Working out and staying fit is difficult at the best of times, even with constant access to the gym and other health and fitness facilities. Nowadays, we're all having to get a lot more creative when it comes to exercise, so things are even tougher.
There are obviously a few tried and tested methods of keeping fit that don't involve loads of equipment, like walking or running, but this sort of activity can become a little boring if it's all you're doing. Even the most dedicated of athletes need to switch things up from time to time.
An effective workout schedule relies on variety, and fortunately there are plenty of products that can provide this. You can now purchase pretty much everything you find in your local gym, with everything from dumbbells to treadmills up for grabs online. There really aren't any excuses anymore, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your outlook. Read more...More about Tech, Lifestyle, Fitness, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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This bike also comes with transportation wheels so you can switch up your workout location.
BEST FOR COMFORTNordicTrack GX4.4 Pro Exercise Bike
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BEST FOR CLASSESPeloton Bike
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BEST FOR BEGINNERSJLL JF100 Exercise Bike
This exercise bike is affordable, compact, and smooth to pedal.
Just like Dyson and NASA before it, Fitbit has now designed a ventilator in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the Fitbit Flow is an "easy-to-use, and low-cost" emergency ventilator designed in consultation with healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients. Based on manual resuscitator bags used by paramedics, the ventilator features various sensors to help monitor patients, and allows the pressure and volume of oxygen delivery to be controlled. The Fitbit Flow also has a clear window through which healthcare workers can view the automated resuscitator bag being pumped. Read more...More about Health, Fitbit, Coronavirus, Covid 19, and Ventilators
When the police state comes knocking, a little bit of privacy goes a long way.
As peaceful protesters across the nation are repeatedly brutalized by law enforcement, people have turned in record numbers to the encrypted messaging app Signal to protect their conversations. The app, which is free, open source, and run by a nonprofit, has seen huge spikes in downloads over the course of the past week.
Apptopia, a service that monitors app downloads, told Mashable on Monday that Signal was downloaded 37,000 times this past weekend — a record. What's more, according to Recode, data from both App Annie and Apptopia show the spike in downloads didn't slow down. Read more...More about Privacy, Signal, George Floyd, Tech, and Cybersecurity
Life has been unforgiving for black people in America.
The trauma of personal and institutional racism that black people endure — and have endured for generations — makes such a statement true no matter the day of the week.
Yet, the coronavirus outbreak, which has disproportionately killed black Americans, along with the recent police killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed to demand justice for his death, have forced black people to experience extraordinary pain and anguish.
Tending to one's mental health at such a moment may seem like an overwhelming task for numerous reasons, including because black people routinely face barriers to seeking mental health treatment, like culturally incompetent therapists and discrimination in healthcare settings. Read more...More about Black Lives Matter, Mental Health, Social Good, Identities, and Health
TL;DR: Make clothing repairs yourself at home with the Handy Dandy portable sewing machine for $24.95, a 58% savings as of June 3.
How much clothing have you tossed out, shoved in the back of a drawer, or forgot about simply because of a small rip, broken hem, or torn pocket? We're all guilty of it. But pulling out your grandmother's bulky old sewing machine that you barely know how to use isn't exactly convenient. And stitching things by hand? Forget about it.
While it looks sort of like a stapler and has a silly-sounding name, the Handy Dandy Portable Sewing Machine really is handy and dandy. It's designed to reach many of the places you can't and do the quick repairs you normally would let fall by the wayside. It runs on AA batteries and is easy to operate, even for the non-sewer, is quiet, suitable for all fabrics, and doesn't require any time-consuming needle-threading. And since it's so lightweight and portable, you can literally repair hems of curtains while they're still on the rod. Or fix that unraveling sleeve on your sweatshirt in the car. Read more...More about Diy, Mashable Shopping, Cool Gadgets, Tech, and Consumer Tech
If you’re a white person or non-black person of color, it’s high time to step up your game as an ally to black activists demanding an end to police violence. (And let's understand history for a second: It has been high time.)
In the last two weeks, a flood of public support for digital campaigns demanding justice for George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, has led to record-breaking and fast-growing .
Showing up as an ally is clearly crucial right now, but ineffective allyship can have dire consequences. Read more...More about Black Lives Matter, Protest, Protesters, Allies, and George Floyd
There's no denying Instagram Stories is a strong platform for protesters who want to spread a message.
Unfortunately, a lot of activists are missing an essential tool for connecting their followers to valuable resources: the swipe-up feature.
While it seems minor, it would allow accounts to link to important sites for fundraisers, organizations, and bail-out funds.
As they protest the killing of George Floyd and police brutality, protestors need all the help they can get boosting the visibility of these links. Unfortunately, as of right now, the feature is reserved for specific types of Instagram users: those who have more than 10,000 followers or are verified. Read more...More about Twitter, Instagram, Protests, Black Lives Matter, and Social Media
Zoom has big privacy plans — for its paying customers, that is.
After getting caught falsely claiming it offered end-to-end encryption, the video-conferencing app Zoom promised to increase the privacy and security of its product and even announced some concrete steps it would take to follow through on that promise. In a June 2 earnings call, however, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan clarified that one of those steps — adding true end-to-end encryption to its platform — will only be available to paying customers.
The reason for the two-tiered service? So that Zoom can more easily turn over its users' to the FBI. Seriously. Read more...More about Privacy, Encryption, Zoom, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Commission held a Zoom call with citizens — of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, as well as some former residents — and watched with blank faces as citizens berated them mercilessly for eight hours.
The call came not only after several nights of protests in Los Angeles, but also after LAPD chief Michael Moore blamed the death of George Floyd on the city's protestors and looters. (Moore walked back on the comments after backlash.)Police, Protests, Black Lives Matter, Lapd, and Culture
With mass protests taking place across the United States and abroad, social media safety is more important than ever.
Enormous crowds of people are gathering in cities around the country to protest racism and police brutality in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week. Photos and videos of these protests serve the very important purpose of documenting these actions as well as exposing police mistreatment of protestors. Posting them publicly, however, comes with its own risks.
For the safety of those involved, if you're going to take photos at protests, you should consider blurring or pixelating the faces of those protesting before sharing them with the world. Read more...More about Photography, Protests, Racism, Police Brutality, and George Floyd
UPDATE: June 3, 2020, 2:37 p.m. EDT
President Trump's team has apparently not taken kindly to Snapchat's actions. According to the New York Times, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said "Snapchat is trying to rig the 2020 election." OK, Brad.
The social media dominoes are falling for President Donald Trump.
As protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality continue across the country, Trump is doing things likes having protesters teargassed for a photo op and raging against Twitter. Now tech companies are taking action.
Snapchat says that it won't promote the president's account in the Discover section anymoreAxios first reported the decision, and Snap confirmed the news to Mashable via email. Snapchat made the decision over the weekend. Read more...More about Snapchat, Black Lives Matter, Trump, Tech, and Social Media Companies
The first season of the HBO show Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is now available to watch for free on YouTube.
While Cenac brings a healthy dose of his comedic talents to this show, it's still a very serious series talking about very serious topics. The ten-episode season primarily tackles policing in America, from murders of people of color by law enforcement officers, to the infrastructures that facilitate these oft-repeated heartbreaking and rage-inducing instances of police brutality and abuse of power.
As people are coming together to voice their dissent against countless injustices perpetrated by police forces of the United States and police forces around the world, Problem Areas is a great source of information about the realities of what's going on. Read more...More about Television, Hbo, Racial Justice, Entertainment, and Activism
Getting pumped about buying a new vacuum cleaner is maybe the surest sign you've entered adulthood — or that you're turning into Danny Tanner.
I got a new vacuum cleaner today and I’m excited. Wtf has happened to me?
— bob saget (@bobsaget) May 12, 2020
Whatever the case may be, you definitely don't want to miss the Shark vacuum sale that's now happening at Best Buy: For a limited time, select models are marked down as much as $150 (including Shark's smart new robot vacuum, which can connect to WiFi and empty its own bin). If you haven't yet tackled your spring cleaning to-do list, it's time to put your floors' dust bunnies on notice. Read more...More about Shark, Vacuums, Mashable Shopping, Cleaning Tech, and Tech
Star Wars actor John Boyega is one of the many people taking action in wake of George Floyd's death.
Thousands of people in the UK gathered to protest in solidarity with the U.S. over the weekend, and on Wednesday, the British actor was seen delivering an emotional address in the middle of a Black Lives Matter protest at London's Hyde Park.
Photos show Boyega speaking to the crowd of fellow protesters through a megaphone, and videos shared to social media caught snippets of his powerful speeches. Read more...More about Uk, Protests, Black Lives Matter, John Boyega, and George Floyd
TL;DR: A selection of Garmin smartwatches including the new Fenix 6 are on sale at Best Buy as of June 3, with savings up to $150.
This summer is about to get real outdoorsy.
With social distancing rules relaxing but still in place, folks will likely become highly reliant on the outdoors to kick their cabin fever. A survey by CivicScience found that 15% of Americans plan to hike more than usual this summer, and 43% of Americans plan to spend more time outside due to coronavirus regulations.
An outdoor-ready sports watch that can go everywhere with you — everywhere as in underwater GLONASS tracking and settings specifically for trail running and hiking — would be a smart companion to have. The Garmin Fenix 6 series is that badass sports watch and multiple models are currently $150 off at Best Buy. Read more...More about Fitness Trackers, Smartwatches, Garmin, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
In March 2019, Apple announced that people would be able to use Apple Pay to pay for rides at all New York City subway stations by October 2020.
However, the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench in that plan. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, which cites Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials, the OMNY payment system will be delayed by about two months. The report says that installation was halted to protect the health of workers. It resumed in early May.
“Unless you have OMNY at both ends of your destination you’re not going to use OMNY,” Al Putre, the MTA official in charge of implementing the system, told the WSJ. Read more...More about Apple, Apple Pay, New York City, Subway, and Omny
“Are you kiddin’ me?!”
That’s the slightly New York-accented question I repeatedly asked while attempting to pair, connect, listen to music, and really just do anything with Microsoft’s new . Read more...More about Microsoft, Surface Buds, Tech, and Consumer Tech
It's a highly frustrating moment talking to a voice assistant that doesn't understand your regional accent. But a new voice assistant launched by the BBC will learn UK regional accents to ensure you don't have to attempt to alter your accent in order to be understood.
That voice assistant is called Beeb — a nod to the BBC's nickname — and it's just been released in beta form for a select group of users to try out. Those users are UK-based members of Microsoft’s Windows Insider Programme, a group of early adopters who test new tech and suggest improvements.
Beeb can play BBC radio, music, podcasts, news, and weather. But it also has a number of fun features that users can make use of. If you ask to hear a joke, you'll hear one written by the BBC comedy writers. If you want something more specific, like a joke from Mash Report, well, ask and you shall receive. If you're a fact-loving nerd (aren't we all), you can ask Beeb for a "QI fact" and you'll hear one from Sandi Toksvig herself. If you simply say the command "tell me a fact," you'll hear trivia curated by the team behind QI. Read more...More about Uk, Bbc, Voice Assistants, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Shaquille O'Neal is best known for being one of the most famous basketball players of all time — but he also has law enforcement training, and a few years ago he was considering running for Sheriff in order to heal the divide between police and the community.
In the video above from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host asks O'Neal for his perspective on the protests against racism and police brutality currently sweeping America, following the killing of George Floyd, who died after three police officers pinned him down, one kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
"There's an old saying that goes, 'What's right is right, what's wrong is wrong.' And what happened to George Floyd is all the way wrong," says O'Neal. "I've never seen that technique taught. A lot of police officers I talked to would never do that. Everybody's upset. Everybody's tired. We demand justice. They tried to appease us by arresting one guy, but it was four officers out there. And I think people are just sick and tired." Read more...More about Jimmy Kimmel, Shaquille O Neal, George Floyd, Entertainment, and Talk Show
TL;DR: Save up to 30% on lingerie, swimwear, sex toys, and accessories on Ann Summers.
Ann Summers has dropped a sale on lingerie, swimwear, sex toys, and accessories, and whilst we're not sure how useful swimwear is right now, we're sure you can find a use for everything else.
You can now save up to 30% on a wide range of goodies from Ann Summers, with everything from vibrators to lubricants dropping in price. We're not going to pick a favourite deal, because this sort of thing is personal.
Ann Summers offers free delivery on orders over £35, discreet packaging, and free returns. The discreet packaging is an especially nice touch. If your neighbour spots your order before you can reach it, they will be none the wiser about what's inside (not that it really matters, anyway). Read more...More about Sex Toys, Mashable Shopping, Ann Summers, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals