bookmark_borderIn the battle of the Bluetooth speakers, this one claims to be the loudest

In the battle of the Bluetooth speakers, this one claims to be the loudest

TL;DR: Get the party started with SOUNDBOKS 2: The Loudest Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $543.20, a savings of $355.80. 


Do you like having a fun time at parties with your friends? Do you want a way to instigate this fun with minimal organization, cost, or effort? And do you want this fun to be ear-crushingly loud?

If the answer to all of those questions is «yes,» then we’ve got good news for you. A group of friends from Denmark has created a portable Bluetooth speaker that will stand up to any PA; in other words, it’s loud as hell.

The SOUNDBOKS 2 is roughly a carry-on suitcase-sized speaker that can deliver a crisp treble and a hefty amount of bass thanks to a pair of 10-inch woofers. It’s waterproof, weather-resistant, and easily transportable. Read more…

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bookmark_borderLand a high-paying job in 2020 with the help of these SQL training courses

Land a high-paying job in 2020 with the help of these SQL training courses

TL;DR: Get business-savvy with The Ultimate SQL Bootcamp Certification Bundle for just $21, a 98% savings. 


Acronyms overwhelm the STEM job market, but if you want to land a competitive data job in 2020, there’s one main one you should definitely know: SQL.

SQL stands for Structured Query Language and it’s used to communicate, edit, and pull the data you need from databases. And since practically every business ever relies on data, the demand for SQL-trained experts who can easily communicate with these databases has grown the profession’s average base salary to a whopping $91K. Oh, and the best part is you don’t even have to go back to school to become a skilled database pro. This Ultimate SQL Bootcamp Certification Bundle should get you on the right path for cheap. Read more…

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bookmark_borderAirPods Pro are running out — but these 12 alternatives have you covered

AirPods Pro are running out — but these 12 alternatives have you covered

TBH, we’re all a little shocked at how well-received AirPods Pro have been since they launched. They’re a mega-popular gift this holiday season; so popular, in fact, that most online stores (even Amazon!) have zero in stock. And for the few with them still in stock, the delivery date is well after Christmas day.

But there’s no need to wallow in disappointment. AirPods Pro are over most budgets anyways. Plus, the market is overflowing with options that give them a run for their money. Here are 12 worthy alternatives that can save your holidays (you’re welcome). Be sure to enter the code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout for an extra 20% off. Read more…

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bookmark_borderHere’s something you didn’t know you needed: A motorized pool float

Here's something you didn't know you needed: A motorized pool float

TL;DR: The Poolcandy Splash Runner 2.0 is a motorized pool float that retails for $229.99, and it’s the only thing we want this year.


It may be December, but we’ve got the pool on our brains. If you’re in a summer state of mind, too, we have a very important item for your holiday wish list.

There is a pool float that is motorized. We’ll let that sink in for a moment.

OK, now that you’ve had a moment to process, let’s talk about this bad boy. It’s called the Poolcandy Splash Runner 2.0 and it gives you 360-degree mobility that you can control. There are literally joysticks on the armrests like it’s an arcade racing game or something. Read more…

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bookmark_border10 innovative gifts that they don’t even know exist (but will love)

10 innovative gifts that they don't even know exist (but will love)

Everyone has someone in their life with Rachel Green energy. Not because they’re sporting a great haircut, but because they’re a chronic gift exchanger. And like Rachel, it’s probably not because they have a personal vendetta against the giver, but because they’d rather have something they would use on the regular.

If you have a person like that in your list of giftees this year, now’s your chance to showcase your gift-giving abilities. We’ve done you a favor and curated potential presents they would not even think of returning or exchanging. The best part? They’re all on sale for an extra 20% off with the code GREENMONDAY20. Read more…

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bookmark_borderWell well well, looks like an Amazon office is coming to NYC after all

Well well well, looks like an Amazon office is coming to NYC after all

Does anybody have the Dashboard Confessional song «Vindicated» on hand?

A report from the Wall Street Journal says that Amazon has leased new offices in Manhattan for 1,500 employees. 

The news comes 10 months after Amazon abandoned its plans to build its second headquarters («HQ2») in Long Island City, Queens. The company reversed course thanks to protests from residents and local officials who objected to the $3 billion it would receive in tax credits, and the gentrification, raised rents, and commuting mayhem it promised to bring. 

Among those critics was Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who objected to what she saw as a government handout. Some people in turn criticized AOC for denying people jobs, and ostensibly scaring off the tech industry.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderA Border Patrol janitor turned migrants’ confiscated stuff into a photo exhibit

A Border Patrol janitor turned migrants' confiscated stuff into a photo exhibit

A hairbrush is just a hairbrush, except when it represents the person to whom it once belonged.

That realization is the impact of a new collection of photographs now being shown at the Skirball Cultural Center museum in Los Angeles. And while it’s rare to mention Border Patrol in 2019 without also referencing Donald Trump’s regressive immigration policies, this show covers a stretch of time that actually predates the current president’s time in office.

The photos depict everyday objects — toothbrushes, medication, love notes — that U.S. Border Patrol confiscated from migrants and asylum seekers as they attempted to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. They were all photographed by a former janitor who rescued them from the trash. Read more…

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bookmark_borderThe Best James Bond: A Shamelessly Subjective Ranking of the 007 Actors

For over 50 years, the iconic James Bond has graced the silver screen with a shaken martini in hand. No matter who portrayed the super-spy—from 90s heartthrob Pierce Brosnan to participation ribbon recipient George Lazenby—playing Bond always requires actors to bring new elements to the role while staying true to the character’s core. The best James Bond has a playboy’s swagger, a spy’s quick thinking, and a Brit’s dry wit.


But as we’ll see, playing Ian Fleming’s dashing super-spy is a tall order—and not everyone makes the cut. Follow along as I guide you through a profoundly biased ranking of the best and worst James Bond performances.

6. George Lazenby: The Amateur

Into It: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Yikes: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Not a typo. Dude was only in one movie. While Lazenby’s portrayal didn’t make a huge impact, his behind-the-scenes dramatics certainly did. Scouted at a barbershop by producer Cubby Broccoli, then-model Lazenby quickly landed the coveted role—only for everything to derail in a spectacular mess.

Partway through shooting, Lazenby burned all the bridges, describing how the producers treated him like this was his first acting job (it was?). Producer Cubby Broccoli called Lazenby his “biggest mistake” while co-star Diana Rigg opted for “bloody impossible.”

On-set drama aside, Lazenby’s actual performance is serviceable, which is more of a compliment than it sounds. OHMSS plunges Bond into dark emotional territory—the movie fridges Bond’s new bride Tracy Di Vicenzo—and Lazenby does a surprisingly fine job with the weighty material. At the same time, it’s hard to feel entangled in Lazenby-Bond’s man pain because we only know the guy for two hours. Womp womp.

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bookmark_borderHubble offers the most perfect view of a gorgeous spiral galaxy

Hubble offers the most perfect view of a gorgeous spiral galaxy

Put it on a postcard.

We can’t guarantee a perfect photo opp from our fixed vantage point of the floating space rock called Earth. Space is vast, and three-dimensional. Things don’t always line up as well as NGC 5468 does in this image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble offers the most perfect view of a gorgeous spiral galaxy

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The spiral galaxy that NASA highlighted in a Friday post is situated over 130 million light-years away from the point in space we call home. Our face-on look at NGC 5468 makes it easier to spot the massive explosion created collapsing stars, or supernovae. Read more…

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bookmark_borderThe more we’ve embraced smartphones, the more they’ve hurt us

The more we've embraced smartphones, the more they've hurt us

We all walk and text, but maybe we shouldn’t.

At least, one could reasonably come to that conclusion after checking out a new study from Rutgers University. The study found that head and neck injuries as a result of cell phone use, whether it came from being hit by a phone or distracted walking or driving, steadily rose between 1998 and 2017.

The full study was published in the journal AMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. Author Boris Paskhover said he was inspired to examine this phenomenon after, among other things, treating a woman who broke her nose by dropping a phone on her face. The most commonly reported injury types in the study were lacerations, contusions, and internal organ injury in the head and neck areas. Read more…

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bookmark_borderGoogle finally ends support for the old Google Glass after a controversial life

Google finally ends support for the old Google Glass after a controversial life

One of the first high-profile wearables is finally about to kick the bucket, several years after a short rollercoaster ride atop the tech news cycle.

Google recently updated the support page for Google Glass Explorer Edition with information about the product’s final update. The patch will essentially divorce Google Glass from any of Google’s backend services after Feb. 25. Once it’s installed and that date rolls by, Glass users won’t be able to log in at all with their Google accounts on the device.

After that, the old version of Glass will still work as a sort of husk of its former self. It’ll still connect to phones via Bluetooth, support sideloaded apps, and allow photos and videos to be taken with the camera. But mirror apps such as Hangouts, YouTube, and Gmail won’t work anymore, per Google’s support page. Read more…

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bookmark_borderGreta Thunberg and youth activists drop truth bombs on climate conference

Greta Thunberg and youth activists drop truth bombs on climate conference

Greta is getting impatient. 

On Friday, a reported 500,000-person climate change action protest swelled in the streets of Madrid. The protesters – many of them skipping school as part of the «School Strike for Climate» movement – were there to pressure world leaders attending the COP25 conference to take meaningful action on climate change. 

This wasn’t a kumbaya protest. Thunberg and her fellow youth activists seem frustrated by sluggish and ineffectual efforts of adults, and are not willing to hand out self-congratulation for a renewed wave of protests, either.

School strike week 68. They say more than 500 000 people showed up tonight in Madrid!#fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate #cop25 pic.twitter.com/YAxPZt3fOU

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bookmark_borderRyan Reynolds comes alive in a video game in this trailer for ‘Free Guy’

Ryan Reynolds comes alive in a video game in this trailer for 'Free Guy'

What if one of the random non-playable characters in the big, open Grand Theft Auto-style video game du jour suddenly attained sentience?

That’s the question posed in Free Guy, a Ryan Reynolds action-comedy hitting theaters on July 3, 2020. Reynolds stars as a milquetoast bank teller who realizes one day that his life is an artificial construct and he’s a random background player in some massive online game.

This first trailer highlights some clever humor built around familiar video game tropes. It also seemingly confirms that Taiki Waititi is the movie’s villain. So if you need any further encouragement to check it out, there you go. Read more…

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bookmark_borderReddit says controversial UK document leaks may have Russian connection

Reddit says controversial UK document leaks may have Russian connection

Documents at the heart of an important debate in the upcoming UK general election may have leaked from Russia, according to Reddit.

The online message board said on Friday that the leaked details of a possible trade agreement between the UK and U.S. governments may have come from a Russian campaign dubbed «Secondary Infektion.» Reddit noted that the leaks, which originated in October, bore several similarities to what Secondary Infektion had done on Facebook previously.

Reuters originally reported the link between Secondary Infektion and the Reddit leaks. It’s not confirmed that there is a connection between the leaks and the Russian government, nor have either the UK or U.S. governments disputed or confirmed the legitimacy of the documents.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderA ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ clip will debut soon in ‘Fortnite’

A 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' clip will debut soon in 'Fortnite'

Fortnite is going to make the long wait for the next Star Wars just a little bit easier.

Fans have noticed that posters appearing inside the game’s Battle Royale map are now hyping a Dec. 14 event that will treat players to an «exclusive scene premiere» from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It will even feature an appearance (presumably an introduction) from director J.J. Abrams.

According to the posters, the event is set to kick off on Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. ET, with the «show» starting at 2:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be happening at Risky Reels, a decrepit drive-in movie theater situated just to the west of Frenzy Farm. You can spot the poster in various locations around the map. Read more…

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bookmark_borderNew ad for Ryan Reynolds’ gin company establishes a Peloton Wife cinematic universe

New ad for Ryan Reynolds' gin company establishes a Peloton Wife cinematic universe

Try explaining any of this to your grandkids in 50 years.

In recent days, the internet started working off all that Thanksgiving food by hollering about a deeply unsettling TV ad for Peloton’s luxury exercise bikes. A new ad featuring the same actress emerged on Friday and went viral, thanks to Ryan Reynolds of all people.

In the ad for Aviation Gin, actress Monica Ruiz gives a dead-eyed stare at a bar for several seconds before declaring that the gin she’s drinking is «very smooth.» Her two friends try to console her by telling her she’s «safe now,» before they all toast to «new beginnings» and down some martinis.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderNetflix’s ‘The Confession Killer’ tells the true story behind a killer’s lies

Netflix's 'The Confession Killer' tells the true story behind a killer's lies

In 1960, Henry Lee Lucas murdered his mother, Viola. After serving 15 years in prison, Lucas claimed to have murdered hundreds of people all across the country between his release in 1975 and his arrest for the murder of Kate Rich in 1983. 

The Confession Killer, Netflix’s latest true crime docuseries, examines the truth behind the gruesome narrative Lucas conceived while in custody for Rich’s murder in Georgetown, Texas and exposes the gross mishandling of Lucas’s confessions by Texas law enforcement.

While in custody and under the authority of Sheriff Jim Boutwell, Lucas confessed to the murders of hundreds. A majority of Lucas’s alleged victims were women. In response to the outpouring of confessions, Boutwell, a Texas Ranger, created a task force to facilitate connecting Lucas’s confessions to hundreds of other murders all over the United States.  Read more…

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bookmark_border42 Strange Facts About The Bizarre Habits of Ancient Peoples

Modern man is a creature of habit. We indulge in all sorts of creature comforts and vices. We sleep in, or eat fast food. We follow weird, nonsensical superstitions. In this way, we’re not so different from the people who came before us. Our ancient ancestors had their own habits; some were strange and bewildering, others were nearly identical to those we practice today. Looking back through history, one might be surprised to find the daily lives of the ancients weren’t so unrecognizable. But then again, there are still plenty of ancient habits that leave us scratching our heads. Keep on reading to discover 42 strange facts about the absolutely bizarre things that ancient people from all over the world did as part of their everyday lives.


Habits of Ancient Peoples Facts

42. Ground-Breaking Discovery

Recently, archaeologists working in Italy’s Caverna delle Arene Candide found a heap of rocks. Not exactly headline news, but these rocks had been carried up from a nearby beach and broken in a consistent, uniform fashion, and similar-sized pieces had been taken from each one. It appears that Neolithic Italians broke the rocks as a funerary rite—the rocks themselves may have represented lost loved ones, and breaking them symbolized the person dying.

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bookmark_border42 Playful Facts About Toys

“Toys are put on this Earth to be played with by a child.”—John Lasseter, director of Toy Story

We all grew up with a favorite toy; maybe it was adorable doll, or an action-packed action figure, or a special stuffed someone to snuggle with. It seems like as long as there have been children, there have been toys. That’s one constant and universal fact of childhood, because even when times are hard, nothing stops a child’s imagination from turning the nearest available object into a plaything. Whether they’re providing comfort to a young one or a pang of nostalgia to someone a little older, there’s something a little magical about something as simple as a toy. Keep on reading for 42 facts about, you guessed it: toys!


Toys Facts

42. The World’s Oldest Toy Box

The earliest toys were dolls. A collection of stone carvings found buried with a child at the Itkol II burial ground in southern Siberia are considered the earliest toys ever found. The carvings depict people and animals, and date to about 2,500 BC.

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bookmark_border42 Playful Facts About Toys

“Toys are put on this Earth to be played with by a child.”—John Lasseter, director of Toy Story

We all grew up with a favorite toy; maybe it was adorable doll, or an action-packed action figure, or a special stuffed someone to snuggle with. It seems like as long as there have been children, there have been toys. That’s one constant and universal fact of childhood, because even when times are hard, nothing stops a child’s imagination from turning the nearest available object into a plaything. Whether they’re providing comfort to a young one or a pang of nostalgia to someone a little older, there’s something a little magical about something as simple as a toy. Keep on reading for 42 facts about, you guessed it: toys!


Toys Facts

42. The World’s Oldest Toy Box

The earliest toys were dolls. A collection of stone carvings found buried with a child at the Itkol II burial ground in southern Siberia are considered the earliest toys ever found. The carvings depict people and animals, and date to about 2,500 BC.

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bookmark_border50 Titillating Facts About Jayne Mansfield, The Naughty Blonde

In a time when film censorship was rampant, Jayne Mansfield loved to push the limits of decency. Making great use of her buxom figure, Mansfield was not only a well-known actress, but she was also one of the most vivacious sex symbols of her age—until it all ended in one of the most shocking tragedies Hollywood had ever seen. Here are 50 titillating facts about Jayne Mansfield, the naughty blonde.


Jayne Mansfield Facts

1. The Peeler Pioneer

Fittingly for a woman nicknamed “The Cleavage Queen,” the buxom Mansfield was the first American actress to appear nude in a big American sound film. 1963’s Promises… Promises! made good on its threats and showed Mansfield in her birthday suit. Of course, it was then promptly banned in several American cities.

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bookmark_border42 Heartbreaking Facts About Tragic Hollywood Love Stories

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”―E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Tragic romance isn’t just for the sad songs and sad movies. It’s also for the sad songwriters and sad filmmakers who make that stuff. Hollywood and the entertainment history are ripe with stories of broken hearts… and other broken body parts. Although many romantic tragedies end in death, the end of conjugal bliss doesn’t necessarily mean the end of life. Sometimes, “tragedy” is just the name we give to the series of conflicts that lead up to the lackluster end. With such grim possibilities, is it any wonder that tragic romance is such tabloid fodder?

From mysterious plane crashes to deadly disease, many random factors can bring a romance to its tragic conclusion. Grab a tissue and get ready for these 42 starstruck facts about tragic Hollywood love stories.


Tragic Hollywood Love Stories Facts

42. Finished at the Bottom

Dorothy Dandridge was one of Hollywood’s first black sex symbols and the first black actress to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars. Unfortunately, her love life was much less illustrious; in 1959, she married a club owner named Jack Denison. He turned out to be abusive, including financially abusive, as he mismanaged her finances into bankruptcy. He then had the audacity to divorce Dandridge in 1963. This story doesn’t have a happy ending: unable to get more acting roles, Dandridge died penniless from an apparent drug overdose in 1965 at the age of just 42.

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bookmark_border42 Sky-High Facts About The Wright Brothers

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through.”—Orville Wright

Orville and Wilbur Wright earned their place in history as the first people to successfully build and fly an airplane. Safe to say that they spent the rest of their lives devoted to aviation, paving the way for every airplane flight that’s ever been made since then. But after those first flights, what became of them in their own lifetime? How did they even get to those flight tests in the first place? What were these brothers all about? Read these 42 high-flying facts to find out more about these two amazing aviators who changed the world forever.


Wright Brothers Facts

42. Thanks Dad!

The Wright brothers’ lifelong interest in conquering the air came from a toy which their father got for them after a trip to France. It was a crude model of a helicopter, made of rubber bands, a stick, and primitive propellers. The brothers would eventually break it after playing with it too many times, but they would eventually manage build something a bit better to replace it!

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bookmark_border42 Obnoxious Facts about Michael Scott

“Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that’s always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.” — Michael Scott (Steve Carell)

Michael Gary Scott might just be the most notorious office manager on this side of the Atlantic. Childish, irritating, and often overwhelming with his antics and tirade of bad ideas, Michael drives his employees insane on a daily basis while still somehow managing to keep his branch afloat through company downsizing and later, a merger. To his credit, and fans’ relief, his character grows and matures throughout The Office storyline so that by the time Michael moves away, he is actually missed by his staff, not to mention his viewers. Here are 42 obnoxious (but loveable) facts about Michael Scott.


Michael Scott Facts

42. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who’s the Best Boss of Them All?

Michael bought himself the “World’s Best Boss” mug that sits on his desk. Don’t worry, he thinks he genuinely deserves it. It was a gift from himself to himself, purchased at Spencer Gifts.

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bookmark_borderThe best VPN deals in the UK for December 2019

The best VPN deals in the UK for December 2019

We have a question for you. Have you ever thought about how much of your personal data is relayed whilst you’re browsing the internet? If you haven’t, then maybe you should. Seriously, check it out now.

Personal data is valuable stuff, and once you understand this, and realise just how naturally insecure the internet is, you start to feel a little bit concerned. There’s no need to go into a frenzy though, because there is a way to stay protected.

One of the best ways to ensure your safety and anonymity online is to use a virtual private network (VPN). This essentially secures your data from prying eyes. That’s not to say VPNs are always advisable, as people use them for many different reasons, such as downloading or uploading illegal content. Having said that, personal data really matters in this day and age, which is why we have reached out to partners in order to put together the best VPN deals for anyone looking keep their online identity safe. Read more…

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BEST CHEAP VPN

PureVPN

PureVPN is a solid VPN that gives users both advanced and easy-to-use features to take advantage of.

  • PureVPN 1 Year Plan (Mashable Exclusive): £1 per month


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CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost offers an incredibly secure VPN, with unique features you won’t find in another VPN.

  • CyberGhost VPN 18 Year Plan: £2.15 per month


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NordVPN

NordVPN is an award-winning VPN with a PCMag Editors choice, and gets huge praise for ensuring you’re secure when browsing the web.

  • NordVPN 3 Year Plan: £2.82 per month


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Private Internet Access VPN 1-Year Subscription

Private Internet Access offers a brilliant VPN service at an affordable price and an easy-to-use interface.

  • Private Internet Access VPN 1 Year Plan: £2.68 per month


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ExpressVPN 1-Year Subscription

ExpressVPN is expensive, but worth it.

  • ExpressVPN 15 Month Plan: £5.38 per month


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TunnelBear VPN 2-Year Subscription

Extremely easy to use and super affordable.

  • TunnelBear VPN 2 Year Plan: £3.36 per month


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Golden Frog VyprVPN UK — 1 Year Subscription

Golden Frog VyprVPN offers an excellent distribution of VPN servers worldwide and a strong privacy policy.

  • VyprVPN 1 Year Plan: £3.63 per month


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IPVanish VPN 1-Year Subscription

IPVanish boasts strong, unique features, but only suits those with experience with VPNs.

  • IPVanish VPN 1 Year Plan: £5.23 per month


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bookmark_borderThe best cheap VPN services in December 2019

The best cheap VPN services in December 2019

The best VPN providers aren’t necessarily the most expensive. In fact, some of the best VPNs are very affordable, which is great news for everyone.

If you want a premium VPN with extensive features, but don’t fancy digging deep into your pockets, you have come to the right place, because we have lined up some great value options.

We have reached out to partners in order to provide you with market-leading prices on VPN subscriptions, with performance and security in mind, of course. All the VPN services in this article have been handpicked not only because of the prices on offer (all below £3 per month), but also because of the inclusion of the most important VPN features to keep your data and identity safe. Read more…

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PureVPN

PureVPN is a solid VPN that offers users both advanced and easy-to-use features.

  • PureVPN Five-Year Plan (Mashable Exclusive): £1 per month


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BEST FOR NEW USERS

CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost offers an incredibly secure VPN, with unique features you won’t find in another VPN.

  • CyberGhost VPN 18-Month Plan: £2.15 per month


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ZenMate VPN

ZenMate VPN offers the cheapest service available right now, and you only need to commit to a one-year plan.

  • ZenMate VPN One-Year Plan: £1.66 per month


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NordVPN

Undetectable to streaming services, with an impressive number of servers and server locations.

  • NordVPN Three-Year Plan: £2.82 per month


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ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is widely recognised as one of the best VPNs, but is pricey.

  • ExpressVPN 15-Month Plan: £5.50 per month


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Ivacy VPN

Ivacy VPN offers a range of features for a seriously low price.

  • Ivacy VPN One-Year Plan: £2.05 per month


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bookmark_borderCharging Bull: Greg Noll And The Greatest Wave Ever Surfed

Though surfing has been practiced by the Hawaiians for centuries, it was only in the 20th century that surfers began to attempt to conquer truly massive waves. Thanks to modern technology and new materials like fiberglass and balsa wood, innovator George Downing was able to create the first true “big wave” surfboard in the 1950s.

With these “big guns,” pioneers like Downing, Buzzy Trent, and Wally Froiseth were able to venture out among the waves at Makaha, on Oahu, that would have been impossible to ride before. And it was a photo of those three men riding an utterly massive wave, appearing on the front page of a Californian newspaper, that sent an exodus of young California surfers to the Islands to test themselves against those behemoths.

Live To Surf

Young men like Greg Noll, Pat Curren, Micky Munoz, Mike Stang, Peter Cole, and many others, all now legends of the sport, hopped on planes with nothing but their boards a few pairs of swim trunks. They were determined to ride big waves…and do nothing else.

This wild generation of surfers lived a bohemian lifestyle that’s completely unheard of today. None of them had jobs or money. They slept in cars, shacks, or even outside on the beach. They caught fish, stole from local farms; anything to get by. And every single day, they went out on the water and surfed big waves for every second possible.

These early big wave surfers lived for nothing else other than catching the best waves possible—and the greatest of them, always clad in his iconic black-and-white jailhouse trunks, was Greg Noll, the man who caught the most legendary wave in history.

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bookmark_borderThe internet celebrates Elon Musk’s trial win by calling him ‘pedo guy’

The internet celebrates Elon Musk's trial win by calling him 'pedo guy'

Elon Musk, «pedo guy.»

While the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company has decidedly not been accused of anything that would merit the rather distasteful moniker, Musk did just win a defamation trial about his calling someone else a «pedo guy» on Twitter. And, in celebration of that fact, the internet is returning the favor. 

Immediately following the ruling, «fans» of Mr. Musk shared in his joyous victory by calling the CEO a «pedo guy» on Twitter. 

@elonmusk is a pedo guy.

— 💧madtruthbomber🆘 (@DavidBeazley4) December 6, 2019

@elonmusk is a pedo guy

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bookmark_borderTrump complains about flushing, becomes the butt of Twitter jokes

Trump complains about flushing, becomes the butt of Twitter jokes

The president made a bizarre claim that people flush their toilets «10 times, 15 times» per visit, and now the internet is concerned about his digestive system. 

During an event with small business owners on Friday, Trump complained that in homes with low water pressure, showers, sinks, and toilets don’t work. Among discussions of other regulations he wants to roll back, he said he ordered a federal review of water efficiency in bathroom appliances. He particularly had issues with environmentally friendly low-flow toilets. 

«You turn on the faucet, you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out,» he said in a video clip from the event. «People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to only once. They end up using more water.» Read more…

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bookmark_border‘Rise of the Resistance’ is four Star Wars rides and a stage play rolled into one incredible experience

‘Rise of the Resistance’ is four Star Wars rides and a stage play rolled into one incredible experience

I knew my mission was dangerous, but I didn’t think it would go sideways so quickly. 

The plan, outlined by a hologram of the Resistance’s resident Force-wielder Rey, was to fly off the planet of Batuu and rendezvous at our secret new base. Nobody knew that the First Order was expecting our egress from Black Spire Outpost or that the Star Destroyer was lurking in orbit, ready to trap our shuttle in a tractor beam. Those intelligence failures could turn out to be fatal mistakes.

“You are now prisoners of the First Order,” a uniformed officer barks at my rebel companions, “proceed to your cell for interrogation.” I look around, thinking about making a run for it, but an entire legion of Stormtroopers is standing at the ready, waiting to put a blaster bolt through anyone unwise enough to defy their detention. I know there’s a way out of this, but I certainly can’t see it yet. As the First Order marches me through the Star Destroyer and seals me in the dark interrogation chamber, a thought hits me: I’m not even on the ride yet.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderPeople Share Ludicrous Stories About The Terrible Gifts They’ve Received

Sometimes a bad gift can make you want to just scream! But that wouldn’t be very festive, now, would it? These Redditors have received some of the worst gifts of all time, from Christmases to birthdays and beyond. How they managed to keep it together is a testament to the strength of human beings during the holidays. Here are 42 of the worst gifts ever received by Redditors.


1. Hogan Rides Again

A rubber Hulk Hogan figurine (it looked like it was a Christmas ornament with the loop snipped off) glued to a very effeminate toy horse. An elderly friend of the family gave it to me and wouldn’t stop mentioning how “they are supposed to look like that; that’s how it came from the store” even though I didn’t voice any doubts.

It’s also kind of the best gift I ever got.

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bookmark_borderElon Musk wins in ‘pedo guy’ trial

Elon Musk wins in 'pedo guy' trial

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bookmark_borderMicrosoft found 44 million accounts using breached passwords

Microsoft found 44 million accounts using breached passwords

Microsoft has discovered 44 million user accounts are using usernames and passwords that have been leaked through security breaches.

As ZDNet reports, the vulnerable account logins were discovered when Microsoft’s threat research team carried out a scan of all Microsoft accounts between January and March this year. The accounts were compared to a database of over three billion sets of leaked credentials and resulted in 44 million matches.

These accounts were spread between regular user accounts used by consumers (Microsoft Services Accounts) and enterprise accounts in the form of Microsoft Azure AD logins. In response, Microsoft explained, «For the leaked credentials for which we found a match, we force a password reset. No additional action is required on the consumer side … On the enterprise side, Microsoft will elevate the user risk and alert the administrator so that a credential reset can be enforced.» Read more…

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bookmark_border43 Despicable Facts About It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

“Well, I don’t know how many years on this Earth I got left. I’m gonna get real weird with it.”—Frank Reynolds.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows five morally abject barkeeps—the “Gang” of Paddy’s Pub—as they scheme, sleep, and generally slosh their way through the city of Philadelphia. Pitch-black comedy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (or, in this case, beer), but the bleak humor is well-mixed enough with a little bit of heart—from Kitten Mittens to full-length musicals—so there’s someone for everyone. The FXX sitcom was not always a runaway hit. In the early years, the show dodged cancellation and lack of funds so many times it’s a miracle that they’re still around. So, how did the Gang escape annihilation? Which cast member almost died during a stunt that would make even Mac himself cringe? Offer us an egg in this trying time as we share 43 amoral facts about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


1. Handheld Welcome

The song’s beautiful opening credits feature strolling shots of the Philadelphia streets to public domain music. This was shot via shaky camcorder by Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, and Rob McElhanney as they drove around the City of Brotherly Love in their car. Costing nothing but the price of gas, these credits might be the cheapest opening titles in TV history.

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bookmark_border‘Life is Strange 2’ tears down the wall of whose stories get told in games

'Life is Strange 2' tears down the wall of whose stories get told in games

On the whole, games almost always tell stories of people with power.

That doesn’t mean that protagonists don’t start off weak (like Link in Legend of Zelda or really any RPG), or aren’t presented as powerless. But as a general rule, video game narratives are power fantasies, requiring main characters to grow increasingly badass through inhuman strength, abilities, or literal superpowers.

One of the many boundary-pushing accomplishments that sets apart Life is Strange 2 (which just released its final episode this week) is its commitment to telling the story of a person who grows only more disenfranchised.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderReport: Magic Leap wanted to sell 100,000 headsets. It sold 6,000.

Report: Magic Leap wanted to sell 100,000 headsets. It sold 6,000.

It looks like Magic Leap’s sales numbers are just as disappointing as their early demos. 

The much-hyped augmented reality startup, which has raised billions of dollars in funding, has only sold a fraction of the headsets it had hoped for during its first six months. The company sold 6,000 headsets, far short of its target of 100,000, according to a new report in The Information.

While it’s not clear from the report if sales have improved since then — the headset began shipping last fall — the early numbers suggest that the $2295 Magic Leap One has fallen far short of the company’s initial expectations. Actual shipments were so low that the company reportedly began giving away free headsets to employees due to the surplus supply. Read more…

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bookmark_border61 polar bears amass outside Arctic village because sea ice is pitifully low

61 polar bears amass outside Arctic village because sea ice is pitifully low

Back in the 1980s, the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea would have been largely frozen over by early December. But times, and climes, have changed.

Local authorities in the Russian village of Ryrkaypiy, located on the far northeast coast of the country and bordering the Chukchi Sea, have reported to the World Wildlife Fund and other organizations that 61 polar bears (up from initial observations of 56) have amassed just outside of town. 

It’s strange for often-solitary polar bears to congregate here, yet the iconic marine mammals have little choice: They require sea ice to hunt for seals, but the Chukchi sea ice is hovering at near-record lowsRead more…

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bookmark_borderFacebook thinks hiding Instagram likes will make your fragile ass post more

Facebook thinks hiding Instagram likes will make your fragile ass post more

Well, color us shocked. 

A new Instagram feature, billed as a boon to users’ well-being, might in fact — purely coincidentally, we’re sure — increase the amount users post. Who could have ever possibly seen that coming?

According to a Dec. 6 story from CNBC, former employees of the Facebook-owned Instagram have speculated that the plan to hide likes might have a side effect that, for some unknowable reason, remained unheralded by company executives. 

«There’s also a hypothesis within the company that hiding likes will increase the number of posts people make to the service, by making them feel less self-conscious when their posts don’t get much engagement,» the story reads.   Read more…

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bookmark_borderBernie Sanders unveils his plan to bring everyone high-speed internet

Bernie Sanders unveils his plan to bring everyone high-speed internet

With the 2020 Democratic primaries right around the corner, Bernie Sanders released his plan to bring high-speed internet to all corners of the United States. 

Dubbed «High-Speed Internet For All,» Sanders’ plan calls for high-speed internet to be considered «a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right.» Citing successful programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Lafayette, Louisiana, Sanders heralds the idea of «municipality-owned, high-speed internet.»

With municipality-run services, the city either partners with a provider like Google Fiber to distribute internet access through a city-owned system or the city owns its own network outright. In these cases, internet access is often cheaper and of a higher quality with more transparency (i.e. no nefarious, mysterious fees tacked on to your bill). Read more…

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bookmark_borderThe Ectomobile gets revived in nostalgic poster for ’Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

The Ectomobile gets revived in nostalgic poster for ’Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is… alive.

Vanity Fair shared the first images from the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel-ish movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, on Friday, giving the world a look at stars Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Logan Kim in action.

Calling all #Ghostbusters fans: Your first look at Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace (and more) in @Ghostbusters: Afterlife is here: https://t.co/seTfBPHEWo pic.twitter.com/81XmW6aHr2

— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 6, 2019

Along with the photos from the movie, the publication shared a handful of details about the successor to the original Ghostbuster films of the ’80s, which is being directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the director of the first two movies, Ivan Reitman. Read more…

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bookmark_borderThere’s a big, pretty cyclone spinning off the West Coast

There's a big, pretty cyclone spinning off the West Coast

A giant white comma has taken shape off the western U.S. coast. 

Though, technically, it’s a common winter storm called a mid-latitude cyclone, so large it will impact much of the country while dousing many regions with rain or snow. The NASA image above shows the storm in a nicely mature stage, after it developed over the Pacific Ocean.

«It’s a classic mid-latitude cyclone,» said Jeff Weber, a research meteorologist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

A mid-latitude cyclone is quite different than a tropical cyclone (like hurricanes) which form near the equator and are fueled by really warm, bath-like surface ocean temperatures.   Read more…

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bookmark_borderThe best post-Cyber Week laptop and tablet deals: Shop Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and more

The best post-Cyber Week laptop and tablet deals: Shop Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and more

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have finally ended — but the deals have not. They never do, do they?

We’re getting back into the swing of things with our weekly laptop and tablet deal coverage, starting with the best post-Cyber-Week discounts that you can get on personal tech. Our top pick for the weekend? $500 off the new MacBook Pro — touchbar and all. 

Take a look at the full list of deals, and catch us back here on Monday for a new batch of price cuts.

Laptops $499 and below:

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bookmark_borderNeed a new laptop? These cheap Chromebooks come with a secret Disney+ deal.

Need a new laptop? These cheap Chromebooks come with a secret Disney+ deal.

TL;DR: Amazon is offering a secret promotion now through Jan. 31, 2020 (or while supplies last) that gets you three months of Disney+ for free with the purchase of select Chromebooks.


Jeff Bezos must’ve thought he was being slick with this one.

While scouring Amazon for some decent laptop deals earlier this morning, we stumbled upon a secret Disney+ offer that gets new subscribers three whole months of streaming for *free* with the purchase of any Google Play-enabled Chromebook. (The word «secret» applies here because we haven’t seen this promotion advertised anywhere on the site; I only found it because I happened to visit Amazon’s Chromebook landing page for my literal job.)  Read more…

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bookmark_borderBest TV deals this weekend: Samsung and Vizio still have Cyber Week deals

Best TV deals this weekend: Samsung and Vizio still have Cyber Week deals

Black Friday burnout is real. After being bombarded with flyers and the same TV commercials every time there’s a break, giving up on buying that big-ticket item may have sounded like the easier option.

Now that the storm is behind us, you may be wondering: What’s still on sale? Is there still time for me to buy a TV before the holidays? Does Black Friday even matter anymore?

Truth be told, you might want to wait until February for deals surrounding the football playoffs (that’s usually also when new TV models come out and old ones go on sale). However, if you need a TV ASAP for a gift or simply need to watch The Mandalorian in 4K, there are still some gems out there that are either left over from Black Friday or are just consistently a good deal. Read more…

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bookmark_borderThe Dyson Supersonic hair dryer comes with a $50 Amazon gift card for a limited time

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer comes with a $50 Amazon gift card for a limited time

TL;DR: The popular Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is being offered with a free $50 Amazon gift card right now — grab one before the deal ends, for $399.99. 


Your hair deserves only the very best, so why not treat it to Jonathan Van Ness‘ favorite hair dryer (along with a lot of other beauty professionals, too)? 

It’s a pricey one, but investing in the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is worth every single penny — especially when you get a free $50 Amazon gift card with it. Which you can get right nowOn Amazon

The Dyson Supersonic isn’t only shockingly lightweight (the motor is in the handle), it also helps prevent extreme heat damage to protect your locks‘ natural shine and health. You’d think that because it’s so protective, it would take longer to dry your hair — but it’s actually the opposite. The Supersonic is ultra-fast at drying, like, really fast. You’ll even get some nice magnetic attachments in the bundle, including a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser. Plus, with quality-of-life features like four heat settings, three speed settings, a constantly cool surface (it won’t overheat), and inaudible usage, it’s hard to say no to this great piece of beauty tech.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderThis is the *perfect* gift for teen girls

This is the *perfect* gift for teen girls

TL;DR: The fun Kodak Mini 2 wireless instant photo printer is on sale starting at $61.53, saving you up to $28.46. (It’s a deal of the day, so get on it.)


The teenage girl in your life likely takes tons of photos on her iPhone and posts them to Instagram, and she would probably love you forever if you gave her a way to make her pics even more ‘gram-worthy.

The Kodak Mini 2 is a wireless instant photo printer that produces 2.1-inch x 3.4-inch photographs from pictures taken on a phone. It’s a great gift for the holidays for teens and adults, and we recommend snagging it now because it’s on sale — the white version is $61.53 and other colors are $62.99, all down from $89.99. Read more…

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bookmark_border5 tips to stress less at work during the holiday season

5 tips to stress less at work during the holiday season

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Whether it’s a multiplying inbox, a million meetings, or technical difficulties, the little things at work make the biggest difference — in our mood, our productivity, and our overall job satisfaction. Add holiday parties and white elephant gift swaps to the mix and things can feel more than a little chaotic. Take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered with five tips to be less frenzied and more merry this holiday season.

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bookmark_border‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 5 explores familiar territory on Tatooine

'The Mandalorian' Chapter 5 explores familiar territory on Tatooine

Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian.


Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian, titled «The Gunslinger,» is all about the fan service.

In Friday’s episode of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, our helmeted hero and his baby companion are still on the run from bounty hunters, and after last week’s battle and an opening dog fight, the duo takes a trip down memory lane for Star Wars fans, touching down on the desert planet of Tatooine.

So many callbacks

The Mandalorian lands his ship in a hangar in Mos Eisley, and it isn’t long before he finds himself in the infamous cantina from A New Hope and The Phantom Menace. This is several years after Episode IV and things have changed quite a bit, most notably that people in Mos Eisley appear to have killed Storm Troopers and put their heads on spikes. But even so, there’s a roguish guy hanging out in a booth in the cantina — the same booth that Han Solo was sitting in when he had a run-in with Greedo. Read more…

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bookmark_borderTuft & Needle mattresses are cheaper on Amazon than on T&N’s own site

Tuft & Needle mattresses are cheaper on Amazon than on T&N's own site

TL;DR: Tuft & Needle original mattresses are up to 20% off at Amazon, saving you up to $150 and beating out the 15% off sale happening on Tuft & Needle’s website.


It’s hard to have holiday cheer when your eyes feel like they’re about to melt out of their sockets.

The weeks before holiday break are essentially a never-ending cycle of waking up on your shitty mattress and having to force your sore sack of bones out into 30-degree weather. Should you say «screw it» and buy a new bed?

Yup. If you regret not copping a new mattress on Black Friday, Amazon is beating one retailer at their own Cyber Week game. Challenging Tuft & Needle’s 15% off sale, you can save 20% on the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress at Amazon. That’s a full for less than $400 or a queen for less than $480. Read more…

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bookmark_borderI used a crystal water bottle for a week and it was mostly just heavy

I used a crystal water bottle for a week and it was mostly just heavy

VitaJuwel ViA water bottle
$78-330
The Good

Sturdy • Aesthetic (like the adjective) • Rocks don’t actually touch the water

The Bad

Pricey • Too heavy for daily transport

The Bottom Line

The ViA might be a fun luxury buy for the crystal enthusiast, but those just looking for a good water bottle (why did you even look at this?) should avoid.

👑 Mashable Score
2.5
✨ Aesthetic
4.0
💅Easy to use
3.0
🎯Delivers on promise
1.0
💵Bang for the buck
2.0

I do not believe crystals have healing powers, nor do I believe that they will help me achieve wellness («wellness») through some kind of osmosis. But I do believe in carrying around mildly inconvenient items because they look pretty, and so I ended up with a thick 17-ounce glass water bottle with hunks of amethyst and rose quartz inside. Read more…

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bookmark_borderStephen Colbert unpacks Pelosi’s fiery Trump impeachment press conference

Stephen Colbert unpacks Pelosi's fiery Trump impeachment press conference

The Trump impeachment saga is still far from over, and feels as though it’s moving at a glacial pace. But as Stephen Colbert pointed out, at least we know it’s moving forward: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday morning in a slightly dramatic press conference that she will request articles of impeachment be drafted against President Donald Trump. 

«That’s right,» said the host of The Late Show. «After opening an inquiry into the possibility of impeachment, then reading the impeachment report and considering the impeachment options, we finally made it to the beginning of the end of the starting, and we’re about to start the beginning of the middle.» Read more…

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bookmark_borderUber drivers experienced sexual assault almost as often as riders, Uber’s safety study shows

Uber drivers experienced sexual assault almost as often as riders, Uber's safety study shows

The numbers are bleak in Uber’s first safety report in the U.S.

Released Thursday, the ride-hailing app’s voluntary report looked at two years’ of Uber data concerning traffic fatalities, physical assault, and sexual assault that occurred across 2.3 billion U.S.-based rides from 2017 through 2018. 

In the report, Uber broke down sexual assault into five categories, including non-consensual sexual penetration, or rape. 

All types of sexual assault were included in the report — like attempted rape and non-consensual touching of a sexual body part. 

The document listed 229 rapes in 2017 and 235 in 2018. Across both years, 31 drivers reported rapes, alongside 429 riders, or 8 and 92 percent of rapes reported, respectively.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderJameela Jamil totally derails an interview with some unorthodox career advice

Jameela Jamil totally derails an interview with some unorthodox career advice

The Good Place‘s Jameela Jamil famously had no acting experience before she landed the role of Tahani, and it seems like that’s a pattern for her. On Thursday night’s episode of Conan, Jamil hilariously recounted how she got hired as the DJ for Elton John’s birthday party eight years ago — despite having no clue how to DJ at the time.

«I got talking to the woman who was running [an event Jamil attended] … and she said ‘Do you DJ’?» recalled the actor. «And I was like, because I’m a sociopath, ‘Yes I do.'»

Jamil told O’Brien she was attracted to the idea because DJs choose the music and don’t have to talk to anyone. However, she wasn’t expecting her on-the-spot résumé rework to prompt a job offer. Read more…

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bookmark_border‘Jagged Little Pill’ on Broadway has a lot on its mind. Maybe too much.

‘Jagged Little Pill’ on Broadway has a lot on its mind. Maybe too much.

Meet the Healys, Broadway’s newest dysfunctional family. 

Behind the Healys’ Christmas card-perfect Connecticut exterior lurks some serious darkness — a mashup of just about every hot button issue and buzzword you can think of in 2019. First up is mom Mary Jane (a stellar Elizabeth Stanley), who is battling a secret pill addiction; Dad Steve (Sean Allan Krill) is a workaholic who spends more time watching hardcore pornography than with his children; daughter Frankie (Celia Rose Gooding) is a black teen activist who feels out of place in her all-white family; and brother Nick (Anastasia‘s Derek Klena) is the All-American athlete who has a dark secret. Read more…

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bookmark_borderAirbnb gets serious about kicking rowdy guests off its platform

Airbnb gets serious about kicking rowdy guests off its platform

Bring on the crackdown. 

Following a deadly Halloween mass shooting at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California, the company announced it would issue new guidelines meant to keep both guests and hosts safe. Well, it looks like Airbnb followed through. 

In a lengthy Dec. 5 blog post, the company’s vice president of trust, Margaret Richardson, detailed all the ways the platform is going to change. Perhaps most importantly, as of early 2020 guests will be held to a stricter set of standards. 

Specifically, according to the blog post, the new rules cover «Excessive noise,» «Unauthorized guests,» «Unauthorized parking,» «Unauthorized smoking,» and «Major cleanliness concerns requiring excessive cleaning after checkout.»    Read more…

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bookmark_borderMalware, crypto scams, and boner pills: Facebook’s had enough

Malware, crypto scams, and boner pills: Facebook's had enough

Facebook is going to court. 

The social media company most often associated with the abolition of privacy wants you to know that, if nothing else, it truly cares about your ad experience. So much so, in fact, that it’s taking a Hong Kong-based advertising company to court over allegations that for three years it ran an elaborate ad-fraud scheme pushing everything from counterfeit goods to boner pills on unsuspecting users. 

A lawsuit filed Thursday by Facebook in California courts accuses ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd., Chen Xiao Cong, and Huang Tao of a scam starting in 2016 that began with tricking Facebook users into installing malware onto their computers. Then, with the malware ready to go, the defendants allegedly were able to compromise Facebook users’ accounts.  Read more…

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