Archive | January 2017

Meet the woman who’s making consumer boycotts great again

It all started when Shannon Coulter saw the infamous Access Hollywood tape.

She put a twist on Donald Trump’s vulgar words with her #GrabYourWallet campaign, which quickly spread across social media. Now, in the wake of the #DeleteUber fiasco, it seems like boycott movements could have a real impact on companies that do business with Trump.

Uber learned this lesson the hard way last weekend when its perceived undermining of a taxi union protest against the immigration ban — coupled with CEO Travis Kalanick’s seat on Trump’s economic advisory board — led to a rash of users …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2017, in Mashable.

Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped by the Note7 debacle

Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note7 over overheating batteries, according to a research firm.

The iPhone maker shipped 78.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter for a market share of 17.8 percent in comparison to 77.5 million smartphones shipped by Samsung, which had a market share of 17.7 percent, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.

For the full year, Samsung was the clear winner with shipments of 309.4 million smartphones to Apple’s 215.4 million, in part because Apple saw shipments of the iPhone drop in recent quarters.

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New campaign wants you to raise funds for abuse victims by ditching the razor

Imagine if raising much-needed money for non-profits was as easy as growing out your body hair for a month.

Well, a new initiative is set to challenge society’s standards when it comes to women’s body hair —encouraging women to ditch their razors, letting their legs and underarms grow free for the month of February.

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2017, in Mashable.

Twitter tweaks video again, adding view counts for some users

Like Facebook, Twitter is obsessed with video, and it’s not done tweaking how it delivers those little motion picture clips to your timeline.

As spotted by BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw, some people are now seeing video view counts in their feed next to the usual timer.

A Twitter spokesperson in Australia confirmed the test to Mashable. “As video consumption continues to increase on Twitter, we are constantly experimenting with ways to provide a rich video experience,” he said in an email. “View counts provide helpful context on the popularity of a video, and we are exploring this feature to help surface the best content.” …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2017, in Mashable.

A beginner’s guide to the legendary Tim Tam biscuit, now available in America

America, you’re about to discover your favourite new biscuit.

Australia’s much-loved Tim Tam biscuit is now available widely in the U.S., following years of sporadic imports bought up by homesick expats and curious Americans.

A Tim Tam is essentially two chocolate malt biscuits, coated in a thin layer of milk chocolate, with a chocolate cream filling right down the middle.

There’s a lot of chocolate in one small biscuit, but in the U.S. you can get flavours like “Chewy Caramel” and “Dark Mint” — the latter not available to Aussies. …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2017, in Mashable.

Bandcamp’s CEO pledges 100 percent of Friday’s profits to ACLU

Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ has already had a number of tech companies pledging support to immigrants and those who protect them.

Online music platform Bandcamp is the latest company to put its money where its mouth is, promising that 100 percent of sales made this Friday Feb. 3 will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Like 98 percent of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants,” wrote Bandcamp’s CEO Ethan Diamond in a statement.

“Last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven … countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.” …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2017, in Mashable.

LeBron James unleashes sick burns on ‘hater’ Charles Barkley

TNT analyst Charles Barkley has a history of belittling LeBron James, and it seems King James has finally had enough.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar absolutely ripped Barkley after a loss on Monday night, just days after Barkley criticized James for complaining about his team’s lack of roster depth. Barkley called him “whiny” and “inappropriate” for questioning the Cavaliers’ front office.

James clearly had a lot of ill will bottled up, and he unleashed it all at once.

“He’s a hater,” James said on Monday, per …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2017, in Mashable.