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These exclusive codes can save you up to £55 on a range of refurbished Apple products

Mashable - 2 hours 37 min ago

Listen up Apple fanatics, and we know there's a lot of you out there, because we have a couple of Mashable exclusive codes that can help you save on your favourite devices.

With Tech Trade, you can get £55 off factory refurbished Apple iMacs, and 12% off other best-selling refurbished Apple products with a couple of handy codes. For £55 off Apple iMacs you need to use the code MASH55, and for a 12% discount on other devices use MASH12. The vouchers cannot be stacked, so don't even try it.

The best way to enjoy all the benefits of owning an Apple device without having to spend big is to buy refurbished. You are getting something that has been tested and returned in great condition, with a warranty for any encountered defects. So you save money on a product that is just like a brand-new device, and you're covered if anything goes wrong. Read more...

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Apple AirPod, Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, HP laptops, and more deals for March 21

Mashable - 2 hours 48 min ago

It's officially spring. We can finally go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather after months of harsh cold, wet winters. Listen to your music on the go with the newly announced 2nd generation Apple AirPods which are now available to pre-order at B&H Photo-Video. They are one of Apple's most popular product, so we highly recommend you order now. The first generation AirPods had backorders for months even after the initial release. New features include H1 Chip with up to 50 percent more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” capability, and now you can wirelessly charge your case. 

Why carry around heavy and chunky books to read in the park, when you can store thousands of books on one deviceAmazon has the All-new Kindle on pre-order which now comes with a built-in front light that lets you read comfortably for hours in almost any environment. Read more...

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What are Pivot Tables in Google Sheets, and How Do I Use Them

How-To Geek - 2 hours 50 min ago

Pivot tables let you analyze large amounts of data and narrow down large data sets to see the relationships between data points. Google Sheets uses pivot tables to summarize your data, making it easier to understand all the information contained in your spreadsheet.

What Are Pivot Tables?

Pivot tables are handy for analyzing massive amounts of data. Where a regular spreadsheet uses only two axes—columns and rows—pivot tables help us make sense of the information in your spreadsheet by summarizing any selected columns and rows of data. For example, a pivot table could be used to analyze sales brought in by divisions of a company for a specific month, where all the information is randomly entered into a dataset.

Creating a pivot table from the information in the picture above displays a neatly formatted table with information from selected columns, sorted by division.

RELATED: The Best Google Sheets Add-Ons

How to Create a Pivot Table

Fire up Chrome and open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.

Next, select any of the cells you want to use in your pivot table. If you’re going to use everything in your dataset, you can click anywhere on the spreadsheet, you don’t have to select every cell first.

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Save £100 on every Nectar memory foam mattress and get two free premium pillows worth £70

Mashable - 3 hours 38 min ago

The only thing that's better than a great deal, is two great deals rolled into one.

Nectar is currently running its Sleep Week sale, with £100 off every Nectar memory foam mattress. The second part of this deal is that anyone purchasing a mattress will receive two free premium pillows worth £70. The initial saving would have been great on its own, but the bonus pillows are a nice touch.

SEE ALSO: The best online mattress in the UK: Casper, Nectar, Leesa, and more

Apparently we spend a third of our lives in bed, but this might be a significantly larger chunk for some. We should therefore be making every effort to ensure that time is as comfortable, restful, and completely blissful as possible. That's where a Nectar memory foam mattress can help. Read more...

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The Best RFID-Blocking Wallets

How-To Geek - 3 hours 49 min ago

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If you’re concerned about RFID skimmers and high-tech pickpockets, then maybe you should invest in an RFID-blocking wallet.

RFID is a form of wireless data transmission that’s embedded in some new credit cards and ID cards. It’s a convenient form of technology that allows allows you to tap your card to get on the subway or to pay for food. There’s even an RFID chip built into your phone—that’s how Apple Pay and other credit card apps work. But, there’s a (slim) chance that RFID could be abused by fraudsters.

At a very basic level, RFID is like an invisible conversation between a transmitter and receiver. An RFID transmitter sends a constant radio signal in the air, hoping that it bounces off of a receiver. This transmission might ask a simple question, like “what’s your credit card number” or “what’s the gate code to this building?” If you have the appropriate RFID receiver for one of these transmitters, like a contactless credit card or ID card, then it will answer the transmitter’s question, and you’ll be able to buy groceries or enter your building. (Bear in mind that this is a very basic explanation of RFID. The actual process is a bit more complicated, and it includes a lot of encryption and security features.)

Theoretically, fraudsters can take advantage of RFID wireless transmissions to steal your credit card numbers, building codes, gym memberships, and other forms of identification. There aren’t any verified cases of contactless pickpocketing, but it’s easy to imagine how a criminal could remotely skim your wallet with an RFID transmitter.

While you shouldn’t be deeply afraid of RFID skimming, it’s okay to be a little concerned. Credit card theft is a pretty popular crime, and pickpockets could figure out how to efficiently RFID skim in the future. Thankfully, there are plenty of inexpensive RFID-blocking wallets on the market, and they look just like your regular old fashioned wallet.

Itslife Compact RFID-Blocking Wallet ($22) Itslife

Obviously, you don’t have to worry about nerdy criminals remotely stealing your physical cash. Why not use a compact wallet just for your cards? The Itslife compact RFID-blocking wallet is small, affordable, and stylish. It’s made from genuine leather, and it comes in 26 different colors.

Buy on Amazon Himi RFID-Blocking Wallet ($16) Himi

If you’re looking for a fully fleshed out RFID-blocking wallet, then you should check out the Himi brand RFID-blocking wallets. These wallets can hold your cash, your cards, and they even come with a double-sided ID holder.

Himi brand RFID-blocking wallets come in 22 different colors, and they’re made from genuine leather. This is a good, traditional wallet that could easily replace the beat up wallet that you’re using right now.

Buy on Amazon Travelambo Slim RFID-Blocking Wallet ($15) Travelambo

Slim wallets are extremely popular right now, for good reason. If you only need to carry a few cards and a little bit of cash, then a bulky wallet can be a little overkill. Luckily, slim wallet users don’t have to compromise their minimalist lifestyle for the sake of RFID-blocking technology.

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How to Get the “Save As” Shortcut Back in macOS Mojave

How-To Geek - 3 hours 50 min ago

The “Save As” menu option is hidden in macOS Mojave. Apple would prefer you “Duplicate” the file to make changes. That may be more intuitive for new users, but it’s confusing if you’re used to “Save As.”

“Save As” Is Still There

This option never left the file menu—it’s just hidden behind the Option key. In fact, Apple hides quite a few menu items behind the Option key without any visual notice. Try opening up the Apple menu and holding down the Option key. You’ll see many of the menu options change into different, related options. For example, “About This Mac” becomes “System Information.”

RELATED: Access Hidden Options and Information With Your Mac’s Option Key

This helps keep the menu clean but makes it difficult to find these options. Some people will think “Save As” has been completely removed—but it’s still there!

You can still use “Save As” by either:

  • Holding down Option while you have the file menu open (which will change “Duplicate” into “Save As”), or
  • Pressing Command+Shift+Option+S directly (the shortcut for “Save,” plus the Option and Shift keys)

Both options are a bit cumbersome, but the functionality is still there:

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Apple MacBooks, Apple iPads, Samsung Chromebooks, Xbox bundles, and more on sale for March 21 in the UK

Mashable - 3 hours 58 min ago

Another day, another set of deals. The focus of this selection is on gaming and refurbished devices, with chances to save on Apple, Xbox, Nintendo, Amazon, and more.

There's something for you if you're not a gamer or a fan of a refurb, though. We have also lined up the best deals from elsewhere, including discounted Kindles, Mother's Day gift sets, shavers, electric toothbrushes, security cameras, and more.

These are the best deals from across the internet for March 21.

Gaming bundles

A selection of great gaming bundles from Xbox and Nintendo, where you can pick up a console, games, and controller, for a reduced price. Read more...

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Amy Schumer talks about the reality of living with severe vomiting during pregnancy

Mashable - 4 hours 11 min ago

Amy Schumer has had a rough time of it during her pregnancy with her first child. 

The comedian has a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a form of severe vomiting during pregnancy that can cause dehydration and other complications and can result in hospitalisation. Per the NHS, some women with the condition report vomiting "up to 50 times a day." 

Schumer talked to Seth Meyers about what it's like to have the condition. 

"It's been pretty tough, I didn't know that pregnancies could be such a bummer," she said. 

"I threw up a bunch of times on my way here. Worth it, love you guys so much," Schumer added. "I'm lucky, I have good healthcare and I get an IV and survive." Read more...

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Review: A fantastic point-and-shoot for a steep price

Mashable - 4 hours 35 min ago
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Review $999.99 View Product The Good Fast autofocus • Versatile The Bad Non-adjustable touchscreen • Hefty price tag The Bottom Line The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a very good point-and-shoot that offers compelling quality, but at a steep price. ⚡ Mashable Score 3.5 😎 Cool Factor 4.0 📘Learning Curve 4.0 💪Performance 3.0 💵 Bang for the Buck 3.0

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II may be the nicest camera you didn't know you needed. It's a point-and-shoot camera in an age where they’ve seemingly been replaced by smartphones. DSLRs are available for enthusiasts and pros who want more versatility. Mirrorless cameras are versatile without being bulky. But, point-and-shoot cameras still serve a purpose for enthusiasts seeking a fast and compact option. Read more...

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This meme highlights some of the absolutely wild news stories that come out of Florida

Mashable - 4 hours 39 min ago

Strange stories come from every corner of the world — but there do seem to be certain, specific areas that produce a higher-than-average number of "man bites dog"-style reports.

Florida is one of them.

SEE ALSO: Giant Florida wolfdog goes viral

Anyone who's ever read a headline with the words "Florida man" in it will know this, but if you do still have doubts, behold: a new meme has arisen.

EVERYBODY google “florida man” followed by your birthday (florida man august 22) and tell me what you get. mine is Florida Man tries to attack neighbor with tractor

— swervin merv (@g_pratimaaa) March 19, 2019 Read more...

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Apple iPad mini (2019) review: Reliable, not revolutionary

Mashable - 4 hours 50 min ago
Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.

After three long years, Apple's smallest tablet, the iPad mini, is back.

But the new iPad mini isn't completely new the way the iPad Pros are. Like someone returning from years spent abroad, the new iPad mini is still mostly the same tablet as the iPad mini 4 released in 2015 — it looks identical (bezels and all) and works with all previous accessories — but its skills have leveled up.

Powered by the A12 Bionic chip found in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, the new iPad mini has the performance to go the distance. Not just for today, but for years to come. Moreover, Apple Pencil support evolves the new iPad mini beyond being a tablet for consuming content and into one for creating it. Read more...

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How Fake Reviews Are Manipulating You Online

How-To Geek - 5 hours 10 min ago

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Fake reviews are everywhere online and they’ve probably influenced some of your purchases. Fake reviews can be positive or negative, and they’re obviously unethical and harmful. But they’re the symptom of a larger problem with e-commerce and online platforms.

Reviews Are Worth Their Weight in Gold

In the world of e-commerce, reviews are the best sign of success or failure. Sure, a batch of good reviews shows that a product has sold well and that people enjoy it, but it’s more than just that. Reviews are the ultimate form of advertising.

Businesses that have good reviews get a lot of free exposure. On websites like Amazon and Yelp, products and pages that have good reviews show up at the top of search results. They’re suggested to users based on interests, and they’re even sent out in email campaigns or marked with labels like “Amazon’s Choice.”

And while exposure doesn’t guarantee sales, good reviews do. According to a BrightLocal study, 84% of people trust online reviews as much as they trust friends. That’s an incredible statistic because it suggests that a poorly written 50-word review by a stranger can hold as much clout as a positive recommendation from someone that you trust. Essentially, the exposure and clout that businesses get from good reviews create a powerful e-commerce formula.

In some ways, this formula feels a little too easy. But it actually creates a highly competitive marketplace that’s easy to exploit. Well-reviewed businesses can easily overshadow competitors, and products or pages with bad reviews are hidden from customers by website algorithms.

This makes sense. Obviously, Amazon and Yelp don’t want you to associate their websites with crappy products. But bad reviews can completely break a reputable business, especially a small or new company that’s struggling to find a foothold in the market.

You’ve probably realized where this is going. Businesses need good reviews to stay afloat, so they pay people to write fake reviews.

Who Writes These Fake Reviews Anyway?

Robots or AI don’t do the majority of fake reviews; actual people do. It turns out that websites like Amazon are pretty good at catching bot activity, and it helps that most bot-written reviews stick out like a sore thumb (there are even websites, like Fakespot, that can catch AI-written reviews).

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But, like other forms of online policing, fake-review takedowns are done manually. Usually, a website will simply target reviews that look “inauthentic.” Yelp, for example, tends to take down poorly written reviews by inactive accounts, or accounts that are clearly run by a bot. The website also uses IP addresses to find suspicious reviews. If a restaurant in Idaho has 15 Yelp reviews from an Australian IP address, you can assume that there’s some fraud going on.

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The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use

Mashable - 5 hours 50 min ago

Out West, the future is dry.

Amid an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin — which supplies water to 40 million Americans — seven Western states have acknowledged that the 21st century will only grow drier as temperatures continue to rise. And that means less water in the 1,450-mile Colorado River. On Tuesday, water managers from states including California, Utah, and New Mexico announced a drought plan (formally called a Drought Contingency Plan), which cuts their water use for the next seven years — until an even more austere strategy must be adopted.

Already, the drought has left water levels at Lake Mead — the nearly 250-square-mile reservoir that's held back by the formidable Hoover Dam — at their lowest levels in half a century. The water shortage has left telltale, white mineral "bathtub rings" around the basin, well over 100 feet high.  Read more...

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Pick up your used car at Carvana's newest car-sized vending machine

Mashable - 5 hours 50 min ago

For online car buyers, there's another option to get your car.

Sure, you could pick it up from a used lot or have it delivered. But online car site Carvana has another car vending machine, this time in the Pittsburgh area. Opening Thursday, the eight-story tall glass building holds 27 cars.

After buying online through the Carvana site, buyers get an oversized commemorative "coin" to bring down the car — just like a bag of chips in a vending machine after inserting coins, only a bit bigger. Also in Pennsylvania, two other cities, Erie and Reading, now have next-day vehicle delivery — to your door. But you don't get the vending machine experience. Read more...

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Can't get enough of Elizabeth Holmes? Here's what to watch after 'The Inventor'

Mashable - 5 hours 50 min ago

Theranos ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes has yet to lock down a date for her criminal trial, but in the court of public opinion, a verdict has already been rendered. 

If you've been on the internet at all in the past week, you've likely seen a small truckload of viewer reactions to HBO's The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — many of them delighting in the damning portrayal of Holmes and her alleged multi-million dollar fraud. 

But HBO wasn't the first to profile the entrepreneur and they won't be the last. From podcasts to movies, the now-defunct blood-testing company is the subject of a whole slew of projects, nearly all of which position Holmes as their star subject. Read more...

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A petition to remain in the EU has gone so viral it crashed a government website

Mashable - 6 hours 4 sec ago

You might have heard, but things aren't exactly going smoothly in the run-up to Brexit. The exodus from the EU is slated to happen on March 29, which (*checks calendar*) is just days away.

A petition to remain in the EU and revoke Article 50 gained over 600K signatures before crashing the government petitions website. 

As if Brexit wasn't already shambolic. 

SEE ALSO: Hot mic picks up someone saying 'we're actually f**cked' during live BBC broadcast

Article 50 is the legal mechanism by which countries can formally exit the European Union. 

A House of Commons spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable that the website was experiencing difficulties due to a high volume of traffic. Read more...

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Jordan Peele had the perfect response to a viral tweet about one of his outfits

Mashable - 6 hours 26 min ago

Jordan Peele recently told Mashable that everything in his latest movie, Us, is deliberate.

Could the same also be said for his fashion choices?

SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele reveals what he hopes Donald Trump would learn from watching 'Us'

The writer/director attended a UK junket to promote his new movie, and dressed in a checkered shirt and a red jacket for the occasion. 

And it wasn't long before someone on Twitter made an interesting connection.

Jordan Peele out here literally dressed as Jack Torrancepic.twitter.com/TD5D9J2n3E

— a common dog name (@MaxCorn) March 20, 2019

The picture on the left is from Mashable's interview with Peele; the image on the right is Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) in The Shining. Read more...

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Flu season is still here — fight it with this sale on humidifiers

Mashable - 6 hours 50 min ago

It's not just you who felt "a little something coming on" right when you thought flu season was behind you — so did millions of Americans across the country.

It's true: flu season is far from over. There's a more severe strain of influenza spreading across the U.S. at the moment, and everyone is at risk — including the lucky ones who have already been slammed with the flu once this year (sorry, but it's totally possible to contract it twice in a single season).

So go ahead and get vaccinated (if you haven't yet), keep your hands clean, chug water, get lots of sleep, hit the gym, and eat your greens. And if you want to be extra careful, invest in these humidifiers to keep the air in your house fresh and moist. They're all on sale for an extra 15% off with the code MADNESS15. Read more...

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Credit cards with the coolest perks: Wine tastings, museum admission, free hotels

Mashable - 6 hours 50 min ago

Your first credit card probably lured you in with a free beach towel and a promise of 1% cash back. Is that still the card you’re carrying in your pocket? If so, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of the modern economy: credit card perks.

Credit card perks and rewards can be worth literally thousands of dollars every year, and you don’t have to be a big spender to enjoy these big rewards. In some cases, simply being a cardholder is enough to give you valuable perks and discounts. 

Whether you’re looking to fund your retirement, pay off your debt, travel in style, or take advantage of freebies and discounts, we’ve got the credit card with the coolest perks and rewards for you. Read more...

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Snag this realistic painting software on sale for 40% off

Mashable - 6 hours 50 min ago

The creative prowess of a great artist is contingent upon what they do with what they have. If someone is truly talented, they can create something spectacular with even a tool as rudimentary as, say, MS Paint. Just ask Picasso (FYI: He only used common house paint in some of his masterpieces.)

This isn't to say that you should have complete disregard for art tools. They are still very useful in elevating your work from good to great. And if digital art is your thing, you'll greatly benefit from Corel Painter 2019, the brand spanking new version of a longtime artist favorite. You can get lifetime access to it right now for over 40% off at the Mashable Shop. Read more...

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