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The cast of 'Jane the Virgin' was just as blown away by that twist as we all are

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:06

Jane the Virgin Twitter went WILD on Friday night. Spoilers ahead.

The show's fourth season ended with a major reveal: Michael Cordero, a character that's been dead since just before a time jump skipped the story ahead by three years back in Season 3.

SEE ALSO: Yup, 'Jane the Virgin' just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever

So for Jane — who was married to Michael — and the people in her orbit, they've all lived on for the past four or five years in TV time believing this man is dead. Then he turned up in the final moments of Season 4.

We still don't know what happened or how this believed-dead man is actually alive. Season 5 will presumably clear that up. For now, you'll have to live with the incredible reaction on social media. Starting with a post from showrunner Jennie Urman offering a behind the scenes look at the cast learning that Michael actor Brett Dier was coming back. Read more...

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Download this: Google's Grasshopper aims to make coding as easy as a game

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:53

Ever wanted to learn to code, but didn't know where to start? Google's new app wants to help.

This week the company launched Grasshopper, an app that aims to help teach adults to code (javascript, specifically) with a series of bite-sized puzzle games.

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Launched from Google's Area 120 incubator, which is devoted to experimental projects, Grasshopper takes a Duolingo-like approach to coding. It breaks down the basic concepts behind javascript, like functions and variables, into lessons you can complete in just a few minutes.

Like some of the coding apps aimed at kids, Grasshopper game-ifies the process a bit, turning coding lessons into mini-puzzles you need to solve. After you learn one concept, the next lesson will build on it and slowly add new elements so each one gets progressively more complicated. Read more...

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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to testify next week in front of Congress

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:39

The Cambridge Analytica scandal isn't going away. In fact, it's heading straight to Washington, D.C. 

Christopher Wylie tweeted early Saturday morning that he would soon testify in front of Congress. Wylie made international waves when he came forward in a Guardian story to blow the whistle on the now infamous data analytics firm that misappropriated Facebook user data and worked on behalf of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook totally regrets threatening to sue the journalists who broke Cambridge Analytica story

"I have accepted invitations to testify next week at the US House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committee," he wrote. "Democracies around the world are under threat from malicious actors who seek to use social media as an information battleground. We must take this seriously."  Read more...

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Ariana Grande makes surprise appearance at Coachella, and it's pretty great

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:06

Corny though they definitely, always are, surprise appearances always do well.

Take Ariana Grande, who on Friday night appeared during Kygo's second set at Coachella. Grande performed her latest single, "No Tears Left to Cry" as well as a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."

SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande references Manchester in uplifting 'No Tears Left To Cry' video

Audiences eat this shit up. Who can blame them when it's this good?

Ariana last performed at the March for Our Lives march in Washington.

#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande.

— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) April 20, 2018

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If we're rebooting anything, let's reboot 'Shop 'til You Drop'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:00

Game shows have been delighting America — nay, the world — for decades. But one game show in particular still reigns supreme in my heart: Shop 'til You Drop.

So why hasn't it been rebooted yet? 

SEE ALSO: I tried living like Tom Brady for a week

Okay, it's generic. And okay, it's extremely similar to Supermarket Sweep, a show that might actually be getting a reboot. So it's understandable that the lesser fans among us have forgotten just how great it was.

But if any grocery store show (niche!) deserves a reboot, it's the nonsensical, creative masterpiece that is Shop 'til You Drop.

Image: youtube/gsn

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Bring on museum companion apps — but only if they're absolutely awesome

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 13:00

On a weekday afternoon in the Greek and Roman sculpture hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was, to my surprise, the only visitor on my phone. 

The long gallery was fairly empty, but it was oddly devoid of the usual selfie-takers and Instagram story posters. I, on the other hand, had my phone out because I was attempting to use an app called Smartify to scan "Marble statue of a kouros (youth)," in order to learn more about the sculpture. It wasn't going well. 

SEE ALSO: Here comes the Museum of Selfies to stoke your Instagram-art obsession

Smartify is one of a handful of apps that allow museum-goers to use computer vision to scan works of art, bringing up supporting media and information. The Google Arts & Culture app also purports to have a version of this technology (although Google couldn't tell me which museums offer the functionality). Other apps from organizations like the Guggenheim use Bluetooth to serve museum visitors information about artwork. And recently, the global design firm R/GA unveiled the "BG Selects" app for its guest exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The R/GA app not only scans art, but also provides a synced audio experience for video, based on sub-audible sound wave recognition. Read more...

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Lyft offsets carbon emissions, but still relies on gas-guzzling cars

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 12:30

In an announcement not-so-subtly timed to Earth Day, Lyft proclaimed its ride service is now carbon neutral.

In the fight against climate change Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green explained this week that the San Francisco company was purchasing carbon offsets, making Lyft "one of the top voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world." 

SEE ALSO: Will a deal to slash shipping emissions help save the Marshall Islands from rising seas?

Instead of eliminating emissions from its vehicles, Lyft is participating in a program funding projects that reduce carbon emissionsCarbon Footprint, which works with businesses to manage their environmental impact, describes carbon offsetting as "a way to reduce the emissions that you can’t." Read more...

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Learn how to write a book with this 5-hour online course that's on sale

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:20

Everybody has a story to tell, even if they don't know it yet.  Each one of us has an interesting perspective and unique experiences, but how do we turn those into a compelling narrative? And better yet, how can we turn them into something we can publish, like a short story or novel?

SEE ALSO: Learn how to publish your own e-book

If you've been dying to tell a story, consider taking this course in Basic Creative Writing Skills for Beginners, which is on sale for $24. The course covers plot, character, and setting – plus how to train yourself to be a disciplined writer who practices their craft daily.  Read more...

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The Hubble celebrates its 28th birthday by making us all feel small, as usual

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00

A part of space 4,000 light-years away is filled with baby stars, and the Hubble Space Telescope can see them.

Two new photos taken by the intrepid telescope and released to celebrate the eye on the sky's 28th birthday show the Lagoon Nebula, a region of space filled with gas and dust that has given way to the birth of new stars. 

SEE ALSO: Hubble Space Telescope spots the farthest star ever seen thanks to quirk of nature

"This dust-and-gas landscape is being sculpted by powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds unleashed by a monster young star," NASA said in a statement about the photo.  Read more...

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Protect your iPhone and add new camera lenses at the same time

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 09:35

In the bad old days, you had to make a choice with your smartphone: Do you want a protective case, or do you want cool features? The Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone Lens Kit lets you both at the same time.

Check out the video below:

The case provides all-around protection and a raised lip, to make sure your display screen never comes into contact with surfaces, even when you set the phone down. The magnetic attachment technology lets you quickly add or remove different accessories available in the Ztylus store. 

The Oreo-sized lens attachment provides six amazing lenses that can flip up onto the existing lens and will improve the quality and zoom of your already-formidable iPhone. Read more...

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17 times Rob Delaney's Twitter game was absolutely off the charts

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 08:30

Aside from being blessed with some of the greatest facial hair we've seen this millennium, Rob Delaney is also a very funny guy.

Anyone who's seen Catastrophe will know this. He doesn't just confine his jokes to his TV show or his standup: he also has an A+ Twitter game.

SEE ALSO: 69 times Ryan Reynolds was hands down the funniest actor on Twitter

From his acerbic political comebacks to his undying love/hate for a man named Kevin, here are some of Delaney's most memorable tweets.

1. This beautiful action shot.

RT to bless someone’s timeline🧚‍♂️

— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 25, 2018

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Yup, 'Jane the Virgin' just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 02:01

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin: "Chapter Eighty-One."

Jane the Virgin has always had a knack for wringing our hearts out like old rags (sometimes in a good way), but the Season 4 finale ended with a special kind of torture. 

In the very last moment of the episode, Jane visits a grimly aloof Rafael at his apartment, expecting him to propose, where instead he reveals the secret he learned from Rose:  a living, breathing Michael Cordero.

SEE ALSO: 'Jane the Virgin' is showing how sexy conversations about consent can be

So, in no particular order, here are 12 thoughts we had during that 5-second scene that felt like it lasted an eternity, and which we subsequently watched dozens of times and will haunt us until fall. Read more...

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Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 00:56

Google finally has a plan to fix Android's texting problem.

This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple's iMessage.

Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicated than simply improving its own Android Messages app (though that's certainly part of it). Instead, Google is beginning what will be a years-long effort to get carriers and phone makers to all agree to work together and commit to using the same standard for messaging, called Rich Communications Services (RCS). Read more...

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How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 23:40

After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb.

Here's what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they'd only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Read more...

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'Smallville' actress arrested for allegedly recruiting slaves for sex trafficking scheme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 23:35

Over the past several weeks, arrests of members from the purported self-help group Nxivm have revealed an underground web of heinous crimes, from sex slavery to pyramid schemes.

Reports and rumors about the groups connections to Hollywood actors were mounting. And on Friday, actress Allison Mack — best known for her roles on Smallville and Wilfred — was arrested on sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

SEE ALSO: The #MeToo men are getting their comeback tours. The women they hurt won't be.

Mack allegedly recruited women into a sex trafficking pyramid scheme within Nxivm. The group's founder, Keith Raniere (known by group members as "Vanguard"), has been accused of standing at the top of said pyramid. He was arrested in Mexico last month on the same charges.  Read more...

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The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 23:12

The teen who marched alone last month, attracting the attention of the country, just got his classmates to join a student walkout in memory of the 15 victims of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Justin Blackman received massive support on social media last month for being the only student at his high school to participate in the nationwide walkout, part of movement led by Parkland survivors that called for lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws. 

Wow I’m literally the only one #NationalSchoolWalkout

— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018

"It's National Walkout Day, I'm the only one from my school out here," the 16-year-old said in a video he tweeted. “I’m just going to be chilling here for the next 15 minutes.” Read more...

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Flickr's new owner is here to save it from oblivion (again)

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:48

After years of languishing under Yahoo's (and, more recently, Oath's) ownership, Flickr has finally found a buyer.

Image hosting company SmugMug announced Friday that it'd acquired Flickr for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was first reported by USA Today, comes as Yahoo's parent company, Oath, looks to slim down the company's holdings.

Congrats to @DonMacAskill and his team @SmugMug on its deal to buy @Flickr - This is going to be a very good home for such an awesome service for the internet. The Flickr team is amazing

— Jeff Bonforte (@bonforte) April 20, 2018

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This 'e-scooter for women' is... actually pretty good for women

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:14
Ancheer electric scooter with suspension seat $647.99 View Product The Good Smooth and sturdy • Good grips and easy controls • Sitting and standing options • LCD screen shows speed and charge • Comfortable seat The Bad Short range • Slow acceleration • Heavy The Bottom Line If you've got a short commute, and are willing to lug 40 pounds around, Ancheer's e-scooter for women is a great ride. Mashable Score4.0 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the Buck3.0

All over the country, but particularly on the West Coast, e-scooter startups are descending. From "Spinning" to "Birding," electric scooters are all the rage these days, and it's not hard to see why. They don't get stuck in traffic, they're faster than walking, they smell better than the bus, and bikes are so last century. So when I received an email asking me to try the newest "e-scooter for women," I couldn't help but inquire further. Read more...

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Go on a tour of the moon with these 4K images

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:28

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been circling the moon for 9 years, taking high resolution images that NASA has used for research (and this nice virtual tour). Read more...

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