Sunday, March 24, 2019

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CNN's Dickensian Trump / Mueller tweet brought out the Twitter peanut gallery in force

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 07:31 AM PDT


If you write something silly or foolish on Twitter, you're gonna get dragged.

CNN is getting a firsthand lesson in that universal truth after a Saturday tweet went decidedly off the rails. It was supposed to set the scene, pulling a particularly descriptive line from a story about Donald Trump's first evening in a post-Mueller Report world.

Instead, it set off a minor uproar as Twitter's forever-savage peanut gallery responded with a swarm of one-liners. To its credit, CNN chose to let the wave of snark break over the tweet rather than just deleting it (which would have surely made things worse, let's be real). Good sports over there at CNN. Read more...

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'Dora the Explorer' trailer takes us from high school to 'The Lost City of Gold'

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 06:17 AM PDT


Dora and the Lost City of Gold takes Nickelodeon's titular explorer and treasure hunter into her high school years... and the real world.

The upcoming Dora movie casts off the series' animated roots in favor of a live-action adventure starring Isabela Moner. This debut trailer offers an extended look at what's to come, from Dora's awkward first steps into her high school years to her next, great treasure hunt.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theaters on Aug. 2. Read more...

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Amazon Fire HD, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, iPad Pro, and more deals for March 24

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 05:54 AM PDT


One of the most common causes of neck pain is spending an extended period at a desk without taking stretch breaks, and this can impact your physical, social and mental well-being. Interesting fact, neck pain ranks in the top 5 disorders in the United States.

Lucky for you Amazon is offering 30% off InvoSpa shiatsu back shoulder and neck massagers, so whenever you have to do overtime at the office, bring this with you so you can work and relax at the same time.

Here are the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, BuyDig, Best Buy, Adorama, Rakuten, and more for Sunday, March 24: Read more...

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Instagram artist brings weird seltzer water flavor fantasies to life

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 05:00 AM PDT


Every seltzer-chugging person has fantasized about their dream flavor. 

Kate Rath brings those bubbly fantasies to life. The 31-year-old artist has been posting whimsical seltzer-inspired art on Instagram for the past several months. Using markers, watercolors, and a little bit of inspiration from Twitter, Rath makes all of her cans pop. 

"I stopped drinking about a year ago and was pretty bored because I'd cut out my favorite hobby so I just started messing around with my new art supplies in my free time," Rath tells Mashable via email. 

She was originally inspired by another Instagram page, the now-defunct @chobani_flavors, an "unofficial parody" account showcasing Photoshopped Chobani yogurt cups with weird, non-yogurt  flavors like "Broken Glass." But since Rath didn't know anything about Photoshop, she went the traditional route. "I just decided to start drawing fake seltzer flavors with my new supplies." Read more...

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Get Speks Magnetic Blocks on sale for 40% off with this code

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT


As adults, it's automatically expected that we have the capacity to sit still and stay calm, cool, and collected at all times. But if our addiction to social media is any indication, idle moments must be filled with some sort of distraction.

We're not asking for much, just something to focus all that excess energy that doesn't include a screen.

This was the entire point of fidget spinners — and though those aren't cool anymore, new stress toys have emerged to fill the void and our hands. Speks is leading the way with the coolest geometric toys around, showing up on our list of the best new stress toys this year. Through April 12, you can get the Magnetic Blocks for 40% off with free shipping using code SQUAREUPRead more...

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Want to learn Salesforce? These cheap online courses may be all you need.

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT


If there's one skill that can add an extra kick to your résumé, it's Salesforce — the top Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform now ubiquitous at all sorts of enterprise companies. Its cloud-based apps power work productivity at every stage of the sales funnel, from lead generation to executing upon final sales. In fact, Salesforce claims that its Salesforce Economy is expected to create 3.3 million new jobs by 2022.

Tempted? If you’re looking to jumpstart a career that requires knowledge of Salesforce, you have options. On the non-technical side, look to be certified as a Salesforce Administrator — in which case you’ll want to take a certification exam like the Certified Administrator Exam, which tests your knowledge of Salesforce admin tasks such as building reports, maintaining clean data, and adding new fields to forms. On the flip side, technical-minded folks can look to nab certification as a Salesforce Developer, in which case you should aim to ace an exam such as the Platform App Builder. Salesforce Developers handle all the backend stuff involving building testing, implementing, and maintaining Salesforce apps to keep the platform running like a well-oiled machine. Read more...

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This $30 gadget will make packing so much easier

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT


As fun as traveling the world is in theory, it can also be incredibly exhausting. New places are unfamiliar and hard to get around. There are flight and train delays. There's jet lag, and new time zones. And of course, all these problems are only exacerbated when you're also dragging around a big, bulky bag overflowing with all your stuff. It’s with that last problem, at least, that we can offer you some help.

The Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit is the kind of too-simple-to-believe gadget that you’ll actually be excited to show off to your friends. After filling the airtight plastic bag full of your shirts, pants, jackets, or any other soft, malleable objects you want to travel with, you activate the vacuum pump and suck them into a compact shape. The result is your clothes will take up to 70% less space than they would’ve been without the Dr. Save. The best part? There will be way more room for snacks, books to read on the plane, or souvenirs to bring home. Read more...

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Going somewhere? Samsonite spinners and other luggage on sale this weekend.

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT


Editor's note: Mashable and PCMag are both owned by Ziff Davis.

When was the last time you bought new luggage? We bet it's been a while. That old duffle bag from the back of your closet has seen some wear-and-tear over the years and just isn’t going to work. Looks like it’s time to upgrade to something better.  

It's time for some new luggage, friend.

As it turns out, the PCMag Shop is having an epic sale on suitcases and other luggage — all of which include a 10-year manufacturer's warrantySave up to $280 and grab yourself one of these great options from Samsonite and American Tourister. Peep the highlights below and shop the full sale right here. Read more...

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'Shazam!' is a superhero movie for kids, and that's a great thing

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 03:00 PM PDT


It's been a long time since superheroes could be dismissed as mere kid stuff, thanks to stories as intelligent as Black Panther or as disturbing as The Dark Knight or as gleefully inappropriate as Deadpool.

But lost in all the praise over how mature and thoughtful and boundary-pushing these films can be is the fact that, well, superheroes are kid stuff. Most of us first fell in love with these larger-than-life crusaders as children, over comic books or Saturday morning cartoons or family trips to the multiplex.

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Wild videos show cruise ship chaos as rough seas prompt an evacuation

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 02:46 PM PDT


Incredible videos shared on Twitter are showing the wild rough seas that have led to the evacuation of 1,300 people from a cruise ship off the coast of Norway. 

The ship, Viking Cruise's "Viking Sky," sent a distress signal Saturday afternoon local time, reporting "engine problems in bad weather," according to CNN. And videos from both inside the cruise ship and from the shore show how bad the seas are. 

The BBC reports that at least one of the ship's engines was successfully restarted, enabling the Viking Sky to move a bit further from the rocky shore. Not surprisingly, the BBC also notes, "The area is known as the Hustadvika and is reportedly one of the most dangerous stretches of Norway's coast." Read more...

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Hashtag about a world without Twitter is trending... on Twitter

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 02:31 PM PDT


If we're being honest, tweeting about what the world would be like without Twitter is peak 2019. And, yet, here we are, with #InAWorldWithoutTwitter trending on an early Spring Saturday.

The tweets are a mix of genuine and jokes yet most of them all hold a grain of truth in them and reveal the best and worst of Twitter as a platform.

#InAWorldWithNoTwitter we'd have no covfefe
No hamberders
No smocking guns
No unpresidented
No Scott Free
No wire tapp
No Melanie
No Councel

But we'd still have Tim

— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 23, 2019

People would use there, there or they’re incorrectly their entire lives#InAWorldWithNoTwitter

— Jesse Lifson (@DoYouEvenLIf) March 23, 2019

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Reporter used spit to fix hair and Twitter can't handle it

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 01:10 PM PDT


Pity the remote reporter who has no control when the feed goes live and catches him or her in a vulnerable moment.

This happened to NBC's Matt Bradley who was broadcasting a live spot from Syria about the fight against ISIS. When the feed switched over, unbeknownst to Bradley, viewers got a full dose of the reporter using his spit to fix his hair.

Oh man, poor Bradley. Plenty of us have done something similar before in a moment of desperation but we weren't caught doing it on national cable television. Sure enough, Twitter responded to video of the moment with shock.

— Scooter Phoenix (@ScooterPhoenix) March 22, 2019

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Adele and Jennifer Lawrence dropped in on a popular NYC gay bar and partied hard

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 12:23 PM PDT


Patrons at the popular New York City gay bar Pieces got a big surprise on Friday night when ho-hum music superstar Adele and one of her besties, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, dropped by for some drinks and some fun. 

Introducing herself onstage as a "stay-at-home mom," Adele garnered loud cheers from the crowd during the bar's "Frisky Fridays" drag show. Adele was later joined by Lawrence who was having just as much fun as her pal.

And @Adele looked AMAZING yesterday!!!

— Papacito Bach (@papacitobach) March 23, 2019

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Save up to 30% off bed and bath must-haves during The Home Depot’s Spring Savings

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 11:53 AM PDT


It’s been a loong winter with way too much time spent binge-watching in bed. All the more reason to strip those stale sheets, replace your threadbare towels, and hit up The Home Depot’s online-only Spring Savings.  

Think high-quality basics: super-soft sheets, bath mats, and towels that aren’t adorned with weird bleach stains. In other words: bedding and bath essentials that make you feel like a grown-up. Below, find a look to match your style and then shop The Home Depot’s Spring Savings.

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Wow: U.S. gov't warns there's a spring flood risk for two-thirds of the Lower 48

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 11:50 AM PDT


In Nebraska and Iowa there's a brown sea where there should be homes, roads, gas stations, and open country. 

Historic floods have deluged vast swaths of the Midwest — even flooding a third of the U.S. Air Force base that houses the nation's critical U.S. Strategic Command. But the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the floods aren't nearly over. The agency's 2019 Spring Outlook found that nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are at risk for flooding in the coming months. 

"The extensive flooding we’ve seen in the past two weeks will continue through May and become more dire and may be exacerbated in the coming weeks as the water flows downstream,” Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center, said in a statement.  Read more...

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High school performs 'Alien' as a play and it looks spectacular

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 11:43 AM PDT


If you need proof that kids these days are alright and amazing, simply cast your eyes on the students at New Jersey's North Bergen High School who put on a stage play version of the classic sci-fi horror film Alien

The play was complete with all the trappings of the film, including the infamous facehugger alien, the stomach-bursting scene, and, yes, the large, menacing xenomorph that has come to haunt the nightmares of generations of moviegoers. 

And it all looked amazing.

The school put on a pair of performances for the play in recent days and photos and videos have gone viral quickly, being shared all across platforms like Reddit and Twitter.  Read more...

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The next iPhone might be able to wirelessly charge some Apple accessories

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 11:37 AM PDT


While Apple fans are getting hyped up for the big March 25 event, a new report circulating the web is already hinting at a new feature for the next iPhone model.

9 to 5 Mac has shared a report from Japanese Apple blog Macotakara that the next model of iPhone will be able to wirelessly charge other devices, including AirPods and the Apple Watch. 

As noted above, this kind of wireless charging is already available with the Galaxy S10 and the Huwaei Mate 20 Pro. That the new AirPods 2 also feature a wireless charging case could be a big indicator Apple is finally ready to roll out its version on the next iPhone. Read more...

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Thousands of Brexit protesters flood the streets of London calling for new referendum

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 11:27 AM PDT


As the tire fire that is Theresa May's handling of Brexit continues to burn, a crowd pegged at around a million people flooded the streets of London on Saturday, protesting the disastrous policy and calling on a new referendum. 

While the option of a second referendum on Brexit was once seen as highly unlikely, there's now a semblance of hope for those backing the vote. Prime Minister May has bungled the process and is faced with a variety of dubious options, including a yet-again delayed exit or even a no-deal Brexit that would have serious ramifications. Read more...

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If you live in the northern U.S., you could see a radiant celestial treat Saturday night

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 10:08 AM PDT


Some of us Earthlings may see dancing, green lights in the sky on Saturday night.

The sun blasted out a flare of energized particles into space on March 20, and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Prediction Center forecasts that a strip of the northern U.S. may experience a visible effect of this event: an aurora, or eerie dancing greenish light, created when the sun's particles interact with Earth's atmosphere.

Such an atmospheric event is stoked by a disturbance called a geomagnetic storm, where energized solar particles propel changes in Earth's magnetosphere — a sprawling zone of space around Earth where the planet's magnetic field changes and evolves in reaction to the sun.  Read more...

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Wireless earbuds from Beats are reportedly coming as an AirPods alternative

Posted: 23 Mar 2019 09:51 AM PDT


No matter who you choose, Apple wins.

The just-announced second-generation AirPods may soon have some competition from Beats, but what does "competition" really mean when Apple also owns Beats? It means more options for you, the consumer, and that's about it.

A completely cord-free version of Beats' PowerBeats3 Wireless headphones could be announced very soon, according to CNET. Citing "a person close to the retail channel who has previously provided credible information," the report suggests that Apple is looking at an April reveal. Read more...

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