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Ending soon: a lifetime subscription to over 6,000 Adobe software and web design training videos.
Ending soon: a lifetime subscription to over 6,000 Adobe software and web design training videos.
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The best things in life aren’t always free, but sometimes they’re heavily discounted. That’s basically what’s happening with these deals on essential lessons, tools, and tech toys that’ll you’ll kick yourself for missing. Surge protectors, financial education, bluetooth headphones, and maybe most impressive, a huge discount on lifetime access to Adobe-certified training videos ending in just a couple days.

Geekin Radio adds social sauce to music streaming

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The Geekin Radio app lets users listen to music together in real time.
The Geekin Radio app lets users listen to music together in real time.
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The confetti from Apple’s splashy launch of its music streaming service has barely finished falling. Now comes startup Geekin Radio, with a streaming service that debuts today. It seems like odd timing.

How will it ever emerge from the shadows of Apple Music? CEO Gavin McCulley is aware of his timing and likes his company’s chances because Geekin Radio’s mobile app is the only streaming service that is an actual social network, offering a shared listening experience, perfectly synced, with back-and-forth chatting in real time.

Computer engineer wins 1,000 Twitter contests with Python script

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A simple Python script later, Hunter Scott was entered into 165,000 Twitter contests.
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Computer engineer Hunter Scott wrote a Python script to enter virtually every Twitter contest started over the span of nine months. The bot ended up entering him in about 165,000 different “RT to win” contests and more importantly, he won close to 1,000. On average, he won four contests per day every day.

The Internet knows Trump memes it

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Earning his Teflon Don nickname.
Earning his Teflon Don nickname.
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For better or worse and depending on your political leanings, Donald Trump is said to have won Thursday night’s debate for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump also scored a bit of a victory on social media. Whether celebrated or reviled, he was talked about more than the other candidates. Compare the buzz to the professional wrestling term known as heat. Heat can mean cheers for the heroes, but also represent the boos for the heels. Heat in any form is the measure of popularity.

Is it the kind of heat you can warm to or is it just hot air? Either way, the commentary on Twitter and Instagram is entertaining and with a record 24 million viewers watching the debate, the Teflon Don will take all the heat he can get.

Facebook’s Periscope clone is only for beautiful people

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Facebook is harnessing the power of its massive user base to compete with Periscope's live video streaming.
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Did you think the biggest social network on the planet was just going to sit idly by while the likes of Meerkat and Periscope find success in live, social video? Facebook won’t stand for it. So it’s launching its own contribution to the live streaming mix, but the catch is only cool people can use it.