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13 travel bloggers on their very favorite travel gadgets

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:00

There are a lot of different travel gadgets out there, and it’s hard to know if what you’re getting is going to be useful or just end up collecting dust somewhere in your closet. When you’re hopping around from country to country, it’s important to travel light and only pack the essentials.

Travel gadgets are something we cover often. We’ve broken down the best coffee mugs to take on your morning commute, gotten tech-savvy with the most high tech smart luggage sets, and scoured the web for the one item we pretty much always forget when journeying into foreign lands: Travel adapters.    

An ideal travel gadget is the kind of thing you'll use over and over, something that will satisfy such a specific and persistent need that you'll come to rely on it, uncertain how you ever traveled without it. A good travel gadget should be well-made, easy to pack, and worth every penny. Read more...

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Master the software used by some of the world's best DJs for only $29

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:00

If Idris Elba (or DJ Big Driis) can perform a two-hour set at Coachella despite his grueling acting career, then so can you. You don't even have to be crowned as the Sexiest Man Alive to pursue DJ-ing. All you need is a passion for creating music magic and a feature-rich digital audio workstation (DAW) to start working the turntables.

For the world's highest-paid DJs like Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and Steve Aoki, and genius producers like Kendrick Lamar and Chris Martin, their DAW of choice is Apple's very own Logic Pro.

Remember when your jaw dropped as you watched Calvin Harris demo how he mixed the banger that is "Slide"? At the center of his production workflow was yup, you named it: Logic Pro. He used the software to cut, combine, and edit a variety of audio elements. But it's easier seen than done. Ogling at a renowned musician produce hits like it's no big deal may make you feel that you can pull it off yourself at first try, but you still need expert-led instruction if you have hopes of breaking into the Billboard Hot 100.  Read more...

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This cheap project management software can make freelancing easier

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:00

Freelancing can be great — all that freedom to be your own boss, plus you can work in your underwear. But there's another side to freelancing that isn't as fun: the side that includes project management, time tracking, invoicing, proposal writing, and lead generation.

Plutio is an app that takes the headache out of your hustle. Designed with freelancers in mind, it's an all-in-one tool that caters to your every need, so you can free up time to do actual work.

Garnering over 1,700 upvotes on Product Hunt and named one of the "Top Ten Essential Tools For All Freelancers And Micro Businesses" by Forbes, Plutio offers a helping hand in almost every aspect of your workflow. It lets you send invoices in a snap and track when they are opened, and gets you paid swiftly with a variety of payment methods including PayPal and Stripe. The tracking tool allows you to better account for your time, and the task management feature lets you organize your to-do list in a way that will help you stay focused. Read more...

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Google helps digitally preserve historic places like Notre Dame

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:00

The world watched in despair on Monday as fire engulfed one of the western world's most treasured landmarks, Notre Dame

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but a disaster like this is not unprecedented. Thanks to climate change, armed conflict, development, and human action, threats to historical places are all too common

Surprisingly, one of the best ways to prepare for those threats is not just structural re-enforcements or other physical defensive measures, but technology.

On Thursday, Google Arts & Culture is celebrating World Heritage Day by expanding its Open Heritage project, which digitally preserves historical sites online. Open Heritage is an initiative launched last year in partnership with the organization CyArk that puts digital 3D renderings, virtual tours, and other data about historical sites, in an open source Google Arts & Culture portal. Read more...

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Stephen Colbert thinks Julian Assange looks like a terrible roommate

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:51

Reported details have emerged about Julian Assange's seven years within the Ecuadorian embassy, and Stephen Colbert reckons they make the Wikileaks founder look like quite the crappy roommate.

The Late Show host is not just talking about the embassy accusing Assange of spying on other countries from the building, and hacking the phone of President Lenin Moreno, either.

Aside from reports of Assange skateboarding inside at night, playing loud music, and schmearing ungodly things on the wall, Colbert took issue with him allegedly leaking a photo of Moreno eating lobster in bed.

"What the hell was Assange thinking?" said Colbert. "You don't bite the hand that feeds you, especially if it might feed you lobster in bed. But I'll say this: when you're in bed, it's much better to have lobster than crabs." Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' star Isaac Hempstead Wright explains Bran Stark's intense stare

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:33

Bran Stark's intense stare has landed quite a lot of attention with the return of Game of Thrones, but although the Three Eyed Raven might be a deep thinker, it all comes down to a lack of glasses. 

Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright chatted to Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday about his role, one he's had since he was ten years old. And yes, he knows about the attention his creepy stare is getting.

"I'm getting good at this kind of intense stare, but it's actually aided by the fact that I'm completely blind when I'm on set. I don't have my glasses, and I don't have contact lenses," he said.

"I remember I was doing one scene in Season 7 with Sophie Turner who plays Sansa, and she said 'Isaac, your stare is like, you're staring into my soul.' And I said, 'I can't see you, that's why.'" Read more...

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Jimmy Fallon plays that game he truly hates with a brave Kate Beckinsale

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 05:25

Plunge your hands into a box and try to guess what's inside it without looking. It's a truly horrific concept for a game, one that's generated plenty of fun times on The Tonight Show.

But Jimmy Fallon always gets pretty squeamish playing "Can You Feel It," as do his guests. On Wednesday, the late night show host invited The Widow star Kate Beckinsale to play, and there was plenty of screaming (mainly on Fallon's part).

"It's sticky and wet. It's a poo! It's a huge poo!" Beckinsale said of some innocent cinnamon buns.

"I hate this game so much," Fallon said, hesitantly putting his hands into earthworm-filled dirt. Read more...

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Samsung will investigate the Galaxy Fold's screen problems

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 05:24

Today wasn't a great one for Samsung.

The company's foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, has been having all sorts of screen problems after it was sent out to tech journalists this week.

SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy Fold makes a great first impression (when it doesn't break)

And by problems, we mean that the screens were actually breaking.

Hours after these reports began to surface, Samsung released a statement saying it would be investigating the issue. 

The company also added that removing the screen's top protector — something which didn't carry a warning — could be the source of the problem. Read more...

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Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 01:55

Facebook has been embroiled in another password-related mess.

As reported by Business Insider, the social media giant inadvertently uploaded the email contacts of 1.5 million users who had just signed up to the network.

SEE ALSO: The Facebook scandals didn't stop anyone from using Facebook

The issue stems from when Facebook asked new users for their email passwords at sign-up, an odd request which was spotted a few weeks ago by a cybersecurity researcher by the name of "e-sushi." 

Facebook ended the practice shortly after it was called out on it, but it turns out users who had entered their passwords likely had their contacts scraped anyway without their permission. The company said it is in the process of deleting the contacts. Read more...

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Genesis Mint is the cutest electric concept car for city living

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 01:35

Concept cars at auto shows rarely disappoint — and the compact electric car from luxury car brand Genesis is one of the cuter ideas for a future car.

At the New York International Auto Show this week, the Genesis Mint was on display, showing off the high-end urban vehicle. The Hyundai luxury brand doesn't have any electric vehicles in its lineup yet.

SEE ALSO: Kia's 'spicy' electric concept car makes an over-the-top debut at NY Auto Show

It's a small car with only two seats and two doors, but the butterfly-wing doors are a showstopper despite the mini size. There's no trunk, but there is a shelf behind the seats to stash some items for your jaunt around town. Read more...

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Twitter’s ‘Hide Replies’ Feature is Set to Roll Out in June by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 01:11

A new Twitter feature which allows users to hide replies to their tweets is set to launch this June.

The post Twitter’s ‘Hide Replies’ Feature is Set to Roll Out in June by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

The Carl's Jr. CBD burger sounds like a waste of CBD

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:47

With 4/20 comes a heavy dose of cheesy stoner-themed brand promotions that make cannabis consumers nationwide sigh deeply.

The latest travesty against both cuisine and cannabis is the new Carl's Jr. "Rocky Mountain High Cheese Burger Delight," which features two beef patties stacked on top of fries and laden with a CBD-infused "Santa Fe sauce." It's topped with cheese and picked jalapeños. 

The burger retails for a predictable $4.20 and will only be available at one location in Denver on Apr. 20. You also have to be at least 18 years old to purchase it. 

Strip away the annoying marketing, and there's another problem with this mushy meat pile: The Rocky Mountain High burger sauce will only contain 5 mg of CBD per serving. That's a smidge when it comes to CBD servings — especially for a CBD edible — and likely will have no impact on you whatsoever. Beyond that, CBD won't get you high! Read more...

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Thieves reportedly used car-sharing app to steal 100 cars in Chicago

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:29

Nicolas Cage would be proud

The car-sharing company Car2Go has temporarily suspended operations in Chicago following the reported theft of 100 cars off its platform. While the exact details are hazy, it appears that as-of-yet undetermined individuals fraudulently used the company's app to gain access to Car2Go vehicles and then make their dastardly escape. 

SEE ALSO: The hackers getting paid to keep the internet safe

News of the theft was first reported by CBS Chicago investigative reporter Brad Edwards, who tweeted that "[as] many as 100 Mercedes / high-end cars missing / stolen," and that "[many] being used to commit crimes." Read more...

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Verizon increases fees in stores, reduces them online

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:15

Verizon is making it both cheaper and more expensive to buy a new phone with the carrier. It all depends on how you choose to purchase.

As CNET reports, starting tomorrow the upgrade and activation fees for purchases completed in stores or over the phone are increasing from $30 to $40. Verizon sees this as offering a "full service experience" and therefore warrants the additional cost for anyone who wants that experience.

If you balk at the idea of paying the extra $10, Verizon is one step ahead of you. Deciding to purchase online or using the My Verizon app used to cost $30, but that's being reduced to $20 from tomorrow. Read more...

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Samsung's Galaxy Fold makes a great first impression (when it doesn't break)

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:38

Seeing is believing, right?

After years of writing about foldable phone rumors and concepts and leaks, I finally got to hold Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Fold and try out its bendable display — crease and all — and I have to say, it definitely scores a 100 on hype. In a saturated market where all phones essentially look and work the same, the Galaxy Fold was refreshing.

As someone who's maybe been the most critical of foldable phones, I was surprised by how polished the phone was. For a first-generation product, the Galaxy Fold felt more finished than I expected it be.

Unfortunately, at the very moment I was fawning over the new form factor like a little boy, reviewers who were a few days into testing the Galaxy Fold learned the device might not be as durable or reliable as Samsung claims. Read more...

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'Time' 100 list offensively honors both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:26

The annual Time 100 list debuted Wednesday with a shocking juxtaposition: The magazine recognized Christine Blasey Ford as an "icon" but also honored Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the man she said drunkenly assaulted her during high school, as a "leader."

For those who believe Ford, seeing Kavanaugh on the same list as her is more than an insult — it's a cruel reminder that even in the #MeToo era, men credibly accused of assault can nevertheless rise to power while being lauded and celebrated as one of the world's most "influential" people (see also: Donald J. Trump). 

Letting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praise Kavanaugh's character, citing his "resilience," "loyal devotion to family and friends," and "undeterred reverence for the law," is akin to casting a long shadow on not just Ford's claim, but also the profile Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat, wrote on her behalf.  Read more...

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Alex Trebek checks in about his health and is ready to keep hosting

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:14

Six weeks after beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek informed fans he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he's once again checked in with fans. He thanked everyone for all of their well-wishes and says he's feeling pretty good. 

The video was posted Wednesday afternoon in coordination with the wrap-up of filming on the game show's 35th (!) season. 

In the quick clip, Trebek says, "I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I've received from young people. I'm touched beyond words."

He also address rumors regarding his health and promises to be back for the next season this fall: "Despite what you may have heard, I'm feeling good, I'm continuing with my therapy, and [the show's staff] is already working on our next season... So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff." Read more...

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Apple could launch its own version of Tile to help you find lost items

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:59

It looks like Tile is about to get some competition.

Apple is working on its own Tile competitor, which will utilize iPhones to help people track their personal items, according to a new report in 9to5Mac. 

The new gadget, which Apple could show off this fall, is similar to Tile's popular Bluetooth tracker. It's a "tag that can be attached to any item," according to 9to5Mac, and is tied to your iCloud account. Apple's trackers will rely on your iPhone for location data, and you can receive push notifications if you become separated from the item. 

SEE ALSO: iOS 13 will bring a huge dark mode update to iPhone Read more...

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