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Apple will replace batteries on some MacBook Pros

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:33

Apple is again saying it will replace batteries on some of its devices. This time, though, the issue isn't an iPhone — it's a MacBook. 

Specifically, 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros, which Apple says could have a defect that causes the battery to "expand."

SEE ALSO: Apple's next iPhones might be bigger and cheaper

It's not known just how many MacBooks are affected by the issue, but Apple says laptops produced between October 2016 and October 2017 are potentially affected.

You can check to confirm whether your laptop is affected by looking up your serial number on Apple's website

Apple notes that the battery expansion "is not a safety issue," so it doesn't sound like people with MacBook Pros need to worry about their batteries suddenly exploding. Nevertheless, battery malfunctions are a serious issue, and one that obviously affects your ability to use your laptop, so it's probably a good idea to check yours.  Read more...

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Gmail accounts appear to send out spam, and their owners are baffled

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:16

Something is not right in the land of Gmail

Numerous account holders woke up Sunday morning to discover a raft of spam emails sitting in their sent folders, and that even after changing their passwords the emails kept going out. At least some of these people, including a Mashable editor, had two-factor authentication enabled on their accounts. 

SEE ALSO: 'Major' Gmail update might convince you to use email again. Maybe.

"My email account has sent out 3 spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recongnize," read an April 21 post to a Google Help Forum. "I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again 2 more times." Read more...

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Beyoncé lights up Coachella once again with round two of #Beychella

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 16:06

A much more at-ease Beyoncé graced the Coachella stage on Saturday night for her second festival performance in as many weekends.

Her two-hour set featured few surprises, repeating the previous week's guest moments for Jay-Z, Solange, and a Destiny's Child reunion. The only new addition — other than a color palette change that highlighted silver and hot pink — was J Balvin, who stepped out on stage for "Mi Gente."

SEE ALSO: Incredible teen perfectly nails Beyoncé's Coachella choreography

But many attendees took note of the looser vibe. Surely some of that has to do with the relief of Saturday's set being round two of a production that was said to be six months in the making — and which was executed perfectly during its first live runthrough. Read more...

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How natural hair is playing a big role on television

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 15:00

We're seeing an emergence of leading ladies on television showing off natural hairstyles and it's about damn time. 

For years, women of color have been challenging the societal norms around "professional hair" in the workplace, schools, and pop cultureThe Cosby Show, A Different World, and Living Single are a few past shows that set the stage for popular black hairstyles to make their way onto current sitcoms and dramas.

SEE ALSO: Here's why posters replacing white actors with black actors appeared in London

Now more than ever, powerful characters are showing off their natural hair on TV shows and continue to break through negative connotations that have followed black hair for years. Read more...

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Google Doodle shares an Earth Day message from Dr. Jane Goodall

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 14:45

Google Doodle has a special treat to share in honor of Earth Day: A message from Dr. Jane Goodall, the famed British anthropologist and chimpanzee expert, and the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.

In the animated video short, Dr. Goodall frames the importance of an event like Earth Day against her own lifelong interest in animals and natural ecosystems. 

"What better day than Earth Day to really make a determined effort to live lives in better harmony with nature," she says at one point. "Every single individual matters, every single individual makes some kind of impact on the planet every single day, and we have a choice as to what kind of difference we are going to make." Read more...

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Dwayne Johnson, classy dude, responds to a promposal with the kindest gesture

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 14:01

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is better at saying "no" than any of you.

On April 15, a Minnesota high school studio named Katie Kelzenberg shot her shot: She posted a video of herself on Twitter asking Johnson to be her date to the senior prom. A "promposal," if you will.

SEE ALSO: The Rock finally explains his beef with Vin Diesel on 'Fate of the Furious'

It's very sweet. See for yourself.

@TheRock PROM?! pic.twitter.com/VyHhrpVQYe

— katie k (@katiekelzenberg) April 15, 2018

Unfortunately for Kelzenberg, Johnson is going to be in Hawaii that day, shooting Disney's Jungle Cruise. But he was so impressed with the gutsy teen's invite that he recorded a video reply for her on Friday. Read more...

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What Is Link Reclamation & How to Regain Lost Link Value by @annaleacrowe

Search Engine Journal - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 14:00

Link reclamation regains lost link value, which can quickly increase your rankings and link profile.

The post What Is Link Reclamation & How to Regain Lost Link Value by @annaleacrowe appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Hackers want your data. Meet the ones who are trying to protect it.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 13:00

The last two years have seen the Equifax breach, the WannaCry cyberattack, a nefarious DDoS attack that destroyed the internet for a full day, and a laundry list of other security breaches of the stores, restaurants, and retailers we know and love. A skilled hacker has a dangerous amount of power in their hands — power with the potential to destroy lives. 

But take heart: Scattered across the internet are hundreds of thousands of equally skilled hackers who are fighting to protect you. 

If your personal information wasn't compromised this year, you have that army of nerds to thank. 

SEE ALSO: The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack Read more...

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On Earth Day, here are the best tools for keeping tabs on our home planet

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:00

We have more information about the health of planet Earth than ever before, and lots of exciting new initiatives that will put data tools at your fingertips. Whether you're looking for global trends in wind power generation or solar installations, detailed monitoring about deforestation, or real-time weather and climate science variables, there's a way to find out what human activities are doing to our home planet.

It's all plainly evident on your computer screen, if not in your backyard. 

In writing about climate change and other environmental challenges for the better part of two decades, I've relied on many databases — from governments, nonprofits, and private sector sources — to inform and illustrate stories. You should feel empowered to use these tools, too. The more information we have, the better decisions we can make.  Read more...

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Hate public speaking? This $23 course can help change that.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:00

If you clicked on this story, you probably have a paralyzing fear of public speaking. It's okay; you're not alone. 

Forbes once reported that 10 percent of people absolutely love public speaking, while another 10 percent avoid it at all costs. So even if you're cool as a cucumber during first dates and important job interviews, your palms may start to sweat, and your speech may slur the moment you're thrust into the spotlight.

SEE ALSO: Learn how to become a freelancer by taking these online courses

But whether you're giving a speech at your best friend's wedding or spearheading a big project at work, you'll be required to speak in front of a crowd. Ugh.  Read more...

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Weed makes some people clean like crazy, but scientists don't really know why

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

"Stock up on Cheetos and Mt. Dew BEFORE you spark," a local police department in Kansas recently tweeted, warning "potheads" not to drive on 4/20.

While stoners may roll their eyes at the stereotyping, science, it seems, is on the police department's sideWeed impairs our ability to think, organize, and pay attention, studies have shown. And it's not usually associated with productivity and motivation.

Yet, some users feel more focused, even productive, after consuming or smoking weed — even though there's no scientific evidence cannabis acts upon the motivational circuits in our brains.  Read more...

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Get a massage whenever you want with these pillows that are $50 off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:00

Everyone deserves a massage now and then, but they can get pretty pricey. If you go to a high-end spa, you might end up paying several hundred dollars — and that doesn't even include a tip.

SEE ALSO: A memory foam alignment pillow could help you sleep better — and it's on sale

That's why something like the M Cushion Shiatsu Massage Pillow is a game-changer for massage enthusiasts. It's a massager disguised as a soft and supportive memory foam pillow, which means you can get a shiatsu massage on your own time whether you're at home or in the office. No one even needs to know it's happening. We could be doing it right as we write this for all you know. Read more...

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Donald Trump suggests he may pardon Jack Johnson because — c'mon, you know why

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 21:33

While past presidents were mourning former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral in Houston today, President Trump was on his phone in Mar-a-Lago, having his usual Twitter meltdown.

In between excoriating James Comey and tossing around conspiracy theories about Mr. Peepers, President Trump decided to suddenly announce he was considering a pardon for Jack Johnson, the history-making boxer.

Trump, as you might imagine, appears to have taken a particular interest in pardons as of late.

SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trump's White House

Some background on the controversy: Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion. By 1912, he hadn't lost a match in four years. Other white boxers refused to fight him. When one, Canadian Tommy Burns, did, Johnson destroyed him soundly.  Read more...

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 21:11

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-MeAn Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

SEE ALSO: Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin

"Verne was an extremely caring individual," read the post. "He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible."

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio Read more...

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AT&T and Verizon investigated for possibly colluding to make your smartphone life worse

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 20:18

AT&T and Verizon don't want to let you out of their grasps. 

So much so, in fact, that they may have colluded to make it harder for you to switch cellphone carriers. 

So reports The New York Times, which notes that the Justice Department is investigating the two companies for possibly working together to stifle a technology known as eSIM. If deployed, eSIM would make it easier for people to jump from provider to provider — no new physical SIM card required — potentially leaving AT&T or Verizon behind in the process.  

SEE ALSO: Verizon will now trade you your personal data for ... concert tickets Read more...

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Colin Kaepernick may be exiled from the NFL, but that's also why he keeps winning

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 19:55

Colin Kaepernick may be the most criminally unemployed NFL player in the free agency pool today, but the actions that brought him to this point continue to pay off.

Kaepernick was named Amnesty International's "Ambassador of Conscience" for 2018 on Saturday. The award recognizes the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's act of kneeling during pre-game national anthem performances, a choice that eventually cost him his job, and likely his NFL career as well.

SEE ALSO: Why did ABC shelve this 'Black-ish' episode?

The protest action started with a simple intent: Bring attention to racial inequality in America, specifically racially motivated police brutality. It's been attacked by various critics, including Donald Trump himself, as unpatriotic and wrong. But that willful mischaracterization in and of itself also reinforces Kaepernick's statement. Read more...

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Universal Fan Con suddenly postpones — so attendees organized

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 19:25

A convention built to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in fandom has been postponed at the last minute, and would-be attendees are channeling their understandable frustration in constructive directions.

Universal Fan Con, which was originally funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, released the bad news on Friday. Just a week before the event, organizers decided to postpone it, citing a "financial deficit." As of now, it's unclear when the conference will be rescheduled. The status of attendee's refunds is also unclear.  

It would be enough under other circumstances to cause well-justified social media uproar. Instead, attendees have used the occasion to organize and help support vendors and artists who will likely suffer a rough financial blow as a result.  Read more...

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Trump tweetstorm about Michael Cohen 'flipping' overlooks one key detail

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 18:24

Donald Trump isn't afraid to share his Thoughts, even if sometimes those Thoughts don't exactly mean what he thinks they mean. 

This was once again on display Saturday morning in a series of tweets regarding his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and whether or not he would "flip" on the president. Cohen, as you may recall, was recently on the receiving end of an FBI raid, and a Friday New York Times article speculated that he may eventually cooperate with federal officials.

SEE ALSO: Michael Cohen's secret client? Sean Hannity.

Trump, shall we say, was not a fan. He denied any connection to one of the reporters of the New York Times story, Maggie Haberman, and tweeted that Cohen would never flip on him. And, even if he did, it would all be lies.  Read more...

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Suspected stalker breaks into Taylor Swift's home and takes a nap

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:33

One of Taylor Swift's multiple stalkers was found on Friday in Taylor Swift's New York townhouse, sleeping in her bed.

The stalker, known as Roger Alvarado, had been arrested early in February for attempting to break down Swift's door with a shovel.

Alvarado was charged with stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.

SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at the cafe where she was discovered

Not only did Alvarado reportedly take a nap in the home, he showeredAccording to TMZ, the stalker used an old-fashioned ladder and broke a window to gain entry.

He also hails from Homestead, Florida, so get out your tired Florida jokes now. Read more...

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Very good dog Max stayed overnight with lost three-year-old girl and helped rescuers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:15

This is one very good dog. 

Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler, may be deaf, partially blind, and getting on in his years, but that didn't stop him from playing the role of loving companion and hero to a lost three-year-old girl in Queensland, Australia. 

SEE ALSO: Very good dog keeps interrupting his human's shower for a very good reason

According to ABC Brisbane, Aurora was first reported missing on Friday after apparently wandering away from her grandmother's house. Rescuers, including the local police and volunteers, searched the surrounding bushland throughout the night, but were unable to find her.  Read more...

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