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15 years after the show`s last episode, Jennifer Aniston expresses her and her former Friends co-stars` desire to produce "something." Read more...

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TikTok users are calling for more visibility for creators of color on the platform.

The app`s For You Page, a never ending queue of trending content, displays videos based on content the user has already engaged with. Nobody outside of TikTok itself knows how the algorithm works, and TikTok declined to comment on it for Mashable, but some users claim that the app`s most popular faces are overwhelmingly white. Tired of not seeing people who look like them while scrolling through the app, the users are raising awareness for better representation. 

Larry Hudson III, a 20-year-old TikTok user, created an audio clip calling for better representation in the app`s trending page. Through the in-app editing feature, users can use audio uploaded by other users to make their own videos.  Read more...

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Twitter will cease running paid political ads. 

The announcement, made Wednesday afternoon by Jack Dorsey, is in stark contrast to Facebook`s controversial decision to allow politicians to pay to spread lies. It`s a smart move, and, despite Mark Zuckerberg`s protestations, Dorsey makes clear that it has nothing to do with free speech. 

As the Twitter CEO rightly points out, the policy will not prevent politicians from tweeting, but rather will prevent them and their teams from using his company`s advanced micro-targeting service to gain paid exposure. 

"This isn’t about free expression," tweeted Dorsey. "This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle." Read more...

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This is not a drill: two health-tech companies are building the world`s first database for images of poop and they need your poop pics.

The campaign is called "#GiveAShit For Science" and asks people to upload photos of their bowel movements by using a smartphone browser to visit seed.com/poop (yes, that`s the whole URL).

The companies behind the initiative are Seed, a "microbial sciences" company that conducts microbiome research (and sells a probiotic), and Auggi, an AI company developing technology to treat gut disorders. 

One of the objectives of the campaign is about awareness, getting people to pay more attention to their gut health via their poops. Read more...

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Designed at MIT, the M-Blocks use a novel, magnetic, and precise system. Their abilities have now opened up the computing world to be able to communicate in robotic systems. Read more...

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With over 10,000 hours of content coming to the soon-to-be-released service, HBO Max will come at a price comparable to its competitors. Read more...

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According to Pornhub, the yeehaw agenda remains strong heading into Halloween.

The adult video platform released its Halloween insights on Wednesday, and overall Harley Quinn ranked as the top character in Pornhub searches. The Joker came in second place. "Succubus" — the female demons of medieval lore who seduce men while they sleep and suck the life force right out of them — came in fifth in this years Halloween-themed searches. Classic "sexy costumes" like nurse, kitty/cat, and maid also rounded out the top ten.

Pornhub reveals everyone is searching for Harley Quinn and the Joker this Halloween

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Female Pornhub users were 76 percent more likely to search for "cowboy," compared to men. Women were 68 percent were more likely to search for "Michael Myers" — yikes — and 53 percent were more likely to be seeking "Harry Potter" videos.  Read more...

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Horse owners fled with their animals Wednesday morning as a new blaze erupted on Southern California`s parched terrain. 

The wind-whipped Easy Fire, born near Easy Street in the city of Simi Valley north of Los Angeles, made a vigorous run at Ronald Reagan`s hillside presidential library, but the blaze, promptly attacked by firefighters, has so far been stopped near the edges of the landmark. Yet flames have spread over some 1,300 acres while threatening more than 7,000 homes, according to the Ventura County Fire Department (as of 11 a.m. PST). 

"We were able to protect the library," said Ventura County Fire Chief Chad Cook at a press conference. But Cook noted the entire region is still under threat.  Read more...

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This post probably(?) contains spoilers for HBO’s House of the Dragon. It’s all in the books though. 

HBO`s recently announced Game of Thrones prequel will be called House of the Dragon and focus on the history of House Targaryen in Westeros. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will be set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. 

That might seem like a long time, but 300 years puts  the start of the series at the war of Aegon’s Conquest, which is directly connected to the events of Thrones. That war, started by Aegon Targaryen and his sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya Targaryen, began the process of turning the independent kingdoms of Westeros into the unified Seven Kingdoms, over which Aegon’s descendents ruled until Robert Baratheon’s rebellion.  Read more...

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The popularity of gaming PCs has exploded in recent years. Sure, there are plenty of people who won’t abandoned their beloved consoles. But a large number of gaming enthusiasts have been shifting their attention. And with good reason. 

For starters, the games are cheaper and the breadth available is truly astounding. After all, console exclusives are (mostly) a thing of the past. You can use your PC to play the latest strategy and simulation games as well as the top offerings in eSports and first person shooters. Additionally, thanks to the PC’s open platform, you also have access to a wide array of wildly inventive independent games. No matter your penchant and preferences, you’re always guaranteed to find something that matches your mood, skill and desires. Read more...

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Corsair One Pro

If you’re tight on space but crave the HD and 4K power of a larger machine, consider the Corsair.

  • Processor Speed: 4.2 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 960 GB
2,300 from Best Buy
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iBuyPower Snowblind

  • Processor: 3.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
2,399 from iBuyPower
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CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

Runs great right out of the gate but can also be upgraded at a future date.

  • Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
779 from Amazon
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Lenovo Legion C530 Cube

  • Processor Speed: Up to 4.60 GHz
  • RAM : Up to 16GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
819.99 from Lenovo
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Acer Aspire Gaming Desktop GX-281

Great brand with even greater support.

  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1000 GB
820.33 from Walmart
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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680

  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1.25 TB
649.99 from Dell
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CyberPowerPC Gamer Panzer

  • Processor Speed:: 3.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 2048 GB
3,177 from Amazon
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Alienware Aurora R7

If you`re in the market for a gaming PC with impressive accessibility and function, the Alienware Aurora R7 is a solid choice. Its tool-less design allows for upgrades to ensure a future-proof system.

  • Processor Speed: 4.6 GHz
  • RAM: 64 GB
  • Storage: 2 TB
0 from Amazon
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OMEN Obelisk by HP

The OMEN Obelisk by HP provides a smooth gaming experience, customizable features, and an impressive amount of storage.

  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
1,280 from Best Buy
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SkyTech Blaze II

Coming through with a light-up LED design and an impressive amount of RAM, the SkyTech Blaze II is a solid pre-built option.

  • Processor speed : 3.9 GHz
  • Processor Speed: 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
833.48 from Amazon


It`s time to level up.

If you didn`t already know, PC gamers take great pride in the way they play. These are the folks who delight in the fact that PC gaming is just so much better than playing on a console, and if this Reddit thread is any indication — this way of thinking isn`t going away any time soon. Read more...

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MSI GP63 Leopard

A dependable graphics card, excellent speeds, and a lightweight build make this the complete package.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
1,699 from Walmart
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MSI GT75 Titan 4K-071

While it carries a hefty price tag, the MSI GT75 Titan is everything you could want out of a gaming laptop, down to VR and 4K.

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 1TB SDD
  • Weight: 10.05 lbs
4,499 from Walmart
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Dell Gaming Laptop G5587

While you may not have 2000 to drop on some higher performance gaming laptop, you can still get reliable gaming performance with the Dell Gaming Laptop G5587.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8300
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 6.28 lbs
1,100 from Amazon
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M

ASUS offers the best of both worlds with a slim and light gaming laptop that doesn`t skimp on the power under the hood.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
2,199 from Amazon
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Acer Nitro 5

If you`re new to PC gaming, the Acer Nitro 5 delivers a reliable laptop at a reasonable price.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs
719 from Amazon
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Acer Predator Triton 700

Hardcore gamers expect power out of their platform of choice, and Acer delivers on that power with the Predator Triton 700 laptop.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
2,700 from Amazon
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Alienware 15

Alienware is one of the most recognized names in PC gaming, and the Alienware 15 lives up to that namesake, even delivering a reliable VR laptop.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 8 lbs
1,888 from Amazon
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MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051

This is one of the thinnest laptops built for intense gaming on-the-go.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Weight: 4.14 lbs
1,799 from Amazon
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Razer Blade 15

Think of this as the Apple MacBook Pro of gaming laptops.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Weight: 4.56 lbs
2,200 from Amazon
Portrait of Juan Ponce de León.

Juan Ponce de León was one of the first Europeans known to have set foot on what is today the United States of America. This was due to his expedition to the area now known as Florida (the first one conducted by Europeans). Incidentally, the name Florida is said to have been given by Ponce de León himself. Additionally, Ponce de León discovered the Bahama Channel and colonized Puerto Rico.

Yet, Ponce de León is perhaps most remembered for his legendary search for the ‘Fountain of Youth’, a magical source of water that supposedly reversed the aging process and cured diseases. This quest has certainly overshadowed Ponce de León’s other accomplishments, though some have argued that the Spanish conquistador actually never searched for the ‘Fountain of Youth’ in the first place.

When iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 start rolling out this week, the HomePod also received a software update. It enables features such as Siri`s ability to identify different users and the seamless Handoff between an iPhone and the HomePod. Just one problem: the software update is also bricking some HomePod devices.

As MacRumors reports, software update downloads and installs as expected. However, when it tries to restart, Apple`s HomePod doesn`t finish the process and thus can`t complete any actions. Siri doesn`t respond, and the smart speaker fails to show on any synced devices.

Users say they`re stuck with a "white swirl" on top of the HomePod even after trying to factory reset their units. In some cases, users are unable to complete a factory reset. Read more...

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It takes a talented and ambitious couple to successfully pull off Beyoncé and Jay-Z Halloween costumes.

Many have tried and many have failed over the years, but as Halloween 2019 approaches, two people finally did the musical power couple justice: Ciara and Russell Wilson.

On Wednesday, Ciara revealed the extremely on-point Halloween costumes on Twitter. The two dressed as Bey and Jay, but really went the extra mile by imitating the outfits and iconic Mona Lisa scene from the couple`s joint "Apeshit" music video, which was filmed in the Louvre.

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TL;DR: The Ninja Foodi can air fry and pressure cook, and the XL 8-quart model is on sale for 189 — that`s 32% off and its lowest price ever at Amazon.

Instant Pot is no longer the lone contender in the Black Friday kitchen gadget war. 

The Ninja Foodi seems like it has gained extra traction over the past year. Maybe it`s because Instant Pot released an air fryer and people are realizing that the Foodi can do both without buying two different devices. It`s going down.

Black Friday prices on both devices will have to be wildly low to beat some recent deals: The 8-quart Ninja Foodi is currently 189, which is 90 off and the cheapest it`s ever been. That`s such a good price that the 8-quart model is cheaper than the 6.5-quart. Read more...

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Next time you feel the urge to call someone out on social media, maybe stop and think about Barack Obama.

At an event for the Obama Foundation on Tuesday, the former president sat down with actress and activist Yara Shahidi and spoke to a group in Chicago. During the conversation, he voiced his concerns over certain types of social media usage, including cancel culture, and shared why he feels the act of calling people out online is largely ineffective.

"This idea of purity and that you`re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly," Obama said. "The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.” Read more...

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Pixar knew it had a star on its hands when it graced Toy Story 4 with Forky`s presence this past summer. Now, the inquisitive spork is taking center stage for his own short film series, Forky Asks A Question.

Comprised of ten short films, Forky Asks A Question will focus on ten of Forky`s most pressing questions such as "what is cheese?" or, more profoundly, "what is time?" 

Pixar has enlisted Forky`s Toy Story pals, such as Rex (Wallace Shawn) and Hamm (John Ratzenberger), to help him find the answers. Forky is voiced by Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep). 

Forky Asks A Question will premiere on Disney+ on November 12 as part of the new streaming service`s initial slate of original content. Read more...

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Everything was going relatively smoothly for Halloween 2019 at the White House until one kid dressed as a Minion appeared before Trump and Melania for some trick-or-treating

Instead of putting the candy in the kid`s bag, both Trump and Melania placed candy bars on the Minion`s puffy head, watching him confusedly stumble around afterwards.

And whether you love or hate the pair, undoubtedly the stunt they pulled Monday night was ridiculous and kind of hilarious. 

It`s unclear if Trump didn`t see the kid`s bag or if he was just being a troll, but Twitter couldn`t get over the fact that they really let the kid walk away like that. And why did Melania follow suit?  Read more...

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Throwing away old electronics is terrible for the environment and can cause toxic chemicals to seep into groundwater or be released into the air. That’s why it’s good to recycle your tech and buy refurbished items when you’re on the hunt for new devices.

Amazon has a handful of certified refurbished products on sale right now — some are even better deals than we’re expecting to see for Black Friday. Though these devices might not be brand new, they have been refurbished, tested, and certified to work like they are. Read more...

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TL;DR: Apple`s second-generation AirPods come with a wireless charging case, and you can score them on sale on Amazon for just 164.99. (They`re normally 199, so you`ll save about 17%.)

In case you haven`t heard, the all-new AirPods Pro are available as of, well, today — and if their bulbous design and active noise cancellation don`t grab your attention, their 249.99 price tag certainly will. 

(Pro tip: AppleCare is a must.)

If you don`t feel like splurging on those puppies ahead of the holiday shopping season, that`s cool: Amazon has marked their release by slashing the price of the AirPods 2, an "older" version of Apple`s wireless Bluetooth earbuds that come with a wireless charging case. ("Older" belongs in quotes because Apple released them earlier this year.) They still cost 199 at the Apple Store, but you can order them from Amazon for just under 165 — their lowest price ever. Read more...

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Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist whose school strikes have inspired millions of others around the world, has declined her latest environmental prize, the Nordic Council’s Environmental Award, calling it a “huge honour” but ultimately not accepting the 52,000 prize money. 

Previously, Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and won the 2019 Right Livelihood Award. In 2018, she declined the Children’s Climate Prize because finalists had to fly to Stockholm in order to attend the ceremony, a move that Thunberg felt would only contribute to global warming. Recently, Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat in order to avoid air travel before delivering her now iconic speech at the U.N. Climate Action Summit.   Read more...

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In Mashable’s series Wasted, we dig into the myriad ways we’re trashing our planet. Because it’s time to sober up.

"Sustainable earbuds” are something of an oxymoron. Earbuds are necessarily tiny, which makes them extremely difficult to recycle. That leads to more waste, which doesn’t make them very “sustainable.” Womp womp. 

Still, one company says it has created them. 

House of Marley is a company with an "eco-conscious identity" that makes headphones, speakers, and even a turntable. It is associated with the Marley family (as in Bob). This summer, it debuted the Liberate Air Truly Wireless Earphones, the company’s first wireless headphones.  Read more...

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TL;DR: Bring something new to the table (literally) with this food processor from Cuisinart — now 50 off the original price on Amazon, just 99.99. 

Looking for a way to spice up your kitchen performance? Feel like it’s time to bring something new to the table (literally) and enhance your culinary prowess? While you could spend a bunch of money on cooking classes or funneling hours into watching YouTube tutorials, you could also just pick up a new tool that can bring some variety to your cooking without really having to do much more work. 

Here’s an idea: Pick up a food processor. This one from Cuisinart is a whole 50 off on Amazon, and if you ask us, solid food is pretty overrated, anyway.  Read more...

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So you saved some money and are looking for a phone. Good. Here`s one that costs 70,000. 

Coming from Caviar, known for lavish iPhone makeovers, the new iPhone 11 Pro Discovery Solarius is as over-the-top as it gets. Its creation required half a kilogram of gold and 137 diamonds, says Caviar. On the back, nested in the middle of all that bling, is a luxury watch, complete with a tourbillon (one of the most expensive add-ons a timepiece can have). And within the watch face, there`s a special, yellow diamond (or sun stone), which I presume is also very expensive. 

The entire thing is meant to "symbolize the eternal life that Sun gives to our planet," but let`s face it, the kind of person who would buy this sort of thing probably isn`t interested in the symbolism.  Read more...

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Anyone who`s watched The Office knows that it`s funny as hell — so funny that sometimes the actors couldn`t even make it through a scene without breaking character to laugh.

One of those unbearably comical scenes took place in the third episode of the series, titled "Health Care," where viewers find Dunder Mifflin Scranton in utter chaos after Michael asks Dwight to choose a health care plan with fewer benefits for his fellow employees.

On the latest episode of the Office Ladies podcast, Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey dish on all things "Health Care" and welcome special guest, Rainn Wilson (Dwight K. Schrute,) who reveals three words that the cast couldn`t stop laughing over while filming: "Hot dog fingers." Read more...

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What is Black Friday without Walmart

Half of the Black Friday GIFs on Giphy (you know, the ones that let you watch someone get absolutely body checked on a loop) probably take place at Walmart, and that`s because its Black Friday sales are some of the best every year. According to a Cyber Week 2019 survey conducted by BlackFriday.com, Walmart`s Black Friday ad scan is the second-most anticipated ad scan losing only to Amazon. (Walmart also does free two-day and next-day shipping, BTW.)

Despite Walmart crowning itself "America`s Best Toy Shop," its Black Friday deals will undoubtedly go far past Paw Patrol and that shark that, surprise, sings Baby Shark. Read more...

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72 female politicians in the UK have written an open letter to Meghan Markle pledging their solidarity with her as she and Prince Harry take a stand against several British media outlets. 

Holly Lynch MP — Labour MP for Halifax — tweeted an image of the letter, which was signed by cross-party politicians including MPs Diane Abbott, Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper, Margaret Hodge, among others

"As women MPs of all political persuasions, we wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the ofter distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in a number of our national newspapers concerning you, your character, and your family," the letter begins. "On occasions, stories and headlines have represented an invasion of your privacy and have sought to cast aspersions about your character, without any good reasons as far as we can see." Read more...

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TL;DR: Multiple portable speakers are on sale at Amazon, saving you up to £112 on list price.

Portable speakers are wonderful little devices that allow you the freedom to take the party wherever you go. 

We`re not recommending that you crank the tunes in public places whenever you please, because people will quickly start to hate you, but feel free to bring these speakers with you when you and your friends are out and about. Everything is better with a little music.

When it comes to picking the right portable speaker for you, there are loads of options to consider from some of the biggest audio brands. The likes of Sony, Bose, and Ultimate Ears all have portable devices, and if you want some reassurance that you`re getting a high quality product, we recommend sticking to these guys. Read more...

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The festive season is full of many wonderful traditions and fun activities, like drinking mulled wine, eating pigs in blankets, and other less tasty alternatives. 

It`s not all good though, because it`s at this time of year that we get those super-fun-but-super-hard-to-shop-for gift exchanges. There`s normally some sort of draw in which you get someone from the office that you`ve never actually met, and there`s usually a really restrictive price limit.

Sure, you can find something under the limit in no time, but is your money really worth a gag gift that will be re-gifted next year? It can feel almost impossible to find something cheap and useful for a small fee, but this is where we can help. Read more...

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TL;DR: The slim Philips 65-inch 4K UHD LED Smart TV is on sale for £599 on Amazon, saving you 25% on list price.

We know you`re probably getting some pretty conflicting messages, and you probably don`t know what to believe. For the most part, we`ve been reminding you to wait until Black Friday for the best deals, but then sometimes we say the opposite. 

We want to apologise for the lack of clarity, but deals don`t always make sense. Yes, there are going to be loads of great Black Friday deals in November, but that doesn`t mean the world stops spinning until then.

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One of many star mounds now revealed on American Samoa.            Source: Tagata Pasifika / Youtube Screenshot

Detection of scores of ancient ‘Star Mounds’ baffle archaeologists on Samoa.  Samoa is in the South Pacific Ocean, and it has a tropical climate with thick rain forests and almost impassable volcanic ridges.

In 1988 doctors T. L. Hunt and P. V. Kirch from the University of Washington published An Archaeological Survey of the Manu’s Islands detailing the extensive excavations in American Samoa which were carried out by the multi-institutional Polynesian Culture History Programme in the 1960s. The Manuʻa Islands Group of American Samoa consists of three main islands: Taʻu, Ofu and Olosega and it is here that in the 1960s a series of ancient man-made structures were discovered known as Tia Seu Lupe, or Star Mounds. This extensive project revealed the islands “three-millennium-long prehistory” beginning with Early Eastern Lapita pottery, and somewhere in this 3000 year time span at a yet unknown time period the star mound builders got to work.

Consider this your lucky day if you`re shopping for deals on 4K TVs, electric toothbrushes, video games, or smart scales. We`ve found the best deals on all of these and more, with all the biggest brands included in this list.

You can save on top brands like Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Toshiba, Microsoft, and some lesser known names. We have lined up deals on 1byone, Eufy, Lumie, and Beurer, to give you a taste of something new.

These are the best deals from across the internet for Oct. 30.

Best of the best

This selection of the very best deals includes Xbox games, Lovehoney costumes, Philips lights, and much more. Read more...

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This year`s Halloween Google Doodle is a real hoot, especially if you like animals.

Google`s annual tradition continues with another fun, festive, and interactive homepage doodle just in time for Oct. 31. But this year, Google got some guidance from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

To make its "trick or treat" game extra exciting, the Google Doodle allows users to click on different doors, which reveal a variety of Halloween-related animals. Once you choose a door you have the option to "trick" or "treat." In this case, a "trick" will give you an exciting animal animation, complete with sound. And a "treat" will show you some interesting facts about the animal you selected. Read more...

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Another Kanye West interview, another slew of comments that really haven`t gone down well.

In the clip above, which was shot between scenes on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah breaks down West`s recent remarks on BigBoyTV about Democrats brainwashing black Americans voters

"What is more likely?" asks Noah. "The fact that these people are brainwashed, or the fact that in America, you have to vote for the system that gives you the best chance?

"You only have two choices, and that does make it weird. But you only have two choices and if you`re a black person you go well, I`m going to vote for the choice that gives me the best chance." Read more...

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Movies very rarely please everybody, but it sounds like Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan may have come pretty close.

As lead actor Ewan McGregor explains in the clip above, Stanley Kubrick`s iconic adaptation of The Shining was a movie which Stephen King famously didn`t like — but the sequel (which is also based on a book by King) is a different story entirely.

"Mike managed to make this sequel, and my only concern about it was how are you gonna please both of these camps?" McGregor told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday.

"But he does it very cleverly and very beautifully... he does something brilliant with the ending of our film that will appease the Stephen King fans who were aggrieved with Kubrick." Read more...

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Ostia Antica the first Roman colony. Source: Ioannis Syrigos.

Ostia Antica is an archaeological site located on the outskirts of Rome. Although the Romans referred to the site as Ostia, this article will use the term Ostia Antica, so as to avoid confusion with the modern Roman municipio of Ostia (known officially as Lido di Ostia). 

There`s a lot of talk about The Morning Show, the anticipated (and topical) Apple TV+ series starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell, which follows a morning show in which one of the male stars is accused of sexual harassment.

And a new clip has us even more pumped for the show`s premiere, shared by Witherspoon with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Tuesday.

After playing a freaky Halloween game, the pair chatted about both of their book clubs, not getting TikTok, and the possibility of a third season of Big Little Lies (don`t get too excited just yet, but still...). Read more...

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TL;DR: Create a baby wishlist on Amazon, get a free welcome gift, and save up to 20% on baby items.

Black Friday is the best time of year to shop for everything from 4K TVs to smart speakers. If you have resisted the urge to shop all year, then you`ll reap the rewards in November, in the form of big savings.

Whilst everyone knows that you can bag great tech bargains during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it`s not all about gadgets. You can also pick up great deals on travel, fashion, and even baby items.

Buying for your baby can be expensive, so it pays to get organised before Black Friday. The best way you can prepare for the sales is by creating a baby wishlist on Amazon. You can easily add items from any website for one easy to manage wishlist using the Amazon Assistant, and save up to 20% on your chosen products. Read more...

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TL;DR: The powerful Philips Sonicare EasyClean electric toothbrush is on sale for £34.99 on Amazon, saving you 61% on list price.

You can quite easily spend well over £100 on an electric toothbrush, and get everything from artificial intelligence to wireless charging capabilities. This is all great, but most shoppers just want something that works, without all the fuss.

That`s exactly what you get with the Philips Sonicare EasyClean electric toothbrush. This device uses sonic technology to remove twice as much plaque as a manual brush, with a slim handle for comfort and maneuverability, and a two-minute smart timer to ensure you hit the recommended brushing time. Read more...

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Samsung`s Galaxy Fold, it seems, was just the beginning. 

During its Samsung Developer Conference 2019, which kicked off on Tuesday, the company published a new YouTube video, showing a new, clamshell-style foldable phone form factor. 

"Samsung will continue to explore a range of new form factors in the foldable category. And at SDC19, Samsung invited developers and users alike to join the exploration of exciting new use cases and user experiences," the company wrote in the video`s description. 

The video gives us a peek at how an interface for this clamshell foldable phone would work in certain real-life situations. At one point, the phone displays a cooking video; when folded to a 90-degree angle, the video retracts to the upper part of the phone`s display, whereas the video controls remain in the bottom, horizontal part which also doubles as a stand.  Read more...

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In Mashable’s series Wasted, we dig into the myriad ways we’re trashing our planet. Because it’s time to sober up.

A package with no note, no return address, and nothing in it but a plastic container that once housed a vape cartridge arrived at a cannabis company in Northern California the other day.

The word had gotten out. 

CannaCraft, which owns brands like Care by Design, is collecting plastic waste from weed packaging to convert into fuel to power its delivery trucks. It isn`t the only business intrigued by recycling plastic in this way — far from it. A number of high-profile companies like Delta, UK grocery store chain Tesco, and global behemoth Dow Chemical are also investing in innovative plastic recycling efforts.  Read more...

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David Harbour is an accomplished, professional actor with 17 years` experience in the business.

But that doesn`t mean he can make it through a scene where he`s required to say the word "grandma" without totally cracking up.

To celebrate hitting the 500,000 follower mark on Twitter, the official Stranger Things writers` account shared a clip that they described as "the Duffers` favorite bloop from s3."

Without spoiling anything, it`s from the scene in which Hopper tries to get rid of Mike, who he`s worried is spending too much time with Eleven.

oh wow i can’t believe we get to share all the love and laughter with 500,000 of you!!

it’s been a fun ride and y’all are so amazing that we’re going to celebrate with the Duffers’ favorite bloop from s3!

ask nicely and @Stranger_Things could give you some more? 👀 pic.twitter.com/1BKJAC3WJe

— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) October 29, 2019

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Not everyone wants to take part in James Corden`s Late Late Show sketches.

Last week, Paul Rudd preferred to get some much-needed sleep, and this week, Edward Norton is having absolutely none of it.

In the clip above, the Hollywood star gets lured into a Fight Club skit by a gleeful Corden, only to end up knocking the host out in sheer frustration — much to the cheers and applause of his writing staff. Read more...

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There have been a handful of Lucasfilm-licensed books and comics that pick up a story immediately after the end of a particular Star Wars movie. But never have they done so with the latest movie in the Skywalker saga. Fans have never been in uncharted territory with a book, able to learn what happened to our heroes after the credits rolled, secure in the knowledge that the story is on the same official storytelling level as the movies.

That changes with the publication of Resistance Reborn. This novel, by award-winning speculative fiction newcomer Rebecca Roanhorse, picks up five minutes after the end of 2017`s The Last Jedi. We already know that the on-screen successor to that film, The Rise of Skywalker, will pick up more than a year after the events of Jedi. So there`s more than enough space in time to whet our appetite, prepare us for what`s coming, and rendezvous with some old friends along the way who may or may not make it into the final episode.  Read more...

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TL;DR: Get lifetime access to bite-sized summaries of books by the best minds in business from SumeizeIt for only 19.

Do you want to find out the secret to success? Do you yearn to discover how empires were built, millions were made, and industries were changed? You should read a book or two.

And if you don`t have time for that, because, you know, like work and family and relationships and all that stuff, SumeizeIt may be the perfect compromise. 

SumizeIt condenses the best-selling books about business into handy summaries that take about five minutes to read, so you can up your knowledge about the bottom line without impinging on your own lofty aspirations. Think of it like Spark Notes for adults. Do you regret not reading the entire Odyssey or Pride and Prejudice in high school? Didn`t think so. Read more...

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TL;DR: Get the life-saving Fantom Drives PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit and the Fantom Drives Xbox One Storage Hub for a savings of up to 29% in the Mashable Shop.

There are few things more frustrating than reaching storage capacity on your gaming console. With games getting bigger and bigger, it`s nearly impossible to fit everything you wish on the included hard drives for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Seriously, Grand Theft Auto V alone takes up over 50GB, even if you have the disc. So, you`ll definitely want to increase your storage space sooner rather than later.

If you`re looking for more space for fun on your PS4 or Xbox One, look no further than Fantom Drives. These external storage hubs give you room for everything you need  – and then some. Plus, they`re currently on sale and you can slash up to 29% off. Read more...

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If you follow Mashable’s shopping section, you already know that we do a lot of research on what the rest of the internet is buying. But what about what we’re buying for ourselves? 

That’s right, real-life human beings work at this website, ones who also spend their money on stuff that they need (and sometimes stuff they don’t need at all — don’t judge us, please). 

That got us thinking that maybe it’s about time we started sharing that information with you, dear reader. 

From skincare, to toothbrush subscriptions, to trendy specs, and beyond, here’s what the Mashable staff bought in October 2019 (and be sure to check back next month for another batch of recommendations).  Read more...

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Reese Witherspoon has a goddamn Academy Award for ACTING and held her own against Meryl in the latest season of Big Little Lies — so it`s no trouble whatsoever for her to freak out Jimmy Fallon with a few well-placed screams.

The Tonight Show host got his guest on Tuesday night to join him in a game of "Can You Feel It?", where they had to identify, by touch alone, the contents of boxes full of gross stuff like melted Snickers, real dentures, and a fake spider. 

And while nobody likes sticking their hand into a mystery hole (citation needed), Witherspoon managed to wig Fallon out by peering at his challenge object and screeching like it was the worst thing in the world. And thanks to her tiny "T-rex arms", she got off easy when it came to those dentures. Read more...

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Here`s a way to improve your tarnished reputation: Donate 1 million for a worthy cause. 

After a quick Twitter back and forth with MrBeast, a YouTuber known for making large donations to various causes, Elon Musk pledged to donate 1 million to #TeamTrees. The initiative aims to plant 20 million trees around the globe by Jan. 1, 2020, at a cost of a dollar per tree. 

Ok, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees

— Treelon (@elonmusk) October 29, 2019

It appears that Musk followed through right away, as MrBeast later tweeted the Tesla CEO is now the number one donor for the project.

Elon Musk has taken the throne 😍

Go donate! https://t.co/TGq0wXQnDY pic.twitter.com/rFujqhBJnq

— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October 30, 2019

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