, you'll gain access to over 50 hands-on projects and challenges, which you can then add to your portfolio once completed. Read more...

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Former Trump aide gets super mad over fake Mario and Luigi incest tweet

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:16

A storm of controversy has spun up around a tweet from a Nintendo parody account after less-than-savvy Twitter users — including former Trump aide Seb Gorka — put rage ahead of reading comprehension. 

The tweet in questions comes from @NlntendoAmerica, an account masquerading as a Nintendo-related account. (Look closely and you'll notice the "i" in Nintendo is actually a lower case "L.") Under the guise of celebrating Pride Month — real Nintendo has inspired a wealth of queer memes, after all — the parody tweet features fan art of iconic plumber brothers Mario and Luigi enjoying a romantic kiss.  Read more...

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Apple just made it way easier to delete Facebook

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:07

The battle to dethrone Facebook just got kicked up a serious notch. 

At Monday's WWDC conference in San Jose, California, Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi brought the heat against the social media giant. Standing in front of the gathered developers and members of the press, he announced a new feature aimed to ensure you never have to use your Facebook account to log into an Apple app ever again.

Called "Sign in with Apple," Federighi described the service as a "fast easy way to sign in without all the tracking." And, frankly, it looks great. 

"Just tap it," he explained, "and you're authenticated with Face ID on your device, logged in with a new account without revealing any personal information." Read more...

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Dark mode will finally darken iPhone apps in iOS 13

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 18:01

Dark mode is coming to the iPhone. 

At the WWDC developers conference in San Jose Monday, Apple software engineering senior vice president Craig Federighi showed off the black background setting. "iOS now lives in the dark," he said.

When iOS 13 rolls out to phones in the fall dark mode can switch on for many built-in Apple apps like notes, calendar, maps, and photos. Messaging and the sharing screen will also darken, along with widgets.

Apple Music in dark mode might actually entice users from the already-dark competitor music streaming app Spotify. 

Dark notes.

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Listen to Apple Music in the dark.

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Apple supporting Xbox and PS4 controllers is a bigger deal than you think

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:54

Two of the most widely owned video game controllers on the planet will soon play nice with Apple products, starting (and presumably not ending) with Apple TV.

Support for Microsoft's Xbox One controller and Sony's DualShock 4 controller will be added to Apple TV with the forthcoming tvOS update in fall 2019. Apple already supports a number of Bluetooth game controllers under its MFi program, but lots of households already have PlayStation and Xbox controllers lying around.

The expanded controller support ought to be arriving around the same time as the Apple Arcade subscription service. It's important to see Apple aligning its own interests with the broader market like this, since Apple Arcade is making a play for the entire gaming audience. Even — perhaps especially — the kinds of players who own one or more consoles already. Read more...

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Apple introduces 'decibel monitoring' on watchOS to tell you when it's too damn loud

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:52

Apple wants you to channel your inner crank and turn down that racket.

At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday, it introduced a host of new features that come standard on watchOS 6. One that garnered somewhat self-conscious loud claps was 'Decibel Monitoring': an app that will notify the watch wearer when their environment is too dang noisy.

The idea is that hearing is an important aspect of one's health, and that being in a loud environment can damage your hearing. As humans, we can certainly tell when we're somewhere loud. But we don't intuitively know what level of "loud" crosses a threshold into potentially damaging. The watch will deliver a notification, telling you to get the heck outta there if you're in a place that's liable to blow (or, ok, just bother) your eardrums. Read more...

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Apple fans lose their sh*t for an Apple Watch tip calculator

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:37

It's the feature that everyone's dad has been waiting for. 

At today's WWDC in San Jose, California, Apple unveiled the latest update for its eponymous watch. Specifically, it now has a tip calculator. And you'd better bet the crowd went wild. 


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The update, which allows you to figure out how to split a restaurant tip among friends, was demonstrated on screen to raucous applause. Shortly thereafter, the company showed off a "decibel monitoring" for watchOS so you can know exactly when to tell those pesky teenagers to turn their music down. 

“What’s a 20% tip on a $10 bill? Oh wait! I have the tip calculator on my Apple Watch!”

— Spenser Bowen (@spenbow1) June 3, 2019

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Apple reveals iOS 13 with dark mode and improved Maps

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:30

The wait is over: Apple has finally given us our first look at iOS 13 and, yes, it has a dark mode.

The company revealed its latest iOS update onstage at WWDC in San Jose Monday. The update, which won't be available until later this year, brings new features to developers and improvements to performance.

One of the most anticipated changes of the update is the addition of a dedicated dark mode, which has been one of the most sought after features among iOS users. It was also one of Apple’s worst kept secrets, with rumors of the feature swirling for weeks leading up to the official unveiling of iOS 13. Read more...

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The dramatic 'For All Mankind' teaser is the first trailer from Apple TV+

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:26

Apple TV+ is coming in fall 2019, and while there's some information about the Apple Original shows coming to the streaming service, For All Mankind is the first to release a full trailer. 

Created by Ronald Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi, For All Mankind takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union beat the USA to be the first to put a man on the moon, setting off a very different kind of space race.

For All Mankind will be available on AppleTV+ in fall 2019. Read more...

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Apple Watch is getting an App Store and new health apps in watchOS 6

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:22

Apple's watchOS 6 for the Apple Watch is coming this fall.

Apple announced the new software update for its smartwatch at WWDC 2019. And needless to say, watchOS 6 is going to have a ton of new features, including new watch faces, an App Store, and new health apps.

SEE ALSO: What professionals really want from the new Mac Pro

All the Apple Watches watchOS 6 supports

When watchOS 6 comes out in the fall, it'll work for all Apple Watches except the first-generation (unofficially dubbed "Series 0").

New watch faces

Everyone wants new Apple Watch faces and Apple's delivering them in watchOS 6. The company unveiled several new ones with larger digits and more visible "complications" that take advantage of the larger screens on the Apple Watch Series 4. Read more...

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Dog's birthday party puts most human parties to shame

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:08

Who says dogs can't have their cake and eat it too?

Writer Mina Kimes uploaded a dog-filled video of her parents' dog's backyard birthday party on Sunday. The shindig, complete with a "Happy Birthday" banner hanging on the fence, made Kimes jealous. Apparently, the bash was better than any that she had as a kid. 

In another pic, we see the full barbecue spread on a football-themed tablecloth. Though kibble doesn't seem to have a spot on the lineup, we're sure the dogs were well fed. 

a football theme and BBQ buffet? must be nice

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) June 2, 2019

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Apple gives iOS for iPad a fancy new name, and some updates

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:54

Apple isn't waiting for the official start of the WWDC keynote to change things up. 

Ahead of expected software updates and changes to be announced on the stage today at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the company has quietly renamed the iPad's iOS. The new and exciting name? iPadOS. 

The change was picked up by astute Apple watchers, and shared on Twitter. 

Apple is renaming iOS on the iPad to:



— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) June 3, 2019

Confirmed on Apple’s website, iOS for iPad becomes iPadOS. About time

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) June 3, 2019

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Save $30 on this dual-channel dash cam

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:42

In the year 2019, you shouldn't hit the open road without a dash cam by your side. With all the drama that goes down on the highway, an indisputable extra set of eyes can't hurt. 

This OwlScout Front and Cabin Full HD 1080p Dash Cam is a great place to start — and it's on sale for $30 off in the Mashable Shop.

Like most dash cams, the OwlScout attaches right to your windshield, but won't block your view of the road. Unlike most other dash cams, however, this one features two 1080p cameras — one that captures your adventures on the road with a 145-degree viewing angle and one that captures what's going on inside your vehicle. Read more...

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Wildfire smoke swirls over the Atlantic Ocean, invades the UK

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:24

The skies in Edmonton, Canada were recently so red and smoky that a local meteorologist told NASA "it looked like we were on Mars." 

Now, that prodigious wildfire smoke has left Canada, streamed thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, and passed over the UK. On Monday morning, the UK Met Office posted imagery of the North American wildfire smoke sailing over the island nation. 

The early-season Canadian fires, which smothered much of Alberta in wildfire smoke in May, are consistent with wildfire research which concludes that, as temperatures climb and fire weather increases, the burning season is expected to grow longer and fuel "larger and more intense fires." Read more...

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