A fake copyright infringement claim resulted in the removal of some of Twitch’s biggest political channels.
On Tuesday night, a number of popular left-leaning Twitch streamers found their channels shut down during their livestream coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Primary Debate.
The streamers who were issued a ban include Chapo Trap House, The Majority Report, The Serfs, Bad Bunny, Trihex, David Pakman, Mike from PA, Central Planning Committee, 27 Dollars, The Progressive Voice, and Justin Young. All these channels provide explicitly progressive or leftist commentary streams. (Disclosure: The author of this piece formerly worked at The Majority Report.) Read more...More about Politics, Democratic Debate, Twitch, Livestreaming, and Copyright Infringement
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband and wife team that wrote "Let It Go," sing some of their favorite Disney songs while telling behind-the-scenes secrets about writing their iconic songs from "Frozen" and "Frozen II." Read more...More about Disney, Mashable Video, Frozen, Let It Go, and Frozen 2
Apple executives can breathe a sigh of relief today after two shareholder proposals were voted down.
The tech giant's annual shareholders' meeting was held today at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, and, as was to be expected, the majority of voting shareholders fell in line with the Apple board's positions. Notably, according to 9to5Mac, two shareholder proposals were voted down: One would have explored tying executive pay to sustainability efforts, and the other would have required the company to regularly report to its shareholders "whether [Apple] has publicly committed to respect freedom of expression as a human right." Read more...More about Apple, China, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
It only takes one bad storm to make you realize the importance of a good tent while camping. Seriously. When the rain starts pelting the side of your tent or a big gush of wind blows so hard that the whole side caves in, you’ll wish you took the time to pick a good tent, not just the first one you saw on the endcap of a store aisle.
That said, there’s a lot more that goes into picking a good tent than you might think. Simply buying an expensive one at a sporting goods store doesn’t mean it’s the right tent for you.
For example, if you like to take solo hikes, you don’t need the same kind of tent as someone who likes to bring the whole family camping, dog included. So when you’re choosing your tent, think about your group size and how much gear you plan to bring with you. Do you need storage space? Are you comfortable snuggling up next to your camping partner? All tents will list their capacity, but bear in mind that there is no industry standard to define “per person” tent dimensions, so if you easily get claustrophobic or you toss and turn a lot in your sleep, it might be best to size up by at least one person. Read more...More about Travel, Culture, Camping, Mashable Shopping, and Carry On
BEST CAMPING TENT OVERALLREI Co-op Kingdom 6 Tent
With room for the whole family and solid rain protection, this is our top overall pick for best tent.
BEST CAMPING TENT FOR FAMILIESThe North Face Wawona 6
With ample space, good weather protection, and a relatively fast setup time, this tent is a great all-around choice for families wanting quality.
BEST BACKPACKING TENTBig Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2
This ultralight, two-person tent is the perfect choice for a long backpacking trip.
BEST 4-SEASON TENTMountain Hardwear Trango 2 Tent
This sturdy, yet spacious tent will hold up well in bad winter weather, making it a great 4-season tent.
BEST TREE TENTTentsile Stingray Tree Tent
This portable tree house is a great camping choice if you’re looking for protection from insects, snakes, rodents, and other animals.
BEST BUDGET OPTIONColeman Sundome
If you only go camping once or twice a summer, this affordable-yet-durable tent is the perfect choice.
BEST TENT FOR SOLO CAMPINGALPS Mountaineering Lynx
This is the tent for you if you’re looking for an easy, small tent for your solo camping and hiking trip.
Fine art is often an investment, but there are some affordable options out there. For example, a $15 donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society will get you a custom drawing of your pet.
There's a catch, though: The drawing won't necessarily be good. It's part of an extremely wholesome fundraiser, though, so you have no room to complain.
"We have a pool of staff and volunteers standing by, eager to turn your animal into a timeless work of art (or at least make you laugh)," reads a Facebook post from the organization. "You *might* get one of our extremely talented artists, but we’ll be honest… you’ll probably get someone who can’t draw their way out of a paper bag." Read more...More about Pets, Fine Art, Culture, and Animals
Clearview AI, the creepy facial-recognition company that scrapes your photos from social media, has been hacked.
According to a report by The Daily Beast, hackers accessed data including "its entire list of customers, the number of searches those customers have made and how many accounts each customer had set up."
Yes, a company primarily focused on cybersecurity was hit with a data breach. Not a great look, guys!
In a notice sent to clients, which was reviewed by The Daily Beast, the company claimed there was “no compromise of Clearview’s systems or network," the breach was fixed, and that none of the clients' search histories were accessed. Read more...More about Cybersecurity, Hacking, Facial Recognition, Clearview Ai, and Tech
TL; DR: As of Feb. 26, get an extra 5% on price valuation at Decluttr with the code MASH5.
Your old smartphone used to spark so much joy, but now you’ve got the next generation with a better screen, more impressive cameras, and a longer-lasting battery. With 2020 already rolling out some enticing upgrades (are foldable phones really the future?), you might be considering your next trade-in even sooner.
Rather than tossing your retired devices in a drawer, get paid for recycling them (which you should be doing anyway). Decluttr is an easy way to minimize e-waste, which sadly represents 70% of toxic waste in landfills. Seriously, never throw anything with a lithium battery in the trash. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Sponsored Shopping, Decluttr, Tech Trade In, and Tech
A new report shows the National Security Agency's $100 million domestic phone surveillance program was mostly a waste.
According to the study by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), the NSA's program resulted in only one "significant" investigation between 2015 and 2019. It led to two new leads, and 13 leads the FBI already had, according to the New York Times.
The PCLOB is an independent board with members appointed by the president and approved by the U.S. Senate. Created by the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, the board's main task is "to ensure that the federal government’s efforts to prevent terrorism are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties." Read more...More about Nsa, Surveillance, Edward Snowden, Tech, and Politics
In true reality romance fashion, Love Is Blind is getting a reunion.
On Wednesday, Netflix announced the runaway nightmare that tempted strangers into getting engaged sight unseen — and then emotionally devastating each other in a Bachelor Pad-like trip to Cancún — will once again force its participants to awkwardly interact.
A week after the series finale on Feb. 27, hosts Vanessa and Nick Lachey will interview Love Is Blind's (probably) very unhappy couples in a Mar. 5 special set to air on Netflix's YouTube channel.
Audiences can expect all twelve members of the main cast to answer questions like "Do you have any regrets?" and "What was it like watching yourself on TV?" and "IS ANYONE ACTUALLY STILL MARRIED?" Plus, they'll reveal "more unexpected twists and revelations from the whole season." Read more...More about Netflix, Reunion, Reality Tv, Love Is Blind, and Entertainment
Federal investigators found that a man who died in a Tesla crash was playing a video game at the time of the accident. And they had some harsh words for both Tesla and Apple.
The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing Tuesday about the March 2018 crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, California. During the hearing, Chairman Robert Sumwalt made clear that Tesla has to be better at explaining how its partially autonomous driving system works.
"You cannot buy a self-driving car," he said at the start of the hearing.Apple, Tesla, Autopilot, Ntsb, and Tech
We still don't have viewership numbers for most Netflix content, but the streamer just added a Top 10 feature to highlight its most popular shows and films based on location.
The new feature was announced Monday in a Netflix blog post and went live in the following days. The homepage shows an overall Top 10 of what's popular throughout the site, while the TV and Movie tabs have their own respective lists.
On the homepage, users will still see specific recommended titles, but this time they'll have a label indicating if they fall in the Top 10. They'll also have a Top 10 badge if you search them elsewhere on the site. Read more...More about Entertainment, Television, Movies, Netflix, and Streaming Services
Finding your soulmate is priceless. Sure. But do you have to use a paid site to find a real relationship? Does a monthly fee really weed out people who aren't taking the process seriously?
This wasn't really an issue before 2012, but the Tinder-led surge of 30-second profiles and instant access to all single folks within 10 miles gave sites with tedious personality analyses and upscale subscriptions a run for their money — literally.
said what we're all really thinking: "At what point in the completely nightmarish process of online dating does one decide that it’s worth spending money on making that experience slightly less terrible?" Read more...More about Apps, Dating, Online Dating, Sex And Relationships, and Mashable Shopping
BEST FOR DATING A LIBERALOkCupid
OkCupid genuinely wants dating to be a good experience and the woke vibe helps avoid feeling like a loser looking for love online.
BEST FOR GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONECoffee Meets Bagel
Feeling rusty? CMB gets things rolling by sending ice breakers and encouraging parties to plan a date within a week of matching.
BEST SERIOUS SWIPING APPHinge
Millennials finally have an algorithm-based swiping app that's less "Wanna bang?" than Tinder.
BEST FOR LESBIANS WHO HATE TINDERHer
Connect with queer women who want something real and free yourself from Tinder's focus on threesomes.
BEST NO-FRILLS SITEPlenty of Fish
Reddit users love POF's pond of singles who actually reply, but the design needs a total overhaul.
YOUR BEST OPTION OVERALLMatch
The OG dating site reigns supreme with a proven algorithm and more users than the population of NYC.
BEST FOR THOSE DATING TO MARRYeharmony
Casual daters and liberal folks will feel smothered here, but conservative, marriage-minded people will love the focus on settling down.
So you're finally going on that vacation you've been eagerly counting down to. Your tickets are booked, your suitcase all packed, and you've already picked out the perfect outfits.
There's just one thing – a really important one — left to consider: How are you going to document it all for the world to see? Because pics on Instagram or it didn't happen, right?
Your phone's gonna be your prime memory-making device (so make sure it's always charged up). But if you want to truly become the envy of all your office-chained friends, you're gonna need to step your vacation-documenting game up. Here's the best gear do to it. Read more...More about Travel, Carry On, Tech, and Consumer Tech
What kind of phone would a movie villain use? Not an iPhone, because Apple reportedly doesn't allow it.
"Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but — and this is very pivotal if you're watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera," said Johnson, who also directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The entire, 23-minute interview is mostly about Knives Out, and it contains a pretty big spoiler. If you want to see just the iPhone bit, it's at around 3 minutes into the interview. (Warning: It features a screenshot of one person holding an iPhone, so you know that person isn't a villain.) Read more...More about Apple, Iphone, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Knives Out, and Tech
Google image searching is about to get slightly less annoying. Emphasis on slightly.
The search engine giant announced Tuesday that its iconic image search feature is going to get, well, some new icons to clarify things a bit before you click on an image.
On the search page itself, you'll start seeing small badges on the lower left corner of each result letting you know if they came from shopping pages, recipe websites, or YouTube videos, for example.
Mousing over them will give you more specific information.
Check out Google's example below.
Later this week, Google Images will show new icons on desktop that provide useful information to indicate if images lead to pages with products for sale, recipes or video content. Mousing-over icons expands them to show the icons with text or length of video…pic.twitter.com/RrbGnk27iq
Open Instagram and you're guaranteed a trove of new Stories to watch. You'll probably tap through a few, but it's likely that the story you watch most isn't someone you follow at all. It's your own.
For better or for worse (probably both), Stories have fundamentally changed the way people use the platform. The feature, which was originally a blatant rip-off of Snapchat Stories, gave users an unfussy alternative to the curated glamour of the grid. Now, they can post chiller stuff on Stories even if they don't necessarily want it to stay online forever. After all, Stories disappear after 24 hours. Read more...More about Instagram, Social Media, Instagram Stories, Culture, and Web Culture
TL;DR: As of Feb. 26, Amazon has the original Samsung Galaxy Buds on sale for just $94.99. They normally retail for $129.99, so you'll be saving a whopping 27%. (That's the biggest discount we've ever seen them get.)
We've got to hand it to Samsung: Those new second-gen Galaxy Buds+ hit different. They're not so good that they'll make you consider ditching your AirPods, mind you, but they're still a pretty darn good pair of wireless earbuds. (And besides, that's not really saying anything — most wireless earbuds have a hard time competing with Apple's buds.)
Like clockwork, Amazon has put the original Galaxy Buds on sale following the new ones' mid-February debut. (We see this happen almost every time a new iteration of a gadget comes out.) If you order a pair in black, you'll pay just $94.99, which is 27% off their suggested retail price of $129.99 and the biggest discount they've *ever* enjoyed. Read more...More about Samsung, Wireless Earbuds, Mashable Shopping, Samsung Galaxy Buds, and Tech
TL;DR: As of Feb. 26, you can take up to 40% of TaoTronics humidifiers and moisturize the air you breathe while you sleep.
We're in the middle of cold and flu season. We're also in the middle of just dry-skin/nose/body season. The arid heated air we breathe in winter can cause nosebleeds and make us more susceptible to respiratory infections. Thankfully, there's a device for that: the humidifier.
While we do love the Dyson humidifier, we understand why paying $500 may not be reasonable to you. Luckily, TaoTronics has two humidifiers that are now up to 40% off on Amazon, making them both under $35. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Humidifiers, Tech, and Consumer Tech
TL;DR: As of Feb. 26, the stunning LG 86-inch LED UM8070PUA 4K TV is $1,400 off and includes a $200 Dell gift card with purchase.
A 55-inch or 65-inch 4K TV makes for a pretty good entertainment center setup, but if you really want your mind blown by a big screen and stunning visuals, the LG 86-inch LED UM8070PUA series is the way to go.
This 4K TV is massive, has amazing resolution, and is a whopping $1,400 off right now. Plus, it comes with a free $200 Dell gift card. Dell's got savings on savings.
You'll be fully immersed in this LG TV when you see its vivid color in 4K UHD, complete with a picture-enhancing intelligent processor. Like almost anything with a screen these days, this TV has an IPS display, which means you can see the picture accurately from virtually any angle — even if you're craning your neck from another room. Read more...More about Lg, Smart Home, 4k Tv, Smart Tvs, and Mashable Shopping
TL;DR: As of Feb. 26, the 2019 MacBook Air (silver, 256GB) is on sale for $999 — a savings of $300 and this model's lowest price ever on Amazon.
Apple's refresh of the MacBook Air in summer 2019 included displays with True Tone support (previously only a Pro thing) and all the same, powerful specs as the 2018 model — just cheaper than Apple has gone with laptops before. The MacBook Air's starting price was just $1,099 for the 128GB model, and everyone freaked.
It's even cheaper on Amazon right now. For anyone who happened to not hop on the 2019 Airs when they came out, you can currently save $300 and grab the 256GB model in silver for $999. Yup, you read that right: The 256GB model is cheaper than the 128GB model right now, unsurprisingly an all-time-low price on Amazon. Read more...More about Apple, Laptops, Macbook Air, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
TL;DR: As of Feb. 26, Amazon is offering $40 off of the HD 10 Fire Tablet — a great alternative for those who don't want to spring for an iPad.
When you ask pretty much anyone what tablet you should buy, you'll most likely get "iPad" as the answer. It makes sense, though — they're really good tablets. But, they're also expensive, and you don't necessarily have to dish out upwards of $300 to get a device that'll meet your needs.
Amazon Fire Tablets are actually a really great alternative (minus some of the bells and whistles), and you can get the most recent iteration for just $109.99 right now — that's $40 off the original asking price. Read more...More about Tablets, Fire Tablet, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Work Life
Another year, another LG phone that "conveniently" clips into a case with a secondary display. This time around, it's the LG V60 ThinQ 5G. Think of it as LG's take on the foldable phone.
As the successor to the LG V50 ThinQ 5G (woo, that's a mouthful), this latest iteration comes with a few upgrades, like a bigger display, better cameras, and a larger battery. But other than that, its new features aren't too exciting.
In terms of specs, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G comes with a 6.8-inch, 2,460 x 1,080 OLED display, along with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset, and an X55 5G modem under the hood.
Its 5G speeds will vary depending on your carrier: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular users will only be able to take advantage of the handset's sub-6 5G capabilities, while Verizon's V60 variant will offer support for both sub-6 and mmWave. Read more...More about Smartphones, Lg, 5g, Foldable Phones, and Tech
TL;DR: Get three Funko Pop figures for £15 on Zavvi, after saving £15 from Quidco via cashback.
This might be hard to believe, but there are sites out there that will give you money just for signing up. I know that seems far-fetched, but it's true.
Quidco is offering a cashback bonus of £15 to anyone signing up before the end of the year. This cashback reward is only available to new members who make an order of £15 or more through Zavvi. This means you could end up with three Funko Pop figures for just £15.
All you need to do is sign up to Quidco, visit the Zavvi site from the link, and order your Funko Pop figures. Zavvi is currently offering three figures for £30, but you can now save 50% with this cashback promotion. Once the cashback comes through, the total price drops to £15. It's a simple process with a big reward. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Funko Pop, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Quidco
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 17 of the Office Ladies podcast.
Few characters in the history of television have had as much romantic tension as Jim and Pam did in Season 2 of The Office.
The co-workers and close friends have their fair share of fun (and at times borderline risky) flirtations over the years, but one of their most memorable exchanges takes place on a boat in the Season 2, Episode 11, titled "Booze Cruise."
On the latest episode of the Office Ladies podcast, former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey were joined by showrunner and "Booze Cruise" writer Greg Daniels, who shared some insight into that meaningful scene Jim and Pam shared on the deck of the ship. Read more...More about The Office, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, Office Ladies Podcast, and Greg Daniels
You can't fight destiny.
Netflix's The Letter to the King might seem from its title like a glorified story of snail mail, but fans of Tonke Dragt's bestselling novel know there is far more to the story of Tiuri (Amir Wilson) and his royal quest. His journey to the king leads Tiuri to confront what it means to be a hero — including his his foretold powers.
The Letter to the King also stars Ruby Serkis (with father Andy featured in the trailer), Thaddea Graham, Gijs Blom, and more. It will premiere on Netflix as a six-episode miniseries.Entertainment, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
TL;DR: Get two Marvel movies for free when you join Quidco, after getting £15 via cashback.
You really should have already signed up for Quidco, because you can get your hands on absolutely loads of great deals through the cashback site.
We have good news for anyone who hasn't yet signed up to the site, because Quidco is offering a £15 sign-up bonus until the end of the year. Cashback is awarded for transactions of or over £15 through Zavvi, which means you could walk away with two Marvel movies for absolutely nothing.
So how does this work? Well, it's actually really simple. If you sign up to Quidco, navigate to Zavvi through the site, and then order two Marvel Blu-ray or DVD movies, you'll be entitled to the cashback bonus. Zavvi lists pairs of DVDs at £12 and Blu-rays at £15, meaning you'll end up with the titles for free after the cashback comes through. Read more...More about Marvel, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Quidco