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Why 2019 was the year of Dark Mode

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:30:00 +0000
Why 2019 was the year of Dark Mode

"You want it darker?" the late Leonard Cohen asked on the title track of his ominous final album, released just weeks before Trump's election in November 2016. Indeed, the world did seem to want it darker. Not just in the metaphorical sense of a global wave of authoritarianism and ignorance, but literally darker — on the screens in our pockets, bags, and on our desks. Back then, apps were just beginning to offer Dark Mode, where bright pixels were shunned in favor of a black background, supposedly easier on the eyes. 

Fast forward to 2019 — and as the political darkness grew to impeachable proportions, the trickle of Dark Mode apps became a flood. Apple's iOS 13 turned millions of iPhones dark at once. Android Q did the same for the Dark Side of the mobile world (sorry not sorry, Android users)Gmail, Slack, Soundcloud, the mobile version of Microsoft Office, and Google Chrome all went dark this year. Mac OS offered a la carte Dark Mode in 2018, then enabled Dark Mode across the board in its 2019 edition. Twitter, not content with being somewhat dark (gray-blue) in 2018, went full dark in 2019.   Read more...

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Taylor Swift's 'Christmas Tree Farm' video is a trip through her childhood home movies

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:18:29 +0000
Taylor Swift's 'Christmas Tree Farm' video is a trip through her childhood home movies

Taylor Swift's video for "Christmas Tree Farm" (new fave Christmas banger, tysm) takes us on a truly delightful trip down memory lane. 

For the video, she delved deep into the archive of her family's home videos to give us a video that is brimming with utterly charming nostalgia. 

There's baby Taylor sledding down a snowy hill, toddler Taylor peeking through a window in a Wendy house, child Taylor telling Santa what presents she wants, and Taylor opening presents on Christmas morn. 

Christmas number 1? Fingers crossed. Read more...

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How the horror-comedy film genre defined the decade

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000
How the horror-comedy film genre defined the decade

On the surface, no two genres appear more diametrically opposed than horror and comedy: One is meant to delight and the other to fuel nightmares.

Yet over the past decade, the horror-comedy gained such unprecedented popularity and social resonance that it's now a thriving mainstream genre with no indication of slowing down. That transformation is even more baffling when you consider all the genre had going against it. 

For a long time, it was considered something of an ugly stepsister to both genres, earning at most niche critical praise and little widespread industry respectHorror-comedies were historically bad business, too, in part due to big studios failing to market them correctly for fear of alienating the two different audiences.  Read more...

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25 creative white elephant gifts for under $30

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000
25 creative white elephant gifts for under $30

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, we're not talking about the holiday season, per se. We're talking about the wacky white elephant gift exchanges that seem to spring up in December.

The perfect white elephant gift is one part zany and one part practical. It can't be too useful, but you also don't want it to be a total waste of space. Get it? It should be fun and steal-worthy. Because if the living room doesn't become a battleground, it's not really white elephant.

Need help finding a gift? Here are 25 creative ideas under $30 to liven up your holiday gift exchanges. Be sure to enter the code MERRYSAVE15 at checkout for an extra 15% off. Read more...

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20 great gift ideas for the jetsetter in your life

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000
20 great gift ideas for the jetsetter in your life

We all have that one friend who's always living it up somewhere far, far away in some exotic location. With a pal like that, the perfect gift is something to make their frequent trips even more amazing than they already are. From lightweight suitcases to versatile pillows, here's the perfect list of gifts for the jet setter in your life. 

And here's a hot tip: All items are already on sale, but you can get an extra 15% discount with the code MERRYSAVE15.

InstaSteam™ ($24.95 Value)

Billed as the world's first electricity-free clothing steamer, it zaps the wrinkles and creases out of clothes using only a garment bag and a special pod. Get it on sale for $12.74 when you key in the code MERRYSAVE15 at checkout. Read more...

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The KFC Yule log is back, but you absolutely should not buy it

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000
The KFC Yule log is back, but you absolutely should not buy it

The holiday season is now upon us, and KFC has swooped in to stress us the hell out with the return of their "herbs and spices" fire log. That's right, for the low cost of $18.99, you can have your home smelling just like the fried chicken restaurant that is definitely not as good as that other fried chicken restaurant

KFC's limited-edition, cursed piece of firewood is made from 100% recycled materials — a kind gesture — but that's where the positives stop. The main downside? It makes everything around it smell like musty meat. To quote Mashable culture reporter Chole Bryan, who's had first-hand experience with this seasoning-scented monstrosity: “Meat out of context is not a good smell.” Read more...

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Eddie Redmayne and James Corden surprising people with balloons is 11 minutes of pure joy

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:56:30 +0000
Eddie Redmayne and James Corden surprising people with balloons is 11 minutes of pure joy

"I feel like a Carpool Karaoke reject," says Eddie Redmayne, clambering into a van full of balloons alongside James Corden in the clip above.

Their task, which involves travelling across LA to surprise people with telegrams, does have a fair bit in common with Corden's most popular series from The Late Late Show, too — there's driving, there's singing, and there's plenty of entertaining conversation in between.

Still, Redmayne has something none of the Carpool Karaoke stars have: balloons. 

So, so many balloons. Read more...

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Camila Cabello's badly translated version of 'bad guy' gets kind of weird

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:47:43 +0000
Camila Cabello's badly translated version of 'bad guy' gets kind of weird

Google Translate is very useful in a lot of respects, giving people the general gist of what is being said in languages they don't understand. It isn't great for detail, but it's clear enough for most casual purposes. That is, unless you repeatedly run song lyrics through it.

'Havana' singer Camila Cabello appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday to perform a cover of Billie Eilish's 'bad guy'. However instead of sticking to the traditional lyrics we all know and love, Cabello sung a version that had been put through the Google Translate wringer a few too many times. Read more...

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Samsung Galaxy S11 to have a 108-megapixel camera, report says

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:43:54 +0000
Samsung Galaxy S11 to have a 108-megapixel camera, report says

Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy S11, will likely come with a quad, 108-megapixel camera. This is according to a new report by Bloomberg, which cites people familiar with Samsung's plans. 

That's an immense jump, megapixels-wise, from the S10, which has a triple, 12/12/16-megapixel camera. It's not particularly surprising, though, given that Samsung already sells a 108-megapixel sensor to third-party manufacturers, such as Xiaomi. 

Furthermore, unofficial renders of the Galaxy S11 show a massive camera bump on the back, with five rear cameras nested inside. 

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Stephen Colbert unpacks Pelosi's fiery Trump impeachment press conference

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 06:20:42 +0000
Stephen Colbert unpacks Pelosi's fiery Trump impeachment press conference

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

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:02:16 +0000
Uber drivers experienced sexual assault almost as often as riders, Uber's safety study shows

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

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

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

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

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

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Jameela Jamil totally derails an interview with some unorthodox career advice

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 04:48:17 +0000
Jameela Jamil totally derails an interview with some unorthodox career advice

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

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

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

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

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 01:59:00 +0000
‘Jagged Little Pill’ on Broadway has a lot on its mind. Maybe too much.

Meet the Healys, Broadway's newest dysfunctional family. 

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

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Airbnb gets serious about kicking rowdy guests off its platform

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 01:49:21 +0000
Airbnb gets serious about kicking rowdy guests off its platform

Bring on the crackdown. 

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

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

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

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

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 23:59:40 +0000
Malware, crypto scams, and boner pills: Facebook's had enough

Facebook is going to court. 

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

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

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Snapchat unveils Gucci-branded Spectacles 3

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:53:46 +0000
Snapchat unveils Gucci-branded Spectacles 3

The glasses are aimed to help promote Harmony Korine’s new short film, which used the glasses to create “wearable cinema.” Read more...

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This water bottle cleans itself using UV lights — Future Blink

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:51:46 +0000
This water bottle cleans itself using UV lights — Future Blink

Designed to combat the need to constantly wash your water bottle, LARQ utilizes UV lights to destroy any bacteria in just one minute. Read more...

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This robot was designed to care for the elderly— Strictly Robots

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:49:45 +0000
This robot was designed to care for the elderly— Strictly Robots

Created by Akara Robotics, Stevie works in assisted living and retirement homes with carers so they may focus on patients more. Read more...

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This robot helps assist hospital staffs — Strictly Robots

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:12:55 +0000
This robot helps assist hospital staffs — Strictly Robots

Designed by Diligent Robotics, Moxi performs routine tasks so nurses have more time to interact with their patients. Read more...

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Think your Mac doesn't need antivirus software? Actually, it does.

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:21:13 +0000
Think your Mac doesn't need antivirus software? Actually, it does.

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS FOR MAC THIS WEEK:


There's a common misconception that Macs don't need antivirus software. Unfortunately, that's far from accurate these days. 

Macs are generally more secure than PCs, thanks to a more secure operating system where certain aspects of its software are more locked down and harder to infiltrate by rogue software. Also, fewer people own Macs meaning fewer targets for criminals. However, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to get a virus on your Mac, or receive a suspicious piece of malware either.  Read more...

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BEST HANDS-OFF ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

Norton Security for Mac

Norton runs in the background, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity or threats to your system, without any need for interaction from you.

  • One Mac: $39.99/year
  • Up to five Macs: $49.99/year

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BEST FOR SECURITY SOFTWARE

McAfee Total Protection

McAfee offers extra tools like digital document shredding and anti-spam protection that help it rise above the rest.

  • One device: $24.99 (first year)
  • Five devices: $39.99 (first year)
  • Ten devices: $29.99/month (first year)

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FASTEST ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

Bitdefender Total Security 2019 for Mac

A little cheaper than its competitors, it's a strong opening gambit for a company that's more well known among tech savvy folks than the average consumer.

  • Up to 5 devices: $49.99.(first year)

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BEST FOR OLDER COMPUTERS

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus for Mac

Webroot Antivirus for Mac stores all its anti-malware protection information on the cloud, meaning it's speedy and has a small footprint on your Mac.

  • One device: $29.99 (first year)
  • Three devices: $44.99/month (first year)
  • Five devices: $59.99/month (first year)

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BEST FOR MAC-ONLY SOFTWARE

Intego Mac Internet Security

Intego does a fantastic job of detecting anything thrown at it, albeit a little slower than with some antivirus protection.

  • One device: $39.99 (first year)
  • Three devices: $54.99 (first year)

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7 of the best antivirus software for Android smartphones and tablets

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:32:43 +0000
7 of the best antivirus software for Android smartphones and tablets

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We hate to kick off this in such a negative fashion, but we feel obligated to alert all you Android users that your smart phones are vulnerable. While Android’s customization is great, the fact that they have an open platform makes them easier to hack and attack. And this can result in anything from lost photos and contacts to stolen credit card numbers and malware that bricks your phone, rendering it unusable and unrepairable. Fortunately, you can protect your Android by downloading an antivirus app. (Exhale deep sigh of relief now.) Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Bitdefender Mobile Security

Amazing protection with minimal effect on performance.

  • Size: 20M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($14.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $44.99

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BEST FOR EASE OF USE

Norton Mobile Security

  • Size: 26M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($22/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $39.99

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BEST FEATURES

Avast Mobile Security

A popular app that provides unparalleled protection.

  • Size: 28M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($2.99/month or $11.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $79.99

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BEST ANTI-PHISHING FEATURES

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

  • Size: Varies with device
  • Free Version : Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($14.95/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $19.99

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BEST FOR PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION

McAfee Mobile Security

  • Size: 21M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($29.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $19.95

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BEST FREE APP

Sophos Antivirus and Security

An easy and affordable way to ensure security.

  • Size: Varies with device
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: No

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BEST MINIMALIST INTERFACE

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  • Size: Varies with device
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($1.49/month or $11.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $11.99

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7 of the best antivirus software options

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:25:30 +0000
7 of the best antivirus software options

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Antivirus software is an essential part of any PC owner's arsenal. Staying safe from viruses, malware, ransomware, and phishing threats is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what a good antivirus software package can protect you from. Many manufacturers now take a holistic approach to keeping your data safe, tackling more than just the odd suspicious file that might end up on your system.  Read more...

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BEST VALUE

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a great reputation for detecting viruses, malware, and pretty much all other nasties you might need to spot. It's inexpensive too.

  • One year (up to three devices): $34.99
  • Two years (up to three devices): $67.49
  • Three years (up to three devices): $89.99

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BEST FOR FAMILIARITY

Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic

A familiar name, Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic will make the majority of its users feel safe and protected, even if the options are a double edged sword.

  • Norton AntiVirus Plus: $19.99 (annual)
  • Norton 360 Standard: $39.99 (annual)
  • Norton 360 Deluxe: $49.99 (annual)
  • Norton 360 with LifeLock Select: $99.99 (annual)

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BEST FOR MULTIPLE PCS

McAfee AntiVirus Plus

McAfee AntiVirus Plus isn't perfect at eliminating all threats, but it's a bargain for those with multiple systems to protect.

  • One year (up to 10 devices): $44.99

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BEST FOR AGING SYSTEMS

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

If your PC is rapidly ageing, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is an ideal solution that won't slow it down any further. Even if it is a somewhat unknown quantity at times.

  • One year (up to three devices): $37.49

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BEST FOR ADVANCED USERS

Avast Pro Antivirus 2019

Avast Pro Antivirus 2017 is a great antivirus tool that doubles as a security suite, but many of its best features are available in the free version.

  • One year (up to three PCs): $59.99
  • Features: Plenty of options, URL blocking, network checker, secure browser

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BEST FOR REMOTE MANAGEMENT

Sophos Home Premium

If you're the tech support for all the family, Sophos Home Premium is a convenient way of controlling their security, wherever you are. Its features are too advanced for some, though.

  • One year (up to 10 devices): $45

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BEST FOR GAMERS

Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security

If you need to be able to pause your security protection, such as when gaming, this is a great option.

  • One year (for one PC: $29.95

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Best antivirus software for Windows 10

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000
Best antivirus software for Windows 10

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Like it or not, your Windows 10 is highly vulnerable to all kinds of pernicious attacks — and hackers are just getting more and more creative with creeping into your personal computer. Denial of service, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and password attacks are just a few of the threats you’ll have to contend with.  Read more...

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BEST OVERALL PROTECTION

Norton Security Deluxe

Considered the gold standard in antivirus software, this option tops award-winning and best-seller lists.

$49.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Webroot Internet Security Complete with Antivirus Protection

Get your typical antivirus and malware prevention for Windows 10, plus a password manager, encrypted account information, and cloud storage.

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BEST FOR PARENTS

Bitdefender Total Security

Of all the products listed, Bitdefender specializes in software to protect and monitor your children’s usage.

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BEST FOR VALUE

McAfee Total Protection (5 devices)

For its near rock-bottom pricing, McAfee Total Protection provides a solid array of antivirus offerings — though with somewhat moderate reviews.

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BEST FOR FEATURES

Kaspersky Total Security 2018

The secure connection features allows you to encrypt your data, and receive wifi alerts when you’re at risk.

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BEST FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES AND USERS

AVG Ultimate 2019

Boasting everything and the kitchen sink, AVG Ultimate not only has antivirus software with a host of performance enhancing features, but is one of few options with unlimited users.

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BEST FOR BONUS FEATURE OF CYBER SECURITY TRAINING

PC Pitstop PC Matic (download)

Their ad and popup-blocking tools help keep you from clicking on malicious ads that could steal your sensitive information.

$49.99 from Amazon

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review: Monster 108-megapixel camera can really zoom

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:01:39 +0000
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review: Monster 108-megapixel camera can really zoom
Xiaomi Mi Note 10
$610
The Good
Excellent camera • Long-lasting battery
The Bad
No water resistance • Mid-range processor
The Bottom Line
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has one of the best cameras on the market, but it lacks a few options its competitors have.
⚡ Mashable Score 4.0
😎 Cool Factor 4.0
📘Learning Curve 4.0
💪Performance 4.0
💵Bang for the Buck 4.0

Xiaomi has a simple smartphone strategy: Focus on the features people really want, and offer that at the lowest possible price. 

The company's latest smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, takes this approach to the extreme. It's a phone that outmatches expensive flagships with its 108-megapixel, penta camera and massive battery, while keeping the price at a fairly reasonable 550 euros ($610).  Read more...

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Holy mixology! Get this Ninja performance blender for only $49.99.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:59:41 +0000
Holy mixology! Get this Ninja performance blender for only $49.99.

TL;DR: Kick your blender game up a notch (and score a great deal in the process) with this powerful, 1000-watt Ninja performance blender for $49.99. Normally $84, that means you save a whopping 41% at Walmart.


Congratulations! You survived another Black Friday shopping frenzy like a boss and have the receipts to prove it. Everyone on your holiday list is taken care of.  Each name has a check-mark, every stocking will be stuffed. You stuck to the game plan and are D-O-N-E, so now it is time to fire up those legendary margaritas for a celebratory lap around the house. But just one problem: You forgot to treat yourself to a new blender during that laser-focused deal safari. Cue the "womp womp" noise. Read more...

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The best pillows to shop for on Cyber Monday

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0000
The best pillows to shop for on Cyber Monday

BEST PILLOW DEALS:


Achieving a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy. Busy schedules, frequent stress, and bad rest environments can be culprits for sleep troubles. And it’s more common than you think. 

According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. If your sleepless nights are taking a toll on your health, it might be time for you to buy a new pillow. 

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BEST OVERALL

Coop Home Goods Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

Breathability, comfort, and design make the Coop Home Goods’ Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow a top pick if you need to improve your quality of sleep.

  • Dimensions: Standard (17.9 x 6.8 x 6.1 inches), Queen (18 x 6 x 6 inches), and King (17.9 x 6.5 x 6.3 inches)
  • Materials: Bamboo-derived viscose rayon and polyester
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$69.99 from Coop Home Goods

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BEST FOR SIDE SLEEPERS

Brookstone BioSense 2-in-1 Shoulder Pillow

  • Dimensions: 28 x 20 x 6 inches
  • Materials: Better Than Down microfill and BioSense memory foam core
  • Sleep factor: Good for side sleepers
$119.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BACK SLEEPERS

Nature's Guest Cervical Support Pillow

  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 9.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Materials: Cotton fabric cover, microfiber filling, and silk gusset trim
  • Sleep factor: Good for back sleepers
$79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR STOMACH SLEEPERS

TruContour Super Thin Memory Foam Pillow

  • Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5 inches
  • Materials: Medical-grade memory foam and certified organic cotton
  • Sleep factor: Good for stomach sleepers
$39.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

The Triple Cloud Shredded Memory Foam Pillow offers comfort perks and adjustable firmness at a fraction of the price.

  • Dimensions: Standard/Queen (15.9 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches), Queen (17 x 6 x 6 inches), and King ( 17.3 x 7.7 x 6.4 inches)
  • Material: Bamboo-shredded memory foam
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$39.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Avocado Green Pillow

  • Dimensions: Standard (19 x 24 inches), Queen (19 x 28 inches), and King (19 x 35 inches)
  • Materials: Certified organic cotton, kapok fiber, and natural latex
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$79 from Avocado Green

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BEST FOR HEAD, NECK, AND SHOULDER SUPPORT

UTTU Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow

Keep head, neck, and shoulder pain at bay with UTTU’s Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow.

  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches
  • Materials: Bamboo fiber, polyester, and memory foam
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$69.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS

Pacific Coast AllerRest Double DownAround Pillow

Reduce congestion, coughing, sneezing, and other pesky allergy symptoms while you sleep.

  • Dimensions: Standard (20 x 26 inches), Queen (20 x 30 inches), and King (20 x 36 inches)
  • Materials: AllerRest fabric, Barrier Weave down and feather proof fabric, cotton
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$62.99 from Amazon

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BEST HYBRID OPTION

Leesa Hybrid Pillow

Switch back and forth between a soft pillow top and a cooling, memory foam underside for multiple ways to catch some sleep.

  • Dimensions : Standard (16 x 24 inches), Queen (16 x 28 inches)
  • Materials : Polyester microfiber, ventilated gel, Leesa's Tencel fabric, and nylon.
  • Sleep factor: Best for back and side sleepers
$109 from Leesa

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BEST 2-FOR-1 DEAL

Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow

You'll be getting two pillows with somewhere-in-the-middle support for the price of one.

  • Dimensions : Queen (20 x 28 inches)
  • Materials: Cotton cover and poly-gel fiber filling
  • Sleep factor : Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR DURABILITY

Tuft & Needle Pillow

If you're looking for a durable pillow and tend to sleep on your back or side, the Tuft & Needle Pillow will have you catching z's in no time.

  • Dimensions : 25 x 16 x 5 inches
  • Materials : Micro polyamide, polyester, and Tuft & Needle's proprietary Adaptive Foam
  • Sleep factor: Best for back and side sleepers
$75 from Tuft & Needle

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Best headphones for running (AKA these are the headphones to buy on Cyber Monday)

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:58:57 +0000
Best headphones for running (AKA these are the headphones to buy on Cyber Monday)

BEST DEALS ON HEADPHONES:


The only thing more important to runners than their sneakers is a quality pair of headphones and a killer playlist. Running without music is like some form of medieval torture: it sucks. And cheap, crappy headphones just aren't going to cut it.

When shopping for a quality pair of headphones to wear while running, you'll want to look at a few key factors: Are they sweatproof/waterproof? Will they stay in your ears? Are the volume controls easily accessible? If you answer no to any of these questions, then you know the headphones aren't going to work. Read more...

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BEST FOR WORKOUT TRACKERS

Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless

While sound quality and flexibility are always good features, a great pair of headphones will do more than that.

$199 from Amazon

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BEST MID-PRICED WIRELESS OPTION

Jabra Elite 45e

The Elite 45e headphones are an example of quality at an affordable price.

$99.99 from Amazon

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BEST TRULY WIRELESS EARBUDS

Bose SoundSport Free Wireless

These truly wireless ear buds can charge while you're using them, and the app can help you locate them in the event that they fall out.

$199 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET WIRED HEADPHONES

JBL Endurance RUN

These are the kind of headphones you buy in multiples so you don't have to fret once you've inevitably lost a pair.

$19.95 from Amazon

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BEST NO-FRILLS OPTION

ROVKING Sport Headphones

These super-cheap headphones have an earhook design that keeps them on your ears, and are also sweatproof.

$14.99 from Amazon

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MOST FIT OPTIONS FOR WIRED HEADPHONES

Sony MDRXB510AS/B

These Sony earbuds offer multiple sets of covers and hooks to hold the earbuds securely in place.

$59.99 from Amazon

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BEST AUDIO QUALITY FOR WIRED HEADPHONES

Bose SoundSport

Bose SoundSport are a great set of headphones to buy when the clarity of audio really matters to you.

$99 from Amazon

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BEST OVER-EAR OPTION

Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Headphones

The Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Headphones deliver an affordable and reliable option for anyone who prefers over-ear headphones.

$29.99 from Amazon

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Best fitness trackers for monitoring heart rate: Shop these during Cyber Monday

Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0000
Best fitness trackers for monitoring heart rate: Shop these during Cyber Monday

BEST FITNESS TRACKER DEALS:


Wellness is a buzzy word lately. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in all things health, wellness, and spirituality. Juice bars are popping up, boutique studios are becoming more accessible, and essential oils are chilling us out. Self-care is becoming more of the norm too, but amidst all this hype, it can be challenging to find the right routine that promotes good exercise, sleep, vitals, and mindset.  Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Apple Watch Series 4

Take heart monitoring to the next level with the Apple Watch Series 4's amazing EKG feature and FDA-cleared precision.

  • Warranty: 90 days with Apple Care+
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 22 hours
  • Weight: 1.06 oz
  • What you'll get: A case, band, 1m magnetic charging cable, and 5W USB Power Adapter
$384.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Polar A370 Fitness Tracker

Smartphone compatibility and a variety of wellness features makes Polar’s A370 Fitness Tracker our top choice for health management.

  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 4 days
  • Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Polar A370 Fitness Tracker, a band, a charging cable, and a manual
$114.99 from Amazon

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EASIEST TO USE

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker

The new Charge 3 provides no-fuss wellness features to take your daily sleep, workouts, and vitals to the next level.

  • Warranty: 45-day guarantee and 1 year warranty
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Fitbit Charge 3, classic wristbands (both small & large), and a charging cable
$148.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ATHLETES

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch

With sport-specific settings, advanced training feedback, and a connected app, Garmin’s Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch is the perfect fitness companion for athletes.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 1 day
  • Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Garmin Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch, a charging/data clip, and a manual
$349.99 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR TECH ENTHUSIASTS

Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Add some tech to your exercise regimen with the Nokia’s Steel HR Hybrid with Alexa integration and three different heart monitor modes.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 25 days
  • Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch and a CR2 battery
$199.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR WATER SPORTS

Garmin vívoactive 3

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 10 days
  • Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • What you'll get: A vívoactive 3 Fitness Tracker, a charging/data cable, and manuals
$319.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR STYLE

Motiv Ring

  • Warranty: 45-day guarantee and 1-year warranty
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 3 days
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • What you'll get: A Motiv Ring, sizing set, and two slim charging docks
$199.99 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

Microtella Fitness Tracker

Microtella’s Fitness Tracker is affordable, monitors your heart rate, and comes with 14 different fitness settings for personalized workout stats.

  • Warranty: None
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Microtella Fitness Tracker, a band, and a USB charger
$42.99 from Amazon

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Samsung Galaxy Fit

The perfect midpoint between the Fitbit and Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Fit is great for tracking your high-intensity activities and for managing your daily life.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery Life: 7 days
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • What you'll get: Samsung Galaxy Fit, charging cable, manuals
$99 from Amazon

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BEST ON-SCREEN WORKOUTS

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa is best for those who need some extra guidance in the gym, and thanks to its comprehensive array of on-screen workouts, you'll get exactly that.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery Life: 4 days
  • Weight: 5.12 ounces
  • What you'll get: Fitbit Versa, charging cable, manuals
$199.95 from Amazon

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BEST BATTERY LIFE

Wahoo TICKR

Won't take up precious real estate on your wrists and will provide personalized heart rate training, as well as an unbeatable 12-month battery life.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery Life: 1 year
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • What you'll get: Wahoo TICKR, battery, manuals
$49.99 from Amazon

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Best tech gifts under $20

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:52:02 +0000
Best tech gifts under $20

Holiday season is upon us, and that means spending tons of money on gifts, right?

Only it doesn't have to be that way. There's a bunch of cheap tech products out there that everyone wants and/or needs, and they're not even aware of it. 

As such, these gems make the perfect gifts: You won't break the bank buying them, and the recipients will give you those happy"oh, I actually needed that" looks. 

Let's begin: Here are 7 great tech gifts that you'll spend 20 bucks (or less) on. 

1Joto Electronics Organizer

Best tech gifts under $20

If you're traveling with more than one gadget — and these days, you probably are — your bags and backpacks can quickly become an unsightly mess of cables and chargers.  Read more...

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The Knot, Pinterest pledge to (finally) stop promoting content that glamorizes slave plantations

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:29:53 +0000
The Knot, Pinterest pledge to (finally) stop promoting content that glamorizes slave plantations

Two popular wedding planning resources, Pinterest and The Knot Worldwide, have both announced plans to no longer promote wedding content and venues that glamorize former slave plantations, according to reporting from Buzzfeed News

Pinterest and The Knot's decision follows pressure from Color of Change, a California-based civil rights advocacy group, which called for the platforms to stop  promoting plantations completely. 

Buzzfeed News explains that Color of Change wrote a letter to executives at the Knot Worldwide, as well as Pinterest, urging them to change their current practices. According to the Washington Post, the organization also sent letters to other wedding planning sources, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Zola, and Brides.   Read more...

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