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'RoboCop' is a prescient satire worth revisiting

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:00

There is no movie more prescient than RoboCop.

The 1987 action movie may seem ridiculous on the surface — a cop gets turned into a robot cop to fight crime in futuristic Detroit — but it takes aim at some of the United States' biggest issues that are still affecting us today, including privatization of public institutions, gentrification, unchecked capitalism, corruption, and television media.

SEE ALSO: I'll never quit 'Hitman 2' if it keeps inviting me back for more

Yes, RoboCop is over the top, but that's what makes it so fun. That, combined with its messages that still hold merit 32 years later, makes it worth revisiting. Read more...

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Forget Valentine’s Day? Edible Arrangements has you covered on 'I’m Sorry' Day.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:00

Happy day after Valentine's Day, all.

While happy couples are still running on their lovey-dovey high and single people are just glad the holiday is over, there's one person who isn't smiling: The person who expected a gift yesterday and didn't get one.

Just like you'll find yourself in the proverbial doghouse for forgetting bae's birthday, Feb. 15 is the universal day for that awkward silence. Or worse: A survey done by WalletHub found that 53% of women would dump their S.O. if they received nothing on Valentine's Day. Yikes.

In an attempt to set the bar higher and do a bit better than a half-assed apology, Edible Arrangements wants to help you salvage your relationship with a list of gifts for what they're calling National "I'm Sorry" Day. Read more...

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How to Activate a Sponsorship to Achieve Content Marketing & SEO Goals by @TomBaker_84

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:00

Here's how to maximize sponsorships to help you to achieve your content marketing and SEO goals.

The post How to Activate a Sponsorship to Achieve Content Marketing & SEO Goals by @TomBaker_84 appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Shop sales on headphones, earbuds, and speakers for Presidents Day

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:00

This Presidents Day, we're giving our readers something the Founding Fathers could only dream of: exclusive deals on headphones, earbuds, and speakers. 

For the next day or so, you can pop over to the Mashable Shop and take an extra 15% off the following gadgets — many of which are already on sale. Just be sure to enter the coupon code PREZDAY15 at checkout. 

1. Brio True Wireless Earbuds

No wires, no problem. With the Brio earbuds, you get the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and rich, balanced audio without being tied down by the hassle of wires or cords. They offer up to eight hours of listening on a single charge, although you can extend that to up to 50 hours when you're on the go by bringing along their portable charging case.  Read more...

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Best Presidents Day sales: Casper mattresses, Dell laptops, KitchenAid mixers, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:00

Presidents Day means a long weekend, and long weekends means top-tier shopping opportunities.

We're not sure how George Washington celebrated his birthday 260 years ago, but being the Pisces that he was, he probably did his fair share of spending money to get away from the real world. (Need we mention how much he spent on booze?)

Mattresses are the key sale item on Presidents Day, with big sellers like Casper, Serta, Mattress Firm, and more all offering deals on better snoozes.

SEE ALSO: This smart mattress changes its surface temperature to wake you up

Other great deals include a huge sale from Dell on laptops and monitors, deals from Samsung on QLED TVs, home sales from Wayfair and Overstock, and the expected massive sitewide sale from Macy's. Read more...

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Jordan Peele's 'Lorena' docuseries is about way more than a severed penis

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:00

It's never too late to reconsider the facts.

If you're a true crime fan or were, y'know, alive in 1993, then chances are you've heard of Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt — the infamous couple who took tabloids by storm thanks to a severed penis. 

Executive producer Jordan Peele's new four-part docuseries, Lorena, asks modern viewers to reevaluate where now Lorena Gallo and her shocking actions on "that night" reside within our collective memory and sympathy. That request is one worth granting.

The 1990s were a dramatic time for headlines, particularly within the crime realm. Nancy Kerrigan's shattered knee, O.J. Simpson's infamous white Bronco, and JonBenét Ramsey's macabre glamor shots plastered tabloid covers for much of the decade and continue to darkly fascinate through modern retellings.  Read more...

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'Umbrella Academy' sets Netflix's new heroes in a delightfully bonkers family dramedy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:00

It’s time to accept that superheroes aren’t having a moment. They are the moment. Super-powered humans with extraordinary abilities are so common in 2019 that there isn’t a watchable medium of entertainment that doesn’t boast dozens of them at any given time; with The Umbrella Academy, Netflix is doing its part to deconstruct that dominance, to  delightful results. 

The Umbrella Academy, based on the comics by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá, is about a family of superpowered siblings that have long since given up their heroic mantles and drifted apart in adulthood. When their adopted father Reginald Hargreeves dies, they convene in their childhood home for his funeral and face the glaring fact that their upbringing was more than unusual, it was abusive, and none of them have ever fully healed from Hargreeves’ emotional neglect.  Read more...

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10 apps on sale for Presidents Day

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:00

We love to use any celebratory day as an excuse to shower you in exclusive deals on stuff. (See? We're nice!)

And now that Presidents Day weekend is here, we're bringing you another round of discounts on apps and software that can help to upgrade your live. Just make sure to key in the code PREZDAY15 at checkout to get the additional 15% off.

Here's what is on sale on the Mashable Shop:

1FlySpy 2.0 Single Plan

Using real-time heat maps, FlySpy lets you in on how users are navigating and interacting with your site. You'll learn what they click, how far down they scroll, which parts they are drawn to the most, and the site elements that cause them to leave. With this plan you'll get support for one site, unlimited pages and heat maps, and can track as many as 5,000 visitors. Read more...

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Stephen Colbert calls Trump’s national emergency plan 'insane'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 05:56

Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency in order to unlock $8 billion in additional funds for his border wall, on top of the lowered $1.375 billion allocated in a bipartisan budget bill the president is also expected to sign. 

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert unpacked the troubling situation in his opening monologue Thursday night, casually calling Trump's plan "insane."

"He claims he could get all the funding he wants for his wall if he just declared a national emergency. That, of course, would be insane," Colbert said. 

"It would be usurping Congress's power, there would be immediate court challenges. Many in his own party have said it would set a terrible precedent of unconstitutional overreach by the executive branch. So I seriously doubt...I'm sorry, Mitch McConnell?" Read more...

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Jimmy Fallon and Kendall Jenner guess whether or not objects are edible

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 05:33

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether something is real or made out of food, you know?

Jimmy Fallon invited model Kendall Jenner to play a game called "Food or Not Food?" on The Tonight Show, and honestly, we couldn't tell from afar.

The pair took turns guessing whether shoes, phones or classic toys like Mr. Potato Head and Gumby made out of plastic and rubber or edible ingredients. 

Probably not a game to try at home.

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Facebook might have to pay billions of dollars in fines to FTC for privacy violations

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:15

Facebook may soon set a new record, just not the kind it likes to brag about.

The social network is facing a multibillion-dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

SEE ALSO: Snopes quits Facebook's fact-checking program

The FTC previously confirmed it had opened an investigation into the social network last March, following the Cambridge Analytica debacle. Last month, The Washington Post reported Facebook's potential fine could be "record-setting," and significantly higher than the $22.5 million Google was fined in 2012 — the current record-holder for biggest FTC fine against a tech company.  Read more...

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FuckJerry stole celebrity photos to sell its tequila

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 00:32

FuckJerry continues to be FuckJerry. 

The guys behind the viral Instagram leech that is @fuckjerry used celebrity photos and stolen memes to push their tequila brand. To promote Jaja Tequila, Spanish for "haha," they posted edited images of Amy Poehler, Idris Elba, Will Smith, and other famous people to advertise their product, Vice reports. 

SEE ALSO: A campaign to unfollow the Fyre Festival promoters is gaining traction

Here's the kicker — none of these celebrities consented to shilling Jaja. Anderson Cooper, for example, infamously (and painfully) did tequila shots on live TV during CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, but it wasn't Jaja. That didn't stop the company from editing the image to look like Cooper was breathing fire and writing "Jaja vs other tequilas" above it.  Read more...

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Tesla rival Byton wants you to binge media in the car

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 00:30

In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal.

The screen-filled electric car company Byton knows you can't put down that Netflix series. Or that podcast, or even that Twitter thread.

The Chinese EV company designed its upcoming M-Byte SUV knowing the car is another place to consume shows, movies, music, games, podcasts, and social media GIFs, streaming videos, and more. 

This isn't just about taking on Tesla's battery, range, and price (the base M-Byte will start at $45,000), but building out a unique user experience inside the car. Already 50,000 reservations have come in for the car slated to arrive in China by the end of the year. Americans can expect to see the new EV brand by the end of 2020.  Read more...

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A virtual reality 'Doctor Who' film is coming to a headset near you

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 00:01

If you've always wanted know what it's like to travel through space and time, then this is for you. Soon, you can space/time travel with The Doctor inside the TARDIS for a full 12 minutes. 

The BBC announced it is releasing an animated virtual reality Doctor Who film in 2019, that will allow viewers to tag along with The Doctor as she travels around in the TARDIS on a mission to save someone from something.  

SEE ALSO: 'Groundhog Day' VR game let's you revisit Bill Murray's 1993 adventure as his son

The movie is entitled Doctor Who: The Runaway, and is a new original Doctor Who story — but those are all the details we have so far.   Read more...

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Jack Dorsey: Twitter is considering 'clarification' feature

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 23:37

Twitter doesn't have an edit button, but it could one day have something close. Sort of.

CEO Jack Dorsey said the company is thinking about a "clarification" feature that would allow users to include additional context for old tweets. Speaking Thursday at Goldman Sachs' Internet and Technology Conference in San Francisco, Dorsey said the company is considering such a feature as a potential way to help people feel more comfortable about what they share on Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Anthony Hopkins, cannibalism icon, is the happiest man on Twitter

"One of the concepts we're thinking about is clarifications," Dorsey said, saying that it could function similarly to a quote tweet. "Kind of like retweet with comment.. to add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted, or what they might have meant." Read more...

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Amazon could have helped a city that needed it. Instead, it screwed everybody.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 23:35

Many New Yorkers are cheering Amazon's decision to abandon its plans for another headquarters in Queens. But its decision to scuttle plans for an HQ2 altogether rubs salt in the wounds of smaller cities hoping to become the next Silicon Valley. 

SEE ALSO: Amazon cancels New York City HQ2 plans

One of the justifications for the immense wealth that flows through Silicon Valley and into the pockets of billionaires like Jeff Bezos is the promise of jobsTech provides jobs! And jobs are ... good? Yeah, jobs are good.

This was an argument that Amazon alluded to when it announced in September 2017 that it was soliciting proposals from cities to become the location of its next HQ2. In addition to the sheer prestige of becoming the home of an Amazon headquarters, Amazon promised "50,000 high paying jobs." Read more...

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Sure looks like Trump declared a 'national emergency' via the Notes app

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:20

The iOS Notes app is a simple, yet powerful tool. From remembering your grocery list, to jotting down random musings while on the bus, to celebrity apologies, over the years it's worked its way into our lives in a number of surprising ways.  

And, as of Feb. 14, we can add one more to that list: Stating your intention to declare a manufactured "national emergency" via your press secretary. 

That's right, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders just issued a statement saying President Donald Trump is planning a national emergency in order to get funding for a border wall. 

"President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border," read a screenshot of a message seemingly composed in the Notes app and tweeted by Sanders.  Read more...

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Kenny G is trapped in a maze of roses, serenading Kim Kardashian for Valentine's Day

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:46

Nothing screams "romance" more than Kenny G trapped in a room full of glass vases. 

Kim Kardashian West posted a video showing how Kanye went all out for her Valentine's Day present — surprising her with a room in their posh California mansion decorated with roses. Best of all he also brought in jazz love song icon Kenny G for a solo performance. 

Kenny G — who is best known for his smarmy '90s hits, crashing Katy Perry's house party, and being the "sad sax" guy — absolutely kills it. But the vibe is arguably less romantic than it is unsettling. Kenny stands alone, in the middle of a white room with no furniture, no decorations — nothing but roses for days.    Read more...

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Twitter is Testing a New Way to View Users’ Profiles by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:45

Twitter is testing a new way to view profiles of users in the mobile app without leaving the timeline.

The post Twitter is Testing a New Way to View Users’ Profiles by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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