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This spider's eyes still glow, even though it died 110 million years ago

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 19:34

Fossil hunters in Korea discovered long-dead spiders preserved in rock. And to the delight of scientists, the arachnids' eyes are still reflective — some 110 million years after the creatures died. 

It's rare for insects and arachnids — which are far more brittle than shelled sea creatures — to become fossilized in rocks. But for reasons still unknown, a couple of these spiders did fossilize, and the unique shape of their eye structures continue to reflect light — even in their petrified form. 

The reflective eye structure is called a tapetum, and it's often used by creatures who hunt in the dark.  Read more...

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Watch Mike Pence gasp when no one claps at his terrible applause line

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 19:19

Vice President Mike Pence isn't a complicated man. 

He likes Chili's, using his personal AOL account for official government business, and gay conversion therapy. And so, when he addressed attendees at the Middle East conference in Poland on Feb. 14, it's clear he believed that same down-home flavor that's treated him so well in Trump Country would garner rounds of applause from his European audience. 

That, dear reader, is where he went wrong.

Speaking about the widely supported Iran nuclear deal, Pence told those in attendance that it was time to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and withdraw. The response, or rather lack thereof, from the crowd appeared to shock the veep.  Read more...

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'Anthem' players are angry about long load times but there's an easy fix

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 18:35

I started playing Anthem at the end of the week, just as the game came online for early access players on PC. And like a lot of other people, I discovered quickly that the load times are brutal.

Anthem is widely perceived as publisher Electronic Arts' response to the success of Destiny. Both games are online-only outer space shooters that depend heavily on a sticky sense of progression and "live" in-game events to keep players invested.

SEE ALSO: 'Anthem' gets off to a rocky start as EA's 'VIP Demo' weekend falls apart

But where Destiny launched in 2014 and has benefited enormously from a long timeline of updates and improvements, Anthem is fresh out of the gate. Stumbles are unavoidable. But this is a big one: within a few hours, it became clear to me that Anthem's two-to-three minute loading delays would eventually render the game unplayable. Read more...

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NBA dunk contest winner leaps up and over Shaq to claim 1st place

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:51

To the awe even the NBA's elite All-Stars, guard Hamidou Diallo leaped over 7-foot-1-inch Shaquille O'Neal to win the 2019 dunk contest. 

For emphasis, the Oklahoma City Thunder rookie then hung from the rim by his elbow joint before revealing a Superman shirt hidden beneath his jersey.

Shaq, who once dominated the NBA will his 7'1", 325-pound frame, had his head slightly bowed, but Diallo still made his point and cleared the Hall of Famer's head with some room to spare.

Hamidou Diallo got ⬆ over Shaq#PhotoOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/ju54EAc6qp

— ESPN (@espn) February 17, 2019

Highlights from the 2019 dunking event can be viewed below, though Diallo's slam starts at the 1:35 mark. Read more...

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NASA posts image of ghostly blue objects, deep in the cosmos

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 16:19

When a star is born, a chaotic light show ensues. 

NASA's long-lived Hubble Space Telescope captured vivid bright clumps moving through the cosmos at some 1,000 light years from Earth. The space agency called these objects clear "smoking gun" evidence of a newly formed star — as new stars blast colossal amounts of energy-rich matter into space, known as plasma. 

Seen as the vivid blue, ephemeral clumps in the top center of the new image below, these are telltale signs of an energy-rich gas, or plasma, colliding with a huge collection of dust and gas in deep space.

As NASA says, these blue masses are transient creations in the cosmos, as "they disappear into nothingness within a few tens of thousands of years." Read more...

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Don Cheadle stood up for trans kids on 'SNL' and the internet took notice

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 16:17

Don Cheadle, acclaimed actor and true-blue mensch.

The man behind Marvel's War Machine mask brought his politics to the Saturday Night Live stage on Feb. 16. He used fashion to make a statement, at one point introducing Gary Clark, Jr., the night's musical guest, while wearing a simple t-shirt adorned with the words "PROTECT TRANS KIDS."

It was a well-received fashion choice, to say the least.

shit like this is why he survived Infinity War pic.twitter.com/kvBDXQ6NXC

— tweeter valentine (@MamoudouNDiaye) February 17, 2019

Sunday morning Twitter is flooded with support for Cheadle under the #ProtectTransKids hashtag.  Read more...

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'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update went in on Trump's wall

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 15:06

At one point during the latest Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update co-host Michael Che stared into the dark heart of the Donald Trump presidency and emerged to voice an immutable truth: "I am so tired of telling Donald Trump jokes."

It was the realest moment Saturday Night Live has ever known. Also, there were a bunch of wall jokes. Please enjoy. Read more...

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Lady Gaga, Spike Lee, and other Oscar nominees face off on 'SNL' Family Feud

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 14:03

This may be a game show parody rather than the actual thing, but it's got one notable advantage over February's Academy Awards show: there's a host.

Kenan Thompson revived his effortless Steve Harvey impression for another episode of Celebrity Family Feud: Oscars Edition. This one pit the Hollywood old guard — Spike Lee (Don Cheadle), Glenn Close (Kate McKinnon), Sam Elliott (Beck Bennett), and Olivia Coleman (Cecily Strong) — against a bunch of noobs, plus Bradley Cooper (Kyle Mooney).

The best thing about this bit? Melissa Villaseñor's transformative Lady Gaga impression. Read more...

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A rambling 'SNL' cold open can't make sense of Donald Trump's fake national emergency

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 13:41

For Saturday Night Live's latest cold open, Alec Baldwin put on his Donald Trump mask and spent seven minutes recreating IRL Trump's sham press conference in which he unconvincingly presented his case for a fake national emergency. At least he was honest about it in SNL's version.

The sketch is hardly an all-star by the show's standards, but it clearly hit close to home. On Sunday morning, Trump dinged NBC in a tweet and quickly followed it up with a return to his favorite "the media are the enemy of the people" chestnut, in all caps for good measure. Read more...

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Save an additional 15% off these battery packs, wireless chargers, USB hubs, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 10:00

There's no such thing as too many devices — until, of course, you're wrapped up like a mummy in a seemingly endless roll of different cables, multiple types of chargers, and all the gadgets to go with them. We get it: you're not getting rid of any of your devices anytime soon (you can release your death grip on your tablet now). The first thing you should do is streamline the number of battery packs and chargers you use. 

We've rounded up these top picks, from the sleek and streamlined, to the durable and multi-function — all of which are on sale. Read more...

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Save big on home security products during Presidents Day weekend

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 10:00

If we had it our way, we'd hire Fluffy the three-headed dog to guard our houses and live in peace forever. Unfortunately, this is not the Wizarding World, and we have no choice but to resort to the second best thing — home security products.

In honor of Presidents Day, we're offering deals on items that will protect you against intrusions of any kind. Whether you want to keep hackers from accessing your home network or need something to protect you from thieves, we've got you covered.

1. HAVEN Mech Door Lock

This heavy-duty door lock is designed to deter intruders — even if they're as strong as the Incredible Hulk. Designed and tested by U.S. Special Ops veterans, it adheres to the base of your door and is apparently 10 times stronger than a deadbolt. Engineered with military-grade materials, a locking wedge absorbs the force should there be an attempted break-in. It's not a hassle to activate it either. Just step on the foot pedal and let it take care of the rest. Read more...

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Take an extra 15% off select VPNs this weekend

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 10:00

It's no secret that there are a number of threats you could encounter when you go online — and no, we're not talking about that one weird Reddit thread you wish you could unsee. Malware, viruses, hackers, and other innovative forms of attack all pop up, and if you're like the average person you probably thoughtlessly use unsecured (a.k.a. free) WiFi connections all the time. 

Protect your personal data while you browse with a VPN, a tool/service that completely encrypts your location and cloaks your browsing behaviors. 

We've rounded up some of our top picks below — plus, plug in coupon code PREZDAY15 at checkout for an extra 15% off the sale price.  Read more...

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Study Shows AMP Can Lead to Increase in Organic Search Traffic by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 00:55

A study on the impact of accelerated mobile pages on search performance shows positive correlation between AMP and organic traffic.

The post Study Shows AMP Can Lead to Increase in Organic Search Traffic by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Google’s John Mueller Explains Why Expired Product Pages May Become Soft 404s by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 23:45

Google's John Mueller addressed an issue site owners might run into where expired product pages are reported as soft 404s.

The post Google’s John Mueller Explains Why Expired Product Pages May Become Soft 404s by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Colin Kaepernick settles collusion case with NFL

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 22:51

Colin Kaepernick and his former teammate, Eric Reid, have reached a settlement in their suit against the NFL. 

The players sued the league in 2017, alleging it colluded to keep the players out of league in response to their protests — against police brutality and racial injustice — during the pre-game National Anthem, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump. 

SEE ALSO: Colin Kaepernick's Pet Tortoise Is the NFL's Internet MVP

Details of the settlement were not disclosed. In fact, it seems like we're destined to know very little about the terms of the deal, unless they leak out at some point. The NFL issued a brief, three sentence joint statement on the matter. Read more...

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Samsung gives up on Blu-ray players in the U.S.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 22:04

Samsung is throwing in the towel on Blu-ray players, in the U.S. at least.

"Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market," the company told CNET, in response to an earlier report in Forbes

SEE ALSO: Welp, we now know almost everything about Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup

That doesn't mean you can't still get your hands on a Samsung Blu-ray player — retailers have plenty of older models in stock by the look of it — but if you were holding out for a new high-end player you'll have to go with another brand. As Engadget points out, there were already good reasons to opt for one of Samsung's competitors, anyway. Namely, that Samsung doesn't support Dolby Vision (it uses a different HDR standard). Read more...

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Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez to visit and see for herself how workers don’t pee in bottles

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 20:44

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most outspoken critics of Amazon's now-abandoned HQ2 plan for New York City, and now the online mega-retailer is hitting back... nicely.

After the young congresswoman criticized Amazon over reports of the inhumane conditions faced by the company's warehouse workers, an Amazon exec responded with a denial and an offer: come visit our facilities and see for yourself.

SEE ALSO: Amazon abandons HQ2 plan in New York City

"Is that culture of 'strict performance why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles & work while on food stamps to meet targets?'" Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "'Performance' shouldn’t come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions. That’s why we got rid of sweatshops." Read more...

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Disney's 'Incredibles 2' Oscars pitch hilariously brings out the 'Spider-Verse' stans

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 20:17

When Oscar voters cast their ballots ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, Disney wants them to remember Incredibles 2.

"For your consideration" ads and social media posts are a common sight in the run-up to the big show every year. But the typically dominant showing from Disney-Pixar productions is facing major competition in the universally well-received Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.

And that movie's fans are internet-savvy, to say the least.

SEE ALSO: What exactly is the Spider-Verse?

So when Disney dropped into Twitter on Friday with a "for your consideration" shout-out to Incredibles 2, every Spider-verse fan's Spidey sense started to tingle.  Read more...

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NBA shows off 'smart jersey' concept for high tech sportswear

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 18:59

Want a new basketball jersey? In the future, it may be as simple as pushing a button.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver showed off a concept for the "NBA jersey of the future" that does just that. Silver, who was speaking at the NBA's All-Star Technology Summit demoed the futuristic tech, which would let you change the player name and number on your jersey in just a few seconds.

"So hopefully I just put Michael Rubin out of business," Silver joked, referring to the CEO of online jersey retailer Fanatics. 

It's not clear exactly how this tech might work, or how far along it might be. Silver used a smartphone app to make the change onstage, according to NBA.com.  Another angle of the demo, captured by Los Angeles Times columnist Arash Markazi, makes it look like the demo was more of a projection than actually-changing jersey. Read more...

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Twitter still keeps archives of your DMs years after you deleted them

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 18:47

Uh-oh, this doesn't look good.

You know how when you delete a Twitter DM and you're expecting it to, like, be erased and non-retrievable ever again? Turns out Twitter's still keeping archives of deleted DMs according to a security researcher who shared his discovery with TechCrunch.

SEE ALSO: Brand Twitter, please stay away from the 2020 election

Speaking with TechCrunch, security researcher Karan Saini discovered he was able to retrieve old Twitter DMs he had deleted years ago. 

Saini says he found his old deleted Twitter messages from recipient archive folders belonging to Twitter accounts that were deleted. Twitter lets senders delete their DM messages, but the messages are only deleted from their end and not the recipient's (and vice versa). Read more...

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