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Looking to join the gig economy? Here are 5 jobs you can teach yourself how to do.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:00

"Just keep hustling" is probably the motto of everyone in the gig economy, which, according to recent data, accounts for 36 percent of the American workforce.

There are 57 million people in the U.S. today working some type of gig. This includes full-time job workers operating a side hustle, full-time freelancers juggling multiple jobs, and gig workers who only take on projects that appeal to them.

With the gig economy expected to continue blowing up in the next couple of years, it's likely going to become the new normal.

If you want to get in on the trend, check out five freelance gigs you can take up tomorrow, and the online classes you can take that will help you brush up on the skills that they require. Read more...

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Rejoice: You can finally buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 05:30

Samsung’s recent announcement of their brand-new Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch had us all salivating. 

Well the good news is that the wait is officially over and the Galaxy Watch Active is here. Just look at how gorgeous this smartwatch is:

Samsung finally has a watch that looks good on small wrists.

Image: Karissa Bell / Mashable

The Galaxy Watch Active is more subtle than Samsung’s previous Galaxy Watches, and focuses more on health and fitness-related functions — more akin to the Apple Watch’s health apps. From blood-pressure monitoring to guided breathing, this watch has some really cool features. Read more...

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What happens in the end credits of 'Captain Marvel'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 03:30
Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Captain Marvel. 

So you've just seen Captain Marvel. And you even stayed all the way through the end credits like a good Marvel fan. But you maybe need a bit of help parsing what exactly those two scenes at the very end were about.

SEE ALSO: Who's who in 'Captain Marvel'

Well, you've come to the right place. Without further ado, here's what happens in the end credits of Captain Marvel – and what it might mean for Avengers: Endgame and more.

1Captain Marvel catches up to Avengers: Infinity War 

She'll be back.

Image: Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios

What happens: We're in the post-Infinity War days, as evidenced by a ten-figure "global missing" count on the wall of an Avengers facility. In a corner, Captain Marvel's beeper (which she left with Nick Fury at the end of her movie) is beeping, until suddenly it's not. Read more...

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'The Simpsons' episode with Michael Jackson's voice pulled from circulation

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 02:52

A famous episode of The Simpsons featuring the voice of Michael Jackson won't be airing anymore.

The show's executive producer James L. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal he would pull the episode from circulation, after he viewed HBO's Leaving Neverland.

Brooks made the decision with creator Matt Groening and producer Al Jean, who were in "one mind" about the choice.

The episode "Stark Raving Dad" first aired in 1991, where Jackson voiced a mentally-ill character named Leon Kompowsky. The song featured in the episode, "Happy Birthday Lisa," was written by Jackson, but was credited as "W A Mozart." Read more...

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Google Updates Travel Searches to Help Users Find Budget-Friendly Options by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 02:23

Google is rolling out new travel search features to help users find better prices on flights and hotels.

The post Google Updates Travel Searches to Help Users Find Budget-Friendly Options by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Instagram appears to be testing a way to watch videos with friends

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 02:10

Some things are just better with friends.

Like watching videos on the internet, which Facebook has tried to make more social with the introduction of its Watch Party feature, introduced last year.

SEE ALSO: How to watch Netflix together online without being in the same room

It appears the company is testing a similar co-watching feature on Instagram, as spotted by Jane Manchun Wong of Hong Kong.

The feature seems like it would be accessible during a video chat on Instagram Direct, and by clicking a button to activate it (as indicated by Wong's finger).

Instagram is testing Co-Watching in Video Calls

It's like Facebook's Watch Party but for Instagram Direct

Tip @Techmeme

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 7, 2019

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Twitter’s New Insights Tool Shows the Best Time to Publish Tweets by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 00:03

Twitter launched a new insights tool which determines the best day and time to publish tweets based on user engagement.

The post Twitter’s New Insights Tool Shows the Best Time to Publish Tweets by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Congress saw some Nickelback hot takes on the House floor

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 23:49

It's absolutely wild that in the year 2019, calling Nickelback bad still sparks a spicy discussion. But it's true: Just ask U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan and Rodney Davis. 

We elect our representatives to be the voice of the people. As legislators, they vote on bills, forge a path for justice, and ... debate about decades-old pop rock. 

SEE ALSO: 7 Reddit AMAs That Went Horribly Wrong

Wisconsin Democrat Pocan stated on Thursday that only four out of 77,000 constituents wanted to keep a particular voting rights provision as part of the Democrats’ H.R. 1 bill. He compared that paltry number to "the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band." Read more...

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Kia’s Imagine concept car uses 21 smartphones to mock dash screens

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 23:15

The Geneva Motor Show car expo in Switzerland is no stranger to some bizarre and funky designs for future cars. This year, Kia's Imagine all-electric concept car may take the cake, just based on its interior design.

The Imagine car looks like your typical futuristic, hyper-realistic electric sedan based on an existing car model (in this case the Kia's hybrid Niro). Here it was this week at the show:

The Kia Imagine concept car looks like most cars on display until you look inside.

Image: Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images

But then you take a look inside, and you know the car is poking fun at the industry. Behind the driver's wheel and extending along the dashboard are 21 smartphone screens jaggedly arranged. Read more...

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Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to tunnel under Las Vegas

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 22:39

Chicago may be a no-go for The Boring Company's high-speed underground tunnel system, but there's always Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a plan this week to build an underground "Loop" tunnel at the Las Vegas Convention Center — yes, the home of the annual consumer tech show known as CES. More than 182,000 attendees were at the show last year, and they absolutely mobbed every train, taxi, and CES-provided shuttle. 

The proposed Loop is expected to cost anywhere from $35 to $55 million. The authority said the project would cost less than $10 million per mile, the same as the Boring Company’s test tunnel in Hawthorne, California. They said the Las Vegas tunnel could be completed in time for CES 2021. Read more...

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The summoning circle meme calls upon your deepest, darkest desires

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 21:04

If you could request anyone and anything, what would it be?

The new "summoning circle" meme has Twitter users requesting everything, from not being depressed to a new season of The Office. In one of the first versions, Twitter user @depressbrethren tweeted a circle of candles surrounding serotonin. 

"Hope this works," they said. 

summoning circle, hope this works

🕯 🕯
🕯 🕯

🕯 serotonin 🕯

🕯 🕯
🕯 🕯

— ko (@depressbrethren) March 5, 2019

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YouTube starts to fact-check search results

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 20:29

YouTube is dealing another blow to conspiracy theorists and disinformation peddlers.

 The video platform has started rolling out text prompts, known as “information panels,” that provide fact checks when users search certain terms or phrases. The feature is currently being rolled out to a limited number of users in India, one country in particular where the spread of fake news has fatal consequences.

An example of YouTube's information pane feature which fact checks search results on the platform.

Image: YouTube

YouTube provided the screenshot above as an example. In this case, a user searches for information regarding a well-known internet hoax about the painkiller paracetamol carrying a hemorrhagic disease called the “Machupo” virus. At the top of the search results page, the user receives a prompt with information debunking the claim. Read more...

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In honor of 'Captain Marvel,' we ranked the 9 most badass cats in cinematic history

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 20:21

Captain Marvel may have a kickass female hero, two new alien races, and the solution to all of our Infinity War problems — but as any rational, totally objective cat lover can tell you, this multi-million dollar tentpole is mostly (if not entirely) about Goose the cat.

Carol Danvers' feline companion (who's like trying to not outshine her, but also can't hold back his star power?) marks the first starring role for a cat in the MCU. This landmark appearance continues a long legacy of on-screen kitty-cat greatness, and as such we thought it fitting to look back on the rich history of badass cats in film. Read more...

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Facebook finally cracks down on anti-vaccination conspiracy theories

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 20:00

Facebook is crawling with anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Now the company will finally do something about it.

The company announced a series of new policies aimed at combatting the spread of anti-vaccine content on its platform. The new policies, which will make it harder to find false information about vaccines, come after mounting public pressure to take a more active role in fighting viral misinformation critics say has contributed to the outbreaks of preventable diseases.

In some ways, the efforts are similar to Facebook's fight against fake news. The company isn't banning anti-vaccine content outright, but making it more difficult to find, and reducing the chance it will go viral. At the same time, Facebook is looking for ways to surface accurate information to people who search for content or are invited to groups that promote conspiracy theories related to vaccines. Read more...

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Sling TV is having a huge sale: Save 40% on select packages for 3 months

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 19:43

It's 2019. More people are watching movies and TV shows on their smartphones and laptops instead of on an actual TV. In fact, there's a whole generation of people who "cut the cord" and never looked back. 

However, there are a lot of amazing TV shows like The Walking Dead on AMC, The Voice on NBC, and The Bachelor on ABC that are so buzzworthy that they have to be seen live and cannot wait for Hulu or some other site to post the episode the next day. Otherwise, you risk catching spoilers or missing out on the pop culture conversation altogether.

Sling TV is a streaming service that allows you to watch live TV from networks like ESPN, Comedy Central, and Food Network without signing up for an expensive cable subscription. And if you're looking to be even more budget savvy, keep reading. Read more...

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Brie Larson says 'Captain Marvel' has already changed her life

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 19:31

The actress says the role of Carol Danvers improved her physical strength and she learned how to stand her ground and "value her voice." Read more...

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Kit Harington was 'shocked' by 'Game of Thrones' ending

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 19:29

He was the last cast member to find out what happened at the end of the series. Read more...

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FDA approves new nasal spray to treat depression

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 19:28

Spravato nasal spray, also known as esketamine, is related to ketamine. Read more...

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