Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:46:14 +0000
Twitter removed a tweet from Rudy Giuliani on Friday that contained several pieces of misinformation related to coronavirus.
The tweet, which quoted another tweet from right-wing personality Charlie Kirk, falsely claimed that the drug hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat lupus, arthritis, and malaria, has "a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19." This is not true: Despite Donald Trump's enthusiasm for the drug, there is still only anecdotal evidence that it can effectively treat coronavirus.
The tweet also alleged that Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is "the latest Democrat to ban doctors from prescribing the lifesaving drugs hydroxychloroquine and Z-Paks to save senior citizens in the state." (Trump has specifically touted the combination of hydroxychloroquine and axythromycin — which is sold as Zithromax, or a Z-Pak — as a treatment; again, there is not clinical evidence to support his excitement.) Read more...More about Twitter, Social Media, Rudy Giuliani, Coronavirus, and Culture
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:24:19 +0000
As of this week, Charli D'Amelio has the TikTok account with the most followers. So she's the one you want teaching you TikTok dances.
According to a YouTube video uploaded on Friday, Charli gave Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp a dance lesson before they both started social distancing earlier this month. (Responsible!)
In the clip, the two run through a few TikTok dances (including "Supalonely"), and while Noah is probably not headed to the Hype House anytime soon, he gives them all his best effort. Charli is a very patient teacher.Stranger Things, Tiktok, Charli D Amelio, Culture, and Movies Tv Shows
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0000
Having trouble sleeping? Hit Snooze is Mashable's deep dive into the many ways to achieve a more peaceful slumber.
Nothing makes me more appreciative of my own bed than when I can't sleep in it. Whether I'm staying with family or traveling, when my head hits that not-molded-to-my-head pillow, it's never the same.
We're at a moment in time where people may be sleeping in a less-familiar bed indefinitely. While the small comfort of one's own is needed most, it may not be a reality for some. First, know that it's normal to have trouble sleeping in a different bed the first few days. You're in a completely new environment and subject to conditions you're not used to — say around more people, a different noise level, or a less-than-optimal mattress. Read more...More about Health, Sleep, Insomnia, Sleep Better, and Hit Snooze
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:23:37 +0000
Fox Business has parted ways with host Trish Regan, who was heavily criticized earlier this month for calling coronavirus an "impeachment hoax" against Donald Trump.
The network announced its decision on Friday. "Fox Business has parted ways with Trish Regan — we thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors," a spokesperson said in a statement.
The network also provided a statement from Regan herself. "I have enjoyed my time at FOX and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times," she said. "I am grateful to my incredible team at Fox Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career.” Read more...More about Fox News, Coronavirus, Culture, and Media Industry
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:59:40 +0000
As the world has become swept up in the Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, everyone is clamoring for more about the wild characters that make up the colorful world of questionable exotic animal zoos.
Luckily, producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin told Entertainment Weekly that there's plenty more footage and, because this is real life and many of the people involved are still around, the story is still ongoing and there could be more on the way.
"We have a crazy amount of footage and it's a story that's still unfolding," Chaiklin told EW. "We're not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there's a lot that's still unfolding in it, and it'll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years." Read more...More about Television, Netflix, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0000
The GoodFairly compact • Effective workouts • Library comes with thousands of classes to choose from
The BadExpensive • Monthly subscription fee
The Bottom LineThe Peloton Bike is expensive, but it comes with thousands of engaging and effective workouts that are all packed into a beautiful piece of equipment.
⚡ Mashable Score 4.75
😎 Cool Factor 5.0
📘Learning Curve 4.0
💵Bang for the Buck 5.0
Work(out) From Home is a weekly column where we review smart fitness machines in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to technology, there are still plenty of ways to exercise if your gym is closed. Read more...More about Tech, Fitness, Work Out, Smart Home, and Peloton
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:41:58 +0000
Odin, a Northern Inuit Dog who starred in the first episode of Game of Thrones as the direwolf Summer, passed away due to complications from cancer, his family announced on Instagram Thursday.
Odin passed away in his sleep shortly after being diagnosed with mouth cancer. He was 10 years old.
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:04:58 +0000
With Disneyland and Disney World closed indefinitely during the coronavirus outbreak, you may be looking for a way to get that Disney ride fix right now from the safety of your home. Luckily you can.
While it may not be as thrilling as the real thing, the YouTube channel Virtual Disney World has been amassing a collection of Disney park roller coaster rides over the years, giving everyone the ability to experience Disney attractions as if they were strapped in themselves.
All of the videos on the channel are shot with 360-degree cameras, which means you can click and drag while watching the video to look around at all the scenery going by on the rides. If you have some virtual realty goggles, you can also strap those on and look around while watching the ride for an extra immersive experience. Read more...More about Disney, Theme Parks, Coronavirus, Entertainment, and Other
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000
Having trouble sleeping? Hit Snooze is Mashable's deep dive into the many ways to achieve a more peaceful slumber.
It's easy to spend every conscious moment you can staring at a smartphone, but did you know you can use it while you sleep, too?
In recent years, there's been a rise in sleep-focused apps, but they varying widely in quality and trustworthiness. It might be difficult to imagine that an app could do anything to help as you stare at the ceiling waiting for that melatonin to kick in, but maybe you're out of other options. If you've tried everything else, it's probably worth a shot. Read more...More about Apps, Smartphones, Sleep, Meditation For Beginners, and Hit Snooze
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:30:00 +0000
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Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000
There are only so many hours you can watch Netflix or play Animal Crossing until you crave some other activity (and brain stimulation). Plus, doing something constructive might inspire your kids (or roommates) and keep their minds curious during these weird times.
If you're looking for a way to challenge your brain a little and entertain yourself in the process, check out some of these do-it-yourself engineering and science projects. If you do have kids, here's a hot tip: you don't have to tell the little ones they're educational. To them, it'll just be fun, quality time. Plus, you'll end up with something pretty cool afterward. There's a project for just about every age group and budget, and most are even on sale. Read more...More about Diy, Arduino, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000
Our new normal can be summed up as: spending time at home. Working at home. Working out at home. Cleaning your home. Doing pretty much everything at home.
Everything is uncertain to the point that we don't know how long we're going to have to keep doing this social distancing thing, but in order to get some semblance of normalcy in our lives, we should at least make an effort in adjusting to doing everything remotely.
To help you with that, this bundle deal featuring a Lifetime Subscription to Rosetta Stone has all the resources you need to make your time at home a little less isolating and a bit more productive. For a limited time, you can get lifetime access to three apps — Rosetta Stone, 12min Book Summaries, and KeepSolid VPN — for 76% off. Read more...More about Apps And Software, Vpn, Mashable Shopping, Rosetta Stone, and Tech
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000
At first, staying home seemed great: You wake up, watch Netflix, play Animal Crossing, change into a new pair of pajamas, switch over to Disney+, and then go to sleep. A week into social distancing, however, and you are probably desperate for some new forms of entertainment.
To help you out, we rounded up three streaming services you can watch that are most likely different from the ones you already subscribe to — there's even one your dog will love.
Let the binge-watching commence!
For the documentary enthusiast: CuriosityStream
This award-winning streaming service was launched by Discovery Communications founder, John Hendricks back in 2015. Included in your subscription is access to more than 2,000 documentary features and series, as well as immersive experiences featuring experts like Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough. Plus, with more than 360 reviews online, CuriosityStream currently has an impressive five-star rating. Get yourself a two-year subscription on sale for $29.99 (25% off). Read more...More about Streaming Services, Mashable Shopping, Entertainment, and Consumer Tech
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Be more eco-friendly with Lotus Produce Bags that are 43% off, dropping the price to just $16.99 as of March 28.
While the entire population is being urged to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, we're all still human and need food to live. So, of course, grocery stores are staying open.
This set of nine Lotus Produce Bags includes three different sizes for all your varying needs. They're all double-stitched on the sides for increased strength and support, feature drawstring closures, and each one can hold up to 50 pounds. And obviously, they're not just for produce. You can throw your other essentials in them as well, like cleaning products, paper goods, and everyday self-care items. Read more...More about Eco Friendly, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Work Life
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000
Complaining about the office can be therapeutic. Constant criticism of the temperature, space, and snack selection is something that binds a workforce and helps everyone to get through the day. It's really not that bad, though.
Sure, the office has its faults, but you'll notice all the little comforts that it affords as soon as you start working from home. Obviously it's nice to roll out of bed and join a meeting in your pyjamas, but you'll quickly realise that the grass isn't greener at home.
SEE ALSO: The best laptops for kids in the UK
Working from home can actually be a real struggle, especially if you're not fully prepared. A constant supply of snacks and drinks is a good place to start, but you also need to invest in all the devices and products that help you to work efficiently in the office. That means you're going to have consider dropping some cash on a desk chair, keyboard, mouse, set of headphones, and even a laptop. Read more...More about Tech, Consumer Tech, Working From Home, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
BEST FOR FEATURESApple MacBook Pro
Probably the best and the brightest laptop for working from home.
BEST FOR DURABILITYDell XPS 13
Chassis is designed with high build quality that’s stronger and stiffer than most of the competition.
BEST FOR PORTABILITYMicrosoft Surface 3
This thin and light laptop is easy to carry around the house.
BEST FOR BATTERY LIFEAcer Aspire 5
This laptops stays at your side all day with up to 11 hours of battery life.
BEST FOR POWERHuawei MateBook X Pro
The processor and graphics card provide all the horsepower you need.
BEST FOR GRAPHICSApple MacBook Air
Retina display with True Tone technology makes for an immersive experience.
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: A one-year subscription to ProtonVPN is on sale for £3.60 per month, saving you 20% on list price.
There are absolutely loads of VPN providers out there that can help you boost your online security and bypass content blockades. It's always nice to have options, but too much choice can pose a problem.
How are you supposed to know which service is right for you, when everything on offer looks good in its own way? It's a tricky decision, and it's important to focus on what matters most to you.
VPNs are great for accessing more of the content you love, but these services should always focus on your security above everything else. If your service of choice doesn't prioritise protection, you should look elsewhere. Read more...More about Proton, Mashable Shopping, Working From Home, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:30:00 +0000
It's 4 a.m. again and I'm wandering around a marina, being introduced to a bunch of local cats by name.
Each one has a boat and a backstory, and I'm meeting them all thanks to the most low-key, soothing voice possible. Having encountered the self-indulgent Ginger, grand Saba, and tiny Bebe, I finally, finally nod off to sleep. It's been a while.
This is just one of the many bedtime audio journeys I took to help conquer a bout of insomnia after moving countries. It's called a "sleepcast" a kind of sleep meditation-podcast hybrid launched by mindfulness app Headspace in 2018. They're not the first to do it, but they truly nailed it. Read more...More about Apps, Sleep, Meditation, Headspace, and Hit Snooze
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:13:36 +0000
A medical fetish company announced that it's donating its entire stock of disposable scrubs to a hospital to ease the strain on the healthcare industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
MedFet UK, an online store that carries medical equipment for kink and roleplay use, announced the donation on Twitter on Friday.
"When we, a tiny company set up to serve a small section of the kink community, find ourselves being sought out as a last-resort supplier to our National Health Service in a time of crisis, something is seriously wrong," the company tweeted. "Let's be under no illusions, this is the result of a decade of chronic underfunding and cuts which has left the NHS barely able to cope under normal circumstances, much less when faced with the onslaught of a global pandemic." Read more...More about Fetish, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Culture, and Web Culture
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:57:30 +0000
Nothing turns a potential scandal into a marketing opportunity quite like a pandemic.
It was just three months ago that a leaked dataset containing 12 million people's precise location data was considered evidence of a looming national privacy disaster. Oh, how the times have changed. In the face of the deadly coronavirus, companies that keep tabs on Americans' locations are clamoring for our attention — and in the process arguing that their particular brand of surveillance is good, actually.
The latest addition to this party is Tectonix, which, in collaboration with X-Mode, tweeted a now-viral video demonstrating what it claims is the movement of spring break partiers after they departed a Florida beach. Read more...More about Privacy, Mobile Phones, Coronavirus, Tech, and Cybersecurity
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:04:21 +0000
Our planet is under attack from a deadly enemy the size of midichlorians. Unfortunately, we haven't yet discovered any weaknesses in its tiny thermal exhaust ports that could let us blow this thing and, um, leave home.
Our only hope, right now, is if our memes — spreading the word about handwashing and social distancing in a funny, memorable, utterly shareable way — can go faster than the virus. And that means it's time to bring out the big guns, because only one movie franchise's memes can travel at point five past light speed.
Star Wars fans, thankfully, are stepping up and fulfilling their destiny. Here's a selection of what they've come up with. Hopefully, these will help your younglings learn to protect the Obi-Wans and Yodas in their lives by staying away from them. Read more...More about Coronavirus, Culture, Health, and Star Wars
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:27:29 +0000
So, you're facing a global pandemic and deep in the midst of the Democratic presidential primaries. The concert you bought tickets for months ago got canceled, you’re worried about your parents, trying to ration your toilet paper supply, running short on almond milk, and, it seems, there is no hope.
Or maybe you’re feeling frisky in this new, socially-distant world? Fret not, you are not alone! Stock photographers are in the same (alas, distant) boat with you. Virus or not, we are all human and we’re thirsty AF. We yearn for touch, a gentle stroke on the back, a soft caress, someone's lips ... protected by a medical mask? Read more...More about Watercooler, Art, Pandemic, Coronavirus, and Culture
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:50:46 +0000
"Under normal circumstances April Fool's [sic] is a Google tradition and a time to celebrate what makes us an unconventional company," Google Head of Marketing Lorraine Twohill wrote in an internal email. "This year, we're going to take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...More about Google, Pranks, April Fools Day, April Fools, and Coronavirus
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:50:27 +0000
Memes, Coronavirus, Social Distancing, Sleep Week, and Culture
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Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:15:48 +0000
Large parts of the U.S. experienced a pretty wimpy winter this year, thanks to cold air staying parked over the Arctic.
This made for a relatively frigid winter season in the high north, which is good for making sea ice. Although Arctic sea ice this season reached its biggest extent since 2013, it's still significantly lower than it was four decades ago. The Arctic is the fastest-warming region on Earth, and though there will always be fluctuating winters, sea ice is in a deep decline.
"While this year's maximum sea ice extent was a bump up from the last few years, it is still well below average and far from conditions in the 1980s and 1990s," said Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine. Read more...More about Science, Arctic, Global Warming, Arctic Sea Ice, and Climate Change
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:13:30 +0000
There is no shortage of coronavirus armchair experts on Twitter. Now, prominent Silicon Valley investors and founders are fighting in the mentions. They're taking swings at one another about the alleged promise of treatments, the validity of studies, the efficacy of health organizations and the media, and, of course, petty personal insults.
It's a mess, albeit an entertaining one.
While Silicon Valley figures have been tweeting about the coronavirus for a while, it really came to a head Wednesday when Keith Rabois, a former PayPal, LinkedIn and Square investor, got in a Twitter fight with Zach Weinberg, the CEO of health tech startup Flatiron Health, over two drug testing theories. Rabois was advocating for a more fast-tracked, generally less scientifically accepted form of drug testing, while Weinberg said we need randomized controlled trials. Things got personal, fast. Read more...More about Twitter, Vc, Coronavirus, Tech, and Silicon Valley
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:27:18 +0000
Public gyms might be closed, but your body still deserves a good workout. Here's some equipment to get your heart rate up at home. Read more...More about Health, Mashable Video, Quarantine, Home Gym, and Coronavirus
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:21:40 +0000
HiMo's lightweight, foldable design means it can fit in most vehicles and backpacks. Read more...More about Technology, Mashable Video, Foldable, Bike, and Future Blink
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:18:19 +0000
Rotrics works by using coding, with users dragging and placing code blocks in Blockly, a coding program. Read more...More about Technology, Mashable Video, Robotics, Robot Arm, and Future Blink
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:13:01 +0000
Politics, Mashable Video, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, and Covid 19