TL;DR: Etsy is stocking thousands of handmade face masks, with a wide range of designs for kids.
Should we be wearing face masks? That is the question on everyone's lips, and for some time the answer hasn't been particularly clear in the UK.
The latest advice is that people in England should wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible, such as in shops or on public transport. That's cleared that up then. So where is the best place to find these face coverings?
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You could make your own, or you could let someone else do that for you. Etsy is stocking a wide range of homemade products in every shape and style, with plenty of fun options for your kids. The masks sold on Etsy are not medical grade masks, so you aren't affecting essential supplies to the frontline. Read more...
TL;DR: Work on your skills with the Ultimate Piano Bundle from Beginner to Advanced for $34.99, a 98% savings as of May 27.
William Shakespeare allegedly churned out King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra while isolated during a plague outbreak. Or, at least, that's what everyone on the internet's been pointing out since the coronavirus broke out.
While we don't expect you to be Shakespeare, being isolated at home doesn't have to be a miserable experience. It has the potential to be one of the most creative periods of your life if you let it.
Not sure how to get those creative juices flowing? No problem. We've got just the thing: the Ultimate Piano Bundle from Beginner to Advanced. With 10 courses, over 1,000 lessons, and over 140 hours of content, this training will do more than just spark creativity; it'll have you creating unique chord progressions, reading and writing music, and even composing your own piano tunes. Read more...
TL;DR: Learn to leverage the power of big business with the Complete 2020 Fulfillment By Amazon Mastery Bundle for $29.99, a 96% savings as of May 27.
It's no secret that small businesses are suffering thanks to the relentlessness of the coronavirus. It's heartbreaking and disappointing, especially since big companies like Amazon are still thriving. But what if we told you there's a way to leverage the power of big business to create a small one?
It's called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), and it's just like it sounds. Small businesses provide products and Amazon fulfills them by dealing with the packing, shipping, and customer support. The concept is pretty simple and you could easily be raking in cash while still staying safe at home. You just need a little bit of guidance. Read more...
You checked all the essentials for your camping trip: tent, sleeping bag, bug spray — the list goes on. All that's left to do is think about how you're going to cook food outside. You could stick to roasting hot dogs or trying to hold a skillet over a fire pit, but you can do better than that.
A camping stove gives you a better surface for cooking actual meals. Plus, not every campsite will have a fire pit, so you want to be prepared.
Not every camp stove is the same. They come in different shapes, sizes, and fuel types. For backpacking, you need a small stove than can fit in your pack without taking up too much room or weighing too heavily. The BioLite CampStove 2 is relatively small and lightweight, but for long backpack excursions, we suggest the MSR PocketRocket 2, which is basically just a burner with a couple cooking accessories and is super compact and lightweight. Read more...
BEST PORTABLE STOVE
This stove is small enough to fit in a pack and harnesses power to charge your devices.
BEST BUDGET CAMPING STOVE
This stove is a nice size for your basic cooking needs.
BEST FOR GRILLING
This multi-use stove features a grill and a burner.
BEST BEGINNER CAMPING STOVE
If you're new to outdoor cooking, this is a good place to start.
BEST BACKPACKING STOVE
This tiny, lightweight camping stove is great for backpackers.
BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS
At a larger size, this stove is ideal for extended camping or large groups.
BEST FOR FIRE PITS
No fuel required, 'cause this grill plate sits above your fire pit.
BEST FOR AN OPEN FLAME
For campsites lacking fire pits, this provides an open flame for cooking.
Working from home can lead to a pretty inactive lifestyle. You don't have a commute to get you moving in the morning, there are no coworkers to go mingle with across the office, and honestly going to the gym from your house takes a different kind of motivation than going to the gym straight from an office.
Instead of hitting the gym after work hours, turn your house into a home gym that you can access throughout the day and get in some exercise as you work. You don't need a gym membership when there are tons of amazing online fitness programs that are cheaper and more accessible. There is some equipment that we'd recommend to make working out while working from home easier. Read more...
BEST COMPANION FOR EVERY WORKOUT
Yoga mats provide a soft surface for floor exercises.
BEST FOR EXERCISING AT YOUR DESK
Pedal under your desk to get a workout during work hours.
BEST FOR A PASSIVE WORKOUT
Pop on ankle weights to get more out of your movements.
BEST FOR TONING MUSCLES
Use dumbbells throughout the work day to build muscle definition.
BEST FOR A QUICK WORKOUT
Sneak in a quick cardio workout with this adjustable jump rope.
BEST FOR A FULL-BODY WORKOUT
Get in a total-body workout on your lunch break with this resistance trainer.
BEST FOR ALL-DAY MOVEMENT
Be active all day with this treadmill desk.
BEST FOR CARDIO
This bike desk allows you to do a full-on cardio workout while working on your computer.
Watching TV is a lot like dating. There are shows that draw you in from the outset, others that require more work to reveal something you love, and some that are so perfectly synced to your heart and sense of humor that they feel like watching a piece of yourself come to life on-screen.
Love Life thinks it is all of those shows. It is none of them.
HBO Max's romantic comedy series — one of the first originals from the brand-new platform — comes from In a Relationship director Sam Boyd, with production credits for Paul Feig, Bridge Bedar, and star Anna Kendrick. The series follows Darby Carter (Kendrick) through 10 significant chapters of her relationship history, reminding us at the outset that love is a journey. Read more...
TL;DR: A 15-month subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for $6.67 per month as of May 27, saving you 49% on list price.
Before you invest in a VPN, you should probably understand how these services work. After all, it isn't a complicated process.
A VPN simply acts as a secure tunnel between your device and the internet. This protects your online traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship, meaning you can bypass content restrictions to access more video, music, social media, and more.
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Online security and data protection is obviously important, but most people use these services to watch more of their favorite content. ExpressVPN lets users stream and download all the content they want with unlimited bandwidth. You can access Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more from anywhere in the world. Read more...
TL;DR: Turn your social media skills into a career with the 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle for $29.99, a 98% savings as of May 27.
You know what's weird? Only ten years ago, Facebook was just starting to explode in popularity, Myspace was near death, and Instagram didn't even exist. Fast forward to today and you can make a full-blown career out of managing content on social media. My how things have changed.
Businesses of all shapes and sizes are constantly searching for talented folks to market their products and services on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and more. Want to put your decade or more of digital savviness to good use and build a social empire? Take a break from TikTok and check out this 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle. Read more...
The coronavirus pandemic is transforming the relationship between humans and automation. Robots now serve a dual role – reduce close human contact and keep industries churning.
AMP Robotics, a company that rents out and sells AI-enhanced robots that sort recyclable material, has seen a big boost in orders after the pandemic hit the US. Read more...
Funko is well-known for turning pop culture moments into big-headed vinyl figurines, like a terrible wizard who only knows one spell. Now the company has turned its black button eyes toward the popular meme of Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man, letting you display a testament to just how online you are.
Revealed by Entertainment Earth, the Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man Pop pack includes two largely identical Spider-Men, each with an accusatory pointer finger outstretched. It also comes with a background insert, allowing you to properly set the scene for your 3D meme.
This isn't the first meme that has gotten the Funko Pop treatment. The company has also previously preserved Imagination SpongeBob making a rainbow with his hands. However, this may be Funko's first meme two-pack. Read more...
TL;DR: Learn to code with a lifetime of Learnable for $39.99, a 77% savings as of May 27.
Not everyone learns the same way. If you actually want to retain information, you need to absorb it in a way that makes sense to you. That's what the folks at Learnable had in mind when developing this app that teaches you how to code from scratch.
Coding is one of the most impressive and lucrative skills you can have these days. And it's not just for web developers either. Whether you're building a personal website, creating a blog, contributing to an online publication, or putting together a professional portfolio, understanding the basics of coding can go a long way. But learning to code is no walk in the park. Most courses are convoluted and end up driving people away. Read more...
Jimmy Kimmel, one of the only late night hosts not taking the week off, got to take full advantage of the wealth of material from Memorial Day weekend in his Tuesday monologue. From the president golfing through a holiday weekend dedicated to casualties of war in the middle of a pandemic, to folks taking to beaches and pool parties as though we're not, again, in the middle of a pandemic, Kimmel traced an especially silly, and possibly deadly, weekend of pandemic life. And while the Trump White House's politicization of mask-wearing copped a spray, the host was just as frustrated with the fatalistic, tribalistic, or plain ignorant attitudes of people heading out to party while shrugging off the CDC's strong recommendation to Read more...
In April, in a developer preview version of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, Apple introduced a feature called battery health management. The feature is designed to improve the lifespan of a MacBook's battery, and now, with macOS Catalina 10.15.5 going live for everyone, MacBook users can try it out.
Batteries don't like extremes; to conserve your laptop's battery, you should rarely charge your laptop to maximum or discharge it fully. Battery health management operates under the assumption that you don't always need your MacBook's battery to be fully charged. It will monitor your usage patterns and charge the battery accordingly; for example, if you typically keep your MacBook plugged in during the entire work day, this feature may reduce the battery's maximum charge. Read more...
Like a lot of us right now, I was frazzled and bored and fed up with TV the night I clicked on Zenimation, a series of shorts that launched on Disney+ over the long Memorial Day weekend. My mind was open; it was also skeptical. There was no original animation to be found in the series; this was simply snack-sized chunks of Disney animation from across the years, arranged thematically into 10 episodes of around five minutes each. How could that not come across like a greatest hits compilation at best, and a 50-minute trailer at worst?
Yet once I'd blasted through the first three episodes, simply titled "Water," "Cityscapes," and "Discovery," I found a level of peace and calm I haven't felt since the coronavirus pandemic began. And that's coming from someone who has been meditating more than normal since quarantine began, even running a global meditation contest over Zoom. Read more...
John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson had another virtual reunion, and this time they discussed Krasinski's beloved quarantine YouTube series, Some Good News.
On Tuesday, Krasinski called into "Hey There, Human," the daily Instagram Live series that Wilson hosts from SoulPancake. The two talked about everything from A Quiet Place II and parenting during the pandemic to The Office and more. But they also chatted about how much Some Good News means to Krasinski, why he started the show, and why he ultimately decided to sell it to ViacomCBS.
Wilson had guest starred on Some Good News twice, and the show built up quite the fanbase over the course of its eight-episode run. However, some viewers were crushed when they learned that the intimate series was being sold to a major network, especially because reports indicated that Krasinski would no longer be hosting. Read more...
Donald Trump lied today on Twitter. And, unlike every other day, Twitter finally called him out on it.
In a series of Tuesday morning tweets, the president claimed — falsely — that providing mail-in ballots to the residents of California would automatically result in a "Rigged Election." In response, Twitter appended each of the tweets in question with a note imploring readers to "Get the facts about mail-in ballots."
When clicked, the links take readers to a series of articles explaining the various ways in which Trump's tweets are misleading. This appears to be the first time Twitter has, in effect, fact checked the president — let alone stuck a big "this is bullshit" sticker on one of his tweets. Read more...
“Sexual predators are hunting kids on Minecraft,” the sign says.
“Minecraft is ignoring 120,000 parents asking them to keep kids safe,” reads the other side of the sign.
While these may read like billboard signs you’d read on the side of the road, you won’t come across them in real life. The signs are found in the game Minecraft. This is a virtual protest, after all, put together by the national parents organization, ParentsTogether.
BREAKING: We just commissioned an art installation within @Minecraft calling out @Microsoft’s failure to protect kids from sexual predators: pic.twitter.com/pvwncEAxzQ
— ParentsTogether Action (@ptogetheraction) May 26, 2020 Read more...
BREAKING: We just commissioned an art installation within @Minecraft calling out @Microsoft’s failure to protect kids from sexual predators: pic.twitter.com/pvwncEAxzQ
— ParentsTogether Action (@ptogetheraction) May 26, 2020 Read more...
Making purchases with your voice is convenient, but it's far from secure. Google is attempting to change that when using Assistant by introducing an optional voice verification test.
As The Verge reports, the new security feature relies on Google Assistant's Voice Match and it's being rolled out slowly as part of a limited pilot program to test how well it works with smart speakers and smart displays. The Voice Match training feature was updated recently to include phrases so that Assistant could more accurately determine who is issuing commands.
With better accuracy, Google clearly feels Voice Match is good enough to now act as an extra layer of security. Once enabled, your Voice Match profile will be used whenever a purchase is made through Assistant via voice. However, for now the verification on purchases is limited to in-app through Google Play or restaurant orders. As it's a pilot program, you can expect that restriction to be lifted once Google has fixed any bugs that appear. Read more...
Meant to keep the residents of Qatar coronavirus free, a new mandatory contact-tracing app instead put their privacy at risk.
The government of Qatar, like many around the world and in the U.S., is pushing contact-tracing apps as a tool in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, the Qatar Ministry Of Interior's mandatory EHTERAZ app exposed users to a wide range of potential violations.
So found Amnesty International, which on Tuesday reported that a vulnerability in the app "would have allowed cyber attackers to access highly sensitive personal information, including the name, national ID, health status and location data of more than one million users." Read more...
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has taught fans about the directing, acting, concept, and technology of The Mandalorian, but the primary takeaway from currently aired episodes of the 8-part behind-the-scenes look of the space western is that actor Carl Weathers is completely delightful.
Weathers is a veteran actor best known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the early Rocky movies; he plays gangster Greef Carga in The Mandalorian. In the "Cast" episode of Disney Gallery, director Jon Favreau revealed that Greef Carga was meant to die early in The Mandalorian Season 1 and Weathers would return to play an entirely different, alien character later in the season, but after meeting Weathers in person he dismissed the idea completely. Read more...
TL;DR: Hard-to-reach areas will never be a problem again when you have a Sinji Flexible Borescope Camera for $29.95, a 22% savings as of May 26.
Assessing problems around the house or in your car is tricky enough. Just imagine when the root of the issue is in a hard-to-reach area or a dark place you don't dare access.
Instead of enlisting the help of a professional and risking paying an unreasonable amount just for a diagnosis, you can take matters into your own hands — without literally using your hands. As long as you have the Sinji Borescope, you can snake your way into places where you need to take a closer look. Read more...
TL;DR: Be prepared for any emergency with a GoBox 3-day emergency kit for $89.99, a 10% saving as of May 26.
If there's anything that 2020 has taught us, it's that you can never be truly prepared for anything. Did we see a toilet paper shortage coming, for example? No, we did not.
Still, it doesn't hurt to be as prepared as possible for what could come. Putting together an emergency go-bag like a doomsday prepper is not exactly a silver bullet to disasters, but it's a good start.
Sure, you could source all the emergency materials you need separately, but that's extra difficult these days with stores closed and online shopping resources limited. That's why getting your hands on something like the GoBox 3-Day Emergency Kit is the smarter move. Read more...
From garbage data to privacy concerns, here's why big tech contact-tracing apps aren't what you think. Read more...
TL;DR: Become the leader you always wanted to be with the Project Management Certifications Tests and Courses Bundle for $24.99, an 87% savings as of May 26.
With many people forced into unprecedented work situations — i.e. using our couches as our desks — productivity has plummeted. Except, of course, for those businesses with an effective project manager.
Project managers streamline the work environment, mitigate risks, and help employees adapt based on unforeseen circumstances (like a pandemic, for example). In other words, they're pretty much unbothered by the WFH transition.
Want to learn how to become one of these unsung workplace superheroes? Check out this Project Management Certifications Tests and Courses Bundle. With three courses and over 90 lessons, this training will prepare you for three of the most important project management certifications: CAPM, PMP, and PMI-RPM. Read more...
I don't remember the last iced coffee I had before the coronavirus pandemic halted my daily commute to Manhattan and weekend trips to cafes and coffee shops. But I know it's been at least 89 days.
I started self-quarantining in February, and though I obviously miss seeing my family and friends in person, going to restaurants, and seeing movies in actual movie theaters, I'm thankful to be safe and happy to do my part to ensure others remain healthy. I'm mostly fine with the quarantine life, but every once in a while I catch myself thinking, "Damn, I really miss iced coffee."
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a cold-coffee-only person. I drink cold brew all year and will shamelessly sacrifice all feeling in my hands to carry a cup of iced coffee on winter walks to the office. But my lips haven't sipped on that gloriously chilled caffeine in months, and as the warm weather creeps in I've started having some serious separation anxiety. I know you can pour hot coffee over ice, or brew your own cold brew. But it's not the same, OK? I crave the professionally made stuff, but until I venture back out into the world to obtain it I decided to settle for the next best thing: scrolling through a bunch of iced coffee stock photos on Getty. Read more...
The gym isn't for everybody. It's expensive, crowded, and sometimes smelly. Even worse, you have to travel to get there — making it ten times harder just to convince yourself to go.
But, if you're lucky enough to have the space, you have another option that doesn't involve commuting vast distances only to exert yourself in front of strangers: Just bring the gym home to you.
Yeah, it can cost you a pretty penny, but when you take into account how much gym membership fees add up over the years, buying your own workout equipment and decking out a home gym pays for itself in the long run. (This is all assuming you'll use it frequently — that part will depend completely on you. Sorry, you can't quite buy motivation). Plus, not having to travel back home after an intense workout is just a beautiful thing. You can literally plop down onto the couch after you're done. Maybe take a shower first, though. Read more...
BEST STATIONARY BIKE
A vast library of workout classes, engaging instructors, Bluetooth support, and compact design makes the Peloton worth every penny.
The treadmill is the most classic piece of home gym machinery, and the NordicTrack hits every mark with the Commercial 1750.
If keeping your cardio workout low impact and comfortable are paramount to your equipment choice, the Sole Fitness E95 is one of the best elliptical machines out there.
BEST YOGA MAT
The Gaiam yoga mat perfects the essential qualities of a great yoga mat.
BEST ROWING MACHINE
Rowing machines aren't always the most popular home gym choice, but if you're going to get one, Hydrow is the way to go.
The Bowflex SelectTech 552s will save you a massive amount of space, packing close to a set of 30 free weights into one pair of dumbbells.
BEST RESISTANCE BANDS
This resistance band set contains everything you need start toning and building muscle at a fair price, with some additional quality of life perks.
BEST BALANCE BALL
A balance ball is a great addition to your workout routines, and this one from Gaiam is built to last
What makes the coronavirus pandemic unlike any other collective tragedy is that we can't commiserate together.
Post-layoff drinks at a dive bar near the office; embracing someone you haven't seen in months; pats on the back — these are seemingly small comforts that have morphed into luxuries in the past few months.
While there are many things I miss about the Before, these touches of comfort are high on the list. As we round the corner into another month of social distancing I find myself thinking about touch constantly. One look at dating apps or porn sites and I know I'm not alone in that. Read more...
The people whose calls you dodge are sure to love this new app from Facebook.
On May 26, Facebook's New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team announced the launch of an app that's basically Houseparty for phone calls (not video calls). CatchUp, which is free to download, lets users see who's available to voice chat, and then allows them to initiate both one-on-one and group calls within the app.
Who wants to chat?!
CatchUp is a standalone app that is not connected with the Facebook app. You don't have to have a Facebook account, or an account with another Facebook-owned company, to use it. Instead of running on Facebook friends, it works by letting the app access the contacts in your phone and builds your friend list from there. So, it doesn't mean all of your relatives who are your Facebook friends will be able to call you more easily — just all the randos in your contacts who have also downloaded CatchUp. Read more...
Space Force actor John Malkovich has nothing but high praise for his costar Steve Carrell. Read more...
Simon Pegg, known for his comedic films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, had to drop serious weight for his role in Inheritance, where he plays a man trapped in a bunker for 30 years. Read more...