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'Game of Thrones' sneak peek images offer early glimpse into tense next chapter

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:57
Spoiler warning: The following post contains images from the next episode of Game of Thrones (Season 8, episode 2).

Let's get to theorizing, Thrones fans.

Ahead of Sunday, HBO has released 14 new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 2. From Jaime facing the music to a mysterious strategy session, this sneak peek doesn't reveal anything particularly unexpected — but in Westeros, where there's a detail, there's a theory. 

Here are all 14 photos, with some light speculation from Mashable's investigative Thrones squad.

Gilly, Sam, and Little Sam cuddle up

Image: courtesy of hbo

While this image is undeniably adorable, lingering moments of sentimentality rarely bode well for the Thrones characters in them. Here's hoping the events of episode 2 don't threaten this happy family. Read more...

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Facebook is reportedly working on an Alexa rival

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:50

Facebook's smart speaker didn’t ship with a rival to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. But the company is now working on its own digital assistant, according to a new report from CNBC.

It's not clear exactly how the assistant will work or what it will be called, though CNBC reports it could be integrated with Facebook's Oculus virtual reality headsets or with the company's Portal speakers. Right now, Portal relies on Alexa for assistant functionality, though you can control speaker functions like volume by saying "hey Portal."

SEE ALSO: Facebook is getting rid of its Facebook Watch show pages Read more...

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Sony reveals plans for the PlayStation 5

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:50

Details about the fifth installment of the console have been revealed by its designer, Mark Cerny. The PlayStation 5 currently does not have an official release date. It is rumored Sony will debut it sometime in 2020. Read more...

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Study says dogs carry fewer germs than bearded men

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:35

A research team in Switzerland recently  measured bacteria from the facial hair of 18 men. They then compared it to samples taken from the necks of 30 canines and found that all of the men had high germ counts. Read more...

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Paul Rudd set to host the 'Saturday Night Live' season finale

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:01

Much like Avengers: Endgame, Saturday Night Live is relying on Paul Rudd for closure. 

Rudd will return as host for the fourth time on May 18 for the Season 44 finale of the NBC sketch comedy series. DJ Khaled will join him as the musical guest.

The announcement comes just a few days before the release of Endgame, the long-awaited final chapter of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rudd will reprise his role as superhero Ant-Man in it.

SNL also shared the rest of its May line-up. Emma Thompson will make her hosting debut on May 11 with musical guest the Jonas Brothers. Raise your hand if you're expecting Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra to show up during the "Sucker" performance. I know I am.  Read more...

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Coinbase expands by opening shop in 11 new countries

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:00

Coinbase, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges globally, is launching its crypto-trading service in 11 new countries, the company announced Wednesday. 

The full list of countries is as follows: Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Zealand.

SEE ALSO: Coinbase launches crypto Visa debit card in the UK, rest of Europe coming soon

With these latest additions, Coinbase now supports 53 countries and territories across four continents. 

The size of some of the markets involved makes this news very important for the crypto space. With the launch, Coinbase is opening up to a combined market of more than 2 billion people.  Read more...

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Summer movie preview: What to watch if you're with the family

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:45

The summer movie season is upon us, flooding our theaters with intriguing new releases. So here we are to help you navigate that storm, with a look ahead at some of the most exciting titles to come. 

You can't choose your family — but with our help, maybe you can choose what movie you see with them. Whether you're hanging with a nature-loving nephew, a mild-mannered mom, or a cranky teen cousin, we've got just the thing for you. Here's what to watch if you're with the family ...

… and they freaking love Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (May 10)

SEE ALSO: Funny 'Detective Pikachu' video gives a look 'behind the scenes' Read more...

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9 of the weirdest out-of-context sentences from 'Time 100'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:37

Time Magazine published its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and this year's blurbs are really... something.

After the publication settles on the final lineup of pioneers, leaders, artists, and icons to be honored in entertainment, business, politics, and other industries, they enlist help from people who knows each of the honorees personally. Those people, usually close celebrity friends, then write a small testimony, consisting of around 200 words.

For the 2019 list, Beyoncé wrote about Michelle Obama, Celine Dion on Lady Gaga, and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Nancy Pelosi, to name a few. But because there's so much to say in so few words, the attempts at praise can occasionally result in some pretty bizarre sentences.  Read more...

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Samsung's foldable phones haven't even shipped yet and are already breaking

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:33

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was meant to usher in a new era. Assuming we're talking about the era of epic fucking PR disasters, it just very well may have succeeded. 

The $1,980 smartphone finally landed in the hands of tech journalists this week, ahead of it's official April 26 sale date, and was met with decidedly lukewarm reviews. And that was before the phones started breaking — which, at least according to a few reporters with early access, they did almost immediately. 

SEE ALSO: Leaked video confirms our worst suspicions about Samsung's Galaxy Fold

Maybe this is why Samsung was so secretive about the whole thing? Read more...

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AMP Stories Now Have a Dedicated Section in Google Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:23

Google is adding a new section to search results which is dedicated to AMP Stories.

The post AMP Stories Now Have a Dedicated Section in Google Search Results by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Justin Timberlake happy to see *NSYNC reunited at Coachella

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:42

Justin Timberlake was excited to see his pals take to the stage during Ariana Grande's Coachella set. *NSYNC wowed with a rendition of their 1997 classic, "Tearin' Up My Heart." Ariana performed her recent single, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend I'm Bored," which samples their song, "It Makes Me Ill." Read more...

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Simple tips for helping the planet this Earth Day

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:42

The holiday, which started in 1970, is celebrated on April 22. Here are a few simple things you can do to celebrate. Read more...

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HBO takes on the 2017 USA Gymnastics scandal in chilling new trailer for 'At the Heart of Gold'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:41

The survivors of the 2017 USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal are speaking out once again — this time in a feature-length documentary for HBO. 

At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal takes an in-depth look at the toxic environment within the ultra-competitive world of gymnastics that allowed for hundreds of young women and girls to be sexually abused by those they trusted most.

While numerous coaches, gym owners, and support staff members were accused of abusing and mistreating the competitors they were supposed to look after, At the Heart of Gold seems primed to highlight the notorious crimes of former USA Gymnastics team doctor and serial child molester, Larry Nassar. Read more...

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Jack Dorsey's getting dunked on for his unkempt look at TED 2019

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:24

Congrats to Jack Dorsey for, once again, becoming a meme on his own platform.

The Twitter CEO made an appearance at TED 2019 in Vancouver this week wearing what I assume is his favorite black beanie. The beanie is very large — larger than most beanies — and covers his ears fully. His bangs protrude from the hat at an angle, as if he were a sentient MySpace photo. It is all so weird.

And from this weirdness emerged a particularly good genre of Twitter meme: A meme that dunks on the person who came up with Twitter. People have roasted Dorsey's disheveled appearance before, and a lot of the same observations came up this time around — particularly the idea that only a man could get away with looking like a Lord of the Rings character who got too drunk and woke up in Silicon Valley. Read more...

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

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:00

Kia's new electric car is called the Niro EV. Now its electric concept car is the HabaNiro. Get it?

If the name is already too much, you won't be able to handle the ridiculous details about the crossover compact SUV shown at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: Kia’s Imagine concept car uses 21 smartphones to mock dash screens

First, the not-so-hot-and-spicy specs: it's an all-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seater with 300-mile range and full autonomy capability with butterfly-wing doors. 

While the HabaNiro is just an idea, it could pave the way for future electric vehicles beyond the Niro, which recently went all electric after debuting as a hybrid vehicle a few years ago. Read more...

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How 'Assassin's Creed' could help with the restoration of Notre-Dame

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:42

After a devastating fire caused major damage to the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Moday, donations have poured in from around the globe. While money certainly helps, the church also needs a concrete plan on how to restore the damaged portions of the building, and Assassin's Creed could be its saving grace.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral was featured as a fully explorable building in the 2014 Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed Unity, which is set in Paris during the French Revolution. Developers on the game spent 14 months recreating Notre-Dame for the digital world, a Ubisoft spokesperson told Mashable, with the structure becoming the game's benchmark landmark for both player navigation and the visual standards of the game. Read more...

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AOC sends a stark climate message from the future

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:41

The 2020s, just right around the corner, promise to be a critical decade.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez intends the 2020s to be the decade that the United States tackles climate change by reinventing our society's antiquated energy infrastructure, while also guaranteeing Americans livable, dignified incomes. It's similar to the historic New Deal advanced by FDR in the 1930s.   

It's the Green New Deal. 

In a seven and a half minute message sent from some 10 years in the future, AOC narrates a history beginning in the 1970s when scientists began to warn about the growing reality of climate changeAccumulating carbon emissions in the atmosphere had started to warm and destabalize Earth's moderate climate.  Read more...

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Microsoft refused to sell facial recognition tech to law enforcement

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:32

The company leading the charge on protecting civil rights from technological abuse is... Microsoft?!

Microsoft President Brad Smith delivered some surprisingly principled news about his company while speaking at Stanford University on Tuesday. Recently, Smith said that Microsoft declined to sell its facial recognition technology to both a California law enforcement agency and an unnamed capital city because of human rights concerns, according to Reuters

SEE ALSO: Your social media photos could be training facial recognition AI without your consent

That's in contrast to Amazon, which defends its contracts with law enforcement agencies that use its Rekognition software, and has sought to discredit an ACLU study that showed racial bias in Rekognition. The ACLU study and others have found that facial recognition AI is less accurate at identifying women and minorities than white men. Because of this bias, Smith said that use by law enforcement could disproportionately harm these groups.  Read more...

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Apple is developing its own LiDAR sensors, talking to potential sensor suppliers for self-driving cars: report

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:15

We might not see the fruits of Apple's self-driving car project for years, and it's certainly hit some speed bumps along the way — but Apple isn't quite ready to give up on self-driving cars yet.

Now, Reuters reports Apple has held discussions with at least four companies about having them potentially supply advanced LiDAR sensors for autonomous vehicles. The report also says that Apple is still working on its own LiDAR development.

SEE ALSO: Waymo's new app lets you hail a self-driving car—but don't get too excited just yet

For the uninitiated, LiDAR is short for "light detection and ranging." It's a type of technology commonly associated with self-driving cars because it has the ability to map out the environment around a car with 360 degrees of visibility. It can detect obstacles for the car to avoid, for example. Read more...

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Jay-Z to reopen New York's iconic Webster Hall

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:14

New York City's iconic venue Webster Hall will reopen on April 26 with Jay-Z performing his "B-Sides 2" show. It will be the first concert at the establishment since Action Bronson performed in August of 2017. Read more...

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