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Apparently, this is the color you will see everywhere in 2018

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:43

Pantone named Ultra Violet the color of the year. They chose this complex color to reflect a "complex" time. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet is a "provocative yet thoughtful" color. Historically, it's been associated with nonconformity and spirituality. Pantone also believes this color symbolizes new possibilities and a hopeful future. 

Pantone has been naming color of the year for many years and the Pantone Color Institute chooses the color based on their analysis on pop culture, food, fashion, design, technology, and more.  Read more...

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Become a certified cloud architect with the help of this online course

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:40

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There are many big players in the cloud space: Microsoft, Amazon, the sun. (Cloud puns are fun!) The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is great for high-end machine learning applications like filtering out spam or making instant credit decisions. Becoming a certified Google Data Engineer or Cloud Architect might seem intimidating, but you can get on the right track with the GCP: Complete Google Data Engineer and Cloud Architect Guide.

SEE ALSO: Meet the next big thing in the world of artificial intelligence Read more...

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Reading 11 of 2017's funniest Tinder interactions probably won't get you laid, but what else are you doing?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:21

Tinder — where to begin? If you use it, you've probably had all sorts of encounters. From creeps and boring conversations, to hopefully some decent people and fun dates.

Dating in 2017 is a serious challenge, and that's why it's necessary to have a sense of humor when getting to know people. 

SEE ALSO: 'Stranger Things' Nancy and Jonathan are officially a real life couple

We've gathered up 11 creative ways people have left a funny mark on Tinder this year. Maybe use some of these to inspire your dating life in 2018. 

Because let's face it, we could all use some help. Read more...

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Amazon's new cloud-based IDE could shake up the industry

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 18:38

More than a year after acquiring Cloud9, Amazon has launched it's cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) called AWS Cloud9. The product is getting attention because it makes it easier than ever for any size company to access machine learning and optimize its software development.  

Now a competitor of similar Microsoft and Google products, AWS Cloud9 improves collaboration among developers. The IDE offers real-time coding across different languages and remote locations. It comes with JavaScript, Python, PHP, so developers won't have to download languages before starting work.  

Early buzz surrounds the impact it will have on expanding AI's influence over software and, subsequently, app and website development. MIT Technology Review calls out its ability to connect directly with AWS' cloud AI, giving developers the opportunity to build and think in ways not previously possible.  Read more...

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Zac Efron admits his onscreen kiss with Zendaya is the greatest of all his film kisses

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:37

Try naming a Zac Efron movie in which he doesn't kiss someone. I dare you. 

His latest film, The Greatest Showman, is no exception, and according to him, it might have been the best kiss of any film he's done so far. While doing press for the movie, Efron and his fellow Disney Channel alum and co-star Zendaya Coleman answered a reporter's questions about onscreen kisses and what made this one so special. 

SEE ALSO: Can you tell the difference between 'The Room' cast and their 'Disaster Artist' doppelgangers?

"I'm pretty lucky ... I'm in no contractual obligation to kiss anyone, I just get to kiss a lot of cool people," he said. When the reporter asked Zendaya whether or not his expert onscreen kissing skills was noticeable, she was quick to explain the mechanics of it from an actor's point of view.  Read more...

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Apple fixes HomeKit bug that left users' doors open to hackers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:25

Apple has fixed a vulnerability in its HomeKit internet-of-things platform that allowed a hacker to take remote control of users' gadgets, including smart locks. 

9to5Mac first wrote about the vulnerability, which it says is "difficult to reproduce." Still, it was dangerous. If there was one iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.2 connected to a HomeKit user's iCloud account, that account was vulnerable. An attacker could potentially tamper with a user's smart lights or thermostats, or — even worse — open their garage or even their front door if it had a HomeKit-enabled smart lock. 

SEE ALSO: This smart bike lock can also track your ride Read more...

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Elon Musk confirms Tesla will use its own self-driving AI chips

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:15


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I really hate to break this to you, but that BBC dad video happened this year

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:03

Sit down. Are you sitting? OK, good. Because it's important that you know the truth about that super viral video of the kids charging in on their dad as he was giving an interview to the BBC.

It happened this year.

I know. I know. Just breathe.

SEE ALSO: 7 perfect memes that have helped us survive dating in 2017

Despite what you remember to be true. Despite everything that your senses are telling you. Despite your biological clock, which has been flashing 12:00 for the past year. You have to believe me.  

I'm sure you remember. It was this one, where Korea expert Robert Kelly gave an interview with the BBC and his kids burst into the room, becoming instant global superstars.  Read more...

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Facebook releases free music and sound effects for video creators

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:00

Facebook is making it easier to find the right soundtrack for your original videos with "Sound Collection."

On Friday, the social network released thousands of exclusive audio tracks and sound effects that can be used for videos uploaded to the network. They're all free and cleared for sharing only on Facebook and Instagram (read: not YouTube). 

SEE ALSO: Facebook's suicide prevention AI just got an important upgrade

Facebook also released new tutorials and resources for creating 360-degree videos. It now offers a camera-loaning program where creators can borrow cameras such as the GoPro Fusion and ZCam S1 from the company for specific projects. Facebook will also begin holding 360-video workshops worldwide next year. Read more...

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Melania Trump gave her one true holiday wish. And it's everything we hope for.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:53

All we're hoping is a Christmas miracle... or a very long Trump's family vacation. 

Melania Trump was asked a question Thursday about where she would go if she could spend the holiday "anywhere in the world." 

She replied that she would spent it on a deserted island with her family. 

If 2017 gave her any indication of how terrible it is then a deserted island should be on everyone's list.

SEE ALSO: The internet is deathly afraid of this year's White House Christmas decorations

Melania Trump's Christmas wish is for her family to go to a deserted island.

Funny, that was mine, too.

— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 7, 2017

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You know it's peak Star War merch mania when you can top your Christmas tree with a Death Star

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:46

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The Last Jedi hits theaters on Dec. 15, and you know people are going to head out to see it during their holiday break. In honor of this latest Star Wars installment, get in a festive mood by topping off your Christmas tree with a Death Star.

Image: Hallmark

This holly jolly battle station uses a remote control to light up red (or blue), complete with a green light for the laser. It also plays the classic Star Wars theme and the Imperial March theme for a little added geekiness. It's a Christmas decoration that only a Sith Lord could love. Read more...

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How one of your favorite animated characters got her voice

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:35

John Roberts is a voiceover actor most famous for his character Linda Belcher on FOX's Bob's Burgers. Roberts imitated his Brooklyn-born mother in comedy videos on YouTubeBob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard took note and turned the character into Linda. 

Learn more about the life of a voiceover actor in our new series, Supporting Players. Read more...

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That 'Frozen' short everyone hated is now coming to TV

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:33

Knock, knock, it's Olaf, and you can't get rid of him! Disney announced Friday that the Frozen short banished from theaters showing Coco will now air on television as planned. If you're curious, here's your chance to see it – and if you're still reeling from the pre-Coco ambush, soldier on.

SEE ALSO: 'Frozen' short ahead of 'Coco' is a horrendous waste of time

After audiences responded to "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" with unmitigated hate – due perhaps to its exorbitant 22-minute run time or its several full-length songs – Disney removed the short from Coco showings starting Dec. 8.

"Olaf's Frozen Adventure" will premiere on ABC, where it was originally scheduled to air before Disney tried to get some free publicity with the Coco pairing. The short will start at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 as part of the network's 25 Days of ChristmasCoco is now in theaters. Read more...

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The 8-minute 'Death Stranding' trailer is the wildest thing I've ever seen

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:28

An epic eight-minute teaser for the upcoming game Death Stranding debuted during The Game Awards Thursday night, and it's one of the wildest, most daring trailers that has ever graced the world of video games.

The trailer commands attention from the first second it kicks in, with Norman Reedus's voice over about the beginning of life in the universe and the beginning of its end. Once Reedus's character pulls himself off the black morass of earth (if that is, indeed, Earth), everything goes off the rails and never finds the ground again.

SEE ALSO: Photoshopping the Norman Reedus 'Death Stranding' trailer became a sport during E3 week Read more...

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Our 10 favorite albums of 2017

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:12

What. A. Year.

Over the past 12 months, we've had a lot of days that have felt like entire lifetimes. With the world literally burning and a constant stream of head-scratching headlines dampening spirits across the country, if there was any year to turn to art as a comfort, it was 2017. Thankfully, musicians delivered, offering up a bevy of self-reflective anthems, heart-wrenching lyrics and deeply personal projects. Here are some of our favorites amongst the countless albums that were released this year. 

SEE ALSO: Best albums of 2017 (so far)

10. Ash by Ibeyi 

The twins of Ibeyi enchant on "Ash," their second studio album. From the moment the first harmonies hit, it's impossible not to fall under some sort of spell. There are moments that may invoke tears, others that will leave you moving, just adding another addition to the powerful year of reggaeton. The French-Cuban sisters channel their Yoruba culture throughout the project, and the album is littered with anthems that somehow simultaneously empower and soothe. Just listen to "Deathless" or "No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms" (which features Michelle Obama!) and try not to feel anything at all, I dare you.  Read more...

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Surge protectors now have USB ports and we're never going back

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:11

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You already use surge protectors to increase your outlet options, but it's time you thought outside the three-prong plug. This USB-enabled surge protector is a great option and it's on sale via Amazon today for less than $10.

This surge protector includes three outlets and two USB ports so you can charge more of your USB devices at once. According to the product page, the surge protector also has Dual Smart USB charging, which can detect your devices to deliver a faster charge.

This USB surge protector is usually $16, but you can get it now for $7.20 — a 55% savings. Read more...

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People are ditching their boring Christmas trees for pineapples this year

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:06

This Christmas, there's one sweet trend that's giving the boring old pine tree a run for its money. 

The pineapple Christmas tree trend made its holiday debut on Pinterest this holiday season, and soon caught the attention of many Instagram users sparking a new holiday tradition. 

SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged

Instead of cutting up your pineapples for a quick snack, consider propping them up on top of a table or desk and dangling a few lights, ornaments, and a cute pair of shades for a tropical Christmas decor. 

Here are a few delicious examples to inspire you:  Read more...

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People are losing their minds over historic Southern snowstorm

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:03

Snow has started to fall in the United States, but not in the places you might expect.

In yet another example of unusual weather this year, the first week of December brought accumulating snow to places like Austin, Texas, Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia — places that rarely ever see several inches of snow, let alone experience a snowstorm before Christmas.

Snow even fell as far south as Corpus Christi, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, where there was at least one instance of "thundersnow" caught on radar. 

SEE ALSO: Powerful cold front to usher in winter across the U.S., but it may not mean heavy snow Read more...

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Everything we know so far about 'Pokémon GO' Generation 3

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:45

If you're anything like me — i.e. the type of person still worryingly obsessed with Pokémon GO a full 17 months after it was released — you'll have already heard the big news.

After months of waiting, Generation 3 is finally (almost!) here.

SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon GO' has just released one of the most famous legendary Pokémon

On Wednesday, the official Pokémon GO Twitter account shared the following update:

Dozens of Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will soon arrive in the real world!

— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 6, 2017

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