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Arianna Huffington has a solution to your annoying phone notification problem

Uber board member, media mogul, and sleep crusader Arianna Huffington wants you to turn off your phone.

That's easier said than done, of course, so she's teamed up with Samsung to make an app that will help you force yourself into it.

SEE ALSO: Facebook just acquired tbh and its 5 million teen users

It's called Thrive, and the goal, according to Huffington, is to provide "the tools to take a break from your phone to do whatever it is that makes you more human." The Samsung-exclusive app isn't out until December, but Huffington took the stage at Samsung's Developer Conference to share more about how it works.  Read more...

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Twitter shares its roadmap to curb abuse

Twitter prides itself on being "what's happening," but unfortunately for the company's users, what's frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform. 

In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed calendar listing target dates and goals for changing the site's rules. Taking it a step further, Twitter promised to share "regular, real-time updates" on its efforts to make the service "a safer place." 

SEE ALSO: Twitter is taking a much more aggressive stance on hate speech. Here's what we know: Read more...

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Quentin Tarantino says he knew about Harvey Weinstein's abuses

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had the goods on Harvey Weinstein decades ago — and could have done more to stop his abusive behavior. 

That's what Tarantino, one of Weinstein's most frequent directorial collaborators, admitted Thursday in a mea culpa of a New York Times interview. He knew — because his own girlfriend had been abused by him. 

SEE ALSO: How the 'casting couch' joke helped Hollywood cover up sexual abuse

“I chalked it up to a ’50s, ’60s-era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk,” Tarantino said. “As if that's OK. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

Despite having that cartoon stuck in his head, the director also admitted he was "shocked and appalled" when his then girlfriend, the actress Mira Sorvino, told him exactly what she told the New Yorker in an article published last week: that Weinstein had given her an unwanted massage, chased her around a hotel room and shown up at her house after midnight.  Read more...

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Lupita Nyong'o shares her own disturbing Harvey Weinstein experiences

The list of women speaking out about their creepy experiences with Harvey Weinstein is only getting longer by the day. And as of today, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has joined their ranks.

In an essay for The New York Times, Nyong'o has outlined, in heartbreaking and occasionally stomach-churning detail, a series of interactions with Weinstein dating back to 2011 – well before her first feature film, 12 Years a Slave, launched her to stardom.

SEE ALSO: Here are all the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse so far

Nyong'o wrote that she first met Weinstein at an awards ceremony in 2011. Shortly afterward, Weinstein invited her to lunch (where he insisted on ordering her a diet soda and vodka, despite her repeated refusals) and then to his home, ostensibly to watch a movie.  Read more...

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Nintendo Switch gives users 2 big new features in update

In an effort to catch up with consoles released a decade ago, Nintendo has finally added video recording and save transfers to the Switch. 

Capturing video is now as easy as holding down the Capture button during gameplay, and recording up to 30 seconds of video. 

SEE ALSO: These special grips let you finally play with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons like normal freakin’ controllers

You can then save the video to an album in the Switch, trim and edit each clip, and upload to either Facebook or Twitter. However, for now you can only capture videos on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. Read more...

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Man compares a $10,000 dog with a $1 dog, and the results are shocking

Before you run out and buy that budget $1 dog, please watch this video.

Seriously though, the trend of comparing cheap and expensive food and products has reached an all-time high, so this parody from YouTuber jacksfilms is long overdue.  Read more...

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Mom accidentally texts her daughter something very NSFW

Happy ass-eating season everyone!

Grace, a 23-year-old working in advertising in Boston recently had an extremely awkward conversation with her mom when she accidentally texted her something very NSFW. Thankfully, things weren't as they immediately appeared. 

SEE ALSO: Grandma accidentally buys a super NSFW book for her granddaughter and it's hilarious


— Grace (@graceL721) October 19, 2017

"Be careful when you leave in the morning," Grace's mom text her, "it's ass eating season!!!"

That's right — ass eating season, everyone.

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#MeToo hashtag has spread to #YoTambien, أنا_كمان#, #QuellaVoltaChe

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:47

The social media phenomenon #MeToo has gone global. 

People have used the hashtag in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and beyond to talk about sexual abuse.

SEE ALSO: #MeToo: Hashtag shared by Alyssa Milano encourages personal stories of sexual assault and harassment

The #MeToo posts blew up in the U.S. after actor Alyssa Milano wrote "Me too" on her Twitter feed on Sunday as more and more women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. Since that post, the hashtag was used in 1.2 million tweets, a Twitter spokesperson said Thursday.

Since it went viral, the true origins of the expression were traced back to activist Tarana Burke, who started using it 10 years ago to support women of color surviving sexual abuse.  Read more...

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With new investment, Boeing is trying to make drones a part of your life

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:05

Boeing has invested in a startup that's trying to make autonomous flight the next big thing. 

The company announced today that it has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, which develops technology for unmanned flying vehicles of all shapes and sizes — from drones to flying cars to commercial planes. 

The two companies have also announced a long-term product development partnership. Charles Toups, Boeing's vice president of Research and Technology, will join NEA's board. 

Sanjiv Singh, NEA's CEO and co-founder, told Mashable that Boeing's investment is part of a broader effort to create and promote an industry-wide standard for for autonomous flight. In Boeing's ideal future, every flying machine meets three goals: fly safely, land safely, and navigate without GPS.  Read more...

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‘The Real McCoy’ is the creator of ‘Rum Row,’ a place of organized crime in the '20s

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:00

Bill McCoy was a rum runner who never watered down his hooch. So when you're talking about the 100% real deal, you're probably talking about him—‘The Real McCoy.' 

Presented by Startup on Crackle

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Parents, that children's smartwatch might not be a great idea

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:55

Technology is bad, part 719,533. 

Smartwatches designed for kids can be compromised in all kinds of ways, according to a recent report compiled by the Norwegian Consumer Council and published by the European Consumer Organization.

SEE ALSO: Huge security flaw leaves Wi-Fi devices wide open to hackers

The watches — popular in Norway — are designed with parents in mind. They keep tabs on kids and allow parents to get in touch with them without relying on a kid to remember a smartphone wherever he or she goes. 

But the Norwegian Consumer Council called this a "false sense of security" because anyone with the right technical acumen can evidently hack the hell out of these things.  Read more...

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Horror stories from Weinstein's employees reveal a much larger problem in Hollywood

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:54

Condemning a monster like Harvey Weinstein is easy. But in the weeks that followed the floodgates of allegations incited by a New York Times and New Yorker, industry people have been forced to engage in a much more difficult conversation with themselves.

What role did they play? None have had to reckon with this haunting question more than the people closest to Weinstein, like his former employees at The Weinstein Co.

SEE ALSO: Want to be sure you're not paying Harvey Weinstein? There's only one way

The messy, raw, personal experiences of "select" employees (who remained anonymous) were gathered in a document and reported Thursday in a powerful New Yorker article by Dana Goodyear, peeling back another tragic layer of this already wretched story: that Weinstein's abusive behavior was not restricted to sexual assault. And that while the focus should remain squarely on the survivors of his sexual predation, there are also victims of a different nature. Read more...

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Russell Brand compares board games to humanity and sends us into an existential crisis

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:50

Russell Brand visits the Travelling Man, a game shop in Leeds, and checks out some gems in the board gaming world.

Brand and shopkeeper Matt check out Elevenses (a card game about being a 1920s socialite), Pandemic (a mainstay in cooperative board games), and Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu (which adds some Lovecraft flavor to the Pandemic formula).

It's cool to see Brand bring some attention to the beloved pastime, and probably give the Travelling Man a boost in sales to boot. Read more...

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The butt of every space joke is high in the sky this week

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:28

This week, you can look to the night sky to see the butt of every planetary joke. 

Make your way to a relatively dark, light pollution-free area to see the planet Uranus high in the sky, glowing a blue-ish, green color in the constellation Pisces, according to NASA. 

SEE ALSO: Uranus Auroras Spotted by Hubble Telescope Scientists

Tonight will likely be your best chance to see the gaseous, outer planet because it's reached opposition, meaning the Earth will be between Uranus and the sun. 

Uranus in the constellation Pisces.

Image: nasa/jpl-caltech

"It's visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakeable," NASA said in a video about the skywatching event. "It may be bright enough to see with your naked eye — and for sure in binoculars." Read more...

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Study proves dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are watching

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:06

Want to see some serious puppy dog eyes? Try spending more time near your pooch.

Sure, new toys and food are nice, but research from the University of Portsmouth shows that like most humans, what dogs really crave is attention.

In fact, scientists at the university's Dog Cognition Centre recently found that dogs are more likely to show facial expressions if humans are paying attention to them.

SEE ALSO: This poop pad will clean up your dog's mess for you

In the study — which was published in Scientific Reports — dog cognition expert Dr. Juliane Kaminski and a team tested how dogs' facial expressions changed in response to four different factors: a human facing them or turned away from them either with food or without. Read more...

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Battle Royale-style game is looking rad in VR

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:01

The future of gaming/military training programs inches ever closer with this week's litany of VR Battle Royale style games. 

No doubt inspired by the massive success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, these VR games are working to simulate the experience of camping in decrepit buildings, hanging with friends while getting shot at, and sitting in a constant, uneasy tension that is also somehow enjoyable.

SEE ALSO: The 'PUBG' craze is spreading

The best looking one that we've found is Oneiric Entertainment's Virtual Battleground. Creative Director Sean Pinnock posted about the game on Reddit where he shared some gameplay footage and asked for feedback. It runs a bit janky as it stands, but it's super early in development and so more of a proof of concept than anything else currently.  Read more...

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This smart paper plane just raised close to 2 million dollars on Kickstarter

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:50

The 'POWERUP DART' crushed it on Kickstarter. With an original goal of just $25,000, it raised almost $2 million dollars. 

The smart paper airplane is app controlled and can do all sorts of tricks. Looks like people really aren't over how flimsy the paper airplanes of their childhood were.   Read more...

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Neil Gaiman wants to read his books to you and we are totally on board

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:47

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If you're a fan of books and somehow haven't read any of Neil Gaiman's work, chances are they've at least been recommended to you at some point. His repertoire of haunting fantasies, chilling dramas, and whimsical characters are never anything short of remarkable. Wouldn't it be great if the author himself could read to you, British accent and all?

Of course it would. Audible, which is currently offering a 30-day free trial and two free audiobooks, can help you get there. Here are some Neil Gaiman audiobooks on Audible read by the author himself. Read more...

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Consumer Reports might rate the Model 3 'average,' so Tesla claps back

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:37


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