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Crisis counselors were on set for 'When They See Us' cast and crew

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

The actors and everyone on set filming the recently released Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, had access to crisis counseling to help with the heavy, based-on-real-life material portrayed on screen. 

Ava DuVernay's four-part series, released Friday, goes into the 1989 story of five boys who were wrongly accused, arrested, convicted, imprisoned, and eventually exonerated in the "Central Park Five" case. The teens spent between five and 13 years in prison for a sexual assault they were falsely blamed of committing.

Actor Niecy Nash, who played the mother of one of the boys, spoke about the filming process, noting this was the first set she'd been on that provided crisis counseling at the end of the day. In Elle, she said, "Because the material is so weighty, and it's so heavy, and you feel the effect of it, whether you are filming it or acting in it, or being background in it or whatever it is. I love that [DuVernay] has that level of care for her actors." Read more...

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'Pokémon Go' will no longer be supported on Apple Watch

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 17:59

Get your wrist-mounted adventures in while you can, Trainers: Niantic is pulling the plug on Pokémon Go for Apple Watch.

The game's developer noted in a support article that players will no longer be able to connect their Apple Watch to the app as of July 1, 2019 (h/t 9to5Mac). The change is apparently tied to a feature called Adventure Sync that Niantic launched in 2018.

Adventure Sync gives players the ability to track their distance traveled even when the Pokémon Go app isn't open. Once the app is synced with either Apple Health or Google Fit, users receive a weekly fitness report. That's in addition to the in-game benefits of an active lifestyle, namely more eggs hatched. Read more...

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Martian clouds sail above NASA's Curiosity rover

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 16:42

While traversing across rocky plains in the shadow of Mount Sharp, the Mars Curiosity rover captured wispy clouds hovering in the sky.

The car-sized robot — which landed on Mars in 2012 — captured these lofty clouds on May 17, 2019, which translates to the 2410th sol, or Martian day, of its mission.

From millions of miles away, NASA scientists suspect these clouds hovered some 19-miles above the red Martian surface. NASA also notes the clouds are "noctilucent," meaning they're high enough for sunlight to pass through the floating mass of water and ice. 

Wispy Martian clouds.

Image: nasa

Earlier in May, the rover captured other high-altitude clouds, too, sailing over the nuclear-powered, six-wheeled rover.  Read more...

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Elton John issues a defiant statement after 'Rocketman' is censored in Russia

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:40

The Russian release of Rocketman is missing a number of scenes, including those that depict drug use and gay relations between two men. Elton John, the subject of the critically hailed new biopic, is not pleased.

John issued a strongly worded statement via Twitter on Friday evening in response to reports from an early screening in Moscow. The statement specifically singles out the "local distributor" in Russia, calling the changes "a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people."

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— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 31, 2019 Read more...

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The best YouTube videos to help you come out

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:00

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people that make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off.

When I was a 26-year-old adult looking to come out as queer, I turned to YouTube for support.

Mind you, this was 2009, when coming out videos, a genre in which the subject publicly comes out of the closet or offers coming out advice, were beginning to emerge. YouTube user EatYourPeas18 is believed to have posted one of the earliest coming out videos in 2007. (The original was taken down, but a new version was later re-uploaded.) Read more...

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NASA spots explosion of X-rays glowing in the universe

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:37

NASA peers deep into the cosmos at the bright, leftover cinders of exploded stars, called pulsars.

Now, the space agency has released a map-like image showing loops and arcs of X-ray energy — invisible to the naked eye — radiating from these dense cores of once massive stars.

The most radiant spots are the suspected pulsars, repeatedly blasting X-ray energy into space. These trails of energy, or electromagnetic radiation, reveal the powerful sources of these X-rays.

"Even with minimal processing, this image reveals the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant about 90 light-years across and thought to be 5,000 to 8,000 years old,” said NASA's Keith Gendreau, who leads the imaging mission called NICER, in a statement. “We’re gradually building up a new X-ray image of the whole sky, and it’s possible NICER’s nighttime sweeps will uncover previously unknown sources.”  Read more...

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That 'Baby Shark' remix from Coachella has been released

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:13

Coachella had a "Baby Shark" moment this year, thanks to a remix by electronic music producer Jauz.

The remix, which was played to a huge crowd during the festival's daytime, was particularly incredible because of the transition into Darude's "Sandstorm," the musical equivalent of a meme.

Here's the moment if your mind needs refreshing:

Now Jauz's remix of "Baby Shark" has been released, as part of a collaboration between Jauz and Pinkfong, the South Korean education company behind the song's most popular version. 

Jauz, real nam Sam Vogel, told Mashable he contacted Pinkfong to ask permission after his tweet promising to remix the children's song went viral, allowing him to premiere it at Coachella in 2019. Read more...

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Here are the cities where you can get mobile 5G service from major carriers in the U.S.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:00

Mobile 5G is coming to the United States, whether you're ready for it or not. In fact, for some of us, it's already here.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the business, mobile 5G service is still hard to come by for many people in the States. The major service providers have only just started rolling out their 5G service in select areas, and even if you happen to live in one of those cities, most phones don't have 5G support built-in just yet.

Still, if you manage to get your hands on one of a device that can handle it, here are the places where you can theoretically try out ultra-fast mobile internet.  Read more...

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Charli XCX and Diplo ride animated dolphins in new 'Spicy' video

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:00

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.

File under: Spice Girl-inspired summer bops we didn't know we needed. 

Herve Pagez and Diplo might have made the song of the summer"Spicy" is a reworking of Spice Girls' 1996 mega-hit, "Wannabe." With vocals provided by pop princess Charli XCX, the tune is ready to be cranked at any poolside function. 

The music video, directed by Reed + Rader,  features the three artists turning up in an animated underwater oasis filled with dancing dolphins and lots of neon. Charli XCX and Diplo even take a video game-like joyride on the dolphins before busting a move alongside them. Read more...

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Representation is abysmal, so here are 15 animated characters the trans community has claimed

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 13:00

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people that make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off.

What do you do when you can't see yourself directly represented on the screen? Find a character, point at them, and say "big mood." 

This is especially true in the realm of animation, where it feels like an uphill battle to find stories that reflect any positive sense of the trans experience. Some TV shows and movies, especially for kids, seem to be testing the waters of mainstream LGBT+ acceptance. Adding same-sex couples as background characters and subtle expressions of queer love is definitely a big win in modern-day cartoons. However, it's still rare that trans characters get their animated time to shine.  Read more...

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Mara Keisling wants everyone to know the impact of 'trans inclusion' in LGBTQ public policy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 13:00

Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.

When there is a need in a community, when the voice of a certain group isn't being heard, sometimes you have to step up and be that voice. 

Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization aiding monumental policies for the trans community. After co-chairing the Pennsylvania Gender Rights Coalition, Keisling moved to Washington D.C. in 2002, recognizing the need for a coordinated trans voice and activist presence on the national level.  Read more...

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'Good Omens' welcomes you into literary adaption heaven

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 12:00
The following is a spoiler-free review of Good Omens. 

Rich with enchanting visual descriptions and dialogue that practically begs to be read aloud, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens is one book that belongs on-screen. So, it seems only fitting that Amazon, a long ago bookstore, be the company to finally pull it off — releasing all six parts of its impeccable Good Omens miniseries to subscribers on Friday.

Starring Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as the demon Crowley, Good Omens chronicles the misadventures of a biblically opposed duo searching for the "misplaced" son of Satan before he can bring about the world's end.  Read more...

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Redditor claims MacBook Pro exploded during 'normal use'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 11:00

Exploding gadgets aren't necessarily a new phenomenon, but a video that caught the attention of Reddit and Twitter users this week showed just how terrifying it can be.

A MacBook Pro belonging to a musician who goes by White Panda apparently exploded earlier this week, and we now know the intimate details thanks to a popular Reddit post and a Twitter thread.

White Panda captured a video of the explosion's aftermath, with smoke billowing out of the laptop and visible burn marks on the wood floor underneath it.

My MacBook Pro exploded today during normal use. No injuries, luckily. Some damage to the house. Could have been worse - good thing I wasn’t on a plane.

Very curious to see how @Apple responds.@MacRumors @TechCrunch @9to5mac pic.twitter.com/pjmpv5Mx9b

— White Panda (@whitepanda) May 29, 2019 Read more...

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This is what it's like to control an autonomous car from miles away

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:00

The exit ramp is a long, curving slope, and you have to make sure the 50-foot big rig you're driving carefully navigates the bend and doesn't fly out of control at a high speed.

But the thing is, you're not actually there. You're in a room in Silicon Valley, watching the ramp unfold in front of you on several screens. That heavy load you're carrying is thousands of miles away in Florida. 

Welcome to teleoperated driving, or remote-controlled driving with a human in front of a steering wheel, brake, and gas pedals, and a "windshield" plastered with monitors. It's a method that allows autonomous vehicles to operate without anyone inside. Instead, there's a watchful remote driver, or operator, there for trickier moments that the robo-truck or vehicle can't handle. A few companies offer remote driving systems that work in conjunction with autonomous vehicles, like Phantom Auto and Starsky Robotics. Other robotics companies rely entirely on remote control. Even Waymo, the Google spin-off autonomous vehicle company, has Read more...

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Save $20 on these mini, 1980s-inspired 'Tempest' arcade games

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:00

There's no denying that 80s culture has become pervasive in movies, TV shows (hello Stranger Things), and especially gaming. (Hey, we're not complaining.)

If you were a kid during the time of video game arcades, then you may remember Tempest, the Atari game that revolutionized gaming in 1980 with its vector color display, starting level options, and varied level design.

If just reading those words has you feeling nostalgic — or like you missed out on something great — then this deal could be just the thing you need.

This mini scale-model Tempest arcade machine is on sale for just $99, or $20 off the original price of $119.99. Read more...

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17 of the best subscription boxes for women

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:00

The way people shop has been changing for years — brick and mortar stores are being outshined by online retailers, and now social media platforms are even in the game, e.gInstagram’s shop feature. Another form of shopping that has gained traction in the last few years is subscription services

In most cases, you don’t have direct say over what you receive in a subscription box, which is part of the fun. You get to discover new products or snacks or recipes in a sort of surprise fashion. Being a part of a subscription service is basically like getting a present in the mail on a regular schedule. Read more...

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This cheap online course will teach you all about front-end web development

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:00

Interactive buttons. Scannable layouts. Flashy graphics. Beautiful typography. Elements of a website — or any digital product for that matter — that make you go "ooh" and "aah" are all thanks to the front-end developer.

The geniuses responsible for the look and visual aesthetic of a site, front-end developers make sure that it's pretty enough that people spend more than 30 seconds browsing it. It's not surprising that they get paid handsomely, too. A junior front-end developer could learn upwards of $70,000 — and that's just to start.

If you want to play a significant role in shaping the overall design and front-facing functionality of a website, the Complete Front-End Web Development Course offers a hands-on approach in imparting with you the skills you need to have. (It's also on sale for 92% off.) Read more...

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Samsung’s 4K TV ‘The Frame’ is back at its lowest price — save over $1,000

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:00

You’ve heard of The Frame TV from Samsung — we’ve featured some pretty amazing deals on the 4K TV before. Well, if you missed out last time you're in luck: It’s back on sale. 

Through June 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can save $900 on the 55-inch and pay just $1099, or save  $1,100 on the 65-inch and pay just $1,699. This deal matches the lowest prices we’ve seen from PCMag.

As far as looks go, The Frame is one of the prettiest TVs out there. It blends seamlessly into any room, masquerading as a photo frame or a work of art. A lot of thought was put into its design — the TV sits flush against the wall and includes a no-gap mounting kit. To keep aesthetics at the forefront, Samsung uses One Invisible Connection, which favors a wirelessly connected box over cables to reduce clutter. Read more...

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Save $70 on this smart, personal air conditioner

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:00

Summer — AKA the sweating season — is rapidly approaching, when the matter of personal climate turns into a major battleground. For instance, your better half might like snoozing in sauna-like conditions, but you might not. Or vice versa. Either way, take matters into your own hands with the EvaSMART 2 — the personal A/C you can control right from your phone.

Last summer, we featured its predecessor while it was on sale. This time around, the EvaSMART 2 has supplanted it with some key upgrades, and it's similarly pegged at a great price: just $199 after a $70 markdown.

The EvaSMART can cool a space up to 33 square feet, thanks to its 1,360 BTU max output per hour. And since it's compact enough to fit in any nook or cranny (it's just over seven by eight inches), it's perfect for use in your office or home. It's also energy efficient, consuming just 12.5W of power in the process and helping you cut your A/C bills in the process. Read more...

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What Jake and Logan Paul's new gossip channel says about the state of YouTube

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 21:44

Can you really discuss drama if you're at the center of the drama?

We regret to inform you that Jake and Logan Paul are teaming up once again — this time, they're skipping their usual impossibly loud antics to sit down and unpack YouTube drama in a shared tea channel called Jake 'n Logan.

Their first video predictably opens with the brothers squawking at the camera. 

"Since we're brothers and we think alike, and we're the exact opposite, we'd get together once a week to talk about whatever," Logan said, turning to a cross-eyed Jake. 

"This channel is going to be us talking about stuff on the internet," Jake continued.   Read more...

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