Understand Google Analytics like a pro for just $29

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Let’s face it: if you want your website to be successful, you need to use Google Analytics. Whether you’re writing a paleo lifestyle blog, selling USA flag pins, or trying to start your own underground fight club, Google Analytics is the best tool for understanding your audience.

But much like the real Fight Club, Google Analytics is confusing and overwhelming. It bombards you with so much information that it’s literally TMI. Sharing reports and standard reports? It’s like they’re trying to send you to an early grave! But fortunately, there are some great online resources that can show you the ropes like the Google Analytics Mastery Course.  Read more…

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This AR lunar model takes you as close to the moon as you can get (without a spaceship)

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The moon may be 238,900 miles away from Earth, but with a new lunar model and accompanying AR app, it might as well be in the palm of your hand.

AstroReality, a Bay Area-based startup whose co-founder is an astro-photographer, is creating hand-painted, 3D-printed moon models to bring the moon’s surface down to Earth.

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The Lunar Pro is a softball-sized, one-pound orb that recreates the moon and all its craters, edges, and other topography based on NASA’s lunar orbiter data. It’s made at a resolution of 4,000 DPI, which is incredibly precise. It’s then molded with a poly resin material that is hand-painted to mimic what the moon looks like. It comes shockingly close. Read more…

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Australian journalist’s blistering takedown of Trump goes viral

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Critics of the U.S. media routinely accuse reporters of being mean to President Donald Trump. But just wait ’til they hear what this top Australian journalist has to say.

Chris Uhlmann, the political editor at the government-backed Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), delivered scathing remarks on Trump’s presidency after the U.S. leader attended his first G20 summit this weekend.

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Uhlmann, who is regarded as politically conservative, said Trump was “an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure” at the gathering in Hamburg, Germany. Read more…

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Developers are using Apple’s ARKit to give augmented reality dance lessons

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While we’ve now had several weeks to get a feel for iOS 11, there’s still one big, unanswered question about the update: augmented reality.

Namely, whether or not the apps developers are building using Apple’s ARKit will live up to the hype. 

And while we’ve seen quite a few impressive demos already, being able to land a SpaceX rocket in your backyard or check out a Tesla Model 3 in your driveway is more of a novelty (albeit a cool one!) than anything approaching useful.

SEE ALSO: Apple ARKit user puts a color changing Tesla Model 3 in his driveway before the car’s release

But creative developers are proving that Apple’s AR tech can actually be useful, too. The latest: two salsa-dancing programmers are putting Apple’s ARKit to a clever new use with augmented reality dance lessons.  Read more…

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Not horror? ‘A Ghost Story’ is the most terrifying vision of the afterlife ever onscreen

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Never die.

That’s one thing I’ll be taking away from A Ghost Story, the most terrifying, bleak and lonely vision of the afterlife committed to screen since the 1998 candy-colored-psychosis hellscape What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams, may he rest in peace.

Lord may I live forever because nope, nuh-uh, nooooo thanks.

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OK, OK — I’m being cheeky and overly literal here. And I’m doing it with love. 

The truth is that A Ghost Story is truly unlike anything; a spooky, existential fairy tale that’s not actually suggesting that when you die, your enduring spirit stands around wanly in your beloved home, wearing a bedsheet with eye holes scissored out. Read more…

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Elon Musk just gave us our first real look at the Tesla Model 3

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The Tesla Model 3 is finally here. 

After months of hype, a bonkers production plan, and multiple prototypes spotted zooming around California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the first production Model 3. 

Production unit 1 of Model 3 is now built and going through final checkout. Pics soon.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017

First Production Model 3 pic.twitter.com/TCa2NSUNI3

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017

The first Model 3 was slated to be finished to cap off the first week of the month, but the early July start is still about two weeks ahead of Tesla’s adjusted schedule. That’s great news for the hundreds of thousands of Tesla fans who have placed a reservation since March 2016, when pre-order totals reached over 134,000 in just over 24 hours.     Read more…

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G20 summit shows Trump took U.S. from first to worst on climate change in under a year

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At the 2016 G-20 summit, in Hangzhou, China, world leaders united in a common determination to implement the Paris Climate Agreement before the end of the year. 

The U.S., led by then-President Barack Obama, was a key player in rounding up support for the agreement. It was difficult to imagine then that the U.S. would ever turn away from this agreement, widely regarded as the world’s last, best chance to rein in global warming, that it had worked so hard to forge.

Then President Donald Trump came along. 

Fast forward one year later, and the U.S., now under President Donald Trump, has become such a pariah on climate change that leaders of 19 of the 20 largest economies in the world signed onto a climate and energy agenda that demotes the U.S. to a mere footprint — literally — on one of its pages.  Read more…

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This couple had a ‘weed wedding’ in a marijuana growhouse

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A couple in Nevada celebrated Nevada’s marijuana legalization in an unusual way: by getting married in a growhouse.

The purple-tinged wedding took place last week, on the same day Nevada’s marijuana legalization laws went into effect.

The venue was the groom’s idea, the AP reports. Mark Balfe-Taylor said he chose the unusual location for their nuptials to show support for Nevada’s new marijuana laws since his own father had once been in jail for using the substance.

The bride, apparently, “had to think about it,” but eventually agreed. Read more…

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Facebook plans to build its own IRL town with homes, offices, and a grocery store

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Facebook isn’t content with just governing everything you do online. The social networking giant announced plans this week to turn part of its Menlo Park, California property into a “mixed-use village” that’ll be like its own town. 

The property at Facebook’s corporate headquarters will contain a grocery store, a pharmacy, housing, office space, and other services that people usually access in their own, non-Zuckerberg-controlled towns.  

“Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services,” said a post on the Facebook Community page. 

Facebook intends to file its plan with Menlo Park this month. The company expects the review process to last two years, and for construction to follow in phases. The first set of stores, housing, and office space could be completed in 2021.  Read more…

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The internet briefly mourns Chris Evans’ dog, who is still very much alive

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The internet is highly experienced in the art of Jumping to Conclusions. The latest example: Chris Evans said he missed his dog, so everyone assumed the dog was dead.

But, friends, the dog is not dead. The dog is very much alive — Chris Evans is just away from home shooting Red Sea Diving Resort.

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Still, it’s easy to see how this misunderstanding came about. Here’s Evans’s original tweet, featuring an extremely good and nice dog pic.

Really missing this guy right nowpic.twitter.com/fWNviX6CrH

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) July 8, 2017

Look, we get it. It’s a dark world, and it’s easy to assume the worst.  Read more…

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