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Beyoncé and Jay Z bring art to the Louvre in their 'Apesh*t' video

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 13:48

The Carters bowled over an unsuspecting internet on Saturday afternoon when, without warning, they released a new joint album on Tidal. The 9-track "Love Is Everything" is wall-to-wall bangers, but even still, "Apeshit" stands out.

Beyoncé teased the album's first video on Saturday with a snippet posted to Instagram. The 6-minute cut follows Bey and husband Jay Z on a dance-filled tour through the famed French art museum, the Louvre.

The Louvre is a piece of history unto itself, with the art museum built into a palace that was constructed in the 13th century. It's already home to some of the most famous works of art on the planet. And now, "Apeshit" adds one more. Read more...

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6 videos to watch if you want to learn how to be a better man

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:00

If you're a boy on the internet secretly looking for guidance about how to be a man, you might end up in a popular, misogynist Reddit forum or on a 4chan board about "incels." Or maybe you're watching video lectures by Jordan Peterson, a psychologist who saw boys and men hungry for guidance and developed a cult following by talking to them about male dominance and self-help.

SEE ALSO: You haven't heard of this masculinity movement, but it's exactly what men need right now

While it might be easy to find sexist or conservative advice for becoming the man you always hoped you'd be, it can be difficult to find counsel from those who champion a more expansive, inclusive vision of masculinity.  Read more...

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The exquisite pain of the embarrassing screen name

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:00

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Screen name confessions: Our most cringe-worthy online handles

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:00

This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series digging into online identities.

We've all had them: embarrassing screen names. 

While the mortifying reminders of our tween years could be safely kept hidden in the past, where's the fun in that? Watch as the brave among us open up about their cringe-inducing choices.  Read more...

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Secure any WiFi connection with this portable VPN device

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:00

Public WiFi is not unlike a public water fountain or a public bathroom — most of the time it’s fine to use, but depending on where you are, it can be risky. Any time you hop on WiFi at a coffee shop, airport, or even at your workplace, there’s a chance that others can see your activity and intercept your data. But unlike a sketchy bathroom, you can fix it.

SEE ALSO: The best VPNs according to Reddit

The Keezel Safe Internet Device allows you to protect your connection and ensure privacy wherever you go, and without all the hassle of turning on multiple apps. The miniature marvel raised more than $1 million on Indiegogo, and regularly sells for $599.99, but right now it's on sale for just $449. Read more...

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6 tools every aspiring web developer should master

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:00

Say what you want about their products and business models, but Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, and their contemporaries are monuments to web development — living proof of how far the medium has come, and where it’s capable of going in the future. Each site was painstakingly built and honed by hardworking teams of programmers and designers, all of whom drew from their unique toolboxes of languages, libraries, and software to create innovative experiences. 

The Ultimate Backend Developer Bundle is a crash course in many of those tools — from C to SQL to Bootstrap to Python. Over its 78 hours of content, it can show would-be developers how to build dynamic websites and apps, manage massive databases, and gain skills sought by rising startups and internet titans alike. Each of the program's 14 courses is worth nearly $200 on its own, but you can get them all in one complete package for just $49. Here’s a glimpse at what it’ll add to your toolbox if you enroll today. Read more...

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12 kick-ass soccer movies to watch instead of the World Cup

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:00

When I was in elementary school, my parents thought it'd be a great idea to get me, an uncoordinated only child, involved in some Team Sports. One of those sports just so happened to be soccer.

I attended practices, ran my little asthmatic lungs out, and poured my sweat and tears (no blood, come on, people) into the sport. Sadly, my cleats rarely touched dirt, and whenever they got anywhere near the ball, I committed one of the ultimate sports sins: I froze.

Needless to say, I stopped playing soccer and never followed the sport professionally. Because of these circumstances, I'm sorry to say I do not care about the FIFA World Cup. What I DO care about, however, are great soccer movies. Read more...

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Holy sh*t, Beyoncé and Jay Z just dropped a surprise album

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 22:13

Sad about missing Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On the Run II" tour? Well, now you don't have to be.

Not exactly, anyway. The wife-and-husband power duo surprise released a new album — exclusively for Tidal, of course — on Saturday afternoon. The long-rumored joint album bears the title "Everything Is Love."

SEE ALSO: Tiffany Haddish all-but-confirms who bit Beyoncé, providing the answers we've been waiting for

To whet the appetites of all those non-Tidal subscribers out there, Bey shared a video snippet from one of the album's nine tracks on Instagram. In the video, which is for a track called "APES**T," she and Jay wander around the Louvre in a variety of different outfits while dancers do their thing. Read more...

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Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher, rocked her mom's Star Wars buns in public

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 22:00

Billie Lourd repped her mom in the best dang way when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday's match-up between baseball's San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The daughter of Carrie Fisher, who is a talented TV star in her own right, strode out onto the field with her hair formed into two distinctive buns. It wasn't an exact recreation of her mom's famed Princess Leia hair buns, but it was close enough to get the point across.

I'm not crying, you're crying.

SEE ALSO: Natalie Portman replies to Mark Hamill's tweet about her, totally wants to meet him

The 25-year-old Lourd took on the ceremonial first pitch duties as part of the game's Star Wars Night festivities. As you can see, she also spent some time carousing on the field with a few other familiar faces. Read more...

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Chris Hardwick's bad statement got people talking about toxic nerd culture

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:54

"As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."

On Friday night, entertainer and geek "hero" Chris Hardwick responded to Chloe Dykstra's allegations that he sexually assaulted her and engaged in other toxic behavior while the two were dating. His carefully worded statement refuted Dykstra's account, and ended with that oh-so-familiar defense you see above.

SEE ALSO: Chris Hardwick responds to Chloe Dykstra's allegations of sexual and emotional abuse

Let's be clear: "Innocent until proven guilty" is for a court of law to decide, if that's where this story eventually goes. The court of public opinion operates under no such constraints, and in the post-Harvey Weinstein days of 2018 we believe the accuser. Read more...

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Kid knocks over unsecured $132,000 statue. Now they want his parents to pay.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:25

A family may be responsible for a pricey statue their child knocked it over at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

According to Sarah Goodman, the child's mother, the incident occurred last month at a wedding reception, local outlet KSHB reports

SEE ALSO: This daughter's optical illusion went so viral even her mom recreated it

A security cam captured the whole thing, and shows the kid hug the statue before walking away. The child later returns to the statue, and appears to hang onto it. The statue falls over, and the young boy goes along with it. 

The statue was not barricaded in any way. Read more...

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YouTuber honestly reviews IHOP's overhyped burgers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 18:35

Last week, IHOP attempted to pull off some viral marketing when it announced it was changing its name to IHOb, and the "b" stood for burgers. Now, we see if those burgers hold up to the hype. 

The internet felt duped when the "b" was announced — though they should have seen this coming a mile awayMemes were made and other fast food enterprises trolled the crap out of the breakfast chain. 

YouTuber The Report of The Week, aka Reviewbrah, whose specialty is reviewing bad fast food in a suit and tie, tackled one of IHOP's new burgers this week, and the review is the perfect amount of sarcasm and snark. Read more...

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Leslie Jones offers Kelly Marie Tran some advice for dealing with internet trolls

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:44

Actress Leslie Jones is basically a pro at dealing with internet trolls. 

Back in 2016, Jones was viciously attacked on the internet in connection with the release of the Ghostbusters rebootHer website was hacked, alleged nude photos of her were leaked, and outspoken alt-righters like Milo Yiannopoulos started a hate brigade directed at the comedian. 

SEE ALSO: 'Last Jedi' director strikes back at Star Wars 'manbabies'

Two years later, she's had some time to reflect, and has offered up some advice to Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran in a recent interview in The Hollywood Reporter. Read more...

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Just call your dad on Father's Day before posting a photo of him on Facebook

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:10

This Father’s Day, call your dad. 

Your dad doesn’t care how many likes you collect on Instagram or Facebook. Just pick up the phone and call the guy. 

SEE ALSO: You haven't heard of this masculinity movement, but it's exactly what men need right now

Listen, I get it — you want to show all your friends what a total stud your dad was in his 20s or share a cute childhood, family photo where you look completely adorable and your sister is in peak awkward stage. 

But before you post a photo on social media, let him hear your voice.

Imagine how many likes this guy would get on Instagram.

My sister is going to be so mad. Read more...

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'Lust Stories' is honest and messy, and Indian cinema needs more of it

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:06

As Indian cinema's worldwide audience grows, most people are acquainted exclusively with Bollywood – Hindi-language romantic dramas full of dazzling song-and-dance numbers that may or may not be related to plot. 

But Indian cinema has always been more than that, just as Italian film extends beyond neorealism or and the French New Wave is just one piece of a rich history. Cinephiles may know Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy, which offers a glimpse of the type of gritty auteurship that doesn't pay the Bollywood bills, but speaks to some truly fine artistry. Indian short films remain a source of this ingenuity and excellence, and Netflix's Lust Stories is a fresh new installment.  Read more...

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Spigen Classic C1 review: Who knew an iPhone X case could look this cool?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:00
Spigen Classic C1 $39.99 View Product The Good Colors are true to that of the iMac G3 • Two-layer build provides protection from drops The Bad Quite difficult to take the case off • Inconsistent matte vs glossy design The Bottom Line The Spigen Classic C1 will stoke all your Apple nostalgia feelings in just the right way. But considering the relatively high price and how difficult it is to remove, the retro look is the only reason to get this case. Mashable Score3.25 Cool Factor5.0 Learning Curve2.0 Performance3.0 Bang for the Buck3.0

You may not know it by its exact name, but if I showed you a photo of the iMac G3, chances are you'd recognize it. Read more...

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'Gotti' has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and the reviews are priceless

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:20

The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti's reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it.

The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That's right, zero.

Tomatometer ratings are based on "the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show," provided there are at least five reviews. Personally, I didn't even know a 0 was possible. 

SEE ALSO: There's a secret way to predict a movie's Rotten Tomatoes score Read more...

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Chris Hardwick responds to Chloe Dykstra's allegations of sexual and emotional abuse

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:58

Podcaster, show host, and geek opportunist Chris Hardwick has released a statement after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, alleged he emotionally abused and sexually assaulted her during their three-year relationship. Hardwick says "at no time did I sexually assault her."

On Thursday evening, Dykstra, an actress, model, and gamer commonly known online as Skydart, released an initially anonymous Medium post which detailed the traumatic account of the couple's relationship. Although Dykstra does not out Hardwick as the ex by name in the post, she provided details that could have only been Hardwick.  Read more...

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Kids are being torn away from their parents. This Twitter thread provides vital context.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:40

Facts can only do so much. 

The Trump administration-authored policy of separating migrant children from their parents has sparked outrage all across the United States. As horrible as the basic facts are to most rational sensibilities, they're easy to distort on paper — as one Gizmodo reporter's Twitter thread makes clear.

SEE ALSO: Shut the f*ck up, Marco Rubio

In recent days, news media organizations have gotten the chance to step inside a number of the detention centers that have been established for housing these kids. And for every chill-inducing thread that details their daily reality, there are tweets like this one that work to hand-wave away any concerns. Read more...

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The Cat Art Show: 'It's no f*cking joke'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 14:00

Hundreds of self-proclaimed cat people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night for the opening of Cat Art Show, a gallery of multimedia pieces that share one theme: love of cats. 

Shannon Leigh, whose bright blue dress was printed with cats wearing smaller, brighter dresses, didn't expect an actual gallery of fine art when she first attended three years ago.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of art here," Leigh said. "Like, this is a legit art show that just happens to be about cats." 

A post shared by Dirty Lola (@scarlett_river) on Jun 2, 2018 at 8:34pm PDT

The fact that people pass off the show as some kind of niche event for "hoarder spinsters" strikes a nerve for Susan Michals, Cat Art Show's founder and curator.  Read more...

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