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What is Hermit spyware and how do you protect yourself from it?

An illustration/photo composite showing hand holding a phone with a letter logo on a fishing hook, with a pattern of locks in the background.

A few days ago, articles (including ours) about the Hermit spyware appeared to pique reader interest.

Described in detail by Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG), the Hermit spyware (it was dubbed Hermit by security firm Lookout, which first reported its discovery) is part of a dangerous and sophisticated malware attack that's actively being used in the wild. Attackers are using zero-day vulnerabilities (meaning those that haven't yet been patched) and other dangerous exploits in Android and iOS code to deploy malware that can take control over someone's iOS or Android device.

Most news outlets focused on the "news" portion of the story. But as we've seen from this Reddit thread, what users really want to know (and rightfully so) is how, exactly, you can protect yourself from this menace, how you can know whether your device has been infected, and if it has, how to get rid of the spyware.

We've got some good news and some bad news.

The attack

The bad news is that, when performed properly, this is a highly sophisticated attack that could fool nearly anyone. One tactic that the attackers have employed, per TAG, is to work with the target's ISP to disable the target's mobile data connectivity and send them a malicious link via SMS to recover connectivity — and install the malware.

It's unclear whether the attackers actually got the ISPs to participate in the attack, or whether they had an insider who could perform these actions for them, but the result is chillingly dangerous. Imagine your phone losing mobile data connectivity and then immediately getting a message from your vendor saying, "Yeah, we know your phone's data connectivity doesn't work, here's a link to fix it." Unless you're aware of this particular attack, you'd probably click on it without much hesitation.

Another tactic was to send links to convincing, rogue versions of popular apps such as Facebook and Instagram which, again, resulted in the target's phone being infected.

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An example of a prompt for the target to install malware apps. Credit: Google TAG

On Apple devices, attackers used flaws in the company's protocols to distribute apps that can bypass the App Store but be subject to the same security enforcement mechanisms. In other words, these rogue applications were able to run on iOS devices without the system seeing anything unusual about them. One such app, according to TAG's analysis, contained security flaws which can be used by six different exploits, and they were able to send interesting files from the device, like a WhatsApp database, to a third party.

TAG doesn't provide much info on what happens when a target's device gets infected. But here's more bad news: If an attacker has access to resources to perform this type of attack, they can probably deploy malware that's hard or impossible to detect or remove. And it could be (almost) anything: software that eavesdrops on your phone conversations, reads your messages, accesses your camera, you name it. Anti-malware software might be able to detect some of it or at least notify you that something's wrong, but you should primarily be concerned with protecting your device from getting infected in the first place.

But why did the attacks happen?

According to TAG, these attacks and malware are used by RCS Lab, an Italian company that says it works with governments (its tagline is that they "provide technological solutions and give technical support to the Lawful Enforcement Agencies worldwide.") In a statement to TechCrunch, the company said it "exports its products in compliance with both national and European rules and regulations" and that "any sales or implementation of products is performed only after receiving an official authorization from the competent authorities."

These types of attacks should, in theory, be fairly limited towards very specific targets, such as journalists, activists, and politicians. TAG has only seen them in action in two countries, Italy and Kazakhstan (Lookout also adds Syria to that list). Obviously, this is pretty horrible — governments buying spyware from shady vendors and then deploying it to target someone they deem their enemy — but that's the world we're living in.

It's not just RCS Lab and Hermit. TAG says it's tracking more than 30 vendors that sell "exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed actors." These vendors include companies like North Macedonia's Cytrox and its ALIEN/PREDATOR spyware, and Israel's NSO Group, known for its Pegasus spyware.

The good news, if you can call it that, is that these types of attacks aren't likely to spread massively onto devices of hundreds of millions of users. The people using these tools aren't building a spambot network, they're targeting specific individuals. But it's still important for everyone to know how to protect from sophisticated attacks like these, as you never know when you might become the "specific individual" on some "lawful enforcement agency's" list.

How do you protect yourself from malware attacks like these?

A typical line you'll get from security experts is to never, ever install anything from a party you don't trust, or click on a link coming from someone you don't know. That's a bit harder to implement when your ISP is in on the scam and it's sending you links to "fix" your data connectivity. The rule of thumb still applies: If something feels off, double check it. If you're unsure whether a link or an app is legit, don't click on it, even if it comes from Google, Facebook, Apple, your ISP, even a relative. And always keep your device's software up to date.

TAG also highlights an important fact: None of the malware apps that were used to deploy Hermit were available in Apple's App Store or Google's Play Store (the hackers used various tactics to sideline official stores). While installing apps only from official app stores doesn't offer 100 percent protection from malware, it's definitely good security practice.

Also, TAG says that Google has taken steps to protect users who have been directly affected by Hermit, including warning all Android victims, and implementing fixes to thwart the attacks. Apple told TechCrunch it has revoked all known accounts and certificates associated with Hermit.

If you want to take it a few steps further, security firm Kaspersky has a list of actions you can take to protect yourself from sophisticated spyware, and it includes daily reboots, disabling iMessage and FaceTime, and using an alternative browser to browse the internet, instead of the popular Chrome or Safari.

Elmo just got his COVID vaccine and we're so proud of him

Elmo and his dad talk to each other.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics haven't shut down over on Sesame Street, as Elmo and his younger pals begin to receive their first COVID-19 vaccines as new federal guidelines roll out, allowing children six months or older to get vaccinated.

The new video PSA — a collaboration between Sesame Street's nonprofit educational arm Sesame Workshop, the Ad Council, and COVID Collaborative’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative — shows a post-vaccine conversation between three-and-a-half-year-old Elmo and his curious dad, Louie. Elmo and his dad discuss how it felt to get vaccinated ("a little pinch"), before the elder Muppet tells viewers about his initial hesitations, and later determination, to get Elmo vaccinated for the safety of the whole neighborhood. In the end, we all agree Elmo and family did a "super duper" job.

The spot was developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with the goal of empowering parents and caregivers to have active conversations with their children about the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as encourage more parents to vaccinate their children. "With help from Elmo and his dad Louie, we want to model real conversations, encourage parents’ questions, and help children know what to expect,” wrote Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, in the video's press release.

New vaccine guidelines mandate that kids under 5 will be considered fully vaccinated after receiving either two doses of the Moderna vaccine (which is a quarter of the dose for adults) or receiving three doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine (a tenth of the dose for adults). For the Moderna vaccine, the does must be given four weeks apart. For the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the first two doses must be given three weeks apart, with the third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose.

According to the AAP, just 29 percent of children ages 5 to 11 and 59 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 were fully vaccinated in the U.S. at the beginning of June — that's 18.2 million children ages 5 to 11 who have not received a vaccination dose. In new research from the Ad Council, 52 percent of parents polled hadn't decided whether or not their child under 5 would be vaccinated.

These numbers are distressing figures as outdoor social activities continue through the summer and lead into a new school year. Sesame Workshop instead hopes parents can channel their anxieties into research, and get any questions they might have about the new vaccine regulations by visiting GetVaccineAnswers.org. You can also view both the website and the PSA in Spanish.

"We know there is tremendous relief that comes with the authorization of these vaccines for kids under 5, but many questions too," wrote Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. "It’s important that parents feel informed and confident about what the COVID-19 vaccines mean for their families..."

'Hocus Pocus 2' teaser trailer is here to run amok, amok, amok!

Three witches, one with a hand raised to the sky.

Something wicked (read: the long-awaited sequel for absolute classic Hocus Pocus) this way comes.

With Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy back in their best witchery as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson, the teaser trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 has landed, giving a first look at what to expect from the Disney+ reboot.

From Dumplin' director Anne Fletcher, the film is set 29 years since the Black Flame Candle was lit (the one that resurrects the Sanderson sisters to the ruin of all) and well, they're kinda pissed about not having any fun for that long. So, on Halloween, when three silly high school students light the damn thing, they have quite the battle on their hands.

Along for the ride is Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, Doug Jones, Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham, Froyan Gutierrez , and Tony Hale who also star.

Hocus Pocus 2 lands on Disney+ Sept. 30. Meanwhile Hocus Pocus is now streaming there.

Dogecoin: Everything you need to know about the cryptocurrency

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We're going to the moon.

Some proponents of Dogecoin or DOGE, a cryptocurrency that started as a joke but is now one of the most popular coins around, would have you believe that the sentence above is all you need to know about Dogecoin.

In a way, they'd be right. Dogecoin does not require a lot of thinking. Fans of the cryptocurrency often buy it and hodl it (a crypto way of saying "not selling") until...well, until something great happens. Until you become rich, perhaps.

But is it really that simple? Read on.

UPDATE: Jun. 28, 2022, 1:43 p.m. EDT Article was updated to reflect changes in Dogecoin's price, market cap, development activity, and community, among other details.

The history of Dogecoin

It started as a joke. Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, was an impressive technical innovation that let anyone exchange digital money at low fees and without the need to ask for anyone's permission. But Bitcoin was also open source, meaning everyone could copy it, and at one point, everyone did, with clones such as Litecoin and Peercoin popping up everywhere.

Dogecoin is the funny answer to this trend. Created in December 2013 by software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer, it's a copy of Bitcoin (more precisely, Litecoin, which itself is fairly similar to Bitcoin) that features the Shiba Inu dog and is almost always referred to in silly language that abounds with dog- and moon-related metaphors.

Almost from the get-go, Dogecoin garnered a devoted following. It attracted people who liked the idea of crypto but wanted to make fun of Bitcoin. It attracted people who liked dogs. It attracted anyone who wasn't particularly serious about crypto, but still wanted to participate.

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Much wow. Credit: yuriko nakao/gettyimages

Not everyone gets it. Even its co-founder Palmer washed his hands off it — in 2018, he said that the skyrocketing price of Dogecoin was a signal that the crypto market was overheated. "I think it says a lot about the state of the cryptocurrency space in general that a currency with a dog on it which hasn’t released a software update in over 2 years has a $1B+ market cap," he said in January 2018 — and sure enough, the crypto market suffered a horrible crash a few days later.

But Dogecoin persevered. Partly, most likely, due to the fact that it doesn't require a lot of active management, and partly due to the crypto space recovering tremendously in 2020, Dogecoin has become bigger than it ever was.

Is Dogecoin technically sound?

It's getting better. It started out as a copy of Litecoin, which is fairly technically sound. It's a cryptographically protected online network that lets one user send DOGE to another in a permissionless way. It works, though it's not nearly as secure or decentralized as Bitcoin.

But Dogecoin was never particularly innovative. Sure, there are some differences — it has a shorter block time than Litecoin's. Unlike Bitcoin's, its supply isn't limited — currently, there are 132.6 billion DOGE in existence, and more may be minted. But the biggest difference is that Bitcoin and Litecoin are actively managed, and frequently updated to address bugs and shortcomings. Dogecoin does get updated occasionally, but sometimes years pass before a new version comes out.

(Dogecoin development picked up a little after this article was originally written, though it's still miles behind, say, Ethereum. A big update is coming, bringing numerous fixes and improvements).

Dogecoin has also picked up in terms of usage. Besides being used for tips on Twitter (and if Twitter gets acquired by Elon Musk, it might become even bigger on Twitter) and elsewhere, DOGE can now be used to buy Tesla merchandise and at some Supercharger stations.

A community effort to bring all important DOGE-related information can be found here.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk likes silly stuff, and Dogecoin is plenty silly, and...you see where we're going here. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has voiced his admiration for Dogecoin on numerous occasions, mostly on Twitter, with his tweets often propelling the price of Dogecoin to new heights — at one point, the price went up more than 100 percent following a Musk tweet.

In a Clubhouse interview in February, Musk explained why he likes Dogecoin. "Arguably the most entertaining outcome, the most ironic outcome would be that Dogecoin becomes the currency of Earth of the future," he said.

When it comes to actual business, Musk is a far bigger fan of Bitcoin — after all, Tesla recently bought $1.5 billion worth of the currency, not DOGE. But Twitter and memes are one thing, and Tesla's balance sheet is another. For now.

By the way, Musk isn't the only celebrity endorsing Doge. Rapper Snoop Dogg is also on board, as is Kiss singer Gene Simmons.

How do I buy a Dogecoin, and should I?

For years, Dogecoin wasn't as ubiquitous on crypto exchanges as Bitcoin, but things have improved recently, with Gemini listing DOGE in May 2021 and Coinbase listing it in June 2021. Today, most major exchanges, including the world's biggest exchange, Binance, do offer support for Dogecoin.

Once you buy DOGE on an exchange, it's similar to owning any other cryptocurrency: You can either keep your coins on the exchange, or transfer them to your own wallet software — an official wallet is offered on the project's website, dogecoin.com.

Will Dogecoin hit $1?

Ah, so you've seen the price soaring, and you think it may be a good investment? Hold on for a second before you take the plunge.

While Dogecoin has a massive fanbase and the support of one of the world's richest people, there's no denying that the project isn't as technically interesting as other major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Think of it as stock of a company that isn't making a lot of money, but has a really cool dog logo — and people, for some reason, really, really love it. Could the price of the stock go up? Sure. But it could also go down, all the way to zero, because...why not?

Here are a few numbers. The price of DOGE at the time of writing was $0.26. A year ago, it was around $0.002, making this a 13,000 percent price increase.

(The original version of this article was written in April 2021; the price of DOGE dropped by a lot since then; it currently sits at $0.0719 and its market cap on June 28 is roughly $9.5 billion).

With a circulating supply of more than 132.6 billion coins, the market cap (total price of all DOGE that currently exist) is now roughly 9.5 billion dollars. You'll often see proponents saying that DOGE must reach $1 at some point. If that happens the market cap will be $132.6 billion. Everything is possible, but you have to wonder, how far can the joke go?

It boils down to this: If you're a professional or at least a very seasoned trader and you know what you're doing, you might make money trading DOGE. But if you're not, then you're just gambling, and you should never gamble with money you cannot afford to lose.

NASA's planning a moon base in space for astronauts. Today is the first major step.

NASA space station orbiting moon

Living on the moon may still seem to most people like a fantasy out of The Jetsons, rather than a potential near-term reality, but NASA has its nose to the grindstone and is taking its first steps toward building a lunar base right now.

A rocket expected to blast off Tuesday morning from New Zealand will tread a unique path around the moon where the U.S. agency would like to put an orbiting space station. Called Gateway, this base would serve as a place for Artemis astronauts to live and prepare for trips back and forth to the moon's surface.

UPDATE: Jun. 28, 2022, 6:51 a.m. EDT NASA announced that at 5:55 a.m. ET, a Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully blasted off with the CAPSTONE spacecraft.

The mission to establish the space-flying outpost could become a reality in as little as two years. Picture the base as something akin to the International Space Station: a place for people to live, with several ports for docking spacecraft, and a lab for conducting space weather experiments.

Rocket Lab, a commercial rocket company, will launch NASA's test mission, the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, aka CAPSTONE, with live coverage beginning at 5 a.m. ET/9:00 UTC and takeoff at 5:55 a.m. ET Tuesday. Then, about one week after launch, the public can track its whereabouts using NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System tool.

No astronauts will ride along this time. Instead, Rocket Lab will send a 55-pound microwave oven-size satellite on one of its light-lift Electron rockets, which the company says is the smallest rocket to ever attempt a launch to the moon. The satellite will become the first spacecraft to ever fly in a so-called "near rectilinear halo orbit" around the moon. This path should have special gravitational properties — tugs from Earth and the moon to create a nearly stable orbit — and ensure the moon base is continuously facing Earth, allowing uninterrupted communication.

Scientists examined many potential orbits before determining this one was the best fit for a base. A low-lunar orbit, for example, would circle very close to the moon's surface. That would put the base closer to the ground but would require a lot more fuel to counteract the moon's gravity, according to NASA. A distant retrograde orbit, on the other hand, would be more stable and require less fuel but would be less convenient for accessing the ground.

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In this infographic, NASA explains the unique halo orbit the Gateway lunar space station will follow to orbit the moon. Credit: NASA

With Gateway's proposed orbit, a spacecraft would get the best of both worlds: close proximity and fuel efficiency. Hanging like a necklace from the moon, the path would be a weeklong loop with relatively easy access to the moon's surface, including its South Pole. There, NASA wants astronauts to test capabilities for weathering life on Mars.

But scientists will also extract valuable data from that time spent in orbit. This orbit, according to NASA, "will allow scientists to take advantage of the deep space environment for a new era of radiation experiments that will inspire a greater understanding of potential impacts of space weather on people and instruments."

NASA using Rocket Lab's Electron rocket
The 59-foot Electron rocket will be the smallest rocket to attempt a launch to the moon, according to Rocket Lab, a commercial contractor for NASA. Credit: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab's small 59-foot Electron rocket will get CAPSTONE to its destination using a novel approach. The rocket will first boost the satellite to low-Earth orbit. From there, the company's Photon spacecraft will take over, propelling it in space through a series of maneuvers. Building velocity to 24,500 mph, it will break free of Earth's gravity, then the satellite will use its own propulsion system to get the rest of the way to the moon by Nov. 13.

TikTokkers are hiding their deepest insecurities in product requests

Three different screenshots of the TikTok trend. One reads,

TikTok users are sharing their innermost insecurities under the guise of asking a simple question.

The trend appears nonsensical at first: TikTokkers reveal their intimate fears within a consumer-driven question and answer. Typically, these anxieties are accompanied by an edit of Lord Huron’s "The Night We Met" (first posted on TikTok back in January), which has now been used in over 200,000 videos. 

This trend is best explained through examples. On Wednesday June 22, Dina Ali, a 23-year-old BookTokker who goes by the name @dinas_version on the platform, posted a video that reads, "What's your favorite perfume? I find the idea of marriage to be terrifying. I would rather be alone for the rest of my life than risk losing or shrinking myself for anyone. Personally, I have been loving Diptyque Fleur de Peau." Another creator, Azucena Villalba, wrote, "What's everyone's go to hairstyle for the gym? I'm 25 never been in a relationship or been romantically pursued. I'm starting to believe that I wasn't meant to find love in this life. Personally, I like doing 2 quick braids." The mundane questions shield a casual viewer from their confession, creating a safe space to share and seek community. 

Woman reading a book with the caption, "What's your favorite perfume? I find the idea of marriage to be terrifying. I would rather be alone for the rest of my life than risk losing or shrinking myself for anyone. Personally, I have been loving Diptyque Fleur de Peau."
One of the several TikToks Ali made to the trend. Credit: TikTok / dinas_version
Woman braiding her hair with the caption, "What's everyone's go to hairstyle for the gym? I'm 25 never been in a relationship or been romantically pursued. I'm starting to believe that I wasn't meant to find love in this life. Personally, I like doing 2 quick braids."
Villalba uploaded this TikTok last week. Credit: TikTok / azucena.ac

TikTokkers use questions that attract the sort of people that might relate to them. For example, women tend to pose questions about skincare and makeup products. 

"It seemed like a less intense way to let my innermost thoughts out," Villalba told Mashable over Instagram DM. "If someone straight up asked me if I was worried about not finding love, I would have either lied or just avoided the question. Hidden beneath the question just made it feel safer to express those thoughts."

Ali told Mashable, "I found the idea of first asking a capitalist-consumer driven question and then immediately following up with a deep, intrusive insecurity driven thought, to be right up my alley. Balanced all while remaining unhinged." The whiplash between the question and the following vulnerability doesn't only create a safe space for users to share their thoughts, but it also mimics the way we hold these fears with us at all times. These anxieties can pop up at any moment whether we are browsing for a new sunscreen or scrolling on TikTok.

Sharing these kinds of fears online isn't new. People are always using the internet to find people they relate to and to feel less alone, but the trend allows for a different approach. "Being deep on TikTok is often perceived as cringey, so [the trend] is a great way for people to share their deepest, darkest secrets without feeling embarrassed," shared Sara, the 22-year-old behind the TikTok account @strawb3rrychick

On June 22, @trentonvhorton posted a TikTok that reads, "do y'all like oat milk or almond milk? Personally i liked when i could feel something, but almond milk isn't bad either." He told Mashable, "By putting a commonly asked question first it takes the seriousness off of the secondary statement creating a sort of irony. The trend gives a sense of community to people who believe they are the only person feeling this sort of way."

A man sitting on patio furniture with the caption, "do y'all like oat milk or almond milk? Personally i liked when i could feel something, but almond milk isn't bad either."
Excellent question. Credit: TikTok / trentonvhorton
A woman smiling with the caption, "ok what concealer are you guys using? because i fell like i've ruined any chance of being happy because all the media i consume and books i read have set unrealistic expectations of love, but yea i just want one that doesn't crease under my eyes.
The TikTok @strawb3rrychick made. Credit: TikTok / strawb3rrychick

Reese Regan, a 23-year-old lifestyle creator, posted a video revealing her fear that she'll be single forever under the guise of asking for shampoo and conditioner recommendations. "Even though some may think oversharing on the internet isn't good, I always find that whenever I do, there are tons of people who relate to me and I no longer feel alone in my experience," Regan told Mashable over Instagram DM. 

The trend also harnesses the way we process information online. On social media, we're consistently inundated with a flurry of unrelated topics on our feeds, from mindless consumerism to breaking news to users' own existentialism. The trend similarly combines these areas of interest. It feels designed for a chronically online brain that’s constantly scrolling through what you went online for, what you end up seeing, and how it makes you feel. 

Ronan Farrow talks to Stephen Colbert about the threats journalists face worldwide

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the two spoke about journalism, accountability reporting, lack of public trust, and the dangers journalists are increasingly facing worldwide for simply doing their jobs.

His appearance comes alongside the release of HBO documentary Endangered, for which Farrow is an executive producer. The film chronicles four journalists in democratic countries, where freedom of the press would be considered a right. Through documentary footage and individual interviews, the film pieces together the current state of journalism.

The Catch and Kill author unpacked what he's seen in his own career as a journalist, touching upon the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. After interviewing many people who participated in the insurrection, Farrow said he really understood that "better reporting" is required in local communities across the United States.

"We need more and better reporting in communities around this country. We need to support our journalists," he said. "Otherwise, we're going to have people who are in this state of rage, who are very manipulable by these political leaders, who want to deploy these authoritarian arguments."

Farrow's analysis is intertwined with a conversation about the rising divisions and distrust between journalists and the public, and why this growing distance is so dangerous.

"If you don't have the facts, you can't create accountability," Farrow explains, remarking on the consequences of journalism under threat.

He also spoke about the visceral and violent threats journalists face in other parts of the world. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 28 journalists were killed in 2021. Their findings reveal that journalists continue to be targeted for their work.

"We feel very acutely what happens to our colleagues around the world," Farrow said, also explaining that he has received legal threats and been the subject of smear campaigns as the result of his work in journalism.

"I might be surveilled...there might be smear efforts, but I am reasonably confident I'm not going to wind up dead the next day. That's not true if you're a journalist in Russia, Pakistan, and a lot of places."

Wanda Sykes condemns Roe v. Wade decision: 'It’s no longer majority rule'

Wanda Sykes sitting on a couch being interviewed on

Wanda Sykes has been taking the U.S. government to task for an age, challenging what the hell we consider to be "normal" behaviour from politicians and lawmakers. And appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the comedy legend condemned the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, with the Supreme Court voting to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion.

"The country, it’s no longer a democracy, right? It’s no longer majority rule,” said Sykes on Tuesday's show, discussing with Colbert America's current status as a representative democracy. "These judges, they basically lied during the confirmation hearings, right?"

"Especially Kavanaugh," replied Colbert.

"So how can you be a Supreme Court justice and you're just lying? What, they had their fingers crossed or something? It’s just a bunch of horsehit, it really is."

Watch the whole segment above, and meanwhile here's how to find a protest near you and here's a collection of reproductive justice accounts to follow.

Man gets squashed between 2 giant water balloons in beautiful slow motion

Dan from The Slow Mo Guys lies between two giant water balloons

Extreme slow motion content featuring large water balloons is becoming an annual tradition for YouTube duo The Slow Mo Guys.

Dan has previously been showered by one, submerged himself inside one, and even been crushed beneath one on a trampoline — and now, continuing the don't-try-this-at-home trend with the video above, he's also been sandwiched between two of the things.

The long filling part looks impressively uncomfortable, but it's worth it for that sweet slow motion pay-off at the end.

The best robot vacuums for every budget

The affordable Roomba i3 seamlessly goes from frilly rugs to hard floors.

We all know at least one person who claims a robot vacuum has changed their life. They're not lying. There's really something to be said for always knowing your floors are clean. Plus, some people simply detest vacuuming.

Just like all tissues are called "Kleenex," and all bandages "Band-aids," robot vacuums and the brand Roomba have become interchangeable. But we're here to put some respect on the other names in the robot vacuum game.

Given Roomba-maker iRobot's domination of the robot vacuum market since 2002, this assumption made sense for a while. Roombas have been around longer than the movie Holes and came out less than a year after Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake stepped out in that all-denim ensemble.

But the first robotic vacuum wasn't even an iRobot brainchild. iRobot may be the brand to credit for making robot vacuums attainable for mainstream households, but Swedish brand Electrolux technically introduced the first robot vac in 1996. iRobot continues its reign as one of the best, but it wasn't the first — and isn't the last either.

Roborock, Shark, and Eufy have entered the chat.

Are robot vacuums worth it?

The crisp control of an upright Dyson vacuum comes with its own type of buzz. But if you're not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a robot vacuum could erase that huge, agonizing task off of your chore list.

But whether robot vacuums are worth it or not comes with a caveat: It can't be just any robot vacuum. A cheap robovac that acts drunk — scattering crumbs rather than sucking them up, bumping into walls, getting stuck on area rugs — is completely missing that convenience factor that draws people to robot vacs in the first place. We've gathered the best-reviewed models in general for 2022, but some extra criteria specific to your home can help narrow your options:

  • Suction power: A vacuum is the one purchase that you hope sucks a lot. Suction power is typically measured in Pascals (Pa), ranging between 600 Pa to 3,000 Pa in the ones on this list. Stronger suction will be needed to pick up heavier pieces of debris like pellet cat litter (be sure to set a barrier around Legos) and to pull patted-down pet hair from rugs.

  • Floor type: Expanding on the point above, carpeting and rugs require stronger suction than hard floors, as well as an extra-wide or self-cleaning brush roll to prevent hair from wrapping. Folks in homes with multiple floor types might consider a bigger, sturdier robovac with large wheels that can hoist itself over mats, rugs, and transitions from carpet to hard floors.

  • Automatic emptying: Because robot vacuums are typically under four inches tall, their onboard dust bins are also small — which means they frequently require emptying. (Dustbins fill up particularly quickly in homes with pets.) A self-emptying vacuum takes that job out of your hands, emptying itself into a larger dustbin in its charging dock. These larger bins can typically hold weeks of dirt without needing to be cleaned or dumped out.

  • Home layout: Every robot vacuum is equipped with sensors and drop detection. But if your home has lots of rooms, lots of turns, or lots of close-together furniture, you'll have fewer navigation issues with an advanced model that uses LiDAR to map exactly how your home is laid out, including labeling of specific rooms, mental notes of staircases and walls, and ability to deploy zone cleaning.

  • Low-profile furniture: No one should have to be scared about what's accumulated under their couch over the past year. A robot vacuum measuring three inches or less in height should be able to scoot under most low-hanging couches and beds.

  • Battery life and square footage: One of the main complaints people have about their robot vacuum is that it craps out in the middle of the floor. Larger spaces require more time to clean, and it all depends on how annoyed you'll be if it only finishes a few rooms at a time. Average run times for the list below range between 90 and 150 minutes, which translate to about 500 and 2,600 square feet covered on one charge. Some clock in up to 180 minutes on one charge.

  • App control: WiFi-enabled robot vacuums can be synced with a smartphone app to control scheduling, manual start, cleaning settings, as well as telling your vac to make its rounds when you're not home. Low-end models that don't connect to WiFi will usually come with a separate remote. If you're used to asking Alexa or Google to turn off the lights or tell you the weather, a model with voice integration will blend in nicely.

Robot vacuums and pet hair

Pet hair can straight-up clown a botvac without the right features. If your home is shedding heaven, a D-shaped vacuum could take some of the pressure off of you to find the spots where it collects. We can't scientifically back this, but we're pretty sure pet hair gets up and crawls into corners when we're not looking. A robot vacuum with a flat side can fit into those 90-degree angles and skim the edges of walls better than most circular bots can.

The next line of defense is a tangle-free brush roll. It's essentially an XL brush roll that prevents shedding remnants from getting wrapped up and tangled, likely having to be cut with scissors. Rubber trim or rubber fingers are a material that hair already doesn't like to stick to, but also works to kill static that may be pinning hair to a carpet.

A robot vac's filtration system is also an important consideration for homes with pets, as well as allergy sufferers in general. Vacuuming is bound to kick up dander, dust, and pollen into the air. A good filter captures that (HEPA filters catch the smallest particle) and makes sure it also makes its way into the dust bin. (All vacuums listed below have a HEPA filter unless noted otherwise in "The Bad" section.)

Roomba vs. Shark robot vacuums

In an unspoken sort of way, Roomba has been crowned as "the best" on the sole basis that it's the most established brand in the robot vacuum market. But Shark has the automatic advantage of being a brand that's hella established in the vacuum market as a whole, from stick vacuums to handheld ones, to ones with huge canisters.

But while Shark may be experts on suction power, brush rolls that don't tangle, and other things on the upright vacuum end, Roomba dominates the robot end. The maps created by a Roomba after it gets a sense of your home feature precision down to each room and the type of messes it typically sees. Shark's vacuums struggle to make reliable maps more often. Roombas also typically have better run time.

A general comparison between the two brands doesn't work so well. Like the Instant Pot vs. Ninja Foodi debate, Roomba has significantly more models to choose from at a range of prices and features that can be tailored to your needs. Shark's whole lineup is generally more budget-friendly than its most direct counterpart from Roomba. Shark offers self-emptying, a self-cleaning brushroll, and smart-home mapping for as low as $449.99, while iRobot's cheapest self-emptier starts at $599.99 (but goes as low as $399.99 during Black Friday). A few self-emptying Roombas topple that price, going as high as $999.99.

Whether iRobot, Shark, Roborock, or any other brand is the best at actual cleaning is pretty subjective. "Best" to someone with four dogs and lots of carpet may not mean "best" to someone with a huge house with stairs and 100% hardwood. At any rate, patience is required. Not even the best robot vacuum is guaranteed to not be a bumbling idiot on occasion, especially when they're still learning the blueprint of your home.

Here are the best robot vacuums for any home and budget in 2022:

Clear some space with a 2-in-1 wireless charger for 38% off

Phone and apple watch hovering over white charger with blue lightning energy graphics between.

TL;DR: As of June 28, you can get this 2-in-1 Folding Wireless Magnetic Suction Charger for $69.99, which is 38% lower than its regular price of $114.


Clutter is more than annoying. As it happens, a messy space can negatively affect your mental health, and obtrusive charger cables certainly count as clutter. If you’re looking for a quick, convenient way to clear up some room on your nightstand, desk, or even in your travel bag, then a compact portable charger could be a useful tool to have on hand. If you’re in the market, then the 2-in-1 Folding Wireless Magnetic Suction Charger is a fine choice while it’s on sale for $69.99 (Reg. $114). 

Double up with this charger and power your iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPod case, or any Qi-certified device. The built-in charging ring lifts up for Apple Watches, and other devices can just attach directly to the magnetic surface. Unfolded, this charger is just under seven inches long and about three inches wide. That’s only a little bigger than an iPhone 12! Pair it up with a (recommended) 20W USB-C adapter and you’ve got a stylish charger that works all with iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 8. 

If a mess has you anxious, most experts don’t recommend tackling the whole issue at once. If you have a lot of cords tangled around you, a charger like this one could help you reduce wasted space and streamline your charging experience. This unobtrusive folding charger works great as a permanent fixture on your desk or nightstand, or you can fold it up and throw it in the bag. Wherever you land, it may be nice to have a charger that can power multiple devices without hogging all the outlets.

Normally, the 2-in-1 Folding Wireless Magnetic Suction Charger costs $114, but for a limited time it’s on sale for $69.99. 

Prices subject to change.

Take a stab at meal prep with this Japanese chef knife on sale for 50% off

Knife with blue and brown handle

TL;DR: As of June 28, the Kiru Knife™ Kurouchi Chef Knife is on sale for 50% off, so you can get it for $84.99 instead of its usual $169.99.


It doesn’t matter if you’re a wizard in the kitchen or struggle to dice an onion, one thing you can’t get around is how useful a quality chef knife is. Besides making prepwork a breeze, an all-purpose knife that will keep its edge sharp is just safer than low-quality alternatives

If you’re picking out the razor-sharp lynchpin for your kitchen, give the Kiru Knife™ Kurouchi Chef Knife a try. This high-carbon steel blade is exceptionally durable, and it may also be the prettiest piece of cutlery in your kitchen. You can get one on sale for $84.99 (Reg. $169) for a limited time. 

Some knives feel like they lose their edge the first time you use them, and that’s as annoying as it is dangerous. The Kiru Knife™ is made of 67 layers of high-carbon stainless steel. When it comes to metal for your knives, high-carbon steel like this is the recommendation because it's designed to keep its edge, resist rust, and it shouldn’t bend as much as plain stainless steel. The blade is also nitrogen-cooled, which helps prevent chipping and improves edge retention. That edge has been sharpened at an 8-12-degree angle which makes quick, smooth work of soft materials like meat. 

This is all to say that the Kiru Knife™ is designed to last while keeping an incredibly sharp blade. That blade isn’t the only stunning feature, though. This knife sports a gorgeous feather pattern and a maple and G-10 Garolite handle that’s resistant to heat, cold, and moisture, and it looks phenomenal. The shape of the handle is also designed for comfort, which is great because you’ll likely be spending more time in the kitchen when you realize even cutting vegetables is now fun. 

Give your kitchen one standout piece that you can rely on for a little bit of everything. Usually the Kiru Knife™ Kurouchi would run you $169, but for a limited time, it’s on sale for $84.99. 

Prices subject to change. 

Get 17 hours of digital photography training for only $60

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TL;DR: As of June 28, you can get the Digital Photography Insiders 17-Hour Course, worth $299, for just $60. That's savings of a whole 79%.


All those professional-looking photos you double-tap on Instagram may seem effortless, but good photography actually takes a lot of skill. Sure, some people have a better eye than others, but it still takes a great deal of finesse to nail the shot every time.

Need a little help translating what you see with your naked eye to a photograph? Sign up for the Digital Photography Insiders 17-Hour Course while it’s 79% off.

Taught by Ken Schultz, an experienced photojournalist, and author of the eBook Digital SLR Buyer’s Guide, this course includes 17 hours of content spread across 62 lectures. Schultz covers the basic photography principles, as well as all the tips and tricks he’s learned throughout his 30-year career. You’ll dive into the rules of thirds, a.k.a. triangles, the 80:20 Pareto Principle, and Kaizen to vastly improve your shots. The Pareto Principle focuses on 20 percent of the tools and methods that have 80 percent of the results, while Kaizen focuses on continuous improvement through small, achievable steps. 

Of course, there are also lessons that cover things like exposure, focus, and composition to help you take what you see and translate it into a perfectly structured photo. You’ll learn landscape and portrait tips, get familiar with Lightroom and other editing tools and tips, and so much more. There’s a ton of information packed into just 17 hours, but you’ll have access for life on both desktop and mobile. So, feel free to work through it on your own schedule.

Designed to boost your confidence behind the camera and help you snap shots that you’re proud of, this beginner-friendly photography course is on sale for only $60 — that’s 79% off its suggested retail price of $299.

Prices subject to change.

Keep your cool this summer by swapping your pillow with the CarbonIce — it’s 30% off

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TL;DR: As of June 28, you can get the CarbonIce™ 7-in-1 Bacteria Protection & Cooling Pillow for $69.99 instead of its regular price of $100, which means it's 30% off.


Night sweats are a real drag. And flipping your pillow only works for so long before the heat of the night comes back to get you. You really should just swap out your pillow altogether for a cooling one.

Consider the CarbonIce 7-in-1 Cooling Pillow, which happens to be on sale for 30% off. This baby is built to keep you cool and combat dust and bacteria as you snooze.

The Kickstarter-funded and previously-featured CarbonIce Cooling Pillow uses Activ-Air technology to enhance breathability and potentially limit your sweating throughout the night. As a bonus, that airflow can help resist dirt, bacteria, and dust mites from building up. But that’s just one of the seven layers built into this pillow’s structure. There’s also graphene, a.k.a. the world’s smartest material, cooling gel foam, carbon bamboo charcoal, dual memo density foam, CarbonIce cool silk, and a copper-infused inner cover. The layers work together to create an ergonomic, cooling pillow that holds its shape and stays cool to the touch night after night.

While some pillows are reserved specifically for side, back, or stomach sleepers, the CarbonIce is designed for everyone. Not only are there seven layers, but there’s also two different sides to choose from. Whether you prefer soft or firm, you can flip the pillow to suit your style.

Get to know the CarbonIce on a deeper level:

While you focus on staying cool and germ-free throughout the night, the CarbonIce is also designed to help align your spine for a more ergonomic sleep position. If you’re used to waking up with neck, head, or shoulder pain, maybe this pillow swap could help you out in more ways than one. 

It's regularly $100, but you can upgrade your pillow for only $69.99 for a limited time — that's 30% in savings. 

Prices subject to change.

'Battlefield 2042' Specialists are confusing at first, but you should learn what they do

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It’s hard jumping into a multiplayer shooter that some people have been playing at a high level for months. You better at least know the basics before you get your behind kicked.

And the basics in Battlefield 2042 aren’t all that self-explanatory, especially for longtime Battlefield-heads. This game, which was met with disappointment at launch but has seen a recent revitalization due to the launch of Season 1, made some huge changes to the series formula, with specialists being possibly the biggest one of all.

Before you hop onto that cheap copy of Battlefield 2042 you just bought in the boring summer doldrums, here are the main things you need to know about specialists in the game so you don’t get confused before your boots are even on the virtual ground.

What are specialists in Battlefield 2042?

I could just tell you that specialists are the characters you can play as in multiplayer matches, but that would still leave you out to dry when it comes time to actually start contributing in games. In the simplest terms possible, a specialist is a playable character with their own abilities and gadgets, all of whom broadly fit into one of four traditional Battlefield role types: Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon. There are 11 of them in the game at the time of writing, with more to come later.

In a previous Battlefield game, you chose one of those roles and customized it based on whatever weapons and gadgets were available for that role. In Battlefield 2042, you can use whatever weapons you want with any specialist but said specialist will still be best suited to a particular style of play, even if you chose an unconventional weapon for it. That’s because each specialist comes with both a unique passive ability and a unique gadget, neither of which can be swapped out. 

For example, the Assault specialist Mackay comes with a grappling hook that’s great for getting around in Battlefield 2042’s large, vertical levels. He can also move faster than other specialists while aiming down sights, making him great for people who want to move around a lot. Casper, on the other hand, is a recon specialist with a drone the player can use to spot enemies for their allies and a motion sensor that lets him know when an enemy is nearby. 

But those are just two particular versions of the Assault and Recon roles. There’s another Assault specialist named Dozer who uses a giant shield as both a defensive tool and a battering ram, while the Recon specialist Rao can electronically disable vehicles and tamper with other devices. 

All of the normal Battlefield playstyles are still present and accounted for, but each specialist represents a unique flavor of whichever role they inhabit. Yes, it’s sort of confusing, but so is the fact that Battlefield 2042 is actually worth playing several months after a disastrous launch. 

The 'Players' creators explain how a less-is-more approach fueled their tender esports story

A still from the Paramount+ series

Players is an act of love.

The new Paramount+ series from Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, creators of the Netflix hit American Vandal, is a reality-meets-fantasy esports story built in the mold of Hulu's multi-hour Michael Jordan docuseries, The Last Dance. Functionally, Players is a mockumentary. But there's nothing mocking about its portrayal of gaming culture and the professional players who build a career in that space.

The story follows a League of Legends esports team called Fugitive Gaming. The five kid pros — emphasis on the youthfulness, as these teens and twentysomethings get up to all kinds of juvenile antics — are led by Creamcheese (Misha Brooks), an infamously arrogant and loudmouthed pro who has never actually managed to deliver on his biggest boasts about winning a championship. The team's world is thrown into disarray when the business guy owner of Fugitive forces a roster change to accommodate the arrival of Organizm (Da'Jour Jones), a young and raw phenom.

The ultimate result is a wholesome and frequently moving account of one esports team's struggles to band together as a group in the midst of roster meddling and a yawning personality rift between its top two players. The show only works because its focus on Fugitive sticks to the very basic but fundamentally important mission of delivering an authentic portrayal of games, gaming, and gamers. Rather than simply trot out tired stereotypes, Players interrogates them directly and bakes in layers of humanity.

Gaming with care

A still from the Paramount+ series "Players."
A restrained performance from Da'Jour Jones makes the soft-spoken Organizm's bigger moments crackle with energy. Credit: Trae Patton / Paramount+

"Our show would fail if you felt as an audience that esports was a joke, [because] then you feel the stakes don't matter. And if you feel the stakes don't matter, our engine is broken, and there is no way you're getting past episode 2," Yacenda told Mashable during a recent interview with Players' two creators.

"We felt that, at its core, this show would always be a love letter, no matter how many [Taco Bell] Cantina or Axe Body Spray jokes we make."

Yacenda's nod to brands in that comment is a direct reference to a pair of running gags from the show that riff on gamer stereotypes. But Players' heartfelt and people-centered portrayal of Fugitive Gaming's pros effectively defangs the humor's more biting edge by mapping out exactly why those brands matter to Creamcheese in starkly personal terms.

"When people ask [if] it was tempting to punch down, the answer is no. I think that there's not much more you have to do to make the [gaming and esports] world seem a little bizarre to outsiders," Perrault explained.

Both creators acknowledge the surface-level absurdity of giving serious consideration to a world where characters with silly names like Creamcheese are key figures and seemingly nonsensical terms like "wombo combo" have actual meaning. But crucially, cutting past the silliness to expose its understandable and even relatable foundation is fundamental to why they found this subject matter so appealing.

"I think that there's not much more you have to do to make the gaming and esports world seem a little bizarre to outsiders."

"The trick we hope to pull is that these terms kind of wash over you and are no longer absurd by the time you are unironically pulling for this team mid-season," Perrault said, adding that it's not just the words people say that matter.

"Punching down...can also take place in the form of performance," he said. "You could easily cast a version of this show or direct a version of this show where the characters are just loud and ridiculous, without any sort of raw emotion and humanity to them."

Filling out the main cast with performers who radiated "authenticity, honesty, [and] the ability to be raw" was a big focus. Things like gaming cred and League know-how were total non-factors. What mattered, Perrault explained, was finding "people that felt real."

He pointed immediately to the example of Jones' "impressive" audition for the show, which played out on Zoom because of the pandemic. "I think he was in Delaware when we did that," Perrault explained. Jones was paired with Brooks, who had already been cast as Creamcheese and whose relationship with Jones' character is the show's emotional heart, to run through a scene together.

"So he's doing the scene over Zoom with Creamcheese. And it gets emotional, and it gets intense. He had us," Perrault said. "Even though it was just this little box in the corner of the screen! The fact that he was able to move us and make us lean in during a Zoom callback [told us] he was a special talent."

Treating esports like sports

A still from the Paramount+ series "Players."
Live competitions fill only a small piece of the 'Players' story. Most of the time we spend with this team unfolds behind the scenes. Credit: Erin Simkin / Paramount+

Making Players work as an emotionally plugged-in sports story was the North Star that guided the show's two creators. They understand the genre as fans, and they know it's not the act of play that makes those stories sing, it's the people doing the playing.

"Tony and I, to varying degrees, grew up with gaming, but...the bigger passion here is our love of sports and our desire to tell what is ultimately a fairly traditional sports story," Perrault said. The show is never really about the video game being played. It's about the people who play it and the relationships they build together as a team.

"It's really like a love story, but between [two esports teammates], and that's regardless of your background as it pertains to gaming," Yacenda said. "Rooting for two teammates to learn to trust each other is a universal story. You don't need to be into gaming to really latch on to [that]."

Players didn't even start as an esports-specific idea. The show's creators knew they wanted to do something like The Last Dance, but with "a non-traditional sport" as its focus. The two landed on esports mainly because, as they engaged with it, they spotted similarities between the world of pro gaming and the sports world they already knew.

"The broadcasts have a sort of ESPN-like vibe to them, the structure of the game itself as a five-versus-five with each player playing a very different role — there was stuff that I thought a traditional sports fan could latch onto," Perrault said. There's a reason the Players blurb on Paramount+ references The Last Dance by name: It was one of several key sources of inspiration for their own show's structure, including its frequent trips into the past.

"Rooting for two teammates to learn to trust each other is a universal story. You don't need to be into gaming to really latch onto that."

All throughout Players' first season, intriguing little nuggets of information get dropped for viewers to puzzle over. When we first learn that Creamcheese used to go by the gamer handle "Nutmilk," the lack of supporting context coupled with the stereotype of gamers engaging in juvenile behavior makes his choice seem like a crass joke about semen.

The eventual revelation about where the name comes from shows up a few episodes later, and the truth effectively torpedoes our assumptions. The "Nutmilk" reveal, like other big moments on the show, takes us to new depths of understanding about the character. This approach, Perrault said, was heavily influenced by Hulu's episodic Michael Jordan documentary.

"There's something rewarding about the...non-linear structure of going back and forth, and learning things in the past in a way that informs the present timeline, and vice versa," he said. Perrault is quick to hand the credit to his creative partner for being so "bullish" about embracing that kind of approach.

"I think part of the fun is that it feels...more like a real world, where everything is super interconnected and has a causal relationship to each other," Yacenda said.

"When you're tackling a really big subject [for a documentary], it's often not as engaging to tell it in a super linear manner. The job of a documentarian is [figuring out] how we ration information to the audience in the most compelling way possible. For us, for [Players] to feel like a premium documentary, it should feel like the storytelling sleight-of-hand is not coming from the writer's room."

Players invests, so you invest

A still from the Paramount+ series "Players."
The emotional attachment we form with Fugitive Gaming is the reason we root for their success. Credit: Erin Simkin / Paramount+

In the end, Players works as well as it does because it treats its subject matter with love. The show invests just as much energy and focus in the emotional journeys of key characters as it does in the inherent comedy of kids who made too much money at too young an age, and far more than it does in the in-the-weeds specifics of League itself.

That human element really matters. It's not just why I came away a fan of the show; it's also why I've found myself glancing at League esports news and streams in the weeks since I finished watching. I've never followed esports, never really played League of Legends. But by investing you in the individual journeys of each of its stars, Players organically nurtures an interest in the culture surrounding these stories. That's how it went for the two creators, as well.

"One of the things we're very proud of is when and how often we ask the audience to really invest in the game. Like there will be a gameplay moment in episode 1 and a moment in episode 2 where you see how they're reacting and you're starting to build a vocabulary," Yacenda said. It's a slow burn, but by the time you reach the most League-centric climax moments in the back half of the season, you're armed with the info you need to engage with the tension and release of the story's big esports moments.

It's the same kind of vibe that makes a movie like Rudy so watchable, even for non-football fans. "It's like any other sport," Yacenda said, adding, "except it's with these mystical champions on Summoner's Rift."

Players is now streaming on Paramount+.

Lizzo's 'Carpool Karaoke' is 15 minutes of pure joy

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It's here, at long last. On Monday, James Corden shared Lizzo's episode of Carpool Karaoke, and we're please to confirm it's 15 minutes of non-stop fun.

In the footage above Corden and Lizzo harmonise to classics like "Good as Hell" and "Juice", fan out over Beyoncé, and get stuck in to an impromptu flute session.

To finish, there's even a street recreation of the viral TikTok dance for "About Damn Time".

Glorious.

Planned Parenthood CEO calls for 'move from anger to action' in wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned

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Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned longstanding precedent Roe v. Wade, allowing individual states to ban abortions. It was a devastating decision that many Americans had feared.

"Most people who seek access to abortion care are already parents, so they're worried about how to take care of their families and how to ensure that they have what they need to afford for their own self determination," Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said in an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Speaking to Late Night writers Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel, and Ally Hord, Johnson discussed the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling, noting that up to 36 million people could be affected by Roe v. Wade being struck down. Johnson also explained how this ruling could have a dangerous impact beyond reproductive rights.

"It is really about control over our own bodies," said Johnson. "When you look at the way the law, the opinions are written, there are also kind of indications that there are other opportunities to go after things like marriage equality, like interracial marriage, like access to contraception, all of which has enjoyed federal protections as well — constitutional protections."

Johnson also listed several ways people can help in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, from supporting local Planned Parenthood and independent clinics, to donating to Keep Our Clinics and the National Network of Abortion Funds, to sharing your own stories under the hashtags #BansOffOurBodies and #WhateverTheReason.

"We are here because we have stigmatised a very normal procedure," said Johnson. "One that one in four women in their life will have... And the fact that we have stigmatised, the fact that we don't talk about [abortions], means that people can make policies that codify our inequality. And if we want to stay free, we have to talk about our freedom and we have to ensure that people understand what is critically important here."

7 of the best handheld vacuums for 2022

Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum on stairs.

Sure, stick vacuums can clean the heck out of your floors and robot vacuum cleaners can do all the dirty work for you without having to get up from the couch. But sometimes, you need a tool that can easily reach awkward spots (like in your car), quickly clean up messy spills, and bust the dust in no time. Enter, handheld vacuum cleaners.

Handheld vacuums are a great buy because they’re some of the most convenient cleaning devices you can own. These tiny workhorses are lightweight and compact, meaning they’re easy to store, and you can quickly grab one when your pet knocks over some Cheerios or you need to scurryfunge (i.e., quickly clean when a friend or an in-law is on their way over — eek) and make countertops, curtains, window sills, and shelves presentable in, like, minutes.

But what should you look for in a handheld vacuum? First things first, they need to be lightweight (under four pounds is best) unless you want an arm workout every time you clean. Even though you’ll probably be using them for quick cleanups, battery life is one of the most important things to consider in a cordless vacuum, especially if you want to clean large spaces (a car, for example) in one go. Look for models that can run up to 10 to 20 minutes per charge. Some handheld vacs also come with useful attachments and tools, such as a crevice tool to get into nooks and crannies, or a soft brush for targeting dust.

What is the best handheld vacuum for pet hair?

Although your dog, cat, or hamster may seem cute and cuddly, they’re really a carrier of billions of annoying little hairs. The second you invite your new pet into your life, every surface, including yourself, is bound to be covered in pet hair. And, like some kind of sick joke, it seems their pet hair never goes away, unless you have a good vacuum. 

Traditional vacuums like stick vacuums and robot vacuums may seem like a good idea when tackling pet hair, but, for those hard to reach places like the dark crevices in between your couch cushions, a handheld vacuum is the way to go. Handheld vacuums are typically cordless, cost way less money, and have free range of your cleaning space. They can also double as your lint roller so you can get all those pesky little pet hairs off every piece of clothing you have.

When looking for a handheld vacuum for pet hair, here's what to consider:

  • Suction power: Although handheld vacuums are small, you shouldn't have to sacrifice any suction power. A handheld vacuum without good suction power shouldn't even be consider a vacuum. Considering how difficult pet hair can be to clean, strong suction power is a must.

  • Attachments: You're going to want a handheld vacuum that comes with a variety of attachments for different purposes. Most handheld vacuums come with attachments made for specific fabrics or oddly shaped spaces. Look for a handheld vacuum with a special pet hair tool or a motorized brush to snag stubborn pet hair off your sofa.

  • Weight: The whole point of a handheld vacuum is portability. Can you easily lift it up? Does it fit comfortably in your hand?

  • Battery: Unless you go with a corded option, handheld vacuums are designed to be portable and cordless so their battery life may be abysmal. You might find yourself constantly needing to recharge. Look for a good handheld vacuum for pet hair with a powerful battery life to avoid half-done clean up jobs.

If you want to read more about the best handheld vacuums for pet hair, check out our roundup. Some of our top picks include the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, the BLACK+DECKER Furbuster Handheld Vacuum, and the Shark WV201 Wandvac Handheld Vacuum.

The Bissell cordless hand vacuum is a very powerful pick made with pet hair in mind. You can take it with you for all your pet hair clean up needs. If you're looking for a handheld vacuum with long attachments for all kinds of nooks and crannies, the BLACK+DECKER furbuster handheld vacuum is a great option. It even has a pet hair-lifting bristles. And, another great option is the Shark WV201 handheld vacuum. It's sleek design and charging dock makes it the perfect handheld vacuum for at home pet hair clean up.

What is the best handheld vacuum for your car?

It doesn’t take much to dirty a car. On the worst days, you can see the history of your week just by looking at the floor. With one quick glance you can see: some spilled coffee from Starbucks yesterday morning on the console, that one loose fry from your lunch on Tuesday hidden under the passenger seat, and the muddy paw prints from the dog walk on Sunday coating the trunk.

It's not easy keeping a car clean. Dirt, dust, and crumbs truly get everywhere. That's why if you really want to keep your car clean, you'll need a good vacuum cleaner. But, traditional vacuums won’t cut it, you’ll need something with reach and something that’s lightweight so it can fit in your car. We recommend a handheld vacuum for on the go cleaning.

Similar to hand held vacuums for pet hair clean up, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a handheld vacuum for your car:

  • Suction power: Cars can be the biggest build up of gunk and grime. You're going to want a handheld vacuum with some serious kick to it to keep your car spotless.

  • Weight and size: If you're looking to clean on the go, a good handheld vacuum should be portable and light. But, it should also feel comfortable and sturdy in your hand. You want it to be easy to store and easy to use.

  • Capacity: Considering the size of your car, you're going to want a handheld vacuum with lots of space for all the dust and debris your car can hold. And, let's be honest, you're probably going to forget to empty your handheld vacuum every time you use it. Why not give yourself some leeway?

  • Attachments: Does it have a crevice tool for those hard to reach places?

  • Battery: If you want you handheld vacuum to be a purely car vacuum cleaner, your're going to want it to be cordless and easy to charge.

If you want to read more about the best car vacuums, check out our roundup. Some of our top picks include the Black + Decker 20V Max Flex Handheld Vacuum with Pet Hair Brush, the Dirt Devil Scorpion Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, and the Shark WV201 WANDVAC.

The Black + Decker handheld vacuum has a pivoting nozzle, strong suction power, and a three stage filtration system to prevent dust from getting out. If you'e looking for a small but powerful vacuum with a great price point, the Dirt Devil handheld vacuum is just what you need. And, the Shark WV201 handheld vacuum is a great pick for getting in tight places like under car seats or center consoles.

Here are our top seven picks for the best handheld vacuum cleaners:

Where to buy sex toys online (including Target and Sephora)

illustration of a woman in a bra in her bed next to a laptop, phone, and sex toy

Whether you're looking for your very first vibrator or have lost count of how many sex toys you have in your collection, the internet can be a pretty great place to find your next toy.

Of course, the insane amount of options that make finding that just-right sex toy possible can also make the process more overwhelming than you'd wish, especially for a product that's supposed to deliver big on pleasure.

So where does one begin? The first step is to make sure you're going to retailers that make quality products. Sex toys get a lot less fun when they're not made out of materials that are okay to go on or in your genitals. To best guarantee this, we highly recommend shopping directly from trusted names in the sex toy business or from the manufacturers themselves, both of which you'll find on this list.

And while a dose of healthy skepticism at any suspiciously low prices is always good (again we cannot express enough how important quality is for your safety), that doesn't mean that you'll have to break the bank to boost the thrills in your bedroom.

So go forth, and take your first digital steps into your next sex toy journey with these 17 online shops. If you need any more guidance making your selections, we have a handy guide, along with a few recommendations below for each shop.

1. Lovehoney

If it’s sex toys you’re looking for, the XBIZ Award winner for “International Pleasure Products Company of the Year” is a good place to start. Lovehoney can sell you toys, sure, but you can also find a podcast on their site that answers customer questions and delivers expert advice, sex tips, and even little-known facts about sex! Lovehoney is clearly committed to sexual health and wellness, making their online shopping experience easy and comfortable.

Some current best sellers include the Magic Wand Plus Extra-Powerful Plug-In Vibrator, a Womanizer x We-Vibe limited edition set, and the Njoy Pure Wand.

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Credit: Njoy
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Credit: Magic Wand

2. Babeland

Don't be fooled by the name, this one's not just for the babes out there. Before you've really narrowed down your search, Babeland is a great first stop for seeing a finely curated inventory of sex toys, from top brands like Womanizer, Satisfyer, and Njoy. So whether you're looking for that all-time classic Hitachi wand, a new Tenga Spinner masturbation sleeve (aka one of our favorite budget toys for penises), or just starting to browse, this site has got you covered, without giving you so many options that your search becomes overwhelming.

In addition to providing an impressive stock of vibrators, suction toys, dildos, couples toys, BDSM supplies, and most other popular sex toys that are out on the market, Babeland also hosts free online education events so you have the supplies and the know-how to really explore your sexuality.

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We give Tenga a ten(ga) for providing unique sensations. Credit: Tenga

3. PinkCherry

Like Lovehoney, PinkCherry promotes a sex-positive atmosphere with blog posts about sexual wellness and satisfaction, like “Vibrators For Men: Pleasure on the Rise” and “How to Clean a Dildo for Safe Personal Pleasure.” Oh, and they also sell sex toys. Go figure!

PinkCherry offers a wide assortment of adult pleasure items and sexual wellness tools for various tastes and comfort levels. You’ll find all the usual stuff like vibrators and lubricants, along with bondage tools and attire and autostrokers. You can also find current deals on site products like the Satisfyer Pro 2 and the Bodywand Midnight Massager.

4. Adam & Eve

Some of you may be Adam & Eve regulars and some of you only know them because you stayed up too late watching TV and saw an ad. Either way, chances are high you can find the sex toy you’re looking for from the adult toy store that turned 50 this year. They do say sex only gets better with age.

Some best sellers include Eve’s Rechargeable Thrusting Rabbit and the Big O Multi-Stage Vibrating Penis Ring.

The site also includes sections for gay (AdamMale) and lesbian (Eve’s Toys) shoppers.

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Eve's thrusting rabbit allows you to sit back and relax. Credit: Adam and Eve

5. Eve’s Toys

The Adam & Eve sub-site with toys and other pleasure products designed for lesbians offers vibrators, kink toys, strap-ons and many more. The Double Delight Strap-On is a current best seller and allows the wearer to “feel it thrust into you while you do some thrusting of your own!”

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Double down on delight with this strap-on. Credit: Pipedream

6. AdamMale

The other sub-site of Adam & Eve, with toys and other adult products geared toward gay men, has dildos, masturbators, cock rings, anal douches... the whole nine inche – yards. Yards.

Right, back to cocks and stuff. More specifically, Adam’s True Feel Cock, a best seller listed at $44.95 that's currently on sale for $22.48. The Satisfyer Men Beads are also flying off the virtual shelves and into bedrooms.

7. Unbound

Looking for an aesthetically pleasing sex toy brand that's affordable and actually delivers? Yes, it's real, and it's Unbound. This women-run brands boasts a solid selection from toys, from a compact vibe we're personally big fans of, as well as other finds like their best-selling suction toy, flexible vibrator, and beginner-friendly butt plug.

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Credit: Unbound
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Credit: Unbound

8. Lelo

Say you're feeling pretty happy with your base collection of sex toys and are now on the hunt for something a little more luxury — look no further than Lelo. The brand sells sex toys with an extra something, like a rabbit vibrator that replicates the "come hither" motion inside of you (and actually works) and a clit suction stimulator that proves to be a bit of a tease, in the best way possible. As it is a higher-end brand, be prepared to shell out a bit more — many of their best sellers are $150 and up.

9. Dame

For a manufacturer that sits between Unbound and Lelo in terms of price range but brings some innovative and impressive products to the table, you'll definitely want to check out Dame. From a hands-free vibrator to an intercourse game-changer, Dame has made plenty of products worth raving about, and oh, have we raved. Dame's sex toys feel good, look good, and if for whatever reason you don't find them to be absolutely satisfying, you can return them within 60 days for store credit, which is (unfortunately) not too common for most sex toy retailers.

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Credit: Dame
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Credit: Dame

10. Maude

If you're not really a fan of the traditional gendered marketing around sex toys, meet Maude. The brand — whose name reflects its mission to redefine modern intimacy — doesn't categorize its sex toys as being for "men" and "women". In fact, it doesn't call its vibrators and butt plugs sex toys at all, opting instead to call them devices. While their approach feels like a breath of fresh air, even better are their prices — their standard Vibe is one of our favorite budget picks, and the Drop makes for a great (and gorgeous) addition to any vibrator collection.

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The Maude Drop is actually a work of art. Credit: Maude

11. Sephora

If you're intrigued by Dame and Maude's products but wouldn't mind earning some Beauty Insider points with your purchase, Sephora's intimate care section has got you covered. The beauty retailer started selling sex toys in February 2022, offering a new place to pick up some of the best vibes from both brands, from Dame's Pom to the Maude Vibe. Although you won't find the products in stores (at least, not yet), it's still plenty convenient to pick up setting powder and a sex toy in the same online shopping trip.

12. Sunset Novelties

Sunset Novelties stores may only be located in the Southeastern U.S., but that doesn’t mean they can’t ship to you. So if you’re in the market for a new vibrator, butt plug, sex enhancer, or even a stripper pole(!!!), you don’t have to be a Southerner to get your hands on one. Maybe even pair that new pole with an exotic dancer ensemble in whatever style you’re looking for.

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New year, new fitness resolutions, amiright? Credit: sunset novelties

13. Wet For Her

Wet For Her is an adult toy store that was founded in Paris, France, in 2009, designed for lesbians and the queer community. “Owner and CEO Alice Derock was disappointed to discover that the sex toy industry was limited when it came to non-phallic sex toys for the lesbian and queer community... It was this that inspired Alice to create products specifically for lesbians and queer women,” their site reads. Eight different styles of dildos, harnesses, finger extenders, the best-selling scissoring vibrator, and of course, much more. Not to be forgotten is a line of “gender-affirming trans-masculine products,” like binders, packers, and a Trans Masc Pump.

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"RockHer" with that mini scissoring vibrator. Credit: wet for her

14. The Kink Store

It’s exactly what it sounds like. The Kink Store is a destination for sex toys, attire, and equipment for those looking to explore their sexual kinks. You'll find toys for chastity, BDSM, electro-sex, impact play, and a number of other kinks. The electro-sex-handy TAZapper, which delivers “a non-penetrating static spark of electricity,” is a staff favorite and best seller. It also kind of looks like a sexual lightsaber, which we think is pretty neat.

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According to its description, the TAZapper is "perfect for intimidation!" Credit: TAZapper

15. BoyZshop

This one’s for da boyz. BoyZshop’s collection of gay sex toys and products spans multiple tastes and experience levels. You'll find penetrative toys and non-penetrative toys. Kink gear. Sex machines. Lube. Prep products like enemas. Whether you’re just looking for a standard dildo or if you’re exploring urethral play, BoyZshop offers options for both ... and a heck of a lot in between.

16. Target

Yes, Target sells everything, including sex toys. So next time you’re out to grab some game day snacks and paper plates, go ahead and pick up a plusOne Rechargeable Dual Vibrating Massager or the Lelo Sona 2 Cruise while you’re at it. This is what a “Target run” looks like in 2021, and we’re not upset about it.

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Get all of your essentials at Target — including luxury sex toys like the Lelo Sona Cruise 2. Credit: Lelo

17. Amazon

You buy everything else from Amazon, so why not sex toys? You can find just about any toy you’re looking for, from a variety of pleasure product brands from Lynx to Shibari. Plus, that Prime shipping means you won't have to wait long to try out your new finds. The main drawback from purchasing from third-party stores like Amazon is that you do run a higher risk of buying toys that aren't authentic or made from the right materials, so before clicking add to cart, make sure you're doing your research before hitting "Add to Cart."

Best sellers range from vibrators to lube to lingerie. More specifically, you'll find favorites like the Fleshlight Quickshot Vantage and plusOne bullet vibrator.

Related Video: The best sex toys to buy during quarantine

'Wordle' today: Get the answer, hints for June 28

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It is *checks notes* Tuesday June 28, and if you're trying to get your head around the idea that we're just about halfway through the year, you're not alone. A simple word puzzle should be easier to wrap your head around, but sometime you just get stuck on the daily Wordle — and that's where we come in.

The answer to the June 28 Wordle can be found at the end of this article, with the spoiler clearly signposted, or you can make your way down in a more leisurely fashion for a few tips, gentle hints, and strategies to help you every day.

Who made Wordle? Where did Wordle come from?

Wordle is a daily word game created by Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn-based software engineer who has developed something of a reputation as a crafter of interesting social experiments. Every day, the people of the internet are greeted with a fresh word puzzle that can only be solved — or not! — using a series of process-of-elimination clues.

Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.

Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for June 27 here.

What's the best Wordle starting word?

We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site.

Is Wordle getting harder?

If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder

A subtle hint for the June 28 Wordle answer:

It's an adjective, and a bit of an old-fashioned one at that.

Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...

...the letter D.

What's the answer to Wordle on June 27?

Ready?

We'll finally tell you the answer.

It's...

DROLL.

Don't know the meaning of DROLL? That's OK! DROLL means witty, dryly funny, often in a surprising or unusual way.

Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.

Bitcoin miners stop 'HODLing,' start selling as crypto crashes and energy costs rise

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Cryptocurrency is doing so bad right now that even some of the quintessential "HODLers" are selling.

Bitcoin miners have been unloading their Bitcoin holdings over the past two months as the cryptocurrency markets plummet and Bitcoin declines in value, according to a new report from Reuters.

In an unusual trend throughout May, Bitcoin miners actually sold more Bitcoin than they obtained through mining, according to the digital asset analysis firm Arcane Research. For comparison, in the previous month, miners only sold off around 20 percent of the Bitcoin that they were able to mine, and the rest of their rewards were typically held in hopes of higher eventual profits as Bitcoin's value soared.

But as crypto has tanked over the past few months, things have gone in a different direction, forcing some Bitcoin miners to sell-off their holdings if they don't want to shut down.

Bitcoin mining maintains the cryptocurrency's digital ledger, known as the blockchain, by validating transactions inside of a block and adding it to the chain. The process to validate the transaction has often been explained as computers solving advanced mathematical equations, but it's really more like complicated guesswork. When a block is added, miners are rewarded with Bitcoins. 

While Bitcoin mining has been highly profitable in the recent past, with a single Bitcoin trading in the mid-to-high five figures, the endeavor may not be so lucrative now.

The mining process requires a lot of high-powered (and expensive) computer processing power mustered in order to be the first to validate a given block of transactions. The process also gets more complex, and in turn more costly, as time goes on.

And competition grew as the cryptocurrency hit all-time highs over the past year, meaning ever more machine-power would be needed by miners in order to keep earning Bitcoin. All of this consumes an incredible amount of energy. Bitcoin miners use up more electricity than the countries of Kazakhstan and the Philippines, according to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index. With energy costs rising, Bitcoin mining profits are dwindling.

Setting aside energy and competition, Bitcoin mining isn't likely to get any more lucrative. The reward for validating a block on the blockchain is cut in half after every 210,000 blocks are mined. This happens roughly every four years. In approximately a year and a half, that reward will get cut from 6.5 Bitcoins to just over 3. At current Bitcoin prices (trading at approximately $21,000 at publishing), that means the reward drops from $136,500 to $65,625 in 2024.

So, like everyone else right now, even Bitcoin miners have to tighten their belts. As profits decline, competition may very well dry up, making it easier for the miners who stick around to earn rewards. But, how much will crypto keep crashing? How long until the next shoe drops and, say, another major stablecoin fails like Terra did causing a further decline in the market? Some cryptocurrency miners see the signs and are already selling off their gear. But the Bitcoin mining business isn't going anywhere just yet. However, those insanely profitable times look like they're over.

The best early Prime Day headphone deals: AirPods, Beats, and more

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What's that? You didn't hear? Prime Day has basically already started. Well, not officially — that'll happen on July 12 — but the early deals are already trickling in.

We'll keep you informed about all the best deals before and during all the Prime Day festivities, but here we'll be focusing on just the best headphone deals you can get right now at Amazon.

Whether it's a pair of AirPods or some noise-canceling earmuffs, there's probably something on sale for you. Below, the best early Prime Day headphone deals.

Best early Prime Day headphone deals:

Spotify Icebergify is the latest music analyzing trend

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How deep does the iceberg of your music taste go?

That's the question everyone on my Instagram and Twitter appears to be trying to answer with a new way Spotify listeners can analyze their music. Icebergify is a tool that shows all of your favorite artists on Spotify in a chart that looks a lot like — you guessed it — an iceberg. It's the latest viral Spotify tool following closely behind the Spotify Pie chart that picked up a lot of attention earlier this month.

What is the Spotify Icebergify?

Icebergify collects data from your top 50 artists in your short-term, medium-term, and long-term listening trends, according to Icebergify. So the artists on your chart might be musicians you haven't listened to in a few months, or maybe are bands you've only just started listening to now.

It looks at those top artists and organizes them by their popularity or obscurity, and then pops them into an iceberg category. For instance, if you listen to a lot of Ed Sheeran, he'll go into the top iceberg level because he's one of the most popular artists out there. But if you listen to a lot of Antichrist Siege Machine, they'll be closer to the bottom. If you don't listen to any artists in a certain level of popularity, the level will just show up blank — so you might want to work on diversifying your music taste before you share.

How to get your Spotify Icebergify

Like most Spotify music analyzing tools, all you have to do is go to a website, give them some permissions to check out your Spotify account, and you've got an iceberg-shaped chart to share with your friends and enemies.

Go to Icebergify.com for this tool, but be warned — it took a few of us at Mashable a couple of tries before it worked. Just keep refreshing the site and it'll eventually work. You might have to clear your cookies and site data and try a few more times. To save the image, screenshot it, hold down it on your phone, or right-click it on your laptop or PC.

By using this tool you will give the folks behind Icebergify your data, so if your streaming data is something you'd rather keep private for whatever reason, you may want to sit this out.

Who created Icebergify?

According to the Icebergify site, it was created by Akshay Raj in 2022. His name is linked out to a private Instagram.

8 Dyson Airwrap dupes you can buy for under $200

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UPDATE: Jun. 27, 2022, 12:30 p.m. EDT Dyson has released a second-generation Airwrap with new attachments and a new finish (but the same price of $599.99). As we're in the process of reviewing it, our guide to the best dupes still revolves around the original model. We'll update this story as soon as the review is published.


If you somehow predicted that a company best known for its high-end vacuums and air purifiers would also wind up making the world's most coveted hair tool, please come collect your prize.

We're talking, of course, about Dyson and its legendary Airwrap. Launched in 2018, the multi-functional styler has since earned a cult following for its ability to dry, smooth, and curl without the use of extreme heat. Eight different brush and barrel attachments make it suitable for a range of different hair types and textures — plus, it comes with a sleek leather case for easy storage.

No blazing-hot plates, no blistering metal rods, and no need to head to the salon for a bouncy, Cindy Crawford-worthy blowout anymore? If that all sounds too good to be true, it kind of is: The $599.99 Airwrap is even more expensive than a PlayStation 5 and almost as hard to find.

Where to buy a Dyson Airwrap

The original Fuchsia/Nickel Airwrap was somehow in stock at Sephora and Dyson.com when we last checked in late June 2022. (Amazon, Best Buy, Nordstrom, and Ulta were all no-gos.) If it's completely sold out by the time you're reading this, signing up for store email alerts may help your chances of catching a restock.

Buying a pre-owned Airwrap is always an option, with some asterisks. Dyson had a bunch of refurbished ones listed for $449.99 in its online outlet store at the time of writing, though their usual two-year warranties were cut in half. (It's also important to note that refurbished Dyson products are final sale and can't be returned.) You can try eBay, Poshmark, and Facebook Marketplace for pre-owned Airwraps, but buyer beware of high markups and incomplete sets missing some or all of the attachments.

This brings us to an extremely important question: Is the Dyson Airwrap even worth the cost or the hassle? In a word, perhaps.

Our Dyson Airwrap review

We'd love to tell you that the Airwrap is an overhyped gimmick so you could save your hard-earned money, unsubscribe from all of those restock email alerts, and finally close out the Stock Informer tab that's been pinned to your browser window for months. In fact, that's probably going to be the case if you're someone who doesn't go out of the way to style their hair every single day: The Airwrap has a semi-steep learning curve, it takes up a lot of space, and at the end of the day, it just isn't some miracle-worker for unruly tresses that can't be tamed by other gadgets, said Mashable tech reporter Rachel Kraus.

But believe it or not, there is an actual time and place for a $600 hair tool. The Airwrap is designed for use on damp hair, so if you like getting ready right after you hop out of the shower, it'll fit effortlessly into your existing routine. If you're worried about frying the shit out of your ends with daily styling, the Airwrap "could just be your follicles' saving grace," noted Kraus. And if you're someone who frequently drops hundreds of dollars on professional blowouts, an Airwrap could actually save you money in the long run.

For her part, Kraus couldn't justify the price of the Airwrap despite it working "really, really well" on her hair. (Click here to read her full review.) If you find yourself in a similar boat, it's time to explore some dupes.

What is the closest thing to a Dyson Airwrap?

First, a little bit more about the Airwrap itself. According to a press release, its motor harnesses the power of an aerodynamic phenomenon called the Coanda effect. This produces a spinning vortex of warm air, which attracts and automatically wraps hair around the Airwrap's barrel to gently dry while adding volume. All the while, an intelligent heat control system is measuring the device's temperature over 40 times a second to ensure it never ventures beyond 302°F. (Your hair's keratin strands typically start weakening when exposed to heat above the 300-degree mark, Dyson says.)

Dyson's engineers perfected this technology across about 500 prototypes, so as far as the Airwrap's design is concerned, it's safe to say there really is no exact match or fair comparison elsewhere on the market. That being said, you may be able to get similar results out of simpler tools (with a little practice) — namely, hot air brushes and certain curling irons and straighteners.

Start your search by pinpointing the No. 1 reason why you're drawn to the Airwrap in the first place, aside from the "minimal heat damage" thing:

  • Are you intrigued by the promise of easier at-home blowouts? Your best bet is a round hot air brush like the Drybar Double Shot or the Revlon One-Step Volumizer. (BabylissPRO has a version that rotates, which is neat.) These are great for full-bodied curls or natural waves and work best on hair that's still slightly damp, just like the Airwrap.

  • Are you trying to get your curly hair straighter without completely flattening it? Try a hot air brush with a paddle-style head like the T3 Airebrush Duo or the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler, which will smooth hair and minimize flyaways while still adding some volume. (These also work best on towel-dried hair.) A straightener with a built-in fan such as the L'ange Le Duo could be an option, too, though that one's for dry hair only.

  • Are you just plain fascinated by the Airwrap's ability to pull and twirl hair into perfect ringlets? (C'mon, it's so cool.) Hunt down a gadget like the Beachwaver, whose spinning barrel produces tangle-free curls in seconds. Use it on completely dry hair.

Once you've figured out what kind of tool will get you closest to your desired results, you can further narrow your search using the following criteria:

  • Power: A styling tool's air-blowing power is typically measured in watts. Those with higher wattage will usually produce more heat than those on the lower end, meaning they work faster but can damage hair quickly if you're not careful. Most hot air brushes fall somewhere in the 1,000- to 2,000-watt range. (For comparison's sake, the Airwrap's 1,300-watt motor puts it just slightly below the average pro-quality hair dryer and makes it capable of taking tresses from wet-ish to ready in about 10 to 15 minutes.)

  • Multiple heat settings: Any styling tool that forces you to scorch your hair on "high" the whole time is a no from us. Being able to choose from a few different temperature settings makes it way easier to avoid heat damage, especially at the end of your hair routine when you're already mostly dry. (Bonus points for any tools with a cool shot, which will seal your hair's cuticles and set the look in place.) Keep in mind that Airwrap has three airflow speeds and four heat settings, including a constant cold shot.

  • Cord length: Professional-quality styling tools can have cords as long as 8 or 9 feet — the Airwrap's clocks in at 8.2 feet — but you can get away with a shorter one if there's an outlet right next to your vanity.

  • Weight: You're going to be holding this thing above your head for a not-insignificant amount of time, so the lighter, the better. (The Airwrap weighs just over a pound, for what it's worth.)

No matter what kind of device you wind up buying, even if it's an actual Airwrap, consider adding some styling products to your cart while you're at it, too. Dyson itself recommends using hairspray to "maximize curls' longevity" and a heat protectant "whenever possible." (It can only help.) And for extra va-va-voom volume, its Global Lead Stylist Amy Johnson suggests applying a mousse to your roots while your hair is still wet.

Below, you'll find our guide to the best Dyson Airwrap dupes of 2022. The best part? None of them cost more than $190.

Wimbledon serves up an exciting new gaming app (complete with a chance to win IRL prizes)

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Wimbledon is serving up more than just the world-renowned annual Championships this year. BreakPoint is a new app by Wimbledon you won’t easily be able to put down—and it comes complete with the chance to win real-world prizes.

Win big on and off the court

During The Championships, Wimbledon, which run from the 27th of June through the 10th of July 2022, you’ll have a chance to compete in BreakPoint to win loot including sports goodie bags with swag from the Wimbledon Online Shop. 

But the grand prize is the crown jewel: The first- and second-place winners will get a pair of tickets to either the Gentleman’s or Ladies’-final at the 2023 Championships at Wimbledon. 

To start climbing the leaderboard, simply register and login at MyWimbledon. Save your score to keep coming back again and again.

Three screens of a mobile gaming app showing gameplay of a tennis-themed brick-breaker mobile game
Credit: Wimbledon

Gameplay: How it works

Any ’80s or ‘90s kid will recognize the brick-breaker gaming format—but this version comes with a tennis-focused twist. Each “court” (or game level) contains a different array of bricks to smash through with your skilled serves and flawless forehands. Simply tap to serve, and then use your finger or cursor to move your racket along the base of the screen and volley the ball back and forth. The goal is to break all the bricks on your opponent’s side of the court.

As gameplay advances, things get a little more challenging, with new types of bricks, “surprise” items on the court, and more challenging conditions like wind, sun glare, or rain. Show off your skills with combo shots, where you break two bricks with one shot (+100 points), or earn double points when you finish a round without losing a life. 

The app experience is captivating and intuitive, with cute animations and fun tennis facts sprinkled throughout. Missed your stroke? Still perfecting your topspin? Don’t worry, you’ve got three built-in lives before it’s game, set, and match—and opportunities to earn more lives as you play. 

It's all for the love of the game. Download today to begin making your way up the leaderboard. BreakPoint is available for iOS and Android, as well as online

8 of the best portable air conditioners to keep you cool this summer

Frigidaire 13,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Wi-Fi Control in White

Portable air conditioners are a total game changer — and yes, you totally need one.

Here's something Megan Thee Stallion won't tell you: Sometimes a Hot Girl Summer™ can get a little *too* hot. And unless you have access to a pool or plan on finding a Boat Friend, staying indoors is a must in extreme circumstances where the heat index exceeds 100 degrees; dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion can strike after just 10 to 15 minutes of outdoor activity.

But what if it's just as sweltering inside your house as it is on your patio? Even with proper ventilation, a sun-baked living room can quickly turn into an oven on an average August day. In that case, experts recommend relying on something other than a fan or an open fridge door for your primary indoor cooling setup — namely, an air conditioner.

SEE ALSO: Best eco-friendly air conditioning units

There's a good chance your home's already equipped with an A/C unit: The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported last year that A/C equipment is used in 87 percent of households throughout the United States — a statistic that shoots up to 94 percent when you venture down into the hot-humid South. And whereas central A/C systems were once a luxury reserved for the 1 percent, they're now very common in new single-family homes; about 60 percent of U.S. households were using them as of 2015.

While many older houses and apartments have been "retrofitted" with central air, a good chunk of us — about one in four households — still depend on individual A/C units to cool a room or two. Those devices generally fall into one of three categories:

  1. A wall or window air conditioner is an A/C unit that gets mounted inside — get this — a wall or window. Without going into too much jargon-y detail, the unit lowers a room's temperature by sucking the hot air inside of its system with a blower motor, then passing the air over a condenser or cooling coil containing a chemical refrigerant. The air is then blown out of the unit drier and a few degrees colder, leaving the room all nice and air conditioned and slightly dehumidified. The leftover heat extracted by its compressor is expelled via a vent on the side (on a wall-mounting unit) or back (on a window-mounting unit) of the device.

  2. A portable air conditioner is a free-standing, rolling floor A/C unit that vents hot air out of an exhaust host connected to a window.

  3. An evaporative cooler, also known as a "swamp cooler," is a device that cools air by adding humidity to it (as opposed to a traditional A/C unit, which acts as a dehumidifier). Once the warm air is drawn into the unit, it's pushed through water-soaked pads that turn it into a (chillier) gas via the process of evaporation.

Window- and wall-mounted machines are probably what came to mind when you read the phrase "individual A/C units" because they're everywhere — just walk outside in any city during the summer and you'll see them clinging to the sides of buildings (while dripping condensation on many a passerby). However, many modern living situations are better suited for a portable air conditioner or an evaporative cooler.

If you're not sure what kind you need, here's a quick primer:

You should install a window/wall air conditioner if: You need to save space inside a room; you only need to cool one room at a time; your home needs dehumidifying; or you want an Energy Star-certified unit. (More on that momentarily.)

You should install a portable unit if: You don't want to diminish the amount of natural light entering a room; you want/need to move your A/C unit frequently; you live in a humid area; you only need to cool one room at a time; you don't want to deal with a complicated installation process; your home needs dehumidifying; or if window-mounted units are prohibited by your lease or HOA.

You should install an evaporative cooler if: You live somewhere with a dry climate; you want a unit that runs naturally (i.e., without chemical refrigerants); you're on a budget; or you think exhaust hoses are unsightly.

If a portable A/C or evaporative cooler sounds like the best air conditioning option for you, keep reading for a brief buying guide.

How to shop for a portable air conditioner or evaporative cooler:

Let's start with the more straightforward of the pair: evaporative coolers. Inside every unit, there will be a blower motor or fan and a handful of pads that absorb water from a built-in tank or reservoir, which you'll have to fill every once in a while. (Pro tip: Use ice water for an extra-cold chill.) Each model will have a cubic feet per minute (CFM) rating, which indicates how much air it moves every 60 seconds; the higher the CFM rating, the more powerful the unit. Whichever size or model you choose, the device should be run in a room where a window or two is cracked to prevent the space from getting too damp.

Moral of the story: The higher a unit's BTU, the more space it can chill and the faster it can chill said space.

Whereas there's just one kind of evaporative cooler, portable air conditioners are available in two different exhaust hose configurations: single hose and dual hose.

Single-hose units have only one exhaust hose (duh), which expels both the heat produced by the compressor and the indoor air its system pulls in to cool said compressor. They're typically cheaper and lighter compared to dual-hose units, but there's a catch: Their design creates negative air pressure inside of a room, causing warm air from the outside or nearby rooms to seep under doors and through window gaps. As a result, they're not very efficient and have to work harder than their dual-hose counterparts to cool a room.

Dual-hose units have — you guessed it — two exhaust hoses: one that vents hot air, and one that pulls in cool air from outdoors to prevent the compressor from overheating. Any air that's sucked in from a room gets put back in said room, making negative air pressure a non-issue and more effectively chilling an enclosed space.

Whether you opt for a single- or dual-hose unit, it'll likely come with a window kit for installation. Many machines will have a built-in pan, bucket, or tray to collect condensation, which you'll need to empty occasionally, although some newer units feature self-evaporating systems that recycle the moisture they produce. (Very rarely will you come across a unit with a drain pump.) Both single- and dual-hose units should be used only when your windows are closed.

Lastly (but perhaps most importantly), be sure to keep in mind the acronym "BTU" while you're hunting down the right portable air conditioner. (That stands for "British thermal unit," which is the amount of heat necessary to heat a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit.) In the simplest sense, an air conditioner's BTU indicates how much energy it's capable of processing in an hour, i.e. its cooling power. Moral of the story: The higher a unit's BTU, the more space it can chill and the faster it can chill said space.

Are portable air conditioners eco-friendly?

At the time of publication, no portable air conditioners have been certified as Energy Star by the Environmental Protection Agency — so unfortunately, no. But you can take certain measures while running your portable A/C to make sure you don't single-handedly trigger a climate catastrophe (on top of the one that's already in full swing), like buying a unit with a programmer timer that shuts it off when you're not home. For eco-friendly window and wall units, check out this roundup we put together.

What is the best portable air conditioner?

We generally recommend portable air conditioners for the best cooling power, but there's a time and place for an evaporative cooler, too. Below, you'll find our top picks based on online reviews written by the people who know the units best: actual customers who have installed them in their homes. Remember to hit the grey arrow on the upper right of each card to expand our full write-up of the products.

The best early Prime Day deals: Amazon devices, kitchen essentials, and more

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UPDATE: Jun. 27, 2022, 1:29 p.m. EDT This story has been updated with the latest early Prime Day deals.

TL;DR: Amazon Prime Day officially begins on July 12 and runs through July 13, but live deals are already trickling in. We've gathered our picks below.


Amazon Prime Day is coming soon, and we personally can't wait to shop 'til we drop on July 12 and 13.

But if you're anxious to shop now or are searching for a particular item, you'll be interested to know that a lot of early Prime Day deals are already here. 4K TVs, Amazon devices, fitness trackers, and more are on deep discount, and this is only the beginning.

We want to help you score the best deals possible throughout the Prime Day season, so we got a head start on gathering up all the best savings you can score right now. We'll update this story regularly with the latest deals, so be sure to check back.

Amazon device deals:

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Smartwatch and fitness tracker deals:

Tablet deals:

Laptop deals:

House and home deals:

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Speaker deals:

'Wordle' today: Get the answer, hints for June 27

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It's Monday, but the news isn't all bad: There's a new Wordle for you to solve. While it's always the most fun to nail it down yourself, sometime you just get stuck — and that's where we come in.

The answer to the June 27 Wordle can be found at the end of this article, with the spoiler clearly signposted, or you can make your way down in a more leisurely fashion for a few tips, gentle hints, and strategies to help you every day.

Who made Wordle? Where did Wordle come from?

Wordle's sudden explosion at the end of 2021 led to a round of press focused on its creator. Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle actually came up with the game in 2021 as a private exercise for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that's when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.

Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.

Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for June 26 here.

Look to the future! Here's June 28's Wordle answer and clues.

What's the best Wordle starting word?

We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site.

Is Wordle getting harder?

If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

The whole point of Wordle is that everyone's solving the same puzzle, with the same answer, no matter where you are in the world. However, occasionally the puzzle game will accept two different correct solutions on the same day, in apparent defiance of Wordle law.

This aberration is due to changes the New York Times began making after it acquired Wordle earlier this year. To make sure you're always getting the same puzzle as everyone else, refresh your browser before you play — don't worry, the site will keep your streak.

A subtle hint for the June 26 Wordle answer:

It's an adjective relating to time and trends — one that's been overused to the point of meaninglessness.

Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...

...the letter R — the same as yesterday's word, as sometimes happens.

What's the answer to Wordle on June 27?

Ready?

We'll finally tell you the answer.

It's...

RETRO.

Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.

All the best pet deals as of June 27

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UPDATE: Jun. 27, 2022, 12:40 p.m. EDT This story has been updated to include new deals on the Casper dog bed, Wolfgang Man & Beast dog gear, and more.


Got a pandemic puppy or a quarantine cat? You're not alone. Tons of people are adopting new pets — and figuring out that the cost of buying toys, beds, treats, and pet tech adds up quickly. To keep you from spending your entire paycheck on your four-legged friend, we'll be compiling a list of the best pet deals weekly so you can be the best pet parent ever — even if you're on a budget.

Pet tech deals

Why we love it

We love the original Furbo camera for keeping an eye on our pups while we're away, but the dog tech company just dropped a new version on June 7 — and it's on sale for a limited time. The new Furbo has a 360-degree camera range, an upgrade from the previous 160-degree wide-angle view. See your dog throughout the day, toss a treat, and feel at peace knowing you'll get barking alerts in real time.

More pet tech and automatic feeders on sale

Pet toy deals

Why we love it

For dogs who need a little extra mental stimulation, the Outward Hound dog brick is a perfect intermediate-level dog puzzle. With multiple treat compartments that slide, flip, and pop out, you pup will use their nose and paws to work their brain and find their favorite snacks.

More pet toys on sale

Other pet deals

Why we love it

The Casper dog bed is the ideal spot for your four legged friend to snooze throughout the day. The memory foam construction is super supportive and can help ease tension on joints, which is ideal for senior pups. The cover is removable and can easily be thrown in the washing machine to clean up spills, dog hair, and slobber.

The Casper dog bed is available in three sizes: small, medium and large. All of them are currently on sale for 25% off their respective prices. Grab the small size for $104.25, the medium for $126.75, or the large for $186.75.

More pet deals

Dygma Defy is a fully split, customizable keyboard

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This ergonomic split keyboard is designed to be comfortable to use, lights up in any color you like, and can even be programmed for maximum customization.

How to earn over $70 in credits for your Amazon Prime Day order

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Amazon will literally pay you to shop this Prime Day. No, really.

New for 2022, the retail giant is giving customers several ways to earn free credits, which they can spend during its massive annual sale (which is happening on July 12 and 13 this year). All offers but two are open to anyone with an Amazon account, so even non-Prime members can score.

Amazon is planning on adding at least one more of these credit-earning promotions in the coming weeks, but here's everything you can do as of June 27.

1. Try Amazon Photos for $20

After downloading the free Amazon Photos app and signing into your Amazon account, simply upload at least one picture and turn on the Auto-Save feature to automatically back it up. Amazon will follow up with you via email within four days to confirm that a free $20 credit has been applied to your account, and you'll be able to put it toward any Prime Day order over $40 of products sold by Amazon.com or Amazon.com Services LLC. (Look for "sold by Amazon.com" or "sold by Amazon.com Services LLC" under the "Add to Cart" button in the right-hand column of product pages.)

2. Spend at least $75 on Proctor & Gamble products for $20

Need to stock up on paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, diapers, or shampoo? You'll secure a $20 Prime Day credit by spending $75 or more on Proctor & Gamble household and personal care essentials. Amazon will send you the reward confirmation email near the start of Prime Day, which you'll be able to redeem the day(s) of.

3. Buy at least $50 in gift cards (or reload an existing balance) for $12.50

Prime members who haven't purchased or reloaded a gift card before will receive a $12.50 credit in their account when they do so on Prime Day. (The only catch is that you have to spend at least $50.) Be sure to click the yellow "Apply code to your account" button or enter the promo code GCPRIME22 at checkout to make sure the offer goes through; you should get an email telling you that the money's been applied to your account within two days.

4. Complete your Prime 'Stampcard' for $10

As part of Amazon's new virtual punchcard program, Prime members can earn a free $10 credit just for making use of their benefits at least once through July 13 — that includes streaming any movie or show on Prime Video, listening to any song on Prime Music, borrowing a Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited book (or adding one to a library), and making a Prime shipping-eligible purchase of at least $5. The credit will automatically appear in your account within 24 hours of you completing those four tasks, and you'll be able to spend it on any purchase within the next year.

5. See Lightyear in theaters (and/or buy some merch) for up to $10

Kind of random, but Amazon will give you a free $5 voucher for buying an Atom movie ticket to Pixar's Lightyear, a Toy Story prequel starring Chris Evans that recounts the origin story the beloved space ranger. (Mashable's deputy entertainment editor Kristy Puchko called the intergalactic adventure "a rollicking good time," for what it's worth.) An email with instructions on how to redeem the credit will arrive soon after.

For an extra $5 you can use on Prime Day, grab some Lightyear merch off Amazon once you get back from the theater.

6. See Elvis in theaters for $5

Baz Luhrmann's flashy Elvis is... something, so if you're going to put yourself through the arduous task of watching it, you might as well make some money off the experience. Buy at least one ticket to see it in theaters through Atom using the promo code ELVIS at checkout, and you'll get a $5 credit to put toward a Prime Day purchase sent to you via email.

7. Visit Amazon's Affirm hub for $2

Amazon says it'll give you two whole dollars just for visiting its landing page for Affirm (a "buy now, pay later" financing option) and taking a good, long scroll down the whole thing. This one isn't available for everyone, FYI, but it's so easy that it's worth a shot.

Why are people flying their American flags upside down?

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We did it. We're finally fighting back. We're really showing it to the Supreme Court. We're…flying the American flag, but upside down.

Some folks are protesting the nation's recent Supreme Court decisions by flying their American flags upside down. This comes after the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court ruling on Friday that overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion, and Thursday's ruling that limits state and local government in restricting guns outside the home.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, flying the American flag shouldn't be flown upside down — with the stars at the bottom — "except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." U.S. Flag Code is officially a law, but there aren't any federal punishments or enforcement for people who don't follow the code, according to Cornell Law School. So, it's not a particularly useful law. It sets the rules for when the American flag can be flown at half-staff (mourning) and how the flag shouldn't be used (for clothes, bedding, or drapery). 

So protesters are flying their flags upside down in response to what they see as a nation in distress. It's one of the many forms of peaceful protest that aren't particularly radical, but can be useful in making people feel like they're doing something when they feel helpless, or showing your neighbors where you align politically and that you're a safe space for certain folks.

Forms of peaceful protests can help people find community when they feel frustrated and alone, can help to share resources, and can result in real change — like the 1963 March on Washington, which successfully pressured the government to pass a civil rights bill. Or take 2020's Black Lives Matter protests, which led to fewer legislative progress than the March on Washington but still important societal moves, like the removal of confederate symbols and marking Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Putting up signs in your yard and attending peaceful marches can be an important way to show your support for movements, but activists and organizers encourage supporters to not feel that they've done enough work by simply flying a flag upside down. One of the problems with participating in demonstrations that don't put real pressure on those who hold actual power is that it can feel like you've done something to push the movement forward when, in reality, you have not.

If you've decided to fly a flag upside down, you can also show your support in ways that actually enact change — which, to be clear, putting a sign in your yard or changing the direction of your American flag will likely not do. You can volunteer, educate yourself and those close to you, donate money, and think locally about how you can help people who are the most vulnerable.

Snag a refurbished Kindle for only $28 (yes, really)

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SAVE $52: You can score a refurbished 8th-generation Kindle at Woot for just $27.99 as of June 27. It originally retailed for $79.99, so this technically saves you 65%.


Amazon's early Prime Day discounts on Kindles are already quite good, but if you act fast, you can score one for even cheaper elsewhere.

As of June 27, the Amazon-owned deals site Woot has a refurbished 8th-generation Kindle listed for just $27.99 — that's 65% off its original retail price of $79.99. (The same model was sold out on Amazon itself at the time of publication, FYI.) Note that it comes in "Good" and "Acceptable" condition, which are labels Woot uses to flag products in working condition that feature some minor scuffs and scratches. No hard feelings, though, considering it's basically the same price as new hardcover books these days.

Released back in 2016, this 6-inch Kindle features a high-contrast, glare-free touchscreen display, Bluetooth support, 4GB of internal storage, and a battery that'll last you up to four weeks per charge. It's certainly not as nice as some of the newer Kindles, which come with adjustable warm lights and waterproof designs, but it's tough to complain when this thing is this cheap. If you're just in the market for a no-frills e-reader, it'll suit you just fine.

Woot's deal is live until Friday, July 1 or while supplies last, so don't dawdle too much.

Planning pet care while you go on vacation? Grab an automatic pet feeder on sale for $60.

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Save 25%: Figuring out pet care while you travel this summer? As of June 27, an automatic pet feeder by PetLibro is on sale for $59.99 at Amazon.


Attention, jet-setting pet parents: An automatic feeder will be a game-changer, and one of our favorites is on sale for less than $60. That's a 25% price drop from its usual $79.99.

While it's often advised to include some wet food in your pet's diet to maintain hydration, we'll admit that dry food is ol' reliable when your fur baby is home alone. The PetLibro feeder can feed your pet on the same schedule that you'd feed them at home (up to four meals per day). You can also choose from nine portion sizes. Portioning may require a little math on your end, but at least you'll know the feeder's not dumping half the bag for your pet to feast on.

During feeding, the PetLibro will also play a 10-second clip of your voice for a little slice of comfort. Cute.

The JBL Flip 5 is the perfect Bluetooth speaker for summertime — and it's over 20% off

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Save 23%: Want to play the soundtrack of your summer on a speaker that sounds great and can go with you anywhere? The JBL Flip 5 can do both — and it's on sale for $99.95 (a nice $30 discount) at Amazon as of June 27.


Whether you're romanticizing your life this summer or simply need a good playlist to get you through the heat, a good speaker that can be taken on the go is almost a requirement.

Thankfully, Amazon has provided the perfect pre-Prime Day deal for these very situations. The JBL Flip 5, a seriously portable, durable, and adorable Bluetooth speaker is on sale for $99.95 at Amazon as of June 27. That's $30 off one of the best Bluetooth speakers out there — and one that even at it's full price, we think is the best value option on the market.

With the Flip 5, you get the quality sound JBL is known for, which is especially impressive considering this speaker weighs just over a pound. It's safe to take poolside or to the beach thanks to its IPX7 rating, which means it can sit under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and live to tell the tale.

The Flip 5 also has 12 hours of battery life, but can be used plugged in if you plan on adding it to your home office setup. It also makes a nice statement piece, thanks to its many color options — which include pink, teal, and yellow in addition to the standard black, white, and grey.

At the time of writing, the Flip 5 was also on sale (albeit only in a few colors) at Best Buy for a few cents more at $99.99. From there, the next best price you'll find this speaker at is $109.95, but again, with less availability on colors.

In other words, if you've been waiting to get your hands on this speaker, it'd be a good time to jump on this deal at Amazon while it lasts.

'CODA' star Troy Kotsur teaches diversity on 'Sesame Street'

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Sesame Street is back with another Word of the Day, this time teaching the concept of diversity. CODA star Troy Kotsur joined the Count and Rosita, discussing the idea of differences, acceptance, and friendship.

In the clip, Kotsur — who won an Oscar, a BAFTA, and numerous other awards for his CODA performance — uses American Sign Language (ASL) to explain communication and understanding differences.

The Count and Rosita, in turn, talk about where they're from, what languages they speak, and what makes them who they are.

"One thing that we have in common is that we're all friends," Kotsur said.

Save $60 on the Owlet Home pet camera, an affordable Furbo alternative

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SAVE: $60.04: As of June 27 and ahead of Prime Day, the Owlet Home pet camera is $60.04 off its original price — that's $99.95.


If you have a pet and a social media account, chances are you've been served approximately one trillion targeted ads for the Furbo camera on your feed. You know, the one the started the whole treat-tossing craze that every other pet camera is trying to compete with now.

Owlet Home is one of the latest pet cameras on the block to try to emulate Furbo. It's also $60.04 off ahead of Prime Day, bringing the price down to just $99.95.

The Owlet Home pet camera does just about all the things Furbo does, but for a way cheaper price. Yes, it tosses treats at your beck and call, but it also features two-way audio for quick chats with your furry friend, a 1080p camera with night vision, motion detection alerts, and seamless streaming to your mobile device. Your pet will most likely love it, on account of the treats.

Make your next trip super chill with the best noise-canceling headphones for flying

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The best noise-canceling headphones make traveling so much more pleasant. When you're flying, you'll inevitably be confronted by a multitude of unpleasant sounds, from crying babies to the roaring engine of the plane. 

Airplane noise can be tricky to block out, which is why we've looked at the best noise-canceling headphones for travel rather than just for general use. If you're a frequent flyer, active noise cancellation makes all the difference to ensure you get the most comfortable flight possible.

Active noise-canceling technology is more accessible than ever nowadays, so it’s easy to find a variety of headphones with the ability to block out nearly all unwanted ambient sound. Many headphones also have the ability to go wireless, sync up with your smart devices, and so much more. It's a great time to be buying a new set of headphones.

Before you dive in, it's useful to think about what your budget is and what your needs are. Generally, over-ear headphones provide the best noise cancellation because they close your ears in, providing both physical blocking of sounds and active noise cancellation. However, in-ear solutions are also worth considering too as some of these have increasingly smart features for providing true noise cancellation over merely passively blocking sounds. 

What you decide to go for comes down to what you feel most comfortable with as well as any other features you may want. These can include voice assistant support or multiple levels of noise cancellation when flying. You may also want to consider how great the headphones sound as well, with audiophiles keen to ensure they don't miss out on excellent sound quality for the sake of good noise cancellation. 

We've already rounded up the best headphones in general, along with the best noise-canceling headphones, and the best wireless headphones for everything else. For now though, we're focusing on noise-canceling headphones for flying and travel, as well as answering some questions on what you need to know before making a purchase. 

What is noise cancellation?

Noise-canceling headphones work by reducing unwanted ambient sounds using active noise control. A microphone captures the ambient sounds before an amplifier generates sound waves out of phase with the unwanted sounds. That way, the music you're listening to shines through the noises you don't want to hear like babies crying, people talking, or general airplane noise. 

Generally, noise cancellation works best with constant droning sounds like a plane engine rather than sharp sounds like voices, but the best noise-canceling headphones still do a good job of blocking these out to some degree.

Is there a difference between noise cancellation and active noise cancellation?

Some headphones offer passive noise cancellation (also known as noise isolation) rather than Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Instead of using microphones to filter out undesired sounds, these headphones rely on soundproofing by physically blocking outside sounds using the materials they're made out of. It's less effective than using a pair of headphones that use Active Noise Cancellation but it does mean there's less of a strain on battery life. 

Some people also prefer passive noise cancellation as active noise cancellation has been known to make people feel pressure in their ears. When using headphones for travel though, this is less of an issue and also generally something that frequent flyers will learn to live with over excessive noise. 

Does paying more really get me more noise cancellation?

Generally, yes. Many earphones and headphones offer noise cancellation features but they aren't all the same. Typically, the more you pay and the better known and regarded the brand is, the better the noise cancellation is. Brands like Bose or Sony often offer multiple different levels of noise cancellation so you can choose to be completely blocked off from the world or opt to allow some surrounding noises to come in while flying. 

By paying more, you also gain better features. These can include voice assistant support, expansive battery life, advanced codec support for better-sounding music, or better call quality. If you can, it's worth spending more on a good pair of noise cancellation headphones, particularly if you're a frequent flyer.

Do noise-canceling headphones help on airplanes?

Noise-canceling headphones are at their most useful on airplanes. While flying, it's difficult to find a moment's peace when so much is going on around you. Frequent flyers may prefer to rest or work despite airplane noise distracting them. The best way to do this is by using the best noise cancellation methods to block out what's going on. 

Do noise-canceling headphones help with flight anxiety?

It depends on why you have flight anxiety. If you hate the idea of being “stuck” on a plane, it might not work as well as if it's the noises that cause you anxiety. However, by being able to zone out and listen to your favorite music or podcasts, you can forget that you're on an airplane as you won't notice you're flying in the same way as if you hear all the surrounding noises.

Similarly, if you hate flying because of ambient noise like children crying or loud talking, noise-canceling headphones can help hide this away from your ears, meaning you can relax better. With a combination of meditative sounds and music, the best noise-canceling headphones can whisk you away from irritants. Effectively, you can cocoon yourself away from the reminders that you're traveling.

We've included something for everyone, from popular brands like Sony, Beats, and Apple. These are the best noise-canceling headphones for flying in 2022.

The Apple Watch SE has hit a new record-low price

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Save $100: Looking for a no-frills Apple Watch for a great price? The 44mm Apple Watch SE (GPS) is just $209 at Amazon and Walmart as of June 27. This 32% price reduction on this watch's $309 MSRP is the biggest discount we've seen on it to date.


Amazon Prime Day is almost upon us, bringing with it the promise of great deals on everything from kitchen goods to your favorite tech — including, of course, some markdowns on Apple products. Though the sale doesn't officially start until July 12, you don't have to wait until then to start saving on the most coveted items.

For example, both Amazon and Walmart have knocked $100 off the price of the 44mm Apple Watch SE with GPS, bringing it to just $209 — its lowest price ever. At the time of writing, the savings will only apply to the silver aluminum model with the abyss blue sport band (though if you really have something against blue, you can always switch out the band).

Admittedly, the SE isn't Apple's most updated watch, so you won't get the ECG or blood oxygen sensor found on the Series 7 or other fitness trackers. But, you do get a nice spacious 44mm screen, heart rate monitoring, and fall detection, all for just over $200. It's certainly more feature-loaded than the 42mm Series 3 that has a sale price of just $10 less at $299 at the time of writing.

It's not the fanciest Apple Watch, but it is the best budget pick. Check it out at Amazon and Walmart while it's on sale for a limited time only.

Looking for love on campus? Here are the best dating apps for college students.

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We love a good party as much as anyone. But the logistics of trying to get to know someone in a packed basement over blaring trap music while someone does body shots in the corner are a bit challenging. It's not exactly the ideal environment for romance. (Although maybe you're not looking for romance? Party on, friend.)

Dating apps are the saving grace of college students everywhere. Whether you’re serious about finding someone or just looking for a quick hookup, you may not need to look further than the right app. After all, everyone’s doing it.

At this point there are dating apps for every niche you can think of; whether you're into gaming, geek culture, getting high, or focusing on your career, there are people seeking the same things you are. As a college student, you have specific needs and probably don't want to wade through all the older people trying to get married ASAP. You need dating apps that are specifically suited for other college-aged people looking for love on campus.

Online dating 101

It probably seems obvious, but the first rule of online dating is to just be yourself. It's all too easy to pretend to be someone you're not online, but that kind of catfishing game won't result in a true connection. By being yourself and presenting who you are accurately and honestly, you open yourself up to the possibility of a great relationship with someone who likes you just the way you are. And isn't that the whole point of dating?

Don't be afraid to make the first move. Forget all those outdated rules that say a man is supposed to make the first move or that a woman can't pay on the first date. Instead, focus on finding an equal partner who helps support your goals, wants to see you succeed, and has dreams of their own.

Get a bit more creative with your messaging than the standard "Hey." If you're looking to connect with someone on campus, then open up the conversation with a question about them and a little bit about yourself. Messaging someone is more discussion group than lecture hall — it's about passing the conversation back and forth. 

Once you decide to meet up — which is the entire point, after all — stay open. We often come up with an idea for how someone will be after meeting them online, and it's rare that our expectations sync up with reality. Allow yourself to really get to know this person for who they are rather than who you thought they would be before you make up your mind.

That said, it's crucial that you're honest. If you really don't feel a connection, then do the right thing and tell them. A good line to use is something like, "I've really enjoyed meeting you but I think there are probably better people out there for both of us." Not only will they appreciate your candor, but it will alleviate that post-date awkwardness of wondering where you stand. Ghosting sucks for everyone. Just be upfront and save the both of you a lot of discomfort and uncertainty.

On the other hand, what if you really do like them after finally meeting in person? Then what? Set up your next date while you're still hanging out. That old rule about waiting three days to call? It's dead. RIP outdated dating "rules." Make plans to do something low-key, and for the first few dates make sure the plans are to meet in a public place. (A retro arcade or the student union could be a good, low-stakes meeting place. Bowling is always a good choice, too.) The benefits of making a date to do an activity cannot be overstated. It provides you with ample conversation starters and gives you the opportunity to get a little competitive and joke around. Some playful teasing goes a long way. And remember: It's all about having fun.

So what are the best dating apps for college students?

Our best picks for college students are the following: We like OkCupid for its inclusivity, ease of use, and fun algorithms. Tinder also gets our stamp of approval, as the swipe-happy, low-touch app makes finding people nearby a breeze. Friendsy deserves a shoutout as well for how it keeps the dating pool limited to other college students.

Read on to discover which other dating apps for college students made the cut. We’ve narrowed down the list to the 10 best online dating apps for whatever kind of college experience you want — here they are:

Casper sleep products are up to 50% off ahead of Prime Day

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Looking for some deals to help you snooze? Here are all the best early Prime Day deals on Casper sleep products as of June 27:


If you've been tossing and turning every night before going to sleep, it might be time to invest in some good sleep products. Just in time, Casper is offering up to 50% off a slew of its top pillows, weighted blankets, and more as an early Prime Day deal. Head over to Amazon for the full list of products on sale, and read on for more info on our top picks to help you catch some Zs.

Casper Sleep foam pillow$53.40 (save $35.60)

If you've ever woken up with a stiff neck, you'll recognize the importance of a good pillow. Swap your old squishy one for this supportive foam option from Casper, and rest easy knowing that your neck is being supported through the night. This three-layer foam pillow also offers cooling technology in the form of tiny channels that allow airflow, thus decreasing your chances of overheating.

Casper memory foam dog bed (medium)starting at $104.25 (save up to $62.25)

If you're investing in new sleep gear for yourself, might as well grab some for Fido, too. The Casper dog bed is the perfect spot for your pooch to take their morning nap (and their mid-day nap, and their evening nap). It's super supportive and durable, and can help ease tension on joints. The cover is also washable, and can easily be removed if things get messy.

The Casper dog bed is available in three sizes: small, medium and large. All of them are currently on sale for 25% off their respective prices. Grab the small size for $104.25, the medium for $126.75, or the large for $186.75.

Casper Sleep down pillow two-pack$201.75 (save $67.25)

For the bougie among us, there are Casper down pillows. This two-pack will make you feel like you're staying in a five-star resort, and for good reason. They're plush and breathable, filled with 100% duck down and feathers. The whole thing is machine-washable, too, so toss it in the washer and fluff it up at the end when you need a refresh.

The best vacuum deals ahead of Prime Day: Robot, cordless, and more

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Prime Day season is a great time to score a vacuum on sale — but the best deals certainly aren't limited to Amazon. We've pulled the best robot vacuum deals and cordless vacuum deals (categorized by price below) from friendly shopping holiday competition and coinciding summer sales alike.


Robot vacuums

Our budget pick

Why we like it

Roombas generally don't have the ability to map and clean specific rooms until around the $500 price point. That's what makes the Wyze vacuum so impressive. Its LiDAR tower emits 2,016 laser pointers every second to generate a floor plan of your home. On the app, you can edit walls or re-label areas, or create a schedule.

More robot vacuums under $300

Our splurge pick

Why we like it

Amazon's 30% discount on Samsung's Jet Bot+ is a gem of a find compared to the full price listed on Samsung's own website. The Jet Bot+ uses LiDAR to map your home and cleans by identifying the type of surface and amount of dust it's dealing with. The compact Clean Station holds up to a month's worth of debris.

More robot vacuums over $300

Robot vacuum and mop hybrids

Our pick

Why we like it

Opting for a vacuum with LiDAR mapping is a smart move if you have a complicated floor plan. The Roborock S5 Max helps avoid a "bumper car" situation by remembering the layout of each floor of your home and steering clear of the virtual boundaries you set. It also brings mopping to the table, which the cheaper S4 Max does not.

More hybrids on sale

Upright vacuums

Our budget pick

Why we like it

This budget-friendly powerhouse is ideal for everyday upkeep of hard floors and carpet. The "pet" part comes in with the filtration system and cyclone, which keep dander from building up and flying around. It also has a spare battery that can get you 80 minutes of battery life if it and the vac are fully charged.

Other cordless vacuums under $300

Our splurge pick

Why we like it

The V9 isn't a thing, so the V10 is your happy halfway point. This Dyson middle child hikes suction on carpet (compared to the V8) and can clean for an hour on one charge. It's also the cheapest Dyson that has the redesigned parallel dust bin, which is much easier to empty.

Other cordless vacuums over $300

A beginner's guide to roller skating: Where to buy the best skates

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You may have noticed that roller skating became a hugely popular hobby during the pandemic. It provided a relatively safe way to be active and out of the house. Now that the U.S. has opened up more, we're not all rushing to find hobbies at the same rate as before, but maybe part of you is still thinking about investing in a pair of roller skates and giving the activity a try.

Why you should get roller skates

Roller skating is a fun way to get exercise that doesn't feel like exercise. If running makes you question why you were ever born, skating is a great low-impact alternative. After skating for an hour or so, you'll be feeling the burn in your legs and glutes.

Aside from being a form of exercise, roller skating is just a fun hobby to have. You can explore cute parks in your area, check out skate parks, learn tricks, and really make it your own. And even though you are a beginner, you might fall in love with roller skating and become one of those people who build their own pair of roller skates and can do all sorts of fancy tricks. Plus, you can get great content for TikTok, regardless of skill level.

You can also find community through skating, both in-person and online. You might run into other people roller skating at local spots, and you can always turn to Reddit where there is both a rollerskating subreddit and rollerblading subreddit.

Quad skates vs. inline skates

Quad skates are what you'd traditionally picture when you think of roller skates. They have four wheels (hence, quad) that sit in two rows of two. Inline skates are more commonly known as rollerblades, and have a single row of wheels down the middle of the skate.

The arrangement of the wheels on quad skates gives them more stability, making them good for beginners who struggle with balance. They're also better for dancing, tricks, and roller derby for when you get more experienced. To brake on quad skates, you put your weight on the front of your foot and lean forward onto a toe stop. Quad skates are more customizable than inline skates— you can swap out the trucks, wheels, and toe stops to create a roller skate that works best with your feet and skills.

Inline skates are easier to maneuver quickly around obstacles and are better for speed. They have similar vibes to ice skates, but chunkier and with wheels. The brakes on rollerblades are in the back and usually only appear on the right skate, so it is a little tricky to stop if you're new to the practice. (I've been rollerblading for more than a year and still brake by grabbing onto poles or ramming into fencing or railing.) Inline skates are better for skating long distances and skating fast. Standing still on a pair of rollerblades takes some skill, but you'll be moving and grooving most of the time anyway, so don't be put off by that. Beginners can still get the hang of inline skates pretty easily.

Whichever type of roller skate you decide on, don't forget to wear protective gear like knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a helmet. You might feel confident — a little cocky even — that you're going to be a pro right off the bat, but trips and falls happen.

What makes roller skates good for beginners?

A good beginner skate is comfortable with good ankle support. A new hobby that gives you blisters is likely not one you'll be excited to continue. Look for padded boots with padded tongues, and make sure the skates lace all the way up, so they stay nice and tight against your legs to avoid wobbly ankles.

As a beginner, you don't want a skate that's going to require too much care or effort. Changing bearings and trucks probably isn't on your to-do list. Plus, it's annoying if you have to swap out the wheels for a set better suited to your needs — like if you want to skate inside or outside. You want a pair of roller skates that you can just put on and start skating.

Indoor skates vs. outdoor skates

What makes a skate good for indoor skating or outdoor skating depends on the wheels. It might sound a little complicated for beginners who don't care about all the nitty-gritty technicalities of roller skating, but the wheel hardness determines how well skates ride on different surfaces.

Wheel hardness is measured by the wheel's durometer, with the average durometer for skate wheels ranging between 72A and 102A. All you need to take away from this is that lower numbers are better for outside because the wheels are softer and absorb more shock — say, if you happen to roll over a pebble or something. Higher numbers are better for indoors or smooth outdoor surfaces with good traction because they are not as absorbent and allow you to go faster. Anything around 78A to 82A works for both indoor and outdoor use, which gives you options if you're trying to figure out which type of terrain you prefer.

If you do use your skates outside and want to use them at an indoor rink, check to make sure they allow outdoor skates. Some rinks don't because there might be debris or rocks in your wheels that could scratch up the flooring.

What size roller skates should you get?

Roller skate sizing is usually the same as your regular shoe sizing. Make sure you look at the sizing chart that will likely be on the skates' listing page to be safe because sometimes sizing is only listed in men's or only listed in women's and it might not be clear which it is.

In terms of fit, you want the skates to be snug — but obviously not too tight that your big toe is crammed. Loose skates can lead to rolled ankles, and it's probably safe to assume you don't want that. If your skates do arrive too loose, just wear multiple pairs of thick socks to pad them out. And (semi-) pro tip: Wear tall socks with high-top skates to avoid any uncomfortable rubbing on your ankles — at least as you break the skates in.

Whether you want to skate in a rink or the great outdoors, we got you covered. These are the best roller skates for beginners in 2022.

Mobile World Congress to stay in Barcelona until 2030

Mobile World Congress

Rejoice, lovers of smartphones, mobile technology, and Barcelona: The Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile tech event, will keep taking place in Barcelona until at least 2030.

Wait, you may ask, isn't this thing always taking place in Barcelona? Isn't Barcelona the MWC city?

Not exactly. The MWC was inaugurally held in Rome in 1990, and it moved from city to city every year, including Berlin, Lisbon, Athens, and Madrid. It was then held in Cannes for ten years, until it finally settled in Barcelona in 2006, where it has been held ever since, but the partnership was set to expire in 2024.

According to the event's organizer GSMA, the new deal was agreed upon at its Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur on June 27. “We’ve not just grown the event since our move to Barcelona but evolved it to include an entire ecosystem,” said GSMA CEO John Hoffman, in a statement.

It's true. I've covered the event for many years, and while the bulk of the conference is happening in Barcelona's humongous Fira Gran Via venue, there are numerous auxiliary events and parties scattered across the city during the MWC's duration. The MWC is also quite massive, with 109,000 people attending in 2019 according to GSMA, which is also a part of the reason why Barcelona and Fira are a good match for the conference.

In 2020, all of that screeched to a halt, with the MWC being one of the first major tech events to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A mini version of the conference was held in the summer of 2021, and in 2022 the MWC was again held in its typical time slot in spring, though with a smaller attendance.

According to the GSMA, more about the partnership will be revealed at a press conference, to be held in Barcelona on July 20.

What does Roe v. Wade being overturned mean to you?

Capitol buildings ahead of roe v wade being overturned

Millions of lives will be immeasurably changed as states now have the ability to make abortion illegal. This comes after the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court ruling on Friday that overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. People are flocking to protest the decision that shatters nearly half a century of law.

"With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent," Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan wrote a joint dissent criticizing the majority decision.

The 6 to 3 majority decision landed down the political lines of the justices. It didn't come as much of a surprise after a draft written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked earlier this year. Now, reproductive rights will be decided by states, half of which are expected to place bans on the medical procedure, according to the Associated Press. This could lead to hundreds of preventable pregnancy-related deaths across the country, NBC News reported in May. The decision will also likely affect your privacy, the need for abortion funds and reproductive justice networks, and even the porn you watch.

How the ruling may affect your privacy

Privacy experts warn that this new decision is an attack on Americans' right to privacy because the right to abortion and the right to privacy are connected through the Roe v. Wade ruling. As Mashable previously reported, the ruling "stems from the right to privacy guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause." That means the Court's decision has undermined the U.S.'s right to privacy, which, as Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project previously told Mashable "has played a role in protecting everything from the right to contraceptives to the right to same-sex marriage." 

And it's true: In Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion, he wrote that the Court "should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell." Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell are the rulings that decided the rights of contraception, same-sex sexual contact, and same-sex marriage, respectfully.

What the ruling may do to porn

In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that a right to privacy included the right to abortion, and held that the abortion right is part of a right to privacy that springs from the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Now that the precedent has been overturned, Americans' digital privacy is at risk, including our right to make and watch porn. As Mashable reported in May, legislators could use this new precedent to police adult creators working from home, and overturning Roe v. Wade has the potential to completely disrupt the porn industry and online sexual expression because it criminalizes bodily autonomy.

Abortion funds and reproductive justice networks need help

Because of the detrimental, blanket, and all-encompassing ruling that overturning Roe v. Wade amounts to, advocates and health professionals are encouraging folks to fight for safe abortion care. As Mashable reported, there are tons of ways you can help abortion funds and reproductive justice networks, from helping organizations that are local to your state or other states that are in direct threat, to regional and national funds. 

Worsening mental health

Being denied abortion access leads to worse mental health, and raises the likelihood of experiencing poverty and domestic violence, as Mashable reports. Experts and researchers warn that the Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the likely state-wide bans on reproductive healthcare will intensify anxiety for people of color, trans women, and nonbinary people who will now have to fear criminalization for self-managed abortion. A loss of bodily autonomy, according to Dr. M. Antonia Biggs, Ph.D., and senior researcher at the University of California at San Francisco is simply "not good for people's mental health."

Save 50% on a fire pit that doubles as a dining table

Wicker patio furniture arranged around fire pit outdoors

Save $200: As of June 27, a popular Better Homes & Gardens fire pit and dining table is only $199 at Walmart. That's a 50% discount from its usual price of $399, plus free shipping.


A fire pit is a surefire way to make your patio look more put together. If you're limited on space, you don't have to choose between that and a place to eat.

One of Walmart's bestselling fire pits actually doubles as a dining table, and it can be the centerpiece of your outdoor space for less than $200. For reference, it retails for $399 — so that's a true 50% price slash (plus free shipping and the possibility of next-day delivery). Shout out to summer rollback season at Walmart.

This rectangular design by Better Homes & Gardens feels like something you'd see in an HGTV-ified backyard. The shape itself is undeniably chic, while the dark brown synthetic woven wicker adds cozy, rustic charm. The flames come out of the center and are powered by a standard 20-pound propane tank that's completely concealed in the base of the table. The two ends of the table see an extended ledge for plates and drinks to safely sit away from the flames.

For more dining space, you can forego the fire and cover the opening with a lid.

Kendrick Lamar, Olivia Rodrigo, and artists blast Roe v. Wade decision at Glastonbury

Kendrick Lamar on stage at Glastonbury.

Over the weekend, Glastonbury Festival saw a cluster of artists using the stage to speak out about the reversal of Roe v. Wade. There were powerful calls for abortion rights, including one particularly potent "Fuck You" to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Friday, the Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional right to abortion was overturned. The devastating decision will alter the lives of millions, setting back the clock for reproductive rights and justice.

The gravity of the ruling saw many famous figures issuing public responses, including artists like Kendrick Lamar, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, and others who powerfully criticised the decision onstage at Glastonbury, the annual music festival held in Somerset, England.

Lamar, who recently released long-awaited album Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers, gave a haunting, fierce performance of track "United In Grief," a personal tale of pain that the artist visually and verbally aligned with the grief around Roe v. Wade's reversal. At the peak of the performance, a crown of thorns on top of his head, face streaming with blood, Lamar repeatedly rapped, "They judge you, they judged Christ, godspeed for women's rights" until he dropped the microphone and left the stage.

The day before, on Saturday, Rodrigo enlisted the help of Lily Allen to dedicate the British artist's 2009 hit "Fuck You" to the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"I'm devastated and terrified that so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this," said Rodrigo. "I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a shit about freedom."

"This song goes out to the justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh,” she continued. "We hate you."

Megan Thee Stallion similarly took the stage on Saturday night, saying "My body is my motherfucking choice," to roaring audiences who chanted alongside her.

"Texas really embarrassing me right now; y’all know that’s my home state," she said. Texas is one of the states in which abortion will be effectively impossible to obtain.

On Friday, the same day the Supreme Court's decision was delivered, Bridgers delivered a message at her set, too ("Who wants to say, 'Fuck the Supreme Court'?"), having her fans say the words right back.

The Friday night headliner, Eilish started off her set with grave words, before she began to sing "Your Power," a powerful track from her album Happier Than Ever the artist has called "an open letter to people who take advantage – mostly men."

"The song we're about to do is one of the favorites that we've written. It’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it,” Eilish said at Glastonbury. "Today is a really, really dark day for women in the U.S. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment."

Other major figures and groups at Glastonbury spoke out, including Kasey Musgraves and Years and Years. Idles frontman Joe Talbot also used a moment in the band's set to say America is being sent "back to the Middle Ages," and later saying, "Long live the open minded."

On Sunday, Lorde also delivered an impactful monologue on the Pyramid Stage. "Welcome to sadness. The temperature is unbearable until you face it. You wanna know a secret, girls? Your bodies were destined to be controlled and objectified since before you were born. That horror is your birthright," she said

“Here’s another secret — you possess ancient strength, ancient wisdom. Wisdom that has propelled every woman who came before you. That wisdom is your birthright. I ask you today, make accessing that wisdom your life’s work, because everything depends on that," the singer said. Lorde finished with a familiar statement from the weekend: "Fuck the Supreme Court."

The reversal of Roe v. Wade is indeed a dark milestone in American history. Both reproductive health and human rights have placed in jeopardy since the ruling. Organisations and activists are continuing to fight for the fundamental right, as half the country is expected to face the consequences of the decision.

Get your first look at Angie Thomas' YA novel 'On The Come Up' movie adaptation

A girl standing in the aisle of a school bus smiling.

Angie Thomas' second YA novel, On the Come Up, has been adapted into a film, and we've got our very first look.

The debut peek at the Paramount+ movie was revealed at the BET Awards on Sunday with a very short teaser trailer, but it's enough to have us psyched.

It's the second film adaptation for Thomas, whose debut YA novel, The Hate U Give, was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and examined systemic racism and police violence through the experiences of teen protagonist Starr Carter. The book was banned at a school in Texas for some bullshit reason, and was made into a film in 2018 starring Amandla Stenberg.

Set in the same fictional neighbourhood as The Hate U Give, Garden Heights, Thomas' second novel, On the Come Up focuses on 16-year-old Bri, a talented aspiring rapper with big dreams and her first battle to win. She's under pressure — Bri's father was a bit of a legend in the underground hip hop scene. But while dealing with racism at school and economic strife at home, Bri channels her emotions into a huge track that goes viral, but generates negative, racist and classist media portrayals. So, Bri must challenge all that harmful societal crap and go for it by raising her voice, which is a much more complicated process as a young Black person.

In the film version directed by Succession star Sanaa Lathan and adapted by This Is Us writer-director Kay Oyegun, On the Come Up will see newcomer Jamila C. Gray starring as Bri (she was coached by Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody), alongside Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Method Man, Mike Epps, and more.

Thomas told The New York Times she both wanted to give hip hop its due in YA fiction with her second novel, but also highlight how rappers have inspired her while dealing with book bans and censorship.

"When I was dealing with my own censorship, I thought of the rappers who had meant so much to me, like Tupac, Biggie, Lauryn Hill and Nas, and how they went through it. I was raised knowing that when hip hop spoke up, it was always challenged. So often when rappers speak, they’re criticized for how they do it, as opposed to what they actually say," she told the publisher.

On the Come Up lands on Paramount+ "soon."

John Oliver's water explainer comes with a very sweary Brian Cox cameo

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Anyone who's watched John Oliver will know that Last Week Tonight has a very strong cameo game — from an angry Adam Driver to a very blunt Leslie Jones, there have been many memorable guest appearances over the years.

And now Brian Cox joins the number. The Succession star appeared during Sunday's episode about the state of water in the U.S., with Oliver going through the problems ("the South-West is actually going through its driest period since 800 A.D.," he explains) to the many unhelpful ideas and solutions being offered, including a call to collective prayer for rain from Utah's Governor Spencer Cox.

This is where Cox comes in, playing none other than an unimpressed God himself. Here's his speech, in full:

"Hi. It's me, God. I know I don't often do this but I just wanted to appear in person to make one thing perfectly clear: You can't pray your way out of a drought. Frankly I'm insulted you even asked me, you got yourself in this fucking mess, get yourself the fuck out of it. I gave you plenty of water. It's not my fault you wasted it building surfing lagoons and golf courses in the middle of a fucking desert. Utah, your Capitol is Salt Lake City. It's next to a salt lake. A lake of salt. Taking the fucking hint.

"So no, I will not be answering your prayer for rain. For the record I've only ever, ever answered one prayer: Little Timmy Pendleton wanted a Hess Truck for his birthday in 1986, and I made sure he got one. The kid just really seemed to want that truck, and you know, maybe I felt bad about killing both his parents with that tornado. I don't know. There's so many things I'd rather talk about to you than your stupid, stupid water usage, like the meaning of life, or which animal I created by mistake (guinea pigs, by the way). The point is, I want humans of all faiths to come together and act like rational fucking adults when it comes to water use. Heed my words, my children, and conserve the once bountiful gifts of rivers and lakes which I created for you, on Earth. Now fuck off."

Well, you can't put it much more plainly than that.

Bundle lifetime subscriptions to Rosetta Stone and StackSkills for a major discount

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TL;DR: As of June 27, The Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle ft. Rosetta Stone, worth $1,794, is on sale for $159.20 with the code ROSETTA20. That's savings of a whopping 91%.


Lifelong learning is a key ingredient to a successful career, a zestful life, and a cultivated mind. That includes exploring new ways of thinking, exploring new skills, staying up-to-date on current trends, and more. For some help on your mission, consider this Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle featuring Rosetta Stone and StackSkills

The two subscriptions are valued at over $1,700, but you can save hundreds of dollars by bundling them together. With the code ROSETTA20, you can score a lifetime subscription to both for only $159.20 — that’s around 91% in savings.

First up, there’s a lifetime subscription to Rosetta Stone, a.k.a. the gold standard in language-learning that secured PCMag's (which is owned by Mashable’s publisher, Ziff Davis) Editor's Choice Award for five consecutive years. This gives you the ability to learn all 24 languages the program offers at your own pace and on your own time through interactive software and proprietary speech-recognition technology.

Rosetta Stone is particularly helpful for beginners. It’s designed to help you build conversational skills and develop your command of the language through reading, writing, and speaking to native speakers. With lifetime access, you can become fluent in a second, third, or 24th language.

The second half of this bundle is a lifetime subscription to StackSkills — an online platform designed to help you master today’s most in-demand skills. You’ll unlock access to over 1,000 courses, plus 50 new ones that are added monthly. These courses cover everything from IT and development to finance and business to marketing and graphic design. They also cover all levels, from beginner to advanced. If you’re interested in furthering your career or just expanding your mind, StackSkills is a great place to turn.

For a limited time only, you can score both of these lifetime subscriptions for just $159.20 using the code ROSETTA20 — that’s less than purchasing either individually and $10 less than the last time we featured it.

Prices subject to change.

Add a portable Apple Watch charger to your keys for $20

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TL;DR: As of June 27, this Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain is on sale for $19.99 — that's a discount of 59% from its original price of $49.95.


Apple Watch owners, the only way your device is going to be able to keep up with your Garmin- and Fitbit-owning friends on your adventures is if you carry a spare charge in your back pocket. Even the latest Apple Watch battery doesn’t last a full 24 hours on a single charge, so having something like this Apple Watch Wireless Keychain Charger on hand is probably a good idea.

The Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain from Go Gadgets is regularly $49, but you can scoop one up for only $19.99 for a limited time — that's 59% in savings.

This tiny charger we’ve featured before is designed to be small enough (just 2.5 inches x 3 inches) to fit in your pocket or on your keychain so that it’s always at an arm's reach. Despite its low profile, it’s actually pretty powerful. It uses a microcomputer electronic system to deliver much-needed juice to your Apple Watch by touching it to the magnetic center. 

Its built-in 950mAh battery is compatible with any Apple Watch — no matter the series — and is equipped with all the necessary safety protocols: overheat, over-current, over-voltage, and short-circuit protection. So you shouldn’t have to worry about your battery’s health. You can also see your charging status at a glance at any given time, thanks to the built-in LED lights.

There’s a chance the Apple Watch Series 8, which is set to debut in September, could finally boast better battery life. But until then, Apple Watch users need a reliable charger on-hand at all times to keep their wrist companions alive for daily activities. This keychain fits seamlessly into your daily life to deliver juice when needed — and it’s only $19.99.

Prices subject to change.

Save over $450 on a new-to-you 128GB iPad Pro

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TL;DR: As of June 27, you can get a refurbished WiFi Only Apple iPad Pro 9.7" with 128GB for just $264.99. Even the usual price of a refurbished one is $321, so you're getting 17% off, and a new one would cost $749.


The reward for going green and buying a refurbished iPad Pro, rather than a new one, is you get to save hundreds of dollars. 

Case in point: A refurbished 9.7-inch iPad Pro is on sale for only $264.99. It retailed for $749 when it first came out in 2016, so this deal is technically saving you over 450 bucks.

If you need a powerful tablet that can step into your laptop’s footsteps when necessary, an iPad Pro is your go-to. It features a 9.7-inch Retina display, WiFi connectivity, and all the usual Apple apps you already know and love. It runs on an A9X processor, which is no M1 chip, but should still power up your everyday tasks just fine. There’s a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 12MP rear camera on board, which can capture 4K videos at 30 fps and live photos, but is otherwise unremarkable. If FaceTime calls and snapping quick pics and videos on the go is what you’re after, it can get the job done.

As a WiFi-only model, you can only browse the web and stream videos with an internet connection (no data). But if you don’t want to purchase a separate data plan, that’s kind of a win. You can also connect to a hotspot if there’s no WiFi available, anyway. 

Six years may seem old, but it’s not obsolete yet in Apple’s eyes. That means it’s still eligible for hardware service and parts, which can offer some peace of mind to the skeptics. Plus, it's capable of upgrading to the latest iOS.

For a limited time, you can save hundreds by opting for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from 2016 rather than purchasing a brand-new device. Your carbon footprint will thank you.

Prices subject to change.

Bring the spa to your living room with these compression therapy boots on sale

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TL;DR: As of June 27, a two-pack of the AIR-C + HEAT Full Leg Massage and Heat Treatment is on sale for just $290. That's 27% off its regular price of $399.98.


Your office and gym are now part of your home, why not bring the spa home as well? With the Air-C + Heat full leg massage and heat treatment from ReAthlete, you can combat sore, achy legs right from your couch. And for a limited time, you can get a 2-pack on sale for $290 -- that's 27% off.

Once you wrap your legs up in these innovative booties, you can kick back and enjoy a full-leg massage without lifting a finger. By combining air compression with heat therapy, the Air-C + Heat is designed to help increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and maybe even relieve some aches and pains. Depending on your needs, you can customize the massage experience to target your entire leg, including your thighs, calves, and feet, or get individualized relief in your calves, thighs, or feet only.

After you select the area for massage, you can then choose from Shiatsu-style massage, kneading, or pressing, adjust between three levels of intensity, and even crank up the heat. Use the remote control, which is attached to the compression boots, to make adjustments without even getting off the couch. The LCD screen makes it easy to see which settings you picked.

While technically designed for athletes, the Air-C + Heat can also be used after a week of following a heavy workout routine, after an intense shift on your feet at work, while you amp up your daily step goal, or even after sitting in the same place for too long at work. Just wrap your legs in these bad boys whenever you start feeling achy. They’re designed to be one-size-fits-all, but you might want to double check the dimensions if you’re concerned.

Regularly $399, you can get a two-pack of these compression massaging boots for only $290 for a limited time.

Prices subject to change.

Toyota is recalling 2,700 electric bZ4X cars. Reason: Wheels may fall off.

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Toyota's first fully electric battery vehicle, the Toyota bZ4X, isn't off to a great start.

The company is recalling a number of bZ4X vehicles, including some 2023 model year ones, over faulty wheels.

According to Reuters, the total number of vehicles recalled is 2,700, with 2,200 of those earmarked for Europe, 260 for the U.S., 110 for Japan, and 10 for Canada.

Subaru also said last week that it's recalling about 2,600 of its Solterra cars for the same reason (Solterra, which was jointly developed with Toyota, is basically Subaru's version of the bZ4X).

Recalls of this size aren't uncommon, but the reason for this particular recall is a bit worrying. Here's Toyota's description of what may happen.

"After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle. If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash."

Yes, the wheels of the car may literally fall off.

Toyota says it's still looking into the reasons as to why this happens, and says a fix isn't available yet. "No one should drive these vehicles until the remedy is performed," Toyota said.

Lizzo rocked the 'About Damn Time' TikTok trend at the BET Awards

Lizzo performs onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

The BET Awards are on tonight, and so is force of nature Lizzo. Dressed in a shiny '70s jumpsuit reminiscent of a golden disco ball, the singer put her classical flute training to good use in a dazzling performance of her hit "About Damn Time." She also performed part of the song's viral TikTok dance, once again highlighting creator Jaeden Gomez's popular choreography.

Gomez's "About Damn Time" TikTok dance quickly went viral after she posted it to the platform in late April, a little over a week after Lizzo released the song. Since then Lizzo has approvingly acknowledged it multiple times, performing it on her own TikTok account as well as recording a dance tutorial emphasizing the attitude required.

Prepare yourself: Apple is announcing even more "new" products

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Alert Apple aficionados: the company has reportedly hinted at new products and updated OG's to be released over the next year.

According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, the tech giant has a few more surprises up its 2022 sleeves than what was unveiled at the WWDC conference, which announced the new iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, including anticipated updates to iPhones, Apple Watches, and more.

The reported update lineup mainly centers around new processing and revamped specs for many familiar products, including the new M2 chip, which would be introduced to a variety of computer models including the M2 Pro Mac mini, M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Mac Pro. The new M3 chip is also reportedly in the works in conjunction with a 15-inch MacBook Air.

The iPhone 14 will also get its always-on display and Lock Screen widgets in iOS 16, Gurman reports, with new iPhone models releasing with an included a 48MP back camera, a new front camera and Face ID design, and an A16 chip. Apple Watches will get an upgrade, too — Both the Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch SE will get their own S8 chip. And the new Apple TV unit may be released, as well, which would incorporate a new A14 chip.

Perhaps most interesting, the long-rumored Apple Augmented Reality headset is still in the works (designed with the M2 chip), and consumers might get a glimpse of a revamped HomePod, previously discontinued in favor of the HomePod Mini.

Cheers to all you smart home lovers.

These companies will pay for employee abortion care

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A year of attacks against reproductive rights culminated in the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, with communities around the nation responding in protest. The decision also reinvigorated a growing business response to abortion access, with dozens of employers pledging to cover their employees' costs for abortion travel or care. 

These employers are attempting to join an already deeply established, historic network of activists, nonprofits, and other reproductive health and justice organizations who offer support to people seeking abortions around the country — these grassroots efforts include national abortion funds, clinic networks, and other means of practical support for those on the ground, including grants for out-of-state travel. Organizations like the National Abortion Federation, Abortion Care Network, and the National Network of Abortion Funds help connect individuals to providers or others who can provide assistance, including a network of independent, community-based abortion providers

Employer support through covered health plans or monetary reimbursement adds another, albeit more corporate, layer to this fold of reproductive health access, but the announcements have also prompted justified concern about an employer's right to your personal health information.

And at the same time, some experts say employers should anticipate legal backlash from state lawmakers and those standing in the way of accessible abortion, Reuters reports. Other legal professionals contend they'll be protected in civil lawsuits by federal laws overseeing employer-sponsored healthcare and employees, including the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (or ERISA). ERISA prohibits states from enacting requirements that relate to such health plans, but wouldn't apply to criminal cases. 

Even so, employers — especially corporate tech and media giants — have the resources and ability to take on legal risk far beyond that of the individuals seeking abortion care. It's well past the time for wealthy companies to step up and protect their employees' right to choose. Also important to note: many of these businesses have balked at, or directly contributed to, other harmful legislation that fails to protect the rights of those within the LGBTQ community.

Here are the organizations that have made initial pledges to do so in varying capacities:

Tech and social media

Retail

Travel

Entertainment

Miscellaneous

Software engineer creates AI that identifies anonymous faces in WWII photos

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In a story originally reported by The Times of Israel, a software engineer in New York has created and developed an AI that scans through hundreds of thousands of photos to help identify victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

From Number to Names (N2N), is an artificially intelligent facial recognition platform that can scan through photos from prewar Europe and the Holocaust (e.g. 1914–1945), linking them to people living today. Daniel Patt, a 40-year-old software engineer now working for Google, works on the project in his own free time with his own resources according to the article but is being joined by a growing team of engineers, researchers, and data scientists.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) website, there is no single list identifying the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and that research to find individuals' stories is a long process following leads on minimal information. The museum does, however, offer various ways onsite for the families of survivors and victims seeking information and documentation.

Patt's inspiration for creating the AI came in 2016 while visiting Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, said The Times of Israel. Haunted by the possibility of unknowingly walking past the faces of relatives, Patt developed N2N so he could help his family and others find photos of murdered loved ones.

The way N2N works is by scanning through hundreds of thousands of photos made available by the USHMM, as well as photos from individual survivors and their descendants, according to The Times of Israel. The software isn't perfect, however, and only returns the 10 best potential matches that it can find in the database available to it.

For individuals looking to use the site, all they have to do is upload a photo from roughly the same time period. Patt says that his team makes no software-based assertions about the accuracy of the identification, leaving that judgment to the people using the site. "We simply show results, with similarity scores, and let individuals decide whether the results contain a positive identification," Patt says in an interview with The Times of Israel.

Along with the photos and videos currently available on the site, Patt told The Times of Israel that he is working on getting an additional 700,000 photos from the pre-Holocaust and Holocaust eras.

"Looking ahead, we’d like for N2N to become a vehicle for Holocaust education, giving students an opportunity to directly contribute to the historical record," Patt said in the interview. "Students can use the software to help identify faces and artifacts in photo and video archives and potentially discover new connections between living Holocaust descendants and their ancestors."

Patt has said that the nonprofit has been in contact informally with the USHMM but he hopes in the future to partner with "museums, schools, research institutions, and other organizations which share common goals around Holocaust education, awareness, and so on."

"We have been developing the project over the course of evenings and weekends over many months," Patt said to The Times of Israel. "There’s an urgency to this effort as the last remaining survivors pass, and there are many connections that could still be made. We hope that N2N can help build those connections while the survivors are still with us."

Stardust claims to be first period tracker app to offer end-to-end encryption

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UPDATE: Jun. 26, 2022, 12:11 p.m. EDT This article was updated for clarity and context

In the post-decision furor of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, period tracking apps have become a new area of digital concern, as many question whether the apps' stored personal health data could be used to target people seeking abortion care.

But period tracking app Stardust, which combines traditional menstruation tracking with the movements of our moon and the planets, has come out ahead of many others by announcing itself as the first recognized app to offer end-to-end encryption for all users. In a statement via the app's TikTok page posted on June 24, Stardust's founder Rachel Moranis explained the new privacy update was already set to be announced prior to the overturning after initial concerns about data protection were raised last month. The app has previously posted about its pledge to never sell user data and protect user privacy.

"What [encryption] means is that if we get subpoenaed by the government, we will not be able to hand over any of your period tracking data," she says in the video. "It is completely anonymized from your login data. We can't view it. You are the only person that can see this."

End-to-end encryption (or "e2ee") ensures that the data from a sender or user's system or device is protected during transmission, even from host servers, and can't be decrypted by anyone other than the intended recipient. It's not a complete fix to security concerns — Messaging apps offering e2ee services, like SignalWhatsApp, and Telegram, have been called out in the past for failing to disclose their full policies, offering much more limited encryption services than advertised, and relinquishing the protection of data once it's reached its "endpoints."

While there's no current precedent for a period tracking app to turn over its user data to authorities for a criminal investigation, other apps have been known to hand off user data in sensitive cases, and, last year, popular period tracking app Flo received an FTC complaint about misleading users and sharing personal health data. Both activists and privacy experts agree that the recent decision, and Roe v. Wade's presence as a legal bulwark against invasive abortion regulation, could have echoing effects on personal privacy.

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The app joins a short list of "safer" period tracking options, including European app Clue, Drip for Android, and Euki. You can view Stardust's entire privacy policy on its website.

According to the company's TikTok announcement, the app's encryption will go live on Tuesday, June 28 alongside the release of the Android version and new iOS update.

11 first date ideas for getting to know someone quickly

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I finally downloaded Hinge on March 1, 2020, when I was ready to give dating another try after a messy relationship had ended. We all know what happened about two weeks later: COVID hit, and dating had to take a pause. But as we learned to adjust our lives to an ongoing pandemic, dating changed to fit with the times

It’s easy to feel like the pandemic stole away valuable time to find a potential partner, especially if you had certain milestones in mind, like getting married or having kids in the near future. My dating life during the early days of the pandemic was mostly virtual and involved multiple instances of ghosting. But once I was vaccinated, I was ready for something more serious and purposeful.

Turns out, so are a lot of other people. Two of the biggest dating trends of 2022 so far are choosing priorities — deciding what you want and being honest and upfront with potential partners from the jump — and increased vulnerability and mindfulness — actually being open and letting people in, rather than jumping from situationship to situationship. In other words, people are choosing to date more efficiently

Dr. John De Oca, a relationship expert and nurse practitioner, says the first step in efficient dating is defining your goal, whether it’s that you want a casual relationship, you want to date to learn more about yourself and what you want for your romantic life, or you’re ready for commitment. “So, going down one of those avenues and being very clear about it, both in how you interact with people and in your own mindset as well,” De Oca said.

As for any supposed milestones, De Oca discourages his clients from chasing them and instead promotes dating in terms of what feels right.

“We want to make sure that we’re dating people that meet our relationship goals vs. just dating people that are going to get us to our goals because we want to be in longterm relationships,” De Oca said.

To execute an efficient dating life, De Oca suggests taking advantage of the time before you go on a first date — especially if you’re online dating. He says to talk on the phone, have a FaceTime conversation, and be deliberate with the types of questions you're asking. For instance, says De Oca, if you know your love language is physical touch, ask the person how affectionate they are. Use this time to pre-screen the person and actually get to know them vs. mindlessly talking to people and just saying, “Good morning” and “What’s up?”

Once you do get to that first date, you have the opportunity to get tons of insight as to whether or not the person is a good fit for what you’re looking for. You don’t want to go on just any first date, though, if you’re trying to date efficiently — some dates are much better than others when it comes to getting to know people quickly. 

You won’t be able to get the absolute complete picture of a person just from one date, but if you know what you’re looking for, what personality traits you want in a partner, and what gives you the ick, these first dates can help you dig that up faster. Just remember to set your dating goals and keep them in mind as you go out on dates.

Dinner and/or drinks

Dinner and drinks is a classic date for a reason. De Oca says “anything that stimulates conversation, any kind of environment where you could lean into one another and get to know each other” makes for a great first date if you’re trying to date efficiently. Informationally, it's a treasure trove: You're seated across from each other, and all you really have to do is talk (and eat). If you want to find out how the person carries on a conversation, get the chance to ask about their childhood, see how they eat (hopefully with their mouth shut), and learn how they treat a waitstaff, dinner and drinks is a stellar choice.

People-watching at the park

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People-watching is fun, but it can also be a great test. You’ll see how your date speaks about other people, what they’re judgmental about, and if they have funny commentary or are a straight-up bully. (Look for a person who has something quippy to say about how someone’s interacting with their dog vs. something that’s simply mean about someone’s appearance.) Plus, observing other people automatically gives you a jumping-off point for conversation, whereas sitting across from each other at a dinner table can lead you to feel like you have to pull conversation topics out of your ass. You still get the close-up talking, but without the awkward silences when you’re trying to slurp spaghetti without looking feral.

A game like mini-golf or bowling

Doing an activity helps prevent awkward pauses. And you get to see the other person's competitive side and if they’re a real-life version of the Hinge prompt red flag, “I’m overly competitive about: everything.” De Oca says, “I think an activity is always good because it kinda gets the adrenaline pumping.” But you also want some down time where you can actually have a conversation, he adds, so don’t focus too hard on winning, and remember to actually vet your date’s personality along with their sportsmanship. 

Trivia

Intelligence is up there on the list of qualities people look for in a partner, and while trivia is not the most accurate test of intelligence — I mean, who actually knows what cynophobia is? — it's a good test of common sense and problem-solving. (Cynophobia is the fear of dogs, btw.) You can learn how the person handles stress, if they get frustrated when they’re wrong or don’t know an answer, how well they listen to you, and how the two of you work together as a team. Go for a drink afterward to digest the questions and talk about something other than random facts you’ll forget by the end of the night.

Bottomless brunch

If you want to see how someone holds their liquor, pump them full of mimosas at 11 a.m. Brunch holds less pressure than a dinner date, but still promotes conversation and lets you see how they act toward service industry workers (and if they offer to pick up the tab, or how well they tip). De Oca is not a big fan of coffee dates because they tend to be very quick, but brunch fits the daytime bill, is more fun, and gives you time to get to know your date. Just don’t get so boozy you forget to ask the right questions to suss out whether this person fits into your goals.

Comedy show

One of my personal favorites, a comedy show is great for weeding people out if a compatible sense of humor is important to you. If you aren’t laughing at the same jokes, a second date probably isn’t even worth it. And if they’re laughing at some questionable jokes, you get a sense of their morals pretty easily. You won’t have much opportunity to chat during the show, so plan to do something else afterward to talk about the acts and about yourselves.

Bookstore

If you like romance novels, a bookstore date will have you feeling like the main character of one. Browsing the aisles can spark conversation about your interests and topics you might not think to bring up on your own. Plus, you can see if they’re pretentious about what they read and if they dog on a genre you love. If you feel a connection on the date and want a second, you can buy each other a book to read so you already have something to discuss when you meet up next.

Cooking together

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Cooking can really show people’s true colors. Like trivia or an activity, making a meal together shows how you work as a team. And, in the kitchen, you have the added bonus of seeing how well they follow instructions, how they communicate (extra points if you’re working in a small space), and how they clean up (which may be useful information for the future). There’s also plenty of room for personal conversation as things cook and as you sit down to eat the meal together. Of course, this will require one of you to go to the other’s home, so only do it if you feel safe and comfortable.

Skating (ice or roller)

One of my favorite first dates involved rollerblading around a park in Brooklyn; it showed me that the guy was down for anything, and we were both comfortable with the potential to make fools out of ourselves. If you’re skating at a rink, going around in circles gets pretty repetitive, which can inspire you to fill the silence with talking. Skating is also an excuse to hold hands if you're wanting to test the waters on the whole getting physical front. Like some of the other activity dates mentioned, you might want to plan a second half to this date for when your legs start getting tired. My date ended with takeaway drinks and food in the park. (While we did have a few more dates after that, unfortunately, he was one of the ghosters mentioned earlier.)

Meet up with your friends

You still want one-on-one time with the person, so don’t make this the whole date, but have a friend crash the date or intentionally plan to meet up with your friends after the main date activity. You’ll be able to see how they interact with the people in your day-to-day life and if they’d be a good fit in your other relationships. This also gives your friends a chance to weigh in and see how you act around your date and if they bring out good sides to you. If you want the chance to fully be one-on-one the first date, this is also a good idea for a second or third date. By then, you'll know better how you feel about the person and might have specific things you want your friends to look out for.

Protest or rally

If you’re super into activism, you probably want a partner who is, too. And inviting someone to a protest for a first date shows them you’re serious about your beliefs and reveals whether they’re into the same causes as you. It’s almost impossible to not talk about deeper issues on a date like this, so you’ll really get to the core of who they are as a person. We suggest continuing the date with something a little less intense, so you can both show off your lighter sides as well. 

Regardless of what type of first date you go on, De Oca says to pay attention to the kinds of behaviors you’re seeing in the other person. Are they consistent in how they talk to you over text and in person? Are they giving off red flags that are only going to get worse as time goes on? Or are they showing total go signs that warrant a follow-up date?

When it comes to dating, one of my friends once told me, “If it’s not a ‘fuck yes,’ it’s a no.” But De Oca has some different advice: “If we’re not overwhelmed with the amount of dates we’re getting, let’s have more second dates than not second dates,” he said. “If it was not a hard no, let’s have a second date.”

De Oca encourages giving people the opportunity to reveal themselves slowly; after all, some people take more time to come out of their shells, and you might miss out on someone great if you're in too much of a rush.

Just because you’re dating efficiently doesn’t mean you have to speed through people. Take your time and have fun figuring out what works for you.

The astrology terms on your FYP, explained

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From tarot card readings on Youtube and Twitter to daily predictions on TikTok, astrology has become almost inevitable on social media. 

Why is astrology so alluring? The answer lies in its accessibility: Astrology can be practiced by anyone and everyone. While astrology has been studied for centuries, the recent growth of astrology communities online has made it even more accessible for novices and skeptics alike. It’s human nature to try to make sense out of uncertainty, and astrology helps people better understand their place in the world. 

For those who are new to astrology, the plethora of terms can be overwhelming. So we asked astrologers Maryaam Lewis-Herbert (ShawtyAstrology on Twitter) and Aylah Cadwell (SeeingAstrology TikTok) to break down the most common astrology terms on our FYPs and tell us what they really mean. 

Lewis-Herbert first fell in love with astrology in 2017 after being recommended tarot videos on YouTube. She began teaching astrology online in 2020, and since then, she has amassed over 264,000 followers on Twitter and TikTok combined. 

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“You can track certain planetary cycles or look at transits to be able to understand certain patterns that could happen in your life, based on a certain time of the year, or whatnot,” says Herbert-Lewis. “So it's definitely like a really good way and a really good tool to make your life a little bit easier.”

Cadwell is the creator of SeeingAstrology.com, an online platform that teaches astrology in ASL. Cadwell, who is deaf, was frustrated at the lack of accessible astrology resources for the Deaf community. Armed with the knowledge she gained from astrology books and interpreting birth charts for others, she decided to launch her own platform to provide accessible astrology for everyone.

“The goal of astrology is to find a way to tell your own story, to put the pieces together to help you see yourself as if you were reading a book with you as a main character,” says Cadwell. “You can learn how to understand yourself better or perhaps find validation and understanding for the experiences you have been through.”

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Ready to get started? This is astrology for beginners:

1. Birth Chart

A birth chart is a map of the planets and constellations in our solar system at the time of your birth. A birth chart tells you which planetary houses your zodiac placements are in, and this information is used to illuminate aspects of your personality. For example, a person’s sun sign is regarded as the core of their being, whereas their moon sign is associated with one’s emotions and how they process them.

Herbert-Lewis recommends that beginners should start by studying their birth charts. 

“Always start with you first because what that does is that it helps you to pinpoint certain aspects in your birth chart with certain things that you've experienced,” says Herbert-Lewis. “And then from there, you can apply that to other people's birth charts or like other birth charts, just in general.”

2. Houses and degrees

A birth chart is divided into 12 houses, each of which align with different aspects of life. Since the birth chart is a 360-degree circle, a person’s planetary placements and houses in a birth chart are organized by specific degrees. These degrees can be used to go into further detail about a person’s placements.

“Degree theory adds a flavoring to your birth chart,” says Herbert-Lewis. “And I always say this to my clients, because, for example, you can have two people that both have Virgo moons, right? But they're both going to process their feelings and their emotions differently.”

3. Retrograde

According to social media, we’re always in retrograde. But what does it really mean? A retrograde refers to the seemingly “backwards” movement of a planet in the sky. While a retrograding planet may seem to be orbiting backwards, it’s an illusion related to Earth’s orbit speed. Every planet in our solar system retrogrades, and in the astrology world, retrogrades are associated with confusion in communication and technological mishaps.

“I know some people who would strictly avoid travel during retrogrades, or some would refuse to date someone who seemingly has bad compatibility with their signs,” says Cadwell. “It is a tool for reflection; however, it is not a rule book. Astrology can help you learn how to live authentically and true to yourself, but it is not something to fuel your fear.”

4. New Moons

A new moon is a part of the lunar cycle during which the moon isn’t yet visible to viewers on Earth. Regarded as the first lunar phase, the new moon “waxes,” or grows in visibility, up until the full moon. In astrology, new moons are associated with self-growth, kickstarting new goals and projects, and overall rejuvenation of one’s energy.

5. Full Moons

A full moon is a part of the lunar cycle during which the moon is the most visible. Following a full moon, the moon “wanes,” or decreases in visibility, up until the next new moon. Full moons are associated with cleansing, self-reflection, and letting go of negative or old energy.

While astrology can be daunting for beginners, both Herbert-Lewis and Cadwell advise people to take their time learning. 

“Just be patient with yourself. Take it one step at a time and have fun,” says Herbert-Lewis.

“My advice for those who are just getting started in studying astrology is to take your time with the basics: elements, modalities, signs, planets and houses.” says Cadwell. “Once you have a very strong understanding of them, learning the complicated bits of astrology becomes easier to understand.”

Power up 4 devices fast with this wireless charging station on sale

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TL;DR: As of June 26, you can get this 4-in-1 Fast Wireless Charger Station for $39.99 instead of its regular price of $44.99 — that's an 11% savings.


Whether you’re the organized type who wants everything in their home to have a designated space or the disorganized type who can’t seem to find anything, investing in a charging station might be a good idea. You can house and juice up four different devices, which keeps cable clutter at a minimum and makes it harder to lose your stuff.

If you’re in the market for one, the 4-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Station from mBeat is on sale for $39.99 (reg. $44) for a limited time. It’s a solid way for organized folks to maintain their tidiness and for disorganized folks to keep a better eye on gadgets they typically lose.

The four spots on this fast wireless charging station are designated for an Apple Watch, AirPods, and two Qi-enabled devices (iPhones, Androids, etc.). So, at any given moment, you could power up your watch, earbuds, and two phones without the risk of overcharging or overheating. In fact, the charger is equipped with all the necessary safeguards: overcharge, overcurrent, and overvoltage protection, temperature control, and foreign object detection.

The Qi-compatible wireless charging spots have outputs of up to 15W, so they can quick-charge your devices and bring them back to 100 percent in no time. They're even case-friendly, so you don't have to strip your phone to juice it up. The Apple Watch spot has a 2W output, while the AirPods spot has a 3W output. Just be sure you use an 18W adapter (included) in order to deliver the correct power to each device.

Being able to drop your gadgets on your nightstand on a single power station at the end of the day can help you keep track of them. Plus, you'll wake up to fully charged gadgets every morning. Win-win.

Prices subject to change.

5 ways to save money while traveling

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With the rising costs of, well, everything, traveling in 2022 may seem unfeasible. But with the right money-saving tips and tricks, you might be able to pencil in the vacation you so desperately need — whether that’s a family beach getaway, a camping weekend, a foreign trip, or a luxury all-inclusive. 

While you might be used to being spontaneous about your adventures, it can really help your bank account if you do a little bit of planning before booking your next trip. You don’t want to spend your entire vacation worrying about your budget — and whether or not you’ve already blown it all. Here are five tips to help you save some of your hard-earned cash on your next vacation, from the moment you think about traveling to the moment you return home after your trip.

1. Be flexible

As much as you may have your heart set on a specific time frame, a particular hotel, and a clear-cut itinerary, it definitely pays to open yourself up to other options. Being flexible with your travel dates opens you up to better offers for flights and hotels. Rather than your typical Saturday to Saturday routine, try leaving on a Tuesday. Rather than staying six days, stay seven and get a discounted rate. That flexibility is a recipe for savings. Flexibility goes a long way, not only with the dates of travel, but with everything from location, transportation, housing options, and everything in between.

2. Sign up for an airfare deal alert service

Before booking your flight on a whim, sign up for a travel deal alert service like Dollar Flight Club Premium Plus (on sale for $99, which is 94% off). Dollar Flight Club alerts you to the best deals from your home airports, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars on your next vacation.

With a Premium Plus membership, you can enjoy lifetime access to all of the best domestic deals, weekend getaways, and mistake fares from your home airports, plus perks and discounts (up to 50%) from its partners (like Babbel, Scribd, Lonely Planet, and more), access to a wide variety of other travel tips, and instant alerts. It covers Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. Plus, for a limited time, a lifetime subscription is on sale for only $99 — a major discount from its usual cost of $1,690.

3. Pack light

We know it’s tempting to bring your entire closet on vacation. After all, you never know what you might want to wear on your trip. But it’ll benefit you more to pack light. That way you can avoid checked bag fees, which can be pretty steep sometimes (up to $73 for your first checked bag). It’ll also save you time waiting around at baggage claim, squeezing into an elevator with a ton of luggage, and just by helping you get around easier. With less luggage, you’ll be more inclined to walk or navigate public transportation rather than paying for an Uber.

Not to mention, if you pack light, you won’t be tempted to buy tons of souvenirs. Where would you fit them on the way home?

4. Live like a local.

Sometimes tourist destinations are fun and worth the money. Other times, they’re simply a trap that’ll cost you. Instead of hitting every bar or restaurant the concierge suggests, ask some locals where they like to eat. Get immersed in the culture! Check out the places they like to spend time, travel how they travel, shop for food where they shop for food, etc. They’ll likely point you to places that aren’t full of other tourists, places that don’t have inflated prices for out-of-towners, and offer a more authentic and memorable experience in the area. 

5. Utilize a travel credit card.

Travel credit cards are well worth it for frequent travelers. The best hotel credit cards, airline credit cards, or just general travel credit cards can help you enjoy free night stays at hotels, free flights, free dinners, and more. These cards reward you with points, miles, or even cash back for booking a flight, staying at specific hotels, or just spending money on everyday things. In other words, you’ll basically earn money by spending money and can redeem those rewards for your next trip. Just be sure if you’re traveling internationally that you always use a card that has no foreign transaction fees and be cognizant of currency conversions.

Prices subject to change.

Craving a pint? This $15 gadget turns cans into cups with a twist.

Can of blue moon belgian white with lid cut off and orange slice on it

TL;DR: As of June 26, The New Draft Top 3.0 Easy Can Opener is on sale for half off, so you can get it for $14.99 instead of $29.99.


If you’re craving a freshly poured pint, a can of beer likely isn’t going to cut it. You may not be able to procure a glass every time you want a foamy head on your ale, but you can turn a can into a cup with one exciting tool. The New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener lets you safely cut the top off most eight to 16-ounce aluminum cans, transforming them into modified cups with no sharp edges. Usually, The New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener is $29, but for a limited time it’s going for only $14.99. 

More than 60% of beer in the United States is sold in cans. If you prefer a glass and aren’t at a bar, you’re generally out of luck. Whether you just prefer an open top or want to add something fun to your drink, being able to take the top off a can is a game-changer. The New Draft Top® uses four rotational blades to split and fold a can’s lid as you turn it. What you’re left with is a smooth ring and a seamlessly sliced can top. All that’s left is to put your feet up and enjoy.

This can opener doesn’t just mean it’s easier to drink your beer. Now, you can grab a can of tomato juice, open it, and have a bloody mary without any new dirty dishes or wasted plastic cups. If you like to experience the aromatics of your beverages, you don’t have to have your nose pressed against a hole in a can. If you’re making a cocktail and using a canned soda, the open rim can give you a smooth pour, or at least it will let you get the last drop. 

This latest model of The New Draft Top® introduced a pressure-regulated handle, an embedded magnet, a lanyard hole, and 50% stronger construction. If you’ve used one before, this latest model promises an easier removal, and when you’re done you can smack it on your fridge until next time.

Turn your canned beer into a pint with a twist. Normally going for $29, The New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener is on sale for a limited time for only $14.99. 

Prices subject to change.

This HD dash cam records front, back, and audio, and it's only $44.99

Dash cam, front and back, over green background

TL;DR: As of June 26, you can get the Blackbox Super HD Dash Cam with Rear Camera for just $44.99, down 62% from its regular price of $119.99.


Other drivers may not be as smart and cautious as you are. In fact, you can reasonably plan for that. It’s up to you to keep yourself safe from hazards on the road, but sometimes all the caution in the world can’t stop an accident. For those times, evidence that you were not in the wrong can keep a headache from turning into something worse. The Blackbox Super HD Dash Cam with Rear Camera can help show what really happened when it’s your word against another driver’s. Usually $119, this dash camera with rear view is on sale for $44.99. 

Your seatbelt protects you during an accident, and your dashcam protects you from what comes after. This super HD camera produces a seamless loop recording with built-in audio and a wide-angle frontal view. To make the best use of its built-in storage, it records over old data on a constant loop. When you’re in a traumatic situation, your brain doesn’t record memories the same way it would normally. So, technology to the rescue!

If you’re put on the stand, or even in front of a police officer, and asked what happened, you likely won’t be able to produce an accurate picture of how things really went down. The Blackbox records what happened for you, and it does it with a 170-degree view from five lenses up front and a free rearview camera in the back. That’s how you get stories of dashcams absolving accident victims from wrongful convictions

The Blackbox doesn’t just help you after an accident. The parking assist system can help guide you into a tight parking spot. It’s designed to be just like your own personal parking assistant

Protect yourself from other drivers, even after the worst happens. Normally, the Blackbox Super HD Dash Cam with Rear Camera goes for $119, but for a limited time it is on sale for $44.99. 

Prices subject to change.

'Wordle' today: Get the answer, hints for June 26

A person plays with the app of an online letter puzzle.

Welcome to today's Wordle, #372, y'all. Working it out all by yourself is the most satisfying way, it's true — but if you get stuck and start to get nervous about your streak, we've got some Wordle tips and hints to nudge you towards the solution.

The answer to the June 26 Wordle can be found at the end of this article — or you can make your way down in a more leisurely fashion for a few tips, gentle hints, and strategies to help you every day.

Who made Wordle? Where did Wordle come from?

Wordle's sudden explosion at the end of 2021 led to a round of press focused on its creator. Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle actually came up with the game in 2021 as a private exercise for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that's when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.

The very sweet origin story is thoroughly detailed in this great NYT profile of Wardle and his latest creation. You're better off reading that for the full scoop, but as far as basics go it's enough to know that Wordle was conceived by a caring person who wanted to keep his partner entertained during the quiet, trying times of our ongoing global pandemic.

Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once

In fact, the word puzzle game has proved so popular that the New York Times eventually bought it, and TikTok creators livestream themselves playing.

Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for June 25 here.

Look to the future! Here's where you'll find the answer for June 27.

What's the best Wordle starting word?

We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site.

Is Wordle getting harder?

If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

The whole point of Wordle is that everyone's solving the same puzzle, with the same answer, no matter where you are in the world. However, occasionally the puzzle game will accept two different correct solutions on the same day, in apparent defiance of Wordle law.

This aberration is due to changes the New York Times began making after it acquired Wordle earlier this year. To make sure you're always getting the same puzzle as everyone else, refresh your browser before you play — don't worry, the site will keep your streak.

A subtle hint for the June 26 Wordle answer:

It's an adjective.

Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...

...the letter 'R.'

What's the answer to Wordle on June 26?

Ready?

We'll finally tell you the answer.

It's...

RUSTY.

Phew. Well, we'll see you tomorrow!

Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.

I listen to podcasts while I game because there's only so much time

Animal Crossing character tending to crops while listening to a podcast

Some people get used to not having as much free time as they did when they were kids. I am not one of those people.

As a working adult with an admittedly compromised social life (thanks, COVID!) and numerous other time-sucking obligations, finding time for both video games and podcasts has become a challenge. I truly, deeply adore both things; gaming is a lifelong passion and podcasts have been making me laugh on a daily basis for 15 years. I had to hear a lot of talk radio as a kid, so podcasts changed everything once I found out that the format could be funny and lively instead of dusty and decrepit.

And since there’s never enough time for both, I have to combine the two. A lot.

Yes, I constantly game while listening to podcasts. I had to get through 65 hours of Elden Ring somehow. What might cause sensory overload for some is a default state of living for me and other individuals of sophistication and taste. While this habit of mine may have started as a time-saving measure, it’s actually become the only way I can enjoy both these leisurely pursuits.

Wait, don’t games have audio you need to hear?

Screenshot of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
'Final Fantasy XIV' is so cool, y'all. Credit: Square Enix

An obvious problem with this double-dipping lifestyle comes from the gaming side of the equation, as it's a complex art form that combines visual, aural, and interactive elements into one work. You see the word “aural” there? Yes, sometimes you do need to hear games to progress or otherwise fully enjoy them. But if any video game sound designers are reading this, you may want to stop before you get to the next part of this sentence because the truth is: You can play a lot of games with the sound off. 

To be clear, I don’t listen to the college football podcast Shutdown Fullcast (which is really mostly about jet ski accidents) while I play any narrative-driven, single player games like Yakuza, at least not the first time through. I do care a lot about story and I don't want to miss that part of a game. Rhythm games like DJ Hero, multiplayer games with an emphasis on communication like Rainbow Six: Siege, and frankly anything with rockin’ music like Mega Man are also exempt. But if any game features an abundance of mundane tasks that don’t require sound to complete, like the farming sim Stardew Valley, hoo baby, my earbuds are on.

I don’t have the heart to look up my playtime in Final Fantasy XIV, but I’ve almost certainly spent dozens of hours doing busywork quests online while listening to the Giant Bombcast, a podcast about — what else? — video games. (It’s all gaming, all the time for me over here.) Without podcasts to keep my brain engaged, I might’ve gotten too bored with the slow, early phases of FFXIV and missed out on the incredible story it offers in the later expansions.

If I just put on a podcast by itself, I go stir crazy and need something else to do. For example, back in 2014, I wanted to listen to the hosts of the aptly named The Worst Idea of All Time podcast document their experience watching Grown Ups 2 (which, I kid you not, is mostly an ad for K-Mart) once a week for a year. To accomplish this admittedly silly goal, I spent several weeks idly racing strangers online in Mario Kart 8 with headphones on and the Apple Podcasts app at the ready. (I dare you to find a better way to grind through 52 episodes of Adam Sandler analysis. You can't.)

Had I not combined either of those games with those podcasts, there’s a good chance I never would have gotten through any of them.

There are so many games that fit into that dynamic in my life. Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing are big podcast companion games for me. I’ve absent-mindedly wandered around so many Assassin’s Creed worlds while listening to people yammer about football. I've planted virtual flowers in Animal Crossing with hardcore NBA Finals analysis in the background. And I've farmed for thousands of experience points in Dragon Quest XI to the tune of wildly insular jokes about Sex and the City 2.

It feels like I'm exercising my brain to its fullest potential by pairing games with podcasts. It's like doing squats while juggling, except it doesn't take any skill whatsoever.

Only so many hours in the day

Stardew Valley screenshot
'Stardew Valley' is in the podcast companion games hall of fame, for sure. Credit: ConcernedApe / Steam

I am not unique in this regard. The term "podcast game" regularly gets thrown around in my gaming group chat. Combining podcasts and games saves time, it’s relaxing and, besides, you can only hear Skyrim guards quip about taking arrows to the knee so many times before you're ready to feed your brain something else.

For me, however, a big reason why I keep doubling up on art forms is that it feels productive. It's not to say that either podcasts or games are wastes of time, but rather that this method of "double fisting" is the only way I can attend to both hobbies in a timely fashion.

I think most people would agree that adult life could be viewed as a series of boring things you hate to do that exist purely to get in the way of doing the things you like to do. Apartment and job hunting, staying on hold for hours with your bank (only to not solve anything), grocery shopping, and waiting at the DMV are just a few examples of the things that take up our precious time. It’s a sick cosmic joke that work, the biggest time-thief of all, is necessary to fund a gaming habit in the first place.

So, in a way, combining gaming with podcasts is more of a necessity than a hobby. It’s a compromise, sure, but it’s one of the only ways I can subvert the demands of the world around me. 

At least, that’s how I justify the fact that I spent 300 hours playing Mario Kart 8 when I could’ve been learning a new language or finding love, or something.

Pro wrestling stars are dunking on fellow wrestler, Kane, for his tweet on Roe v. Wade

Glenn Jacobs as Kane

That's gotta be Kane…getting annihilated in the quote tweets and replies to his Twitter post about abortion.

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, ending nearly 50 years of the constitutionally protected right to an abortion. The elimination of these healthcare rights has been a longtime goal of those in the anti-choice movement and was made possible thanks to the Supreme Court justices nominated to the court by former Republican presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush. In short, many among the right were overjoyed with the news.

Among those celebrating was the Mayor of Knoxville County, Tennessee Glenn Jacobs. However, most people more likely know him as WWE superstar Kane.

"Roe v. Wade has been overturned!" tweeted Jacobs. "This clears the way for states like TN to pass stronger protections for the unborn, and is an answer to a prayer for so many. #RightToLife #Victory"

Pro wrestling has long been stigmatized as being a right-wing "sport." While that may have been true years ago, that couldn't be further from the truth today. Pro wrestling's fan base has become incredibly diverse and has skewed left-of-center over the years. In turn, those fans who get into the business become pro wrestlers who are much more progressive than the stars of yesteryear.

And maybe in the olden days of professional wrestling, disagreements like these would be nothing more than fodder for backstage gossip in the "dirt sheets." However, in modern times, wrestling colleagues and coworkers can call each other out in public on social media.

The 55-year-old Jacobs' tweet did not go over well amongst his wrestling peers whatsoever.

"Glenn you were an idol of mine and I sung your praises to anyone I met, But this is the biggest piece of shit take from you ever," tweeted WWE superstar Paige who has previously shared screentime with Jacobs on WWE programming. "Very disappointing that you think controlling women’s bodies and taking away our rights is a “victory”."

"Idiot, absolute idiot. STFU" tweeted Impact Wrestling star Taya Valkyrie, who was also known as Franky Monet in WWE.

"You literal piece of shit," another Impact Wrestling star, Rosemary, tweeted in a reply to Jacobs.

Other wrestling talents decided to mock Jacobs' previous role in WWE when he played a wrestling dentist named Dr. Isaac Yankem in the 1990s.

"No wonder you couldn’t cut it as a dentist. #idiot" said AEW wrestler and former champion Dr. Britt Baker (who is also actually a real dentist.)

"Oh fuck off Yankem you toss pot. #prochoice" tweeted AEW wrestler Kip Sabian.

Many wrestling fans were also speaking out against Jacobs' tweet, often pointing to other tweets from Jacobs where he espoused his libertarian views on bodily autonomy on other issues like COVID vaccines.

"Your health decisions should be between you and your doctor - not mandated down from a bureaucrat in Washington," said Jacobs earlier this year.

This is far from the first time Jacobs has been dunked on by his colleagues for his right-wing political views.

AEW superstar and former AEW world champion "Hangman" Adam Page previously commented on the number of chair shots Jacobs took to the head in a reply to a tweet about Ukraine and Putin.

Jacobs' own former tag team partner, Sean Waltman, better known as X-Pac, also called out Kane for a tweet he made playing down gun violence and mass shootings after the Uvalde school shooting.

And if you're questioning whether this is based on a prior personal issue some talent have with Kane, it's certainly not. WWE superstar and former Women's Champion, Becky Lynch put another pro wrestler on blast for his right-wing views on abortion rights as well.

"I chose to be a mother. To a daughter. That I could safely deliver and afford to raise. A daughter who deserves autonomy over her own body," Lynch posted in a tweet to the currently unsigned Gunner after a comment he made questioning how she could be a mother and pro-choice.

"Banning abortions doesn’t stop them. It stops safe ones," Lynch continued. "God bless you, your ignorance and lack of uterus"

Another day, another crypto heist: Hacker steals $100 million from Harmony blockchain bridge

Ethereum

$100 million. That's the latest haul from yet another successful crypto heist carried out by hackers finding a weakness to exploit.

Harmony, a blockchain bridge that helps facilitate transfers between different cryptocurrency tokens, recently announced that $100 million in cryptocurrency was stolen from its Horizon bridge on Thursday morning. In a blog post detailing the events, Harmony explained that its Horizon Ethereum Bridge fell victim to a "malicious attack."

"Multiple transactions occurred that compromised the bridge with 11 transactions that extracted tokens stored in the bridge," reads Harmony's statement.

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic told Techcrunch that a number of different cryptocurrency tokens were stolen as a result of the compromised bridge. According to Elliptic, Ethereum, Binance Coin, Tether, USD Coin and Dai were all part of the hackers' haul. The stolen tokens have already been converted to Ethereum by the hacker via crypto exchanges.

Harmony says it contacted the FBI as well as cybersecurity and exchange partners. Harmony also says that its Bitcoin bridge wasn't affected by the exploit.

While Harmony has not yet shared details of the exploit, Twitter user Ape Dev pointed out a weakness in the security of the bridge as early as April. According to Ape Dev, hackers only needed to gain access to two multisig private keys to authorize the transfer of funds.

This is far from the first time a blockchain bridge weakness was exploited by bad actors. In fact, this $100 million lost here is actually on the low-end compared to some other thefts from just this year alone. 

Play-to-earn game Axie Infinity had its Ronin blockchain bridge hacked in March resulting in a whopping $615 million in stolen assets. Just a month earlier, the Wormhole bridge was compromised, leading to $320 million in losses.

Suddenly 'Q' of the QAnon conspiracy theory has returned after a years-long hiatus

QAnon

Suddenly 'Q' of the QAnon conspiracy theory has returned after a years-long hiatus

But, something isn't quite right.

As if enough currently isn't going on in the world, a major name in far right-wing communities has returned and conspiracy theorists are ecstatic. 

Q, the anonymous person (or persons) who created the QAnon conspiracy theory in 2017, suddenly started posting on 8kun once again on Friday night, the same day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. It had been 563 days since Q had last posted to his followers on the site.

"Shall we play a game once more?" posted the Q account to 8kun for the first time in over a year and a half. The post was signed "Q."

The individual now using the Q account continued with two more posts later that night.

When asked by another 8kun user about their absence, Q replied, "It had to be done this way."

"Are you ready to serve your country again?" Q wrote in the third post. "Remember your oath."

QAnon is a far right-wing conspiracy theory that claims, among many other things, that former President Donald Trump is waging a war against a cabal of global Satanic baby-eating child-trafficking pedophiles made up of Hollywood elites and Trump's political opponents. 

Q posts, known as "Q Drops" to QAnon believers, first began shortly after then-President Trump mentioned the "calm before the storm" in front of the press during a meeting with senior members of the military in 2017. QAnon followers believe Trump was referencing an event they've dubbed "The Storm," in which Trump's political enemies would be arrested. For example, in the earliest days of QAnon, in October 2017, Q posted about how former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was soon to be arrested. (Nearly 5 years later now, that claim has yet to come to fruition.)

When a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results in favor of Trump, a number of individuals in the crowd were QAnon believers. Perhaps the most well-known of the rioters went by the name "QAnon Shaman."

Since then, QAnon believers have spent the past 18 months denying QAnon is a real thing in order to evade social media bans and speculating that President Joe Biden is imminently going to be removed from office. With so much disappointment from events that didn't come to pass, many QAnon believers were thrilled to see the return of Q on 8kun.

However, researchers who have been debunking these conspiracy theories since their inception have made an interesting observation.

Something is off with the Q account on 8kun.

8kun, formerly known as 8chan, is an anonymous imageboard much like 4chan but filled with even more extremism and far-right rhetoric. Users on the site post completely anonymously. There is no need to sign up for an account.

However, users can choose to associate themselves with a tripcode, a random string of characters assigned to a user's posts. This basically helps others identify that the same user is behind a multitude of posts on the website.

The user behind the new Q posts has the same tripcode as the user behind the old Q posts on 8kun. (Note that Q first started posting on 4chan in 2017 before moving to the site then known as 8chan months later. Researchers have determined that it's very likely the Q posting on 8kun since 2018 and the original 4chan Q are separate individuals.)

So, this means that these new Q posts are from the "real" Q, right? Sure, but as Frederick Brennan, the former owner of 8chan who sold the site to its current owner Jim Watkins, claims, the tripcode for Q shouldn't be the same.

Jim's son and "former" administrator of 8kun, Ron Watkins, previously claimed that the site's tripcodes are regenerated every few months and become completely different. This means that the Q account should not have the same tripcode it had when it last posted on 8kun around 18 months ago. The only way this could happen is if an administrator or someone else with access to 8kun's backend altered the tripcode manually, according to Brennan and other QAnon researchers. Even some QAnon believers are getting skeptical about the recent posts.

QAnon researchers have long believed that Jim and Ron Watkins either posted as Q on their website, 8kun, or knew who was posting as Q. In the HBO documentary, Q: Into the Storm, filmmaker Cullen Hoback spoke to Ron Watkins a number of times. In an interview in the final episode of the series, Ron slips up and all but admits to Hoback that he is Q, although he has later denied being behind the account.

8kun owner Jim Watkins, for his part, claims to have been giving a speech when the new Q posts were published. However, Watkins also confirmed that the posts "look legit."

So, why has Q returned?

As of now, it's unclear. But the timing is certainly interesting if you believe Ron Watkins is Q. Ron is currently running for Congress in Arizona. So far, the campaign hasn't been going very well.

Perhaps Q is back to conveniently endorse Watkins in order to help his fledgling campaign, some QAnon researchers have speculated. Or maybe Q has bigger plans. After all, Hillary Clinton has yet to be arrested and Joe Biden is still the President of the United States.

NASA's moon megarocket is supposed to launch soon. Here's the holdup.

NASA rolling out its mega moon rocket

UPDATE: Jun. 25, 2022, 2:02 p.m. EDT On June 24, NASA declared that it completed the launchpad testing for its moon-bound megarocket, the Space Launch System. "We have completed the rehearsal phase, and everything we've learned will help improve our ability to lift off during the target launch window," Tom Whitmeyer, NASA's deputy associate administrator for common exploration systems, said in a statement. "The team is now ready to take the next step and prepare for launch." A launch date has still not been announced.

NASA managers preparing a megarocket to fly around the moon said they're still not ready to announce a launch date following a long weekend of tests that concluded on June 20.

After making repairs to the rocket, the U.S. space agency, again, attempted a so-called "wet dress rehearsal" of its mammoth Space Launch System, or SLS, at the launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Despite officials hailing the effort as mostly successful, the rehearsal revealed a hydrogen leak, and the team was unable to fulfill all of its test goals.

Tom Whitmeyer, a deputy associate administrator for NASA, used a mix of metaphors to characterize where this leaves the agency on its quest to resume a meaningful human space exploration program.

"We talked about [this test] being pieces of a puzzle and a delicate dance. We got through the dance, and now we're looking at the pieces of the puzzle to decide what are the pieces that we didn't get," he said during a call with reporters on Tuesday. "We have a pretty good idea what the puzzle looks like at this point."

NASA wants to use the rocket for Artemis I, the first U.S. lunar mission since the Apollo era. The enormous 5.75 million-pound rocket will eventually send the new Orion spacecraft around the moon — without astronauts the first time — then splash down in the Pacific Ocean. A major purpose of the flight is to show that the capsule can safely reenter Earth's atmosphere and hit its target in the water before it carries human passengers.

It's been a long time since NASA had a rocket of this magnitude, capable of sending heavy loads of cargo and people into deep space. Not only is it built to travel to the moon, it's expected to one day put the first astronauts on Mars.

Officials said they would need to review the test's data to determine when the first mission will launch. When asked directly if August was still on the table, Whitmeyer said they didn't know yet.

The tests were intended to practice loading fuel into the rocket's tanks and counting down to liftoff. The plan was to run down the clock to nine seconds, just before engines would typically fire, but the team instead stopped at 29 seconds.

NASA managers didn't clearly define the goals that were not achieved. The team will assess what, if any, repairs can occur at the launchpad, and whether they need to roll the 322-foot rocket back to its warehouse, said launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

Previous wet dress rehearsals of the rocket this spring revealed bad valves, faulty fans, and leaks. NASA wheeled the rocket back to its storage facility for repairs before this past weekend's practice run.

Now engineers will weigh the risks of performing some additional checks, said John Honeycutt, the rocket manager. But he emphasized that regardless of the remaining issues, the public shouldn't be concerned the mega moon rocket isn't safe.

"We will have either a successful launch or a scrub because we have protection in the system already for those objectives that we didn't meet, should they not perform properly on launch day," he said. The unmet objectives are "not really about making the vehicle safer to fly. They're really about, 'Can we hit the launch target for the window that's optimum for our lunar mission?'"

NASA managers, however, were clear about one thing: They said the Orion spacecraft performed quite well during the tests.

Strange Martian rock reveals Mars' wildly different past

a rock on Mars

Mars used to be a wildly different land.

Though the red planet is bone dry today, NASA's Curiosity rover recently rumbled by poignant evidence of an ancient watery world. The car-sized robot snapped an image of a unique rock that looks like its composed of stacked layers. Such a rock likely formed "in an ancient streambed or small pond," the space agency wrote.

Curiosity is winding up through the foothills of the three-mile-tall Mount Sharp, where it's encountering a place where these streams and ponds once carried red sediments through the landscape. Ultimately, some of these sediments were deposited in stacks.

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A flaky, well-layered rock on Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

And at lower elevations, there's clear evidence that Mars didn't just have ponds — it was warm and moist enough to harbor big lakes.

Curiosity's robotic sibling, the Peservance rover, is now journeying through the planet's Jezero Crater, a place NASA suspects contained a lake and river delta. Though the water is all gone today, the robot has specialized equipment intended to identify past hints of microbial life that could have potentially dwelled on a wetter, different Mars.

A meteorite punched a hole in a dog house. Now it's a collector's item.

Meteorite-struck dog house selling at auction

At a Christie's auction, bids on a scrappy dog house did what a meteorite had done three years ago: They went through the roof.

The rusty, corrugated tin shelter — with a gaping seven-inch hole on top — went for $44,100 in February, more than double the amount fetched by the extraterrestrial rock that blasted through it. Meanwhile, an extremely rare auction lot — billed as the third-largest Martian rock on Earth and valued at up to $800,000 — failed to find a buyer when the sale closed.

The dog house's sale may reveal something about what drives private collectors to possess the rare objects that fall to Earth from outer space. Beyond their ancient ages and the distance they've traveled is the notion of a close call: Something unexpected and otherworldly fell from the sky, and, in doing so, showed its potential for destruction. Sometimes the reminder of that power is more valuable than the rubble itself.

"It's incredibly unlikely for [a meteorite] to actually hit something that's in our day-to-day lives."

"It's incredibly unlikely for [a meteorite] to actually hit something that's in our day-to-day lives," James Hyslop, head of scientific instruments, globes, and natural history at Christie's, told Mashable.

The story behind the dog house began at 9:07 p.m. on April 23, 2019, according to its record in the Meteoritical Bulletin, a publication of peer-reviewed meteorites. That night, a meteorite shower pelted a rainforest in central Costa Rica. Cameras at the summits of volcanoes captured the fireball, an unusually bright meteor. A chunk weighing close to two-thirds of a pound crashed into a German shepherd's abode. Fittingly, his name was Roky.

The Brazilian Meteors Observation Network, University of Sao Paulo, and Sao Paulo State University figured out the trajectory of the meteorite, dubbed "Arguas Zarcas," by reviewing four security videos and dashcam cameras.

A note to concerned dog lovers: Roky survived the ordeal in better shape than his house.

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Roky, a German Shepherd in Costa Rica, wasn't injured by a meteorite that crashed into his dog house in 2019. Credit: Christie's

Appraising these astronomical objects at auction has more to do with a gut feeling, Hyslop admits. The only data Christie's had to guide it was a meteorite-dented mailbox from Claxton, Georgia, that sold for $83,000 in 2007.

A few years ago, Hyslop attended a meteorite exhibition in Paris. Outside in a glass box was a Chevy Malibu that had been struck by the Peekskill meteorite in 1992.

"I just thought that was such a great bit of theater," he said. "It's not just these meteorites that capture our minds. I mean, we all know the story of the asteroid that crashed into Earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The impact that a meteorite has is a part of the story."

"I just thought that was such a great bit of theater."
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A meteorite struck a Chevy Malibu in 1992. Credit: Ingo Wagner dpa / Picture Alliance / Getty Images

Scientists estimate that about 48.5 tons of billions-of-years-old meteor material rain down on the planet daily, much of which vaporizes in Earth's atmosphere or falls into the ocean, which covers over 70 percent of the planet.

More than 60,000 meteorites have been discovered on Earth. The vast majority come from asteroids, but a small sliver, about 0.2 percent, come from Mars or the moon, according to NASA. At least 175 have been identified as originating from the Red Planet.

In order for meteorites to get formally documented, the owner must give a large piece of it to an internationally authorized institution, such as a natural history museum. The institution will cut off a piece to preserve for enduring scientific research.

"The impact that a meteorite has is a part of the story."
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An "Aguas Zarcas" space rock that smashed into a dog house sold at auction for $21,420 on Feb. 23, 2022. Credit: Christie's

Christie's auctioned a piece of Roky's rock that weighed half as much as the weight recorded in the Meteoritical Bulletin. The meteorite is mostly covered in a fusion crust, caused by its fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere. Its front face features a reddish-brown streak from when it crashed through the oxidized tin roof of the dog house. The meteorite, composed of carbon compounds, sold for $21,420.

When Hyslop saw the unique remnants of the Costa Rican crash in the gallery, he thought it looked like an art installation.

"For me," he said, "it fits very comfortably alongside some very cool contemporary artworks of the moment."

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Google warns of 'hermit spyware' infecting Android and iOS devices

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As part of Google's efforts to track the activities of commercial spyware vendors, the company's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) released a report Thursday on spyware campaigns targeting Android and iOS users.

Google TAG researchers Benoit Sevens and Clement Lecigne go into detail about the use of entrepreneurial grade spyware dubbed "Hermit." This sophisticated spyware tool allows attackers to steal data, private messages and make phone calls. In their report, TAG researchers attributed Hermit to RCS Labs, a commercial spyware vendor based in Italy.

Hermit poses many significant dangers. Due to its modularity, Hermit is quite customizable, allowing the functions of the spyware to be altered to the will of its user. Once fully situated on a target's phone, attackers can harvest sensitive information such as call logs, contacts, photos, precise location, and SMS messages.

Sevens and Lecigne's full report details the ways in which attackers can access both Android and iOS devices through the use of clever tricks and drive-by attacks. Potential targets of this scam will have their data disabled through their ISP carrier before sending a malicious link via text to get them to ‘fix’ the issue. If that doesn't work, targets will be tricked into downloading malicious apps masqueraded as messaging applications.

Just last week, cybersecurity firm Lookout reported the use of Hermit by agents working in the governments of Kazakhstan, Syria, and Italy. Google has already identified victims in these countries, stating that "TAG is actively tracking more than 30 vendors with varying levels of sophistication and public exposure selling exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed actors."

The Milan-based company claims to provide "law enforcement agencies worldwide with cutting-edge technological solutions and technical support in the field of lawful interception for more than twenty years." More than 10,000 intercepted targets are purported to be handled daily in Europe alone.

When reached out for comment by The Hacker News, RCS Labs said its "core business is the design, production, and implementation of software platforms dedicated to lawful interception, forensic intelligence, and data analysis" and that it "helps law enforcement prevent and investigate serious crimes such as acts of terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, child abuse, and corruption."

Still, the news of the spyware being used by state government agents is concerning. Not only does it erode trust in the safety of the internet but it also puts at risk the lives of anyone a government considers an enemy of the state such as dissidents, journalists, human rights workers, and opposition party politicians.

"Tackling the harmful practices of the commercial surveillance industry will require a robust, comprehensive approach that includes cooperation among threat intelligence teams, network defenders, academic researchers, governments, and technology platforms," Google TAG researchers wrote. "We look forward to continuing our work in this space and advancing the safety and security of our users around the world."

Stunning fat bear wakes up from hibernation and is still huge

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Alaska's fat bears lose up to a third of their weight during their deep winter slumber.

They often appear in spring or early summer looking relatively gaunt. But the live streaming explore.org wildlife cameras in Katmai National Park and Preserve recently spotted the aptly-numbered bear 747 (a number randomly assigned by park biologists) returning to the river in hulky form.

"Did 747 'BEARFORCE ONE' even hibernate?" explore.org tweeted.

As the clips below show, bear 747 — a large dominant male bear — doesn't look like he's been deprived of 4,500-calorie salmon since last year. Though he does have some fresh-looking wounds, telltale signs of a skirmish with another bear.

Bear 747's robust appearance is a testament to his success in the harsh, wild bear world. He's always one of the fattest, if not largest, bears on the Katmai cams, and was a recent winner of the park's annual Fat Bear Week contest — which is a fall celebration of these thriving Alaskan animals.

A fat bear is a healthy bear. Ample fat stories give these bears better odds of surviving their winter hibernation (or "semi-hibernation") and waking from hibernation in healthier shape, with energy to sleuth out food. Bear 747, however, shows profoundly successful survival skills. He exploits his size to control the best fishing spots, affording him bounties of fatty salmon throughout the summer. He enters the long winter famine at well over 1,000 pounds.

"He's the fattest and largest bear I've ever seen."

"He's the fattest and largest bear I've ever seen," Mike Fitz, a former Katmai park ranger and currently a resident naturalist for explore.org, told Mashable in 2020. "I feel a special bit of privilege to witness a bear as big as he."

Last year, bear 747 used his size and skill to displace the once indomitable bear 856 from the top fishing spots, and the top of the bear cam hierarchy.

A rocket slammed into the moon. NASA got a picture.

a crater on the moon from a rocket impact

The moon has a strange, new crater. But this one's not natural.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began mapping the moon in 2009, spotted the impact site of a recent rocket crash on the far side of the moon, which occurred in early March. The space agency published imagery of the impact on Friday, which actually resulted in a double crater: a 19.5-yard crater overlapping with a 17.5-yard crater.

Astronomers expected a wayward rocket booster to slam into the moon, making it the first known time that space debris unintentionally impacted our natural satellite. What NASA didn't expect, however, was a double crater.

"The double crater was unexpected and may indicate that the rocket body had large masses at each end," NASA wrote in a description of the image. "Typically a spent rocket has mass concentrated at the motor end; the rest of the rocket stage mainly consists of an empty fuel tank. Since the origin of the rocket body remains uncertain, the double nature of the crater may indicate its identity."

The independent astronomer Bill Gray, who tracks objects that travel into Earth's solar system neighborhood, has published evidence that the derelict rocket booster is from a 2014 Chinese lunar mission (Chang'e 5-T1), though he originally thought it was a SpaceX rocket. China denies the now-crashed booster is theirs.

Whoever is responsible, the damage to the moon's surface, while not nearly catastrophic, underscores a part of humanity's growing space junk problem, and how this affects or pollutes other worlds. Some rockets, after blasting their satellites or spacecraft into space, are left in "chaotic" orbits, with the potential for the spent rockets to fall to Earth or potentially get flung out into deeper space.

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The white square shows the location of the double crater left by the rocket impact on the moon. Credit: NASA / Goddard / Arizona State University

Prior to this rocket impact, humanity had already left its mark on the moon. Rocket boosters from the Apollo missions (parts of NASA's colossal Saturn V rocket) left a number of craters some 40 yards wide on the moon's surface. There are bags of astronaut poop on the moon. And a few years ago, Israel's crashed Beresheet spacecraft scattered debris on the lunar surface.

10 best kids' movies on Netflix streaming right now

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Seeking kid-friendly entertainment that is sure to satisfy? Netflix has a ton of options, but frankly they can be overwhelming. So, we've made things simple by highlighting ten excellent films that'll delight children — or those who are still a child at heart.

Whether you want a stellar movie musical, a madcap adventure, a spooky treat, or something to get you into the holiday spirit - we've got you covered.

Here are the 10 best kids' movies now streaming on Netflix.

1. Over the Moon (2020)

Chang'e and her rabbit on the moon.
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Young Fei Fei is enchanted by the story of the moon goddess Chang'e and the legend of her lover. Still mourning the death of her mother, Fei Fei takes unkindly to her father finding new love and decides to build a rocket to the moon to find Chang'e. She finds a magical world beyond her imagining and must reconcile the fantasy of the moon with the life that awaits her on Earth. Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, and Sandra Oh star, so yes, Over the Moon is a powerhouse lineup of Asian American acting talent. —Proma Khosla, Senior Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: Over the Moon is now streaming on Netflix.

2. The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Mike Myers's 2003 turn as the eponymous feline in headgear holds up surprisingly well for kids in 2022 (unfortunately for adults, there may be some triggers of 2019's Cats). The chaotic cat visits Sally and Conrad Walden (Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin), making a massive mess in their house and eventually locking them up (the Cat is by no means a moral compass). Parents will feel seen in Myers's winking delivery, and kids won't quickly tire of the Cat's endless hijinx. —P.K.

How to watch: The Cat in the Hat is now streaming on Netflix.

3. Klaus (2019)

Klaus and his friends in "Klaus."
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It might be a Christmas movie, but Netflix's own original about a spoiled postman-in-training Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) who happens upon an old toymaker is a lovely and rewatchable film year-round. He becomes the go between for the toymaker, Klaus (J.K. Simmons) and the local children who write him letters hoping for toys. The story spins out to become the origin of Santa Claus and a humbling journey for Jesper. —P.K.

How to watch: Klaus is now streaming on Netflix.

4. Mirai (2018)

When four-year-old Kun’s (Moka Kamishiraishi) parents tell him he’s going to have a baby sister, he’s excited at first. But when baby Mirai (Haru Kuroki) arrives, he has trouble adjusting to sharing his mom and dad’s attention. Seeking solace, Kun disappears into the garden behind his house, where he embarks on a magical adventure with the grown-up version of Mirai that puts his relationship with his family in a whole new perspective. This is a deeply warm, funny, and insightful piece from veteran Japanese director and animator Mamoru Hosoda. Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award in 2018, Mirai is the perfect, feel-good choice for family movie night. —Kristina Grosspietsch, Freelance Contributor

How to watch: Mirai is streaming on Netflix.

5. The Willoughbys (2020)

The Willouhby children and their new friends.
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Based on an outlandish book by Lois Lowry, this Netflix original centers on a deeply dysfunctional family in need of some wild changes. Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby have four adorable, eager, and talented children, whom they utterly despise. Thus, life is very hard for eldest Tim (Will Forte), dreamer Jane (Alessia Cara), and oddball twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B (Seán Cullen). That is until they concoct a wacky scheme that sends their parents off on a perilous vacation, from which they may not return! However, the siblings' deadly plan for independence is challenged when a plucky nanny (Maya Rudolph) arrives at their door. Soon, agonies and antics give way to the jubilant adventure of a lifetime.

Director Kris Pearn's sharp design style and a snarling narration from Ricky Gervais pairs with Lowry's dark plot line to give this outrageous animated feature a cheeky yet charming edge.*Kristy Puchko, Deputy Entertainment Editor

How to watch: The Willoughbys is streaming on Netflix.

6. Mitchells vs The Machines (2021)

Katie and her imagination cut loose on "Mitchells vs. The Machines"
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Sony Pictures Animation has given audiences such daring and dynamic animated movies as Surf's Up, Hotel Transylvania, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This zany 2021 release centers on a family who's battling back the robo-apocalypse with togetherness, internet savviness, and a walleyed pug named Monchi (voiced by social media icon, Doug The Pug).

The Mitchells’ adventure into chaos begins when daughter Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is poised to go off to college. Desperate for one last family-unifying road trip, her dad (Danny McBride) piles the whole family into his beater of a vehicle, unknowingly charting a fateful route into heroics. Director Mike Rianda infuses Katie's excitable perspective throughout the film by working in internet memes, social media-style reactions, and blitz of bonkers visuals. It’s a bold move that might alienate some viewers but has largely won the acclaim of critics and kiddos.*K.P.

How to watch: The Mitchells vs the Machines is streaming on Netflix.

7. Paddington (2014)

Inspired by Michael Bond's beloved children's books, Paddington is a critically heralded romp that blends a crackerjack live-action cast (Hugh Bonneville! Sally Hawkins! Julie Walters! Peter Capaldi!) with an adorable CGI bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw), who wears a blue coat and cherishes marmalade. Traveling from the jungles of Peru to London, the titular bear is reluctantly taken in by the Brown family. But as cultures collide, Paddington's freedom —indeed, his very life! — are threatened by an overzealous taxidermist (a gamely over-the-top Nicole Kidman), who is ruthlessly determined to make him her next specimen! Full of whimsy, wit, and warmth, Paddington is a jolly delight that demands rewatching. —K.P.

How to watch: Paddington is streaming on Netflix.

8. Nightbooks (2021)

Kristen Ritter is a scary and stylish witch in "Nightbooks"
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From David Yarovesky, the director of Brightburn, comes a spooky tale that'll thrill on family night. Based on the horror-fantasy novel of the same name by J. A. White, Nightbooks centers on a Brooklyn bookworm (Winslow Fegley) who is kidnapped by a wicked witch (Krysten Ritter). Held captive in her magical apartment, he's forced to tell her a new scary story each night in exchange for his survival. Thankfully, he's not alone. A hard-nosed fellow prisoner (Lidya Jewett) not only helps him avoid the pitfalls of this precarious prison, but also helps him unlock the secrets that could get them both out!

Peppered with PG-level scares and plenty of style (we'd die for Ritter's witch wardrobe), Nightbooks is a rollicking good time for kiddos (and grown-ups) who appreciate a good bump in the night.* K.P.

How to watch: Nightbooks is streaming on Netflix.

9. Monster House (2006)

Craving something creepy but kid-friendly? Then step on up to this sensational 2006 film, in which the Big Bad is a towering, sentient, old house that gobbles up toys as well as trespassing children. While the premise might sound perturbing, children will relish the tale of three spirited kids who not only discover the Monster House’s horrors but also its hidden heart.

A surprisingly poignant finale follows a bunch of frights and fun, making this a great pick for family movie night. Using motion-capture animation, director Gil Kenan taps into Amblin Entertainment’s established aesthetic, where grounded drama meets freaky fantasy. Adding oomph — and some grown-up curb appeal — is a voice cast that includes celebrated actors, like Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kathleen Turner, Jon Heder, and Jason Lee. Trick or treat? Why not both! .*K.P.

How to watch: Monster House is streaming on Netflix.

10. Finding 'Ohana (2021)

A foursome of kids search for lost treasure.
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If you grew up watching The Goonies, then you'll treasure sharing this gem with your kiddos. Director Jude Weng channels Spielberg's brand of awe for an exciting tale of Hawaiian legend and childhood heroics. Raised in New York City, siblings Pili (Kea Peahu) and Ioane (Alex Aiono) feel like fish out of water when their mother brings them to Oahu. But soon enough, they're making friends and setting forth on a quest for a legendary lost treasure. Along the way, there'll also be teen romance, family drama, and local lore come to life. Seeking something fun and thrilling? Look no further. —K.P.

How to watch: Finding 'Ohana is streaming on Netflix.

Why I'll be reading Ibram Kendi's 'Goodnight Racism' to my son every night

An illustrated picture of a Black girl resting her head before going to sleep.

Every year as a country we take a day in the month of January to pay homage to a dreamer, a man who had a dream of what this country could be if unburdened by what it was. In the same vein, Ibram Kendi in his new children's book, Goodnight Racism, invites our children to dream like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. about a world that, frankly, should be the reality that all parents are working toward.  

I know I have been. For the past decade, as a city council member, mayor, and now as an advocate, I've been working to create equal opportunity and to end structural violence. I launched the country's first mayoral-led basic income program while mayor of Stockton, Calif., and now lead a coalition of 80 mayors doing the same with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a nonprofit organization trying to make King's dream of guaranteed income a reality in America. I am also the founder of End Poverty in California, an organization focused on changing the narrative around poverty to enact policies to eliminate poverty in the Golden State. As a Black father with Black children, Goodnight Racism resonated with my aspirations for a society worthy of my precious children. 

When the book's child protagonist goes to sleep, Kendi reminds us that the moon, the elements, the universe, and indeed the Creator, have the same desires for all of us: for every child to be safe, fed, loved, to reach their full potential. Under the cover of night, the child is able to conceptualize a brighter day, one that brings peace to the nightmare that many experience living in a country with pervasive poverty, inequality, and violence.

The power of the dream, and the hope it inspires, allow us to finally say goodbye to racism, goodbye to inequality, and goodbye to neglect—provided that when the child awakens, grownups join her in the work of creating the world we all deserve to live in. And there are none more deserving than our children.

Yet the timing of this book is almost antithetical to the child's dream. The racial wealth gap between Black and white Americans hasn't budged since 1964; COVID-19 ravaged communities of color, and women of color in particularBlack people are being murdered by white supremacist terrorists while grocery shopping; children are being murdered while going to school; the Child Tax Credit, a lifeline for meeting the material needs of children, wasn't renewed after Congressional Republicans (and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin) blocked it; voting rights and the rights of LGBTQIA youth and children are under attack in states with Republican leadership; and books like Goodnight Racism, which acknowledge race and injustice, are being banned in states across the country

Kendi knows this well, given his extensive scholarship on the ways in which difference and racism have literally been stamped into the fabric of this country from the beginning. As a historian, he also knows the complex reality of times like these, when it's easy to fall into nihilism but alternately feel the urgency to fight for justice. The moment we're in clearly necessitates new visions and imagining of what we can be. We must dream of something better, if not for ourselves, then for our children. They are the anchors of our dreams, the manifestation of what can be born even in the most harrowing conditions.  

When I read Goodnight Racism to my 2-and-a-half-year-old son, his first words were, "Daddy, she sleep," pointing excitedly to the main protagonist. Even at his age, he recognizes sleep and rest as necessary and universal: I sleep, she sleeps, we all sleep, because indeed we are all human and have the same basic needs.  

"While reading with my son, nothing that was dreamed of seemed radical or even puzzling to him."

Goodnight Racism is written with children in mind, but it's also a great example to adults about what is lost amidst the exhaustion of living in a time of great division and economic insecurity. While reading with my son, nothing that was dreamed of seemed radical or even puzzling to him. I asked him, "Should everyone have food?" He looked at me like that was a dumb question, clapped his hands and said, "Yes!" 

"Should everyone be loved?" I continued. "Yes Daddy!" he asserted.

The most enduring part of Kendi's legacy may not be in the minds he's opened with Stamped from the Beginning or the playbook he's given adults and parents with How to Be an Antiracist and Antiracist Baby, but in his work speaking to the youngest among us, in allowing children to hold firm the lessons of love and equality that seem so obvious and apparent to them, as they did to my son. In continuing to speak with and to children, Kendi is doing powerful counternarrative work and reminding our babies that their worldview and thinking is rational, even if the world's dysfunction is not.

As we reached the conclusion, my son was reminded of one of his favorite books, Goodnight Moon, and eagerly joined in saying, "Goodnight!" to injustice and racism. The dream of the author wasn't yet "a dream" to my son. Rather, it's his current understanding of the world we live in—that we are true to the ideals we put on paper, and to the lessons my wife and I teach him. His reaction to the book was a reminder of why the work his mother and I do, and our friends and allies do, is so important. I don't want him to wake up to a nightmarish reality. I want him to live a dream wide awake. 

Michael Tubbs is the author of The Deeper The Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home and the founder of End Poverty in California and Mayors For A Guaranteed Income.

Disclosure note: Kendi provided a blurb for my book, The Deeper The Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home.

Scientists film a jellyfish with a belly full of prey in the deep sea

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Biologists spotted a deep sea critter that just devoured a hefty meal.

The Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute (MBARI) recently tweeted deep sea archival footage of a jellyfish with its stomach filled with food. Scientists say the prey would have most likely been krill, which are tiny shrimp-like creatures with hard shells. As jellies are transparent, it’s pretty common to see them with something in their stomach, said Steven Haddock, a marine biologist at MBARI who observed this creature in June 2018 during a dive in Monterey Bay.

"Whether the prey is recognizable is another story," he told Mashable.

Jellies can be spotted in both shallow and deep waters. The Halitrephes jelly captured in this footage drifts in the dark oceans. Using a submarine robot, scientists captured the footage at a depth of 1,300 feet. These jellies are typically seen during summer in the Monterey Bay on the California coastline, the research institute said.

It might be difficult to gauge in the video, but the Halitrephes jellies are quite small. The species belong to a group of tiny jellyfish called hydromedusa, which range from millimeters to centimeters in size. "The Halitrephes jelly's bell can reach up to 10 centimeters (four inches) wide," MBARI explained.

The Halitrephes jelly is known by a different name in the internet world: "the firework jellyfish." It takes a spectacular form when it distributes nutrients through its body. Their transparent tentacles begin to glow with vibrant hues like an exploding firework, as seen in this video clip from the Nautilus Ocean Exploration Trust. 

That said, jellyfishes whose bodies are made up of 95 percent water, can camouflage quite well in the oceans from the sight of predators. "One common adaptation of deep sea drifting animals is transparency, which allows them to hide where there is nothing to hide behind," Haddock told Mashable.

"One common adaptation of deep sea drifting animals is transparency, which allows them to hide where there is nothing to hide behind."

These organisms have interesting defense and survival mechanisms, too. Their tentacles are loaded with small stingers that discharge venom when they brush against prey or any other objects. And they can thrive under extreme conditions such as low oxygen levels and high acid content.

The deep sea remains largely mysterious. There are some 2,000 known species of jellyfish, and many more are believed undiscovered in the vast ocean depths.

What losing abortion rights will mean for people's mental health

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The day that Americans knew was coming is finally here. Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional right to abortion, is gone.

In many ways, we know what this means. More than half of American women live in states that are hostile to abortion rights. They will lose access to abortion in the coming weeks and months. The majority of those seeking abortion care live below the poverty line and will find it difficult to travel to where the procedure is legal. Reproductive justice activists are scrambling to meet those urgent needs by organizing support for abortion funds and coordinating travel to other states.

Yet there's a little-discussed aspect of abortion access that can have enduring consequences: its impact on mental health. Research tells us that being denied an abortion leads to worse short-term mental health and that it raises the likelihood of living in poverty and being tethered to an abusive partner, neither of which are good for well-being.

Beyond those facts, the decision should prompt us to wonder — and research — what happens when women and people who can become pregnant live in a state where abortion care is no longer just hard to get, as it is currently in many states, but banned with rare exceptions.

Will the Supreme Court's decision and subsequent state bans lead to low-level dread for people who can become pregnant but know they don't have the resources to travel elsewhere should they need an abortion? Will it intensify anxiety for women of color, trans men, and nonbinary people who know they may be targeted and criminalized if they self-manage an abortion? Such questions will be hard to answer without rigorous research designed to disentangle the complex factors that affect a person's mental health, but we urgently need to better understand what this decision means for people's well-being.

Dr. M. Antonia Biggs, Ph.D., an associate professor and senior researcher at the University of California at San Francisco who's studied what happens to women's mental health when they can't access abortion, suspects the decision will lead to worse emotional and psychological experiences.

"This is fundamentally a loss of bodily autonomy, which is not good for people's mental health," says Biggs, who is a social psychologist.

Her research found that when women were denied an abortion, they initially had higher levels of anxiety and lower self-esteem than those who had the procedure. While those disparities faded between six and 12 months later, the women forced to give birth subsequently experienced more long-term physical health problems and financial insecurity. They were more likely to live in poverty, experience financial hardship, and be with a violent partner. These are troubling cascading effects that heighten the risk of experiencing anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"This is fundamentally a loss of bodily autonomy, which is not good for people's mental health."

It makes no sense to look at the data and suggest that abortion is what harms people's mental health, which is what its opponents insist. When I wrote about this subject in 2017, a number of experts told me this idea was based on debunked and flawed research. One even told me of anti-abortion researchers: "They are making wrong conclusions and really bad science, if you can even call it science."

Those who've fought to overturn Roe for years or decades may feel personal relief or even joy now, but this is a perverse justification to offer anyone who fears remaining pregnant and being forced to give birth.

Biggs' research also found women who received an abortion were more likely to perceive stigma and more likely to experience psychological distress years later. She believes that pregnant people may internalize new state bans as stigmatizing, increasing the odds that they'll feel worse about themselves in the future. A preliminary finding from the study, which needs further exploration, revealed that those who had to make disclosures about seeking or receiving abortion care, typically because they needed help paying for it and related travel costs, experienced negative mental health symptoms, too.

"There's so many compounding effects of being denied abortion that impacts so many aspects of your life," says Biggs. "It's overwhelming and incredibly sad to think about that."

Imagine, too, the reality that many pregnant people living in a state where abortion is banned may be alone with their struggles, worried that discussing the possibility of seeking care elsewhere could be used against them. We know that emotional isolation is painful, but the Supreme Court decision all but guarantees countless pregnant people will feel more alone than they ever have. We shouldn't forget them, because they deserved so much better than this.

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What everyone's watching: The most streamed movies this week (whether they're good or not)

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So, what's everyone been watching this week?

Each week, the most popular streamed movies come down to a few things — sheer buzz, smart marketing and PR campaigns, star power, critical acclaim, or a slow burn, word-of-mouth phenomenon that leads uninterested people to finally watch it out of spite. Just to get a sense of what everyone's streaming, we've used data from streaming aggregator Reelgood, which gathers those coveted viewership numbers from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK.

HBO's highest ever watched film streaming just on the platform is in this week's list, as well as Chris Hemsworth's new thriller and of course, you're all still watching Top Gun.

But just because a lot of people are watching something doesn't make it...good. Here they are, the 10 most streamed films of the week, where to watch them, and what Mashable critics thought.

1. Spiderhead

Five people sit in a speedboat, some of them blindfolded.
And awaaaaay we go. Credit: Netflix

Based on George Saunders' short story "Escape from Spiderhead," Spiderhead centres around a facility testing mood-changing drugs on prisoners and challenging the idea of free will. The whole thing is run by Chris Hemsworth as scientisti Steve Abnesti, but when two subjects connect, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), things unravel.

What we thought: Simply put, Spiderhead is a totally OK movie to sort of watch. And if that's all Netflix is aiming for now, they've gotten their gold star for mediocrity. — Kristy Puchko, Deputy Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Spiderhead is now streaming on Netflix.

2. Top Gun

A man in navy uniform sings to a woman in a bar surrounded by people.
Kelly McGillis, rudely not asked to be in "Top Gun: Maverick." Credit: Paramount / Kobal / Shutterstock

If you feel the need for speed enough to go and see the new Top Gun: Maverick, you're probably revisiting the original at home. Stacked with a Kenny Loggins-fuelled soundtrack and That Volleyball Scene, Tony Scott's 1986 elite fighter pilot action classic is taking streamers back to the danger zone.

What we thought (of Top Gun: Maverick not the OG): How do you bring an action hero from the '80s into the 2020s without him feeling like a fossil? Incredibly, the team behind Top Gun: Maverick has managed it. — K.P.

How to watch: Top Gun (the original) is now streaming on Prime Video and Paramount+.

3. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

A man and woman smiling.
Credit: Hulu

Directed by Sophie Hyde and written by Katy Brand, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande sees Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson), retired from teaching, embarking on a new personal adventure when she hires sex worker Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack).

How to watch: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is now streaming on Hulu.

4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A T-Rex roars over a dead Ankylosaurus and a man standing beside an orb car.
Everyone's gotta catch up on WTF happened in the last one... Credit: Universal Pictures

With the latest chapter of the Jurassic World trilogy in cinemas, folks are returning to the second, streaming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this week. This is the one where the U.S. Senate is debating whether or not to save the dinosaurs from a catastrophic volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar, where Jurassic World closed in the first one after the shit hit the fan. It's gonna be one hell of a logistics exercise.

What we thought: Moment-to-moment, Jurassic World can be pleasantly odd. Chris Pratt gets to show off his physical comedy chops all too briefly, in a scene that seems inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio's Wolf of Wall Street crawl. And whatever else you think of the much-ballyhooed Indoraptor, there's no denying she's got a flair for drama. I swear she winked in one of her scenes. — Angie Han, former Deputy Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now streaming on fuboTV.

5. Hustle

Two men sit in a basketball grandstand.
Juancho Hernangomez as Bo Cruz and Adam Sandler as Stanley Sugerman. Credit: Scott Yamano / Netflix

Adam Sandler's new Netflix movie, Hustle, has gone straight to the top of the queue for a lot of you. Sandler plays Stanley Sugerman, an NBA scout who travels to Spain and discovers Bo Cruz, played by Juancho Hernangómez, a talented player who has some baggage in his past. I's going to be more complicated than Stanley thought to bring Bo into his NBA team.

How to watch: Hustle is now streaming on Netflix.

6. The Northman

A man and woman sit on two horses in blankets,
Saddle up for an Icelandic saga. Credit: Aidan Monaghan

Robert Eggers' Viking epic has hit streaming, with plenty of folks sitting down to embark upon the bloody Nordic tale of Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) on his fate-determined quest to avenge the murder of his father, King Aurvandil War-Raven (Ethan Hawke) by his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang), and be reunited with his mother, Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman).

What we thought: With The Northman, Eggers explores the myths of Vikings in a historical epic that is star-stuffed, action-packed, and yet far from the crowd-pleasing likes of Gladiator. — K.P.

How to watch: The Northman is now streaming on Peacock.

7. No Time to Die

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Lashana Lynch (left) and Léa Seydoux (right) redefine so-called Bond women in all the right ways. Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Eon Productions

The most recent James Bond film and the last to star Daniel Craig as 007, No Time to Die introduces a host of new characters, including Rami Malek as villain Lyutsifer Safin, Lashana Lynch as British 00 agent Nomi, Ana de Armas as Cuban CIA agent Paloma, alongside Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik as Primo, Logan Ash, and Valdo Obruchev respectively.

What we thought: No Time To Die is, first and foremost, a triumphant last lap for Daniel Craig that closes an especially wonderful stretch of Ian Fleming's long-lasting legacy. It's not perfect, but it bravely explores its source material in a way that will make you fall in love all over again. The only question: Does Bond deserve it? — Alison Foreman, former Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: No Time to Die is now streaming on Prime Video.

8. Jerry and Marge Go Large

A man and woman stand in front of a till.
Goin' large. Credit: Jake Giles Netter / Paramount+

The true story of the Selbees, Jerry and Marge (Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening), who find a loophole in the lottery using maths and use the money to help their town in Michigan.

How to watch: Jerry and Marge Go Large is now streaming on Paramount+.

9. Father of the Bride

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Families are complicated. Credit: Warner Bros. / HBO

Warner Bros. and HBO have rebooted rom-com and family comedy Father of the Bride as centred around a Latino family, and it's already had the largest audience of any HBO Max movie that's streamed only on the platform. Directed by Gaz Alazraki and written by Matt Lopez, it's based on Edward Streeter's 1949 novel, really, which has now had three film adaptations including this one starring Andy García as Cuban American architect Billy Herrera, who is moving toward divorce with his wife, Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) when their daughter Sofía (Adria Arjona) announces she's engaged to her boyfriend Adán Castillo (Diego Boneta).

How to watch: Father of the Bride is now streaming on HBO.

10. Cha Cha Real Smooth

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Cooper Raiff and Dakota Johnson in “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” Credit: Apple TV+

Cooper Raiff writes, directs and stars in Apple TV+'s Cha Cha Real Smooth, following Andrew, a man who moves back home to New Jersey after college. He's figuring out his future when he starts working teaching dancing at a bar and running bat mitzvahs for his younger brother's school friends. Then he meets Domino (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter, Lola (Vanessa Burghardt).

How to watch: Cha Cha Real Smooth is now streaming on Apple TV+.

Yes, there are 100 million rogue black holes wandering our galaxy

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Black holes aren't evil.

But they are fantastically weird, gravitationally powerful places. And astronomers suspect there are some 100 million of these objects — realms so dense that not even light can escape their grasp — wandering our Milky Way galaxy. Now, for the first time, scientists published compelling evidence that they detected one of these rapidly moving, rogue black holes.

This type of black hole is created when a star (around 20 times as massive as the sun) explodes and collapses into an intensely compact object. It's the natural evolution of things in our universe.

"These are just wandering stars. Those wandering stars become wandering black holes," Kailash Sahu, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute who led one of the studies about this detection, told Mashable.

The reality that around 100 million of these black holes are traveling through the galaxy might seem wild. But it makes good sense. Stars die. And there are bounties of stars out there. "It sounds like a lot, but on the other hand, our galaxy has 100 billion stars," Sahu noted. (There are other dramatic ways for black holes to form, but the collapse of stars is common.)

"The Milky Way should be full of black holes," agreed Fabio Pacucci, an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics - Harvard & Smithsonian who had no role in the new research.

"The Milky Way should be full of black holes."

Crucially, there might be a profound number of black holes in our galaxy, but they're still relatively far from our solar system — because space, like our galaxy, is vast. This rogue black hole is some 5,000 light-years away (one light-year is nearly 6 trillion miles). Statistically, the closest rogue black hole should be some 80 light-years away, the researchers say. For perspective, the closest star, Proxima Centauri, is four light-years (or some 24 trillion miles) away from us.

While these nomadic black holes are wandering the galaxy, it's important to remember that we are, too. Our solar system is moving around the center of the Milky Way (home to a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*) at over 500,000 mph (828,000 km/h).

"Everything is kind of wandering – nothing is really stationary," said Sahu.

However, these rogue black holes, after being created during extreme, catastrophic explosions, have certainly been given a good kick that sends them on a more random path through the galaxy. A nomadic black hole could potentially disrupt the orbits of planets in a solar system if it happened to pass close by. But black holes aren't sucking up everything in the cosmos. "They are not vacuum cleaners, otherwise we'd be in one," Douglas Gobeille, an astrophysicist and black hole researcher at the University of Rhode Island, told Mashable earlier this year.

The rogue black hole detection

Black holes don't emit any light. How can astronomers see the unseeable?

To make this observation over several years, the astronomers did something clever. Black holes, extremely dense objects, warp space, like a bowling ball sitting on a mattress. Using the school bus-sized Hubble Space Telescope, the research team diligently watched for an extremely dense object (like a black hole) to pass in front of a distant star. The passing black hole's presence warped and bent the starlight as it bisected this region of space, allowing for a type of observation called "microlensing."

What's more, the Hubble telescope then measured how much light the black hole deflected, which required observing minute changes in light. Hubble is an exquisite instrument for making this sensitive observation because it orbits above Earth, so its views aren't blurred and distorted by our atmosphere.

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How a black hole warps the starlight that Hubble views in the universe. Credit: NASA / ESA / STScI / Joseph Olmsted

Taken together, observations of warped and deflected light gave astronomers the information they needed to judge the black hole's mass, distance, and beyond. "It's almost like putting the black hole on a scale," Sahu explained. They found this lone black hole wanderer is seven times the mass of the sun. (Some 30 percent of wandering black holes are believed to travel alone; others have companions.)

"This is a very remarkable detection," the astrophysicist Pacucci told Mashable.

"This is a very remarkable detection."

One issue, however, remains unresolved. There is still a possibility that what has been detected is another immensely dense object that can warp space, like a neutron star, which is the collapsed core of an exploded star. (Neutron stars are so dense, a "sugar-cube-sized amount of material would weigh more than 1 billion tons, about the same as Mount Everest!" NASA explains.) Another group of researchers found the object was smaller, at some 1.6 and 4.4 times the mass of the sun. An object some 1.6 times the size of the sun would more likely be a neutron star.

But, even so, there's one more crucial piece of evidence suggesting the detected object is indeed a black hole. The object in question did not temporarily alter the light color of the background star. If it was a neutron star, the two light sources would have mixed. But there was no color change.

It remains enormously difficult to detect these roaming black holes, moving at some 100,000 mph. But in the future, advanced space telescopes, like NASA's Roman Space Telescope, are expected to spot many more of these curious objects in the deep, deep cosmos.

All the best dog products of 2022

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It's no secret that most pet owners spend a lot (and I mean a lot) of money on their dogs. Pets are the new kids, and we absolutely treat them as such.

Luckily, the dog product market is full of innovative, aesthetically-pleasing, and durable products these days for every type of dog owner out there. Thanks to curated direct-to-consumer dog brands, you'll never have resign to the ugly dog bed from your local superstore or cheap stuffed toys that will be torn apart in seconds.

Whether you've had dogs your entire life or you're looking into bringing a new pup home for the first time, we've put together a list of some of the best dog gear we've hands-on tested this year. Some of these pup products are downright trendy, like the infamously stylish Fable dog crate, and some offer pure convenience for owners, like the Wild One rinseless shampoo and the Chom Chom pet hair remover.

We've also added one of our favorite enrichment toys to this list, which can help your dog stay mentally stimulated and keep them entertained for a while (so you can actually get some work done for once).

Read on for the full rundown of all our favorite tried and tested dog gear.

What everyone's watching: The most streamed TV shows this week are thrillers

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What's everybody been watching this week then?

We've dug into the latest data from streaming aggregator ReelGood, which pulls viewing figures from streaming sites in the UK and the US, and broken out the top 10 most watched TV shows of the past week.

This week, it's topped by thrillers, from The Old Man to Dark Winds. But of course, it'll take more than a few crimes to fully kick Obi-Wan Kenobi and Stranger Things and Ms Marvel off the most-watched list. Here are the top 10 most streamed TV shows of the week...

1. The Old Man

Two FBI agents in an office, one sitting one standing.
FBI time. Credit: FX

Based on Thomas Perry’s thriller novel of the same name, Jeff Bridges leads this one as Dan Chase, an ex-CIA agent whose live off-grid is interrupted by an assassin. To find them, the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) calls Chase back into the job, working with rising FBI star Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) and CIA special agent Raymond Waters (E.J. Bonilla). But special ops agent Julian Carson (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is also pursuing Chase. Amy Brenneman also stars as Zoe McDonald, who Chase rents a room from while on the case. — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

How to watch: The Old Man is now streaming on Hulu.

2. Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Look out, Obi-Wan. Credit: Disney

Disney+'s latest Star Wars foray, Obi-Wan Kenobi, which follows the titular hero (played by Ewan McGregor) on a quest to save Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) from the clutches of Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) 10 years after the events of Episode III. It became the most-watched Disney+ original after its opening weekend. The people simply can't get enough Star Wars. — Sam Haysom, Deputy UK Editor

How to watch: Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+.

3. The Summer I Turned Pretty

Two people about to kiss on a beach.
Lola Tung (Belly) and Christopher Briney (Conrad) have a moment. Credit: Prime Video

From showrunner Jenny Han, author of the To All the Boys series, comes The Summer I Turned Pretty, a coming-of-age drama across generations about first love, female friendship, complicated relationships between mothers and their kids, and of course, a love triangle. Staring stars Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, Rachel Blanchard, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno, Sean Kaufman, Alfredo Narciso, Minnie Mills, Colin Ferguson, and Tom Everett Scott. — S.C.

How to watch: The Summer I Turned Pretty is now streaming on Prime Video.

4. Stranger Things

Two people in a facility hallway.
Papa? Credit: Netflix

The most streamed (and wildly unsurprising so) show of the week is the Duffer brothers' Stranger Things, which recently returned for the first volume of Season 4. Our core characters are all a lot more grown up this time around, but Hawkins is still just as scary and monster-riddled as ever (and the soundtrack is, as always, banging). With Volume 1 taking us to some dark places, Volume 2 is set to hurtle toward the final showdown. — S.H.

What we thought: You’ve waited a long time to go back to Hawkins — three years to be exact (or a whole pandemic, a few collapsing democracies, a Capitol insurrection, an ongoing war, etc, etc, etc). Certainly, Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 rewards that patience by welcoming you back with an over-abundance of what we've always loved about this cult hit since 2016. — Jess Joho, Staff Writer

How to watch: Stranger Things is now streaming on Netflix.

5. The Boys

Two people smiling in a room with brick walls.
It's fun. It's disturbing. It's "The Boys." Credit: Prime Video

Eric Kripke's gory superhero series has punched its way back onto our screens with a third season, following Billy (Karl Urban) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) as they go up against Homelander (Antony Starr) again after the events of Season 2. Expect gratuitous violence aplenty, from Season 1 all the way to the brand new Season 3 streaming from June 10. — S.H.

What we thought: In some ways, Season 2 is The Boys we came to know in 2019. It's still relentlessly dark and oppressively bleak in its portrayal of the world. It's also still gory as hell, and perhaps even moreso this time. But if you're here, you already know what to expect and are prepared for graphic scenes of explosive dismemberment and compound fractures. — Adam Rosenberg, Senior Entertainment Reporter and Editor

How to watch: The Boys is now streaming on Prime Video.

6. Ms. Marvel

A girl in a function dining room holds her fist up, which emanates with power.
The power. Credit: Disney

Have you met Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) yet? Marvel's newest screen superhero, a Pakistani-American teen living in Jersey City, is the star of Ms. Marvel and thanks, we absolutely love her. A huge Captain Marvel fan, Khan feels like an outsider at school (classic hero origin situation). Buuuut she gets superpowers, so GO GET 'EM. From writer Bisha K. Ali and directors Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, this Disney+ plus series is one of the week's biggest shows. — S.C.

What we thought: The visceral thrills of blockbuster superheroics will surely take center stage before these six episodes are finished. But by slowing down in the early hours to consider context and put serious thought into how a superhero is really born, Ms. Marvel's hopeful remix of the origin story is already a winner. — A.R.

How to watch: Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+.

7. Dark Winds

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Credit: AMC

Based on the Leaphorn and Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, Dark Winds is a noir set on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley. It's 1971, and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) of the Tribal Police finds himself digging into the past with a series of crimes with his new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon). — S.C.

How to watch: Dark Winds is now streaming on AMC+.

8. Peaky Blinders

A man in a three piece suit stands in a field.
Credit: Netflix

The sixth and final season of the sneakily alluring tale of 20th-century Birmingham gangster Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) has finally hit Netflix, and everyone's jumping on the Shelby train. — S.C.

How to watch: Peaky Blinders is now streaming on Netflix in the U.S. and BBC iPlayer in the UK.

9. The Orville

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Credit: Hulu

The third season of Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi dramedy sees the return of the titular USS Orville, with the crew — led by Captain Ed Mercer (MacFarlane himself) — heading off on a series of new interplanetary adventures. Make the most of it, too, as there's currently a question mark over whether or not a Season 4 will happen. — S.H.

How to watch: The Orville is now streaming on Hulu.

10. Evil

Three people in jackets investigating a room.
This trio has got us going wild for "Evil." Credit: Elizabeth Fisher / CBS / Paramount+

As Mashable's Kristy Puchko writes, "Imagine The X-Files with religious trauma and you've got Evil, the best show you're not watching."

What we thought: Here's eight reasons we love it.

How to watch: Evil is now streaming on Paramount+.

* Asterisks indicate the writeup is adapted from another Mashable article.

Relax while you’re on the go with a portable electric neck massager on sale

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TL;DR: As of June 25, the RelaxUltima Portable Neck Massager is on sale for $39.99, which is a whopping 80% off its regular price of $199.99.


You don’t need a big, fancy massage chair to enjoy some relaxation throughout the day. It’s not like you can carry one around with you anyways. For on-the-go relief, turn to a portable device like this neck massager from RelaxUltima. It’s on sale for a whopping 80% off for a limited time, so you can seamlessly slip it into your daily routine this summer.

Only as big as it needs to be, at just 4 x 10 x 9 inches, the RelaxUltima is designed to be worn stealthily around your neck. To use it, you just wrap it around your neck like a necklace (be sure to remove any actual jewelry), press the power button, and adjust the intensity to your liking. A single charge should get you an entire month’s worth of use.

It uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to send gentle electric impulses through the skin on your neck. While the effectiveness of TENS is uncertain, lots of folks swear by it. Plus, it’s paired with personalized massage functions and heat to give you three times the relief. 

The heating function can reach up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit, while the personal massage function includes three different modes (tapping, Shiatsu, acupuncture therapy) and 15 different intensity levels. You can mix and match until you find a combination that works for you and your needs.

It's regularly $199, but you can grab it on sale for just $39.99 for a limited time — that's 80% in savings. If your summer is jam-packed with travel, it can serve as a solid way to get relief on the plane. If not, you can enjoy much-needed TLC throughout your work day as well. It's designed to seamlessly fit into your daily routine. Let's see a massage chair do that!

Prices subject to change.

This Mac security app manages your device's safety for you

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TL;DR: As of June 25, you can get lifetime license to Pareto Security Personal for $12 instead of $17, which makes for a 29% discount.


For a while, there was a rumor that Macs were completely safe from viruses and other cybersecurity threats, but that’s never quite been true. You certainly still need to be mindful of your Mac’s security, and Pareto Security Personal: One-Time Lifetime License could help simplify that process. 

This security app helps you check to make sure your Mac is running essential security protocols. Though it’s usually $17, for a limited time, Pareto Security Personal: One-Time Lifetime License is on sale for $12. 

Sometimes you need to fiddle with your Mac’s security system. Whether it’s turning off the firewall or you forgot to enable your encryption, Pareto can check to make sure your Mac is using all its built-in safety procedures. Pareto performs 23 similar security checks that can help average Mac users keep their device safe against third-party threats. 

Instead of you having to manually check off your Mac’s cybersecurity configuration, Pareto does it for you. It can help remind you to check for things like updates, which are easy to put off until you learn that many Mac updates are largely security-oriented. 

Some of the other features Pareto checks for include making sure AirDrop is secured, AirPlay receiver is off, your apps are updating automatically, FileVault is on, and the firewall is configured. This is as much a convenience app as it is a safety tool. It can help you avoid the common mistakes users make that can compromise their data, devices, and network. 

Let Pareto take care of your Mac’s security — or you can use it on another computer. This subscription is available for unlimited personal devices.

Protect your Mac against some of the most common cybersecurity threats. Though Pareto Security Personal: One-Time Lifetime License is normally $17, for a limited time, it is on sale for only $12. 

Prices subject to change.

The 16 best K-pop songs of 2022 (so far)

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As K-pop continues to expand its reach around the globe, its acts are producing more music than ever. (BLACKPINK, we are waiting patiently.) From electric guitars and '80s synths to trap bangers and R&B crooning, there's something for everyone in this year's K-pop releases — and 2022 isn't even over yet.

But that's the joy of K-pop: Whether you're a casual listener or a multi with 12 biases, you'll never be bored. There will always be new music to listen to. And this year, K-pop acts experimented with trends (the pop-punk revival is alive and well in K-pop) and leaped out of their comfort zones, while fourth-gen groups asserted their dominance on the charts and industry titans BTS gave us a sentimental "see you later." With so much going on, it can be hard to know where to start. Never fear — we've got you covered.

In no particular order, here are some of the best K-pop songs of the year so far. And because sometimes you have to listen to more than just the single to get to the truly transcendent stuff, this list contains both singles and B-sides.

1. "Charmer," Stray Kids

Though "MANIAC" was the lead single on Stray Kids' chart-topping March EP ODDINARY, B-side "Charmer" thoroughly enchanted fans with its self-assured lyrics and hypnotic pungi refrain. Evoking the sound of wind instruments popularly associated with snake charming, it's an alluring song that uses a repeated falling scale and come hither whistle to effectively lead listeners down into a Stray Kids obsession.

"Charmer" is a creative, enticing new sound from a group that is constantly exploring and playing with audio, while still remaining unmistakably Stray Kids. This song is a fan favorite for good reason, and charming enough to beguile listeners into hitting replay.

A special shout-out also goes to Stray Kids' "Muddy Water," which is an excellent '90s hip-hop track that deserved more attention than it got. —Amanda Yeo

2. "Dirt on my leather," WOODZ 

I'm a little tired of writing only nice things about WOODZ, but it's the only kind of praise his work merits. The guy never misses. COLORFUL TRAUMA, his fourth EP in two years, is as brilliant as the three that preceded it. He taps into the rock and pop-punk resurgence we've seen growing in the industry with '80s hair metal flourishes but avoids sounding cheesy or contrived by completely committing to the bit.

On "Dirt on my leather" he wails "I'm ready to die!" over talkative rock guitars and drums with such convincing fervor that I actually believe him. When he asks "Why you gonna be so sad? Rub some dirt on it," I’m wiping away my tears and searching for the nearest patch of earth. —Elizabeth de Luna

3. "Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go," TOMORROW X TOGETHER 

The easiest way to describe "Thursday's Child Has Far To Go" is that it sounds like freedom. Maybe it's the sparkling '80s synths or the upbeat melody, but it’s the kind of song that pushes you forward. It makes me want to drive somewhere, anywhere, windows down and stereo blaring. (I don’t have a driver's license, so Lyft driver, please pass me the aux cord.) A unit song from Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Soobin on TOMORROW X TOGETHER's most recent EP, Thursday's Child, the addictive track is a burst of bright energy on an album full of emo breakup songs.

As such, "Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go" — co-produced by Beomgyu and featuring lyrics and toplining from Taehyun — reminds us that life goes on after heartbreak. "I'm looking forward to the wonderful days," sings Soobin. Aren't we all? —Crystal Bell

4. "BUT YOU," iKON 

"BUT YOU" is the kind of song that reminds me why I love pop music, and its hold on me is visceral. I heard it for the first time while painting a wall in my apartment and froze — mid brushstroke, mouth agape — as its nostalgic synths and crisp drums gave way to the delicate softness of DK's opening line: "I'm in love again." Despite that hopeful start, and the song's upbeat melody, "BUT YOU" is actually a melancholy lament over unrequited love. Like many of the best pop songs, it’s essentially about crying in the club.

iKON are a relative anomaly in Korean pop: an immensely popular 3rd generation hip-hop-influenced idol group still consistently making music that feels fun and fresh. The band has had to grow up hard and fast over the last three years: Leader and composer BI left the group in 2019 as a result of a national scandal. And rapper Bobby announced last year that he would be both married and a father in a matter of months, two life changes that are nearly unheard of in the notoriously rigid K-pop industry. After all that, it's immensely satisfying to see iKON back in the spotlight with a nearly perfect pop track worthy of their immense talent and versatility. —EDL

5. "Thank You," Brave Girls

Of all the songs on this list, Brave Girls' "Thank You" has one of the best stories behind it. The four-member girl group was catapulted to fame in 2021 when a video compilation of them performing their 2017 song "Rollin'" went viral. Now they've issued a love letter to their fans in the form of funky retro disco bop "Thank You," expressing gratitude for their support as well as joy at finally achieving success after years of work. It's a delightfully happy song, and arguably even catchier than "Rollin'."

"I never thought it would happen," read the lyrics' English translation. "So many days I cried in secret. I don't know if I'd be here without you." —AY 

6. "Ash," SEVENTEEN

"Ash" makes me want to burn down everything in sight, then play in the smoldering ruins like a sandbox.

While the lyrics of its pre-chorus — "the handful that's left from everything burning, ash. Let's build a new ark and go out into the world" — might inspire visions of reinvention or a fresh start, SEVENTEEN is really just here to hype themselves up. "Do or die, I'm a player," they brag. "I'm confident in this game, tens of thousands of chances. I'm just making choices." The metallic ring of their voices, warped by Auto-Tune and filters, tinge them with an addictive, otherworldly quality. It's an unusual but welcome choice for SEVENTEEN, who rarely dabble in this level of vocal manipulation. —EDL

7. "Blue Flame," LE SSERAFIM

Newcomers LE SSERAFIM (an anagram for "I'm fearless") came out swinging on their debut single "FEARLESS," in which they not-so-humbly asserted themselves as K-pop's newest queens of confidence. The plucky song prioritizes mood over melody, but B-side track "Blue Flame" proves that LE SSERAFIM are more than one note. Colorful vocal riffs and a groovy bassline make "Blue Flame" an easy listen — an intoxicating summer bop, if you will — and its charm has already captivated TikTok, where my FYP has been inundated with countless fan-made edits, fan cams, and videos of people dancing along to the song's catchy choreography.

Surprisingly, this is the first of two entries on this list to include the lyric "will-o' the-wisp." Only a few months into their careers and LE SSERAFIM are already trendsetters! —CB

8. "LOVE DIVE," IVE 

IVE debuted in December with earworm hit "ELEVEN," sweetly confessing their excitement over a crush that "makes me dream a long dream" and "dance to the point where I’m dizzy." On "LOVE DIVE," they've willfully plunged into the intoxicating depths of feeling wanted. "Narcissistic, my god, I love it" they sing with pouty insolence while performing point choreography in which they pretend to check their appearance in a compact mirror. Even if you're not impressed by that particularly inspired bit of genius, "LOVE DIVE's" hypnotic production — its sleepy "oohs," playful "la la las," and a whispered bridge — should be intriguing enough to put you under IVE's spell. —EDL

9. "Burning Up" (featuring R3HAB), MONSTA X 

My main question about "Burning Up" is: Why wasn't this slick tune SHAPE of LOVE's title track? 

MONSTA X's song about fiery attraction is just straight-up satisfying to listen to, an addictive beat excellently executed and served with polish. It isn't necessarily unconventional or surprising, which may be one reason why "LOVE" was chosen as MONSTA X's lead single instead. But "Burning Up" neither aims to nor needs to push boundaries. This jam knows what it is and is confident in expertly delivering a crowd-pleasing yet memorable rhythm, like a delicious chocolate cake from a hatted patisserie. "Burning Up" is unbothered, in its lane, focused, and flourishing. —AY 

10. "Blessed-Cursed," ENHYPEN

When ENHYPEN debuted in 2020 with a vampiric concept, I expected Twilight-level drama. Instead, they've leveraged eternal life to explore the sound and styles of other eras in a clever twist on time travel.

On "Blessed-Cursed," we find the band at the turn of the century, celebrating the new millennium with Y2K style. 2021's Dimension: Dilemma album saw the group experimenting with rock and pop punk elements on "Blockbuster" and "Attention, please!" that are also successfully incorporated here. "Blessed-Cursed" delivers what past releases could not; it finally makes use of Niki's outsized dance talent and Jay's charming brashness (he is a Taurus, after all) to create unique points of sonic and visual interest. The production has also mellowed compared to past singles, adding fewer effects to the members' voices so that their distinct colors are no longer flattened into uniformity.

"Blessed-Cursed" is not a perfect song — that would require a bridge, which is notably absent — but it does feel like a thrilling peek into what ENHYPEN is capable of. —EDL

11. "Illusion," aespa 

No group is currently making pop music as potent as aespa. The fabulous foursome had a record-setting 2021, thanks to the seismic success of their single "Next Level," and now they’re poised to continue their meteoric rise with their summer EP Girls, set for release on July 8. The album has already achieved one million stock pre-orders, making them the second Korean girl group after BLACKPINK to reach the milestone.

To mark the start of their new era, aespa dropped "Illusion," an electronic pre-release track that builds on the group’s synth-pop calling and affinity for sticky, hypnotic hooks. To fully grasp the lyrics ("you’re so yummy yummy yummy / In my tummy tummy tummy" is how Winter opens the track) you will have to have some understanding of aespa’s sci-fi lore, or you could just vibe and let the girls lull you into submission. "Follow me, come and get illusion," they sing. And who am I to not be entranced? —CB 

12. "Yet To Come," BTS

The Bangtan Boys have become an international phenomenon, tearing up music charts around the world and making the name BTS almost synonymous with K-pop. In their sentimental single "Yet to Come," released just this month, the group reflects on the burden that stratospheric popularity can be, while reaffirming their love of music and determination to continue moving forward.

It's a final word to commentators, a promise to fans, and a very fitting tone. There is a non-zero possibility that this will be BTS' last big release for a while, as the looming issue of South Korea's mandatory military service may put a pause on their group activities in the near future. The members themselves recently announced a break to work on solo endeavors and personal growth.

"Yet to Come" is the wise, humbly victorious final song at the end of a film, in which its heroes acknowledge how much they've learned on their journey as they look hopefully toward the future. —AY

13. "CHIQUITA," Rocket Punch

I'm a sucker for some good '80s electronica, and Rocket Punch's "CHIQUITA" delivers in spades. This synthtastic song hurls listeners straight into the retro vibes from the very beginning, delivering a bop that wouldn't be out of place in an '80s movie montage. 

The chorus's melodic three-chord synth riff was already enough to win "CHIQUITA" a spot on my K-pop playlist. But Rocket Punch's bright, neon-soaked groove keeps the mood going from verse to chorus to electronica bridge, not letting go of the theme for a moment. It makes me want to crimp my hair, throw on a denim jacket, and rollerblade to an arcade. —AY

14. "YOUNG LUV," STAYC

Youth is the essence of K-pop. I’m not solely talking about age, but rather the feeling of being young. Young and in love. Young and dumb. Young and reckless. Young and afraid. Young and frustrated. Enter STAYC’s "YOUNG LUV," a kaleidoscopic song that seamlessly captures all of those emotions and more. A B-side track off the rookie girl group’s EP YOUNG-LUV.COM, the song draws inspiration from early 2000s pop-rock hits from the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne.

On "YOUNG LUV," the girls belt out their stadium-sized feelings over an electric guitar line that sounds more wistful than wild. STAYC's "teen fresh" image has captivated audiences globally since their 2020 debut, and "YOUNG LUV" doubles down on their youthfulness without ignoring the messier parts of coming of age. —CB

15. "To My First," NCT Dream 

As a general rule, you don’t sleep on NCT Dream’s B-sides. Case in point: "To My First." (Not to be confused with "My First And Last" or "Bye My First…") If you are missing the lovesick R&B crooning of early 2000s boy bands, then "To My First" is here to wrap you in a cozy weighted blanket. A fantastic showcase for vocal trio Haechan, Renjun, and Chenle, the song packs an emotional wallop as the seven members of NCT Dream sing of a first love that's run its course.

Perhaps in another decade, this boy band would have lamented their former flame in the pouring rain, masking their tears, but these Gen Z kids have it all figured out. "You know, sometimes in life," Mark drawls with the confidence only a 22-year-old international superstar can muster, "things just ain't meant to be." That may be true when it comes to love. But NCT Dream has always been destined for greatness. —CB

16. "Nonstop," RoaD-B

"Nonstop" is already a vibe from the outset, but it's about 45 seconds in that you realize RoaD-B's track is fairly unique in K-pop. This track subverts expectations in a delightfully unexpected way that I'll never get sick of, and I need more people to know about it.

While "Nonstop" doesn't necessarily have an obvious, standout hook that will immediately catch in your brain, it's a clever, creative tune that's great while you're listening to it and leaves you craving more. In that regard, it's a bit like the K-pop equivalent of fairy floss — and who doesn't love fairy floss? Formerly known as BXK, RoaD-B is a relatively unknown group in comparison to some other names on this list. Fingers crossed they keep exploring this sound and building in this direction because there's definite potential. —AY

Encrypt your internet connection with a DPN without monthly fees

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TL;DR: As of June 25, the Deeper Connect Pico Decentralized VPN & Cybersecurity Hardware + Wi-Fi Adapter is on sale for $223.20 with the code CONNECT10, which will slash $10 off its regular price of $248.


By now, you’ve learned that a VPN is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your private information on the web. It adds a layer of security to your everyday browsing and renders you anonymous online when you’re connected by showing a completely different IP address than the one you’re using. The thing is, unless you do your due diligence, you may end up merely entrusting your information to a different entity, rather than your own ISP.

If you’re not thrilled by the idea of an entity potentially gaining hold of your sensitive information, a DPN is another alternative — and you don’t even have to pay monthly fees for it. A DPN, like the Deeper Connect Pico (which we’ve featured before), has no centralized servers. That means it provides a more democratic internet where no organization owns the network on which the device runs.

The Deeper Connect Pico was brought to life after successful Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns, just like its sibling, Deeper Connect Nano. It’s just three inches long and an inch wide and weighs only 0.11 pounds, but it packs an enterprise-grade firewall and a DPN into its tiny frame. It also comes with an included WiFi adapter, so you can enjoy your own safe and fast private network anytime and anywhere — at home, the airport, a local coffee shop, etc. You can also plug it into the router directly and use your own internet connection if you have one nearby.

Check it out:

It may not have the fastest speed or best bandwidth in the business, but for the sake of democratic internet that requires zero monthly fees, a few extra seconds of load time is manageable. It’s only $223.20 with code CONNECT10 for a limited time.

Prices subject to change.

Get a new-to-you MacBook Air loaded with Microsoft Office for life

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TL;DR: As of June 25, you can get a refurbished Apple MacBook Air with Microsoft Office Lifetime License Bundle for just $476, when it would normally cost $1,348 — that's savings of 64%.


Need a new work-from-home setup? Here’s a new-to-you MacBook Air that comes with a lifetime license to Microsoft Office for Mac — all for just $476 (reg. $1,348). Two birds, one stone.

While it may not be the latest or greatest device around, this refurbished MacBook Air still has a lot of life left in it. It just might have a few scratches and bruises on the surface from its previous life. The insides, however, should work as good as if you bought it right off the shelf. It hails from 2015 and is packed with 256GB of storage, a Core i5 1.6GHz processor, and a 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display with 1440 x 900 native resolution. Connectivity includes a single Thunderbolt 2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot. Plus, there’s an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam for all of your work calls.

The good news is that, while it may be seven years old, it’s not obsolete quite yet. That means it’s still eligible for service by Apple, in case anything goes wrong. It’s also preloaded with macOS X Yosemite, but is capable of upgrading to the latest OS. It may not be as powerful as the M2 MacBook Air poised to hit shelves in the coming months, but it's still a workhorse.

A solid companion for working from home, you’ll also get a lifetime Microsoft Office for Mac license with your purchase. That means a one-time purchase will get you Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and OneNote for life. With instant delivery and download, you can access your software license keys immediately and be up and running in no time. 

The refurbished MacBook Air and lifetime Microsoft Office license would typically run you $1,348, but you can upgrade your setup for only $476 — that's 64% in savings for a limited time.

Prices subject to change.

Maintain your lawn with this multifunctional flame weeder for 21% off

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TL;DR: As of June 25, this 3-in-1 Multifunctional Electric Grass Burning Machine is on sale for $78.99, so you can take 21% off its regular price of $99.99.


Sometimes, you may just want to look at all the frustrations in your life and toss them into the fire. Usually, that’s a bad idea, particularly if you’re having a tough time with lawn care. There are actually precious few times where the reasonable solution to a problem is to set it on fire, but surprisingly, you may actually be able to do your routine lawn maintenance with fire in hand. 

The 3-in-1 Multifunctional Electric Grass Burning Machine is a controlled burner that removes the need for weed whackers and unsightly plant debris. This high-efficiency burner can immolate encroaching weeds and out-of-bounds grass. While the 3-in-1 Multifunctional Electric Grass Burning Machine is usually $99, for a limited time it’s on sale for $78.99. 

If you want to keep your yard tidy, flame weeding is among the most effective ways to quickly kill weeds and wipe out unkempt grass. If you find weeds while they’re small, flame weeding has a near-100% success rate at killing them. While larger weeds may take multiple burnings, few weeding methods have such a success rate with as little collateral damage. This Grass Burning Machine produces a powerful 1,202-degrees Fahrenheit flame that is kept controlled within any of the replaceable burner heads. 

Operating your Grass Burner Machine is simple and intuitive. Point the heated nozzle at the grass or weeds you want to burn, and then press the ignition button. You can even switch between modes with a simple twist for more precision burning. With no open flame, this grass burner is safe to use. Burning is also a natural way to remove weeds and does not risk polluting groundwater with herbicides

Safely and thoroughly dispose of weeds and creeping grass with the press of a button. Normally $99, the 3-in-1 Multifunctional Electric Grass Burning Machine is $78.99 for a limited time. 

Prices subject to change.

'Chloe' review: BBC and Prime Video's mystery series is a tense identity charade

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Scarily enough, it seems pretty easy to play pretend and gain access to someone's life, if you’re willing to actively listen, boast a good memory, and inhale everything they've ever posted on social media. In Chloe, Becky Green is an expert at this. But there are details that slip through the cracks between posts, mysteries buried behind the party snaps.

Created, written, and directed by Sex Education writer/director Alice Seabright, the six-episode co-production between BBC One, Mam Tor Productions, and Amazon Studios follows a master of disguise on the hunt for answers after a seemingly random woman she obsesses over on social media suddenly dies. Becky's first port of call? Chloe's inner circle.

Erin Doherty, who played Princess Anne in The Crown, leaves Buckingham Palace behind for the role of Becky Green, a woman living in Bristol who we meet obsessively flicking through the picture-perfect social media account of one Chloe Fairbourne (Poppy Gilbert). Snaps of pristine picnics, fancy dinner parties hosted with her handsome husband, indulgent nights out on the town with friends — Becky consumes it all, finding what appears to be a temporary escape from her own life. Living in a small flat, Becky has a strained relationship with her mother, Pam (Lisa Palfrey), who she’s caring for with early-onset dementia.

When she’s not at home, Becky plays pretend, using her social media stalking skills and her job as a temp to observe, eavesdrop, and mentally store details of the people around her and assume new identities. Why? To get into fancy parties, of course, but she’ll also use these skills for some shrewd detective work, which becomes the core of the series. Using quick thinking and careful planning to maintain the ruse, she’s almost like Killing Eve's Villainelle (without the murders), and Doherty expertly changes Becky’s demeanour instantly through her various identities, from perfectly friendly and confident to fiercely unsettling.

Becky (Erin Doherty) and Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner) in "Chloe"
Becky (Erin Doherty) and Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner). Credit: BBC

Becky's way to weasel into Chloe's friend group is through her best friend, Livia, played by Gangs Of London's Pippa Bennett-Warner, in what seems like a genuine start to a friendship, though obviously staged on one side. But once she's in, things intensify — and the cast expands.

Poldark's Jack Farthing stars as Chloe's brooding friend Richard, who seems to be taking her death harder than her husband, the quiet councillor Elliot, played by The Serpent's Billy Howle. Meanwhile Grace star Akshay Khanna is overtly friendly as Elliot’s business partner and friend Anish. Besides Richard, the only one who might see through Becky is Josh, played by Search Party's Brandon Micheal Hall, who could threaten to bring the whole ruse down.

Jack Farthing as Richard in "Chloe."
Something's doesn't feel right about Richard... Credit: BBC

The show will almost certainly require a second watch in order to uncover even more details about how Becky pieces together her perfectly matched identity that fits a little too easily into the friendship group, why she picks her fake job and life details according to posts from Chloe's friends on social media, and how her incredibly convincing lies might actually stem from the truth. Becky's connection to Chloe is unclear: is it a random obsession or not?

While we've only been given the first episode to watch before its release, Chloe is already a compelling mystery, blending false identity, secrets among friends, and the curated picture of perfection we post online. The big question: who exactly is Chloe Fairbourne to Becky Green, and what actually happened the night she died?

Chloe is now streaming on Prime Video and BBC iPlayer.

12 best TV shows for adults on Disney+ (goodnight, kids)

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While Disney+ offers lots of TV shows aimed at kids, sometimes you just want to sit down and enjoy a solid series for your grownup self...right? Thankfully, the streaming service is jam-packed with fantasy dramas, epic space adventures, and superhero hits that'll leave you just as entertained as the young ones.

Here are some of the best adult shows on Disney+ that you can binge right now.

1. The Mandalorian

Star Wars fans, you know what to stream.

The Mandalorian became Disney+'s biggest series from the moment it launched alongside the streaming service. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch a bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) go on a mission to keep The Child (more affectionately known as Baby Yoda, technically named Grogu) safe? It's full of action, surprises, and story. You've got two seasons to stream now along with the tie-in series The Book of Boba Fett, and there another season to look forward to in 2022.

How to watch: The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+.

2. The Simpsons

A still from the TV series "The Simpsons."
If you know 'The Simpsons' then you know that no one is listening to Grandpa. Credit: 20th Television

You can spend all your time with the Simpson family, because hundreds of episodes of their show, stretched across 31 seasons, are streaming on Disney+.

The satirical American family comedy at the center of The Simpsons is a pop culture staple, so if you haven't watched it before, now could be the time to give it a try. Or if you already love it, congrats. You're all set up for the ultimate laugh-out-loud binge.

How to watch: The Simpsons is streaming on Disney+.

3. Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, all of the storybook characters got trapped in a little town in Maine where they forgot who they were and awaited a savior — and thankfully, this premise delivered.

Once Upon a Time ran for seven seasons on ABC, and even though the later episodes weren't as strong as the early ones, the drama's compelling plots and magical characters kept it entertaining. Plus, it’s stacked with hot fairy tale crushes like Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue), the Mad Hatter (Sebastian Stan), and Robin Hood (Sean Maguire). What's not to love about that?

How to watch: Once Upon a Time is streaming on Disney+.

4. WandaVision

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If you saw 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' then you know why Wanda looks upset here. Credit: Marvel Studios

WandaVision is likely to excite hardcore Marvel fans. Who wouldn't want to find out what happens after the events of Avengers: Endgame? But it's also a great option for casual Marvel viewers who haven't seen every movie in the MCU or just want something that feels a little different.

Rejecting blockbuster superhero norms, WandaVision has its titular heroes (Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany) living out married life inside a 1950s sitcom town. But as the decades flip by, the dark side to their quaint existence begins to reveal itself.

How to watch: WandaVision is streaming on Disney+.

5. The Muppet Show

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you probably remember The Muppet Show — Jim Henson's variety show that had Kermit the Frog playing host and the other Muppets causing chaos helping out. Almost every episode of the series is available on Disney+, so if you've been missing all of its antics, now is your chance to revisit them.

Get ready for an epic lineup of guest stars, including Rita Moreno, Lena Horne, Elton John, Steve Martin, Zero Mostel, and more, getting into all sorts of antics with a lineup of wild-haired puppets, and all of it served with a side of nostalgia.

How to watch: The Muppet Show is streaming on Disney+.

6. Cosmos: Possible Worlds

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Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to host this follow-up to the 2014 reboot of 'Cosmos.' Credit: Cosmos Studios

Carl Sagan's Cosmos, the iconic 1980 PBS series, serves as the foundation for the 2014 Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, as well as its 2020 follow-up, Cosmos: Possible Worlds (also hosted by Tyson).

Across 13 episodes, Cosmos: Possible Worlds considers just that: What is possible? Looking at the scientific research of the present to imagine what could come in the future, this latest entry in the Cosmos series pairs animation and visually arresting imagery with easy-to-digest dives into the current state of the world and how we can use lessons from the past to protect our future. — Adam Rosenberg, Senior Reporter

How to watch: Cosmos: Possible Worlds is streaming on Disney+.

7. Daredevil

It's easy to forget now in the midst of Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight hype, but Disney's first steps into streaming were part of a team-up with Netflix, and Daredevil was the first thing they released together. All three seasons of the show have been available since February, after all the Marvel/Netflix content slid over to Disney+.

Daredevil follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer who puts his heightened senses to work fighting crime at night as the series' eponymous masked vigilante. The series introduces and heavily features a number of classic Marvel Comics staples, including Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). — A.R.

How to watch: Daredevil is streaming on Disney+.

8. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A still from the Disney+ series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."
Meet our new Captain America. Credit: Marvel Studios

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gave the fans what we wanted: more of the wholesomely bro-y chemistry between stars Anthony Mackie, as Sam "The Falcon" Wilson, and Sebastian Stan, as Bucky "Winter Soldier" Barnes. The series is a wild ride that, in addition to hinting at possible threats to come in the MCU's Phase 4, also attempts to grapple with race in a way that we haven't seen in any other Marvel Studios project to date.

Like WandaVision, this Disney+ original might not look quite like the action-packed adventures that hit theaters, as it chooses to instead dive deep into its characters. But its quieter exploration of these likable heroes is worth it.

How to watch: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is streaming on Disney+.

9. The Imagineering Story

If you're a Disney person — or more specifically, a Disney Parks person — you're going to love The Imagineering Story.

This six-episode docuseries ventures deep into the creation of the Disney Parks around the world. Ever wanted to witness the early days of Disneyland? Want to learn about former CEO Bob Iger's rise to power? Would you get a thrill watching the high-tech design of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge unfold? The Imagineering Story covers all the bases.

How to watch: The Imagineering Story is streaming on Disney+.

10. The Right Stuff

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The Mercury Seven crew assembles for a press conference. Credit: National Geographic/Gene Page

This Mercury Seven drama might feel familiar, but it's sure to captivate those interested in the space race. Rather than taking place during a mission through the stars, The Right Stuff happens on the ground as a group of astronauts and their families work through personal problems and instant fame ahead of launch.

Though its pace is leisurely, the attractive visuals and compelling cast make the journey well worth it.

How to watch: The Right Stuff is streaming on Disney+.

11. Gargoyles

Gargoyles isn't your typical kids' cartoon. The '90s classic may have originally aired in an afternoon time slot to catch the after-school crowd, but it lives in the same family of programming as Batman: The Animated Series. Which is to say, Gargoyles isn't afraid to dive into the mud with complex characters, dark themes, and plot lines that don't end in a perfect wrap-up every time.

The show is about a clan of nocturnal creatures whose origins trace all the way back to Scotland in the 1st Century. After being nearly wiped out by humans of the time, the gargoyles that remained were trapped in the stone form they assume during the day by a curse. When the curse is lifted 1,000 years later after the ostensible statues are installed near the top of a New York City skyscraper, the gargoyles re-emerge into a changed world and get right back to their work of defending the night. — A.R.

How to watch: Gargoyles is streaming on Disney+.

12. Moon Knight

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Mr. Knight isn't afraid to engage in some high-society fisticuffs. Credit: Marvel Studios

Moon Knight is the Oscar Isaac show. Sure, yeah, there's all kinds of cool Marvel stuff. A confident and inclusive step into Egyptian myth. An extra-generous helping of super-suits, with the titular hero's trademark duds complemented by the sharp-dressed poshness of Mr. Knight. And before it's all over, we get the faintest hinting tease of a surprise wolf.

This is Isaac's world, though; Marvel's just living in it. The latter-day Star Wars actor appears in the combined roles of Marc Spector and his alternate persona, a British museum worker named Steven Grant. While Moon Knight pits Spector/Grant against a threat to the world led by Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), it's also an internal exploration of the mind and spirit.

Led by some of the MCU's best performances to date and thoughtful, inclusive representation for Arab viewers and Jewish viewers both, Moon Knight is one of Marvel's best releases of the 2020s so far. — A.R.

How to watch: Moon Knight is streaming on Disney+.

Feeling lost? Follow these reproductive justice accounts.

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The incessant negative news and vapid takes on our social feeds can easily feel overwhelming, building on a sense of dread felt more deeply as our political leaders once again strip away our right to bodily autonomy. But, on the other side of the perhaps dull coin, social media has ushered in a new era of increasingly democratized access to political organizing and health education for those who want to join the fight for reproductive justice. 

While the tenants of reproductive justice have existed among women, LGBTQ communities, and organizers of color for decades, the term itself was coined in 1994 by Black women organizers in Chicago, meeting ahead of the International Conference on Population and Development. The group named itself "Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice" and thus began the colloquial use of a term referring to the fundamental human right of bodily autonomy and reproductive health, including, but not limited to, abortion.

In a press briefing with reproductive health advocates on May 3, Oriaku Njoku, executive director of the reproductive health organization Access Reproductive Care Southeast (ARC Southeast), reiterated the need for a broader understanding of reproductive justice in light of recent news. "The reality is the focus on the right to have an abortion is not enough. That's why we're doing this work grounded in the reproductive justice framework," she said. "We have to start using an intersectional lens… providing that sort of political education and grounding for folks to understand that we do not live single issue lives."

Activists, health providers, and community organizations are continuing to incorporate this wider understanding of reproductive health and intersectional framing — which includes access to political organizing, class and race barriers, education, and disabilities — into the larger reproductive health conversation. And social media has become an immensely helpful tool for disseminating and democratizing that knowledge alongside health information. 

Below is a short list of accounts to follow to stay up to date on the work of reproductive health advocates, including those founded for reproductive justice. 

Planned Parenthood Action 

Here is a simple place to begin. Planned Parenthood is, of course, one of the most well-known national organizations working to expand the right and access to reproductive health care — its (historically white) origins can be traced as far back as 1916, a foundation unfortunately tied to the racist eugenics movement. But the organization's made recent efforts to address this history and align itself more closely with the goals of reproductive justice organizations.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood's advocacy and education arm, was founded in 1989 and coordinates a network made up of millions of activists around the country. The action fund focuses on political advocacy for abortion care, health equity, contraceptive access, and other facets of sexual health and education. You can follow Planned Parenthood Action on almost every social media platform, including Instagram, Twitter, and now even TikTok. Across its pages, the advocacy group posts updates on reproductive legislation, activism efforts, and educational explainers on various legislative and reproductive justice topics.

Abortion Care Network

Abortion Care Network, founded in 2008, is a national association connecting independent abortion and reproductive health care providers across the country in order to destigmatize abortion services and end the harassment of people seeking or providing abortion care. It services more than 100 independent clinics and dozens of ally organizations who are helping millions of pregnant people around the country. The network is active on both Instagram and Twitter, both of which are great resources to learn more about the history of independent abortion and current legislation. The network also shares information and stories from local clinics and reproductive activists around the country.

Indigenous Women Rising

Indigenous Women Rising is a reproductive justice and health organization dedicated to promoting equitable and culturally safe health care for Native and Indigenous communities through education and advocacy. It was founded by Rachael Lorenzo in 2014 as a campaign to raise awareness about the lack of contraceptive access for Indigenous people using the federal Indian Health Service. Since then, the organization has expanded and now operates both an abortion and a midwifery fund to support pregnant community members. On its Twitter and Instagram pages, Indigenous Women Rising shares updates on its work and advocacy, health resources, and more.

Center for Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an international organization founded in 1992 to advance legal reproductive rights and advocacy for people around the world. It's history is not directly aligned with the reproductive justice field, but its place in legislative history might be worth your follow. The organization's advocates have won reproductive rights cases at levels as high as the United Nations and within regional human rights courts affecting more than 60 countries across five continents. The center is also a leader in reproductive rights research and monitors global abortion access. Follow the organization on Instagram and Twitter for educational videos on reproductive justice, updates on international law and abortion access, and other informational content.

Sister Song

Sister Song is a Southern-based reproductive rights organization focused on improving institutional access to healthcare for marginalized communities, and one of the founding organizations behind the reproductive justice framework. It was founded in 1997 by a coalition of 16 different organizations of women of color and continues to advocate for social justice organizing through an intersectional, reproductive justice framework. Online, Sister Song is a go-to voice on reproductive organizing for women of color, and shares public conversations and livestreams, advocacy opportunities, and more on both Twitter and Instagram.

United for Reproductive and Gender Equality (URGE)

URGE is a reproductive justice organization led by and for young LGBTQ people and people of color, with the goal of helping anyone seeking safe reproductive health care. It was originally founded in 1992 as ChoiceUSA, started by feminist activists like Gloria Steinem. In 2000, the organization shifted its focus to youth and LGBTQ organizing, and then rebranded as URGE in 2014 to reflect its new mission toward broader gender justice. The organization advocates for expanded sexual health education, wellness efforts, abortion access, and youth civic engagement. Its social media pages offer an array of advocacy opportunities, sexual health education, and a refreshing youthful voice to the reproductive justice cause — you can follow URGE's work on Instagram, Twitter, and even TikTok, where they post both informational content and even the occasional meme.

We Testify

We Testify is a campaign founded in 2016 by reproductive activist Renee Bracey Sherman to promote the leadership and stories of people who have received abortion care. The initiative publishes intergenerational tales from people and their family members who have received various forms of abortion and reproductive care, in order to empower and destigmatize the experience. On its social pages, We Testify shares these stories in a variety of media formats, from illustrations to documentary video, alongside advocacy information. You can also read about all of the storytellers on the We Testify website. Follow Bracey Sherman herself on Twitter for continued conversations about abortion access and reproductive healthcare.

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice 

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice is a California-based education and advocacy group fighting for reproductive care and sexual health for Latina and Latinx communities. The organization, started in 2004, provides community resources, political advocacy, and storytelling opportunities for community members of all ages and documentation status, and is growing as a national voice on reproductive health policy for Latinx, immigrant, and low-income communities. Follow the group's Instagram or Twitter for advocacy opportunities and an intersectional look on how reproductive health is affected by economic, environmental, and cultural barriers in the United States. 

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice is one of many reproductive justice network members focused on the sexual health and safety of the Latinx community. The East Coast–based National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, founded in 1994, advocates for community-based reproductive care through direct activism, civic and voter e