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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere left the first audience to ever see the movie visibly stunned

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:02


Cheers, chills, and Chewbacca, too.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie of massive moments, jaw-dropping decisions, and megatons of involuntary audience participation. There is no fighting it: Every crowd — not just the first to see it — is going to devolve. Loudly.

SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' first premiere reactions are here and - you guessed it - the Force is strong

"You guys are the first audience ever to see this," director Rian Johnson said from the stage, where the entire cast — even flight-dayed John Boyega — had assembled on Saturday night. "You ready to see a Star Wars movie?"

The roar of agreement was as deafening as the engines of a Star Destroyer. Read more...

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'Saturday Night Live' turns a sexual harassment sketch into a WTF bad comment on double standards

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:35

Wait. What? 

Last week's "Welcome to Hell" sketch was Saturday Night Live at its best, turning a pop music video into a scathing rebuke of a culture that's enabled egregious acts of sexual misconduct. This week's "Sexual Harassment Charlie" sketch, on the other hand, was SNL at its absolute worst.

SEE ALSO: Female senators asked Al Franken to resign. The GOP could learn something from their example.

Let's set the scene. A company institutes a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, and two men are being removed from their jobs as a result: Doug, the company's white CFO; and Charlie, the black "front desk guy." The announcement elicits two reactions from the women in the room: Triumph over Doug's removal, and disappointment over Charlie's. Read more...

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Which houseplants make the best gifts?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:00

A houseplant is the gift that keeps on giving. It purifies the air and will spruce up virtually any residence. But which houseplants make the best gifts?

Whether you're looking for a living room focal point or a cute little Instagram plant, you have a couple nice options. One thing to remember: unless you recipient is a Plant Master, you'll want to pick a plant that's fairly easy to take care of, lest you unwittingly give them the gift of murdering something beautiful.

SEE ALSO: Snag a floating planter and pretend you're a wizard

And try to buy from a local greenhouse if you can! The plants there will likely be healthier than the ones you'll find online. It's worth sacrificing a little convenience. Read more...

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Get a comprehensive set of online courses in computer science for 97% off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 13:00

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If you thought you missed your chance to major in computer science when you opted for art history in college, there's good news after all. There are such things as second chances, and thanks to the influx of online learning, gaining a new skill set won't require you to dip into your savings. This Computer Science training is just $39 — that's equivalent to just 4.8 months of Netflix.

SEE ALSO: If you've always wanted to learn Photoshop, here's your chance

The Computer Science Advancement Bundle features eight classes that will help you make a career in tech, no matter what you do now. Here's a breakdown of each course: Read more...

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Get creative this year with personalized gifts for everyone on your list

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 13:00

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No one has ever has put socks, candles, or gift cards at the very top of his or her holiday wish list, but that hasn't stopped the occasional Secret Santa from dashing out to a local drugstore in search of those items 15 minutes before the gift exchange was set to start.

Deferring your holiday shopping for as long as possible and resorting to those I-waited-'til-the-last-minute staples will probably land you the No. 1 spot on everyone's Naughty lists. This year, give your friends and family presents that prove you actually tried: Personalized projects from Read more...

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Get this drone and solve all your selfie problems for good

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:00

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Over the past few years, selfies have transformed from a guilty pleasure to a viable way to take those special Kodak moments without bothering strangers. But while selfies may be all the rage, they're not the easiest to capture. From contorting your hand into an awkward, uncomfortable claw to making sure everyone's in the frame, mastering the art of selfies doesn't happen overnight. 

Enter the Air Selfie Drone, an innovative gadget that does the legwork for you.

SEE ALSO: This multi-lens kit will make your selfies very lit Read more...

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'The Last Jedi' first premiere reactions are here and - you guessed it - the Force is strong

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 05:57

Star Wars: The Last Jedi held its star-studded world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and the credits had barely finished rolling before attendees hit Twitter to share their first reactions to Rian Johnson's take on the Skywalker saga.

While spoilers and plot details are under strict embargo until Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. PT, that didn't stop fans from weighing in on the tone of the movie, which has drawn inevitable comparisons to the second (and most critically acclaimed) film in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back.

SEE ALSO: Presenting everything we think will happen in 'The Last Jedi' Read more...

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Santa on 'Saturday Night Live' has some thoughts about Roy Moore

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 05:36

Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And sexual harassment and assault and NFL anthem protests and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Everything in the news was coming out of Santa's bag on tonight's Saturday Night Live cold open, and if their questions were any indication, the kids are not all right.

Precious cherub No. 1 asked Santa (Kenan Thompson) for some toys, a laser tag game, the usual. Then he asked, "What did Al Franken do?"

Oh boy.

SEE ALSO: A delightful side-by-side comparison of 'The Room' and 'The Disaster Artist'

Santa punted, but the kid needed to know about Roy Moore. Whether he was on the Naughty List or the Nice List. Read more...

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Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill AND Steve Martin crash James Franco's 'SNL' monologue

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 05:06

James Franco started tonight's Saturday Night Live monologue bummed that the show brass doesn't do anything fancy for a host's fourth time at the rodeo, like give him a Five-Timers jacket, or even write a script. (Humblebrag noted, Jimmy James.)

So instead, Franco took random audience questions. But one woman's thoughtful and probing question about the actor's career trajectory was overshadowed by an awfully familiar face poking around behind her.

If it isn't longtime Franco friend Seth Rogen – who just "happened" to win the ticket lottery for the very weekend his buddy was hosting. "Luckily I'm a huge [musical guest] SZA fan so it worked out," Rogen shared. Read more...

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Miles Morales makes his big screen debut in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 22:32

Yes, Miles Morales technically exists inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the other Spider-Man hasn't made an appearance in any of those movies, and he hasn't ever gotten one of his own. Until now.

Sony's first trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse premiered on Saturday at Brazil Comic-Con, starring Morales as the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. Marvel originally introduced the character in the "Ultimate" line of comics; in that alternate timeline, Morales — a black, Latino teen from Brooklyn who was also bitten by a radioactive spider — dons the famed red-and-blue underoos after Peter Parker is killed by the Green Goblin. Read more...

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Happy holidays from these dogs meeting Santa Claus

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 22:21

Twitter Moments: sometimes they're delightful and sometimes they feel a little ... forced. 

We can promise you this, though: you will love this particular Moment, which is as simple as it is vital. Reader, this Twitter Moment is just a bunch of photos of dogs meeting Santa. That's something we can all enjoy.

SEE ALSO: Little boy uses sign language to call for help while on Santa's lap

But enough talk.

My dog met Santa, and I can promise you he's picture look better then the ones of your

— Debra Williams (@DebraWilliams0) December 6, 2017

I'm glad I'm not the only person taking my dog to meet Santa. Wicket was so happy!

— Jorgen💖💜💙 (@jdzialoski) December 7, 2017

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John Boyega appears to be stranded in Atlanta ahead of 'The Last Jedi' premiere

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:40

Even the Force can't make a snowbound plane take off.

If his tweets are any indication, Star Wars star John Boyega is stuck in snowy Atlanta just hours before Saturday's The Last Jedi premiere in Los Angeles. "Looks like no one's leaving!" he wrote. "Guess I'll start a family now...."

SEE ALSO: Your new favorite 'Star Wars' critter is less than $30 today on Amazon

"I actually NEED a pilot!" he added.

Wow ATL. Looks like no one’s leaving! Guess I’ll start a family now....

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 9, 2017

Cold! My thighs won’t even generate the heat anymore.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 9, 2017

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Saoirse Ronan isn't having the backlash around that Aer Lingus sketch on 'SNL'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 19:57

Lots of people weren't thrilled with Saturday Night Live for capitalizing on the presence of Irish-American guest host Saoirse Ronan with a sketch about Ireland's Aer Lingus airline.

Ronan, as it turns out, wasn't one of them.

SEE ALSO: Irish people are not impressed by SNL's Aer Lingus sketch

The sketch drew criticism for leaning on Irish stereotypes and jokes that felt to many like the show was grasping for low-hanging fruit. A social media backlash followed, because this is 2017 and nothing captures strident anger with a faceless offender quite like a Twitter timeline.

Ronan defended the sketch on Friday in an appearance on The Late Late Show, an Irish talk show on the country's RTÉ television network. Read more...

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Happy 5-year anniversary to the stylish IKEA monkey

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:51

Five years ago today, a "stylish but illegal" Rhesus Macaque wearing a shearling coat was spotted in a Toronto IKEA. 

Fast forward to 2017. The world is in shambles, shearling coats are back in style, and IKEA monkey, whose real name is Darwin, is no less beloved. In fact, tons of people online are wishing a happy anniversary to the cozy fellow, who is currently enjoying a chill life at an Ontario animal sanctuary.

SEE ALSO: Dog almost learns how to successfully hula hoop

Perhaps no animal has spawned more memes than Darwin. From Photoshops to double-memes to a surprisingly potent story about a dog's butthole, IKEA monkey will live on past this year, past Darwin's lifespan, and probably past the internet.  Read more...

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Neil Patrick Harris's daughter wrote an adorable letter to the tooth fairy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:02

I wish all mail was this cute.

Neil Patrick Harris posted a photo to Instagram Friday of his daughter Harper's most recent correspondence with the tooth fairy. Predictably, the letter is adorable — the seven-year-old announces that she has lost a tooth, then tells the tooth fairy, "I love you because you rock!" As someone who receives primarily Bed Bath & Beyond coupons in the mail (NOT a complaint), this sentiment has deeply moved me. 

Harper also utilized a variety of crayons to create her masterpiece — a sign of carefully considered design. There's even a wonderful tooth drawing.

SEE ALSO: Neil deGrasse Tyson insists his children investigate the tooth fairy Read more...

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This was the year we turned on social media

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:30

With each passing day comes yet another reason to question the notion that the long arc of the universe bends toward justice. However, this year, in particular, has made it resoundingly clear that — regardless of the direction of that arc — the process by which it bends manifests with stuttering jolts and fits. Things seem one way to many people, until, for whatever reason, all of the sudden everyone realizes they're not. 

It is a similar reckoning that has befallen the do-no-wrong darling of the tech industry: social media. Long heralded by its profits as a digital panacea for our fractured world, services like Facebook and Twitter have instead come to both represent and fuel our darker natures.  Read more...

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Plus-size tights ad takes 'tone-deaf' to new heights

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:06

Companies, hello! Hope you are doing great. Here's how not to advertise.

Wish, an e-commerce business that advertises heavily on Facebook (they're behind some of the, uh, weirder ads you may have come across), is under fire this week for its product images for plus-size tights. Rather than featuring photos of plus-size models, Wish is advertising the tights with photos of thin models stretching them across their entire bodies.

SEE ALSO: Here's how someone can track your location for $1,000

As several people on social media have already pointed out, the ads are obviously and egregiously tone-deaf. Wish implies that advertising a product incorrectly — that is, in a manner in which it will never actually be used — is preferable to featuring a plus-size person on its website.  Read more...

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Download this: Bitcoin apps are riding high as its price skyrockets

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:31

There's a new app at the top of the App Store and it's all because of Bitcoin.

Coinbase, a popular Bitcoin wallet app, is now at the top of Apple's App Store, unseating Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube as the most in-demand software. 

SEE ALSO: Apple's most downloaded apps of 2017

That in itself might not be terribly surprising considering the cryptocurrency keeps shattering record after record. But though Coinbase, which also works with other cryptocurrencies, is for now the most popular, it's far from the only Bitcoin wallet app benefiting from the current boom.

Across the board, Bitcoin-related apps have been more in-demand than ever before. In fact, new numbers from app marketing firm Sensor Tower underscore just how much Bitcoin's current surge has impacted the wallet apps in the App Store and Google Play. Read more...

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Is this the most dog-friendly car ever?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:00

The 'X-Trail 4Dogs' is a concept car in dogs in mind. It has many features to keep your dog happy, like a non-spill water dispenser and smart dog treat bowl. It even has a shower and two-way camera with audio.  Read more...

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35 good memes that got us through a bad year

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:00

It's been a bad year for some, which means it's been an absolutely fantastic year for memes.

From Salt Bae to the countless memes mocking President Trump and his first year in office, this has truly been a magical year for coping with sadness and madness using increasingly weird comedy online.

SEE ALSO: 7 Memes That Belong in a Museum

For some these may be downright confusing, but for every ridiculous thing that happened this year, a meme was close behind helping somebody get by. 

In chronological order, here are the memes that will forever define 2017:

1. Salt Bae

Ottoman steak 🔪

A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et) on Jan 7, 2017 at 2:44am PST Read more...

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