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How mobile photography technology has evolved over two decades of phone cameras

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:34

Picture this: The sun is sinking below the horizon, and it's going to be a stunner of a sunset — one for the books (or at the very least, for Facebook). You scramble for your phone to capture those vivid, cotton candy-coloured skies, but the image simply doesn't translate on your screen as beautifully as it appears IRL.

In the nascent days of mobile phone photography, this was a common scenario. But today's smartphone cameras are capable of capturing pro-grade images in any number of difficult lighting conditions — even, in some cases, underwater. The best part? These cameras fit right in your pocket, enabling you to preserve precious memories in remarkable detail without dragging a whole kit around. Read more...

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Adorable child has a bone to pick with KFC

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:21

Chicken — it gets personal.

This tiny poultry lover in the UK gave a very passionate interview to Britain's ITV News on Tuesday after more than 500 KFC stores remained shut following "operational issues" with the fast food titan's new distribution system.

SEE ALSO: KFC has run out of chicken in the UK

The child seems pretty calm in the video above, but she assures the interviewer she's quite upset: "Well, I don't look sad, but I really am disappointed."

(Someone tell this girl Popeyes is a far superior chicken joint in both consistency and flavor.)

She makes a good point about the injustice of it all though. "Look at them, they're just chillin, they're happy," she says into the mic. "Sorry, we're mad with them. We want to get in there, sit down, have some food, but we can't do that today." Read more...

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This picture of Kylie Jenner's baby bump became a thirsty meme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:12

When Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her daughter Stormi on Super Bowl Sunday, she released a sweet 11-minute documentary about her secret pregnancy. 

But knowing the internet, it only took a few days for people to turn an adorable baby video into a meme about wanting some. 

SEE ALSO: Kylie Jenner had a baby, and the loveliest reason for keeping her a secret

When my man gets home with a fresh haircut
Me : pic.twitter.com/6bZ74sx1HS

— girl posts (@girlposts) February 7, 2018

Note: Jenner never says "Next thing I knew, I was pregnant." In the video, she says she's "34 weeks today." Someone added the text over a screenshot of Jenner, and it took off.  Read more...

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Snap Maps shows chilling view of gun control walkouts spreading across the country

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:09

This is what collective mobilization looks like.

High school students across the country walked out of school on Wednesday to protest inaction from politicians on gun control policy. The protests are a direct response to the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week that took 17 lives.

A striking way to see the spread of this movement — from both a macro, and micro perspective — has emerged on Snap Maps

SEE ALSO: Snapchat's Snap Maps is now available online

By mid-Wednesday afternoon, Snapchat's map surfaced multiple featured and trending stories of walk outs from California to Texas, Florida to D.C., and more states and schools across the country. Read more...

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Get yourself a collapsible water bottle to save space and stop waste

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:06

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

It's getting warmer, and that means it's time to start thinking more about on-the-go hydration. 

Your travel bag and the environment will probably thank you for storing your drinks in this collapsible water bottle

SEE ALSO: Pants made out of recycled plastic bottles and coffee beans could be the new jeans

This reusable water bottle can expand to 8.4 inches and collapse to only 4.8 inches to accommodate how much water you want. It's good for cold drinks, but it's also safe for hot liquids up to 450°F. According to the product page, it's made from food grade silicone (and no plastic) with a kitchen-grade stainless steel cap, which sounds pretty environmentally friendly to us. It's great for the travel-savvy to make their bag space flexible and for those going green and looking to avoid cup waste. Read more...

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The book world had plenty of shade for Trump at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:03

The book world came together to celebrate groundbreaking new literature on Tuesday night at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards.

The ceremony, hosted annually by PEN America, honors authors who have made significant contributions to the literary world and celebrates books published in fiction and a wide array of non-fiction, including sports writing, science writing, essays, and more.

SEE ALSO: 10 books by black authors that are shaping our conversation about race

As writers from all over the globe convened to discuss books, there was an orange-tinted elephant dominating the room: Donald Trump and the effect his presidency has had on free speech in America. Read more...

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Try not to get hypnotized by this 'shark whisperer' and his calming powers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:57

British marine biologist Alexander Wilcox has been working as an apprentice under Cristina Zenato, a certified 'shark whisperer.' Here he is showing off the insane skills he's learned to divers in the Caribbean. Read more...

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Twitter Cracks Down on Automation and Use of Multiple Accounts by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:57

Twitter has new rules in place to prevent applications and services from utilizing automation for the purposes of posting spam.

The post Twitter Cracks Down on Automation and Use of Multiple Accounts by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

The U.S. Government Accuses Two Chinese Phone Makers of Spying on Americans - Here's Why We Think It's Bullsh*t

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:33

The CIA, NSA, and FBI are accusing the Chinese government of using Huawei and ZTE phones to spy on Americans. The thing is, there's no hardcore evidence. Even though the company denied these allegations, they need to show their customers that their phones are safe to use.

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Ski ballet is the magnificently weird Olympic sport that deserved better

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:32

Warning: you're about to miss a sport you never knew existed.

What is ski ballet, you ask? For the most part, it's probably what you're imagining: a choreographed freestyle ski program full of jumps, spins, and other stunts. Yes, it was set to music. Yes, the athletes wore enormous sleeves. Yes, it was the manifestation of all my personal dreams.

SEE ALSO: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: The endless 'will they, won't they'

And yet... it was not fated to last. Ski ballet was featured as a "demonstration sport" at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, but it didn't resonate particularly well with audiences. After another disappointing appearance at the 1992 Games, it faded into Olympics history. In 2000, it was discontinued entirely. Read more...

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Today's best deals include PlayStation and Xbox bundles, robot vacuums, security cameras, and Dell laptops

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:28

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

President's Day might be over, but the tech deals are flowing over into a second term — 10/10 presidential reference, am I right? If you had this past Monday off and were bored AF, we're sorry that you didn't have some of this stuff to keep you busyBut if you take advantage of these deals now, you'll have more than enough to stay entertained on your next day off — or to give you a distraction from adult responsibilities. Read more...

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3D posts on Facebook just got a lot better

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

Support for 3D imagery on Facebook is growing. Last October, Facebook introduced interactive posts of 3D objects to its news feed. The social network rolled out support for a new file format this week, which will make it even easier for users to share high-quality 3D images. 

The format, glTF 2.0, allows for more realistic rendering of objects' textures, and more detailed 3D art. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook's new slogan: 'If you think we're not good for your business, leave'

Along with support for the new format, Facebook is rolling out new Graph API endpoints that will allow developers to build 3D sharing to Facebook directly into their third-party apps.  Read more...

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We finally found the world's smallest fidget spinner

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:52

If you have small hands, you'll know that spinning a fidget spinner can be a cumbersome affair. Westminster Inc. has just the solution. 

The toy and brand has created what it claims is the world's smallest fidget spinner. It's one and a quarter inches long, and fits comfortably on even the smallest of fingers. 

SEE ALSO: Now there's a disgusting pimple popping toy, and we already miss fidget spinners

Just like the traditional fidget spinner your annoying coworker spins all day, this toy is comprised of a ball-bearing core, a plastic body with three arms, and weighted metal slugs at each end. But its size (or lack thereof) made it much easier to spin than a heavier product — especially for my hands which are, in super scientific terms, super tiny — and balancing it on one finger was practically effortless.  Read more...

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This travel pillow looks like it's attacking you — but it really just wants to give you a hug

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:40

MonPère’ is a travel pillow in the shape of hands that cradle your face while you sleep. The mitts stay secure whichever way you bend them and comfortably hold your neck and head in place. Fighting for the window seat is a thing of the past. Read more...

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Twitter updates its developer rules to crack down on bots

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:39

Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem. 

Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using third-party apps to spread spam.

SEE ALSO: Are you arguing with a bot? Here's how to know.

According to the new rules, developers that use Twitter's API will no longer be able to let users: 

  • Simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts.

  • Simultaneously perform actions such as Likes, Retweets, or follows from multiple accounts

  • Use of any form of automation (including scheduling) to post identical or substantially similar content, or to perform actions such as Likes or Retweets, across many accounts that have authorized your app (whether or not you created or directly control those accounts) is not permitted Read more...

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If you really want to put 'America First,' support tech industry immigrants

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:39

This column is part of a series called "Voices of Women in Tech," created in collaboration with AnitaB.org, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As the daughter of a family of overachievers in Kolkata, India, I knew that an advanced degree from an American university would put me on a path to success. With just two suitcases filled with belongings, I came to this country — where I knew practically no one — to study for a master’s degree in computer and information sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read more...

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Who wants to live forever, asks the book Benedict Cumberbatch is bringing to the screen

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:30

The world's richest man made a $42 million investment in a vast clock, now under construction, that is designed to tick away for 10,000 years. Elon Musk sent a car to space that should orbit the sun for millions of years, containing a miniature library that will last for billions more. Meanwhile Netflix's latest hit, Altered Carbon, shows us a future where the rich live forever, albeit inserted into fresh bodies (aka "sleeves"). 

No doubt about it: long-term thinking is in fashion, at least among the nerds. These days, Silicon Valley is obsessed with legacy projects. Mark Zuckerberg wants to cure all disease before the 22nd century begins. The promise of expanding human lifespan in limitless directions is so close the billionaires can taste it.  Read more...

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Watch Billionaire Bill Gates try to guess the prices of normal people groceries

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:47

Billionaire Bill Gates would probably be great on a show where he guessed the prices of real estate and yachts. Groceries for norms? Not so much.

Gates appeared on The Ellen Show on Wednesday, where host and millionaire of the people, Ellen DeGeneres, decided to quiz the tech mogul The Price is Right style. In a segment called "Bill's Grocery Bills," Degeneres had Gates guess the price of everyday objects from the grocery store. 

If Gates successfully guesses the price (within a range of $1) of three out of the five products, the audience wins a prize.  

For what it's worth, Gates couldn't even recall the last time he stepped foot in a grocery store, but his performance is less than stellar. Gates thought cheap stuff, like Rice-A-Roni and Totino's Pizza Rolls were way more expensive than they actually are, and guessed expensive items, like Tide Pods, are way cheaper than their $19.97 price tag.  Read more...

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Uber CEO: Flying taxis will be a real business in 5-10 years

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:41

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.

Uber is looking to spread from the roads to the skies.

This week Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recommitted to the company's goal of offering flying taxis as a transportation option — and not in the distant future but in the next five to 10 years.

SEE ALSO: Here's what Uber for the skies might feel like

At a Tokyo investor forum Tuesday, Khosrowshahi said he saw flying cars as a viable option for Uber users to get around cities and nearby locations, according to Reuters. Read more...

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How to calculate the exact amount of Bitcoin riches you've missed out on

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:11

The value of Bitcoin has been a roller coaster, and a select few have come out on top. 

If you, like most of us, are not among the cryptocurrency elite, never fear. The Bitcoin Regret Club, featured on Product Hunt, is here to remind you just how disappointed you should be that you didn't invest in bitcoin. 

SEE ALSO: Bye-bye, Bitcoin. It's all about bananacoins.

The Club's calculator is very simple. To start, enter a date and an investment amount. 

Image: screenshot/bitcoinregret.club

The website works its magic, then tells you exactly how much money you didn't make from that investment. For example, if I'd invested $400 on June 6 2013, I would now have $35,586.  Read more...

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