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'Silicon Valley' heads to Washington in new trailer

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:36

It shouldn't be news to any of us now that some parts of the internet...are bad. Even a lot of the good parts are being used by bad people, or for bad purposes like datamining and invasions of privacy without user consent.

That's the kind of hard-hitting ethical quandary you probably wouldn't expect from Silicon Valley, but the teaser for the forthcoming season of HBO's tech startup satire promises to at least touch upon big names like Google and Amazon, even if it's just for a scathing joke (what is Amazon, anyway?). 

The final season of Silicon Valley begins Oct. 27 on HBO. Read more...

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Trump's interest in buying Greenland gets relentlessly mocked on Twitter

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:34

Trump wants to buy Greenland, and the internet isn't holding back on the memes.

The president has "repeatedly expressed interest" in buying the island, the Wall Street Journal reports, and has asked advisers about whether the United States can buy the self-ruling part of the Kingdom of Denmark. People close to the discussions also told the Wall Street Journal that Trump has asked White House counsel to "look into the idea." 

Even if the U.Scould feasibly "buy" Greenland, Greenland itself brushed it off. In a statement, its foreign ministry affirmed that the island isn't for sale. 

"Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy, and is a new frontier for adventure tourism," the foreign ministry said. "We're open for business, not for sale."  Read more...

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Please enjoy a nice song featuring the world's sleepiest chihuahua

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:25

YouTuber Malinda Herman has a channel full of delightful song covers, many of which she sings to her two adoring dogs and extremely vocal cat. But the best one of all is perhaps her take on Lobo's "I'd Love You to Want Me," which is peppered with enthusiastic meows and makes her chihuahua so sleepy that he cuddles up to the guitar.

Are you crying? I am crying. Look at his little paws. Look at his little yawns! OK, hear me out: What if we delete all of YouTube except for this channel? I think it could be really good for everyone. Let me know! Read more...

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What that viral Twitter battle over CVS and birth control really means for your access

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:46

At first glance, the bitter Twitter battle against CVS over birth control pills this week may have convinced you that the pharmacy giant was blocking access to the contraceptive. But like most Twitter scuffles, it's complicated.

Here's what's really happening. 

CVS Caremark, a CVS subsidiary that works with pharmaceutical companies to set prescription pricing for customers of CVS and other pharmacies, has reduced how much it'll reimburse retailers that only sell one product. One such online startup, Pill Club, mails women birth control in packages filled with other goodies like stickers that say "You are magical" and chocolate. CVS' move means Pill Club will be reimbursed at a lower rate for customers whose insurance is tied to CVS Caremark, making it so the company can no longer afford to service those people. Read more...

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Laptops and tablets on sale: iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:40

No matter what side of the fence you land on — Apple die-hard or completely loyal to Windows-only tech — there's always going to be something on sale for you, so let's focus less on the "which is better" debate, and more on how much money you can save on a laptop or tablet of your choice. 

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops that cost less than $300

This weekend, there's a bunch of great personal devices on sale — from regular laptops, to 2-in-1 computers, to fancy tablets. Some of our favorites this time around are a big discount on the iPad Pro, and a nice deal on the Microsoft Surface Pro, among others. Read more...

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Flaw let hackers spy on—and even alter—data sent via Bluetooth

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:36

Say it with me: Bluetooth is not your friend. 

It turns out that the frustratingly buggy way to pair speakers, printers, and numerous other third-party devices with your smartphone or computer can't keep a secret. Security researchers this week announced a major vulnerability in the Bluetooth specification that allows hackers to not only listen in on the data being sent between two devices, but clandestinely alter it as well. 

"[An] attacker is able to the listen in on, or change the content of, nearby Bluetooth communication, even between devices that have previously been successfully paired," the researchers explain.     Read more...

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A prehistoric human-sized penguin has been discovered in New Zealand

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:21

Coined the "monster penguin," this creature roamed the Earth over 60 million years ago

Read more here.

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Best TV deals this weekend: Vizio, LG, Sceptre, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:18

Waiting until Black Friday to a buy a TV has become the thing to do, but we're proposing that you should have that HDR quality in your home for all of fall.

Forget Hallmark Christmas movies — September and October are the best months on television for fans of horror or classic slasher movies, and those dark scenes are the spookiest when you can actually see who's lurking in the shadows.

The argument for fall sports in 4K is obvious: Sports fans shouldn't have to spend the first months of the season unable to decipher where the ball is or what the score says.

Luckily, there are always some hidden gem TV deals scattered across the internet well before holiday sales: Get a 49-inch LG 4K TV for $377 (that's bougie dorm life, if we've ever heard it), a 65-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum TV for $999.99, or a 75-inch Sony 4K TV for less than $1,500 plus a free $400 Dell gift card. Read more...

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Instagram users can now report ‘false information’

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:46

Following criticism from parent company Facebook for hosting misinformation, the social network has decided to allow users to be able to report to fact-checkers.

Read more here.

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New Google Easter Eggs: Multi-Sided Dice via @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:43

Google has updated its “roll a die” tool, one of its longest standing Easter eggs, with multi-sided dice.

The post New Google Easter Eggs: Multi-Sided Dice via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Google Assistant now to come with ‘assignable reminders’

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:38

The added feature will now allow roommates to delegate tasks via reminders to each other. Tasks may be delegated by time and/or location.

Read more here.

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Mike Tyson has a marijuana farm and smokes $40,000 worth of weed a month

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:32

The former heavyweight champion boxer owns Tyson Ranch, a 40-acre marijuana farm that grows nine strains of cannabis. Read more...

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Amazon sellers advertise freebies on Facebook—just don't forget to leave a review

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:57

Facebook users are being inundated with ads offering free electronics on Amazon. The catch? They need to put down money upfront and leave a review.

Over the past few months, I've noticed an uptick in the frequency of targeted Facebook ads offering free electronics, including smartphone batteries, wireless security cameras, and microphones, as well as beauty supplies. 

To receive the item, all the user has to do is leave a fake or incentivized review of the product on Amazon. It sounds like a scam. But, I signed up for some freebies as a test. I received them. It works.

So, what's the big deal? A study from marketing agency BrightLocal found that more than 80 percent of consumers trust product reviews as much as they would a friend's recommendation. Incentivized reviews take advantage of that trustFake reviews are a big problem on Amazon, which now makes up approximately 50 percent of the entire ecommerce market. Read more...

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Driver gets caught pulled over on the highway with 8 phones running 'Pokémon Go'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:55

On Tuesday, state troopers in Washington spotted a car pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 518 in Burien. When they pulled up to check on the driver, they found something, and I bet you can't guess what it is. OK, give up? Great. It was a foam block containing eight phones, each of which was running Pokémon Go. 

There's a lot to unpack here. First, as the Seattle Times pointed out, this guy is still playing Pokémon Go, which is an incredible feat in itself. His foam block is also incredibly customized: There are custom spaces carved for each phone, many of which are different models (and thus different sizes). This setup clearly took a lot of work. Read more...

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Hamilton Beach's versatile slow cooker is $22 off on Amazon

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:53

TL;DR: The convenient Hamilton Beach slow cooker is going to be your new kitchen staple — pick one up on Amazon for just $46.92. 

If your kitchen isn’t yet locked and loaded with a slow cooker, A.) what are you doing? And B.) you need to fix that. It’s literally the staple of every busy person’s kitchen — the convenience and hands-off nature make it the perfect item to have in your lineup to reduce the stress of preparing food for every night of the week. After a long day at work, it’s a life-saver. 

And if you’re going to pick one out, get a slow cooker that does more than just one thing, like this one from Hamilton Beach that’s $22 off on AmazonRead more...

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PetSafe's smart automatic pet feeder is on sale on Amazon — save $30

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:37

TL;DR: Snag the original PetSafe Smart Feed automatic dog and cat feeder from Amazon for just $159.95. It's normally $189.85, so you'll save $30.

It's not that you don't want to be home at a decent hour to feed your pet; it's just that the bar down the street from your office has $5 glasses of wine 'til 8 and your coworker promised to give you the lowdown on that cute newbie in IT.

Whatever your reason for being MIA while your dog or cat is home alone — work, traffic, happy hour — you can make sure they still get dinner by picking up an automatic pet feeder. (That's right — no need to make a frantic last-minute call to your neighbor or pet sitter.) The brand PetSafe makes one called the Smart Feed that's equipped with WiFi so you can feed your pet from anywhere, and Amazon is currently offering its first-generation model on sale for $30 off its suggested retail price. (The second-generation Smart Feed with Alexa integration came out just a few days ago; it's also on sale on Amazon, albeit at a less impressive discount.) Read more...

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Lenovo Chromebook S330 is on sale for $133 off at Walmart

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:28

TL;DR: Get the speedy Lenovo Chromebook S330 on sale for $166, just in time for back to school shopping. It’s usually priced at $299, so you’ll be saving an impressive $133. 

Sure, we love MacBooks just as much as the next person. But the thing is, not everyone wants to drop over $1,000 on a laptop — especially with other high-performing, more budget-friendly options out there to get the job done. 

Case in point: the convenient Lenovo Chromebook S330. And just in time for checking another crucial item off your back-to-school shopping list, Walmart has it marked down to $166 —a savings of $133 off its usual $299 price tag. Read more...

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Facebook pop-up cafes will teach users about their privacy settings

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:12

After years of selling your data, allowing Russians and fake news to run rampant on its platform, and violating just about every privacy promise it's made, Facebook wants to give you some coffee and a little help. 

According to the Evening Standard, the social media behemoth is getting all trendy and opening five "pop-up cafes" in the United Kingdom between Aug. 28 and Sept. 5. They'll serve free coffee and are meant to help UK users set up their privacy settings. 

The first pop-ups will be in London, Aug. 28-29, at The Attendant coffee bar on Great Eastern Street and at Takk at 6 Tariff Street.  Read more...

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Sanitize your phone —PhoneSoap bundles are 30% off with this code

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:09

TL;DR: Innovative PhoneSoap bundles are 30% off with code B2S30, saving you up to $60.

Did you know that your cellphone has more bacteria on it than you’d find in a public restroom? If you just gagged, that’s an appropriate response. Almost everything you touch gets transferred to your phone where it sits and collects. You probably (hopefully) wash your hands regularly, but how often do you think to disinfect your devices?

PhoneSoap aims to keep your phone clean without using any liquids or chemicals — it relies on UV-C light to kill germs on surfaces and in crevices that cleaning wipes can’t get to. Right now, you can save on PhoneSoap bundles, which are 30% off with the code B2S30. Read more...

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'Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus' perfectly picks up where the show left off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:09

The best thing about Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is the way it manages to perfectly capture the spirit of the TV show and transport my brain right back to the early aughts.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus premiered on Netflix Friday and marked the movie-length return of Invader Zim after 13 years of silence. It’s delightfully funny, gorgeously animated, and hits every beat that Zim fans could ever ask for.

Instead of ignoring that there hasn’t been an episode in well over a decade, the movie acknowledges the wide chasm of time since the final episode of Season 2 in 2006, and although it appears nobody has really aged, a lot has happened.  Read more...

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