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Crush Twitter proves that sometimes subtweets can be good

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:14

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

Twitter is the very definition of "too many cooks in the kitchen," but breaking the platform down into sections and focusing on your own specific interests makes it significantly more bearable.

People who are passionate about government issues, for example, can follow Politics Twitter. Those looking to promote their businesses in a cheesy fashion can engage with Brand Twitter. And rom-com obsessed hopeless romantics like myself, who aren't afraid to share their hearts on their timelines, have Crush Twitter.  Read more...

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How to spot and avoid credit card skimmers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:03

The moment I started seriously worrying about credit card and debit card skimmers wasn't when my entire bank account was transferred to Turkey, or when I had to replace a credit card three times in two months because of fraudulent charges. It was when I learned that stealing a credit card number is as easy as plugging in a magnetic strip reader into a computer and opening a word processor. Every swipe spit out the credit card number, with no extra setup required. More advanced devices to steal your information are installed by criminals directly on to ATMs and credit card readers. These are called skimmers, and if you're careful you can keep from being victimized by these insidious devices. Read more...

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The surprising list of top Netflix shows in the US by state

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:01

If you're curious whether your taste in high-priced television shows streaming on Netflix is the same as that of your neighbors, HighSpeedInternet.com has a macro-view for you: its annual look at the "Most Popular Netflix Show in each State" for 2018.

Along with the map above that breaks it down by state (and District of Columbia, which, weirdly, has a 16-way tie for top Netflix streaming TV show), the service also quantified the very favorite shows nationwide. Topping the list is the controversial 13 Reasons Why; it's also tops in seven states. In second place is the UK-produced The End of the F***ing World, which leads in 6 states. Read more...

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Best 4K smart TV deals for this week: Save on LG, Samsung, Sony, VIZIO, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:55

If you're looking to upgrade your old HD TV or are ready to pick up your very first 4K TV, we found some deals for you.

We rounded up the best deals on 4K smart TVs from the top manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Sony, and more. It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment in the city or a house in the suburbs, we found the best 4K TVs of various shapes and sizes that will suit your living space. 

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best soundbars for your TV and home theater

Most of these TVs are smart and WiFi-enabled, which means they're ready to get connected to the internet out-of-the-box, while some have streaming devices, like Roku and Google Chromecast, built-in and ready to stream your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, and more.  Read more...

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Ariana Grande just made history snagging a record last held by The Beatles

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:49

UPDATE: Feb. 19, 2019, 9:46 a.m. PST This story has been updated to reflect Ariana Grande's priceless reactions to the news via Twitter.

Thank U, Next isn't just dominating your playlist — it's making music history. 

According to Billboard, the success of Ariana Grande's latest album earns her a number of major industry accolades. The most notable? By claiming the top three slots of this week's Billboard Hot 100, Grande has achieved a triumph last held by The Beatles in 1964. 

"7 Rings" comes in at No. 1 for a fourth consecutive week as "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" and "Thank U, Next" round out the trio.  Read more...

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CDC reports teenage tobacco use has soared

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:35

According to the public health institute, it increased 38% last year among kids grades 9 through 12. Read more...

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Fix your hand posture with this ergonomic mouse and keyboard combo – now $45.50 off at Best Buy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:13

Hand cramps are the worst. After long days of clicking and typing, they are almost impossible to avoid – unless you have the right equipment, that is. If you find yourself clutching your wrists in pain at the end of every workday, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop Wireless USB Keyboard and Mouse might help you get back to your normal, non-crampy self. 

This keyboard and mouse combo is currently $45.50 off at Best Buy – chopping its original $129.99 price point to a much more modest $84.49. This ergonomic duo is well worth the price considering the daily and long-term comfort you'll get out of it. Don't suffer through your run-of-the-mill mouse and keyboard anymore – upgrade.    Read more...

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Ja Rule wants to throw another music festival

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:10

Ja Rule seems unfazed by al the negative publicity surrounding the epic failed Fyre Fest endeavor. Not only has he denied all liability, but he says he is in the process of planning another festival. Read more...

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Alfonso Ribeiro denied copyright of "Carlton" dance used in Fortnite

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:08

Alfonso Ribeiro's "Carlton" dance became popular when he starred as Carlton Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."  Ribeiro filed to secure a copyright for the "Carlton" but was denied. The U.S. Copyright Office claims the denial is due to the dance being simple, rather than a choreographed routine.  Read more...

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Watch this tree melt from the inside out

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:02

"Weeping willow" just got a whole new meaning.

This tree in Evanston, Illinois looks like something straight out of a Stephen King novel. Due to the drastic temperature change, the tree experienced freezing rain one day and nearly 50 degree heat the next, causing this chilling melting effect.  

Sure this tree may be cool, but it also has a strong chance that it's cursed. Read more...

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Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:59

"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.

But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)

Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon todayJust don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.

SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soul

For people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more. Read more...

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Get a free Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot when you buy select Tile trackers at Best Buy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:49

How many times have you been in a rush to get out the door only to realize you have no idea where your keys are? Or you’re about to go on vacation and you can’t remember where you put your passport even though you swore you would? Misplacing your stuff can have you looking like John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

With Tile, you don’t have to look around cluelessly, hoping that your things will magically appear. You can keep track of them at all times. And with smart assistants, all you need is your voice to locate your missing items.

Right now, when you buy select Tile 4-Packs at Best Buy you'll get a free Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot. (Basically: add your Tile Mates and either a Google Home Mini or an Amazon Echo Dot to your cart, and get the price of the voice assistant you chose off the whole package. Make sense?) Read more...

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Bing Ads Improves Search Term Reporting by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:30

Bing Ads has improved search terms reporting with more data and the ability to track more campaigns.

The post Bing Ads Improves Search Term Reporting by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

H&R Block and TurboTax, Beats, Dyson vacuums, Instant Pot, Microsoft Surface Pro, and more on sale for Feb. 19

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:16

Did you know lightsaber dueling is an official sport in France? Of course, competitors aren't using real lightsabers because they haven't been invented (yet), but opponents prepare to square off against each other in the French Fencing Federation for glory.

With tax season here, think of doing your taxes like you're a Jedi Knight and the IRS is the Sith. A good piece of tax software can be your lightsaber to get through the season. We rounded up the best deals on tax software, like: Save up to 60% on H&R Block and TurboTax. Doesn't doing your taxes sound so much better when you think about it like Star Wars? Read more...

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Watch this shredder absolutely destroy some stress balls

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:49

When squeezing a stress ball can't soothe your anxieties, maybe watching one getting shred to pieces will. 

PressTube, a popular YouTube channel dedicated to the destruction of household objects and obscenely intricate "DIY" hacks, posted a video featuring a typical stress-relief tool — the shredding machine. Watch as the mechanical wonder devours everything it touches.

While it is a pretty satisfying sight to behold, it might actually be more stressful to think about how they're going to clean out all the squishy bits afterwards.   Read more...

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How to Keep Writers on Track with Military-Grade Planning by @jeremyknauff

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:45

Here's how to more efficiently produce content that gets people talking about you, your content, and your brand.

The post How to Keep Writers on Track with Military-Grade Planning by @jeremyknauff appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Who's who in 'Captain Marvel'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:18

Listen, no one expects you to know everything about Captain Marvel going in.

It's the first time this superherhoine has ever been on the big screen. It's set in a period of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we haven't really seen before (the 1990s), and features tons of new characters, races, and technologies never even alluded to in the other films.

SEE ALSO: 'Captain Marvel' is here to upend the Marvel formula

Still, it never hurts to be prepared. And some of these people are ones you should be familiar with already. And don't you want to be able to understand exactly what you've seen in all the marketing? Read more...

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YouPorn launches new app for more discreet mobile viewing

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:11

YouPorn is getting in on the app game.

The adult website is launching their own app that says will bring quicker load times, more privacy, and all the YouPorn content you want on your phone without cluttering up your browser history for someone to snoop on. 

In a statement on the release of the app, Charlie Hughes, Vice President of YouPorn, said, “Not only will users gain quicker and more convenient access, but most importantly are given an even more secure and private way to explore content using open technologies without needing platform specific app marketplaces or cumbersome side-loading certificates which could make one’s devices less secure.”  Read more...

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