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Guy responds to his own wanted mugshot on Facebook and hilarious romance ensues

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:14

Ugh, don't you hate it when the police rush you into turning yourself in?

A Facebook post led to an unexpectedly hilarious exchange between the Richland Police Department and a wanted criminal who was taking his sweet time.

SEE ALSO: Puppy detained by police has now been released after massive social media campaign

For its weekly "Wanted Wednesday," the Washington police department posted a mugshot of 38-year-old Anthony Akers, who allegedly violated his probation. He has a history of illegal possession of prescription drugs and resisting arrest, according to the Tri-City Herald.

But Akers, clearly exasperated by the attention, didn't want to be rushed.  Read more...

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Elon Musk tells '60 Minutes' he has 'no idea' how to smoke weed

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:09

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took a puff off a joint three months ago and people are still talking about it. 

In a preview Friday for an upcoming 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, Musk defends his brush with marijuana. 

"I am somewhat impulsive and don't want to adhere to some CEO template," he says. When she grills him on the pot, he replies, "I do not smoke pot. As anyone who watched that podcast can tell I have no idea how to smoke pot, or anything."

SEE ALSO: OK, everybody: Stop pot-shaming Elon Musk

It's pretty evident from footage of Joe Rogan's podcast that Musk didn't inhale and didn't really know what he was doing, but it hasn't stopped everyone from Fox News to NASA from making the smoking incident into a huge deal. Read more...

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Formula E is the real driver behind the future of electric car tech

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:44

Formula E is not just an auto race with electric cars, it’s also the largest incubator for the future of electric vehicle technology.  Read more...

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When will humanity ever hit the peak of its ever-growing carbon emissions?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:41

We were duped. 

Or, at least, we were given some false hope. In the three years between 2014 and 2016, global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels had finally stopped increasing and leveled out. Emissions weren't yet going down — but there was the potential that they had peaked. 

Perhaps, mused scientists, this was the fruitful beginning of humanity's collective response to alter the course of history, and in doing so, avoid the mounting woes wrought by climate change. 

But, no. With 2017 came news that emissions had ticked up. And, critically, the newly-released 2018 Global Carbon Budget Report shows that carbon emissions bumped up yet again in 2018, and are now at their highest levels on record. Read more...

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Best 4K TV deals: Save on Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Sony, and more this weekend

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:22

Now that it's the weekend, we've gathered the best deals on 4K smart TVs from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. If you want to spend your weekend watching movies and TV shows, check out these amazing deals first, so you can watch TV in brilliant 4K. We've found deals on great 4K TVs from top manufacturers like Sony, LG Electronics, VIZIO, Samsung, and more.

Here are just some of our favorites for this weekend:

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5 ways to clean your computer keyboard — Clarification Please

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:00

The only thing grosser than a dirty keyboard is having to clean a dirty keyboard. The silver lining: You can do it using items you'll find around your house or office and a few cheap cleaning supplies. Read more...

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This neural-net powered AI is way better at chess than anyone

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:34


Competitive and casual chess players alike now have a new foe. In addition to computers, there's a new AI platform called AlphaZero that can totally beat us all.

SEE ALSO: An AI wrote the script for this movie, and let's just say there's eyeball vomiting in it

AlphaZero is from DeepMind Technologies, a subsidiary under Alphabet, which is Google's parent company. It can tackle not only chess, but also shogi and Go — two equally difficult, if not even more challenging, games. 

AlphaZero comes after many years of research, succeeding AlphaGo Zero from last year, the world's best Go player. But this time around there wasn't any human help. AlphaZero taught itself how to play from scratch.  Read more...

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New 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' fighters ranked by how much they kicked my ass

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:05

There are 11 brand new fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and almost all of them kicked my ass.

As I spent dozens of hours playing Ultimate in the last week, I unlocked tons of new fighters, including all of the new additions to the game from Chrom to Simon. Some of them gave me a really hard time in our one-on-one duels, and some of them infuriated me as they blasted my fighters off the stage time and time again.

SEE ALSO: 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' is exceptional in every way

Of course some of them were pretty easy. I am, after all, a lifelong Smash player and have the capacity to beat bots on a first attempt. But a surprising number of newcomers forced me into a second round. Read more...

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Google to personalize audio-based news over assistant software

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:04

Listening to the news over a Google Home smart speaker is going to get more useful. On Thursday, Google announced a new effort to personalize the audio news feed available through the company's digital assistant software.

The goal behind the project is to create a radio station that caters to your interests, Google product manager Liz Gannes said in a blog post. It'll also be smart enough to avoid repeating the same new stories you've already heard during the day.

The company's AI-powered algorithms on Google News can already personalize text-based articles for you by looking at what topics you like to read and your search history. Now the tech giant is bringing some of the same technologies to the audio realm. Read more...

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A dude dressed up as Buddy the Elf and challenged strangers to pillow fights

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 17:42

Happy holidays, Bostonians. A man dressed as Buddy the Elf is roaming your streets, challenging people to pillow fights.

The man, whose name is Brendan Edward, is a firefighter and a "handsome/funny dad," according to his Instagram. He also makes a pretty good elf. 

Most of the people Edward tried to pillow fight were excited about it. There was only one holdout: a guy who was working. (Please do not bother people who are working.)

SEE ALSO: Amazon's Christmas tree delivery is great if you own a handsaw

If this man approached you on the street, would you pillow fight him? Personally, I would not — I am skeptical of any man who approaches me to ask anything — but I respect those who would. Pillow fights are extremely fun and they absolutely count as exercise —perhaps it's time for them to expand beyond the slumber party. Read more...

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Apple patent contains clues about the 2020 AirPods redesign

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 17:41

We're starting to learn more about what the rumored 2020 AirPods redesign might look like.

A recent Apple patent filing shows how the company may make changes to the AirPods in years to come. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the filing contains specs for biometric sensors, noise-canceling, and even the introduction of expandable foam to better fit every ear. 

SEE ALSO: Apple antitrust lawsuit heads to the Supreme Court

As with all exciting patent filings, it comes with ~drawings~.

Expandable foam could help redesigned AirPods fit snugly in any ear.

Image: apple/us patent and trademark office

The abstract of the patent focuses on the ability of a biometric sensor that sits close to the skin to adjust its output based on its location. That is, AirPods could be worn "interchangeably," and determine what to play, when to stop, and other features, based on its proximity to its human. That could even include noise cancelation. From the patent: Read more...

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Coinbase Bundle performance tracker reveals the sad state of the crypto market

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:52

If you bought a lot Bitcoin in 2011, you'd be rich now. 

But if you bought Bitcoin a year ago, or even a month ago...well, let's just say your portfolio would be a pretty sad sight. 

Which is why it's funny that cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase still has this chart on its webpage. 


Image: Coinbase

The chart, featured quite prominently on Coinbase's site and noticed recently by Dogecoin creator Jackson Palmer, tracks the performance of an imaginary $100 investment in Coinbase Bundle, a sort of fund that tracks the prices of the top 5 cryptocurrencies by market cap, listed on Coinbase: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic.  Read more...

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Xiaomi's next phone might have a 48-megapixel camera

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:49

The smartphone megapixel wars aren't over yet. 

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi teased a new smartphone with a 48-megapixel camera, a record for the company, and as far as we can recall, an all-time record in popular consumer electronics, beating Nokia's 41-megapixel 808 PureView phone

As noted by Android Central, the phone is also likely to have Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 675 chip. 

SEE ALSO: The 5G iPhone probably isn't coming until 2020

As extravagant as 48 megapixels sound, it actually makes a lot of sense. Huawei's Mate 20 Pro has a 40-megapixel main camera, but, by default, it uses the information gathered by the sensor to create better-looking 10-megapixel photos. If Xiaomi goes the same route, its new phone will likely default to 12-megapixel photos while benefiting from the details gathered by the 48-megapixel sensor.  Read more...

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Amazon is targeting airports for its next cashier-free Go store expansion, report says

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:21

Amazon’s checkout-free Go stores are really starting to take off.

The online retail giant has been in contact with several major U.S. airports to discuss opening new cashier-less Amazon Go locations, according to public records.

Both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is the second-busiest airport in the country, and San Jose International Airport (SJC) are locations Amazon expressed interest in, according to a Reuters report

One airport, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW), reportedly reached out to Amazon first, expressing interest in bringing the e-commerce giant’s brick-and-mortar convenience store to its location. Read more...

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Donald Trump Jr. uses awful dog-eating meme to attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:18

UPDATE: Dec. 7, 2018, 1:57 p.m. EST Updated to include Ocasio-Cortez's response.

Donald Trump Jr. just posted something very dumb and bad on Instagram and I swear this is not a repeat.

This time, the president's son went after newly-elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her democratic socialist background by using a meme about eating dogs. 

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It’s funny cuz it’s true!!! 🤣🇺🇸🤣🇺🇸🤣

A post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Dec 6, 2018 at 4:01pm PST

Making the whole post even worse is Junior's caption, "It's funny cuz it's true!!!" Setting aside for a moment the racist roots of dog-eating jokes, the meme is likely a reference to the currently horrific conditions in Venezuela where citizens have reportedly been reduced to hunting and eating rats and dogs due to food shortages due to the country's economic collapse which many blame on its current socialist president. It's been a recent tag line of conservatives, who seemed spooked by the success of democratic socialist candidates like Ocasio-Cortez.  Read more...

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Laptop and tablet deals: iPads, MacBooks, Razer laptops, Acer Chromebooks, and more on sale

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:02

The upside about the holidays: All of the great deals are like a savings buffet. The downside: Gift shopping isn't exactly the most relaxing activity.

Don't worry though, we're here to help if you're searching for a new laptop or tablet for someone on your list. (Or for yourself — we won't tell.) Each week we comb through Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and more to find some of the best deals and our favorite picks from across the internet.

Students should be happy with some of the Chromebook deals available from Acer, HP, or Samsung this weekend: They're straightforward and affordable companions that are perfect for another long semester on campus. Gamers will also be happy with the laptops we found on sale. Read more...

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The best video games of 2018

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:01

This is it. End of the road for 2018. Which games did you play to escape the neverending dumpster fire of our daily IRL circus? Which were your favorites?

So many to choose from this time around. Blockbuster games are becoming more conscious of the space they occupy in pop culture, delivering an emotionally wider range of stories and experiences. This year, we've seen that even the biggest games can bring out tears as effectively as they elicit joy.

That's in addition to gaming's ever-thriving indie landscape, which has delivered a treasure trove of new and unexpected ideas shaped by small teams into epic timesinks and thought-provoking oddities. In fact, one of those titles claimed our coveted #1 pick for Game of the Year in 2018. Read more...

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Bose's Home Speaker 500 combines Alexa with great sound, for a price

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:44
Bose Home Speaker 500 $399.95 View Product The Good Robust sound with strong bass • Sleek design gives it a premium feel • No distortion • even at high volumes • Alexa integration is good The Bad Painfully pricey • Display doesn't do much • No way to share connected services across accounts The Bottom Line The Bose Home Speaker 500 is more expensive than other smart speakers like Apple HomePod or Google Home. But you get excellent sound in addition to smarts. Mashable Score4.0 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the Buck3.0 Read more...More about Reviews, Alexa, Bose, Speaker, and Smart Speaker

Save up to $220 on Arlo Security Systems at Best Buy

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:40

Best Buy is having a big sale during the 20 days leading up to Christmas. Each day, the retailer picks a product and marks it down as low as possible to pass the savings on to you. This is day seven of Best Buy's "20 Days of Doorbusters," which means you can save up to $220 on select smart security devices from Arlo, including the company's four-camera security system, Wi-Fi-enabled Audio Doorbell, and Arlo Q indoor security camera.

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best home security cameras to bring you peace of mind

Usually retailing for $799.99, the Arlo Pro 2 four-camera security system is on sale for $579.99 and features brilliant 1080p HD video quality inside of a wireless, all-weather resistant camera for indoor and outdoor use. Each camera also features world-class motion detection, two-way audio, and night vision. In addition, all of Arlo's security cameras work with Amazon Alexa, so you can control it with just the sound of your voice. The package includes the Arlo base station with a built-in siren and four HD cameras. Read more...

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