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The Google Home Mini is here to get you hooked on Google Assistant

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:47

If last year's Google Home was the speaker that proved Google Assistant is worthy Amazon competitor, the Google Home Mini is the one that will get people hooked.

The smaller Google Home has all the same smarts as its larger counterparts, but at less than half the price. It's difficult to see how that doesn't shake out as a win for Google.

SEE ALSO: Pixel Buds are probably the most important gadget Google launched

Functionally, the $49 Google Home Mini is very similar to the original Google Home. The disc-shaped speaker is covered in cloth similar to what's on the base of the larger model.

The Home Mini comes in just three colors: chalk, charcoal, and coral. And, unlike the bigger Google Home speakers, there's no way to swap out the color, which would have been nice, but at less than fifty bucks it's hard to complain. Even with the limited colors, I still very much prefer Google's unassuming design to Amazon's hunks of black plastic. Read more...

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The 'Star Wars Battlefront II' single player trailer is intense

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:47

We got our first thorough look at Star Wars: Battlefront II's single player mode with a new trailer today, and it looks action-packed and filled with emotion.

Players control Commander Iden Versio, a soldier who serves in the Galactic Empire and is the Inferno Squad's leader. Having grown up under the influence of the Galactic Empire, Versio was bent on finding and killing rebels, including the destroyer of the Death Star, Luke Skywalker.

Even if loot boxes end up ruining the multiplayer aspect of Battlefront II, at least the single player story seems enticing. Read more...

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Google's AlphaGo Zero taught itself to become the greatest Go player in history

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:34

Google's DeepMind lab has built an artificially intelligent program that taught itself to become one of the world's most dominant Go players. Google says the program, AlphaGo Zero, endowed itself with "superhuman abilities," learning strategies previously unknown to humans. 

AlphaGo Zero started out with no clue how to win the game Go — a 2,500-year old Chinese game in which two players use black and white tiles to capture more territory than their opponents. 

SEE ALSO: A computer beat a champion of the strategy game Go for the first time

It took AlphaGo Zero just three days to beat an earlier AI program (AlphaGo Lee), which had resoundingly beaten world champion Lee Sedol in 2016. After 21 days of playing, AlphaGo Zero defeated AlphaGo Master, an intelligent program known for beating 60 top pros online and another world champion player in 2017. By day 40, AlphaGo Zero had defeated all previous AI versions of AlphaGo. Read more...

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Ugh, Ted Cruz cracked a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' joke during his debate with Bernie Sanders

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00

Ted Cruz is attempting to rebrand as...someone funny. 

First, it was the oddly timed Zodiac Killer tweet. Then, per HuffPost, during a CNN debate between the Texas senator and Senator Bernie Sanders held Wednesday night, Cruz decided to toss out a TV reference – one we're guessing he'd been sitting on for days and was thrilled to finally use. 

SEE ALSO: Huh, Ted Cruz just tweeted about the Zodiac Killer meme

During a back-and-forth in which Cruz asked Sanders not to interrupt him, he quipped: "Relax. You know, as some might say, Curb Your Enthusiasm." Ha ha.

"By the way, the impression Larry David does of you is spectacular and uncanny," Cruz continued. To which Sanders responded, "Some day, you may also have somebody impersonating you. You gotta work on it though." Read more...

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Hairy backs have met their match with this giant razor

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:04

You can finally shave your back hair by yourself thanks to the BaKblade, a giant-sized razor designed to make it easy to shave those 'hard-to-reach' places. No more calling your best bro for help, now you can manscape in complete solitude. Read more...

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A startup is taking on Google and Microsoft with a 'Minecraft for docs'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:59

A startup came out of three years in stealth Thursday with a simple goal: Make documents better. 

Called Coda, the startup has the ambitious goal of making a "doc as powerful as an app," reads the company's Medium post on the launch. 

SEE ALSO: Slack has some real competition with this new work chat app

Coda starts with a blank canvas like a document from Google or Microsoft, but then allows users to build on top of it. One of the platform's beta testers described Coda as a "Minecraft for docs," referring to the video game where people can build their own virtual worlds block by block. 

Like many startups, Coda is entering a crowded market and taking on tech giants. Google and Microsoft both focus on document sharing and storage. Atlassian and Asana also offer enterprise software. Salesforce bought word processor Quip last year. There's also the tech darling turned billion-dollar goliath SlackRead more...

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'Thor: Ragnarok' has kind of a funny problem

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:58

I truly believe Thor: Ragnarok will stand as Marvel's most beloved God of Thunder movie.

Certainly it will be the best-reviewed, highest grossing at the box office, superior to Thor and The Dark World by any tangible measure — and introduces a vibrant new character in Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) who damn well better get her due screentime in future movies.

Indeed, Ragnarok is colorful and accessible and full of Taika Waititi's playful spirit, and it does its part to raise the stakes of this particular Marvel franchise. Big stuff happens, stuff that will reverberate into Infinity War and possibly beyond, stuff you kind of can't believe they actually went through with in this little segue before the whole team gets back together next summer. Read more...

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Sony announces itty bitty PS4 controller

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:53

There's a new, official controller coming for the PlayStation 4, and it looks like a throwback to the controllers of the early '90s.

Sony revealed the Mini Wired Gamepad on Tuesday. It's a smaller, grip-less version of the standard PS4 controller — the DualShock 4 — designed for players with smaller hands. Its diminished size means no touchpad, light bar, speaker, headphone jack, motion sensor, or vibration, but it comes at a much lower price: $29.99.

SEE ALSO: An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming more accessible

Here's a comparison between the Mini Wired Gamepad and the DualShock 4: Read more...

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Here's the $30 billion startup you've probably never heard of

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:44

China’s Meituan Dianping just became the world’s fourth-most valuable startup, reaching a $30 billion valuation that puts it ahead of high-fliers like Airbnb Inc. and Space X.

Never heard of Meituan? You’re not alone. The Beijing-based company, led by Wang Xing, is almost unknown beyond its home country. It delivers food to people’s homes, sells groceries and movie tickets, provides reviews of restaurants, and markets discounts to consumers who buy in groups. It’s a sort of mashup of Groupon, Yelp, Foodpanda and Uber Eats.

Meituan’s appeal for investors is its dominant position in a market of more than a billion people. It was formed through the 2015 merger of Meituan.com and Dianping.com, creating the leading player for internet-based services ordered via smartphone apps. It raised $4 billion in the latest round from Tencent Holdings Ltd., Sequoia Capital and U.S. travel giant Priceline Group Inc. Read more...

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Dennis Quaid and dogs: a delightful combination

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:37

Dennis Quaid, star of The Rookie and A Dog's Purpose and hot dad of The Parent Trap, likes dogs. This we can tell.

In fact, a 2003 Architectural Digest feature on Dennis Quaid's Montana ranch is so good not because of the ranch (although the ranch is beautiful), but because it features images of Dennis Quaid with dogs. 

SEE ALSO: 5 strange truths revealed by NYC's new dog name database

There's Dennis Quaid holding a fishing rod, an attentive chocolate lab by his side; there's even Dennis Quaid posing gleefully between two dogs and a horse. (Upon the horse? Another dog.)

It is all just so good. Read more...

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Navigate easier with this smartphone car mount that's on sale for 60% off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:36

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What's one thing that your car's dashboard is missing? If you guessed a robot arm for your phone, you'd have read our minds.

This magnetic mount is made for you to keep your phone handy while you're on the go. It attaches to your dash or windshield via a giant suction cup and that you can adjust and position however you want. According to the Amazon listing, it should be pretty sturdy, so you won't have to worry about the phone slipping out. The car mount would be great for when you need Google Maps to navigate, or if your friend riding shotgun wants a more theatrical YouTube experience.   Read more...

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Trailer for Tonya Harding biopic 'I, Tonya' is worthy of a perfect score

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:35

You've never seen ice skater and cultural phenomenon Tonya Harding like this. And you sure as hell have never seen actress Margot Robbie like this either.

In a teaser for the upcoming biopic on the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, Robbie explains what it takes to capture America's heart. It's a cynical perspective, and more prescient than ever at a time when being hated could get you into the White House.

"Tonya may have been a punchline, but as presented in I, Tonya, the hard facts of her life actually read like a tragedy," Mashable early review of the film notes. "Hers is a story of loving what could not or would not love her back." Read more...

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Oh my gosh, Blac Chyna is suing the entire Kardashian-Jenner family

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:25

Blac Chyna and the Kardashians are back in the headlines, but believe it or not, things might be getting even uglier between them. 

Chyna is suing the entire Kardashian klan, including former fiancé Rob Kardashian, for intentionally tanking her reality show with Rob, Rob & Chyna. It's just the latest legal mess in a web of messy back and forth lawsuits between the new parents. 

SEE ALSO: Blac Chyna re-follows Rob Kardashian on Instagram and a glimmer of hope is restored

In the lawsuit, Chyna (born Angela White) refers to Rob as an abuser and claims the Kardashian-Jenner family began to "slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show." The lawsuit explains that Chyna believes the family colluded to prevent a second season of Rob & Chyna.  Read more...

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Game-changing gene therapy to treat blood cancer approved by the FDA

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:24

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a promising new treatment for a particularly deadly form of cancer, bringing hope to desperate patients while rekindling a global conversation about the escalating cost of new therapies.

The treatment, made by Gilead Sciences, is made by extracting patients’ white blood cells and re-engineering them to home in on tumors. Called a CAR-T, the one-time treatment has shown unprecedented results for patients with dire diagnoses.

SEE ALSO: Nobel Prize goes to researchers who uncovered the inner workings of the biological clock

Gilead’s treatment, to be sold as Yescarta, is the second CAR-T to win FDA approval but the first cleared for use in adults. A similar therapy from Novartis, approved in August, is used for children with an aggressive form of blood cancer. Read more...

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These nipples just went for a stroll with the help 3D printing and stop motion animation

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:19

DBLG, a creative agency based in London, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a cheeky passion project. Teaming up with animation studio Animade, they created a stop motion animation that features 3D printed stamps physically imprinted on real-life bodies. 

The project, which they called "Hey Pressto," includes a party bursting out of a leg, a game of tennis over a bare bum crack, and a nipple going for a stroll. 

The production team mentioned that the nature of working with human bodies provided some unexpected results. Nipples changing size with the temperature and age determining how quickly the skin pings back after an imprint were just some of the surprises that kept them on their toes. Read more...

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Elon Musk is naming his new Boring machine after a verse from a great American poet

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:11

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This artist is broadening beauty standards with her custom painted dolls

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:05

Crystal Kaye from Kay Customz takes old dolls from thrift stores and turns them into ones that inspire kids to love the skin they're in. She's created dolls that have Vitiligo and ones that are albino, burn survivors, and cancer survivors. Many people request custom dolls and receive their orders in tears. Her motto is to love the skin you're in.  Read more...

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Vegans are mad at this nut milk company over its Instagram post supporting dairy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:02

Vegetarians and vegans in the UK are up in arms against an alternative health food brand after it promoted full-fat milk on Instagram. 

SEE ALSO: McDonald's is testing out a McVegan burger in Finland

Rude Health is a London-based company that prides itself of selling natural ingredients-only muesli, granola, almond and coconut milks with no artificial ingredients and nothing refined. 

For this reason, it's incredibly popular not only among lactose-intolerant and health-conscious people, but also among vegetarians and vegans. 

However, their latest Instagram post, featuring a gif of a guy throwing stones in a river, seems to suggest Rude Health's ethos about food is pivoting in a different direction.  Read more...

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The Earth is surrounded by human-made bubble

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:59

Very low frequency radio waves or VLF's, used for communication purposes, have been interacting with particles in space. Changing how and where they move. This can create a barrier around Earth from high energy particle radiation... which is actually a good thing. Read more...

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