Late entertainment legend Robin Williams could not have known his thoughts on cranial anatomy would resonate as strongly as they do today. "The human brain is an extraordinary three-and-a-half pound gland," the icon says in an old interview clip, included in the first trailer for Robin's Wish.
An upcoming documentary examining Williams' 2014 death by suicide following his battle with Lewy Body Dementia, the film promises to bring new meaning to the late comedian's legacy by asking what the world can learn from his death. Yes, the brain is a wonderful and baffling thing — a reality Williams and those close to him knew all too well during his final days. Read more...More about Documentary, Trailer, Robin Williams, Entertainment, and Streaming Services
TikTok isn't going down without a fight.
On Saturday, NPR reported the latest development in the White House's grudge match with popular video sharing app TikTok. According to an unnamed source within the company, TikTok will challenge Trump's executive order banning parent company ByteDance from operating within the U.S. via a federal lawsuit to be filed as early as Tuesday. Representatives for TikTok did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment.
The suit is reportedly set to proceed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok's U.S. headquarters are based, and will argue unconstitutionality on two fronts. Per NPR, the suit will argue both that TikTok was not given reasonable opportunity to respond to the White House's concerns regarding national security and that such concerns are baseless. Read more...More about Trump, Ban, Tiktok, Tech, and Politics
It's hiking season! Remember to drink plenty of water, leave the trail how you found it, behave safely in the presence of wildlife, and avoid murder if at all possible.
On Wednesday, the National Park Service shared a hilarious PSA with outdoor adventurers regarding proper protocol around bears. In a lengthy post made on the agency's Facebook page, rangers informed hikers of the right steps to take if faced with a bear — don't run, don't climb a tree, etc. — while accounting for one of the more uh...creative solutions that might occur to a panic-stricken park-goer in a moment of crisis.
"Please don't run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself," the PSA begins. "As a follow-up to a previous post, if you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping." That previous post was made on National Friendship Day (Aug. 2) and also suggests not murdering your loved ones. Read more...More about National Park Service, Bear, Science, and Animals
On one hand working from home is truly awesome. Your commute is however far it is from your bed to your laptop, you don't have to deal face-to-face with annoying colleagues, you can make your own homemade, healthy snacks, and yes, you can work in your pajamas.
On the other hand, working from home turns your cozy sanctuary into an extension of your workplace, and it can be hard to switch off the way you normally would when you leave a physical place.
While there are some things you can do to mitigate this, like finding a place to work that's not where you play, being strict with cut off times to stop working, and making sure you take regular breaks, there are also some other hacks that we think can help your work-from-home process. These come in the form of Google Chrome extensions. Read more...More about Chrome Extensions, Work From Home, Tech, and Work Life
You'll always remember your first...time listening to Phil Collins? These two will, anyway.
On July 27, twin YouTubers Tim and Fred Williams — known for their hilarious reaction videos to classic songs like Dolly Parton's "Jolene," The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," and Tom Jones' "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" on the channel TwinsthenewTrend — gifted the world documentation of their first outing with "In the Air Tonight." Naturally, it's the drum break that gets them.
"OK Phil!" the teens agree, while recovering from the 40-year-old banger. "He killed that, bro."
Now, their reaction video is sporting nearly 1.5 million views and Collins' hit has mysteriously resurfaced on the iTunes charts. The video's comments section is filled with a slew of ambiguously aged humans congratulating the pair on this right of passage and reliving one of the greatest surprises in musical history. Who says boomers and bébés can't get along? Read more...More about Reaction, Phil Collins, Culture, Web Culture, and Music
Sen. Bernie Sanders accepts none of your hypocritical hot takes, Elon Musk.
Musk's seeming inability to think before tweeting (or his desire for attention) bit him in the ass Friday night when he attempted a dunk on Sanders. The beefing started when Musk replied on Twitter to an article about a bill proposed by the Vermont senator that would create a one-time tax for the country's billionaires to cover the out-of-pocket medical costs for millions of Americans for one year.
The Make Billionaires Pay Act (co-sponsored by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY) would tax the wealth windfall increases accumulated by the 467 richest Americans from March 18 through Jan. 1, 2021. From February through May 2020, an estimated 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance, according to an analysis done by nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer health advocacy organization Families USA. According to the bill, the money collected would "cover all necessary healthcare expenses of the uninsured and underinsured, including prescription drugs, for one year." Read more...More about Bernie Sanders, Culture, Politics, and Elon Musk
August 8 is International Female Orgasm Day, and we're celebrating with an entire week dedicated to exploring the business and pleasure of porn.
These days we're inundated with online porn options — that's easy enough to figure out from a single Google search.
But even connoisseurs of more diverse and ethical alternatives may still find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices. Fortunately for those who are horny with no place to go, Mashable is here to help.Porn, Sex And Relationships, Audio Erotica, Porn Week, and Ethical Porn
When you hear the words "back to school," you most likely picture things like textbooks, classrooms, and school buses. But due to a global pandemic, the upcoming school year is going to take a new shape for many.
With some schools remaining closed for the remainder of the year, most classes will take place over video calls and assignments will be completed via apps, tablets, and laptops. All of which is to say: Your school supply list is going to look different as compared to previous years.
In addition to notebooks, pencils, and folders, you're going to need to upgrade your gadgets, too. Yes, it's super overwhelming, especially if you don't know where to even begin. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Read more...More about Back To School, Webcam, Distance Learning, Ring Lights, and Tech
August 8 is International Female Orgasm Day, and we're celebrating with an entire week dedicated to exploring the business and pleasure of porn.
Knowledge of the orgasm gap isn't new but, unsurprisingly, it's still very real. For cisheterosexual couples, men typically orgasm 95 percent of the time, but for women that number drops to 65 percent, according to a 2016 study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
This is why on the weekend of August 8, which is International Female Orgasm Day, Pornhub and creative agency Bar Ogilvy plan to bring awareness to this discrepancy. The tube site will interrupt their videos most viewed by straight men at the 40 percent timestamp — to highlight how approximately 40 percent of cishet women don't orgasm during sex with their partners. Read more...More about Porn, Pornhub, Orgasm, Orgasm Gap, and Porn Week
In our Back to School series, we tackle the big issues students face, from police in schools to representation. Because returning to the classroom is about more than buying school supplies.
You might not spend much time thinking about the gender gap in education — that is, the difference in educational outcomes between boys and girls — but you should. These disparities affect people from childhood all the way through adult life, via the careers they choose and beyond.
Girls and boys receive different messages (both implicit and explicit) about who's smart and who's not. By age six, girls are more likely to call boys "really, really smart," and shy away from games or activities that they view as for kids who are "really, really smart." Race and class also have an impact. And this continues: Boys who go to school districts that are mostly white, high-income, and suburban usually test better than girls in the same districts. Read more...More about Education, Social Good, Back To School, Gender Gap, and Small Humans
TL;DR: Work on your language skills with the Complete Conversational Spanish Mastery bundle for $29.99, an 84% savings as of Aug. 8.
We may not be able to travel the world at the moment, but it's a great time to study up on a new language nonetheless. And considering how many Spanish speakers reside in the US, you can't lose by investing some time and effort into this worthy skill. The Complete Conversational Spanish Mastery Bundle is a unique three-in-one course that favors conversational skills over memorization so you can actually learn to communicate in real life.
The courses use everyday scenarios to stimulate conversation, while also teaching you a variety of other techniques proven to enhance performance in the associated part of the brain for learning languages. Read more...More about Spanish, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Language Learning, and Culture
It can be easy to let yourself go, especially when you're stuck at home for months with zero social engagements. One way to make sure that doesn't happen is by treating yourself to a bunch of new grooming goodies.
Whether you're shopping for a man in your life or you're that man, there's definitely something here for everyone. The best part is every item is under $50. Start scrolling and placing those orders.
You can wash, shave, hydrate, and protect your face in two easy steps via the Modrn Man Cosmetic Systems, featuring a fantastic blue lavender scent. Valued at $37, you can add this to your newfound grooming routine for just $26.95. Read more...More about Beauty, Grooming, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Consumer Tech
We may not want to admit it outright, but we can't live without our electronic devices. Then again, our beloved devices are as good as bricks when their batteries hit zero. What we're saying is this: while gadgets are great investments, you shouldn't overlook the chargers you use, too.
Whether you want cables that don't fray after only weeks of use or power banks that you can bring with you everywhere, here are deals on power devices you'll want to snatch up:
Keep your desk clutter-free with this wireless desktop charger and organizer. Made of sturdy bamboo, this organizer boasts a sleek design that goes in any space. Grab it on sale for $59.99. Read more...More about Chargers, Mashable Shopping, Cool Gadgets, Tech, and Consumer Tech
TL;DR: Create your own fun with the Build a Strategy Game Development online course bundle for $39.99, a 97% savings as of Aug. 8.
If video games have been helping you pass the time while you're stuck at home, you're far from alone. There's a reason you haven't been able to escape conversations about Animal Crossing since April. And it all boils down to one beautiful little word: escapism.
But if that's just not doing it for you anymore, why not kick it up a notch and become the architect of someone else's escape by creating your very own video game? It sounds complicated, but this $40 training will walk you through how to get started. Read more...More about Gaming, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Entertainment, and Gaming
If you're a hot sleeper, getting a solid night's rest can be difficult. It's especially hard if you can't sleep without some kind of bed covering. Sleeping on top of the comforter, vulnerable to all manner of aliens and demons, is just not an option.
That's where cooling bedding — , , and sheets — comes in. (For more info on why sleeping cool is so important, check out our story on cooling pillows.) A cooling sheet set is a particularly useful way to stay cool: Since sheets come into direct contact with your body, their cooling effects are less likely to be blocked by protectors, pads, or other layers of bedding. Read more...More about Culture, Sleep, Bedding, Sleep Tech, and Mashable Shopping
BEST LINEN SHEET SETBrooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
This luxurious linen sheet set is an investment, but one that's likely to pay off for sweaty sleepers who prize breathability.
BEST BUDGET PICKTrident 100% Cotton Percale Sheet Set
Cotton percale is a classic, comfy material that will keep you cool — and this cooling sheet set is super affordable to boot.
BEST COTTON PERCALE SHEET SETBrooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set
These cotton percale sheets are a little more luxurious than our budget pick — and, of course, a little more expensive.
BEST COTTON SATEEN SHEET SETTrue Temp Sheet Set
This sheet set's blend of 37.5 polyester and cotton sateen make for a sleep experience that's both soft and cool.
BEST TENCEL SHEET SETNest Bedding Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set
These soft, cool Tencel sheets will be a godsend for hot sleepers with sensitive skin.
BEST SHEETS WITH OUTLAST TECHStratus Sheet Set
These cotton sheets are infused with Outlast fibers, which work like dropping ice cubes into a glass of water.
BEST TRENDY SHEET SETBuffy Eucalyptus Sheets
Like its famous comforter, Buffy's eco-conscious Eucalyptus sheet set lives up to the hype.
It's high time we face the painful reality that we are not going back to theaters (of any kind) anytime soon. That's why the highly-anticipated live-action Mulan is set to stream on Disney+ instead and Netflix has given us their word that they will continue to offer a virtually bottomless pool of content for us to enjoy while stuck at home.
While there's nothing that can replace an actual cinematic experience in a theater, it doesn't mean that we can't try. From HD TVs to portable projectors, here are some deals that can help you upgrade your home theater at great prices: Read more...
When the weather is nice, you’re likely lounging by the pool, reading a book on your porch, or BBQ’ing for the family in the backyard. The only thing that could make it even more perfect would be having the right speaker to play your favorite playlist.
But when you’re choosing a speaker for listening outside, there are a few features you’re going to want to prioritize. Choosing a wireless speaker — one where you don’t need to tangle with power cords and can easily connect your phone via WiFi or Bluetooth — can definitely make things easier, which is why all of our speakers on this list are wireless. However, there are a few other features you’ll want as well. Read more...More about Outdoors, Bluetooth Speakers, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
BEST OVERALLJBL Boombox 2
This wireless portable speaker has amazing sound, can withstand any weather, and plays music for 24 hours on one charge.
BEST WITH WIFI AND BLUETOOTHSonos Move
This easy-to-use, rechargeable speaker streams over WiFi and Bluetooth, making it a convenient outdoor speaker for you to move around with you.
BEST FOR POOL PARTIESUE Megaboom 3
If you’re looking for a wireless speaker for the pool, this waterproof, floatable option is your best bet.
BEST SURROUND SOUNDBose SoundLink Revolve
If you’re looking for a 360-degree outdoor speaker, then this is the one for you.
BEST MOUNTABLE SPEAKERSPyle Home Indoor/Outdoor Wall-Mount Bluetooth Speaker System
Whether you mount them on your patio or by the pool, these weather-resistant speakers will allow you to stream your music outside without taking up a lot of space.
BEST WITH LED LIGHTSJBL Pulse 4
Combine outdoor music with an impressive LED light show, and you’ve got yourself the perfect speaker for your next yard party.
MOST WALLET-FRIENDLY SPEAKERTribit MaxSound Plus Portable Speaker
Waterproof and portable, this speaker delivers quality sound at a wallet-friendly price.
TL;DR: The Hacking In Practice: Ethical Hacking course is on sale for £9.86 as of August 8, saving you 87% on list price.
Renowned cybersecurity researcher and analyst Keren Elazari posited the perfect metaphor for hackers in a now-viral TED talk: hackers are the internet's pushing the internet to become stronger and healthier.
While there are malicious hackers pushing that agenda by exposing flaws, there are also good guy/girl hackers (commonly referred to as ethical hackers) that work to fix security holes before they're exploited.Online Classes, Mashable Shopping, Ethical Hacker, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
TL;DR: The Complete 2020 Cloud Certification Training bundle is on sale for £30.37 as of August 8, saving you 98% on list price.
Cloud technology has done wonders for the business world over the years — and it's easy to see why. It provides more space, scalability, efficiency, and speed, with absolutely zero hardware. It's basically an invisible solution to a handful of problems, including how to transition companies to remote-only work during the current pandemic. As a result of all of the above, the demand for those proficient in these cloud services has .
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are currently the most popular cloud services on the market, and this Complete 2020 Cloud Certification Training bundle can teach you how to use these platforms to increase business efficiency, growth, and income. With 12 courses and over 70 hours of content, it's basically your ticket into a rapidly growing industry. Read more...More about Cloud Computing, Mashable Shopping, Online Courses, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
The president held a surprise press conference at one of his golf clubs late Friday evening, and very few of the attendees wore masks — until Twitter shamed them about it.
During Friday's conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump spoke about a strange selection of topics, but did address the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he repeatedly referred to as the "ChinaVirus."
Hundreds of thousands of advocates of the QAnon conspiracy theory are going to have to find a new online hangout.
The second largest QAnon group on Facebook has been from the platform, the social network announced Thursday. The group, called “Official Q/Qanon,” had nearly 200,000 members at the time of its removal. Facebook said it took the page down on Tuesday.
journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh that the “Official Q/Qanon” group received more than 10 million engagements across 500,000 posts during the first 7 months of 2020. The group spiked in membership in early March, just as the full-force of the coronavirus pandemic began to hit the United States. Read more...More about Facebook, Donald Trump, Social Media, Conspiracy Theories, and Qanon
Tesla's Model Y is currently the hot electric compact SUV. But Ford, Nissan, Mercedes, and other automotive giants are coming for the crossover crown. The latest challenger: Cadillac's first electric vehicle, the Lyriq.
In a recent Piplsay poll of more than 30,400 adults, almost a third of them said their next car will be an SUV. So it's no surprise that electric crossovers are popping up everywhere. Here is a list of Model Y competitors coming in the next two years. Read more...More about Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Tech, and Transportation
My hope for An American Pickle is that its bizarre blend of comedy and darkness becomes more palatable over time. I can't say it entirely worked for me after a first viewing, though.
The pieces are there! Seth Rogen's lovable stoner persona has always felt intensely relatable to my own life experience. Same for his distinctively "Jew-ish" mannerisms and quirks. What's more, half of his role in the HBO Max original seemingly involves channeling Zero Mostel's unforgettable Fiddler on the Roof performance. The other half is best characterized as "middle-aged NYC-dwelling tech worker."
Any one of these elements appeals to my tastes; all of them together seem like a perfect recipe for summertime laughs. And yet. Read more...More about Seth Rogen, Hbo Max, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
No, fans of the Great British Bake Off did not suddenly convert en masse to Donald Trump supporters.
You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise, however, as scores of popular subreddits were temporarily hijacked Friday to promote Donald Trump. According to Reddit, an unspecified number of subreddit moderators — the people who oversee the sub-communities within Reddit — likely had their accounts taken over in some way, allowing the as-of-yet undetermined hacker to promote the current president of the U.S.
Perhaps most notably, background images and subreddit banners were altered to read "TRUMP" and "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Essentially, the subreddits appeared as if they had been wallpapered over by an overzealous, Trump-loving interior decorator. Read more...More about Reddit, Cybersecurity, Donald Trump, Tech, and Cybersecurity