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Mark Hamill and Stephen Colbert bless us with Luke Skywalker's 'lost' Cantina scene

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:29

Ever wondered what Luke Skywalker was up to between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? Well, Mark Hamill and noted Star Wars superfan Stephen Colbert have the answer: He was trying to get into a bar.

A really delightful sketch from Friday's Late Show features Hamill as a middle-aged Luke and Colbert as a condescending Cantina maître d'. Unfortunately, Luke's galaxy-saving reputation has not preceded him to the bar, and he can't convince Colbert to let him in. 

Dad jokes — including several about the franchise's absolutely bonkers names for characters — ensue. And the whole thing culminates in Colbert singing the Cantina band song, which is just lovely. Powers that be, please cast him in a future movie. Read more...

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Presenting everything we think will happen in 'The Last Jedi'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:54

LOS ANGELES — Breathe. Just breathe. 

On Saturday night, the wait will finally be over — at least for the hundreds of guests (including your humble scribe) gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Downtown L.A. for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

After that, I will enter Star Wars reviewer exile, unable to publish anything beyond vague tweet-length impressions of the movie until the review embargo lifts next week — at a time that has already got us making a galaxy-shaking prediction. So this moment is my last chance to put any educated guesses at the movie's content on the record. Read more...

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When smartphones come to church, you know nowhere is safe

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:30

I've attended church with my family for my entire life, but I've noticed a stark change in the last few visits to our non-denominational Christian congregation: A startling number of people around me spent the sermons glued to smartphones and tablets.

Even my dad, a classic Midwestern disciplinarian, pulled out his iPhone and put it on his lap for easy access right as I was turning mine off for the first time that week. He and the others that I spotted through some good old-fashioned pew snooping weren't using their gadgets to scroll through Twitter or play Candy Crush, though — they were following along with the pastor in the pulpit as he read passages in the Bible, which happens often in non-denominational services focused on interpreting and applying scripture to daily life.   Read more...

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This mini elliptical is a spin class under your desk

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:00

Cubii is a mini elliptical that can fit under your desk. It's perfect for those who sit in an office all day or any couch potatoes out there. The ergonomic design offers low range of motion that can give you some physical activity while sitting down without hurting your knees. Cubii retails for $249. Read more...

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How to become a graphic designer without going back to school

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:00

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In 2017, it's safe to say tech has seeped into virtually every industry the job market has to offer. Take art, for example. Today, you'll likely find fewer Picassos and Pollocks and more graphic designers.

At the intersection between computers and art, graphic designers are responsible for creating strong images that will ultimately shape a brand. 

But being a graphic designer is easier said than done. In addition to having a strong point of view, you need to be well-versed in top design software. Whether you want to dip your toe into the world of graphics, bolster your résumé, or buy the perfect holiday present for your art-obsessed friend, you might want to consider the "Graphic Design Certification School." Read more...

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Master a second, third, or fourth language by taking $70 off a Rosetta Stone subscription

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:00

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Once you’re an adult, learning a new language is also seriously hard.

One great way to do it is by completely immersing yourself in the language — you know, packing up your bags and moving to a new country. But if you can’t quit your job and skip town right now, there’s also the next best thing: Rosetta Stone. New language learners have sworn by the software for the past 25 years, and for good reason. It’s been PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice winner for best language learning software five years in a row, and it’s received accolades from CNN, TechCrunch, and plenty more. Read more...

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Virtual reality might save my long-distance relationship

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:00

The most romantic place I’ve ever been was a grassy hill overlooking a campground. It was late evening; lit-up tents and cabins dotted the valley that sprawled before us. In the distance, stood a black mountain range, the bright edges of the northern lights peering out from behind. I was surrounded by the warm night, a waxing gibbous moon, a canopy of stars.

At least, that’s what it felt like. In reality, I was sitting in the corner of a New York City office, wearing an Oculus Rift headset. 

This was my first experience with Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s new virtual reality platform, and for long-distance couples, like me and my boyfriend, I think it could change everything.  Read more...

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These 10 movies turning 10 in 2018 will make you feel old

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:00

The world was a very different place 10 years ago. Barack Obama had just been elected, the stock market had crashed, and The New York Giants won the Super Bowl.

Despite all that, it was a solid year for Hollywood. The studios churned out classics for all ages that are still worth re-watching today. Here is just a sampling of the ones celebrating their 10th birthday this year. 

SEE ALSO: Netflix is getting serious about making movies: 80 to come in 2018

1Twilight

Name a better love story. 

2The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

You should take any chance to see old-man baby Brad Pitt on screen. Warning, you will shed tears.  Read more...

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'Jumanji' is a great video game movie that's not actually based on a video game

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 02:15

It’s a truism that Hollywood has a terrible track record when it comes to video game movies. But it’s not entirely accurate. There are lots of great video game movies out there – they're just not based on actual video games.

SEE ALSO: How ‘8-Bit Cinema’ turns classic movies into old-school video games

This month, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, joins films like Edge of Tomorrow and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on the list of excellent films inspired by video games but not directly adapted from one. This one is a loose sequel to 1995's Jumanji, which reimagines the dangerous board game as a '90s-era video game. Read more...

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The polar bear in this video is dying from starvation. Fortunately, most aren't...yet

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 02:13

After landing on Baffin Island, Canada, wildlife photographer and environmental activist Paul Nicklen captured video of a frail polar bear — dying and foaming from the mouth — as the weak animal collapsed to the ground. The bear will soon be dead — if it isn't already. 

On Dec. 5, Nicklen posted the grim video to his Instagram account, and since then, it's been stirring  emotions around the web. Polar bears are, for better or worse, a symbolic species when it comes to global warming, and many are seeing this video as a new warning sign. 

Fortunately, however, the condition of this bear is not representative of most polar bear populations — at least not yet.  Read more...

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

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 01:29

A little boy creeped out while sitting on Santa's lap used baby sign language to tell his parents he was not feeling safe with Old Saint Nick.

Kerry Spencer shared an old photo of her son hanging out with a pretty convincing looking mall Santa when he was just 1 year old.

"We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for 'help.' You're welcome," she wrote.

We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for "help." You're welcomepic.twitter.com/i6NkxBf4KP

— Kerry Spencer (@Swilua) December 5, 2017

As if the little one even needed to sign for help. His face says it all. 

Since sign language can have some variations, a few people on Twitter pointed out that this didn't look exactly like the sign for help.  Read more...

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Even Coinbase thinks you should maybe chill for a goddamn minute on Bitcoin

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 23:43

Bitcoin. It's pretty great, amirite? But, ya know, could you maybe just chill the fuck out on it for a single goddamn second?

I mean, jeez, this rocket ship is on a one-way trip to the cryptocurrency moon — that much we know for sure — but, what if, and just bear with me here for a second 'cause this is gonna sound crazy, what if it's not?

SEE ALSO: Bitcoin is a victim of its own success

Sure, Bitcoin is hitting record highs seemingly every day now, and if there's one thing spending BTC at dark-web marketplaces has taught me it's that monumental highs feel like they'll last forever. But perhaps it's time to cut our unbridled exuberance with some downers.  Read more...

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10 of the best gifts you can buy for under $100

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 23:25

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It's that time of the year again. You've put off your holiday shopping and totally missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Don't fret: These ten gifts are perfect for most anyone and they're all less than $100. Plus, when you use coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout you can get an additional 15% off.

SEE ALSO: Gifts ideas under $10 that people will actually like


Hyperchiller Coffee Chiller: 2-Pack

For the coffee lover in your life, the HyperChiller is a great gadget that turns hot coffee into perfect iced coffee in just one minute. The best part is, the HyperChiller comes in a two-pack so you can gift one to a friend and keep one for yourselfBuy a two-pack now for $60. Read more...

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Nvidia just released the most insanely powerful graphics processor ever made

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 23:21

Nvidia just announced the Titan V, the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) of all time. 

This isn't the type of graphics card your gamer friends all bought on Black Friday, either. This is a graphics card powerful enough for use on research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

SEE ALSO: Nvidia's AI machine generates fake faces from celebrity images

The GPU contains 21.1 billion (yes, billion) transistors, and delivers 110 teraflops of horsepower, 9 times that of any other Nvidia processor. For perspective, the Xbox One X delivers only six teraflops, and that was really impressive when it was announced earlier this year. Read more...

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Now that Jony Ive is done designing iPhone-inspired toilets, he could make Apple products great again

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 23:02

Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is back in charge of the company's product design teams, according to a Bloomberg report.

And that could mean really great things for the company's future products.

SEE ALSO: 5 easy tricks to help you free up storage space on your iPhone

In 2015, Ive, who was then senior vice president of design at Apple, was promoted to chief design officer. Richard Howarth and Alan Dye took over the teams for industrial design and user interface, respectively, and reported directly to CEO Tim Cook.

While Ive, no doubt, still played a role in shaping Apple's new iPhones and MacBook Pros, his new position allowed him the freedom to work on other projects. Read more...

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Wear a camera on your wrist with the help of this Kickstarter project

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:42

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Thanks to Fitbit and Apple Watch, wrist wearables have become almost as ubiquitous as smartphones. Sporting the latest wearable on your wrist signals to the world that you're an early adopter who is on the cutting edge of tech.

SEE ALSO: Learn how to create Arduino wearables with this e-book collection

A Kickstarter campaign is hoping you'll ditch your fitness trackers and smartwatches to wear an HD wide-angle camera on your wrist instead. 

Cleep is an Italian-designed wrist wearable with an embedded 150º 13mp camera that snaps photos and videos whenever you want, no smartphone required.  Read more...

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Tywin Lannister from 'Game of Thrones' narrates the third episode of nature doc parody 'Savage Cuties'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:33

There will be no mercy... probably. Presenting Savage Cuties narrated by Charles Dance.

For weekly installments of Savage Cuties, be sure to subscribe to Mashable Watercooler channel on YouTube! Read more...

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How I cheated and won $11 on HQ trivia

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:29

I won HQ trivia.

Confession: I cheated.

You should know that it still wasn't easy to do, and it's not a foolproof strategy. But it works, and the key is an Android phone. That's right, the most important tool for cheating at HQ is the phone that you can't play HQ on – at least not yet (it's coming later this month).

For those not familiar with the app, HQ has burst onto the scene as the hot new live trivia app, complete with a Quiz Daddy, hundreds of thousands of users, and cash prizes.

So, naturally, we tried to cheat at it.

With only 10 seconds to tap your answer to HQ's trivia questions, you don't have a lot of time to cheat. But we here at Mashable have spent roughly the last two weeks devising some very complex hacks to test HQ's system. On Friday, we won—with some help from Google Assistant.  Read more...

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T-Mobile is knocking $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:16

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T-Mobile is offering $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3 starting Dec. 8 and running for an unspecified amount of time. (We inquired with a press rep about that end date but all they said was that it would be for a "limited time.")

If you're in need of a last minute stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or have been on the fence about snagging the new Apple Watch for yourself, here's your answer — T-Mobile's Fifty Dolla’ Holla’(day) is definitely a holiday we can get behind.

SEE ALSO: Best Buy is having a huge sale on Apple products through Saturday Read more...

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If you believe the Amazon reviews for this ridiculous $9,000 Swiss army knife, it can basically do everything

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:10

If you're looking to give someone a very one of a kind, expensive, dangerous, and unnecessary gift this holiday season, why not purchase the Wegner 16999 Swiss Army Giant?

This over the top knife metal thing is made up 87 implements and apparently has 141 functions — that is if you can even figure out an actual safe and adequate use for it. 

The Swiss Army Giant consists of all sorts of knives, a compass, a nail clipper, a magnifying glass, a wire cutter, and more meshed altogether.

It's intense. Just take a look for yourself.

Image: Amazon

With a product as unique and pricey as this one (it costs a roughly $8,999.99), you know the reviews will be filled with trolling.  Read more...

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