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Knowing your way around WordPress is like having a cheat code that unlocks the hidden secrets of the internet. You can build your own professional-looking website, manage an e-commerce store, start a blog, launch a newsletter, and tackle lots more personal and entrepreneurial projects that can raise your profile and bring in real revenue.

And since a quarter of the world’s websites rely on the ubiquitous publishing platform, a working knowledge of it can help you stand out in the job hunt, while a mastery could very well land you a high-paying job in e-comm, web design, or a myriad of other fields.  Read more…

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40-ton whale filmed jumping fully out of the water like it’s some kind of hotshot dolphin or something

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An enormous adult humpback whale was filmed breaching fully out of the water off the southeastern coast of South Africa in early July. The massive whale propels its full body out of the water, like it’s some kind of fit young dolphin or something.

The impressive sight was captured by scuba diver Craig Capehart and witnessed by three other divers in his boat.

“It seems that never before has a recording been made of an adult humpback whale leaping entirely out of the water! A very rare event, indeed,” Capehart writes — although not confirmed — in the video’s Youtube description.

Good air, whale. Good for you. Read more…

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Sears was the Amazon of its heyday. Now it’s a zombie.

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A giant company crushes an outmoded and overpriced retail industry by pioneering a new mode of shopping in which people never have to leave their homes. 

Yes, that narrative applies to Amazon, but it is a trail blazed by a far older company—Sears.

SEE ALSO: Regulators are looking into complaints that Amazon is misleading customers about their savings

The crossing of their paths this week—Amazon announced it will now sell Sears’ Kenmore appliances—paints a stark picture of two transformational businesses on opposite ends of their business lives. Sears is now a life-support husk of an American industrial titan, while Amazon’s on a seemingly unstoppable tear reminiscent of the 124-year-old department store’s own mid-century reign. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert visits Russian hotels in hopes of finding Trump’s ‘Pee Pee Tape’

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Yes, we are still talking about golden showers. 

It’s Russia week on the Late Show, and last night Stephen Colbert performed the kind of investigative journalism that no brave souls before him have dared to attempt. A determined Colbert traveled all the way to Moscow to check out the presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton. His goal? To uncover President Trump’s Pee Pee Tape that shook us as a nation. 

Though he didn’t find exactly what he was looking for, Colbert still managed to provide us with some great insider information. Of course while making a whole lot of pee pee puns along the way.  Read more…

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How I finally broke my Facebook addiction

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A few weeks ago, I did the unthinkable: I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. 

It started off as more of an experiment. I was curious if not having the app would help extend the dismal battery life of my iPhone 6S. But I was also starting to wonder if there might be other, less obvious, benefits too.

SEE ALSO: The 13 most annoying Facebook notifications, ranked

I’m happy to report that I’ve been living (mostly) Facebook free for more than a month, and I don’t miss it at all. In fact, I feel think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as much of a social media addict any other digital media reporter. And while I’ve long preferred Snapchat and Instagram to Big Blue, that never stopped me from compulsively checking Facebook multiple times a day pretty much as long as I’ve had a smartphone. Read more…

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Not even Prince William and Kate can get ‘Game of Thrones’ actors to give them spoilers

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We already knew that William and Kate love watching “Game of Thrones” while eating curry. 

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But even their royal status couldn’t help them snatch some spoilers from the current Season 7. 

As part of their official visit to Germany, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to German actor Tom Wlaschiha, who plays the mysterious and feared Jaqen H’ghar in the series. 

(This guy):

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This is what they asked him, according to the actor:

Well done for keeping the secret, Tom. Not what you’d expect from one of the Faceless Men of Braavos.   Read more…

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Ladies, FINALLY there’s ‘beer for her’ and it even comes in a pretty bottle

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Warning: this post contains high levels of sarcasm and a variety of humour designed specifically for the consumption of women. 

Hey ladies. Good news: someone invented a “beer for women” so you can finally consume the drink that’s supposedly just for men. Who knew? 

Czech beer brand Aurosa’s super smart idea to create the #BeerForHer was not well-received on social media after the product launched in the UK last week. 

SEE ALSO: Company has perfect response after being sent pink ‘For Her’ pens

The beer comes in a pretty grey bottle and, according to the company’s website, aims to be “a representation of a woman’s strength and a girl’s tenderness”.  Read more…

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Debate settled: The plural of emoji is…

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It’s been a big week for emoji 😎

After Monday kicked things off with the fourth annual World Emoji Day 🙌 Apple announced a new set of emojis coming to the iPhone later this year, including Woman With Headscarf and Zombie. 😮Also, Google announced its traditional “blob” emoji, which are getting overhauled later this year, will still be available to Allo users as a sticker pack 👍

SEE ALSO: You’re not alone in seeing your ex on a dating app

Later this month will see the debut of the Emoji Movie. 🎬 It hits theaters on July 28, and Sony Pictures hosted a ceremony at the Empire State Building to both promote the movie and commemorate World Emoji Day, with the movie’s cast — including Patrick Stewart 🚀 and Maya Rudolph 😂 — hosting an event where the iconic skyscraper was lit up in “emoji yellow” 👊 Read more…

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Reddit tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is an ode to the 2000s

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The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington at 41 has touched celebrities and fans all over the world, with people flocking to social media to recount their teenage memories about the talented singer. 

SEE ALSO: Linkin Park showed me being weird was cool when I was an awkward teen

Sometimes, though, an image is better than a thousand words. 

It’s the case of this picture, posted on Reddit by user ashjmercs, which immediately went viral on social media. 

Image: Reddit/ashjmercs

It shows Bennington with his iconic glasses holding a gleeful teenager. 

The caption reads “November 2000, Chester Bennington sang happy (13th) birthday to me” Read more…

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China forces its Muslim minority to install spyware on their phones

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China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia.

Authorities sent out a notice over a week ago instructing citizens to install a “surveillance app” on their phones, and are conducting spot checks in the region to ensure that residents have it.

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— Delinda Tien (@TienDelinda) July 14, 2017

The notice, written in Uyghur and Chinese, was sent by WeChat to residents in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital. 

SEE ALSO: Here’s why breaking WhatsApp and iMessage encryption is such a dangerous idea Read more…

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