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The best UK deals for Monday: Garmin watches, Xbox bundles, Kenwood mixers, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:48

OK guys it's about two weeks until Christmas now. We are actually kind of impressed if you haven't sorted your presents yet. It's a sign of confidence.

Having self-confidence is a good thing, without a doubt, but there comes a point when you need to actually act. Those presents aren't going to buy themselves, however much you might like to believe that they will.

We are venturing into "last chance" territory here, so listen up, because there won't be many more chances to pick up a great deal in time for Christmas. We have put together the best deals on gaming bundles, personal care items, kitchen appliances, and Garmin watches, just in time for the big day. Read more...

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Using 6 Principles of Persuasion to Increase Conversions by @iambenwood

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:45

Here are six quick ways to grab the attention of your visitors and influence their purchase and conversion decisions.

The post Using 6 Principles of Persuasion to Increase Conversions by @iambenwood appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

This artist built a stripper robot 10 years ago. Now his creation's gone beyond his control.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:27


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'Doctor Who' pulls a 'Game of Thrones', makes fans wait for the next season

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:15

No, Doctor Who is not going to suddenly start killing everybody off (at least that we know of)

But it does look like the show is going to pull a Game of Thrones of sorts in terms of how long it will be between seasons. 

The 11th season of the legendary sci-fi show ended on Sunday, but we won't see get to see much of The Doctor next year. 

SEE ALSO: Jodie Whittaker will be returning for another season of 'Doctor Who'

BBC just announced that Season 12 of Doctor Who won't be ready until 2020. This means that apart from a New Year's special that will be broadcast on the very first day of 2019, the coming year will be totally free of Doctor Who.  Read more...

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Celebrity gives thumbs up after eating bull's penis, becomes instant meme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:15

Some moments are just such a mood that they are almost begging to become a meme. One such moment occurred Sunday on UK TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.  

When Arrow star John Barrowman had to eat unspeakable things for his so-called "Bushtucker Trial" (a challenge on the show where contestants have to do or eat very unpleasant things to earn extra food for their team), a very meme-able thing happened.

SEE ALSO: 'They live among us' is the meme for your spiciest opinions

After having chewed his way through a big chunk of a bull's penis, Barrowman buried his head in the crook of his elbow while delivering an unenthusiastic thumbs up to his team mates.  Read more...

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J.K. Rowling just made her thoughts about the latest Brexit news very, very clear

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:50

Brexit is so nightmarishly complicated that even the mere mention of the word is enough to bring the average British person out in shudders.

Not J.K. Rowling, though. Despite the ongoing stress that goes hand-in-hand with the daily headlines about politicians, votes, and Article 50, the Harry Potter author remains undeterred.

SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling has spoken, owls are better than Brexit

On Monday morning, following the EU court ruling that Britain will be allowed to cancel the Brexit decision if it decides to do so (even without permission from the 27 other member states of the EU), Rowling tweeted this: Read more...

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Raspberry Pi kits and courses might be the perfect gift for the tinkerer in your life

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:00

They say the things you put together yourself make for the most meaningful presents. Then again, there's no hard and fast rule that says that it's you who should be doing the work. For tinkerers and tech geeks, they most likely prefer being the ones getting their hands dirty, so what better gift to give them than something to get their creative juices flowing?

Here are two gifting options for the tinkerer in your life:

Raspberry Pi 3B+ & 37 Sensors Starter Kit

Initially intended as a tool for getting kids interested in computing, the Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer that has evolved into something of prominence in the world of robotics and programming. This kit includes a Raspberry Pi and TF Card with Raspbian system and Dragit programming language pre-installed, 37 newly-designed sensor modules, and instructions for building 35 products from auto-flash LEDs to rain detection to tracking sensors. Each module has schematic diagrams that help its builder gain a deeper understanding of how it works, so they can design and build games, robots, and tools easily. Read more...

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This Instagram artist's mock self-help books are honestly too relatable

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:42

How to make dysfunctional love last forever is a self-help book I'd personally be very, very interested to read. 

Unfortunately, it's not a real self-help book, and it can't help solve that problem.

SEE ALSO: The artist behind the 'Awards for Good Boys' Instagram isn't afraid to piss off her trolls

That's because it's really a work of book cover art by Instagram artist @JohanDeckmann, who's page is dedicated to taking the most relatable thoughts and ideas and printing them into fake book covers, which he shares with his nearly 85,000 followers.

His mock self-help titles are so relatable, it's actually a crying shame they're not real books (though they are printed on old books from antique stores). Read more...

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Behold, this gate sounds like the beginning of the 'Jurassic Park' theme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 06:49

Squeaky gates are more annoying than anything.

Not this gate though, which invokes a sense of nostalgia for everyone's favourite dinosaur-related film, Jurassic Park.

SEE ALSO: 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer clocked 289 million views in 24 hours, says Disney

Twitter user @lukedmond posted a video of his gate which, when opened, issues the same notes as the film's theme by John Williams — you'll remember it from the iconic scene when the gates of the wildlife park appear on screen.

While it's a pretty short clip, you'll get the gist.

Fortunately, someone else completed the rest of the theme, if only hearing the first few notes of it proved too frustrating for you. Read more...

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'Fortnite' streamer charged after alleged domestic assault on Twitch

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 05:50

An Australian Fortnite streamer has been charged after allegedly assaulting his partner during a live broadcast on Twitch.

Officers from Camden Police were contacted after a witness reported the alleged assault, which took place on Sunday evening.

SEE ALSO: 'Fallout 76' banning homophobic players exposes a bigger problem

The 26-year-old man, known by his handle MrDeadMoth, can be heard on the livestream arguing with his partner, a 21-year-old woman, who repeatedly asked him to stop playing the game. Clips of the incident went viral on Twitter.

"Can you not? I said I'll be out soon," the man said, before leaving his seat. Then, what appears to be the sound of a slap can be heard off camera. The woman responded by calling him a "woman basher," and can be heard sobbing in the background.  Read more...

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Andy Serkis brings back Gollum to parody Theresa May

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 02:31

As you're likely aware, the UK's Brexit deal is well, not very popular.

Despite the turmoil, the deal is very precious to Prime Minister Theresa May though, which makes it prime parody material for Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film series.

"This is it. Our deal," Serkis, dressed as May, said in the video. "We takes back control — borders, laws, blue passports."

It's part of a campaign for the People's Vote, a group calling for another referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union. Read more...

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'Stranger Things' Season 3 teaser reveals episode titles

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 01:41

Let your imagination run wild with this Stranger Things Season 3 teaser.

Netflix dropped the mysterious clip on Sunday night, detailing the names of the episodes for the beloved show's anticipated third season, set to release in summer 2019.

There's not a whole lot to go on, other than we'll be in the summer of 1985, but we like the sound of "The Case of the Missing Lifeguard."

The other episode titles include "Suzie, Do You Copy?," "The Mall Rats," "The Sauna Test," "The Source," "The Birthday," "The Bite," and "The Battle of Starcourt."

Want more clues? Season 3 comes with its own game, and there's a trailer. Read more...

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Roger, the internet famous bucket crushing kangaroo, has died

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 01:17

If you've spent quite a bit of time on the internet, you might've stumbled across Roger. But now, the famed marsupial is no longer with us. 

The impressively buff red kangaroo has died aged 12, announced by The Kangaroo Sanctuary — the Australian refuge where he lived — in a Facebook post Saturday morning.

SEE ALSO: Please enjoy this photo of a seal with an eel stuck up its nose

"Sadly Roger has passed away of old age," reads the post. "He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world. We will always love you and miss you Roger."

Roger became internet famous around 2015, when photos of him crushing buckets and looking frighteningly muscular circulated online.  Read more...

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NFL fans are losing it after the Dolphins beat the Patriots with a wild trick play

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 22:46

Most fans of professional football that don't live in or have family ties to Boston hate the New England Patriots. Those people are very happy on this late-season Sunday.

It looked like a Patriots win was all but secured as the game clock ticked into its final seconds during an afternoon match-up against the Miami Dolphins. But that's when it happened, a real-deal NFL miracle. The "Miami Miracle," as it's now been dubbed.

SEE ALSO: The golden age of streaming sports isn't perfect, but it's still damn good

Miami, down by 5 points with just seven seconds to go, delivered the most unexpected touchdown play. It's the kind of thing you'd expect to see at the end of a sports movie, when the underdog team completely trips up the reigning champs by pulling off a trick play that nobody saw coming. Read more...

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Hey 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' fans, here's a Season 6 trailer. Get hype.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 21:39

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is coming back Jan. 10 for a sixth season on NBC, against all odds after Fox's cancellation failed to stick.

Now there's this new trailer, freshly released on Sunday, to get you in the mood. You can hit play without fear of spoilers. This is more of a random riff on Die Hard and other action movies, with Andy Samberg's Jake taking on the hero role.

It's fun! It should be! We all had every reason to think Brooklyn Nine-Nine was never coming back after Fox dropped the hammer on it, so every episode from Season 6 (and potentially beyond) is technically a gift, for both the actors and their fans. Read more...

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11 festive holiday light shows you can watch without leaving the house

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 21:00

Come December, many elect to adorn their homes with lights and decorations. And some take holiday decorating to the next level by curating intricate light shows.

Holiday light shows have become an American tradition over the past couple of years. Using  special lighting equipment and a ridiculous amount of holiday decorations, people have created entertaining shows set to an array of music. These light shows have become so popular that they even spawned the popular seasonal reality show, The Great Christmas Light Fight.

SEE ALSO: You can't escape the 'Baby Shark' song, not even in holiday light displays Read more...

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Smokey Bear's world is on fire. But the old mascot won't die.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:30

The real Smokey Bear narrowly avoided death in the pine-filled Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, nearly 70 years ago. 

Just west of the town of Roswell, firefighters found the bear cub clutching to the upper reaches of a tree, with singed paws and legs. The stranded black bear would almost certainly have perished amid the ashy land, but foresters saved him, and ultimately brought the tiny omnivore to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. 

Here, the newly named "Smokey Bear" lived out his domesticated life, well beyond the wild threats of the American West, where forests burn, and indomitable fires are king. Read more...

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Metal had an amazing year and these are the albums to prove it

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:30

Metal has been having a transcendent year.

Such a transcendent year, in fact, that I feel comfortable calling 2018 the Year of Extreme Metal — a year in which bands across the extreme metal spectrum have been putting out some of their best, most interesting, and intricate albums of all time.

This was the year that bands like Skeletonwitch and Yob dug deep, looked inward, and perfected their artistry within the genre to create intense, visceral masterpieces. Other bands like Nekrogoblikon and Between the Buried and Me looked outward and pushed extreme metal into new, refreshing directions while holding true to that unmistakable metal spirit. Read more...

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NASA gives the Avengers some advice for helping Tony Stark

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:21

The last time we saw Tony Stark, he was adrift in space in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, and it didn't look like survival was likely.

Luckily, the folks at NASA heard about Iron Man's plight and had some advice to offer for the rest of the Avengers who were still alive on Earth.

Hey @Marvel, we heard about Tony Stark. As we know, the first thing you should do is listen in mission control for “@Avengers, we have a problem.” But if he can’t communicate, then we recommend ground teams use all resources to scan the skies for your missing man

— NASA (@NASA) December 9, 2018

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