ProtonVPN is packed full of features to protect your data

Mashable - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 06:05

SAVE 33%: A one-year subscription to ProtonVPN is on sale for £71.56 as of Nov. 28, saving you 33% on list price.

The online world can be a dangerous place, and that's why you should consider investing in a service like ProtonVPN. The list of advanced security features offered by ProtonVPN is long, and it's one of the best options for protecting your data and identity in the online world.

Subscribers get access to servers in 54 countries, fast connection speeds, P2P filesharing, BitTorrent support, and much more. You can also connect five devices simultaneously to ProtonVPN, so everyone in your home can stay safe online with the same account. Read more...

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Access American Netflix from all over the world with ExpressVPN

Mashable - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 06:00

SAVE 49%: A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £5.16 per month as of Nov. 28, and includes an extra three months for free.

We know that most people who invest in VPNs don't use them for identity and data protection, and instead use these services to unlock streaming services. We get it, and we're here to help you find the best option for the task.

There are plenty of VPN providers that claim to be able to unlock the likes of Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+, but none do the job as effectively as ExpressVPN. This VPN tops our roundup of the best services for Netflix because of its formidable number of servers and user-friendliness. Read more...

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Keep track of all your passwords with this NordPass Black Friday deal

Mashable - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 05:45

TL;DR: A one-year subscription to NordPass Password Manager is on sale for £13.46 as of Nov. 28, using the code BFSAVE40 at the checkout.

Poor password health is a major driving force behind cyber attacks and security breaches – especially in businesses. In fact, over 80% of all breaches happen because of compromised passwords. You've heard the story before: some service like Equifax gets hacked. And even though you barely remember using the service, to begin with, that password links hackers to passwords for services you very much use regularly. 

It's not a storyline you want to be part of (again). Fortunately, you can easily cut these attacks down by investing in a password management service like NordPass. Read more...

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The internet doesn't know what to make of the politics of 'Animaniacs'

Mashable - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 01:32

In 2020, apparently even Animaniacs can't escape America's political divides.

While it might seem out of place for a kids' cartoon, the recent Hulu reboot of the '90s classic has critics and fans alike debating exactly where the wacky, zany Warner siblings fall on the spectrum of political party alignment.

Politics is nothing new to the Animaniacs. As returning voice actor Jess Harnell (Wakko Warner) told Inverse, "At its heart, Animaniacs was always a kid’s show masquerading as a social satire, masquerading as a Broadway musical." 

The original played to multiple age groups back in the '90s, with political jokes that cut across both sides of the aisle. "Hulu knewWe cannot weaken this. If anything, we make it more sardonic and edgier to take it to the next level," Harnell said of the reboot's approach to social commentary. Read more...

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This Instant Pot Ultra is less than $100 for Black Friday

Mashable - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 00:59

SAVE $49.96:  Get the six-quart Instant Pot Ultra for only $99.99 as of Nov. 27.

Amazon has teased us with their Holiday Deal Dash for weeks, but the real Black Friday deals have finally arrived. In particular, Amazon did not skimp on the kitchen upgrades this year. Everyone's favorite multi-cooker is on sale, and it's not the lowest tier version, either. We're talking about the luxe Instant Pot Ultra. 

SEE ALSO: The best Black Friday deals that will give your kitchen a little TLC

The Instant Pot Ultra is a control freak's dream. (Yes, it was actually named the best model for control freaks in our guide to Instant Pots.) All jokes aside, the Ultra allows for a ton of customization that other Instant Pots just won't give you. Read more...

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This $300 discount on an HP laptop might be the Black Friday tech deal to beat

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 23:47

SAVE $300: The 256GB base model of HP's 15-inch Pavilion Laptop usually starts at $649.99 (depending on the color), but you can score it on sale for as low as $349.99 this Black Friday.

The vast majority of laptops we've seen on sale at Amazon and Best Buy this Black Friday have been fancy-shmancy models best suited for power users — your MacBook Pros, your Microsoft Surface Book 3s, your LG Grams. (You get it.) Deals on budget laptops have popped up here and there, but most haven't lasted long.

With that in mind, it's time to hustle on over to the HP Store: Select configurations of the brand's lightweight 15-inch Pavillion Laptop were on sale there at the time of writing for a whopping $300 off, making it as cheap as $349.99 — an impressive 46% savings. (This is one of the site's limited-time Black Friday doorbuster deals, FYI — click here to see the full lineup.)  Read more...

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No, automatic litter boxes aren't extra. Yes, you should buy one on Black Friday.

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 21:37

Save up to $70: Multiple PetSafe ScoopFree self-cleaning litter boxes are on sale for Black Friday, with savings of up to 42% off:

Having a cat during quarantine is a blessing in so many ways. Breathing in litter box stench all day, every day is not one of them.

A self-cleaning litter box can save you from a terrible choice: doing a gross chore more often or dealing with litter box aroma for longer. Some may say it's a frivolous purchase, but PetSafe's Black Friday sale (up to 42% off) make the investment much more justifiable.  Read more...

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Enchanting 'Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special' trailer is here to save the holidays

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 21:07

There is only one universal truth we can all agree on: Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" is the best holiday song to ever grace pop culture. If anyone or anything could save our wintertime festivities from the hellscape that is 2020, it's Mimi herself.

So I couldn't help but get some chills of excitement while watching the trailer for Apple TV+'s upcoming Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special. It made me realize that all I want for Christmas all her iconic seasonable outfits shot directly into my veins. Narrated by Tiffany Haddish, the trailer teases even more hype-worthy special guests, from Dan Levy of Schitt's Creek, to Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande. Read more...

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10 of the most shockingly good Black Friday deals for 2020

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 19:39

Loyal Black Friday shoppers know the sensory overload that the influx of deals can bring.

This year, Black Friday is Extremely Online. If you attempt to keep track of all the links and all the emails from different brands yourself, you'll probably miss something major — or you'll see vacuums and Instant Pots swirling around in your dreams tonight.

We're here to put the blinders on. Here are 10 of the Black Friday deals that shocked us the most:

1AirPods Pro — $169 (save $79.01)

Is it okay if we say "epic" as long as we mean it ironically? Because that's what this AirPods Pro discount was. Earbuds with true noise cancellation aren't easy to come by as it is, and the fact that Apple's seamlessly pair with your iPhone have made them a year-round hot commodity. This deal looks particularly juicy compared to last year, when the biggest AirPods Pro deal we could scrounge up was, like, $14 off. Read more...

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Who is Ahsoka Tano? Get to know the Star Wars fan favorite

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:35


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Learn your genetic history for $99 with this 23andMe Black Friday deal

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:29

SAVE $100: Get a 23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA kit for only $99 for Black Friday.

Whether you're biracial or multiracial with some muddled family history or you just really want to know more about your genetic ancestry, a 23andMe DNA testing kit will guide you through where in the world your DNA comes from. They also make fantastic gifts for the curious culture lovers in your life. For Black Friday, these kits that normally retail for $199 are 50% off, going for only $99.

SEE ALSO: Amazon dropped thousands of deals for Black Friday — here are the very best ones

The 23andMe kit gives you a comprehensive look at your ancestry, with percentages up to 0.1% and over 2,000 different geographic regions and countries. You'll also get population-specific data that will help you zero in on your personal ancestry, and culture/history tips on countries related to your background.  Read more...

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This stunning 58-inch Samsung 4K TV is on sale for less than $400

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:11

Save $51.99: Samsung's 58-inch 4K Crystal UHD TV is on sale for $398, down from $449.

Beautiful 4K TVs are becoming more affordable and accessible, so you don't have to drop thousands of dollars on a big screen TV. On Black Friday, TVs become even more affordable thanks to some nice price cuts.

Samsung's 58-inch 4K Crystal UHD TV (UN58TU7000) is on sale at Walmart for $398, down from $449. For context: I recently bought the 50-inch model of this TV for $327, so $70 more for 8 extra inches of screen is a pretty good deal.

This smart TV has stunning quality and true-to-life picture and color. It's intuitive and comes loaded with all of your favorite streaming services, plus TV channels. The sound quality is also really clear and crisp. Read more...

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'The Mandalorian' just dropped a major reveal about The Child...and then some

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:00

The Mandalorian did not take Thanksgiving weekend off, and instead gave us one of the most significant, loaded episodes of the entire series. "The Jedi" is nonstop, whether it's action, history, or cuteness — not to mention introducing a fan favorite to the live-action Star Wars canon.

Oh, and this episode casually dropped the Child's name.


Sweet baby Grogu. Sweet 50-year-old traumatized baby Grogu.

This reveal is dropped so casually by Ahsoka that it takes us and Mando a minute to get back on track — but by then she's given us even more backstory and we have to rewind to keep up.

Grogu was raised at the Jedi temple on Coruscant, the training place and home base of the Jedi Order until most of its members were, you know, destroyed. Ahsoka tells Din that Grogu was taken from the temple "at the end of the Clone Wars, when the Empire rose to power" — which could literally mean moments before Anakin Skywalker arrived at the temple to massacre the remaining younglings. Read more...

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The Furna vape makes swapping between herb and concentrate so much easier

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:00
Furna Vaporizer $299 CAD, $229 USD View Product The Good The interchangeable oven chambers are incredibly useful. • Being able to flip the mouthpiece around to keep it clean was a thoughtful addition. • Furna's accessories are just as cool as the vape itself. The Bad Less experienced or infrequent cannabis users will probably enjoy the Furna but are unlikely to actually buy it at such a high price point. • The battery died more quickly than anticipated. • Using it is tricky for less experienced cannabis consumers. The Bottom Line The Furna Vaporizer may not be the best choice for someone who doesn't consume cannabis often, but it's great for someone who likes to take their vape on the go. Read more...More about Marijuana, Vaping, Weed, Tech, and Consumer Tech
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This massive curved monitor is almost half off for Black Friday

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 17:39

Save $380: The Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34-inch curved monitor is on sale for $419.99 at Amazon.

If you've been lucky enough to get to work from home during the pandemic, we're now on month eight of doing this. If you're sick of staring at the same screen every day, get a new one.

Dell's 34-inch UltraSharp curved monitor (U3415W) is on sale for $419.99 at Amazon for Black Friday — that's $380 off the list price, and a really similar model is going for $719.99 on Dell's website.

A screen this large means you can have multiple windows open side by side, and the curved nature of the monitor eases eye strain while you look from window to window. This monitor is great for working or for watching movies because it has cinematic resolution and a high-quality sound system. It'll also take gaming to the next level. Read more...

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Get a free reusable bottle during S'well's Black Friday sale

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:58

Save 25% and get a free bottle: S'well is running a 25% off sitewide sale and orders of $75 or more come with a free 9-ounce bottle.

If you're looking for an eco-friendly Black Friday deal, head on over to S'well. The reusable bottle company is running a 25% off sitewide sale and orders over $75 come with a free 9-ounce bottle — just enter the promo code BF2020 at checkout.

S'well bottles are insulated and keep beverages cold for 36 hours and hot for 18 hours. I have to admit, I don't use cups for water anymore because my S'well bottle keeps my water ice cold all day without me even having to put ice in it. Read more...

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This robot vacuum empties itself and it's on sale for Black Friday

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:05

Save $200.99: iRobot's Roomba i3+ is on sale for $399, down from $599.99.

Usually when a robot vacuum has a bunch of cool features, the price tag reflects that and it's pricey. Luckily, on Black Friday something that is normally a little too expensive drops down into affordable territory.

That's the case with iRobot's Roomba i3+. Normally $599.99, the robot vacuum is on sale for $399. So, about those features: The Roomba i3+ connects to WiFi for app scheduling and voice controls, it has smart mapping, and it empties its own dust bin.

SEE ALSO: All the best robot vacuum deals to shop on Black Friday Read more...

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Join the instant camera trend with this Kodak Black Friday sale

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:49

Kodak instant cameras and printers are 30% for Black Friday:

We have access to high-quality cameras every second of the day thanks to our phones, but there's something so fun about a camera that prints a physical copy of the photo as soon as you take it. Kodak has a line of instant cameras and printers (in case you want to print pics you already took on your phone) and they're on sale for 30% off on Black Friday. Read more...

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Author hides short story in 1000 copies of his book, Twitter turns detective

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:28

If you're going to sign 1000 copies of your new book, you might as well make the most of that inevitable wrist ache.

Last month, writer Will Maclean's debut novel The Apparition Phase was released into the world. To mark its publication, independent London bookstore Goldsboro Books released 1000 signed and exclusive first editions to members of their monthly book club. But rather than just putting his signature on each one, Maclean had another idea.

"On the title page, you'll see a single word handwritten by me," reads a note from Maclean distributed with each first edition. "That word, although meaningless on its own, is part of a piece of writing precisely 1000 words long. Read more...

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Apple Watches are on sale for Black Friday, but deals are fleeting

Mashable - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 13:52

Save up to $79.01: Select Apple Watch Series 6, Series 3, and SE models are on sale for Black Friday. Depending on the color, savings could reach up to 23%.

Following the absolute best AirPods Pro deal we've ever seen, many folks (feeling stuffed and lazy after dinner) are likely wondering what other Apple items got the same treatment.

Apple Watches are on sale for Black Friday, but elusively.

In the week or two leading up to Black Friday, two stellar deals on the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 sprouted up out of nowhere. Currently, they're nowhere to be found, and many color/size configurations have sold out since. But I mean, no one would be surprised if the big deals were brought back sometime during Cyber Weekend. Read more...

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