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Britney Spears' hit '...Baby One More Time' turns 20 so you're old as hell
Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears' iconic "...Baby One More Time," and while this may prompt you to cry for hours about the passage of time and what to do with your life, we recommend turning up the volume on this evergreen banger and just enjoying the sheer genius that has endured. SEE ALSO: Christina Aguilera says she'd do a song with supposed longtime rival Britney Spears "..Baby One More Time" was written by Max Martin and debuted on cassette (!) Oct. 23, 1998. Spears herself was a teen at the time, a former Mickey Mouse club prodigy about to get insanely famous at a young age.  Read more...More about Entertainment, Music, Celebrities, Single, and Pop
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Harassment of young girls in public is so relentless it has become normalised, report finds
Women and girls are enduring street harassment "so frequently" that it is normalised to become "a routine part of everyday life," a new government report has found.  MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee investigated the issue of street harassment over the course of nine months and found that "relentless" harassment (which can begin during childhood) results in girls growing up with a normalised culture of harassment. The report also found that the "disrespect of women" and the "assumption by some men that they can behave in this way" are factors underpinning harassment.  SEE ALSO: #MeToo has sparked a big shift in attitudes towards harassment, new research shows Read more...More about Uk, Women, Sexual Harassment, Culture, and Identities
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Get an Xbox One S bundle worth £249 for free with this Virgin Media deal
Our professional lives are often so hectic that the home becomes a sort of sanctuary. An escape from a stressful commute and busy office.  Of course the home is not completely free from the stresses of modern-life. There are still bills to pay.  It's therefore a pretty attractive proposition when a company offers you the chance to bundle up your bills, often saving you money and headaches. Virgin Media are now offering you the chance to bundle up your entertainment to include TV, broadband, and your home phone as one. Up until midnight on Oct. 24, Virgin Media are also offering a flash sale on entertainment packages, with the chance to grab an Xbox One S bundle, receive bill credit, or get a speed boost, for free. Read more...More about Xbox One S, Virgin Media, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, and Shopping Uk
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The best UK deals for Tuesday: Xbox bundles, Amazon devices, Andrew James kitchen appliances, and more
Games consoles can be expensive, particularly when you add on the cost of your favourite games, and a console is kind of useless without something to play. One effective way of reducing this overall cost is to make the most of the bundle offerings that come around every so often. These bundles normally appear with the release of a new game. We've recently seen a few bundles that coincided with the release of FIFA 19, and we're now seeing the same thing happen with Red Dead Redemption 2. You can now pick up an Xbox, with Red Dead Redemption 2, and more, included in a convenient bundle. Buying each item separately will cost you more and it's just more effort. Saving money and energy is something we fully support so we've put together five of the best Red Dead bundle deals to ensure you get the most from your purchase. Read more...More about Amazon, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Refurbished
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12 books that are the perfect gift for your favorite hiker
As it turns out, Americans really like to hike. In 2016 the Pew Research Center found that half of Americans had gone on at least one hike the year before.  And it's not just hyperactive 20-somethings. Another study revealed that nearly every age group likes hiking the same amount.   With numbers that widespread, it's likely that you've got someone in your life that finds peace while trekking through the outdoors.  So whether it's your active teenage niece, your spiritual, 30-something friend, or your walk-loving grandparent, a gift that shows them how well you know them is the perfect way to put a smile on their face this holiday season.  Read more...More about Books, Gifts, Hiking, Gift Ideas, and Gift Guide 2018
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10 knock-off Halloween costumes that are so scary bad they're actually kinda good
Look, we get it. Licensing and copyright issues are complicated and expensive.  When coming up with "versions" of well known pop culture costumes knock-off companies have a quick solution: Whip out a thesaurus and paraphrase.  SEE ALSO: 7 celebrities that will make perfect Halloween costumes That's what author and EW correspondent Dana Schwartz spotted when she shared a particularly obvious "interpretation". A yellow plaid outfit remarkably similar to that worn by Alicia Silverstone as Cher in the '90s classic Clueless is being sold by the costume maker Costume Culture by Franco as "Notionless". Read more...More about Twitter Moments, Halloween Costumes, Halloween 2018, Culture, and Movies Tv Shows
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This Banksy-themed costume just hands down won Halloween
Nowadays, the top prize for a Halloween costume competition doesn't necessarily go to the scariest creation. It often goes to the most inventive. Or, in this case, the most inventively topical. SEE ALSO: Actually, Banksy meant to shred the whole painting "My friend needed a list minute Halloween costume," wrote Reddit user u/MrRicardo in Reddit's r/pics sub. "I think I delivered!" We think it's fair to say they did indeed deliver: 65,000 upvotes on that creation and counting. Banksy would surely be proud. WATCH: Actually, Banksy meant to shred the whole painting. Now it's likely worth much more. Read more... {"player":{"description":"Guess this shows Banksy's definitely not a \"glass is half full\" kind of guy.","image":"https://i.amz.mshcdn.com/EJ52FO8EiCUbyAkVGTVZQn6d8xc=/https%3A%2F%2Fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2Fcms%2F2018%2F10%2Fc2f1b0c8-0457-323c%2Fthumb%2F00001.jpg","mediaid":"yrlEzmZzoL","preload":false,"title":"Actually, Banksy meant to shred the whole painting. Now it's likely worth much more.","sources":[{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/10/b6b2fc2b-58de-ec0f/hls.m3u8"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/10/b6b2fc2b-58de-ec0f/dash.mpd"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/10/b6b2fc2b-58de-ec0f/mp4/1080.mp4"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/10/b6b2fc2b-58de-ec0f/mp4/720.mp4"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/10/b6b2fc2b-58de-ec0f/mp4/480.mp4"}]},"options":{"disableAds":false,"disableSharing":false,"nextupAction":"autoplay","embedUrl":"https://mashable.com/videos/blueprint:yrlEzmZzoL/embed/?player=offsite","standaloneUrl":null,"post":{"url":"https://mashable.com/video/banksy-shredding-directors-cut/","date":"2018-10-19T11:23:59.906Z","bp_id":82720,"wp_id":null}},"advertising":{"params":{"keywords":"art,culture,trolling,auction,banksy","sec0":null,"sec1":"","prc":""}},"analytics":{"labels":"art,culture,trolling,auction,banksy","videoSeriesName":null}} More about Halloween, Banksy, Halloween Costumes, Culture, and Web Culture
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iPhone XR review: For once, cheaper is better
Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.By definition, the iPhone XR is lacking. Its screen resolution is less than 1080p, the bezels are thicker than on most other phones with edge-to-edge displays, and the display is an LCD instead of an OLED. It has just one camera on the back, not two. Its frame is aluminum instead of stainless steel. It’s not as thin as many iPhones, including last year's models.Yet, none of these “missing” or downgraded features makes the iPhone XR feel any less of an iPhone than the pricier iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Read more...More about Mobile, Apple, Iphone, Smartphones, and Reviews
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Stephen King has come up with a new campaign slogan for Trump
Another day, another fiery Trump burn from the King of horror's Twitter feed. Pretty much ever since Trump began campaigning, Stephen King has been tweeting about him. He hasn't let up. At this point he tweets about the President several times a week. And yep, you guessed it — he isn't exactly Trump's biggest fan. SEE ALSO: 38 times Stephen King absolutely slammed Donald Trump on Twitter His latest tweet about the President, though — which King shared on Monday night, and which has since been retweeted over 11,000 times — feels more like a message of hope. Donald Trump’s campaign message in two words: Be afraid.My campaign message in two words: Be brave. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 23, 2018 Read more... More about Donald Trump, Stephen King, Culture, Politics, and Celebrities
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7 of the best air mattresses for when you need an instant bed
In a perfect world you’ll have a big, comfy bed ready for every overnight guest. But most of us don’t have that kind of space (and money), so our visiting out-of-towners will have to settle for a spot on the good ol’ sofa. A good air mattress, however, can change your hosting game. Many air mattress models today offer the perks of a comfy, full-size instant bed with features like pillow-top layers, while still offering the convenience of easy, compact storage. But how do you choose an air mattress that will impress sleepover friends and vacationing family? First, consider size. Air mattresses follow the same sizing rules as traditional mattresses, but variations in firmness based on their level of inflation can make them feel smaller, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you typically host more than one guest at a time (and if you have enough space both in the room and in your storage closet), it’s a good idea to go with a full or queen size, instead of a twin.  Read more...More about Tech, Sleep, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Skimlinks
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7 of the best Wi-Fi routers for increasing your wireless connectivity
As people and homes become more connected, the need for WiFi connectivity continues to increase. This is where having a quality Wi-Fi router, sometimes called a wireless router, becomes essential. Which Wi-Fi router you choose will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your coverage area, the number of devices connecting, and the types of devices connecting to the router. Not only are they easy to install, they can help provide WiFi coverage throughout your home and ensure lightning fast connection speeds.   Whether you’re looking for a no-frills, single band Wi-Fi router or a full-fledged dual band (or even tri-band!) model to handle an entire family’s streaming and gaming needs, we’ve got the 7 best Wi-Fi router options to fit your needs. Read more...More about Wifi, Computers, Routers, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
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8 of the best wireless keyboards to keep your desk neat and tidy
If you are still tangled up in wires at your home or office, it’s time to cut the cord. Those unsightly wires are a nuisance and an eyesore. Wireless technology is the new norm. Consider your basic computer setup. You can opt to go wireless with your monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset, and even printer.  Here we focus on the best wireless keyboard options. Not only is a wireless keyboard a great way to clear up your tangled web of wires, but it can also be used for typing on a tablet in lieu of the awkward touch screen keyboard. SEE ALSO: 10 of the best laptops for Windows 10 There are three primary factors to consider when purchasing a wireless keyboard: Read more...More about Keyboards, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, Tech, and Consumer Tech
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7 of the best desk chairs for any office
Sure, some jobs are a dream and some are soul crushing. Some provide prestige while others merely a paycheck. But the one office gig equalizer? The fact that most positions require employees to spend the majority of their day sitting down. And if you’re on your butt for hours on end, you definitely want a well crafted chair at your disposal. SEE ALSO: 8 of the best laptop backpacks, based on customer reviews That’s right, don’t underestimate the importance of a good desk chair. A solid, comfortable chair lends itself to a productive and efficient work environment. An uncomfortable chair leads to constant fidgeting and shifting, which can be highly distracting. Even worse, it may result in leg issues, back strain or carpal tunnel syndrome. And having a day job is painful enough already.  Read more...More about Workplace, Chairs, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Lifestyle
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This cool device helps you shoot professional-looking action videos on your phone
Are you shooting a kick-ass action movie, or do you just want to make videos of your puppy's hilarious antics without the picture getting all shaky? You need to get yourself something like the Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal, currently on sale for $109.99. The Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal is specially designed to keep your phone's camera stable while you're moving around. So whether you're chasing an actor in a dune buggy while they launch over an exploding volcano or recording your puppy chase a lemon, this gimbal is ready for action. Check it out: The Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal also works with GoPros and supports real-time charging so that you can shoot 24 hours without interruption.  Read more...More about Smartphone Accessories, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Gimbal, and Tech
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Mars might hold enough oxygen under its surface for life
We've long thought about the unlikely possibility of life on Mars, but it's under the planet's surface where those chances look stronger. A new study published in Nature suggests that the salty water which subsists under Mars' surface could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of life which flourished on Earth billions of years ago. SEE ALSO: What you need to know about the two spacecraft launching to Mercury Friday While there are traces of ice deep under the planet's surface, the sheer scarcity of oxygen in Mars' atmosphere has diminished any belief that life could thrive on the planet. Until now. Read more...More about Space, Science, Mars, Mars Exploration, and Science
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Google News bug chews up massive amounts of data in the background
Google News is chewing up huge amounts of data in one very annoying bug. As reported by The Verge, Android users have complained about the issue since May, with the app mysteriously downloading gigabytes of mobile data in the background. SEE ALSO: iPhone excitement declining each year, says analysts A Google community manager acknowledged the problem in September, after unhappy users reported data usage as high as 24GB, resulting in excess charges that amounted to hundreds of dollars.  Some users said they had the Google News app set to "download via Wi-Fi only," but were still stung by the bug. Read more...More about Tech, Google, Google News, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
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Teens use Instagram more than Snapchat, report says
Snapchat may be losing ground to Instagram with some of its most important users: teens. Instagram is now the most-used social media platform among teens, according to research firm Piper Jaffray.  SEE ALSO: Why Instagram Is Better On Desktop The new stats show that the Facebook-owned photo sharing app is slowly gaining ground over Snapchat. Eighty-five percent of teens report using Instagram at least once per month, compared with 84 percent who say the same for Snapchat.  The findings, part of the firm's fall 2018 "Taking Stock With Teens" survey, is the first time Instagram has edged out Snapchat for the top spot. Though the two apps have consistently ranked at the top for teens, Snapchat has been slightly more popular since the spring of 2016. Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tech
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Cardi B okurrrrrs her way through spine-tingling ASMR video
Janet Jackson's doing itJeff Goldblum's doing it. Now Cardi B has purred her way into ASMR.  In a tingly new interview with W Magazine, the rapper kicks your autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) into overdrive by stroking and whispering into the microphones, and playing with a fluffy rug and toddler toy.  It is alarmingly stimulating, but also a genuine interview that delves into the success of her commercial debut single "Bodak Yellow," her debut album Invasion of Privacy, and the difficulties of working during her pregnancy. But the real highlight? You've never heard Cardi B deliver her signature "okurr" like this.  Like what you hear? Check out the rest of W Magazine's ASMR interviews with celebrities like Aubrey Plaza and Melissa Benoist. Read more...More about Asmr, Cardi B, Entertainment, Music, and Celebrities
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Get ready for an explosion of Alexa-powered headphones
Get ready for the Alexa headphone explosion. Up till now, there haven’t been too many headphones that integrate Amazon Alexa. There are certainly some you can buy — from high-end noise-canceling cans that fit over the ears to true-wireless models — but even when Alexa is present, its abilities are limited to a subset of what it can do on an Echo smart speaker. That’s about to change in a big wayQualcomm has developed an audio chipset specifically for headphones to integrate digital assistants like Alexa, and a reference design that incorporates the technology: a neckband-style pair of headphones lets you call up Amazon’s digital assistant at the touch of a button. Read more...More about Alexa, Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth Headphones, Qualcomm, and Digital Assistants
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Sarah Silverman said she let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, with consent
Sarah Silverman used to let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, she told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday. While C.K. has been somewhat eviscerated for doing the same thing to other women, as per a New York Times story last year which he later admitted to, Silverman said she let the comic masturbate in her presence consensually when they were in the early part of their careers. SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point "Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this, but I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him — please don’t take this that way," Silverman told Stern, according to a transcript from Vulture. Read more...More about Entertainment, Louis Ck, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., and Entertainment
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YouTube promises creators more transparency and expanded features
YouTube wants its creators to know that the company hears them loud and clear. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki published her latest letter to creators on Monday, discussing the company's priorities for the rest of the year. While the bulk of the letter covered the threat Article 13 in the EU poses on the YouTube community, Wojcicki also snuck in a slew of major updates for its content creators. SEE ALSO: YouTube now lets you subscribe to a channel from an embedded video Going forward, YouTube will be improving its communications with creators, according to Wojcicki. YouTube has a bit of a reputation for not always being transparent, often leaving many in the dark when it comes to platform upgrades. The company says it will provide regular updates through its Twitter account and Creator Insider YouTube channel, as well as through the new YouTube Studio.  Read more...More about Youtube, Education, Youtube Creators, Transparency, and Tech
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Car heist video reminds Tesla owners that relay attacks are still a thing
The crooks definitely haven't forgotten.  Despite a rash of publicity last year warning Tesla owners of the risk, yet another unlucky individual appears to have fallen victim to a so-called relay attack — losing his pricey electric car in the process. In surveillance video published to YouTube (embedded below), it seems thieves can be seen amplifying the signal from the car owner's key fob (located inside his home) in order to trick the vehicle into thinking the fob was present.  And, after initially struggling but finally succeeding to unplug the charging vehicle, the two car thieves manage to drive away.  Read more...More about Tesla, Model S, Tech, and Cybersecurity
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YouTube CEO warns EU 'meme ban' threatens the open internet
YouTube is sounding the alarms at the highest level over new controversial copyright legislation in the EU. In a new blog post updating YouTube creators on the company’s priorities for the remainder of the year, CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.  While there are a number of problematic parts to this new legislation, such as Article 11 — which the EFF described as akin to a “link tax,” requiring internet platforms "to obtain a license before linking to news stories" — YouTube is putting the spotlight on Article 13, which has been widely referred to as a “meme ban.” Read more...More about Video, Youtube, Memes, Copyright, and Web Culture
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Amy Schumer is pregnant and wants you to vote on November 6
Amy Schumer's discovered the one surefire way to get publications to cover her midterm endorsements: pairing them with her pregnancy announcement. On Monday, the actress and comedian had Jessica Yellin of News Not Noise post a Notes app screenshot of Schumer's November election picks to her Instagram Stories.  SEE ALSO: Watch Obama masterfully shut down all your excuses for not voting Also in the note, down at the bottom, is news that Schumer's expecting with her husband Chris Fischer. Schumer teased the news on Instagram, and told her fans to head over to Yellin's Story for "some exciting news." Read more...More about Politics, Celebrities, Culture, Voting, and Amy Schumer
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Ford's self-driving cars are first to hit D.C. roads
Washington, D.C., is tracking more than politics. As of Monday, the nation's capital has its first self-driving cars on city streets.  Ford is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami to the D.C. area. But that self-driving Domino's pizza delivery service is still only in Miami — for now. SEE ALSO: Remember the driver disguised as a car seat? That helped Ford develop a self-driving 'language.' With Argo AI, the company will map the city and collect data about driving around the city ahead of a 2021 goal for a commercial self-driving car service. Ford's arrival marks an industry-wide expansion from the "usual" testing grounds. The roads of California, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have hosted self-driving cars for yearsOhio, Florida, and other states recently have become new test spots. Read more...More about Ford, Washington Dc, Self Driving Cars, Argo Ai, and Tech
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13 of the best haunted Airbnbs you can rent to get in the Halloween spirit
Love the thrill of visiting a haunted house, but it's not quite enough for you? Why not go all in and stay overnight in one? Yup, that's right. We took stock of the scariest haunted houses, apartments, and rooms that you can rent on Airbnb. But between the active spirit sightings, inexplicable events, and occurrences of random music playing, you may want to reserve a room elsewhere too, just in case you're too spooked to spend a full evening in one of these places.  But for those feeling particularly brave and excited for specter-sightings this year, here are the 13 best haunted Airbnbs that you can stay in: Read more...More about Halloween, Airbnb, Airbnb Experiences, Halloween 2018, and Culture
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Learn how to use social media to grow your business by taking this super cheap online course
It's a sign of the times that many colleges and universities now offer actual degrees in social media. The University of Florida, for instance, has designed an online Master's in Social Media that teaches students cutting-edge engagement and messaging tactics that appeal to screen scrolling-obsessed modern consumers. The price of said degree? Oh, just $30,999 and at least 16 months of your precious, fleeting time on Earth. SEE ALSO: Young people are the loneliest age group but smartphones aren't to blame The Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Certification Course doesn't cost as much as a new car, nor must you dedicate a year-plus of your life to it. But just like its UF Gator counterpart, it will give you the skills and education you need to pursue a lucrative career as a top-performing social media professional.  Read more...More about Social Media, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Shopping Onlinelearning
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Donald Trump has an upsetting new nickname for Ted Cruz
The long, twisted relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) continues as Trump coins a new nickname for one of his most heated 2016 GOP rivals: "Beautiful Ted." Trump shared his new nickname for Cruz while speaking to reporters on Monday as he prepared to leave for yet another rally, this time down in Texas in support of the senator's re-election efforts. "To me, he's not 'Lyin' Ted' anymore—he's 'Beautiful Ted,'" Pres. Trump tells @jonkarl about Ted Cruz ahead of Houston rally. "I call him 'Texas Ted.'" https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/ekKgDPNQM5 — ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2018 Read more... More about Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Beto O Rourke, 2018 Midterm Elections, and Culture
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Donald Trump’s election was a 'traumatic experience' for many college students
To say that the 2016 presidential election had a profound impact on the American psyche might be an understatement.  In fact, new research suggests that for many, the experience was actually traumatic.  In a survey of roughly 800 college students, 25 percent reported such high levels of stress after the election that researchers likened it to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study published in the Journal of American College Health.  Throughout the election, researchers noticed some pretty strong reactions in young adults. But the day after the election, lead researcher Melissa Hagan taught two classes where she saw that students were visibly upset — some were even crying.  Read more...More about Science, Mental Health, Psychology, Presidential Election, and President Donald Trump
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Facebook loses another important executive as Oculus co-founder resigns
Facebook is losing another founder. Oculus cofounder Brendan Iribe is leaving the company, four years after Facebook's acquisition. Iribe becomes the latest high-profile founder to exit Facebook amidst a wave of executive departures from the company. SEE ALSO: Facebook's fight against fake news is actually working. Sort of. "Working alongside so many talented people at Oculus and Facebook has been the most transformative experience of my career," Iribe wrote in a Facebook post. "The success of Oculus was only possible because of such an extraordinary team effort." Iribe didn't give a reason for his departure, only saying "this will be the first real break I've taken in over 20 years." Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Oculus, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
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Samsung's A9 Has So Many Cameras
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8 of the greatest internet trolls of all time
It's Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling. The internet is full of trolls — but there's a special breed of troll that has garnered a reputation for being the best in the game. Whether it's on YouTube, Twitter, or in the dreaded comment sections, these masters know how to play the game. In honor of these great heroes, take a look at eight of the best trolls, who are out there doing the internet a great service by just being themselves. SEE ALSO: The artist behind the 'Awards for Good Boys' Instagram isn't afraid to piss off her trolls Read more...More about Trolls, Troll Week, Culture, and Web Culture
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A $4,000 inflatable colon has been stolen, and people want answers
A $4,000 inflatable colon was stolen last week and absolutely no one knows why, or who stole it.  The colon was stolen from the University of Kansas Cancer Center off the back of a pick up truck in Kansas City, Kansas last week, the Wichita Eagle reports. Now the Cancer Center wants is to replace their colon, or at least have the stolen colon recovered. We're on our way to replacing the #STOLENCOLON! Help @GYRIG_KC get back to raising #colorectalcancer awareness in Kansas City! Donate today#checkyourcolon @KUHospitalNews @KUcancercenter https://t.co/e1F5k9NVQ0 pic.twitter.com/Vbk5pM1wqI — ColonCancerCoalition (@GYRIG) October 21, 2018 Read more... More about Stolen, Colon, Inflatable, Culture, and Health
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Let Alexa manage your fridge with this smart invention — Future Blink
Silo is a food storage system that is seeking to minimize waste. The containers have a smart technology at the bottom that vacuum and seal foodAdditionally, the device incorporates Alexa to alert when produce is about to go bad — saving money and reducing waste.   Read more...More about Food, Technology, Mashable Video, Future Blink, and Home Technology
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The best VPNs according to the Reddit community
Would you be cool if someone leaked your entire Google history to the government? How about if your internet provider made it so that one episode of The Bake Off took an hour to load? If you've had a crisis about anything related to the above, you've probably given some thought to getting a VPN. SEE ALSO: 6 of the best paid and free VPNs in the UK We know you've seen loads of VPN reviews from experts across the board, including from our tech team at Mashable. But if you wanted a raw opinion — or thousands of them — from people with absolutely no filter, there's only one place to go: Reddit. Because who better to ask about the best private networks than the people who experiment with them all day, every day? Read more...More about Tech, Software, Vpn, Nordvpn, and Purevpn
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Stephen King is letting these kids make a film adaption of his story for $1
For anyone hoping to make their mark in the world of horror movies, you'd think a Stephen King adaption would pretty much be the holy grail. For some students at Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales, UK, though, it's a reality. SEE ALSO: 13 of the best Stephen King short stories you've never read The Academy recently signed a contract to adapt "Stationary Bike", a short story featured in King's collection Just After Sunset. And they only had to pay $1 to do it. "We knew already that Stephen King was excellent at supporting education establishments," tutor Kevin Phillips explained to Mashable. "[And] we came across this website where, actually, he releases many of his short stories for adaption, you know non-profit of course." Read more...More about Stephen King, Entertainment, Books, and Movies Tv Shows
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Google apparently hired the Night King from GoT to pitch Chromebook
Are you a commander of an undead army? Do you have the right tools to organize said army in order to invade the lands of Westeros? Do you, really? It's not April Fools, and yet it feels like it.  Google has launched a new marketing campaign for its Chromebook computers, and it involves the White Walkers and the Night King, who, apparently, can't do its thing without a Chromebook.  SEE ALSO: This 1979 George RR Martin short story could hold a clue to the end of 'Game of Thrones' And yeah, as you might imagine coming from Google, the campaign is nerdy. In the video below, the Night King is doing a presentation, with Foreigner's Cold as Ice playing in the background.  Read more...More about Google, Game Of Thrones, Chromebook, White Walkers, and Night King
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Apple fans, rejoice — there is so much on sale this week: Shop all tablet and laptop deals
Halloween is right around the corner and there are some "scary" good deals on laptops and tablets happening right now from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. For all the Apple fans (raises hand), there's plenty to choose from this week.  There's the Apple iPad (5th generation) with WiFi and 32GB of storage for $197.99, marked down from $329.99. If you want something with more flexible use, there's the latest model of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi, cellular, and 64GB of storage (Verizon) for $579.99.  But for those of you who need a proper laptop, there a few MacBooks available, too. You can get the Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air for $862 (marked down from $1,398) if space is going to be an issue. Or, there's the MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar for $2499.99 (marked down from $3,299.99) if you want to experience the latest and greatest in Apple tech. Read more...More about Ipad, Samsung, Tablets, Hp, and Lenovo
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Best gifts for gamers who don't want to be walking billboards
Just because someone you love likes to play video games doesn't mean they want to walk around town looking like a gamer. You know the kind of look I'm talking about — a shirt with Mario on it, a pair of Sonic the Hedgehog shoes, an Overwatch hat, a mug that says something like "I'd rather be building additional pylons" on it. That kind of style is cool with a lot of people, but for some gamers that kind of overtly game-y merch is just too much. SEE ALSO: PlayStation Classic is Sony's new throwback games console This gift guide is for the sensible gamer, the kind that wants to display their appreciation of games but not be too obvious about it, and maybe even get a stylish without looking like a billboard. This is the gift guide for gamers who don't want to loudly pronounce to the world that they're gamers. Read more...More about Gift Guide, Gift Guide 2018, Gift Guide 2018, Entertainment, and Gaming
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Ken M and the lost art of 'do no harm' trolling
It's Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling.  As the internet tells it, the greatest troll of all time is Kenneth McCarthy, a copywriter in Brooklyn who has spent years leaving bewildering comments on news articles and brand pages under the name "Ken M." Unlike many troll personas, Ken M is not a mean guy. In fact, the character is pretty harmless. He's just an ill-informed old dude who likes to hang around the Chef Boyardee Facebook page, do a few earnest posts, maybe confuse potatoes for lobster. "He'd probably spend a large amount of time in his garage on his Dell computer, talking to people in the news comments section. He is oblivious to their hostility," McCarthy said in a phone interview. "He'd also spend a lot of time with his little grandson who, it's implied, is at least as dumb as he is." Read more...More about Reddit, Social Media, Trolls, Troll Week, and Ken M
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8 of the best waffle makers to help you win breakfast
Tired of the same-old cereal or scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning? One of the most versatile (but often overlooked) kitchen appliances is the humble waffle maker. From making classic Belgian and flavored waffles, to cooking up waffle-shaped savory breakfasts like potato pancakes, whipping up breakfast in your waffle maker can make a hectic morning meal a lot easier (and more delicious) to deal with.  SEE ALSO: 7 of the best drip coffee makers to get your caffeine fix at home It may seem surprising, but there is a wide range of waffle-making products out there with a number of unique features, from appliances that make waffles imprinted with cartoon characters to portable mini waffle machines. But which one is right for you? Here, we’ve rounded up the highest-rated waffle machines and irons online, so you can be on your way to making delicious, picture-perfect breakfasts—or desserts. Read more...More about Waffles, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, Lifestyle, and Consumer Tech
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Best deals for Oct. 22: Save on Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, KitchenAid, Sony Blu-ray players, Echo Show, and more
With the start of a new week, we rounded up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on top kitchen gear, amazing Blu-ray players, scary horror movies, and handy Amazon devices. We also have deals on adult learning classes from Udemy. If you ever wanted to learn web design and coding, now is your chance. SEE ALSO: Transfer your handwritten notes to your computer with this genius pen First up, Amazon has deals on a number of kitchen appliances, such as save $60 on Instant Pot, which is on sale for $119.95, while KitchenAid's Deluxe 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is discounted to $229.00, or $100 off its list price, at Walmart. In addition, Whirlpool's 1.7 cubic feet over-the-range microwave is now $90 off and priced at $179.99 at Best Buy. Read more...More about Blu Ray Player, Echo Show, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Instant Pot
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Freestyle skier nails nearly impossible DIY indoor parkour course
Andri Ragettli is a freestyle skier known for his incredible skills on the slopes and his nearly-impossible parkour obstacle courses when he's indoors. Read more...More about Youtube, Skiing, Athletics, Parkour, and Culture
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Jamie Lee Curtis smashes box office records, tweets the perfect reaction
When you're really proud of something, sometimes you've just gotta shout about it.  That's exactly what Jamie Lee Curtis rightfully did when her movie smashed three, yes THREE, box office records.  SEE ALSO: 13 horror movies for beginners you can stream right now Per Variety, Halloween earned $77.5 million (£59.49 million) in its opening weekend and "obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million" (£19.9 million).  Not only that, Variety reports that Halloween is "the best horror opening with a female lead," in addition to Curtis' "biggest opening to date," as well as the "biggest debut ever for a female lead over 55 years old."  Read more...More about Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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Reporter gets hit in the head with football on live TV, styles it out like a pro
If you're reporting live from the sideline of a sports game, there's always an outside chance something unexpected might happen. Just ask TV host Melissa Stark, who was in London covering the Tennessee Titans vs. the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Reporter stays impressively calm in the face of mysterious animal on live TV A few seconds into her report, the inevitable happened: If you care to hear the latest on #TENvsLAC, watch this video. It may or may not include @melissastark getting hit in the head with a 🏈 pic.twitter.com/VwJuSZjxzY — GMFB (@gmfb) October 21, 2018 Have you ever seen anyone recovering from a ball to the head so quickly? Read more...More about Uk, Nfl, London, Live Tv, and Culture
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The best UK deals for Monday: Halloween costumes, Xbox bundles, Anker speakers, and more
Halloween is happening next week whether you like it or not. That means if you haven't got an outfit sorted by this time next week, you'll have left it too late. Now that's a scary prospect. SEE ALSO: 7 celebrities that will make perfect Halloween costumes What we are saying is that now is the time to act and get those costumes ordered, whether for yourself or for your Harry Potter-obsessed family.  Homemade costumes can be great don't get us wrong, but we don't fancy your chances of throwing together a credible astronaut costume by Oct. 31. For some things you need to swallow your pride and dip into your pocket. Read more...More about Halloween, Speakers, Xbox One S, Halloween Costumes, and Mashable Shopping
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The 7 best VPNs for gaming
A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is an essential service to secure your internet connection.  A VPN gives you greater control over how your online activity can be tracked, providing a combination of security (keeping your computer and data protected) and privacy (keeping your identity protected).  SEE ALSO: 6 of the best paid and free VPNs in the UK So how does a VPN accomplish this? By creating an encrypted connection between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service, that’s how. When you’re connected to the VPN server, all of your network traffic passes through a safe, protected tunnel and no one else should be able to monitor your activity. That's the theory anyway. Read more...More about Tech, Gaming, Software, Express, and Vpn
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Elon Musk's high-speed transit tunnel in L.A. will soon be open for public rides
Elon Musk says the first tunnel is "almost done."  Posting on Twitter on Sunday night, the Boring Company founder and CEO announced the first test tunnel of the ambitious ultra-high-speed transit project in Los Angeles will be open for public rides on Dec. 11. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk tweeted about a 'dog mode' for Teslas and it's not a terrible idea The very first LA tunnel, which will primarily function to transport pedestrians and cyclists, was officially completed in May, after digging permission was granted in August last year.  Opens Dec 10 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018 Musk has previously announced that the service will apparently cost passengers just $1 to ride on shuttles within the city when it officially launches. Read more...More about Hyperloop, The Boring Company, Tech, Transportation, and Elon Musk
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