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The iPhone 8 isn't looking so great

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:24

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Want to make fried food without using tons of oil? Try an air fryer.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:21

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Raise your hand if you're constantly trying to eat healthy but your addiction to fried food is ruining it. 

SEE ALSO: How to become an urban farmer from the comfort of your kitchen

You don't have to wait until cheat day to eat your favorite treats, you just have to be smarter about how you cook them. With an air fryer, you can whip up your guilty pleasures with a tablespoon or less of oilThis one from Cozyna is on major sale now for 50% off. 

The Cozyna Air Fryer is not only a great deal — it's also portable, versatile, and has excellent reviews on Amazon. The Air Fryer is about the size of a microwave and, according to the listing on Amazon, can cook almost anything a microwave can. "Fryer" is in the name, but the Air Fryer can also roast and bake.  Read more...

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Earth is having its second-warmest year to date, and it's not over yet

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:13

Planet Earth has had its second-warmest year so far, and in the end, 2017 may wind up being the third-warmest year on record, ranking just behind behind 2016 and 2015. This year is also headed for the warmest year to occur without any El Niño or La Niña event in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

El Niño and La Niña events influence global average surface temperatures. El Niño in particular is well-known to boost global average temperatures on top of the long-term warming due to human emissions of greenhouse gases. This is what helped vault 2015 and 2016 to the top of the record warm years list, and this year's lack of an El Niño event could keep 2017 at number three.  Read more...

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5 things you need to know about New Zealand's next Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:10

Who is Jacinda Ardern?

That's the question running through the minds of many after the 37-year-old was elected the new Prime Minister of New Zealand on Thursday. 

Though Ardern has has been active in New Zealand politics for decades, she's definitely not your average politician.

SEE ALSO: New Zealand police's inappropriate tweet is really quite something

Before she officially takes office in what she calls "honor and a privilege," per The Associated Press, here are five fast facts you'd ought to know about the soon-to-be leader.

She got an early start in politics

Not only is Ardern on her way to becoming the youngest woman to lead as New Zealand's Prime Minister for 150 years, but she's been a member of the Labour Party since she was 17 years old.  Read more...

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What the inside of Google's Pixel 2 XL looks like, including those weird squeeze sensors

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:07

In a time when prying a smartphone open (without destroying it) is about as easy as cracking a safe, Google's Pixel 2 XL is a welcome surprise. 

That's the main conclusion I get from iFixit's typically thorough teardown of the phone that's just begun to ship to buyers.

SEE ALSO: Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL are perfect if you don't want to spend $1,000 on a new phone

Opening the phone up will require some specialized equipment, but at least there's no need to heat it up. And once you remove the display, most components are fairly easy to remove. 

Not all of them, though: The battery is pretty hard to extract, according to iFixit.  Read more...

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The Top Reasons Why SEO Professionals Attend a Conference [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:00

What are SEO professionals' main motivation when choosing to attend an SEO conference? Learn the response of SEJ's Twitter community.

The post The Top Reasons Why SEO Professionals Attend a Conference [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Dog-loving UPS drivers created a wonderful Facebook page full of the pups they meet at work

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:49

Meet Sean McCarren: UPS driver, dog lover, and your average American hero. 

Per Buzzfeed, he's spent the last 17 years working for UPS, bringing joy to not only humans, but their pets too. So to document his pup encounters, McCarren created a Facebook page for the community of UPS drivers who also just so happen to be dog lovers. He dubbed it UPS Dogs and wait until you see the pics.. 

SEE ALSO: Ikea is launching a pet furniture collection and it's purrfect

"I started the page five years ago. I love dogs [and] we have about 30 drivers that post on a regular basis," McCarren told Mashable. "But what the page tries to portray is positive connection with the people and families day to day."  Read more...

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Clear weeds from sidewalks with the aptly-named Weed Snatcher

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:49

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The Weed Snatcher is a Kickstarter project that aims to clear your weeds in half the time with half the effort — no crouching or bending over required.

This new weeding tool works on the same principle as a mop. Just set it over a weed-infested crevice or crack in your driveway and start scraping those weeds away. After you're done snatching them up, sweep them away with your broom, and your cracks are officially weed-free in very little time. Your kneeling days may officially be over.

Check out the Kickstarter video: Read more...

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'Pokémon Go' is finally getting third generation pokémon in Halloween update

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:46

Pokémon Go is getting extra spooky around Halloween this year with new ghost-type Pokémon and a witch hat for Pikachu.

The Pokémon Go Halloween event lasts from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, introducing the first third-generation (gen III) Pokémon to the game, Pikachus wearing witch hats, extra Candy items for leveling up Pokémon, and a creepy Mimikyu hat for player avatars.

The new gen III ghost-type Pokémon coming to the game are Sableye, Banette, Shuppet, Dusclops, and Duskull. A truly scary group of Pokémon. Read more...

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California fires spare iconic 'Peanuts' skating rink

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:44

Peanuts fans, THAT ice rink survived.

The skating rink that was surely inspiration for a thousand comic strip ideas, everything from Charlie Brown wiping out on the ice to Snoopy's epic bird bath ice rink battles, somehow remained standing even as Schulz's nearby home burned to the ground.

That news was devastating to millions of Peanuts fans around the world: Charles Schulz's Santa Rosa, California, home and potentially all of its memorabilia were lost in the California wildfires that ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres and claimed dozens of lives.

SEE ALSO: How to help survivors of the devastating Northern California wildfires Read more...

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This new Netflix show looks like a scarier version of 'Stranger Things'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:35

Something about the trailer for this German-language Netflix series looks familiarDark is scheduled for release on December 1st. Read more...

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Bizarre hybrid of a baby and a lion will give you the creeps

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:34

Ever wondered what would happen if a human and a lion shacked up? Well, here's your chance.

An unknown artist from Pavia, Italy created this incredibly creepy silicone sculpture of a human mixed with a lion, featuring the body of a very hairy baby with gnarly fangs, paws for hands and feet, cat-like ears, and even a tail. 

Have fun falling asleep tonight!  Read more...

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'Supernatural' is about to introduce a 'game-changer' that could reshape Season 13

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:32

Supernatural has already introduced the son of Satan in Season 13, but the twists don't stop there. According to Mark Pellegrino, who plays the devil himself, a new addition in episode 2 will dramatically alter the course of the show again — and it's a character we've met before.

While Sam and Dean are busy bringing up Lucifer's baby, Jack, on earth, Lucifer and Mary are stuck in an alternate universe where the Winchesters were never born and Heaven and Hell went to war, leading to the destruction of... just about everything. 

SEE ALSO: 'Supernatural' is redefining itself in Season 13 by tackling the nature of good and evil Read more...

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Critics say 'Ragnarok' is the 'Thor' comedy we've always wanted

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:28

Nearly a decade into its run, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is having its best year yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a win. So was Spider-Man: Homecoming. And now Thor: Ragnarok is here to close out the year in style. 

And oh, what style.

According to the reviews, director Taika Waititi's touch is all over Thor: Ragnarok – from its playful humor to its '70s- and '80s-inspired visuals. Here's what else the critics are saying ...

SEE ALSO: 'Thor: Raganarok' has kind of a funny problem

Thor: Ragnarok is really, really funny

Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction TV:

Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter: Read more...

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Italy has a genius plan to fight fake news

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:20

If you're like me, you've seen Facebook friends post links to questionable blogs, people have texted you links to fake stories, and you see fake news articles all over Twitter. 

Deciphering what's fake in the digital diaspora is an obvious problem to which immediate solutions haven't exactly been forthcoming, so schools in Italy have trained their focus on fixing the future. 

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump claims he came up with the term 'fake news'

The Italian government is partnering with Facebook and Google to teach students across 8,000 high schools how to pick out conspiracies and fake information, according to The New York Times. The program will start at the end of October.  Read more...

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Stay in touch with your kids without adding screen time

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:14

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Kids these days know how to use iPhones before they're even out of diapers. While it's great that our kids will grow up super tech savvy, (we ❤️  technology) setting boundaries around tech are important in this increasingly digital world.

SEE ALSO: Get kids excited to brush their teeth with this smart, music playing toothbrush

Technology is keeping us more connected than ever. While you may not want to give your five-year-old unfettered access to an iPhone, they're probably the person you most want to stay connected with. That's where Toymail comes in. Read more...

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Here's how the U.S. government could force Facebook and Google to prevent Russian election meddling

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:07

New legislation is officially on the table that could force Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the rest of the internet to do more to combat Russian election meddling.

SEE ALSO: Google will testify before Congress with Facebook and Twitter, too

Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, with support from Republican Sen. John McCain, have co-sponsored a bill called the "Honest Ads Act" that would require internet companies to keep a public database of who is paying for political ads on their networks. The bill also requires companies to do a better job at policing their sites and preventing foreign interference like what occurred during the 2016 electionRead more...

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B&W PX headphones will let you enjoy music in total peace

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:07

Over the past couple of years, British hi-fi company Bowers & Wilkins has become quite serious about headphones. With its latest model, the PX, the company became a serious contender in a hot niche: Wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. 

B&W replaced its P7 Wireless model with the new PX in early October. I've had about 10 days to test them out. In many areas, the PX are among the best in class, but minor nuisances keep them from being perfect. 

SEE ALSO: Google's 'Pixel Buds' may be the key to breaking the language barrier

Wireless, noise-cancelling headphones are an interesting class of product. When it comes to sound quality, they can't compete with pricey, audiophile headphones (and they never will), but in the last couple of years, manufacturers have found ways to make them sound really good.  Read more...

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Fiona the hippo is the queen of fall

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:05

Friends, we are now in the throes of fall. And as the leaves begin to fall in Cincinnati, Ohio, a new autumnal queen has emerged: Fiona the hippo.

Fiona the hippo has been the queen of many realms: eating lettuce, being cute, taking showers, family reunions. But this might be her most adorable domain of all.

SEE ALSO: Fiona the Hippo’s Journey to Fame

Earlier this month, the Cincinnati Zoo posted a video to celebrate the kickoff of "Hall-ZOO-ween," during which kids can stop by on the weekends to trick-or-treat at the zoo. More importantly, though, it's when Fiona got a pumpkin and looked really cute eating it. Read more...

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The New York Yankees just broke into esports

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:02

The New York Yankees made a major investment in esports, the team revealed today. They're now stakeholders in one of the most well-known North American esports team organizations: Echo Fox.

The New York Yankees announced an investment in Vision Esports today, a company that holds stake in three different esports organizations including Echo Fox. Echo Fox, founded by three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, has teams competing in League of Legends, Call of Duty, H1Z1, and a handful of fighting games.

SEE ALSO: In one day, we saw two very different sides of esports

Along with Echo Fox, the Yankees' move includes investments in Twin Galaxies (a community that logs video game world records and player rankings, mostly for old-school arcade games) and Vision Entertainment (a company that produces scripted and unscripted esports videos). Read more...

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