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The most obvious 'Avengers: Endgame' web address turns into a Deadpool troll

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 16:50

If you're looking for more info on Avengers: Endgame, the Infinity War follow-up that go its first trailer on Friday, you might think that pointing your browser at AvengersEndgame.com is the answer.

Wrong. Typing "AvengersEndgame.com" into your address bar will take you to the official Fox Movies web portal for Once Upon a Deadpool, the family-friendly Deadpool 2 re-cut that uses the same "reading stories to a sick kid in bed" framing device as The Princess Bride (right down to Fred Savage!). 

SEE ALSO: Everything you missed from the 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer

There's still some question as to whether or not this is an intentional marketing ploy, however. It's definitely something you could see coming out of the Deadpool playbook. But the only figure to step forward and take credit so far is an anonymous Twitter user. Read more...

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Apple's latest business move hints at a Netflix-like approach with Apple Music

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 16:32

The music streaming war between Apple Music and Spotify is heating up.

As part of what appears to a be series of moves to grow Apple Music, Apple has acquired Platoon, a London-based company that discovers and develops artists by giving them the resources they need to create music and forge relationships with labels.

SEE ALSO: Surprise! Apple Music is coming to the Amazon Echo

Music Business Worldwide first reported the acquisition. It's not clear how much Apple paid for Platoon; the company makes many acquisitions during a year, but never discloses the amount exchanged.

Buying Platoon gives us possible insight on where Apple sees Apple Music is headed: original content that might be release music either exclusively or for a period of exclusivity on the music streaming service. Read more...

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Meet Flambo, the newest adorable sports dog

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 15:00

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.

There's a long and glorious history of very good sports dogs, both fictional and real-ish. That exclusive club got an adorable new addition on Wednesday, thanks to the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. 

Meet Flambo, the Canadiens' new foster puppy, an adorable floof of sweet majesty, the kind of dog fit for one the most storied franchises in all of professional sports. 

We picked up our foster puppy from @fondationMira today! The @CHCFondation will serve as a foster family to this little guy for the next year and we'll be sharing updates of his progress. Thank you to everyone who submitted name suggestions
Meet Flambo: he's a very good boy. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/C5vwO82CBY

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50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart's ‘Mother of All Demos’ changed personal technology forever

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 14:00

Imagine someone demonstrating a jet plane 15 years before Kitty Hawk. Imagine someone demonstrating a smartphone 15 years before the first cellular networks were even launched. Imagine someone demonstrating a controlled nuclear chain reaction 15 years before Einstein formulated e=mc2.

On a crisp, overcast, and breezy Monday afternoon in San Francisco on December 9, 1968, before an SRO audience of more than 2,000 slack-jawed computer engineers, a soft-spoken engineer named Douglas Engelbart held the first public demonstration of word processing, point-and-clicking, dragging-and-dropping, hypermedia and hyperlinking, cross-file editing, idea/outline processing, collaborative groupware, text messaging, onscreen real-time video teleconferencing, and a weird little device dubbed a "mouse" — the essentials of a graphical user interface (GUI) 15 years before the first personal computers went on sale. Read more...

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Furbo Dog Camera review: The best way to keep an eye on your dog from work

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:03
Furbo Dog Camera $249.99 View Product The Good Easy to use • Made of durable plastic • Bamboo lid tightly secures treats • Launching treats is fun! The Bad Can't pan or move the camera • Expensive for a dog accessory The Bottom Line Although $249 is a lot to spend on a dog toy, we think it's fun and useful enough to justify. Everyone enjoys launching treats from this device. Mashable Score4.5 Cool Factor5.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the Buck4.0

We've all been there before: You're about to leave for work, and the family dog follows you to the door, watching through the window as you enter your car and leave. But what if you could keep a watchful eye on your dog the entire day — even from your office? Read more...

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10 super cool holiday gifts on sale this weekend

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:00

Hoping to land on someone's nice list this holiday season? We've got just the ticket, with deets on ten of the coolest gifts we're loving right now, all of which you can snag in the Mashable Shop. (Don't forget to enter our exclusive coupon code at checkout to save an extra 15% — more on that below!)

1. Jamstik+ Portable Smart Guitar

Only 10% of people who take guitar lessons keep playing beyond their first year with the hobby — are you among them? With the Jamstik+, you can be. Featuring real-time feedback, interactive games, and a helpful companion smartphone app, it's never been easier (or more entertaining) to learn how to pick and pluck like a pro. Read more...

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Holiday stress is real. How you can cope with it all.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:30

For some people, the holidays really are "the most wonderful time of the year," but for others they're anything but. Stressors can include anxiety about travel or pressure to drink.  

Thankfully, it's become more acceptable to talk about these challenges during the holidays and throughout the yearActivists, celebrities, and everyday people are increasingly sharing their struggles, which has reduced the stigma surrounding mental health. 

SEE ALSO: 5 ways to talk about mental health that'll leave you feeling better

Whether you're nervous about flying or staying sober at a holiday event, there are concrete ways to manage those emotions. Here are some techniques for dealing with stress and anxiety that stems from common holiday season scenarios:   Read more...

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20 brilliant stocking stuffers, all on sale for less than $20

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:00

When Ariel sang about "gadgets and gizmos aplenty," she was referring to all the rad stocking stuffers that just went on sale in the Mashable Shop. (Trust us on this one.)

For a limited time, you can save an extra 15% on the following gifts under $20 by entering the coupon code MERRY15 at checkout. Happy shopping!

1. Millennium Falcon Ice Molds

Made out of silicone shaped like the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, these geeky ice molds are so cool, even Sheev Palpatine would love 'em. Normally $14.99, you can buy a two-pack for only $9.99.


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Millennium Falcon Ice Molds — $9.99
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Run your family life, all from one app? Cozi promises you can

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:00

Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with.

Modern life in general can often be a logistical nightmare, but adding kids to the mix takes domestic air traffic control to a whole new level. The premise of an app built with precisely this use-case in mind may seem like a godsend for any Gcal-overloaded caregiver, but Cozi, which bills itself as an app that can "simplify" family life, also runs the risk of contributing to the problem it attempts to solve.  Read more...

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How NASA recorded the eerie Martian wind, without a microphone

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:00

Cold winds constantly blow across the wide Martian plains of Elysium Planitia, and NASA unexpectedly recorded the sound of these extraterrestrial gusts. 

Although NASA sent the InSight lander to Mars to study Mars' earthquakes and geology, the robot's scientists discovered that one of InSight's instruments picked up audio of wind gusting against the machine's metal exterior, and they released the sounds on Friday.

"It's what it's like to be there," Don Banfield, an InSight scientist, said in an interview.

Beginning at the 1:10 mark in the video below, you can hear the Martian wind.

The specific instrument that picked up the sound of wind blowing against the lander is an air pressure sensor, more formally called the Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem. It's a weather-monitoring device. It's not a microphone. But it can act like one.  Read more...

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Grab one of Samsung's high-end QLED TVs for $800 off (and $300 cheaper than Amazon's price)

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00

If you're out of the loop, Amazon and Best Buy are doing some 12 Days and 20 Days of deals tech events to give us something to salivate over now that Black Friday weekend is over.

We'll admit that some of their TV deals are pretty good, but don't jump the gun — we're about to do you one better. 

The 65-inch model of Samsung's fancy QLED series is only $2,199 at the PCMag Shop. For reference, that's $800 off the original price and $300 less than Amazon and Best Buy's sale prices on the same TV. You're welcome.

Samsung's Q8F models are truly top of the line, just one notch beneath their most premium creation yet: The Q9F. But the thing is, unless you're weirdly intense about graphics, you're probably not going to notice the minute variations in dimming technology or the difference between Q HDR Elite and EliteMax. The place where you will notice a difference, however, is in your wallet.  Read more...

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10 pop culture moments in 2018 that made us go 'NOPE'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00

In 2018, the news and state of the world can pretty much be described as a constant state of NOPE. Trump tweeted? Nope. Another deadly shooting? Nope nope nope. The planet is dying? Wow, nope!

It's difficult not to get bogged down by the deluge of bad or weird news, but there are moments of pop culture that have been so overwhelmingly good that they had us saying NOPE for different reasons. 

We're talking things that were so cute you wanted to pass out. Moments so joyful you wanted to arrest everyone involved. This is a valid emotional response, by the way – like wanting to eat a cute baby or cry with joy. These pop culture moments, in no particular order, made us so happy that we verbally canceled them just to restore balance to the universe. Sorry!  Read more...

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Save $50 on an Xbox One S 'Fortnite' bundle and get a free controller from Best Buy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:00

It seems like battle royale style games took over the world almost overnight. One day the beta for a game called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds opened up and next thing you know Call of Duty is getting in on the action. But the undisputed king right now is Fortnite. According to Epic Games, the game draws in more than 78 million people monthly — that's nine times as many people who live in New York City, and more than double the amount of people who live in all of Canada.

With the holidays now in full swing, there are sure to be even more wanting in on the craze. For them, we have the ultimate deal: The Xbox One S Fortnite bundle is currently on sale for $249.99 at Best Buy, which is $50 off the original $299.99 price. With this deal you'll not only get the system and the game, but you'll even get a free black or white Xbox One controller as part of the bundle. Read more...

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'Individual-1' memes are everywhere after 'substantial' prison time suggested for Cohen

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 00:16

Grab your popcorn. Refill your tea. Individual-1 is getting meme'd. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York filed separate memos giving their sentencing recommendations for Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen. Manhattan prosecutors suggested "substantial" prison time of between roughly four and five years, while Mueller noted Cohen has been helpful to his investigation even though his crime was "serious." 

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations in August, and last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. New York prosecutors have been handling the financial crimes while Mueller has been focused on the lying part. Cohen asked for no time behind bars because he's been so chummy with Mueller, and Mueller didn't give a suggested timeframe for his sentence.  Read more...

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These sunglasses from Bose double as speakers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 23:09

Bose designed a pair of sunglasses that have a built-in speaker system

Stream music, connect to virtual assistants, and make calls, all while staying shady and looking cool.  Read more...

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Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg face off in Epic Rap Battles of History

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 22:43

Oooohhhhhh, the Epic Rap Battles of History video guys are back after a two-year hiatus, and they're coming for two of the most shade-able figures in the tech world: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

Epic Rap Battles is a video series that pits public figures against each other with fictional and non-fictional beefs. In 2016, their two rhyme spitters where none other than, you guessed it, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

This time around, the robotic Zuckerberg faces off against the pompous Musk. Each  brags about their achievements, and rags on the other for their personal and professional, erm, shortcomings. Read more...

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Trump called Tillerson 'dumb as a rock' and 'lazy as hell'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 21:02

Remember Rex Tillerson, Trump's largely accomplishment-free Secretary of State?

Well he's back, this time with some long overdue criticism of our Commander in Chief.

On Thursday, Tillerson spoke at a fundraiser for for the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The former Secretary of State "let loose," as much as that limestone rock of a man can be loose about anything.

"When the President would say, 'Here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it.' And I'd have to say to him, 'Well Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can't do it that way. It violates the law. It violates treaty,'" Tillerson said. Read more...

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Why Japan's giving out free homes, and how you can get one

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:52

Ever dreamed about moving to Japan? The prospect is more enticing than ever because Japan is giving out homes for free, or at a very low price. It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. There’s just one thing you’re going to need first, and there may be a catch. Read more...

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The internet is not having the new portion recommendation for fries, it's pretty bleak

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:38

A professor out of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health says that people should only be consuming 6 fries per serving...yes, 6

Of course, the internet had something to say about it. Still, studies have shown a connection to eating fries and obesity...so it is something to be considered, to an extent.   Read more...

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Arrested Huawei CFO potentially faces decades in jail

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:27

Things are not looking up for Huawei's CFO. 

Wanzhou Meng, arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver and facing possible extradition to the U.S., had a bail hearing today in which it was made clear that she is looking at some serious jail time for allegedly misrepresenting to authorities the relationship between Huawei and SkyCom, which did business in Iran. 

According to AP, the prosecutor said she portrayed the two companies as separate, while the U.S. claims Huawei and SkyCom are connected, and thus Huawei violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. 

SEE ALSO: China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Canada Read more...

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