Man spotted skiing with the help of a horse-drawn buggy

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:08:02 +0000


Skiing is apparently more fun when there's a horse involved. 

Jennifer Staggemeyer was driving through Harmony, Minnesota when she spotted what she thought was a horse and buggy stuck on the side of the road. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a man on skis being pulled by the seemingly driverless buggy. 

OH BUGGY: At least some of us are enjoying this snow. Check out this Amish man SKIING behind his horse buggy! Thanks to Jenn Staggemeyer, of Waukon, for capturing and sharing this!

— Jalyn Souchek (@JalynSouchekTV) February 18, 2019

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Dog attempts to reclaim its bed from stubborn cat, and fails

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:55:14 +0000


Everyone knows cats are infamous for their devil-may-care persona, and this feline is no exception.

After taking the dog's nighttime sleeping spot, this orange fur ball had no intention of moving over for the desperate dachshund who just wanted its comfy spot back. Try as it might, the little pup adorably fails at getting back its bed.

Move your feet, lose your seat.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to say bye to Pepper Potts after 'Avengers: Endgame'

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:53:23 +0000


Gwyneth Paltrow will reportedly exit the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame. The actress told Variety that the April film will be her last hurrah as Stark Industries exec Pepper Potts, whom she debuted in 2008 at the start of the MCU.

“I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” she said (Pepper suited up in 2013's Iron Man 3 after nearly dying in battle). “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it...It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to the fans.”

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New Audi feature helps drivers catch more consecutive green lights

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:20:59 +0000


More Audi drivers can experience that rush from hitting a stretch of green traffic lights in a row. 

The car maker previously showed off its Traffic Light Information system about two years ago to give drivers more information about red lights and how long they'd be waiting. But this week Audi is all about green light information. 

With what Audi is calling Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), drivers are connected to city infrastructure and can "game" the system by going a recommended speed limit. The dash indicates the best speed to catch the "green wave" based on the car's position, speed limits in the area, and signal timing. It's not that far off from the premise of timed streetlights to encourage driving the speed limit, but it's a helpful boost. Read more...

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44 years ago, this legendary scientist predicted Earth’s rapid warming trend

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:04:06 +0000


In 1975, geologist Wallace Broecker penned a scientific paper warning about the still little-discussed concept of "global warming." Forty-four years later Broecker has died at 87, but not before proving himself a legendary earth scientist, repeatedly underscoring that amassing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has stoked relentless climate change.

Ancient air found in ice cores proves, indisputably, that Earth's carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are the highest they've been in at least 800,000 years — though other measures show that CO2 concentrations are now likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The planet is responding: 18 of the last 19 years have been the warmest on recordRead more...

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Brilliant Girl Scout sells Samoas with the help of shirtless Jason Momoa

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:01:54 +0000


A brilliant Girl Scout knows her customers very well — what sells better than shirtless superheroes and clever puns?

Look, the free market is tough, and when every other kid in your school is also hawking their sugar-laden wares, you have to do whatever it takes to stand out. From setting up shop in front of cannabis dispensaries to getting the attention of Childish Gambino himself, few are more business savvy than Girl Scouts.

Fifth grader Charlotte Holmberg took her marketing strategy to a whole new level by slapping a very shirtless Jason Momoa onto the iconic Samoa boxes. Rebranding them as "Momoas," Jason Momoa smolders back at you from behind the caramel-covered coconut-dusted cookies.  Read more...

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Cat comes to the rescue and unlocks door for its owner stuck outside

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:13:40 +0000


Breaking news: A cat made itself useful. No, really! 

When student Gabby Tropea found herself  accidentally locked out of her house, she decided to try the back sliding door. Unfortunately, that turned out to be locked, too. This is where Boco, her cat comes in.

The rear door was locked with a wooden bar, which needed to be removed. Tropea managed to trick Boko into clawing at the bar by tapping on the glass, and eventually, Boko managed to unlock the sliding door.

Luckily, Tropea captured the majestic unlocking. It's not everyday that we get to see cats being cute and helpful. Read more...

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Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:55:30 +0000



Acer Aspire E 15 — Save $20

DELL I3565-A453BLK-PUS 15.6-inch Laptop — Save $55

Asus Vivobook E203MA Thin and Lightweight 11.6-inch HD Laptop — Save $107

Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop — Save $80

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6-inch — Save $17

So you're in the market to buy a new laptop? We have some advice: Don't let big tech companies with multimillion dollar marketing campaigns fool you into thinking you have to pay upwards of $1,000 to get a quality notebook.

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YouTube changes 'strike' policy for first-time offenders

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:48:30 +0000


YouTube is changing its "strike" policy in an effort to make it easier to understand.

With the changes, first-time offenders who violate YouTube's policies will receive a warning instead of a "strike," which carries more serious consequences. The new policy will take effect next week, beginning Feb. 25. 

YouTube's strike system is the main way the service polices content on its platform. Creators get strikes when they violate the company's policies, such as those prohibiting harassment and hate speech, for example.

"We want to give you even more opportunities to learn about our policies, so starting February 25, all channels will receive a one-time warning the first time they post content that crosses the line, with no penalties to their channel except for the removal of that content," the company wrote in a blog postRead more...

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Funko is releasing 'The Office' figures since everyone still loves the show

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:47:11 +0000


It's been nearly six years since the series finale of  The Office aired on NBC, but the workplace comedy still has an extremely dedicated fanbase.

To kick off 2019, amidst passionate pleas for an Office reboot, Funko decided it was finally time to release a collection of adorable Pop! figures inspired by some fan favorite Dunder Mifflin employees.

The figures debuted at the 2019 New York Toy Fair — along with figures inspired by Shazam!, Post Malone, Dragon Ball Z, and more — and as a die-hard Office fan, I can honestly say they look damn near perfect.

ICYMI: The Office Pop!s are on the way! #FunkoTFNY

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) February 17, 2019

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Dell's Presidents Day sale has been extended: Save on laptops, desktops, monitors, 4K TVs, and more

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 02:00:00 -0800


Editor's note: The sale has been extended and deals have been updated to reflect availability.

Presidents Day is a chance to honor the legacies of legendary American leaders, including Washington, Lincoln, and that one guy who died after 30 days in office when he caught a cold. It's also the chance to save a lot of money, and you'll save plenty of it thanks to the huge Dell Presidents Day 2019 sale

Right now, you can save as much as $860 on bestselling Dell laptops, desktops, and other electronics. Not only does this sale include deals on popular Dell product lines such as Inspiron and Alienware, but also Samsung 4K TVs and gaming accessories. It's your chance to upgrade anything in your home or office, whether it's a new gaming PC or home entertainment system. That's how the Founding Fathers would want you to celebrate the long weekend, right? We're sure that was covered in a Schoolhouse Rock! song or something.  Read more...

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Want to build a video game? Pick your own price to learn how

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:14:01 +0000


Maybe you've already yeehaw-ed your way through 100% completion of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games' recent western masterpiece; maybe you've only seen the in-game screenshots that have been snuck onto r/EarthPorn. Either way, anyone who's even remotely into gaming knows that RDR2 is unrivaled graphics-wise, which begs an important question: HOW?

Like many other leading gaming companies — Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, to name a couple — Rockstar has made its game engine a proprietary software. (Translation: It isn't available for us plebian developers to use.) But that doesn't mean you have to dash your dreams of creating the next RDR2 just yet: There are plenty of game engines out there that are free for anyone to download and use. Read more...

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Unnerving 'Leaving Neverland' trailer looks at the darkest allegations against Michael Jackson

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:59:20 +0000


The trailer for Leaving Neverland has arrived, giving a dramatic glimpse at the documentary about two men who allege that they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children.

Leaving Neverland, which premiered at Sundance in January, looks at the stories of two men, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, who were invited to Jackson's Neverland Ranch and were allegedly abused repeatedly by the pop star starting at the ages of 7 and 10.

Leaving Neverland was picked up by HBO, which will air the documentary in two parts on March 3 and 4. Read more...

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The curse of the Twitter reply guy

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:50:04 +0000


This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet. 

On Twitter, a place where a lot of bad things happen, there's a mostly harmless but decidedly annoying phenomenon. A lot of people, mostly women, have noticed that one or two men always, no matter what, reply to their tweets. 

These men are colloquially known as "reply guys." While no reply guy is the same — each reply guy is annoying in his own way — there are a few common qualities to watch out for. In general, reply guys tend to have few followers. Their responses are overly familiar, as if they know the person they're targeting, though they usually don't. They also tend to reply to only women; the most prolific reply guys fill the role for dozens of women trying to tweet in peace.  Read more...

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Stop avoiding your taxes — this service will help you e-file fast, and it's on sale

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:46:05 +0000


It's common knowledge that April 15 is D-Day for tax season, yet an estimated 20 to 25% of Americans will wait 'til the last two weeks before that deadline to start prepping their returns. (Y'all like to live on the edge, huh?)

Pro tip: Don't be like 20 to 25% of Americans. You can get your taxes out of the way fast with the help of TaxSlayer, an intuitive online tax prep service that's currently offering Mashable readers sweet deals on three of its plans. 

Save 29 percent on your choice of the following options: 

TaxSlayer Classic

Behind Door No. 1 is TaxSlayer Classic, a plan highly rated for best value and ease of use, which tracks down all the tax breaks you can get for kids, other dependents, home ownership, and retirement income with your Schedule A. It'll guide you through the process of successfully e-filing an individual federal tax return for all tax situations and with no form restrictions, guaranteeing 100% accurate calculations and a maximum refund. It also gives you the option of auto-filing your return using your W-2 or last year's info to save tons of time and comes with a year's worth of IRS notices. Read more...

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Sealed Copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ sells for over $100,000 in auction

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:14:59 +0000


It was the first-ever video game to fetch a six-figure mark for a vintage video game sale. Read more...

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Lightsaber dueling is officially a competitive sport in France

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:14:28 +0000


The French Fencing Federation has decided to let Jedis shine, and is making the iconic Star Wars-themed battles subject to professional judging. These are the rules: Two fighters duel it out inside a circle marked in tape. A hit to the head or body is five points. Read more...

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7 Bizarre Dating Shows That Definitely Shouldn't Exist

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:06:46 +0000

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Save 60% on H&R Block tax software on Amazon and conquer tax season with confidence

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:54:51 +0000


Although doing your taxes is intimidating and tedious, it's something everyone has to complete before the April 15th deadline. 

However, H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe + State 2018 can walk you through the process and help you get the most out of your return to get the biggest refund possible. Luckily, the software is now on sale for just $18, or $26.99 off its list price on Amazon. This is the lowest price the online retailer has ever offered for this product.

Normally retailing for $44.99, H&R Block is a wonderful do-it-yourself and simple option to maximize your refund for 2018. Just import your W-2, 1099, or 1098 forms and H&R Block will go step-by-step to help you file your federal and state taxes on time.  Read more...

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How to seriously speed up Chrome with a single click

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:35:59 -0800


Tab addicts, rejoice!

If you're a tab-loving Chrome power user, a simple extension can give you the power to speed up your computer instantaneously. The folks at BGR recently called our attention to the extension OneTab, and we had to spread the word. 

Having multiple tabs open eats up RAM and CPU resources, two components that contribute to the speed of your machine. Ever hear the fan start whirring as you open 17 more tabs with articles to read later? That's your computer getting overloaded with the multiple digital balls it has to juggle, causing it to slow down.

The extension OneTab essentially caters to your tabs habit, managing RAM and CPU resources, while assuring you that you won't lose the link to that 2,500 word think piece you swear you're going to read later.  Read more...

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What to expect from Samsung's Galaxy S10 event on Feb. 20

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:24:12 +0000


All eyes are on Samsung once again.

Ten years after launching its first Android-powered Galaxy phone to challenge Apple's iPhone, the Korean electronics giant is expected to pull out all of the stops for the Galaxy S10 at its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20.

Mashable will be live on the ground covering everything Samsung announces at the event. Yan also watch Samsung's official livestream here when it starts at 2:00 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

OK, now that we have all of the logistics out of the way, what are we realistically expecting from Samsung's big event? Read more...

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Laptop shopping on a budget? This popular Lenovo Chromebook is $120 off and under $200 at Walmart.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:22:34 +0000


Everyone hypes up high-end laptops, but here's the thing: Not everyone needs to drop $1,000 plus on one.

And while we love our MacBooks and Razers here, people who aren't doing massive work projects or graphics-heavy gaming could manage to save a lot by grabbing a Chromebook instead. And this well-reviewed one from Lenovo is $120 off today, making it just $179.

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Lenovo has joined the ranks as one of the best laptop brands and frankly, deserves just as much credit as the Apples and Dells of the world. Their mega low prices don't look like it, but these affordable devices get more love than a lot of higher-priced competitors. The Lenovo Chromebook S330 (81JW0001US) is great for daily computing, watching Netflix, and other day-to-day laptop stuff, featuring a 1080p FHD display and 1.70 GHz processor. Read more...

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Crush Twitter proves that sometimes subtweets can be good

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:14:33 -0800


An Ode to... is a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too.

Twitter is the very definition of "too many cooks in the kitchen," but breaking the platform down into sections and focusing on your own specific interests makes it significantly more bearable.

People who are passionate about government issues, for example, can follow Politics Twitter. Those looking to promote their businesses in a cheesy fashion can engage with Brand Twitter. And rom-com obsessed hopeless romantics like myself, who aren't afraid to share their hearts on their timelines, have Crush Twitter.  Read more...

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How to spot and avoid credit card skimmers

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:03:52 -0800


The moment I started seriously worrying about credit card and debit card skimmers wasn't when my entire bank account was transferred to Turkey, or when I had to replace a credit card three times in two months because of fraudulent charges. It was when I learned that stealing a credit card number is as easy as plugging in a magnetic strip reader into a computer and opening a word processor. Every swipe spit out the credit card number, with no extra setup required. More advanced devices to steal your information are installed by criminals directly on to ATMs and credit card readers. These are called skimmers, and if you're careful you can keep from being victimized by these insidious devices. Read more...

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The surprising list of top Netflix shows in the US by state

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:01:40 +0000


If you're curious whether your taste in high-priced television shows streaming on Netflix is the same as that of your neighbors, has a macro-view for you: its annual look at the "Most Popular Netflix Show in each State" for 2018.

Along with the map above that breaks it down by state (and District of Columbia, which, weirdly, has a 16-way tie for top Netflix streaming TV show), the service also quantified the very favorite shows nationwide. Topping the list is the controversial 13 Reasons Why; it's also tops in seven states. In second place is the UK-produced The End of the F***ing World, which leads in 6 states. Read more...

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9 of the best noise-cancelling headphones for flying, blocking out noisy neighbors, and more

Wed, 09 May 2018 21:19:50 +0000



Listening to music can have a profound effect on your state of mind — which could be part of the reason we buy headphones like they're candy. Listening to music (or podcasts, or audiobooks) can be an integral part of getting through that daily commute or transatlantic flight.

But if the incessant sound of jet engines, the distracting laugh of a coworker in the next cubicle, or the deafening bang of nearby construction seems to prevent you from reaching that euphoric place, the best solution is to invest in some noise-cancelling headphones.  Read more...

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Best 4K smart TV deals for this week: Save on LG, Samsung, Sony, VIZIO, and more

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:55:43 +0000


If you're looking to upgrade your old HD TV or are ready to pick up your very first 4K TV, we found some deals for you.

We rounded up the best deals on 4K smart TVs from the top manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Sony, and more. It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment in the city or a house in the suburbs, we found the best 4K TVs of various shapes and sizes that will suit your living space. 

Most of these TVs are smart and WiFi-enabled, which means they're ready to get connected to the internet out-of-the-box, while some have streaming devices, like Roku and Google Chromecast, built-in and ready to stream your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, and more.  Read more...

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Ariana Grande just made history snagging a record last held by The Beatles

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:49:51 +0000


UPDATE: Feb. 19, 2019, 9:46 a.m. PST This story has been updated to reflect Ariana Grande's priceless reactions to the news via Twitter.

Thank U, Next isn't just dominating your playlist — it's making music history. 

According to Billboard, the success of Ariana Grande's latest album earns her a number of major industry accolades. The most notable? By claiming the top three slots of this week's Billboard Hot 100, Grande has achieved a triumph last held by The Beatles in 1964. 

"7 Rings" comes in at No. 1 for a fourth consecutive week as "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" and "Thank U, Next" round out the trio.  Read more...

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Honor View 20: Beautiful and Affordable

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:47:23 +0000

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11 of the best Bluetooth speakers, featuring options by Sony, Bose, JBL, and Ultimate Ears

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:06:58 +0000



Bluetooth speakers allow us to experience music no matter where we go. Whether it's listening to classical pieces from Mozart or Halsey's newest single, you shouldn't have to miss out on enjoying your favorites. But with so many great Bluetooth speakers to choose from, how do you know which ones are the best? Read more...

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