'Avengers: Endgame' finally got romance right for the MCU

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:42:31 +0000


Major spoiler alert for Avengers: Endgame, ok? 

The MCU can boast a lot of superlatives. It’s the most lucrative movie franchise of all time, has an incredible roster of insanely popular characters, and has some of the most arresting plots and fight scenes in the superhero genre. Before Avengers: Endgame, however, there was something missing from Marvel’s track record of excellence. None of their movies delivered a good romance. 

That’s not to say that the MCU is completely devoid of romance. Many of its heroes have love interests, and some have their story stretched out over multiple films, but none of them have matched the scale and grandeur of the MCU’s action scenes or individual character arcs. For a long time it seemed like these Marvel movies could do everything but deliver a satisfying romance. Their track record, Pre-Endgame, is certainly disappointing: Read more...

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Apple MacBook Pro on sale, plus AirPods, Samsung 4K HDTV, De'Longhi VertuoPlus, and more for April 26

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:46:16 +0000


With Mother's Day approaching, buying the perfect gift can be a tough task, especially when gift buying is not your forte. Lucky for you, Amazon has thousands of lightning deals to pick from, along with their deals of the day. The one that stands out the most for us is the De'Longhi or Breville Nespresso coffee maker, saving you 37% off. What makes this deal so great, is that it comes with 30 capsules of the best-selling coffee blends for the Nespresso VertuoLine system.

Need more gift inspiration? No problem, keep scrolling as we have gathered more deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, Dell Small Business, and Adorama for Friday, April 26: Read more...

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iFixit pulls its flaw-revealing Galaxy Fold teardown

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:18:26 +0000


A few days ago, gadget repair experts at iFixit tore down a Samsung Galaxy Fold, revealing several design weaknesses which could allow dust and debris to get lodged underneath the device's screen (which is exactly what had happened to some reviewers). 

Now, the company has pulled down the teardown page after being requested by Samsung to do so. 

In a blog post Friday, iFixit explained that the Galaxy Fold they've obtained was from a "trusted partner," and Samsung has requested through that partner for iFixit to remove the teardown. 

"We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail," iFixit wrote.  Read more...

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'BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!' is the cutest puzzle game you'll ever agonize over

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:00:00 +0000


BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, a new puzzle platformer from Nintendo out today, is so cute and so hard that I want to punch little Qbby and Qucy right in their dumb, adorable, right-angled faces. 

The latest installment in Nintendo's long-running BoxBoy! franchise, BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! follows the adventures of our two square heroes as they meander through 270+ levels and once again fight off that mysterious black mist. It's the series' debut on Switch and first foray into the world of co-op puzzling.

Personally, I'm new to the shenanigans of these teeny cube titans — and as such, am mainly in awe of BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! aspects the entire series is well known for.  Read more...

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Paul Rudd fainted in an airplane bathroom and woke up in the worst position imaginable

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:20:37 +0000


Paul Rudd may have the face of a man who hasn't aged a bit in three decades, but his body is just as human as yours or mine. 

The Avengers: Endgame star told Jimmy Fallon about the time he fainted on a plane the first time he flew to Hong Kong. Rudd had two bowls of soup before going to the loo. 

"As I was getting ready to go to the bathroom, I started feeling really dizzy. I remember there was a handle and I went to reach for it and I was like, 'woah' and then I just blacked out," explained Rudd.

"And the next thing I knew, somebody was banging on the door and my right arm was completely submerged in the toilet and my left hand was around my penis," he said.  Read more...

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Netflix's 'Chambers' falls short of its creepy potential

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000


Let's get the scariest thing about Chambers — Netflix's new and not very good supernatural drama — out of the way first: mice. For some reason, this show is determined to shove my personal nightmare in several scenes that range from startling to grotesque. You've been warned.

Created by Leah Rachel, Chambers promised to be a wild ride. The trailer had a bonkers horror vibe. It stars Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn. By all accounts, this show was meant for fans of its seemingly twisted glory, a.k.a me. 

Instead, the show refuses to tap into its creep potential by deferring to a wonky pace, stupid character decisions, and a disappointing amount of eeriness. Read more...

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Tesla to launch Model 3 in the UK within a week

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:36:15 +0000


Tesla's Model 3 will launch in the UK on May 1 or 2, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday. 

Launches in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong will follow "shortly thereafter," Musk said. 

UK Model 3 order page goes live next week, followed shortly thereafter by Japan, Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2019

Musk later clarified that the UK order page will go live either on May 1 or May 2. The company will delay the $1,000 Full Self-Driving (FSD) price hike until May 10 to accommodate those who were unable to order in time (previously, the price increase was scheduled for May 1).   Read more...

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This award-winning VPN will protect you online (for your entire life) for $32

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000


We've said it before and we'll say it again: Get a VPN. While some folks may wait until their credit card's been flagged for buying out a toy store across the country or their identity's been stolen while traveling abroad (NBD) to download a VPN, we *know* you're smarter than that. 

The best part about protecting yourself online with a VPN, or virtual private network, is that it's a hell of a lot cheaper than protecting your non-digital life. Home security systems cost hundreds if not thousands, and a bodyguard would probably be excessive (although pretty cool). When it comes to your online data, e.g. emails, photos, bank info, and identity, you can pay just $32 and never lift a finger again. Get a lifetime subscription to Ivacy VPN today for only $31.99 with code APRILSAVE20Read more...

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This must-have Epicurious 5-piece kitchen accessory set is 60% off

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000


Sure, there's the famous KitchenAid Mixer you saved up for (and now collects dust). There's the fancy sous vide you swore you'd use all the time. But when it comes to a kitchen accessory that earns its keep, there's nothing like a good old-fashioned stainless steel mixing bowl. From marinating meats for a last-minute stir fry to seasoning zoodles, mixing bowls are a chef's best friend, whether you're an amateur or self-proclaimed Giada protege. 

Consider this sale a sign to upgrade your mixing bowl game. This mixing bowl and colander set from Epicurious delivers on quality and quantity with five items for just $39. Read more...

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Tablets on sale: Big deals from Best Buy on iPads, Samsung Galaxy, and more

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000


We love a good tablet deal and Best Buy has some pretty solid price drops right now as part of its four-day sale. If you’re not quite sure what kind of tablet you want to get, here’s a starting point: Go for one that’s on sale.

Tablets can get pretty pricey, especially when you start adding features like cellular connection, so it’s always nice to be presented with some discounted options. Check out the tablets on sale at Best Buy right now:

Apple iPad Air — Save $200

Apple's new iPad Air is already on sale, which makes for a perfect storm: You get a brand new iPad, but you don't pay those brand new prices. This tablet is thin and lightweight, but built with the A12 Bionic chip, making it super responsive. The iPad Air uses Touch ID and has front and rear cameras. This sale model has WiFi and cellular capabilities and requires a two-year contract. It's available in three colors and you have the option of 64GB or 256GB of storage. Check out Mashable's 2019 iPad Air review to see a more in-depth look at this tablet. Grab the iPad Air starting at $429.99. Read more...

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11 moments in 'Avengers: Endgame' that attacked us personally

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000


WARNING: The following post contains very major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame is packed to the gills with jaw-dropping moments that will have any Marvel fan clapping, whooping, weeping, or waving your scarf around in the air before you remember that you’re in a crowded theater full of people (sorry about that, guys). 

Picking our favorite moments was as hard as picking our favorite MCU movies (I don’t care for Iron Man 2), but we landed on 11 moments that had us losing it in the theater.

SEE ALSO: 'Avengers: Endgame': Status of every character after 'Infinity War' Read more...

Thor going for the head

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This 18th century prison design predicted the rise of our surveillance society

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000


This article provides additional details and context for Episode 2 of Mashable's new podcast, Fiction Predictions. Listen here.

We think about surveillance – from big tech and governments using gadgets to snoop on individuals to CCTV cameras – as a contemporary phenomenon.

It's not.

In fact, surveillance – and the knowledge that because we are being watched we should act a certain way – is one of the foundations upon which the modern world was built. And it all started with an 18th century prison design, popularised as a metaphor for our surveillance society by French philosopher Michel Foucault. Read more...

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Taylor Swift's video for her new song 'ME!' is one very, very colourful duet

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 04:40:27 +0000


Taylor Swift has released her new track "ME!", the first music she's dropped since 2017's Reputation.

The song, which premiered on YouTube on Friday at midnight, features Panic! At The Disco lead vocalist Brendon Urie. The music video is drenched with pastel colours, and the pair dabble in a bit of French before launching into their upbeat duet.

"ME!" is the lead single for Swift's forthcoming but unnamed seventh album. Read more...

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Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon's shot-for-shot remake of 'You Spin Me Round' is glorious

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 02:28:16 +0000


For some reason, Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon are really into remaking old music videos.

There was their version of Styx's 1981 hit "Too Much Time On My Hands" and an equally perfect recreation of Go West's "King of Wishful Thinking." 

Now they've turned up the energy with their shot-by-shot remake on Dead Or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)."

The hair. The eyepatch. The dancing. It's all there, and boy, it's glorious. Read more...

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Amazon Prime will soon include free 1-day shipping

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:39:41 +0000


Your $119 annual Amazon Prime membership is about to get you more bang for your buck. Instead of waiting two whole days for online orders to arrive, the e-retailer will soon offer free one-day shipping.

The free shipping news was shared at Amazon's first quarter earnings call Thursday, where CFO Brian Olsavsky said $800 million is set aside to make the one-day logistics possible. Amazon made nearly $3.6 billion in the first months of the year.

The quicker shipping should start in the next few months. Already in the past month more shoppers were receiving the one-day shipping option for eligible orders and in certain areas. Prime members currently need to spend $35 worth of qualifying items to get one-day delivery. Two-day is the standard free shipping offer. Read more...

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Bitfinex and Tether accused of $850 million cover-up by New York Attorney General

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:18:59 +0000


Welp, it's not like you weren't warned something shady was going on. 

The New York Attorney General's office today accused iFinex Inc., the company behind both the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and the stablecoin Tether, of a massive coverup to hide the loss of $850 million in customer funds. It seems, the attorney general alleges, that Tether is not in fact backed one-to-one by U.S. dollars (as the company claimed until March of this year) and that Bitfinex can't cover customer withdraws. 

This, to put it lightly, is a big deal. As the Wall Street Journal notes, approximately 80 percent of all cryptocurrency trades are done in Tether. If the so-called stablecoin is shown to essentially be worthless, then markets are not going to react kindly.  Read more...

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New York launches new investigation into Facebook

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:01:42 +0000


Another day, another investigation for Facebook to deal with. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office is opening an investigation into Facebook over its scraping of millions users' email contacts lists.

"Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data," James said in a statement.

The investigation comes after it was reported earlier this month that Facebook's email verification process, which asked some users for their email passwords, resulted in the company "unintentionally" scraping the email contacts lists of 1.5 million users. Hundreds of millions of people potentially had their information accessed by the company as a result, according to James. Read more...

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E-scooters aren't going anywhere — in fact, their numbers are still growing

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:00:00 +0000


The number of scooters in cities around the world is quickly growing.

Though communities like San Francisco and Santa Monica, Califlimited the number of scooters companies could offer for rent last year, other cities are still seeing a major increase in the number of available electric two-wheelers.

On Thursday, Lime announced that its scooters and bicycles reached 50 million trips since launching mid-2017. That's enough mileage to circle the globe twice. Those trips come from a growing, global bike- and-scooter share network that reaches 100 cities in more than 20 countries, and five continents. The latest places Lime e-scooters have landed: Bogota, Colombia and Montevideo, Uruguay. Lime also said its had more than 15 million sign-ups. Read more...

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Canadian officials: Facebook broke the law and won’t accept responsibility

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:10:42 +0000


Just one day after Facebook revealed it expects to pay up to $5 billion to the FTC for privacy violations, another country has condemned the social network for breaking its privacy laws. 

Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws, according to officials who say the company refuses to take responsibility for its actions. 

“Facebook has spent more than a decade expressing contrition for its actions and avowing its commitment to people’s privacy, but when it comes to taking concrete actions needed to fix transgressions they demonstrate disregard,” Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy said in a statement released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Read more...

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Walmart Yodel Boy crowdsurfing on an inflatable horse has deep yeehaw energy

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:05:36 +0000


Please enjoy this absolutely transfixing display of yeehaw energy. 

Mason Ramsey, also known as the Walmart Yodel Boy, is already an immortal being in the eyes of the internet. The 12-year-old country sensation captured our hearts with his impossibly small red bow tie and a 2018 Coachella set

His dedication to the yeehaw agenda only intensified during a performance in Nashville on Wednesday. Stagehands laid out a horse-shaped pool float for Mason to gingerly step into, before they lifted him into the air. Like pushing a lone boat off into the night, they gently sent the adolescent cowboy off into a sea of welcoming hands.  Read more...

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Facebook will subject personality quiz apps to 'heightened scrutiny'

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 20:42:55 +0000


Which delayed half-measure response to a giant privacy catastrophe are you?

A) Take serious and measured steps to address the underlying issues at hand.

B) Shrug and ignore it because your business model depends on surveillance capitalism.

C) Pay more attention to the personality quiz apps on your platform. 

If you answered "C," then congratulations! You're Facebook! The company announced today via blog post that it's removing access for a number of APIs, and, in addition, personality quiz apps will get a closer look going forward.

Anyone familiar with the Cambridge Analytica scandal — in which a researcher used a personality quiz to gather data on Facebook users and their friends — can now rest easy knowing that the barn door has finally been partially closed.  Read more...

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Bluprint is a crafting app for wannabe and hopeless crafters

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 20:19:12 +0000

Bluprint: Watch + Learn
$7.99 for monthly subscription; free to download
The Good
Classes are available for all skill levels • The app offers a wide range of classes • not strictly limited to crafts
The Bad
Because classes aren't taught sequentially • instruction sometimes feels shallow • Too many classes may overwhelm the novice crafter
The Bottom Line
Bluprint is an entertaining, user-friendly app for crafters and hobbyists on the go, but the cost might be prohibitive for some.
👑 Mashable Score 3.75
✨ Aesthetic 5.0
💅Easy to use 3.5
🎯Delivers on Promise 4.5
💵 Bang for the Buck 3.5
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Samsung launches 17.3-inch Galaxy View 2 TV tablet

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:41:12 +0000


Ever wish you could pick up your TV and carry it around with you? Samsung and AT&T are gearing up to launch a new device you might be interested in: The Galaxy View 2.

Like its predecessor, which was released in 2015, the Galaxy View 2 is an Android tablet that's designed to be used as a TV. The LTE-connected TV tablet features a 17.3-inch full HD touch screen (down from the original's 18.4-inch display) and quad speakers with Dolby Atmos Sound. It comes with a built-in stand, so you can easily prop it up on a table.

Check it out for yourself in the video below.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy View 2 features a 12,000 mAh battery and 64GB of built-in memory (expandable up to 400GB with a microSD card). Other specs include a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, an Exynos 7884 processor, and 3GB of RAM, according to Droid Life. There's no word yet on how much it weighs, but the original was around six pounds. Read more...

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People are sharing videos and pictures of their college professors being ridiculous

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:30:39 +0000


Imagine you're in high school, goofing around and chatting with your friends when your teacher breaks out the classic phrase — "you won't be able to get away with this in college!" 

The image is then conjured in your mind of how college must be a time insanely rigid deadlines (no extensions EVER), uptight teachers with inflexible lateness policies, and an overwhelming mountain of coursework. And yeah, some professors are unfortunately, like that. 

However, most of the time, college is more like emailing your professor a five-paragraph, carefully-worded inquiry and receiving "k — Sent from iPhone" as a response.  Read more...

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Biden 'asked President Obama not to endorse' him, but people aren't buying it

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:53:24 +0000


Joe Biden is officially running for president in 2020, and from the looks of his first day in the race it's going to be a long, awkward journey.

As you may remember, Biden served as Barack Obama's vice president for eight years, and the two men were exceptionally close. Their "bromance" was talked about constantly, they exchanged friendship bracelets, and Obama even awarded Biden the Medal of Freedom. But because they were such genuine pals, Obama's in a pretty strange spot right now.

On Thursday, a reporter asked Biden why Obama had yet to endorsed him for president, to which the former VP replied, "I asked President Obama not to endorse, and he doesn’t want to. Listen, we should — whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits." That's when things got awkward. Read more...

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Every 2020 candidate's 404 error page, ranked

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:35:36 +0000


Joe Biden is now officially in the 2020 race and along with a lot of baggage and controversy, he's also brought a new fun 404 error page to the campaign. 

But where does Biden's page stand in the context of every candidate that's declared for 2020? After all, there are nearly two dozen candidates. 

We've compiled a ranking of the 404 error page from every candidate's website from worst to best. All 23 of them. 

One note: these candidates were based off of the New York Times' list of candidates and we included Howard Schultz because he's made a lot of noise and gotten a lot of notice over a potential run. These rankings are based solely on the quality of the 404 pages themselves, not the candidates. Read more...

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Everything streaming on Hulu in May 2019

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:24:56 +0000


Scheduling your streaming for next month? Hulu's got some hilarious suggestions.

If you're already missing Broad City, then plan on beginning your first full rewatch this May, when Abbi and Ilana's final season of shenanigans comes to Hulu, completing the streaming service's Broad City collection.

Folks looking for new comedic ground should check out the premiere of Hulu's serialized take on Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Starring Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and more, this newly star-studded war comedic drama is a longtime favorite of literary types for a reason. Read more...

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Hate Huge iPhones? Here's Some Good News.

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:17:09 +0000

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Dyson Light Ball multi-floor vacuum is on sale for $110 off at Walmart

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:53:34 +0000


Is spring going by so fast that you have very little spring cleaning to show for it? The right vacuum cleaner can give you the proper motivation to tidy up a bit. You wouldn't want your home to look like a mess for guests of your weekly Game of Thrones potluck dinners. While a robot vacuum can get the job done, a traditional Dyson upright vacuum on sale right now will help you take care of more messes in harder to reach nooks and crannies. 

Tackle those messes after you save $110 on a Dyson Light Ball multi-floor bagless vacuum at Walmart today. That's a new upright vacuum for $239, and the closest comparable model on Amazon is only available for its full price of $389.99. Just keep in mind that the only available color on sale at Walmart is blue in case that doesn't vibe with your home's color palette. Read more...

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These 'Game of Thrones' characters must die

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:29:54 +0000


HBO’s magnum opus has been relentlessly knocking off major characters ever since it premiered in 2011. We’re not going to make any predictions, but here are some current characters on the show who we can’t wait to see dead and gone. Read more...

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