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Elated Buffalo Bills fans shower another team's quarterback with donations

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:26

Buffalo Bills fandom has come a long way since the infamous dildo Incident of 2016.

For the first time in 17 years, Buffalo's favorite NFL team has clinched a playoff berth. And they did it in dramatic fashion with a little help. To celebrate, Bills fans are showing their appreciation with cash donations for a charity foundation headed by another team's quarterback.

SEE ALSO: There's a ton of snow in Buffalo, and also a football game if you can see through it

The Bills ended their season on Sunday with a much-needed win over the Miami Dolphins, keeping playoff hopes alive. But it was a surprise Cincinnati Bengals upset in a match-up with the Baltimore Ravens that clinched the Bills playoff berth, and much of that victory is owed to quarterback Andy Dalton's dramatic game-ending touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left on the clock. Read more...

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'A Series of Unfortunate Events' returns to Netflix for Season 2 in March

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:18

A Series of Unfortunate Events is returning to Netflix with a second season on March 30, the show revealed in the above teaser, which took fans a little bit of sleuthing to find in the first place.

The Twitter account for the show tweeted out a poem Monday morning with a few capitalized words smattered throughout, which when put together with the obtusely conspicuous "(.com)" at the end led to a website with another poem linking out to A Series of Unfortunate Events's Netflix page containing the teaser. 

The teaser doesn't contain too much outside of a monologue from Neil Patrick Harris's character Count Olaf, but there are a few quick scenes that look like they've been pulled out of the fifth, sixth, and seventh Series of Unfortunate Events novels on which the show are based. Read more...

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That weird-ass milking scene in 'The Last Jedi' was a lot of work, you guys

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:11

Star Wars: The Last Jedi polarized audiences so much that we can't even agree on loving or hating the infamous blue milk scene. It turns out director Rian Johnson was heavily invested in the realism of that scene, as elaborated by creature designer Neal Scanlan.

SEE ALSO: 'Last Jedi' seriously had THE MOST WTF moment of any Star Wars movie

"It was designed to be able to breathe and there was a milk delivery system, on the inside," Scanlan told Collider

Also on the inside: Two full-sized human puppeteers and a fully-functional milking system. The puppeteers (who enter by opening the creatures head, sure) had monitors on the inside to follow the scene while the milking occured. The entire creature, the Thala-siren, was built and transported to filming location via helicopter. Read more...

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These robotic arms are actually bartenders

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:04

The Tipsy Robot in Las Vegas is introducing their latest bartenders—two robotic arms. They're programmed to create your drink precisely and also mimic actions of a bartender. The company claims these robots can make 120 drinks within an hour. But if you're not into robots, there's also a human bar available.  Read more...

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Someone used Amazon's Same-Day delivery service to help the homeless

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:04

YouTuber Rob Bliss decided to use Amazon's Prime Now to deliver goods to the homeless community around New York City. He asked each person what they needed and ordered them. Donations included socks, shoes, sleeping bags, long johns, and other hygienic items. Within hours, the items were delivered. Read more...

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This designer creates giant portraits made out of fabric

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:02

Benjamin Shine is a pioneering designer and artist, who developed a technique to "paint with fabric." His work focuses on creating delicate, yet accurate, portraits made out of tulle. Read more...

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Why this year in smartphone design has been epic

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:01

Both the hardware and software of popular smartphones got an overhaul in 2017, but advances in cameras and augmented reality features stood out.  Read more...

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What Is Search Engine Optimization in 2018 by @MrDannyGoodwin

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:00

This is how we should define SEO now, in 2018, according to 60+ search engine optimization experts.

The post What Is Search Engine Optimization in 2018 by @MrDannyGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Creative people build mini-island to dodge NYE alcohol ban

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:45

When it comes to New Year's Eve, people are more than happy to get creative if it means their party plans can go unhindered.

On Sunday, a photo shared by David Saunders in the Facebook group Tairua ChitChat! began doing the rounds on social media.

SEE ALSO: Lin-Manuel Miranda's tender New Year's message made the holiday a little less horrible

It appears to show a group of New Zealanders sat drinking on a tiny island made of sand:

New Year's revellers build sandcastle in Coromandel estuary to avoid liquor ban

— News (@NZStuff) December 31, 2017

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NBC names Hoda Kotb co-anchor of 'Today,' replacing disgraced Matt Lauer

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:41

NBC kicked off 2018 on Tuesday morning by officially naming Hoda Kotb as cohost of the popular Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie, the first time two women have co-anchored NBC's flagship morning show. 

Kotb, who has 30 years of experience in television news, replaces Matt Lauer who was fired in November 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.

SEE ALSO: Matt Lauer is what happens when men who are terrible to women are given every benefit of the doubt

Guthire and Kotb celebrated the announcement at the start of Tuesday's show as Guthrie said: "Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today... this has to be the most popular decision NBC has ever made, and I am so thrilled." Read more...

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People are tweeting their own 'Black Mirror' ideas and some are truly terrifying

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:41

If Charlie Brooker starts to run low on ideas for the next Black Mirror season, he shouldn't worry too much — the people of Twitter have his back.

SEE ALSO: Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season 4 storylines

Shortly after Season 4 was unleashed into the world, fans began tweeting out their own ideas for future episodes.

These ranged from the serious...

Black Mirror idea: Future of Tinder for people who want kids. You give the app your DNA, then swipe left or right on realistic generated photos of the kids it knows you would make with the other users. Freaky!

— wyatt tall (@comfortfood) December 30, 2017

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Train company responds to woman's complaint about sexist behaviour with, uh, more sexism

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:03

Heads up, companies: when a woman makes a complaint about the misogynist behaviour of a male employee, take her seriously. 

Sadly, this isn't what happened when a woman complained to a UK train company about the dismissive and patronising conduct of one of their train conductors. Instead, her complaint was met with a snarky and completely tone deaf response. 

SEE ALSO: Watch 11-year-old Meghan Markle protesting a sexist ad on TV

Emily Lucinda Cole tweeted a complaint to Virgin Trains East Coast that an older male train manager dismissed her in a "patronising" way, calling her "honey." 

When virgin trains mess up and the older male train manager in the resulting conversation dismisses you with that hideously patronising word women shudder at in contexts such as these: "honey" @virgin_trainsEC.

— Emily Lucinda Cole (@EmilyLucindaRC) January 2, 2018

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LG's new 88-inch, 8K OLED display is absolutely gorgeous

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:41

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If you were planning to buy an OLED TV but nothing out there was big enough for you, LG has a treat: The world's first 8K, 88-inch OLED display. 

The TV has a 7,680x4,320 pixel resolution (that's 33 million pixels), and that's all LG shared in terms of specs at this point. Given that it's an OLED, though, we can expect deep blacks, vivid colors, and wide viewing angles. Also, the TV has very slim borders, as you can see in the photo above.  Read more...

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The 2 tiny 'Black Mirror' Season 4 celebrity cameos you may have missed

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:37

Warning: Contains mild spoilers for Black Mirror Season 4, Episode 1.

Okay, chances are — assuming you're a Breaking Bad fan — you'll probably have noticed at least one of the celebrity cameos in the "U.S.S. Calllister" episode of Black Mirror Season 4.

We'd bet money you didn't spot both, though.

SEE ALSO: Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season 4 storylines

Shortly after the latest season of Charlie Brooker's dystopian nightmare aired on Netflix, gleeful fans took to Twitter to discuss their findings.

uss callister episode of black mirror:
- kirsten dunst is an extra
- aaron paul voiceover

fan service of the highest order

— Becca Laurie, PI (@imbeccable) December 30, 2017

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Zac Efron tells the strange story of how he made Michael Jackson cry

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:36

Zac Efron never met Michael Jackson face-to-face, but he does have one pretty random claim to fame: he once made the singer cry over the telephone.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Efron explained that he was put on the phone to Jackson by his then-director Kenny Ortega when they were having dinner.

SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can't wait to see in 2018

The first conversation was pretty one-sided, but Jackson apparently rang Ortega back when he realised he'd just been talking to the star of High School Musical. It turned out he was also a big fan of Efron's work.

"I lost it," says Efron in the clip above. "I just lost it. I lost my balance, I think I fell over into the wall. I was like, 'You know who I am! What?!'. I just started crying, I was a mess." Read more...

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Edinburgh pub changes its name to 'The J.K. Rowling' for a reason you'll totally love

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:22

Some of us would love to raise a glass to the literary legend that is J.K. Rowling. But, lucky drinkers in Edinburgh can do one better now, after The Conan Doyle pub changed its name to The J. K. Rowling. 

SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling just tweeted the sweetest reply to a struggling writer

The pub's original namesake Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born close to the pub's location at York Place, Edinburgh, and a statue of his detective creation stands over the road. 

SPOTTED in Edinburgh 👀

A post shared by The Plunge (@theplunge__) on Jun 29, 2017 at 11:39pm PDT

While many residents of Auld Reekie are scratching their heads at the sudden and somewhat confusing name change, there's actually a pretty good explanation for it.  Read more...

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Karl Pilkington totally predicted 2 'Black Mirror' Season 4 storylines

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:43

Warning: Contains mild spoilers for Black Mirror Season 4, episode 6.

If there's one thing The Ricky Gervais Show and An Idiot Abroad have taught us, it's that Karl Pilkington has some unusual ideas about the world.

Turns out they make glorious Black Mirror storylines, though.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' Season 4 isn't f*cking around

On Sunday, YouTuber matt published a video that pairs two ideas Karl Pilkington had on The Ricky Gervais Show with two storylines that crop up in the "Black Museum" episode of Black Mirror Season 4 — the second of which, in particular, is almost spookily accurate. Read more...

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YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for video showing an apparent victim of suicide

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 06:05

YouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology for posting a video containing footage of an apparent victim of suicide, but it might not be enough for some.

In the now-removed video, the 22-year-old vlogger visited Japan's Aokigahara forest on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. The forest's name translates to the "Sea of Trees" but is known internationally as the "Suicide Forest," the site of hundreds of suicides every year.

SEE ALSO: How your brain responds to certain words might predict your suicide risk

According to New York Magazine, Paul posted a video to his 15 million YouTube subscribers with the title "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…" that was meant to be the third part of his “Tokyo Adventures,” series. The publisher reports that the video contained footage of a person who had apparently died by suicide, with their face blurred. Read more...

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