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Creepy 'Black Mirror' board game 'Nosedive' lets you rate your friends

1 hour 33 min ago

If you've ever wanted to feel what it's like to be in an episode of Black Mirror, now's your chance.

A Black Mirror-inspired board game called Nosedive was revealed Thursday, taking the existentially frightening Season 3 episode of the same name and turning it into a supposedly fun game to play with your friends and family.

SEE ALSO: 12 gift ideas for TV lovers who don't need a 1,000th Funko Pop

Nosedive, a self-described social game, is based on the 2016 Black Mirror episode "Nosedive," starring Bryce Dallas Howard, in which people have the ability to give each other star ratings with their phones. These public star ratings determine people's social status, entry to events, and purchasing option — a take on how classism creates division in society and severely impacts those who are less fortunate. Read more...

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The Dyson Ball vacuum is on sale for $230 off at Macy's, dropping the price to just $199

1 hour 41 min ago

Who's excited to host their entire extended family for the holidays?! 

Yeah, we get it. And apparently so does Macy's, since they currently have the Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor Pro Canister for a whopping $230 off its listing price of $429.99. 

The holiday season means lots of celebration, food, and time spent with family and friends. But for many of us, it also means turning the house upside down to make sure the whole damn place is spotless. Not to mention the after-party cleanup. Yikes.

SEE ALSO: These are the best Dyson vacuums (if you ask us)

The Big Ball Multi-Floor Pro Canister features a Carbon Fiber Turbine floor tool that'll pick up fine dust and stiff nylon bristles for removing ground-in dirt. It also has two radical cyclones designed to remove dirt and allergens from your home (nothing quite dampens a party like your guests having to take a Claritin with their dinner.) Whether you have carpet, hardwood, or tile floors, you're covered.  Read more...

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Facebook cuts ties with political consulting firm Definers

1 hour 43 min ago

They smoked, but did not inhale.

Facebook has decided to stop working with the consulting firm Definers, the company wrote in a statement published Thursday. It also denied that Facebook ever contracted Definers to do opposition research-style work on its behalf. The action comes in the wake of a sweeping New York Times article published Wednesday that included reports that Definers sought to bolster Facebook's image by encouraging the publication of negative content about its competitors and critics.

"Lastly we wanted to address the issue of Definers, who we ended our contract with last night," Facebook wrote. "The New York Times is wrong to suggest that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf – or to spread misinformation." Read more...

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Why modern life needs modern banking

1 hour 47 min ago
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From eschewing bar soap to turning their noses up at mayonnaise, Millennials just want to do things differently—and that’s true in many ways, including reimagining how our society views common life decisions.

Mostly, that means giving today’s rising generations more time before diving into major personal and financial changes. Compared to Boomers and Gen X, Millennials are marrying later, buying homes later, having children later—and that’s if they’re doing these things at all

Why the delay? For many Millennials, it comes down to their finances. They want to feel a stronger sense of personal financial stability before undertaking a transformative endeavor like marriage or starting a business. This makes sense for a generation raised in the shadow of the 2008 recession, who treat banks differently than previous generations. A recent Gallup report shows only 66% of Millennials have visited a physical bank in the past six months, compared to 81% of Boomers. Where, then, are they banking? Read more...

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Satanists are pushing back as the devil appears in more shows

1 hour 57 min ago

This has been a particularly hellish year in television and film. From A24's Hereditary to Hulu's Castlerock, the devil has lurked behind dozens of 2018's most talked about plot twists, appearing time and again to rain chaos on the mortals who challenge him. 

But with Beelzebub on such a roll, modern-day Satanists are once again pushing back on Hollywood's decades-old practice of fictionalizing their very real belief system. 

The Church of Satan has publicly criticized the misrepresentation of their organization in FX's American Horror Story: Apocalypse, responding to a comment made by star Kathy Bates on Twitter in the process. Read more...

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Beat the Black Friday lines with these early deals from Best Buy: Samsung 4K TVs, iPhone with Sprint activation, and more

2 hours 8 min ago

The bad news: Black Friday is still a week away.

The good news: Best Buy isn't waiting for Black Friday to kick off their sales.

Live now through midnight on Saturday, Nov. 17, Best Buy is running its "Beat the Rush" sales ahead of Black Friday for anyone looking to avoid the in-person lines or the internet stampede. And Best Buy didn't skimp out on the selection, with everything from TVs to smartphones and just about everything in between on sale this weekend.

SEE ALSO: Shop all Black Friday laptop deals right here

If you want to get a taste of what's available, we've found a couple of stand-out deals to jump on while you can. Here are our top pics: Read more...

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Lenovo's nicest 2-in-1, the Yoga 920, is $330 off as part of Best Buy's early Black Friday sale

2 hours 27 min ago

Convertible laptops are the most clutch devices to have. It's the whole "finding one that doesn't feel like it's about to snap in half" thing that sucks.

The Lenovo Yoga 920 takes away that worry: Our top pick for the best 2-in-1 of 2018, this laptop is a to-die-for combo of strength and elegance that you don't see often. The only downside of the 920  is that it's pricey compared to other convertibles — but hey, high quality = high price. 

Except for today that is, because Best Buy is offering the 16 GB model for $330 off, dropping it down to just $1,319.99.

SEE ALSO: Best gifts for gamers: What to get for the gamer in your life Read more...

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Before and after photos show the devastation of the California wildfires

2 hours 40 min ago

As wildfires continue to rage across California, a set of before and after photos brings into focus the utter devastation wrought by the blazes, particularly in the northern California town of Paradise Pines which has essentially been incinerated by the fires.

As of Thursday morning, the Camp Fire has burned over 140,000 acres and is still raging at only 40 percent contained after sparking to life a week ago.

The Before image of Camp Fire

Image: Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company

Paradise Pines, CA, engulfed in flames

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Resourceful dad carries stubborn toddler into house like a duffle bag

2 hours 50 min ago

This 2-year-old girl has given up on walking, and it's ok because her dad effortlessly came to her rescue.

After what must have been a long day at school, Juliette laid on the driveway while her dad unloaded the car. After finishing up in the car, Juliette's father picks her up by the jacket, and carries her inside like a duffle bag.

Juliette's mom recorded the video and wrote that Juliette "often does stuff like this, and this just how we love her." Her dad also didn't seem to mind, considering he didn't even break a sweat lifting her off the ground.

Juliette is the perfect hero for us lazy folks. We all just want to be carried sometimes. Read more...

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7 creative ways to organize your mobile apps

2 hours 56 min ago

Try to find the Notes app on your phone — without using Spotlight search.

If you've spent more than a minute hunting for this across your home screens, you may want to consider organizing your iPhone for easy access.

With thousands of apps at our fingertips, they can quickly overcrowd our screens. Apps are designed to improve our lives and make us more efficient, but trying to find them in a mishmash collection of colorful icons can be time consuming.

Solve this problem by taking 15 minutes to clean out the jumble of app clutter, and find a homescreen organizational structure that works for you. After all, no one wants to be an app hoarder. Read more...

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Save on the iRobot Roomba 960, on sale for nearly $250 off at Amazon ahead of Black Friday

2 hours 58 min ago

The super popular robot vacuum by iRobot — the Roomba 960 — is on sale for just $449.99, or $249.01 off its list price on Amazon (and you should probably get on that.)

Tidying up around the home is tedious enough, but taking on this terrible task on a daily basis will drive anyone bonkers. Thankfully, the iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum will take the chore out of doing your chores with its easy-to-schedule cleaning modes that are accessible from your smartphone via Wi-Fi. 

Retailing for $699.00, the Roomba 960 uses iRobot's new iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization to seamlessly navigate through just about any household surface like hardwood and carpeted floors. The robot vacuum can run for up to 75 minutes and then automatically recharges when its battery is low before it goes back to cleaning your home.  Read more...

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7 intense foreplay apps to get your juices flowing

3 hours 8 min ago

Some people say sex and smartphones don’t mix. But hear me out.

No longer an intimacy killer, foreplays apps will turn your smartphone into your new favorite sex toy. 

From controlling a vibrator, to helping you talk dirty, exploring each other’s bodies in new ways, and much more, once you download these apps on your phone, getting off will be better (and easier) than ever. 

Here are the seven foreplay apps and sex game apps we recommend for turning your sex life up a notch:

1. Dirty Game - Hot Truth or Dare

Sex game app, Dirty Game: A saucy way to break the ice.

Image: Dirty Game

Dirty Game - Hot Truth or Dare takes a classic game to a new level. We dare you to try it. Read more...

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A super-Earth orbits a famous star not far from our sun

3 hours 9 min ago

Since the 1960s, scientists and exoplanet hunters have searched for evidence of planets orbiting one particular star. It's called Barnard's star and it's only six light-years from our sun — a stone's throw in a cosmic sense. 

Now, an international team of astronomers has managed to discover a possible planet, known as a super-Earth, orbiting the star.

Published in the journal Nature this week, the discovery was made by a team at Hawaii's W. M. Keck Observatory, using, among other instruments, the observatory's High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES).  

Artist’s impression of Barnard’s star planet under the orange tinted light from the star.


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Instagram adds new shopping features to make it even easier to buy stuff

3 hours 40 min ago

Instagram really, really wants you to buy stuff in its app.

The company announced three new features that make it easier to buy and sell products on the platform. 

Among the updates:

  • A new collections feature that lets you privately save links to products you might want to buy in a dedicated "shopping" section.

  • Shoppable product tags for video posts. This lets companies link out to specific products that appear in their videos. A similar feature for image posts was added in September.

  • A redesigned "shop" section for business profiles that makes it easier to buy specific items.

SEE ALSO: The preferred methods of extreme Instagram lurkers Read more...

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Facebook starts rolling out 'Unsend' feature in Messenger

3 hours 40 min ago

Ever wish you could retract something you said?

Soon you'll be able to do something of the sort on Facebook's Messenger. The social network has started a rollout of an "Unsend" feature for Messenger, letting users delete messages within 10 minutes of sending.

SEE ALSO: Frontline's Facebook documentary sheds new light on company's mistakes

The news of the feature existing isn't new — Facebook confirmed it earlier this month. But now, TechCrunch has found out that it's actually rolling out in some markets, namely  Poland, Bolivia, Colombia and Lithuania, on both iOS and Android. Other markets are coming soon, though timing is uncertain due to an App Store policy that doesn't let app updates around the holidays (typically from Dec 23-27). Read more...

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'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding' trailer is here for all your goofy princess fantasies

3 hours 45 min ago

Getting married is hard. Getting married to a prince? Even harder (I assume!).

Last year's silly breakout Netflix holiday movie is getting a sequel: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. 

The trailer shows Amber (Rose McIver) having to adjust to all the problems of marrying into a royal family — paparazzi, plenty of opinions, and even having to give up her beloved blog. That's where she does her journalism!

SEE ALSO: Netflix just announced the most delightful holiday lineup

Honestly, the whole thing looks pretty low-rent, but also a perfectly fun to way to kill two hours this holiday season.  Read more...

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How vape pens allow you to better manage your high

4 hours 7 min ago

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows.

For many, the days of palming eighths from a seedy dealer are over — as states scramble to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, consuming weed has become sleeker, cleaner, and more complicated

With the influx of cannabis-related products in legal states, shopping for weed is all the more confusing. How much THC should you look for in your vape pods? What the hell is a terpene? Should your vapes produce massive mango-scented clouds?  Read more...

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Watch Ellen DeGeneres pester Michelle Obama during her book signing

4 hours 43 min ago

Ellen DeGeneres and former First Lady Michelle Obama, the BFFs who took CVS by storm, are back – this time at Costco.

Ahead of Obama's Thursday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres set up an impromptu book signing for the first lady's new memoir, Becoming, at the big-box store to get everyone hyped.

In a sneak peak shared on Instagram, DeGeneres plays the keyboard to distract Obama from her signing duties, and she brings up the elephant in the room: Why Oprah was mentioned in the book more times than the comedian and talk show host was.

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@MichelleObama is here for the whole hour tomorrow. I’m so happy, I could sing. #IAmBecoming

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Black Friday is in one week, but you can save today on Nest, Philips Hue, Crock-Pot, Cuisinart, Samsung 4K TVs, and so much more

5 hours 10 min ago

The countdown to Black Friday is officially on: Only seven days to go, my deal-hunting friends!

While we anxiously await the biggest sale day of the year, we're gathering all the best pre-Black Friday deals we can find today. These are the best deals on smart home products, kitchen gear, video streaming and home security devices, dog DNA kits, CDB oil, and even online courses. We also have a few early doorbuster sales from Best Buy, so you can beat the rush.

For the home, you can save 30% or more on Philips Hue Smart Home products, while you can save $46.50 on Nest's Learning Thermostat with the sale price at $203.49 on Amazon. There are also deals on other smart home products, like Lenovo's Smart Display 8-inch with Google Assistant, which is on sale for $179.99, or $20 off its list price, while Honeywell's Smart Home indoor Wi-Fi security base station is priced at $299.00, a $50 savings. Read more...

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