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Best gifts for her: What to get for the lady in your life
Holiday gifting to a special lady usually goes one of two ways:  1.You've been planning gifts all year and cannot handle keeping them a secret. 2. You push off gift shopping until the last minute and end up begging her friends for ideas. If you're in the latter camp, we get it — picking out the perfect gift to encapsulate how much she means to you can be a lot of pressure. Obviously, you know that wowing her is a must — but what's actually romantic is proving that you actually put thought into it. Flowers, chocolate, and blinged-out jewelry are nice, but they tiptoe the generic line and sometimes scream, "I literally did not try at all." Sure, they make great stocking stuffers, but assuming that every woman wants those cliché gifts is a bit archaic, right? Read more...More about Apple, Subscription Services, Shopping Amazon, Shopping Linkshare, and Gift Guide 2018
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Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers in the U.S. celebrate Starbucks' first 'Signing Store'
Starbucks took a big step toward inclusivity today by opening its first "Signing Store" for Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers in the United States. The new Starbucks opened on Tuesday in Washington D.C., right next to Gallaudet University — the world’s only university designed to educate Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Though the "Signing Store" has the classic Starbucks look and feel, every employee, otherwise known as a partner, at the cafe is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). To prioritize communication even further, Deaf partners wear aprons that display the fingerspelling of "Starbucks," and hearing allies wear "I Sign" pins on theirs.   Read more...More about Starbucks, Social Good, Activism, Deaf, and American Sign Language
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There's a Pokémon movie coming to theaters for only four days
Pokémon: The Power of Us — a sequel to 2017's Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! — is making a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in U.S. theaters right around Thanksgiving. Here's a new trailer to get you in the mood. The movie will screen Nov. 24, Nov. 26, Nov. 28, and Dec. 1 in a limited number of theaters, with theater locations and tickets available through the Fathom Events website. Read more... More about Entertainment, Film, Pokemon, Pokemon The Power Of Us, and Entertainment
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Is Apple's iPhone XR the best premium phone value of 2018? — Mashable Reviews
Apple's iPhone XR is finally here and we've been using it for a week. It's cheaper, but what's it missing compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max? Check out our video review, and read the full, in-depth review of Apple's more affordable iPhone here. Read more...More about Tech, Apple, Iphone, Smartphones, and Reviews
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Facebook is trying to make Messenger less of a mess
Facebook is trying to clean up Messenger. The company showed off a new, redesigned version of the app, which is starting to roll out to users now. The reason for the redesign is what many users have known for years: Messenger, in its current form, is a bloated confusing mess.  SEE ALSO: Teens use Instagram more than Snapchat, report says Consider this: The current version of the app has nine — yes, nine — tabs.  I ignore most of these, so it's easy to forget just how bloated Messenger has become in recent years, but there can't possibly be a good reason for five different tabs that all show you slightly different lists of the same friends.  Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Tech, and Social Media Companies
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How to be an ally who stands with transgender people
There are many reasons you should learn how to be an ally to trans people. First, transgender rights are human rights — it's that simple. Trans people regularly encounter discrimination in everyday settings, such as workplaces, schools, and doctor's offices. They face much higher risks for experiencing homelessness, developing anxiety, and being physically harassed or violently attacked.   Especially now, in this current political moment, people need to step up in solidarity with the trans community. The Trump administration has a long record of attacking the rights of transgender people. It moved to ban transgender people from serving in the military, and now the administration wants to use federal bureaucracy to deny transgender people's existence.  Read more...More about Transgender Rights, Allies, Transgender Military Ban, Social Good, and Politics
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Reddit partners with Patreon to offer up a special flair, put a focus on creator communities
Attention redditors and patrons, Reddit and Patreon are partnering up. Reddit, the #5 most visited website in the U.S., and Patreon, a growing membership platform for creators, have just announced a partnership that will “offer creators and fans a better way to connect.” The announced partnership between the two companies, for now, looks fairly simple. The two platforms will integrate in order to offer creators’ Patreon subscribers with a “special Patreon flair” within that specific creators’ Reddit community. Essentially, people monetarily supporting a content creator via Patreon will receive a little visual badge next to their Reddit username as a sort of bragging rights over the non-paying fans who are part of that creator’s Reddit group. Read more...More about Reddit, Creators, Patreon, Flair, and Tech
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'Starlink: Battle for Atlas' review: Blissful, space-faring fun
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is pure, blissful fun.  The only thing that gets in the way is the physical toys, which luckily you can choose to ignore. I played through Starlink: Battle for Atlas on Nintendo Switch with the Switch-exclusive Star Fox content, and I tried playing with the physical toys and without them, finding the latter to be a much more enjoyable and less-limiting experience. SEE ALSO: Nintendo's new program to get Labo into classrooms is a total no-brainer Over the 20-or-so hours I spent hurtling through space, exploring planets, fighting against the Forgotten Legion, and building up space colonies, I never found myself getting tired of the game thanks to its content-rich worlds and dynamic combat. Read more...More about Starlink Battle For Atlas, Entertainment, and Gaming
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The Trump administration says there are two sexes. The science says they're wrong.
The Trump administration intends to legally define sex as strictly male or female. But the science says that sex can be quite varied — and not so easily boxed into a narrow category. This past weekend, The New York Times revealed that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has plans to define one's sex based exclusively upon the biological genitalia they're born with — ostensibly to make the definition of sex more consistent under civil rights laws that ban discrimination. But herein lies a problem: A person's biological sex doesn't always fit unilaterally into male or female. And perhaps more importantly, one's gender — how one learns and chooses to socially identify across the male and female spectrum — can be much more varied. Read more...More about Science, Gender, Social Good, Sex, and Biology
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Please listen to this donkey belt out like like an opera singer
A donkey was filmed singing something akin to an operatic aria on Sunday — and you'll be blown away by her voice. Seriously. The video of Harriet, the donkey who hails from Ireland, was originally shared by Martin Stanton on the Ireland from the Roadside Facebook group on Sunday.  SEE ALSO: These X-rays of zoo animals are extraordinarily creepy "She could never hee haw like other donkeys but apparently she's now an opera singer!!" Stanton captioned the video. Harriet's voice is definitely a diamond in the rough, but if we're being honest she's probably better at singing than most of us. WATCH: Monkeys are being cloned inside a Chinese lab. This is what they look like. Read more... {"player":{"description":"It's raising ethical concerns.","image":"https://i.amz.mshcdn.com/09qUNAGap2G8aq7Cs78CHUPjcKw=/https%3A%2F%2Fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fuploads%2Fvideo_uploaders%2Fdistribution_thumb%2Fimage%2F84348%2F640140f8-21a1-4fbf-af2f-3866a8796308.jpg","mediaid":"pana7LGoWV","preload":false,"title":"Monkeys are being cloned inside a Chinese lab. This is what they look like.","sources":[{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/1/44acaba2-3c5f-9153/hls.m3u8"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/1/44acaba2-3c5f-9153/dash.mpd"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/1/44acaba2-3c5f-9153/mp4/1080.mp4"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/1/44acaba2-3c5f-9153/mp4/720.mp4"},{"file":"https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2018/1/44acaba2-3c5f-9153/mp4/480.mp4"}]},"options":{"disableAds":false,"disableSharing":false,"nextupAction":"autoplay","embedUrl":"https://mashable.com/videos/blueprint:pana7LGoWV/embed/?player=offsite","standaloneUrl":null,"post":{"url":"https://mashable.com/2018/01/25/identical-monkey-twins-cloned-in-china/","date":"2018-01-25T16:07:28.773Z","bp_id":67560,"wp_id":null}},"advertising":{"params":{"keywords":"science,china,animals,medicine,research,ethics,real time video,cloning","sec0":null,"sec1":"","prc":""}},"analytics":{"labels":"science,china,animals,medicine,research,ethics,real time video,cloning","videoSeriesName":null}} More about Donkey, Singing, Opera, Singing Animal, and Culture
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RoastMe is a troll's paradise, where people ask to be insulted
It's Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling.  The thought of asking anyone on the internet to hurl vicious insults at me is inconceivable. But for Redditors posting in r/RoastMe, asking to be insulted is the name of the game. As RoastMe's name suggests, the subreddit is devoted entirely to the not-so-subtle art of welcomed verbal abuse. Members of the group are invited to offer themselves up for extensive roasting, or they can do the roasting themselves—slinging jokes that range from gentle jabs to vicious insults. SEE ALSO: It's time we all accept it: Netflix is a meme account now Read more...More about Reddit, Trolling, Troll Week, Culture, and Web Culture
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28 Halloween group costume ideas that are perfect for any squad
In the week before Halloween, last-minute shoppers crowd costume stores looking for the perfect spooky getup. Being guilty of this hectic process several times in my life, I'm happy to say that I will continue the tradition yet again this year. In the defense of everyone who does this, finding a good costume can be really tricky. But nothing beats a solid group costume. Not only does it prove you have a strong social circle, but it takes pressure off you since everyone is pulling their part. SEE ALSO: 7 celebrities that will make perfect Halloween costumes Lucky for you, there are a ton of different group Halloween costume options out there to choose from. If you're still having trouble deciding on what you and your squad should dress up as, here are a few Halloween group costume ideas that can help spark a little inspiration — or just copy. No judgment here. Read more...More about Halloween, Halloween Costumes, Group Costumes, Halloween 2018, and Halloween 2018
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Titanic II will set sail in 2022 and it's going over on Twitter about as well as you'd expect
Titanic II, a replica of the original Titanic, will make its first voyage in 2022. It will have room for 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, just like the original Titanic. Also, it will trace the precise route of the original ship. What could go wrong? SEE ALSO: The '1 alcoholic bev' meme is Too Real, but in a good way If this idea seems flatly stupid to you, you're not alone. (We might as well recreate the Hindenburg.) But, like most stupid ideas, it caused people on Twitter to make some good jokes, particularly in response to tweets from TIME and USA Today about the announcement. I would rather fly Spirit https://t.co/1RH38Nmjh0 — Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) October 22, 2018 Read more... More about Twitter, Social Media, Culture, and Web Culture
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Apple admits people weren't hallucinating 'Beautygate'
Beauty is in the eye of the iPhone beholder. Apple is fixing a bug in its smart front camera system that made for unnaturally filtered-looking selfies. Apple confirmed to The Verge that the phenomenon some iPhone users dubbed "Beautygate" was indeed a thing, and not the imagination of paranoid selfie-takers. New Apple 'Beautygate' Controversy Claims iPhone XS Makes Selfies Look Too Good #applenews https://t.co/PlaPrJJKUN pic.twitter.com/aJxAt5w6qS — iDrop News (@iDropNews) September 28, 2018 Beautygate was not the work of a filter. Apparently, the dynamic camera system was using a less detailed base frame for its composite images. That loss of detail is what gave the appearance of a smoothing filter. Read more...More about Selfies, Bugs, Iphone Xs, Iphone Xs Max, and Tech
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This dramatic faux movie trailer for 'The #BlueWave' wants you to vote in the midterms
Midterm elections are coming, and people are pulling out all the stops to inspire others to go out and vote. For example, Portland-based media company Eleven Films created a faux movie trailer for "The #BlueWave" to get people pumped for the midterm elections. The trailer recaps some of 2018's most noteworthy political moments — from the Brett Kavanaugh hearing to nationwide protests to the #MeToo movement — and highlights candidates like Beto O'Rourke in Texas, Antonio Delgado in New York, and Stacey Abrams in Georgia. And yes, Taylor Swift makes an appearance. Eleven Films claims it wasn't paid to make the trailer, and was inspired to encourage voter turnout. Seems like a lot of editing was required, so the least you could do is vote on November 6. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Read more...More about Videos, Politics, Culture, Voting, and Midterm Elections
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The Instagram artist who turns pop divas into 'Pokémon' leaders warms my gaymer heart
This is Ode To..., a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too. As an avid gaymer, I'm naturally drawn to anything that involves video games or my favorite female pop icons, and seeing these two worlds collide is pretty much my dream (next to a proper sequel to the "Telephone" music video.)   SEE ALSO: Saint Hoax's addictive Instagram account puts a wicked twist on pop culture Bruno Alexander, who goes by the alias BreX on Instagram, brings my hopes and dreams to life with his amazing drawings. He takes pop culture icons and singers and turns them into Pokémon gym leaders, giving each a unique look and an assigned Pokémon type. Read more...More about Instagram, Pop Star, Pop Culture, Instagram Art, and Instagram Artist
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Amazon has the amazing 4-in-1 Ninja Multi-Cooker on sale for 56% off
When you hear "Ninja" in terms of kitchen appliances, you may automatically think of the super popular Ninja blender. But y'all—the Ninja 4-in-1 Multi/Slow Cooker takes kitchen necessities to a whole different level, and it's on sale for less than $70 right now. Getting creative in the kitchen can be fun and all, but sometimes (or if you're like me, all of the time) convenience is key. A one-pot cooker is no doubt a necessary staple for that reason, but this Ninja gem literally does it all, allowing you to perfect pretty much any recipe while taking the guesswork out of cooking.  The Ninja is basically four different appliances built into one. It has four basic cooking functions: slow cook, sear/sauté, steam and bake. Yes, we said bake. So after you finish searing meats and steaming your vegetable sides for dinner, you can bake yourself a nice cake in this thing (it has a controllable range of temperatures from 250°—425°, so you can dry bake hearty roasts or steam bake breads, cakes, and more.) Read more...More about Amazon, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, Ninja Slowcooker, and Slowcooker
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Simone Giertz didn’t let brain surgery stop her. What’s next?
The “Queen of Shitty Robots” won’t be stopped.In the six months since the YouTube star and inventor had a large brain tumor that could have left her paralyzed, blind, or a completely different person removed, Simone Giertz moved her workshop out of her house, jumped back into vlogging for her nearly 1.4 million subscribers, gave a TED talk, and kickstarted an electronic calendar — all while rocking a silvery “supervillain scar” that runs down her scalp, flirting with her hairline“If I can’t even take off time when I’ve had fucking brain surgery,” Giertz says over a Skype call from her new, larger workshop in San Francisco. “When am I going to feel that it’s OK to take time off?” Read more...More about Youtube, Wellness, Self Care, Simone Giertz, and Shitty Robots
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The Apple iPad Air 2 is now on sale for almost $200 off from Walmart
Apple is known for their sleek and compact design, as well as their powerful and user-friendly performance. All of that signature style and innovation is fully on display (no pun intended) with the Apple iPad Air 2, which is now on sale for $429.99 from Walmart. Normally priced at $629.00, this mobile device is very thin and lightweight with a 9.7-inch HD Retina Display, which is powered with Apple's A8X chip for maximum smoothness and quick productivity. The iPad also features an 8-megapixel rear shooter with an HD camera on front for bright and clear selfies and FaceTime calling. Although this is an older model with iOS 8 installed out-of-the-box, the Apple iPad Air 2 is upgradeable to the latest iOS 12 after an over-the-air update. Just because this iPad is a few generations behind, it doesn't mean that its software isn't the latest and greatest from Apple. Read more...More about Apple, Ipad Air 2, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Solo
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Amazon has Casper memory foam mattresses on sale for 20% off today
With the holidays creeping up way faster than anyone realized, you may be feeling like it's time to stop spending on yourself and start building up that gifting budget. That's nice and all, but there's one thing for yourself that you can't ignore: Your sleep. This is your health and well being, people, and putting off getting a new mattress just because of the price really isn't smart. Good thing Amazon is offering 20% off of Casper memory foam mattresses today. SEE ALSO: Best online mattresses, ranked: Casper, Nectar, Leesa, and more We're sure you've heard of Casper Sleep before — they're advertised everywhere and everyone is talking about them, but that's just because they're kind of the best. (Casper has even partnered with American Airlines to give flyers in-flight sleep products to snug with). While past mattress experiences are nothing but "firm to the point where it feels like a doctor's table" or "squishy to the point where you're sinking," Casper offers that rare balance of softness and support. Read more...More about Sleep, Mattress, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Shopping Solo
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The first Amazon Go store in NYC will be across from the World Trade Center
Amazon’s convenience store of the future is coming to Manhattan — more specifically, New York’s financial district. According to Recode, New York City’s very first Amazon Go store will be located inside Brookfield Place, an office and shopping complex located across the street from the World Trade Center. Brookfield Place is currently home to a number of shops such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.  Amazon currently operates five Amazon Go stores, three in Seattle — where its very first location opened — and two in Chicago. Along with NYC, there’s a soon-to-be-announced San Francisco location in the works as well. Locations of the stores vary from selling prepared meals like sandwiches and salads to packaged grocery items. Read more...More about Amazon, New York City, Financial District, Amazon Go, and World Trade Center
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Everything coming to Hulu this November
Menu: planned. Plane tickets: purchased. Last minute invitation to your distant cousin: extended. Now... what to watch? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, families across the country, both big and small, are neck-deep in the annual scramble to schedule family time.  Sure, you'll take Aunt Marge to that Cézanne exhibit she's been talking up for months. You'll probably drop the pre-teens at a showing of Robin Hood. And, if you have to, you can always give Grandpa Hank the floor to once again recall the Cuban Missile Crisis.  But, eventually, there will be downtime—and you will be forced to fill it.  Read more...More about Entertainment, Hulu, Thanksgiving, Streaming, and James Bond
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Amazon has the GoPro HERO on sale for nearly $46 off
The original GoPro HERO was a handy little action cam that captured amazing photos and videos in high definition. And as amazing as the old model was, it lacked a viewfinder, so you were unable to see what you filmed until you actually filmed it. However, the new GoPro HERO, which is now on sale for $154.00, adds a two-inch touchscreen viewfinder and a few more useful features that make it even better.   This new model is perfect for vacations and traveling, with its compact and durable body. The new GoPro HERO is also waterproof for at least 33 feet, so you don't have to worry about breaking it when capturing the action when diving underwater — unlike a smartphone. Read more...More about Gopro, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, Shopping Amazon, and Shopping Solo
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Politicians are trolling to win the midterms. Some of it is actually good.
It's Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling. It used to be that the troll population consisted primarily of sweaty nerds. But now, everyone's trolling, including crappy steak brands and ... actual candidates for higher office. Used correctly, trolling — which uses inflammatory humor and pranks to provoke emotional reactions — can be an artful weapon. It can mobilize a base, stun the opposition, and help folks who lack connections construct a large, authentic social media presence. No wonder, then, that politicians running for higher office have started to use troll psychology. Their ads are trolly. Their tweets are trolling. Read more...More about Watercooler, Trolling, Midterms 2018, Troll Week, and Culture
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Global partnerships and human rights take center stage at this year’s Social Good Summit
Social good has never been more important, and necessary, as it is today.  The Social Good Summit held on Sept. 23 marked the 9 year anniversary of the conference which looks at how the intersection of technology and new media has redefined our understanding of human progress. This year attracted 1,300 in-person attendees, and 1.3 billion social impressions reaching 162 countries. With keynote presentations by New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, and Andrew Lee, CIO and Head of Sustainable Investing at UBS, the conference covered everything from gender equality and health innovations to the importance of supporting our global youth.  Read more...More about Uk, Social Good Summit 2018, Social Good, and Climate Environment
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Save $200 on the Shark IONFlex vacuum to clean every inch of the floor AND ceiling
It's easy to vacuum floors, but what about those hard to reach spots, like under the furniture or the ceiling? (Yes, the ceiling too.) Well, Amazon has just the thing. SEE ALSO: Cut the cord: 7 of the best cordless vacuums for hassle-free cleaning If you pick up the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum on Amazon, those difficult spots won't be so tough anymore. Plus, it's $222 off today, from $449 to $226.99, which is a very welcome discount. It has a rechargeable battery, so you won't have to worry about tangling cords, and its easy-to-clean filter means you won't be changing bags all the time.  Read more...More about Shark, Vacuum, Flex, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Skimlinks
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Best deals for Tuesday: Save on Hoover and Dyson vacuums, KitchenAid and Mr. Coffee coffeemakers, Echo Dot, and more
We gathered the best deals on floor care products and kitchen gear from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. We also have deals on adult learning courses from Udemy. If you ever wanted to learn web design and coding, we have deals that will suit your interests. SEE ALSO: Be better than Kanye: Use a password manager like this one that's on sale. There are a number of deals on vacuums, including Hoover's WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, which is on sale for $149.99, and Dyson's Ball Multi Floor Canister Vacuum, which is discounted to $240.53, or about $160 off its list price. Read more... More about Dyson, Hoover, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Mr. Coffee
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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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