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McAfee has launched a 70% back-to-school sale on antivirus protection

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:18

Nobody likes viruses. It doesn't matter whether they are of the sweaty or techy variety, nobody has time for them. 

There are a number of ways to protect yourself against a bug, and you learn most of these at an early age. Namely, avoid too much physical contact and don't sneeze on your friends. Good life lessons. 

Learning how to protect yourself from the other kind of viruses comes later in life. Thankfully most of the work is taken off our hands by the likes of McAfee

McAfee keeps you fit and healthy by providing:

  • Secure banking — safe online banking protection that covers all your transactions

  • Ad blocking — prevents unwanted pop-ups

  • Data protection — keeps your data safe from hackers 

  • Anti-malware — stops nasty programs from attacking you online Read more...

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note9 is super powerful and available at great prices

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:15

In the battle royale for mobile phone dominance, there are a few candidates with larger arsenals than the rest of the competition.

The iPhone is one of the most feared in the field, but there are a host of other big contenders too, one of them being the Samsung Galaxy Note.

In good news for fans of the device, the Note9 was officially released on Aug. 24. In more good news, the smartphone retailer is celebrating the launch with a range of great deals on the brand-new handset.

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SEO Community Resists Trump’s Threat to Regulate Google Search by @martinibuster

Search Engine Journal - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:13

President Donald Trump has threatened to regulate Google search. Here's how the SEO community responded.

The post SEO Community Resists Trump’s Threat to Regulate Google Search by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Chill contestant eating crisps during 'GBBO' challenge is utterly iconic

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:02

We all react differently under pressure. Some of us whistle loudly, others sing, and then there's Karen. 

On the season premiere of The Great British Bake Off, Karen introduced a new coping strategy for those fraught moments: kicking back with a packet of crisps. 

When everyone around her was pretty much freaking out, Karen was, well, munching on some crisps. 

SEE ALSO: Now there's a cafe that just serves crisp-filled sandwiches

We like your style, Karen. 

Seemingly Karen had finished her first task before her fellow contestants. So she took a little break to have a well-earned snack, much to the delight of enthralled viewers.  Read more...

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Facebook still needs to work on what to do when users die

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 09:00

What happens to your Facebook account after you die? Well, that largely depends on who reports your death to Facebook first.

In 2015, Facebook announced in a press release that users would be able to name a "legacy contact," or a person responsible for managing your account after you die. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook's staunchest privacy advocates are disappearing

Legacy contacts can memorialize accounts and download all of an account's data. They can even delete accounts completely. However, users can set preferences to have accounts memorialized or deleted after they pass away, and a legacy contact must abide by those specifications. Read more...

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The best Amazon UK Bank Holiday Sale deals for Wednesday: Epsom projectors, SanDisk flash drives, Fitbits, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:00

After a week of great offers, the Amazon August Bank Holiday Sale is coming to an end. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

The biggest ever Amazon Bank Holiday sale has delivered daily deals on everything from bluetooth speakers to cookware sets, from retailers such as Sony, Samsung, and Le Creuset. Don't start mourning just yet though, as there is still one day left to secure the best products for low prices.

There is another new selection of Deals of the Day that are available until midnight alongside the usual Best Deals that have been ever-present throughout the sale, but will also disappear as midnight strikes.  Read more...

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Yeaaah, Waymo's self-driving taxis don't seem like they'll be ready for their 2018 launch date

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 03:30

It appears that Waymo's "fully self-driving" taxi service was a bit too aggressive with its 2018 launch date.

A report from The Information Tuesday paints a bleak picture out of Phoenix, Arizona, where Waymo seems to be experiencing glitches with its autonomous vehicles.

Merging into highway traffic, navigating around groups of people, turning left — these are just a few of the hurdles facing Waymo's fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans that the company is hoping to turn into a fully autonomous taxi service. 

The minivans often drive in the center of wide roads and stop for a full three seconds at stop signs, habits that aren't popular among some local residents. At least a dozen people told The Information, "I hate them."  Read more...

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Conservative Facebook employees create a group to complain about 'political monoculture'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:58

At Facebook, some employees have joined an online group to complain about what they say are the company’s left-leaning politics, reports the New York Times

It’s named FB'ers for Political Diversity, and was created by Brian Amerige, a senior engineer at the social media giant.

SEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos' Facebook rant shows that de-platforming actually works

Amerige wrote a post called "We Have a Problem With Political Diversity" on Facebook's internal message board, which was shared with the Times.

"We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views," reads the post. "We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology." Read more...

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News reporter says 'flux capacitator' was the potential cause of a plane crash

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:19

Ah, the old flux capacitor prank.

Kathryn Burcham with Boston 25 news was reporting live from the scene of a plane crash at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Massachusetts, when it appears she accidentally made a Back to the Future reference. In the clip, Burcham claims that Jacob Haselden, the 20-year-old pilot who crash-landed the plane, told her a "defective flux capacitator" was the possible cause of the crash. 

SEE ALSO: Time-Travel Through 'Back to the Future' in 60 Seconds

Great Scott! We may have a troll on our hands.

As many of you know, a "flux capacitor" is a component in Doc Brown's time machine from the Back to the Future franchise. It's unclear if the plane was a time machine.  Read more...

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Jaguar Land Rover self-driving shuttle communicates with 'virtual eyes'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 23:49

Jaguar Land Rover wants pedestrians to feel safer about its self-driving vehicles, and it's hoping a pair of "virtual eyes" will do the trick. 

The thing is, it's kinda creepy.

Think about it: A shuttle pulls up to a stoplight at an intersection that you're waiting to cross and suddenly its cartoonish, drooping eyes are looking directly at you. Would you feel comforted? 

The idea is that you would, and it's the latest attempt to replicate the human interaction that can occur between a driver and a person crossing the road. Ford, for instance, is working on a self-driving "language" that uses various patterns on a windshield-mounted light bar to communicate what the car is doing. Drive.AI is developing a less subtle method with digital images and captions on the side of its shuttles that explain what the car is doing, such as, "Waiting for you to cross." Read more...

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3D gun group skirts law by selling blueprint files on flash drives

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 22:40

The blueprint files to print your own 3D gun are now being sold — despite a ban issued by a federal judge.

Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, a group that distributes the files necessary to print your own “wiki weapons,” held a press conference on Tuesday announcing the release of the 3D firearm blueprints.

SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about the 3D printed gun debate

This comes one day after a federal judge in Seattle extended a temporary ban placed on the 3D gun files just before they were to be released online last month. That ban, handed down in July, was issued after attorneys general from Washington and several other states jointly filed a last minute lawsuit against the Trump administration in order to stop the 3D gun files release. The federal judge on Monday granted a motion to extend that ban until that case is resolved. The issue came to public attention after the State Department reached a settlement with Defense Distributed in June, paving the way for the group to release the files online.  Read more...

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'Johny Johny Yes Papa' is just one of many terrifying YouTube videos made for kids

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 22:39

The internet is invested in the tale of Johny, Papa, and their sugary deceit. 

"Johny Johny Yes Papa" is probably one of the more terrible things to curse your timeline recently. The nightmarish nursery rhyme went viral over the past week, drawing hundreds of thousands of new people into its lore. 

In the most shared version, a child with an absurdly large head sneaks out of bed to gorge on sugar cubes when his father — known only as "Papa" — sternly calls out "Johny" and breaks into a Gangnam Style-type dance. 

SEE ALSO: 'B*tch, I'm a Cow' is the summer bop taking over the internet with memes Read more...

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Hurricane Maria is the deadliest storm of the 21st century

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 22:34

Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria one year ago next month. 

Since the island's long recovery began, the government and independent institutions have worked to figure out exactly how many lives were taken by the effects of the extreme storm.

SEE ALSO: We may never see a hurricane season worse than the one that brought us Katrina

Today, we have a new, better estimate — and it’s more than 46 times the old one. 

According to a new study released by George Washington University (GW), 2,975 people died as a result of the hurricane. The government of Puerto Rico now accepts that number as an accurate death toll, updating their previous official estimate of 64. Read more...

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Instagram Lets Users Apply to Become Verified by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 22:06

Instagram has simplified the verification process, adding a form to the app that lets users easily apply to become verified.

The post Instagram Lets Users Apply to Become Verified by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

This is the weirdest dog you will ever see

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 21:20

Mr. Bubz the dog has seemingly come out of nowhere, blessing the internet with his snarls and nervous energy.

After a 14-second video of the pup snarling while a man offered some affection was uploaded to YouTube on Monday it quickly ramped up well over 10,000 views. 

SEE ALSO: People really want their dogs to chill out with CBD and demand is sky high

And while Mr. Bubz currently only has a handful of post on his Instagram — the first of which was also posted on Monday — he already has over 10,000 followers. 

Regardless of what launched Mr. Bubz into an overnight sensation, all I know is that I too love Mr. Bubz, and so should you. He's not perfect! But who is?  Read more...

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Meme perfectly explains the difference between freshman and and senior year

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 20:48

There's something so embarrassing, yet sweet, about how excited you were before the first day of school freshman year. 

By the time senior year of high school or college rolls around, it's easy to catch yourself doing things a bit differently than the wide-eyed kid you were four years ago. Thankfully there's a meme that sums up the self-awareness perfectly. 

SEE ALSO: Tinder launches Tinder U for the college kids

After freshman year, levels of enthusiasm when it comes to getting school supplies quickly drops, right alongside a steady increase of the unshakeable plague that is senioritis. 

Night before first day of freshman year: Ok I have my backpack, notebooks, color coded folders, pencils, pens...

Night before first day of senior year: Ok I have one piece of .7 lead...

— sydnee allen (@sydnee_allen) August 28, 2018

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Bees swarm hot dog stand in Times Square

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 20:05

How many bees is too many bees? I am not 100 percent sure, but there sure were a lot of bees on this hot dog stand in Times Square.

Twitter was abuzz with bee chatter on Tuesday after an enormous number of bees overtook a Sabrett's umbrella on 43rd Street in Manhattan. According to an expert cited by Gothamist, the bees were probably "expats from a nearby beehive" who decided to park close to home and wait for their queen. Very feminist!

SEE ALSO: French beach town bans swimming because of a very horny dolphin

After news of the bees spread throughout the city's media hive mind, the New York Police Department roped off part of the street, then began to suck the bees up with a special bee vacuum. (In fact, the NYPD has long retained a bee cop.) Read more...

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