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  14. At a time when a limited number of rightsholders were demanding thousands of dollars from alleged BitTorrent pirates, Rightscorp focused on the budget end of the market. By attaching settlement demands to DMCA notices sent to ISPs, Rightscorp hoped these would be forwarded intact to subscribers. Rather than demand large sums, Rightscorp requested a relatively small amount, typically around $20, an amount payable through a dedicated portal. Not all ISPs passed the notices on but, thanks to those that did, Rightscorp believed it had a strong base to build on. Over the next few years, the plan to turn piracy into profit failed to meet its key objective. At the time, Rightscorp was a publicly listed company but was hemorrhaging money. In 2014, the company revealed a $2.2m loss for the previous year, $6.5m in losses since the company launched in 2011. After reporting even more losses a year later, Rightscorp stared into the abyss, but then a key event threw it a lifeline. A federal court in Virginia found that, by failing to take appropriate action in response to Rightscorp notices, ISP Cox Communications became liable for subscribers’ copyright violations when they downloaded and shared music owned by music publisher BMG. Unprofitable But On the Money For at least five years Rightscorp had warned that ISPs risked huge liability if they failed to disconnect repeat infringers. The company hadn’t been able to turn that into profit but momentum was building for companies with access to Rightscorp’s historical piracy monitoring data. After being prompted by Rightscorp, the RIAA successfully sued Grande Communications and then won $1 billion in damages from Cox Communications, all underpinned by Rightscorp data. Can The Indie Market Give Rightscorp a Boost? Appeals in the above cases are still ongoing but Rightscorp’s earlier warnings were proven correct. The big question now is whether Rightscorp can somehow turn that prophecy into profit. In an announcement this week, Rightscorp said that it had joined A2IM (American Association of Independent Music), a non-profit trade organization representing the independent music industry in the United States. “This collaboration aims to combat illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) torrent digital copyright theft and safeguard the rights of creators and content owners in the ever-evolving digital landscape. A2IM represents over 600 independent music labels and businesses, advocating for their rights and fostering a sustainable and vibrant independent music sector,” Rightscorp’s announcement reads. Rightscorp says it joined A2IM with the intention to “educate and service the interests of independent musicians, songwriters, and music publishers” based on its “proven track record of successful initiatives” but whether independent labels have any interest in complex ISP liability lawsuits is unknown. Collaboration or Just Networking? It’s also unclear whether Rightscorp’s definition of “collaboration” with A2IM goes any further than the benefits usually enjoyed by ‘Associate Members’ of the organization, i.e. having access to the labels and being in a better position to offer relevant services. After Rightscorp became an A2IM associate member, A2IM did publish an outline of Rightscorp’s business proposals, which cover three main components: having pirates kicked off the internet, persuading pirates to pay a settlement, or using Rightscorp data to take legal action, presumably against intermediaries. “Once piracy has been detected, Rightscorp can provide termination notices to internet providers for their users who are infringing on copyrighted works. These notices serve as legal notification to internet providers of infringing activity from their customers,” the Rightscorp ‘spotlight‘ reads, alongside images from Ars Technica and TF. “Additionally, Rightscorp has established a Notice Settlement Model, which includes a 50/50 split for any amounts received, and ISPs will have the responsibility to forward our notices in adherence to DMCA requirements for termination of repeat infringement activity.” ISPs Are Now Acutely Aware of the Rules While there’s little doubt that ISPs are in a much more precarious position than they were six years ago, they have the benefit of knowing exactly what is required of them. The question is whether that will make them more – or less – cooperative. Rightscorp seems to suggest the former but the idea that it can send actionable “termination notices” to ISPs appears somewhat speculative on the cooperation front. Repeat infringer policies are for ISPs to determine and then actioned in a manner of their choosing. While that didn’t go as planned previously, they’re unlikely to make the same mistakes moving forward. As for the notice settlement model, that assumes that ISPs will forward cash demands to their customers along with DMCA notices. There is zero requirement for that under the DMCA but only time will tell how far ISPs will be prepared to go; the underlying threat for uncooperative ISPs is that Rightscorp data could be used to sue them. “Rightscorp also offers a Litigation Model, which is customizable based on the range of copyrights held in the data base. Successful litigation precedents have already been set by Rightscorp, and parameters of infringement within the data base can be tailored to your specific needs. Rightscorp’s fee for this service is proportional to the scope of the complaint,” the advert reads. There is no mention of the above on the Rightscorp website but we did find something unusual. Rightscorp.com has been the company’s domain for years but located at Rightscorp.co, a domain registered just recently, a shiny new website has appeared featuring the logos of major labels, publishers and industry groups. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
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  17. Last May, Atlanta police arrested Young Thug and many of his associates, indicting them in a massive RICO gang indictment. Authorities claim that Thug’s Young Slime Life rap label and crew is actually a criminal gang and that Thug himself is the co-founder. Thug has been in jail for more than a year, awaiting trial. Now, as WSB-TV reports, Thug’s brother, who raps under the name Unfoonk, has been sentenced to nine years and six months in prison in conjunction with the same case. View the full article
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  21. Apple's plans to conquer the augmented reality market with an AR headset called the Vision Pro, which costs three and a half thousand dollars a piece. I don't believe that's really true. Yes, the Vision Pro appears to be better than the other headsets on the market. It looks alright on your head, if you don't mind wearing ski goggles. It's technically far more advanced than anything else we've seen. And it has the strength of Apple's ecosystem behind it, meaning there will be thousands of apps for this thing in about a year. But from the comments I've seen online, most people are stuck on the price. Rightfully so: At $3,499, the Vision Pro is far more expensive than comparable headsets, such as Meta's $499.99 Quest 3, and the $999.99 Meta Quest Pro. Frankly, it's not even in the same category, and I can imagine many a VR/AR enthusiasts throwing their hands up in disgust when they heard Apple's price tag for the Vision Pro. Even the price of Apple stock sharply declined during the Vision Pro announcement, likely because the market thinks that a very pricy headset is not something that will do wonders for Apple's revenue. SEE ALSO: How many Apple products can you buy for one Vision Pro headset? The price is high for a reason, and it may not be what you think. Yes, the Vision Pro probably costs a fortune to produce. With an M2 and a new R1 chip inside, a dozen cameras, and a bunch of sensors, it surely costs Apple quite a bit of money to make this beast. But the real reason why Apple has launched a headset this powerful and this expensive, I think, is that this one is not meant for the masses. It's a device for developers, and perhaps a handful of enthusiasts, to play with. Apple surely doesn't expect to sell millions of these at $3,499 a piece. No matter how sleek this looks in promo photos, Apple will surely be working on a way to connect the battery to the headset in a more elegant manner. Credit: Apple In fact, I bet that Apple doesn't even want to sell too many. The company may not be able to produce the headset at very high volume, but even more importantly, Apple probably doesn't want the Vision Pro to be in too many hands until the numerous new experiences it offers are significantly refined. Consider the launch date, too. According to Apple, the Vision Pro will launch "early next year." Reader, it's early June. This means that there's at least a six month wait until the Vision Pro is even available; possibly a few months more. Apple typically doesn't announce products this early before general availability. Another thing: The Vision Pro will initially be available only in the U.S., with more countries coming "later next year" according to Apple. That could mean that many potential users will have to wait a year or more until they can buy the headset. Featured Video For You Hands On: The Mac Pro Finally Goes All-In On Apple Silicon Prior to the launch of Vision Pro, we've heard rumors that Apple actually has one or even two more headsets in the pipeline. Now that the Vision Pro is out, this makes even more sense to me. A cheaper version of the headset – reportedly costing roughly as much as an iPhone – could come in 2024. And that one, launching when there's already a healthy third party app ecosystem for Apple's virtual world, will be the headset that Apple expects to sell by the millions. My point here is that there's little reason to get mad at the Vision Pro's exorbitantly high price tag. The Vision Pro is a technology showcase, a device that shows the world what can be done with AR when you have a lot of research and development money to spend (Apple says it filed over 5,000 patents related to the Vision Pro). The actual Apple headset that us common folks should even consider buying is the one that comes after the Vision Pro. View the full article
  22. Off the baking Interstate 40 in Arizona, the evidence is clear: From time to time, sizable asteroids do pummel Earth. There, you'll find the 600-foot-deep "Meteor Crater," which landed 50,000 years ago. The culprit was likely some 100 to 170 feet across, creating a blast big enough to destroy Kansas City. While the space rock wasn't small, it wasn't nearly a "planet-killer" like the roughly six-mile-wide behemoth that wiped out most dinosaurs. Though the threat of another significant collision — whether from an asteroid 200 feet or 2,000 feet across — is inevitable, scientists have optimistic news to report. A new census of many of the largest asteroids that pass through our solar system neighborhood confirmed there's no known threat of collision for the next century, and the likelihood of an impact in the next thousand years is exceedingly low — though there are around 20 huge cosmic rocks researchers will keep tabs on, because their distant future trajectories aren't yet certain. Crucially, there's no alarm about these particular asteroids, which are a kilometer (0.6 miles) wide or even larger. But the new research underscored that a thousand years into the future some trajectories remain unsettled, and more observation is needed to completely rule out a potential impact. "We need more information about these asteroids, although the probability [for an impact] is still very low," Oscar Fuentes-Muñoz, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder who led the new census, told Mashable. SEE ALSO: Scientists find 'planet-killer' asteroids lurking in an elusive place This planetary defense research, currently posted on the research-sharing platform arxiv, will be published in The Astronomical Journal, a peer-reviewed publication. The striking Meteor Crater in Arizona. Credit: Stephan Hoerold / Getty Images Why the threat of an asteroid collision is lowNASA and other scientists are vigilantly watching the skies for "near-Earth objects," also commonly called "near-Earth asteroids." Astronomers have found nearly 10,000 nearby space rocks ("nearby" often means many millions of miles away) that span over 460 feet across, as of May 2023, with some 500 more such objects sleuthed from the dark skies each year. These have the potential to cause vast regional destruction, and an estimated 15,000 remain undiscovered. Fortunately, over 90 percent of the largest behemoths — over a half-mile across — have been found. A graph showing near-Earth asteroid discoveries. Discoveries have ramped up since the early 2000s. Credit: NASA / Center for Near Earth Object Studies Future impact risk remains low, however, for two reasons: The evidence we have about the frequency of asteroids that hit Earth today and in the past, along with no proof of any known looming asteroid strikes. (Asteroid-sleuthing telescopes are trained on the skies each night.) Impressively, every single day about 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles fall through Earth's atmosphere and promptly burn up. Every year, on average, an "automobile-sized asteroid" plummets through our sky and explodes, explains NASA. Impacts by objects around 460 feet in diameter occur every 10,000 to 20,000 years, and a "dinosaur-killing" impact from a rock perhaps a half-mile across or larger happens on 100-million-year timescales. In short, the chances of a major impact in our lifetimes is, as far as we know, extremely small, astronomers say. This latest census looked at 851 giant asteroids whose orbits at times pass through Earth's neighborhood, and who spend a longer time near us. Though they pose no threat in the next century, the researchers endeavored to see what the asteroids might do farther out, in a thousand years, after they're affected by the gravity of other planets and scorching heat from the sun. They ran new simulations of the asteroids' orbits, and found most pose no threat. But some 20 asteroids, whose orbits around the sun aren't as certain, didn't prove as predictable. More observation is necessary. For example, simulations of the asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1), which is two-thirds of a mile long, showed the rock passed through Earth's orbit around the sun (though not Earth) multiple times over the next thousand years. For now, 7482 (1994 PC1)'s impact risk can't be ruled out. Want more science and tech news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's Light Speed newsletter today How scientists find nearby asteroidsSky surveys, as noted above, are regularly finding new asteroids. There's the NASA-funded Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) atop Maui, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains, and the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) with telescopes around the world, among other asteroid-watching programs. The surveys can provide crucial information about a potential strike and how it would affect Earth and its denizens. For example, would people in a certain region need to shelter indoors away from glass windows if an asteroid were expected to explode in the atmosphere? (For reference, see the Chelyabinsk meteor event.) "You need to know what's coming, when it's coming, and how hard it's going to hit," Eric Christensen, the director of the NEO-seeking Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, told Mashable last year. A visualization showing hundreds of near-Earth asteroids in our solar system (blue dots). Earth's orbit around the sun is also shown in blue. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech What's more, giant new telescopes, like the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, located over 8,700 feet up in Chile's Cerro Pachón ridge, will soon come online and take inventory of millions of solar system objects, including new rocks that at times swing near Earth. "We're doing our due diligence to completely find them." It's not easy to find new points of moving light in our crowded solar system. But scientists are identifying these potential threats. "We're doing our job," said Fuentes-Muñoz. "We're doing our due diligence to completely find them." And when we do find any that might veer toward Earth, we likely won't be helpless. The plan is to divert such an asteroid's trajectory. In an unprecedented September 2022 achievement, NASA's DART mission successfully crashed a refrigerator-sized spacecraft into the asteroid Dimorphos (which was not a threat to Earth) in an effort to prove that humanity could alter the path of an incoming space rock, should this effort become necessary. Today, we don't have the capability to readily deploy an asteroid-deflecting endeavor. But if the relentless march of technology is any hint, we might be well-equipped to deal with an imminent asteroid threat a century or so from now, if not sooner. "You expect we'll be a lot farther along," Fuentes-Muñoz said. This story originally published on June 3, 2023 and has been updated. View the full article
  23. Whew! It's finally over. We all survived Apple's 2023 Worldwide Developer Conference (or WWDC) keynote and lived to tell the tale. We got a boatload of updates about software enhancements to all of Apple's core products, as well as a look at the new Vision Pro headset. But we can't spend money on any of those things right now, so who cares? Here are the products Apple showed off at WWDC 2023 that you can pre-order right now. SEE ALSO: WWDC 2023: iOS 17 updates core features and adds a new Journal app 15-inch MacBook Air M2 Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple MacBook Air 15 (opens in a new tab) $1,299 at Apple Preorder Now (opens in a new tab) One of the most heavily rumored announcements ahead of the show turned out to be true. There's a new M2 MacBook Air in town, though it's not too different from the M2 model that Apple shipped last year. Essentially, this is the same laptop with a screen size upgrade, from 13.6-inches to 15.3-inches. That's a pretty substantial boost in display real estate for those who want it. It can also go up to 2TB of storage and 24GB of RAM. Combine that with an 18-hour battery and the same excellent M2-fueled performance as the previous model, and this should be a fine addition to anyone's MacBook collection. You can pre-order it right now on Apple's store website. It starts at $1,299 and begins shipping to customers on June 13. Mac Studio, including M2 Max and Ultra Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Mac Studio (opens in a new tab) $1,999 at Apple Preorder Now (opens in a new tab) But that's not all! Apple also showed off a pair of beefy desktop computers at WWDC 2023. First up is the new Mac Studio. It can optionally include either the M2 Max or the new M2 Ultra chip, making it a good deal more powerful than a laptop. Apple says the M2 Ultra model is up to 3x faster than the M1 Ultra Mac Studio. It can connect to up to six Pro Display XDR monitors and includes a whopping four Thunderbolt 4 ports, alongside two USB-A ports. Add on two extra USB-C ports and an SD card slot on the front of the device, and you'll be all set for professional connectivity. Mac Studio starts at $1,999 and will ship to consumers next week. You can pre-order it on Apple's website. Mac Pro Opens in a new tab Credit: Apple Mac Pro (opens in a new tab) $6,999 at Apple Preorder Now (opens in a new tab) Last but certainly not least, let's talk about Mac Pro. This is a hoss of a machine that's meant for serious professionals, so chances are you probably don't need one. It's M2 Ultra-powered, has eight Thunderbolt 4 ports, three USB-A ports, two HDMI ports, two Ethernet ports, and a headphone jack to top it all off. People who buy this will use all of those things to render complex 3D images for animated movies and whatnot. It's not really meant for looking at Twitter. As such, this absolute beast starts at $6,999. You can pre-order it from Apple's website now. View the full article
  24. It's a superb time to view our quirky planetary neighbors Venus and Mars. June 2023 brings a number of enthralling celestial skywatching objects into view, and these two planets are especially easy to see. And that's not all. Other radiant planets, and stars, are visible, too. "The planets of war and love draw nearer each night, as the bright stars of Northern Hemisphere summer rise," writes NASA. SEE ALSO: How NASA's Venus probe will survive hell and make unprecedented discoveries How to see Mars and VenusIt's simple. They're visible even in light-polluted places. You just need to look up on clear nights. "You can watch Mars and Venus draw closer together throughout the month in the western sky following sunset," explains NASA. Mars, with a reddish hue, will appear to the upper left of vivid Venus: Mars and Venus in the June 2023 sky. Credit: NASA Venus, a hellish world with a surface hotter than a pizza oven (it's some 900 Fahrenheit), is especially brilliant. It's the second brightest object the night sky, second to the all-powerful moon. It's perpetually shrouded in thick clouds, largely made of toxic sulfuric acid, that reflect bounties of sunlight into space. That's why Venus has continually intrigued humans for at least thousands of years. "It was called the most beautiful star in the sky by Homer, author of 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey' — two of the oldest and most important works in Greek literature," NASA noted. Mars is the most explored planet, other than Earth of course, in our solar system. Planetary scientists think the Red Planet was once a warm, watery world, with vast oceans, lakes, and vigorous rivers. But over time Mars' atmosphere vanished, and it transformed into a profoundly dry desert land. NASA and other space agencies are intensely researching this world, as they look for hints of past habitability and evidence of extinct microbial life — should any ever have existed there. Want more science and tech news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's Light Speed newsletter today. How to see other intriguing objects in the night skyBeyond Mars and Venus, you'll have the opportunity to see other celestial curiosities: Jupiter and Saturn: For early risers, or night owls, the gas giants will be visible before the sun rises. "Early risers will find them on the eastern side of the sky before sun-up all month long," explains NASA. "And you'll find Jupiter rising with the crescent Moon on June 14." Huge, vivid stars: In June evenings, two brilliant stars will be visible to the south. Spica is a blue-white giant, and Arcturus, just some 37 light-years away, is an orange star older than the sun. The Summer Triangle: Look east a couple of hours after dark. There you'll find three stars composing the "Summer Triangle": Vega, Deneb, and Altair. The bright stars Spica and Arcturus, visible after sunset. Credit: NASA Enjoy the celestial wonders above. View the full article
  25. I wasn't out in college. Despite my obsession with lesbian Tumblr, the threesome that "came out of nowhere" my senior year of high school, and the endless stream of homoerotic "friendships" that consumed my being for so many years…I had no fucking clue I was gay until I was twenty four. Well, it's not so much that I didn't know I was gay, I just didn't know my way of being gay counted. I'll get to that later. I have spent a lot of time imagining what college might have been like for me had I been out — what I would have done, who I would have done, who I would be now if I had spread my bisexual butterfly wings while my prefrontal cortex was really starting to do its thing. SEE ALSO: Want to know more about LGBTQ history? Follow these accounts. I thought about it so much, in fact, that I wrote a queer campus novel. Old Enough (which publishes on June 20) follows the story of Sav Henry (she/her) during her second semester sophomore year. She's finally out as bi, meeting the cool queers in her dorm, and hurtling towards the person she wants to be after a lot of years of being told who to be. I talked to so many queer people while writing this book, many of whom were out in college — and many who, like me, have mused on what might have been. Through all those conversations, and quite a few years of hurtling into my own queerness, I think I've got some solid advice for queer collegiate life. Consider this Old Enough's guide to being queer in college: Labels are meant to liberate There is so much rich queer history, and we owe everything to our elders who paved the way for us. There can be so much comfort, affirmation, and solidarity found by knowing our ancestry and those who came before us. Queer people can be toxic too. Just because the cutie down the hall knows she has an avoidant attachment style doesn't mean she can ghost you and spend Thanksgiving break with her ex. Labels are meant to liberate. 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May we never forget that we exist because they existed first. Remember that fluidity is not something you should try to measure. It is such a beautiful thing to love without limits. Being attracted to many genders can feel confusing in a binary-obsessed world. Ditch percentages — gay people don't need to use math! Growing out an undercut is a test of patience and virtue — heed those clippers carefully. Want more sex and dating stories in your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's new weekly After Dark newsletter. There are many textures to being queer You don't have to be up to date with queer culture to be a "good gay person." There are so many textures to being queer — watching Drag Race and staying up to date on the Gaylor news has nothing to do with the validity of your identity. It's not your responsibility to educate others about your identity. I always say that it is an honor to have anyone come out to you, and that it should be seen as a privilege. It is not an open-invitation to a crash course in queerness. Your identity is not a dissertation, you don't have to present anything to the class. Google exists for a reason! It's normal to experience a regression when you're home from school or with folks you knew before college. I had a therapist coin this experience as "revertigo" — essentially when you revert to behaviors or ways of being you thought you grew out of or wanted to leave behind. Especially for queer folks, who have often had to mask parts of their identity or the way they think, it can feel really difficult to squeeze yourself into shoes that no longer fit. Remember that it is often a survival technique and temporary. And even if it is something you always have to do, for your safety, it does not make you any more valid than the people who live really loudly. Queer people are not a monolith, so just because someone is gay does not mean that you will feel connected or aligned with them. It takes time to find your community — don't feel discouraged if you don't click with people right away. It is not a reflection of how much you "fit in" with the community. We're all just little gay snowflakes looking for folks to weather the storm with. SEE ALSO: '90s bi zine 'Anything That Moves' is shockingly relevant today For some queer people self-expression through style is a major part of their identity. For others it isn't at all. Both ways of walking through the world as a queer person are wonderful. You do not have to "look gay" to be gay! Imposter syndrome is so real. I don't know a single queer person who hasn't experienced it at some point or another. It kind of feels like a prerequisite for being queer. If you find yourself wondering if you're "gay enough" — you're definitely gay enough. It can feel overwhelming to be asked questions like "when did you know you were gay" or "what was your gay awakening?" because it can feel like there are right or wrong answers to these questions. As someone who really didn't clock I was bisexual until the moment I fell in love with a woman, these questions used to make me self conscious. Queerness is a celebration of otherness, not sameness. Bisexuality is not a pit-stop! There is no final destination! Being "out" can be complicated for many people. There are real safety risks for some folks, and everyone is on their own journey of self-discovery. Being closeted can be painted really harshly in the media, or insinuate a kind of naivete or hiding. Being proud of your queerness is not always synonymous with being out and that is okay. Queer therapist Dana Savage says "Coming out is for you and you alone. Safety is an important and valid reason to choose when and where you are out." Bad gay sex is normalBad gay sex is normal! Don't discount your queerness because you got the ick from your first gay kiss! Not everyone has chemistry, and it is so silly to assume that just because the person you're muddling spit with is gay means that you'll be automatically attracted to them. Monogamy is still cool, I promise . Compulsory heterosexuality is so exhausting, and untethering from it is really overwhelming. It's easy to get in your head about whether or not you're doing something for the male gaze. It's okay to cut yourself a lot of slack — it's hard to unhook from societal brainwash and it takes time. SEE ALSO: The best dating apps for bisexual people: Where to meet people who get it It's an especially scary time to be queer. With anti-trans and anti-queer legislation sweeping the country, it can feel really hard to be hopeful. And while I wholly wish that the folks reading this guide are attending the cool liberal arts schools like the one I dreamed up for my book — I know that isn't necessarily true. It's okay if college isn't the right time to explore the richness of your identity. It's also okay to grieve that. Your story is your own, and you get to decide how to tell it. Even though I wasn't out in college, I continue to experience so many milestones as a queer adult. Coming out later in life can be like a second puberty — exhilarating, awkward, confusing, and new. So even though I didn't join a sapphic sorority or binge every season of The Real L Word in one weekend with my suitemates, my queerness often feels wholly youthful. Not in the sense that it feels new to me, but in the sense that queerness always offers me something new. A new lens to look through, a different choice to make, a constant questioning of how I want to live in alignment with my truest self. What I know for certain is that it is never too soon, or too late, to come into yourself. View the full article
  26. TL;DR: As of June 6, Nibble — an educational DIY game console — is on sale for just $79.99 instead of $109. That's a savings of 27%. School's almost out for summer. Are you ready to keep them entertained every day? There's a fun way to encourage them to do something educational without even knowing it, thanks to Nibble, an Educational DIY Game Console designed for kids nine and up. Nibble was made for kids to have fun and learn something in the process. It can be your go-to for filling up those long summer days before school is back in session. And you can currently snag this educational tool for just $79.99 (reg. $109) for a limited time. Nibble is a learning tool that looks like a retro game console. This new and improved version of MAKERbuino helps kids learn about electronics and programming as they play. Let the kiddos assemble the kit with help from the build guide, and then pop in some batteries and watch them enjoy the four preloaded retro-inspired games. They'll get to enjoy Bonk, a game that's an homage to Pong; Invaderz, a space shooter game; Snake, just like that vintage classic on old phones; and SpaceRocks, where they can shoot asteroids and earn points. Once they tire of those, they can practice their programming skills by coding their own games in the CircuitBlocks code editor. Give the kids an educational tool disguised as a fun game and help them keep busy over the summer. Nibble, a fun Educational DIY Game Console for kids ages nine and up, is on sale now for just $79.99 (reg. $109). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: CircuitMess Nibble: Educational DIY Game Console (opens in a new tab) $79.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  27. TL;DR: As of June 6, you can score a lifetime subscription to OneAir's Premium Plan for $59.99 or Elite Plan for $109.99 — that's a savings of 79% and 86%, respectively. If your budget isn't quite as prepared as you are to jet off with the fam, a OneAir subscription might help. This app offers some exclusive deals and promos while utilizing the power of AI technology and personalized deal alerts to help you save money on your travel staples. You can choose between a lifetime subscription to OneAir's Premium Plan for only $59.99 or a lifetime subscription to their Elite Plan for $109.99, depending upon your needs. Both are designed to help you spend less on your travels for the summer and beyond. There's an app for nearly everything, so it's only natural that apps can help us battle the rising costs of travel. OneAir is a travel app that is designed to find the best flight deals out there, using AI technology to scan and track millions of fares in real time. They also offer exclusive access to pre-negotiated private and corporate discounted fares, which on average, can save members $500 on international economy flights and up to $2,000 on business class flights, according to OneAir. Personalized deal alerts sent straight to your inbox help you discover the perfect flight deals for your upcoming vacations, while OneClub Exclusive enables you to score deals on other big travel costs. You'll enjoy wholesale rates, saving up to 60% on hotels, 25% on rental cars, and 25% on activities. Wondering whether to pick Premium or Elite? With Premium, you can choose up to five departure airports. If you select Elite, you'll be able to choose up to 10 departure airports while also enjoying the extra perk of personal one-on-one business and first-class flight planning support. Travel more and spend less with exclusive savings on flights, hotels, and more with lifetime memberships to OneAir: A lifetime subscription to the OneAir Premium Plan is on sale for $59.99 (reg. $290) A lifetime subscription to the OneAir Elite Plan is on sale for $109.99 (reg. $790) Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: OneAir OneAir Premium Plan: Lifetime Subscription (opens in a new tab) $59.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Opens in a new tab Credit: OneAir OneAir Elite Plan: Lifetime Subscription (opens in a new tab) $109.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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