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The perfect spring cleaning checklist for people who hate cleaning

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:00

This post is part of Mashable's Spring Cleaning Week. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those fingerprints off your screen. 

It's spring! The birds are chirping (probably), the flowers are blooming (in some locales), and you may be feeling immense pressure to clean your home.

Spring cleaning can be refreshing. It can be cathartic. And, yes, having a spotless apartment is a pleasant way to kick off a new season.

But spring cleaning can also be the worst thing ever. Why? Because cleaning sucks and is boring. Bleach smells bad. Dealing with all your things can be exhausting. And you probably have a lot of other stuff on your plate! Read more...

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Benedict Cumberbatch totally revealed 'Star Trek' spoilers to Stephen Hawking

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:41

When you're dealing with a big blockbuster movie like Star Trek, it's crucial to keep the plot a secret.

Every now and then it's OK to make an exception, though.

SEE ALSO: Benedict Cumberbatch gives advice on respecting girls and bullying to teen YouTuber

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that he once told Stephen Hawking spoilers for film.

"We were into our third margarita, I think, and I decided to tell him," explains Cumberbatch in the clip above.

And did Hawking tell anyone else?

"Not as far as I'm aware," he laughs.

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Matt LeBlanc's behind-the-scenes 'Friends' story will make you cringe hard

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:14

As well as once risking his life to save a sandwich, Matt LeBlanc's Friends character was known for being a pretty unfussy eater.

SEE ALSO: 10 of the best TV shows that made it to 10 seasons

Matt LeBlanc himself does have standards, though. And he definitely draws the line at eating whipped cream that's already been chewed up and spat out by one of his co-stars.

LeBlanc told the story above during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday. Just see if you can get through it without shuddering. Read more...

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The Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour and a third royal baby is officially on the way

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 08:05

This is set to be the busiest few weeks the royal family has seen in a while.

SEE ALSO: The best royal wedding merchandise available right now

On Monday morning, the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital after entering the early stages of labour.

The announcement was made on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account just after 8AM.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.

The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018

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Data scientist at centre of Cambridge Analytica scandal apologises for his role in it

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 08:00

The data scientist at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Aleksandr Kogan, has apologised for his role in it.

Kogan spoke to 60 Minutes on Sunday, maintaining that at the time, he believed he was doing everything correctly, and that he wouldn't have done anything to destroy his relationship with Facebook. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook's facial recognition features could cost it billions of dollars

But Kogan apologised for thinking that people knew they were giving away their data.

"Back then we thought it was fine. Right now my opinion has really been changed," he told the program.  

"And it's been changed in particular, because I think that core idea that we had — that everybody knows and nobody cares — was fundamentally flawed. And so if that idea is wrong, then what we did was not right and was not wise. And for that, I'm sincerely sorry." Read more...

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Want to wear your onesie to the movies? This cinema won't let you in.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:32

Thinking of rolling to the cinema in your PJs or unicorn onesie? One cinema won't let you in.

A New Zealand cinema has banned pyjamas and onesies, championing their aim to improve the dress standards in the surrounding town.

SEE ALSO: Everyone is terrified to eat popcorn during 'A Quiet Place'

Reported by Newshub, local movie theatre Hawera Cinemas took to Facebook on Friday to post their dress code, which bans "pyjamas, onesies, dressing gowns or dirty gumboots — no matter how cute they are!"

"Like many other businesses and people in town we have noticed an increasing trend of people thinking pj's/onesies and dressing gowns are appropriate to wear in public," wrote Hawera Cinema 2.  Read more...

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Somehow this 12-year-old kid managed to fly himself to Bali alone

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:19

Maybe the kid just wanted to find himself at a yoga retreat.

A 12-year-old Australian boy really ticked off his parents by using the family credit card to buy flights to Bali, Indonesia, after he had an argument with his mum.

SEE ALSO: Studious teens find out that doing their homework on YouTube can make them go viral

Given the pseudonym Drew by A Current Affair, the boy also managed to fool his grandmother into giving him his passport. He figured out he could fly on certain Australian airlines without parental permission, only needing a school ID and a valid passport to fly. 

Drew told his parents one morning he was off to school, but instead hopped on his scooter and caught a train to Sydney airport. There he used self-service check-in, passed security, and made his way first to Perth. No one there suspected anything wrong. Read more...

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Man, Shania Twain regrets saying she would have voted for Trump

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 03:01

Well, that was fast.

Perennial country star of our hearts, Shania Twain, has backtracked on saying she would've voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. election.

SEE ALSO: Even Kellyanne Conway admits it was Slimeball Comey who swung the election for Trump

The revelation came from an interview with The Guardian published on Sunday, which focused on the Canadian artist's musical career and her shattering divorce with her collaborator and husband Robert Lange. 

On Trump, Twain said, "I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest."

"Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?" she added.  Read more...

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How this AI platform is taking over the business world

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 02:36

Despite the pop culture fiction that artificial intelligence is a far-away puzzle just waiting to be unlocked, the truth is that AI is already a tool that most use often, some of us even every day. 

Just think about it: every time you stop to ask Siri or Google Home or any of our friendly neighborhood pocket assistants for directions or help finding the nearest coffee spot, you’re interfacing with an elegant example of easy-to-use AI. 

SEE ALSO: This surreal AI creature meets humans, then decides whether it wants to play with them

For businesses, using chatbots as the first line of defence against customer complaints is now common, providing a handy way to triage queries and customer needs. Again, AI is already an efficient solution to an everyday problem. And while it’s easy to imagine moments where the lives of everyday people intersect with artificial intelligence, and even find examples of our interactions with AI within smaller businesses, for global enterprises the reality of large-scale AI has yet to unfold.  Read more...

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JK Rowling reveals new 'Fantastic Beasts' character

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 02:12

J.K. Rowling and Jessica Williams hung out at the opening of a rather large Broadway show on Sunday, where they decided to drop some rather big news.

The former Daily Show correspondent, who was announced as part of the Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast last year, will be playing the role of Professor Eulalie a.k.a. Lally Hicks in the forthcoming film.

SEE ALSO: The 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel may have a massive plot hole

The pair made the announcement at the during the intermission of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, posting the news on Williams' Instagram.

A post shared by Jessica Williams (@msjwilly) on Apr 22, 2018 at 3:56pm PDT Read more...

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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on Broadway sparkles with real theater magic

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:46

If you could change the past, would you?

It's a provocative question, and one you'll be ruminating on long after viewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which officially opened Sunday night on Broadway following an Olivier Award-winning run on London's West End since 2016.

The script was released in conjunction with the original West End production, so Harry Potter fans the world over could read the new installment if they so chose. It was a new tale springing from the minds of J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, which was turned into a script by Thorne. 

The story is fairly complex — probably a bit too dark and complicated for the very youngest Potter fans among us — and wrestles with themes of paying for our father's sins, living in the shadow of our parents, and the fact that history is cyclical and tends to repeat itself. Oh yeah, and time travel. Lots and lots of time travel.  Read more...

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Of course Harley-Davidson's summer internship comes with a free motorcycle

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:02

If you love motorcycles and social media, then Harley-Davidson's newest internship is pretty much a dream come true.

This week, the company announced a new summer internship program that pays recruits to — what else — ride motorcycles. Oh, and they get to keep it at the end of the job.

SEE ALSO: Girl Scouts partners with LinkedIn to connect alums for the first time ever

They're calling it the "Find Your Freedom" internship and it pretty much sounds like the raddest summer internship you could possibly hope for.

During the 12-week internship, full-time interns are expected to ride around on a Harley and "chronicle your summer on social media" representing the company as a "brand enthusiast." Oh, you also get paid. Read more...

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Good guy with no gun James Shaw Jr. disarmed Waffle House shooter

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 00:32

Tragedy struck the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville early Sunday morning when an armed man shot two individuals outside of a Waffle House before proceeding inside and killing two more. 

In the face of that horror, reports the Tennessean, one Waffle House customer, 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., managed to wrestle an AR-15 rifle free from the shooter and likely saved lives in the process. 

SEE ALSO: Americans Googled 'gun control' more than 'gun shop' in the past week

Now, although Shaw is quick to brush the claim aside, he is being hailed as a hero. 

James Shaw Jr. was identified as the hero who helped stop the Waffle House shooter this morning. He says he doesn’t feel like a hero, which is exactly what you’d expect a real hero to say

— Jon Henshaw (@henshaw) April 22, 2018

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Develop your cursory knowledge even faster with Wikipedia's Page Previews

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 23:51

Wikipedia puts the world's collected knowledge within the reach of just a few mouse clicks. And now, thanks to a new feature called Page Previews, it takes even fewer. 

It's a straightforward idea that will make it markedly easier to gain a cursory knowledge of a subject in order to dazzle your friends and turn off your Tinder dates. 

SEE ALSO: The top Wikipedia searches of 2017 are windows into our nightmares

"With Page Previews, whenever a reader hovers over a link to another article, a short summary of the subject and an image (if available) is displayed," explains the Page Preview Wikipedia page. "The user can then decide whether they wish to visit that subject more thoroughly before continuing with the current article." Read more...

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George Sr. and Jr. share touching tributes to the late Barbara Bush

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 23:30

While more than 1,000 mourners gathered Saturday to remember former first lady Barbara Bush, her husband paid tribute to his late wife in a special way: with his socks.

George H. W. Bush, who is known for his love of colorful socks, wore a special pair of book-themed footwear in honor of his wife's longtime commitment to literacy.

SEE ALSO: Read the sweet letter Barbara Bush once wrote to Marge Simpson

Jim McGrath, the official spokesperson for the former president, shared a photo of Bush's socks on Twitter. He noted that Barbara Bush raised more than $110 million for the cause she championed for three decades. Read more...

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Anthony Hopkins is a treasure and we're lucky to have him on Twitter

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 21:39

Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins is good at Twitter.

He may have as much reach as Patrick Stewart, whose 3 million plus followers dwarf Hopkins' 190,000. But he'll get there if he keeps posting oddities like the one he shared on Sunday.

SEE ALSO: Evan Rachel Wood will receive equal pay for 'Westworld' Season 3

Most of you have probably encountered the idiom "dance like no one is watching" at some point or another. That's what Hopkins is doing here, but everyone is watching because it's up on Twitter.

This is what happens when you’re all work and no

— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) April 22, 2018

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AT&T's cheap monthly streaming service is for cord-cutters who don't care about sports

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:17

If you like the idea of cable but don't care about sports, AT&T's upcoming streaming service might be for you.

The company will soon launch a new $15/month subscription meant to appeal to cord-cutters who don't need sports channels. The service will also be free for AT&T's wireless customers who have an unlimited data plan. 

SEE ALSO: Here's 5 tips for Spring cleaning your digital footprint

Called "AT&T Watch," the new service was revealed by CEO Randall Stephenson Thursday during testimony in AT&T's antitrust trial.

According to CNN, Watch will include a selection of cable channels and is meant to "encourage mobile TV viewing." It's not known how many channels are part of the package, but AT&T's decision to omit sports is what allows it to price the bundle at just $15 a month — far lower than even the most basic cable packages.  Read more...

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Amazon bars trolls from review-bombing James Comey's new book

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:04

Amazon isn't letting Donald Trump trolls mire former FBI director James Comey's new book in negative one-star reviews.

The online retailer has placed limits on customer reviews of Comey's tell-all, Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. In order to share your thoughts you'll need to be a "verified buyer," i.e. someone who has actually purchased the book.

SEE ALSO: The only Comey book review you need: Should you read it?

The limitation was first spotted by Deadline, but it's an easy enough thing for anyone to confirm. 

Simply head over to Amazon's product listing for Higher Loyalty, scroll down to and click the "Customer Reviews" button, and try to leave feedback or select a star rating. If you haven't purchased the book, you'll be greeted with this message: Read more...

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Gun-toting dad's threatening 'joke' about his daughter's prom date didn't go over well

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 18:58

Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand. 

SEE ALSO: The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote. 

Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

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So you cleaned out your closet. Now what?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 18:00

This post is part of Mashable's Spring Cleaning Week. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those fingerprints off your screen. 

Congratulations! If you're reading this, there's a good chance you've completed the terrifyingly ambitious task of cleaning out your closet. 

Not only have you found the strength to confront your old, outgrown, and perhaps never even worn clothes, shoes, and bags, you've also made the conscious decision to part ways with some of them. That alone deserves a pat on the back! 

Now comes the hard part: Deciding what to do with the piles of stuff you no longer want or need in your life. Read more...

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