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Florida man carries a live gator like a purse for a beer run

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 19:49

Florida is truly something else. 

A Florida resident decided to take a live gator for a beer run last week, tucking the reptile under his arm like a fashionable, but terrifying, clutch. 

In the Facebook video that went viral, the man strolls into a convenience store with the gator and casually asks, "Y'all got beer still?" 

SEE ALSO: Angry alligator knocks out trapper with a headbutt

When he see someone standing by the cooler — clearly a threat to the beer supply — he asks, "You taking the last bit of beer?" Then the man wields the gator like a knight brandishing a lance during a joust and charges at the offender. Read more...

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It's 90 degrees in the Arctic Circle this week. Here's why.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 19:46

The Arctic Circle — the realm of polar bears and dwindling sea ice at the top of the world — hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees Celsius, this week. 

This was the temperature in Banak, Norway on July 30, though some Norwegian areas even reached a couple degrees warmer, according to the European meteorology site Banak sits atop northern Europe, over 350 miles above the bottom edge of the Arctic Circle.

SEE ALSO: A judge threw out another climate suit against Big Oil. But the real battles lie ahead.

The greater Northern Hemisphere and Europe itself have been repeatedly scorched by both record and near-record temperatures this summer, a consequence of overall rising global temperaturesRead more...

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Amazon is offering Audible to Prime members for just $4.95/month until tonight

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:51

Tomorrow is August, guys. As in oh shit, it's August, and if you procrastinated on the summer goals you made for yourself in May (raises hand), you're probably feeling that guilt.

We have good news for Prime members: If you put off your summer reading list because you just don't have time to sit down for hours with a book, Amazon Audible is a super clutch alternative — and until tonight at midnight, you can snag a year long membership for 66% off at just $4.95/month.

SEE ALSO: If you hurry, you can get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for 99 cents on Amazon and finally bang out your summer reading list Read more...

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Today only, you can save up to $145 when you buy an Amazon Cloud Cam + compatible smart lock

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:49

For today only, Amazon is dishing some great bundle deals on Amazon Key Home Kits. Right now, you can save $145 when you buy an Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and an Amazon Key-Compatible smart lock. 

Forget about making extra keys, or worse, coordinating your day around a delivery or key-less visitor. Those days are over—if you get yourself an Amazon Key Kit. 

Image: Yale security

With a Key Kit, you can monitor and control the locks on your door at home without actually having to be home yourself. All you have to do is install a compatible smart lock (which replaces your existing deadbolt, so the exterior stays the same and you can keep your keys), install the Amazon Cloud Cam and download the Amazon Key App.  Read more...

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A 'Queer Eye' book is coming to gift you joy before the holidays

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:40

Happy early holidays to you and yours, who will be exclusively gifting and receiving Queer Eye books this winter. 

Yup, an official book based on the hit Netflix series and authored by its five stars is heading to stores.

SEE ALSO: 'Queer Eye's first trans participant speaks out about the episode

QUEER EYE: Love Yourself, Love Your Life, published by Clarkson Potter, is "at once a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope," according to a press release. It will touch on the Fab Five's main areas of expertise but also branch out beyond that with behind-the-scenes tidbits and personal anecdotes. Read more...

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Facebook uncovers a new plot to manipulate its users — and proves they'll always be a target

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:36

Here we go again.

Facebook on Tuesday announced that it had once again detected and removed a coordinated group of so-called "inauthentic" accounts working to influence the U.S. political landscape. Despite the lessons learned from the disastrous Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, these unnamed actors managed to use the social media platform to organize real-world events and gain hundreds of thousands of followers. 

And while Facebook has kicked the 32 suspicious pages and accounts off both Facebook and Instagram, this isn't the end. More likely, the problem will never completely fade. Regardless of the effort put forth by Menlo Park engineers and security researchers, Facebook — with its 2 billion monthly users and powerful micro-targeting tools — will forever be too tempting of a target for those looking to, say, sway an election.  Read more...

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has the most unexpectedly hilarious Twitter

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 18:00

This is Ode To..., a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is here to warn us about unsafe products and best practices when using certain products. And, it seems, to also keep us entertained with some of the weirdest meme-filled tweets of any government agency. 

Most recently the account has received attention in the past for its unusual approach to education and recently got the attention of unfamiliar users with a single-word tweet. 


— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) July 20, 2018 Read more...

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This photo of Melania Trump gardening is Twitter's new favorite meme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:01

The internet is a very weird place— the kind of place where someone can be mocked for a 10-month old photo. Maybe it's more likely to happen because, in this case, that person is the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump, and she's dressed like someone pretending to be a farmer.

SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama joins Laura Bush in taking on Trump's immigration policy

The September 2017 photo of Trump digging around the White House garden — founded by her FLOTUS predecessor Michelle Obama — while dressed in a $1,300 Balmain shirt and clean sneakers is making the rounds again on Twitter where it's become a bit of a meme. Read more...

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The Volta is the best smart e-bike to conquer your commute, and it's $500 off right now

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:30

Pure Cycles was founded by three best friends who turned their mutual love of bikes into a booming business. Now they’ve focused their eye for design and spirit of innovation on the world of urban transportation. After years of research and development, countless prototypes, and a 45-day Kickstarter campaign that raised over $440,000, Pure Cycles has created the Volta Electric Bike—one of the most advanced e-bikes ever made. And you can get it today for 25% off the regular price.

SEE ALSO: The bike of the future is here, and it has all the features you could want

Thanks to its team of engineers from all over the world, the Volta strikes the perfect balance of cycling-snob craftsmanship, commuter-friendly features, and high-tech bells and whistles (to be clear, the bike features neither a bell nor a whistle). Read more...

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Sayonara, fast fox. Mozilla is redesigning its logo.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:23

Mozilla, the non-profit company best known for the Firefox browser and its progressive outlook on online privacy, is giving its fox logo a makeover.

The company announced in a blog that it would seek user input on creating a new design system. Post authors Madhava Enros, Sr. Director, Firefox User Experience and Tim Murray, Creative Director, Mozilla explained that it was revamping the "fast fox" logo to better represent the suite of products that it now produces. 

SEE ALSO: Mozilla's next browser might be controlled by your voice

"Firefox is creating new types of browsers and a range of new apps and services with the internet as the platform," Enros and Murray write. "With your input, we’ll have a final system that will make a Firefox product recognizable out in the world even if a fox is nowhere in sight." Read more...

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This startup is using tons of dead seagrass leaves to produce objects like iPhone cases

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:18

The company PHEE has found a way to use dead seagrass leaves as a raw material to produce PHEE-board, a decorative panel which it then turns into functional objects like iPhone cases. The collection and upcycling of this material is saving coastal cities in Greece thousands of dollars that they would otherwise spend to discard the washed-up leaves in the country's landfills. Read more...

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New iPhone dummy models captured on video

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:12

It's the iPhone dummy model season. 

Just days ago, we saw what Apple's upcoming 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones look like, thanks to some dummy models shared by leaker Ben Geskin

Now, we're treated to (different) dummy models of the same devices in a short video, shared by leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (via 

SEE ALSO: This is probably what Apple's upcoming iPhones will look like

The most notable difference between the new and the old dummy models is that this time, we get to see the 6.1-inch model — the one with the single rear camera — in white color.

Size difference aside, the 6.5-inch dummy is a dead ringer for the iPhone X. Both dummies have a noticeable camera bump, which — to my eyes — looks to be the same size as the one on the iPhone X.  Read more...

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Save 25% on the Dell XPS9560 on Amazon and have a laptop for everything life throws at you

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:05

Choosing a laptop can be tricky. Whether you want one for gaming, work, or just everyday needs, there is a laptop that can deliver on whatever you're looking for. And if you find yourself in the market for a jack-of-all-trades laptop with plenty of power to boot, Dell and Amazon have a deal that might just be for you.

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops for students heading back to school

Dell XPS9560-7001SLV-PUS 15.6" Ultra Thin and Light Laptop is available on Amazon for $1,499.99. It normally goes for $1,999.99, saving you 25%. 

The XPS9560 is an excellent, all-around laptop with plenty of power. It sports an Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM, so it's pushing out plenty of power under the hood. Then, for storage, it has a 512GB SSD, or solid state drive, which are faster and more secure than typical hard drives. And if you want to do some light gaming, it has the NVIDIA GTX 1050 with a 4K screen, so it will definitely deliver on the visuals as well. Read more...

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A fire tornado hit California. Here's how it happened.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:56

At around 7:00 p.m. PT on July 26, a towering vortex of smoke and flame spun into the California sky.

The tornado-like column rose over 16,000 feet into the air. It was a violent night for the Carr Fire, which after preying on profoundly dry forests, breached the Sacramento River and headed into the City of Redding, home to over 90,000 people. 

There’s no official name for the dramatic phenomena, though “firenado” has become popular. 

SEE ALSO: California hit with two heat waves in less than a month. Here's why it matters.

“I’m not particularly fond of the term,” Brenda Belongie, lead meteorologist of the U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services in Northern California, who works and lives in Redding, said in an interview. “But it works because of the strength of the fire whirl, the size — and the destructiveness is not unlike the power of a tornado.” Read more...

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Thieves kidnapped a shark by disguising it as a baby

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:35

Two men and a woman attempted to kidnap a three-foot long horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium by disguising it as a baby. And yes, you did read that correctly. 

On Saturday, a man plucked the shark from a tank at the Aquarium, quickly wrapped it in a blanket, put it in a bucket filled with a bleach solution, then put it into a baby carriage, according to BBC News.

SEE ALSO: SharkMate app aims to predict the risk of sharks for beach swimmers

The kidnappers were followed to their car by the Aquarium's general manager, Jen Spellman, who noticed water leaking from the stroller, Aquarium owner Ammon Covino told USA Today. After they were asked to allow a search of their vehicle the suspects sped off, but Spellman took note of their license plate and car model and reported it to the authorities. Read more...

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Samsung confirms slow Galaxy S9 sales in quarterly report

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:27

Samsung’s latest quarterly earnings confirm what analysts were expecting: the Galaxy S9’s sales aren't so hot.

In Samsung’s just released Q2 report, the South Korean electronics conglomerate missed the mark on Galaxy S9 sales targets. The smartphone, which was released at the end of last quarter, accounts for a major chunk of Samsung’s 4 percent year on year drop in revenue.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 might come in three sizes, just like the new iPhone

Earlier this month, analysts warned that Samsung’s Galaxy S9 smartphone could be the worst selling Galaxy S series phone since the release of the Galaxy S3 in 2012. Analysts were estimating that the smartphone giant only shipped around 31 million Galaxy S9 phones since its release in March. Read more...

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These new 'Orange is the New Black' characters deserve a spinoff

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:22

Warning: This post contains mild spoilers for Season 6 of Orange is the New Black.

I was 10 episodes into Orange is the New Black Season 6 when I realized I was truly invested. 

I wasn't ride or die for the show's central couple, Piper and Alex, or for Nicky's quirky quips as she tries to save Red. I care deeply about Taystee, but I was tired of how much of her story was inexplicably spent on Joe Caputo and his corporate love triangle (blegh).

No, what got me in was Carol and Barbara Denning, a.k.a. the "Little Debbie murderers" held in maximum security prison probably for the rest of their lives (Henny Russell and Mackenzie Phillips, respectively). The warring siblings (who killed their kid sister when they were teens, played by Ashley Jordyn and Lauren Kelston) run Litchfield Max and their feud is the most compelling thing in Season 6. Read more...

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This award-winning Bluetooth speaker weighs under a pound and is on sale for less than $45 right now

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:09

We're going to let you in on a little secret: Bigger isn't necessarily better.

Take tech, for example. No one wants to lug around a brick cellphone or full-fledged desktop computer when you can buy something slim and lightweight.

SEE ALSO: Get 62% off these 10-foot long lightning charging cables

Speakers are no exception, and if you're in the market for one that's small, but packs a punch, check out Soundfreaq's Pocket Kick Bluetooth Speaker

Don't be fooled by its size. The speaker might be small enough to fit in your pocket, and it does indeed weigh less than a pound, but it's specially designed to maximize sound quality and frequency dynamism.  Read more...

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Those digital cameras relegated to your junk drawer? They're cool again.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 15:04

Everything from culottes to chokers to old sitcoms have made a comeback at some point or another in our cyclical culture, and now, a piece of technology from our recent past is experiencing a tiny resurgence.

Digital cameras from the aughts are having a moment again, and there's a growing community online making space for them to shine.  

The resurgence of relics from the past is usually chalked up to simple nostalgia, but it's more than that when it comes to these cameras — especially to those who have found themselves picking up "digicams" (as they're sometimes called) for the first time in years. Read more...

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MoviePass is back, with a higher price and new screening restrictions

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:52

MoviePass is still kicking, but it's not the "too good to be true" deal it once was. Maybe things were always going to turn out like this.

After a long Thursday-to-Monday weekend of service outages and customer outrage, MoviePass resurfaced on Tuesday morning with a new plan. Literally. The movie ticket subscription service is jacking up its monthly price and making some changes to the way it operates.

SEE ALSO: AMC comes for MoviePass with $20/month Stubs membership — and it sounds awesome

The biggest, most visible change is the cost of using the service. Sometime in the next 30 days, the $9.95 per month, one-screening-per-day plan will see its price increased to $14.95 per month.  Read more...

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