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Microsoft workers say it's making progress on diversity
Microsoft's push for greater diversity in its workforce appears to be paying off, and it's not just the company's management saying so this time. The tech giant's 2019 Diversity and Inclusion report offers the first public glimpse at Microsoft's Incl...
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Cheap safe looks like a book
If you have a lot of books at home, a cheap book safe like this is a good way to hide small things. The inside storage area is 2" x 5.625" x 9" and the book looks like a dictionary. (Crooks already know to scan bookshelves for The New English Dictionary, so you should put a jacket from another book on it.) It has a lock and two keys to discourage snooping if someone pulls the book off the shelf. Read the rest
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The problem with LeBron James’ ‘Taco Tuesday’ videos
We need to talk about LeBron James’ `Taco Tuesday` videos. LeBron’s weekly videos seem fun at first—until he uses a stereotypical Mexican accent. LeBron James spent his summer recharging after the Lakers missed the playoffs, creating a new tradition in the James household and for his fans, as well. Taco Tuesday has become so synonymous with his brand in the last few months that he attempted to trademark the term, which was later declined. But something happens towards the end of every video of LeBron showing off his tacos and then attempting to embarrass his family in the most dad way. He concludes with a long, boisterous chant of ‘Taco Tuesday,’ followed by a shorter exclamation of the phrase. And in that transition lies a familiar and upsetting feeling, especially as a Mexican-American. It morphs into a stereotypical Mexican accent. I really don't care if you go on the court @KingJames but do me a favor and stop with the Mexican accent. You can still do the same lame videos without it, trust me.— Parakeet A. Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) July 30, 2019 As others have already pointed out, it’s an accent present in caricatures like the Looney Tunes’ Speedy Gonzales, the sombrero-wearing mouse who was often portrayed as running to and from the United States-Mexico border. And while LeBron’s accent is not as malignant as Gonzales’ presence in the cartoons, it’s not entirely benign either. It freely perpetuates the same caricature, albeit in a subtle way, and can lead to an irresponsible continuation of the offensive trope. To see LeBron James, whether on a basketball court or behind a podium, is to see the massive impact he has across the country and across the globe. And we’ve seen his impact through vehicles like his HBO show, The Shop. California governor Gavin Newsom appeared on the show to sign a bill that would allow college athletes to profit from their likeness. But we’ve also seen how LeBron’s impact can swing in the opposite direction, such as when he critiqued Daryl Morey’s comments on Hong Kong while glossing over the human rights issues that are the core of the issue. And that same force is present in his Taco Tuesday videos. Fans of LeBron could assume what he’s been doing is acceptable and later begin to repeat it. This can happens online, and it has already culminated in a physical space: a Lakers home game. “Come on, LeBron, give us Taco Tuesday”King couldn’t resist (via trentblewitt/IG)— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 30, 2019 In the blowout victory where LeBron would sit out most of the fourth quarter, fans sitting near the front row kept egging on James to do the chant, which he did. And a significant number of the 20,000 folks in attendance parroted the call. They were being lighthearted, celebrating the victory. But they were also inadvertently disregarding the accent as not offensive. That apathy is part of a larger stigma for Mexicans and Latinx folks as a whole. It’s partially what allows the current administration to have detention centers across the southern border, and it’s what allows the President to continue antagonizing Mexicans with the hopes of building a border wall. This is by no means just about LeBron. Banner Society’s Alex Kirshner has described LeBron as the sport world’s moral conscience, and while that remains true, he’s human and makes mistakes just like anyone. But with an audience as big and as attentive as his, it’s important for everyone to identify and change this behavior. Rather than attempting to throw stones, this can be a learning opportunity not just for LeBron but for everyone else who is familiar with his Taco Tuesday videos. Mexicans and Latinx folks are more than just a dish and an accent. I urge everyone to learn about all Latinx cultures, and for LeBron, it’s right in his backyard. Los Angeles is a city where almost half of the population is Latinx. He can experience the rich cultures and foods of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and all other countries just by taking a walk outside Staples Center. And LeBron can still have his weekly Taco Tuesday videos. So long as he drops the accent.
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FBI Reports Dip In Hate Crimes, But Rise In Violence
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Tesla’s fourth Gigafactory will be in Berlin, Elon Musk says
Tesla’s first Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada. | Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that his company’s fourth Gigafactory will be built just outside Berlin, Germany. The announcement comes as Tesla is finishing up construction on the third Gigafactory outside Shanghai, China, and just a few days after New York State wrote down the value of the company’s second Gigafactory, a repurposed SolarCity facility in Buffalo, New York, by more than $800 million. Tesla’s first Gigafactory opened in 2016 (but is still under construction) outside Reno, Nevada. “Berlin is great,” Musk said, after receiving the Golden Steering Wheel Award from German auto publication Auto Bild. “I love Berlin.” Musk has spent the last few years teasing that Tesla would build a fourth Gigafactory in Europe, and... Continue reading…
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Disney's new streaming service doesn't work on some Vizio smart TVs, and there's no fix in sight (DIS)
Disney Plus Several Vizio smart TV owners have taken to Twitter to share their discontent that Disney's new streaming channel Disney Plus is not working on their TVs. Vizio recognizes that Disney Plus isn't working, but it hasn't offered an explanation, a fix, or an estimated time when Disney Plus may become available.  Some Vizio owners have suggested that the built-in Chromecast media streaming systems in Vizio smart TVs are on outdated firmware, and that Vizio hasn't rolled out the appropriate version of Chromecast's firmware that supports Disney Plus.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Several Vizio TV owners hoping to check out Disney Plus are reporting on Twitter that their TVs aren't working with Disney's new streaming channel that was released on Tuesday.  Tweet Embed: // This is super frustrating: Disney+ doesn't appear to work with the built-in Chromecast on my Vizio TV: "Disney+ is not available on this Chromecast device." It works with AirPlay, so at least there's that, but what about people on Android?Tweet Embed: // Not a dumb question. I'm trying to cast to my Vizio and it's showing that Disney+ isn't supported on this device. Strange being that the TV isn't even 2-years old. Vizio has acknowledged that Disney Plus doesn't work on its SmartCast TVs as a built-in app, or via casting. The company hasn't offered much of an explanation, or even if Disney Plus will be available eventually. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to decide between Disney Plus and NetflixThis is what using Disney's new $7-a-month streaming service looks likeHere's what time you should travel if you want to avoid traffic on Thanksgiving, according to GoogleSEE ALSO: 7 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies aren't available to stream on Disney Plus. Here's why.
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Tiger Woods on post-golf plans: ‘Being in nature is the f–king best’
Tiger Woods seems pretty excited for retirement, however far off that may be. The 43-year-old golfer, calling in to Australia’s “Triple M’s Hot Breakfast” on Tuesday, let loose while chatting about what his post-golf life will hold. “For me, it’ll be simple,” he said. “I love spearfishing. I love being in the water, I love...
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A Chinese land deal in the Pacific is disrupting access to one of WWII's most important battlefields
Reuters Visitors have been blocked from a battlefields on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, after a deal that handed control of the land to a Chinese-run company. The issue has stirred debate in the Solomons over its new relationship with China and frustrated the US, Japan, and other countries that are alarmed at Beijing growing influence in the region. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. (Reuters) - The battlefields of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, draw visitors from the United States and its war allies, as well as those from Japan, decades after the bloody campaign in the South Pacific ended. But in recent weeks, some visitors say they have been prevented from accessing one of Guadalcanal's most significant World War II sites, which includes a Japanese war monument, after a deal handed control of the land to a company controlled by a Chinese businessman.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The wreckage of a World War II-era US warship that the Navy called the worst disaster at sea has been discoveredSee Also:China's digital currency not seeking 'full control' of individuals' details: central bank officialAfter hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka againChina orders ByteDance's Toutiao to fix search, saying national hero smearedSEE ALSO: One of the toughest battles of WWII began 77 years ago — here's 7 things you didn't know about Guadalcanal
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You can get a free Hulu subscription with Spotify, but only if you're a college student — here's what you need to know
Shutterstock You can get Hulu with Spotify — along with Showtime — for $4.99 per month with a subscription to Spotify Premium for Students + Hulu.  To take advantage of this deal, there are several requirements: You need to be a current college student, and you can't have an existing Hulu (No Ads) subscription. The two companies previously offered a promotion that allowed any Spotify Premium users to subscribe to Hulu for no cost, but that offer has since expired.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Spotify occasionally runs promotional deals, which make a subscription to the music service more attractive to subscribers.  In the summer of 2019, for a limited time, Spotify Premium subscribers could get a Hulu subscription at no additional cost. That offer expired in June, and it's no longer possible to sign up for this combination plan. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside the US government's top-secret bioweapons labSee Also:How to cancel your Hulu free trial so you don't get charged for a paid subscription'Does Hulu have ESPN?': Yes, you can watch it with Hulu + Live TV — here's what you need to knowHow to gift games on Steam to anyone in your Friends List, and add a personalized message to your giftSEE ALSO: The best affordable TVs
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Elon Musk just revealed the location of Tesla's next factory (TSLA)
AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool Tesla's next factory will be located near Berlin, Germany, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday during an award show hosted by the German automotive publication Auto Bild. The European factory would be Tesla's fourth, following facilities in Nevada, California, New York, and China.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:Elon Musk has been an excellent salesman for Tesla's Model 3, according to a survey of 5,000 ownersA Tesla Gigafactory worker got part of his finger cut off. The company reportedly failed to tell regulators about it.Electric vehicles are a tiny piece of the global car market, but Volkswagen is making a huge bet on them. It doesn’t have a choice.SEE ALSO: Elon Musk has been an excellent salesman for Tesla's Model 3, according to a survey of 5,000 owners
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Why Your Turkey Gravy Needs Burnt Onions
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Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers says team electronically stole signs in 2017
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Mom, daughter busted at airport with 62 pounds of pot: cops
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Employees would take a pay cut to work at an environmentally-friendly company
If your business isn’t green, new research reveals you might be losing employees. Three in 10 Americans have left a job solely because it wasn’t ethical and environmentally friendly, according to a survey of 2,000 part- and full-time employed Americans. The results found that the majority (63 percent) have left a company because they disagreed...
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How to watch the Trump impeachment hearing: Schedule, witnesses and more
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White Queens cop says black supervisor harassed her for dating African American man
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Opinion: One of the first impeachment witnesses is the perfect choice
When Bill Taylor raises his right hand and swears to tell the truth so-help-me-God before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, he will make history. For only the fourth time in United States history, full-blown impeachment hearings will be underway in the House. And no person is better suited to set the stage for House Democrats than Taylor. He is the perfect leadoff witness. - RSS Channel
The changing ways teens are using the internet that older people don't understand
Olivia Harris/Getty The internet can be a complex beast to keep up with, especially when online culture is being driven in great part by teenagers. Certain slang terms and social media platforms are difficult to remember because they are always evolving.  From VSCO girls to streaming on Twitch, here are seven ways teens are using the internet that older generations may not understand.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. To paraphrase a famous line from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," a movie that many of today's teens have likely never seen, "Internet culture moves fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you might miss it." Fast is an understatement. Internet culture is ever-changing and constantly evolving, with new memes, trends, and platforms emerging and falling out of favor so quickly it can make your head spin.  If you're a certified "old" — aka a baby boomer, Gen X-er, or even an older millennial — staying informed of what "the youth" are up to online can feel like a full-time job. But it can be hard to navigate our brave new world without at least a working knowledge of what's currently cool on the internet. And if you're a parent it's even more important to know what teens are getting up to online.  We pulled together just a few of the platforms, apps, memes, and slang terms you should know about right now.'Finstas,' or fake Instagrams, allow teens to be more authentic on Instagram to their closest friends. Shutterstock Instagram is a social media platform on which many users strive to project an image of "their best lives." Scroll casually through your feed and you're likely to encounter a steady stream of immaculately filtered photos of luxe vacations, dreamy weddings, and well-lit avocado toast.  Instagram influencers make a living out of curating an aspirational — often unattainable — lifestyle through beautiful photos.  A "finsta" takes the opposite approach. A portmanteau of "fake" and "Insta," a finsta is a secondary Instagram account that teens use to post pictures of their "real" lives. Teens generally restrict access to their finstas to their inner circles, only allowing a select group of close friends to follow their private finstas creates a sense of exclusivity.  While a teen might let their family members follow their public Instagram, chances are they will never gain access to their finsta. In fact, they'd be hard-pressed to even find it, as teens often adopt a vague, hard-to-search user name for these accounts. Teens tend to keep their finsta follower count in the low double digits as opposed to the thousands many amass on their public profiles.  The unspoken rules of Instagram propriety and aesthetics don't apply to finstas. In fact, teens use their finstas to post the kind of images they'd never post to their primary Instagrams, or "rinstas", like "unattractive" and "real" selfies, provocative or sexy photos, or simply un-posed and unfiltered shots of them acting silly.  TikTok is a video-sharing app that teens use to post lip-sync videos and make challenges. AP Photo/Jessica Hill By now you've probably heard of TikTok — but what is it for? TikTok is a wildly popular video app that allows users to create short-form videos, usually set to music. TikTok resembles the defunct short-form video sharing platform Vine, which hosted comedic video clips (remember this one!) until it shut down in 2016.  Unlike Vine, which capped videos off at six seconds, TikTok allows users to post 15-second video clips — and string together up to four video clips to create a 60-second montage or story.  Sounds simple, right? It is, on the surface. It's the way teens and young people are using TikTok, originally launched as a platform for lip-sync videos, that might confuse older users. One of the most popular ways for teens to engage on TikTok is to participate in challenges. Users will post videos of themselves attempting to do the same activity or recreate the same video, but with their own twist.  The way that a trend, or meme, forms and gains traction on TikTok isn't a hard science, but once a trend has been established, it catches on quickly. A recent trend finds users dancing to, inexplicably, the soundtrack of old voicemails. TikTok is, in short, a microcosm of the internet itself — mercurial, fast-moving, and often utterly incomprehensible to those not well-versed in its inner workings.  Though the shelf life of TikTok's popular trends and challenges are fleeting, the fame achieved by some of its most popular users has proved to be lasting. Like YouTube, TikTok has its own crop of celebrities, who have translated their massive following into cash returns. Twitch is a streaming platform that allows gamers to broadcast gaming sessions to millions of viewers. Robert Reiners/Getty Images For many people, sitting and passively watching someone else play video games sounds like a dreadfully boring way to spend an afternoon. And yet, therein lies the entire premise of Twitch.  The video-streaming platform evolved from a website launched in 2007 called, which was essentially a single channel featuring founder Justin Kan going about his normal life — and broadcasting it to viewers 24/7. When it launched in 2011, Twitch positioned itself as a live-broadcasting platform on which users could log on and watch streamers play video games in real time.  Since then, the platforms popularity has soared, with Twitch users logging more than 355 million minutes of stream-viewing in 2017.  The platform has broadened its scope to include all manner of livestreams, from board games to music. Like similar video platforms, Twitch has its own set of celebrities who have figured out how to monetize the platform. One of Twitch's biggest stars is Ninja, who once streamed a Fortnite gaming sessions with Drake, Travis Scott, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. What a time to be alive.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:How to wrap text in Microsoft Excel in 2 ways, to make sure that all of your data is visibleThis is what using Disney's new $7-a-month streaming service looks likeHow to freeze a row in Excel so it remains visible when you scroll, to better compare data on different parts of a spreadsheet
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Toad scream-singing videos are having a moment and you simply must watch
There's a lot to keep up with on the internet, and it's both unhealthy and unreasonable to absorb it all. However, we're taking a hard stance on this: You simply must watch Toad singing "Chandelier" by Sia. Toad singing "Chandelier" by Sia, a YouTube video from 2018, is currently enjoying a resurgence on Twitter. The original was posted by the user melancholiaah, a musician in Texas whose Toad impression has improved classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Let It Go," and "iLOVEFRiDAY" by Mia Khalifa (which you have probably heard on TikTok). These videos are good in that they are mostly screaming: an incredible, albeit frequently misused, comedic device. Read more...More about Twitter, Social Media, Toad, Culture, and Music
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Megan Rapinoe’s gender-neutral clothing line would be great, if the joggers weren’t $150
Christen Press and models sport gender-neutral streetwear in a promotional image for Re-Inc. | We need more gender neutral clothing options, but do they really need to be so darn expensive? After much anticipation, Re-Inc released its first full streetwear collection on Monday. The line includes t-shirts, joggers, bike shorts, crop tops, hoodies, and other comfortable but stylish apparel. The self-proclaimed gender-neutral lifestyle brand is run by four athletic superstars from the USWNT: Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, and Meghan Klingenberg.. The company is unique not only because of its mission, but also because all four women are CEOs. Purely in terms of design, I love this collection. The muted red, white, and blue work well for matching sets, and bear the added symbolism that the creators describe as “a nod to our World Cup journey this summer.” In addition to sending a message about the importance of gender-neutral clothing options, Re-Inc is also asking its audience to reflect on the meaning of patriotism and redefine it in the process. It’s a lofty goal, and I think I’d really enjoy it — if the shorts didn’t cost $90. Or if the hoodies weren’t $150. Even the socks are $25. The crop tops are comparatively cheaper at $60 each. Since the full-length t-shirts are $75, this begs the question: what happens to that $15 strip of fabric that gets cut off? If they were to put that on the website, it would be the cheapest item available. The $60 crop top heard ‘round the world. I’m a lesbian who dresses on the more androgynous side and I love a good pair of joggers and a comfortable hoodie. I really wanted to like this brand, but I’m finding myself challenged by those price tags. While college students with mildly crushing student-loan debt maybe weren’t the target audience of this collection, I think it’s important to look critically at what this means for Re-Inc’s messaging. To be completely fair, Re-Inc isn’t the first fashion venture by celebrity athletes to sell clothes with a higher price tag than what the average consumer could afford. It isn’t even the first startup to try to fill this niche market with expensive gender-neutral clothes. It would be irresponsible to blame these four athletes for a much larger trend of economic inaccessibility in gender-neutral fashion. And it’s also hard to judge when these athletes deserve both more attention and pay for the work that they do, especially when their messaging is so powerful. Brands like this serve a community of people who can face major obstacles at traditional brick-and-mortar clothing stores when they try to dress comfortably. Crossing that physical boundary between the men’s and women’s sections of clothing stores is still a challenge, even in 2019. LGBT+ designers also face economic hurdles, like including a lack of the funding and marketing that mainstream clothing companies get, according to Mashable. Prices also jump when designers seek to ethically source their materials and pay a fair wage to manufacturers. But it’s still hard for me to stomach the idea of a pair of shorts costing $90 at a company whose mission is to “reimagine the status quo.” When gender-neutral companies are by-and-large charging steep prices for their clothing, they’re losing a major audience of people who already have enough barriers dressing comfortably. And because of that it’s a challenge to support Re-inc, at least financially. All that aside, I will admit that I do want the $150 joggers, but since I’m not a famous athlete I’ll have to settle for looking at them online.
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The best dollhouses
A dollhouse is a classic childhood toy for boys and girls alike to play, imagine, and learn. Before choosing a dollhouse, think about what is important to you and your child. We spoke to toy expert and senior editor at Toys, Tots, Pets & More to find out what makes a dollhouse great. Our pick for the best dollhouse overall is the KidKraft Majestic Mansion, a sprawling four-story dollhouse complete with 34 accessories and an elevator. The play opportunities with this one are truly endless. A dollhouse is one of those quintessential toys of childhood that almost everyone has fond memories playing with. I can still picture my childhood dollhouse and remember it as one of my favorite toys. Not only are dollhouses fun to play with, but they're excellent tools for parents to model positive behavior, teach conflict resolution, help children express their emotions, and connect with their kids through play. As an open-ended toy, the play scenarios with dollhouses are endless as children invent realistic and imaginary scenes. Dollhouses are even popular tools child psychologists use during play therapy. What to look for in a dollhouse Before choosing a dollhouse, think about what is important to you and your child: size, number of accessories, portability, and theme, for example. We spoke to toy expert and senior editor at Toys, Tots, Pets & More (TTPM), Laurie Leahey, about what makes a dollhouse great. "Kids want something with lots of space for them to play with their dolls and something that comes with a lot of accessories so that the dollhouse feels furnished, and kids have everything they need to start playing," Leahey said. She also talked about the aspirational aspect of a dollhouse. Things like elevators, winding staircases, or sprawling mansions are fun for kids because they're different from what we see every day. At the same time, she said, "It's always nice to have something realistic in the dollhouse, whether that's a toilet accessory that makes a flushing sound, working lights, etc. These are things that kids are familiar with, and they want their dollhouse to have functionality just like their real house." Of course, assembly is almost always required with dollhouses, so that's something parents need to take into consideration when choosing a dollhouse. A word about our picks You'll notice that several of our picks are KidKraft dollhouses because time and time again, they won over the competition. KidKraft houses consistently check all the boxes of a great dollhouse: They're large enough to give kids room to play, they include aspirational aspects while still remaining functional, they come with fun accessories, and they're built to last. From huge dollhouse mansions to starter dollhouses for toddlers, we combed through the options and relied on expert advice to compile this guide to the best dollhouses.  Here are the best dollhouses you can buy: Best dollhouse overall: KidKraft Majestic Mansion Best budget-friendly dollhouse: Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse Best gender-neutral dollhouse: Hape All Season House Best toddler dollhouse: Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home Best Disney dollhouse:  KidKraft Disney Princess Cinderella Royal Dreams Dollhouse The best dollhouse overall Amazon The KidKraft Majestic Mansion is just that — a majestic mansion that has four stories, eight rooms, and 34 accessories to keep your children endlessly entertained. Measuring 52 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 53.62 inches tall (that's over 4.5 feet!), the Kidkraft Majestic Mansion is the ultimate dollhouse. With eight rooms total, this house comprises three stories plus an attic, and it even includes a garage and a manual working elevator. Having a dollhouse that's as big as you are and includes all the bells and whistles is more than enough to get immersed in play. What else could a child need to get their imagination going? We love that this dollhouse combines those aspirational pieces Leahey mentioned with everyday items that kids are familiar with, like a toilet, a garage, and a baby crib. The mansion comes furnished with 34 pieces, and although it doesn't come with dolls, it works for dolls up to 12 inches. Some dolls that work well include Barbies and mini American Girl dolls. Kidkraft also sells a family of seven dolls separately. The house is made of wood with some fabric accessories and is recommended for ages 3 and up. Because the house and accessories are made of wood, they're easy to wipe down, but you wouldn't be able to throw them wash them under running water. The sheer size of this dollhouse makes it perfect for multiple kids to play together. This also means it's going to take up a lot of space in your home, so make sure you have a good spot for it to live before you decide on this one. You'll also want to give yourself plenty of time for assembly. Another thing to note about this house is that the facade is very plain, so that side is best for facing toward a wall. We Love Dollhouses, a dollhouse review website, tested the Majestic Mansion called it "fun, built to last, and extremely affordable." One of their favorite aspects is the attention to detail from a place for dolls to put their soap to the beautiful paintings on the walls of each room. Pros: Very large, includes 34 furniture pieces and accessories, interactive features, very sturdy Cons: Dolls not included, assembly can take a while The best budget-friendly dollhouse Melissa & Doug Your kids and your wallet will be happy with the Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse. It comes fully assembled with furniture and dolls, so you won't need to buy any extras. Maybe you want to test out a dollhouse with your kids before investing in a more expensive one, or maybe pricier options just aren't in the budget. Melissa & Doug is an excellent toy brand that always delivers quality kids' products, and we love their Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse. You're obviously not going to get all the bells and whistles with this compact option that's suitable children 3 years and older, but it comes ready to go with everything you need. Inside, you'll find two stories, four rooms, and a flight of stairs. It also includes 11 pieces of wooden furniture and two dolls. The house itself measures 13.13 inches high, 10.63 inches long, 6.13 inches wide, and weighs 4.65 pounds. If you're trying to get your money's worth, this is a great choice because you can fold it up and take it with you anywhere you go — it even has a convenient carrying handle, but note that there's not a latch to keep the house closed when it's folded up. You can also personalize it with your child's name, which is a fun touch and helpful if your child plays with it outside your home.  Even better, you won't have to spend any time assembling this dollhouse, giving parents around the world a sigh of relief.  Pros: Compact, comes fully assembled with furniture and dolls, portable, can be personalized Cons: No latch to keep it closed when traveling The best gender-neutral dollhouse Amazon Boys and girls alike will reap the benefits of playing with the gender-neutral Hape All Season House that has six fully furnished rooms that just need the finishing touch of a child's imagination. Dollhouses aren't just for girls — boys can have a lot of fun playing with them, but some boys don't want to play with a toy that looks "girly." The All Season House is gender-neutral, encouraging both boys and girls to engage in imaginative play. This modern dollhouse complete with solar panels on the roof has three stories, six rooms, and multiple open sides, making it easy for kids to play together. The roof can be changed to show different seasons, which can help your child imagine a variety of scenarios while they're playing. Another really cool feature is the moveable stairs. Hape's All Season House comes fully furnished with moveable parts to help kids 3 years and older create different scenarios within the home. It doesn't come with dolls, so you'll have to purchase them separately. Dolls that will fit this house include Hape dolls, Melissa & Doug dolls, Calico Critters, or Plan dolls. Some assembly is required, so don't expect to open the box and be able to use it right away. The house measures 23.6 inches long, 11.8 inches deep, and 28.9 inches high. It's made entirely of wood, making it easy to wipe down. Wirecutter picked the Hape All Season House as one of the best toys overall to buy for a 3-year-old. They also like how it's gender-neutral and has open rooms for 360-degree play. One of their writers who tested the home said, "My daughter loved that she could reach into any room from almost any spot to adjust the furniture and play with the wooden people (sold separately)." Pros: Gender-neutral, fully furnished, season-changing roof, large enough for multiple kids to play together Cons: Dolls not included, assembly required See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best smart locksThe best bark collars33 sentimental gifts that are perfect for everyone on your listSEE ALSO: The best wooden toys in 2019
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Border officials can’t have ‘boundless’ access to search devices, court rules
Photo by Jinitzail Hernández/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images While officials have broad powers to screen travelers at the border, they can’t search electronic devices without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, a court ruled today in a closely watched privacy case. Plaintiffs filed suit in 2017 In 2017, a group of people whose devices were searched at the border, including a NASA engineer, filed suit against US Customs and Border Protection. They said officials had taken their devices and examined their personal data. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argued that the searches were unconstitutionally invasive. Those searches have been widespread under the Trump administration, with border officials searching devices 15,000 times in the first half of 2017 alone. The court said in its ruling today that government interests are “paramount” at the border, but that “even border searches are not boundless.” Electronic searches of gadgets still must meet the reasonable suspicion standard — otherwise, they violate the privacy interests of travelers. (The plaintiffs had asked for the court to find that a warrant was required.) The ACLU hailed the decision as a major win for privacy protections. “This ruling significantly advances Fourth Amendment protections for the millions of international travelers who enter the United States every year,” ACLU staff attorney Esha Bhandari said in a statement. “By putting an end to the government’s ability to conduct suspicionless fishing expeditions, the court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.”
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Navy SEAL rejected by FDNY because of his age now has a chance to join
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PHOTO: Rudy Giuliani with Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, third 'unnamed associate'
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Microsoft Bets Big on AR With U.S. Launch of Minecraft Earth In Early Access
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How to cancel your Hulu free trial so you don't get charged for a paid subscription
Shutterstock You can cancel a Hulu free trial if you've tried the streaming service but don't want to pay for a longer subscription.  Hulu's seven-day free trial gives you access to its extensive library of shows and movies, and you can also sign up for a free trial of Hulu + Live TV to watch live programming.  If you have already had a Hulu account in the past, you will not be able to get a free trial. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Commitment can be scary stuff. And when there's money involved, well, commitment is all the worse.  Fortunately, with Hulu you can enjoy a commitment-free seven-day trial that you can cancel at any time.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:'Does Hulu have ESPN?': Yes, you can watch it with Hulu + Live TV — here's what you need to knowHow to stop Steam from opening on startup on Mac or PC, so your computer starts up fasterHow to watch live TV on Hulu with a paid subscription, to access more than 60 major channels and record showsSEE ALSO: The best 4K TVs you can buy
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These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the world
Cliff Owen/AP Images A watch is a status symbol and a statement, particularly for those in business. Business Insider spoke to the horological experts at Crown & Caliber to identify the luxury timepieces worn by some of the world's most powerful CEOs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For some businessmen, a wristwatch is more than a time-telling device. It's a statement. "A watch is the greatest icebreaker there is," Hamilton Powell, the CEO and founder of Crown & Caliber, an online secondary market for luxury watches, told Business Insider. "In an unfamiliar city, I can approach a complete stranger and with two words eradicate any barriers: 'Nice watch.'" "A watch tells people about the type of person you are and what you value," Powell added. "The guy who wears a blinged-out gold-diamond Hublot is very different than the guy with a vintage stainless-steel Zenith chronograph." With the help of Crown & Caliber's team of experts, we've put together a list of wristwatches worn by the former and current CEOs of some of the world's most powerful companies. Here are the timepieces favored by prominent executives, organized from the least to most expensive.Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart Drew Angerer/Getty Images Doug McMillon has been the president and CEO of Walmart since February 2014 and has worked for the company for nearly 30 years. Walmart is one of the world's largest employers, with over 2.2 million associates. In 2018, its revenues totaled $514.4 billion. Apple Watch – $399 Apple McMillon is frequently photographed wearing an Apple Watch. The price of the various Apple Watch models starts at $399 on the Apple website. (But, unsurprisingly, it can also be purchased on Walmart's website for less.) Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Getty/Justin Sullivan McMillon is in good company, as Apple's CEO Tim Cook understandably wears an Apple Watch as well. Apple is the world's most valuable company, Business Insider previously reported. Cook assumed the position of CEO in 2011; prior to that, he was the chief operating officer under the company's late cofounder, Steve Jobs. Apple's stock climbed 2% in October, finally pushing the company's market value past the coveted $1 trillion threshold.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:4 of the most expensive watches at America's biggest luxury watch event, including the $800,000 Breguet that Cristiano Ronaldo was seen wearingElizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both proposed taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Here's how much poorer America's 10 wealthiest billionaires would be under a moderate wealth tax.The most expensive watch in the world just sold for over $31 million at auctionSEE ALSO: 22 of the most expensive watches worn by the world's top athletes, including the $2 million timepiece Odell Beckham Jr. wore to warm up for 'Monday Night Football' DON'T MISS: 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, really is
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Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett does not need surgery after frightening shin injury
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Intel launches DevCloud for edge AI prototyping with OpenVINO
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Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward to miss Egypt games
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America's largest milk producer files for bankruptcy
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A major 'Star Wars' scene with Han Solo has been changed on Disney Plus
Lucasfilm Disney Plus launched Tuesday and "Star Wars" fans found a change in "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope." The infamous Han Solo and Greedo showdown has been altered yet again.  In the past, it showed Greedo shoot first, then Han shooting first. Now, both of them appear to shoot at the same time.  Even more perplexing is that vefore either of them shoot, Greedo now appears to say the word, "Maclunkey." According to Vanity Fair's Anthony Breznican, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas added this before Disney bought Lucasfilm. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Of all the changes George Lucas made to the original trilogy, perhaps none has captivated and infuriated "Star Wars" fans more than the exchange between Han Solo and Greedo in "A New Hope." That said, with the launch of Disney Plus, it appears the scene in question has undergone yet another revision.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:Disney Plus features a warning on some of its older content with 'outdated cultural depictions'An essential timeline of when every past and upcoming 'Star Wars' movie and TV show takes placeDisney Plus' 'Noelle' is a mediocre holiday movie that clearly wasn't good enough for theaters
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The Simpsons is in the wrong aspect ratio on Disney+ and it’s cutting off jokes
Disney+ debuted with nearly every episode of The Simpsons available, but not everyone is happy with the fact that the show can only be streamed in widescreen.
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Jeffrey Epstein accuser says Ghislaine Maxwell made death threat after she reported abuse
Jeffrey Epstein’s accused procuress Ghislaine Maxwell issued a chilling death threat to one of his accusers after she reported Epstein to police, according to one of three new lawsuits filed Tuesday against the dead pedophile’s multi-million-dollar estate. In her suit, Maria Farmer said she was an aspiring artist when she was recruited by Epstein and...
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Facebook is fixing a bug that turned on phone cameras
Early this month, some Facebook users began to notice a glitch when they were using the iOS app. Users shared on Twitter that when they were watching videos or looking at photos, their cameras were activated behind the Facebook app, CNET reports. Fac...
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Google Stadia vs. Nintendo Switch: How do the gaming platforms compare?
Google Stadia releases on November 19, but is the game streaming service a worthwhile alternative to the Nintendo Switch, or should you stick with Nintendo's hybrid console? We compared the two to help you decide.
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Fans are losing it over a revelation on 'The Mandalorian' about a key character in the 'Star Wars' universe
Disney Warning: Spoilers ahead for "The Mandalorian." Disney Plus' new "Star Wars" TV series "The Mandalorian" premiered Tuesday, and some fans are beside themselves over the reveal of a baby creature.  This mysterious "being" could have major implications for the greater "Star Wars" universe. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The surprising end of "The Mandalorian's" pilot episode revealed a baby creature every "Star Wars" fan would recognize, and people can't get over how cute this little being is. We can't say anymore without spoiling the reveal, so turn away now if you haven't yet seen "The Mandalorian."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:An essential timeline of when every past and upcoming 'Star Wars' movie and TV show takes placeThe opening episode of Disney Plus' 'The Mandalorian' ends on a surprising cliffhanger. Here's what you need to know.Disney Plus is already crashing on its launch day, and fans are annoyed after they paid months in advance
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The Hydrobot jacket wicks away moisture at the touch of a button
The Hydro_Bot jacket uses a unique electro-osmotic process to wick moisture away from the inside simply by pushing a button, reportedly making it up to ten times more breathable than regular fabrics.
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