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Christina Aguilera covers Aretha Franklin in disguise on the subway

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:06

World-famous musicians busking on the subway is totally a Jimmy Fallon thing now.

Joining the likes of Maroon 5 and Miley Cyrus in a (not so) random act of singing was pop queen Christina Aguilera, who hid under a floppy hat and sunglasses to sing a cover of Aretha Franklin's "Think" at the 50th Street station in New York City.

Of course, what would a star be without the hits: Aguilera also performed an acoustic version of "Fighter" to a very enthusiastic crowd, and lots of cowbell from Fallon. Read more...

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Jimmy Kimmel celebrates America's newest citizens like they should be

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:47

While the Trump administration rolls out their policy to separate migrant families at the Mexican border, and empathy amongst immigration policy is in short supply, there are those who would instead welcome folks into America with a big flashy celebration.

Jimmy Kimmel, for one, who invited a group of brand new citizens to come to his show on Thursday night for the introduction to the country they deserve. Honestly, how hard is it?

On national Flag Day, a day of patriotism in the U.S., Kimmel celebrated six of the country's newest locals in overtly American form — with goody bags filled with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer helmets, apple pies, and illegal fireworks delivered by Guillermo Rodriguez dressed up as a bald eagle.  Read more...

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World Cup opening game proved a little tricky for people with colour blindness

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:38

Did you have a little trouble distinguishing between teams at the World Cup opener? You weren't alone.

During the opening game between Saudi Arabia and host country Russia on Thursday, people watching who have colour blindness complained on Twitter they had trouble identifying which team they were cheering for.

SEE ALSO: Nifty Spanish reporter gets around French-only rule with phone translator

Why? The teams wore red (Russia) and green (Saudi Arabia), two of the colours people with a type of colour vision deficiency (CVD) are unable to distinguish between.

More than a few people were upset. 

Red vs Green to start the World Cup. Unfortunate for those who are color blind... cc: @UniWatch @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/lTurOLjR99

— Shlomo Sprung (@SprungOnSports) June 14, 2018 Read more...

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Super tall 12-year-old basketball player predictably devastates opponents

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:50

There's always that one kid you should pass it to.

In the case of basketball team the Frenchy Phenoms, you might want to give the ball to 12-year-old Olivier Rioux. He measures a very tall 213 centimetres (6 foot 9), and when playing against other kids his age on a shorter hoop, well, the results are fairly predictable.

Although he has no qualms shooting from a distance, Rioux can easily dunk into the basket thanks to his height, which makes him a pretty handy defender too. 

Sure, it doesn't seem legal, but at least the video is enjoyable.

[h/t Deadspin] Read more...

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Black hole eats and destroys hapless star which wandered too close

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:32

Beware of the hungry black hole.

Astronomers tracked a supermassive black hole, 20 million times larger than the sun, which ate up and destroyed a star that came too close.

SEE ALSO: Three baby planets hanging around a star discovered by astronomers

Located nearly 150 million light years away from Earth, scientists theorise the star swirled around the black hole, emitting intense x-rays and visible light, as a jet of material spat out at a quarter of the speed of light.

Such an occurrence, called a tidal disruption event (TDE), has been rarely spotted. But scientists think they happen more often. Read more...

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Instagram Decides Not to Alert Users When Screenshots Are Taken by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:33

Instagram confirmed it has decided against the idea of alerting users when a screenshot is taken of their story.

The post Instagram Decides Not to Alert Users When Screenshots Are Taken by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Google to Better Communicate Why Certain Ads Shown by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:33

Google is expanding two initiatives that aim to provide users with greater control and transparency over their ad experiences.

The post Google to Better Communicate Why Certain Ads Shown by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Hillary Clinton masterfully mocks James Comey over his misuse of private email

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:00

"But her emails."

It's become a meme at this point. The Republican party  — and Trump campaign — made such a huge stinkin' deal about Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, that any time a more serious scandal enveloped the right, people would mock the time and effort spent trying to "lock her up." 

The phrase has also been used jokingly to insult Trump supporters for latching onto the email scandal for so long, while there's plenty of better things to be concerned about.

a man in a MAGA hat stumbles out of his basement, choking on dust and radioactive fallout

"but her emails!" he whispers, before dying

— tom (@toms_spaghetti) May 15, 2017 Read more...

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Reporter to Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Trump immigration policy: 'Don't you have any empathy?'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:11

Reporters in the White House press are trying something new with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: appealing to her "empathy."

During Thursday's White House press briefing, Sanders fielded searing criticism from an outspoken reporter over the Trump administration's policy to separate migrant families at the Mexican border.

SEE ALSO: Watch Michelle Wolf torch D.C. at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

The reporter in question was Brian Karem, executive editor of the Sentinel Newspapers. Just before, Sanders had been sparring with another reporter over of the question of why the administration chooses to separate children from parents who arrive in the U.S. illegally, with the reporter arguing that that the administration "doesn't want to take responsibility" for this new element of its immigration policy. Read more...

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The 'Ocean's 8' lack of conflict is the most important part of its fantasy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:06

Since its box office–topping release, Ocean’s 8 has delighted some moviegoers and caused others to respond with a not-resounding shrug. 

The shruggers point to the film’s lack of conflict as an issue with the story, alluding to the fact that the lady criminals in the movie experience few setbacks in their quest to steal millions of dollars worth of diamonds, and that the setbacks they do encounter are solved easily. 

“This movie is boring,” they say, “because there is no tension or concern whether they’ be able to pull off the job.”

SEE ALSO: Sandra Bullock on 'Ocean's 8' all-female cast: it was 'a long time coming' Read more...

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When I say I want a goth gf, this is what I meme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:38

Deep down, we're all still in our goth phase. 

Pop culture in the early 2000s was full of iconic goth girls — whether it was Sam from Danny Phantom or Janis Ian from Mean Girls, everyone was a little bit in love with the goth queens of Hot Topic. 

In a meme sweeping Twitter, people are posting pictures of their ideal goth girlfriends. 

SEE ALSO: Giant, ominous bird lands on this girl's shoulders and it's the most goth thing

By "goth gf," they really mean any celebrity dressed in black, from Danny DeVito to bad boy Rodrick from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

when i say i want a goth gf this is what i mean pic.twitter.com/YXLjqu5Knc

— izzy (@izzscarlett) June 14, 2018 Read more...

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Why the gig economy was doomed from the start

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:27

For a while there, it seemed like "Uber for X" was the only pitch that mattered.

To many, the rapid rise of Uber wasn't just a major tech success story — it signaled a wholesale change that was coming to how people thought of work. Traditional jobs, the thinking went, would soon become less and less common, with predictable, inefficient employment getting replaced by the flexibility of independent contract work. The "gig economy" was underway, and it was unstoppable.

SEE ALSO: 10 key takeaways for startups that are trying to be the next Uber

Except that it stopped. In her new book, Gigged, reporter Sarah Kessler chronicles the ascent and decline of the gig economy, starting in the early 2010s, when it seemed every service — from grocery shopping to cleaning offices — could be "app-ified" to be done by easily scalable contract work, to the death of many of those services a few years later, when their models proved unsustainable. Read more...

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Snapchat could soon get its own version of Instagram's Boomerang

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:22

It looks like Snapchat may soon be borrowing a feature from Instagram, for once.

The app is currently testing a new video feature that lets users create looping Boomerang-style videos. The feature, called "bounce," is being tested in a beta version of the app but isn't publicly available yet.

SEE ALSO: You can now delete Snapchat messages you instantly regret

Snapchat already lets you create looping videos — the feature was added a year ago — but it doesn't quite create Boomerang-like effects. (Boomerang creates its looping effects by playing clips forward and then backward.)

The new bounce feature brings Snapchat's version closer to Instagram's Boomerang, though. It appears alongside the other video playback tools. Using a slider, you select a portion of the video to "bounce." The clip will play backward and forward in a loop, similar to a Boomerang. Read more...

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Nick Offerman says his latest character would love 'Parks & Rec'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:40

Nick Offerman sits down with Mashable to discuss Hearts Beat Loud, his new film about a single father who connects with his daughter while writing music together. Read more...

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Elon Musk and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hold 'Loop' press conference to shut down the haters

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:17

Haters gonna hate, but that's not stopping Elon Musk and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel from pushing forward on a potentially game-changing new high-speed rail project.

Musk and Mayor Emanuel held a press conference on Thursday to announce The Boring Company's winning bid for an underground high-speed rail between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport.

"This is the fastlane to Chicago's future," Mayor Emanuel said.

The line will be called "The Chicago Express Loop," also known as The X. Pods made by Tesla will travel between 125 - 150 mph, transporting travelers the approximately 16 miles between Block 37 in downtown Chicago to the airport in about 12 minutes. It's not Hyperloop, but it's fast — about four times faster than existing public transportation, at least. Read more...

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Cardi B joins Zach Galifianakis and Jerry Seinfeld for a new episode of 'Between Two Ferns'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:12

The wait has been well worth it: Zach Galifianakis is back with another episode of Between Two Ferns, his first episode since Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama appeared on the show in 2016. 

This time he's joined by legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld and rapper Cardi B, a more recent legend in her own right.

SEE ALSO: Oh no: Cardi B didn't know Donald Glover and Childish Gambino are just one person

Seinfeld takes up most of the interview, and the hilarious banter between the two men is full of drags and knocks against the franchises that brought them fame (Seinfeld and the film The Hangover, respectively).  Read more...

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'Transference' isn't your typical gaming experience

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:05

Transference, the heady virtual reality project that made a splash with its trailer at E3, is more than just your typical gaming experience.

During E3, we had a chance to talk to a couple of folks behind Transference: Elijah Wood, actor and founder of the production company Spectrevision, and Benoit Richer, game director at Ubisoft. Both of whom discussed how their backgrounds in film and games helped develop Transference into something that's a unique mix of both with a heavy dose of emotional pull.

"Games have always looked to film for inspiration, especially in the last 15 to 20 years," Wood said. "They've become more and more cinematic and inspired by film history in terms of cutscenes and narrative approach." Read more...

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Animals are becoming nocturnal to avoid humans, and that could mean trouble

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 19:57

Animals that live near human activity are becoming nocturnal just to avoid us, and the implications for ecosystems around the world could be huge. 

A team of researchers conducted a meta-analysis which included data about 62 species across six continents and found an overwhelming trend: To avoid encountering humans, animals are becoming nocturnal at the expense of their biologically predetermined schedules. 

SEE ALSO: Viral Videos May Endanger Cute Animals

Of the species studied that typically split their activity equally between day and night, more than 80 percent of those living near humans increased their nighttime activity. The new results were published in the journal Science this week. Read more...

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Dell is letting you take an *extra* $150 off the Inspiron 15 7000 laptop with this coupon code

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 19:49

If you were waiting for the right time to upgrade from your bulky, creaking old laptop— we got news for ya: the time is now.

SEE ALSO: Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

While Dell isn't exactly screaming this deal from the hilltops (or their website )— we are. 

(You're welcome.)

Dell is going all in with this coupon code that knocks the 15.6-inch Inspiron 15 7000 down to only $579. Man we love a good clearance deal. 

Incase you didn't know, this is the sleekest model of the 7000-Series, complete with InfinityEdge display and the newest 8th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor. On top of that, it also comes with Windows 10 Pro, which normally would be a $50 upgrade over Home. This'll definitely come in handy for those who need their computer supported by their IT department. Read more...

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